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2 Thursday


teCCa 9 gOt tHe wICkEdeSt flOwZ!!! haha best rapper alive str8 up. That's how Zackary Scott Chiasson puts it in a comment at therealtechn9ne.com. But if you're not sure about taking underground hip-hop cues from what appears to be a blond Louisiana teenager, how about Lil Wayne instead? In an August radio interview from Rikers Island, Wayne named Tech N9ne as one of two artists — the other being Andre 3000 — he most wants to work with when he gets out of prison. See Tech by himself (after openers Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Black Pegasus and maybe more) for $30 at an all-ages show tonight or tomorrow at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com). Doors open at 8 both evenings. — Kirk Woundy

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3 Friday


It's the final First Friday ArtWalk of the year in Old Colorado City, but it's going out with a bang. We have Holly Hinkle to thank for that; her solo show, Exquisite Muse: New Works by Holly Hinkle opens with a reception from 4 to 8 tonight at Domino (10 S. 25th St., domino80904.com). Muse is an intense, meditative tribute to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, incorporating Hinkle's poetry and highly skilled collage art to express empathy for Kahlo's troubled life and admiration for her graphic, self-possessed paintings. Enjoy these highly elegant pieces through the end of the month. — Edie Adelstein

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4 Saturday


Go to warmer states, and you'll find event-filled weekends in the spring, summer and early fall. Here, the first Saturday in December is brimming with choices, whether it's 5 degrees or 45. There's a free children's Holiday Magic program at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum from 10 to 3 (215 S. Tejon St., cspm.org), with activities, exhibits and carols, along with $1 all-day parking in the city garage at Colorado and Nevada avenues. Starting at 1, there's the annual Polar Plunge at Prospect Lake (free to spectators), with participants who raise at least $85 for Special Olympics Colorado allowed to "enjoy" a swim in the icy lake plus a "Freezin' for a Reason" T-shirt. Then it's back downtown for the city's annual Festival of Lights parade, which starts at 5:50 at Tejon and St. Vrain streets, running south to Vermijo Ave. — Ralph Routon

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5 Sunday


Who knew there was such a thing as the National B&B Open House Week? We certainly didn't, but Old Colorado City celebrates it with something special: the local historical society's 16th annual Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour. If strolling around eight cozy historic inns all prettied up for the holidays is your cup of tea (or your scone, or your chintz armchair), be at the Old Colorado City History Center (1 S. 24th St.) by 1 p.m. The event runs until 5 and includes an open house, with refreshments and a gift drawing, at the center. Ticket proceeds ($12/adv, $15/day-of) benefit the historical society — call 636-1225 to order. — Claire Swinford

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6 Monday


Billy Wilder was awesome. Before passing away in 2002, he either wrote, produced or directed — and usually all three — films like Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch and Sunset Boulevard. He was one of the few people to ever win three Academy Awards for one film, and his 12 nominations for screenwriting rank as one of the highest totals ever. So go see his World War II-era prison camp flick Stalag 17, part of the Pioneers Museum's WWII programming, at 6:30 tonight at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com). Five bucks plus one non-perishable food item gets you some (film and fighting) history. — Bryce Crawford

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7 Tuesday


Good things always must come to an end, and this upcoming year brings us the Last Encore Tour by five-time Grammy Award-winners the Judds. Mom Naomi and daughter Wynonna will be belting out new Judds songs along with old No. 1 faves such as "Why Not Me" and "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)" at 7:30 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com). Tickets cost $48 to $58. — Kirsten Akens

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8 Wednesday


At first glance, musical supergroups seem to be the perfect idea. Take well-known people from already-famous bands and put them together to get the best of everything. Perfect, except that supergroups rarely last for more than one project or album. Happily for all you metal fans, Hellyeah, featuring members of Pantera, Mudvayne and Nothingface, has stuck together after producing two albums and will be performing an all-ages show at 7 tonight at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com), with Hail the Villain and Anew Revolution. Tickets run $27 to $30. — Leah Barker


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