7 Days to Live 

1 Thursday


At 75, Ralph Nader is finally becoming lighthearted and fun-loving. Enough with the consumer activism and presidential campaigns, and tomes with titles like Cutting Corporate Welfare. Last month, Nader released a fiction book — a 736-page hardcover, bright yellow in color, with a title that includes an exclamation point! Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! imagines a world in which 17 multimillionaires and billionaires suddenly decide to come together and pour their resources into saving the planet. Madcap, right? I know! Consider sharing a free chuckle with Nader tonight when he signs Super-Rich at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver) at 7:30. — KW


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"About 73% of regular girls ditch boys; 98% of pretty girls ditch boys. Life is hard, move on." Such is the frank advice of Castle Rock resident Alec Greven, who at 9 years old penned the bestselling book How to Talk to Girls, based on his personal experiences and "observations at recess." Greven charmed Ellen DeGeneres when he appeared on her TV show, and now's your chance to hear him live. He'll be one of four keynote speakers at Author Fest of the Rockies, which runs today from 9 to 4:15 and continues tomorrow from 8:30 to 5:30 at the Cliff House at Pikes Peak (306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, authorfestoftherockies.org). Registration is $30 for one day and $50 for both. — JT


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Last week's crusty cold snap forced a wardrobe change to industrial coats, thereby making my purchase of Coronas look downright ridiculous. Yet the Colorado weather confuses the best of us, so hide your bewilderment by sampling more than 50 state beers offered at the Summit Brewfest & Blues at the Norris-Penrose Event Center (1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, formerly West Rio Grande Street, summitbrewfest.com) today from 2 to 10 p.m. Tickets ($25, and only available to those 21-plus) supply buyers with a tasting glass and attendance at the festival's other half: blues music by local bands. Mystic Biscuit helped kick the fest off yesterday, and today's lineup features four acts, including Loose Connections and the Jake Loggins Band. — EA



A survey of British librarians showed they rated To Kill a Mockingbird as the No. 1 book adults must read before they die. This was ahead of the Bible, the Lord of the Rings trilogy and even The Wind in the Willows (gasp!). For those who like to take in their Pulitzer Prize-winners through theater, the Montana Repertory will celebrate its 50th anniversary by presenting its rendition of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) tonight at 5. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 719/295-7222, or visiting sdc-arts.org. — BC



At tonight's "The New Politics of Agriculture" talk, Colorado College will feature a couple nationally known guests. Perhaps you, like me, heard this and thought: Michael Pollan? Eric Schlosser? Marion Nestle? Makes you wonder what a guy like Dan Morgan has to do to get some respect. Apparently, a couple Pulitzer nominations at the Washington Post aren't enough. And Elaine Shannon? She's worked as a correspondent for Time and Newsweek, written books and served as editor-in-chief at the Environmental Working Group. Broaden your food-farming-politics nexus by coming to Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.,) at 7. For free, as part of the State of the Rockies Speaker Series, you'll learn a little something about how industry change and conflict affects our region. — KW



Opportunities abound every night of the week for social dancing. Tonight you've got at least two — and if you're wise with your time (and energy), you can hit both. First, tango lessons at Cucuru Gallery Café (2332 W. Colorado Ave., cucurugallerycafe.com). For $5, beginners take the floor from 7-8 p.m. More advanced? Your $10 class begins at 8. After zapping the tango bug, head to SouthSide Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St., southsidejohnnys.biz) between 8:30 and 10 for free swing lessons (which have been temporarily moved from Mondays due to NFL football). Good dance shoes are a must, particularly if you'll be playing footsie for three straight hours. — KA



Although he never had the celebrity wife or the Eraserhead hair that tourmate Lyle Lovett once sported, John Hiatt has done just fine as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The only artist to have been covered by both Iggy Pop and Paula Abdul, Hiatt found his biggest inroad into the pop consciousness as the writer of Bonnie Raitt's massively successful "Thing Called Love." But for my money, if I had any, the song to remember would be "Perfectly Good Guitar," in which Hiatt laments how it breaks his heart to see those stars smashing a perfectly good guitar. The duo will ply their wares at 8 tonight in the perfectly great acoustics of the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), with tickets ranging from $49.50 to $65. — BF


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