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30 Thursday

music/community

If a little pre-gaming for New Year's Eve is in order, look to tonight's 21-plus Mixed Brew event at the Brewer's Republic (112 N. Nevada Ave., brewersrepublic.com). Starting at 7, you get an open mic that promises Samovar, Tall City, Danny Pitcher and more, plus about a dozen Colorado brews — including Rocky Mountain Brewery's gold-medal-winning Da' Yoopers cherry ale. There's no cover, donations will be accepted for the Arc of the Pikes Peak Region, and the music's over by 10, a perfect blend to prep you for the excesses of tomorrow. — Kirk Woundy

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31 Friday

improv

Consult last week's Indy for our rambling rundown of major New Year's Eve events: parties at The Broadmoor, DoubleTree, Antlers Hilton, FAC, Stargazers, Springs Church and much more. Or don't, and instead just go to the Fox and Hound (3101 New Center Point, zeisentertainment.com) at 8 tonight to catch yet another new improv group's premiere, all-ages show. (Who knew we had so many funny folk around?) SevenOneLiners, formed roughly four months ago by Los Angeles transplant Eric Zeis, brings together a dozen local humorists with résumés that include Vegas gigs and Comedy Central appearances. Expect a familiar sketch-and-game format; seats are $5, and the restaurant boasts nearly 40 beer taps to help you get giggly. — Matthew Schniper

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1 Saturday

music

In an ever-more-alienated world, it's comforting to note that you're never alone with a banjo, just as you're never alone with a set of bagpipes, or any other instrument whose sound can be heard within a half-block radius. Which means that while Boulder-based Otis Taylor may stand alone in terms of accomplishment — there aren't all that many bluesmen who employ the distinctive plectrum device to play the tranciest blues this side of Junior Kimbrough — he's definitely no stranger to a devoted following that will likely pack his band's Friday-through-Sunday, all-ages shows at DazzleJazz (930 Lincoln St., Denver, dazzlejazz.com). Times and costs vary each night; check the website for details. — Bill Forman

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2 Sunday

childrens theater

It's only a week after Christmas, and your kids have already started looking at their new toys as contemptuously as you eye that stack of paperwork on your desk. (Spoiled maggots.) It's time to send in the clown: Jim Jackson as Mr. Guffaw, in the Big Bubble Circus at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). Let a live show complete with giant soap bubbles — or just the milk and cookies that follow — capture those cute little attention spans. Seats are $10 for all shows: today's 1 and 3 p.m. performances, Saturday's 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. gigs, and Friday's 7 p.m., New Year's Eve celebration. — Matthew Schniper

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3 Monday

film

It turns out there are like 18 variations on the lyrics to "Colonel Bogey March," the whistled tune in The Bridge on the River Kwai. In some versions Hitler has one "ball," in others it's Göering who's slightly more aerodynamic. Here's our favorite — whistle along, kids: "Hitler has only got one ball / Göering has two, but very small / Himmler, is somewhat sim'lar / But poor Goebbels, has no balls, at all." So now you'll know the words when you head to Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) at 6:30 tonight for a $5 screening, as a part of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum's World War II exhibit. Proceeds benefit the museum, and a requested non-perishable benefits Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. — Bryce Crawford

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4 Tuesday

music

Tonight's show at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) gathers a broad range of sounds — everything from reggae to Portuguese to skinhead to Celtic to stoner rock — under the metal-studded expanse of the punk umbrella. Thankfully, not all of those influences come stuffed into the same act. Headliner Authority Zero takes care of the Old World Hispanic flavor, Flatfoot 56 shakes it up with bagpipes and mandolin, Lionize makes us see pretty colors with the help of Clutch guitarist Tim Sult, and local band 99 Bottles starts the show at 7:30 with its swaggering take on indie hardcore. All ages; tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door). We'd tell you to go to sodajerkpresents.com for more info, but lionizemusic.com is so mesmerizing that we can't close the tab in our browser. — Claire Swinford

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5 Wednesday

For more than a half-century now, Pueblo's Broadway Theatre League has been adding to the Steel City's culture, bringing in touring productions of Broadway's biggest stage hits. At 8 tonight, for the third time in 20 years, A Chorus Line — filled with such iconic numbers as "One" and "What I Did for Love" — comes to Memorial Hall (1 City Hall Place, Pueblo, 719/295-7222, $15 to $40) for a one-night stop on its latest national tour. The original show, which ran from 1975 to 1990 in New York, won a Pulitzer Prize for drama and still reigns as the longest-running musical on Broadway. — Ralph Routon

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