Seven Days to Live 

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5 Wednesday


Methinks you might not make tonight's inaugural Wednesdays With Will event at The Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., 632-1086, facebook.com/TheBlueStarCOS), as at press time it looked likely to sell out. Surely, it hasn't hurt ticket sales that this month's event is a Distillery 291 next-door tour and whiskey dinner. Plus there's only 20 seats at $100 a pop, and let's face it: You're late. But be early with your reso for 6:30 p.m., Feb. 26, when executive chef Will Merwin will create another family-style dinner around wine instead of whiskey. P.S. Slap anyone who calls it "hump day." — Matthew Schniper

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6 Thursday


Catherine Barnett is a busy woman. The poet, when not publishing, teaches at New York University and The New School, is a visiting poet at Barnard College, teaches poetry to young mothers in New York City's shelter system, and works independently on such projects as collaborating with composer Richard Einhorn on the libretto for a multimedia oratorio about Charles Darwin. On top of all this, Barnett will also be at Colorado College at 7 tonight for a free reading with Martha Rhodes, a fellow poet and head of Four Way Books publishing. Held at the Jerome P. McHugh Student Commons, Western Ridge Housing Complex (1090 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Edie Adelstein

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7 Friday


The city of Colorado Springs will celebrate the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in the only way that makes sense: with an outdoor party on Tejon Street at 5 p.m., when the temperature is likely to be well below freezing. Nonetheless, the third Olympic Downtown Celebration (coloradospringssports.org) will offer snowmobile jumpers, live music, a ceremonial lighting and a view of the opening of the Sochi games to intrepid sports fans. KOAA will even live-broadcast the evening news there. And if that doesn't heat your corn bag, then dig dog-sled demonstrations, the Short & Sweet Downtown Dash and, thankfully, warming stations. — Bryce Crawford

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8 Saturday


If you can't remember the last time a Broadway show tune crossed over to pop radio, you're definitely not alone. Yet there was an era when Tin Pan Alley publishing houses employed largely anonymous songwriters to churn out a steady stream of music that would move from Broadway to the airwaves. In that same tradition, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein scored a run of popular musicals throughout the '40s and '50s — from Oklahoma to The Sound of Music — that yielded such Great American Songbook classics as "My Favorite Things," "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" and "You'll Never Walk Alone." Tonight, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will revisit their legacy at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) with its Philharmonic Pops concert, featuring conductor Thomas Wilson and vocalists William Michals, Lisa Vroman and Gary Mauer. Showtime is 8, with tickets ranging from $19 to $71. — Bill Forman

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9 Sunday


The play action stops. The hero stands still, hands and hips torqued. He glares and, if he can, directs one eye across the bridge of his nose. This is a mie pose, the close-up of Kabuki theater. After a moment, the play continues, loud and flashy with fabulous costumes, music and acrobatics. Now, it's hard to predict exactly how the art form will translate in The Medicine Peddler, a student production about a samurai who goes undercover for revenge, but hey, when was the last time Kabuki was in Colorado Springs? Anyone? Catch a free performance today at 2 or tomorrow at 1, at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Edie Adelstein

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10 Monday


Brought to life onstage by Red Sky, Canada's premier troupe of world indigenous performers, The Great Mountain is an eco-adventure inspired by a traditional Native American story. Nuna, who has inherited the ability to hear Earth's spirits, journeys across a wild river where she finds a melting glacier and hears the great mountain spirit weeping. Hers is a tale that empowers young people to learn from nature and take care of our planet. Hands-on activities start at 5:30, followed by the hour-long performance at 6:30 at Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). Tickets are $8 to $17, available online at tiny.cc/hlcqax or at the door. — Mary Jo Meade

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11 Tuesday


Those 50 and up may best know Sally Struthers as Gloria Bunker-Stivic on legendary sitcom All in the Family; those 30 to 50, as the voluminously coiffed spokeswoman for Christian Children's Fund (now ChildFund International); those younger, as either Babette in Gilmore Girls or the butt of jokes on South Park. While it seems like a tough career arc, she's enjoying a bump as the star of Big League Productions' national tour of Hello Dolly! See Sally play matchmaker for a grumpy Yonkers, N.Y., businessman at 7:30 tonight or tomorrow at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets for the musical run $38 to $58. — Kirk Woundy


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