22 Thursday

Most everybody will hunker down over a monumental helping of turkey and fixins today, but after you've been fed, watered and napped, consider getting altruistic on your family and splitting for the nearest Salvation Army Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Over 700 volunteers are needed to help prepare, serve and clean up food at four locations: The Fountain Valley Senior Center (392-7653), Integrity Christian Fellowship (636-5266), downtown at the Marion House (475-7314) and on the westside at the Oddfellows Hall (636-5266). Call the location at which you'd like to volunteer for details.

23 Friday

There's singing plush reindeer at King Soopers and The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center ... Don your Santa hat, Christmas has arrived. The highly esteemed Western Ballet Theater presents the longest running dancing fairy tale in the history of Yule at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Tickets run from $11 to $47 and the show starts at 2:30 and 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and then 2:30 on Sunday. Call 520-SHOW.

There is nothing better in this entire world, than a post-Thanksgiving hockey game. Nothing. And luckily, the CC Tigers are home for a match against Clarkston University today and again tomorrow on the World Arena ice. Tickets are $12 to $15; call 576-2626. The match starts at the most beautiful time of the day, 7:05 p.m.

They've got rhythm, they've got music, they're singing from the diaphragm -- who could ask for anything more? A whole slew of performers, including opera singers Barbara Conrad and Judeth Shay-Burns, The Spirituals Project Choir and pianist Susan Grace will be musical tonight at a benefit for the Shiver's African-American Historical and Cultural Collection at the Pikes Peak Library District. It's part of a week-long series of fundraising arts events at the DoubleTree World Arena Hotel called The Celebration. Tickets are $20. Call 593-8400.

Often the title "singer-songwriter" makes one immediately discount the performer, unless she's Tish Hinojosa. The musician with the voice of an angel has done her tours in Tex-Mex music and in Nashville song styling, with the result becoming an eclectic blend of earthy sounds and beautiful singing. Hinojosa performs in the equally earthy and beautiful town of Salida at the Salida Steam Plant, just a quick trip down Bighorn Canyon along the Arkansas River. Tickets are $10. Call 719/539-8514.

24 Saturday

It's grainy, indie, and altogether local -- it's Chaos Cubed Productions' first feature film, Suicide Run, a thriller/horror flick. Don't get this confused with the Robert Aldrich action film; this was shot locally, and with regional actors. Run premiers at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. Tickets are $5. Call the FAC at 634-5583 for details.

25 Sunday

Michael Hague's inspired, fantastical illustrations have been gracing the pages of children's books for decades. Well known for his dragons, Hague always manages to capture the magical side of everything -- making each drawing or painting a cleverly disguised doorway to your own imagination. It's hard not to stare. Hague has got illustrations in three new books --The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Kate Culhane and The Book of Pirates -- which he'll sign at 1 p.m. at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon. Call 635-1195.

26 Monday

Not a lot shakin' today; there's a French film over at CC (389-6606), free AIDS/HIV testing at the Pride Center (578-9092), and various music scattered here and there. Check out Playing Around on page 34 or the Listings, beginning on page 35, for more ideas. Or, just do what every good American should -- make a turkey and gravy sandwich and plant yourself on the couch for some quality football watchin'. Yeehaw!

27 Tuesday

From the What a Character File: Poet, historian, author and all-around beatnik Anne Waldman reads from her work today at Colorado College. For details, read the feature on page 33.

28 Wednesday

Wouldn't it be nice to own your art, rather than having to look (and not touch) other people's? The Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center (210 Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo) feels your greedy, needy pain and responds with the Own Your Own Art Show and Sale. Means what it says, says what it means. The opening reception (and your first crack at the art) happens tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free once you shell out the three or four bucks it takes to get into the Center. Call 719/543-0130.

We would like to take a moment to once again thank the dear John Tesh. While Yanni can be credited for creating a new brand of sensitive yet masculine pianists, Tesh brought the style to the American masses and made us take him seriously. (He gave up his amazing career -- and close proximity to Mary Hart -- as co-anchor of Entertainment Tonight, after all.) Like Susan B. Anthony, Liberace and Michael Flatley, Tesh opened doors. Jim Brickman steps through one to deliver a holiday concert at the Pikes Peak Center tonight at 7:30. (We'll admit, Brickman's formula involves less sensitivity and more heart-felt emotion.) Tickets run from $32.50 to $36.50. Call 520-SHOW.

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