Seven days to live 

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1 Thursday


Following its Sundance Film Festival debut, where writer/director Ryan Piers Williams earned a nomination for a Grand Jury Prize, and preceding its national release in late July, The Dry Land screens tonight at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, windridercolorado.com). The 7 o'clock showing, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and cast members, marks the last installment of this year's Windrider Film Forum. The story tracks a soldier who comes home from Iraq and struggles to readjust to life in rural Texas, and it "extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative" according the film's website. Seats are $10 ($5 for students). A free screening and Q&A for active and retired military and their spouses only will also be held at 2 p.m. on Fort Carson today. — Matthew Schniper

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2 Friday


This summer's

World Music Series got off to a spirited start last month with a packed performance by Colombia's Bomba Estéreo at Armstrong Hall. Weather permitting, the second installment will move outside to CC's Armstrong Quad (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., krcc.org) for the tropical sounds of Ocote Soul Sounds, the new group from Antibalas founder Martín Perna. (Antibalas, as reported in our festival cover story last month, is the house band for the Fela! musical that's been racking up Tony nominations on Broadway.) The free performance starts at 7 p.m., so stake out your lawn space early. — Bill Forman

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3 Saturday

children's theater

Ever hear the song "A Frog Named Sam"? Yeah — me neither. But I have heard "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Route 66." Arlington, Mass.-based Ben Rudnick & Friends mix original songs with well-known tunes and add their own bluegrass feel. Be like the band and put on your favorite tie-dye shirt for tonight's Ice Cream Theatre at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). The show starts at 7 and will be followed by ice cream and crafts. Rudnick also plays on Friday, with a variety of other family shows following every Friday and Saturday, except July 8 and 9, through August 7. Tickets are $10. — Lea Shores

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4 Sunday


Fun fact about July 4: It's the best holiday on which to have a birthday. My sister knows it and has decreed a tradition of buying a fat firecracker to explode in the back yard ("Best $10 Dad ever spent!"). Well, she lives in another state and I shouldn't promote such awesome foolishness here, so enjoy America's birthday with good, clean fun at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site (3202 Chambers Way, rockledgeranch.com) from 10 to 5, or Manitou Springs High School, (401 El Monte Place, Manitou Springs, 685-2004) from 8 to 10:30, or on the athletic fields at U.S. Air Force Academy (556-2263) at 4. Expect nice views of fireworks, food and music at each locale. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Monday


We don't get many of these legitimate Monday holidays, but that's the case now, a true three-day weekend for the masses, with ample time for more than just fireworks. From Saturday through today, 10 to 6 each day, the sixth annual Pikes Peak Arts Fest returns to America the Beautiful Park (Colorado Avenue and Cimino Drive, pikespeakartsfest.com). It's a three-day event now with live music, all kinds of arts and crafts (including hands-on activities) and food with a special beer and wine garden (covered, with seats) supplied by Bristol Brewing as a fundraiser for the Julie Penrose and Uncle Wilber fountains. Plenty of sun and warmth should help the crowd, not to mention the fact that attendance is free. — Ralph Routon

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6 Tuesday


Each time I visit Hawaii, I find something new to fall in love with. On my most recent trip, it was the mix of influences in the state's music. The Polynesian glow, geological hymns and a theme of community can all be found in the creative melodies of Hawaiian tunes. Luckily, HAPA graces the stage of nearby Venue 515 (515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, thebac.org) at 7 tonight, allowing you to treat your soul to the best of Hawaiian music but also saving you 12 hours of sitting and a high-priced plane ticket. Show tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. — Sarah White

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7 Wednesday


Though it sounds kind of like a secret spy mission, an "informance" is actually a talk-back following a dance show. Tonight's combo lecture/performance features Taiwan-based 8213 Physical Dance Theatre, part of the seventh annual Colorado College Dance Festival (artsfestival.coloradocollege.edu/dancefestival), performing its piece "Ripple Effect" on a 7-by-7-meter glass box. The event begins at 7:30 in the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.) and tickets are $5 at the door. The festival continues with an assortment of events, including public classes, two faculty gala performances and a young artists' performance in the following weeks. — Kelsey Fowler


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