So here it is. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Can I get a huzzah!? The Indy hits racks a little early, and most of us will be three hot toddies under the table by the time you read this. But let's be honest. Do you really need to be told how to spend your Christmas? You're either hangin' with or avoiding family, and probably going to watch a movie either a sentimental oldie at home or one of the new blockbusters in the theater. Or maybe you'll follow the president-elect's lead (from Thanksgiving) and volunteer at a soup kitchen or do some other community service. Either way, let's hope for snow and good presents this year. (Come on, yodeling pickle toy!) MS
Miracle on Bennett Avenue didn't always mean walking out of the Brass Ass with a three-martini buzz and a cup full of nickels. No, once upon a time, it had more to do with Teddy Roosevelt visiting Cripple Creek, bonking his head in a freak mine-tour accident, and the locals (including a town drunk named Cappy) freaking out. At least, that's Chris Sorensen's re-imagination of town history and Miracle on 34th Street. Tonight's Butte Opera House (139 E. Bennett Ave. Cripple Creek) show is at 7, but Miracle on Bennett Avenue shows at multiple times through Dec. 31, with discounted tickets ranging from $7.75 to $11.75. Call 719/235-8944 or visit butteoperahouse.com. KW
The music industry will be glad to know that "long-playing" albums are not dead they've just hit the concert circuit. In the last year, Liz Phair, Public Enemy, Mission of Burma and Bardo Pond have all performed one of their "classic" albums onstage. But who needs original acts when you can catch Rose Hill Drive covering Led Zeppelin II (see 60 Seconds, page 34) or Motet playing the Talking Heads? Denver's reigning Afro/jazz/jam/et cetera purveyors got folks so excited with this year's Halloween Heads gigs, the band's doing it again at 9 tonight at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder). Tickets are $24, big suits are optional. Call 303/786-7030 or visit bouldertheater.com for more. BF
You're not out of the holiday woods just yet. There's one more day left of Hanukkah, and New Year's is right around the corner. Then, there's the 19th annual Colorado Springs Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration, which started Friday and runs through Dec. 31. Each day of the holiday represents an uplifting community principle. Today's principle is ujima, which means collective work and responsibility. Remember, we're all in this together! All events, which include candlelight ceremonies, African markets and potlucks, take place at the Hillside Community Center (925 S. Institute St.) and are free. For more, call 391-2447. EA
Throwing your hands in the air and partying like you just don't care is kind of hard to do in a comfy chair. Still, when Flobots did their recent five-song etown gig at Colorado College's Armstrong Theater, it was entertaining to see folks in their 60s doing just that (except for the not caring part). If you prefer full-length shows, the politi-rap collective who hit with "Handlebars" will be playing three of them in a row, beginning at 7 tonight at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood). Tickets are $20, $25 on New Year's Eve, with info at gothictheatre.com. Don't forget your American flag bandana. BF
Get your holiday skate on today (or Monday or Wednesday) from noon to 2 p.m. at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.). Admission and rentals are just $2 each. Call 477-2150 or visit worldarena.com for details. If you don't want to bother with the large sheet of ice, take your kiddos to a Winter Nature Camp at Bear Creek Nature Center (245 Bear Creek Road), where first- through fifth-graders can learn how animals endure the winter. "Snug in the Snow" will last from 9 a.m. to noon today and tomorrow; the cost is $25 for one day or $40 for both. Call 520-6387 to make a reservation. EAA
If you don't already have party plans this evening, consider heading to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) at 8 for New Year's Eve with the Philharmonic. The variety show will feature a grab bag of the Pikes Peak region's favorite musicians. Philharmonic players will work their chops in popular numbers from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" to waltzes by Strauss. The night's highlight: a special performance of Gershwin's thrilling Rhapsody in Blue. Tickets range from $10 to $50, and can be purchased at ticketswest.com, or by calling 576-2626. For additional info, visit csphilharmonic.org. KKThis weeks 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Elizabeth Anderson (EAA), Bill Forman, Kevin Kehl, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.