Over and Under
One big show, one smaller
If you couldn’t get tickets to that sold-out Lady Gaga show on Tuesday, Lindsay Sterling could scratch that itch for a colorful, raucous show of songs you know by heart. The Arizona native looks like a first-chair orchestra member gone rogue, marrying sinew-bending modern dance with effervescent, electric violin work and playful costumes. Sterling’s latest string of dates — the Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour — has her pulling her bow across holiday classics like “Carol of the Bells” and “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” updating them with splashes of hip-hop and electronica. Sterling sprinkles 21st-century magic on Christmas standards at the FirstBank Center on Dec. 9. Tickets are $35-$70 via axs.com. What’s Well, But what’s a really the the next dedicated next best best thing The thing next Strokes after to seeing cover that? The band, Catching Strokes probably. Denver’s live? the rascally Panther four-piece Martin, of has course. captured For the the “Guitar past three Hero” years, worthy riffs that guitarist Albert Hammond hammered out into the sound of New York City in the 1990s. In September, the band released its latest EP, “Drats,” a tight 3-song tribute to young spite and troubled hearts that deserves all the love it can get. Catch the band at the Hi-Dive on Dec. 12. San Francisco’s Couches, fellow Denverite Male Blonding and Godchild will perform in support. Tickets are $10 and are available via ticketfly.com. Dylan Owens
Julia Johnson checks out art prints at the Arsenal Ware booth during the Denver Holiday Flea at Sports Castle on Nov. 2.