Seven days to live 

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18 Thursday


What does Karen do when she's left her husband and has no money and nowhere to go? She cries on a bus. Then she meets someone who helps her pick up the pieces, rediscover herself, and build a new life. Watch the story unfold at the Cornerstone Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org), where the Independent Film Society of Colorado presents Karen Cries on the Bus. The subtitled Colombian film, directed by Gabriel Rojas Vera, will be screened at 6 tonight along with the Australian short Lessons From the Night, which runs for nine minutes. Tickets are $4. — Cherise Fantus

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19 Friday


"... And of course, there's always the beloved Smoking Baby." That's area stage talent Cory Moosman summing up his "retooled" version of Death Wore Elevator Shoes, which played locally in spring 2010 but has opened for a revived run at Cripple Creek's newly renovated Imperial Hotel (123 N. Third St., rickluger.com). At both 7 and 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 27, catch the brilliant parody of live radio via six actors who portray nearly 100 characters; a new segment allows audiences to spin a wheel to randomly determine which serial will be performed within the larger show each night. Tickets run $10 to $15. — Matthew Schniper

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20 Saturday


If you're ready to "be immersed in the process of sound," or "participate in resonating an amplified house" — and you can bring 10 bucks and a picnic dinner (supping's at 6) — then you're ready for Scaled Dwellings: Composition for House, Landscape, Computer and Musicians. It's a sound-based performance-art piece built on the concept of "home." At 7 tonight, the Peak Frequency Brass Quintet and other musicians will start rocking UCCS' Heller Center for Arts & Humanities (1250 N. Campus Heights, www.uccs.edu/~peakfreq) as part of the university's Peak Frequency Sonic Arts Festival. With events scheduled through October, Peak Frequency is supposedly the Springs' first festival dedicated to shedding light on the expansive artistic properties of contemporary music. — Bryce Crawford

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21 Sunday


Today's 14th annual Fairview Cemetery Crawl (1000 S. 26th St., occhs.org) will let you in on stories about its dead. Now, along with who's buried there, I'm curious about how they're buried; I grew up across from graveyard-turned-park Pioneer Park, which has the great addition of a man entombed in a train's boiler. The roughly 90-minute tours cost $8 to $10, the first beginning at 10 a.m. and the last at 2. One last tip for Fairview: Be sure to catch a lovely headstone carved into the shape of a tree. However the woman lies underneath, she sure was missed. — Edie Adelstein

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22 Monday


In Outside, you can step inside the world of Michael Baum, a local painter who portrays the Southwestern landscape, and appreciate the work of fellow local Laszlo Palos, who takes used metal objects and turns them into pieces whose value comes from their form, shape and feel, rather than how (or whether) they perform a task. The two sets of works will be on display at the Commonwheel Artists Gallery (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) beginning with Friday's 5 p.m. opening reception and running through Sept. 12. — Demetrius Burns

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23 Tuesday


"Death Cab for Cutie / Someone's going to make you pay your fare." So sang Neil Innes' pre-Monty Python outfit, the Bonzo Dog Band, back in 1967. Exactly 30 years later, Ben Gibbard repurposed the song title as the moniker for what's become one of indie-rock's most durable bands. Death Cab for Cutie's seventh album, Codes and Keys, was released in May and finds the group toning down the guitars and upping the electronics, a bonus for fans of Gibbard's Postal Service side project. Catch them tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, redrocksonline.com) for between $36.75 and $42.50. Showtime is 7:30, with Scotland's Frightened Rabbit doing theopening honors. — Bill Forman

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24 Wednesday


Bees scare me, so you wouldn't think I'd care that Colony Collapse Disorder is causing their rapid disappearance. But honey, I do — and you should, too — because about every third bite of food you eat comes from crops pollinated by commercial honeybees. You can learn all about this crisis in the documentary Vanishing of the Bees, at 6 tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, vanishingbees.com). Arrive early for "Bee Happy Hour" with lemonade and Bristol Brewing Co.'s Beehive beer or mead, beeswax art by FutureSelf youth artists and other bee-related activities. After the film, experts will discuss local impact and ways to take action. — Jenny Rackl


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