Seven Days 

click to enlarge Chimney Choir

3 Wednesday


In a world full of neo-gypsy bands performing ironic covers of Queen and Talking Heads songs, you'd be forgiven for expecting Chimney Choir's "Ace of Spades" to be an arch homage to the Motörhead anthem of the same name. Actually, it's just one of many eclectic originals on the Denver art-folk trio's beguiling debut album, recorded last year before a live audience in an old pipe-organ chapel. The group's broad musical scope is also reflected in its instrumentation, which ranges from flute to banjo, accordion to piano, even the occasional synthesizer and suitcase. Factor in the stunning three-part-harmonies that have made Chimney Choir and the Haunted Windchimes mutual admirers, and it can all get pretty magical. Catch them at 7:30 tonight for free at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com). — Bill Forman

click to enlarge A man and his burro, training

4 Thursday


"You gotta get along with your ass." This is the best advice I could find on how to be a good pack burro racer. If that doesn't pique your interest in dragging a 500-pound donkey up and down a mountain, then maybe a whole film will. Tonight, Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) hosts a screening at 7 of Trevor Velin's 2010 documentary, Haulin' Ass, and special appearances by burro wranglers Hal Walter and Curtis Imrie. Get a close look at this quirky breed of "crazy" athlete and just what it takes to participate in Colorado's official state sport. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. — Matthew Grieson

click to enlarge An artist and his painting

5 Friday


Punxsutawney Phil is catching hell for fraudulently predicting an early spring (Ohioans are pissed), but there are surer signs of warmer days out here, beginning with the First Friday ArtWalk in Old Colorado City (bestartontheavenue.com). From 5 to 8 tonight, and once a month through December, galleries along Colorado Avenue will debut work, lay out refreshments, and host artists who chat or demonstrate their craft. The vernal trend continues downtown, with the opening of Historical Curiosity: Works by Trevor Thomas in S.P.Q.R. (17B E. Bijou St.). Thomas' classically inspired work includes a rendition of Caravaggio's lush "Boy With a Basket of Fruit." See Thomas, and Reba Lee Savageau and Tom Vail, in the adjacent Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com) at 5:30. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge A gizmo from Big Cool Science Festival

6 Saturday

kids and family

As an English major who successfully slipped through four years of college without taking any science classes, I'm oddly fascinated by events like today's free Big Cool Science Festival. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Colorado College's Barnes Science Center (1040 N. Nevada Ave., coloradocollege.edu) folks from CC and 20-some local organizations will wow attendees with fire and dry ice chemistry demos, and offer hands-on activities for kids of all ages like making stethoscopes, playing with slime, and dissecting baby diapers. On second thought, I think I'll stick with Shakespeare and leave the nappies to those with stronger stomachs. — Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge An actress and actor in SPANK!

7 Sunday


The woman in Fifty Shades of Grey has an "inner goddess" interrupting her interior monologues so annoyingly often, it's amazing the reader can stay focused long enough to masturbate. Luckily, that conundrum won't even be an option at SPANK!, the musical parody of the best-selling erotic reinterpretation of the best-selling series about the physically and emotionally abusive relationship between a vampire and a high-schooler. No, SPANK! — debuting tonight at 6 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) — promises to be full of allusions to the lighter sides of sadomasochism: "Your inner goddess will be laughing out loud," reads the release. Tickets start at $33. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge A zombie

8 Monday


I'll wager that your regular workout doesn't include aspects like "basic melee weapons training," "how to sneak up on zombies and hooligans" or "basic parkour." Sucks for you. Maybe you wanna check out the Zombie Hero Workout that's launching on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (as soon as 15 of you zombie enthusiasts sign up at helpzombies.com) in Palmer Park (3650 Maizeland Road). Local creator Kevin Bond calls the $30-per-month program a mix of 60 percent fitness and cardio, 30 percent zombie info and preparedness, and 10 percent self-defense. Shuffle and moan your way through his website for all the details. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Even the Rain follows a film crew attempting to portray Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World.

9 Tuesday


También la Lluvia (Even the Rain) follows a film crew attempting to portray Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World — while they shoot in a politically turbulent Bolivia. Think Apocalypto meets Tropic Thunder, but in Spanish. With less hilarity ensuing. The film will be shown for free at 7 tonight as part of Colorado College's Spanish Movie Night Series, at Wyndom House (1132 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). It stars Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries, Y Tu Mama Tambien?) and is directed by Goya Award-winner Icíar Bollaín. There will be English subtitles. — Miguel Bustamante


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