Seven Days to Live 

16 Thursday


Back in 1998, when Justin Timberlake had barely shed his mouse-ears, Christopher Bridges, aka Ludacris, was already collaborating with hip-hop hero Timbaland. At the time, Bridges was studying music management at Georgia State University, and it seems to have paid off. Within four years, his Pepsi endorsement had triggered a condemnation from Bill O'Reilly for the rapper's glorification of "guns, violence, drugs and disrespect of women," O'Reilly having particular expertise in that fourth category. Ludacris has now sold more than 20 million CDs, and this latest tour should move a few more. Catch him at 7 tonight for $41 in CSU-Pueblo's Massari Arena (2200 Bonforte Blvd., ticketmaster.com). — BF

17 Friday


In a recent interview, poet Mark Yakich said he didn't even like to read until his late 20s, when, as a friendless ex-pat in Brussels, Belgium, he found poetry books a good stand-in for companionship. It's a good thing he was so lonely because all that reading poetry led to writing poetry. The next thing Yakich knew, he was being published and praised, eventually winning the 2003 National Poetry Series. Yakich will be reading from 7 to 9 tonight in room 302 of UCCS' University Center (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 338-9772). Check it out and imagine what the world might be missing had this guy made a friend or two in Belgium. — RC

18 Saturday

chakra balancing +

Considering that the Celebration Metaphysical Fair has now been running longer than the average lifespan of a unicorn (roundabout 30 years), it's fair to say that locals have established favorite annual exhibitors and vendors. Take for instance Sandy Duveau, who brings her $10,000 bio-feedback camera from Sacramento, Calif.; it takes pictures of your aura. (Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts ...) "I am a little, old round lady," she wrote to me last month, "and while others my age are retiring, I get to roam the world having fun with my toy ..." Well, don't kill Sandy's good times by failing to drop by the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., celebrationfair.com) sometime between 1 and 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $5. — MS

19 Sunday

orchestra music

Even if you're not that deep into classical music, and don't recognize works by name simply by hearing a few notes, most likely you would recognize Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, first performed 200 years ago in Vienna, as well as Mozart's Magic Flute overture. Now add in piano concertos, including a special appearance and performance by Keith Emerson of progressive rock Emerson, Lake and Palmer fame (if you heard "Lucky Man" on the radio, you'd remember that too). It adds up to a Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert worth seeing, either at 8 p.m. Saturday or 2:30 p.m. today at Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org). Tickets run $10 to $50. — RR

20 Monday


In a YouTube interview about her work in Darfur, local Doctors Without Borders volunteer Janet Kerr says, "In the midst of all of the trauma and all of the horror that I heard about, there were some things that really kind of inspired me." She goes on to tell the story of a young man who survived an attack on his village only to find himself literally paralyzed with fear. Counselors at the mental-health center where Kerr worked, helped him deal with his trauma and walk again. Today at 5:30 p.m., Kerr will talk about her experiences and the people she met in Darfur at a free Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Region meeting at Crowne Plaza Hotel (2886 S. Circle Drive, 264-9087). RSVP requested. — JT

21 Tuesday

youth art

Adolescent artwork by masters like Picasso are always astonishingly humbling by way of technical virtuosity. The subject matter is equally refined and mature but doesn't always offer the innocent evidence of a learning curve. What could be more fascinating than artistic growth in action? Therein lies the academic argument for checking out the high school art show across the hall from Celebration Place in the Citadel mall (820 Citadel Drive East, 387-9015). It's part of the city-wide 47th annual Young People's Art Exhibition and the awards ceremony happens today from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibit will only be up through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. And like the parents all say, the next Picasso could be on display. — EA

22 Wednesday


Uh oh, White Stripes frontman Jack White has recruited the Kills' vocalist Alison Mosshart for his new Dead Weather side-band, which played its first public gig this past Tuesday in New York. Coincidentally enough, the Kills' brutally beautiful new Black Balloon EP was released the same day. Here's hoping Mosshart and co-hort Jamie Hince will keep on killing. Either way, it'd be a mistake to miss their 9 p.m. show at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder, foxtheatre.com). Admission is $15 in advance, $18 at the door, with the Horros & Magic Wands opening. — BF

This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Rhiannon Conley, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Jill Thomas.


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