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31 Wednesday


How much of life is making stuff up as you go? Think about that going into 2015 — and check out Improv Jam as part of the New Year's Eve party at Black Box Theater (1367 Pecan St., Their evening begins at 7 with music from Clayton Wyatt, No Stone Unturned, and Guy Lombardo and his orchestra "live" from 1957. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and the event ends at 12:30. Expect old-timey sodas and snacks; no alcohol here. If that's not your scene, check out Listings or Playing Around for more. — Griffin Swartzell


1 Thursday


The first day of the new year belongs to teens, specifically those inclined to express themselves via spoken word. For today, from 4 to 6 p.m., and in a series of workshops to follow through March, Hear Here will develop 719's National Youth Poetry Slam Team. Each session will "help students become familiar with their own writing process and the style of slam, the dynamics of building a team, ultimately sharing their stories effectively in their writing and performance." In April, it will hold a final slam to select the team. It's free and open to all high-school-aged youths, and will be held at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave.) Dates and details at — Edie Adelstein


2 Friday


C-Rayz Walz isn't like a lot of emcees. Take November's "The S.O.D. (The Sip of Death)," which warns against the dangers of junk food: "Don't be a punk, dunk the junk." Earnestly shot in a convenience store with sad lighting, the video rails against the sugar daddies of business: "Big soda is the new tobacco, 'cuz it make me wacko." This from a Bronx native who freestyled with Immortal Technique and Aesop Rock and who told Nuvo back in 2011, "Hip-hop is about loving the next person and growing through sound-word power." Catch C-Rayz at 8 p.m. at the Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.,, $10 in advance, $15 at the door) for an all-ages show with openers including Earsiq and Stoney Bertz. — Edie Adelstein


3 Saturday

kids & family

As explained here, a few industrious Manitoids plan to resurrect a fruitcake toss in Manitou Springs this January. But before that happens, we need to recognize Cool Science and Imagination Celebration for keeping the fruitcake flame alive. From 10 to 2 today, they'll put on the second Cool Science Kid's Mini Fruitcake Toss at iSpace in The Citadel mall (750 Citadel Drive East). It's free, but pre-registration is urged; get the details at — Kirk Woundy


4 Sunday


The Flaming Lips have been a band nine years longer than Miley Cyrus has been alive, but that didn't stop the artists from teaming up for a trippy, live rendition of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life" on a November episode of Conan. The performance was a Bowie-esque, dark-and-shiny plug for the Lips' new cover album With a Little Help From My Fwends, and came with a singer who Wayne Coyne calls "fun and a freak." The Flaming Lips have been called similar things for decades, and they're likely to stay on the cutting edge of weird at 7 tonight at the Ogden Theatre (935 E. Colfax Ave., Tickets are $75. — Bryce Crawford


5 Monday


An arts gallery setting couldn't be more fitting or fantastic for a yogic experience, particularly one adorned with stunning installations such as Charles and Collin Parson's Continuance exhibit, featuring giant illuminated circles. Though Feb. 15, you can stretch for yourself at The Yoga of Light and Radiance, from 9 to 10 a.m. on Mondays and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St., Entry is by donation, all levels are welcome, and Smokebrush Foundation's Kat Tudor is handling instruction. Tie your asana flow into the color, and see if this feels different from any other yoga experience you've had. — Matthew Schniper


6 Tuesday


Celebrating New Year's in high style — with room-temp onion dip and cheap champagne — may have left your senses flat-lined. And if that's your condition, we've got your cure: Dream Catchers describes Mindscapes, its current double-feature exhibit, using terms like "stimulating" (related to the work of Richard Van Vliet) and "bright simplicity" (Jean-Marc Richel). This free and therapeutic art jolt is open from 10 to 6 weekdays through Jan. 28 in the Alibi Room at Dream Catchers (103 S. Wahsatch Ave, #106, — Mary Jo Meade

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