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9 Wednesday

music

click to enlarge Tallgrass
  • Tallgrass

When an artist gets to record a live-in-studio Daytrotter session, as Fort Collins jamgrass band Tallgrass did last year, chances are good they'll be worth seeing onstage. Combine that with the spirited performance videos and the dancing squirrel — they claim to have been raised by wolves and taught by squirrels — that grace their website, and this evening's show at Front Range Barbeque (2330 W. Colorado Ave., 632-2596, frbbq.com) sounds like a pretty sure thing. The band's "dirt-stomping soul songs of happiness and sorrow" kick off at 7:30 p.m. — Bill Forman

10 Thursday

beer

click to enlarge Brews for the Paws
  • Brews for the Paws

How much do you know about cats? Gather a team of four — or make some new friends — and come by Manitou Brewing Company (725 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, manitou-brewing.com) tonight at 6 for Brews for the Paws Cat Trivia Night. While you and your team compete for prizes through 10 rounds of trivia, have a few pints of MBC's killer beers — I'm fond of the mild and malty Manitou Common for this season. As a bonus, event sponsors Happy Cats Haven and Safe Place for Pets will get a dollar from every pint you purchase. For more information, go to on.fb.me/1OuAHjW. — Griffin Swartzell

11 Friday

stage

click to enlarge Stocking Stuffers
  • Stocking Stuffers

There's nothing quite like the holiday season. I'm not talking about the shopping, eating, or the corporatization of the year's closing months. I'm talking about the highs and lows of holiday feelings. Obviously, Springs Ensemble Theatre (1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., springsensembletheatre.org) gets it, with Stocking Stuffers, a collection of monologues by Jenny Maloney and Jessica Weaver that promises an "uplifting and slightly quirky night" for your holiday enjoyment, encapsulating all the mood swings of the season. It's balanced by musical interludes by SET members and preceded by cookies and 'nog at 7 p.m. Catch the performance tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and again Dec. 17-19. Tickets are free, though, 'tis the season to make the suggested donation of $15 (proceeds go toward SET's 2015 Indy Give! campaign). — Craig Lemley

12 Saturday

holiday

click to enlarge The Ugly Sweater Run
  • The Ugly Sweater Run

Holidays and winter snow mean hibernation, right? Not in this city! In Colorado Springs, we don't let pesky things such as cold weather hinder our love of the great outdoors. We just dress a little bit warmer — which is why the Ugly Sweater run is the ultimate way to get outside and simultaneously celebrate the holiday season. Don your ugliest yarn concoction and run like a reindeer in the cheeriest, tackiest 5k of the year. For your $50 entry fee (benefiting Save the Children!) you score a cozy hat, a 3.1-mile fun run and another Colorado favorite, ice cold beer (hot cocoa for the wee ones). The race begins at 11 a.m., so you can even sleep in a bit. Registration and more details at ow.ly/Vv2yM. — Bridgett Harris

13 Sunday

concert

click to enlarge Lost in Battle
  • Lost in Battle

After 51 years, the Pikes Peak Philharmonic is still wowing us with local talent, and they are putting on one epic concert today. Lost in Battle features some hard-hitting themes of war that you'll probably recognize: Duel of the Fates from Star Wars and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture to name just two. This is also your chance to hear the posthumous premiere of Pikes Peak Fanfare composed by Mark Kellner. Don't forget to bring some tissues to Mitchell High School (1205 Potter Drive, pikespeakphil.org/index.html) this afternoon. There will be a pre-concert lecture by Maestro Luciano R. Silvestri Jr., the orchestra's conductor, at 2:15, and the music starts at 3. Tickets are $5 to $10. — Alissa Smith

14 Monday

art

click to enlarge Military Artistic Healing Exhibition
  • Military Artistic Healing Exhibition

Last month, we directed you to the film, Healing Through Art, chronicling the healing effects art has on military veterans and the Fine Art Center's Military Artistic Healing Program. Now, in the closing weeks of the exhibit, you can view some of the powerful, moving and inspirational works created by vets during the Military Artistic Healing Exhibition at the ARTSpace Gallery in the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., 385-7900). The show is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec. 31. Admission is free; find more information on the FAC's program, this exhibit and more around town at csfineartscenter.org/military. — Craig Lemley

15 Tuesday

write

click to enlarge December Write Brain: Cooperative Storytelling and Improv Writing
  • December Write Brain: Cooperative Storytelling and Improv Writing

It can be considered apparent that nerds have taken over mainstream culture with the kind of rabid swarming behavior that evokes the sudden, all-too-late realization that you've sat on an anthill. Writers of all stripes: Are you ready to learn the ways of the dork side? If so, come by Library 21c (1175 Chapel Hills Drive, ppld.org) for tonight's presentation by Air Force vet, published author and inveterate nerd Michael F. Haspil. Titled December Write Brain: Cooperative Storytelling and Improv Writing, the talk will cover in part the resources a writer can gain from round-robin storytelling and role-playing games. Haspil will also discuss improvisational writing exercises. The free event begins at 6:30. For more info, go to on.fb.me/1TgKAB9. — Griffin Swartzell

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