11 Thursday

My ancient toilet overflowed the other night, and I ended up spraying half of everything I own with a garden scented Lysol concoction during the cleanup. I don't know what was worse -- the germs, or the bad trip I got from the aerosol fumes. The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission is offering a workshop to learn safe, eco-friendly, natural, cheap ways to clean your home, and hopefully avoid the dangerous chemical headaches. Concocting Eco-Cleaners will be held at 7 tonight in the PPJPC firehouse at 29 S. Institute at no cost, but with a $4 suggested donation. Call 632-6189 to find out more.

12 Friday

Sweet but flustered Mortimer Brewster has two equally sweet old aunts, known throughout their Brooklyn neighborhood for their charity. Their most charitable act, however, sends Mortimer over the edge -- inviting lonely old men over for elderberry wine and poisoning them before giving them a good Christian burial in the basement. It saves them from their loneliness, you see. The Star Bar Players are putting on the play Arsenic and Old Lace in the Lon Chaney Theater on the corner of Kiowa and Weber streets. Opening night is tonight, at 8. The show runs until Feb. 4, and tickets are $10 to $12. Visit or call 573-7411.

"Church" music isn't normally what I'd call ... hot, but the combined 90 voices of the Chapman University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir are certainly an exception. You know the Chapman choir; they were in Sister Act II. The performance, which, by the way, will be broadcast worldwide by Vatican Television, begins at 7 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. Admission is free. Find out more by calling 633-8888.

13 Saturday

We all know the story -- temptation, adventure, attempted murder, sorcery, cannibalism ... the Colorado Springs Conservatory is taking Engelbert Humperdinck's opera Hansel and Gretel, and freshening it up a bit, ending up with the modern Henry and Greta. Students age 5 to 19 will present the play at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., tonight at 8 and tomorrow afternoon at 2. Tickets are $15 to $20, and $2 of every adult ticket will be donated to Chins Up. High school students with Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration "Take-5" keychains can attend these performances on a rush basis for just $5. Call 634-5583 for details.

14 Sunday

It's Sunday number two and you know what that means... it's the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society's Second Sunday Jazz Affair at The Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave. This month, the PPJSS turns 16, and the party features the Al Eberhardt Quartet, dancing, cake and drinks. Also, the annual "Alice Award" will be given to a talented local musician who not only can play, but play with class. Be there or be square, pal. Admission is $4 to $6, and the music begins at 2 p.m. For details, call 684-2429.

15 Monday

Oh no! You're hosting a dinner party and your frozen centerpiece just isn't perfect! What are you going to do? Now, thanks to Colorado Ice Fest 2001, you'll never have to be embarrassed by your inadequate ice sculpture again! That's right, the Cripple Creek and Woodland Park festival features not only the National Ice Carving Association team and single carver competitions on Jan. 20 to 21, but carving seminars during Jan. 15 to 19 and Jan. 22 to 26. But wait, there's more! Admission to the seminar is just $4 -- that's less than any other seminar priced at $5 or more! Get to the phone and call 719/687-7375 right away!

16 Tuesday

Knockdown, drag-out verbal warfare is always the best kind, especially when it's all for the sake of art. The next Bare-Knuckle Poetry open mike begins at 7:30 p.m., and readers and listeners alike are welcome. It's held at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron, and it's totally free (you're on your own for the bar bill, though). Call 447-9039 for more information.

10 Wednesday

We've decided to give you a day all to yourself in order to prepare for the big event tomorrow -- the Avalanche are taking on Vancouver Canucks up at the Pepsi Center at 7 p.m. Those big French Canadian boys are going to have to kick some serious ass to beat our strapping mountain lads. Check the TV Guide to find out if the game will be aired, but you can always catch Avs games on The Fan, AM 950.

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