Seven Days to Live 

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24 Wednesday


Monument bluegrass band WireWood Station is combining the recording of its second album with a schedule that includes three shows in three days, and you can play too by hitting the band's free performance at 7 tonight in Limbach Park (Second and Front streets, Monument; trilakeschamber.com) for the town's Concerts in the Park series. "Bring your chairs and enjoy music, food and fun for the whole family!" says the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center of the series, which will later host the Bud Gordon Sextet on July 1, Hammerstadt on July 8, and RVZoo and the Sugar Spun Elephant Band on July 15. — Bryce Crawford

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25 Thursday


Thanks to places like the Millibo Art Theatre and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, lots of venues are working to nurture playwrights and bring audiences into the process, and you can add Black Box Theatre (1367 Pecan St., bit.ly/1elp0xm) to the list. Its FIVES New Play Festival will stage six short plays — that would be five winning pieces, plus a runner-up — at 7 p.m. each night through Saturday (which also includes a 2 p.m. matinee). Expect comedies and dramas at 10 to 20 minutes each. FIVES playwrights come from as far away as New Zealand, but those familiar with the theater community here will recognize directors from other companies like Funky Little Theater Company and Springs Ensemble Theatre. Tickets are $10, and $5 for military, students and seniors; add $2 if bought at the door. — Edie Adelstein

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26 Friday

fan fest

Sunday brings the 93rd annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the country's second-oldest motorsport race. Its 156 turns climb from 9,390 feet to 14,115 feet, testing machines from Porsche 996 Turbos to custom Victory motorcycles. But first, we party. Today's downtown PPIHC Fan Fest (ppihc.com/fan-fest) starts at 5 and goes until 10, filling the hours in between with motorcycle exhibitions, a firefighter chili cook-off, vendors, a beer garden and more. As it has these past few months, weather could play an interesting role in the race itself, let alone the fan fest, so plan ahead (in your checkered-flaggiest pants, naturally). — Bryce Crawford

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27 Saturday


Just last week I met a guy who participates in annual summer burro races: 6- to 29-mile slogs running alongside a weighted-down donkey. Interesting dude, and sport. And certainly more ambitious than today's donkey race from the Cripple Creek jail museum to the town's district museum, as part of the 84th Donkey Derby Days (visitcripplecreek.com), which runs from 7 a.m. to late, today and tomorrow. Festivities are free, and include donkey rides and calling contests, a petting zoo, dog show, pancake breakfasts and much more, including performances at the Butte Theater. So get your ass up to Cripple Creek. — Matthew Schniper

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28 Sunday


Will they be good, and do you really care? Most likely they will, and maybe you don't. Chicago tend to be dismissed by those who've heard only the hits, which is most of us. But there were actually two distinct sides to the band: Peter Cetera was responsible for yacht-rock ballads like "If You Leave Me Now," while Robert Lamm (who's led the band since Cetera's mid-'80s departure) penned the more energetic, horn-driven tracks like "25 or 6 to 4." Meanwhile, the Windy City band's non-hit material can be surprisingly eclectic, especially for an act that's sold more than 120 million records. Expect a whole lot of hits, plus a few of their more obscure tracks, tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Showtime is 7:30, tickets are $50 and up. — Bill Forman

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29 Monday


The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) is hosting the nine-band Headbang for the Highway (headbangforthehighway.com, blacksheeprocks.com) Battle of the Bands at 5 tonight, and it's a smörgåsbord of metal. Not a fan of the murky symphonics and leads of Bermuda Skies or the breakdown-heavy riffs of Fighting the Phoenix? Stick around for the mosh-friendly pop punk of Falter Never Fail or the moody guitar leads of The Endless Line. Or if you just want low-register technical brutality, plan around the Nova Crown and Crown Magnetar sets. Tickets are $10. — Griffin Swartzell

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30 Tuesday


I could try and explain the plot of It's Nice of You to Notice ... or ... Out of the West, but there's not enough space here to cover what's going on regarding the villain with the mortgage problem, the mysterious buyer scooping up properties around town, the gunslinger or the temperance leader. Leave that to the folks behind the melodrama at Iron Springs Chateau (444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, ironspringschateau.com), who stage family-friendly, rowdy plays with olios (variety shows). If the wackiness has you feeling suspicious, take it from one recent Facebook review: "The whole experience was a little cheesy, but we knew that going in and that made it so fun!" Shows run 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays by reservation through late December and cost $9.50 to $16.50 for the show only (add extra for a pre-show meal). — Edie Adelstein


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