7 Days to Live 

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18 Thursday


The concept of "personhood" remains a volatile source of ideological debate, one that's underpinned some of the best-known Supreme Court cases in recent memory. You can find it at the heart of 1954's Brown v. Board of Education, which overturned the "separate but equal" treatment of different races, as well as last month's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which grants corporations everything short of the right to vote. But the most controversial of all was 1973's Roe v. Wade, which remains the fulcrum point for abortion rights debates. Attorney Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued the landmark case at the age of 26, will speak about Roe and women's rights at 7 tonight in CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Recital Hall (2200 Bonforte Blvd., bit.ly/9ZxLVh). Admission is free but seating is limited, so plan accordingly. — Bill Forman

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19 Friday


Having cancelled performances of a Manitou Art Theatre premiere called Art Dog, Jim Jackson and the MAT (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) decided not disappoint fans in February altogether. So they reached out to solo performer Gemma Wilcox to swing back through. The London-born, Boulder-based talent was here twice in 2009 — with Shadows in Bloom in January and 52 Pick Up in May — and she originally brought The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over in October 2007. Come see Wilcox fill Art Dog's void with 20 Honeymoon characters that have netted her a handful of Ottawa Fringe Festival awards again, or for the first time, at 8 tonight or Saturday, Thursday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Seats are $20. — Matthew Schniper

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20 Saturday


Two weeks ago my husband and I attended our first Colorado Springs Philharmonic performance. The house was packed for the Four Seasons, and as we joined the crowd in an extended round of applause at the end, I wondered what else we'd missed these most excellent musicians play over the years. Don't make the same mistake we made: attend tonight's 8 o'clock performance at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org) for three reasons. First, the romantic Harold in Italy Berlioz and Brahms line-up. Second, to get a jump on your calendar — the Philharm will announce its 2010-11 concert season. And third, but perhaps most interesting, the organization will introduce its five music director finalists who were culled from a worldwide search that included 250 applicants. Tickets run $14 to $54, and if you miss tonight's show, you can still catch all the same notes at 2:30 tomorrow. — Kirsten Akens

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21 Sunday


No doubt you've spent time in recent weeks following TV reports from Haiti, trying to digest the enormity of the disaster there. But as headlines fade, relief workers say a second wave of support is needed to help the earthquake-devastated nation. Today you can get off the couch and get involved at From Colorado to Haiti: An Earthquake Relief Art Sale, offering works by local artists, plus live music, children's activities and a reading by poet Aaron Anstett. Fundraising festivities run from noon to 4 at the Business of Art Center and Venue 515 (513 and 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org). The event's entire proceeds will be divided among the American Red Cross, Oxfam International, Partners in Health and Fonkoze, a Haitian micro-finance institution. — Jill Thomas

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22 Monday


Looking for something you and your rosary-bead-fiddling grandmother can do together? Look no farther than the Hanifen Center at the Marian House, which is holding its first diocesan forum. George Weigel, the biographer of Pope John Paul II, will be presenting "Charities: The Foundations of the Church's Social Doctrine" in Cathedral Hall at St. Mary's Cathedral (22 W. Kiowa St., 866-6443) at 7 tonight, preceding a dessert reception. If grandma isn't too pooped, Weigel will also be speaking on "The Achievement of Pope John Paul II" tomorrow at Colorado College's Slocum Commons (130 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6600). Admission for both events is free, but seating is first come, first served. — Nick Chambers

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23 Tuesday


Alcides Soares may be just a teen, but he's all too aware that you have to make do with what you have. Soares, an AIDS orphan in Mozambique, helped document his life and those of his friends in the award-winning short film Home Is Where You Find It, which will be screened for free at 4:30 today in CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace). Executive producer Neal Baer (a CC alum and executive producer for Law & Order: SVU) and Lynn Warshafsky, executive director of Venice Arts, will attend the screening and speak on the film and their efforts to empower Africans affected by HIV/AIDS through their photographic project. Called The House Is Small but the Welcome Is Big, it's currently on display at CC's Coburn Gallery. — Edie Adelstein

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24 Wednesday


Crooked Still is a progressive bluegrass band that hails from Boston and rocks a "chilling and otherworldly" sound. For $11 to $22, catch it at 7 tonight at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, amusiccompanyinc.com) with Redraw the Farm. Alternatively, enjoy Antioquia — a group boasting "PLENTY of God damn cowbell" and an experimental/tropical/rock sound — with local stomp-clap darlings Grass It Up (featuring Indy sales rep David Jeffrey) at 7 at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., 632-2596) for $3. Tomorrow's 7 p.m. show featuring both bands at the Ancient Mariner Tavern (962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5503) is also just $3. — Bryce Crawford


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