As the world gears up for the global summit in Copenhagen, you might wonder what's at stake. Well, from 5:30 to 8 tonight at Colorado College, mingle with local activists and see a screening of The Age of Stupid, a dramatization of the dangers facing a world that remains placid in the face of climate change. The free event will take place in CC's McHugh Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave., greencitiescoalition.net). If there's time (or instead), head to the W.E.S. Room in the Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6007), at 7 to see King Corn: You Are What You Eat, a documentary on subsidized crops in a fast-food nation. — JK
Despite recession-era budgets, gifts can still be affordable, locally made and even eco-friendly. Hence Smokebrush Gallery's December Eco-Art Market (218 W. Colorado Ave., #111, smokebrush.org). For funky functionality, check out garden hose baskets by Chase DeForest and found-object robot and rocket artwork by Jimmy Descant. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 8 tonight and will offer extended holiday hours: Saturdays through Dec. 19 from noon to 5 p.m., and Mondays through Fridays until Dec. 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The best part, though? As one work is bought off the wall, another will take its place. — EA
If this year is anything like those past, theaters will be sold out this weekend, meaning you might miss Disney's reinterpretation of A Christmas Carol, with Jim Carrey as a mugging Scrooge. Damn. But fear not, my fellow fans of bastardized classic lit-tra-chur — you have a second chance! This time with clowns (actually, even better, clown ghosts). So start your holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Guffaw's Christmas Carol Adventure, at 11 this morning at the Manitou Art Theatre (1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, themat.org). Tickets are $10 for the show, which runs weekends through Dec. 20. Admit it, straight Dickens is a little dull, anyway. Right? — JT
'Tis the season not for boughs of holly — and please hold the "fa-la-la-la-la" — but for the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale and its upcoming concert, Tis the Season: Making Spirits Bright. Combining almost 300 performers on one stage, including all four ensembles of the chorale, along with special guests the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, the show will take place at 3 today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., kidssing.org). Tickets, available at 520-7469, run between $8 and $18. — LE
If all you know about the attack on Pearl Harbor is based on the critically lambasted 2001 film, then please, forget everything: The "Inaccuracies" section on Wikipedia is longer than the rest of the article combined. For some real truth and recognition, attend the 68th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance from 11 a.m. to noon at the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park (1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-8803). The event, sponsored by the Colorado Springs chapter of the Navy League of the United States, will include a speech by Marine Brig. Michael Dana, a wreath-laying ceremony, flag presentations and fly-bys. — BC
We've all had a moment that's followed us ever since — that moment when, say, you tripped up the stairs in front of an entire cafeteria. Or was that just me? Either way, Jan, the main character in Troubled Water, a 2008 Norwegian independent thriller, has a moment like this, but worse. He's tried hard to put his past behind him since getting out of prison. It all comes welling back, though, when a woman recognizes him as her son's murderer. Find out how this uncomfortable situation unfolds at 7 tonight in the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., 502-7057). Tickets are either $5 (students) or $6 (everyone else). — LE
Known for such comforting little ditties as "Gunpowder and Lead," "Kerosene" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," 25-year-old country star Miranda Lambert lands in Denver tonight, touring behind her new album Revolution — and more pleasantly titled songs like "Sin for a Sin" and "Time to Get a Gun." (Ain't she cute?) Catch the 18-plus show at 8 at the Grizzly Rose (5450 N. Valley Hwy., ticketmaster.com). Tickets are $23 in advance or $30 at the door. The only downer of the evening is likely to be a performance of "Love Song," a piece she co-wrote with boyfriend Blake Shelton. Goodness girl, not love, of all things. — KA
Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Kirsten Akens, Bryce Crawford, Lora Elliott, John Knight and Jill Thomas.
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