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Seven Days to Live 

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8 Wednesday

stage

Summertime loves a melodrama and olio for the tourist set, and Cripple Creek's Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., buttetheater.com) obliges with Wednesday through Sunday shows. Today at 1, and through Aug. 27, you can catch Foul Play: Or the Scuttling of the Sapphire, about a debt-plagued man who sinks his dad's ship for its insurance payout only to learn his fiancée was aboard. Seats are $12 to $18. If you love what you see, consider returning at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 for a one-night-only spoof of the show, during which the actors lampoon the script of their previous 35 performances. Apparently it's hilarity, squared. — Matthew Schniper

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9 Thursday

reading

The cinema has long been splattered with representations of serial killers as somewhat charming anti-heroes, from Sir Anthony Hopkins chewing up the scenery as the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter to Owen Wilson as a kinder, gentler sociopath in Minus Man. Then there's TV's Dexter Morgan, the vigilante serial killer who enjoyed an eight-season run on Showtime. You can catch the character's creator, Jeff Lindsay, 7 p.m. tonight at Tattered Cover Book Store (2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, tatteredcover.com), where he'll be reading selections and signing copies of Dexter Is Dead, the eighth and final novel in his series of dark-humored best-sellers. — Bill Forman

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10 Friday

art

Two things you'll find tonight at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St., #100, galleryuccs.com) for the opening of its Bright Young Things art show. First, an interactive/wearable 3D-printed sculpture from Kristin Stransky. Then at 7, collaborators Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris will perform a piece that, according to GOCA, "involves cotton candy eaten off the performers' bodies, building on past performances involving food and the body." Come tonight at 5 for all this, plus sculpture, painting, and much more created by emerging artists from the Colorado Front Range; then stay on until 9 p.m. when the dance party kicks off. The show is free, lasting through Aug. 29. — Edie Adelstein

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11 Saturday

#lovewins

In 1996, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Colorado's Amendment 2 — the effort, led by the Christian Right and allied businesspeople in Colorado Springs, to prevent gays from enjoying equal legal status — which ended our role as the much-boycotted "Hate State." Almost 20 years later, the joyful among us may celebrate another Supreme Court decision at the 25th annual PrideFest. Over 100 vendors will host some 50,000 visitors today and tomorrow in America the Beautiful Park (126 Cimino Drive, coloradospringspridefest.com), with the parade on Sunday. Of course, there are still states fighting the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, but it's never too late not to hate. — Bryce Crawford

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12 Sunday

sports

The Springs is making a name for itself in the world of skateboarding: Locals Rachel Reinhard and Jono Schwan represented our fair city in the X Games last month in Austin, and now comes the 2015 Rocky Mountain Rampage. Sk8 Strong, a local nonprofit and Indy Give! participant aimed at developing local skating culture, hosts the last day of "Colorado's biggest professional skateboarding event" — which started Friday — today in Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave.). The spins, flips, stalls and airs are free for the public (though donations of non-perishable food items are requested), and general contest information is available at sk8-strong.org. It'll be epic. (Did I get that right, epic?) — Craig Lemley

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13 Monday

museums

Line up your family and separate the bold from the squeamish. Park the squeamish in front of the Frozen DVD with some pizza coupons, pile the rest in the minivan and head for Denver. It's there that you will encounter Denver Museum of Nature & Science's new exhibit, The Power of Poison (2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver; dmns.org). Get close to real poison dart frogs and giant models of killer insects, and discover some crummy ways to die. Consider poisons in nature, Harry Potter and medicine, where it can be used for healing instead of harm. The exhibit is open 9 to 5 daily through Jan. 10, and entry is included with museum admission, $9.85 to $14.95. — Mary Jo Meade

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14 Tuesday

kids & family

Heroes and villains is the theme for today, and you must choose but a single path. For the virtuous, head to Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive) at 10 a.m. for "The Adventures of Valiant Simon and Brave Margaret," a puppet show version of an Irish folktale from Alanna Jones (best for ages 3 and up). Those of a more sinister bent can hone their skills at the Ruth Holley Branch Library (685 N. Murray Blvd.) for Super Villain Boot Camp, at 10:30 a.m. Per PPLD: "Tired of being a goody goody? Want to embrace your inner villain? Come learn villainous activities and see what it's like on the dark side. Mwahahaha!" Both events are free, and repeated at other area libraries throughout the month of July. Visit ppld.org for more. — Edie Adelstein

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