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3 Wednesday


Readers of a certain age will remember the I Love Lucy episode with Lucy and Ethel in the candy factory ( It's an American classic — some of the best physical comedy of its day ... or any day. Then there was the one with Harpo Marx and the mirror, and who could forget Lucy selling Vitameatavegamin? Anyhoo, if you're feeling nostalgic for the '50s, or just a simpler time, I Love Lucy, Live Onstage promises a full-color evening with Fred, Ethel, Desi and Lucy, whose antics once spilled out of tiny black-and-white TV screens. The show opened Tuesday, with a performance tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., Tickets start at $35. — Mary Jo Meade


4 Thursday

kids & family

Have you ever seen a deer jump along with all four hooves landing at once? I'm told that's called pronking, which is the funniest word I've used in weeks. And there's much more to learn about the cousins of everyone's favorite ruddy-schnozzed Rangifer. So gather your kids — ages 3 to 6 — and pronk on down to the Fountain Creek Nature Center (320 Peppergrass Lane, Fountain, 520-6745) for "Rudolph's Relatives," running from 10 to 11:30 a.m. today. In finding out about various types of deer, you'll take in a puppet show, crafts and activities, and spend quality time along area trails. Admission is $4 per person, and reservations are required. — Griffin Swartzell


5 Friday


On this very day in 1492, Columbus became the first European to set foot on Hispaniola. Exactly 441 years later, Prohibition officially ended in the U.S. These two things have nothing to do with this First Friday, per se, but in a world that's seen mass genocide and enslavement, and a booze ban, one sometimes feels the need to find solace in art. OK, I'm stretching here, but it's hardly untrue. And anyway, you know the drill: Between the hours of 5 and 9 tonight, galleries throughout the area will open new shows — many offering holiday sales with small, affordable artwork, and still more raising money for local causes. There's far more going on than this space can fit, so flip to p. 44 and find a full list of all the happenings. Plus, I can promise you this, there will be wine. — Edie Adelstein


6 Saturday


The theme for the 30th annual Festival of Lights Parade may be "Through the Eyes of a Child," but the star of the day is retired Navy Lt. Jim Downing, who at 101 is the oldest survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Colorado Springs resident will serve as the grand marshal of the parade, which starts at 5:50 p.m. at Tejon and St. Vrain streets, then proceeds down Tejon to Vermijo. If you'd rather avoid the crowds and the nighttime cold, maybe try the Festival of Lights Family Fun Day instead; it's a free event featuring magic, music and other attractions, and it happens between 10 and 2 at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St., — Kirk Woundy


7 Sunday


With a "misbehaving evergreen" as its central character, be assured that The Last Christmas Tree is just what your kids need to see to prep them for the fat man and all his gift-wrapped boxes. The show started yesterday and runs each Saturday (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 and 3 p.m.) through Dec. 21 for $10 to $12 at the Millibo Art Theater (1626 S. Tejon St., There's something about a Christmas rat too, so on cast alone, we're kinda feeling like this one's gonna be epic. — Matthew Schniper


8 Monday


In the midst of last week's Ferguson protests, Rashad Shabazz was among the many who reacted via Twitter: "We have to reckon with the fact that Black people are confronted with racist violence in public space," he declared, punctuating his post with a #blackgeography hashtag. At 7 this evening, the University of Vermont professor will have more than 140 characters to discuss questions of race, gender and class at the Worner Campus Center's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6607). His free lecture, entitled "The Rise of Carceral Power in Chicago," addresses the broader issues of "mapping race, place, and sex along the color line," a matter of concern that's remained all too relevant for all too long. — Bill Forman


9 Tuesday


My favorite part of "Winter Wonderland" is when the snowman they just built asks the couple if they're married. They respond in the negative, but then, awesomely, volunteer it to do the job. Maybe Parson Brown was just making small talk, guys. Maybe Parson Brown was busy that day, or was just about to launch into an anti-marriage diatribe. But nooo: "You can do the job when you're in town." Anyway, unrelated to all that, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center's Buell Children's Museum (210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, is hosting its Winter Wonderland exhibit through Jan. 3. Find a Frosty Forest, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a teddy-bear tree and more. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for kids, and aggrieved snowmen get in for free. — Bryce Crawford

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