Seven Days 

click to enlarge Johnny Cunningham and Susan McKeown at the Smokebrush Center on Sunday - JOHN-FRANCIS BOURKE
  • John-Francis Bourke
  • Johnny Cunningham and Susan McKeown at the Smokebrush Center on Sunday

23 Thursday

In the words of the Indy's assistant editor, Tess Powers, "Give Thanks, Eat Turkey, Get Fat, Get Sleepy." Could not have said it better m'self.

24 Friday

Today is Buy Nothing Day. That's right, nothing. Nada, zip, zilch, zero, nothing. This special day was created to remind people what the holidays are not about -- stress, consumerism, and brand names. They're about being together with the people you care for. So for one day, make a point. Put away the cashola and focus on the important things.

How can you not go see a female German rock star who does a cover of "White Wedding"? You can't. Doro is the Lita Ford of Europe, and she's playing the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., with Dio and Yngwie J. Malmsteen at 8 p.m. Tickets to the metal fest are $22.50. Call 800/965-4827 for more information.

You know the holidays are here when people begin dancing The Nutcracker. The classic tale of magical toys, sugary surroundings and a little girl named Clara is coming to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. The San Diego Ballet is performing the dance at 2:30 and 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 to $47. Call 520-SHOW to learn more.

click to enlarge No, its not Lita Ford, its Doro, at the Music Hall on Friday - JOCHEN ROLFES
  • Jochen Rolfes
  • No, its not Lita Ford, its Doro, at the Music Hall on Friday

25 Saturday

Putting on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a lot harder than one might think, and sometimes things can get a little screwy. The Star Bar Players were scheduled to open Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart on Friday, but due to a few complications, the premier has been moved to tonight at 8. Don't worry though, they're making it up by adding a matinee show on Sunday at 2 p.m. The play will be performed in the Lon Chaney Theater, in the City Auditorium on the corner of Weber and Kiowa streets. Tickets are $10 to $12; call 573-7411. Crimes runs through Dec. 10.

While I have some major moral problems with the State cutting down a 77-year-old Colorado Blue Spruce and packing it across the country so it can stand on the west lawn of the Capitol in D.C. glittering like a Vegas showgirl on New Year's Eve, it is a big damn tree and I suppose that makes it something to see. Supposedly, the tree represents the richness and beauty of our state. The tree is making a pit stop at the Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., where Congressman Joel Hefley, Sen. Ben Nighthorse-Campbell and a whole slew of entertainers will be on hand to greet it and talk about its significance. There will also be an Air Force flyover. The Millennium Holiday Tree program begins at 11:30 a.m. Call 385-5990 for details.

26 Sunday

Why is it that Colorado Springs gets so much Celtic music? You would think that this is the default airstrip for Boston and Dublin. Lucky for us, however, because we have the pleasure of hearing Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham, singer Susan McKeown and guitarist Aidan Brennan perform at the Smokebrush Center, 235 S. Nevada Ave., tonight at 8. Cunningham, a.k.a. one of the world's greatest Scottish fiddlers, and McKeown, a charming angel-voiced songstress, have created a special performance tailored to this time of year, complete with winter songs and early carols in both English and Gaelic. Tickets to the concert are $17 to $19. Call 268-0517.

27 Monday

I love you, you love me, and if you love your kids you'll plan on taking them to see Barney's Musical Castle, because I can't think of any other people on Earth who could drag me to such a ... cheerful event. The show is making its only Colorado stop at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., where it plays tonight through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 to $26. Call 576-2626.

click to enlarge Yngwie Malmasteen rocks at the Music Hall on Friday
  • Yngwie Malmasteen rocks at the Music Hall on Friday

28 Tuesday

You could spend thousands of dollars on gifts this year and not even come close to getting the satisfaction you get from teaching someone a skill that will change their life, like reading. Right to Read is an adult literacy program that depends on volunteers to help them give the most powerful gift in the world -- information. They're holding an orientation from 6:30 to 8:30 this evening at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade, to give you a chance to ask questions before jumping into the 13-hour training program. It's free to attend. Call the library at 531-6333 for information.

Robert Rubin is not only the director, CEO and member of the Office of the Chairman at Citicorp, Inc., he was also the secretary of the United States Treasury under Clinton. Basically, the man is really good with money, his and ours. As this year's Colorado College H. Chase Stone Lecturer, Rubin will discuss The Global Economy: Opportunities, Risks and Challenges this evening at 7:30. The lecture, which kind of ironically is free, will be held in Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Call 389-6607 for details.

29 Wednesday

We humans wouldn't be half as freaking cocky as we are if we took a quick look around us and realized what we're up against. We've still got nature to deal with, which knocks us off in huge numbers through natural disasters and disease -- the latest worldwide epidemic being AIDS (for which there still is no cure). To commemorate the millions who have already been killed by AIDS, today is World AIDS Day 2000. UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, is marking the day by hosting a multimedia presentation on the disease's international consequences in the University Center Brooks Room. The program is free and begins at 12:15 p.m. Call 262-3450 to find out more.


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