Thanksgiving! Eat your turkey. Don't be jerky. No go worky. Feeling murky.
While productions of A Christmas Carol abound this time of year, you won't want to miss David Simpich's one-man marionette production of Charles Dickens' timeless Christmas tale titled The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas. Not only are the marionettes stunning in and of themselves, but also Simpich's puppetry and storytelling are masterful. The show begins tonight at 7 p.m., and runs Wednesday through Saturday until Christmas Eve, with matinees on Sundays in December as well as on 23rd and 24th, in the Broadmoor Hotel Theater. Call 634-7711. Tickets are $17. Not recommended for children under 6.
If you're looking to get as far away from the mall parking lots as possible this weekend, why not head down to Salida to do some of your holiday shopping at the many local art galleries and craft shops. While you're there, check out Parade of Lights and the Lighting of Holiday Mountain at sundown. Afterward, go see Mollie O'Brien, a regular on Prairie Home Companion, at the Steam Plant Theater, at Sackett and "G" Street next to the boat ramp for $12 to $17. Doors open at 7 p.m. Call 719/539-8514 for more, or call 877/772-5432 for lodging info.
Beginning tonight and running through New Year's Eve, the Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater at the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou will be presenting its Holiday Extravaganza Revue. Elvis will be on hand, of course, along with dogs barking out "Jingle Bells" and other holiday sub-standards. And there'll be plenty of opportunities to stuff your face and embarrass yourself with sing-alongs -- time-honored American traditions. Reservations are highly recommended. If you want to eat, it's $23 a head for adults, $12 for the show only. Call 685-5104 or 685-5572 for more.
There's something so very voyeuristically "Goldilocks" about touring other people's houses. While today's Eighth Annual Holiday Bed & Breakfast hosted by the Old Colorado City Historical Society isn't exactly the parade of homes, you can still go in and sit in other people's chairs, eat their porridge and roll around on their beds for a mere $10 to $12. Thirteen B & B's throughout the area will be included in the tour along with a stop at the McCallister House museum. The tour is self-guided and you can go to as many places as you want between 2 and 6 p.m. Call 636-1225 for more.
Jumpin' Jehovah's Witnesses, Batman, is it yet another holiday event? Yup. Grace & St. Stephens Episcopal Church continues their 75th anniversary celebration of the Taylor Memorial Organ with various "Prelude to Christmas" performances by the Taylor Memorial Choir and harpist Joni Martin. The free show starts at 4 p.m. today at 631 N. Tejon St. Call 633-5529 for more.
Colorado College will commemorate World AIDS Day (officially Dec. 1) tonight at 7 in Bemis Hall (west side of campus at 920 N. Cascade behind Cutler Hall) with a free event of spoken-word poetry and talks by people who've been infected with HIV. Call 389-6607.
The Visiting Writers Lecture Series continues tonight at Colorado College. Poets Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Laurie Wagner Buyer and James Tipton (winner of the Colorado Book Award) will read their verses tonight at 8 in the McHugh Commons in the Western Ridge Housing Complex at 1090 N. Cascade. It's free. Call 389-6607 for more.