Seven Days to Live 

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20 Wednesday


Here it is, plain and simple from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org): "The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC's general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region." That means no excuses, thanks to underwriting by GE Johnson Construction, for missing its permanent collection exhibits between 10 and 5 today. You can even catch a pay-what-you-wish final dress rehearsal for Guys & Dolls at 7:30 tonight. Hey, these are sanctioned freebies— don't feel like a mooch, just a fool if you pass them up. (But if you miss this time, future Free Days will be held the third Friday of each month.) — Matthew Schniper

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21 Thursday


Today is the first of Monument's third-Thursday Small Town Art Hops (monumentarthop.org) for spring and summer 2015, so grab an umbrella and head north for a day of gallery crawling, shopping and dining. Highlights include Chuck Pyle "pickin' and singin'" from his new Cover Stories album, Gordon Anderson signing his 2014 book Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity (both at Covered Treasures Bookstore, 105 Second St.), and District 38 student art viewable at several locations downtown. Later on, The Village Merchants (155 N. Jefferson St.) are hosting a Mad Men '60s-themed evening, complete with a drawing for best attire, appetizers and, of course, Manhattans. — Mary Jo Meade

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22 Friday


If you go to vimeo.com/106155947, it will take you all of 18 seconds to figure out whether you're someone who might enjoy Mystic Circus. It's at that point in the video when you get a good view of the suspension hooks digging into the back of one pendulating performer. Rush Hicks, founder of the Brooklyn-based touring quintet, also promises burlesque, major contortion acts, "countless raunchy jokes" and much more. Tonight the 18-plus show comes to the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com), where tickets are $12 ($10 in advance). — Kirk Woundy

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23 Saturday


Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Old Colorado City's massive Territory Days (pro-promotions.com) festival is a known and beloved commodity at this point. But what about the naysayers? Just for fun, we looked at Facebook reviews. "All the festivals in TX allow dogs but no dogs allowed in the most dog friendly state ... really?!" asks one incredulous canine-lover. "I'd like to write a review of this," says another participant, "but we are standing in a line for the shuttle bus." Another writes: "It's okay not the greatest but good funnel cakes." They are good funnel cakes, as we all know, so find the free festival on West Colorado Avenue all Memorial Day weekend, along with live music, vendors and pony rides. Just don't bring your dog. — Bryce Crawford

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24 Sunday


Day 3 of the MeadowGrass festival kicks off in fine Sunday morning fashion with a 10:30 gospel bluegrass set from Briar Branch Road, and concludes with a performance by last year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival winners Trout Steak Revival. Other Memorial Day weekend must-sees at the scenic La Foret Conference Center (6145 Shoup Road, 495-2743) include the ethereal harmonies of Yep Roc recording artists The Stray Birds on Friday, headliners Blue Rodeo on Saturday (see cover story, here), and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Stephen Kellogg on Sunday. There's a couple dozen more artists where those came from, so find the full lineup, including set times, at rockymountainhighway.org. — Bill Forman

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25 Monday


Good morning, Vietnam! Yes, it's time again to rock it from the Delta to the DMZ, this time at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., on.fb.me/1QJvJyT), where 7:30 tonight brings a free showing of a Robin Williams classic, with popcorn provided. Now to the cocktail report: For the movie, Principal's Office assistant manager Erika Mullet has made a classic Singapore Sling featuring Hayman's Old Tom gin. Or try a Saigon Slingshot, which swaps the Tom for local Lee Spirits gin and has a more vegetal flavor overall. — Griffin Swartzell

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26 Tuesday


To his credit, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos has spoken openly of his struggles with bipolar disorder. Two lengthy interviews with Pitchfork, one in 2012 and another earlier this year, follow PP's sole member's issues with the business and, well, growing up. The guy's only 27, and dealing with an onslaught of fame that means touring (a hardship, given his disorder) and plenty of comes-with-the-territory criticism. Still, Angelakos goes forward, with a new album — which he tells Pitchfork "was written around the time when I was trying to figure out what constitutes family: who loves you, accepting love, giving love" — and touring, this time with more keyboards onstage than Hot Chip. See Passion Pit at 9 tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bit.ly/1JIy6Ou, $36.50) for a 16-and-up show that opens with HOLYCHILD. — Edie Adelstein


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