Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge The Black Lips

2 Wednesday


Last time we checked in with the Black Lips, Atlanta's witty "flower pop" band was celebrating a return to low-fidelity form. "It's not that I like music to sound shitty," explained co-frontman Jared Swilley in a 2009 Indy interview. "I just like it to sound human. And real." For their next act, the band brought in top-flight producer Mark Ronson, who gave 2011's Arabia Mountain a cleaner but no less '60s-obsessed sound. Now comes Underneath the Rainbow, produced by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, which ranges from the exceedingly hooky "Funny" to the shambolic "Drive-By Buddy," a kind of messed-up, garage-pop homage to the Monkees' "Last Train to Clarksville." Hear them live tonight at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bluebirdtheater.net) with fellow Atlantans the Coathangers opening at 8. Tickets for the 16-plus show are $15.75 in advance, $19 at the door. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Avengers Trivia

3 Thursday


Did that clip of Thanos at the end of The Avengers excite you? Does the idea of Guardians of the Galaxy as written by the guy responsible for Slither and Tromeo & Juliet make you froth at the mouth? Are you antsy in your seat for when Marvel decides to put the Civil War arc on the big screen? If so, you may be interested in competing at Geeks Who Drink's Avengers trivia night, at 8 tonight at Phantom Canyon Brewing Co. (2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., geekswhodrink.com/avengers), held in advance of the Captain America: The Winter Soldier release. (Note the review on p. 25.) Admission is $5, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so assemble early. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Destiny Manifest

4 Friday


Among the many shows opening tonight is GOCA's sobering Destiny Manifest exhibit (121 S. Tejon St., #100, galleryuccs.org). The gist is this: Artists Isabelle Hayeur (of Montreal) and Holly Parker Dearborn (of Colorado Springs) "both use by-products of our industrial world — polluted waterways, developed landscapes, and used motor oil and soil — to address our North American environmental legacy through photography, mixed-media and video installation." In art's typical complexity, both women's works are quite beautiful, but based on a foundation of something deeply troubling. The artists will speak at tonight's opening at 5; the show's up through May 17. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Koresh Dance Co.

5 Saturday


In late March, for the first time, the Koresh Dance Co. performed in Washington, D.C. Rebecca Ritzel of the Washington Post covered the "District debut," and describes the company this way: "Koresh's movement, dominated by big flat-footed, crossover unison steps, has obvious Israeli folk influences. A debt to Martha Graham is clear, too, particularly in the fierce contractions that rock the dancers' shoulders forward and back." At 7:30 tonight, members of the company will perform here at Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., csdance.org). Tickets are $35, or $20 for kids and students with ID. CC students are free. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Personals

6 Sunday


I didn't watch Friends, but I didn't have to in order to stay apprised of its banterings: It was that damn popular. That said, if you were a fan, you should hit the Steel City Theatre Company (241 S. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sctcpueblo.com) at 2:30 today or between the 11th and 13th, for Personals, written by the Friends creators prior to the sitcom exploding. The show's all about dating, and is set in the '80s — need I say more? Tickets are $7 to $10 and the show is rated R. Seriously. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Fond Friends

7 Monday


When we last chatted with Eleanor Anderson, she was a recent CC grad combining printing and embroidery to create textile art — part-retro/part-Bauhaus — that was eminently touchable. In the intervening two years, she has turned her energies to new work that "promises bold colors and graphic patterns as she toes the line between art and design." Experience objects functional and non, 2D and 3D, and "a plant that you can't kill" at Fond Friends. It's free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at COPPeR (121 S. Tejon St., #111, 634-2204). — Mary Jo Meade

click to enlarge From Ipanema to the World

8 Tuesday


The music of Mad Men has thrown another spotlight on bossa nova, but the style first captured the nation in the '60s, when the incredible Getz/Gilberto won Album of the Year at the 1965 Grammy Awards, one of two jazz records to ever capture the honor. (Fun fact: Astrud Gilberto, wife of Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, was an untrained singer who had never recorded when she lent her classic vocals to "The Girl from Ipanema.") At 7:30 tonight, take a trip through that history at Colorado College's free presentation "From Ipanema to the World: the Swingy Journey of Brazilian Music" at Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). — Bryce Crawford


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