Seven days to live 

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6 Wednesday


Today, the local mountain bike racing season kicks off with the Wednesday night Ascent Cycling series at Bear Creek Terrace (501 Bear Creek Road, sandcreeksports.com). More than 100 amateur-to-pro MTBers will pedal over 2.3-some-mile laps of singletrack, doubletrack and wide gravel at 6,100 feet, with about 200 feet of climbing. If you're the adventurous sort and are familiar with all the words I just mentioned, you can join tonight's race (or any of the other four series races this summer) for $15 to $20. And if you're more comfortable with two feet on the ground, just watch the riders take off at 4, 5 and 6:15 p.m. for free. — Kirsten Akens

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7 Thursday


Diabolic has spent enough time in battle-rap competitions to have left that scene far behind. But if his viral "Frontlines" video (4 million hits and counting) is any indicator, the Long Island-born emcee still has plenty of fight left in him. "I walk the fine line between Einstein and Charles Manson," he raps in the 2010 clip, a shotgun slung menacingly over his shoulder. It doesn't hurt that Diabolic's tight with Immortal Technique, whose razor-sharp guest rap ends up stealing the track — although that would be the case with pretty much any emcee that Technique went mic-to-mic with. You can catch Diabolic tonight when he headlines the "Back to Raw Rap Show" at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd., unionstationrox.com). Tickets run from $10 to $15 for the 18-plus show, and doors open at 8, with Kris Harlow, Device, Ibe Hustles and the Insects sharing the bill. — Bill Forman

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8 Friday


Apparently, the original version of Fiddler on the Roof included no mention of Jerusalem until journalist Dan Almagor pointed it out, he writes on jewish-theatre.com. Ultimately, an additional line was given to Yenta the matchmaker before the show went on to win nine Tony Awards, run for more than 3,000 performances on Broadway and be adapted into a film that won three Oscars. The Colorado Springs Conservatory will take up that mantle when it performs the play at 7 tonight at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradospringsconservatory.org). Tickets are $5 to $15; the show runs through June 10. — Bryce Crawford

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9 Saturday


Local poet Bob Wearden translated his feelings about the Uncle Wilbur fountain into prose: "I like to visit Wilbur. / He does a lot for me. / It's more than gold and silver / can buy, and it's for free." What's also free is today's Rocky Mountain PBS Kids Fun Fest at Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., rmpbs.org/csfunfest). From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids and kids-at-heart can play in the fountain, chat with Curious George, enjoy live entertainment under the band shell, and more. One dollar all-day parking is available at the city garage on the corner of Bijou Street and Cascade Avenue. — Sara Horton

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10 Sunday

ye dark ages

The Colorado Renaissance Festival isn't the only event that promises "a variety of sausage on a stick." Among its Google-search competition is Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg, Texas. But where the Texans make do with dominoes tournaments, the Chicken Dance and "Oompah at its best," we get jousters, wenches and, new this year, an endangered cat show. So be thankful, and visit 650 W. Perry Park Ave. in Larkspur for opening weekend. Admission is free for kids under 5, $8 for ages 5 to 12, and $18.95 for adults, but check coloradorenaissance.com for information on where to get discounts. — Kirk Woundy

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11 Monday


Greeley's Betony Coons is clearly creative: Her mixed-media paintings and collages are all about birds playing pianos, ships composed of romantic photo scraps, trees growing out of telephone poles. Part designer, part high school art teacher, and a self-titled "guerilla gardener," Coons has brought her buoyant yet thoroughly skillful work to Yobel Market (2528B W. Colorado Ave., yobelmarket.com) for the month of June. Catch it from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays, until 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 on Sundays. — Edie Adelstein

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12 Tuesday

sports and suds

Joseph Chirlee is a member of the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Carson, who hopes to represent his country at the World Half Marathon Championships in Bulgaria this summer, and perhaps the Olympics. But before then, the newly crowned American 25K champion and other elite runners will participate in a fun run with his training company, local nonprofit American Distance Project. Start at Bristol Brewing Co. (1647 S. Tejon. St., americandistanceproject.com) at 5 p.m., for a 3-mile jag, then enjoy beer for Bristol's Tuesday Night Karma Hour, in which $1 from all pints sold will benefit ADP. — Edie Adelstein


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