Seven Days to Live 

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1 Wednesday


Waldo Chicken, on display at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org), gives "having a big head" an undeviating meaning. Local artist Cas Foste designs mischief-makers who wear paper masks that blow their heads out of proportion — picture the Jack-in-the-Box mascot crossed with A Trip to the Moon. Foste introduces the aforementioned chicken, meanwhile, as a character who follows adventures of the "Bigheads" while having some of his own. One of Foste's photos portrays a Bighead reading a newspaper (The Cazette), a smile on his face peeking out of the page edges. Front-page news: "Waldo Chicken ... Murderer?" Tickets are free for members, $6 to $8 for nonmembers. — Jess Agius

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2 Thursday


Everyone knows how to get to Neverland — second star on the right, then straight on until morning. But what we find there is another matter. Enter Peter/Wendy by Jeremy Bloom. His fusion of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan and The Little White Bird (featuring Peter Pan's adventures in England) strips down the stage effects to make something sparser, darker and more intimate. It opens at 7 tonight at the Black Box Theatre (1367 Pecan St., blackboxdrama.com). Tickets cost $9 to $15, with VIP options; Peter/Wendy runs through April 11. — Griffin Swartzell

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3 Friday


April, according to Eliot, is the most cruel of months. But spring is already on the minds of many local galleries opening new shows tonight. In Old Colorado City, catch The Birds and the Bees at Chavez Gallery (2616 W. Colorado Ave. #10, chavezartgallery.com), with live music from Xanthe Alexis, from 5 to 9. Downtown, Dream Catchers Gallery (103 S. Wahsatch Ave., dreamcatcherscos.com) will unveil Trees with a 6-to-9 reception featuring works by Myra Patin, Renee Reiko Campbell and others. For something more punchy, catch K8E Orr at AHA Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave., tinyurl.com/q8ms3al) for The Shining — described as: "King, Kubrick, conspiracies, ghosts. A Colorado story retold through imagery" — or Indy contributor Bradley Flora's Lamentations next door at Kreuser Gallery (pictured, tinyurl.com/nf3wguv). Both openings there start at 5. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Saturday

kids & family

At today's Big Cool Science Festival at Colorado College, you can launch paper rockets, play with fossils, freeze water on command, and tour Colorado College's radio station, KRCC. If none of those appeal, well, you can watch beans sprout — which sort of sounds like a gentler way to say you can "pound sand" or "get lost," but is actually what you do at yet another activity station. CC's Barnes Science Center, Palmer Hall and Olin Hall of Science will buzz between 10 and 3, and all the Cool Science nonprofit asks is that you pre-register at tinyurl.com/o3r5euf and donate $2 per child or $5 per family to help cover costs. — Kirk Woundy

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5 Sunday


If experiencing art face-to-face isn't spiritual enough, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) and Manitou Bindu want to sing to you. That is, do yoga in a gallery full of masterpieces, like the Audubon/Kevin Sloan exhibition currently hanging, and use crystal singing-bowls in a program called Meditation & Music, Sundays at 2. Each is supposed to balance seven chakras in the body. "In person, the sounds of the bowls wash over you and vibrate through you," writes the Gazette's Jen Mulson in a January column about the concept. "... It's also fascinating to just listen to the bowls change in sound and richness as they're played." Donations accepted. — Bryce Crawford

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6 Monday


National Poetry Month is underway, but about to become more official locally with a free reading at 7 tonight by Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison at Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, ppld.org). The Denver-based Hutchison has served in the role since this past September, having taken the torch from Colorado College's David Mason. He'll read with other regional poets this evening, and light refreshments will be served. Perhaps he'll touch on a comment he made in a recent Denver Post article, regarding our state being "in a renaissance when it comes to poetry ... that energy is palpable." Go find out. — Matthew Schniper

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7 Tuesday


When it comes to actually getting things done, there's something to be said for flying just under the radar. As a musician and spoken-word artist, John Trudell has had his flirtations with mainstream notoriety; Bob Dylan reportedly declared Trudell's AKA Graffiti Man, which was initially released on cassette, the best album of 1986. But his primary motivation has always been activism, including stints as chairman of the American Indian Movement and host of Radio Free Alcatraz. The son of a Native American father and Mexican mother, he's also the subject of the documentary Trudell, which will be screened for free at 7 p.m. in Colorado College's Worner Campus Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607), to be followed tomorrow evening by a 7 p.m. live spoken-word performance at the Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). — Bill Forman


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