Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Roberta Flack

11 Wednesday


From a commercial perspective, Roberta Flack reached her peak popularity in the '70s with a string of No. 1 hits, including "Killing Me Softly With His Song" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," that set a new standard for soulful pop sophistication. But in terms of influence and hipster cachet, the North Carolina-born songstress has stayed as strong as ever. Flying Lotus named a track after her, for Christ's sake, while The Fugees career-making remake of "Killing Me Softly" revived her signature song for a new generation. A classically trained singer and pianist, Flack has won four Grammys, lived across the hall from John and Yoko in the Dakota Building, and recently released an album of Beatles covers. Hear her up close and in person tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets start at $53, and showtime is 7 p.m. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Smokebrush Porter Release Party

12 Thursday


As if they didn't already have me at "beer," then I learn that WeeBee the Yogic Spotted Monkey will be in the mix, plus Langdon Foss, our lauded local comic book artist. Right, epic. The Smokebrush Porter Release Party, running from 5:30 to 8 tonight at Bristol Brewing Company (1604 S. Cascade Ave., smokebrush.org), pretty much has it all, including the new label celebration and an exhibit by Foss, an interactive art project and live music and performances. Plus, all profits from the beer's sale directly benefit the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts. Yeah, you're there. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Cripple Creek Ice Festival

13 Friday


With ice slides, an ice maze and carnival games made of ice, the Cripple Creek Ice Festival is, first and foremost, family-friendly. However, if those words give you a chill, try these: "an ice bar with a liquor luge ensures you always have a refreshing beverage to enjoy." Now that perceptions of the event are properly calibrated, consider attending the free fest, which begins today and runs this weekend and next, on Bennett Avenue (tinyurl.com/oeou8ku). And if you really do want to mingle mostly among adults, today might be a good day — on the 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd, the Butte Theater will be showing Frozen as part of the deal, for free (donations requested), four times daily. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off

14 Saturday


There's a million ways to make gumbo and they're all right (or wrong). You can thicken with a roux (and argue about how dark it should be). You can do like the Choctaw and use filé powder (ground sassafras leaves), or use okra (pod slime). Then you can fill it with smoked sausage, rabbit, oysters, crabs, squirrel, veal, duck — pretty much anything else that squawks, honks or bites — and throw in the Cajun holy trinity (celery, bell peppers and onions). Whatever you do, add tomatoes (or definitely don't) and serve it over rice (definitely do). See how the pros do it, at 10 this morning at the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off in Soda Springs Park (1000 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitousprings.org). One dollar gets you two samples. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Geocache Dash

15 Sunday


Do you know how to use GPS? You should. Survival aside, if you can use a GPS device, geocaching is cheap and fun. The organizer provides coordinates, and you hunt down the cache — usually a bucket with a sign-in sheet. If you're curious, Helping Humanity Club is doing a geocaching event today. Register online or at Memorial Park (331 S. Hancock Ave., meets at Pavilion B) between 9 and 10 a.m. The hunt for five caches throughout the city begins soon after, with prizes for the first to find each one and for the fastest completion. Bring your own device as well as wheels to get around. Find more info and sign up at tinyurl.com/mbdjd44. — Griffin Swartzell

click to enlarge Line dancing

16 Monday


Line dancing was somehow part of my District 11 education, in which instead of feeling like an idiot "playing" soccer outside, I could feel like an idiot inside, watching my gym teachers gyrate to the sounds of "Man! I Feel Like a Woman." (Bitter much? It gets worse: That was the only song they ever played.) Of course, even I know that line dancing is much more fun when you're not forced to do it, and what better time to try it than on a ho-hum Monday night with a new weekly beginners class at Rising Stars Studio (4749 N. Carefree Circle, poweredbypattifitness.com)? Admission is $5 for an hour's class, starting at 5:30, and you know it's got to be better than anything mandated by school administration. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Tuesday Night Open Mic Comedy

17 Tuesday


There are kids who have no trouble getting into bars with fake IDs. This is not for them. This is for those with neither the desire to get in, nor the hookup. Opened just this past December, the Overlook (6628A Delmonico Drive, theoverlookcos.com) is, by day, a coffee shop; by night, it's a venue for live music, dancing — and on Tuesdays, open mic comedy. "[Colorado Springs] has long needed a place where people of all ages (not just 21+) can go to hang out safely and still have a great time," goes one of its very first Facebook posts from October. If that sounds like your literal cup of tea, join host Frankie P for an all-ages open mic night from 6:30 to 9. And hey, what better way to test your comedic skills than on a dry room? — Edie Adelstein


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