When Wendy Woo was a kid in Boulder, her artist mom and poet dad had houseguests including Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey. As a young woman in 1993, she worked at the then-brand-new Fox Theatre. As a singer-songwriter, she grew to open for artists including Sheryl Crow, Loudon Wainwright III and India.Arie. Needless to say, she's got some stories to tell. At 8 tonight, if you go to the Thirsty Parrot (32 S. Tejon St.), you can catch some of those stories in gentle, but spirited, song. Maybe you'll hear others if Woo hangs out for a while afterward. Tickets are $9 in advance, $14 day-of-show; call 884-1094 or 576-5945. KW
Yes, it's time again to pack your burro. You know, this is where you get ready for an imaginary prospecting expedition. Don't be coy I know you do this. (Hopefully with your kids.) Come share a story and play with photographs, posters and maps at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. today at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (225 North Gate Blvd.). As always, you're invited to visit with Oro and Nugget, the museum's resident burro ambassadors. Reservations are requested to attend the event, which is free with paid museum admission ($4 to $8, or free to members). Call 488-0880 or visit wmmi.org for more. MS
It's a local-yokel evening in Manitou tonight, and it's more than worth your time. Mountain store/bar/music venue Kinfolks Mountain Shop (950 Manitou Ave.) will be hosting a set from WestSide Bus Project, a favorite in the Manitoid scene, at 7. Take in the group's folky sounds and, while you're at it, sample some local beers from Arctic Craft Brewery. (The brewery's helping promote the show.) Maybe the best part: Tickets aren't too steep $10 in advance and $12 at the door for this all-ages gig and some of the proceeds will be sent to the Empty Stocking Fund. Call 685-4433 or visit kinfolksmanitou.com for info. PF
If you haven't randomly dropped into Black Cat Books (720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs), the site of a small, hip wine bar and fun, subterranean book store (obviously), then consider heading in tonight to peruse a trio of December art exhibitions hanging throughout the store. This month's works include pen and inks by Juel Grant, affordable paintings by Steve Wood and photography by Gary Snyder all local. For the record, upcoming openings tend to happen from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays. Call 685-1589 or visit manitoubooks.com for more on future shows. MS
Get to Phantom Canyon (2 E. Pikes Peak Ave.) today before 5 (they, too, want to have Christmas Eve dinner) to check out The Divine Line: New Works by Spika. OK, the show's been up since early in the month and will hang through January, so you don't really need to make it today. But with more than 20 pieces of new mixed-media works from this local, eclectic (and oftentimes performance-oriented) artist on display, be sure not to miss it altogether. From blacklight poster vortexes to figure pastels, Spika's clearly had fun with linework lately. MS
While much of the world celebrates the birth of its Lord and savior today, my fellow Jews and I will be taking part in our annual tradition: bum-rushing the local movie theaters. While you're opening disappointing gift after disappointing gift, I'll be watching the flicks that open today. (I already got my gifts; Chanukah's been over for days.) Maybe I'll catch the hilarious-looking Juno at Kimball's Twin Peak (115 E. Pikes Peak Ave.), or maybe I'll head to another theater and catch that Alien vs. Predator sequel or that bestseller-based kid's fantasy flick, The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep. Who knows? My options are plentiful. Yours are ham and fruitcake. PF
You've had enough to eat and drink the past few days that those tight dresses and pants are, uh, too tight. You need to work off some of those calories, and here's your solution: three public skating nights, from 6 to 8 tonight through Friday, at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd.) No, not the Ice Hall off to the side. This is in the big house, on the same Olympic-sized ice sheet as Colorado College hockey games. Like Saturday's concert at Kinfolks, this event benefits the Empty Stocking Fund, with a suggested donation of $2 a person. For more, call 477-2101. RR
This week's 7 Days contributors: Pete Freedman, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.