7 Days to Live 

13 Thursday


OMG!! Fangirls, have you heard? Tonight right HERE at 7:30 at theLoft (2502 W. Colorado Ave., #301) for real IN PERSON you can see "An Evening with BOBBY LONG and MARCUS FOSTER." You know, the guys who play acoustic music and wrote the song "Let Me Sign" — the one ROBERT PATTINSON sings on the Twilight soundtrack ... OMG! Do you believe it? Squee! *thud* *dies* These guys actually KNOW him and are his FRIENDS and they play, like, REALLY good music. Ha ha. Tickets are only $10 at brownpapertickets.com/event/60407 or $15 at the door. Better get one now, cause they're TOTALLY gonna sell out! — JT

14 Friday


During my first year at UCCS, as I wandered around like a lost puppy, I would occasionally see a poster advertising Theatregasm. I wondered each time what that could be, and who had been justly fired for its naming. Now, three years later, I'm well acquainted with Theatregasm, and have come to realize that its annual series of experimental plays is aptly named. This year's Theatregasm 3-D opens at 8 tonight as the first of Theatre 'd Art's shows this season. A set of 13 short plays, the climactic event (zing!) will run Fridays through Sundays through Aug. 23 at the Osborne Studio Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive, theatredart.org). Tickets won't cost you more than $10. — AM


Peruse a handful of 18-by-24-inch photomontage works hanging currently on display at Black Cat Books (720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitoubooks.com) and you might at first think they were executed by several different artists. Photoshopped housecats and dolphins float awkwardly beside bubbles, a roadsign and a UFO in two of the odd constructs. Then, in two others, bright, butterfly-covered geishas bear a sort of middle school, girlish, doodle-on-notebook-paper aesthetic. Strangely enough, all the eclectic images you'll eye stem from the mind of newbie Manitoid (well ... since 2005) and 30-plus-year artist Albert Rothschild, who cites Dadaism and Dali as inspirations. Rothschild's fun musings will hang through August. — MS

15 Saturday


One of the drawbacks of the blues-rock genre is that the songwriting is usually pretty lame. But Savoy Brown, over the course of its four decades, has managed to do a surprisingly good job of it. Songs like "Shot in the Head," "Hellbound Train" and "Needle and Spoon" are more than just three chords and my baby leaving me. And while a lot of hellhounds have passed under the bridge since guitarist Kim Simmonds and singer Chris Youlden helmed the U.K. band in its early '70s heyday, Simmons continues to carry on with both the name and legacy. Catch him and the band at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 8 p.m. for $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. — BF

16 Sunday


Ever since Top Gun hit screens in 1986, people around the country have been feeling an irresistible pull toward beach volleyball. Some of the best sandy action in our beachless city will happen this weekend at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., spikefest.com), when we're visited by Spikefest 2009. The touring event, comprised of the "largest 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 volleyball tournaments in the world," pairs elite and amateur matches with food and music in a "festival-style atmosphere." It's too late to register to play, but you can watch for free beginning at 9 a.m. today and Saturday. — KV

17 Monday


Don't fret if you missed Friday's 5 to 8 p.m. opening reception of Earth Elements at Commonwheel Artists Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). The show runs through Sept. 14, so there's plenty of time to pop into the gallery and see Karen Winfield and Eulalie J. Brown's latest mixed-media and ceramic sculpture works. Both artists drew upon elemental inspirations for the collection, but feel free to ignore the explanation blurbs and enjoy the pretty pieces. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and there is no admission fee. — VL

18 Tuesday


Should you have any free time on this particular Tuesday (or any third Tuesday of any month), head to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) for Public Free Day. Even if you aren't a member, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. access to all first floor galleries is gratis. This month showcases contemporary works, Native American artifacts and the current stars of the FAC's permanent collection: some of the newly acquired artwork from the Vogel Fifty Works for Fifty States gift. Especially buoyant is the cheerful Mexican Popular Ceramics show, while Seductive Gesture: Figurative Drawing from the American Collection is sensitive and intimate. Docent-led tours start at 10 and 11 a.m. as well as 1 and 2 p.m. — EA

19 Wednesday


More often than not, watercolors are immediately recognizable as a medium: thick brush strokes, washed-out colors, a sort of euphoric quality granted to subject matter. But then along comes a painting you'd swear at first glance was done in oil or something else, and you say, "Damn — that's watercolor?" Well, at least three of us did exactly that while flipping through images for the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's International Watermedia XVI, opened Saturday and running through Oct. 17 in Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., sdc-arts.org). Admission to the juried invitational costs $4. — MS

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Virginia Leise, Avalon Manly, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Ken Voeller.


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