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24 Wednesday


How often do you hear old songs like Them's "Gloria," Mason Proffit's "Two Hangmen" or Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" played in local venues? It happens at least once a year, at the Hungry Farmer Reunion on the night before Thanksgiving. And now the annual event, with mostly musicians from bands that played live music from the mid-1970s into the '80s at the former restaurant and bar on Garden of the Gods Road, is moving to Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive,, where the large stage and ample room should come in handy from 7:30 p.m. until midnight and perhaps beyond. Just bring at least two cans of nonperishable food (or a few extra bucks) per person, and prepare for lots of nostalgia. The longer this night goes, the better the music gets. — Ralph Routon


25 Thursday


This year, feel free to give in to the inevitable food coma. Thanksgiving marks the season when many feel the sudden urge to get out there and volunteer in their communities, which is why most spots have already filled up for Thanksgiving Day events. (Well done, Colorado Springs!). So if you're not among those already committed, enjoy your family time, and consider signing up early for December's opportunities. Check out the Springs Rescue Mission (, Silver Key Senior Services ( and the Marian House Soup Kitchen ( for your next chance. — Leah Barker


26 Friday


A charming feature of the mid-1990s Seattle public school system was its yearly mass pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest Ballet, wherein hundreds of 6- to 10-year-olds squirmed their way through The Nutcracker and afterward wrote five-sentence reports about it. My second-grade effort was a comprehensive list of all the things in the production that were pink — including a dancer dressed as an ostrich. Did I make that up? Did Tchaikovsky's masterpiece include flightless desert fowl? Prove me wrong at the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's production with Ballet Idaho at 7 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Shows also run tomorrow at 2 and 7, or Sunday at 2, with tickets between $27 and $50, and substantial discounts for children 17 and under. — Claire Swinford


27 Saturday


From Jimmy Smith's early sides with Lou Donaldson on up through the latest recordings by the James Carter Organ Trio, the sweet soul grooves of the Hammond B-3 have proven a perfect complement to the savoir faire of a well-played sax. The Ricky Sweum Organ Trio brings that tradition to the Springs, as the bright young tenor player shares the stage with organist Mike Schwartz and drummer Tim Stombaugh. Since relocating here five years ago, Sweum has earned an outstanding reputation in the local jazz community as both lead soloist with the Air Force's Falconaires and a bandleader in his own right. If you need convincing, check out "Sunset Iraq," the arresting 7 1/2-minute centerpiece of his 2009 Origin Records debut, Pulling Your Own Strings. Or just stop by Rico's Coffee, Chocolate and Wine Bar (322 N. Tejon St.,, where the trio holds court this Friday and Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. No cover. — Bill Forman


28 Sunday


Some people have it tough, living up to their parents' successes. My pair assures my sister and me that we won't have to deal with that problem. But for Lukas Nelson, son of Willie himself, those are some big musical shoes to fill. Happily enough, Nelson the younger is actually doing just fine with his band, the Promise of the Real. If you're of drinkin' age, see them return to the Triple Nickel Tavern (26 S. Wahsatch Ave., at 8 tonight. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and cash only. — Edie Adelstein


29 Monday


"Sometimes you can get so old that you can become cool again. Look at Tony Bennett or Johnny Cash." That's how Duane Allen puts it on the Oak Ridge Boys' website, and that's what the band's last album suggests the Boys are banking on. Working with Shooter Jennings' producer, Allen and his three bandmates jammed The Boys Are Back with covers, among them the John Lee Hooker classic "Boom Boom," the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" and Ray LaMontagne's "Hold You in My Arms." If you can find another member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame who's doing this, well, chances are they're not doing it at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, $42.50/ticket). — Kirk Woundy


30 Tuesday


The bighorn sheep ... a noble and headbutt-prone creature ... Ovis canadensis ... I could go on all day about it. Actually, that's not true; I'm just citing its scientific name in hopes of sounding smart. You'll probably sound smarter after you attend today's noontime Lunch & a Look at the Garden at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center (1805 N. 30th St.,, where lead interpreter Bret Tennis will talk about the bighorns. Reservations required at 219-0108; after the talk, have lunch at your own expense in the center's café, if ewe wish. — Matthew Schniper


1 Wednesday


Out of everything I've ever done (or not done), I've caught the most crap for having never seen The Wizard of Oz. I've never seen it on stage, or on screen, or while listening to Pink Floyd. Fellow sufferers can view the theatrical version at 8 tonight at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, Alternatively, those who dig reimagined classics but don't fancy a drive to Pueblo can catch a staged Beauty and the Beast at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Wiz tickets run $15 to $40, while it's $38 to $60.50 to catch the Beast. — Bryce Crawford

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