The 2007 Shivers Celebration VIII isn't celebrating the cold it's a fundraising event supporting the Shivers Fund, which promotes the arts through educational opportunities for youth. Today's Thanksgiving Day Gala kicks off the four-day event, which features live music, brunch, a trip to Cripple Creek and an author's tea, just to name a few events. Most are being held at the Antlers Hilton Hotel (4 S. Cascade Ave.), with the exception of the youth workshop, which is being held at the Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room (20 N. Cascade Ave.). Contact 593-8400 for more. SH
I'll never forget my first hockey game, Colorado College vs. Denver in the old Broadmoor World Arena, 30 years ago. The atmosphere and animosity were overwhelming for this Southern boy raised on football. Then came the chants: first "CC sucks," quickly drowned out by a deafening "DU sucks" that continued through the night. I've loved college hockey ever since, starting with the CC-DU rivalry. It reconvenes at 7:30 tonight in the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.), then Saturday at Denver. You have a decent chance at getting in (tickets are $13 to $17.50), because the students are on holiday break. Call 576-2626 or go to the World Arena box office. And bring your lungs. RR
Film and TV snobs: Today's your lucky day. From 9 to 11 this morning, head to Kimball's Twin Peak (115 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) for a movie poster sale. For $5 to $20, you can purchase the posters from this year's releases, with profits going to local nonprofit Safe Passage, which works with sexually abused children. For info, call 447-1947. Later at 8, head to the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) for the Blue Man Group's How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1, which will be especially enjoyable if you've watched Arrested Development and followed Dr. Tobias Fnke's quest to become a Blue Man. Tickets range from $49.50 to $85. Visit worldarena.com for more. PF
Everyone should learn about Baby Doe Tabor, who struck it rich with millionaire husband Horace Tabor. After they lost everything due to bad investments in silver he died penniless and she lived in a tool shed of his abandoned Matchless Mine for the next 35 years. Now that's Colorado history! Grisly as it is, mining has a softer side, according to the show Angel of the Christmas Mine, playing at the Butte Opera House (139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek). It starts this Friday and runs through Dec. 31, Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets range from $7 to $11. Visit butteoperahouse.com or call 719/689-6402. EA
'Tis the season of candy-cane reindeer, so cute isn't enough. Give us cute and tasty, or cute and tasteless ... cute and something. The Business of Art Center (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs) answers the call with cute and whimsical. Fun at Art displays colorful and comical mixed-media, animated works by Angie Wisdom, Jeanne Boswell and Martha Marple. The latter two artists actually are sisters who work side-by-side in a shared studio. Cute and effective. Visiting is free, and you can do so from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Visit thebac.org for more. KW
Like your metal loud and backed by Victory Records? Man, are you in for a treat at 8 tonight, when San Diego death metal act Carnifex comes to The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) alongside Oakland, Calif.-based hardcore outfit Suffokate. With Carnifex, which was recently lapped up by the Victory label, you can expect guttural and high-pitched screams, churning, descending guitar riffs and drum beats that'll make you think you were up until sunrise last night drinking Jack and Cokes. Tickets are $7; only the masochistic should visit ticketweb.com or call 866/468-7621. PF
Denver's Tattered Cover Book Stores on Colfax (2526 E. Colfax Ave.) and in LoDo (1628 16th St.) are pretty much the places to be tonight if you're a page-o-phile. At 7:30 p.m. at Colfax: Richard Shelton (former prison volunteer) and Ken Lamberton (former student of Shelton's) discuss their respective books about creative-writing courses taught as therapy in prisons. Also at 7:30 at LoDo: Local talent shines in the form of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, reading from their collective release, Tales from Mistwillow, about a fictional Colorado town. Call 303/322-7727 for more on the Colfax location and 303/436-1070 for more on the LoDo store. MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.