Seven Days to Live 

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14 Wednesday


In El Paso County, and even within Colorado Springs city limits, it's quite possible that oil-and-gas types will soon be drilling wells deep into the ground; sending water, sand and undisclosed chemicals into those wells at high pressure; and cracking shale to free some natural gas. What's the worst that could happen? Filmmaker Josh Fox has spent years trying to answer that question, first for 2010's Oscar-nominated documentary Gasland, and now for Gasland 2, due out soon. (While you're waiting, catch The Sky Is Pink, Fox's short film on fracking in New York, at vimeo.com.) He'll be speaking at Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu, free) at 7 tonight, and chances are you'll be treated better there than Fox was on Capitol Hill in February, when he was arrested while trying to tape a committee hearing. — Kirk Woundy

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15 Thursday


Before Rage Against the Machine and Paul Ryan, there was Jackson Browne and John McCain. Same story, different year. You'd think these politicians would get the permissions-use stuff by now, but of course, that's hardly their biggest problem. Back to Browne, though, a perennial winner thanks to his songwriting skill and collaboration choices (Warren Zevon, need I say more?), who will perform the last leg of his acoustic tour at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets run $45.50 to $65, with opener Sara Watkins. — Edie Adelstein

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16 Friday


Film is your master this weekend, with two area festivals vying for attention outside the multiplexes. The first is the inaugural Rainbow Cinema festival, which replaces the 12-year-running Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival. The free fest kicks off at 6 tonight in CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., 373-4809) and continues at 5 on Saturday and Sunday nights, featuring batches of recent LGBT-friendly films. The second is Pueblo's 24-Hour Film Festival, screening at 8 tonight in the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater for $10 (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., sdc-arts.org). All features were shot, edited and finalized inside of 24 hours just days prior, with a new challenge this year to incorporate product placements for local businesses. — Matthew Schniper

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17 Saturday


At 7:30 tonight, the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., tinyurl.com/cecorf5) hosts Video Games Live, featuring music from popular video games performed by world-renowned orchestras and choirs. Co-creator Tommy Tallarico says the event has "all the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra combined with the energy [and] excitement of a rock concert mixed together with all the cutting edge visuals, technology, and interactivity that video games provide." For gamers and non-gamers, this extravaganza has exclusive video footage, synchronized lighting, well-known Internet solo performers, and unique interactive segments, all performed to the beats of memory-embedded songs from Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, World of Warcraft and God of War. — Kiki Lenihan

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18 Sunday


There are lots of reasons to attend the last day of the Chipita Park Association's annual Arts & Crafts Fair at Marcroft Hall (9105 Chipita Park Road, 687-4422). For instance, the fair, which began yesterday and runs today from 10 to 2, benefits the association's efforts to support neighboring Ute Pass communities. But you might say there are even more reasons to craft in the first place, at least according to a quote from Phyllis George, who in 1997 wrote Craft in America: Celebrating the Creative Work of the Hand: "Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history." Now that's a win-win, yo. — Bryce Crawford

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19 Monday


When Bruce Springsteen played Austin's SXSW conference back in March, he and his E Street Band put on a 2½-hour show that would have silenced any naysayers mourning the disappearance of the pop star's "glory days." Flanked by guitarist sidekicks Little Steven and Nils Lofgren, Springsteen led his 16-piece ensemble through stunning renditions of career-spanning favorites, as well as a couple Woody Guthrie covers in honor of the late protest singer's centennial. What was most surprising, though, was how well renditions of new songs like "We Take Care of Our Own" and "Jack of All Trades" held up alongside classics like "Badlands" and "Thunder Road." And while "Born to Run" was conspicuously absent from the Austin set list, the signature hit has been cropping up regularly during encores on this second leg of the band's Wrecking Ball Tour. You can hear for yourself tonight at the Pepsi Center (1000 Chopper Circle, Denver, pepsicenter.com); showtime is 7:30, with tickets ranging from $48 to $98. — Bill Forman

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20 Tuesday


NASA, Snoopy, Colorado Springs and Charles M. Schulz: Let's connect the dots. Snoopy, featured in Peanuts comics by the legendary Schulz, was chosen in 1968 to be the mascot for NASA's safety program. A year later, one of the Apollo 10 lunar modules was named after the canine caricature. In the 1950s, Schulz briefly lived in Colorado Springs, which is still the site of Space Foundation headquarters. This is a brief sketch, but you'll find more at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., cspm.org) in its To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA exhibit, which opened Saturday and features Snoopy prints, memorabilia and comics relating to space. Admission, as always, is free. — Celine Wright


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