It's the day after Christmas and you're ready (perhaps beyond ready) to get out of the house. If you've always fancied yourself the type to audition for Who's Got Talent?, tighten your guitar strings, put your best jokes on note cards, and loosen your hips — it's open mic night at Club Q (3430 N. Academy Blvd., clubqonline.com). The show kicks off at 10 p.m., and it's free for everyone 21-plus (which means even if you don't perform, you can certainly still cheer from the audience). Extra incentive for those willing to share their talents: two free cocktails. — Kirsten Akens
Now that it's two days after Christmas, it's time to get your littlest housemates out of their pajamas and away from anything battery-operated. The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (225 North Gate Blvd., wmmi.org) is here to help, with Cookie Mining events at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For $4 to $8 per person (kids under 3 free), participants form teams and figure out how to get the most out of their efforts to "mine" chocolate chips from cookies. Eating ensues. To make reservations, call 488-0880 or e-mail email@example.com. — Kirk Woundy
The Beatles insisted "Love is all you need," but Beach Boys fans aren't so sure. Mike Love's stripped-down version of the legendary band, which plays the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com, $60-$75) at 8 tonight, has been causing considerable controversy this year. Following a successful 50th anniversary reunion album and summer tour, Love announced that co-founders Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks would be leaving the tour once it moved on to smaller venues. Wilson, long considered the group's creative genius, publicly protested Love's announcement, saying that it "kind of feels like being fired." While fans have reason for disappointment (Wilson crafted the legendary Pet Sounds, Love was responsible for "Kokomo"), it's still a safe bet that the show will be highly professional and pleasantly nostalgic, but probably not too inspired. — Bill Forman
As I write this, I'm munching on a white-chocolate-macadamia-nut cookie. And yesterday, while planning this page, I worked on a giant hunk of fudge. Without adding more details, suffice it to say I've decided on indulging myself. Thus, I'm going to want to work some of that butter out of my arteries, and skating is a good way to get some exercise. Today from 3:45 to 5:15, local nonprofit Sk8-Strong will host a community open skate at Sertich Ice Center (1705 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tinyurl.com/cuts9vo), where you can get in the once-federally-suggested 90 minutes of cardio. Entry is $5, and includes skate rental. — Edie Adelstein
Tommyknockers are not elves that you want on your bad side. These spirits of deceased miners can either be friends or foes to all miners in the shafts. If the former, they'll knock on the walls of the mine shaft if a cave-in is about to occur, hence: "If you hear the Tommyknockers a-knockin', don't come a-walkin'." Hopefully when you're on the self-guided Holiday Headframe Lighting Tour (tinyurl.com/b9oo3sx) tonight in and around Victor and Cripple Creek, you won't have any bad run-ins with the mischievous little elves. If you're still into holiday stuff, catch this last day of the tour, which features headframes — real mining artifacts standing over 20 feet tall — lit up with Yuletide characters. — Kiki Lenihan
New Year's Eve
Looking for something to do? Go here for a rundown on some of the New Year's Eve parties planned for tonight.
According to U2, "nothing changes on New Year's Day," but the Irish of course aren't always right. Anything and everything could change for you on one of 21 First Day Hikes with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (cpw.state.co.us). Last year, nationwide, state parks hosted more than 14,000 people who opted to kick off the new year with a short nature jaunt. Four hikes are being offered in Teller County and one in El Paso County, which isn't to say you couldn't travel farther to add a road trip to the mix. All necessary info is on the above website, and the hikes are free, though regular park admission applies. — Matthew Schnipper