Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Diana Krall

25 Wednesday


Diana Krall's Glad Rag Doll, her 11th studio album, reinterprets vintage songs like Doc Pomus' "Lonely Avenue" for a more contemporary audience. Working with producer T Bone Burnett, the Canadian songstress does an impressive job of bringing out the more mainstream side of musicians like Marc Ribot, an avant garde-inclined guitarist more commonly associated with the likes of Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, who happens to be Krall's husband. The main attraction, of course, remains Krall's jazz piano and vocal performances, which have earned her two Grammys and some 15 million album sales. Hear her tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 7:30 for $58 and up. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge REEL ROCK

26 Thursday


Colorado College grads Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer came together in 2006 for the purpose of bringing the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world. Now it's our turn again to witness the rush of adrenaline that is REEL ROCK, at 7:30 tonight at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive). Fifteen bucks will get you in, a small price to pay for access to high-energy films, filmmaker and athlete appearances, prize giveaways and an overall mountainous party experience. — Mike Searle

click to enlarge Oktoberfest

27 Friday


If you want to make Oktoberfest in Munich, you're looking at a 12½-hour flight costing around $1,800. Or you could save all that and, as we so often say, go local: Colorado Springs Oktoberfest kicks off at 4 this afternoon, and brings three days of German music, dancing, food and, of course, libations to The Citadel (750 Citadel Drive East, csoktoberfest.com) parking lot. Last year's event featured a bomb-ass commemorative ceramic mug. This year, the stein is glass, the eating contests brat-centric, and the best-dressed contest purely dachshund-esque. (Seriously, it's for wiener dogs.) — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Indie Spirit Film Festival

28 Saturday


All the cool kids will be at the sixth annual Indie Spirit Film Festival next weekend. What about the very coolest kids? They'll be checking out a preview of the festival, at 6:30 tonight in Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., indiespiritfilmfestival.org). Following tunes by Springs band Less Than Zero, organizers will screen a short film, Luminaris, as well as Road to the Open, which looks like one of those quirky, feel-good movies that makes you cringe right before you cry. This event is free. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Harvest in the Park

29 Sunday


Following up on April's Taste of Old Colorado City, more than 20 food, wine, beer and spirit vendors — the majority from Colorado — will descend on Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave., occharvestinthepark.com) from noon to 4 today for Harvest in the Park. Sample copiously from all the above alongside a local-food-highlighting chef's competition, as well as live music. Revenue from ticket sales ($35 day-of/$30 in advance) will go toward improvements to the park, such as reopening restrooms. But no need to think about that while you drink. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge J Roddy Walston

30 Monday


J Roddy Walston once griped about promoters providing keyboards instead of his instrument of choice. "I don't play keyboards, I play piano," he said. "It's not like you'll tell a guitar player to play a keytar." Pounding the keys with Little Richard-style abandon, the Baltimore native and his band The Business perform with an energy that sometimes suggests a more rock-centric version of Bob Seger or Bruce Springsteen. Catch them at the hi-dive (7 S. Broadway, Denver, hi-dive.com) at 9:30 tonight for $12. An added incentive is Atlanta's Gringo Star, a Kinks-influenced band that took no prisoners the last time they came to the Triple Nickel. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Scenes That Make You Go, Ahhh

1 Tuesday


Take a deep breath and enjoy the work of artists and photographers from up and down the Front Range at a free Gold Hill Mesa Community Center (142 S. Raven Mine Drive) exhibit called Scenes That Make You Go, Ahhh. Expect art pieces featuring vintage cars in beautiful rusty disrepair, sumptuous sunsets and more. The show officially opens Friday, Oct. 4, but you can head down as early as tonight for a free look. — Gracie Ramsdell


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