Seven Days to Live 

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5 Wednesday


The live webcam at Mueller State Park (21045 Hwy. 67, Divide, parks.state.co.us/parks/mueller) shows the same scene you'll get pretty much anywhere in the area: sunny, fluffy clouds, shadow-patched mountains and pine trees. (I freaking love Colorado.) So go out and get in it by doing this morning's free 9:15 hike through the Rock Pond area. Along a five-mile trail, intrepid stompers will saunter along to the sonorous strains of songbirds, flit through fulsome fields and, you know, just generally be knocked over by nature. Don't forget your shoes (again), layered clothing, water, snacks and, of course, your copy of Ethel the Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying. — Bryce Crawford

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6 Thursday


We tried for a Kristi Yamaguchi skating demo, a monster truck showcase and a swim cap giveaway, but other festivals claimed them first. So for the second Independent Music Awards Festival, we'll all have to make do with 22 local bands that Colorado Springs considers "best," from Che Bong and BullHead*ded to Claymore Disco to the Haunted Windchimes. They'll take stages inside and outside Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive), from 6 to 11:30 tonight, and they'll play their hearts out for free, for you and for the scene. And maybe for a bottle or two from the beer gardens. — Kirk Woundy

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7 Friday


I was doing my best to totally botch an urban landscape painting last Monday when Modbo/S.P.Q.R. co-owner Brett Andrus handed me a postcard depicting a bunch of chubby technicolor baby hands, all happily flipping me the bird. "Things That Burn," it read, which I thought was an excellent suggestion as far as my painting was concerned. But it's also the title of local artist Sean O'Meallie's new exhibit, opening at the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com) from 5:30 to midnight tonight, featuring drawings and manipulated found objects as well as the "baby bird fingers." So go, and then (as if we had to tell you) take five steps to the south to check out the new juried show The Figure, Form, and Decay, opening simultaneously at S.P.Q.R. — Claire Swinford

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8 Saturday


"Hear, hear!" for Hear Here, the all-ages twice-monthly poetry open mic, which will be celebrating its first anniversary at the Movement Arts Community Studio (525 E. Fountain Blvd., #150, movementartscs.com) from 6 to 10 this evening. A five-buck cover will get you in for an hour-long workshop, music by the Hopeful Heroines, an open mic featuring local Angelique as well as Denver's "Deadly Pen Poet" Jay Cru, an art showcase, free five-minute massages and a finger-food potluck (bring an item to share). If you want to spit some fine rhymes of your own while you're there, make sure you get on the list between 7 and 7:30. — Kirsten Akens

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9 Sunday


"Art grows out of each particular situation, and I believe that artists are better off working with whatever their environment throws up." That 2003 quote comes from Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, whose career has been largely defined by his found-object sculptures and installations. This is a guy who connects liquor-bottle caps, metal scraps and other salvaged items and weaves them into rumpling, glittering mega-tapestries, some of which will be on display at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., Denver, denverartmuseum.org) in the 40-year retrospective El Anatsui: When I Last Told You About Africa. It opens today (staying up through the end of the year) and is included in general museum admission: $3 to $13, or free for members. — Edie Adelstein

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10 Monday


If you enjoyed 2010's brilliant Certified Copy, with Juliette Binoche, then you should check out another of Iranian writer/director Abbas Kiarostami's highly rated films, Ten. It screens for free at 4 today in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) as part of the Cross-Currents Film Series. The film examines women's repressed roles in Iran via 10 conversations that a Tehran driver has with her passengers, ranging from a prostitute to a religious woman and her own son. CC professor Scott Kryzch will be on hand to introduce the film. — Matthew Schniper

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11 Tuesday


All the performers at Thursday's free Indy Music Awards Festival will be local musicians, but it's worth noting that the ballot also included an "Out-of-Area" category. And this year's winner, once again, is Denver's DeVotchKa, whose gypsy-inflected indie-pop found a sizeable audience in the wake of the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack. Tonight's show at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., krcc.org) is a do-over following last June's cancellation due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for KRCC members and students at the KRCC studio. (Tickets for the canceled show will be honored at the door.) Showtime is 7, with the Flumps opening. — Bill Forman


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