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click to enlarge Commitment Day 5K

1 Wednesday

fitness

Considering that just about any occasion in this city comes with its own 5K, it only makes sense for New Year's Day to get in on the action. Thus, the Commitment Day 5K kicks off at 10 this morning at Life Time Fitness (4410 Royal Pine Drive, commitmentday.com/colorado-springs), offering you the chance to pay between $25 and $30 to contribute "to starting a national conversation about living a Healthy Way of Life." Of course, the run/walk is also good if you just feel like traveling 3.1 miles on foot — but, hey, whatever gets you out there. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Downtown Skillshare and Music Jam

2 Thursday

community

You can probably do a thing that you love to tell other people about. They may or may not love to hear it, but that's not really the point, is it? Well, now there's a built-in audience for all that ability: the free Downtown Skillshare and Music Jam at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com). The weekly all-ages event has hosted such luminaries as flat-bike-tire fixers, sewing-machine users and seed starters, all instructing the unlearned masses between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. The "music jam" part happens at the same time and location, so go blow that horn after you lecture on proper embouchure. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Silent Film Friday

3 Friday

film

Before surround sound, CinemaScope, or even 3D glasses, there was the miracle of silent film. From the late 1890s until the Depression-era arrival of the "talkies," people flocked to theaters to see flickering black-and-white images with explanatory cue cards and live pipe-organ accompaniment — an experience the monthly Silent Film Friday series sets out to recreate. Due to renovations, tonight's screening will use pre-recorded music rather than live, but the chance to see Springs homeboy Lon Chaney's Laugh Clown Laugh in the Lon Chaney theater (221 E. Kiowa St., 8 p.m., $5 donation, 17-under free, 886-0088) is still tough to pass up. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Colorado College men's hockey

4 Saturday

sports

Maybe you've heard the Colorado College men's hockey team is bad this year. Like, averaging-1.65-goals-a-game-since-mid-October bad. While that's true, there's still plenty to play for, most obviously a higher seeding in the conference tournament in March. Run the table there and you still wind up in the NCAA tournament, where anything can happen. Right? (C'mon, it's a new year.) Get on the bandwagon while there's still ample leg room and see the Tigers take on the Brown University Bears — who haven't exactly melted the ice, themselves — at 7:07 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., $9-$35, ticketswest.com). — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Cave of the Winds concert

5 Sunday

music

Like a dwarf song sweetly filling the Mines of Moria (Lord of the Rings nerds are with me), or a subterranean version of "Here Comes Treble" (The Office fans feel me), today, history will be made at the Cave of the Winds (100 Cave of the Winds Road, tiny.cc/xohr8w). Yes, Notre Dame's a cappella group The Undertones (hey — that's a pun in itself!) will bounce awe-inspiring boy voices all over our famous rock caverns in a show of natural acoustical splendor as a fundraiser for Colorado fire and flood relief. Don't miss echo-y performances at noon, 1:30 ($20/adults, $15/kids, including discovery tour and Canopy Hall concert) and 3:30 ($25/$17, including lantern tour and Grand Caverns concert by lamplight). — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Pots by the Pound

6 Monday

art

If I learned anything in 2013, it was to buy quality. Years of purchasing the cheapest plates, garbage cans and clothing finally caught up with me, and shit started to break, fray and make the house look downright pitiful. Of course, after replacing the trash can and 30 pairs of socks, there's not a lot of money left over to do away with those crappy dishes. Enter the annual Pots by the Pound sale at Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com), where artist seconds are sold by weight daily through Jan. 27. Pots started yesterday, but the artists will restock throughout the month. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Encaustic Fine Art: A Solo Exhibition by Sheary Clough Suiter

7 Tuesday

art

The City Administration Building (30 S. Nevada Ave.) isn't the first place one would normally go to view art, but thanks to the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Public Art Commission, there's been a handful of exhibits. The first of 2014: Encaustic Fine Art: A Solo Exhibition by Sheary Clough Suiter. This collection of beeswax works — which are part painting, part sculpture due to their thickness (learn more about them at backdoordesigns.com) — was unveiled Friday, but will be up through March 28 during city business hours. — Edie Adelstein

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