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click to enlarge Josh Berwanger

27 Wednesday

music

Josh Berwanger's bio touts his former group, the Anniversary, as a "seminal Kansas band," even though there haven't been all that many Kansas bands to inseminate. In the decade since the Vagrant Records act broke up, Berwanger's undergone a rite of passage from pop-punk to power-pop. His newly released solo album, Strange Stains, is a reasonably promising collection of mostly two-minute tracks you'll get to hear tonight when the Josh Berwanger Band comes to the Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., ivywildschool.com). Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $5, with Inaiah Lujan's side project Dog Days opening. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Thanksgiving

28 Thursday

holiday

It's said the average Thanksgiving meal clocks in at more than 4,000 calories. But it may not be so bad. Last year, New York Times writer Tara Parker-Pope made a lavish meal and counted her calories along the way. Here's what she came up with:

• Meat (6 oz. turkey, both dark and white meat): 299

• Veggies (single servings of Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce): 208

• Starches (single servings of potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, dinner roll with butter): 1,060

• Sweets (one slice each of pecan pie and pumpkin pie, each with a dollop of whipped cream): 919

Via the New York Times Thanksgiving Help Line. For more, visit tiny.cc/NYTThanksgivinghelpline.

click to enlarge Great Russian Nutcracker

29 Friday

dance

Like the familiar sound of Christmas music, lights strung up and down the street, eating too much and family bickering, The Nutcracker is a holiday classic. This year, you can see this favorite tale performed by the Moscow Ballet in its 2013 North American Western Tour. The Great Russian Nutcracker features dancers whose epic leaps, lifts and pirouettes are described as "Olympic-worthy." All the magic comes to life at 7:30 tonight at Pueblo's Memorial Hall (1 City Hall Place, nutcracker.com). Visit the website to find tickets starting at $28.50 and ranging upward according to section. — Gracie Ramsdell

click to enlarge Small Business Saturday

30 Saturday

shop

There's something crass about shopping all gangbusters-like, starting at 4 a.m. or whatever, the day after Thanksgiving. But this day is, for all intents and purposes, the unofficial start to the Christmas season, and let's fess up — we've been waiting all year for that. So compromise, and sit out the Black Friday nonsense, going out instead on Small Business Saturday (an American Express thing, suspiciously), where shopping the mom-and-pops is the M.O. Find a list of amenities and deals happening that day in Southern Colorado at tiny.cc/sm5u6w (think free meter parking, hot drinks and carolers and store specials) and get your wallet ready. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge The Christmas Blaze

1 Sunday

stage

We figured that The Christmas Blaze was either a reference to the Thomas Hardy poem — "While I watch the Christmas blaze / Paint the room with ruddy rays" — or a Colorado pot joke. What it is, actually, is a new production from the Thin Air Theatre Company. In it, a community theater director is sucked through a fireplace into the 1890s and, rather steamily, "into the arms of a fireman from the past," says a news release. Having debuted on Friday, the production continues this afternoon at 1 at the Cripple Creek Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, buttetheater.com) and through Dec. 29. Tickets are $13.25 for adults (cheaper for seniors and kids), and promise a hot time in the little town of Bethlehem. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Adam's Mountain Cafe Holiday Market

2 Monday

art

Since nothing beats local art as a present (nothing in the known universe, I say!), you'll want to be at Adam's Mountain Cafe (934 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1430) today from 3 to 8 for its Sixth Annual Holiday Market. This year, around 30 area artists of all sorts will display everything from jewelry, furnishings and children's goods to culinary and botanical items, paintings and photography. Catch snacks and live music as well, plus a special raffle benefiting the Manitou Springs Emergency and Recovery Fund. (Top that, ye' sad shopping mall or box store.) For other local-art-shopping options, click here. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Bake Me a Story

3 Tuesday

kids and family

With the craziness of the holidays, curling up in a cozy blanket as Mom bakes cookies sounds pretty sweet. But you can up the cultural ante by kicking back for some traditional festivities of various peoples at the interactive holiday exhibition, Bake Me a Story! Holiday Tales & Treats from Around the World at the Buell Children's Museum (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org, $3 to $4). This celebration that closes Jan. 4 features cooking, storytelling, art, dancing and music from across the globe. — Anna Palmer

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