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31Thursday

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So you're still undecided about how to ring in the new year, and you don't mind some nostalgia. Many locals have followed Flash Cadillac through the years, and if you haven't, now's a good time to start with the band's New Year's Eve Dance Party at Stargazers Theatre (10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200). The $35 admission includes sandwiches, snacks and desserts, with a cash bar available. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a moving video (trust me, I've seen it) at 9 highlighting Flash's 40-year history (American Graffiti, Happy Days, Apocalypse Now, etc.) and music starting at 10. The group still is pounding out classic oldies from the 1950s to the '70s, with a "back-to-the-future" twist: Dwight Bement, the superb saxophonist who was a Flash fixture for more than three decades before departing in 2003, is back in the band. — RR

1 Friday

music

It's not every day, or even every decade, that a critically revered bluesman with a brand new Grammy nomination comes to a local venue as intimate as the Crystola Roadhouse (20918 E. U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park, myspace.com/crystolaroadhouse). So this 8 p.m. New Year's Day appearance by Chicago guitarist/singer/songwriter Lurrie Bell — along with the talented Nick Moss & the Flip Tops — counts as a genuine booking coup. You can read last week's interview with Bell, who's the son of the late blues harp player Carey Bell, at bit.ly/4s9kU4, then watch the two blues heavyweights heat up the club enough to sweat off those New Year's calories. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, for what's sure to be remembered as one of 2010's very best shows. — BF

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Saturday

children's theater

The water's "probably not blue," says Jim Jackson of the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., themat.org), and front-row viewers need not wear garbage bags to keep from getting soaked. But you can think of Dan Egger-Belandria's AquaDrums as sort of a Blue Man Group performance for kids, what with the rhythms and beats and splashing water and interactivity and all. It's unclear as to whether Egger-Belandria offers complimentary clean-up kits to parents whose kids are "inspired" to replicate their experience at home, but at least tickets are only $10 either way. They're available at 465-6321 for one of four shows: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, and 1 and 3 p.m. tomorrow. — KW

3Sunday

music

Sometimes, along with hopeful resolutions, a new year can inspire new traditions — some better than meatloaf Mondays. If you've never checked out the traditional Irish Session that's gone on now for 10-plus years at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub (21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766), you might consider it today from 3 to 6 p.m. Most all the classic Irish instruments make an appearance, including fiddles, the concertina, uilleann pipes and the bodhrán (traditionally a goatskin frame drum). Having caught a couple of Trad sessions myself while travelling in Ireland, I can say it's a mighty fine accompaniment to a beer. — MS

4 Monday

music

I'd really like to quote you some lyrics from Monument-based screamistian (that's screaming Christian) band

Show Me the Sky, but the only words I can pick from among the thumping 808s in "Everything That I Believed" are "I turn my back away," and I just don't know what they're turning away from. However, if you've missed being told about the Christ in Christmas, head to the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com) at 8 tonight and get an earful of it, in throaty growling. Tickets are $8 ($5 in advance), and though they won't get you in to heaven, they'll get you damn close. — BC

5 Tuesday

film

For all the fine folks out there who played in a youth band or orchestra (or for those who wanted to), this one's for you. At 7 tonight, the Independent Film Society of Colorado presents The Music Lesson, a documentary about 10 classically trained students from the Boston Youth Symphony who travel to Kenya for a cultural exchange. For just $6 ($5 for students), you'll get a seat at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, ifsoc.org) and an education that will go way beyond music. — KA

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Wednesday

music

I was going to tell you to head to Denver's Bluebird Theater tonight to catch reggae giant Eek-A-Mouse, but then I found a clip on YouTube from an AIDS benefit concert press conference in 2008 where he out-of-nowhere unloaded a two-minute racist rant before walking off stage. Nice. Since I'm unsure I really want to endorse the guy, I'm instead recommending you start your new year by supporting some wholesome local music. Hit up the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St., 884-1094) from 6-8 to check out the Colorado Springs Big Jazz Band that plays Wednesdays weekly for free. Or hit one of the free, weekly Wednesday open mics: Rock Bottom Brewery (3316 Cinema Point Drive, 550-3586) beginning at 9 p.m., or Kinfolks Mountain Shop (950 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4433) from 7-11 p.m. — MS

Contributors: Kirsten Akens, Bryce Crawford, Bill Forman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.

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