Seven Days to Live 

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3 Wednesday


Your destination tonight is the Iron Springs Chateau (444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, thestickhorses.com), but it's not to see that vaudeville olio for which you've been so desperately hankerin'. This evening you'll eschew melodrama for improv comedy, courtesy of Stick Horses in Pants. If it's only laughs you seek, 8 p.m. is your start time. To grease your teeth prior, make a reservation at 685-5104 for dinner at 6, 6:15 or 6:30. Performances, which run Wednesdays and Fridays into August, cost $14.50 to $15.50 show-only; $16.50 to $29.50 with dinner. — Matthew Schniper

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4 Thursday


The fact that we associate the "1812 Overture" with the birth of the United States reminds me of a Louis C.K. bit about early settlers encountering Native Americans. "When we came to America it was so nice: It was just Indians — and they weren't even Indians," he jokes. "We called them that by accident, and we still call them that. Like, we knew in a month that it wasn't India, but we just don't give a shit." So at 7:30 tonight, while you're at Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., csphilharmonic.org) watching fireworks, and listening to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic get its Tchaikovsky on, thank Napoleon for invading Russia 36 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. — Bryce Crawford

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5 Friday


If you go to the Musée Carnavalet in Paris and crawl through a warren of Revolution-era relics, you may stumble upon an inexplicable series of tableaux featuring taxidermied weasels lovingly dressed in tiny aprons and bonnets. Closer to home, Manitou artist Liese Chavez offers a similar aesthetic — bizarre, beautiful, and just a little unsettling. Peruse or purchase her small works in ink and watercolor, with husband Kris Chavez's glass enamel jewelry, from 5 to 8 this evening at the Funky Caravan (2606 W. Colorado Ave.) during Old Colorado City's First Friday ArtWalk. — Caroline Swinford

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6 Saturday


What can go wrong when you combine tap-dancing and lip-syncing with artificial rain? The Thin Air Theatre Company is prepared to "make 'em laugh" with their stage adaptation of the classic musical, Singin' in the Rain. To hear the crooning of Debbie Reynolds and Gene Kelly sound-alikes, attend a showing at 1 or 7 p.m. at the Butte Theatre (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, buttetheater.com). Tickets run $9.50 to $15.50 and the show plays through August. — Hannah Brenneman

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7 Sunday


The only early July happening more reliable than a picnic in blazing heat and gusting wind is the Pikes Peak Arts Fest in America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, pikespeakartsfest.com). This free shindig runs 10 to 6, Friday through today. There are more than 100 visual artists showing work, plus family activities, demonstrations and other artsy shenanigans. Live music, poetry readings, tai chi and dozens of food vendors round out the event. Windchimes, anyone? — Nathaniel Kelley

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8 Monday


Whenever a person tosses a pie into another person's face, on television, in film or otherwise, I shed a tear. Not for the cream-covered victim, but for the baked good. It's such a waste. So I'm grateful the only throwing to go down at tonight's Good Ol' Summertime Ice Cream Social & Pie Baking Contest is of the competitive sort. From 5:30 to 8, two bucks will get you a slice, and $1 will get you a scoop, at Manitou Springs' Soda Springs Park (1016 Manitou Ave., manitousprings.org). — Kirsten Akens

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9 Tuesday


Dessa is the lone female member of Doomtree, which she described in an Indy interview as "some hybrid of a production house, a gang, and an independent music label." And while women are still underrepresented in hip-hop, as well as most other genres, the Minneapolis poet/emcee/songstress does more than her share to make up for that. Need proof? Listen to Dessa's just-released Parts of Speech album or, better yet, see her tonight at the all-ages Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Doors open at 7, and tickets are $10/advance, $12/door. — Bill Forman


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