Seven Days to Live 

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25 Wednesday


Listen to "My Side of the Mountain" by Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, and you could be forgiven for assuming it's some traditional tune that never found its way onto the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. But the song was actually written by frontwoman Lindsay Lou Petroff Rilko and mandolin player Josh Rilko, whose shared vocals beautifully convey its blue-collar worries. The young Lansing, Mich., band is definitely off to a good start, even if, by bluegrass performance standards, their soloing skills may still be a bit rudimentary. From tradition-steeped roots music to more indie-folk offerings, expect an engaging and maybe even inspired performance when the band rolls into Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com) tonight. Showtime is 7:30, with a $5 cover. — Bill Forman

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26 Thursday


At 8 tonight, Colorado's biggest Swedish import since Denver got that blue, behemoth Ikea comes to the Pikes Peak Center: The Music of ABBA (190 S. Cascade Ave., $38, pikespeakcenter.com). If your zeal for ABBA isn't sated by the band's eight studio albums, four American chart-topping singles, 38 music videos, countless compilation albums, three box sets, six DVDs, a live album, a Broadway musical and a Hollywood film offshoot, you may need your head examined. Or maybe we need to get off our grumpy high horses and enjoy the Swedish cover band Arrival playing such hits as "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S." and "Take a Chance on Me." — Jeff Koch

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27 Friday


Guinness World Records seem to have become something more profound than their name would suggest, forever fossilizing and celebrating the weirdest, most obscure of collective happenings before they dissipate into unremembered oblivion. With your help, today's opening ceremony for the Rocky Mountain State Games will become such a moment. The goal: Largest Gathering of People Wearing Swim Caps. (The current record stands at 2,049. No, really.) Organizers will provide caps for the first 5,000 participants in the record-breaking attempt, which begins at 4 at America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, coloradosprings-sports.org). Afterward, follow the Parade of Athletes to the Olympic Downtown Celebration. (See here for more.) — Wyatt Miller

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28 Saturday


Citizens and business owners of Colorado Springs continue to come together in the wake of the Waldo Canyon Fire. From 11 to 6 today, the Rockrimmon Safeway Plaza (840 Village Center Drive, bliss-bakery.com) will host a free Family Fun Fest organized by Bliss Bakery and the Colorado Literacy Foundation. Participating businesses, including Salsa Brava, Wyatt's Pub and Squeak Soda Shop will be joined by our local Stormtrooper Battalion as well as jugglers, face-painters and other entertainers. The Rockrimmon Library will focus children's attention on the question, "What makes a superhero?" With firefighters and police officers attending, the kids won't have to look far for an answer. — Matthew Schniper

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29 Sunday

food and drink

There’s a lot to like about Fiddles, Vittles and Vino. First, the 2:30 p.m. event’s devoted to the holy trinity of enjoyment: snacks, spirits and song. Second, it’s held at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road, fiddlesvittlesandvino.com), which was blessedly unaffected by the wildfire. Finally, last year we described it as “undoubtedly one of our best annual food events, especially for its price range.” Tickets are $40 for adults, $15 for those ages 12 and under, and get you bluegrass bands, food from local-restaurant stands and all kinds of boozy brands. Proceeds mostly benefit the ranch, with a portion going to the recently created nonprofit Colorado Springs Together. — Bryce Crawford

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30 Monday


You have just today and tomorrow to catch featured artists Peggy Cook and Marilyn Kirkman at Arati Artists Gallery (2425 W. Colorado Ave., aratiartists.com). The duo's July show, 3 Dimensions in Silk and Bronze, showcases Cook's paintings and bronze work and Kirkman's "sculptured silk paintings." (Kirkman is legally blind, and forms the fabric into landscapes or flowers, applying a medium to dry them into shape, and coloring them using a guide.) OK, to be fair, these artists "belong" to the gallery, so even if you miss them this time, they'll still have works on display later. It's open daily; go online for hours. — Edie Adelstein

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31 Tuesday


Batman fans got so baneful over a few negative reviews of The Dark Knight Rises that rottentomatoes.com had to shut down its user comments. But will people still be watching, and arguing over, the film six decades from now? Only few films have the staying power of Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder's cautionary tale out of Hollywood, circa 1950. At 6:30 tonight at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.), professors Dylan Nelson and Clay Haskell will screen the film, then analyze and discuss it — quite civilly, I'd guess — as part of the school's free Summer Film Series. — Kirk Woundy


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