Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Ray Kurzweil at CSU-Pueblo

23 Wednesday


Given that we ran our 3,000-word interview with futurist inventor Ray Kurzweil just last week, suffice it to say that he's the author of 2005's The Singularity Is Near, the controversial bestseller in which he makes the real-life case for a post-human world wherein the line between man and machine is irrevocably eradicated. Oh yeah, and also that he invented a reading machine for the blind (Stevie Wonder bought the very first one way back in the '70s), launched a line of state-of-the-art synthesizers that's been going for three decades, and has just been hired by Google to teach its computers how to think. He'll try to do the same for you during his free Distinguished Speaker Series lecture at 7 tonight in CSU-Pueblo's Hoag Recital Hall (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, colostate-pueblo.edu). — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Sea Wolf will perform at Black Sheep

24 Thursday


I don't remember how I ran across Sea Wolf during my sophomore year of college, but I do remember running down into the common room of my dorm, completely ignoring the fact that my bubblegum-pink pajamas were on display for half the campus to see, and forcibly dragging my audiophile buddies Tim and Brian upstairs: "You have got to hear this song!" Frontman Alex Church's production values have gotten more baroque, as have his lyrics, since the days of "You're a Wolf," but that's all the more reason not to miss this deliciously spooky cousin to Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes, playing an all-ages show at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, $10-$12) at 8 tonight. — Claire Swinford

click to enlarge Hootenanny for the Arts is a fundraiser for COPPeR

25 Friday


Apparently "hootenanny" used to be a synonym for a "thingumabob," but most folks now likely think of a folk music throw-down when they hear the word. Which is entirely not what tonight's Hootenanny for the Arts event is from 6:30 to 9 at The Mansion (20 N. Tejon St., coppercolo.org). Instead, it's a fundraiser for COPPeR's Peak Arts Fund and post-production of the local film Creep! Area visual artists, dancers and musicians will perform and $25 tickets ($30 at the door) include appetizers and three drink tickets. The finest Rat Pack-era costume wins a trip to Las Vegas, plus a new Creep! trailer will screen, and graphic mastermind Langdon Foss will provide 100 limited-edition Creep! tribute posters ($20). Guess all that newly defines a hootenanny. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge The tenth science-fiction convention, COSine

26 Saturday


Named by combining our city's airport designation with a math joke, COSine is rocking its 10th year in existence, with the Crowne Plaza (2886 S. Circle Drive, firstfridayfandom.org) hosting the science-fiction convention. It's a good time, too. Author S.M. Stirling, who has written novels in the alternate-history and time-travel genres, is the guest of honor, but attendees will also find lectures, like "Science Fiction TV Shows — Failures and Successes," various role-playing games, and readings from folks with awesome names like David Boop, Sourdough Jackson and Mem Morman. Friday-through-Sunday tickets are $10 to $45, with single-day admission from $15 to $30. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center

27 Sunday


The character lineup for today's 2:30 p.m. Colorado Springs Philharmonic performance at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) includes fairy kings and Norse valkyries. The settings include Paris, Hades and a ballet orgy. You had no idea classical music could be so cheeky, did you? Tickets cost $19-$59 for this Masterworks show (also running Saturday, Jan. 26, at 8), helmed by Josep Caballé-Domenech, tunes courtesy Wagner, Weber, Mozart and Beethoven. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge The Toasters will perform at Black Sheep

28 Monday


When you talk about the Toasters, you talk numbers. Like, that the ska band has performed 5,000-plus live shows. That it's been around for 33 years, and its number of past members is even greater. But that doesn't mean the Third Wave outfit has no soul. When the Indy interviewed group founder Robert "Bucket" Hingley back in 2007, he embraced the band's ever-changing lineup. As he put it: "Once a Toaster, always a Toaster." So there you have it. Take your $12 and head to the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) for the band's all-ages, 7 p.m. show, opened by Mrs. Skannotto and the Stem Beach Soul Revival. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Delta Rae will perform at the Bluebird Theater in Denver

29 Tuesday


If you missed this month's Forbes cover story, "30 Under 30: Meet the Disrupters Reinventing the World," we'll let you in on a little secret about the music-category honorees: Nearly all of them are rich! OK, not shocking, but it's still a nice surprise to find Delta Rae in the elite company of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and numerous music industry moguls. Personally signed to Sire Records last February by Seymour Stein (who discovered Madonna and the Ramones), the severely talented North Carolina group has yet to enjoy overnight success. But while it does have its Fleetwood Mac ear-candy moments, what matters most are the passionate vocals of Brittany Hölljes and Elizabeth Hopkins — think Grace Potter times two — along with the often-stunning mix of swampy Americana and righteous gospel on tracks like "Bottom of the River." Catch them tonight at 8 as they disrupt the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bluebirdtheater.net) for $15/adv, $20/door. — Bill Forman


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