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13 Thursday

film/community

More than 20 million people in the United States struggle with some form of physical or mental disability, but a great many of those people find inspirational ways to overcome their respective handicaps. To witness how one talented group of Goodwill Industries employees literally banded together to discover music's therapeutic value, catch tonight's free 6 or 8 o'clock screenings of For Once in My Life in Colorado College's Cornerstone Screening Room (825 N. Cascade Ave., ifsoc.org). Local Goodwill representatives will speak at the showings, as well as at a dinner screening at the Inn at Palmer Divide on Jan. 22. — Matthew Schniper

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14 Friday

art

As of this writing, more than 100 people on Facebook had pledged to attend Lights, a kitchen-sink-style art event happening tonight at Il Postino restaurant (123 E. Pikes Peak Ave., ilpostinocs.com). And why not? In addition to shots from three photographers, a light art display by Adam Schendzielos and live music from Dear Rabbit and Megan LeFurge, there'll be a "mini" fashion show organized by the Paul Mitchell School and A Call to Life boutique. Also expect artwork by FutureSelf participants, who stand to benefit from this Ephesium Events fundraiser. It's just $5 (cash only; enter at the restaurant's front door), plus you can get 10 percent off a pre- or post-event meal. A final enticement: If you've not yet met FutureSelf's new executive director, Abby Laine Sienkiewicz, she'll be among the masses. — Kirk Woundy

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15 Saturday

music

Take a cue from the Frank Sinatra classic and "Start spreadin' the news ..." The Colorado Springs Philharmonic joins forces with a world-class Sinatra interpreter tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com), making Simply Sinatra the latest can't miss affair from the orchestra's five-concert Pops series. The worthy crooner standing in for Ol' Blue Eyes, Steve Lippia, captures Sinatra's whiskey-and-cigarettes baritone deftly. Marry this with Lippia's stage command and you see how the show's marketers can so confidently risk false-advertising lawsuits and claim that Sinatra, "Comes to life onstage!" Show starts at 8, "moonlight and love songs, never out of date." There's a 2:30 p.m. show Sunday as well; admission for both runs $18-$57. — Eric Calder

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16 Sunday

festival

As you can imagine, there's nothing quite like San Antonio in late July, when not five minutes goes by without a, "Damn, it's hot." That's what I'd try to remember during this year's Ice on the Avenue Ice Festival in Old Colorado City (shopoldcoloradocity.com). Fight the shivers with sweat, I say, and think of this as Territory Days for January, with ice sculptures, ice bowling and plenty of hot drinks. The free frozen fun, which started yesterday, takes place between 24th and 28th streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Edie Adelstein

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17 Monday

community

The saying "one step forward, three steps back" can seem all too true in the face of racial intolerance, but our progress, however incremental, is still worth recognizing. One person who can speak from experience is Polly Baca, who will keynote the second annual MLK All People's Breakfast this morning. In 1978, Baca was the first Latina elected to the Colorado Senate; now, thanks to the recent appointment of Irene Aguilar, there are three, a development Baca has described as "just so historic that it's amazing." The event, which will also feature performances by gospel artist Rev. Dennis Mose and seminal Latin R&B band Tierra, gets underway at 8 at CC's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu). Tickets are $7, with proceeds benefiting the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission Peace Scholarship. E-mail dynamic@ppjpc.org for information and reservations. — Bill Forman

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18 Tuesday

wine

Reading the menu for tonight's 6 o'clock Passport to Umbria five-course wine dinner at Pizzeria Rustica (2527 W. Colorado Ave., 475-9700) has basically ruined me for lunch. First offender? Caciotta al tartufo, a pecorino cheese studded with black truffles, paired with Terre Margaritelli Pietramala, an "herbaceous" pale yellow wine from the hills of Umbria in Italy. Then there's trout over roasted fingerling potatoes and more wine ... and it all benefits Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. So pony up $49 (plus tax and tip), and if you forget to RSVP by phone by Jan. 16, take comfort in a different dinner coming in February. — Bryce Crawford

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19 Wednesday

music

Granted, there's not much to do in Colorado Springs this Wednesday night. But hey, it's a full moon, and an early look at the long-range weather forecast suggests that there won't be another Arctic blast, so that shouldn't be a factor. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy live music, Grass It Up will be playing a free "Full Moon Party" in the nicely heated tent at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com) starting at 7:30. Yes, we at the Indy are biased, because one of our inside sales execs, David Jeffrey, plays mandolin and guitar and sings in the quintet. But you all voted Grass It Up as Best Original Band in our 2010 readers' poll, so we're in good company. If you go, just ask David to play the stuff he's written. It's excellent. — Ralph Routon

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