Seven Days to Live 

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28 Wednesday


An estimated 50 percent of U.S. prisoners suffer from mental illness, which is why you should hear Vanderbilt University's Jonathan Metzl tonight when he discusses "Race, Politics and the Criminalization of Mental Illness." It's free and starts at 7 in Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave., tinyurl.com/q8pkejm). Metzl is brought to you by a fresh History Department initiative, "Social Issues and Historical Contexts," established to explore ways in which "the past informs current efforts to remediate urgent social concerns." SIHC, supported by a three-year, $200,000 grant from an anonymous donor, has chosen inaugural speakers focused on criminality and correction. — Mary Jo Meade

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29 Thursday


Now that 60 Minutes' Andy Rooney is whining about the weather in heaven, Lewis Black can go unchallenged in the earthly realm of curmudgeonly commentators. He's best known, of course, for his raging "Back in Black" soliloquies on The Daily Show, but astute Wikipedia readers will note that he's also a Grammy-winning comedian and best-selling author. Plus, he spent 28 hours in jail for his involvement in a New York City radio station's Naked Teen Voyeur Bus. Not bad work for a guy whose persona is a cross between Larry King and Buster Bloodvessel. Catch him tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com); tickets are $45 and up, showtime is 8 o'clock. — Bill Forman

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30 Friday


You would think waiting in line would be the simplest thing there is, yet a Google search of the phrase returns 246 million results, many of them discussing things like queue theory, the science of waiting in line. A 2012 piece from The New York Times says people overestimate how long they've been in line by roughly 36 percent — that, on top of the 37 billion hours that actually are spent in line by Americans every year. Line, a one-act, longtime off-Broadway absurdist play by Israel Horovitz, takes this to a logical extreme by putting five people in line and turning them loose on each other. See the free opening at 8 tonight at the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). — Bryce Crawford

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31 Saturday


Limber up your hurlin' arm — the Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss is back. Thanks to longtime local Annie Schmitt, the fruitcakes are flying again from noon to 3 in Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, tinyurl.com/lol5oat, fruitcaketoss@gmail.com). Gone are the property-damaging chucking machines in favor of straight-up throwing with six events, divided by age range. The biggest winner gets to defend the champion's throne, a Great Fruitcake Toss custom chair from Colorado Ski Chairs. There's also a 3D-printed fruitcake from Pikes Peak Makerspace for the tastiest fruitcake, since the dessert is getting a little bit more love this time around in a "too good to toss" bake-off. And yes, there is such a thing as a tasty fruitcake — "ones with real fruit instead of dried fruit, the ones soaked in bourbon or rum," says Schmitt. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Manitou Food Pantry as admission. Note: There will be a beer garden. — Griffin Swartzell

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1 Sunday

classical music

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, only 33.4 percent of the U.S. adult population attended a "benchmark" arts event — such as, say, a classical music performance — in 2012. You can help make 2015 a better year with a trip at 2:30 today to First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. (or at 7 p.m. Saturday at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.) for the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs' Legends performance. Concertmaster Jacob Klock leads the way through Dvorak's Symphonic Variations and other "musical gems." Tickets run $5 to $20 (tinyurl.com/o8ap9n3), and the show's over at 4:30, allowing you to rejoin the masses for a viewing of Super Bowl XLIX. — Kirk Woundy

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2 Monday


God knows how much I loved rushing home from school to reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and laughing my ass off at Carlton Banks' silly dance. I'm afraid to say my network TV fondness has only grown since then, which means my tube world came full circle when Alfonso Ribeiro went on Dancing With the Stars and won the mirror ball trophy. At 8 tonight, Ribeiro and crew will dance onstage at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com; tickets $39.50-$79.50) for the show's live tour. Here's hoping "It's Not Unusual" is part of the playlist. — Edie Adelstein

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3 Tuesday


Catch Week 2 of five consecutive Tuesday ChitChat sessions at GOCA (121 S. Tejon St., tiny.cc/ny6rsx) from 6:30 to 8 tonight. Every event offers two speakers who present on disparate topics, in this case hip-hop (the CC theatre and dance department's Idris Goodwin) and chocolate (Si and Mike Niswonger from Patsy's Candies). Turntables and truffles, if you will. Lively discussions are promised, and future guests include a marijuana advocate, a chef, a mixologist and a psychology professor. Entry's $10 ($5 members/free UCCS students), and seats are first-come, first-served. — Matthew Schniper


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