7 Days to Live 

5 Thursday


If you're like me — I mean, the kind of person who choreographs his own dance moves to Rihanna when nobody else is home — then this one's for you. The Top 10 finalists from the fifth season of FOX's So You Think You Can Dance will be at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) at 7:30 tonight, to redefine the meaning of "amateur dancer." Not that you and I don't already have our own meaning, but at least we can compare moves. So, what do you think? Tickets start at $35.50. — JK

6 Friday


For those looking to get a taste of a classic opera such as Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Mozart's Don Giovanni and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, take advantage of a free concert with Opera Rocks the Rockies. Members of the Central City Opera's 2009 Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Young Artists Training Program and University of Colorado at Boulder Opera Studio artists will perform a variety of staged scenes highlighting their upcoming season, plus dramatic favorites. The vocals start at 7 tonight in the Colorado Springs Conservatory Recital Hall (1600 N. Union Blvd., coloradospringsconservatory.org). — EA

7 Saturday


At today's All Colorado Beer Festival at the Mr. Biggs Event Center (5825 Mark Dabling Blvd., allcoloradobeerfestival.org), with 70-plus beers available from more than 30 breweries, it would seem rowdiness and spillage would be likely. "It's amazing — beer drinkers in this kind of environment tend to be a pretty civil crowd," says ACBF spokesman Randy Dipner. Perhaps because they know it's for charity — all proceeds benefit the Indy's Give! initiative, TheatreWorks and Homes for Our Troops. Tickets are $25 in advance or with military ID, $30 otherwise ($10 for designated drivers), and will get you into one of two sessions: noon to 4:30 p.m. or 5:30 to 10. — BC

cultural celebration

From ancient Sanskrit drama to contemporary Bollywood musicals, Indian culture has a powerful legacy of incorporating music, dance and theater into works of epic proportion. Experience that larger-than-life tradition today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., cosindia.com) when a cast of 230 performs Indian classical, folk and Bollywood music and dance in India ... A Love Reincarnated. The 4 p.m. show is also part of an annual tradition begun here 31 years ago by the Indy's own Jay Patel in celebration of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Tickets are $15 to $25 (or $50 for VIP seating with an after-show Indian feast), and net proceeds will go to Care & Share Food Bank. — BF

8 Sunday


After their free, 3 p.m. in-store appearance at Independent Records & Video (3030 E. Platte Ave.), Portland-based, pop/alt rockers

Jon Davidson and Russell Stafford will head to the one of the Springs newest music venues, the Redstone Room (414 W. Fillmore St., 635-9211) for another free performance at 8. Visits to each artist's Myspace pages yields some eclectic, accessible tunes. Davidson was the runner-up for Best Male Artist of the Year in the 2009 Portland Music Awards and Australia-born Stafford, referring to a side project on his Web site, says his band "kicks tooshie." As a key member, see if he wears his ass-kickers solo, too. — MS

9 Monday


Where I'm from, Camelot refers to the Kennedys. According to scholars, John F. Kennedy loved the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, which came out around the time of his 1960 presidential election. Shortly after his assassination three years later, in a soon-to-be-famous Life magazine interview, Jackie Kennedy quoted from one of its songs: "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot." Call it a historical mash-up. At 8 tonight, King Arthur, Lancelot and Queen Guenevere reclaim the story for a single show at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org). Tickets run from $15 to $40. — KW

10 Tuesday


Though the beloved brain-munchers are some of my favorite monstrosities, I have to admit that with Halloween's afterglow fading, I've had my fill of zombies. They've been in theaters, at parties, even in my favorite classic novels — for instance, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a mash-up of Jane Austen's classic tale of romance in Regency society and the walking dead. So if you, too, want to celebrate the end of zombie season, take in tonight's 6:30 performance of Pride and Prejudice (sans ghouls), a three-hour musical play based on the Austen novel, written and directed by local Karen Hamer. You can catch it tonight, and almost every night from Nov. 5 through Nov. 14, at Forestgate Presbyterian Church (970 North Gate Blvd., prideandprejudice2009.net). Tickets are $10. — JT

11 Wednesday

great outdoors

If you've climbed a Colorado 14er or 13er, there's a good chance you lugged one of world-renowned mountaineer Gerry Roach's guidebooks with you. I've certainly been there: hot, sharp rocks under palm, scooting on my butt down a scree field (on Mount Bross I recall), literally hanging on Roach's every direction. The Boulder-based altitude guru has climbed the highest peak on each continent and the 10 highest peaks in North America. At 7 tonight, he'll present 16,389 Meters, a slideshow featuring climbs in Iran, Russia and Turkey, at Mountain Chalet (226 N. Tejon St., 633-0732). Entry is free. — MS

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, John Knight, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.


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