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click to enlarge Colorado Colleges Electronic Theater 2000  a time of spectacular visualization Monday night.
  • Colorado Colleges Electronic Theater 2000 a time of spectacular visualization Monday night.

14 Thursday

Ski freaks -- your time upon the couch watching old reruns of Ski Patrol have ended! For now, you must migrate to the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. There you'll find a collection of the some of the best skiing movies around, including the best hundred minutes of the Sawtooth Film Festival. Also on the big screen is Unparalleled: A Journey from the Roots of Telemark Skiing. Admission is $5 and benefits the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and Friends of the Peak. The films start at 7:30 p.m. Call 447-9797 for more info.

15 Friday

It'll be lots of people, lots of singing and lots of Christmas cheer at the Colorado Springs Chorale's Deck the Hall show this evening. You can guess what the set list is going to be -- all the heartwarming favorites, plus some new pieces to spice it up a bit. The Chorale will sing at 7:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $11 to $19. Call 520-SHOW to learn more.

16 Saturday

You might have thought you'd already had it with holiday festivities, but Rock Ledge Ranch, off of 30th Street at the east entrance to Garden of the Gods, saves Christmas by drawing on the old theory that quality bests quantity every time. The Twilight Frontier Christmas features wood bonfires, caroling, hot cider, jingle bell wagon rides, lantern-light tours to the 1860s homestead, and an Edwardian Christmas in the 1907 Orchard House. After dark, farolito-lit paths will lead to presentations of Las Posadas and Los Pastores, Hispanic religious folk plays. The Ranch will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. today and Sunday. Admission is $1 to $5. Call 578-6777 for details.

The bright shiny newness of the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd., hasn't worn off yet, and if you haven't been there yet, this is a pretty good excuse to check it out. Photographer Janice Hill is opening A Contemplative Nature, an exhibit of her work, tonight at 8. Local acoustic wunder guitarist Greg Borom is performing at the free reception as well. Call 268-9951.

click to enlarge Photography by Janice E. Hill hanging at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge
  • Photography by Janice E. Hill hanging at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge

I can only imagine the crazy scenarios that play out in this movie. ... Choreographer Mark Morris has updated The Nutcracker and moved it to suburbia for his film The Hard Nut, showing at FUSION! Movie Night at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon. St. Holiday treats will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will follow at 7. Admission is free.

17 Sunday

Yes, she keeps trying to kill Luke and Laura, and she kidnapped Lucky, but did you also know she's an award-winning Broadway star and Emmy nominee? Constance Towers, who plays Helana Cassadine on General Hospital, is the guest artist at Holly and Ivy, the United States Air Force Band of the Rockies holiday show. The concert is free and begins at 3 p.m. at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Call 576-2626 for more.

18 Monday

Listen up Major Tom, floating in your tin can, high above the world -- Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing you can do except send back videotape of your drift over the African continent. NASA's Michael King presents Electronic Theater 2000, satellite pictures of Earth in high definition television, this evening in the Palmer High Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave. It will be just like looking out of the window of the space station, except you won't be troubled with that peculiar floating (most of you, anyway). Admission is free, but you'll need a ticket from the Colorado College Worner Desk. Call 389-6607.

19 Tuesday

Just who is this Kurt Bestor? What does he want from our city? Every year he shows up around this time, singin' his songs, jivin' 'bout Christmas, and yet, like the Pale Rider, he's gone before we know it and we don't learn a thing about him. In any case, you can find out exactly what A Kurt Bestor Christmas is, for between $11 and $21, tonight at 8. The mystery man will be at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Call 520-SHOW for tickets. I'll expect detailed recon reports.

20 Wednesday

The Springs' most acclaimed and dependable actor, Bob Pinney, brings his huge bank of Dickensian knowledge to the stage of Dwire Theatre starting tonight. Mr. Pinney has taken on the formidable task of playing all of the characters in A Christmas Carol. Yep, Bob Cratchit, Mrs. Cratchit, Tiny Tim, Jacob Marley, all the ghosts of Christmas, Mr. Fezziwig, and everybody else in this year's TheaterWorks production at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Tickets to the one-man performance are $10 to $15. Call 262-3232 for details.

I have to admit, I don't know much about The Union Underground, other than they have good hair, come from San Antonio, really really like Alice in Chains and want more than anything in the whole world to be rock stars. But my friend John likes them, so they must be A-OK. The band plays the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight at 7:30. Tickets are $9.43 (it's a KILO show). Call any Independent Records location for details.


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