If you thought painted-on jeans were only for the thinnest fashionistas and the most misguided cowboys, check out tonight's Winter Wnderland event from 6 to 10 at Idor (218 N. Tejon St., #100). Blue jeans painted, embellished and otherwise re-imagined by area artists will be sold in a silent auction to benefit FutureSelf, the youth development/arts nonprofit. In addition to the Art on Denim auction, fashion fans can enjoy a runway show as well as a trunk sale of men's styles from Hause of Howe. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit myspace.com/idoruclothing or call 667-0965 for more. JT
Two words: "Feliz Navidad." You know you wanna sing it. Well, save that for shower time, Buster, because that's not part of the sing-along section of the 22nd annual Deck the Hall performance at 7:30 tonight at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). The "Twelve Days of Christmas," however, is. Everybody's Spanish favorite and many other tunes will be left to the capable, 130-person Colorado Springs Chorale and special guests like the Doherty High School Odyssey Singers. Tickets run a merry $16 to $49, at 520-SHOW (7469) or at ticketswest.com. For more on your entertainers, visit cschorale.org. MS
Truth is, there was more to '80s funk than George Clinton's P-Funk and Rick James' "Super Freak." The 12-inch single era, born in the midst of disco and totally mainstreamed by the early '80s, gave rise to tons of groups that combined embarrassing New Wave clothing, squawky analog synths and the kind of throbbing rhythms that took full advantage of the format's expansive dynamic range. Midnight Star hits like "Freak-A-Zoid" and "No Parking on the Dancefloor" wouldn't have sounded nearly as good on compact disc. The vocoder-enhanced funk group returns to Pueblo at 7 tonight to headline the "Old School Takeover #2" at the Colorado State Fair Events Center (1001 Beulah Ave., Pueblo). Tickets are $20 to $75 through ticketmaster.com. BF
So, none of your lame neighbors put up any Christmas lights this year (that includes you). If you still need your fix of twinkling holiday joy, head up to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road) for Winter WildLand, formerly Electric Safari. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with last admissions at 8. With every 5,000 guests, the zoo will donate zoo tickets to 50 Head Start families working with the Community Partnership for Child Development. Tickets run between $4.25 and $10.25, and decorations come down Jan. 4. Call 633-9925 or visit cmzoo.org for more. EA
Today's choice: Amahl vs. the mall. Seventy-five youths on stage vs. 75 youths at Orange Julius. Maestro Thomas Wilson vs. Wilsons Leather. "The crutch" vs. the crowds. We think that at least for one night, CC's Armstrong Theatre (14 E. Cache la Poudre St.) offers the better choice. At 7 tonight, see Amahl and the Night Visitors, the classic one-act opera put on for the eighth year in a row by the Colorado Springs Conservatory and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. Admission is free; see coloradospringsconservatory.org to find out more. By the way, the show also plays at noon on Saturday, Dec. 13. KW
What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by shuffling through the snow with your dog? The Trails & Open Space Coalition has organized a canine-friendly Holiday Hike at 5:30 tonight. (Well-behaved humans without pups are also welcome.) Meet at Red Rock Canyon Open Space's Free Ride Bicycle Area (Ridge Road, off U.S. Highway 24) before beginning three miles in the moonlight. If you choose to stay after the hike finishes, you can socialize over cookies and hot chocolate, and it's all free. Reservations are available by calling 633-6884 or e-mailing email@example.com. Visit trailsandopenspaces.org for additional info. KK
Now that Sesame Street has made peace with the epileptic community over the whole Tickle Me Elmo doll debacle, the irrepressible little guy is back on the touring circuit where he belongs. Seize your opportunity to see him sing, dance and convulse to the likes of "You Should Be Dancing," "Rockin' Robin" and "The Hustle" when Elmo Makes Music comes to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Zoe, Big Bird and other anthropomorphic creatures will help extol the right of every American muppet to a quality music education. Sadly, none of them will skate. Tickets range from $13 to $25, and showtimes are 7 this evening as well as 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets at pikespeakcenter.com; show details at sesamestreetlive.com. BF
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Bill Forman, Kevin Kehl, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.