Ah, Thanksgiving. I got nothing for today, which is the way it should be. Sit back, digest and take a sip from the 40 of Thanks.
It's that time of year again, when folks put a little Christmas spring in their step, gifts get bought, cookies get baked and downtown becomes a freakishly decorated North Pole of Hell. But, hey, at least we've got The Nutcracker to look forward to. Once again, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the San Diego Ballet present Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Fully staged, fully costumed and fully awesome with a full symphony, the 'Cracker no doubt will inspire you to hum "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" for weeks to come. Your spouse will be so pleased! It's going on tonight at 8, tomorrow at 2:30 and 8, and Sunday at 2:30. Tickets are $20-$40, and are available by calling 520-SHOW (7469) or by visiting ticketswest.com.
Local puppeteer David Simpich is a certified institution. His original holiday performance, The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas, now has run for seven years, which is kind of amazing, considering it's a show of carved wood and string. But hey, puppets is as puppets does, I guess. With that in mind, The Puppet Maker is taking place tonight at 7 at Mount St. Francis Auditorium (7665 Assisi Heights), with shows Fridays, Saturdays and select Sundays and weekdays until Dec. 28. Tickets are $11 in advance or $13.50 at the door. To get yours, call 636-3272 or visit simpich.com.
Give it up for the godfathers of alternative music at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood), where legendary geeks Echo and the Bunnymen are cranking out some jizzams, man. They're touring on their new album, Siberia, which neatly encapsulates 20 years of alt-rock experience, goofy haircuts and sweaters -- always sweaters. Advance tickets for the 8 p.m., 18-plus show are $22.50, and available at ticketweb.com or by calling 866/468-7621.
Treat your li'l 'uns to a show at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), where music, laughter and lessons abound in Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not NOT Going to Move! Adapted from Judith Viorst's similarly titled mega-selling children's book, the musical is the story of a young lad who tries to avoid moving away with his family. Rest assured that his plans are foiled and everyone goes home happy. Or do they? (Yes, they do.) Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $10. Get yours by calling 520-SHOW (7469).
It's icon night at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder), where '60s and '70s poster-boy Donovan is rocking gently, lest he break a rib. He's calling his tour The Hurdy Gurdy Tour, which I can't even begin to explain or understand, but might be the first sign that ol' Donovan's edging into senility. Seriously, Hurdy Gurdy? What does that mean? He'll next be singing about how coyotes stole his bathrobe. I urge you to pay $35-$45 to see him on the off chance that he'll explain the meaning of this. Get your tickets for the 8 p.m. show at 303/786-7030, or at bouldertheater.com.
It's neither fun nor funny, but it's important. Today is World AIDS Day, and the Contact Southern Colorado AIDS Project is holding a candlelight vigil and procession at the Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.) at 5:30 p.m. A "Stop AIDS" lecture also will be happening at CC's Bemis Hall (920 N. Cascade Ave.) at 7, and all week long, you can check out AIDS quilt panels on display at CC and Pueblo Metropolitan Community Church. For more info, check s-cap.org or call 578-9092.
-- Aaron Retka
and Kara Luger