Seven days to live 

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12 Thursday


UCCS students in a class exploring the relationships among music, theater, visual art and film will showcase their collaborative senior projects from 6 to 8 tonight inside Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, smokebrush.org). The free exhibition, aptly titled CoFusion, will range in media from an animated film screening by Stephanie Havens to a comedic sketch performance by Mathilde Lemoine. At 6:30, Student Academy Award semifinalist Sarah Lotfi will screen her new short film Waking Eyes. And lastly, as commentary on the commodification of contemporary pop music, Jordan Hall will be doing sporadic musical performances throughout the night from ... wait for it ... inside a vending machine. — Eric Calder

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13 Friday


You gotta hand it to someone who titles his exhibit "Fuck" (albeit in German, with a punny caveat that can also mean "bird"). But perhaps next time, Brett Andrus, whose solo show, Vögel(n), opening tonight at the gallery he co-owns, S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St., themodbo.wordpress.com), could use a slightly more nuanced word, or just let the art do the talking. One of the images does have some boobies in it (the blue-footed kind), after all. Next door at the Modbo, you'll find something less intense, but no less talented, in a solo show by local favorite Lorelei Beckstrom. Both shows open tonight with a reception and live music from 5:30 to midnight, and are on display through June 3. — Edie Adelstein

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14 Saturday

ranch days

While there's a host of activities going on at today's Chico Days at Chico Basin Ranch (15 minutes east of I-25, halfway between Colorado Springs and Pueblo; detailed directions at chicobasinranch.com), the one that sounds the most fun to me is the "Dung Beetles at Work" workshop led by Frank Krell of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Course if dung's not your thing, how about bird walks, plains hikes, bike rides, ranch animal petting, fishing, or wagon rides? You can spend a full day, beginning at 8, experiencing this working cattle ranch. Admission fees ($25/adult, $15/child, $55/family of four) support the Ranchlands Learning and Research Center Fund. — Kirsten Akens

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15 Sunday

poetry and prose

Two free poetry events today allow you to get in with the local lit scene — one session repping the East and the other, the West. The first meeting of the only active Colorado chapter of the Haiku Society of America will take place at Mediterranean Cafe (118 E. Kiowa St., hsa-haiku.org) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to read his or her take on the ancient Japanese art, and credit the economy of the poetic structure for eliminating any long-windedness. Meanwhile, At the Table with Poetry West is a new venture with readings, as well as writing and critiquing sessions, from 5 to 7. This one takes place every Sunday at Poor Richard's Book Store (320 N. Tejon St., poetrywest.org). — Eric Calder

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16 Monday


Troy DeRose's graphic design roots inform his current style, which incorporates collage and paint methods that result in lively panels reminiscent of Cold War-era propaganda posters. Imagine Sterling Cooper with a pop art edge. Rather than subtle incorporations of text, the Modbo Collective member artist scrawls giant messages over his subjects: "Forget How You Feel," or "Please Don't Waste My Time." Check out both his archival and latest works through month's end at Swirl Wine Bar (717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, swirlismybar.com), where the entry is free and the hooch obviously isn't. — Matthew Schniper

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17 Tuesday


Singer Susan Tedeschi couldn't beat the Derek Trucks Band for 2010's Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy, so she joined it instead. At 9 tonight, the Tedeschi Trucks Band brings its "swampy mix of rootsy, rockin' American music" to Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Tickets are $25 ($15 for KRCC members) and get you prime seating for the love fest; Trucks is, after all, Tedeschi's husband. — Bryce Crawford

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18 Wednesday


Meet CrossFit: "Workouts comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running) executed at high intensity," says CrossFit SoCo's website. Watch CrossFit run at SouthSide Johnny's (528 S. Tejon St., crossfitsoco.com), where crazed athletic-types meet to traverse a roughly three-mile route — hitting America the Beautiful Park, Fountain Creek and CrossFit SoCo's main location on West Las Vegas Street — then back up South Tejon for grub and drink specials, as official members of the new, hybrid SouthSide Johnny's Running Club. See CrossFit at 6 tonight, and find it every Wednesday night thereafter, running — run CrossFit, run. — Bryce Crawford


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