Seven days to live 

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20 Thursday


Counting to 1 billion would take about 31 years, 251 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes and 39 seconds. One billion was the world's population roughly 200 years ago. In 2011, the population will reach 7 billion, and counting to 7 billion would take more than 217 years. It's a number that is causing environmental, humanitarian and social crises around the world, as tackled in the documentary Mother: Caring for 7 Billion. It will be shown at the Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org) at 6 and 8 tonight, and is free to attend. — Ellie Cole

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21 Friday


There are plenty of great art openings to visit between 5 and 8 p.m. today, but if you have to pick just one, go with the ladies. Femme Forms at Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Art Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., crosspollinationcollab.com) features "divergent interpretations of the female form and its significance through the eyes of four artists." That quartet is made up of paintings by Brett Andrus and Margaret Kasahara, photography by Carol Dass, and installation art by LeRad Nilles. The show is part of the city-wide bee program Cross Pollination, a link that likely will be covered at a panel discussion, titled Spirituality & Fertility, on Nov. 9 (date subject to change, check the Cross Pollination website). — Edie Adelstein

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22 Saturday


When you think about acrobats, you may think about clowns, circus animals and tightrope walkers. Well, that circus act is a little different from the show that will fill the stage of Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) at 7:30 tonight. The Golden Dragon Acrobats, straight from Hebei, China, will dance, show off their brilliant costumes, and incorporate music and theater into their lively, entertaining performances. Trained from a young age, these amazing acrobats have demonstrated their art to all 50 states and more than 65 countries. Tickets cost $25. — Ellie Cole

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23 Sunday


Did you know that, at one point, Johannes Brahms resolved to give up composing? Or that Jean Sibelius was featured on the Finnish 100-mark bill until 2002? Or that Frank Ticheli is still alive? All true (Wikipedia says). So use this new knowledge to enjoy Brahms & Sibelius, the latest in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Masterworks series, which also includes Ticheli's "Shooting Stars." The performance begins at 2:30 this afternoon at Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), though if you can't make that — and, you know, read ahead to this blurb in the calendar — there's an 8 p.m. Saturday performance. Tickets run from $19 to $57. — Bryce Crawford

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24 Monday


Gobs of novels and non-fiction tomes and dresses and tops and purses on sale, along with chocolate and port wine and hot cider to partake in all in one space. Really, what could make your Monday better? Maybe knowing that Black Cat Books and Safron of Manitou (720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitoubooks.com) have merged into one building and are celebrating their grand re-opening week with all of these things every day between now and next Monday? Or maybe, just maybe, the fact that Black Cat Books will finally have a feline to call its own. Safron's proud puss greeter, Scarlet, will be making the move as well. — Kirsten Akens

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25 Tuesday


Pretty sure we can all agree that the best part of the Blue Man Group is Arrested Development's Tobias Fünke or, at least, his goal to join the act. "Sadly," he says in one episode, his body painted bright blue, "it turns out that the part I had destroyed my life to get had already been cast." And so it goes for the analrapist (analyst/therapist). But if your goal is simply to catch the "exciting and wildly outrageous show that leaves the entire audience in a blissful, euphoric state," then hit the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) tonight (or tomorrow, or Thursday) at 7:30; tickets start at $40.50 — Bryce Crawford

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26 Wednesday


One might think the answer would be something simple like "trampolines, Lolcats, sex, chocolate or beer," but apparently, the question "What makes people happy?" isn't that easy to solve. In fact, you have to send a documentary filmmaker to more than a dozen countries to chat with scientific experts and ordinary people to satisfy the query, sharing tips like breaking out of routines and connecting with others. At 6:30 tonight in Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., thehappymovie.com), you can connect with director Roko Belic at a screening of his film, Happy. Entry is free, but voluntary donations to TESSA and Inside/Out are welcomed. — Matthew Schniper


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