Modbo Ho Ho
Dec. 14, 7 and 9:30 p.m., 17C E. Bijou St., $15, firstname.lastname@example.org or 633-4240
Amidst the ballets, plays and symphonies filled with wholesome holiday cheer comes an event no less artistic but distinctly naughtier in nature. The beloved Modbo Ho Ho is returning to delight audiences with a refreshing seasonal celebration that doesn’t douse the crowd with saccharine sentiments or socially acceptable content.
“The Ho Ho began 10 years ago in an attempt to entertain people during a season where things get taken much too seriously,” says Modbo owner Lauren Ciborowski. “We wanted to bring some levity and joy to people.”
Audiences can expect a wide variety of performers during the decidedly R-rated evening. Ciborowski explains that the Ho Ho is a musical variety show complete with holiday song parodies, original songs, sketches and a bit of burlesque.
The talent is top-notch as well, pulling the show together within a few rehearsals.
“It adds this awesome air of spontaneity to the whole thing,” Ciborowski explains. “I can only pull it off because my cast is comprised of talented professionals who are willing to just run with things. This year, I even have three performers coming in from across the country.”
Ciborowski promises exceptional artists throughout the evening, but her favorite performance is done by not-quite-a-Saint Nick.
“I have at my disposal a Santa who not only has the voice of a goddamn angel, but who is willing to attempt ‘burlesque’ every year.”
The Ho Ho has been a fan favorite for the last decade largely because of its ability to feel festive without being cloying. However, Ciborowski warns that it’s meant for audiences who don’t take things too seriously.
“We do tend to have over-the-top, offensive humor, so sometimes people are a little shocked — but it’s not because we didn’t warn them.”
Of course, there are also some more poignant moments to be had, with numbers that Ciborowski describes as solemn and lovely. That’s the beauty of the show, really. Despite its irreverence, these are authentic artists with real talent that will absolutely impress the crowd.
The Sound of Music
Dec. 12, 7 p.m., 30 W. Dale St., tickets start at $20, runs through Jan. 12, fac.coloradocollege.edu
While The Sound of Music has nothing to do with Christmas, the timeless story, be it in film or stage form, has become a favorite holiday experience for families. The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company presents a powerful production that tells the story of seven charming children, their stern father and a not-quite nun as they become a family and escape from the perilous invasion of the Nazis. Of course, all your favorite songs will be included, giving you something to hum on the way home.
Art and Beer Book Signing
Dec. 13, 3:30-6 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Museum Gift Shop, 30 W. Dale St., bijouartbooks.com
Local artist Ceil Horowitz has spent 61/2 years traveling the Rocky Mountains and painting the unique beers of Colorado — 99 of them, to be exact. Her new book Take One Down Pass It Around shares the journey in a collection of colorful paintings, stories and poetry. Each painting was completed on-site and you might recognize quite a few favorite local venues on its pages. In fact, the entire book, from idea to product, was completed right here in Colorado. Get a signed copy or a signed print, plus complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres, at this signing.
Holiday Vegan Market
Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, ppld.org/veganmarket
It’s big, it’s local and it’s 100 percent vegan! Peruse 50 unique vendors at this incredible holiday market that offers wares and eats that are completely free of animal products. You’ll find vegan groceries, hygiene products, clothing and candy. Local cookbook authors will be on-site cooking up tasty vegan concoctions, plus indoor food vendors and local food trucks will be there, ready re-fuel shoppers throughout the event. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the vegan in your life, you’re sure to find it here. Spoil them with great stuff.
Recover the Fun
Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m., 1102 S. 21st St., recoversimply.com
Holidays can make navigating recovery from substance abuse a challenge. Recover the Fun creates safe opportunities for people in recovery and their friends, family and supporters to get out, create connections and build community while working on hands-on projects that foster creativity. December’s event focuses on self-care, and local skin care shop Brazen Bee Beauty will be there helping guests create customized lotions that are luxurious, organic and nourishing. Recover the Fun is an inclusive, supportive event that welcomes everyone, no matter where they are on their path to recovery.
Editor’s note: This page has been updated to include the location of the book signing within the Fine Arts Center.