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30 Wednesday

art

click to enlarge Peaceful, Beautiful, ARTful and 39 years
  • Peaceful, Beautiful, ARTful and 39 years

Tomorrow you may be reveling in the anticipated joy of a year ended and a new year to begin — but today? Today is for the arts. Join Arati Artists Gallery for the last day of their month-long celebration, Peaceful, Beautiful, ARTful and 39 years, commemorating 39 years in the same location in Old Colorado City (2425 W. Colorado Ave.). The 20-member co-op will feature a variety of works by each participating artist, with framed art, pottery, jewelry and sculptures on display. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and you can get a sneak preview of the artists and their work at aratiartists.com. Admission is free. Bridgett Harris

31 Thursday

holiday

click to enlarge New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Eve

Tonight is your last chance to party down in 2015. Start early — Fossil Craft Beer Company (2845 Ore Mill Road, #1, 375-8298, fossilbrewing.com) is tapping their Oreo milk stout at 2. Later, get hyped with the hip folks at 503W (503 W. Colorado Ave., 471-3370, 503w.co) at 7 for the Flannel Ball, craft booze and a live DJ. Diametrically opposed, Crystola Roadhouse (20918 U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, 687-7879) has booked classic rockers Bullitt Breed, and $25 nets you a prime rib or catfish dinner, beginning at 8. For a weed-friendly night, try Speak Easy Vape Lounge (2508 E. Bijou St., 445-9083, on.fb.me/1U4ORYL) and its Masquerade Ball, beginning at 8. But whatever your pleasure, make good decisions; a cab is cheaper than bail or a hospital bill. — Griffin Swartzell

1 Friday

community

click to enlarge Bringing the World Together
  • Bringing the World Together

Every advertisement will tell you to start your new year off right, so the pressure's on today to do something fun, frivolous, meaningful, or some other definition of "right." If you can't decide, consider joining a free gathering of folks at 1 today at the Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) School of Excellence (2883 S. Circle Drive, on.fb.me/1mmbs8G) to sing John Lennon's "Imagine." The idea, according to organizers, is "to promote peace, unity, and love for all people" and "encourage a fresh start to the New Year." You're also invited to show up a little early simply to mingle. — Matthew Schiper

2 Saturday

audition

click to enlarge Dying for Chocolate Auditions
  • Dying for Chocolate Auditions

According to social media, love is already in the air as Valentine's Day displays are popping up around town. You may abhor the traditional end-one-on-to-the-next holiday mentality, but in this case the early reminder is appropriate. Black Box Theatre (1367 Pecan St., blackboxdrama.com) is holding auditions for its Dying for Chocolate production, a good ol' [romantic] murder-mystery-dinner performance. Those trying out are asked to have a comedic monologue prepared, and anticipate some "improv-type" games. The cast of characters includes everyone from CoCo Carmel and Chip Ripple to Damien Hoover and "the Carob Cowboy"; do you fit the bill? Auditions are by appointment only; find more details and contact information at ow.ly/WeVU0. — Craig Lemley

3 Sunday

music

click to enlarge Otis Taylor
  • Otis Taylor

With some artists, it's hard to find something unique to write about. With Otis Taylor, it's hard to find something that isn't. He's a contemporary bluesman who plays banjo as one of his primary instruments; a railroad worker's son who has written about the lynching of his great-uncle and named his first two albums Blue Eyed-Monster and When Negroes Walked the Earth; a Boulder resident who's put on his own Trance Blues Festival for the past five years and is touted by Guitar Player magazine as "the most relevant blues artist of our time." You can catch him at Dazzle Jazz (930 Lincoln St., Denver, dazzlejazz.com) Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m., or Sunday at 6 and 8 p.m, for $22 in advance, $25 at the door. — Bill Forman

4 Monday

dance

click to enlarge Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance Class
  • Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance Class

Resolving to lose weight again this year? We recommend starting 2016 with a different mindset and empowering yourself without changing a thing. Starting at 6:45 this evening and continuing on Mondays thereafter, Mahisha Alail will be teaching an Intermediate/Advanced Belly Dance class that's designed to bring out your inner confidence while teaching you some really cool moves. According to Alail (who's been teaching dance for over 40 years), "every woman can move." No matter how many hang-ups you might have about baring your belly, you're bound to bolster your self-esteem when you master that shimmy. Classes run $55 for four sessions and are held at the Movement Arts Community Studio, (525 E. Fountain Blvd., #150, movementartscs.com). — Alissa Smith

5 Tuesday

kids

click to enlarge Space Story Party: "G is for Galaxy"
  • Space Story Party: "G is for Galaxy"

If you've ever looked up at the night sky and felt a sense of wonder at all that's contained in the universe beyond, you're in good company. You'd be hard-pressed to find a soul on the planet who hasn't pondered the stars at least once in her lifetime. Today you can pass that sense of wonder on to the next generation with story time at the Space Foundation Discovery Center (4425 Arrowswest Drive). Geared just for wee ones ages 2 to 5, the Space Story Party will feature a reading of the spectacularly illustrated G is for Galaxy, crafts, alphabet crackers and juice. Story time runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. More details can be found at bit.ly/1lc2YAF. — Bridgett Harris

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