7 Days to Live 

20 Thursday


If you have any appreciation for blues rock, you probably have heard of Tijerina, a three-man group out of Albuquerque, N.M. If you're curious about this brand of music, you couldn't find a better introduction than to find your way at 9 tonight to SouthSide Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St., 444-8487, no cover). Frontman Todd Tijerina, a powerful guitarist with a long list of rave reviews, has credentials from playing with the likes of Chicago legend Harmonica Hinds and B.B. King's daughter Shirley. The band also has toured with Canned Heat, Kansas and Jimmy Thackery. If that means nothing to you, well, there's nothing like a musical adventure. — RR

21 Friday


Manitou Springs has a new food and drink option with the recently overhauled Canvas Café at the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., thebac.org). From 7 to 11 tonight, attend a free grand opening party at the space, featuring wine and menu samples, music from the Charlie Milo Trio and Jeremy Facknitz, and clay demos by BAC artists. Return anytime between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays for "light fare" like quiche, soups, pastries and sandwiches paired with coffee, wine and beer. The BAC hopes to bring open mics, readings and other arts events to the café soon. For now, it's a ... er, um ... blank canvas of potential. — MS

22 Saturday


You can count the number of pianists who are able to improvise parallel melodies with the ambidexterity of the late Phineas Newborn on, well, two hands. And Billy Wallace — best known for his performance on Max Roach's celebrated Jazz in Time — is definitely among them. This year, the Denver-based jazzman embarks on an 80th birthday tour, leading a quartet of talented musicians — Randy Sandke, Noel Jewkes, Michael Barnett and Mel Brown — who have recorded with everyone from Joe Williams to Sting, Cab Calloway to Motown. Tickets for this 8 p.m. performance at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) are $30, which includes a 7 o'clock reception where you can wish Wallace a happy birthday. — BF

car idolatry

Whether or not you're taking advantage of Obama's Cash for Clunkers program, today you can peek under a few hoods, rev a few engines and dream. Head to the Warriors for Charity Car & Bike Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sportsman's Warehouse at the Citadel Mall (555 N. Chelton Road, 369-8653) to get your fill of hot cars and bikes (plus a stereo sound-off competition). Entrants will cruise through town after the show, ending in Woodland Park. Admission is free, with proceeds from vehicle entry fees supporting Lutheran Family Services' Foster Care Program. — JT

23 Sunday

grave matters

We've only got a few carefree summer Sundays left, so on this one, try to recapture the wonder of youth by spending four hours walking around a cemetery, listening to people in period costumes talk about local history. It's the 12th annual Fairview Cemetery Crawl, and, according to those in the know, "New this year are the stories of another madam who died a recluse and a 13-year-old who met his untimely death in Red Rock Canyon." The belly laughs start at 10 a.m., courtesy of the Old Colorado City Historical Society. Call 636-1225 to get a $7 ticket in advance, or pay $9 at the cemetery gate (1000 S. 26th St.). — KW

24 Monday


Perhaps inspired by those Old Colorado City historical figures, everyone's digging into their pioneer roots these days: Backyard victory gardens, home beehives, do-it-yourself home and automotive repairs. To further any solid "I'll do it myself" education, join others for an introductory interest meeting of the brand new Buttermilk Club, today from noon to 12:40 p.m. at 1200 Widefield Drive (205-5539). The club promises to teach willing participants how to make their own buttermilk, kefir, yogurt, cheese and mead, with raw materials from local farmers, using age-old recipes. — EA

25 Tuesday


Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong roadied for them, the DKs' Jello Biafra championed them, and They Might Be Giants name-checked them in a song aimed at musicians who "dig Menudo or MDC." They are, of course, Millions of Dead Cops, the cheerfully named elder statesmen of punk whose original lineup, sans dead bassist, invades the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 7:30 tonight for $10. Local opening acts include the Gutterrunts, 3 Grams Over an Ounce, and 99 Bottles, featuring guitarist Assy McShitface. Encore performance at New Life Church has been cancelled. — BF

26 Wednesday


Recently, due to discovering Willie Nelson's son and now Gregg Allman's son, it's come to my attention that musical talent is obviously linked in some way to your father's side of the family. So it makes perfect sense: My father never played music, meaning I'll be forever limited to "Hot Cross Buns" on my recorder. Test my completely unscientific musical-talent theory by checking out Devon Allman's Honeytribe, a blues and rock trio, at 9 tonight at Gasoline Alley (28 N. Tejon St., 636-2244). Tickets are free. — KV

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas, Ken Voeller and Kirk Woundy.


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