Seven Days to Live 

30 Thursday


What could be funnier than a beturbaned skeleton puppet named Achmed the Dead Terrorist? How about an arena-level ventriloquist who still hasn't gotten the hang of that whole talking-with-your-mouth-closed thing? You get both with Jeff Dunham, who performs at 8 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). The 47-year-old Dunham likens himself to "the little kid walking by the tiger cage putting a stick in it," which may explain his tantrum last fall when a commercial featuring him and Achmed was deemed racist by the South African government and pulled from the airwaves. Here in America, though, you can still get in touch with your inner racist for just $42.50. And be sure not to forget next week's Hitler Youth rally! — BF

1 Friday


First Friday art roundup time, so here we go: Hit up Old Colorado City for the First Friday ArtWalk (between 23rd and 27th streets on Colorado Avenue, shopoldcoloradocity.com) between 5 and 8 p.m. for new shows, a book signing and refreshments. The galleries will collect non-perishable foods for Westside CARES during the receptions, so grab a can or two before heading out. Also, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., galleryuccs.org) will open its senior show, The Lights Are On: Artgasm, tonight, with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30. And there are even more openings in Manitou Springs and downtown, so pace yourself. — EA

2 Saturday


In the past 10 years, comic books have gone from sticky-fingered fun for geeks to super-hip mainstream entertainment. If you haven't jumped on this bandwagon yet, then today, Free Comic Book Day (freecomicbookday.com), is the day. You can pick up superhero samples absolutely free at Bargain Comics (19 E. Bijou St.) from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Briargate Library (9475 Briar Village Point) from 1 to 3 or the Woodland Park Library (218 E. Midland Ave.) from noon to 3. Get one, or fail to achieve sweet dorkdom. — RC

3 Sunday

big feet, big feats

When I attended my first Incredible Circus MAT performance a couple years ago (my good friend was one of the comedic stilt walkers), I was genuinely surprised by the level of talent featured. Perhaps I unfairly expected a show just for the kiddies, but I was quickly impressed by professional-level illusions and acrobatics and charming clowning. And I didn't miss the questionable treatment of large animals inherent to the big ring. Today offers 1 and 3 p.m. performances of this seventh annual tradition at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org), to follow up on Saturday's 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. shows. The same schedule runs May 9 and 10; all seats are $9. — MS

medieval martial arts

A Ben Roberts e-mail comes with the signature, "We often become that which we pretend to be." At 10 this morning, take a step toward becoming a legendary warrior, or a middle-aged man who can mow his lawn without panting, by joining Roberts and members of his Black Falcon School of Arms (blackfalconschool.com) in the northern part of Monument Valley Park, at the intersection of Fontanero Street and Culebra Place. This is Black Falcon's summer kickoff event, "urging people to get in shape and lose weight the medieval way — by learning the martial arts of the past." Open mind suggested, weapons not required, since Black Falcon provides them "as necessary." Seriously. — KW

4 Monday


Three-time O. Henry Prize winner Tobias Wolff will read from his highly praised body of work tonight in Colorado College's Armstrong Theater (Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Wolff is known for his short stories and his 1989 book, This Boy's Life; based on his childhood, it was made into a film starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. And his latest collection of short stories received the 2008 Story Prize. The free reading begins at 7, to be followed by the obligatory Q&A and a book signing. — RC

5 Tuesday


Though it didn't make it to Colorado Springs theaters, when Wendy and Lucy was released in 2008 it made our critic Jonathan Kiefer's Top 10 list of movies — and that ain't easy to do. Now, thanks to the Independent Film Society of Colorado, you've got a chance to see it. At 7 tonight, catch the film at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, ifsoc.org). It's a timely tale about a young woman (Michelle Williams) of modest means whose situation becomes fairly dire after her car breaks down and strands her in a small Oregon town. Tickets are $5 to $6. — JT

6 Wednesday

musical theater

In all likelihood, only the most diehard Beatles fans know why the name of the Fab Four tribute show playing at 7:30 tonight and Thursday, May 7, in the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) is called Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. "Rain" was a Beatles song, actually the flip side to the 1966 hit single "Paperback Writer," but never on an album until later compilations of the group's work. It's all part of history, which is what you get with this show: an acclaimed band (with the same hairstyles) with videos and songs from throughout the Beatles' run. Promos say to expect "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." If the band can pull that one off, it's a show worth seeing. Tickets are $27.50 to $47.50. — RR


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