Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Concrete Couch

16 Wednesday


The power of rhyme compels you: Attend FAB LAB from 3:30 to 5:30 today (or any Wednesday) at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589). Crafty local nonprofit Concrete Couch is your host in the wood or metal shop, or "OutBAC," as you create something artsy (from mosaic backsplashes to "weird welded things," in the words of Concrete Couch svengali Steve Wood) or fix a broken item (hand tools, chairs, etc.) that you're encouraged to bring. Think: creative community handymen. There'll be banging. Maybe some welding. Dust and sparks will fly! Things will be re-purposed for the good of all mankind, and occasionally people will high-five afterward. It'll be ... fabulous. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Coquette Bistro

17 Thursday


2013 marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition — at least in most states. Mississippi, for one, held out until 1966, and Kansas banned public bars until 1987. Regardless, around here Prohibition's so eight decades ago, and Coquette's Bistro & Bakery (915 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, coquettesbistroandbakery.com) wants to celebrate at 6:30 tonight, the first of its themed cocktail nights. Dress in costume and come ready to get busy with appetizers, pictures and era-specific cocktails. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Reverend Horton Heat

18 Friday


A little heat is a good thing — whether it comes in the form of the sun kissing your neck, a feisty moment between lovers, or in this case, an evening with the Reverend Horton Heat. If you need to get your blood rushing, I'd recommend starting at 8 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) with the Dallas psychobilly trio known for its high-energy, upright bass-thumping, hard-driving performances. Reno Divorce opens the all-ages show; $17.50 in advance, $22 at the door. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Guatemalan textiles

19 Saturday


The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) sees itself as a DJ with its "Raiding the Crates" series, in which it digs through its 20,000-piece collection for its artistic equivalent of "classic tunes" to display. Past "Crates" exhibitions included the preliminary sketches made for the FAC's 75th anniversary mural and works that responded to its James Turrell/Scott Johnson show. Now, the FAC is unveiling Wrap Art: Guatemalan Textiles from the Permanent Collection, on display today through May 26, overseen by guest curator Beth Olson. Vivid and merry, the textiles represent a tradition stretching back thousands of years. Now that's classic. Admission is free for members, and $8.50 to $10 for others. — Edie Adelstein

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20 Sunday


After years of local hip-hop, jazz and soul musicians informally sitting in on each other's sets, there's finally an ongoing event specifically dedicated to that sort of collaboration. Sunday Night Soul Sessions at Zodiac (230 Pueblo Ave., zodiacvenue.com) is a monthly series that debuted back in October. Hosted by Andrew Wilson, the showcase features a live house band — including Lyrick from Kopesetik Soul on drums, Maddix Jay on keyboards, and Charlie Milo on bass — backing up a variety of singers and emcees. Tonight's session will also feature a 40-minute set from A Black Day, the much-recommended collective featuring Milogic from the Sound Powered Engine crew, HoTT from Audible, Jayoin from Mad Trees, and Ahmad Mitchell from Fidel Redstar. Music starts at 8, cover is $5. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Troupe

21 Monday


Denver's Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Troupe is named for the woman who started it 42 years ago. At 7 tonight, 10 of her performers will take to the stage for free with the Gospel Music Workshop of America Choir at Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Apropos, as Robinson believes the heart of dance is "quite spiritual, and very healing. Very transforming and liberating. And revealing. And uniting. When people can't talk about things, maybe they can begin to move together and connect on a different level." — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Basim Magdy

22 Tuesday


Egyptian artist Basim Magdy likes to promote the incongruities in life. In a 2007 article, the multimedia artist said: "Absurdity perplexes a lot of people. I think we tend to think more about the things we don't understand, because they challenge us ... This, for me is where confusion could become the means of subversion." Magdy also incorporates sarcasm and humor in his pieces, making for a strange mix. Take one work coming to Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave., blog.coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace), in which a smile is drawn on a flower petal, underscored by a line of text: "No one will ever care." Perplexed? Then check out his solo show, opening today with a 4:30 reception and artist's talk. The show's free through March 8. — Edie Adelstein


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