Seven Days to Live 

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8 Wednesday

full moon

It may be something of a quiet day here in town, but above us, the moon will be full and lots of critters out there will benefit from it. Humans too, probably. Find out at tonight's 7 o'clock Full Moon Hike at Fountain Creek Nature Center (320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, elpasocountynaturecenters.com), where a naturalist will lead a hike through the park and talk about "six wild ways the full moon affects animals." This Hunter's Moon is also a Blood Moon, as there will be a total lunar eclipse the night before (beginning at about 2 on the morning of the 8th, that is), which should be visible to the western U.S. Resos for the hike are required at 520-6745, and it costs $3 to $4 to attend. — Edie Adelstein

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9 Thursday


If you like 'em dark and weird, we've got two succulent selections to choose from, both opening at 7:30 tonight. First in our theater-off: The one, the only, Bram Stoker's Dracula, being performed at the SaGaJi Theater (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org, $20 and up) by the Fine Arts Center Theatre Company. Next is Rattlesnakes, the season-closing number from Springs Ensemble Theatre that focuses on an English gigolo facing down a trio of masked men married to the women he's been shagging (professionally, of course). Find the performance at 1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., where tickets are $15. Please note: Indy reviews of both shows will follow in coming weeks. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Friday

health & healing

When Colorado Balloon Classic organizers announced that 2014 would be their last year in Colorado Springs, many locals learned a big lesson about taking things for granted. After all, there are only so many events that have been part of the local fabric for more than 30 years, and you never know when they won't be around anymore. So while we have no reason to believe that the Celebration Fair's 36-year run in the Springs is in danger, you may want to visit the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., bmscelebration.com) this weekend anyway. Find astrologers, tarot readers, crystal-sellers and lots more; the fair runs from 1 to 9 today, 10 to 7 tomorrow and 10 to 6 on Sunday, and entry is just $5. Kirk Woundy

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11 Saturday


Tonight's Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert aims to show how one of Tchaikovsky's most renowned symphonies coincided with a great disaster in his life: marriage. This reads like a joke, but it was no laughing matter for the troubled, probably gay, composer, who wasn't compatible with this former student and feared she'd out him. They lived together only six weeks. However, Tchaikovsky soon created Symphony No. 4, a masterpiece that even makes an appearance at the beginning of Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here." Catch the show at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), led by Josep Caballé-Domenech. Tickets run $19 to $55. Edie Adelstein

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12 Sunday


"The last thing you want to do is meet your end dressed as Hello Kitty," declares the Japan Talk travel guide, and who can disagree? Cosplay is a dangerous business, or could be if you fell down a flight of stairs wearing an oversized mouthless cat head. Of course, you're more likely to find Walking Dead and Star Wars characters at this weekend's Colorado Springs Comic and Toy Con, which promises more than 60 toy, comics and memorabilia vendors. Costume contests take place at 5 p.m. both days, and Sunday's is reserved for werewolves, as befits the hometown of the late Lon Chaney. The free event takes place at Embassy Suites (7290 Commerce Center Drive), and you'll find more info at cospringscomicandtoycon.com. Bill Forman

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13 Monday


"I write books of shit, books of clear water. / I am a poet." This comes from Sam Taylor's latest book of poetry, Nude Descending an Empire, sharing his experience of trying to convey, in Chinese, his line of work. Given the structure and complexity of the language, it proved quite a task. Taylor will be reading from his book at 7 tonight at UCCS' Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities (1250 N. Campus Heights, 338-9772). Meanwhile, fellow poet Kate Northrop — of the acclaimed Things Are Disappearing Here — will be reading at the same time at CC's Gates Common Room (inside Palmer Hall, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) with writer H.L. Hix. Both events are free. Edie Adelstein

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14 Tuesday


Tale as old as time, song as old as rhyme. Well, tale as old as 1740, song as old as 1994, if you want to be pedantic. Either way, Beauty and the Beast is coming to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.com) today and tomorrow at 7 p.m. This show is part of the international 20th anniversary tour, reuniting the original Broadway creative team. The Tony-winning production ran from 1994 to 2007 — a staggering 5,461 performances. Tickets range from $37.50 to $60. — Griffin Swartzell


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