7 Days to Live 

click to enlarge Food Talks: Community

17 Wednesday


Local Food Week has been underway since Saturday, but today in particular hosts a very active schedule — from 9 a.m. all the way to 9 p.m., with the "Food Talks: Community" seminar. Aside from an optional jaunt to the Ivywild School for Colorado Farm & Art Market activities, five separate panels, presentations or screenings will take place inside Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/csLocalFood), addressing everything from a local tiny farm initiative to challenges concerning agriculture and business. All the sessions are free; visit the website for details on each. Matthew Schniper,

click to enlarge Monument Art Hop

18 Thursday


Today is the last date for 2014's Monument Art Hop, an opportunity to check out local businesses in downtown Monument until 8 p.m. (monumentarthop.org). Attractions include dinner specials, patio specials and live music. For example, Covered Treasures Bookstore (105 Second St., coveredtreasures.com) will host local authors Dorothy Yoder and Tarashea Nesbit for a book signing; and the Posh Pineapple (251 Front St. #9, poshpineapplecolorado.com) will bring in Kathie and Russ Huffman, owners of the Ruffled Cup Bakery in Black Forest, to make cupcakes and savory muffins. Eat, read and be merry. Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Much Ado About Nothing Unplugged

19 Friday


If Shakespeare were alive today, he would surely regret not having conceived Much Ado About Nothing as a bluegrass musical. But UnMasqued, a "nomadic theatre company" whose members all seem to have settled in Los Angeles or Oklahoma City, is setting the Bard to banjos with Much Ado About Nothing Unplugged. This version recasts Shakespeare's courtly characters as a modern-day folk band called the Arragons, and hilarity, as it will, ensues. The play debuted in L.A. earlier this summer and has made its way to the The Mezzanine (20 N. Tejon St.) for a Sept. 17-21 run. Find showtimes at themezzcos.com, where tickets are free but RSVPs are required. Bill Forman

click to enlarge The Red Violin

20 Saturday


Joshua Bell's Feb. 26 appearance serves as the biggest event in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's 2014-15 season. And this weekend, the Philharm will kick off said season with a nod to Bell. 1998 film The Red Violin featured the young virtuoso's playing — apparently, he would literally hide behind the actors and go to work, letting them fake it for the camera. Five years later, composer John Corigliano completed a full concerto built on what he penned for the film, and you can hear it at 8 tonight and 2:30 tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Tickets run $21 to $63. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Euforquestra at Manifest

21 Sunday


Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts folks couldn't be more excited for today's inaugural Manifest event. A ticker on manifestcolorado.com has been counting down the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until three stages of music (which include performers Euforquestra), yoga, culinary demos, literary lectures and more take over five Manitou Springs parks. Organizers hope to show off a town no longer hamstrung by natural disasters, as well as to "bring together people from all of these areas for a manifestation of mind, body and spiritual well-being — to educate and celebrate the whole self through music, yoga, food, arts, and fitness." Ya dig? — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Super Science Mashup

22 Monday


Give that new 3D printer the night off and indulge in a little discreet brain-tickling with your fellow geeks at this month's Super Science Mashup in the Ivywild School gym (1604 S. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/l370lx). Tonight's topic, "Breaking Beer: Chemicals, Toxins and Hangover Cures," will be accompanied by telescope viewings (weather permitting) with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. It's all brought to you by the Pikes Peak Skeptics Society, it's free, there'll be a cash bar, and doors open at 6:30 for a 7 p.m. start. (As a warmup for zee leetle gray cells, take a squint at tiny.cc/rl80lx.) — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge Picasso  Matisse  Chagall

23 Tuesday


What it took for Marc Chagall and over 1,000 pounds of his artwork to flee Europe during World War II is impressive and terrifying. You can read the full story at tiny.cc/e3wxlx — it includes great strokes of luck on everyone's part — and then see some pieces that just may have made that very journey at Picasso Matisse Chagall, which opened this week at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org). This exhibit of prints from a private collection focuses on a period in 1920s Paris in which the three worked. It stays up through January and is only $3 to $4 for non-members to see it. — Edie Adelstein


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