It's New Year's Eve. Revel at will. Need reveling ideas? Check our listings, which start on page 30.
What did you resolve to do this year? Was it, perhaps, to take a trip down to Pueblo for the 2003 Representing the West art exhibit and sale? If not, then why not? Get in the game! The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave. in Pueblo) hosts new and exciting works by well-known regional artists in a variety of media. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the exhibit will run until Jan. 10. Give those fine folks a call at 719/295-7200 or hit up
www.sdc-arts.org for more information.
It's Mining Camp Game Day! What better way to start 2004 than to delve into the rich mining tradition of yesteryear? That said, the Western Museum of Mining and Industry (1025 Northgate Road) presents a day chock-full of interactive games for the whole family, like "Ride the Rim Delay" and "Pack Your Burro." (Family friendly?) Learn about life and leisure in Colorado's historic mining camps and a whole lot more. There's a $3 admission charge for today's activities, and things get started at 1 p.m. Learn more at www.wmmi.org.
For a truly creepy-sounding Saturday, magic yourself on over to the WisDome for their Ashes of Old Lovers Release Ceremony. This is your opportunity to release Karmic bonds with someone, living or not. The ceremony runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Reservations are required, because there's a bit of "homework" involved (exsanguination of a cat, summoning of demons, ritual purification by living flame, etc.), so please do call 575-0152 to find out details. Goddess bless.
Today, head over to the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) and do yourself some watchin'. The World Horizons Travel Films Series presents "In Search of the Holy Grail," a celluloid expos on the nature, location and history of the Grail, that mythical, magical, majestical, fantastical cup. The film will be shown today and tomorrow at 2 p.m., and tickets are $6 for FAC members, $7 for the public and $8 at the door. Call 634-5583 to get yours, and you have truly chosen wisely.
Also today, lace up those hiking books and get ready to trudge. The Mountain Park Environmental Center (9161 Mountain Park Road in Beulah) is offering fun-filled, albeit chilly, guided winter hikes, and today -- you lucky kid, you -- you can be part of the first one of the season. Do some walking, meet some new pals, and learn something about nature for a change. The cost is a measly $3 for non-MPEC members and free for members. Call 719/485-4444 for more information.
As an alternative to healthy outdoors exercise, check out the Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series, taking place at Venue 515 at the BAC (515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs). At 3 p.m., John Graham will wax historic in his chat on the AdAmAn Club, that nearly century-old group of plucky mountaineers who climb the east face of Pikes Peak on Dec. 30 and 31 every year. The talk is free and open to the public, and you can learn more about the series by giving the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce a jingle at 685-5089.
Tonight, sit back, chow down, drink up and catch some saucy Brazilian jams at Sencha (331 S. Nevada), where Barbara Ernst will croon and strum with John Flores on bass and Joseph Liberti on flute. Things are taking place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and you can make yourself a reservation by contacting the good people at Sencha at 632-8287.
-- Aaron Retka