Seven Days to Live

May 21, 2014
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21 Wednesday

derring-do

It's a summer morning and you're outside, coffee in hand, surveilling the garden, when you notice the tell-tale munch-marks of the neighborhood deer on your veggie patch. Nothing has thwarted these suckers, but perhaps tiger poo will send a message. Well, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, tiny.cc/po2ufx) will gladly give you the leftovers from its tigers, lions (African, not mountain) and leopards to help deter the local wildlife. No, this isn't fertilizer, and yes, it will smell, but what you buy will help zoo operations. Make an appointment between Tuesdays and Saturdays and for $2 a pound (15-pound minimum), you too can have the shittiest yard on the block. — Edie Adelstein

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22 Thursday

music

Any group that mentions To Kill a Mockingbird's Atticus Finch in one of its songs is fine by me, so ¡Mayday! score points for their 2012 "Strange March" single. The Miami-based hip-hop group is of course better known for recruiting CeeLo Green as featured singer on its 2006 "Groundhog Day" single, whose accompanying video racked up more than 2 million views during its first two days on YouTube. Like so many of the rap acts who play the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com), ¡Mayday! is signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music label, as is opener Stevie Stone, so you pretty much know what you're getting into. Tickets are all-ages, $15 in advance, $20 day of show, with doors opening at 7. — Bill Forman

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23 Friday

music

Party in the former summer home of Alice Bemis Taylor by doing Memorial Day weekend at the MeadowGrass Music Festival at La Foret Conference & Retreat Center (6145 Shoup Road, meadowgrass.org). You can find more details in our music section, but the lineup includes The Duhks, Elephant Revival and The Mother Hips. VIP tickets and camping and RV spots are sold out, but as of this writing, you can still get single-day or weekend tickets or package deals for between $50 and $350. Whatever you do, take your cues from the also-performing Haunted Windchimes: "Up with the dawn, walk to the road / Gone with the wind, flying out with the crow." — Bryce Crawford

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24 Saturday

sports

Every year, we hear about the punishment that college and NFL football players take while enduring training camp under the late summer sun. Well, the early summer sun isn't much more forgiving, and it's through June that the Rocky Mountain Thunder Katz throw on the pads and throw down with other Women's Spring Football League teams. See our local women, ages 18 and up, go full-pads, full-contact against the Utah Jynx at 1 p.m. today at Harrison High School (2755 Janitell Road, thunderkatzfootball.com). Tickets run $2 to $8 in advance, $5 to $10 at the gate. — Kirk Woundy

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25 Sunday

stage

The prophetic year of 2012 saw two big events related to Jack Kerouac: a long-awaited and sadly disappointing film version of On the Road, and the much more worthwhile and significant first staging of The Beat Generation, a lost Kerouac play discovered in 2004 in a New Jersey warehouse. If you're mad to live, in the great man's words, then see THEATREdART's staging of it; after Friday and Saturday's 6:30 p.m. performances, there's another at 2 today at The Subterranean at the Underground (110 N. Nevada Ave., theatredart.org). Keep in mind that the schedule repeats itself next weekend. Area poet Jonathan Andujar directs, and tickets are $15 ($5 students). — Matthew Schniper

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26 Monday

holiday

Thousands of us will manage to set aside time during the long weekend to swing by Territory Days for some brats, brews and lotsa live music (open 10 to 6 today, see tiny.cc/itdvfx for a full weekend schedule). In this, the festival's 39th year, expect the full gamut of Western-tinted, family-friendly fun — gold panning, Wild West gunfighters, pony and train rides for the kiddies — along with street-fair standards. Admission is free, as is the shuttle (running approximately every 15 minutes) from Coronado High School and Rock Ledge Ranch, so come to Old Colorado City (between 23rd and 27th streets, pro-promotions.com) and salute the end of snow season with a frolicsome group sweat. — Mary Jo Meade

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27 Tuesday

music

I spent my whole child- and teenhood on the west side, but it wasn't until just a few years ago I learned about The Secret Garden (420 S. 19th St., coloradosecretgarden.com), tucked ever so sweetly between the bluffs near my old home. While the name suggests otherwise, my ignorance isn't exactly defensible, especially because you don't have to attend a wedding to go there. Today kicks off the venue's annual outdoor concert series, with shows at 7 p.m. each Tuesday through Sept. 9. Grab $5 and join the neighborhood under the tent for the first act of the season: Chauncy Crandall. — Edie Adelstein

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