Seven Days to Live 

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1 Wednesday


Celebrate the start of Arts Month with tonight's 6 o'clock free Artini kick-off party at The Mansion (20 N. Tejon St., peakradar.com/artsmonth). Being of age is the sole requirement for enjoying drinks, performances by acrobats and belly dancers, spoken word from Idris Goodwin and much more. If that's not your scene, the rest of October offers events — concerts, lectures, galas, art shows, plays — literally every day. Seriously. Some are brand-new ventures, others are held in partnership with the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the force behind Arts Month. Edie Adelstein

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2 Thursday


Brought to you by the brilliant troupe behind Death Wore Elevator Shoes and It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly, the latest serial show by Wynot Radio Theatre returns to the stage. The Short Hello played last winter at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and is being reprised at 7 tonight, and all Thursdays through Saturdays through Oct. 25, at the El Pueblo History Museum (301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, rickluger.com). Expect the same detective-story format emerging from a Golden Age radio studio, hilarious commercials and sound effects intact. Seats for the all-ages spoof comedy are $20. Matthew Schniper

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3 Friday


Both of the shows that open tonight deal with breasts in ways honest and artistic, with hopes of raising money for breast cancer research. They also figure to shed some tasteful, compassionate, non-objective light on women's bodies, as opposed to what we've seen in recent Fappenings. Both exhibits — Pikes Peak Busts at Boulder Street Gallery (206 N. Tejon St., boulderstreetgallery.com) and Breast Cancer: The Courageous & Beautiful at the Bridge Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., thebridgeartgallery.com) — host opening receptions from 5 to 8, with the latter holding a silent auction. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Saturday


Did you just LOVE Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus? Maybe even buy one of the 50 million copies sold? Are you remotely curious how a one-man stage show featuring a bearded guy in a plaid shirt can market itself as "sexy"? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, you may already be planning to see Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus — Live! starring Peter Story at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) tonight. The 2013 mashup of theater and stand-up is in town for one night only, with tickets $50. — Kirk Woundy

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5 Sunday

kids & family

Peter Davison's Up in the Air is this incredibly smooth, juggling-dancing-drumming-"poet of motion" thing — a sinuous string of kinetic witticisms and pathos. The guy's a former national juggling champion; he's co-artistic director of Boulder Ballet; his boyhood idols were Alexander Calder and Batman, and he'll be in our fair city this weekend. Catch one of four shows: Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and today at 1 and 3, at Millibo Art Theatre (1620 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org/up-in-the-air). Tickets are $12, and reservations are recommended. Mary Jo Meade

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6 Monday


Canadian singer-songwriters are kind of different. From Leonard Cohen to Feist, there's a certain exoticism that slips through, even when the music is stripped down to a lone voice and guitar. Bahamas (aka Afie Jurvanen) and Basia Bulat are Toronto-based artists whose musical approaches are consistent with the company they keep: Bulat's new Tall Tall Shadow album was co-produced by Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury, while Jurvanen was a touring guitarist with Feist, who contributes guest vocals to his latest release. The two tourmates will be sharing a bill tonight at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., 8:30 p.m., $10, ivywildschool.com), and it's a safe bet there'll be at least one autoharp in the house. While the more cynically inclined might find it all a bit precious, indie-folk fans are guaranteed a good time. Bill Forman

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7 Tuesday


John Anderson knows a thing or two about Ute prayer trees in the Rocky Mountains. How much does he know? Why, he wrote the book on them, set to come out later this year. And if you want to know more, head to Pikes Peak Community College's Centennial Campus (5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3007) at 9 o'clock this morning. Anderson, a retired El Paso County sheriff, will discuss the variety of reasons the Utes modified trees, which include "navigational, medicinal, nutritional, educational, burial or spiritual purposes." Next time you hike, you'll know why and how that tree is bent the way it is. — Griffin Swartzell


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