And it may be too late to pursue this popular item in time for the 'boarding parties, but if you plan to make a weekend of it, it can't hurt to check the availability of tickets for the time-honored Winter Park Ski Train, a blast and a half on wheels that's been a winter tradition for almost sixty years. Rates range from $20 to $60 for the two-hour trip, which is offered every Saturday and Sunday through April; additional Friday runs will be added in February. Call 296-4754.
Exiles on main street: In tribute to artists in every discipline who either chose to leave or were forced to leave Germany in the early days of Nazi rule, the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center has compiled an ambitious series scheduled to take place in the JCC's Mizel Family Cultural Arts Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., over the next few months. The Beautiful and the Banned: Art, Music, Film and Theater Forbidden by the Third Reich gets off the ground tonight at 8, when the Colorado Chamber Players salute Hollywood composers Miklos Rosza, a writer of music in the vein of Bartok and Kodaly, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who drew on the forceful Teutonic influences of Strauss and Mahler. Admission to the concert, which includes film clips screened during the performance, is $10 ($8 for students and seniors); call 321-8297.
12Spread the word: Poetry has a bad reputation for being boring, but according to local bard Tony Moffeit, the much-dissed literary genre is actually more ba-a-ad than it is bad. He'll read works from his in-your-face book of verse, Poetry Is Dangerous: The Poet Is an Outlaw, tonight at 7:30 as part of the Tattered Cover LoDo's Second Monday Poetry Series; also performing are guitarist/poet Guillermo Lazo and dancer/poet Roseanna Frechette. The T.C. LoDo is located at 1628 16th St.; call 436-1070 for additional information.
That's country: Let the twanging, hollering and gettin' down commence. No cowpoke worth his Tony Lamas will want to miss the Crown Royal Untamed & True Tour, scheduled for two nights at the spacious Grizzly Rose dance emporium, located at 5450 N. Valley Highway, a small piece down the road from the National Western. A triple-barreled bill of honey-throated headliner Mark Chesnutt, David Lee Murphy and Gary Allan rocks the hall tonight and tomorrow night beginning at 8; for tickets, $10, or information call 295-1941 or 830-TIXS.
Walkin' in the brine: It's not three hours long and it's not meant to be taken seriously. This Titanic, opening tonight at 7:30 at the Theatre on Broadway, 13 S. Broadway, is a wicked and camped-up skew on the overdone shipwreck theme that focuses on a dysfunctional family that's already taking a plunge, even before the big boat begins to sink. See what goes down: The comedy continues at 7:30 Thursdays and 10:30 Friday and Saturday nights. Admission is $13; call 860-9360 for reservations.
A hip-hop and a step: Portland is a forgotten town, stuck as it is in the Northwest rain belt between the powerhouse metropoli of San Francisco and Seattle. But there appears to be more spawning there than just the salmon: Hip-hop rules in Portland, thanks in no small part to Five Fingers of Funk, a large, horn-driven party band led by feverish, out-of-the-gangsta-loop MC Pete Miser. One Step Beyond, a Toronto-based jazz/funk outfit, opens the Five Fingers' late-night show at 10:30 at the Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder; for tickets, $4 to $5, call 443-3399 or 830-TIXS.
Hoops, there it is: Today's the perfect day to go see Denver's second-string professional basketball team. But the Nuggets aren't playing, so why not check out the best pro club in town? The Colorado Xplosion takes on Seattle tonight at McNichols Arena, and we can guarantee Priest Lauderdale will not take the floor. The action starts at 7 p.m. Call 832-2229.