Seven days to Live 

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19 Thursday


I'm a bigger Styx fan than I knew. A search of my iTunes brings back four of the arena band's biggest hits: "Come Sail Away," "Blue Collar Man," "Renegade" and — my personal favorite, if performed The-Dan-Band-from-Old-School-style — "Lady." (You're my motherfucking lady / Of the morning!) Though I can pretty much guarantee your $50-to-$75 ticket won't get you that rendition at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), it might get you plenty of blank stares and synchronized dressing, if the band's promo photos are anything to go by. — Bryce Crawford

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20 Friday


It seems every TV channel now has a competitive dancing show, but we'd recommend actually leaving the house tonight for the inaugural Show Out in the Rockies Stepshow at 7. Competing for prizes in teams categorized by club, school and age, local crews will clamor to rock the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., majestic-entertainment.com) with synchronized percussive stomping, slapping and shouting in the step dancing style. These shows seem to benefit more than, say, ballet, from hooting and hollering from the crowd, so feel free to help pack the place. Tickets run $7 to $10 and kids 6 and younger get in free. Earnings will benefit the city's Youth and Community Programs. — Eric Calder

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21 Saturday

Philharm farewell

I recently had the honor of not just sitting in on, but sitting among, Colorado Springs Philharmonic musicians during a rehearsal. It was truly thrilling, and left me with new levels of respect and awe for the entire orchestral production. Of particular interest was watching conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith periodically stop the music and sternly correct a section ("It's not dah-dah-dah — dah, but dah, dah-dah-dah!" or something like that). Tonight's 8 o'clock Farewell Concert (which repeats at 2:30 Sunday) featuring Tchaikovsky and Bruckner works at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org) pays tribute to Smith and celebrates his decade at the Philharmonic. Smith was originally slated to conduct, but due to illness, has opted to pass the baton to the Philharmonic's newly selected maestro, who after a two-year search, will be unveiled tonight. Those are two compelling reasons to pitch $18 to $57 for a seat. — Matthew Schniper

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22 Sunday


From a pop kitsch perspective, Curren$y's "Michael Knight" video — which pays homage to an '80s David Hasselhoff series — may be your best introduction to the New Orleans rapper's skills and sensibilities. Unless, of course, you're a total stoner, in which case you can start with pretty much anything. A former protégé of both Lil Wayne and Master P, the much-buzzed emcee's career has been in full blaze since he signed to Warner Bros. earlier this year. He's got a new Alchemist-produced mixtape called Covert Coup, and is following up with another album, Weekend at Burnie's, in late June. Tonight's all-ages 8 o'clock show at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) could be one of those rare "saw him back in the day" gigs, so don't sleep on this one. With Corner Boy P, Fiend, Young Roddy and Trademark, $18 in advance, $20 at the door. — Bill Forman

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23 Monday

literary event

Movies are never as good as their source books. And I loved Sara Gruen's 2006 novel Water for Elephants so much, I'm nervous to ruin the experience with the Reese Witherspoon and Edward-from-Twilight film. If you're a better person than I, though, and saw the flick the weekend it released, tattered book in hand, you should attend this month's free Read the Book, See the Movie discussion at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble Briargate (1565 Briargate Blvd., bn.com). Questions like, "Did they ruin the ending?" and, "Vampire or veterinarian? Who reigns supreme?" are sure to top the agenda. — Kirsten Akens

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24 Tuesday


Gwyneth Paltrow's version of a garden party probably comes together with the help of three parts veiled pretension, two parts name-dropping and a dash of soul-draining wealth. A look at goop.com shows Paltrow is poised to be the new Martha Stewart (though to give Stewart credit, at least she never claims to be a regular person), but you can shed such nonsense and attend the artistic Garden Party at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). Just trade the picnics for oil paintings by Deb Bartos and polymer clay jewelry by Mo Morrow, both Colorado Springs residents whose works comprise the show. Commonwheel is open daily for browsing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and this party lasts until June 13. — Edie Adelstein

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25 Wednesday


Spring-fed ponds, a flowering meadow, some Gruyère and flatbread and a screaming Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52: You could only be at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org), and it could only be Picnic-n-Planes. For a suggested parking donation of $5, you can bring a picnic lunch, grab some ground, and watch the Thunderbirds soar for Air Force Academy graduation. The air show is scheduled for somewhere around 12:30, which leaves you a chance to join a tour of the WMMI either before lunch (at 10 a.m.) or after (at 1 p.m.). Its current exhibit, A Facet of Coal, comes down May 30. — Kirk Woundy


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