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17 Thursday


While you shop at its 44th annual Own Your Own Art Show & Sale, be sure to see some of the other new exhibits at the Sangre de Cristo Art Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, Not to miss is Santos: The Bishop Tafoya Collection, a spread of santos (carvings and paintings of saints and other religious figures), including bultos (sculptures in the round) and retablos (devotional paintings), plus other historic and contemporary Southwestern religious art gifted to the center by Bishop Emeritus Arthur N. Tafoya of the Pueblo Diocese. You can't purchase any of these, but with gift-giving in mind, perhaps a museum membership? Both shows run through early January. — Edie Adelstein


18 Friday


Four plays written in 44 hours and staged in four days. Written from the theme, "stand back," this year's performance of FourPlay at the Millibo Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., will include works from Brian Mann, Jordan Mathews and others. "I think they are all quite different, but I think that they are all for the most part comedies, and they revolve around everyday life being jolted by an absurd encounter," says the MAT's Jim Jackson. These fast and ferociously developed plays will be performed at 8 tonight and each Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 27. Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20, with discounts for groups. — Ellie Cole


19 Saturday


At last year's Alpaca Holiday Extravaganza, a co-worker and I spent about two hours (yes, really) cooing over a dozen of these gentle creatures. We also learned from their breeders that alpacas' wool is hypoallergenic (no lanolin); many of them hum when content; and they very rarely spit. We also wandered through the Black Forest Community Center (12530 Black Forest Road), picking out gifts made from alpaca fiber for friends and family. The free annual event happens again from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, so you too can get your alpaca on. — Kirsten Akens


20 Sunday


After St. Louis won the World Series in October, Mannheim Steamroller posted, "Congrats to all the Steamrollers who also love the Cardinals!" on its Facebook page. In response, one Steamroller wrote about watching Game 7 with her mom, a lifelong St. Louis fan: "I got her urn out and put it in front of the TV." Touched, another wrote, "Often a person's sports team can be a great family tradition just like Mannheim Steamroller is to all of us." Join the warm Steamrolling community by catching the 40-million-plus-selling, New-Aging, Christmas-loving band, for $38 to $83, at 4 this afternoon at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., — Kirk Woundy


21 Monday


Let's start with what Hot Hula isn't. It's not the likewise-named sex position described by Cosmopolitan as involving a lowering of oneself "onto his member." It's also not something that has anything to do with hula hoops. Lastly, it's the last thing you'll catch me doing, as I've never met a "fun, new and exciting dance workout" that looked appealing. But you're probably more of a go-getter than I am, so do some Pacific Island-inspired Hot Hula-ing at 6 tonight at Peak Healthstyles (2360 Montebello Square Drive, Suite F, Five bucks gets you 55 minutes of all that Hot Hula is: full-body exercise combined with Polynesian drumbeats, reggae music and a whole lot of sweat. — Bryce Crawford


22 Tuesday

the afterlife

Unlike the dearly departed Amazing Criswell, oracles Kimberly Vann Lester and Alanza have never appeared in classic Ed Wood movies like Night of the Ghouls and Plan 9 From Outer Space. But like Criswell, they've made names for themselves with demonstrations of telepathy, clairvoyance and other psychic arts. They also have the distinct advantage of still being alive, which greatly facilitates tours of venues like Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, And since eighth-generation clairvoyant Alanza professes an ability to communicate with spirits on the "other side," there's always a chance that Criswell will drop in for a guest appearance. Showtime is 7 p.m.; tickets are $20/adv, $25door. — Bill Forman


23 Wednesday


For more than three decades, the musicians and followers who shared the thriving scene long ago at the Hungry Farmer restaurant/bar have gathered on the night before Thanksgiving. Last year, the Hungry Farmer Reunion "graduated" to Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200,, and it returns to that ample stage tonight. Doors open at 6, music starts at 7:30, and admission will be two cans of food for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. The usual mix of oldies and country rock will be enhanced by Tom Schlapkohl from Des Moines, on the Hammond B-3 organ. Schlapkohl, who played a few times at the Farmer, will combine with local stalwart Lewis Mock and others for such "new" material as "Soul Sacrifice," "Gimme Some Lovin" and "Whiter Shade of Pale." Says organizer Sean Anglum, "We'll all put our bifocals on so we can see our guitar strings." And they'll play all the way to midnight. — Ralph Routon

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