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18 Wednesday

food

click to enlarge Chefs to the Rescue
  • Chefs to the Rescue

'Tis the season for many a fundraising Indy Give! event, and tonight's Chefs to the Rescue features two like-minded beneficiaries: Seeds Community Café and Colorado Springs Food Rescue. They've joined with local chefs for a four-course meal that promises "a tale of creativity and improvisational skill" at each plating, as featured items will include ingredients reclaimed by CSFR. The Mining Exchange (8 S. Nevada Ave., reservations at 231-7202) will host from 6:30 to 9:30, and there's a requested donation of $100, which will further both entities' missions of reducing food waste and feeding those in need. Live music and silent auction access included. Matthew Schniper

19 Thursday

beer

click to enlarge Give! Black Lager Release Party
  • Give! Black Lager Release Party

Really pounding back pints on a Thursday night is a little tricky for those on the Monday-through-Friday work schedule. Perhaps that's why Bristol Brewing Company (1608 S. Cascade Ave., bristolbrewing.com) tends to schedule its beer release parties for Thursdays — it ensures better behavior. Tonight, starting at 5:30, the release of Give! Black Lager allows drinkers to donate $3 per pint to a Give! charity of their choice. Very grown-up, no? As a bonus, the three charities that earn the most picks get to split another $1,000 donated by Bristol. Give! Black Lager will be available at Bristol and Old Chicago, so get it while it lasts. — Griffin Swartzell

20 Friday

music

click to enlarge A Tiny Barge Dance Party
  • A Tiny Barge Dance Party

Diminutive but far from demure, Virginia ex-pat Tiny Barge cuts a larger-than-life figure onstage, having fronted his local show band The Big Chill for the better part of two decades now. Barge is a gifted and kinetic performer who knows his way around crowd-pleasing covers that, on any given night, might include Ben E. King's "Stand By Me," a chant-along version of Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy," and lesser-known classics like Walter Jackson's aching "It's an Uphill Climb to the Bottom." You can catch the man and his band at 8 tonight at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Tickets are $10, plus fees. — Bill Forman

21 Saturday

cats

click to enlarge Kitty Love Café and Gallery
  • Kitty Love CafĂ© and Gallery

Perhaps you, like myself, have had a pretty bad week. (What's worse than traffic court on your birthday?) Maybe the weather's got you down, or you're stressin' over the holiday season. Or maybe your week's been great, and you just want to put it over the top. In any case, you need Kitty Love, today and every Saturday at Look What the Cat Brought In Shelter's Cat Café & Gallery (2129 E. Boulder St., lookwhatthecatbroughtin.org). Pet, play and cuddle with shelter cats and kittens at one of the few cat cafés in the country. It's $5 to get in, or $10 for families of four (kids need supervision). For real, it's not every day you find such purr-fect therapy. (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) — Craig Lemley

22 Sunday

spectacle

click to enlarge Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra

T-S-O can mean many things, from steaming General Tso's chicken to scowling Transportation Security Officers. But for fans of pyrotechnically enhanced symphonic rock, it can only mean one thing. Since 1996, Trans-Siberian Orchestra's arena-rock spectacles have been making Meatloaf, Wagner and Michael Flatley appear bashful by comparison. TSO's Yuletide-themed extravaganzas are a Springs tradition, one that inexplicably brings out as many young couples in formal prom wear as it does Baby Boomers in Pink Floyd shirts. Nirvana for some, nightmare for others, it all takes place this afternoon at 3, and again at 7:30, in the appropriately intimate confines of the Broadmoor World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com, $51.50-$71.50). — Bill Forman

23 Monday

music

click to enlarge Corrosion of Conformity
  • Corrosion of Conformity

Heavy metal history lesson: After helping to lead the Great Metal/Hardcore Feud to armistice with 1985's Animosity, North Carolina metal masters Corrosion of Conformity hired guitarist and eventual singer Pepper Keenan, and shifted into a groovier style more in touch with metal's bluesy roots. That led to the smoky 1994 album Deliverance. After a few years away, Keenan is back in the band with founders Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean and Reed Mullin, and they're celebrating Deliverance at Denver's Summit Music Hall (1902 Blake St., thesummitmusichall.com). Doors open at 7, and $15 to $18 gets you the CoC classic lineup, plus Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours, and Mothership. — Griffin Swartzell

24 Tuesday

kids

click to enlarge Percent Night at Panera Bread
  • Percent Night at Panera Bread

Finding something that keeps you out of trouble after school can change, or even save, your life. And the Colorado Springs Community Centers at Deerfield Hills, Hillside and Meadows Park serve this purpose for thousands of local kids. Drop by the Southgate Panera Bread (1832 Southgate Road, 389-0808) between 5 and 7:30 tonight, and as part of Give! you can donate 15 percent of whatever you spend to the centers. Just bring a copy of the flier, available via Facebook at goo.gl/Eb496Q. — Griffin Swartzell

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