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Art Shows and Galleries

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Presenting a spring show featuring the work on Lucille Damico on Sun., May 7, 1-4 p.m.

Bedford Gallery, Fountain Valley School, 6155 Fountain Valley School Road. Featuring the traditional and wood-fired clay by Mark Dillon and silver and non-silver digital images by David Beightol, through May 13. Call 390-7035 for directions.

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 Everyday Epiphanies, a show of the colored pencil drawings by John Venezia, through May 14.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Seeding Limited: A Garden Art Show, running through May 27.

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6797. Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring Thesis Exhibition 2000 by senior studio majors, through May 17.

Colorado Springs Airport, 7777 Drennan Road. Featuring an exhibit by Mel Strawn, Bernice Strawn, Clarence Shivers, Robert Schmitz and Fred Darpino, through June 30.

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. Deja Views: Contemporary Art from Recycled Sources, through June 18. 38th annual Young People's Art Exhibition featuring the work of El Paso County elementary and secondary students, through May 21.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 578-6650. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. Free. Main Street Five-and-Dime: The Architectural Heritage of S. H. Kress and Company, an exhibit which examines the role of dime stores in American Culture, organized by the National Building Museum, through July 16.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring The Kids' Show, work by Manitou Springs Elementary School students, through May 16. Artists reception on Mother's Day: Sun., May 14, 2-4 p.m.

El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery, 2504 W. Colorado Ave., 634-4075. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring 19th annual Juried Miniature Art Show, through May 21.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Student Exhibition 2000, juried by Sushe Felix and Scottish artist Sarah McKenzie Smith, through May 19.

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 Professor Griffiths Takes Another Break, the watercolors of Carolyn Intemann and Christopher Griffiths, through May 31.

Pottery Co-op, 1026 S. Tejon St., 329-1590. Wed.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring pottery by Glenda Kleinsasser and Kristen Flournay through May 29.

Salon 7 Art Gallery and Hair Studio, 622 S. Tejon, 632-7774. Featuring Women's Work, a modern art showing by Charlotte Reid, Malia Tata and Rachael Weiss, through June 17.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Featuring Pandora's Box Five, a collaboration between the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Palmer Elementary School fifth graders in which the PPWS members and the students were given identical objects to explore, and the corresponding artwork will be displayed, May 5-28, with a reception on Fri., May 5, 6-9 p.m.

U.S. Olympic Complex in the Visitors Center at the Olympic Training Center, corner of Boulder St. and Union Ave., 578-4618. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Athlete, an exhibit of photographs by Anderson and Low, through June 30.

Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight. Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m. to midnight. Featuring Making Sense Stop, an exhibit of oils by Larry Scott, photography and mixed media by Ryan Spencer, and watercolors by Don Willis, through April 30; featuring Got Art?, featuring the photography of Elaine Bean, the paper and oil work of Tom Leech, and the fabric of Jeanne Schenk Steiner, through June 30; reception on Sat., May 6, 4-5:30 p.m.


Bulletin Board

announcements

Food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the largest single-day food drive, on May 13. Leave you non-parishables at your mailbox and they will be delivered to Care & Share.

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce seeking local talent for its annual July 4 street fair in downtown Monument. Applications accepted through mid-May. Small budget available. Call 488-2904 for more.

Welfare Conference sponsored by the Housing Advocacy Coalition and Colorado Welfare Advocated Union at St. Mary's Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa St. Child care provided with advance notice. Sat., May 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

arts events and classes

36th annual Spring Show and Sale sponsored by the Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild at the Black Forest Community Center. Thurs.-Sat., May 4-6, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., May 7, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Contra Dance hosted by Pikes Peak Traditional Dance in Gaylord Hall at Colorado College's Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. $6. Beginner workshop: 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Art Walk in the historic district of Pueblo. Participating galleries for May 5 include: Gallery of the Southwest, John Deaux Gallery, Nemick & Thompson, and The Wall Gallery. Open 5-9 p.m.

ArtsPeak, a weekly radio program hosted by David Sckolnik on KCME-FM 88.7. This week, an interview with Howard Kirstel and Dr. Richard Harris, co-creators of the original musical Time to Live, and a review of Pandora's Box V at the Tri-Lakes Art Center. Sat., May 6, 5:30-6 p.m. Rebroadcast: Tues., May 9, 10:30 p.m.

Art classes at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Featuring "Creativity Workshop", Thursdays through May, 6-8 p.m. "Reductive Woodcut" on Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Paper Clay" on Sat., May 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Polymer Clay" on Sat., May 20, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call for fee information.

arts notices

Annual Celebration of the Arts 2000 to be held Sat.-Mon., May 27-29, in Memorial Park, next to Manitou Springs City Hall, seeking musical performers. Call 685-9655 for more.

Young Concert Artists of Colorado Springs, for musicians 22 and under, holding auditions on Sat., May 6, for its 2000-2001 season. Seeking all strings, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn and percussion. Call 633-3449.

Call for entries for Holding My Heart, a "survivors' show" co-sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts and the El Paso County Mental Health Interdisciplinary Committee to be held in July. If you are a survivor of trauma or mental, sexual, or physical abuse, please submit your work by May 15. Call 495-6852 or 481-2098 for more.

clubs & organizations

Friends of the Peak, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and appreciating Pikes Peak, holding a training for everyone interested in leadership positions with the group. Indoors on Thurs., May 11, 6-8:30 p.m. and outdoors on Sat., May 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Advertising Federation presenting a program on FanCard, a card-based fan loyalty program, at a luncheon at the Antlers Adams Mark Hotel, 2 S. Cascade Ave. $19-$22; call 635-7368. Wed., May 17, 11:30 a.m.

Forums & discussions

Sustainable Colorado Springs, a symposium sponsored by the UCCS Social Science Department, in 5101 Breckenridge Dorm. Free and open to the public. Sat., May 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Connecting Youth and Community Workshop, a "hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves workshop" offering eight simultaneous roundtable discussions focusing on "developmental assets," such as family and neighborhood support, and commitment to learning. Sponsored by the Assets of Youth Committee at the Manitou Springs Town Hall. Free. Lunch provided. Call 684-9725 to register. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

health & healing

Osteoporosis screenings offered by Memorial Hospital at local Wal-Marts. Discounted price of $5 courtesy of Wal-Mart. On Fri., May 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 3201 E. Platte and 6510 S. Highway 85 locations. On Sat., May 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 8250 Razor Back and 707 S. 8th Street locations. Call 444-CARE for more.

Health Expo 2000 at the Pikes Peak Community College Rampart Range Campus. Free admission. Tues., May 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Camp, a weekend for children and teens grieving the death of a loved one, sponsored by Prospect Home Care Hospice. Pre-registration required, 687-0549. Sat.-Sun., May 10-11.

Multiple Sclerosis and the Mind, a half-day seminar on cognitive, employment and treatment issues, at the DoubleTree Hotel World Arena. $5 donation. Sat., May 13, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Shriners Hospital offering a free screening clinic to identify children who can be helped by its expert burn care on the second Saturday of each month at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., 632-3881. Next session: Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to noon.

Politics & civic activism

Juvenile Justice in Colorado explained in a video of a Denver forum to be screened at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Thurs., May 11, 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

National Prayer Day protest sponsored by the Colorado Springs Freethinkers to advocate the separation of religious activities from public parks and other tax-funded facilities and spaces. All church & state separation activists welcome! Meet at Memorial Park, corner of E. Pikes Peak and Hancock (at the statue). Contact 477-9651 for more info. Thurs., May 4, noon.

senior programs & activities

Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., presenting "Viva! Cinco de Mayo" on Fri., May 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; presenting "Honoring the Ages," an awards celebration for individuals and organization for their work on behalf of older adults in the area, on Thurs., May 11, 2-4:30 p.m.

PILLAR, the Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation, provides programs and classes for those in retirement, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Community College and Elderhostel. In May: "Treasures from the Past," an introduction to antiques; ""The Power of Words," in religion and government, law and poetry; "Preparing for Growth in Colorado Springs," at various Utilities sites; "Millionaire Row of Colorado," a simulated walking tour of homes and people with stories to tell. Fees vary. Call 540-7224 for more.

volunteer opportunities

Planned Parenthood is looking for a few good volunteers to commit to working at least once a month. Training will be held on Sat., May 6. Call Cindy at 573-8883 for more.

Nurturing Program Volunteers help stop family violence and child abuse in our community. Daytime and evening volunteer and internship opportunities available. A training session will be at El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, 301 S. Union Blvd, on Mon., May 8, 5:30-8 p.m. To register or for more information, call Karen at 578-3278.


Film & Video

French Filmmaking Competition Film Fest at Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave. Competition by French high-school students in the Pikes Peak region to make French-language films. Recommended for teens. Fri., May 5, 7 p.m.

The Uninvited as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $2.75. Tues., May 9, 7:30 p.m.

30th annual Dominique Dunne Young Filmmakers Video/Film Festival at the Fountain Valley School Performing Arts Center. Free, no tickets needed. Call 390-7035 Ext. 262 for directions or with questions. Sat., May 13, 7 p.m.


Learning

Breaking Free Workshop, a workshop for people trying to end a bad or abusive relationship, with author James Johnson, at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Workshop on Fri., May 5, 7-9 p.m.

Wildlife Watch at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo, featuring classroom lessons and an outdoor field trip. Bring sack lunch, snacks and drinks, a water bottle, sun block and binoculars if you have them. $15 per person or family. Register with the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 227-5221. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Yikes, Snakes at the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Sat., May 6, 1:15 p.m.

Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Open Houses at 2855 Mesa Road, www.csu.org/xeri, 448-4555. Featuring "mini-seminars" on: basic irrigation concepts at 10 a.m.; pros and cons of turf varieties at 11 a.m.; choosing perennials for a sequence of seasonal color at noon; composting your yard waste at 1 p.m.; and pruning at 2:30 p.m. No registration required. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Genealogical Society presenting "Materials Available in Your Local Family History Centers" at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Wed., May 10, 7 p.m.

Watercolorist Don Van Horn speaking in a program sponsored by Curiosity Unlimited at Tony Roma's on Austin Bluffs Road. Fri., May 12, 11:30 a.m.

Learning Disabilities Association holding an informal information and planning session to learn about what can be done to help out dyslexic and learning-disabled family members and loved ones. At the Police Dept. Community Room, 705 S. Nevada Ave. Free. Call 389-8880 for more. Mon., May 15, 7 p.m.


Literary Events

30th annual Friends of the Library Book Sale in Gaylord Hall at Colorado College's Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Friday: 50, paperbacks; $1, hardcovers. Saturday: $2 grocery bags. 389-6607. Fri., May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Poetry West poetry workshop led by Liz Lewis in Colorado College's Worner Center. Bring 15 copies of a poem to discuss. Call 447-9039 for more. Sat., May 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bagel and The Bard, First United Methodist Church First Sunday Book Group presenting Professor Janice Hayes, a noted Shakespearean scholar, will lead a discussion of Hamlet. Bagels and coffee available. Sun., May 7, 12:30 p.m.

Writers Group with on-the-spot writing games at the Briargate Barnes and Noble, 266-9960. Sun., May 7, 5 p.m.

Bernard S. Mayer, author of The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner's Guide, speaking at a luncheon at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $15; call 266-1515 by May 3 for reservations. Mon., May 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Craig Childs, author of The Secret Knowledge of Water, at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., 635-1195. Tues., May 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Romance Book Club discussing A Ghost for Maggie at the Briargate Barnes and Noble, 266-9960. Tues., May 9, 7 p.m.

Star Wars Book Club discussing Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn at the Briargate Barnes and Noble, 266-9960. Wed., May 10, 7 p.m.

Great Books Discussions, discussing Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, at the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2321 for more. Thurs., May 11, 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m.

Reverend Darryl Rhodes with signing Preaching the Cross and Probing the Proverbs at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Mon., May 15, 2 p.m.

Mike Danford, author of No Sudden Moves and Patagonia, at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Tues., May 16, 7 p.m.

Conversations With God Book Group, discussing the books of Neale Donald Walsch at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. On the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m.. Next meeting: Tues., May 16.

Oprah Book Club at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Wed., May 17, 6 p.m.

Richard "Goose" Gossage, Colorado Springs' own baseball great, at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., 635-1195. Thurs., May 18, 5-7 p.m.

Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District Book Sale at the Sand Creek Branch, 1821 S. Academy Blvd. Sat., May 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sun., May 21, noon to 4 p.m.: all the books you can carry, $4-$5.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club discussing The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Sat., May 20, 7 p.m.


Music Concerts

acoustic, folk & country

Guitarist Stephen Bennett performing at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. $8-$12; call 590-8395 for more. Fri., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

The American Music Series ends with Waddie Mitchell & Bryan Bowers at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $18, 444-0884. Mon., May 8, 7 p.m.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $22.50. Wed., May 10, 8 p.m.

Neil McCoy at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park, 596-1212. $22, available at Cowboys and both Western Wear locations. Thurs., May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Brad Paisley at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park, 596-1212. $12-$16, available at Cowboys and both Western Wear locations. Thurs., June 22, 7:30 p.m.

choral

Colorado College Women's Chorus in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Fri., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

Carmina Burana Festival, a four-day intensive study of Carl Off's masterpiece featuring over 200 young musicians from throughout Southern Colorado culminating in a performance at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave, on Sun., May 7, 3 p.m. $5.50; call 520-SHOW.

Beginnings, a performance by the Rainbow Chorus at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., 444-0884. $10, 444-0884. Sun., May 7, 4 p.m.

Breath of Spring, the Colorado Springs Choral Society 43rd season finale. At the First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $10, 634-3737, on Fri., May 12, 7:30 p.m. At the Woodland Park High School gym on Sat., May 13, 2:30 p.m.

Soli Deo Gloria Choir presenting its annual spring concert at the Village Seven Presbyterian Church, 4050 Nonchalant Circle South. Child care provided for those under 6. Sat., May 13, 8 p.m.

Ain' a' This Good News, by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale, singing the best-loved spirituals and gospel music of the past century, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $8. Fri., May 19, 7 p.m.

classical

Chamber Music Extravaganza, featuring the DaVinci Quartet, Susan Grace on piano, Paul Nagem on flute, soprano Martile Rowland and violinist Frank Almond, in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Thurs., May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Celebration Concerts, a series of three concerts featuring outstanding classical singers to benefit the Pikes Peak Library District's African-American Historical and Cultural Collection Endowment. Each concert accompanied by a free workshop for youth the following day (see Youth and Family section). First concert features Gregory Emanuel Rahming and a Greek-American dinner at the Olympian Plaza Events Center, 955 S. Union Blvd., on Fri., May 12, 6:30 p.m. $35. Make reservation by mailing check payable to: Pikes Peak Library District, 3055 Purgatory Drive, Colorado Springs, 80918-1635 by May 5.

Faculty artist concert featuring Daryll Stevens on clarinet and Susan Grace on piano in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Wed., May 10, 7:30 p.m.

Da Vinci Quartet's Season Finale in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Featuring two milestone pieces: Schoenberg's String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7 in D minor and Mozart's String Quintet in E flat Major, K. 614. Violist Joel Rosenberg will join the quartet in the Mozart piece. $17.50-$20, 634-5583. Sat., May 13, 8 p.m.

Duo-pianists, Victoria Markowski and Frank Cedrone, performing at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Sat., May 13, 1-3 p.m.

Young Concert Artists Season Finale at the Colorado Springs School Concert Hall, 21 Broadmoor Ave. Free. Sun., May 14, 2:30 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Season Finale, conducted by Thomas Wilson, at the First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $4-$8, 633-3649. Sun., May 21, 2:30 p.m.

Concert to Honor Composer George Crumb featuring his Music for a Summer Evening in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Free. Sun., May 21, 8 p.m.

miscellaneous

18th annual Cavalcade of Music, a competition featuring over 5000 students from more than 50 high school at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Different group performing every half hour beginning May 3. Awards ceremony on Sat., May 6, 3 p.m.

Tony Elenburg performing as part of the national conference of the Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities at the First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St. Free will offering. Sat., May 6, 7 p.m.

Stars and Stripes Forever! by the United Air Force Band of the Rockies Concert Band at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Free, but tickets required. Tues., May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Second Stone Covenent CD release show at the Norwood Bible Church, 5865 Templeton Gap Road. Fri., May 12, 8 p.m.

Keyboard artist Jackson Berkley with harpist Kathy Bundock-Moore at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Sun., May 14, 11:30 a.m.

Colorado College gamelan orchestra in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Sun., May 14, 3 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Sara Hickman at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., 687-0625. $ TBA. Fri., May 5, 9 p.m.

Papa Roach, presented by KILO at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $9.43. Fri., May 5, 8 p.m.

Upo, presented by KILO at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $5.94. Sat., May 6, 8 p.m.

Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks CD Release Party at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $3-$5. Sat., May 6, 8 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $6, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Sat., May 13, 8 p.m.

The Train Wreckers, an all-women R&B band, at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., 687-0625. $ TBA. Sat., May 13, 9 p.m.

The Sprague Brothers at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766. $3. Tues., May 16, 8 p.m.

Vince Converse with Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks and The Jesse Cotton Stone Band at The Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $8-$10, 685-3300. Thurs., May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Junior Brown at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $15, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Thurs., May 18, 8 p.m.

Superdiamond at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $10, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Fri., May 19, 8 p.m.

Staind at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $15, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Tues., May 23, 8 p.m.

Eden Automatic at the Ritz Grille, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484. Thurs.-Sat., May 25-27, 9:30 p.m.

Armored Saint at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $13, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Fri., May 26, 8 p.m.

U.S. Bombs with Union 13 and Tiger Army at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $8, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Sat., May 27, 8 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. Mon., May 29, 8 p.m.

Omar and the Howlers with Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks and The Mike Nelson Group at The Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $12.50-$15, 685-3300. Thurs., June 1, 7:30 p.m.


Performances

Dance

Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg presenting Red Giselle, a full-length ballet, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $20-$100. Sun., May 14, 8 p.m.

Opera

Hansel and Gretel as part of the Imagination Celebration by the Opera Theater of the Rockies in McMahon Auditorium at Fort Carson. $1-$2. Call 382-3840 for more. Sat., May 13, 2 p.m.

Theater

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by the Rampart High School performing arts department. Fri.-Sat., May 5-6, 7 p.m. Matinee at 3 p.m. on Sun., April 30.

The Sound of Music by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Repertory Theatre Company, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $18. Fri.-Sat., May 5-20, 8 p.m. Sundays, May 7-21, 2 p.m.

Annie Get Your Gun at Eagleview Middle School, 1325 Vindicator Drive. $2-$4, 548-0316. Mon., May 8, 7 p.m. Wed., May 10, 7 p.m.

The Human Comedy by Colorado College's Drama Department in CC's Armstrong Theater. $5, at the door or by calling 389-6607. Thurs.-Sat., May 11-13, 8 p.m.

Time to Live, an original musical, by the Woodland Players at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. $12, 687-5284. Fri.-Sat., May 12-27, 8 p.m.; May 7-28, 2 p.m.

Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde performed by the Star Bar Players in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. . $10-$12. Discounts for seniors over 65 and students. Call 573-7411 for tickets. Fri.-Sat., May 19 through June 3, 8 p.m. Sun., June 4, 2 p.m.

The Gingham Dog by Lanford Wilson, by the Upstart Performing Ensemble at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $12; 444-0884. Fri.-Sat., May 19-27, 8 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m. on Sun., May 21, and Sat., May 27.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, presented by the Air Force Academy BlueBards, in Arnold Hall. $10-$12, 333-4497. Thurs., May 25, 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. May 27-28, 7 p.m.


Recreation

Falcon Wanderers Volksmarch Club sponsoring a 5K and 11K volksmarch starting at Picnic Area #3 at the Air Force Academy. Start between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Walkers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 591-8193 for more. Sat., May 6.

Spring Bird Count at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Free, but reservations required; call 520-6387. Sat., May 6, 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Kite Jubilee with a kite-flying demo and kite making, at the Bear Creek Regional Park. $3 for materials. Reservations required; call 520-6387. Sat., May 6, 9-11:30 a.m.

Bike the Santa Fe Trail. Meet at the Air Force Academy's Northgate parking lot. 15-mile roundtrip tour. Reservations required; call 520-6387 for more. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to noon.

Parks and Rec taking registrations for adult summer volleyball leagues May 8-19. League play begins June 5. Call 385-5981 for more.


Spectator Sports

USA Women's Volleyball vs. Japan at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626. Fri., May 5, 7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Ascent Soccer at Sandcreek Stadium, at Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard. $3-$5, league games. $5-$7, special exhibition or cup games. Against Colorado Comets on Wed., May 3, 7 p.m. and Fri., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Sky Sox home games, in Sky Sox stadium at Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard, 591-SOXX (7699) Against Sacramento River Cats: Thurs.-Fri., May 4-5, 7:05 p.m. Against Nashville Sounds: Fri., May 19, 7:05 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., May 20-21, 1:35 p.m.; Mon., May 22, 7:05 p.m.

Champions on Ice featuring Michelle Kwan, Oksana Baiul, Todd Eldredge, Elvis Stojko and many more at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $36-$56, 576-2626. Wed., May 10, 7:30 p.m.

Monster Truck Race at Penrose Stadium, 1045 W. Rio Grande, 520-6711. Fri.-Sun., May 12-14.

Colorado Rapids at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $13-$22, 800/844-777. Against the Kansas City Wizards: Sat., April 29, 7 p.m. Against D.C. United: Sat., May 6, 7 p.m. Against Miami Fusion: Sat., May 13, 7 p.m. Against New England Revolution: Mon., May 29, 7 p.m.


Special Events

Prayer in the Park, a national day of prayer, in Memorial Park. Thurs., May 4, noon to 7 p.m.

Third annual Colorado Springs Dinner sponsored by the National Benevolent Association -- Colorado Christian Home Tennyson Center featuring storyteller Naomi Haines Griffith, author of Red Clay and Vinegar: Looking at Family Through the Eyes of a Southern Child, at the DoubleTree Hotel-World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. No admission fee, though donations will be sought to benefit at-risk children and families. Fri., May 5, 7 p.m.

17th annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Banquet at the Wydham Hotel. 5580 Tech Center Drive. For dinner, reservations were due by April 28. $20 to dance; no reservations needed. Fri., May 5, 9 p.m.

National Conference of the Christian Council on Persons with Disabilities at the First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St. $40-$60 registration fee. Fri.-Sun., May 5-7. Call 414/357-6672 for more.

Major garage sale to benefit the Boy Scout Troupe 101's High Adventure program at the Broadmoor Elementary, 440 W. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Trinity Christian School Auction, 5055 El Camino Drive. $2. Silent auction, 5:30 p.m. Live auction, with dessert and childcare, 7 p.m. Sat., May 6.

Colorado Opera Festival 30th anniversary Masked Ball Celebration, an evening of dinner and dancing, at the Antler's Adam's Mark Hotel, 2 S. Cascade Ave. $80, 473-0073. Sat., May 6, 7 p.m.

Asia-Pacific Celebration in the Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. Free admission. Food: $5/plate. US Olympic Taekwondo Team at 2:30 p.m. Korean Folk Dance at 3 p.m. Korean Fan Dance at 3:30 p.m. AFA Judo Club Demo at 3:50 p.m. AFA Karate Club Demo at 4:15 p.m. AFA Ninjitsu Club Demo at 4:35 p.m. Filipino Dance Performance at 5 p.m. Hula & Polynesian Dance at 5:30 p.m. Sat., May 6, 2 p.m.

Taste of the Nation at the Sheraton Hotel, 2886 South Circle. $50, available at Care and Share, Antonio's, Old City Caf, Scalabra, Sheraton. Sun., May 7, 5:30 p.m. Call 528-1247 for more.

El Cinco de Mayo Festival in Monument Valley Park. Fiesta Mass at 9:30 a.m. Mariachi class, 11 to noon. Mariachi entertainment, noon. Marquise Band, 1:30 p.m. Ballet Folklorico de Las Raza, 2:30 p.m. Tejano Express Band, 3:30 p.m. Custom Car and Bike Show, 4:30 p.m. Sun., May 7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Job Fair hosted by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Over 25 employers represented. Tues., May 9, 4-7 p.m.

Media Day, an interactive seminar designed to give business and media professionals information on local media, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $5-$30; call 635-7368 to register. Wed., May 10, 8:30-12:30 p.m.

Somewhere in Time, the Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club's annual spring fashion show and luncheon featuring period wedding gowns and clothing from 1900-2000, in the Summit Room at the Sheraton, 2886 S. Circle Drive. Wear your favorite hat. $22, 633-5798. Wed., May 10, 11 a.m.

Welcome Wagon Fashion Show at Embassy Suites, 7290 Commerce Center Drive. $14, includes lunch. Wed., May 10, 11 a.m.

Wildflowers and Wine, the spring fundraiser of the American Lung Association at High Valley Farm. $20-$25, 635-3891. Proceeds benefit asthma and tobacco education programs in the area. Thurs., May 11, 5 p.m.

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the 18-hour team event, around the Colorado College track. The first lap on Fri., May 12, at 6 p.m., celebrates survivorship. Any cancer survivor is welcome; call Rose at 636-5101 for more. Spectators welcome through noon on May 13.

Fourth (bi-annual) Manitou Springs Historic Homes Tour. $9-$10; Tickets available at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, 354 Manitou Ave., and on the day of the tour. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Birth Mother's Day Celebration at St. Mary's Cathedral, 22 W. Kiowa St. Call 578-1222 for more. Sat., May 13, 7 p.m.

Paws in the Park 2000 offering eduational activities for dog owners and their pets, to benefit Dream Power Rescue in Bear Creek Park. Call 538-5855 for more. Rain or shine. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

18th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Pikes Peak YMCA at Harmony Bowl, 3845 N. Academy Blvd. To register, call 329-7228. Sat.-Sun., May 13-14.

Center for Christian-Jewish Dialogue annual conference at the First Unitied Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Preregistration not required. Sun., May 14, 7 p.m. Mon., May 15, 9:30 a.m. Call 570-7931.

Winetasting, a benefit for Hospice, featuring over 20 vendors at the Stagecoach Inn. Sponsored by the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire. $35; call Michael at 685-5284. Tues., May 16, 6 p.m.

Annual Plant Sale by the Manitou Springs Garden Club, offering locally grown plants chosen to fit the difficult growing conditions here, in the Mansions Park Pavilion, behind Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Sat., May 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ARBOR DAY EVENTS

GreenSprings Tree Planting in Monument Valley Park. Call 385-5947 for more. Fri., May 5, 8 a.m. to noon.

Arbor Day Fair at the Goose Gossage Skateboard Complex, south of Garden of the Gods on Mark Daubling Blvd. Over 50 trees will be planted and seedling will be given away. Also features exhibitors from environmental and "green" industries. Call city forestry at 385-5947 for more. Fri., May 5, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Youth and Family Events

Gifts of the Fire-Bringer, a multi-media performance about the myths of the origins and benefits of fire and natural gas at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo, 578-7088. Sat., May 6, 10 a.m. to noon.

Children's Day, an annual Japanese festival, in Colorado College's Armstrong Hall, Room 342. Features traditional Japanese activities. Free, but space and supplies limited. Call 389-7078 for a reservation. Sat., May 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Lost and Found by Telluride Repertory Theater at the Smokebrush Center for the Arts and Theater, 235 N. Nevada Ave. $5-$7, 444-0884. Sat., May 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Pressed Flowers, a program by the Horticultural Arts Society at the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Mothers and daughters especially welcome. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2335 for more. Wed., May 10, 7 p.m.

Classical Chat with Youth with singer Gregory Emanuel Rahming at the Emmanual Missionary Baptist Church, 1 S. Walnut St. Free. Sat., May 13, 1:30 p.m.

Super Saturdays on the second Saturday of the month at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 1025 North Gate Road, 488-0880. $2. On May 13, 1-4 p.m.: "What's Mined is Sport," on what mined materials make sports equipment.

Get Smart About It!, a youth colloquium on law, for students in El Paso County in grades 7 through 12, at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Sponsored the Coalition of African-American Professionals in Law, the El Paso Bar Association, and the Hillside Community Center. Free, lunch provided. Call 266-1515 for more. Sat., May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seventh annual Hummingbird Festival at the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Features expert speakers, a plant sale featuring plants that attract hummingbirds, a hummingbird demonstration garden, children's activities, guided bird walks. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance for girls under 12 and their special escorts at the City Auditorium, 221 $12.50 per person; call 578-6652 by May 10 for reservations. Sat., May 13.

The Goose Is Loose, featuring baseball great Richard "Goose" Gossage, reading from his book and speaking about his career as part of the Pikes Peak Library District's Second Sundays family program, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Independent. Free, 531-6333 ext. 2335. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Sun., May 14, 1-3 p.m.

"Special People" Photo Contest for all sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the Pikes Peak region offered by Shewmaker's Camera Shop. Applications available at: 30 N. Tejon, 636-1696; 630 N. 19th Street, 520-9970; and 6902 N. Academy, 598-6412. Digital and/or film 8"x10" photo image. Top 50 winners will be displayed at Chapel Hills mall. Deadline: May 17, 5 p.m.

Children and the Big Questions, a class for parents, people who work with children, or anyone who wishes to better articulate theological ideas or beliefs at High Plains Church, 1714 Brookwood Dr. Call 260-1080 for reservations. Tuesdays, through May 23, 7-9 p.m.

Colorado Springs Children's Chorale auditions for the Summit Ensemble, a mixed voice choir for high school students, on May 31, and for the Treble Choir, ages 8 to 12, on June 3. Call 633-3562 for an appointment.

Children's Literacy Center seeking volunteers 16 and older (13 and older with special recommendations) to provide one-on-one tutoring to first, second and third grade students in reading. Orientation and a 2-hour training takes place at the end of May. The three-week tutoring sessions begin June 13 and July 11. Call 471-8672.


Out of Town Events

acoustic, folk & country concerts

Telluride on the Rocks featuring Jackson Brown, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby and Susan Tedeschi, in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $37.50-$47.50, 520-9090. Tues., June 13, 5:30 p.m.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2000 featuring Jackson Browne, Michelle Shocked, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Leftover Salmon, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Bruce Hornsby and many more, in Telluride, CO. $155, for a four-day pass. Visit www.bluegrass.com for full line-up. June 15-18.

Classical & jazz music

Pueblo Symphony ending its concert season with "Bella Notte," a performance by Metropolitan Opera soprano Elizabeth Carter, at University of Southern Colorado's Hoag Hall. $15-$20, 719/549-2404. Sat., May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra with guest violinst Pip Clarke in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $12-$48, 303/830-8497. Fri.-Sat., May 19-20, 7:30 p.m. Sun., May 21, 2:30 p.m.

Colorado Symphony Orchestra's Season Finale, featuring Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $12-$48, 303/830-8497. Thurs.-Sat., May 25-27, 7:30 p.m.

JVC Winter Park Jazz Festival. On Sat., July 8: Neville Brothers, Craig Chaquico, Warren Hill & KHIH's Kenny Johnson Band. On Sun., July 9: Guitars and Saxes, featuring Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Kim Waters & Jonathon Butler, Boney James, Eddie Palmieri and BonaFide.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $20-$25, 303/786-7030. Fri., June 30, 8 p.m.

comedy

Nationally-known comedians at the Comedy Works in Denver, 303/595-3637. Robert Schimmel: April 27-29. Wendy Liebman: May 5-6. Jake Johannsen: May 11-13.

Sandra Bernhard at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $30-$40, 520-9090. Thurs., May 4, 8 p.m.

George Carlin in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $30-$45, 520-9090. Thurs., May 11, 8 p.m.

Kate Clinton at the Gothic Theater, Denver. Over-21 show. $18-$20, 520-9090. Fri., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python at the Paramount Theatre, Denver, $44-$62, 520-9090. Thurs.-Fri., June 1-2, 8 p.m.

opera

Fidelio by Opera Colorado in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $17-$73, 800/841-1222. Sat., May 6, 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 9, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 12, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., May 14, 2 p.m.

The Threepenny Opera, a bawdy comedy by Kurt Weill, at the Miller Center, Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Denver. $10-$20, 303/320-3780. Sat., June 3, 8 p.m. Fri., June 9, 8 p.m. Sun., June 11, 2:30 p.m. Sat., June 17, 8 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Ken Burns at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Fri., May 5, 8 p.m.

Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8.50-$10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., May 5, 9 p.m.

Bush and Godsmack offering a second show in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison###. $25.50-$28.50, 520-9090. Sat., May 6, 6 p.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $15, 303/830-2525. Sat., May 6, 8 p.m.

The The at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $20-$22, 303/830-2525. Tues., May 9, 8 p.m.

The Mad Professor at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Tues., May 9 , 9 p.m.

Orchestra Morphine at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $18, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed., May 10, 9 p.m.

Johnny Winter at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Fri., May 12, 8 p.m.

Rollins Band at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $15.50, 303/830-2525. Fri., May 12, 8 p.m.

Smashing Pumpkins in the Balch Fieldhouse, UC- Boulder. $29.50, 800/965-4827, or www.ticketweb.com. Tues., May 16, 7 p.m.

Tina Turner and Lionel Richie at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $35.25-$79.25, 520-9090. Wed., May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Reo Speedwagon and STYX with Eddie Money at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $18-$31, 520-9090. Wed., May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Pat McGee and The Hazel Miller Band at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $32, 520-9090. Fri., May 19, 7 p.m.

The Dr. Demento Show at the Gothic Theater, Denver. All ages. $12.50-$25, 520-9090. Fri., May 19, 8 p.m.

David Gray at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., May 20, 9 p.m.

Negativeland at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $16-$17, 303/322-2308. Sat., May 20, 8 p.m.

311 with Incubus, Long Beach Dub All Stars, MDFMK, Apollo 440, and Suicide Machine at Fiddlers Green Amphitheater. $22.50-$25.50, 520-9090. Sat., June 3, 1 p.m.

The Cure at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater. $31-$44.50, 520-9090. Mon., June 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Melvins at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., June 8, 9 p.m.

Margaret Cho at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $25-$35, 520-9090. Thurs., June 8, 8 p.m.

Seraphim Shock at the Aztlan Theater, Denver. All ages. $10-$12, 520-9090. Fri., June 9, 8 p.m.

Lou Reed with Victoria Williams at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $49-$59, 520-9090. Sat., June 10, 8 p.m.

Ray Charles at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $42-$54, 520-9090. Tues., June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Burt Bacharach at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $30-$40, 520-9090. Fri., June 16, 9 p.m.

Natalie Cole at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $39-$69, 520-9090. Sun., June 18, 7:30 p.m.

NSYNC at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $39.75-$49.75, 520-9090. Tues., June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Steely Dan at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $31-$44.50, 520-9090. Wed., June 21, 7:30 p.m.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Eric Carmen from the Rasberries, Jack Bruce from Cream, Simon Kirk from Bad Company, Dave Edmunds from Rockpile, Mark Rivera of Billy Joel's Band, in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $ TBA, 520-9090. June 28, 7:30 p.m.

Blink-182 with Bad Religion at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater. $25, 520-9090. Thurs., June 29, 7 p.m.

The String Cheese Incident with Bunny Wailer & The Solomonic Reggaestra in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $30-$35, 520-9090. Fri., June 30, 6 p.m.

Hugh Masekela at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., June 30, 9 p.m.

The Allman Brothers in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $37.50-$40.15, 520-9090. Mon., July 3, 7 p.m.

Roger Waters at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $28-$53, 520-9090. Mon., July 3, 8 p.m.

Blues Traveler in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $32.50, 520-9090. Tues., July 4, 6 p.m.

Don Henley in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $48.50-$58.50, 520-9090. Fri., July 7, 8 p.m.

Metallica with Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000 and System of a Down, at Mile High Stadium, Denver. Wed., July 12.

Diana Ross and the Supremes at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $39-$125, 520-9090. Fri., July 21.

Sting in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $47.50-$92.50, 520-9090. Tues., July 25, 6 p.m.

Dave Matthews Band with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $45, 520-9090. Tues., July 25, 6 p.m.

Britney Spears in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $47.50, 520-9090. Wed., July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Earl Keen at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed., Aug. 2, 8 p.m.

Poison with Cinderella, Dokken and Slaugher at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $18-$31, 520-9090. Thurs., Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m.

special events

Unique Lives and Experiences Lecture Series in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. Features former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto on May 8. $122 for series package. Call 303/893-4100 for more.

Dralion, the new production by Cirque du Soleil, in the Pepsi Center parking lot, Denver. $30.50-$55, 800/678-5440. Begins June 6.

theater

The Miser, by Jean Baptiste Molire, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. May 4 through June 10.

Praying For Rain, written by Robert Lewis Vaughan, who attended Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, and set in a small town near the Garden of the Gods, at the Acoma Center, Denver. $18, 303/623-0524. Through May 6.

Violet, winner of the 1997 New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada. $22-$24. 303/431-3939. Through May 7.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? 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 May 21.

Kiss of the Spider Woman presented by El Centro Su Teatro, Denver. $9-$12, 303/296-0219. Closing night fundraiser: $22.50-$25. Thurs.-Sat., through May 20, 8 p.m.

Give 'Em A Bit of Mystery: Shakespeare and the Old Tradition, conceived, written and performed by Tony Church, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Through June 10.

42nd Street by Boulder's Dinner Theatre. $30.50-$41, 800/448-5501. Through July 30.

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