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1 Thursday

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If you, too, are tired of watching the same damn holiday shows year after year — yeah, I know it's tradition, but come on, how many times can you really see A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and the multitude of manger plays? — then give yourself the gift of new auditory and visual stimuli with It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly. That's the latest Wynot Radio Theatre offering, premiering at 8 tonight at Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache la Poudre St., wynot-radio.com), and continuing at that hour Thursdays through Saturdays through Dec. 17. Seats for the always-brilliant Golden Age radio send-up are $15; prepare to be thoroughly entertained. — Matthew Schniper

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2 Friday

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Tom Kimmell has spent most of the past three decades capturing images of life in and around Colorado Springs, from military, sports and community events to being part of the Gazette team that produced the 1990 Pulitzer Prize-winning package story ("Adam and Megan"). Now with his own photography operation, Kimmell still is seemingly everywhere, as you'll see in his 2011 Photo of the Day exhibit. Showing a different image from each day of the year, it debuts today at the Trestle Building Gallery and Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org) with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. You can expect to see our city through a different lens, and you can visit with Tom, which is a pleasure unto itself. — Ralph Routon

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3 Saturday

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If you were offended by Matt's write-up for Thursday, nuzzle in here. At noon today, the Colorado Springs Conservatory puts on Amahl and the Night Visitors, a free one-act "operetta" in Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradospringsconservatory.org). At 1 and 5, the Zamuel Ballet performs The Nutcracker, guest starring Ivan Putrov, former principal dancer at London's Royal Ballet, for $15 at Mitchell High School (1205 Potter Drive, zamuelballet.com). And in Pueblo, guest-appearance-laden Nutcracker shows at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., sangredecristoarts.org) begin at 2 and 7:30, for just $10. All three of these shows repeat at other times on Friday or Sunday, or both; see the websites for more. — Kirk Woundy

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4 Sunday

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Earlier this year we reported on the efforts of Judy Sellers and Kathy Loo, who wanted to organize a local production of Bending Towards the Light, a one-act "jazz nativity" show. With the help of a $3,000 Ingenuity Grant from the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, as well as some other generous contributions, Sellers, Loo and others were able to get the show off the ground, and now it's all paying off. Things got started yesterday, and will continue tonight at 7, with a performance at the Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave., towardsthelight.us) featuring jazz quartet Broadmoor Harmony. Tickets are $20, or $35 for reserved seats. — Edie Adelstein

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5 Monday

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If you look at American reform movements that have been successful — women's suffrage, civil rights — they usually arise from the protesters' desire to be granted the same privileges enjoyed by the rest of society. By contrast, movements aimed at restricting behavior generally get less traction. So it's pretty anomalous that the temperance movement was successful in banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol for more than a decade. The repeal of Prohibition on Dec. 5, 1933, was cause for celebration by many — and still is. If you're among them, toast the anniversary of Repeal Day from 5 to 7 this evening at the Blue Star (1645 S. Tejon St., thebluestar.net). For $35, barman Nate Windham will serve up pre-Prohibition cocktails and fill you in on this "sacred social custom." — Bill Forman

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6 Tuesday

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The Palmer Land Trust estimates Colorado loses 90,000 acres of open space to development, and oil and gas interests each year. So it's done its conservation-easement thing — becoming, in the process, the largest private local conservation organization in the U.S. by acreage — and helped bring the area Red Rock Canyon, Stratton Open Space and Section 16. You probably dig this news, so you should probably drink to it: Attend Tuesday Night Karma Hour, Mike Bristol's latest philanthropic effort, from 5 to 9 tonight at Bristol Brewing Company (1647 S. Tejon St., bristolbrewing.com). At this weekly event, a dollar from each pint sold goes to a local nonprofit. — Bryce Crawford

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7 Wednesday

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At last year's Tejon Street Holiday Stroll (between Colorado and Platte avenues, downtown80903.com), one of my co-workers ate all the Earl Grey truffle samples at Savory Spice Shop. No joke. (OK, maybe a little joke, but by the time I got there, he was leaving, and I was left empty-handed.) Chocolate debacle aside, wandering around under the sparkling white lights downtown, popping in and out of 16 different shops and snacking on free treats from local restaurants, put me in the perfect holiday mood. It can do the same for you, from 5 to 8 tonight. — Kirsten Akens

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