- See John Stone rock out on Tuesday; check out the zoos meerkats on Saturday.
art & drink
Its new Impressionist and modern show starts Saturday, but those at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) refuse to just bide time 'til then. From 5 to 8 tonight, their First Thursday Wine Tasting will feature sparkling and dessert wines, with live music from Casa Blanca. Pay $12 to $17 for the tasting, or $12 to $22 for the tasting and a look at the museum's permanent collection. Or, do both and check out the 7:30 performance of A Christmas Carol at the SaGaJi Theatre. And then collapse into bed, proud that you can keep up with any hot young bastard. KW
You know those puzzles where you have a super-small detail of something, and you have to guess what the whole thing is? I'll stare at it for two seconds and then flip to the answer. The cryptic photography of Tim Davis looks like those puzzles, but much better. Heck, his new show is even called The Object Isn't the Thing. So don't agonize over the wood grains on a clothespin; from 5 to 10 tonight visit Rubbish Gallery (17B Bijou St.) for his show's free closing reception. For more information, call 440-5638. EA
If you haven't been to Manitou Springs at night recently, you should go downtown and check out the stunning new Christmas lights around poles and newly planted trees. Even at high noon today, though, Manitou is the place to be, for the "Snowflakes & Smiles" annual holiday parade. Mrs. Colorado 2007, Tiffany Sawyer, will be with Santa Claus at the Town Clock, and free cookies and cider will be served after the parade. Collection boxes for Care and Share will be stationed at the clock and Manitou's Memorial Park. Check manitousprings.org for more. RR
When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to ogle the Christmas lights that adorned extravagant homes around town. As magical as it sounds, I absolutely hated it. Taking me to Electric Safari instead probably would have saved them all the whining and crying. The holiday event at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road) features the largest holiday light show in the region, with many of the zoo's animal exhibits open. The show runs nightly through Jan. 1. Tickets are $4 to $7 and can be purchased online at cmzoo.org. Call 633-9925 for more information. SH
On winter nights, there's nothing better than putting on a warm set of jammies and curling up with a good book. But this calendar is about going out, so fight that urge to cocoon and put your jammies to better use. Wear them to The Largest Pajama Party in Colorado Springs at Texas Roadhouse (3120 N. Powers Blvd.) from 4 to 10 tonight, and enjoy fun for the whole family. All you need to bring, besides your appetite, is a new set of kid's PJs and a book. The Pajama Program of Colorado Springs will distribute them to local children in need. Call 201-1497 for more. JT
He's not Sheriff John Stone from the Beach Boys 1960s classic "Sloop John B," but nonetheless, the local John Stone has been performing music in and around Colorado Springs for 30 years, either by himself or with others (Me and Julio, Andy Clifton Duo, etc.). Stone has organized a reunion and retrospective of sorts, inviting all his present and former cohorts to join an "open unplugged" show from 6 to 10 tonight at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave). Tickets are $5, benefiting the Pikes Peak Arts Council, with cash bar (Bristol Brewing Co.) and food (Slayton's Barbecue). RR
Art is certainly all about trends, huh? Back in September, Christopher Lynn, director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, brought local b-boy crew Soul Mechanics into his gallery for a performance. Now, Jessica Hunter Larsen, curator of Colorado College's Coburn Gallery (902 N. Cascade Ave.), is doing the same. The CC performance falls in line with Larsen's new-ish "MUSE" series, which aims to get people to appreciate interdisciplinary art. We're all for it; the Mechanics are pretty badass. The free show starts at 12:30 today; call 227-8263 or visit theideaspace.com for more info. PF
This week's 7 Days compiled by Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.