Seven Days to Live 

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29 Wednesday


You may have taken renewed interest in Into the Woods after last year's cinematic adaptation with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and crew, which earned several Oscar nominations. Which is good, because it's been nearly 30 years since Stephen Sondheim's fairytale spinoff hit Broadway and won multiple Tony Awards. If in between you haven't caught Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rapunzel up close on area stages, you have another chance through Aug. 29 at The Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, buttetheater.com). This week's performances run at 1 today and Saturday, and at 7 on Thursday and Friday, with seats ranging from $12 to $18. — Matthew Schniper

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30 Thursday


Sure, it may seem confusing that the "Triple Threat Summer Concert Series" actually consists of four concerts, each with one or two acts. But it all starts to make sense once you realize that the free Thursday night series is being co-presented by three local entities: The Gallery of Contemporary Art, The Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Nosh. Besides which, there are only three concerts left in the series. Indie favorites Miette Hope and Edith Makes a Paper Chain take to the Nosh patio (121 S. Tejon St., nosh121.com) at 8 this evening. On Aug. 13, it's a collaboration between hip-hop poet Idris Goodwin and turntablist DJ Gravity. Electronic experimentalists Thug Entrancer and Milton Melvin Croissant III bring the series to a close on Aug. 20. — Bill Forman

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31 Friday


Throw some ham sammitches and sweet tea in the old Igloo cooler and head south to the La Veta Art & Garden Tour, which started Thursday morning with a backyard homesteading class and ends Saturday with a farm-to-table dinner. Live music, artist demonstrations, a farmers market and classes happen in venues all over town, but the weekend's highlight will be Friday/Saturday tours of private gardens and artist studios. Find your way using a free map available at the tour's welcome center (Francisco Crossing, 300 S. Main St., bit.ly/1KoFwHI). Many events are free. — Mary Jo Meade

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1 Saturday


Does a beer taste any better after you wait in a long line in the hot sun to get it? Sometimes I have to believe that yes, it does. Which may help explain why people flock to seasonal brew events. Today, alongside food vending and live music, of course, you can sweat and sip from 1 to 4 at the ninth annual Springs Beer Fest in America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, springsbeerfest.com). More than 50 breweries will pour, spearheaded by mostly Colorado brands. Tickets are $35 (early), $40 (day-of) or $50 (VIP hour-early-entry). — Matthew Schniper

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2 Sunday


In its second year, the urban adventure race ROAR (Really Outrageous Adventure Race) promises to make even more noise with two courses and a "Prehistoric Party!" theme. Gather your team of two to six people, and brainstorm your way to prizes for best team costume and most creative team name. Once you're registered, check in at Basecamp (The Ute and Yeti/City Rock) to pick up your first clue. The first three teams to complete the course of activities across downtown win, and so does local nonprofit UpaDowna, which scores well-deserved proceeds from this family-friendly fundraiser. Register via roarinthecity.com, and track social media updates with the hashtag #ROARintheCity. — Vanessa Martinez

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3 Monday


Take a trip around the area in which the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company operates, and you'll see about every phase of a modern-day mining operation. You can get an even better perspective from now until Labor Day as a part of the company's guided mine tours of the working Cresson Mine. But if you're one for more historical treasures, underground tours of the turn-of-the-century Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine may suit your fancy instead. Tours are $7.50 (Cresson) to $20 (Mollie Kathleen), with proceeds benefiting the museum. Make reservations and find where in Victor to go at victorcolorado.com/mining.htm. — Craig Lemley

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4 Tuesday


Lord, what fools these mortals be. I'm told that some people still think of William Shakespeare more as a mandatory read for stuffy academics than a gold-standard purveyor of dick jokes. Few plays fix this better than A Midsummer Night's Dream. The new production from TheatreWorks (theatreworkscs.org) debuted Thursday the 30th at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road, rockledgeranch.com), and brought a show plus prologue on Monday, Aug. 3. Tonight's show kicks off at 7:30, as do most through Aug. 22. Tickets are $36, $18 for under 18, and free for UCCS students. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets early. — Griffin Swartzell


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