Seven Days to Live 

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14 Thursday
unique unto itself
"We realize the respective media could make light of this event," writes city employee John Leavitt in a press release for the 10th bi-annual Cemetery Skills Competition, "however, it is no less meaningful or professional in nature than are the firefighters, paramedics, or protective agencies' like events. We would very much appreciate it if you would treat this event as you would any similar event."
click to enlarge Match the owner with its dog look-alike at Romp in the - Park.
  • Match the owner with its dog look-alike at Romp in the Park.

You got it, John. We, the never irreverent, always respectful Indy, wouldn't dare make deadpan (zing!) jokes about killer (ouch!) contests such as internment excavation, the backhoe obstacle course and gravely important (bwa-ha-ha!) funeral equipment set-up. We know the winners of said events, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Evergreen Cemetery (1005 Hancock Ave.), will be immortalized (oh, no we di-n't!) forever in the hallowed annals of local lore. Call 578-6646 for more. MS


Good news! The Dorje Chang Buddha has come to America! According to 100 enlightened Buddhist leaders, Master Wan Ko Yee is the third incarnation of this "greatest Buddha in the Universe." Why should you care? Well, a "supreme leader" says the book H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha, III can provide "immediate happiness" on the road to abandoning suffering forever. And from 7 to 9 tonight San Francisco-based Zhaxi Zhouma Rinpoche will be at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church (730 N. Tejon St.) for free, to "introduce the precious Buddha-dharma contained in this book." Anyone interested in becoming enlightened in this lifetime should call 633-7717 for venue information, or 310/494-1671 for additional details. MS

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  • Hooray for history and Cowboy Steve!

15 Friday

When the documentary Breaking Ranks first came out in fall 2006, it was ahead of what has become a bigger story since, as more and more U.S. soldiers have moved to Canada instead of serving in the Iraq war. Michelle Mason's much-lauded film still is highly relevant, which you can discover for yourself at a free 7 p.m. screening tonight at the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado (315 E. Costilla St.), sponsored by the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission. Discussion will follow, along with the latest information on war resister Robin Long. For more on the event, call 632-6189; to learn about the production, visit breakingranksthefilm.com. RR

16 Saturday
Who, besides our lame-duck president, has no use for history? From 10 to noon today, you can attend Hooray for History Day at the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.). The Friends of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum have arranged for music and refreshments in the name of celebrating our history and the 105-year-old building that catalogues it. Plus, they'll welcome the C-SPAN Campaign 2008 bus/mobile studio. You can find out more at springsgov.com, but it's worth noting here that kid-friendly attractions will abound. KW


Of course, if you'd rather keep your little ones away from the likes of "Magic Man Balloon Artist Gary Jones" and "Cowboy Steve," try the 10th annual Romp in the Park, put on by All Breed Rescue & Training. Bring your leashed pup to Cottonwood Creek Park (6740 Rangewood Drive) anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and enjoy dog-owner look-alike contests, the Canine Summer Olympic Games and more, all in recognition of International Homeless Animal Day. Visit haveanicedog.org or call 264-6460. KW
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17 Sunday
If ever there was a time and place to revel in your sloth, it would be just before 11 this morning in Manitou Springs. The fastest Pikes Peak Marathon runners will return then to downtown Manitou to finish their 26-mile journey up and down the mountain. Some of these crazies probably ran the Ascent on Saturday, too. Show up with breath of bourbon, a large coffee and a big, fat cruller. As you watch some of those toothpicks projectile vomit, elbow your buddies and ask them who really looks unhealthy around here. Visit pikespeakmarathon.org for more on the race. KW

18 Monday
Nosh's ambitious T3 (Tejon, Tunes and Tapas) competition, in which local bands compete for a total of $4,000 in cash prizes, continues this evening with a showdown between El Toro de la Muerte, whose post-rock excitations have made them local indie faves, and neo-prog instrumentalists Wide Eyed Awareness, who describe themselves as "uncomfortably energetic." WEA hits the patio (121 S. Tejon St.) at 7 p.m., followed by the Bull at 8:30. Come for the tapas, stay for the Death! Free; call 635-6674 or visit nosh121.com for more. BF

19 Tuesday
A Chicago musician who actually still plays Chicago blues, guitarist/vocalist Nick Moss started out with Jimmy Rogers and Willie Smith before founding the Flip Tops, who've been favorably compared to classic Paul Butterfield. Moss and Co. are on a roll lately with their incendiary 2006 live album and subsequent double CD, Play It 'Til Tomorrow, so expect serious energy when they take the stage at 7 tonight at the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.). And since they had their van and equipment ripped off in Montreal last month, they'll have that much more of the blues to draw on. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; call 884-1094 for more. BF

20 Wednesday
Who else can draw huge crowds with something called "The Rhubarb Tour?" In a sea of snark and sarcasm, he's a gentle, folksy storyteller who teases out the subtle absurdities of life in the country's midsection (and in the fictional town of Lake Wobegon). Yes, I see you hip urbanites rolling your eyes. But love him or hate him, at 7:30 tonight, Garrison Keillor will bring his Prairie Home Companion show (with music by Suzy Bogguss) to Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison). Tickets are $29 to $64 and are available through ticketmaster.com. JT

This week's 7 Days contributors: Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.


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