- "Social Innovation in Afghanistan: The Worst Place in the World to be a Woman"
Each day, thousands of female cyclists across the United States put on their helmets and pedal off to their destinations, free to travel wherever their wheels will carry them. It is a simple freedom that, unfortunately, is not available to women in countries such as Afghanistan, where societal taboos prevent women from riding bicycles, restricting their mobility, their access to education and their ability to better their families. Tonight at 7 p.m., Innovation@CC (902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-7083) welcomes activist, mountain biker and National Geographic's 2013 Adventurer of the Year Shannon Galpin as she shares her quest to help the women of Afghanistan through her non-profit, Mountain2Mountain. She will share powerful stories of incredible Afghan women and their heroic work to push back against an oppressive culture and create new opportunities in their country. More details at tinyurl.com/nafl7xp. — Bridgett Harris
- Bikes and Brew
It's an Indy Give! event pile-on organized by Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates: the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Millibo Art Theatre, Womens Mountain Bike Association, and Kids on Bikes will all hold court tonight from 6 to 8:30 at Old Town Bike Shop (426 S. Tejon St., on.fb.me/1Sisgri) for Bikes and Brew. New Belgium Brewing has donated the happening hooch, and you're encouraged to ride and park outside for a chance at some prizes and giveaways, alongside live performances. But really, be thinking about who, among the five causes, you wish to donate money to, or divide a gift evenly if you wish. — Matthew Schniper
- Electric Safari
It may be fair to say that our cultural zeitgeist deems hunting safaris to be barbaric acts of hubris and conspicuous consumption, rather than an expression of fearless mastery of nature. In similarly positive news, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, cmzoo.org) opens its family-friendly, animal-friendly and affordable Electric Safari tonight. From 5:30 to 8:15, check out the zoo's famous array of light sculptures, a little Christmas cheer and extended-hour indoor animal exhibits. Admission is $6.25 to $9.25 or free for members. Check online for a full list of dates into the new year. — Griffin Swartzell
- Buffalo Creek Fat Bike Group Ride
Fat bikes are appearing all over our streets and trails, carrying joyful riders throughout the city on pleasantly rotund tires. Whether you are a current fat bike owner, or you're wondering what all the fuss is about, UpaDowna is ready to celebrate these beloved cycles at Global Fat Bike Day — and you're invited! Bundle up, grab your helmet and journey to Buffalo Creek State Park (Forest Road 550, Pine), where you and other cycling aficionados will enjoy group rides followed by a winter camp-out at the YMCA's Camp Shady Brook, complete with a toasty campfire, hearty dinner and, of course, s'mores. No ride? No problem. Free loaner bikes will be on-site for you to ride. In fact, the whole event is free. Details, directions and more can be found here: on.fb.me/1Td6y8X. — Bridgett Harris
- Prologue: "The Theatre of Politics"
Let's face it, the big election is next year, and we all have politics on the brain. Maybe you're wondering how you can join the conversation and make a statement — without the megaphone. Get some ideas at today's roundtable, The Theatre of Politics, featuring UCCS' Kevin Landis, Murray Ross of TheatreWorks, former Indy Publisher/Chairman of the Board John Weiss and other experts in art and politics discussing the zone where the two intersect. They are encouraging community participation, so come to the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater (3955 Regent Circle, tinyurl.com/o284wfg) at 2:30, where there will also be a goodly supply of eggnog and cookies. — Alissa Smith
- Casey Veggies
The son of a former Jay-Z bodyguard, Casey Veggies was part of the Odd Future collective for just one mixtape, but the Inglewood rapper can still count on his former cohorts to lend moral support and, in some cases, comic relief. Yet even the irascible Odd Future leader Tyler The Creator turns serious on "RIP," a song about police brutality and gang violence from Casey's recent major-label debut Live & Grow, as he delivers the hook "I can't deal with the fact that you gone / Momma cryin', family stayin' strong." Barring some early Christmas miracle, Tyler won't be joining Casey onstage tonight at Rawkus (3506 N. Academy Blvd., rawkusnation.com, 596-0000), but Colorado hip-hop heavyweights D-Stylz, J-Krupt and Fresh Crew will. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $15. — Bill Forman
- NAMI/VEDA Haircut-a-thon
A good haircut is expensive, especially for women. Nice places like Veda Salon start at $35 for a woman's cut. But today, people of any gender expression can get a bargain cut from Veda stylists at CC's Worner Center (920 N. Cascade Ave.) while giving to the National Alliance on Mental Illness' Give! campaign. As part of the NAMI/Veda Haircut-a-thon, you can get your hair whacked for a donation of at least $10. The event only runs from noon to 5:30, so register early at tinyurl.com/pz9y3ol, as the added allure of free food, drink and live music will draw a crowd. — Griffin Swartzell