Seven Days 

click to enlarge Guided by Voices

4 Wed


Yes, Guided by Voices have been putting out CDs more frequently than the rest of us have been getting to the gym, especially if you count frontman Bob Pollard's eclectic side-projects. Ohio's ridiculously prolific "lo-fi" proponents also pack most albums with close to two dozen tracks, forgoing typical verse-chorus-verse repetitions in favor of a rapid-fire approach that finishes off songs just as you're about to sing along. And as last year's Riot Fest performance demonstrated, Pollard can still down more beers in a single set than most indie-rock gods can in a whole tour. Catch them at 8 tonight at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood, gothictheatre.com), for $27.50 advance, $35 at the door, with Bobby Bare Jr. opening. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Hand-drum classes

5 Thur


Everybody can drum; 3-year-old me played incessantly on a metal bowl. Of course, a class or two might have spared my father some headaches. Peak Rhythms (peakrhythms@gmail.com, 440-7956) is running a six-week series of hand-drum classes from 5:30 to 7 on Thursday nights at the Manitou Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). The classes focus on West African, world music and drum circles. You can bring your $15 weekly entry fee to the door, but RSVP by noon the day of if you want to rent a drum ($5 extra). — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge First Friday in June

6 Fri


You've got household appliances, birds and women in lingerie. You've got more animals from the capable hands of artists like Rodney Wood, Deb Komitor and Carole Morrison. You've got mafia puns, robots and fairy tales. Welcome to June's First Friday, where Modbo/S.P.Q.R. curator Brett Andrus will show his new work (pictured) in both galleries (17B and C E. Bijou St., tiny.cc/xs0kgx); where Critterati at Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts (304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, tiny.cc/gs0kgx) will put a new spin on animal art; and Kris and Liese Chavez (Chavez Gallery, 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #10, chavezartgallery.com) will unveil their new pieces themed "Sleeping With the Fishes." — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest

7 Sat

kids & family

Over the years, a handful of pretty important things have happened on June 7. For instance, Louis XIV was crowned; Richard Henry Lee offered the congressional resolution that led to the Declaration of Independence; and, maybe most momentously, Michael Cera was born. But nothing really rises to the level of today's Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest, at 10 a.m. in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., rmpbs.org/csfunfest/). Classic heroes of early-morning TV, like Super Why and Clifford the Big Red Dog, will rock the joint with bounce houses, vendors, taiko drummers and more. Mark the date, y'all. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby

8 Sun

kids & family

If you're just learning of the Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby (ppsbd.com) now, it's entirely too late to have your kid participate in this year's race (or to fake being between the ages of 7 and 18) — see the comprehensive "8 Steps to Race Day" page on the website to see why. But you can certainly venture to Costilla Street, between Wahsatch Avenue and El Paso Street, to watch the action go down today, from 8 a.m. to an undetermined time. This race is a qualifier for Akron, Ohio's International Soap Box Derby at Derby Downs, so expect some serious faces. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Colorado College Summer Music Festival

9 Mon


They're Bach! It's the 30th year of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and starting today, that means nearly 50 young classical performers will spend three weeks practicing and performing their art with professionals and faculty members. While there's no public event today, consider this a heads-up that June will be dotted with performances from all parties: Check out shows on June 12, 15, 17, 24 and 28 as well as noontime short performances, pre-recital lectures and even a children's concert on June 19. The capstone event is on June 29 at 3 p.m. featuring conductor Scott Yoo, and music director Susan Grace on piano. For detailed information, visit coloradocollege.edu/musicfestival, or call 389-6552. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Family Trails: From Sagebrush to Paintbrush

10 Tue


Rudl and Audrie Mergelman — father and daughter, both born in Gunnison, both in love with the living West — have woven their styles together in a new show: Family Trails: From Sagebrush to Paintbrush. Horses, bison, elk and cowboys are given life on canvas at the Tracy Miller Gallery (16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, tracymillergallery.com), with Rudl's works a more subtle play of light and color and Audrie's barely controlled bursts of intense hues. Hours today are from 11 to 5, if you missed the opening reception on Saturday, June 7, from 4 to 7. The show will be up through mid-July, so giddy-up! — Mar Jo Meade


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