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24 Wednesday

click to enlarge Affordable Housing for Artists Downtown
  • Affordable Housing for Artists Downtown

Especially starting out, art doesn't pay much. In order to foster a community of young, skilled artists, a city needs affordable housing for artists. Want to talk details and see how you can help keep artists in town? Come by the Tim Gill Center for Public Media tonight. Colorado Springs Creative Collective is in the early stages of assessing feasibility and need for an affordable housing/studio space downtown for the Springs' local artists and arts organizations, and they need community input. Help this city take another step toward reclaiming its historical role as one of the great arts hubs of the West! 7 p.m., 315 E. Costilla St., free, tinyurl.com/ArtHousingCS. — Griffin Swartzell

National Parks

25 Thursday

click to enlarge National Park Service's 100th Birthday
  • National Park Service's 100th Birthday

Let me guess, you love the outdoors. It probably comes with living in Colorado — I mean, just look around — but our infatuation with Mother Nature is a country-wide phenomenon. The National Park Service, arguably America's greatest land conservation effort, is celebrating 100 years today, and we're joining in by having our outdoorsman Hiking Bob take the helm of the Indy's social media channels for a weekend-long trip through Colorado's National Park areas. This wanderlust-driven adventure stretches from Rocky Mountain National Park to Capulin Volcano in northeastern New Mexico, with Florissant Fossil Beds and the Sand Dunes in between. So whether you're already basking in National Park glory with free admission to parks nationwide, need help planning to do so or just want to experience the weekend vicariously through one of the Springs' most recognizable trail geeks, follow along at @csindependent (Instagram and Twitter), @HikingBob (Twitter) and @hikingbob_co (Instagram) all weekend. Whatever you do, make sure you don't take this beautiful land for granted this weekend — as Bob says, "Happy trails!" Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 25-28, tweet and tag us in your outdoor photos and use the hashtag #CONPS100 on Instagram and Twitter, contact @csindependent and @hikingbob for more details. — Craig Lemley


26 Friday

click to enlarge War of the Worlds
  • War of the Worlds

The original radio broadcast of War of the Worlds was not an act of glorious shenanigans that sent a million New Jersey residents into a panic over a presumed-real Martian invasion. By all accounts, listeners knew that the adaptation of H.G. Wells' 1897 science fiction novel was indeed fiction. The audience for THEATREdART and Fire Thieves Studio's devised performance of War of the Worlds opening tonight at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts knows the story is fiction, but that doesn't mean they'll have any less fun with it. Director Charles Redding has assembled an ensemble to examine the themes and ideas explored in Wells' novel in new ways. 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 11, David H. Lord Theater, 427 E. Colorado Ave., pay-what-you-can first weekend, then $5-$15, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. — Griffin Swartzell


26 Friday

click to enlarge World Dance Festival
  • World Dance Festival

Dance is a language found on every continent, a seemingly intrinsic urge within all human beings to use the body to express one's self to music. We use this language to transcend mere spoken words to find common ground with one another. As acclaimed choreographer and dancer Agnes de Mille once said, "The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie." Tonight, you can discover the soul of cultures worldwide expressed through the beauty of dance at the World Dance Festival. This showcase features performances from India, Brazil, America and beyond, each with traditional costumes and music, each showing you the truth of their respective cultures through movement, no words required. 8-10 p.m., Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $10-$15, tejasdancershakti@gmail.com, shaktidancetroupe.com. — Bridgett Harris


27 Saturday/p>

click to enlarge The Olympic Games – History and Numismatics
  • The Olympic Games – History and Numismatics

While Brazil basks in the afterglow of the 2016 Olympics before the Paralympics begin Sept. 7, the timing's right to check out The Olympic Games – History and Numismatics on display at The Money Museum. (OK, it runs through next March, so you've got time.) Complete award medals from Atlanta and Salt Lake City join other memorabilia, but what's more impressive on the numismatic side are gold and silver coins dating to more than 300 years B.C., depicting chariots and torches and stoic visages. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 818 N. Cascade Ave., $5 (members free), money.org. — Matthew Schniper


27 Saturday

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Comic Con
  • Colorado Springs Comic Con

Let's be real, there's a niche for comic conventions here. Between the Springs' active cosplay scene, community-minded comic stores and a good population of nerds of all kinds, it's no wonder Altered Reality Entertainment (owners of a few nationally recognized conventions) decided to expand in our direction. This year marks the first-ever Colorado Springs Comic Con, and it's gathered a good show of celebs for an inaugural con. Along with a panel of former Power Rangers and a Q&A with Neal Adams of DC comics fame, today features an appearance by Jason Mewes and Brian O'Halloran, stars of Dogma, Chasing Amy and all those other well-loved Kevin Smith movies. In between the day's scheduled events, enjoy an obligatory vendor room and plenty of cosplay photo opportunities — it wouldn't be a con without 'em. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., see schedule of events online, Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo, 3650 N. Nevada Ave. $25-$35/adult, $10-$15/child, cscomiccon.com. — Alissa Smith


30 Tuesday

click to enlarge Ages and Ages
  • Ages and Ages

Whoever it was in the Oval Office who came up with the idea of the Obamas and Bidens posting playlists on Spotify deserves a bonus. Granted, all of them appear to be Coldplay fans, but the POTUS does throw in some unexpected wild cards, including Esperanza Spalding and Low Cut Connie. No less prescient was his endorsement of Ages and Ages' "No Nostalgia," which not only provided a WTF moment for founding member Tim Perry, but also brought unexpected attention to a Portland choral-pop outfit whose songs, according to their bio, address subjects like "the debris of our collective failures." And what president wouldn't love that? 8 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $10/adv, $12/door, ivywildschool.com, 368-6100. — Bill Forman


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