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17 Wednesday

party

"Show up in your favorite underwear, long Johns or Janes, holiday jammies, nightgowns, snuggies ..." reads the invitation for the inaugural Holiday Underwear & Pajama Party + Drive. It's happening at 7:30 tonight at Front Range BBQ (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com/music) along with an Oskar Blues tap takeover and tunes by Grass it Up's Cigar Box Band, all benefiting Urban Peak Colorado Springs. Entry is free, but donated items for homeless youths are appreciated, from warm clothing to toiletries to cash. — Matthew Schniper

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18 Thursday

stage

Forget the melodrama in old-fashioned radio shows. I'd like to be a fly on the wall and watch the foley artists. Imagine how hard it must be to deliver hardboiled detective dialogue without cracking up at an enthusiastic intern banging coconut shells together. Until I get that opportunity, I'll just go see WYNOT Radio Theatre, which will perform It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly at 8 tonight, Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org). In this episode, we'll watch (and hear) radio detective Rick Luger navigate the world of high-stakes Shetland pony racing. Tickets run $20 each. — Griffin Swartzell

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19 Friday

stage

It's almost unbelievable that Nazi Germany existed in its various forms; Parisians were still coming to terms with it in the years following World War II, which begat the Theatre of the Absurd movement, a morbidly funny artistic skewering of the senselessness of existence. Eugène Ionesco's 1959 play Rhinoceros was a true highlight, a highly symbolic criticism of -isms featuring a small town morphing into things unexpected. See it done by THEATREdART at 8 tonight at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., theatredart.org). Tickets are $15. — Bryce Crawford

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20 Saturday

holiday

Olaf will be there, and that may be all that Frozen fanatics need to know about the Christmas Around the World Festival, happening today from 10 to 3 at Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., tiny.cc/g1qpqx). But others will appreciate that here, no one's gonna be circling that snowman, shilling pricey, crappy, eye-catching prepackaged flotsam. There will be a holiday boutique, but the main attraction (Olaf aside) is the assortment of people showcasing objects and info related to Christmas traditions in places as far-flung as Yemen and the Philippines. Admission is just $5 per family, or better yet, a new unwrapped toy, for Christmas Unlimited. — Kirk Woundy

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21 Sunday

music

If you've OD'd on sugar-plum fairies, toy soldiers and all other things Nutcracker, you can still get your dose of classical Christmas cheer courtesy of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Thomas Wilson will be conducting the orchestra and chorale in a program that opens with Hackinson's "Fantasia on We Three Kings" and concludes with the obligatory Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's "Messiah." Along the way, there'll be seasonal works ranging from Vaughan Williams' "The First Nowell" to Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's oft-covered "Let it Snow!" The concert takes place at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org), with tickets starting at $13 for students, $21 for the general public. — Bill Forman

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22 Monday

holiday

Those who fancy a nighttime stroll in Denver Botanic Gardens will find the place festooned with winter blooms, though these are members of a freeze-proof species that require a steady stream of electricity to show off their color and form. It's the annual Blossoms of Light celebration, an al fresco feast for the eyeballs that's rendered psychedelic by the additional purchase of 3-D HoloSpex glasses. Visit from 5:30 to 9 p.m. nightly through New Year's Day (1007 York St., Denver, and 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, botanicgardens.org), with admission ranging from free for kids 2 and younger up to $12 for adults, with an array of discounts in between. — Mary Jo Meade

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23 Tuesday

stage

For this revival, David Simpich has dusted off the 20-year-old string puppets for Heidi, now onstage at Simpich Showcase (2413 W. Colorado Ave., simpich.com, $13-$15). High in the hills with goatherd Peter, Heidi goes on adventures that lead her down the mountain to Frankfurt and into the recesses of her "bitter grandfather's heart." Both adults and kids 6 and up will enjoy the spectacle of these beautiful marionettes and what Simpich promises will be "a remarkably unusual staging concept." Take it from this kid who saw The Little Mermaid in 1991 — it's unforgettable. Heidi plays today at 2:30 p.m. and continues through the end of the year. — Edie Adelstein

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