Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Speed Dating at The Cow Pub & Grill

10 Wednesday


Pikes Peak Dating gets it. Well, it sure tries. It offers weekly speed-dating events in an atmosphere it promises will be low-pressure, safe and "effective." Plus, it outfits its website with a clip from The 40-Year-Old Virgin. ("You're about to cram 10 years of pimpage into one day," says Steve Carell's friend. Carell replies, "I don't want to cram pimpage.") On this particular eve, ages 21 to 35 should meet at The Cow Pub and Grill (5885 Stetson Hills Blvd., pikespeakdating.com) at 6:30. Advance registration and $10 gets you in the door. Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Heritage Lecture: "Artistic Reflections of Mining Structures"

11 Thursday


The Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org) will kick off its new exhibit, Artistic Reflections of Mining Structures, and its Heritage Lecture Series with a reception at 6 tonight. The sketches and paintings are part of the WMMI collection and have never before been displayed. The lecture, by metallurgical engineer Robert Phillips, starts at 7 and focuses on the museum's Nordberg Steam Stamp, which spent its working days in upper Michigan's Copper Belt. Make (required) reservations at 488-0880 or rsvp@wmmi.org. Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge The Maxims of Peter Pockets

12 Friday


Take Russian theater, single-actor plays and an English translation, put them into a blender, and what do you get? Probably nothing — abstract concepts don't blend well. Save your time and check out The Maxims of Peter Pockets tonight or tomorrow for a special, two-night-only production at the Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org). This is the first time this Russian play about the life and trials of a young boy has been performed in English, and it will feature Stephen Ochsner and video projections. Shows start at 7:30; tickets are $15. Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Fourth Annual Comic Art Fest

13 Saturday


The real superheroes are the talented illustrators and storytellers behind our great comic book series, so celebrate them at the Fourth Annual Comic Art Fest at Escape Velocity Comics & Graphic Novels (19 E. Bijou St., escapevelocitycomics.com). Festivities, including exhibits and demos from more than 20 Colorado artists like Langdon Foss (The Surface, Get Jiro!) and national names such as DC Comics' Kenneth Rocafort (Superman, Teen Titans), will take place from 2 to 6. Later in the evening, three bands will perform in the adjacent Arts Alley outside of Modbo. Entry is free; children's art activities included. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Steven Wright at the Pikes Peak Center

14 Sunday


Though my generation's exposure to inexplicable, deadpan comedy came via the brilliant bumbler Mitch Hedberg, who died from a drug overdose in 2005, the progenitor who brought it to the masses, and who continues to own the style, is Steven Wright. The Academy Award-winning comedian was launched to stardom by Johnny Carson and has continued near the top in one way or another since. (Cameos run from the lead-in to the cop-torture scene in Reservoir Dogs, to Louie.) Partake of Wright's bizarre one-liners — sample: "All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand" — at 7 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets start at $27. Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Free Comics Art Class

15 Monday


So you hit up the Comic Art Fest on Saturday, and now you want to try your hand at illustrating. Lucky for you, Muse Comics and Games (1350 N. Academy Blvd., musecomicscolorado.com) offers free art classes at 4:30 p.m. Mondays with local talent Gunther Goltz. There, you'll learn the basics of creating your own comics, or more, if you've got a bit of experience already. Supplies are provided, though you're encouraged to bring your own pens and pencils. Come weekly, or just when you can; classes go on through Sept. 29. Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Brother Ali

16 Tuesday


It's hard not to like Brother Ali, especially if you're a fan of socially conscious rap. The hip-hop heavyweight has built a substantial following with politically outspoken anthems like "Uncle Sam Goddamn," which he somehow managed to get away with performing on The Late Late Show. A reverent fan of KRS-One and Chuck D, the Rhymesayers recording artist also deserves respect for bringing local hip-hop duo The ReMINDers along on his Mourning in America Tour. You can return the favor tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) for $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Showtime is 8, with Bambu, Mally, and DJ Last Word opening. Bill Forman


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