Seven days to live 


11 Wednesday


According to the 2009-released, George Clooney-co-produced Playground, 300,000 American children have been forced into the sex trade, an "internet-driven cottage industry." View the five-minute trailer at playgroundproject.com, and you'll be compelled to see the whole documentary at 7 tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com/playground-film), sponsored by local advocacy group Let Them Have Faces. Organizer Amanda Reynolds says this form of slavery is happening right here in southern Colorado, and that several local organizations are fighting it. Learn more about them by grabbing tickets for $8.50. — Matthew Schniper


12 Thursday


"The tipi is much better to live in: always clean, warm in winter, cool in summer, easy to move ... If the Great Spirit wanted men to stay in one place he would make the world stand still." Those words come from Flying Hawk, an Oglala Lakota, who adds that the homes of the white men "shut out sun" and are "always sick." Today the tipi is the "largest culturally resonant object in the Plains culture," according to Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang, who will hold a "conversation" with a tipi from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Colorado College's Worner Student Center Quad (902 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com). Tekcno Tipi is a free performance piece, and like other events Spang has held, will likely be deeply touching, humorous and insightful. — Edie Adelstein


13 Friday


"Look me in the eyes." "Bite me." Sound like a conversation with your teenager? Actually, those are titles of two plays to be presented at the sixth annual Six Women Playwriting Festival. No need for intermission; each play is just under 10 minutes in length and promises to make you laugh, make you cry, and have you on your way in about an hour, total. Performances began last night and will run through April 26, with $12 shows Thursdays at 7, or $20 shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8, and Sundays at 2, at the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) — Sara Michael


14 Saturday


If I were you, I'd go to Pikes Peak Library District's Mountain of Authors just to meet Kirk Farber. The local won a 2011 Colorado Book Award for his fantastic novel Postcards From a Dead Girl, and it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Of course, he's not the only impressive author you'll get to meet. Amid 15-plus others, the keynote, Connie Willis, has seven Nebulas and 11 Hugo awards to her name. Readers and writers alike are invited to attend the free 12:30-to-6 event at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org/moa), and participate in panel discussions, an author showcase and booksigning. — Kirsten Akens


15 Sunday


Although not as high-profile as last month's Itzhak Perlman event, this weekend's Colorado Springs Philharmonic performances are still a must for anyone who enjoys classical music. While still in his first season with the Philharmonic, music director Josep Caballé-Domenech continues to bring out the best in the musicians, and Russian guest pianist Gleb Ivanov — described by the New York Times as "a young super-virtuoso" — is bound to do the same for Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto. 20th century British composer William Walton's first symphony, which has been likened to works by Sibelius, rounds out the bill. If you missed last night's show at 8, you can see a performance today at 2:30 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), with ticket prices beginning at $19 for the general public, $12 for students. — Bill Forman


16 Monday


It's not surprising that Waitstill Hastings Sharp became a minister; he was, after all, a descendant of Thomas Hastings, who came to North America from England during the Puritans' Great Migration in the 1600s. What is surprising, though, is that instead of just building a church, Sharp and his wife Martha traveled to Prague in 1939 to help build a metaphorical bridge out for Jewish, Czech and French refugees fleeing the advancing Nazi German army. Tonight's free screening of The Minister's War, at 6:30 at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu), details the Sharps' efforts. Emma Blaxter will speak afterward; she not only made the film, she's the Sharps' granddaughter. — Bryce Crawford


17 Tuesday


A cowboy puts a notch in his gun; where does Pat Benatar put hers in "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"? Or, how about this: Jewel "never leaves what on the floor anymore," because "dreams last so long, even after you're gone"? If you can answer questions like these, you've spent a lot of time listening to light rock. Also, you belong at Tony's (311 N. Tejon St., geekswhodrink.com) at 8 tonight, and all Tuesdays, for Geeks Who Drink, bar trivia hosted by a Denver-based juggernaut of a company. Come alone or with a group of up to six; admission is free, but please do indulge in a drink or two, and perhaps a meal. — Molly Mrazek


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