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20 Wednesday

music

No, they've got nothing to do with '80s Doors revivalists the Cult, which is just fine. Cults is a New York City duo whose self-titled 2011 debut won over critics and fans thanks to standout tracks like "Abducted" and "Go Outside," the latter accompanied by a haunting video that incorporates archival footage of Jim Jones and his ill-fated followers. Frontwoman Madeline Follin sings with the ethereal passion of the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser, while partner Brian Oblivion's instrumental beds suggest a more restrained Phil Spector. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door for their 8 p.m. show at the Bluebird Theater (3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, bluebirdtheater.net), with Mood Rings and SACCO opening. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge David Sylvester

21 Thursday

lecture

"There are many reasons why I should not have been able to do what I have done: too big, too broke, too slow, too black, too this, too that ..." First inspired by the loss of his friend on 9/11, and the desire to generate money for a scholarship fund in his honor, Philadelphia's David Sylvester has biked across three continents. Hear him speak about his geographic and emotional journeys (which are laid out in his memoir, Traveling at the Speed of Life) for free at 5:30 tonight at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' University Center (Room 302, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). — Kirk Woundy

click to enlarge Michael Martin Murphey

22 Friday

music

I know when you think of Texas, you think of Southern hicks, Republicans (looking at you, George Dubya), horses and cowboy hats. While I'm somewhat resentful of this stereotype, as it seems to follow me, I love where I'm from and part of that is the warmth of the South. It's all big smiles, hugs and hair, while having strangers call you "honey." Texas native and country musician Michael Martin Murphey brings a little of that tenderness to Colorado with his tour Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas, tonight at 6:30 at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, michaelmartinmurphey.com). Tickets are $35 in advance, $42 at the door. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Skate in Acacia Park

23 Saturday

holiday

Today marks the opening of the Downtown Partnership's Skate in the Park at Acacia Park (115 E. Platte Ave., downtown80903.com), with a slick, expansive calendar of events running out to Jan. 5. Think: sittings with Santa, great grub from Curbside Cuisine, live music and of course, ice skating. Rental skates are $3 and admission is $5, Mondays through Thursdays, or $6 Fridays through Sundays (age 4 and under free). Hours vary and can be viewed online, but generally you're looking at evenings on weekdays, and all day on weekends, to carve pretty lines or slide around ungracefully on your rump. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Pure Elegance

24 Sunday

music

Lady Gaga borrowed Botticelli's The Birth of Venus wholesale in her latest album, but before her platform stilts and wig collection, Italian composer Ottorino Respighi also wrote an ode to the goddess of love emerging from the seafoam. He grouped the piece with two more based on other works by the Florentine to create Trittico Botticelliano, which the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will perform this afternoon at 2:30 (come early for a pre-concert lecture) at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave., chamberorchestraofthesprings.org). They'll also hit up Saint-Saëns, Elgar and Ravel (as they did last night at 7 at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.). Tickets are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $5 for kids. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge A Tree

25 Monday

art

I love hugging trees. It's really quite peaceful, the feeling of your arms around the thing. Call me a hippie, but don't knock it till you've tried it. Even just observing our arboreal friends is lovely too; take A Tree, an exhibit of tree photographs now on display at Bella Art and Frame (183 Washington St., Monument, bellaartandframe.com) and across the street at Wisdom Tea House (65 Second St., wisdomteahouse.com), featuring images by Jeff Johnson, Michael Renner, Denise Noble, Sherry Brand and others. You can find them at Bella and Wisdom, through Dec. 24. And keep in mind the old saying, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today." — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge "God or No God?"

26 Tuesday

lecture

Since shifting away from my Christian background and exploring more of an open, spiritual, Buddhist/Hindu-inspired belief system, the existence of God has remained in the forefront of my mind. If you're curious as to what Eastern philosophy has to say about the question of God, then come hear Dr. Arindam Chakrabarti, University of Hawaii philosophy professor, speak on the topic in a free lecture, "God or No God? Buddhist Atheism and Its Classical Indian Responses," held at 5 today, at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the University Center (Room 302, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., uccs.edu/rdpl). — Anna Palmer

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