7 p.m. Wednesday, Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$20; 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.
Halfway into a Cheryl Wheeler show, you might wonder if you this was standup comedy or a concert.
The folk singer is known for her ability to turn in a heartfelt ballad one minute and a comedic routine the next.
"I think I started that kind of funny stuff on stage to relax myself and establish a relationship with people I was singing to," she says from her home in Massachusetts. "I wanted to address them, and there's so much funny stuff in the world."
Some of that "funny stuff" was the Carnival Cruise Ship that got stranded in the Pacific Ocean in 2010. When Wheeler heard what the people on board were shipped for food, she wrote "Pop Tarts and Spam."
Inspiration doesn't knock on her door every day, but when it does, it comes in chunks - a verse here or the chorus.
"There's nothing you can do. You have to wait," she says. "If you look too hard, you'll never get it. You have to be relaxed and open. But I believe that in the time you're not writing, you are assimilating something. There's stuff going on."
Jennifer Mulson, email@example.com, 636-0270
"Illumination" - With ice sculpture creation, performances by The Colorado Springs Conservatory, free activities for kids, holiday treats and host Matt Meister, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, First and Main Town Center, 3650 New Center Point, free; 955-6060.
"Messiah" Sing-Along - By chamber singers from the Colorado Springs Chorale, with director Kimberley Schulz, 7 p.m. Sunday, First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., free; 633-8888, firstchristiancos.org.