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18 Thursday

comedy

A full 190 of the 216 users who've reviewed Brian Regan's 1997 CD, Brian Regan Live, on Amazon have given it five stars. According to his website, it can be called "a dorm room favorite." And yet it's supposedly 100 percent clean humor, with Regan relying on bits about a "donut lady," late-night dog barking and the like. If you, like a lot of people, think that's the mark of a great comedian, you'll want to drop into the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) at 7:30 tonight to see Regan live. Tickets run from $39.50 to $49.50. — Kirk Woundy

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19 Friday

music

William Elliott Whitmore has an unmistakable sound — he's one of those artists who takes the stage, opens his mouth and immediately makes everyone in the room do a double-take. At least, that's what happened when I saw him four years ago in Washington state. His wasn't even the act I came to see, but I left the show with two of his CDs and a hunger for others. Actually, it was more like a thirst — his cracked, throaty roar invokes images of the Dust Bowl and several quarts of mean whiskey. Those of you 21 or older, I implore you to hear the Iowa native play his dark, literary take on alt-country at 8 tonight at the Triple Nickel Tavern (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 555nickel.com). Tickets are $12 at the door or $10 in advance — get them at the Nickel or at the Leechpit (708 N. Weber St.). — Claire Swinford

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20 Saturday

comedy

Between giving William Shatner a platform from which to cover Cee Lo Green's "Fuck You!" on his TBS talk show Lopez Tonight, and insulting white-sounding names like "Bryce" — ahem — on HBO, comedian George Lopez has come out of the 2007 cancellation of his prime-time sitcom swinging. "You don't want us in this country, yet you hire us to raise your most prized possession: your children," he jokes in one act. "I was raised by a Latina — beat the hell out of me — and she loved me!" So for $40 to $60, enjoy the 18-plus-only ride at 8 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). — Bryce Crawford

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21 Sunday

community

People of all faiths eat turkey 'round this time of year (or perhaps its veg-head replacement, Tofurky). In the spirit of giving thanks for all that is good (including your favorite main course), join together with clergy members and representatives of Judaism, Baha'i, Islam, Christianity, Unitarian Universalism, Paganism, Buddhism, as well as those who are "spiritual but not religious," at 4 p.m. today at Unity Church in the Rockies (1945 Mesa Road, 332-9788) for the fourth annual Interfaith Thanksgiving. This free one-hour service will include live music, with a bring-your-favorite-dish-to-share community potluck to follow. — Kirsten Akens

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22 Monday

art

I'm not really ready to think about it yet, either, but soon, gifts will have to be gotten. Call upon a proactive spirit guide — an evil hamster or some other equally cute companion, any one will do — and shop locally to keep your money in our community. And consider it a win-win. Here's one place at which I've had luck in the past: Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com). Its annual holiday market opened Friday, but you can shop from more than 50 Colorado artists from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Glasswork, jewelry, pottery, paintings ... the hamster (or whatever) will know just the right picks. — Matthew Schniper

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23 Tuesday

music

Since his 2004 debut on Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, Ariel Pink has been a highly influential, albeit somewhat cultish, character in underground pop music circles. Early albums sounded like they were birthed in a concrete bathroom, yet conveyed an independent record store clerk's grasp on a half-century's most revered music. The infectious chorus and murky mix of "For Kate I Wait," his homage to Kate Bush, enraptured critics and fans, and his more polished new album, Before Today, does the same. At 8 tonight, catch him and his Haunted Graffiti bandmates, along with resurrected Brazilian psych-gods Os Mutantes, at Denver's Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., bluebirdtheater.net) for $20 in advance, $25 at the door, 16-plus only. — Bill Forman

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24 Wednesday

stage

Think glamorous costumes and intricate routines. Add legs that go for days, and you've got the world-famous Radio City Rockettes. They got their high-kicking start back in 1925, and now entertain more than a million visitors every year with the eight-week Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This year, the Rockettes are expanding their tour to the West Coast and will stop by the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). for performances at 4 and 7 today (as well as Tuesday). Tickets range from $40.50 to $102 and can be purchased online or by phone at 520-7469. — Leah Barker

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