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click to enlarge Astronauts at the Space Foundation Discovery Center

19 Wednesday

the right stuff

It's Week 3 of the Summer of Discovery Series at the Space Foundation Discovery Center (4425 Arrowswest Drive, spacefoundation.org), and the theme of this installment centers on people power: astronauts. Today through Saturday, there will be daily half-hour presentations (including Q&As) with the brave men and women of space travel (most via teleconference, but four are in-person on Saturday). That's in addition to a moon-walk bounce house and astronaut patches and helmets — along with the regular exhibits, open from 10 to 5 daily. Visit the venue's website to check out future series installments and much more, including admission prices, which range from free (Black Forest Fire evacuees and first responders, military, and kids under 3) to $9. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Los Angeles band Buckcherry

20 Thursday


Thursday just wouldn't be the same without the standard weeknight staples: "decadence, excess and loose women." Los Angeles band Buckcherry promises the preferred sins of classic hard rock with Seattle-based opener Girl on Fire (those making Hunger Games references will be shot with a hand-fletched arrow) at 8 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). General admission for the all-ages show is $27.50 in advance, $30 at the door. Or shell out an extra $20 for VIP passes to get in early and meet the band. And forget about Friday. — Caroline Swinford

click to enlarge Manitou Springs Third Friday artwalk

21 Friday


All of Manitou Springs is gearing up for its monthly Third Friday artwalk tonight, but you'll get plenty of miles in at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., thebac.org) alone, where five shows open with a reception starting at 5. You'll find 3D and mixed-media/fiber art from Woven Together: Firestorm, a juried exhibit of handwoven, hand-dyed and hand-spun work from 42 artists. Gifty items abound in Art Squared, a show and sale of small, square works for $25 to support the BAC and commemorate its quarter-century anniversary. The other three include paintings by Kaelyn Tischer and Corina Garcia in Out to the Inside; as well as varietal collections from emerging artists via Future Fossil and more experienced art makers in The Mothers Artist Critique Group Anniversary Show. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge "As Above, So Below: Living Contemplatively in the World"

22 Saturday


The first line for the description of "As Above, So Below: Living Contemplatively in the World" on Colorado College's website reads: "All spiritual traditions teach that there is an order in the midst of chaos, a wisdom of sorts that permeates and unites the heavens and the earth, eternity and time, the material and the spiritual." From 9 to noon at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., tinyurl.com/asaboveregister), visiting prof and author Tom Stella will discuss how to be and act in a way that yields to that order. With the chaos happening around us, it might be the best $25 you spend this summer. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Motorcyclists at Tejon Street Bike Fest

23 Sunday


Every time I walk by the hundreds of motorcycles lined up like dominoes during the Tejon Street Bike Fest, I can't help thinking of that scene in Pee-wee's Big Adventure, the one where our hero tips over a long line of bikes and then gets their vengeful owners to forgive him by dancing on a bar to the song "Tequila." None of this is recommended behavior for today's event, but there's other fun to be had throughout what's being billed as "Colorado's biggest one day rally," including live bands, stunt riders, a tattoo competition and, of course, the Corona bikini contest ($1,000 cash prize!). Find more info at pro-promotions.com. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge "Spice 101" at Savory Spice Shop

24 Monday


So it's the early 1500s, and you're living in the nation that would later be called Sri Lanka, and you're a young Sinhalese with a pretty good job peeling the bark off cinnamon plants. Then the Portuguese show up and build a fort, and kill the other traders, and enslave your friends and family. Then, a few years later, the Dutch show up and kill all the Portuguese but further industrialize production, all while working you to death. And then 500 years pass and that cinnamon stick is just what you put in a fancy hot chocolate. Clearly, spices are interesting, so hit "Spice 101" at Savory Spice Shop (110 N. Tejon St., savoryspiceshop.com) at 6:30 tonight. A mere $15 gets you history, preparation, grinding, storage, recipes and tastings, and they'll probably let you leave when you're done. — Bryce Craword

click to enlarge Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s, an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum

25 Tuesday


"Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit," wrote American artist Mark Rothko. To achieve what he perceived as the most accurate and pure visual representation of it, Rothko gradually pared down his paintings from semi-abstract to swaths of color, even stripping them of titles. They were still imbued with complex meanings gleaned from his love of drama, mythology and philosophy, a study that shows in a group of which are now on display at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver, denverartmuseum.org) in Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s. Figure to Field illustrates this pivotal decade via pieces from the National Gallery of Art, the foremost institution of Rothko works, which writes on its website, "For him, eschewing representation permitted greater clarity." The show is up through Sept. 29, and is free for members, $3-$13 for nonmembers. — Edie Adelstein


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