Seven Days to Live 

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26 Wednesday


Get somewhat of a sneak peek at Colorado Springs Craft Week, which runs April 27 to May 4, with tonight's Colorado Springs Tap Takeover at Brewer's Republic (112 N. Nevada Ave., 633-2105). As implied by the name, an all-local lineup will begin flowing at 4 p.m., to include two extra-special brews: the Jimmy Camp WeiPi collaboratively brewed by Pikes Peak, Phantom Canyon and Bristol breweries; and the Unite Pale Ale brewed by 10 women inside our local beer scene as part of the International Women's Collaboration Brew Day. Entry's free; pay by the pint. — Matthew Schniper

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27 Thursday


Per Colorado Springs Comedy's website, the Denver comedy scene is blowing up, but down south, locals don't often have a place to practice their "craft" or new material. To fix that, CSC lines up regular open mics, like tonight's, happening at 9 at the Red Room (107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, facebook.com/cscomedy), and every last Thursday of the month. There are plenty more, too, but if this is your night — good for you! — show up at 8:30 for sign-up and grab yourself some liquid courage, free for each performer. — Edie Adelstein

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28 Friday


Hometown ballet hero Jackie Brouwer returns to the Springs today with an original narrative piece by the Jackson, Miss.-based Ballet Magnificat! Omega Company titled Face 2 Face. This performance explores the cutthroat world of professional ballet, the consuming desire for fame, and the contrasting experiences of two dancers. Expect Biblical overtones and references to the ballet adaptation of Cervantes' Don Quixote. The show will be at 7 p.m. at the Rock Family Church Auditorium (4005 Lee Vance View, danceinthesprings.com). Tickets are $13. — Griffin Swartzell

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29 Saturday


From the Moody Blues to Grizzly Bear, rock bands have performed with symphony orchestras for ages. But the idea of tribute bands going orchestral could scarcely have been imagined back when Elektra Records was still adding "In The Regal Sense" to Queen's promo materials in order to avoid any drag-queen connotations. Four decades later, no one would be surprised by Freddie Mercury's flamboyance, or, for that matter, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Music of Queen tribute at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave, csphilharmonic.org). As with 2012's Led Zeppelin tribute and next season's Music of the Who concert, rock bands and orchestral arrangements are provided by Windborne Music, a production company that works with orchestras nationwide. "The band stays as close to the original as possible," promises the agency's website, "while the orchestra soars through the tunes and adds that extra 'something' that makes Windborne's shows special." Showtime is 8 p.m. with tickets starting at $35. — Bill Forman

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30 Sunday


Garrison Keillor tweets! Sort of. Not really. The "official Twitter account of GK and GarrisonKeillor.com" (@g_keillor) bears his face, and Lake Wobegon references aplenty, but as the bio says: "Tweets by web guy Ben M. (We haven't quite convinced GK to try out Twitter — yet.)" Sort of a complicated setup for A Prairie Home Companion's down-home host, but he's got other commitments to juggle, like "An Evening with Garrison Keillor" at 4:30 p.m. today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets are $33 to $53. — Kirk Woundy

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31 Monday


Fact: The Cliff House in Manitou was a hotel before Colorado was a state. Fact: Manitou was officially certified by the state as a city on Aug. 6, 1950. Fact: Today's a fine day to visit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Ave., manitouspringsheritagecenter.org), where you can learn more about Colorado Springs' weird little neighbor to the west. Take in photos and artifacts relating to its characters, like Fred Barr, or the less-animate bridges, the subject of the Center's newest exhibit. And thank God for them. You in? The Center's open from noon to 4 p.m., and admission's free. — Edie Adelstein

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1 Tuesday


The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee was a key reason that civil-rights actions, like those of the Freedom Riders, happened at all, and as a member Maria Varela was right there to capture it all with her camera. Now comes "Images of Liberation: Photography of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement," an illustrated lecture from Varela, who has since been nominated for and won a MacArthur Fellowship "genius grant," among other honors. Her free talk begins at 7:30 tonight at the Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu) at Colorado College, where she also taught. — Bryce Crawford


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