Seven days to live 

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4 Wednesday


In June 1940, Winston Churchill gave his famous "We shall fight on the beaches" speech, telling the House of Commons, much like today's smokejumpers might say, "We shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air." But it's the victory in the battle with Britain that we celebrate today; and while the Waldo Canyon Fire has caused many Independence Day celebration cancellations, a few impromptu benefits have popped up. In Manitou Springs, bring a dozen cookies and join the Little Red Wagon Sidewalk Parade to show support for emergency personnel, businesses and your own neighbors; meet at 12:30 in the Tajine Alami parking lot (10 Old Man's Trail) for a 1 o'clock march to Soda Springs Park. Then hit Marika's Coffeehouse (739 Manitou Ave., marikascoffeehouse.com) for a day of music and art to raise money for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado, starting at noon. Meanwhile, to show tradition is still kicking, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3105 Gateway Road, rockledgeranch.com) will throw its long-running July 4th party from 10 to 5 (tickets $4 to $8 per person, kids under 6 free). And finally, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) opens at 5:30 for its R&B and Hip-Hop for Hope Fire Relief Fundraiser featuring Kopesetik Soul, Musik Theory with Tony Exum Jr. and Armed Green and others. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be split between Care and Share and the Red Cross. — Bryce Crawford and Edie Adelstein

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5 Thursday


Colorado Springs is an avid cycling town — which can get annoying if your bike sports streamers, a picnic basket or a thick layer of dust. Luckily, Colorado Springs Cruisers is in your corner, offering a new weekly ride that eschews gear-shifting, mocks Lycra, and punishes speedsters by forcing them to "buy the slow guy a beer." Banish the inferiority complex and rock your banana seat with pride tonight — and every Thursday — at Lofty's (287 E. Fountain Blvd., facebook.com/coscruisers). Riders 21-plus will meet at 9 p.m., roll out at 10, and do a leisurely ride. Tonight's special guest is Brad Evans, founder of the wildly popular Denver Cruisers. — Claire Swinford

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6 Friday


It's interesting that Jeremy Grant titled his new show at S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com) Ordinary Saints. Though he describes the show in terms of spiritual faith and redemption, that title takes on a more somber meaning today. Ordinary life has turned upside down for so many, and often those most heroic — saintly, even — would describe their actions as ordinary. Contemplate this as you peruse Grant's found art and assemblage, as well as the work of other talented locals: Troy DeRose (also in S.P.Q.R.), Trevor Thomas and Jess Preble, who are showing next door at the Modbo. It all opens at 5:30 tonight with a reception, and stays up through July. — Edie Adelstein

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7 Saturday


The Andalusian art of flamenco traditionally consists of four components. At 8 tonight, touring performance group Flamenco Denver, including Seville native María Vázquez and singer Meagan Chandler, will perform the first three — voice, dance and guitar — during Noche de Flamenco at Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org/marmalade/events). The fourth element, jaleo, is a rowdy clapping-stomping-and-shouting more typically translated as "hellraising." And that part will be up to you and your fellow audience members to contribute to the show. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and just $15 for students. — Kirsten Akens

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8 Sunday


James McCartney, Damian Marley and Jason Bonham can attest that musical talent is hereditary. One more case study for the offspring of rock gods taking after their dads will come to Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 6 tonight: Salvador Santana. On his website, Santana the Younger lists dear ol' dad as one of his many musical influences. He also cites charitable organization Artists for a New South Africa as a passionate cause of his. The all-ages show costs $25 in advance and $30 at the door. — Jeff Koch

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9 Monday


Fans of Brian Wilson-era Beach Boys felt a shiver of recognition hearing their incomparably gorgeous harmonies kick in on the chorus to "That's Why God Made the Radio." Released just last month, the unexpectedly satisfying comeback single marks a historic 50-year anniversary reunion of original members who haven't recorded an album together in two decades. Now they're all back on the road: Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, even David Marks, who hasn't been with the band since 1963's Little Deuce Coupe. Their 45-song set list has been garnering rave reviews, and you can hear it during tonight's all-ages, 7:30 show at Red Rocks (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com). Tickets start at $39.50. — Bill Forman

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10 Tuesday


Consider it a warm-up for the community-wide, post-fire party that so many people are envisioning these days. Not so much the 72nd annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade itself, which kicks off four days of rodeo-related events (coloradospringsrodeo.com) by sending animals, soldiers and cowboy hats down Tejon Street. But the "downtown street dance" afterward, which will feature the classic rock and country covers of local band Chute Nine. Money from parade entries and the parade program goes to scholarships for families of fallen or wounded soldiers, but watching, cheering and two-stepping are all free. — Kirk Woundy


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