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I apologize for the rapid-fire delivery of this week's report, but there are simply far too many events — a plethora, if you will — to focus on one place this weekend. Hopefully, you all will take my lead!

Firstly, the Black Sheep folks have a special little present up their pant-leg for the "big kids" this holiday season. All shows for the month of December are free for ages 21-plus. Considering they have shows booked nearly every night, that is quite a big gift, indeed.

And speaking of presents, Gift Shop is now open for business at 739 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs, and despite what you might be led to believe, it isn't actually a gift shop at all! It is, in fact, a new Manitou coffeehouse/art gallery that will also feature both touring and local musicians. The venue will be celebrating its grand opening Friday, Dec. 11, with a truly impressive live music event: Cary Hudson, formerly of the Hilltops and Blue Mountain (and former collaborator with John Stirratt of Wilco), a genuine alt.country.blues badass, will be joined by Manitou's own Creating a Newsense. More information, but no gifts, can be found online at giftshopmanitou.com.

Also in Manitou this weekend, Kinfolks has a couple great nights planned. On Friday, it's hosting an evening with some of the region's most wonderful female singers and songwriters: Chela Lujan and Desirae Garcia of the Haunted Windchimes, Xanthe Alexis, Sarah Hope of Edith Makes a Paperchain, and most adorably, her daughter Miette. I can't help but agree with Xanthe when she tells me, "I think it is going to be really beautiful."

Saturday night won't look as pretty, but it'll make you feel just as good: The Genuwines, Grant Sabin and the Revelators and the Brock Gleeson Band are all going to give it up for charity. The measly $5 cover will go directly to the Empty Stocking Fund. Then stop back at Kinfolks again on Sunday for Cary Hudson's encore Manitou performance.

All right, now I know you're thinking: A) you're not 21; B) you're broke; C) you don't live in Manitou; or D) all of the above. No worries, mate, I have just the thing to take your mind off your troubles. Rubbish Gallery (17B E. Bijou St.) is throwing a two-night "Twenty-Oh-Nine" art party, with cheap art ($20.09) and even cheaper bands (free). Friday night boasts DJ Juice Box, Andy Tanner and Jackie Bond, a fairly sick local indie-rapper who lists the Beatles and Bright Eyes above RZA on his MySpace list of influences, and is known to rap over 1950s surf/doo-wop bass lines. Saturday features some Seeds-style psychedelic rock with Highered Intelligence, Boulder psych with Sunshine, and multimedia fusion with the Gaia Experiment.

Which still doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the events this weekend. For instance, I didn't even get to mention the Spring Creek Bluegrass Band (2007 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition Champions) on Friday at Front Range Barbeque on Colorado Avenue, or Mike Clark of the Jack Trades Friday night at the North Middle School Community Art Show (612 E. Yampa St.) humbly coordinated by my son Johnny, or Nocturnal Mockery at Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road) all weekend long, or the Boulder Acoustic Society at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center on Saturday night, or ...

And this is December? Smell you later, indeed!

Send news, pics and pant-legs full of presents to adam@csindy.com.

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