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click to enlarge Dan Savage

28 Wednesday


If you ask sex columnist Dan Savage, the recent election wasn't just a victory for Obama backers, or gay-marriage supporters, or even token tokers. It was a finalized rewrite of the dynamic inside both political parties. "The back of the anti-gay wedge issue no longer divides the Democrats," he told Current TV on Nov. 7. "Democrats, and liberals, and progressives and moderates are united around equality and justice for LGBT people, and the wedge now is going to divide the GOP." If you're similarly united, or just dig a little bit of truthy raunch, hit Savage Love Live! at 6:30 tonight at Colorado College's Armstrong Theater (14 E. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu). Admission is free. — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Eric Tillinghast's water installation "Rain Machine"

29 Thursday


Have you ever dreamed of practicing your Sun Salutation "A" and "B" series while listening to the soft pitter-patter of the rain? Eric Tillinghast's site-specific water installation "Rain Machine" allows you to experience the calming sounds of rain without getting drenched, cold and miserable. So head to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' Gallery of Contemporary Art, aka GOCA 1420 (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., tinyurl.com/aqy5pnj), and practice yoga to the sweet sounds of a light rainfall. Certified instructor Sarah Martin will lead a yoga class in the gallery from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today; the suggested donation is $5. All you need otherwise is a mat, a water bottle and comfortable clothes. — Kiki Lenihan

click to enlarge Yule Love It Downtown Art & Shopping Crawl

30 Friday


Seriously, can we avoid the last-minute gift rush this year — and, for that matter, the desperate, empty purchases at big-box stores? Great! Get an early start on gift-buying between 5 and 8 tonight at Pueblo's Yule Love It Downtown Art & Shopping Crawl (pueblo.org). Hosted by the Pueblo Creative Corridor, Pueblo Performing Arts Guild and many other community partners, the free event, which also happens seven more days in December, focuses on the Steel City's trio of historic city centers: downtown's Main Street, the Union Avenue Historic District and Mesa Junction. Catch street performers and carolers and new shows at all participating art galleries, plus Riverwalk boat rides and much more. — Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Marching band in Festival of Lights Parade

1 Saturday


When it comes to the Festival of Lights Parade (coloradospringsfestivaloflights.org), starting at 5:50 tonight on Tejon Street, you already know what to expect — and it's great. The marching bands rock; the Christmas lights remind you of all you haven't hung; and the night air is crack-your-face freezing. So this year, organizers added a little fire to the mix, or at least the presence of a woman who warms most hearts: forest supervisor Jerri Marr, as grand marshal. It's a fitting way to honor a woman whose work during the Waldo Canyon Fire led to "Keep calm and Jerri Marr" chants in the streets. (Or was that just my neighborhood?) — Bryce Crawford

click to enlarge Veronika String Quartet

2 Sunday


Last month, Denver Post critic Sabine Kortals decided to "call out" Colorado's five best chamber music groups, and Pueblo's own Veronika String Quartet made the cut. The group's legacy dates back to 1989 Moscow, and currently features namesake Veronika Afanassieva on first violin, Karine Garibova on second violin, Ekaterina Dobrotvorskaia on viola, and newcomer Scott Kluksdahl on cello. Catch its "Around the World With the String Quartet" season opener — featuring works by Austrian composers Mozart, Webern and Beethoven — at 2 p.m. in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 E. Dale St., veronikastringquartet.com). Tickets are $15/general, $10/students with ID. — Bill Forman

click to enlarge Singers in"Bending Towards the Light ... A Jazz Nativity"

3 Monday


Jazz, among its many qualities, has a singular way of adding something festive to any occasion, even if it's just a hot, sticky night in the dead of August. But the holidays and jazz were really made for each other; what could better enliven a traditional Christmas story? Enter Bending Towards the Light ... A Jazz Nativity, happening at 7:30 tonight at Broadmoor Community Church (315 Lake Ave., towardsthelight.us). This annual original show brings together local professional musicians and actors to depict the first Christmas with a touch of mood indigo. Things got started Saturday, and tickets run $20 to $25, or $40 to $45 for VIP passes. — Edie Adelstein

click to enlarge Christmas tree ornaments

4 Tuesday


We all do our share of groaning about Christmas creep and what a buzzkill it is to see holiday decorations way too early in the season. But here's my take: That's just retail fatigue talking. And maybe a natural physiological response to Johnny Mathis. As for the rest — sparkly lights on evergreens, sing-alongs and cookies, hayrides under the stars, giving to folks in need — is there any time of year when those things aren't awesome? Feel free to prove me wrong at the seventh annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at 5:30 tonight at the Widefield Community Center (705 Aspen Drive, cc.wsd3.org), but you'd better bring a winter coat to donate or a nonperishable food item along with your Grinchface. — Claire Swinford


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