Today's featured Night & Day event: Start the Chinese New Year early

Get a head start on the Year of the Ox celebration, which officially begins next Monday, when the Highlands Ranch Cultural Affairs Association and the Great Wall Chinese Academy join forces to bring an authentic Chinese New Year Celebration to Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 E. Grace Boulevard, Littleton, tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

You'll be able to sample a little bit of everything there, including a Chinese vendor market and an eclectic hour of cultural performances similar to those you might see in Beijing, ranging from classical violinists and operatic singers to the ferocious and funny lion dancers, who represent the celebration's traditional good-luck charm.

Admission is $5 to $7 in advance at any Highlands Ranch recreation center or at the door. For information, go to the HRCA website or call 303-791-2500.

For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar

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