Seven Days to Live

January 09, 2013
Speed Vegan

9 Wednesday

food and drink

Speaking as one who logged 21/2 years as a vegan way back when, I know how fulfilling a creative vegan meal can be — so much so that a non-vegan wouldn't bat an eye at it. It's not all rice and beans and tofu, people. Chef Alan Roettinger will help prove that from 6 to 7:30 this evening at Whole Foods (7635 N. Academy Blvd., wholefoodsmarket.com) at a free meet-and-greet. The author of Speed Vegan, (not to mention A Modern Woman's Pillow Book, an erotic love poem collection) will share pantry and preparation advice. His query: "How can we expect our body to be healthy if we tolerate an abusive relationship with our food?" — Matthew Schniper

Cirque du Soleil: Quidam

10 Thursday

stage

For those who find circuses sad, we present Quidam, the traveling Cirque du Soleil show that writes despair right into its story line. "Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning." Good times! Zoé naturally retreats into an imaginary world, and there things pick up a little bit, thanks in part to a ringmaster with a "tragically spare hairdo." And what follows is true Cirque spectacle: dancing, contortion, music, gorgeous costuming and much more. Tonight's 7:30 show at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) is the second of eight, running Wednesday through Sunday. Tickets run from $30.50 to $93, and you may even be glad you went. — Kirk Woundy

Festival Fridays

11 Friday

party

It's time to jam, folks, so make your way to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org) for the first of the museum's 2013 Festival Fridays. Starting at 5:30, $6 gets you in the door, where you'll find "cocktails, food for all tastes and outstanding live musical entertainment," the latter, in this case, coming courtesy of Suga' Bear & the Show Time Band. All proceeds benefit the arts center, which, considering the advent of programs like Third Place in the Hoag Studio — where you can catch muralists, painters and graffiti artists working live — is as it should be. — Bryce Crawford

Fruitcake Toss

12 Saturday

tradition

According to the release, a Travel Channel crew will shoot footage for a new show at today's Fruitcake Toss at the Manitou Springs High School track (401 El Monte Place, manitousprings.org). It's picked a good year, the first in which non-gas-powered compressors are being allowed into the air-powered pneumatic division. If this all sounds too high-level for what seems like an easy concept — throw your crappy holiday confection across a field and win a prize — you might want to check out all the intricacies of the now-18th annual event between 10 and 2. Your entry fee is one non-perishable food item for Westside Cares. And, no, fruitcake does not count. — Kirsten Akens

12 Saturday

music

It cost Walt Disney Studios less than five grand to make its first real Mickey film, Steamboat Willie, back in 1928. By comparison, Disney shelled out $4.05 billion to acquire Lucasfilm last year — and that was after buying Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel Entertainment and breaking ground on the $4.4 billion Shanghai Disney Resort. That's a Cinderella story for you, and regardless of what becomes of Star Wars Episode VII (slated for 2015), you have to hand it to the mega-corporation for pumping out a stream of modern classics. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will pay tribute at 8 tonight with its Pops show, Disney in Concert at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, tickets: $19-$59). Expect music from movies like Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and Pirates of the Caribbean from the orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilson and a handful of guest vocalists, along with video clips and images. — Edie Adelstein

The Trial

13 Sunday

stage

Josef K. is a 30-year-old man who's suddenly arrested by two unknown agents from an unknown government agency, set to prosecute him for an unknown crime. He's also the protagonist of Franz Kafka's epic novel The Trial, which has been adapted by THEATREdART (128 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org) artistic director Brian Mann into the company's latest production, opening Jan. 11 and playing tonight at 8, and running through Jan. 27. "What we do or say has impact, even more so than in Kafka's day," writes Mann on the group's website. "Now you can get fired for writing the wrong thing on Facebook." Tickets are $5 to $10, or "free if you are currently under arrest." — Bryce Crawford

Pots by the Pound

14 Monday

art

Perhaps this year's Pots by the Pound at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., commonwheel.com) should receive a new name. The annual sale, which began Friday, now includes "prints, jewelry, glass items, wearable fabric and much more." But be aware, while you could name it "Pots by the Pound, Plus," "Pots Plus, by the Pound" won't work, as it's only the pottery seconds being priced by weight. Perplexed? All you really need to know is there are great deals to be had here on art through Jan. 28. — Kirsten Akens

Femi Kuti

15 Tuesday

music

As scions of famous dynasties go, I'll take Femi Kuti over George W. Bush any day of the week. The eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti has always stayed within shouting distance of his father's supremely funky roots, resisting the crossover inclinations of other famous kids like Ziggy Marley or Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. In the wake of multiple Grammy nominations and a slot on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' European tour, Femi and his band Positive Force will be storming the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder, bouldertheater.com) with a repertoire including songs from the forthcoming No Place for My Dream, which the bandleader describes as his most political album to date. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $25, all-ages. — Bill Forman

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