Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Faces of the Fire

18 Wednesday


For the past six months, Faces of the Fire has displayed an array of memorabilia from the Waldo Canyon Fire, including a gallery of portraits and stories, archival artifacts, video describing the science and circumstances of the event, and stories from victims. As the exhibit will soon be relocating to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, founders Wendy Pearce Nelson and Liz Cobb are hosting a farewell event from 5:30 to 7 tonight with wine and food provided. This is your last chance to check out the show in its original location at Gold Hill Mesa Community Center (142 S. Raven Mine Drive, facesofthefire.com). The event is free with RSVPs appreciated, but not required. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Independent Film Society of Colorado

19 Thursday


It's hard to keep a film screening for a documentary about secrecy, a secret. We can't tell you the name of the work — it's a licensing thing — but it can be said that this documentary outlines "the creation of Julian Assange's highly controversial website, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history." Thanks to the Independent Film Society of Colorado, the truth can be found at 7 tonight at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., ifsoc.org). The screening is free, and the film is rated R. — Mike Searle

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20 Friday


While Nadine Sage and Tammy Carr bring Old World photos and illustrations back to life in Intrinsic Curiosities, David Caricato (work pictured) and Joel Carpenter are busy exhibiting the female figure in new ways with Two Views, One Issue. As if these dynamic duos aren't already satisfying your hunger for visual expression, Craig Cantrell adds his personal take on The Season of Common Sense to the mix. The perfect event to pair with the onset of autumn, these stimulating creations open tonight at 5 at the Business of Art Center (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) and will be up through Oct. 19. — Mike Searle

click to enlarge Colorado Springs Philharmonic

21 Saturday


Take the weighty short-short-short-long opening of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor and compare it to the sampled version in a Robin Thicke song, 200 years later, and you begin to see the piece's emotional range. Sure, there are arguments about whether or not the composer meant to tie the timing motif into later movements, but who cares? It's amazing music. See the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Christopher Wilkins, former music director for the Colorado Springs Symphony, bring it all home at Beethoven 5. The performance begins at 8 tonight (and 2:30 tomorrow), at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), and tickets start at $19. Or, catch a live telecast of the evening performance at Colorado College for free. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge City Auditorium

22 Sunday


To reflect upon it all sentimental-like, I'd have to say that my personal highlights over the years at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., cityauditorium.org) have been seeing the local B-boy troupe Soul Mechanics for the first time, procuring wall goodies at Art Wars, and also catching an odd A Perfect Circle concert. But that's of course all relatively recent, when we're talking about celebrating the venue's 90th birthday from noon to 6 today. Relive your own visits at this free fest with tours, live music performances, theater workshops, children's activities and much more, including free birthday cake. And yes, the Mighty Wurtlitzer organ will make itself known to you. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Tumbledown

23 Monday


Robert Boswell's Tumbledown introduces protagonist James as an outwardly successful individual who, underneath it all, is a mess. He's upside-down on his house, he's falling for a woman other than his fiancée, and soon other things start to crack. If that all seems a little close to home to enjoy, remember Tumbledown comes from a novel. After all, Boswell's presenting it and signing copies at Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, tatteredcover.com) at 7:30 with fellow author David Wroblewski, of the much-lauded The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Chelsea Wolfe

24 Tuesday


Acoustic open-mics aren't the most likely incubator for an artist whom Pitchfork credits with synthesizing "wasteland noise and noirish experimentation" while sharing "something essential" with black metal. Or maybe they are. After seeing an undiscovered Chelsea Wolfe in her native Sacramento, sharing a coffeehouse bill with other local folksingers, I can follow the logic of her progression from mournful indie-folk chanteuse to expressionist post-goth icon. It's a trajectory Wolfe threw into reverse on last year's Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, but resumes on the newly released Pain Is Beauty, wedding P.J. Harvey moans with industrial-strength grooves. Hear for yourself tonight at the Larimer Lounge (2721 Larimer St., Denver, larimerlounge.com) for $12/advance, $15/door, 16-plus, with True Widow opening at 9. — Bill Forman


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