Seven Days to Live 

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18 Thursday


Whether you love Tenacious D or just want to rock your leather pants and mullet among kindred souls, Trainwreck is for you. Masterminded by Jack Black's tenacious musical cohort Kyle Gass, the band comes across like a Southern rock version of Spinal Tap, only less subtle. But as with Flight of the Conchords, there's enough musical skill there to keep the shtick from getting played out. You can check out a full 6.5-minute mockumentary (at bit.ly/c93xFD), and then head to the Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer St., Denver, larimerlounge.com) for what's sure to be the year's burliest brodeo. Showtime is 9 p.m., tickets are $11, and people under 21 are prohibited so as not to damage impressionable psyches. — Bill Forman

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19 Friday


The Hebrew expression tikun olam translates to something like "repairing the world" and is usually heard relative to social causes. Pikes Peak Community College curator Laura Ben-Amots adopted it as the title of this month's art exhibit, subtitled Conflict & Harmony. In the show, whose reception runs from 5 to 8 tonight and which hangs through April 16 in the Downtown Studio Art Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 502-4040), local and international print, photography and sculpture artists have offered works that examine humans' relationship to the environment. Attend this evening for a special one-night organic maze installation by De Lane Bredvik, with which local dancers will interact at 6:10 and 7:15. Its deconstruction will send you home with seeds for your garden. — Matthew Schniper

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20 Saturday


If you go to Westside Community Center (1628 W. Bijou St.) today, you'll see so much activity that it'll be impossible to imagine the place collecting dust. And that's basically the point, of course: The Spring Sunflower Festival, which runs from 9 to 5, will funnel money into the Save the Community Centers Fund. One particularly notable way to help: For $1, you get three softballs to throw at a target that, when hit, will drop a City Councilor (either Tom Gallagher or Sean Paige) into a pool of cold water. Then, from 6 to 9, you can make a $25 donation to watch a "Hair Battle" — where area barbers and stylists compete to see who can make local models look prettiest. "It's kind of the equivalent to a modeling show," says organizer Karen Fleming, who adds that there will be door prizes. — Kirk Woundy

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21 Sunday


Thin Air Jazz, the new big band ensemble featuring valve trombonist Phil Allen and guitarist Tom Taylor (both from the excellent Needlewood Orchestra), performs for free from 5 to 7 this evening at the Ancient Mariner (962 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, ancientmarinertavern.com). The 12-piece outfit models itself after Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band, so expect plenty of high notes along with offerings from the Count Basie, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich repertoires. This being the Springs, it's not surprising that the group features a number of current and former members of the USAFA's Falconaires, meaning the level of musicianship is guaranteed to impress. — Bill Forman

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22 Monday


There are terrible things you could do tonight, like work, or eat a TV dinner while watching Cheers and Seinfeld reruns. However, we suggest you see Terrible Things, a rock outfit comprised of members from Hot Rod Circuit, Taking Back Sunday, and Coheed and Cambria. This actually far-from-terrible trio is playing with Sublime tribute band Forty Oz. to Freedom at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com), so treat yourself to some malt liquor and a $10 ticket. Things get going at 8, and all ages are welcome. — Nick Chambers

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23 Tuesday


Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass once said, "Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same." The same is basically true of high school — hell, adolescence — which makes the Wunderkind works at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) all the more interesting. Now in its 11th year, the exhibition (which opened March 11) focuses on 13 area high school juniors and seniors whose work was nominated by their art instructors. Running concurrently is The Way I See It!, a photography exhibition from children ages 9 to 13; catch them both before they close April 3. — Bryce Crawford

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24 Wednesday


In these days of celeb gossip, recklessness makes a career. But there was a time when maturity meant something. Enter Marlene Dietrich, the German actress and singer. With that bone structure and poise, she wasn't a girl-next-door — she was untouchable. Relive her Hollywood glory in a screening of the 1939 western Destry Rides Again at 6:30 p.m. at the Manitou Springs Public Library (701 Manitou Ave., manitousprings.colibraries.org). Destry will be shown as part of the library's free Five Femme Fatales of Film series. (Last month, the library featured Tough Guys of the cinema.) If you can't catch this week, Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits will close out the month. — Edie Adelstein


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