Seven Days to Live 

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27 Wednesday music

You don't go to a nostalgia package like the Happy Together Tour expecting to hear the Turtles sing "Grim Reaper of Love." But you can count on frontmen Mark Volman and Howie Kaylan to croon hits like "Elenore," "She'd Rather Be With Me" and, of course, "Happy Together." The same goes for the lead singers of Grand Funk Railroad ("We're an American Band"), Three Dog Night ("One Is the Loneliest Number'), Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels ("Devil With a Blue Dress"), and Gary Lewis & the Playboys ("This Diamond Ring"). Each will deliver six-song sets, followed by an all-onstage medley of two dozen more Top 10 hits. Whether that sounds delightful or depressing — most likely a little of both — it all takes place tonight at the Colorado State Fair (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com). Showtime is 7, tickets are $20. — Bill Forman

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28 Thursday lecture

She won seven Olympic medals, was named American Swimmer of the Year twice and posed for Playboy. But, considering the beginning of Amanda Beard's 2012 best-selling memoir In the Water They Can't See You Cry, fame and success don't count for much: "Bleeding and broken on a bathroom floor. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. Why was I such a loser?" Self-mutilation, bulimia and depression are just the beginning of what the 32-year-old has dealt with, a story she'll share at 7 tonight at Colorado State University-Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, csupueblo.edu) in the school's first installment of this year's Distinguished Speakers Series. Admission is free. — Bryce Crawford

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29 Friday culture

Yves Saint Laurent merged fine art and fashion in the most wearable ways — witness the Mondrian dress — but that's more or less ready-to-wear compared to the haute couture creations of the late Alexander McQueen. On the other end of the spectrum is clothing made from paper sculpture, recycled or organic materials, as you will see tonight at Cottonwood Center for the Arts' (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) inaugural Wearable Art Night. Based on the success of its Body Art nights, Cottonwood has asked locals to access their inner designers, whom you can "meet" for a $3 donation between 5 and 8. — Edie Adelstein

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30 Saturday farewell?

In a classic line from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, our hero describes his best friend thusly: "Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you'd have a diamond." Viewed from out here in Regular-People-Land, various players in the Colorado Balloon Classic debacle seem similarly sphincter-challenged. Yes, LART funds are supposed to be used to attract tourists, and the Springs has repeatedly shown that it's more important to keep tourists happy than to keep residents happy. But just this once, would it kill you guys to play nice so the people who actually live here can enjoy their damn balloons in peace? To enjoy this (maybe) last year of the Balloon Classic in the Springs, head to Memorial Park for inflation at about 6:30 this morning; ascension's at 7, weather permitting; Balloon Glo is at 8 p.m. (balloonclassic.com). Mary Jo Meade

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31 Sunday birthday

Beer? Bikes? Birthdays? Brilliant! To celebrate Bristol Brewing Company's 20th birthday — as well as our own 21st — the Independent is throwing a birthday parade. Join us at our office at 235 S. Nevada Ave. — from there we'll be biking along Tejon Street for 6-ounce toasts at four of the first places to pour Bristol beer. As with all of the best parades, there is a costume contest. Dress like you did when you turned 21, and you can win prizes at the Bristol Pub after-party. If you're 21 or older, pre-register for this free event at tiny.cc/vpyukx, then bring your bike and helmet and check in at the Indy just before the parade. — Griffin Swartzel

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1 Monday art

I've had the pleasure of judging the Commonwheel Artists Labor Day Art Festival before (as my colleague Edie Adelstein will do this year), happily spending hours to take in the immense assortment of artworks and handicrafts on display. Now in its 40th year, the fest continues its excellence from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday through today, in Fields Park (101 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). Peripheral attractions include live music, a beer garden and diverse food vending; admission's free, as are shuttles from Manitou Avenue stops. — Matthew Schniper

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2 Tuesday lecture

The good folks at the local Colorado State University Extension office have set up an "Ant and the Grasshopper" moment. Two of them, actually. At 2 p.m. today at the new CSU Extension office (17 N. Spruce St., elpasoco.colostate.edu), then again at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Garden Ranch YMCA, they'll host "Firewise Landscaping," a course on "how to protect your home from fire with pointers and tips on creating no-fire zones and eliminating 'fire ladders.'" Yes, we're post-Labor Day in a kind fire season, but you know how the story goes: "It is best to prepare for the days of necessity." — Kirk Woundy


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