Tonight, here's my advice: Cut yourself in two and send half of yourself to National Book Award finalist H.L. Hix's poetry reading at CC's McHugh Student Commons (1090 N. Cascade Ave.). Your other half should go to award-winning soprano Helen Dilworth's Music & Art for a Winter's Night concert at the Antlers Hilton Hotel (4 S. Cascade Ave.). At night's end, discuss, then reassemble. Hix's reading is free, but stuff $35 in one pocket for the Dilworth show, which benefits the Pikes Peak Library District's Shivers African-American Historical and Cultural Collection. Both events start at 7; call 593-8400 to RSVP or request more information on Dilworth, and 389-6607 for more on Hix. MS
Here's a jazz event to get ... wait for it ... jazzed up for. Seattle-based jazz trumpeter Cuong Vu, named earlier this year as one of the top 50 young jazz artists in the world by British Magazine, will be performing with his Trio (himself, bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Ted Poor, two other highly regarded young jazz musicians) at 7:30 tonight in the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). For more information on this free show, visit uccsoca.com or call Terrence Webster at 262-3506. PF
Today, the Colorado Farm and Art Market makes a phoenix-like return. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., pick up locally grown winter vegetables and other freshly made foods, as well as original artwork from the usual suspects and a number of Cottonwood Artists' School artists. Sun may be in scarcer supply at this holiday market than during a summer Saturday, but warmth should be abundant, as it all happens inside Cottonwood (25 Cimino Drive). If you can't enjoy this kind of holiday shopping, stay in your pajamas, close the blinds, refill your flask and do it all online. For more, call 640-6154. KW
According to the UCCS student-led Theatre d'Art's MySpace page, they are a "guerilla renegade pirate ninja experimental art terrorist theatre company focusing on absurdist and surrealist theatre." That established, aren't you just busting at the seams of your polar-fleece pullover to know how they'll cover Charles Busch's hit play Psycho Beach Party? The players encourage guests to tote along a beach blanket, flowered shirt and leis to the Osborne Studio Theater in the UCCS University Hall (1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.). The show's playing tonight at 8, and Dec. 8-9 and 15-16 at midnight for all you night owls. Tickets cost $5 to the public; call 262-3232 for more information. MS
As I stood outside my apartment the other night, a fox walked to within 15 feet of me and promptly pooped. It made me wonder, well, just the types of questions the Indigo Mountain Nature Center and the Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center hope to answer at tonight's "Feathers and Fur" discussion. Talk will revolve around just how much wildlife affects our ecosystem and quality of life. If you attend the free seminar from 6:30 to 7:30 tonight at the Colorado Division of Wildlife (4255 Sinton Road), you'll see some critters, too. Visit ellicottwildlife.com for more information, or call Donna at 683-8152. PF
Molly Ringwald is in Denver. Can I get an enthusiastic "Brat Pack!" on this one? Now's your chance to see Miss Pretty in Pink, live, in the flesh. Doesn't the thought just goosebump ya? Head to the Temple Buell Theatre (950 13th St., Denver) for Sweet Charity, a Neil Simon script-turned-romantic-musical-comedy, at 8 tonight or some night before Dec. 17. Visit denvercenter.org for a complete list of showtimes or to print your own tickets, which are also available at ticketweb.com. Prices range from $25 to $65, a paltry sum to gaze upon a redhead who's easily 1,000 times more pleasing to the eye than Carrot Top. MS
Is there something special about the metal they use in sign poles, or will your tongue stick to any metal in the winter cold? We don't know the answer, but if someone were to give us a gift from the Moments in Metal show at Colorado Ironworks (615 S. Sierra Madre St.), we'd be willing to find out. David Clower, Byron Pennington and store owner Judi Ellias-Ochs are showing sculptures and works made of copper, brass, steel and other metals from Friday, Dec. 8, through the rest of the month. They're open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today; for more, call 447-1622. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.