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Well, misses and sirs, it appears with no uncertainty that the "Holey Daze" are upon us. This year, however, there is an alternative to visiting the stale, muggy, fluorescent-lit, mouth-breathing-consumer swine-flu hell of Mall City, USA.

Instead, head to the first-ever Handmade Harlots craft sale at the Triple Nickel Tavern from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. There you will find, in what can only be described as the greatest development in Christmas marketing since the birth of sweet baby Jeebus himself, the elite crafting unit of the Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe offering up hand-hewn and one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, accessories and "other unique items" (wink-wink) ranging in "innuendo" from the naughty to the benign. The group is also planning to have fashion shows and homemade baked goods, served up hot — like only the Handmade Harlots can.

So, let's go over this again. Burlesque girls selling sexy homemade gifts and steamy baked goods in the comfort of a neighborhood tavern?! Merry Xmas, indeed!

Local real estate guy Scott Hunt recently assumed the reins at Pine Gables Tavern, just a hop, skip and a jump up Ute Pass in beautiful Green Mountain Falls. He says the transition is going well: "A lot of people had gotten 86'd over the years for no real reason," he tells me. "We're just trying to welcome everyone back and get music going again."

And as far as the music goes, Hunt says Pine Gables plans to host a healthy mix of local and national talent, "just as long as it's good." Last Saturday night's performance by Ashley Raines, he says, "sounded great" despite the unwelcome addition of a snowstorm to the evening's mix. Upcoming shows including local bar faves Gary Cover this Friday and the Usual Suspects on Saturday. Then it's the original Rocky Mountain jam band, Shakedown Street, on Friday, Nov. 27, and a truly unexpected twist: two shows with the Brian Flynn Band (featuring the Waboritas, a Sammy Hagar-less Cabo Wabo house band) on Dec. 4 and 5! Nothing like a little Cabo-style tequila-rock to melt away the winter blues.

Also, on a side note, I was informed that the owner's son, Christopher, a longtime associate of mine, has been put in charge of Pine Gables' kitchen. I can tell you with heartfelt enthusiasm that the food will be delicious. To get more information, or to see about getting your band in there, give booking manager Sandro "Sticks" Crespi a call at 217-4130.

Lastly this week, we have two noteworthy shows on the hip-hop front. Unfortunately, they are both on Friday, Nov. 20. First up, Black Pegasus hosts a Thanksgiving food drive at Union Station featuring the ReMINDers, the Famm, Macaatic Crew, Caliba and Angel Blacc, just $5 and a can o' beans. And next we have the Mountain Peeps Showcase at the Black Sheep featuring DJ High Chi, J. Blitz, Three the Hardway, Jackie Bond, 1984 and Sever Truth. Word.

Decisions, decisions ... Smell you next time!

Send your news, pics and most cherished Sammy Hagar memories to adam@csindy.com.

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