- Bust out your weasel shavers! Its a Zappa tribute Thursday at Cedars.
Dwight Bement could attract a crowd on his own, but tonight the saxophonist will help put another name in lights. Along with local musicians including Alan Joseph and Glen Whitehead, Bement will play the second Frank Zappa Birthday Tribute Show at Cedars Jazz Club (3125 Sinton Road). Bement's best known for his time in Flash Cadillac and with Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, but he also played with Zappa in the '60s. Tonight, he and the all-star lineup celebrate what would've been the 66th birthday for the jack-of-all-awesome-trades. Doors open at 6, and music starts at 8:30. Cover is $5; call Cedars at 578-5744 for more. KW
You might recognize Joe Firstman from NBC's oft-mocked late-night show "Last Call with Carson Daly." Firstman, as the bandleader for the talk show, has the enviable task of bantering with the robotically unfunny Carson Daly on a nightly basis. Our guess is that Firstman's funnier without the former host of MTV's "Total Request Live." Find out for yourself tonight, the first of two nights at The Soiled Dove (7401 E. First Ave., Denver), where the emotional singer-songwriter will take the stage without having to play the entrance music for some unknown D-list celeb. Tickets cost $12 to $18 and can be bought through soileddove.com. PF
Put on your matinee pants (the nice ones in your closet, next to your eatin' pants) and a sweater with reindeer or penguins on it and head to the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.) for the umpteenth time this month to catch holiday cheer. This time it's in the form of The Colorado Springs Philharmonic's Christmas classics and carols concert, featuring Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" from Messiah and other favorites like "O Come, All Ye Faithful," and "Be Thy Gone, All You Neocons" (zing! made it up). Tickets for both Friday's 8 p.m. performance and today's 2:30 show range from $9 to $50; call 520-SHOW or visit ticketswest.com for more. MS
Santa sure has it rough when it comes to photo time with kids: the beard-pullers, the long-listed, the occasional pee-er, crier or misguided Jewish kid. Hard times what a trooper he is. Anyhoo, today from noon to 4 is your last chance to reserve a spot on his lap at the historic cabin in Bancroft Park (2408 W. Colorado Ave.). For $6, you can take away your own photo with Santa while you prattle on about how deserving you are of receiving Left Behind: Eternal Forces in your stocking. Call 577-4112 for more information. MS
Consider enriching your Christmas this year with a little volunteer work today. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Salvation Army will host its 16th annual Community Holiday Dinner at five locations, which calls for considerable assistance. If you can't make it, consider donating a pie organizers need 500 of them. They'll be collecting between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the 23rd at 575 S. Union Blvd. Also, if you're interested in partaking in the feast, it's free, and no reservations are required. Call 636-5266 for venue addresses and more information. MS
A recent trend shows high-profile musicians whose careers have neared their twilight (or flat-out ended) reviving their careers by lending their sonic catalogues to the casts of Broadway-produced shows. Certainly the ABBA-inspired Mamma Mia and the Billy Joel-inspired Movin' Out are a couple of the more successful efforts. Starting Dec. 20 and running through Dec. 31, Front Rangers can see another attempt at this medium: All Shook Up, a musical featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Catch it at 8 tonight at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (1101 13th St., Denver). Tickets range between $15 and $65, depending on the day of the show. For tickets and information, call 303/893-4100. PF
For just a dollar tonight, you can create your own romantic-comedy moment. It's World Arena Skate Night, meaning that the big rink is open to any Santa-hat-wearing couples that want to tumble to the ice together in awkward, painful bliss. And, of course, to families. And singles. And anyone who wants to drop a dollar to help the Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund, which provides resources for more than a dozen human service agencies in the region. The rink (at 3185 Venetucci Blvd.) is open from 7:30 to 9:30, and even if you need to rent skates, the whole thing will cost you just $3 per person. To make a donation online, visit coloradosprings.com; for more info, call 476-1673. KW
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.