This is just a handful of what's going on this week. The holidays have brought their pine-scented sales, concerts and performances to town, so we recommend checking The Listings before filling your datebook with anything but a cute, red, erasable pencil.
At long last, the ever-increasing tension between the sexes will be quelled by a noble battle of medleys, dance numbers and slap-your-knee skits. Over 300 Air Academy High students are performing Montage: Battle of the Sexes, only they're doing it at Pine Creek High School (10750 Thunder Mountain Dr.) due to security regulations. The show opens tonight at 7 and continues through Sunday. Tickets are $5 to $6. Call 472-1295 Ext. 402.
If you can't have it all, have the next best thing ... a tribute band. Phix is reportedly the best Phish tribute band around, although these rumors have not been confirmed as of yet. Confirmation and possible elation can be found inside and on the sidewalk in front of the Utopia Cafe, 117 E. Bijou St. It's free and begins at 9 p.m. Call 633-1080.
Colorado College's 21st annual Arts and Crafts Sale begins just in time for you to start emptying those coffers and forking it over in the name of Christmas. Works by over 70 regional artists will be for sale in the Worner Center, on the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The sale is open today from 4 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See page 42 for more.
New theater rears its comedically tragic heads today as the Star Bar Players' Two By Two and the Fine Arts Center's The King & I open at precisely 8 p.m. tonight on opposite sides of downtown. Star Bar's comedy runs through Dec. 16 at the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. Tickets range from $10 to $12 (and are $5 for It Takes Five members). Call 573-7411. The Victorian dramady at the FAC, 30 W. Dale, also runs until Dec. 16. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 634-5583.
Today: the much-loved Festival of Lights Parade, featuring family fun at the Pioneers Musuem and Acacia Park all day long, then horses wrapped in tube lights at dusk. Stand on Tejon between Boulder and Vermijo or along Cascade between Vermijo and Kiowa to watch. Parade begins at 5:50 p.m. Happy Holidays.
More than 90 dancers ages 5 to 18, representing 10 different school districts, perform three acts during Once upon a December, a dance concert by the Pikes Peak Performance Company. Tickets are $10, and all the proceeds benefit Christmas Unlimited. "Unto Us a Child Is Born," "The Magic of Christmas" and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" begin at 1 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. in the Wasson High Auditorium, 2115 Afton Way. Call 328-0694.
Absolutely no reason to miss this. The local Youth Symphony Association has rounded up a bunch of area celebs to perform Haydn's Toy Symphony, including Rich Tosches and Terry Gerbstadt. These cats is gonna jam, I can feel it. It's part of the annual Holiday Pops concert at the Wasson High Auditorium, 2115 Afton Way. Tickets are $3 to $5, and the show begins at 3 p.m. Call 633-3901.
And that's just one of the many holiday concerts happening this afternoon. For more check out the "choral" and "classical" sections under Music, page 47.
Christmas, rock, and a 60-piece orchestra. Bing would be proud, don't you think? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra returns to town for a performance at the World Arena, tonight at 8. Tickets are $33 to $48. Call 576-2626.
Kevin Danaher knows; he's an author and the co-founder of Global Exchange. He'll discuss this hotbed of indecision tonight in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Admission is free. Call 389-6607.
Journalist, ABC News correspondent and now author Lynn Sherr is in town to speak at the Convention and Visitors Bureau annual dinner. Sherr will discuss America the Beautiful, her profile of Katherine Lee Bates and the creation of the famous song, which our mountain is, of course, responsible for. Tickets to the dinner are $50 to $75. For reservations, call 635-7506, Ext. 120.
Another person discussing obsessions with large mountains is Colorado College graduate Ed Webster, a photographer and mountaineer who has a thing for Everest. Webster will present a slide show and sign his book Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest tonight at 7:30 at the Fine Art Center. Tickets are $8 to $10, and $2.50 will go to Save Red Rock Canyon. Call 634-5583.