EventsView control also supports publication and expiration date metakeys. Please check out attached sreen shot prepared for your convenience. You can give a try to our demo website demo.sitefinity.com
As for the mark about the type of content item you can modify the control templates and declare Label control ( or another control you prefer, even <h1> tag and some text) with some text that represents the ContentView based control. For example: "Our Events". Thus, you do not need to add text every time when you create a content item.
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