Seven Days to Live 

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15 Wednesday


After borrowing their name from a Bonzo Dog Band song and performing together for nearly a decade, Death Cab For Cutie finally made their major-label debut, and mainstream breakthrough, with 2005's platinum album Plans. Since then, Ben Gibbard and Co.'s recorded output has slowed down significantly, but their popularity as a live act hasn't waned, as evidenced by this headlining gig at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison). It also doesn't hurt that opening act Tune-Yards — featuring the looped ukulele stylings of former puppeteer Merrill Garbus and her bassist Nate Brenner — are bringing a bit of an edge to the bill. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $38.50 to $48.50 in advance, $50 at the door. — Bill Forman

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16 Thursday


Somewhere in the wide world of Americana, bluegrass, country and folk, there's a space where everyone from hillbillies to hipsters can sit a spell and share in tunes that resonate with something fundamental. That's a space Toronto's Awna Teixeira is bringing to the Kadoya Gallery (119 Central Plaza, Pueblo, kadoyagallery.com) at 7 tonight for the gallery's celebration of the 125th anniversary of the historic Tutt Building it calls home. The party kicked off yesterday with performances by Jack Wright, Bob Falesh and Susan Wolf, and will continue tonight with Teixeira, whose 2015 sophomore release, Wild One, is splendid. Tickets are free online, but seating is limited, and the gallery suggests a $10 to $20 donation. — Griffin Swartzell

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17 Friday


Talking to the Baltimore Sun last week, comedian and TV host Bill Maher said it's the political left, not the conservatives, that often finds his jokes offensive. "I've always said this to liberals: You should own the First Amendment the way right-wingers own the Second," Maher says. "But they don't — they don't care." Still, it doesn't keep him from cracking jokes like the one about the top half of Caitlyn Jenner making a sex tape with the bottom half, a style you can enjoy at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets are $45 to $95. — Bryce Crawford

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18 Saturday


According to organizers, there are two purposes behind today's seventh annual Colorado Springs Native American Intertribal Festival and Traditional Powwow, happening from 10 to 6 at Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center (3650 N. Nevada Ave., onenationwt.org). One, to bring together Native Americans in a family-friendly environment, and two, to "provide non-Natives an opportunity to interact with Native Americans, experience their culture and traditions, and hopefully counter the stereotypes that non-Natives may hold about American Indians." Expect Native food and vendors, as well as drums, dancing, and live wolf and birds of prey exhibits. General admission is $4, with dancers and children 12 and under, free. Donations of non-perishable food items welcome. — Edie Adelstein

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19 Sunday


Despite the proliferation of them in our great beer state, not all beer festivals are created alike. For the 719 Day Brew Fest from 4 to 8 today at Rawkus (3506 N. Academy Blvd., rawkusnation.com), for example, the suds are sharing the spotlight with four local bands: Modern Suspects, Charlie Chisholm, Lazer and Levi, and Hydrogen Skyline. All will perform acoustic sets, and your choice of brew-in-hand will come via Red Leg, Bristol, Gold Camp, Iron Bird, Nano 108, Fossil, Fieldhouse and Triple S brewing companies. Tickets are $25 to $45. — Matthew Schniper

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20 Monday


Denver's Biennial of the Americas (biennialoftheamericas.org) played host this week to big-name international speakers and music stars such as Colombia's Bomba Estéreo (if you're reading this before Friday, go see their free show that night at Civic Center Park at 7 p.m.). Most of the events have wrapped up by now, but you can still see what some of the fuss was all about via Now? NOW! the Biennial's primary art exhibit, showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver through Aug. 30 (1485 Delgany St., mcadenver.org). Featuring artists from across the Americas and the Caribbean, the diverse display of reflective works will carry the spirit of the Biennial long after its glow fades away. — Vanessa Martinez

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21 Tuesday


In 1905, folks traveled by horseback, covered wagon and any other mode of transportation available at the turn of the century to celebrate a bountiful potato harvest at a thanksgiving festival in Calhan. It was a simple gathering, highlighted by a potato and bean bake, live entertainment and horse races. Today, 110 years later, the El Paso County Fair has a lot more to offer. Saturday through July 25 you'll find everything from animal-centric contests and events to arts, music, food and more at the fairgrounds (366 10th St., Calhan). Ticket prices vary by day and events attended; find more information at elpasocountyfair.com. — Craig Lemley


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