click to enlarge "The Waiting Room" by Rodney Wood at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts
  • "The Waiting Room" by Rodney Wood at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts

16 Thursday

It takes years for the public to latch on to a new holiday carol. Years of bombardment by Muzak versions in department stores, years of televised performances by wholesome family entertainers, years of marketing, marketing, marketing. The last "official" carol was "The Little Drummer Boy," penned in 1958, according to Michael McLean. McLean is the author of The Forgotten Carol, a Christmas story and songs he wrote to remind the public to "pattern their lives after the Saviour." His "Capraesque" carols will be performed at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., this evening at 7:30. Tickets are $12-$18. Call 520-SHOW.

While they won't be creating new carols, the Steve Barta Trio might be performing some traditionals at tonight's Christmas concert at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The show, featuring Steve Barta on piano, Ken Walker on bass, Nat Yarborough on drums with vocalist Stephanie Hancock, begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8-$15. Call 634-5583 for details.

17 Friday

Ample, broad, elephantine, formidable, great, immense, stupendous, overgrown, voluminous, husky and generally large pieces of two- and three-dimensional work from regional artists will be displayed at the Tri-Lakes Art Center, 304 Highway 105, in the Kaiser-Frazer building in Palmer Lake. The opening reception for the juried art show, simply titled BIG, will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The show runs through Jan. 22; call 481-0475 for more.

18 Saturday

Take a break from the slush and bustle of the city, and get your ass up the pass for the Sounds of the Season Holiday Home Tour in Woodland Park. Six homes, including the Lion and Rose Castle, are opening their decorated doors for your inspection and entertainment. "A spot of Christmas cheer" will be served in the Great Hall of the castle, and live music will be offered at each home. Performers include the lovely jazz mistress Lila Mori, the County Cork Ensemble, and John and Gail Carpenter. Tickets are $10-$12 and benefit the construction of the Dickson Performing Arts Center. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call 748-3504 for more info.

Jack the Camaro up off the cinder blocks, because it's that time of year again. ... You, your kids and all of your cousins are invited to a White Trash Christmas at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Sinister Creed, Blister 66 and Filth Industry will be among the bands performing at the all-ages show, which begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $3-$5 (subject to service charge) and can be had by surfing to http://www.ticketweb.com or calling 447-9797.

Another collection of local bands will be performing a Christmas show, this time for kids in need. Local punkers the Ghetto Cherubs, inspired by the charity of local benefactor Al Wallace (a.k.a. the Chicken Man), organized this concert to raise money for the Good News Foundation. The money will buy toys and clothes for needy children in the area. The show begins at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 15 E. Platte Ave. Tickets are $5, or $3 with the donation of a new toy or a winter clothing item. To find out more about the Good News Foundation, call 638-8985.

It Christmas, it's pops, it's on ice. The Colorado Springs Symphony and the Broadmoor Skating Club will be presenting two performances of Christmas Pops on Ice at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. The first begins at 2 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20-$50. Call 576-2626.

19 Sunday

It's like fine chocolate, heavy velvet curtains, Merlot and red satin. The ornate, delicate and sumptuous music of the French Baroque period is some of the most beautifully decadent music in history. The Colorado College Musicum will be performing selections from the period on their antique and ancient instruments in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. The concert is free and begins at 3 p.m. Call 389-6607 for details.

20 Monday

In a red lLycra leotard, a jolly fat man leaps across the stage, prancing lightly about with eight vertically-challenged dancers wearing artificial reindeer-hide jumpsuits. One giant sleigh bell tolls in the rafters above the stage, heralding the coming of the holiday season. Santa begins to writhe in exaggerated death throes brought about by American commercialism, portrayed by a Republican wearing nothing but a Visa card. ...

OK, perhaps my vision of interpretive caroling is not what Kurt Bestor has in mind, but his "innovative interpretation of seasonal carols" is sure to be interesting, if not wonderful. A Kurt Bestor Christmas begins at 8 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets are $10.50-$20.50. Call 520-SHOW for details.

21 Tuesday

You may have the life of Dilbert, but do you have the soul of a poet? If so, bring three of your typed poems to The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron St. They will be anonymously exchanged, and some will be read by Lois Hayna, who will also be signing copies of her work, View From Behind the Mirror. In Other Words is presented by Bare-knuckle Poetry. The evening is free, and both readers and listeners are invited. Call 447-9039 to find out more.

22 Wednesday

Get yourself in a Currier & Ives kind of holiday mood by ice skating at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Gate A. From Monday, Dec. 20, through Thursday, Dec. 23, skating is open to the public. Skating is only $1 from noon to 1 p.m. -- plus $1.50 for skate rental. The admission price goes up two or three bucks for the second session which runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call 477-2150 for more information.


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