Seven days to live 

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6 Thursday

a cappella

You might not be a Cornell grad who sang with Here Comes Treble, and you may not be aware of UCLA's "wildly proliferating a cappella scene" (we sure weren't), but that doesn't preclude you from attending tonight's 7 o'clock performance by L.A.-based sextet Sonos at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). The three men and three women cover everything from Björk and Rufus Wainwright to Radiohead and Bon Iver, apparently, and in the words of one reviewer, brim with "fiery fervor, major dynamics and sexual tension." Tickets are $12 ($8 for students, from Cornell or otherwise). — Matthew Schniper

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7 Friday


It's not every emcee who'll profess to being "more Coldplay than Ice-T" when it comes to women. And it's certainly not every emcee who'll follow that up with a song about having sex with a raver who inserts a glow stick into ... a delicate place. But that's what Murs (known as Nick Carter to family and, presumably, a very special raver or two) pulled off on Murs 3:16 — The 9th Edition, widely considered an underground hip-hop classic from 2004. The Living Legends member and former Def Jux artist is still at it, and tonight the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., ticketweb.com) welcomes him and his generally thoughtful approach, along with opening acts Sick Jacken of the Psycho Realm and the Springs' own Black Pegasus. Doors open at 9, and the all-ages show is $13. — Kirk Woundy

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8 Saturday


Pop revival concerts can sometimes hold an unforgiving mirror up to less flattering aspects of the aging process, but the East L.A. triple threat of War, El Chicano and Tierra should be at least a cut or two above the typical nostalgia-fest. Of course, the purveyors of "Low Rider," "Spill the Wine" and "The Cisco Kid" need no introduction. But the politically charged El Chicano (the first Chicano band to play Harlem's Apollo Theater), as well as its jazzier spin-off group Tierra, are no less worthy of attention. Along with the first incarnation of Santana, it was these three bands who finally brought Chicano rock back to the charts, after the decade-long drought that followed Ritchie Valens' passing. The show kicks off at 7 tonight in the Colorado State Fair Events Center (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, ticketmaster.com), with tickets ranging from $25 to $55. — Bill Forman

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9 Sunday


Hopefully you read ahead on our calendar and were reminded that today is the last day you'd want to forget: Mother's Day. Enjoying its 97th go-round, Mother's Day recognizes a phenomenon shrouded in mystery, as explained by Phyllis Diller: "It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge." Logical or not, motherhood is one of the tougher jobs out there, and you don't need us to tell you how to celebrate in style — though if we know one person who likes to go out to eat, it's your mom. — Bryce Crawford

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10 Monday


I remember reading Booker Prize-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha in college, and laughing my ass off, not just because Dublin native Roddy Doyle wrote some hilarious text, but because my roommate, who'd failed to do the reading one night, got called on in class the next day. I slid him my book with a few highlighted lines, and he began BSing, surprisingly convincingly, to my amusement. Get your own copy of Doyle's trilogy-concluding The Dead Republic, signed at 7:30 tonight after a reading at the LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver, tatteredcover.com). Or don't, and familiarize yourself first with A Star Called Henry or Oh, Play That Thing, the first two pieces in Doyle's "The Last Roundup" trilogy. — Matthew Schniper

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11 Tuesday


Since its opening just over a year ago, the Inner Space at Poor Richard's (322 N. Tejon St.) has grown substantially, adding yoga and tai chi classes, open meditation sessions, as well as lectures and the new Writers Reading Series. All of its events are now by donation only. And this month, the Inner Space welcomes its newest instructor, Patrick Campo, who will lead Breakfast Yoga from 7 to 8 a.m. today and every Monday through Friday. Campo began practicing yoga six years ago and has traveled multiple times through Central America "testing different styles and absorbing in different atmospheres." For a full schedule of Campo's other classes, as well as what else is going on at the Inner Space, visit downtowninnerspace.com. — Edie Adelstein

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12 Wednesday


For years a musician friend of mine had a Far Side cartoon tacked to his fridge showing the afterlife. Those entering heaven were being handed harps. Those headed the other direction were greeted with, "Welcome to hell ... here's your accordion." So when I watched the trailer for tonight's film at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org), I couldn't help but think of Gary Larson's genius. The Wind Journeys is a folk tale of sorts set in Colombia, about the squeezebox of the devil himself. According to the story, the evil one lost it in a bet, then placed a curse on it, causing anyone who plays it to be "doomed to live the life of a troubadour." Tickets are $5 to $6; the film starts at 7. — Jill Thomas


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