Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Strange Attractors

14 Wednesday


In the beginning, there was chaos. Whatever came after is anybody's guess, but Jeff Richards' show Strange Attractors pulls mesmerizing patterns from the Greeks' dark abyss of nothingness. The Denver artist's exhibition at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) finds the order in chaos with soothing compositions of paint and sewing thread. Stop by during gallery hours until Oct. 26 and take a break from your own personal chaos for $4, or bring it with you and pay another $3 each for the kids to come along, too. — Caroline Swinford

click to enlarge Pikes Peak as Seen in Early Postcards

15 Thursday


It used to be a strenuous two-day trek on a mule to reach the top of Pikes Peak. Now you can get there in an hour and a half on a sleek, self-powered Swiss train that holds 200 people. Local historian Mel McFarland knows all about the locomotive progression from ass to class, and his presentation "Pikes Peak as Seen in Early Postcards" happens tonight at the Palmer Lake Town Hall (28 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake, palmerdividehistory.org). The slides start rolling at 7, it's free, and refreshments will follow. — Hannah Brenneman

Ivywild School grand opening

16 Friday


You've already been enjoying the beer, cocktails, coffee and charcuterie, but it's time to pronounce your love for the new Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., 368-6100) more officially. Do so by attending this weekend's grand opening celebration, which runs from 2 p.m. today through late-night Saturday. Check out our IndyBlog for a full rundown of events, from a giant sausage-cutting to new Bristol beer releases and a dance party. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, the Cotton Club

17 Saturday

special event

The culmination of a week-long series of events presented by the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, the Cotton Club is a retro-themed affair — think zoot suits and shoulder pads — celebrating Fannie Mae Duncan's version of the legendary Harlem venue. The local nightclub proprietress brought legendary artists like Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington to town while providing an inclusive environment during a still-segregated era. Jazzman Tony Exum Jr. and soul cover group Suga Bear & the Showtime Band are this year's entertainers, the Ute Indian Tribe of Colorado are the honorees, and the free event gets underway 8 p.m. at Stargazers Theater & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City

18 Sunday


Car shows are as good for people-watching as they are vehicle-ogling. My family is a source of the former. We may not wear T-shirts with obscenities, but donned with the family cockatoo who randomly peals off an gleeful, ear-shattering shriek, we make something of a spectacle. Before anyone yells at me, though, just know that today's 22nd annual Good Times Car Show in Old Colorado City (shopoldcoloradocity.com) comes sans cacatua galerita eleonora, but packed with nearly 400 autos, all for free perusal between 9 and 3. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement

19 Monday


Littleton residents Richard and Michele Steckel have been running the Milestones Project, a photographic endeavor that focuses on what unites us, for more than a decade. Now they've designed Talking It Out: Getting to Agreement, a collection of images and stories that highlights how Coloradans have come together to solve problems in a constructive manner. While the East Library (5550 N. Union Blvd., ppld.org) exhibit will hang through Sept. 25, at 7 tonight local mediator Mike Maday will facilitate a free discussion on how conflict resolution professionals do their oft-necessary work. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Chasing Ice

20 Tuesday


Return to the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., 368-6100) at 7 tonight to bathe in the glow of melting H20 found in James Balog's documentary Chasing Ice. The screening is free, but the disappearing glaciers captured by the environmental photographer may cost us all! (Insert scary music.) And there are more than a few images to which our area could relate: As the New York Times wrote in its glowing November review, "For one thing, it opens with footage of a house being washed away by rampaging water." — Bryce Crawford


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