Holiday tunes, comedy cheers and jeers, and love CMC Theatre-style |

Holiday tunes, comedy cheers and jeers, and love CMC Theatre-style

Since I was a young girl, just hearing the start to Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” sparks visions of twinkling lights, gifts under the tree, and mom’s homemade cookies. I may have always wanted to be a sugar plum fairy in a tutu. The Nutcracker Suite is one of those holiday classics that stands the test of time.

Like a decorated sugar cookie, I’ll always adore it.

This weekend, don’t miss the chance to catch a live, local performance of “The Nutcracker,” along with other holiday favorites, with the dancers of the Crystal River Ballet and the Glenwood Dance Academy’s Danse Arts Theatre Company. The valley’s talented dance troupes perform an encore weekend of the Christmas music and dance we remember as kids Friday and Saturday evenings at the Carbondale Middle School.

I wonder if wearing a tutu is appropriate audience-wear?

Not everyone becomes excited as a little kid in footie pajamas on Christmas morning when the holiday music takes over the scene. Anyone needing a break all from all the red-nosed reindeer and winter wonderland references might want to head over the river and to the PAC3 house for the Band of Heathens. This rousing Austin group has consistently rocked Carbondale with a drove of Heathens fans always ready to dance until the lights go down.

These talented guys are well known in the Americana music scene. In 2010, the band was an Americana Music Association nominee for the Best Duo/Group of the Year, so I suggest checking them out Friday night at the PAC.

Maybe even wear a tutu.


Another way to have fun tonight while getting in the holiday giving spirit is with Steve’s Guitars’ sixth annual Comedy for Coats. My comic buddies Beth Brandon, Don Chaney, Gail Mason and Todd Hartley are continuing former valley cut-up Mark Thomas’ tradition of helping others with gifts of laughter and winter coats. Bring a coat for men, women or children, some wine or beer for cheer and win some fun prizes hand-picked by the comics themselves. They put the white elephant in white elephant. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. so get there early for a good seat. I always like the couches.


It will definitely look a lot like Christmas Saturday as the Glenwood Springs Downtown Partnership hosts Christmas in Glenwood. There will be all the traditional holiday activities including visits with Santa, Christmas caroling and plenty of reindeer games. If adopting a dog or cat would make your Christmas brighter, CARE will be on hand for an adopt-a-thon at High Tails. The Christmas in Glenwood event runs from 3-7 p.m. at Centennial Park and will be fun for the whole family.

Friday and Saturday

This is also the last weekend for Colorado Mountain College Theatre winter production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.” This highly successful Broadway play, the tagline of which is, “Everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit,” is one of the longest-running shows in Colorado theater history. I’m rarely afraid to admit much, but I can think of a couple of dating dilemmas I would hope are addressed in the play. Starting at 7 p.m., this love and relationship-themed comedy is perfect for a date night with your sweetie or a Girl’s Night Out with the ladies. Reserved tickets are available by calling 947-8177 or e-mailing

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