Seven days to live 

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4 Thursday


"Slow Jamz" reminds us that a mellow beat is a good idea in the clubs, you know, to break up the pace a little. But to get a two-for-one, you can work out while you dance, courtesy of Nightclub Zumba held at the Mansion (20 N. Tejon St., dancez.us). This weekly hoedown will go from 6:45 to 8 p.m., hosted by local company DanceZ. Tonight's kickoff is free, but bring $8 from here on out. Think of this as your "New Workout Plan." It's what Mr. West himself would've wanted. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Friday


Tonight, you'll sit in front of a screen not in your living room; the question is, will it be the one at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) showing Warren Miller's Wintervention, or the one at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, theatreworkscs.org) showing the National Theatre Live broadcast of A Disappearing Number? You'll recognize the first as part of Miller's 61-year tradition of ski-porn; seats are $21 and the flick plays at 6:30 and 9:30 tonight and 6 and 9 p.m., Saturday. The latter, $13 to $15, and playing tonight at 7, Saturday at 2 and 7, and Sunday at 4, won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. — Matthew Schniper

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6 Saturday


The choreographers I saw while taking a dance class in Taiwan were able to manipulate body movements in ways I never dreamed of in all my years of dance training. With that, I recommend Ormao Dance Company's fall concert, which will feature world-renowned Taiwanese choreographer Chung-Fu Chang. This local modern dance company will also perform a new piece based on the Mexican novel Like Water for Chocolate. Catch it today at 8 p.m. or tomorrow at 2; tickets are $16 in advance and $20 at the door of the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center (21 Broadmoor Ave., ormaodance.org). — Leah Barker

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7 Sunday


You can learn a lot from an artist like Ghostface Killah. Stop by defjam.com, for instance, to watch his "Wizdom of the Week," in which the Wu-Tang Clan emcee offers relationship advice — like what to do when you've got a "spoiled bitch who don't even want to motherfuckin' cook or clean" — while scenes from Pam Grier blaxploitation films run in the background. But the best reason to see him at 7 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, all ages, $17/adv, $20/door) is to hear highlights from his eight-album solo career, some Wu-Tang classics and, most likely, songs from his recent Wu-Massacre collaboration with Raekwon and Method Man. — Bill Forman

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8 Monday


Around Vail, Aspen and much of northwest Colorado, there's no stopping the beetle-led assault on trees. But according to Jan Burke, the White River National Forest's health coordinator, with death comes rebirth. And responsibility: "It is an opportunity and obligation ... to manage how our forest recovers," as she put it to newwest.net in September. You'll surely hear her elaborate at tonight's State of the Rockies lecture, titled "The White Is Turning Red: Case Study of the White River National Forest." Along with Burke will be Tony Dixon, deputy regional forester of the Rocky Mountain Region. The free talk starts at 7:30 at Colorado College's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Kirk Woundy

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9 Tuesday


At 4 today, author and Colorado College professor David Weddle will present his book Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions. Some things that might qualify: The election is over; you might not have heard, but the election is over; the entire year has passed and I've just noticed it's no longer May; my car has been running for more than six months with a lit check-engine light, a cracked-and-spreading windshield, bald tires and a failing heating system; the election is over, etc. For better examples, hit Weddle's free presentation in CC's Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Bryce Crawford

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10 Wednesday


Grease is not the word today. The word is art. At the Pikes Peak Library District's East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org), you can look at art via the free Into the Light show — recent works by photographer David Vessey — that hangs through Nov. 28. At Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., #111, smokebrush.org), you can buy art at the Eco-Art Market until Dec. 23. And, last but not least, you can enjoy a road trip down south and grab a cup of joe with your art at Wireworks Coffeehouse (103 S. Union Blvd., #110, Pueblo, 719/543-3000), which is showing pieces by Brian Palomar and Jason Eklund throughout November. — Kirsten Akens


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