Seven Days to Live 

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8 Wednesday


Cruise Twitter and you'll see Mamma Mia! is changing lives. The musical helped one (presumed) male find himself, as he says he's listening "because I'm a 40 year old woman at heart." Abby Phillips in Pittsburgh tweets she got upgraded to first class "cause the guy at the plane desk liked my Mamma Mia bag ..." But it's Ben Wittenberg, blasting from Formby, England, that we feel for most: "My kids made up a song to the tune of "Mamma Mia" using the words beer and diarrhea and they've been singing it for 3 hours #killme." Have your own ABBA moment at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets start at $37.50 — Bryce Crawford

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9 Thursday


The Six Women Playwriting Festival is a powerhouse on its own terms, as a 9-year-old event that celebrates "female playwrights and their 10-minute creations." But it's also an event that stands out in pulling local theater talent under one roof. Directors this year include Nathan Halvorson (who just helmed the FAC's Reefer Madness: The Musical); Marisa Hebert (actress in Love, Loss and What I Wore, as well as In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play); and the legendary Eve Tilley. As for actors, just Google the names Amy Brooks, Jane Fromme and Chris Medina. Then buy your ticket for 7:30 tonight, or another time before April 26. The Millibo Art Theatre (1626 S. Tejon St., themat.org) charges $16 for Thursday shows, $22 for those Friday through Sunday, and there's also a $50 meal-and-theater option with The Blue Star. — Kirk Woundy

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10 Friday


I want drug dealers on the run from bloodthirsty loan sharks. I want dirty cops who kill for cash. I want the ugliest parts of Texas: insurance schemes, matricide and abject chaos. I want all of that and a bucket of KFC. And I can get it all at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899): The Star Bar Players are debuting Tracy Letts' Killer Joe at 7:30 tonight. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and $6 for students. Shows run Thursdays through Sundays until April 26. For more, go to starbarplayers.org. — Griffin Swartzell

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11 Saturday


If you have yet to experience the experimental music collective that is Peak FreQuency, now is the time. Starting today, it's throwing the Inaugural Peak FreQuency Music Festival with shows from UCCS alumni and faculty, visiting artists like Philip Blackburn, and the opening of a new venue, the Loading Dock at University Hall. Go online for dates — the fest wraps up April 25 — and venues throughout UCCS and the Springs. The festival finale will feature new works written to honor UCCS' 50th anniversary, including a new theme song. Hit the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities (1250 N. Campus Heights, tinyurl.com/ppqaems) for tonight's 7:30 kickoff, which will feature a performance by the Sone ensemble and the Cold Reading Trio. — Edie Adelstein

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12 Sunday


Though the whole metaphysical thing may not be your bag, this weekend's Body Mind Spirit Celebration is a great chance to dip a toe into chakra-tastic waters. Over 100 exhibitors, healers and readers will be on hand, offering everything from discounted healing sessions to beautifying essential oils to henna art with deep significance. Go online for a lineup of speakers and a list of vendors. The event, scheduled for 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 to 6 today, costs only $5 to enter and is held at City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St., tinyurl.com/q76e52q). — Jess Agius

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13 Monday


Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx initially formed Sixx:A.M. to help promote the release of his 2006 memoir, The Heroin Diaries. Now, with three albums under its tourniquet, the group has embarked on its first headlining tour, which includes tonight's 8 o'clock show at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, ogdentheatre.com, $35/adv, $40/day of show). This isn't the Crüe bassist's first trip around the block when it comes to side projects: He has also joined his former father-in-law in the Internet-based band 58, and collaborated with L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns in a group that changed its name from Cockstar to Motordogs to Brides of Destruction. While none of them have come close to the commercial glitter and gold of America's favorite glam band, count on hardcore Crüe fans to dust off their Royal Underground leatherwear and show their support. — Bill Forman

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14 Tuesday


Experts, when talking about the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, use words like "incredible," "total miracle" and "genuine rarity." This coin, one of only seven worldwide, is the first gold coin minted for the newborn U.S. As of now, the best specimen of those seven remaining is on display at the ANA Edward C. Rochette Money Museum (818 N. Cascade Ave., money.org). On loan from Monaco Rare Coins in California, the doubloon is insured for $10 million, but more than anything, it amazes those in the biz for sticking around this long, given its age, make and historical value. (Now add the words "complete mystery.") Tickets are $4 to $5, or free for ANA members. — Edie Adelstein


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