Seven Days to Live 



You know tonight's screening of This American Life — Live! will be pretty good. For one thing, it's This American Life, which has been near the top of its game lately. (If you haven't heard the recent radio show about the kid who set himself on fire, seek out the podcast.) For another thing, it's not really live — what's showing at 6 is a special "encore screening" of the stage performance that 400 screens showed live two weeks ago. They wouldn't show it again if it had bombed, right? And finally, Hollywood Theaters Interquest Stadium 14 (11250 Rampart Hill View, 434-4444) is charging $18 to see it. You pay $18 to get into a movie theater, the show had better be good. — KW



Nothing says wholesome like the name Napalm Death. Tracks from the band's latest studio thrashfest, Time Waits for No Slave, sound like Metallica played at double speed, but with more raspy vocals. Kind of like what you'd expect a big, hairy, angry Muppet to sound like were he fed uppers and cajoled into song over the report of several machine guns and mightily amped electric guitars. But hey — all that's a good thing if you're into speed metal. The band has put out more than an album per year since 1987, which is saying something. (I'm not sure what ... but something.) Catch them at 7 tonight with Toxic Holocaust and others at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., ticketweb.com). All-age tickets are $18 ($20 at the door). — MS

9 Saturday

books & bikes

Lois Pryce may not call herself a biker babe, but on the "Old Flames" page of her Web site (loisontheloose.com) you'll find photos of six motorcycles she's loved and lost. Now, the number of "loves" is no surprise, because she's the type to have ridden 20,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina, and another 10,000 miles across Africa. If you miss her talk at 5 p.m. Friday at Poor Richard's Bookstore (320 N. Tejon St., poorrichards.biz), you can hear stories of Pryce's expeditions from 3 to 4 today at "Lois on the Loose," a presentation and book signing at Adventure Headquarters (3250 N. Nevada Ave., #102B, advhq.com). — JT

10 Sunday


Along with sonic brethren Steely Dan and Hall & Oates, blue-eyed soulman Boz Scaggs pretty much owned the mid-'70s pop charts. A former Steve Miller Band guitarist, Scaggs reinvented himself as an uptown crooner on 1976's Silk Degrees, an album saturated with hits ("Lowdown," "Lido Shuffle," "Georgia," "Harbor Lights") that remain his signature songs to this day. A gifted and expressive singer, Scaggs will also draw upon his recent forays into blue-eyed jazz in his gig today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com); expect more of the rarified style of Gil Evans-Miles Davis collaborations than the standard-issue Nelson Riddle imitations everyone else does. Tickets range from $42 to $57 for this 7 p.m. Mother's Day show. (Awww ...) — BF

11 Monday

organ music

Oddly, the answer is C. (Oh, that type of organ ...) Beginning at 6:30 tonight at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral (22 W. Kiowa St.), a free progressive organ recital at four downtown venues gets hummin'. First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) picks up the tune at 7, followed by First Congregational Church (20 E. St. Vrain St.) at 7:30 and First United Methodist Church (420 N. Nevada Ave.) at 8. Stick around FUMC for a dessert reception. If you want more info, call 633-8888. — MS

12 Tuesday

ancient text

Next time you're perusing the shelves at the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., ppld.org), be sure to hit up the Special Collections wing for the Power of Print show. On display through Oct. 31, it's a collection of original documents such as a page from the first American Bible, printed in 1663, as well as reproductions of famous handwritten items such as the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence. There's also an English political cartoon mocking the American Revolution. Maybe someday, an ancient copy of The No Spin Zone will have future generations pointing and laughing. — EA

13 Wednesday


Most of the world has experienced the hilarity of Monty Python in some form. Probably millions also know about Monty Python's Spamalot, which won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical on Broadway. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table bring their quest for the Holy Grail to Denver's Buell Theatre (1000 14th St.) for a five-day run starting at 8 tonight, with performances each evening as well as matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets ($30 to $105) are available at denvercenter.org or 800/641-1222. — RR

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


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