Seven Days to Live 

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26 Wednesday


In these days of high-tech NSA surveillance, Tony Mendez is a reminder of the simpler days when CIA agents were the ones you had to watch. If you could spot them. Mendez, a retired CIA officer, source of inspiration for the movie Argo and, yes, a master of disguise, now enjoys painting in his second life in rural Maryland. That is, when he isn't consulting with the U.S. intelligence community — because, you know, old spies never die. Mendez will speak at 7 tonight at Colorado State University-Pueblo's Occhiato University Center Ballroom (2200 Bonforte Blvd., colostate-pueblo.edu). Call 549-2687 for tickets, which run $8. — Robert Meyerowitz

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27 Thursday


The Colorado Media Justice Foundation recently got the go-ahead to create a new low-power station at 93.9 FM in Colorado Springs. Organizers envision an independent voice for local news, music, and arts programming, and are forming committees to design and build the studios, raise capital, and develop programs. If you're interested in any of the above — or in doing shifts or shows — come by the Penrose Library (20 N. Cascade Ave., 291-9898) at 7 tonight for an organizing meeting. If you can't make it, but remain interested, email dave@csradio.org. — Robert Meyerowitz

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28 Friday


It's been four decades since Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" was shoved from the top of the pop charts by what was widely assumed to be another Neil Young single. With its soft-rock sound and less-than-linear lyrics, "A Horse with no Name" remains America's signature song. It was followed by a string of hits like "Ventura Highway," "Sister Golden Hair" and their altogether lamentable "Muskrat Love" cover. America actually remains an exceptional live band these days, which makes tonight's show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) much more promising than your typical classic-pop nostalgia trip. Showtime is 8, and tickets start at $38.50. — Bill Forman

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1 Saturday


The 22nd annual Manitou Springs Carnivale happens this Saturday, meaning large crowds will likely again descend on the little mountain town. Mumbo Jumbo Cook Off tastings, which go fast, start at 11 a.m., at the pavilion in Soda Springs Park; the parade will march up Manitou Avenue starting at 1 p.m. Anyone is invited to join; marchers are asked to assemble at Memorial Park by 12:30. Also, there'll be a free shuttle to downtown and the parade line-up site, with stops at the high school and middle school parking lots and the large lot behind Tajine Alami on Old Man's Trail. — Robert Meyerowitz

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2 Sunday


In their Animals of Africa exhibit, local artists Kearston Corey and Tracy Miller approach the same subject in wildly different ways. "I think the play of my bright colors and her more muted ones will present a show that not only is a feast for the eyes, but for the spirit as well," writes Miller. The show is up through March 22 at Tracy Miller Gallery (16 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 650-0827, tracymillergallery.com), so drink in these wild spirits. — Mary Jo Meade

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3 Monday


"I am 73 years old. Prostate cancer survivor. 4 year anniversary June 2013. Enough of the fun stuff. Born in New Jersey ..." This is how Peter Zurla starts his biography at peterzphotography.org. And the Colorado Springs transplant shoots sort of like he writes — with no frills, but with irrepressible bounce. Check out his Black & White Street Photography at Poor Richard's Restaurant (324½ N. Tejon St., poorrichardsdowntown.com). It'll hang till June, but if you're interested in buying, you'll want to get there ASAP. — Kirk Woundy

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4 Tuesday


Carley Warren creates beautiful abstract sculptures — some whimsical, some pointed, all expertly executed. "I think craftsmanship is important," she told The Denver Post in 2010. "It is to me." Her new exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org), called Any Confined Space, focuses on the "intersections of nature and engineered structure." One particularly striking piece shows what look to be woven baskets walking on stilt-like legs. Even so, you shouldn't be surprised if you haven't heard of her: "I'm the world's worst at promoting my work," she told the Post. "I think about it, but I can't seem to do it." — Bryce Crawford


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