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12 Wednesday

dance party

You hit swing lessons on Mondays, tango on Tuesdays, Zumba on Wednesdays, line dance on Thursdays, and whichever club is hopping the most on the weekends. So you'll be beyond excited to learn of UCCS' Galleries of Contemporary Arts inaugural Lunch Beat. Held at GOCA 121 (121 S. Tejon St., uccs.edu/goca), this international phenom — aka dance your ass off for 60 minutes — is like a local daytime, drug-free rave. A five-buck donation gets you in the door from noon to 1 and a meal to take back to the office with you. RSVP to lunchbeatcos.eventbrite.com. And don't bother coming if you aren't going to get your groove on (or just want to talk work). — Kirsten Akens

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13 Thursday

music

"This song has pissed some people off," says country artist Corey Smith of his "Fuck the Po-Po" ditty. But as he explains, it's really just a way to exercise his freedom of speech, versus going through the court system to complain about an arrest, night in jail and $300 fine for his spouting the F-word near a cop. The song's on his 2012 fall release Live in Chattanooga, so he'll likely break it out, along with other such Second Amendment-esque titles as "Speak the Truth" and "Stand Our Ground" at his 7 p.m. show at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com, $10 to $15). — Kirsten Akens

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14 Friday

music

Granted, the local music prodigy was on last week's cover, but since all our attention spans continue to shrink, we want to remind you about tonight's Grant Sabin CD release show at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Bear in mind that the Haunted Windchimes are also on the bill, since — fair warning — they've come close to selling out the venue all by themselves. (Trivia fact: Both acts played the same venue at this year's Indy Music Awards Festival.) Sabin's Anthromusicology is his first album for the Windchimes' Blank Tape Records label, and for the $20 admission price, a copy of the CD is included. Showtime is 8 p.m., with Denver's Chimney Choir doing opening honors. — Bill Forman

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15 Saturday

holiday

For the rare child's Christmas wish-list that includes such activities as jingle-bell wagon rides and lantern light tours, beyond photo time on Santa's lap, may we present a Holiday Evening from 4 to 8 tonight at Rock Ledge Ranch (3105 Gateway Road, rockledgeranch.com). Of course, the living history museum can't spring to special-occasion life without blacksmithing demos too, and if a barn dance isn't your speed, there's also gift shopping to be enjoyed alongside hot cider and other seasonally appropriate snacks. Point being: It's going to be a lovely evening to kick off the 10-day countdown to Christmas, vintage-style. Admission runs $4 to $8. — Matthew Schniper

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16 Sunday

holiday

Deck the Ramps with lots of ollies. / Fa la la la la, la la la la. / Tis the season to be gnarly. / Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Join local nonprofit Sk-8-Strong at Memorial Skateboard Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., sk8-strong.org) from 1 to 5 today for Deck the Ramps, an afternoon spent decorating (bring lights or garland) and skating this year's new mini-ramp and vert ramp. Skaters and spectators are encouraged to bring canned food or money for Springs Rescue Mission, and to receive a free drink courtesy of Dutch Brothers. Highlights include the Mini-Ramp Competition, an Open Vert Session, and the lighting of the ramps at sunset. — Kiki Lenihan

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17 Monday

holiday

OK, so there's no rhino at this holiday walk (see tomorrow's blurb), but there's no better time to hit the off-season Denver Botanic Gardens (1007 York St., Denver, botanicgardens.org) than right now for its annual Blossoms of Light event, in which over one million lights are strung throughout the complex, electrifying all things brown and bare. For a little more homestead and a little less Japanese pond and garden, hit up the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield (8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton) for its Trail of Lights, which also boasts a six-figure light count. Both exhibits run nightly through Jan. 1 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and cost $7 to $12. — Edie Adelstein

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18 Tuesday

holiday

Yes, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org) Electric Safari features over 1 million lights a-twinkling, more than 40 animated light sculptures a-blinking, and lectures from zookeepers a-talking, all available through Jan. 1 (except for Christmas Eve). There are Sky Rides, and Santa sits and a variety of exhibits to eyeball. But the zoo just brought a new black rhinoceros into its fold, and you might get to see him, too. You hear me? A black rhino! An endangered animal so endangered one of its subspecies is already extinct. So go see Jumbe, a 2,658-pound Eastern black rhinoceros, and wish him a merry Christmas. — Bryce Crawford

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