It's live music night, and this one's for the ladies. And the college students. Oh and people who like emo. Nobody else, though. First, the ladies: Go to ladies' night at 8 at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.) to dig music spun by DJ Chris Diablo. Next, the young intellectuals: Head to college night from 8 to midnight at Navajo Hogan (2817 N. Nevada Ave.) to rock out with The Original Little Rascals. Lastly, the emo crowd: Saunter to The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) at 7:30 for In Elements, Smalltown Nothing, Take it to 88, Our Funeral Forgotten and Summer Justice. Check page 36 for venue contact info. MS
If you didn't go to a stoner college (like, say, CC) and somehow missed the phenomenon of watching The Wizard of Oz when it's synced up with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, or Alice in Wonderland with The Wall, then at 6 tonight, head to Silver Moon Productions Event Center (117 E. Las Vegas St.). In addition to the two films, expect hours of live music and dancing, a costume contest and more. The all-ages event costs $15 at the door; call 205-3877 or 633-LIVE (5483) for more. MS
Some shows are fascinating enough that they never grow old. So it is with our area's most renowned clown, Jim Jackson. Whether or not you've seen him perform, you should check out his latest rendition with comedy, magic, juggling and puppetry for the Manitou Art Theater. Mr. Art Guffaw plays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave.), two of eight shows between Dec. 28 and Jan. 6. The full schedule is available as are the $8 tickets at 685-4729 or at themat.org. RR
At 2 p.m., when the sun's at its warmest today, break out your Gore-Tex jacket and windproof pants and, if you rock the neck warmer, even one of those and go to Cheyenne Mountain State Park (410 JL Ranch Heights, across from the Fort Carson gate on Highway 115). There, in your bundled comfort, take a one- to two-mile hike with a guide who will show you that we're total sissies compared to plants and animals. "A Hike to Observe Winter Survival Strategies" will cost you $6 to get in, unless you already have a yearly parks pass. Call 576-2251 for more. KW
A lot of options are fizzing around out there tonight. Here are a few minus the obvious words "New Year's Eve 2007," starting with the freebie: The Glitter Ball Drop and fireworks display from 10 p.m. downtown, complete with music and fireworks shot from rooftops and a ball drop from the Antlers Hilton (635-8803). Inside the Antlers from 7:30, there's The Starlight Ball to benefit Care and Share, featuring dinner and the Sinatra stylings of Randy Rodriguez backed by DJ Jonathan Starr ($110, 310-9290). And in Manitou Springs, from 2 to 9:30 p.m., check out the Manitou Art Theater's family theater extravaganza, featuring comedy, puppetry, music and much more ($15, 685-4729). MS
To many, New Year's Day means recovering from New Year's Eve or watching football bowl games. But Jan. 1 has a much deeper meaning, too on this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation ordering the end of slavery. Today, the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP sponsors its annual Jubilee Day celebration, starting at noon at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church (1 S. Walnut St.), with Rev. Cleveland A. Thompson speaking and Emmanuel's mass choir performing. Afterward comes a traditional New Year's Day meal. It's all open to the community. Call 475-7255 for more. RR
You're gonna get bombed tonight at Union Station (2419 N. Union Blvd.), when the bar breaks out its long tables and starts a new weekly tradition: beer pong. Consider tonight and the next couple of Wednesday nights a warm-up, 'cause owner Randy Kotterer says that, later this year, he's holding a tournament to send two teams to the 2008 World Series of Beer Pong in Las Vegas. It'll be free to play tonight, and Kotterer says the winner's gonna walk with 100 big ones straight cash, homey. It starts at 7, so get there early and be ready to fire away. PF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.