- People are Russian (get it?) to see Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky 2006 on Saturday.
I'm just going to expose my metaphysical side here (no, I'm not going to moon you, silly) for all the town to taunt: Something about drumming, particularly African drumming, can be deeply moving and grounding in that earthy unleash-your-dancing-fool way. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, all the more reason to head to Colorado College's Bemis Hall (920 N. Cascade Ave.) at 7:30 tonight for an African Drum Ensemble Concert, featuring master drummer Abdoul Doumbia from Mali. Just try and sit still ... you'll see. The show's free; call 389-6607 for more information. MS
Everyone can enjoy a walk in the park especially when it's been amplified to include all the stereotypical ploys used in a romantic comedy! From 6 to 9 tonight, join the folks from the Bear Creek and Fountain Creek nature centers (245 Bear Creek Road) for the Bear Creek by Candlelight Open House Celebration. The trails of Bear Creek Canyon will be illuminated by candlelight, and the center will be infused with the sounds of classical music and contemporary guitars. Oh, and there'll be hot cider and cocoa. The occasion: Celebrating the nature centers' 30 years of programs. It's free to attend, and you can find out more by calling 520-6387. PF
- Dear Abby, you sure look a lot like Madeleine Albright check out the Tattered Cover on Wednesday.
Let's be clear: You may not literally drink tea with a deceased composer. But you may enjoy a post-show holiday tea comprised of sweets and drinks. What show? Well, Holiday Tea with Tchaikovsky 2006, of course, as performed by the Colorado Classical Youth Ballet. The performance, featuring David Sckolnik as the great Russian composer and Rachel Combs as Delphina Ballerina, includes excerpts from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. It's happening today at 2 and tomorrow at 1 and 5 p.m. at the Rampart High School Theatre (8250 Lexington Drive). Tickets cost between $12 and $16 and are available at 272-7078. MS
Today, we've got events for those at both ends of the health spectrum. First, from 2 to 4 this afternoon, Smokebrush and Yoga Imaging will be gathering a crew of local yoga instructors and enthusiasts at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.) for 108 Sun Salutes for Peace. Reach for world peace by attaining your own inner peace. It's free to attend; for information, call 444-1012 or visit smokebrush.org. Or, if you're of the apathetic variety, you could always just
try to drink away the world's orrows at tonight's Get Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree Tejon Street Bar Crawl. The event kicks off at Tony's (311 N. Tejon St.) at 5 p.m. Only 60 registered, official shirt-wearing participants will be allowed to formally participate. Head to tejonstcrawl.whereseddie.com to buy your shirt and get more information. PF
- March to a different beat Thursday at the African Drum Ensemble concert.
Pony rides! Killer gifts not only for tikes going to Electric Safari at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road), but also for all the caged animals who had thought they had it bad. See if the giraffes laugh like hyenas at the zoo's 16th annual safari, which is open from 5:30 to 9 every night, save for Christmas Eve, through Jan. 1. Seriously, even if riding horseback isn't your thing, surely you can appreciate nearly a million sparkling lights, a visit with Santa, or many of the animal exhibits that will be open. Admission is $6 for adults and $3.50 for children; visit cmzoo.org or call 633-9925 for more. KW
Of the many lovely things to observe around the holidays, it's always nice to see the collaborations of local arts organizations to achieve Dream Team-like performances. For today's 7 p.m. showing of Amahl and the Night Visitors, as presented by the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, the students and faculty of the Colorado Springs Conservatory and Chamber Orchestra have teamed up with advanced students of Colorado's Classical Youth Ballet under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilson. Beat that! The performance is free, though donations are welcomed, and takes place at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), Call 577-4556 for more information. MS
"Silent night / Holy night / All is calm / Here's Albright." I know, I know that was painful for me just to write. But if hearing it helps you remember that Madeleine Albright will be at The LoDo Tattered Cover (1628 16th St., Denver) today, then my job is done. The first-ever female U.S. secretary of state will speak and sign her new book, The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs. Free tickets for the book signing line will be handed out starting at noon; the event itself begins an hour later. For more, visit tatteredcover.com or call 303/436-1070. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.