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26 Wednesday

music

Conventional wisdom says 80 percent of new businesses fail within their first 18 months, which means that Rawkus (3506 N. Academy Blvd., 596-0000, rawkusnation.com) has already beaten the odds. Tonight, the venue will celebrate its second anniversary with a headlining set by New York drum 'n' bass artist Dieselboy, whose 2000 "Invid" single has been credited with introducing the genre to the Billboard dance charts. Electronic dance music fans will recall that he also manned the turntables at Rawkus' first anniversary celebration, as well as its grand opening. This time around, he'll be sharing a bill with KJ Sawka, Fury and Evasive. The age 16-plus event will go from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. with tickets starting at $15. — Bill Forman

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27 Thursday

turkey day

If you're reading this before Thanksgiving, brine your turkey NOW. Alton Brown (of Good Eats, tinyurl.com/mtzbjzt) recommends soaking it in 1 cup kosher salt, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 gallon vegetable stock, 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, 1½ teaspoons allspice berries, 1½ teaspoons chopped candied ginger, and 1 gallon ice water, extra ice. Then, if you can tear yourself away from the kitchen, get centered with Thankful for Yoga, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Manitou Bindu (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 344-5970) for a recommended donation of $5 to $10. Give thanks for inner calm, Alton Brown and every little thing that makes your life beautiful. — Griffin Swartzell

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28 Friday

stage

New England tries so hard to be quaint sometimes, I thought Wonderland, New Hampshire, might be a real place. Apparently it's not, although Google does report that a photogenic couple named Tom and Kate had a "Winter Wonderland Wedding" in Jackson, New Hampshire, last year. (At Nestlenook Estate & Farm — how quaint!) Regardless, Wonderland is the setting for Winter Wonderland, a new musical at the Butte Theater (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, thinairtheatre.com), wherein life lessons attach themselves to a group of marooned actors during Christmas 1952. Tickets cost $12 to $18. — Kirk Woundy

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29 Saturday

shopping

Ready or not, here comes the holiday season — christened as always by the opening weekend of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. (Sunday's for football, obviously.) But today's the day for what feels like the most responsible form of shopping, and you can hit it hard in Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and downtown. All three offer store and restaurant discounts, as well as special activities — holiday art shows at Tracy Miller Fine Art and the Manitou Art Center, as well as Skate in the Park downtown, for instance — that you can find details about here: tinyurl.com/smallbizocc, tinyurl.com/smallbizmanitou and tinyurl.com/smallbizdowntown. — Edie Adelstein

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30 Sunday

holiday

Last year, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic posted a video of Philharm musician Kelly Zuercher demonstrating the celesta, the instrument that produces the lovely tinkling sounds in Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. (Watch it at tinyurl.com/m44t55y.) Like a piano, but with hammers that strike metal instead of strings, the celesta will star again in this annual holiday tradition this weekend — including at 2 today — along with Oklahoma City Ballet and local dancers. Direction will come from Thomas Wilson, and vocals from the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com). Tickets run $27 to $55, plus fees. — Edie Adelstein

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1 Monday

lecture

Dan Choi was such a talented student at West Point that he quickly became fluent in Arabic. However, after coming out on The Rachel Maddow Show, he was discharged from the Army, prompting Choi to become the national face for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and a prominent LGBT activist. An interesting piece published late last year by the American Prospect tells a tale of Choi in flux, now that DADT is gone. He still makes a living as a speaker, however, and will talk at 7 tonight at Colorado State University-Pueblo (2200 Bonforte Blvd., colostate-pueblo.edu, free admission). He'll probably like Colorado, as he told American Prospect at the time that he smokes so much cannabis he "can't tell the difference between being high and not." — Bryce Crawford

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2 Tuesday

lecture

Over a very long career, Brian Dennehy, star of stage and both small and silver screens, has played tough guys alongside De Niro, Pacino and Stallone; done O'Neill, Shakespeare and Beckett; and shown off his rough rodent parenting skills as Django in Ratatouille. ("Shut up and eat your garbage!") Dennehy will take to the podium this evening as part of TheatreWorks' Prologue lecture series. The talk is free, but reservations are required (theatreworkscs.org/bdtickets.html) for the 7 p.m. event in Berger Hall in UCCS's University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. — Mary Jo Meade

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