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Dana Schutz painting

21 Wednesday

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Dana Schutz's artwork explodes with color and animated line, and burns with figures contorted in varying degrees of distress. The Brooklyn artist often depicts pleasant landscapes as settings for disturbed characters, who cry, chew at their hands or simply seethe with an anxiety that — somehow — provokes compassion, not disgust. In a very appealing and brave way, Schutz illustrates our hysterical selves, a group of which now hangs at her solo show at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., denverartmuseum.org), Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels. The exhibit opened earlier this month, and remains up through Jan. 13. Tickets run $3 to $13, or free for DAM members. — Edie Adelstein

YMCA Turkey Trot

22 Thursday

holiday hustle

Before lapsing into a food coma after Thanksgiving dinner, challenge your dear old uncle to race you at the 15th annual YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region Turkey Trot. The 5K walk/run starts at 9 a.m. on the south side of the Briargate Family Center YMCA (4025 Family Place, ppymca.org/turkeytrot) and raises money to help provide opportunities for lower income families to participate in YMCA programs. Registering online costs $23, but you can still register on race day for $30. There are no strollers or pets allowed, so get your game face on and trot like the wind. — Kiki Lenihan

Repeat Boutique

23 Friday

Green Friday

I once asked former Indy columnist and vintage aficionado Adam Leech how he finds all the kickass stuff for his store, the Leechpit. He told me, "You get up early, you drive far, you fight crazies." But Springs women don't have to do any of that to score a fashion steal at Repeat Boutique, the clothing swap sponsored by the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission (332 W. Bijou St., #102, ppjpc.org). Sure, you may have to dig through a few thousand pairs of yoga pants, but isn't it worth it if there's a Burberry trench waiting for you underneath? That's $10 — your donation fee — well spent. Arrive at 11 a.m. on the dot for first dibs, or stay till the event closes at 3:30 p.m. to peruse the full gamut of gently used women's and kids' clothing, home décor, books, CDs, DVDs and tools. — Claire Swinford

Handmade Holiday

24 Saturday

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Though the words "Handmade Holiday" might evoke images of that time you froze your own digits through your gloves reconstructing one of those morbid snowman scenes from Calvin and Hobbes (love those too, bro), today and from noon to 5 every weekend through Christmas the phrase refers to the Business of Art Center's (513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, thebac.org) craft show. It collects hand-crafted, juried works across all media styles alongside snacks, live music and holiday activities to create a scene equally as active as a Bill Watterson scribbling — though this gift-ready art bears the extra benefit of being locally made. — Matthew Schniper

Nutcracker

25 Sunday

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I've been in a handful of Nutcrackers, and no matter the role, the excitement never disappears. With just the first few bars of Tchaikovsky's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" I'm transported to the Land of Sweets, and awash with good memories. Get in the holiday spirit, and go see The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org) at 2 p.m. (if you couldn't make Friday or Saturday's performances). Under the direction of Peter Anastos, artistic director of Ballet Idaho, 15-year-old local Colton West snagged the coveted role of the Nutcracker Prince. With the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale; tickets start at $29. — Celine Wright

Meatless Mondays

26 Monday

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Five years ago, San Francisco was the first city in the nation to ban plastic bags. Earlier this fall, the New York City Health Department banned the sale of sugared pop and sweetened tea larger than 16 oz. at restaurants, mobile food carts, sports arenas and theaters. Now comes Los Angeles, whose city council just two weeks ago approved a resolution by 12-0 endorsing Meatless Mondays (meatlessmonday.com), making it the largest city to do so in the States. Whether or not you agree with how big government is getting involved, there's lots of research that shows how cutting back on meat in your diet can positively affect the environment as well as individual and community health. It's Monday, so give it a try maybe? — Kirsten Akens

"My Off-Season With the Denver Broncos"

27 Tuesday

books

Last fall, Loren Landow and Mike Klis must've felt like they were on to something big. After deciding to track the story of the Denver Broncos' 2011 offseason, the player trainer and Denver Post scribe, respectively, watched as Tim Tebow's winning-in-spite-of-himself phenomenon captured imaginations for weeks. Maybe the team would make the Super Bowl, and My Off-Season With the Denver Broncos would rope in everyone who wanted to solve the Tebow riddle. Alas, the magic expired in the playoffs' divisional round, Peyton Manning was signed, and Tebow was unceremoniously shipped to New York. So this fall, My Off-Season basically stands as a snapshot of one of the strangest eras in team history. Find out more about it when Landow and Klis sign books and talk shop, for free, at 7 tonight at Barnes & Noble Briargate (1565 Briargate Blvd., barnesandnoble.com). — Kirk Woundy

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