7 Days to Live 

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25 Thursday


Nuclear power plants with their toxic waste? More dirty coal plants? Solar, wind, tidal and other green power generators? (We wish ...) We'll of course be arguing about energy for some time to come, and that's one reason the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 Northgate Blvd., wmmi.org) thought it'd be timely for an exhibit titled Don't Get Steamed — It's History! that explores designs and technology related to 19th-century steam power. It opens tonight, with a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. (beer, wine, snacks and music included) and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays through May 31. — Matthew Schniper

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26 Friday


If you missed last week's art sale to benefit Haiti at the Business of Art Center, fret not: This week you have another chance to donate money to the earthquake victims and support the local arts scene. Art Works for Haiti happens tonight from 5 to 8 at the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave., awfh.lueenarts.com). This silent art auction features 80 pieces by students and faculty from Pikes Peak Community College, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Colorado College and Palmer High School. Funds will go to five aid organizations including Partners in Health, CARE and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Prices range from $5 to $500-plus, and it's a cash bar, but if you give a donation at the door, you'll be guaranteed poetry readings and live music. — Edie Adelstein

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27 Saturday


Last summer, 20 teenage students came out of a two-week performance-arts workshop held by the Central City Opera and Colorado Springs Conservatory with an original one-act opera, Mr. Stratton Goes to the Opera, based on legendary local developer Winfield Stratton. The teens will revive the performance at 2 today at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990), while actor Richard Marold portrays Stratton and comments on his philanthropy in the region. Tickets are $10, or $25 for families of three or more. Arrive at noon for family activities in the museum or to peruse local concert photographer Larry Hulst's exhibit, It's Only Rock-n-Roll (But I Like It) which remains up through May 29. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Sunday


When life gives you shit, take photographs of it. That's what Alfred Chamberlain, the male protagonist in Little Murders, does to cope with the crazed milieu of New York City during the '60s. Never ones to shy away from aggressively absurd plays, Theatre 'd Art will be giving performances of Jules Feiffer's dark comedy at the Osborne Studio Theatre (3955 Regent Circle, 357-8321) at 8 o'clock each Friday, Saturday and Sunday night through March 14. Performances began on Friday, tonight's show should be just as good; admission is free for UCCS students, $5 for other students, and $10 for the general public. — Nick Chambers

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1 Monday


After Valentine's Day, and all its dozens of flowers, four-course meals and tables-for-two, you could be forgiven for being drawn to all things solo. So Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) is asking a lot by inviting you to a themed show called Entwined, in which featured works might highlight "relationships among people, places, things and ideas." At least Hallmark-esque permanence isn't necessarily a hallmark; "entwined" can describe a fleeting meeting, too. So gather your better self and drop by anytime between 10 and 6 today. Or wait until Friday the 5th for the free "opening" reception. — Kirk Woundy

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2 Tuesday


Take one part 15-year-old girl, one part raging hormones and one part male anatomy and you have a film the New York Times called a "hyperaware sexual limbo in which you scrutinize the masculine and feminine components." Here's the thing: All three parts are present in Alex — an intersex teenager hiding out with her family on the beaches of Uruguay — in Lucía Puenzo's XXY. Playing tonight at 7 at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, ifsoc.org/xxy.aspx), the film offers more emotionally complex choices than your average teen can shake a concealer stick at. Tickets are $5 to $6. — Bryce Crawford

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3 Wednesday


Sarah Siskind's got credentials: Her sublimely sentimental ballad "Simple Love" earned Alison Krauss a 2008 Grammy nod, while Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon insists her music changed his life (presumably for the better). But as is the case with so many songwriting talents, Siskind is better known to musicians who cover her work than to listeners who don't particularly care where the songs come from. That could change soon. "Falling Stars," the drop-dead gorgeous opening track on last year's Say It Louder album, is a perfect blend of Nashville and indie rock influences. If you missed her in Palmer Lake in August, you can catch her there again at 7 tonight with the Infamous Stringdusters' Travis Book at the Mountain Community Mennonite Church (643 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, mcmcpl.org). The $15 ticket price for this charity housing fundraiser also includes pie and coffee, an incentive if ever there was one. — Bill Forman


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