Seven Days to Live 

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15 Wednesday


In the immortal words of Bill Nye the Science Guy, science rules. We're right in the middle of the annual Colorado Springs Science Festival, and there are entertainment options for all ages — mostly free. Today through Sunday, check out events all around town for kids, teenagers and adults. In particular, check out Friday's production of Icarus at the Edge of Time at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). The show puts Greek myth at the edge of a black hole. Tickets are $12, and the show starts at 7 p.m. For a full schedule, go to cssciencefestival.org. — Griffin Swartzell

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16 Thursday


Three decades before Iron Chef, there was The Kitchen. A dark comedy by Arnold Wesker — who has been described as one of "the angriest of Britain's Angry Young Men" — the play depicts a day in the life of low-wage restaurant workers feverishly trying to keep up with the demands of an upper-class West End clientele. The Colorado College Theatre and Dance Department's production runs though Saturday at the Cornerstone Art Center's Norberg Studio Theatre (825 N. Cascade Ave.). General admission tickets are $5, available at the Worner Student Center, and you can find a full performance schedule at tiny.cc/zlefnx. — Bill Forman

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17 Friday


In his 2012 book I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up, comedian D.L. Hughley tells the story of when he took over a regional sales department at the Los Angeles Times in 1986 and was greeted with a note that said "Go home nigger" and a black mannequin head. "I don't know who you all think you're scaring," he yelled from his office, "but I'm not leaving." It's this attitude that has brought him from there to here, with an original sitcom, a Peabody Award and, of course, a Dancing with the Stars appearance, in between. As he says: "I used to always run off at the mouth and talk about people. I just didn't know that it would make a living for me." Catch one of the Kings of Comedy at 7:30 tonight at USAFA's Arnold Hall Theater (2308 Cadet Drive, www.usafa.af.mil). Tickets start at $25. — Bryce Crawford

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18 Saturday

harvest time

That same instinct that pushes us toward obese cats, Hummers and Godzilla movies dictates that we prefer our pumpkins gigantic. Like, stupid huge-ass enormous. Enter the annual Giant Festival in Old Colorado City's Old Town Square and Bancroft Park (between the 2400 and 2600 blocks on West Colorado Avenue, shopoldcoloradocity.com). Catch a farmers market from 7 to 2, a sidewalk sale, the big pumpkin weigh-off and gourd-carving, plus kids activities from 10 to 3 and happy hours at local bars and eateries from noon to 5. Overall, it's a big deal. — Matthew Schniper

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19 Sunday


Today is a real coup for local music, so let's get to it. Starting at 2:30 p.m., the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will unveil its season-opening Eroica, at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave., chamberorchestraofthesprings.org). As with yesterday's identical performance, Thomas Wilson will conduct this classic Beethoven work with guest pianist Joseph Liu, 2013 winner of the Amateur Pianists International competition. Come 45 minutes before the show for a lecture with KCME general manager George Preston. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors and $5 for students. Then, at 4 p.m., 450 singers from eight local choral groups — including the Colorado Springs Choral Society and its Chamber Singers, Soli Deo Gloria Choir, Abend Musik, and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble — will combine for the first-ever Choral Confluence show, which is free, at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., tiny.cc/m3qdnx). — Edie Adelstein

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20 Monday


Ever been to Wingate, Texas? Rather, State Highway 153? If you find yourself there, I recommend a stop at the town cemetery, where you can find dozens of graves adorned with sculpted lambs — the graves of children. Heart-rending for sure, but also supremely peaceful, this place. The four women of Meanderings in Mortality, now on display at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) study sense of place, and the role of death in our society, through mixed media, photography and hairwork (a Victorian art form). You can catch the show today, but the 5 p.m. opening reception Friday coincides with Manitou's town-wide Third Friday Art Walk. Either way, it's up through Nov. 17. — Edie Adelstein

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21 Tuesday


Stop me if you've heard this one. Five would-be stand-up comedians walk into Colorado Springs, and for $26.50 to $36.50, you can watch them strut their stuff. NBC reality show Last Comic Standing is putting all five of this season's finalists on tour. Check out routines by Rocky LaPorte, Lachlan Patterson, Nikki Carr, Rod Man and Joe Machi. I can't remember the punch line, but the show is tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), and begins at 7. — Griffin Swartzell


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