It's scribes vs. scholar at Colorado College today: two lectures, same time (7 p.m.), vying for your attention (though not your money, as both are free). At McHugh Student Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.), Juan Morales will read from his Friday and the Year that Followed, a poetry collection that "spans time and place," and Colorado Springs native Steven Wingate will do the same with his own award-winning short story collection, Wife Shopping. Meanwhile, at Gates Common Room (1025 N. Cascade Ave.), Elliott West, a history professor from the University of Arkansas, will lecture on "The View from Pikes Peak: Colorado's Gold Rush and the American West." For more, visit coloradocollege.edu or call 389-6607. KW
If, unlike Murray Ross, you actually crave another viewing of A Christmas Carol (see page left), you'll be covered in two local places this season. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) is putting on a musical adaptation of Dickens' come-to-realizer, and the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St.) has a children's circus version called Mr. & Mrs. Guffaws' Christmas Carol Adventure. The FAC show kicks off at 8 tonight and runs Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 21; the MAT show begins Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and runs Saturdays and Sundays also through Dec. 21. Visit themat.org or csfineartscenter.org for other show times, ticket prices and more. And remember: Tiny Tim is totally faking it. (Kidding!) MS
Tejas Hemsell will perform an ancient Indian dance with her students in the Shakti Dance Troupe at 6:30 tonight at Colorado College's Shove Chapel (1010 N. Nevada Ave.). Odissi is a reconstructed, traditional Hindu dance that dates back more than 2,000 years from Eastern India, and Hemsell is one of the few in the U.S. who teaches it. Matt Frum will guide a Buddhist meditation following the performance, and the evening will wrap-up with devotional chanting. The concert is free, but donations will be collected for the Goat Project, a microlending program benefiting Haitian families. Call 471-9051 or visit inkind.org for more. KK
If you want to feel totally inadequate about your own preparation for the holidays, take a peek inside seven area B&Bs during the 14th annual Holiday Bed & Breakfast Tour. The homes, ranging from Queen Anne Victorians to Arts & Crafts bungalows, will be decorated for "Christmas in the Rockies" and welcome visitors from 2 to 6 today. Start the tour at the Old Colorado City History Center (1 S. 24th St.) with refreshments and a drawing for a free night at one of the B&Bs. Tickets are $8 to $10 in advance and $13 to $15 at the door. Call 636-1225 for more. JT
Up for a magical little journey? The story of James and the Giant Peach will come to life tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) as this year's first Over the Moon Family Theater performance from Imagination Celebration. You remember the giant bugs, the peach that could float and the wild imagination that came along with James, but milk and cookies didn't always come afterward. Guests are encouraged to wear pajamas and show up an hour before the 7 p.m. performance for pre-show children's activities in the lobby. Tickets range from $6 to $13 and are available at ticketswest.com. Call 520-7469 or visit imaginationcelebration.org for more information. EAA
As independent filmmakers go, there's Spike Lee and then there's everyone else. The 51-year-old, whose production company has churned out more than 35 films since the 1980s, also has become a familiar face to a generation of young people with his videos, TV commercials and front-row New York Knicks fandom. Lee's career has been remarkable, and he'll be here to talk about it in a free 7 p.m. lecture at CC's Armstrong Hall (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.). It's sponsored by the college's Cultural Attractions Fund, Film Series, Black Student Union and Film Union. For more info, visit coloradocollege.edu or call 389-6607. RR
If you missed Friday's 5 p.m. opening of Dream City 2020: Through the Eyes of the Artist Past, Present and Future at the FAC Modern (121 S. Tejon St.), you can catch it today between 10 and 5 or any Tuesday through Saturday until Jan. 10. The re-purposed gallery space, now free to visit, is benefitting from the renewed, collaborative spirit of many local arts organizations. As the longest show title ever implies, this exhibit features a look back through historic photographs by Harry L. Standley (on loan from the Pioneers Museum), and a look toward today and tomorrow through several local artists' works borne out of a single Standley photograph. Visit csfineartscenter.org for more. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Elizabeth Anderson, Kevin Kehl, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.