Seven Days to Live 

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7 Wednesday


Inspired by the Sufi poetic tradition and the political theories of Edward Said, Huffington Post and Religion News blogger Omid Safi is a leading voice in Progressive Islam, a movement that draws upon sources both inside and outside Muslim tradition to promote the non-violent struggle for social justice. A firsthand witness to the Iranian revolution and the Iran-Iraq War, Safi edited 2003's Progressive Muslims: On Justice, Gender, and Pluralism, is a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has authored a forthcoming translation and analysis of Rumi's biography. His free lecture, "Hating on Muslims: Manufacturing Fear, American Muslims, and the American Dream," begins at 7 tonight in Gates Common Room on the third floor of Palmer Hall (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Bill Forman

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8 Thursday


Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is someone you'd want in your corner. Funny, heartfelt and eloquent, Cameron sold a 2010 TEDTalk audience (and 225,000 online viewers since) on the threats faced by the performing arts world, what can be done about them, and why we all should care. It would be a crime to miss him tonight, when he'll speak at the Bee Vradenburg Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration, happening at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., 634-5583). Things kick off at 5 and tickets are free, though reservations are recommended. — Edie Adelstein

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9 Friday


Death comes to all, and so does Death Wore Elevator Shoes, the WYNOT Radio Theatre show running through Nov. 18 at Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). It starts at 8 tonight for $20 (Thursday shows are $15) and has played several times in the area over the last few years, a testament to its enduring popularity. Writer/director/actor Cory Moosman tends to refresh the script between gigs, but always delivers a very funny parody of "golden age" radio, complete with spoof commercials, mad props and the fine gumshoe efforts of Rick Luger, Private Dick. It's a brilliant and busy ensemble effort, well worth a first or second viewing. — Matthew Schniper

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10 Saturday

Veteran's Day

I come from a huge Navy family, so Veterans' Day was always celebrated in my household with songs and stories about different relatives' experiences serving abroad. While not everyone has a family like mine, it's still important to honor our vets, which you can do today at the Colorado Springs Veterans' Day Parade (along Tejon Street, from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue, csvetsparade.org) beginning at 10 a.m. The theme for this year's parade is Iraq Veterans — Defenders of Freedom, and parade highlights include numerous marching bands, and groups of veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the War on Terror, and others. — Kiki Lenihan

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11 Sunday


L'oiseau de feu, literally "bird of fire" in French, tells the Russian folk tale of a glowing bird that both entrances and brings misfortune to its captor, Prince Ivan. The Firebird, a composition created for France's Ballets Russes in the early 1900s by Igor Stravinsky, was one of his first commissioned works, and helped jump-start an illustrious career. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will present Stravinsky's Firebird Suite, as well as excerpts from Debussy's Nocturnes and other works at 2:30 p.m. today (after last night's 8 o'clock show) at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org) under the direction of conductor and music director Josep Caballé-Domenech. Tickets run $19 to $59. — Celine Wright

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12 Monday


There's really nothing like unintelligible angst mixed with a head-bang. It's when screamo lyrics become understandable that things can go south. Take the band Make Me Famous. It's playing the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 7 tonight — tickets are $10 to $12 — and has a new song on YouTube called "We Know It's Real." It's got a spiritual, Enya-y vibe at first, and then serious rock-business is sought. Problem is, having "But I don't believe that I'm the only one who wants to know the truth about millions of suns" screamed at me is a little hard to take seriously. So at tonight's show, if you're of like mind, maybe don't listen so close. — Bryce Crawford

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13 Tuesday


"Isn't he dead?" That's the reply I got when a co-worker heard I was writing about Louie Anderson. Interestingly, if you type "Louie Anderson dead" into Google, you get 244,000 results, and a bunch of related searches that include "rodney dangerfield dead" (referencing another comedian who showed up in some epic '80s movies), "family feud hosts" (since Anderson was one, from 1999 to 2002); and "Louie Anderson dead or alive," which references the confusion wrought by a long-running Internet hoax. To be clear: The writer/actor/comedian is alive, as is his "family-friendly" brand of humor, and he's doing stand-up at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 7:30 tonight, for $35 to $50. Kirk Woundy


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