Seven days to live 

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31 Thursday


Lewis Black's got one message for you: Trump 2012. "He'd make a terrible president," the comedian ranted on a recent Daily Show with Jon Stewart. "But we're done with presidents! ... What we need is a crazy Third World dictator, and Donald Trump has what it takes to be that: He's already got a plane with his name on it, solid gold buildings, a harem ..." Grab tickets for $45 to $59.50 and support Black on his In God We Rust tour at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Because, after all, Lewis risks a cerebral aneurysm so that you don't have to. — Bryce Crawford

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1 Friday


"LOOK, IT'S MOVING! IT'S ALIVE! IT'S ALIVE!" Henry Frankenstein's famous proclamation is no less appropriate for TheatreWorks' screening of National Theatre Live's Frankenstein. Much like this stage adaptation's title character, the broadcast isn't exactly live so much as reanimated, due to the fact that most smaller cities don't get the actual live simulcast. Still, "IT'S A WEEK OLD! IT'S A WEEK OLD!" — while technically correct — feels somehow less compelling. Directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire fame, the production screens at 7 tonight, at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and at 4 on Sunday at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Cragwood Drive, theatreworkscs.org). A ticket will cost you $15. — Bill Forman

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2 Saturday


Our library's free and fifth annual Mountain of Authors event runs from 12:30 to 6 today at the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org), so have your pens at the ready. The day of lit-biz discussions gets underway with talks by local paranormal fiction authors, and headliner Jerry B. Jenkins, who co-authored the Left Behind Christian series, will cap off the conference at 4. In between, you'll get Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Jim Ciletti and 20-some other locals in an author showcase, and a panel discussion on publishing. — Eric Calder

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3 Sunday


There's something strangely attractive about the gritty, grimy and even gross in photography. Take "Da Bronx" by Brie Filler — a shot of a gnarly old pay phone scrawled with marker, jammed with trash and surrounded by a menagerie of bright, playful graffiti sprayed onto the walls behind it. It's not Mayberry, but aren't you glad? See more of Filler's shots of the dirty, but hardly drab, urban landscapes strewn with street art at Domino (10 S. 25th St., briefillerphoto.com): It's open from noon to 5 today, 11 to 6 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 to 6 on Saturdays through the end of the month. — Edie Adelstein

3 Sunday


Naked people and art are as inextricably linked as naked people and everything else, and Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School is just one more example. Originally started in a Brooklyn dive bar in 2005, it's now a nationwide franchise that combines burlesque dames, figure drawing and debauchery in one night. Requiring nothing but a "strongly suggested $15 donation" and the ability to maneuver a writing utensil, the 6 p.m. event pairs the Peaks and Pasties burlesque troupe with the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240) in a glorious trifecta of modern bohemian spirit, miraculous creative expression and a little T&A. — Bryce Crawford

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4 Monday


Terry Tempest Williams has been through the Springs a few times over the past 10 years, but this time the conservationist and author will receive the 2011 Champion of the Rockies award from Colorado College. As a result, she'll open the eighth annual State of the Rockies Conference at 7:30 tonight at CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu) with readings and a signing. The conference runs through April 6 — and includes a screening of National Geographic's American Serengeti — though Tempest Williams, who shows through her writing "how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice," will definitely be a highlight. — Kirsten Akens

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5 Tuesday


Metalcore from New Hampshire (Our Last Night), experimental rock from Belgium (Atilla), death metal from Santa Cruz (Arsonists Get All the Girls): These are just three of the far-ranging sounds that $12 ($14 at the door) buys you tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., sodajerkpresents.com). Armor for the Broken, A Bullet for Pretty Boy and Across the Sun are also playing the all-ages show, which starts at 6. MySpace samplings left me needing a soothing mug of chamomile tea and a hug, but you might have a good time. — Matthew Schniper

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6 Wednesday


At first you might think a band out of Mississippi that likes to sing patriotic songs would be categorized as country.Saving Abel, however, breaks out with a solid rock sound while honoring the troops. The band has previously toured with other rock headliners like Nickelback, Hinder and Papa Roach, but at 7 tonight, Saving Abel will perform solo, surely playing its latest single, "Miss America," when it hits the stage at the Fort Carson Special Events Center (Bldg. 1829, Specker Ave., mwrfortcarson.com). The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call 526-1867. — Matt Ruppert


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