While the Avalanche isn't exactly living up to its past standards, there's another iced-up troupe at McNichols that certainly is. The perennial band of cartoon bladers in Disney on Ice hits the rink tonight, giving fans their annual fix of fun without the fisticuffs of Big Mac's usual inhabitants. The show will feature Mickey and Minnie doing double axels and an appearance by the Disneyized version of Hercules, who skates through a set of gospel-tinged music geared for all-ages consumption. The show starts at 7:30 tonight and Friday; Saturday's slots are noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday's shows are at 1 and 5 p.m. For more info call 303-830-TIXS. Tickets start at $10.
The Community Christmas Caroling Celebration tunes up tonight at the Washington Park Boathouse. Now in its fourteenth year, the open-to-the-public singing session is hosted by St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and covers a wealth of traditional holiday tunes. Songbooks will be provided, and all levels of crooners are welcome. The rejoicing runs from 7 to 8 p.m., ending with refreshments by the shore. The park is located at 701 S. Franklin St.; call 303-698-4962 for more info--and bring your own gator repellent.
The Denver Gay Men's Chorus begins its yearly run of holiday performances tonight with Celebrate the Season. The show features the 100 voices of the DGMC roaring through a list of seasonal numbers under the direction of David M. Price. This year's program also includes a special appearance by local theater starlet Trina Magness. As an added bonus, the unique voices of the Planina Balkan Women's Choir opens the show, making this a one-of-a-kind evening of multicultural Christmas cheer. The music soars tonight and tomorrow at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia St.; the first notes fly at 8, and tickets are $10 to $20. The show repeats on Tuesday, December 15, at First United Methodist Church in Boulder. For more info, call the DGMC hotline at 303-832-3462.
Fifty years ago yesterday, the United Nations signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was designed to aid all of the world's people in gaining the most basic individual liberties. But the people of Tibet cannot enjoy those freedoms because of oppression from the Chinese government. Tonight you can do your part to help by attending the World Music Concert for Tibet. The night will offer performances from half a dozen international artists, all of whom are donating their time. The list includes pianist Peter Kater, composer and musician Nawang Khechong, classical Indian dancer Aparna Ramaswamy and others. The fundraiser takes place at the Boulder High School Auditorium, and proceeds go to the Tibetan refugee settlement in Orissa, India. Advance tickets ($14) can be purchased at Twist & Shout records in Denver and the Boulder Theater; tickets at the door are $19. Boulder High is at 1604 Arapahoe Ave. Call 303-499-4168.
Since launching his career back in the early Sixties, John Hammond has been a standard-bearer of the blues, bringing his brand of three-chords-and-the-truth to fans around the globe. His solo shows have endeared him to blues hounds who savor his gritty slide work and singing, along with his focus on the genre's more rustic forms. Tonight he makes a one-man appearance at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, where he'll perform cuts from his current release, Long As I Have You, which features Little Charlie & the Nightcats and onetime Denverite Washboard Chaz. Local blues artist Vicki Taylor opens, the testifying starts at 8, and tickets are $13 to $15. Swallow Hill is located at 71 E. Yale Ave., 303-777-1003.
Feeling the strain of the holiday retail blitz? Check out of it all at Barr Lake State Park with today's Birds in December program. Area birding wiz David McElroy leads a tour of the Barr's environs, where you'll catch glimpses of the lake's year-round feathered residents and ease that pressure along the way. The session flies from 9 to 11 a.m., and admission is free. Barr Lake is located at 13401 Picadilly Rd.; get the details at 303-659-6005.
December 13 When Slim Cessna's Auto Club folded recently, you could hear local country fans weeping all over town. Well, out of the ashes of this tear-jerking breakup, the band's members are rising back to life. While Slim rehearses his new outfit for an upcoming return to the stage, tonight the Auto Club's co-frontman/songwriter, Frank Hauser Jr., debuts his new group. The Frank Hauser Junior Combo hits the Lion's Lair, where Hauser will unveil new tunes and a new lineup that includes the much-missed skills of bassist Kevin Soll, late of 16 Horsepower. The show begins around 9, there will be at least one opening act, and the cover is $3. Get details at 303-320-9200.
Can your aura use a little adjusting? Is your astral not projecting? If so, carry your ailing self to today's Holiday Holistic Health Fair, where a caravan of natural healing options will soothe you back to good health. Sponsored by the Boulder Healers Association, this get-well fest will offer touch therapy, aura and energy clearings, vibrational essences and a rainbow of other alterna-treatments. There will also be oodles of like-minded products on hand for the cosmic souls on your Christmas gift list. The event takes place at the Depot, 2275 30th St. in Boulder, and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details call 303-776-7882. Admission is free.