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Art Shows and Galleries

Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd., 268-9951. Featuring pastel and charcoal works by Chipeta Elementary Students on an ongoing basis. Photography by Tara Signorelli, through March. 18.

All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Featuring the work of Maria Westy Bush in honor of Black History Month. Through March 31.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., 12-4 p.m. 636-1901. www,aratiartists.com. Featuring watercolors by Mary Wright and Carlin Kielcheski, through March.

Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 329-1574. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointments available. Featuring Lasting Impressions, the welded steel sculptures of Don Orr, through March 18. Also, One Plus One, a group show in conjuction with Pikes Peak Community College, March 16-April 1.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Art Is ..., an exhibition and retrospective of Charles H. Rockey, through March 3. Wunderkind, an exhibition of 14 young artists from the region. March 16 through April 13. Opening reception: Fri., March 16, 5-7 p.m. Featuring Go Figure 2001, a figurative art group show. Opening reception: Fri., March 16, 6-9 p.m.

Cherokee's of Manitou, 351 Manitou Ave. 685-3508. 11a.m to 6 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Featuring photographer Janice Hill's retrospective on Colorado, through April 1. Opening reception: Sat., March 17, 6 p.m. Also, featuring sculpture by Randall May and Eddy Shorty, oil paintings by Louis Stephenson and watercolors by Lorraine Danzo.

Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, 475-6110. Featuring the 15th Annual District-wide Art Show, March 10-16. Awards ceremony reception in the auditorium, Sat., March 13, 6:30 p.m.

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6797. Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring Kathmandu, handmade paper fabric, apparel and other work by Nepali artist Deepak Shrestha, plus Kathmandu Suite, painted poems and photographs by Tom Leech and Jake Norton, through March 14.

Colorado Springs Airport, 7770 Drennen Rd., 550-1900. Featuring works by Robert Aertker, Brenda Cameron, Elizabeth S. Fuller, Conrad Nelson, Skip Odell and the Manitou Springs School District 14, through March.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$4. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. Collecting Contemporary Art: One Point of View, March 10-April 22. Awesome Art Auction: Bid Boogie and Buy, March 16-April 22. A.G. Edwards Collection of Photography, March 23-April 22. Opening for Collection, Art Auction and A.G. Edwards: Fri., March 23, 4-7 p.m.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. No Two Alike: African-American Quilts, 22 quilts all using square-within-a-square patterns, collected by Californian Eli Leon, through March 31.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring A Painter, a Potter and a Sculpture, work by Shalimar Butterworth, Casey Hankin and Evelyn Baldwin, through March 13. Featuring the annual Spring Thaw show, Sound of Mountain. March 16 through April 17.

Fiber Art Gallery and Weaving Studios, 118.5 E. Cheyenne Road, 634-3823. Thurs.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments available. Features work by Brenda Cameron, Judy Ditmore and Rebecca Yaffe.

Frameworks Gallery, 2236 N. Wahsatch Ave., 636-2427. Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Peer Mirror, hand-painted hand-cast faux mirrors by Lenore Hotchkiss.

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. The Biennial Art Faculty Exhibit, through March 30.

Pikes Peak Center mezzanine, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Featuring Nature's Network, paintings by Mary Helsaple. 685-5060. Opening reception: Sun., March 11, 4:30-7 p.m.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring Time and Place, a century of women artists, with one woman representing each decade, in the White Gallery. Opening reception featuring nationally renown weaver Eppie Archuleta, Thurs., March 8, 4 p.m. Also, 10 x 10: Repetition in Art, an invitational of Front Range artists; and Centum, a collection of 100 pieces from Front Range artists.

Sparrow Hawk Gallery, 3919 Palmer Park Blvd., 572-6789. Hours: Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring watercolor and ink works by Marsha Ashby Schillinger. Gallery also offering art classes with Donna Francis.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Colorado Art Education Association Exhibit in the Main Gallery; Laura Reilly's In a Painter's Light in the Community Gallery; and work by local printmaker Pat Garlan in the artists' gallery. Through Feb. 25.

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 American Athletes, sports photography by Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low, until August. Opening reception: Tues., March 13, RSVP by March 9 by calling 578-4888.

The Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron. 475-8880. Featuring photography by Charles "Stretch" Ledford. Opening reception: Sat., March 3, 3-5 p.m. Runs indefinitely.

arts events and programs

Art workshops at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Featuring the Ceramics Series -- "Introduction to Glazes" on Sat., March 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Sawdust Firing" on Fri., March 9, 5-7 p.m. and Sat., March 10, 3-5 p.m. Call for fee and materials information.

Chocolate Art Show and Silent Auction at Taylor Elementary, 900 E. Buena Ventura. Student artwork will be on display and chocolate goodies will be sold throughout the night. Auction items include furniture, movie and skiing tickets and restaurant certificates. For details, call 328-3500. Fri., March 9, 6:30 p.m.

call for entries

Bella Art & Frame seeking entries for their upcoming Equine Art Show. Call for prospectus, 487-7691. Deadline: June 6.

Commonwheel Artist Cooperative has an opening for a fiber artist and a potter in the Manitou Springs shop, 108 Cañon Ave. Interested artists should submit 4-5 actual pieces of work (no photos or slides), which will be juried on March 13. All applicants must attend June 5 association meeting. Deadline: Mon., March 12, 4 p.m. Also, seeking entries for Sound of Mountain, the annual Spring Thaw Show. $3-$5 entry fee. Non-juried show. Deadline: Mon., March 12. For applications, call 685-1008.


Bulletin Board

announcements

Nominations sought for the 2000 Community of Kindness Business Awards, given to businesses or non-profits that have significantly contributed to the community last year. Nominations for three categories: large businesses (100 or more employees), small businesses (less than 100 employees) and non-profit organizations will be accepted until March 16. Email barry@weinholds.org for more.

clubs & organizations

Colorado CURE (Citizens United for Reform of Prisons)holding a monthly general meeting at First Congregational Church, 20 East St. Vrain (corner of Tejon). Featuring remarks by a professional counselor from the Corrections Department. Free. For further information call Joe or Elena Bost at 473-4089. Fri., March 9, 6:30.

Sierra Club general meeting at First Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada, Room 134. Subject: Prairie Dogs Key to a Healthy Prairie, a slide and photography presentation by Jon Proctor of the Predator Conservation Alliance. Free, 227-8851. Tues., March 13, 7 p.m.

Daughters of the American Revolution meetings. Kinikinik Chapter meeting at the Boy Scouts of American office, 525 E. Uintah. Salad luncheon featuring a talk by the curator of the Peterson Air & Space Museum. Free, 577-4948. Tues., March 13, noon. Sebulon Pike Chapter, meeting at Guiseppe's, 20 S. Sierra Madre. Richard Marold presenting "Winfield Scott Stratton: Colorado Gold King". 599-0717. Sat., March 10, noon.

Pikes Peak Obedience Club, holding an Educational Dog Training Open House featuring demonstrations in Agility (dog obstacle course) followed by Puppy, Beginners, through all Competition levels of training. Educational booths about dog care and training and vendor booths also on premises. No non-member dogs allowed. Call 578-1218 for details. Sat.-Sun., March 17-18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Forums & discussions

City Council Candidates Forum at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. Candidate tables open to the public at 9 a.m., forum held from 10 a.m. to noon. Free, 278-9239. Sponsored by El Paso County Republican Clubs. Sat., March 10.

Powers Corridor Transportation Improvements Open houses, sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportations. The open houses will introduce the overall Powers Corridor Freeway concept, present preliminary findings on interchange locations and types and solicit public comments. On Tues., March 13: The Radisson Inn, 1645 N. Newport Rd., 597-7000. 4-7 p.m.

health & healing

Health Classes at Memorial Hospital. Locations and fees vary, call for 444-CARE information and registration. On Thurs., March 8: Breast-feeding basics. On Thurs., March 8: "My Mom's Having a Baby". On Fri., March 16: Car Seat Safety.

Abundance workshop, manifesting health, prosperity, success and love by creating your vision map, presented by Smooth Changes. Identifying blocks, relaxation and goal setting exercises. Held at 2135 Chuckwagon Rd. $35. Reservations, 271-6089 Sat., March 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Look Good... Feel Better program, open to women undergoing cancer treatment. Learn make-up application and skin care. Each women receives a make-up kit. At Penrose Cancer Center, 110 E. Monroe. Registration, 636-5101. Mon., March 12, noon to 2 p.m.

Mobile Mammography Project, providing mammograms to underinsured, low-income or uninsured women. Self-pay welcome, $85. Pre-registration required, 785-9000. At Planned Parenthood, 3958 N. Academy Blvd. Suite 108. Tues.-Wed., March 13-14, 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Shaping Colorado's Future: Women's Voices at the State Capitol, a workshop and panel discussion focusing on issues affecting women such as childcare, affordable housing, health care, etc. Lunch speaker: Former State Rep. Marcy Morrison. $15, sliding fee scale and scholarships available. Lunch and childcare provided. Reservations required, call Cindy at 573-8883. At the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Sat., March 17, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

AIDS/HIV Open Forum, featuring speakers from the local community discussing the spread of HIV/AIDS in the college age group. In the UCCS University Center Brooks Room, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. 262-3450. Thurs., March 22, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Stretching classes with Bill Curington at Motion Studies, 3020 W. Colorado Ave. Mondays and Fridays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Stretch and strengthen to music. $5 per class, $25 per month. Bill, 554-9257 or 390-3856.

Esoteric Meditation Group meeting Tuesday evenings in Manitou Springs at 7:45 p.m. Free, 685-4263 or www.hlngrvr.com.

senior programs & activities

Health Education at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free unless otherwise noted. Registration, 385-5933. On Tues., March 13, 10-11:30 a.m.: Acupuncture, Could it Help? On Wed., March 14, 1-2:30 p.m.: Macular Degeneration and Available Technologies. On Thursdays, March 15-29, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Healing Yourself through Healing Touch Energy Therapy ($2).

Staying in Charge as You Age, a program assessing and discussing your options at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free. Register at 385-5933. Thurs., March 8 and 15, 10-11 p.m.

PILLAR, the Pikes Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuventation offering education programs for retirees and other interested individuals., Locations and fee vary. Registration, 633-4991. On Wed., March 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.: Understanding Mutual Funds. On Thurs., March 15, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Sailing to Security.

Over the Counter Drugs and Prescriptions: Driving Risks, a presentation about the affects of drugs on your driving abilities with Tom Ankow, owner of Driver Safety Consultants at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free, 385-5933. Thurs., March 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Young at Art, a new monthly program for seniors at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. RSVP's suggested, 634-5581. $4-$7, includes refreshments. On Wed., March 28, 1-3 p.m., a lecture on the masters of the High Renaissance such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo by Chuck Benson.

volunteer opportunities

Head Start Preschool Program seeking volunteers to spend a few hours per week working one-on-one with children in the classroom or during evening child care. All ages welcome to apply, there is no minimum commitment of hours. Call 635-1536, ext. 233.

Old Colorado City Historical Society seeking volunteers to help process artifacts, work with archives, and copy and staple the monthly newsletter. Call Gordon Gray or Jane Colvard, 636-1225.

Care and Share Food Bank seeking volunteers to help with promotions, graphic design, development, clerical work, food pickup and delivery, photography, special events help, research, data entry and warehouse work. Call Jordan Isreal, 528-1247. www.careandshare.org .


Film & Video

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Classic Film Series, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. $3. March 20: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

French Movies Series at Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada Av., Thursdays, 7.30 p.m. Free. March 21: Le Cercle Rouge (The Red Circle).

First Congregational Church Film Series, St. Vrain and Tejon. Enter on St. Vrain side. Potluck munchies at 6:30, film at 7 p.m. Free, 471-8215. On Fri., March 16: Marty, starring Ernest Borgnine as a Bronx butcher who finds love. Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor, direction and screenplay. Also, Anticipating Sarah, a short film of love hoped for and found.


Learning

South American Bicycling, a presentation by Matt and Nicole Deniston featuring beautiful slides from their 11-month, 11,500 km cycle tour at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon St.. Free, 633-0732. Mon., March 12, 7 p.m.

Showering the Bride: A Ritual of Gender and Consumption, a presentation by visiting professor Ellen Litwicki focusing on the history of bridal showers and their affect on women, in the UCCS Universtiy Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free, 262-3450. Mon., March 12, 4 p.m.

Gardening in the Pikes Peak Region offered by the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension on Tuesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the CSU Extension Office, 305 S. Union Blvd., or Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rampart High School, Room 16, 8250 Lexington Ave. $5 per class. On March 13-14: The Art and Science of Composting.

Architecture lecture series by Chuck Benson in the Music Room at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. "Art and Architecture of China and Japan" on March 15.

Putting Social Theory to Work: The People's Geography Project and the Popularization of Radical Geography, a lecture by Donald Mitchell of Syracuse University, founder of the Peoples Geography Project. In the Brooks Room at the UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free, 262-3450. Thurs., March 15, 5 p.m.

Ireland, The Land of Charm and Enchantment, a presentation by Professor Tom Huber. Huber will talk about the real Ireland, where pain, joy, melancholy, hate, love and history all dominate the landscape at the same time. Free, 262-3450. At the UCCS University Center Room 116 A/B, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Thurs., March 15, 1 p.m.

Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series at the Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee St., presented by local authors, artists and experts. On Sun., March 18, 3 p.m.: "Hooked on Classics: Manitou's Historic Motels."

Understanding Issues of Violence Between Men and Women, an exploration of violence between men and women through historical, cultural, and contemporary perspectives. Michael Wolfe, Dept. of Public Safety, will present. In the UCCS University Center Room 122, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free, 262-3450. Tues., March 20, 12:15 p.m.


Literary Events

Silver Key Annual Book Fair, benefiting Silver Key Senior Services, 2250 Bott Ave. 632-1521. Wed.-Fri., March 7-9, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sarah Stewart and David Small signing The Journey at Chinook Bookstore, 210 N. Tejon St. 635-1195. Wed., March 14, 4 p.m.

Suzanne Brockmann, signing The Defiant Hero, the sequel to The Unsung Hero, recently voted number one on the Romance Writers of America's Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year list. At Beth Anne's Book Corner, 2204 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Free, 471-7545. Fri., March 16, 3 p.m.

Illustrator Michael Hague signing The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Mother Goose Teddy Bear at Chinook Bookstore, 210 N. Tejon St. 635-1195. Sun., March 18, 1 p.m.

Life After Harry Potter, a book group for those suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal, at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Dr. E. For ages 4th grade and up. RSVP to 573-6947. Thurs., March 24, 9-11 a.m.

Jim Moore, poet and Colorado College visiting writer reading from his works, including The Freedom of History and The Long Experience of Love in Gates Common Room on the third floor of Palmer Hall on the CC Campus. Free, 389-6607. Tues., March 27, 7:30 p.m.

William Least Heat-Moon signing River Horse: A Voyage Across America at Chinook Bookstore, 210 N. Tejon St. 635-1195. Mon., April 9, 5:30 p.m.

Seamus Heaney, Nobel Prize-winning poet whose recent books include Beowulf and Open Ground, in Shove Chapel on the Colorado College campus. Free. 389-6853. Mon., April 16, 7:30 p.m.


Music

acoustic, folk & country

Nathan Ficher, classical guitarist, presented by the Colorado Springs Guitar Society, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $10-$12, 528-6395. Sat., March 10, 7 p.m.

choral

Fisrt Christian Church Pipe Organ Concert Series, in the Church, 16 E. Platte. Free, good will offerings accepted. 633-8888. On Sun., March 11, 3 p.m., the Pikes Peak Singers, the touring group of the Colorado Springs Children Chorale.

Northwestern College Choir, from Minneapolis, MN, at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free, 471-4361. Fri., March 16, 7 p.m.

classical

High Altitude Trombone Quartet with Jeremy Van Hoy and Susan Grace performing in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Sat., March 10, 7:30 p.m.

Lanner Faculty Artist Concert, featuring Colorado College faculty artists along with the Da Vinci Quartet, playing pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Dahl and Bizet. Free, 389-6607. In Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Sun., March 11, 3 p.m.

Tone Paintings: 20th Century Music for Trumpet and Organ, performed by Jason Pettit and Joseph Galema at the Air Force Acadey Cadet Chapel. Free, 333-3818. Sun., March 11, 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Flute Choir performing the music of Ireland, England and Scotland at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4720 Galley Rd. Free, 495-3695. Sun., March 18, 3 p.m.

jazz & swing

Second Sunday Jazz Affair by the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society at The Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $4-$6. Featuring Tom O' Boyle. Sun., March 11, 2-5 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $5, 447-9797. Fri., March 16, 9 p.m.

David "Fathead" Newman at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Saxophonist Newman is one of the most legendary figures in jazz. $12-$18, 578-5263. Tues., April 17, 7 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Reckless Kelly, outlaw old-time rock 'n' roll, at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $5, 687-0625. Fri., March 9, 9 p.m.

Discohesive at Jos Muldoon's, 222 N. Tejon St. $TBA, 636-2311. Fri.-Sat., March 9-10, 9 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $8, 800-965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Wed., March 14, 8 p.m. doors.

Godsmack with Staind, Cold, and Systematic at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $27.50, 576-2626. Mon., March 19, 7 p.m.

Earthmen at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $TBA, 687-0625. Fri., March 23, 9 p.m.

Young Dubliners at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $8, 447-9797. Mon., March 26, 8 p.m.

Matchbox 20 with Everclear and Lifehouse at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Remaining seats, $44. 576-2626. Mon., March 26, 8 p.m.

Union Underground at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800/965-4827. Wed., March 28, 8 p.m.

Reverend Billy C. Wirtz, satirical psychedelic piano blues rocker extrordinaire, at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $13-$17, 634-5583. Fri.-Sat., March 30-31, 8 p.m.

Old School Spring Jam, featuring Midnight Star, The Zapp Band and Lenny Williams of Tower of Power at the State Fair Events Center, Pueblo. Emcee: comedian Jimmy "JJ" Walker. $19.50-$39.50, backstage passes available, 520-9090. Sat., March 31, 6 p.m.

music announcements

Colorado Springs Recorder Society monthly meeting, led by Karl Reque in Colorado College's Packard Hall, Room 21. Includes works by Bach and Purcell. Free, 473-0714. Sun., March 11, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The Art of Film Music, a class offered by the Pikes Peak Education Cooperative, 633-9373, at the Sound Shop, 528 S. Tejon St. $35. Wed., March 21 and 28, 6:30-10 p.m.


Performances

Comedy

Black Comedy Tour featuring Lester Barrie and B Phlat! At El Pomar Sports Center, north Side of Cache la Poudre just west of Cascade. $5-$7, 389-6607. Fri., March 9, 9 p.m.

Dance

High School/College Step-Off, an annual statewide sorority and fraternity step dance competition, in Colorado College's El Pomar Sports Center, north side of Cache la Poudre just west of Cascade. $5-$7. Tickets available at the Worner Center desk, 389-6607. Sat., March 10, 8 p.m.

Weavings, the annual Colorado College drama and dance department faculty dance concert. Includes reconstructions of early classics and several new works. In Armstrong Theater. $2-$5, 389-6607. Fri.-Sat., March 9-10, 8 p.m. Sun., March 11, 3 p.m.

Katya's Dream: A Russian Trilogy, inspired by Firebird and Petrouchka. Performed by DanceQuest at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $6-$10, 634-5583. Fri., March 17, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., March 18, 2 p.m.

Opera

Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, performed by the Opera Theater of the Rockies in Colorado College's Armstrong Theater, NE corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. $15-$35, 520--SHOW. Fri.-Sat., March 23-24, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 25, 3 p.m.

Theater

2X Pinter, two one-act plays by Harold Pinter including Mountain Language and One For The Road at Chaos Theatrearts, 802 N. Weber St. $8, 634-5429. Fri.-Sun., March 8-10 and 15-17, 8 p.m.

Vexations, a radio play looking at the life of eccentric composer Erik Satie by KCME Radio Theater, 88.7 FM. Thurs., March 8, 8 p.m.

The Good Woman of Setzuan, a play by Bertolt Brecht, presented by the Colorado College German Dep't. in the Max Kade Theater in Armstrong Hall, Room 300. Free, 389-6607. Limited seating. Thurs.-Sat., March 8-10, 7:30 p.m.

The Velveteen Rabbit presented by the First Compnay Theater Group at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada. Ticket information, 471-8522. Fri.-Sun., March 9-11.

Cinderella by the Pikes Peak Youth Theater in Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $6-$8, 578-6652. Fri.-Sat., March 9-10, 7 p.m. Sun., March 11, 2 p.m.

Disney on Ice presents Toy Story at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $14.75 and up, 576-2626. Wed.-Sun., March 21-25.

Neil Simon's The Last of the Red Hot Lovers by the Encore! Dinner Theatre, at Castaways Theater, 103 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $35; discounts available. 471-PLAY (7529). Cocktails and musical entertainment at 6 p.m., gourmet buffet at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Through March.

announcements

Colorado Shakespeare Festival seeking two dogs for upcoming production. The Two Gentlemen of Verona requires "bloodhound type" dog with the ability to respond to commands but a true ham at heart. Queen Margaret requires a larger, leash-trained dog. Auditions will be held at the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theater, Fri., March 16, 4:30 p.m. Information, call 303/492-2782.

Star Bar Players seeks director proposals for Night Must Fall by Emlyn Williams. Production dates are May 18-June 3. Mail proposals to P. O. Box 875, Colorado Springs, CO 80901 or call 719/389-1337. Deadline for submission is March 16.

Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company holding auditions for a children's production of Jack and the Beanstalk, running April 2-7 and June 12-16. Auditions will be held March 17-18. Also auditioning adults for a production of Grease, running from May 4-20. Auditions for Grease will be held March 10. Make an appointment by calling 634-5583.


Recreation

Guided Hikes at Mountain Park Environmental Center, Pueblo. Hikes are led by experienced naturalists and last about 2-3 hours. Wear good hiking shoes and prepare for weather changes. $3. Registration, 719/485-4444. Recommended for ages 10 and up. On Fri., March 9, 7 p.m.: Full Moon Hike. On Sun., March 18, 1 p.m.: Spring Equinox.

Warm Up and Tune Up in Sunny Canyon Country. A 2-day road and mountain bike tour in Moab, Utah to benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation. For rider packet or information, call 435/259-2698. Sat.-Sun., March 10-11.

St. Patrick's Day Races, featuring the annual 5K at 10 a.m. (kicks off the Grand Prix of Running) and a children's Leprechaun Fun Run at 11 a.m. Both begin in Bancroft Park, 24th St. and Colorado Ave. Adults, pre-register at Runners Roost, 107 E. Bijou, or visit www.csgrandprix.com. Sat., March 17.

St. Patrick's Day Volksmarch, a 5K and 10K non-competitve walking event beginning at Modern Woodmen of America, 2924 N. Beacon St. anytime between 8 a.m. and noon. Leashed pets allowed. Free, 591-8193. Sat., March 17.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, 2.5 miles south of Highway 24 on Teller Road. Offering a visitor center, trails, ranger programs, petrified trees, detailed plant and insect fossils. Open year-round. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through April. Call 719/748-3253.


Spectator Sports

Colorado Gold Kings Home Games at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626. Against the Idaho Steelheads, Sat.-Sun, March 10-11, 7:05 p.m. Against the Fresno Falcons, Tues.-Wed., March 27-28, 7:05 p.m.


Special Events

Full Moon Ritual hosted by Earth Spirit Pagans in the cafeteria at North Middle School, 612 E. Yampa St. Use front entrance. Please bring a refreshment to share. $1 suggested donation, 1-800-731-2650. Fri., March 9, 6:30- 9 p.m.

Sword of Hope Ball, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. An Arabic-themed event featuring cocktails, music by Tiny Barge and the Big Chill, a silent auction, dinner, and an awards presentation. Tickets are $100. Reservations, 719/543-2824. Sat., March 10, 7 p.m.

Second annual Media Day at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Features half-day interactive forum focusing on Media Audit skills, media options, and media sponsorship. $5-$30, 487-8512. Tues., March 13, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Zin Dins: Zinfindel Wine Tastings at Primitivo, 28 S. Tejon St. Each tasting highlights a particular region or producer, and is accompanied by four course dinner. Limited seating. Reservations, 473-4900. On Wed., March 14, 7 p.m.: Hot Artisanal Wineries. On Wed., March 21, 7 p.m.: La Crme de la Crme -- the best of 1998.

Arthritis Foundation Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, at the Oddfellow's Hall, 575 S. Union Blvd. Features entertainment, door prizes, children's prizes and more. $2.50-$5. Tickets, 520-5711. Fri., March 16, 6-8 p.m.

52nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Card Party hosted by Hearts and Hands of St. Paul's Church in the Pauline Memorial School gym, 1601 Mesa Ave. Play the game of your choice. Door prizes will b awarded. $2.50 per person or $10.00 per table of four. Register by calling Marge at 576-1253 or Dolores at 633-8186.Sat., March 17, 12:30-4 p.m.

18th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Colorado City. Begis at noon on W. Colorado between 27th and 19th streets. Free. Sat., March 17.

Take Back the Night Rally, to protest sexual assault and violence against women. Includes a march around the Colorado College campus and community, keynote speaker and author Inga Muscio, an open mike, a performance by Ellement and appearance by First Strike Theater. Free, 389-6607. Beginning at the CC Worner Center, NW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Wed., March 28, 5:30 p.m.


Youth & Family Events

Three Cheers for Trees, an educational program for ages 7 and up at the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Free, 578-6146. Reservations required. Learn what it's like to be a tree and what makes a forest a forest, and make your own tree vest. Sat., March 10, 11 a.m.

Wild and Wonderful North Cheyenne Cañon Park, a program at the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 N. Cheyenne Cañon Rd. Get up-close and person though hands-on activities inside and outside. For all ages, reservations required, 578-6146. Free. Two week series, Sat., March 10 and 17, 1p.m.

Lights, Camera, Action! A Super Saturday program at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 1025 North Gate Road. Kids ages 6-12 will discover mining town life through photos taken more than 100 years ago, and will learn how to take pictures themselves. $2. Reservations, 488-0880. Sat., March 10, 1-4 p.m.

Pebble Pups, the children's branch of the Colorado Springs Mineralolgical Society, meeting at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Program, about the sea urchins at Tepee Buttes, begins at 7 p.m., before the regular meeting at 7:30. Free. 632-9686. Thurs., March 15.


Out of Town Events

acoustic, folk & country concerts

R. Carlos Nakai Quartet a the Boulder Theater, oulder. $19m 303/786-7030. Sat., March 10, 8 p.m.

Steve Earle and the Dukes with Stacey Earle at the Boulder Theater, Boulder, $22.50, 303/786-7030. 21+. Mon., March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Nickel Creek with Dakota Blonde at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $14.75, 303/786-7030. 21+. Thurs., March 22, 8 p.m.

Sam Bush at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., March 23, 9 p.m.

Dusty Drapes and the Dusters, featuring all members of the 1974 recording sessions and the premier of Leland Rucker's film about Boulder music in the 60s, at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/786-7030. 21+. Fri., March 23. 8:30 p.m.

The Limeliters at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth, Arvada. $20, 303/431-3939. Sat., March 24, 7:30 p.m.

John Hammond's Wicked Grin at the Gothic Theater, 3263 S. Broaway, Denver. $20, 303/777-1003. Wed., March 28, 8 p.m.

Cliff Eberhardt with Lynn Miles at Swallow Hill, 71 E. Yale, Denver. $13-$15, 303/777-1003. Sat., March 31, 8 p.m.

Dougie MacLean at the Boulder Theater, 14th and Pearl Street Mall, Boulder. $18.90, 520-9090. All-ages. Wed., April 4, 8 p.m.

Keller Williams at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $10-$12, 800/965-4827. Fri., April 27, 8 p.m.

Springfest featuring The David Grisman Quartet, Sam Bush Band and a very special guest. Lacy Arena, Crested Butte. 888/835-3334. Sat., March 31, 7 p.m.

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott with Pete and Joan Wernick at the KGNU new building fundraiser. At the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/786-7030. 21+. Sun., April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Dougie McLean at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $19, 303/786-7030. Wed., April 4, 8 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $15.25, 303/786-7030. Limited all-ages. Fri., April 13, 9 p.m.

Classical & jazz music

Doc Severinsen with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. Performing "Return to Old Italy" featuring tenor Jospeh Wolverton. $20-$49, 303/830-8497. Fri.-Sat., March 16-17, 7:30 p.m.

dance

Colorado Ballet performing in the Auditorium Theater of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets. $18-$60, 520-9090. Swan Lake, through March 18.

Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet, the evening-length ballet, in the Aspen District Theatre, Aspen. $18-$38, 800/905-3315. Fri.-Sun., March 23-25, 8 p.m.

literary events

John Morse, publisher of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, speaking on our changing language and the American literary heritage. Also previewing the forthcoming Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers, at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek, Denver. Free, 303/322-7727. Tues., March 13, 7:30 p.m.

Patrick McCabe reading from and signing Emerald Germs of Ireland at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek, Denver. Free, 303/322-7727. Wed., March 14, 7:30 p.m.

Raymond E. Feist reading from, discussing and signing Krondor: Tear of the Gods, Book Three of the Riftwar Legacy at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek, Denver. Free tickets for a place in line available at 6:30 p.m. Free, 303/322-7727. Tues., March 20, 7:30 p.m.

Amy Tan reading from and signing The Bonesetter's Daughter at the Tattered Cover LoDo, Denver. Free tickets for a place in line available at 6:30 p.m. Tan will only sign Bonesetter. Free, 303/436-1070. Wed., March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Tony Parsons, British journalist who became a 70s cult figure while covering the new wave and punk rock explosion, reading from and signing Man and Boy at the Tattered Cover Cherry Creek, Denver. Free, 303/322-7727. Tues., March 27, 7:30 p.m.

Recreation

Denver Indoor Roundball Ruckus 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament held in the University of Denver Gates and Hamilton Gyms. $110 per team of three, 303/989-4084 Ext. 34 or www.summit3on3.com. Top three teams from each division will advance to the World Finals in Springfield, MA. Fri., March 23, 5-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun., March 24-25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Registration deadline: March 19.

rock, pop & blues

Murder City Devils at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $9-$10. Thurs., March 8, 8 p.m.

The Radiators at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., March 9, 9 p.m.

The Slip at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $10-$12. Fri., March 9, 8 p.m.

Fairlanes CD Release Party at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $6, 800/965-4827. Fri., March 9, 7 p.m.

Rikki Dee Hall & the Voodoo Hawks at Buffalo Rose, 1119 Washington Ave., Golden,. $TBA, 303/279-5190. Fri.-Sat., March 9-10, 9 p.m.

An Evening with the Radiators at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $22.50. Sat., March 10, 8 p.m.

Buddy Guy at the Boulder Theater, 14th and Pearl, Boulder. $27.50, 520-9090. Mon., March 12, 7:30 p.m. Press kit, photo here

Rikki Dee Hall & the Voodoo Hawks at Brendan's, 1624 Market St., Denver, $5. 303/595-0609. Wed., March 14, 9 p.m.

MXPX with Good Charlotte and Slick Shoes at the Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. $14, 800/965-4827. Fri., March 16, 7 p.m.

Dark Star Orchestra at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21-$23, 303/443-3399. All-ages shows on Tues.-Wed., March 13-14, 8 p.m. Over-21 shows on Thurs.-Fri., March 15-16, 9 p.m.

Erykuh Badu at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. Ages 16+. $30-$32, 520-9090. Fri., March 16, 8 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $10. Fri., March 16, 8 p.m.

Reel Big Fish at the Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. $14, 800/965-4827. Sat., March 17, 7 p.m.

moe. with Yonder Mountain String Band at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $20.25-$25, 520-9090. Sat., March 17, 7 p.m.

Soundbite Sector at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., March 17, 9 p.m.

Street Walking Cheatas with The B-Movie Rats at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $7. Sun., March 18, 8 p.m.

Soulive at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sun., March 18, 9 p.m.

Voodoo Glow Skulls with Union 13, Link 80 and Backside at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $10. Mon., March 19, 7 p.m.

Xzibit with Tha Links at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $27, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Mon. March 19, 9 p.m.

Aceyalone with Ed Og, Rasco and Masterminds at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-$14.75, 303/443-3399. Tues., March 20, 8 p.m.

Nelly Furtado at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Wed., March 21, 8 p.m.

The Funky Meters at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $26.25, 21+. 303/443-3399. Sat.-Sun, March 24-25, 9 p.m.

Guided By Voices at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Tues., March 27, 8 p.m.

The Donnas with Bratmobile and Selby Tigers at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $10. Wed., March 28, 8 p.m.

Nick Cave in a solo performance at the Temple Buell Theater, 1323 Champa St., Denver. $30-$32, 800/965-4827. Wed., March 28, 7 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., March 30, 9 p.m.

Outkast with Ludacris at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson and Colfax, Denver. $31.75, 520-9090. 16+. Fri., March 30, 8 p.m.

Over the Rhine at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $12-$14, 800/965-4827. Sat., March 31, 8 p.m.

Disco Biscuits at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Sat., March 31, 9 p.m. and Sun., April 1, 8 p.m.

Avail at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $8. Tues., April 3, 7 p.m.

Dick Dickerson at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $8.50. Thurs., April 5, 8 p.m.

U2 with PJ Harvey at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $ TBA, 520-9090. Fri., April 6, 8 p.m.

Guster at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Fri., April 6, 9 p.m.

Medeski, Martin & Wood and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson at Colfax, Denver. $25.25, 520-9090. 16+. Fri.-Sat., April 6-7, 7:30 p.m.

Low with The Czars at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $8. Sat. April 7, 8 p.m.

Drop Kick Murphys with Lars Fredrickson & The Bastards at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $12.50, 800/965-4827. Wed., April 18, 7 p.m.

Bon Jovi with SR-71 at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $32.50-$57.50, 520-9090. Mon., April 30, 8 p.m.

David Gray at the Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St. at Colfax, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Tues., May 15, 7:30 p.m.

Dave Matthews Band with Macy Gray at Folsom Field on the CU Campus, Boulder. Wed., July 11, 5:30 p.m. $49.50, 520-9090. On sale Sat., March 10, 10 a.m.

N'Sync at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $29.50-$65.50 plus service charges, 520-9090. Limit of 8 tickets per person. Fri., July 13, 7:30 p.m. On sale Sat., March 3, 10 a.m.

Sports

Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m., except where noted, at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $33-$165, 520-9090. Against the Dallas Stars, Sun., March 11. Against the New Jersey Devils, Tues. March 13.

Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $21-$221, 520-9090. On Wed., March 14: Against the Indiana Pacers. On Fri., March 16: Against the Boston Celtics.

theater

Barry Manilow's Copacabana in the Temple Buell Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $25-$55, 800/641-1222. Through March 18.

Sky Gilbert's Lola Starr Builds Her Dream Home presented by Horsechart Theater Company at the Denver Civic Theater, 721 Santa Fe Dr., Denver. $16-$18, 303/595-3800. Pay-what-you-can shows on Tues., March 27 and Tues., April 3. Runs Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. March 16-April 14.

Free theater performances at the Denver Center, 1245 Champa St., Denver. Free-for-all matinees begin at 1:30 p.m. and are seated on a first-come-first-served basis. One ticket per person, no babies or children under 6 please. All shows recommended for kids age 13 and up. Call 303/893-4000. On Sat., March 17: Margaret Edson's Wit. On Sat., March 24: Little Foxes. On Sat., March 31: Inna Beginning.

Rob Becker's Defending the Caveman in the Auditorium Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $29.50-$44, 800/641-1222. March 21 through April 1.

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