Seriously, guys, this weekend is your very, very last chance to catch A Cripple Creek Christmas Carol (at least until, you know, next year, when they'll probably do a five-week run again). If you're into Victorian morality tales updated with folksy wisdom from local historical figures, this is your one-stop ticket to awesome. Plus, Bob Womack! Ha! Today's show at the Butte Opera House (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek) starts at 2 p.m., and tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for kids under 12, proving that slots aren't the only way to make money off tourists. In any case, the show runs just through New Year's Eve, so be sure to visit cripplecreekchristmascarol.com for tickets or more information.
Kick off your freakin' weekend by motoring up to Martini Hut (209 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park), where they're celebrating their grand reopening tonight in style. After some cold-weather pipe burst, the Hut's gettin' down tonight with a Rat Pack-themed pre-New Year's fte to introduce their new atmosphere, new food and new plumbing. They'll also be hosting fun on New Year's Eve. For more information, give 'em a jingle at 719/687-6700.
Ah, New Year's. While I'm in Montclair, N.J. tonight, hitting on Rutgers freshmen and sippin' on cognac, you're engaging in all sorts of Colorado revelry. Unless you're cold and dead inside, tonight you're seeing Super Diamond at the Paramount Theatre (1631 Glenarm Place, Denver). Fronted by Randy "Surreal Neil" Cordero this Neil Diamond tribute act is ringing in the New Year, Diamond-style. Here's hoping for "Coming to America." Tickets for the 10 p.m. show are $40-$50 and available at 16,000 Ticketmaster outlets, 520-SHOW and paramountdenver.com.
Happy New Year!
Here's your chance at vocal greatness, so don't screw up. Today, the award-winning Colorado Springs Chorale is holding auditions for membership at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache La Poudre St.). Auditions are by appointment only, so I strongly encourage you to listen to the 8 Mile soundtrack, realize you've only got one shot, and grab a time slot. Things are going on from 6:30 to 10 p.m. To make an appointment or find out more, call 634-3737 or visit cschorale.org.
It's kind of funny that when I Google Motiv8, the search returns consultant firms, 12-steppers' blogs and one right-to-life organization whose milieu seems to be rife with rainbows. Never fear, though, The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) tonight is hosting DJ Motiv8, not rainbow-lovin' clinic bombers. A member of the Black Eyed Peas, Motiv8 also has worked with Madonna, *NSYNC, Jurassic 5 and many more. The 9 p.m. show is $10. Find your tickets through ticketweb.com.
-- Aaron Retka