THRILLS

Handel with care: Boettcher Concert Hall will be filled to the rafters with singin' fools this afternoon at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's Messiah Sing-Along, a holiday tradition where everyone gets to contribute their two cents' worth of hallelujahs. And don't worry--there'll be plenty of hotshots there to drown out any inevitable off-key celebrants: The CSO, Colorado Symphony Chorus and soloists Julianne Best, Emily Bullock, Steven Tharp and Robert Causer will all get into the act, performing excerpts from Handel's masterpiece. So go ahead, sing your heads off--admission to the 2:30 p.m. event is $10 ($5 children and students); call 986-8742 or 290-TIXS. Boettcher Hall is located at 14th and Curtis streets in the Plex.

Monday December 5 Mould culture: Bob Mould is not your typical rock star--with nothing to flaunt and no blue hair, he's not apt to perform in any garb more outrageous than a T-shirt and Levi's. But that doesn't mean he can't make noise--the man behind Husker Du's beautiful, guitar-driven cacophony seems to be married to a power chord that he just can't shake, although it quieted down during a solo stint. Back with another power trio, Sugar, Mould still has his way with your eardrums, but he tempers that wall of sound with thoughtful lyrics. Sugar performs tonight at 8 at the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax; to purchase tickets, $15, call 830-2525 or 290-TIXS.

Surely you jest: Making merry is the point of Opera Colorado's annual Madrigal Dinners, where participants are whisked off to sixteenth-century Renaissance England for an evening replete with jesters, flaming plum puddings and lovely music by costumed Opera Colorado Chorus members. If that sounds like your flagon of wassail, this year's dinners take place at 7 for three evenings straight, tonight through Wednesday, at the University Club, 1673 Sherman St. Tickets, $65 per person, can be reserved by calling 778-1500.

Tuesday December 6 Red hot to trot: Even if you're unfamiliar with the Red Hot Organization, chances are you've heard some of its handiwork: several collaborative musical projects in support of AIDS research and treatment, including Red, Hot + Blue: The Music of Cole Porter, Red, Hot + Country, No Alternative and Stolen Moments: Red, Hot + Cool. The last effort teams hip-hop artists with jazz musicians--Lester Bowie trumpets alongside Digable Planets, Me'Shell NdegeOcello cozies up to Herbie Hancock, while Joshua Redman blows with US3, and so on. A full-length documentary including interviews and some of these unique performances will be screened tonight at 8 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, during a benefit for the People of Color's Coalition Against AIDS in Denver; later on, the party makes its way down to City Spirit Cafe, 1434 Blake, where acid-jazzers 3 Hip Horns will perform. Tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door); for reservations and additional information call 899-4936.

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