- The Magic Flute will draw even the bluest of bears to movie theaters on Saturday.
If you haven't yet had your fill of Christmas lights, you will when you drive to the 18th annual Blossoms of Light at the Denver Botanic Gardens (1005 York St., Denver). Tonight, or any evening through Jan. 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., take in "1 million colorful lights" (who counted?) strung all over, up, down, around everywhere. You can even get 3-D glasses to dig the new, giant water lily sculptures in the Monet Garden horseshoe pool. Also, enjoy lit sculptures by Robert Wick, warm drinks and treats. Tickets cost between $4 and $8. Call 720/865-3500 or visit botanicgardens.org. MS
Who doesn't like to solve a murder while eating? (Like watching "CSI" with a TV tray.) It's fun: Bite, chew, ponder, swallow, repeat and solve! Take a stab at it with Murder Aboard the Titan based on an 1898 novel at 7:30 tonight at the Old Town Guest House (115 S. 26th St.). You may even win a prize, Sherlock. The mystery dinner theater's food service begins with a dessert called "Death by Truffle," followed by numerous gourmet courses. Tickets are $65; call 632-9194 to make a reservation or visit oldtown-guesthouse.com for more information. MS
Hard-pressed to get to New York to see a performance at the Met? Gotta have some moola, usually ... but not this morning. Tickets only cost $15 to $18 to see The Magic Flute: Live in HD at the famous opera house at Tinseltown (1545 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd.). The Metropolitan Opera performs an English-language version of Mozart's classic at 11:30 that will be beamed all over the States and Canada. Enter a whole new generation of taking in a worldly performance from the comfort of home. One day, we'll reminisce to our children how we used to "really go to shows." Visit metoperafamily.org/hdlive for more information. MS
- Finn Riggins expects to clean house (Get it? See the vacuum?) at theElement on Tuesday.
It's New Year's Eve, so suspend disbelief for a night and declare that we built Colorado Springs on rock 'n roll. Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, leads the latest incarnation of Jefferson Starship into a bill with the Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jazz is Dead and Tom Constanten, as well as local act Radio London. The City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) show starts at 7 and ends at 2 a.m., and your $75 ticket will get you free noisemakers, champagne hats and shelter from a boisterous, unpredictable, scantily clad downtown crowd. Hey, wait a minute. ... Well, if you're still interested, visit smplive.com. KW
A whopping six college football bowl games will be played across the country today. But the game we're most looking forward to watching: USC vs. Michigan in the Rose Bowl. Heading into the last weekend of regular-season play, each of these teams thought they had a chance to play in next week's National Championship. But a bad game by USC and a late push in the polls by Florida changed the plans. Still, many pundits believe these might be the two best teams in the country. See for yourself once things kick off at 3 p.m. on ABC. Oh, and have a happy, healthy New Year. PF
Still hungover, ya sissy? Try chugging two glasses of orange juice and slowly drinking a third. No joke it works. Once the headache (and the throat-freeze) passes, swing on over to theElement (1626 S. Tejon St.) and check out the Idaho-based progressive jam band Finn Riggins at 7 tonight. Why? Well, because we're big fans of NBC's "Friday Night Lights," and there's a character on that show named Tim Riggins. And get this: Another of the performers is named Jon Stark almost like former pro basketball player John Starks! It's too coincidental for us not to pay the $5 door cover. For more info, call 640-6912. PF
"Understand the basics of electricity by becoming part of an imaginary "Human Electric Generator'! Learn the fascinating history of the early inventors who made our use of electricity possible! Finish with safe, hands-on electric experiments ..." That Western Museum of Mining & Industry sure is sneaky, slipping a history lesson inside promises of imaginary generators and electrical shenanigans. Give in to the temptation of this AC/DC sandwich and come to Is it Magic or Electricity? at 225 North Gate Blvd. New admission rates, effective Jan. 1, range from $4 to $8. For more info, call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.