Seven Days to Live 

click to enlarge Stacy Dyson

27 Wednesday


Stacy Dyson may have moved to San Diego years ago, but she's returning to her former haunt tonight for an evening of poetry readings. Dyson, who served as the poet laureate for Imagination Celebration and was a runner-up for Colorado Poet Laureate in 2009, will share the stage with other wordsmiths including Price Strobridge, Susan Peiffer, Philip Curtis, Sathya McClain and the six members of the Colorado Springs Youth Poetry Slam Team. Their event is free, runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and takes place at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., bit.ly/1c50JJZ). Some parting words from Dyson: "It's not enough to say, 'We sing because we want to ... we fly because we can.' You have to actively live that life, otherwise it's all just fancy wordplay." — Edie Adelstein

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28 Thursday


The Thunderbirds, the Air Force's demonstration squadron, performs flyovers at big events like the Super Bowl. But from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. today, for $5 per car, you can take in their show at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org). The flyover, which is part of the AFA's graduation ceremony, should be between 12:30 and 1. Those cadets may have pointy hats, but here, you can picnic and visit the WMMI's mascot burros, Chism and Nugget. Hence the event name: Picnic-N-Planes! N' Burros! — Matthew Schniper

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29 Friday


Tracy Lawrence and the rest of the state fair's countrified lineup may be months away, but you can still find plenty of twang and more than a few cowboy hats as the Centennial State's longest-running bluegrass festival takes over the Colorado State Fairgrounds (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo, bluegrassatthefair.com). Bluegrass at the Fair's 26th year kicks off this afternoon with Pueblo's own Fireweed and continues through Sunday with a closing set by Grass It Up. In between, there'll be three days of pickin' and grinnin' from a haywagon load of acts, including Sons and Brothers, The Cody Sisters, Finnders & Youngberg, Jeff Scroggins, The Crystal Hill Billys, and Out of Nowhere. Camping will also be available, and proceeds from your $40 weekend pass will benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. — Bill Forman

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30 Saturday


Today, New York-based tour/event company Atlas Obscura is sponsoring events at strange and wondrous places around the world — including two in El Paso County — as part of Obscura Day. From 8 to 10 a.m., find a tour of the Paint Mines Interpretive Park (29950 Paint Mines Road, Calhan), which will feature a discussion about the history, geology and ecology of the vibrant rock formations in and around the park. Closer to town, try a behind-the-scenes tour of the May Natural History Museum (710 Rock Creek Canyon Road, coloradospringsbugmuseum.com) from 11 to 12:30. Tickets are $5 for the Paint Mines or $4 for the May Museum. For more information, go to atlasobscura.com. — Griffin Swartzell

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31 Sunday


When Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt converted the Broadmoor Riding Academy into the Broadmoor Ice Palace in 1938, the job cost about $200,000 — more than $3.3 million in today's money. Which makes it all the more honorable that the Ice Palace's successor, the Broadmoor World Arena Ice Hall (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com), celebrates its 20th birthday by hosting a totally free skate, for all ages, from noon to 2 today. While Team USA athletes will be there, providing figure-skating pointers, anyone who's ever stood drunkenly transfixed by curling on late-night TV will probably be drawn to the Broadmoor Curling Club's demo area. — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Pikes Peak Feats and Fibs

1 Monday


A new free exhibit at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Ave., manitouspringsheritagecenter.org), titled Pikes Peak Feats and Fibs, features examples of "tests of courage and willpower" and tests of "the imagination." It was recently featured on an episode of the Travel Channel's Mysteries of the Museum, where the museum's David Walker described one of the exhibit's more famous pieces: "The artifact is about an inch long," Walker tells the camera, "[and] is gray and brown in color. It would've been good tasting at one point in time, but we probably wouldn't want to eat it now." It's a peanut that Bill Williams pushed up Pikes Peak ... with his nose. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Million Dollar Quartet

2 Tuesday


It was apparently pure chance that brought Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash together on a Tuesday in December 1956. The venue was Sun Records' storefront studio in Memphis, and the "impromptu recording" they created has come to be known as "one of the greatest rock 'n roll jam sessions of all time," a gathering of talents commemorated in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. The Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) hosts this touring nostalgia-fest, including "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes," "Fever" and "Sixteen Tons," tonight and tomorrow at 7:30. Tickets start at $35. — Mary Jo Meade


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