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A new album release calls for a throwdown at the Rocket Room. Join the Jack Trades on Saturday.
  • A new album release calls for a throwdown at the Rocket Room. Join the Jack Trades on Saturday.

15 Thursday

theater

The bra quite possibly is one of the best and worst inventions of all time. Yes, bras do amazing things, but they are also constricting, uncomfortable and extremely hot in the summer. (Don't even get me started on underwire, the evil stepchild of the corset's whalebone.) Actress and playwright Joni Sheram takes a unique look at bras in Cups, a one-woman show exploring different stages of a woman's life through the various bras she's worn. The encore $18 performance runs Thursday through Sunday from Jan. 15 to Feb. 1 at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.). Call 685-4729 or go to themat.org for specific dates and times. AL

16 Friday

teens on ice

Keeping things simple is a good piece of advice. Disney's built an empire that way, delivering fantasy via fairytales and now by way of America's backyard with High School Musical, the suburbanite musical trilogy set in a world of gym lockers, romance and pubescent anxiety. Two TV movies and one silver-screen version later, we have enough HSM memorabilia to choke a pig. And now this: Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). The show starts at 7 tonight with daily performances through Monday. Tickets run between $11 and $54; for more, call 520-SHOW (7469) or visit worldarena.com. It's all almost too easy ... EA

17 Saturday

music

The first couple times I saw the Jack Trades at Kinfolks Mountain Shop and on Adam Leech's front porch I had no idea that they could Rock. I've since seen otherwise. Rock they can, and Rock they will, at 9 tonight at the Rocket Room (230 Pueblo Ave.). to celebrate the release of their Rocking new Whiskey Well long-player on the Haunted Windchimes' Blank-Tape label. Mike Clark's other band, Crow Flies, will also be gracing the stage, as will the aforementioned Windchimes and Leech's own dynamic duo, Thee Kissing Disease. To paraphrase the prophet Bill Hicks, it's getting so incestuous around here, the family tree is a stump. Four bands for four bucks; call 447-4990 for more. BF

film

Looking for a fitting way to bid Dubya a final farewell? You could photocopy your buttocks and fax that to the White House. But if you want to keep your pants on, gather tonight with fellow revelers at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs). At 7 p.m., the Independent Film Society of Colorado will show Crawford, a documentary about the tiny Texas town that suddenly became George W.'s home when he decided to run for the presidency. See how the move (and resulting limelight) transformed small-town America into "Bush Country." Tickets are $5 to $6. Call 502-7057 or visit ifsoc.org for more. JT

18 Sunday

theater/chamber music

As buildup to Feb. 28's ambitious performance of Street Scene by the Opera Theatre of the Rockies, a free, staged reading of Elmer Rice's original 1929 Pulitzer Prize-netting work (which later turned into Kurt Weill's Tony Award-winning Broadway opera) will happen at 3 today in CC's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.). Arts maven Eve Tilley will direct a handful of oft-seen local thespians; the story takes place in a single summer day during the Great Depression in a gritty New York City tenement. Also at 3 today (and 7 p.m. Saturday), the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and Colorado Springs Conservatory will pair up for a concert of works by Aaron Copland and Gian Carlo Menotti. The first show is at Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave.), followed by today's set at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.). Tickets cost $10 to $15. Call 633-3649 for more on these concerts, and investigate Street Scene at operatheatreoftherockies.org. MS

19 Monday

community

Take two: Following October's yogic-spiral event in America the Beautiful Park, Smokebrush Gallery guru Kat Tudor will host the World's Largest Indoor Yogic Spiral at 4:30 today at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave.). "Breaking the record isn't the point," she says, acknowledging that the event's title is more glitz than anything. The goal, she says, is to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day while sending a message of peace to Barack Obama's administration. In addition to the actively meditating, counterclockwise-turning human spiral, Tudor and fellow artist Lindsay Ray will present a large, handmade, suspended spiral sculpture. Visit yogicspiral.com; participation costs nothing but physical effort. MS

20 Tuesday

celebration

For most of 2008, literally hundreds of hopeful area residents worked to help elect Obama as the new president. Tonight the Obama supporters, voters and everyone else hoping for a brighter future can share in launching the new political era, with local inaugural parties. One will be at Patty Jewett Golf Course's clubhouse (900 E. Espanola St.), starting at 6 with entertainment, cash bar and door prizes. Tickets are $30; make reservations at janeardsmith@comcast.net. Or, for a "recommended minimum donation" of $125 each, local Democrats are hosting an Inaugural Gala at 7 at The Broadmoor (1 Lake Ave.), with tickets available through peakdems.org/tickets.asp. RR

21 Wednesday

music

Argentine Alejandro Dvila and New York-born Jim Bosse have played guitar together since George W. Bush's inauguration year of 2001. But since their international relations have actually engendered joy and goodwill they've played to rapturous audiences in Argentina and in their current home of Colorado seeing them perform tonight seems a fitting way to celebrate Obama's takeover. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (800 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) hosts the duo, which goes by the name Dos Amricas, along with flautist Patti Grandel and guitarist Tom Stringer, at 7, and is asking for a $10 donation. Students get in free. Call 475-2396. KW

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