The Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., has two art exhibits up until Saturday, meaning this is just about your last chance to catch Artistry in Wood, an exhibit of wildlife and birds in realistic detail, and Jean Houghton's pastel paintings. C'mon, get a little culture. After you check out the art, you can stroll through the stacks and learn through osmosis. Call 531-6333.
Don't tell me this town ain't got no heart, y'just gotta poke around -- poke all the way up to Denver's Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, to be specific. Shakedown Street, Colorado's favorite Dead tribute band -- one of the best in the country -- will play there at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $8. Call 303/322-2308.
Out with the old and in with the new at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake. The Members and Guests Show in the Main Gallery, Losing Yourself: A Series of Works by Richard Cadis in the Community Gallery, and Flowers in Bloom by Pam Hafeman in the Studio Artist Gallery wrap up today. The galleries are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 481-0475.
Not like you have any money leftover after the holidays, but why pass up a good deal? Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., is hosting the 33rd annual Own Your Own Holiday Art Show and Sale, but it closes today. The Center is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 719/ 543-0130 for details.
Pucker up, babycakes, it's New Year's Eve.
Yeah, Flash Cadillac will be there, doo-wopping like champions, but what I'm really excited about is the appearance of the Yale Glee Club at the seventh annual First Night Pikes Peak. I mean, Flash is great and all, but when was the last time the Yale Glee Club blew through town? The two musical groups will be playing at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., but the majority of the non-alcoholic festivities will be taking place in local downtown businesses sporting the First Night sticker. Over 50 activities for adults and children -- including a balloon glow, face painting, mask making, storytelling and poets, a children's procession, theatrical performances, and ethnic and cultural dances to name just a few -- will be entertaining from 6 p.m. to midnight throughout downtown. You'll need a button to get in on the fun. They cost $5 to $8 and you can get them at all YMCA and King Soopers locations. Kids under 5 are free. Call 632-7490 to find out how to get a schedule and map.
This is most interesting. The ninth annual Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration New Year's Eve party and Chair-ity Art & Auction 2000 takes place at 6:30 p.m. and features "chair art" by local artisans. The interesting part is, Best In Show winner "Musical Chair" was created by a one Mr. Tom Dewar, my old art teacher at Falcon Middle School. (Hi, Mr. Dewar! Remember me? I'm the one who set the 8th-grade record for being thrown out of class every day for at least four consecutive weeks due to unsolicited smart-ass commentary. They pay me for that now!) Anyhow, Mr. Dewar's chair, along with chairs by Eve Tilley, Karen Simkiss, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and others will be auctioned off to support year-round arts and educational programs for students and families in the Pikes Peak region.
The evening at the tony Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road, includes a very schwanky dinner, dessert extravaganza, a DJ, live Motown and classic rock by Phat Daddy, lodging in a deluxe room, and a "relaxing" New Year's Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The whole shebang is $325 (for two people), and reservations are required. Call 538-4000.
They've got half a million lights up there. Half a million. They could just about light Rhode Island. If you don't go see the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari tonight, count yourself unplugged until next year. Tickets are only $3 to $5, and toddlers 2 and under are free. The lights are on from 5:30 to 9 p.m., but they sell the last ticket at 8, so get on it! Call the zoo at 633-9925 for more.
I'm getting very sleepy. I don't care that you think your blinker is for special occasions. It doesn't matter to me that you just cut off the preschool bus so you could gain a car length. No, I don't want to race your Geo Metro, even though I know I'll beat your ass. I'm fine. I'm relaxed. I've been to see Baerbel Froehlin, member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. She's giving a lecture and short demonstration on how hypnosis can be used to help prevent road rage, as well as work rage, child abuse and other domestic problems. Best of all, it's free! To make reservations and for more details, call 271-6089.
As far as this evening's entertainment, the best possible advice I could give you -- the intelligent, cultured reader with a fine sense of humor -- is to camp out on the couch from 7 to 9 p.m. and watch television, specifically Channel 5/30 (NBC). First you get a heapin' helpin' of the best new show EVER (since Northern Exposure, anyway), Ed. You can't not love Ed. Then after the inhabitants of Stuckyville have filled you with warm fuzzies, the West Wing comes on. After the political brouhaha of late, it'll be nice to see an honest, upright president in office, even if it is just Martin Sheen on a sound stage. Remember, 5/30, 7 to 9 p.m. Be there.