7 Days to live 

19 Thursday


Lord of the Dance, the sprightly, Celtic-flavored extravaganza that comes to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com) this evening, has sold out, and in more ways than one. Not everyone knows that Lord of the Dance actually started out as a stage adaptation of Lord of the Flies, William Golding's allegorical tale of British children getting stuck on an island and proceeding to kill each other. Critics loved the original stage production, especially the scenes of step-dancing schoolboys hunting each other with sharpened sticks. Thirteen years later it's just a bunch of people singing and dancing to old Irish folk tales. Good things never last. — BF


It may be no accident that you didn't get tickets to tonight's production of Lord of the Dance before they sold out. Could the universe have been directing you to a different evening of theater, an evening of comedy with Jonno Katz in a serendipitously titled production of The Accident? Wow, think about it. Or just go, and take in a tale of two brothers told through story, mime, dance and stand-up comedy, starting at 7 tonight at Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org). Tickets are $20. Of course, if you did get those Lord tickets, I'm not sure how to explain that, but you can still catch this one, anyway — it runs through Sunday. — JT

20 Friday


Tonight, the choice is yours: music home-grown or exotica. At First Congregational Church (20 E. St. Vrain St., rmarts.org), Out Loud will perform its fall concert, Come Fly With Me. The local men's choir will sing opera numbers, poetic adaptations and, of course, the Sinatra classic that names the show. If you'd prefer fewer men on stage, try the Ten Tenors' Nostalgica at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater (2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497). These young Australians will woo you with everything from the Bee Gees to Andrea Boccelli. Both shows kick off at 7:30, and tickets start at $14 for Out Loud (also performing two shows on Saturday) and $25 for the Tenors. — JK

21 Saturday

ski video

When the subject is Warren Miller's annual extreme ski-video productions, most people fit into one of two distinct camps: addicts who count the days to each new presentation, and those who feel that if you've seen one ski flick, you've seen them all. If you belong to the first category, then rejoice: Warren Miller's Dynasty — which includes Colorado footage as well as scenes from Norway, British Columbia, Alaska and more — comes to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com) at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, and 6 and 9 tonight. Tickets are $17; to see a trailer, go to pikespeakcenter.com. It'll put you in the mood ... or not. — RR

22 Sunday


Fun fact about Mannheim Steamroller ringleader Chip Davis: Using a set of music algorithms, Davis created songs to help heal and comfort patients in a hospital environment. According to Mannheim's Web site, Davis' "Ambience Medical" is now in test phases at the Mayo Clinic. Think about that while workin' it out to rock-electronic-holiday-classicana-favorite "Deck the Halls." Surely some neon sounds from the "18th-century rock band" will ease upcoming holiday anxiety, claustrophobia and inflammation. The Steamroller plays today at both 3:30 and 7 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com). Tickets run $35 to $75. — EA

23 Monday


If you're the type of person who found the book fair to be the most exciting part of fifth grade; if you walk through hotel hallways wishing the rooms were really artists' studios overflowing with crafts and pottery; if you hope that Christmas shopping will arrive early ... then come, friend, to the annual Holiday Market at the Commonwheel Artists Co-op (102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008). Giftable artworks by more than 50 Colorado artists will be on display daily between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., from Nov. 20 through Jan. 3; a special open house with apple cider, cookies and music will take place on Dec. 12. — BC

24 Tuesday


Inherent Vice comes off as a refreshingly loose effort by the Business of Art Center: Curator Liz Szabo says the title is nonsensical, and she notes that there's really no theme for the show. What links it all together is Szabo's belief that each artist — people like Tylan Troyer, Christofer Charles and Anna Andrews-Mills — is among the area's most energetic and up-and-coming. Vice opened Friday, along with Aboriginal Modern, by Shadrach Rempel and Unearthed by Nancy Morse, but if you missed it, stop by the BAC (513 and 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) between 11 and 6 today or sometime before Jan. 17. — KW

25 Wednesday


If you like Death Cab for Cutie, then there's a high probability that you'll dig the soothing, mid-tone pout-rock of Minus the Bear, a Seattle-based (geez, what is it with that city?) indie band hitting the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., ticketweb.com) at 8 tonight. The band's 2002 release Highly Refined Pirates initially sold me on their sound, and they've since cranked out nearly an album a year, including last month's release, Into the Mirror. Tickets for the all-ages show run $15 and include openers As Tall as Lions, just off tour with Mute Math. — MS

Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, John Knight, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.


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