- MF Doom, man of mystery.
It's time to seek clarity on that guiding question, "WWTDLD?" ("What Would The Dalai Lama Do?") Fortunately, Alan Wallace, one of the Dalai Lama's chief personal translators, will be presenting "From Cognitive Science to a Science of Consciousness" at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall (902 N. Cascade Ave.) at 7:30 this evening. Wallace founded the Santa Barbara Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Consciousness and is a leading figure in the ongoing dialogue between Tibetan Buddhists and Western scientists. For more information on this free lecture, call 389-6607. -- Matthew Schniper
Boys. They're just constantly putting worms in their pockets, pretending to be monsters and melting crayons on the radiator, aren't they? Wouldn't it be nice if they would act like angels instead? Feel free to live out the fantasy tonight as the All-City Boychoir performs at the Historic Colorado Springs City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.). More than 200 boys and young men will sing in sweet pre-pubescent harmony at 7:30. (There also will be a choir of "changed" voices performing.) The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale has organized the Boychoir Festival, and $5 to $8 tickets are available at 633-3562 or at the door. -- Sara Gallagher
If you came of age in the early '60s or mid-'80s, "Stand by Me" likely occupies space at least on the B side of your adolescent soundtrack. Tonight, see the soul legend behind the tenor vocals as Ben E. King performs with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). You're bound to hear songs that'll stick in your head for days; King also recorded "Spanish Harlem," and, as a member of the Drifters, "Under the Boardwalk" and "Save the Last Dance for Me." Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at a very reasonable $12; call 520-SHOW (7469) or visit pikespeakcenter.org. -- Kirk Woundy
- Enjoy a spot of Tea Set by Deborah Serby at the PPCC Fall Art Students Exhibit.
Remember when you were little, and so proud when the teacher hung your drawing up, to be admired by all? That feeling of "Oh! Look what I did!" never really goes away. Stop by PPCC's Downtown Studio Gallery (100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.) to admire what the students there did. At the Fall Art Students Exhibit, a bevy of mediums will be displayed, from ceramics, jewelry and photography to printmaking and stained glass. Some items will be for sale, though most are there simply to ooh and ahh over. The exhibit is up through Feb. 15, and you can find out more at 527-6001. -- Kara Luger
If comic books have taught us anything, it's that people who wear metal masks are not to be trusted. But, hey, that doesn't mean they can't put on a delightful concert. Head to the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St., Boulder) tonight to see MF Doom -- but not his real face. He'll be performing from his DangerDoom, Mad Villain and MF Classics repertoire, along with Audible Audities, Distrakt and DJ Idiom. His all-ages show starts at 8:30 and costs $27.50; call 303/443-3399 for tickets. -- MS
I own a bike, but have no idea how to fix it. Should I ever pop a tire, lose my chain or hear the gears make that curious clickity sound, I hope magical elves will visit my bike in the night and restore it. I mean, if shoemakers get brownies, why don't I get bike elves? Or I could face reality and be proactive by attending the Bicycle Mechanics 101 class at Old Town Bike Shop (426 S. Tejon St.). The class is part of the Winter Women's Series, and starts tonight at 6. It costs $30, or, for $20 more, you can go the extra mile and sign up for the follow-up class as well. Space is limited, so call 475-8589 to register. -- KL
Today's my birthday, but that'll be overshadowed by the growly ferocity at The Black Sheep (2106 E. Platte Ave.) tonight. Dude, Hemlock's going to be there. How many other metal bands have songs like "Kill Your Children?" OK, scratch that. How many other bands pose with roadkill on their Web site (hemlockworld.com)? Hmm. Well, suffice to say, they've toured with Slayer, Slipknot and Otep, so they're doing something right. They'll be sharing the stage with Malakai, Another Shade of Hate and Son of Man, so get there at 8, dish out your $5 to $7 and enjoy the noise. Call 227-7625 for more. -- KL