Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Popera

7 Wednesday


It's summertime and the livin' is easy, so what better time to reintroduce the most tenacious earworms of musical theater and opera? Participants in the 2013 Vocal Arts Festival present their free musical cranial invasion, POPERA, at 6:30 tonight in Colorado College's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., operatheatreoftherockies.org) with favorites from South Pacific, Showboat, Carmen, Madama Butterfly and more. Whether you're looking for enchantment or itching to wash that man right outta your hair, you're doomed to walk out humming "Toreador en garde." — Caroline Swinford

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8 Thursday


Just a week after the appointment of Brewers Broads matriarch Aly Hartwig as Pikes Peak Brewing Co.'s new assistant brewer, Focus on the Beer brings Ali Benetka to Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., focusonthebeer.com) for its latest Meet the Brewer event. Benetka, of Denver's Renegade Brewing, is one of two female head brewers in Colorado, so toast to a welcomed rise of women in the industry. Perhaps with an 11-percent ABV triple IPA, a rye IPA or poblano Mexican amber, among other featured beers. Entry's free; pay by the pint. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Jake Shimabukuro

9 Friday


Jake Shimabukuro covers a lot of ground with just four strings, reinventing pop tunes like "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" as stunningly virtuosic instrumentals. And while last year's Grand Ukulele album found him recording live-in-the-studio with legendary producer Alan Parsons and a 29-piece orchestra, the 36-year-old musician's stripped-down solo performances still convey a special kind of magic. Catch him at 8 tonight when he returns to Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) for $20/advance, $25/door. — Bill Forman

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10 Saturday


BRILLIANT is a chance to burnish your art-scene cred, swank it up, and raise some money for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Galleries of Contemporary Art (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/goca). Starting at 7 tonight, the organization says in a release, "We're transforming GOCA 1420 (our 2,800 square foot campus gallery) and the outdoor UCCS plaza." If last year's recap video is any indication, get ready to dig on some dancers, drinks, DJs and a whole lot of pink. Tickets run from $20 to $185. — Bryce Crawford

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11 Sunday

special event

A lot of different flowers make a bouquet, and today a lot of different people make up the Everybody Welcome Festival, where everyone is ... well, welcome. The diversity-celebrating events carry on daily through Aug. 17, but today, bring a lawn chair or a blanket to America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, csdiversityforum.org) for the free World at the Peak Festival. Arrive at 10 for a Zumba class, then stick around for myriad multicultural entertainment, ethnic food and festive activities that will take you on a stationary trip around the world until 4. — Hannah Brenneman

click to enlarge Sarah Milteer

12 Monday


Local artist Sarah Milteer has a different perspective than most on the regional landscape. Hailing from northwest Scotland, she employs a palette colored in the cool greens and blues of the lochs and hills there, but is still able to capture the ruddy world around her here. See for yourself at Landscapes: Sarah Milteer, her newest collection now on display at the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (121 S. Tejon St., #111, coppercolo.org). The show runs daily until Oct. 1. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s

13 Tuesday


Much like its heralded Becoming Van Gogh exhibit, the Denver Art Museum's (100 W. 14th Avenue Pkwy., denverartmuseum.org) current show, Figure to Field: Mark Rothko in the 1940s illustrates one man's path into the art for which he's best known. Before those meditative colors, Rothko practiced partial abstraction and drew inspiration from myths. Like his contemporaries — Pollock, Motherwell and Still, also featured in the show — Rothko was working toward the simplest, purest form of personal expression. Figure to Field is up through Sept. 20 and is free for members, while $3 to $13 for others. — Edie Adelstein


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