It's hard to believe, in this era of corporate bailouts, that there was once a time when tax dollars went to actual individuals willing to work for the money. While providing millions of construction jobs that transformed our national infrastructure, the Depression-era Work Projects Administration also funded thousands of artists, from Walker Evans to Jackson Pollock, who helped forge a uniquely American cultural identity. CSU-Pueblo's By the People, For the People: New Deal Prints from the 1930s & 1940s has brought a selection of WPA works to the Capps Capozzolo Academic Center for the Arts (2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo). The exhibit, which runs through Feb. 26, will also include an extensive list of WPA-funded sites in Pueblo. There'll also be a lecture and reception from 5 to 7 tomorrow, Jan. 15. Visit tiny.cc/6K8Bm for more. — BF
Click and Clack of Car Talk ruined talk radio for me. Yes, those geniuses went to MIT, but what about a fuel pump is so funny? Nothing, that's what. So I'm not really well-versed in the world of radio funnymen Bob and Tom or their myriad comedian guests, a few of whom will appear at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com) as part of the Bob & Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour. I imagine these guests subscribe to the kind of humor that begets a monkey-filled photo gallery at bobandtom.com. So it may actually be, well, funny. Tickets are $29.50. — EA
At 10 a.m. today, look out — it's ice! It's streets! It's Old Colorado City's Ice on the Avenue (shopoldcoloradocity.com)! Mainly located between 24th and 28th streets, IOTA offers a veritable freezer-ful of fun: a 50-ice-block castle for the kids, a drinking luge, and an ice bowling alley (with regular pins and balls) for everyone. Sure, there'll be ice piggy banks for charitable donations scattered among the estimated 25 different statues, but the real crowd-pleaser? An ice media desk big enough for two people to report the news — namely, "We're freezing our ice off." — BC
Few events can make good on six weeks of buildup, but the Opera Theatre of the Rockies is betting that its Magic Flute performances will be among those few. So at 3 this afternoon, enjoy the first of six "Mozart's Magic" events to get you primed: Stars of Magic Flute will feature Amanda Raddatz, Jason Baldwin and many others who will appear in late February's performances, singing solo and ensemble numbers from various opera and musical theater productions. Tickets run $15 for this operatic cross-training event at Colorado College's Packard Hall (5 W. Cache la Poudre St.), and they're available by calling 633-9373, e-mailing email@example.com, or showing up at the door. — KW
You could argue that when the masses consider Martin Luther King Jr. Day just another day off work, it proves that King's dream of equality has been achieved. But that doesn't sound quite right, does it? So if you didn't take in free music at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Freedom Day Celebration at Emmanuel Baptist Church (1 S. Walnut St.), consider celebrating the holiday at the All People's Breakfast at 8 this morning at Colorado College's Worner Center (902 N. Cascade Ave., 632-6189). Breakfast is $7, with guest speakers and music, and one certainty is that everyone is welcome. — LE
To supplement the Fine Arts Center's newest visual art show and lectures, enjoy a serving of space-related entertainment tonight with the NASA | ART: Film Series. At 6, the FAC (30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org) will show Stanley Kubrick's 1968 Oscar-winning classic 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Music Room. Then mark your calendar for more in the series (running though March 2) with films like Alien, Apollo 13, Wall-E and even "Deep Space Homer," an episode of The Simpsons that, according to an FAC e-mail, is "currently available for viewing by astronauts, while in space, on the International Space Station." Tickets are $5 to $7, plus there's free popcorn and a cash bar. Couldn't be better if they had Tang. — JT
I cried at work while watching the trailer to Mine, a documentary about the bond between pets and their humans — all of whom are Hurricane Katrina survivors. (Of course, I get choked up at Purina adoption commercials — visit tiny.cc/GXJWY and just try not to tear up over Echo's story). Join me and my extra-large box of Kleenex at 7 tonight at the Lon Chaney Theater (221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org). I guarantee I'll be sniffling and honking my way through this heart-wrenching but absorbing film, which won the Audience Award at the SXSW 2009 Film Festival. Tickets are only $5 or $6. — KA
Contributors: Edie Adelstein, Kirsten Akens, Bryce Crawford, Lora Elliott, Bill Forman, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.