OK, so this has very little to do with the holiday weekend. Still cool, however, is "Linda," on display through Jan. 9 only at the Denver Art Museum (100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway in Denver). An unbelievably lifelike acrylic sculpture of a sleeping woman, "Linda" will be displayed in the round for the first time in five years, allowing 360 degrees of viewing. Apparently the museum can't leave her out more often than a few days a year because patrons can't avoid touching her to see if she's real. Sculpted by Colorado artist John DeAndrea, "Linda" is one of the most asked-about pieces at DAM. For more information about museum hours, admission costs, hit up
As a last-minute tribute to your loved ones, consider purchasing a light on the Cancer Society's Love Lights a Tree tree. Starting at $10, you can have a light on the Broadmoor's Christmas tree, a memory card listing the person's name and an acknowledgement card mailed to the person or family in whose name you've pledged. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society in their research, education, advocacy and services. For more information, call 636-5101.
It's Christmas! I'm wishing you and yours the best while I'll be gulping down Bloody Marys and trying to avoid my insane Republican relatives as they discuss how Paul Wellstone's plane crash was the best thing that ever happened to Minnesota. I'll also be defending my hapless English brother-in-law from hilarious single entendres dealing with his London accent. Merriness abounds!
Not sure why or how this crossed my desk, but hey -- MAD Magazine's list of the 20 Dumbest People, Events and Things of the Year is fresh off the press and includes things such as the Abu Ghraib Scandal ("Jailhouse Shock"), Paris Hilton, Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, Ashlee Simpson's Saturday Night Live lip-synching embarrassment and other gems from popular culture to delight and enthrall the prepubescent male demographic. It'll have a special 20-page full-color section, so you should rush out and buy it or risk scorn from the rest of your junior high class.
While you're downtown returning Christmas gifts or perusing the post-Christmas sales, wander down to the Antlers Hilton (4 S. Cascade Ave.) to see Look Into Our Faces, portraits from local professional photographers like Sean Cayton (full disclosure: he shoots for the Indy), Jane McBee (full disclosure: she sometimes shoots for the Indy), Blue Fox Photography, Barry Brown, Black Forest Photography and many others from across the city. The show is up through Jan. 10.
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road) offers "Survival in the Snow" classes beginning today through Wednesday, Dec. 29, for $85, for kids ages 6 to 12. Participants will learn survival sk ills of wild animals over the long winter months and get to hang out at the best zoo in the West for three days. Call 633-9925 or visit www.cmzoo.org for more.
Overwhelmed by the holiday that has just passed and the one to come? Vipassana Buddhist Meditation takes place at Rocky Mountain Insight (2525 W. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite A), tonight at 7 with a required orientation at 6:15 p.m. This is a silent sit. Silent meditation is also available on Sundays from 9 to 10 a.m. and guided lovingkindness meditations occur most Fridays from noon to 12:50 p.m. Call 473-7609 for a definitive schedule and for more info.
You should make your New Year's Eve plans early this year. No one wants a repeat of your last-minute Buffy the Vampire Slayer-themed costumed party from which revelers fled in droves to attend other, Slayerless evenings.
Check out our Listings section (which starts on page 47), the Long Feature (page 20) and the Short Feature (below) for some suggestions, or how about checking out the New Year's Eve Bash at Paragon Culinary School (3125 Sinton Road). The entire complex, which includes the Paragon Ballroom and Cedars Jazz Club, will be fully hoppin'. Goings-on will include a statewide MC spin-off, dance floor, bottomless glasses of Champagne, a candlelit lounge, five-star hors d'oeuvres and three bars. There are a variety of access passes to different parts of the party (or all of it), and things will get going at 7 p.m. Call 684-7880 for passes or to find out more.
-- Aaron Retka