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2 Thursday

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  • T-Rex

Flint, Michigan, has been one of those cities for a long time — you know, the kind of city whose tribulations get milked by cable news to draw pity from audiences who have never known what it means to want. But Flint has produced some truly remarkable people, too, like Claressa Shields, better known as T-Rex. She took home a gold medal for women's boxing in the 2012 London Olympics — the first year the medal was offered — at only 17 years old. Today, as part of the Indie Lens Pop-up film series, the Tim Gill Center and the Independent Film Society of Colorado will be screening T-Rex, the 2015 documentary about Shields' rise and the struggles she faced along the way. Consider it also a preview — Shields will be competing in the Rio Olympics this August, defending her 68-1 career record. 7 p.m., 315 E. Costilla St., free, timgillcenter.org. — Griffin Swartzell


3 Friday

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  • 71Grind

If four dozen grindcore bands come to Colorado Springs and we're all too shell-shocked to hear them, do they really make a sound? Most likely they do, but you can find out for sure this Friday and Saturday when the second annual 71Grind Festival brings its marathon of high-decibel mayhem to your two favorite venues. From local punk icons Nobodys to SoCal hardcore vets Death by Stereo, this year's festival promises 20 hours of deafening delights over the course of two all-ages days at Flux Capacitor (3530 Chelton Loop) and the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.). Friday 3:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 1 p.m. to 1 a.m., $25/day, $40/two-day pass, schedule and details at tinyurl.com/71grindfest. — Bill Forman


3 Friday

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  • Curious Carnival

Local artists and Chavez Gallery proprietors Liese and Kris Chavez have made whimsy a part of what they do, year-round. This Friday's opening will be no less whimsical. Word is that their new show, The Curious Carnival, will be their biggest opening of the year. There will be new circuis- and carnival-themed art from both artists, yes, but there will also be handmade games set up in tents outside. Expect also magic (performed by Liese Chavez herself), fortune-telling, live music from clown/accordionist Chris Mandile and popcorn galore. Show up dressed in circuis- or carnival-related garb, you get a prize. Step right up — everyone is a winner! 5 to 9 p.m., 2616 W. Colorado Ave., #10, free, chavezartgallery.com. — Griffin Swartzell


4 Saturday

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  • Courtesy of the Pueblo Chieftain
  • Idea Con

With Denver Comic Con just a couple weeks away, people are already sewing up holes in their Starfleet uniforms and choosing the correct shade of blue body paint for their X-men cosplays, all in eager anticipation of a nerdy good time. If you're among these folks and can't wait a moment longer for convention season, you're in luck. Today is Pueblo's Idea Con, a fandom/tech/art convention on a smaller scale than Denver, but with plenty of geekery to get up to. Panels by authors and artists, Minecraft gaming sessions, a gadget and robot "petting zoo," drone demonstrations, a cosplay contest (with more than 26 categories), vendor booths — it's the whole shebang! And it's both kid- and adult-friendly. Best part is it's free to attend, which means those of us who are too broke for the big-time cons can still have a blast. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rawlings Library, 100 Abriendo Ave., Pueblo, 719/562-5600, pueblolibrary.org. — Alissa Smith


4 Saturday

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  • Shades of Colorado Springs Festival

It's festival season, so act accordingly and make your way down to the Annual Shades of Colorado Springs Festival. For five years now locals have been celebrating the city's diversity at Mission Trace Shopping Center with international food, shopping, cultural events and live music, and this year's no different. Dotsero heads the list of musicians you can expect, along with Tony Exum Jr., Suga Bear & The Show Time Band and Lion Soldier. And don't miss out on the car show and unique shopping experiences you'll find there too. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 3119 S. Academy Blvd., free to attend (car show and vendor fees may vary), shadesofcoloradosprings.org. — Craig Lemley


4 Saturday

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  • Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

Colorado's viticulture areas create unique terroir for factors ranging from high elevation and solar radiation to desert aridity and beneficial weather patterns. The state's been compared to Washington for this reason, and made its mark as a respectable and award-winning wine producer. Want proof? (In vino veritas, after all...) Attend today's Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival in Memorial Park, where you can sample from 30 Centennial State wineries. Enjoy live music and food and gift vending too, and go home with a souvenir glass. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 502 Manitou Ave., $30-$35, manitousprings.org. — Matthew Schniper


5 Sunday

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  • Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

You may be considering the same old routine this weekend, but I have a better idea. I mean, brunch is great, but a Sunday ride with over 7,500 of your closest cycling friends accompanied by a rockin' bicycle expo and party? Well that's just sheer perfection. Ditch the mimosas and load up your bikes for the annual Elephant Rock Cycling Festival in Castle Rock. There's a ride for every ability at this 29-year-strong tradition, including the easy and fun family course and the beloved century ride that winds through Franktown and Black Forest. Other options include a 27-mile gravel course and 62- and 40-mile rides. Those over-medium eggs and Bloody Marys will still be there next week and all the weeks to come, but this festival only comes once a year. Is it even a question? I didn't think so. 5:30 a.m.; party 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, $25-$90, 303/282-9015, elephantrockride.com. — Bridgett Harris


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