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5 Wednesday


What does a running store have in common with a Mexican restaurant? How about an Irish pub and a furniture and accessories store? Still nothing? Well they really don't have that much in common, except the annual Holiday Stroll Downtown (, in which more than 40 restaurants and shops between Boulder Street and Colorado Avenue along Tejon Street will pair up to let you experience true holiday spirit while you snack and shop from 5 to 8 tonight. Along with the free food and drink, expect plenty of live music, carolers, face painters, balloon artists, and prizes. — Kiki Lenihan


6 Thursday


"My goal is to bring humor into fine art," says Wayne White in the trailer for the new documentary Beauty Is Embarrassing, which chronicles his journey to art-world stardom. White, who started off as a cartoonist in New York City and became a designer for Pee-wee's Playhouse, has since gone on to create iconic pop-culture art with a comedic edge: As he says, "I've worn a lot of different hats." Beauty will play for free at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media (315 E. Costilla St., at 6 and 8 tonight. With a 92 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it could be good! — Celine Wright


7 Friday


My grandma and I love mincemeat pie for the holidays, though it comes with a side of disdain from the rest of the family. But what's a tradition without its quirks, right? Locally, the Modbo (17C E. Bijou St., has cultivated quite a tradition with its Fifth Annual Small Works Show, an exhibit and sale featuring affordable artwork no larger than two feet in any direction. The show, hung floor to ceiling at both the Modbo and neighboring S.P.Q.R., opens tonight with a reception starting at 5:30. For something funkier, head to Marmalade at Smokebrush (219 W. Colorado Ave., #210, for Chriszaihamankus, a group show featuring works by the Smokebrush crew and other local artists. Tonight's opening reception, starting at 6, features a short play, performance art, live music and "special appearance by the Two-Headed Santa." — Edie Adelstein


8 Saturday


Being a cash-strapped student in Strasbourg in the dead of winter has its drawbacks — howling winds, German tourists, heartbreakingly expensive espresso — and distinct advantages. The primary one, of course, is that you're in Strasbourg. A close second is the winter market that pops up next to the trolley station every Tuesday, transforming the plaza into a cheapskate's playground full of imported handicrafts (souvenirs for the folks), homemade orchard preserves (hostess gift for your next soirée), and artisan cheeses (lunch). Someone at the Colorado Farm and Art Market had a similarly misspent youth, because they're touting today's Winter Market at the Margarita at PineCreek (7350 Pine Creek Road, as a European holiday extravaganza. Go between 10 and 3 for all the handicrafts, preserves and cheeses you can handle, but probably no German tourists, merci bon dieu. — Claire Swinford


9 Sunday


While ice skating in Central Park is a big deal in the Big Apple, I prefer the smack-dab-in-the-heart-of-the-city atmosphere of Bryant Park's rink, a temporary setup tucked amid 100-some pop-up holiday boutiques. It's in this vein that I have high hopes for the first-ever Acacia Park ice rink (115 E. Platte Ave., Today's the final day of a short nine-day run, so don't miss out on the free opportunity to test your pirouette between noon and 8. Bring your own skates or borrow them from the police substation. Donations will be accepted to help fill the Empty Stocking Fund, and local food trucks will be on hand to help you fill your belly. — Kirsten Akens


10 Monday


Your eyesight is going to get worse — it's a certainty. Maybe not right at age 42, when it commonly begins, but by 51 most all of us will enjoy the blurry results of presbyopia. Of course, I've been a glasses-wearing fool since fifth grade — christened, on their first day on my nose, by a soccer ball to the face — so no worries here, but you might want to know more. In that case, Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse & Pub (21 S. Tejon St., will host the Colorado Springs Science Center Project's Science on Tap talk "Vision and Vision Loss: Understanding the Process of Aging," by Dr. George Ulrich, at 6:30 tonight. Admission's free. — Bryce Crawford


11 Tuesday


Any friend of Ray Parker Jr. is a friend of mine. I loved his Ghostbusters theme song so much in 1984 that I picked up Ray Parker Jr.: Greatest Hits, which happened to be filled with songs completely bewildering to a 7-year-old. (Sample lyric from "Bad Boy": "Break out the leather, baby / Spank me, whoop me, let me come back home.") This all comes rushing back because Parker guested on Dave Koz's Hello Tomorrow, iTunes' Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010. Of course, Koz's accomplishments stand on their own: 12 albums, seven Grammy nominations, an 18-year-running radio show. But if I'm going to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.,, $45-$65) to see Koz at 7:30 tonight, it's with hopes that the "Bad Boy" will be making a surprise appearance. — Kirk Woundy

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