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Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Theater presenting The Wild Flowering of Chastity by Dutton Foster. Audience participation encouraged. Includes sing-a-long intermission and vaudeville-style "olio." Reservations: 685-5104. Family-style dinner and show: $21.50, 6 p.m. Show only: $11.50, 8:30 p.m. Discounts available. Through Dec. 31.

KCME Radio Theatre presenting The Giant's Stair, a thriller about a man, his wife and her "unbalanced" sister during a terrible storm, on 88.7-FM. Thurs., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

A Brief History of White Music, featuring an all-black cast interpreting the music of the Andrews Sisters, Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and more, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Sat., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Brundibar, a children's opera with an amazing history, by the Colorado Springs Conservatory and conducted by Ofer Ben-Amots at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Features special guest speaker Ela Stein Weissberger, a holocaust survivor and an original member of the Terezin Cast. $12. Sat.- Jan. 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16, 2 p.m.

Camelot, the musical based on T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $23-$38. Tues.-Wed., Jan. 18-19, 8 p.m.

The King and I, the Rodgers and Hammersteins classic, in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. $15-$35, 333-4497. Sat., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.


AUDITIONS & NOTICES

Star Bar Players seeks director and technical director for "The Woman in Black." Those interested in directing should mail proposal to P. O. Box 875, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. This is a technically demanding play and those interested in being technical director must be willing to test their abilities. Call 573-7411 for more information.


OUT-OF-TOWN THEATER

Red, White and Tuna in the Auditorium Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $10-$50, 800/641-1222. Jan 4-23.

Phantom of the Opera in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$67.50, 800/641-1222. Only single seats available. Through Jan. 8.

Peter Pan in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$55, 800/641-1222. Jan 11-23.

Mame by the Country Dinner Playhouse, Englewood. $25.50-$32.50. 303/799-1410. Buffet dinner, 6 p.m.; show, 7:45 p.m. Matinees Sat.-Sun.: buffet, noon; show, 1:45 p.m. Tues.-Sun., through Jan. 30.

Waiting To Be Invited, by S.M. Shepard-Massat, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $ TBA. Jan. 13 through Feb. 19.

The Winter's Tale, by William Shakespeare, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Jan 27 through Feb. 26.

Byrd's Boy, by Bruce Robinson, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Feb. 2 through March 11.

White Trash Family Reunion, a hilarious, interactive family reunion, at the VFW, 955 Bannock St., Denver. $39, including dinner and dancing. For ages 13 and up. Call 303/573-5931. Runs Saturdays through Feb. 19.

Swingtime Canteen presented by Denver Center Attractions, in the Garner Galleria Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $29-$34; 800/641-1222. Runs indefinitely.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, an absurdist comedy by Steve Martin, at the Avenue Theater, Denver. $ TBA. Call 303/321-5925. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Runs indefinitely.

Tap Dogs, a rocking performance that turns tap dancing upside down, in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. $15-$25, 333-4497. Sun., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Ballet British Columbia at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $30.50-$40.50. Fri., Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

Veiled Spirit Middle Eastern Winter Dance at the Benet Hill Center Theatre, 2555 N. Chelton Rd. Includes pre-show Shopping Bazaar from 2:00p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $10-$15. Call 229-4797 or 888-382-7787 for more. Sat., Feb. 5, 6 p.m.

Martha Graham Dance Co. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $15-$30. Sun., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.

Fat Apple at Jos Muldoons, 222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311. Thurs., Dec. 30, 9 p.m.

Debbie Davis at Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625. $ TBA. Fri., Jan. 14, 9 p.m.

Def Leppard with Joan Jett at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $26. Call 576-2626. Sun., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Tab Benoit at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $12, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Thurs., Jan. 20, 9 p.m.

Room Full of Blues at Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625. $ TBA. Fri., Jan. 21, 9 p.m.

Spyro Gyra at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $30.50, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m.

Cannibal Corpse with God Dethroned, Hate Eternal, and Diabolic at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. Over-21 show. $12, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Mon., Feb. 21, 8 p.m.


NEW YEAR'S CLUB CONCERTS

Big Back Yard at Pine Gables Tavern, 10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2555. Fri., Dec. 31.

Country Crossroads at the Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St., 632-6932. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Gyzunglasus at the Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 30 through Jan. 1.

Itis at the Gardens, 2945 Galley Road, 597-2900. Fri., Dec. 31.

Ira James Band performing at the Erin Inn, 6482 N. Academy Blvd., 599-9864. Fri., Dec. 31, 8:30- 12:30 p.m.

Kross Eyed Katz performing at Bogart's, 5943 Delmonico Drive, 598-8080. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

The Legend Band at Country USA, 2493 S. Academy Blvd., 574-2148. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 30 through Jan. 1, 8 p.m.

The Method at First Draft Choice, 1110 E. Fillmore St., 473-0746. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Peace Sign performing at The Depot, Highway 106, Palmer Lake, 481-8668. Fri., Dec. 31.

The Phoenix performing at the Spotlight Bar, 3450 N. Academy Blvd., 380-0756. Fri., Dec. 31.

Radio London performing at Crystal Canyon in Cripple Creek. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Steve Raider and the Pecos River Band at George's Place, 3613 Betty Drive, 596-9515. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Working Stiffs at George's Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 636-9471. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Countdown 2000 featuring The Riders at Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625. $10, includes champagne and appetizers at midnight. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.


OUT OF TOWN POP, ROCK & BLUES

Dark Star Orchestra at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $17, 520-9090. Thurs., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., Jan. 1, 9 p.m.

Paris, Texas at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Tues., Jan. 4, 8 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 7, 8 p.m.

Stanley Jordan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Thurs., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 9 p.m.

All with Wretch Like Me, Bill the Welder, Tanger and Someday 1 at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8-$10, 303/322-2308. Sat., Jan. 15, 8 p.m.

The Wailers at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 20, 9 p.m.

Matthew Sweet at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-$14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

Victor Wooten at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 27, 9 p.m.

Maceo Parker at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Over-21 shows on Fri.-Sat., Jan. 28-29, 9 p.m. All-ages show on Sun., Jan. 30, 9 p.m.

Anthrax with Fu Manchu at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Mon., Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

The Judds with Jo Dee Messina at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $28.50-$65, 520-9090. Fri., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Lee "Scratch" Perry with The Mad Professor at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $ TBA, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sun., Feb. 6, 9 p.m.

The Pretenders with Gay Dad at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $39, 520-9090. Tues., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Rebirth Brass Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Feb. 11, 9 p.m.

Chris Cornell, former frontman for Soundgarden, at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $26.50, 520-9090. Sat., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Culture at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m.

String Cheese Incident at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Los Lobos opens on Fri., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Alpha Blondy opens on Sat., Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Saxaphonist David Sanborn at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $25-$44, 520-9090. Sun., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $43.50-$204, 520-9090. Wed., Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

The Funky Meters at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $26.25, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Wed.-Thurs., March 8-9, 9 p.m.


NEW YEAR'S EVE BASHES

Sonia Dada at the Fox Theater, Boulder. 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.; $52.50.

Gwar at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $35, 800/965-4827 or visit www.ticketweb.com. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Leftover Salmon's Mile High Millennium featuring Sam Bush, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, and the Tony Furtado Band at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $50, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Emmylou Harris at Boulder Theater, Boulder. 303/786-7030. Fri., Dec. 31; $55-$62.50. Sat., Jan. 1; $26.50-$34.

Neil Diamond at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $100-$250, 520-9090. VIP packages for $500-$1000. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Sherri Jackson with Matthew Moon at the Soiled Dove, Denver. $85, 520-9090. Includes buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. Fri., Dec. 31.

Brethren Fast at "Above the Dove," in a heated and tented patio above the Soiled Dove, Denver. Includes buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. $50, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 31.

The Apples at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $13-$15, 303/322-2308. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

David Wilcox at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $18. Fri., Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Montgomery Gentry at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park, 596-1212. $12, advance. $16, at the door. Fri., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Fais Do-Do, a Cajun and Zydego dance party featuring the Colorado Cajun Dance Band and the Nouveau Zydego Honkies, at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $10-$12, 303/777-1003. Dance lesson at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 8, 8 p.m.

New West sponsored by the Black Rose Acoustic Society at the Black Forest Community Center, Shoup Road and Black Forest Road. $1-$2, 590-8395. Fri., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.

David Olney with Kate Campbell at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $12-$14, 303/777-1003. Fri., Jan. 14, 8 p.m.

Chuck Pyle with Rebecca Flosom at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $12-$14, 303/777-1003. Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

E-Town with Beausoliel at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $11.55, 303/786-7030. Sun., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Ty Herdon at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park, 596-1212. $12, advance. $16, at the door. Fri., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.


CLASSICAL MUSIC

Instruments of Change featuring Christopher Parkening on guitar, as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony Classical Masterworks season at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Features Kernis New Dance Era, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring,. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Flying "W" Wranglers, an evening of Western favorites as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony SuperPops Series at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 8 p.m.

Brundibar, a performance by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Features special guest speaker Ela Stein Weissberger, a holocaust survivor and an original member of the Terezin Cast. $12. Sat., Jan. 15, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 16, 2 p.m.

Exploring the Final Frontier as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony Family Classics program at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$18, 520-SHOW. Sun., Jan 23, 7:30 p.m.

Carmina Burana, a scenic cantana based on a 13th century manuscript about wine, women and song, featuring the Colorado Springs Chorale, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 4-5, 8 p.m. Sun., Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m.

The Music of Gabriel Faur by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs at the First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $4-$8, 633-3649. Sun., Feb. 13, 3 p.m.


MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC

Festival Fridays at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. Features Poquito Maz on Fri., Jan. 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Features Dotsero on Fri., Jan. 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Features Wallace Cotton & The Royals on Fri., Jan. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 719/542-1211.


MUSIC NEWS

Behind the Baton, a series of interviews with the candidates for the position of music director for the Colorado Springs Symphony; on Thurs., Jan. 6, an interview with Kristjan Jarvi, assistant conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will be conducting the CSSO on Jan. 7-9.

The Black Rose Acoustic Society announcing music scholarships for Coloradans who wish to study a traditional musical instrument such as guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, stand-up bass or accordion. Adult and youths encouraged to apply. Call 598-3719 for more.

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $2.75. Tues., Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.

World Horizons Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $6. Britain's Offshore Islands, with film makers Rick and Jan Rosefield. Sun.-Mon., Jan. 9-10, 2 p.m.

Microcosmos, an award-winning film on the invisible world of insects, at the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Wed., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Amazon at the IMAX Theater at Denver's Museum of Natural History, 303/322-7009. $4-$6. Through Feb. 29.

Creative writing workshops for beginners and advanced students. Taught by Roberta Redford, a freelancer for 25 years. $10 per week. Begins in January. Call 232-4489 for more.

Lois Hayna presenting a poetry workshop sponsored by Poetry West in Colorado College's Worner Center. Bring copies of an original poem to discuss. Call 447-9039 for more. Sat., Jan. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

11th annual Colorado Cowboy Gathering featuring 35 performers from seven Western states at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada. For ticket information, call 303/431-3939. Thus.-Sun., Jan. 13-16.

International Open Poetry Contest seeking entrees. Send one original poem, of any subject, any style, to International Library of Poetry, Suite 19907, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owing Mills, MD, 21117. Or enter via www.poetry.com. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2000.

Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-1514. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointments available. Featuring The Year 2000 Show, an exhibit of the latest work by member artists, through Jan 23, 2000.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. POP! Panorama of Polymer, a national show featuring the work of 50 artists from 25 states, through mid.-Jan. Featuring Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac opening Thurs., Jan. 20, 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Art Guild holding three exhibits. At First United Bank, 1700 E. Platte Ave., 630-1611; featuring artwork by M. Linhart, P. Ballenger, E. Ferguson, R. Pass, F. Davis, D. Brewner and K. Jackson, through Dec. 31.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$4. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. The Fine Art of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions, through Jan. 9. Mentors and Muses, the Bemis School of Art faculty exhibition, through Jan. 9. Pikes Peak Legacy: Art of the Century's second exhibit, The Aftermath: The '60s and '70s, through Feb. 13, 2000. From Tradition to Mainstream: Prints by Native American Artists of the 1970s and 1980s, through March 12. "A Breath of Fresh Art," a gallery opening event to celebrate the opening of Colorado 2000: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Deja Views: Contemporary Art from Recycled Sources, on Fri., Jan. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 578-6650. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Schlage Antique Locks, and exhibit of over 2000 years of locks, through Jan. 8.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring 26th annual Holiday Market, an exhibit of one-of-a-kind art by local artists, through Jan. 2.

Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., 685-9000. Featuring paintings and pottery by Ken and Tina Riesterer, through Dec. 31.

David Cook Fine American Art Gallery, 1637 Wazee Street, Denver, 303/623-8181. Featuring John F. Carlson and Artists of the Broadmoor Academy, a show which coincides with the 80-year-anniversary of the opening of the Broadmoor Art Academy, through Jan. 31.

East Library and Information Center Art Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Featuring an exhibit of pastel portraits by Charles Wilson, through Dec. 31.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Featuring The University Collects, an original exhibition drawn from the private collections of the campus' faculty and staff, through Jan. 28.

Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Featuring Exploration, Expansion, Expression, an exhibit of the work of Carol Ettenger, through Feb. 29.

Pasta di Solazzi, 1625 W. Uintah St., 577-0080. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring paintings by Martha Mans, through Jan. 31.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Enduring Legacy: Triumph of the Spirit, on the strength an beauty of the Native American spirit, in the King Gallery, through Jan. 22. Into the Light, an exhibit of paintings, writings, and song by artist Kay Singleton, through Jan. 22. Latkas at the Millennium: 25 Years of Pueblo Potters, an exhibit of ceramic by Tom and Jean Latka, in the Hoag Gallery, through Feb. 5. Beyond the Gate, an exhibit of the work of Pueblo artist Dorothy Mendoza, in the Regional Gallery, through Feb. 5.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Featuring BIG, a juried exhibition of large fine art from the Front Range, through Jan 22.

Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight. Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m. to midnight. Up Against the Wall, an exhibit of contemporary paintings by Jason Chase, mixed media work by Lin Fife and photography by Larry Hampton, through Dec. 31.


ART ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

Call for entries by art teachers who teach art at public and private institutions in Colorado. $10-$15 fee for a maximum of three slides of work created in the last two years. Deadline: Jan. 8. Call 685-3717 for more info.

Call for entries for Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. The theme is magic. Two- and three- dimensional work in all mediums will be accepted. Intake: Jan. 14-15. Call 685-1861 for more.

Natural Photo Contest sponsored by the El Paso County Parks Naturalist Docent Organization seeking color slide entries through Jan. 15, 2000. Call 520-6387.

Bemis School of Art beginning a new schedule for adult and children's classes on Jan. 31. Registration begins Jan. 18; call 475-2444 for more.

Outdoor photography workshop offered by Rocky Mountain Reflections at REI Outfitters, 1376 E. Woodmen Road. Call 277-7474 for more. Thurs., Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Call for entries for Richard's Feast, a juried show of ceramic tableware designed to serve a particular type of food, at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Show will run March 15 through April 15, 2000. Deadline: Feb. 1.

Louise Cadillac's Watermedia Workshop presented by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society at UCCS. $250 fee. Call 599-7617 to register. Wed.-Fri., Feb. 12-14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call for ceramic works by the Lincoln Arts Center in Lincoln, CA, for its 13th annual juried competition of ceramic work. Slide entry only. For prospectus, send legal-sized SASE to Lincoln Arts, P.O. Box, 1166, Lincoln, CA, 95648. Call 916/645-9713 for more. Final deadline: Feb. 28, 2000.

Nationally-known comedians at the Comedy Works in Denver, 303/595-3637. Greg Fitzsimmons, "New York Comedy's Golden Boy," on Dec. 30-31.

New Year's Eve Shows at Impulse Theater, Denver, 877/IMPULS1. Kick-off show at 7 p.m., $65. New Year's Eve Bash at 10 p.m., $80.

The Kids in the Hall at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $30-$37.50, 520-9090. Sun., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

Kwanzaa Cultural Celebration, celebrating African Americans' history, culture, philosophy and achievements, at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St. Concludes with a Unity Feast on Fri., Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m.; and a quiet, personal Day of Mediation of Jan. 1, 2000. Call 473-6566 for more.

The Fifth annual Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs. Features toss, hurl, launch and drive competitions, a glamour competition, a derby and races. No entry fee if you bring your own (stale) fruitcake. Call the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 685-5089 for more. Sat., Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gourmet Chefs Auction, featuring samples from chefs from over 15 fine local restaurants as well as a live and silent auction, to benefit the March of Dimes at the Broadmoor Hotel International Center. $35-$40. Call 473-9981 for more. Tues., Jan. 11, 6 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon, featuring speaker Chaplain Oledia Bell, at the Air Force Academy in the Sam Milazzo NCO Club. $8; call 333-3940 for reservations. Fri., Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m.

Festival of the Arts in Sport at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $10-$30. Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

27th Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade featuring performances by Lyn Boudreau and Kristina Hall, comedians who focus on women's issues, at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Sponsored by the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs. Refreshments at 5 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m. $7.50-$8 donation. Call Sandy at 473-8537 for more. Thurs., Jan. 27.


HOLIDAY DISPLAYS

Electric Safari, a holiday festival of lights featuring nearly 500,000 lights, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 633-9925. $2.50-$4. Children under 3, free. 5:30-9 p.m., through Jan. 2. except Christmas Eve.

26th annual Gallery of Trees and Lights at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. Through Jan. 2.

Royal Gorge Festival of Lights in Royal Gorge Park, Cañon City. 888/333-5597. Through Jan. 2.


NEW YEAR'S EVENTS

Sixth annual First Night Pikes Peak, a non-alcoholic, family-oriented celebration all around downtown Colorado Springs offering over 50 activities for adults and children including a balloon glow, face painting, mask making, storytelling, musical and theatrical performances, and ethnic and cultural dances. $5-$7. Buttons for admission are sold at all Norwest Bank and King Soopers locations. Children under 5 are free. Call 632-7490 for more. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concert", by the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and Big Band, with special guest, tap dancer Michael Allen, at the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 219 E. Bijou St., $4.50. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

A Century of Song -- 100 Years of Broadway by the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $35-$100, 520-7469. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Planet Millennium including "A Century of Song- 100 Years of Broadway" by the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center and the Springs 2000 Gala at the Antler's Adam's Mark Hotel, offering dinner and dancing and a midnight champagne toast. $250 per person. Call 577-5581 for more. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

The Millennium Odyssey at the Cheyenne Conference Resort. Features gourmet dinner buffet, dancing, a room at the resort, a New Year's Day brunch and silent auction to benefit the Imagination Celebration. $450 per couple, 538-4000. Fri., Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to Sat., Jan. 1, 5 p.m.

First Day Celebration, a series of peaceful activities for all ages and faiths at the First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Call 632-5163 for more. Sat., Jan. 1, noon to 9 p.m.

Global Groove 2000, a dance for high schoolers offering many different types of music, at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $6, 576-2626. Proceeds will start a foundation for medially-uninsured youth. Sat., Jan. 1, 8 p.m. to midnight.


STUFF FOR KIDS

Plants in the Dino World, a program by folks from Red Rocks Garden at the Children's Museum in The Citadel mall. Sat., Jan. 8, 1-2 p.m.

Up in the Air, a one-man show for the whole family by Peter Davidson, exhibiting a variety of theatrical skills, at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $5-$7. Sat., Jan. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Second annual Premier Instructional Winter Baseball Camp for players ages 8 to 18 at Manitou High School. Sundays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 27. 2nd through 5th graders meet 10 a.m. to noon. 6th through 8th graders meet noon to 2 p.m. and 9th through 12th graders meet from 2 to 4 p.m. $170. Call 800/641-4487 for more.

17th annual Rocky Mountain Small World Cup in Silver Creek. Kids' events include dual slalom, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and parades. Everyone gets a medal. 888/283-7458. Jan. 22-23.

Bemis School of Art beginning a new schedule for adult and children's classes on Jan. 31. Registration begins Jan. 18; call 475-2444 for more.

Junior Naturalist Program providing a variety of hands-on educational activities for children 5 to 10 at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Activities focus on sensory awareness, safety, natural exploration, and observations skills, and wildlife and outdoors appreciation. $1 provides activity book that can be completed in one visit. Call 520-6387 for more.

Children's programs are available at all public library branches. "Storytimes" at all local branches offer stories and films for children ages 3 and up. "Snuggle-up Storytime" is an early evening program at the East Library and Information Center for children ages 3 and up, who are invited to come in pajamas. "Tales for Tots" is a program for parents and 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds at the East Library and Information Center and the Penrose Public Library. "Nursery Rhyme Time" is a parent and child storytime for 1-year-olds and young 2-year-olds olds at the East Library and Information Center and the Penrose Public Library. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1200 for specific schedules.


STUFF FOR SENIORS

Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., offering a variety of events. Call 385-5933 to register. "Coffee with Ela Stein-Weissberger" on Wed., Jan. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. As a child, Ela was part of the original cast that performed the operetta Brundibar in the concentration camp at Terezin. [See Classical Music section for performance information.]

Senior Days of Enrichment at The Center at the Benet Hill Monastery, 2577 N. Chelton Road, 473-6184. Next program: "Aging Is a Family Affair: Who's in Charge Anway" presented by Sara Honn Qualls. $10, includes lunch. Fri., Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Public Skate Sessions at the Sertich Ice Center in Memorial Park. $2.50-$3. $1 skate rental. Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30-5:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Fridays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Holiday Swimming Sessions offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center, 578-6634. $3.75-$5. Public swim: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, 1-5:30 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Adult swim: Mondays through Fridays, 6:30-9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. Lap swim: Mondays through Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Through Jan. 2.

Blazers Ski Club holding its weekly Wednesday meeting at the Valley Hi Golfcourse Clubhouse. Social hour: 6:30 p.m. Ski-trips sign-up and meeting: 7:30 p.m. 528-5683 or 382-8373.

Co-ed Ultimate Frisbee on Bear Creek Park playing fields on Saturdays at noon. No experience necessary. Show up and bring a friend.


SPECTATOR SPORTS

Colorado Gold Kings at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626. Thurs., Dec. 30, 7:05 p.m.: against Idaho. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 7:05 p.m.: against Tacoma. Fri., Jan. 21, 7:05 p.m.: against Idaho.

Colorado College Hockey at the World Arena, 576-2626. Vs. University of Minnesota at Duluth on Fri., Jan. 14, 7:35 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 15, 7:05 p.m. Vs. University of Denver on Sat., Jan. 22, 7:05 p.m. Vs the Air Force Academy on Fri., Jan. 28, 7:35 p.m. Vs. Niagara University on Sat., Jan. 29, 7:05 p.m.

Harlem Globetrotters at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $11-$76, 576-2626. Sun., Jan. 2, 3 p.m.


WINTER SPORTS FESTIVALS

WinterSkl in Aspen. Includes snow-carving contests, a local World's Fair, a canine fashion show, fireworks and more. 800/262-7736. Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 13-16.

Western Weekend at Powderhorn. Includes swing dancing and line dancing -- in your ski-boots. 970/268-5700, Ext. 2030. Jan. 22-23.

Snowshoe Class in Horsethief Park by Meadow Mountain Walks. $6. To reserve a space, call 578-9155. Sat., Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count for beginning to advanced birders at the Fountain Creek Regional Park. Reservations required; call 520-6745. Sat., Jan. 8, 8-11:30 a.m.

Snowshoeing 101, an indoor clinic on how to get started in this sport, at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Call 520-6387 for reservations. Sat., Jan. 8, 10-11 a.m.

This Place Is For the Birds, a lecture on Colorado birds, at Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 574-8058. Free. Sun., Jan. 9, 1 p.m.

Wolves at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Join Darlene Koboble and her arctic wolf Akahla. . Call 520-6387 for reservations. Fri., Jan. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

Raptors, with a live falcon, hawk, and owl, at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Reservations required; call 520-6745. Sat., Jan. 15, 10-11 a.m.

Cross Country Skiing, an indoor clinic on the latest equipment and techniques, at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Call 520-6387 for reservations. Sat., Jan. 22, 1-2 p.m.

Meadow Mountain Walks holding an easy hike along Homestead Trail on Sat., Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $6. To reserve a space, call 578-9155.

Colossal Carnivores of the Foothills, a program on black bears and mountain lions, at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Call 520-6387 for reservations. Fri., Jan. 28, 7-8 p.m.

Winter Wildlife Watch, a hike at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Call 520-6387 for reservations. Sat., Jan. 29, 10-11:30 a.m.


GARDENING

Gardening classes at ForestEdge Gardens, 12285 Lindsey Lane, on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in January. $18 per class; call 495-9175 to register. "Annuals and Biennials: The Best of the Best" on Jan. 5; "Perennials on Parade" on Jan. 12; "Ornamental Herbs in the Landscape" on Jan. 19; "Great Ornamental Grasses" on Jan. 26.

Healing in the Energy Field, a free lecture at Center for Inner Healing, 2229 N. Weber, 447-8898. Mon., Jan. 3, 7-8 p.m.

Medicine for Less offered by many pharmaceutical companies. Through rarely publicized programs, companies offer free or discounted presciptions to patients who meet criteria for assistance. The Cost Containment Research Institute has published a booklet listing 85 pharmaceutical companies and an index of the 1,500 drug they make. Download the information for free at www.institute-dc.org or send $5 to Institute Fulfillment Center, Prescription Drug Booklet #: PD-370, P.O. Box 462, Elmira, NY, 14902-0462.

Health insurance information offered by the Arthritis Foundation in a free brochure "Knowledge -- The Key to Getting the Health Care You Need in a Managed Care World." To receive a brochure, call 800/475-6447.

The Arthritis Foundation sponsoring a free "Ask-a-Lawyer" call-in program for questions and concerns regarding Social Security disability issues only on Thurs., Jan. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 800/475-6447.

Introduction to Essential Oils For Health and Well-Being at 1945 Carlton Ave. Free. No reservations needed. Call 475-0952 for more. Mon., Jan. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Department of Revenue conducting a sales tax class for owners and managers of businesses that sell tangible property. Free. Call 594-6730 for more. Thurs., Jan. 13, 2:30 p.m.

How to Protect Your Photographs at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Refreshments at 10 a.m. Program at 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 14.

Building Healthier Relationships, an 8-week workshop at the Woodmen Valley Chapel, 477 Woodmen Road, on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Call 599-8652 Ext. 241 to register. Begins Jan. 18.

Memories: Territory of the Heart, a Women's Story weekend retreat involving prayerful exercises of writing, imaging, art, music, and ritual at the Franciscan Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove, Mount St. Francis. Pre-registration deadline: Jan. 10, 2000. Runs Fri., Jan. 21, 7 p.m. to Sat., Jan. 22, 4 p.m. Call 598-5486 Ext. 7739 for more information.

The Salvation Army seeking volunteers to help serve dinners at the four sites on Christmas Day. Volunteer opportunities available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 636-3891 Ext. 21. or 475-2347 Ext. 15.

Care & Share is seeking volunteers to help with food pick-ups, food sorting and other projects through the holiday season, and throughout the year. Groups welcome. Call Sheila or Dave at 528-1247.

Income Tax Assistance Volunteers sought by the Pikes Peak Library District. Training provided on the basics in early January. Time commitment averages 4 hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251.

Memorial Hospital seeking adult volunteers for various duties throughout the day. Volunteers generally work a 2- to 4-hour shift. Call 365-5298 for an application or for more information.

Children's Literacy Center seeking volunteers 13 and older to provide one-on-one tutoring to first, second and third grade students in reading. Need to commit to 2 hours a week for one semester. Orientation and a 2-hour training takes place at the end of January, and tutoring begins in February. Call 471-8672.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo seeking docents. Must be at least 21 and love animals and enjoy meeting the public. Training will run from January to March, 2000. For more, call Larry at 471-7199.

Christmas Treecycle in the north parking lot of the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St., 520-6711. Bring your Christmas trees. Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fresh bakery goods donated by animal-loving businesses available 4415 Flintridge Drive, 594-6046. Money paid for goods will be donated to Rocky Mountain Animal Defense. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

Annual community Career Fair at UCCS in March seeking participation by local businesses. Booth rental: $60-$100. For more information, call Linda at 262-3069. Early registration recommended.

Firefighters' Families of Worcester Fund established by the Colorado Springs Firefighters Association to aid the families of the six fallen firefighters. Donations can be made at any Key Bank locations. Call 332-9817 for more.

Colorado Springs All Breed Rescue seeking donations to help pay the veterinary bills for seven 3-day-old pups who were dropped off at PetsMart on Dec. 6. Please send your donation to CSABR, P.O. Box 25068, Colorado Springs, 60936-5068.

SMMUG, the Silicon Mountain Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. (Novices meet at 6 p.m.) at the auditorium at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Kiowa and Institute Streets. For more information call 599-4528 or visit www.smmug.org. Next meeting: Jan. 12.

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