Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night
Dec. 21, 5:30-7 p.m., Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., free, coloradosprings.unsilentnight.com
Do you still have an old boombox lying around in the garage or serving as a stand for your wireless speaker and smartphone charger? Well dust that puppy off and hoist it up on your shoulder like it’s 1989, because your nostalgia has just found its purpose — to make you a star.
Unsilent Night is an eclectic musical journey unlike any other event you’ll attend this year. It’s a mobile sound sculpture performed on participants’ boomboxes (or those aforementioned smartphones and speakers) synched to play pre-recorded tracks composed by musician Phil Kline.
Attendees can either get their tracks from the organizer in the form of CDs and cassettes, or they can download MP3s of the music ahead of time. It sounds best when played on a tape, as the composition was created in the early 1990s with all the typical challenges of cassette tapes in mind. Plus, CDs tend to skip when you dance, so they might not work well for those who like to shimmy and shake as they jam. However, being that there is a distinct shortage of cassette players and portable CD players these days, it’s okay to play whatever you’ve got.
Choose from four different pieces that are all meant to be played together over a period of about 45 minutes — for the youths out there, that’s the typical length of one side of a cassette. Once you are equipped for maximum boppage, you and your fellow audience members-turned-performers will stroll the streets of Old Colorado City, making music together. Even the routes of the performances — in cities from New York to Seattle to Houston — are cultivated to engage with the composition — different buildings and open spaces create alterations to each person’s perception of the music.
It’s loud, it’s wild and it’s unforgettable. How lucky are we to have a boombox jam parade every year? And the more folks who attend, the more likely it is to continue to weave its way into the fabric of city tradition (this will be its seventh year). It’s also family-friendly, so feel free to bring along your smaller humans and let them dance the night away.
Yule Be Naughty Too
Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., through Dec. 22, 1626 S. Tejon St., $18-$25, themat.org
If you’ve been naughty this year, you’re not alone. There’s a whole team of performers hanging out at the Millibo Art Theatre this weekend who can’t wait to welcome you into their sweet-yet-sassy lair. It’s a holiday cabaret done only as the MAT can do it — with lots of laughs and naughtily nice fun. Enjoy acrobatics, comedy and singing, as well as other surprise antics. This is the show’s last weekend so don’t miss out. You’ll have to wait a whole ’nother year for this kind of holly jolly fun.
End of Year Holiday Space Bash
Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4425 Arrowswest Drive, two-item food donation and/or $5 suggested donation per person, discoverspace.org
Santa may not be coming to town until Christmas Eve, but that hasn’t stopped NORAD from getting a jump on tracking that jolly old elf. Round up the kiddos and head to the Space Foundation Discovery Center where you can watch as Santa makes his way ever closer to town. There will be an ugly sweater contest, some virtual reality experiences, plus all the usual coolness that’s found in a museum devoted to space. There will be an opportunity to 3D print a holiday decoration and meet children’s author Darlina Champers Eichman, too. Military families get in free.
Winter Solstice Trail Social
Dec. 21, 4-7:30 p.m., 3103 W. Colorado Ave., donations welcome, rmfi.org
Don’t stay cooped up inside during the longest night of the year. Venture outside for a winter’s eve filled with adventure. Gather at Trails End Taproom and then take your pick from a hike, intermediate/advanced bike ride or evening run. When you’re all done, you can sip on brews and enjoy some tasty nibbles to refuel. The best part is that when the sun rises in the morning, it will signal the shift to longer days — and warmer outdoor fun — ahead. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Donations benefit Energy Resource Center, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and Rocky Mountain Field Institute.
Secret Dance Party
Dec. 25, 8 p.m. to midnight, 230 Pueblo Ave., free, facebook.com/SecretDancePartyCS
Everything is closed on Christmas, right? Well, not the Zodiac. The bar has decided that no one should have to sit at home all night. Two DJs will spin the jams and the bar will be wide open to bring some relief from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Don’t worry that your attendance will force someone to work on a holiday. The Zodiac crew wants to boogie down and chill out just as much as you do — although it wouldn’t hurt to be a merry tipper to thank them for giving you a place to party on the quietest night of the year.