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12 Thursday

stage

Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult deserves an award for what has to be the most encore performances of any show locally. The folks from the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org) have brought solo performer Barry Smith into town over the course of several years now, which speaks to just how damn good this dramatic, comedic, critically awarded monologue of his is. Like fanaticism itself, the show appears to be timeless. Though it is only here between tonight and Jan. 22, with Thursday shows at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Seats are $12 to $20. — Matthew Schniper

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13 Friday

comedy

Deacon Gray would like to tell you about a kitchen tool called the Centurion 2000: "It slices, it dices, it sacrifices its only begotten son so that you may live." That's from his Revival of the Fittest album, which the Denver-based comic who's a Christian — but who's not necessarily a "Christian comic" — released a year ago. Hear more on iTunes, or see Gray, Troy Walker and other area comics at Locals Barbershop (5230 N. Nevada Ave., in University Village, localscut.com) when its three-month-old comedy series resumes at 8 tonight. Suggested donation is $5, but the 18-plus show is otherwise free — beer included for those 21 and up. — Kirk Woundy

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14 Saturday

flying food

Fear not, culinary paranoids: The fruitcake you've brought to offer to the slingin' gods at the 17th annual Great Fruitcake Toss will not be tasted. So whether you've gone with cherries or mangos, cranberries or currants, all you need to have done is created a technically edible, two-pound projectile. Of course, if you're tossing sans machinery, then it's just a one-pounder for you (roughly equal to the amount of dignity you'll lose). Lastly, if you've committed the ultimate party foul and forgotten to bring your fruitcake, and a canned food donation, to Manitou Springs High School (401 El Monte Place, manitousprings.org) at 10 this morning, don't worry — you can still rent one for a buck. — Bryce Crawford

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15 Sunday

music

Even if they hadn't been on our cover back in June, or in our Top 10 lists for the last two years, Fitz & the Tantrums would still be well-known to a lot of Indy readers. The L.A. funk/pop group's debut album has gone on to sell more than 100,000 copies; its "MoneyGrabber" single could be heard everywhere this past summer, and playing the big stages at Bumbershoot and Sasquatch didn't hurt, either. All of which suggests F&TT won't be returning to the Black Sheep anytime soon. But you can still head up to Denver to see them at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., ogdentheatre.net), with Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr and American Tomahawk opening. The 16-and-over show kicks off at 8 p.m., with tickets going for $23.50 in advance and, if available, $28 at the door. — Bill Forman

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16 Monday

community

If you've never heard Rosemary Harris Lytle speak, you're missing something. Given a subject that the local NAACP president cares about, she'll give you as much fire, passion and magnetism as you can handle — and then some. This morning, as the nation shares in Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Rosemary will have the microphone all to herself at the All People's Breakfast, from 8 to 9:30 a.m., in Colorado College's Cornerstone Arts Center (825 N. Cascade Ave., tickets $7 at the door). Her topic will be "King's Legacy: Ending Mass Incarceration in America," and as if that weren't enough, the Colorado Springs Gospel Music Workshop of America will put everyone in the right mood. For information or reservations, contact Steve at dynamic@ppjpc.org. Attendees also are urged to bring books in good condition for state prisoners in Cañon City. — Ralph Routon

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17 Tuesday

writing

If you've always wondered how to go about getting that Great All-American Novel you penned years ago (or during 2011's NaNoWriMo) read by someone other than you or your mother, tonight's free Write Brain session by Pikes Peak Writers is for you. Deb Courtney of Courtney Literary and authors Robert Spiller and DeAnna Knippling will be chatting about different models in publishing — including traditional and indie presses, and a variety of self-publishing options. The panel discussion will run from 6:30 to 8:30 at Celebration Place (750 Citadel Drive East, inside the Citadel mall, pikespeakwriters.com). Kirsten Akens

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18 Wednesday

art

Here's one thing that won't go flying through the air in Manitou Springs this week: pottery. But like fruitcakes, kiln-fired pieces will be measured by weight as part of Commonwheel Artists Co-op's (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com) annual Pots by the Pound sale. Things got started early this month, but you have a few more days to purchase seconds, in bulk, from local artists. Other art items will be sold at a discount, too, if your cupboards are already full. The shop's open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the sale ending Jan. 23. — Edie Adelstein

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