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8 Thursday


I've heard every single one of the artists performing at tonight's Y96.9 Acoustic Christmas Concert on the radio over the past week, and not just on the sponsor's station. The lineup of Gloriana ("Wild at Heart," "Wanna Take You Home"), Love and Theft ("Runaway"), Josh Thompson ("Way Out Here"), Sunny Sweeney ("Drink Myself Single") and Hunter Hayes ("Storm Warning") is pretty impressive for an entry price of just a $5 donation or new, unwrapped toy — all of which supports Christmas Unlimited. The 21-plus show happens from 7 to 11 at Cowboys (25 N. Tejon St., y969.com). — Kirsten Akens

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9 Friday


If you're like me, the walls at home are filled with different kinds of artwork, to the point that any addition likely would mean having to pull something down and put it in storage. That's probably the case for others with a special attachment to their own possessions. But the Modbo and S.P.Q.R. (17B and 17C E. Bijou St., facebook.com/themodbo) have a solution for everyone: the Arts Alley District's fourth annual Small Works Show. Once again, the two galleries will be crammed with several hundred works by local artists, with the firm rule that none can have a dimension of more than 24 inches, width or height. The opening today goes from 5:30 p.m. to midnight, and you can fill in those smaller vacant spots in your home gallery. — Ralph Routon

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10 Saturday


I've been fortunate enough to partake in some of Eastern Europe's various holiday markets, enjoying Glühwein in Munich and Kraków, honey mead in Prague, and chleba se sadlem (a "fat sandwich") in Bratislava. (See more on that last one in our archives.) The frosty and festive outdoor atmosphere is something truly special, and fittingly the inspiration for the Colorado Farm & Art Market's Holiday Market from 10 to 4 today at the Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road, farmandartmarket.com). Dress warm and shop for local crafts while taking in live music, hot drinks and snacks from the restaurant — hopefully a taste of culture that doesn't include fat sandwiches. — Matthew Schniper

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11 Sunday


In a classic return to the scene of the crime, the Charlie Milo Trio and Mango Fan Django are playing Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com) this evening in a Home for the Holidays concert to benefit Crawford House. Astute local music fans will remember that both of these ridiculously talented trios played on one of the outdoor stages at the 2011 Indy Music Awards Festival, which was held at the same venue. Hammerstadt rounds out the bill for this all-ages show, which will get underway at 6. A $5 to $10 donation is suggested, and there'll also be a silent auction to benefit the shelter for homeless veterans. — Bill Forman

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12 Monday


Let's keep it simple tonight. How simple? "I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite." Yep, that's the highly esteemed Will Ferrell in Elf, which is showing from 7 to 9 at CityRock (21 N. Nevada Ave., climbcityrock.com). It's a free night out in one of Colorado Springs coolest spaces; just bring food or drink for the potluck, or otherwise be branded a cotton-headed ninny-muggins. — Kirk Woundy

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13 Tuesday


Exhibits about textiles and garments usually fall into two categories: the garment as art, or the garment as anthropology. This has much to do with what is known (or not) about the objects' creators, among many factors. See what type of show Kuna Mola: Maintaining Tradition Amid Change is when it opens today at Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., theideaspace.com). It's a collection of 60 molas, colorful decorated panels sewn to blouses made by the Kuna women of Panama. Catch the 4:30 p.m. reception with collector Joyce Cheney, or drop in any afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, through Jan. 27. — Edie Adelstein

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14 Wednesday


When I think about Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I think about how the gods of progressive thematic rock opera have blessed our city. Consider the plight of Green Bay, Wis. Devoted fans of the head-bangingest Christmas elves this side of Will Ferrell on a rocking horse won't get to see the band this season, for the second year in a row, due to scheduling conflicts, reports the Green Bay Press-Gazette. It's like Heaven poured forth its green, red and white stage light upon everybody but the cheeseheads. So count your blessings, Colorado Springs, and catch some bliss at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) at 4 and 8 today; tickets start at $48. — Bryce Crawford


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