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Seven Days to Live 

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24 Wednesday

holiday

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all the through the city

The people forgot about political-action committees

The lights at the museum were twinkling brightly

While wind blowing through kept the hats on heads tightly

The churches sang songs, and sought grace and God's favor

While others planned stuff with a quite different flavor

It lacks Père Noël, Santa Claus or Saint Nick

But talks of deep love, singing songs and a kick

From the dancers at Center for Spiritual Living's (3685 Jeannine Drive, cslcs.org) free celebration

Prove all that you need for these days is elation

The good times begin at 2:30 and 5:30

And thanks for indulging a poem that's both bad and too wordy — Bryce Crawford

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25 Thursday

holiday

All things considered, Dec. 25 is pretty early in the season for much of the world. So from where did we get the idea of a "white Christmas"? We can blame that on Charles Dickens. For the first eight years of his life, Dickens saw snow on Christmas, and his imagery carried on through his books. Dickens grew up in the middle of a 300-year "little ice age," which ended in 1850. In the 20th century, according to QI quizmaster Stephen Fry, Dickens' hometown of London only saw four white Christmases. Merry Christmas, Colorado Springs. With you, I don't need a white Christmas. — Griffin Swartzell

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26 Friday

holiday

This should be a day reserved for playing with new toys. But if your holiday haul was more T-shirt than T-Rex, consider heading to Victor and Cripple Creek for Gold Camp Christmas 2014. Drive after dusk tonight (or any night through Jan. 1) on State Highway 67 and/or Teller County Road 81, and you'll be taking a self-guided tour of holiday lights on the old mines' headframes. Find a map and more information at victorcolorado.com. — Kirk Woundy

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27 Saturday

holiday

Kwanzaa started yesterday, and today, celebrate with your neighbors at the free 25th Annual Colorado Springs Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration happening from noon to 4 p.m. at the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., tinyurl.com/kjsjt8b). Honor the seven principals of Kwanzaa — Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith — with African drumming and dancing (starting at noon) and a market offering artwork, clothing, crafts and other African goods. Feeling clueless about what to expect? Visit officialkwanzaawebsite.org for proper greetings, information about colors and symbols, and the origins of the holiday. — Edie Adelstein

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28 Sunday

stage

You've probably heard The Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts' The Story Project on KRCC, but it's time you experience one of the "true personal" live performances in person, for full dramatic effect. (Think Paul Harvey, without the big dramatic reveal at the end, necessarily.) That can be achieved from 1-3 today at Ivywild School (1604 S. Cascade Ave., thestoryprojectsoco.wordpress.com). This month's wide diversity of local speakers include psychic Judith Light, search-and-rescue pilot David Prince, actor/director Donna Vessey and storytelling trainer/author Jesse Wilson. A donation's suggested for entry. — Matthew Schniper

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29 Monday

music

At a time when major-label acts get called "indie-rock," and a handful of "Americana" bands actually hail from England, musical categories can be pretty misleading. Take the jam-band genre, which started out with Grateful Dead-revering acts like Phish, but is now applied to considerably less psychedelic bands like Nederland's Elephant Revival (see cover story, here) and Boulder's String Cheese Incident. With Talking Heads' Jerry Harrison producing their first new studio album in nine years, SCI should have plenty of new inspiration to draw upon as their three-night run at the 1st Bank Center (11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, 1stbankcenter.com) kicks off this evening at 8. — Bill Forman

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30 Tuesday

art

To explain her new show of watercolors, Displaced, now at Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St., tinyurl.com/mspzp6a), local artist Kim Nguyen took to the words of F. Scott Fitzgerald: "I simply state that I'm a product of a versatile mind in a restless generation with every reason to throw my mind and pen in with the radicals. Even if, deep in my heart, I thought we were all blind atoms in a world as limited as a stroke of a pendulum, I and my sort would struggle against tradition; try, at least, to displace old cants with new ones ..." Chew on that, and then ask Nguyen about it; she'll be at the Center's ARTSpace Gallery today from 3:30 to 9 p.m. to meet visitors and talk about the show. — Edie Adelstein

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