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Art Shows and Galleries

Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd., 268-9951. Featuring Just Paintings by Patricia Heath, through April 15. Featuring Nature's Light Photography, by Debbie Yarra, April 16-May 13. Opening reception featuring classical guitarist Dan Kirchner: Fri., April 20

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 The Pikes Peak Experience, oil paintings by George Hart. Also, silver jewelry by George Fellows, through April.

Bella Art and Frame, 1752 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 487-7691. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring Chinese influenced paintings by Barbara Resch and stylized still lifes by Margaret Kasahara, through May 17.

Bentley's Coffeehouse, 6840 N. Academy Blvd., 268-0830. Featuring A Broad Abroad, images from trips to France, Peru and Ireland, by Carol Ettenger.

Borders Books and Music, Chapel Hills Mall, 266-1600. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m to 11 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Portraits of Sorts, works by Sarah Asleson & Elizabeth Szabo, through May 31.

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 At the End of Our Road, paintings, photos and drawings by Pam Cahdick and T. McKinsey Morgan, through April 22.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Go Figure 2001, a figurative art group show.

Cherokee's of Manitou, 351 Manitou Ave. 685-3508. Tues.-Sun., 11a.m to 6 p.m. Featuring sculpture by Randall May and Eddy Shorty, oil paintings by Louis Stephenson and watercolors by Lorraine Danzo.

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. Landscape as Memory: A Wayne Higby Retrospective, April 21-May 27 Opening reception: Sat., April 21, 2-5 p.m.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring mixed media works by Manitou Springs Elementary Students, April 20-May 1.

East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333 Ext. 2252. Featuring An Artistic Discovery, art by high school students whose works are entered in the 5th Congressional District Art Competition, through April 30.

Fountain Valley School Art Barn, 6155 Fountain Valley School Road in Security, 390-7035. Featuring a solo exhibition by Rodney Wood, including new sculpture and printmaking, and a retrospective, through May 15.

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.

The Human Touch Galleries, 8 Cañon Ave., 685-1241. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring art glass by Lotton, Vitriesse Latticino, White Elk and more. Opens April 20.

Javalink, 5765 N. Academy Blvd. Featuring Portrait of an Artist, an oil painting of James Joyce presented by the James Joyce Society of Southern Colorado, through May.

Los Robles Nursery and LoRo Caf, 917 W. Costilla, 636-3258. Featuring Coulers, Luminist oil paintings by Bill Duryea. Also, Spring Visions, broze and terra cotta sculpture by Marica Hefti on the nursery grounds. Opeing Earth Day reception featuring tapas, Sangria and Brazilian music: Fri., April 20, 5:30-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Viewing hours: Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and during shows with a ticket to the event. Featuring paintings by the Pikes Peak Pastel Society, through May 14. Also, Nature's Network, paintings by Mary Helsaple in the mezzanine.

Tao Caf, 801 A, N. Tejon St., 632-6324. Featuring mixed media monoprints by Michelle Vandepas and found object art by Susan Blue, through May 31.

Velez Gallery Ltd., 220 N. Tejon St., 630-3710. Mon.-Sat., 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring indigenous art of the Americas and basketry by the Wounann people of the Panamanian rainforest.

The Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron. 475-8880. Featuring photography by Charles "Stretch" Ledford. Runs indefinitely. Photos

arts events and programs

ArtsPeak, a weekly radio program hosted by David Sckolnik on KCME-FM 88.7. This week, Joseph Brachman, artistic director of the Pueblo choral society and corporate liaison to the art community from Merrill Lynch. Also, the first of three Symphony concerts featuring guest conductori Chris Wilkins. Sat., April 21, 5:30-6 p.m. Rebroadcast: Tues., April 24, 10:30 p.m.

Art workshops at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. " "Basic Calligraphy" on Sat., April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30. "Slate Carving" on Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for fee and materials information.

Pikes Peak Traditional Dance, hosting contra dances with live music and callers on the first and third Saturday of each month at Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Dances may also include square, circle, couple and mixers. No experience or partner needed; wear comfortable shoes. Smoke- and alcohol-free environment. $3-$6, 520-9377. On April 21: Caller, Mark Turbin. Band, Balance and Swing. ard Myers. Band, Balance and Swing.

Night of the Arts at Fountain-Fort Carson High School, 900 Jimmy Camp Road, Fountain. Student art on display from 5-6:45 p.m.; drama club performance of Dino in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Free. Thurs.-Fri., April 19-20.

Party Arty, the grand culmination of the Awesome Art Auction: Bid Boogie and Buy, at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Featuring a live auction in addition to the last chance to place bids on artwork in the silent auction, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live music by Ace in the Hole. $75, benefits the FAC, 634-5581. Fri., April 20, 6 p.m.

A Chocolate Affaire to benefit the building of the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center. Features vendors from restaurants, bakeries, candy stores and candy companies, entertainment by John DeRuntz, door prizes, art auction and more. At the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Dr. Black tie optional. Details, 533-1571. Sun., April 22.

Art Debris Salon, a social gathering for artists to exchange ideas, show work and have fun on the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m. at Chaos, 802 N. Weber St. 5:30-7 p.m. Details, 634-5429. Next meeting: April 25.

call for entries

Art Guild, Inc. of Denver seeking entries for Emerging Artists 2001. Open to all two- and three-dimensional fine art media, ceramics and jewelers. Juried show; Cash and prizes will be awarded. Call 303/288-2925. Deadline: April 20.

Foothils Art Center of Golden seeking entries for te 28th annual juried Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Aug.18-Oct. 21. $17,000 will be awarded. Details, 303/279-3922. Slide deadline: May 11.

Downtown Art Project seeking 3-dimensional outdoor art for yearlong downtown Pueblo exhibit. $1,500 award of excellence and $500 People's Choice Award given. Submit slides and S.A.S.E. to Downtown Art Project, c/o Jina Pierce, Sangre de Cristo Art Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, CO 81003 or call 719/295-7216. Deadline: May 15.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts seeking entries for Holding My Heart, featuring art by survivors of mental, physical or sexual abuse, August 3-31. For prospectus call 481-0475 or email

info@trilakesarts.com. Deadline: May 30.

Commonwheel Artists seeking entries for the 27th Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival in Manitou Springs, Sept. 1-3. For entry form and information, call 577-7700. Deadline: June 1.

Bridge Gallery seeking entries for a rubber stamp show honoring the late artist Edwin Gollick Golokoff, June 22-July 8. $5 for three entries. For details send a SASE to Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903 or visit

www.geocities.com.bridgegallery. Deadline: Jun 9.


Bulletin Board

announcements

Colorado College Spring Clean-Up Sale featuring furniture from Residential Life and used computer equipment in the Transportation Shop at 1144 Glen Ave. Cash only, no warranties. All sales "as is". Sat., April 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Free Scoop Night at any participating Baskin Robbins Ice Cream shop. Money will be donated for every free scoop to First Book, a non-profit providing free books to children of low-income families. Visit wwww.baskinrobbins.com to find a store near you. Wed., May 2, 6-10 p.m.

clubs & organizations

Pikes Peak Area Peace Corps Alumni group meeting at Colorado College's Slocum Commons. Featuring a presentation on the Himalayan country of Nepal by Marcus Kochis. Details, 536-0360. Wed., April 25, 7 p.m.

Freethinkers of Colorado Springs meeting on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. the Police Operations Center on the corner of Rio Grande and Nevada. Details,

www.freethinkerscs.com or call 535-0320. On April 25: Proselytizing in the Public Fire Station, a discussion led by a Colorado Springs Firefighter and Paramedic who challenged the department's permissive policy towards religious propaganda.

Peak Digital Imaging Society meeting to discuss digital imaging, including scanning, digital camera work, software, digital video and more. Share your own work. At Pikes Peak National Bank, 2401 W. Colorado, upstairs. Free, 634-97395. Thurs., April 26, 6:30 p.m.

Forums & discussions

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, a confidential forum presented by 9to5, the National Organization of Working Women at the Pride Center, 125 N. Parkside. Free. Reservations, 800/522-0925. Mon., April 23, 6-8 p.m.

Restoring Dammed Rivers, the Timothy Linneman Memorial Lecture delivered by 1991 CC alumnus Andrew Fahlund in Packard Hall, on the SW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Wed., April 25, 6:30 p.m.

El Paso County Board of Health public meeting to receive comments on the County's HIV testing policy and HIV records management. Issues addressed will include the advisability of anonymous HIV testing and destruction of HIV-negative test records. At the Health Department Conference Center Ponderosa-Cedar room, 301 S. Union Blvd. For info or to submit comments, call 578-9092.Wed., April 25.

health & healing

The Stages of Alzheimer's Disease, an education program in Fellowship Hall at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade Ave. For anyone who wants to learn more about the disease and related disorders. Presented by the Alzheimer's Association. Free. Reservations, 266-8773. Sat., April 21, 9:30-11:30.

Introduction to Pilates, a 90-minute class at Balanced Health Studio, 2812 W. Colorado Ave. $5. Reservations, call Robin at 520-3801. Sat., April 21, 9:30-11 a.m.

Free Headache Workshop with Dr. Steven M. Plant, D.C. at the Radisson Inn North. Featuring free on-site computerized muscle tension evaluations, Reservations required, 800/230-5034. Mon., April 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Living Well with Multiple Sclerosis, the MS Society of Colorado Springs' annual luncheon at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Free but seating is limited, call 633-4601 to reserve a spot. Sat., April 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bikram Yoga Posture Clinic with Elizabath Korza from San Francisco. In-depth two-day course at Yoga Source, 623 N.Nevada Ave. Pre-registration required, 475-9908. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Sun., 9 a.m. to noon. April 28-29.

senior programs & activities

Classes at PILLAR (Peak Institute of Living, Learning and Rejuvenation), Inn Garden Plaza, 2520 International Circle. Fees vary. Registration recommended, 633-4991. Featuring "Volunteering: sharing, Caring and Fulfilling", Thurs., April 19, 9 a.m. to noon. "The Life and Times of Tom O'Boyle", Tues., April 24, 1-4 p.m. "Caregiving 101", Fri., April 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Senior Day of Enrichment at the Center at Benet Hill Monestary, 2577 N. Chelton Rd. Presented by Sharon Schuh, Benedictine Oblate. Explore your memories and their meanings in your life. $10 includes lunch. Registration, 473-6184. Fri., April 20, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Law Day, an education program sponsored by the El Paso County Bar Association, the Colorado Commission on Aging and various other community groups. State and community leaders will provide information on seniors' rights, Medicaid, comfort/hospice care and more at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Free, includes box lunch. Reservations required, 385-5933. Sat., April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Young at Art, a 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., April 25, 1-3 p.m., a discussion Chris Jones, FAC museum shop manager, focusing on Native American, Hispanic and Fine Art such as jewelry, pottery and weavings, as well as the artists' stories.

volunteer opportunities

El Paso County Health Department seeking bilingual volunteer receptionists to make visits less stressful for Spanish-speaking clients. If you speak Spanish and enjoy working with a friendly team, call Karen Weber at 578-3278 or email

karenweber@elpasoco.com.

Pikes Peak Library District seeking volunteer Archives Photocopying Assistants, Circulation Assistants, Computer Class Schedulers, Shelvers and Bin Processors. Positions available at various branches. Call 531-6333, ext. 1251 for details.


Film & Video

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Classic Film Series, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. $3. April 24: Love Me or Leave Me.

Naturally Native, presented by the Native American Student Association and followed by a discussion, in Gaylord Hall in the Worner Center, NW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Tues., April 24, 7 p.m.

Dancer in the Dark, an art-house musical starring Bjork, being shown at the April meeting of the Colorado Springs Film Society at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 30th and Centennial. Free, 389-0039. Sat., April 28, 6 pm.


Learning

Creating Your Personal Herb Garden, a lecture with master gardener Cheryl Conklin at 3920 E. San Miguel. $1-$3 plus a canned good. Bring a notebook and tea cup. Reservations, 599-7466. Fri., April 20, 7-8:45 p.m.

The Plants of Shakespeare, a lecture and slideshow by Andrew Pierce, internationally-known Director of horticulture and education at Hudson Gardens. At Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$15, 471-2148. Sat., April 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

World Energy Workshop at the Air Force Academy. Designed to raise public awareness of the complex world energy picture and demonstrate how energy demands affect the environment. Presenters include Beidleman Environmental Center, Colorado Springs Utilities, UCCS and the Air Force Academt. Reservations and car pool info, 578-7088. Sat., April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Gay and Lesbian Fund Applicant Grantwriting Workshop at the Pride Center, 125 N. Parkside Dr. Learn about the Fund, application eligibility, tips for a successful grant application, and how to create public relations and challenge campaigns. Free, 473-4455. Next deadline for grant proposals is May 15. Tues., April 24, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Leadership Symposium for high school students interested in exploring leadership roles in the college environment. At UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Details, Mario Carrillo, 262-3427. Register by April 20. Sat., April 28.

Gardening Classes at Hillside Gardens and Nursery, 1006 S. Institute. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Call 520-9463 for details. On April 28: Pets and Plants.


Literary Events

Marilyn Azevedo, signing Defending Andy at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Dr. E. Free, 637-8282. Thurs., April 19, 4 p.m.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs Book Group discussing veetarian related books on the third Friday of every month at 7 p.m. the East Library meeting room, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free. For details or book listing, call Denise at 282-8812. Next meeting: April 20.

Word Power in April, a series of poetry readings and open mics celebrating National Poetry Month at various locations throughout Colorado Springs. On Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m.: at Barnes & Noble North, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Pn Sun., April 22, 5 p.m.: at Wines of Colorado, 8045 W. Hwy 24.

Wendy Burt, signing O Solo Mia: A Hip Chick's Guide to Fun for One at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Dr. E. Free, 637-8282. Sat., April 21, noon.

Friends of the Security Public Library Book Sale at the Security Community Center, 715 Aspen Dr. Sat., April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marilyn Nelson, prize-winning poet whose books include The Homeplace and Fields of Praise, in Bemis Dining Hall on the Colorado College campus. Free. 389-6853. Thurs., April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Writers Conference at the Wyndham, 5580 tech Center Dr. Featuring authors, editor and agents sharing tips on writing in fiction and non-fiction genres. Author Robert Vaughn will recreate Ernest Hemingway during his keynote address. $250, $325 after April 20. Visit

www.ppwc.net for details. Fri.-Sun., April 27-29.

Big Poppen E, nationally known spoken word artist, leading Colorado College students in an evening of performance poetry in Taylor Theater on the west side of the CC campus, adjacent to Bemis Hall. Free, 389-6607. Mon., April 30, 7:30 p.m.


Music

acoustic, folk & country

Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, in the Black Forest Community Center, NW corner of Shoup and Black Forest roads. $10-$15, 630-1308. Sat., April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Yelena Balabanova, pianist, presented by the Colorado Springs Guitar Society, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $10-$12, 634-5583. Sat., April 21, 7 p.m.

The Statler Brothers with Tara Lynn at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $35, 520-9090. Wed., April 25, 7:30 p.m.

Open Road Bluegrass Band at the Black Rose Acoustic Society, in the Black Forest Community Center, NW corner of Shoup and Black Forest Roads. $1-$2, 278-8108. Fri., April 27, 7:30 p.m.

Peter Mayer with Malcolm Lucard in a house concert sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Live Music in Small Venues. $8. Reservations required, 389-0719 or email

rgordon@pcisys.net. Thurs., May 10, 7 p.m.

George Winston, "rural folk piano player" at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25, 800/965-4827. Thurs., May 24, 8 p.m.

choral

First Christian Church Pipe Organ Concert Series at First Christian, 16 E. Platte Ave. On Sun., April 22, 3 p.m.: Abendmusik and Cantate, chamber choirs performing two sets of spirituals, Broadway and original music. Free, 633-8888.

St. Margaret's Singers, from England's Westminster Abbey. At First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. $8-$15, 471-4361. Sun., April 22, 7 p.m.

classical

Pueblo Symphony with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis in Hoag Recital Hall at USC, Pueblo. $15-$20, 719/549-2402. Sat., April 21, 7:30 p.m.

First Christian Church Pipe Organ Concert Series at First Christian, 16 E. Platte Ave. On Sun., April 22, 3 p.m.: Abendmusik and Cantate, chamber choirs performing two sets -- Songs of the Heart and Songs of the Soul. Free but tickets required, 633-8888.

Sound the Trumpets! The Chamber Orchestra of the Springs season finale featuring works by Haydn, Brahms and the world premier of Sam Hall's Four Songs for Bass and Chamber Orchestra. At First Christian Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. $5-$10, 633-3649. Sun., April 29, 2:30 p.m.

Quatro Mani Piano Duo featuring Susan Grace and Alice Rybak performing with percussionists John Kinzie and David Colson in Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Sun., April 29, 3 p.m.

jazz & swing

Stellar Brass, the U.S. Air Force Band of the Rockies, at the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Free. Tickets required, 471-8522. Tues., April 24, 7 p.m.

miscellaneous

Colorado College Bowed Piano Ensemble, a ten-member group exploring the leading edge of performance with sounds made directly on the strings of a grand piano, playing in the Historic Court Room of the Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. Featuring soprano Victoria Hanson Clamp. Free, 395-5990. Sat., April 28, 2 and 4 p.m.

Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition Concert featuring winning original works from this year's competition by kids ages5 to 18. In the Lloyd Shaw Auditorium at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road. Free, 635-1561. Sat., April 28, 3 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Covenant with And One at Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte Ave. $20, 520-0980. Fri., April 20.

Yngwie J. Malmstein with Lizzy Borden at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $20, 447-9797. Sat., April 21, 8 p.m.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25, 800/965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Tues., May 1, 9 p.m.

Jerry Cantrell with MIRV and Comes with the Fall at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12.43, 800/965-4827. Thurs., April 26, 9 p.m.

Dick Dale with Big Back Yard at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12, 800-965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Sun., May 6, 8 p.m. doors.

Inertia with Project X at Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte Ave. $12, 520-0980. Tues., May 8.

Kottonmouth Kings at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $14, 800/965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Thurs., May 31, 9 p.m.

Evan & Jaron at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $10, 800/965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Wed., June 6, 8 p.m.

Insane Clown Posse at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $25, 800/965-4827. Thurs., May 10, 7:30 p.m.

Tesla at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $26, 800/965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Thurs., May 10, 9 p.m.

Guitars & Saxes at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $34, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Wed., May 30, 7:30 p.m.

Jonatha Brooke at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $17.50, 800/965-4827 or at all TicketWeb locations (Independent Records). Wed., June 8, 9 p.m.

Styleistic Productions presents DJ BabyAnne, DJ Mea, Groovgurl and DJ Kerri at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $20, 800/965-4827. Fri., Aug. 24, 9 p.m.

music announcements

Subject to Change, a conference on the social, political and cultural aspects of the hip-hop movement featuring speakers, films, forums and performers from across the country at Colorado College. Free. For details call 389-6607. Thurs.-Sat, April 26-28.


Performances

Dance

Dance, Dance Dance! a ballet, jazz and modern dacne festival performed by seven area dance schools and guest performer/choreographer Xavier Hicks of the California Ballet. Featuring the Rupley String Quartet. At the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $12.50, 634-5583. Sat., April 21, 8 p.m.

Sleeping Beauty and Other Tales performed by the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. $5-$7, 719/542-1211. Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 21, 2 p.m.

Pucci: Sport, combining dance, athletics and league sports at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $14-$35, 520-SHOW. Fri., April 27, 8 p.m.

Theater

Clue -- the Musical performed by the Pikes Peak Community Masquers in the PPCC Theater, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $5-$10, 540-7418. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., through May 5. Matinees, Sun., April 22, 2 p.m. and Fri., April 20, noon.

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night performed by the Air Academy High School Performing Arts Department. Features original music. In the AAHS Auditorium, at the Air Force Academy. $4-$5, 472-1295. Thurs.-Sat., April 19-21, 7 p.m.

Chicago the Tony award-winning musical, in the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall. $15-$35, 333-4497. Fri., April 20.

The Bauhaus Follies in UCCS' Dwire Theater, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Parking is not a problem. Not recommended for young children. $5-$15, 262-3232. Thursdays through Saturdays, April 20-29, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. 2 p.m .matinee, Sat. April 28.

Manitou Murders at Blue Skies Inn and Red Crags Bed and Breakfast Inn in which guests play the role of murder suspects for a weekend. Jan. 26-27. Call 685-3899 or 685-1920 for package prices. Fri.-Sat., April 20-21.

West Side Story performed by the Rampart High School performing arts department in the auditorium, 8250 Lexington Dr. $5-$7, 594-9292 ext. 235. Fri.-Sat., April 20-21 and 27-28, 7 p.m. Sun., April 22, 3 p.m.

Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park performed by the Woodland Players at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Hwy. 24 and Fairview in Woodland Park. $10-$12, 687-5284. Fri.-Sat., April 20-21 and 27-28, 7:30 p.m. Sun., April 22 and 29, 2 p.m.

Chicago as part of the Broadway Theatre League's 41st season, in Pueblo's Memorial Hall, Union Avenue at Elizabeth Street. $12-$35. Call 719/542-1211 for ticket information. Sun., April 22, 8 p.m.

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration, a community celebration of the Bard's 437 birthday. Featuring readings of classic scenes and speeches by David Rasmussen and Amy Brooks, trivia games, and a Shakespearian open mic. Free. 597-3444. At the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Mon., April 23, 7:30 p.m.

42nd Street performed by the Eagleview Middle School 8th grade class at the school, 1325 Vindicator Dr. $4-$5, 548-0316. Mon., April 23 and Wed., April 25, 7 p.m.

Shakespeare's As You Like It performed by Steele Shakespearian Players in the Penrose Library Meeting Room, 20 N. Cascade. Free, 328-4754. Fri., April 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Home Show -- From Marketplace to Table Grace performed by First Strike Theater in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. $5-$10 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds. 632-6189. Fri.-Sat., April 27-28 and May 4-5, 8 p.m.

Arsenic & Old Lace performed by Palmer High School Masque & Sandal in the Palmer auditorium, NE corner of Platte and Nevada. $3-$5, 328-5000. Thurs.-Sat., May 3-5, 7 p.m. Sat., May 5, 2 p.m.

announcements

Kim Robards Dance Intensive auditions held in the Cossitt Gym at Colorado College, next to the Worner Center, NW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Intensitive takes place June 25-July 7. 389-6607. Sat., April 21, 5 p.m.

Castle Rock Players hosting a Theatre Day Camp at the Dance Company, 740 Wilcox St., Castle Rock. Youth ages 8-15 will participate in such classes as Theatre Games, Orientation to the Stage, Movement for the Actor, Mime, Costume Design, Voice and Articulation, and more. $80 registration fee includes lunch. Register by April 18 by calling 303/814-7740. Sat., April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Recreation

Guided Hikes at Mountain Park Environmental Center, Beulah. Hikes are guided by an experienced naturalist. Most are appropriate for ages 10 and up and last 2 to 3 hours. Come prepared for the weather, wear good shoes and bring water. $3, or free to members. Register early, group size limited. 719/485-4444. On Sun., April 22, 11 a.m.: Earth Day Hike (bring a lunch).

Free Fly Fishing workshops at Angler's Covey, 917 W. Colorado Ave. 471-2984. Saturdays, 10 a.m. On April 21: Tying for Warmwater Fly-fishing.

North Face-JCCA Youth Competition Climbing Series at the Sport Climbing Center, 4650 Northpark Dr. $30-$35 entry fee, 260-1050. Free for spectators. Registration begins at 8 a.m., competition at 9. Sat., April 21.

Palmer-Mesa Trail Volksmarch, a 5K and 10K non-competetive walk sponsired by Falcon Wanders Volksmarch club. Start and finish at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center snack bar, 1805 N. 30th St. Participants may begin any time between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Pets must be leashed. Free, 591-8193. Sat., April 21.

2001 Y-Bi Classic Duathalon, a 11.2 bike and 5.5 mile run sponsored by YMCA of Pueblo at the Pueblo West Fire Station #2, 529 S. Avenida Del Oro. $18-$25 entry fee includes t-shirt, pizza and refreshments. 719/543-5151. Sun., April 22, 9 p.m.

Weekend hikes with Vegetarians of Colorado Springs. First Sunday of the month rated easy and each Sunday hike gets progressively harder. Free. Call Denise, 282-8812.


Special Events

Metaphysical Celebration featuring speaker Dannion Brinkley, live music, resource tables, and many psychic readers, holistic healers, free lectures and vendors. The oldest metaphysical fair in the nation. At the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $4 admission, $15 psychic readings. Details, 634-1810. Fri. April 20, 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., April 21-22, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

St. Mary's High School Annual Fundraiser with a Mardi Gras theme, includes dinner by Louisiana chefs, a live auction, and a raffle for a 2001 PT Cruiser. Sat., April 21. Call 635-7540 for more.

Athletes for Brain Injury Prevention Dinner and Silent Auction hosted by 1998 Olympic Gold Medallist Picabo Street, at the Antler's Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. $75 per person ($50 tax-deductible). Volunteers also needed, 593-0496. Sat., April 21.

Earth Day 2001 Celebration at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 1805 N. 30th St. Featuring native American dancing, pottery and beading classes for kids, wildlife lectures, geology walk, live musc, face paiinting and more. Free, 634-6666. Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Primitivo All-Stars Tasting and Dinner featuring the favorite wines of 2000 and a four-course gourmet meal. $75. Reservations required, 473-4900. Tues. April 24, 7 p.m.

Native American Culture Fair featuring music, food, face painting, drumming, storytelling, poetry, hair braiding, singing, dancing and more in Colorado College's Gates Common Room. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., April 26, 7:30 p.m.

Fur-r-r Ball 2001: A Pet Odyssey, a black-tie optional gala event benefiting the Humane Society at the Antler's Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. Featuring live music, a pet lovers silent auction, adoptable pet parade, and dinner. $100 per person, 473-1741, ext. 114. Sat., April 28, 6 p.m. to midnight.

43rd Annual Ebony Fashion Fair, sponsored by Iota Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. At the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $26-$31, 520-SHOW. Sat., April 28, 8 p.m.

Beltane Ritual featuring a Maypole dance with Earth Spirit Pagans in "the Grove" at Monument Valley Park. $1 suggested donation, bring fingerfood or a beverage to share. Info and directions, 800/731-2650. Sun., April 29, 11 a.m.

Paws in the Park 2001, presented by Dreampower Animal Rescue at Bear Creek Park West. Featuring dog walks, pet parades, games for dogs and their people, demonstrations, contests, pet adoption fair and much more. Free. Register to bring your dog by calling 390-7838. Sat., May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Youth & Family Events

Fine Arts Center Family Day featuring live music by the Da Vinci Quartet and ceramic art demonstrations. At the FAC, 30 W. Dale St. Free, 634-5583. Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Programs at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6387. On Sat., April 21, 10 a.m. to noon: Junior Naturalist Day. On Sat., April 28, 1-2 p.m.: Wild Bird Folklore.

Programs at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6745. On Sat., April 21, 10-11 a.m.: Leather-winged Bats.

Beltane Ritual for kids and their families sponsored by the Pagan Children's Circle of Colorado Springs. For location e-mail starfrog_24@altavista.com or call 634-7820. Bring a potluck dish to share. Sat., April 28, 2 p.m.

Pucci: Sport Free Family Day hosted by the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Casace Ave. Featuring Frisbee Freestyle demonstration, poster signings by local illustrator Michael Hague, and performance participation by local youth dancers. 597-3344. Sun., April 29, 2 and 4 p.m.


Out of Town Events

acoustic, folk & country concerts

Tony Furtado Band with The Single Malt Band at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $12.50, 303/786-7030. 21+. Fri., April 20, 9 p.m.

Robin and Linda Williams at Swallow Hill, 77 E. Yale Ave., Denver. $13-$15, 303/777-1003. Fri., April 20, 8 p.m.

E-Town featuring CPR with Daivd Crosby at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. Live radio taping. $11.55, 303/786-7030. All-ages. Sun., April 22, 7 p.m.

Paco de Lucia performing his legendary Flamenco guitar music at the Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Pl., Denver. $24-$34, 520-9090. Tues., April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Keller Williams at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50-$12.75, 303/443-3399. 21+. Thurs., April 26, 9 p.m.

Roots of the Blues weekend featuring Del Ray on Fri., April 27 and John Jackson, Grand gentleman of the blues on Sat., April 28. At Swallow Hill, 77 E. Yale Ave., Denver. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. $22-$25 single show, $38-$45 for weekend pass. 303/777-1003.

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

Ray Wylie Hubbard, the "original cowboy twinkie" at Swallow Hill, 77 E. Yale Ave., Denver. $14-$16, 303/777-1003. Fri., May 4, 8 p.m.

Grubstake at Swallow Hill, 77 E. Yale Ave., Denver. $13-$15, 303/777-1003. Sat., May 5, 8 p.m.

Zakir Hussain and Shivkumar Sharma at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $18-$25, 303/786-7030. All-ages. Sun., May 13, 7:30 p.m.

John Gorka with Alice Peacock at Swallow Hill, 77 E. Yale Ave., Denver. $15-$17, 303/777-1003. Fri., May 18 , 8 p.m.

George Jones at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $39-$69, 520-9090. Sat., May 19, 8 p.m.

Willie Nelson with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Red Rocks Auditorium, Morrison. $40-$45, 520-9090. Sat., July 14, 7:30 p.m.

Classical & jazz music

Jon Held, formerly of AIRJAZZ, performing solo in the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th at Tennyson, Denver. $15, 303/443-5858. Thurs.-Sat., April 18-21 and April 25-28, 7:30 p.m.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $20-$25, 303/786-7030. All-ages. Thurs., April 19, 8 p.m.

The John Scofield Real Jazz Project at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $22-$26.50, 303/786-7030. 21+. Fri. May 4, 8 p.m.

The Irish Tenors at Magness Showcase Theater, Denver. $48-$68, 520-9090. Wed., June 13, 7:30 p.m.

Janus Jazz Aspen at Snowmass featuring Diana Krall, Barbaritto Torres of the Buena Vista Social Club, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Afro-Cuban All-Stars Susan Tedeschi and Jonny Lang, Patricia Barber in various locations and dates, more detailed program to be released soon. Tickets, $20 and up, 520-9090. General info, 970/920-4996 or

www.jazzaspen.com. Thurs.-Sun., June 21-24.

comedy

Suzanne Westenhoefer, Ace Award nominee and the first lesbian to have her own HBO comedy special, at the Soiled Dove, 1949 Market St., Denver. $16, 520-9090. Fri., April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Diane Ford, nominee for Comedienne of the Year by the American Comedy Awards at Comedy Works in Denver, 303/595-3637. Ask about their non-smoking shows. Wed.-Thurs., April 18-19, 8 p.m. Fri., April 20, 8 and 10 p.m. Sat., April 21, 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30. Sun., April 22, 8 p.m. Tues., April 24, 8 p.m.

Mort Sahl, comedy legend, at Comedy Works in Denver, 303/595-3637. Ask about their non-smoking shows. Thurs., April 26, 8 p.m. Fri., April 27, 8 and 10 p.m. Sat., April 28, 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.

literary events

Poetry on a Platter featuring an open mic and readings "Pig Poet" David Lee and Primus St. John, author of Communion. Free. Register early for a free copy of the poets' works, 719/539-4826 or 970/249-9656. At Bongo Billy's, 300 W. Sackett, Salida, Mon. April 23, 7 p.m. Also at Salida Regional Library, 405 'E' St., Tues., April 24, 7 p.m. At the Montrose Library, 320 S. 2nd St., Wed., April 25, 7 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

The Motet with Benkadi, West African drum and dance Troupe at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $9.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Thurs., April 19, 9 p.m.

Jive CD Release Party with All Mighty Senators at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $7, 303/443-3399. Fri.-Sat., April 20-21, 9 p.m.

Psychedelic Furs at the Gothic Theater, Denver. $24, 520-9090. 18+. Sat., April 21, 9 p.m.

Ross Martin & Friends at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, 1535 Pearl St., Boulder. Free, 303/546-0886. 21+. Sun., April 22, 10 p.m.

Rocket From the Crypt with Int'l Noise Conspiracy and The Explosion at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $12. Tues., April 23, 8 p.m.

Kottonmouth Kings at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $15, 800/965-4827. Tues., April 24, 8 p.m.

Rocket From the Crypt with International Noise Conspiracy and The Explosion at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Tues., April 24, 8 p.m.

Dr. Didj at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8, 303/443-3399. 18+. Tues., April 24, 8 p.m.

Project Object featuring Ike Willis playing the music of Frank Zappa at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-$14.75, 303/443-3399. 21+. Wed., April 25, 8 p.m.

Billspeering and Bugpowder at Tulagi, Boulder. Free, 303/447-0095. Wed., April 25, 9 p.m.

Ominous Seapods at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Thurs., April 26, 8 p.m.

Brethren Fast, Yo Flaco!, Bushtik and Mind Go Flip at the Soiled Dove, Denver. 303/299-0100. Sat., April 26, 8:30 p.m.

16 Horsepower at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50-$12.75, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., April 27, 9 p.m.

Johnny Winter at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $27.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., April 28, 9 p.m.

Old 97s with Josh Joplin Band at Tulagi, Boulder. $15, 303/447-0095. Sat., April 28, 9 p.m.

Juliana Theory with Hyacinth at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Sat., April 28, 8 p.m.

Papa Yah at Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, 1535 Pearl St., Boulder. Free, 303/546-0886. 21+. Sun., April 29, 10 p.m.

Toadies with Enon and Diffuser at the Gothic Theater, Denver. $14.25, 520-9090. Sun., April 29, 8 p.m.

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

Gary Numan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $18.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Tues., May 1, 8 p.m.

Kenny Wayne Shepard at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $26.75, 303/443-3399. 21+. Wed., May 2, 8 p.m.

MU330 with Lawrence Arms, Big D and The Kids Table at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Wed., May 2, 8 p.m.

Giant People with Carlos Washington at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $6.25-$7.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Thurs., May 3, 9 p.m.

Papa Roach with Fear Factory at the Fillmore Auditorium, Colfax and Clarkson, Denver. $22.25-$24, 520-9090. 16+. Fri., May 4, 8 p.m.

Wailing Souls at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $11.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., May 4, 9 p.m.

Dick Dale at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $15. Sat., May 5, 8 p.m.

Lost at Last at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., May 5, 9 p.m.

The Melvins with Hank Williams III at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $ TBA, 303/443-3399. Limited all-ages. Mon., May 7, 9 p.m.

Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $33, 303/443-3399. 21+. Tues., May 8, 7 p.m.

Sizzla at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $17.25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., May 9, 8 p.m.

Badly Drawn Boy at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $10-$12, 800/965-4827. Wed., May 9, 8 p.m.

Kaboom featuring DJ Chonz & Sabatage at the Foxt Theater, Boulder. $6.25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Thurs., May 10, 10 p.m.

Offspring at Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison. $30.50-$33.25, 520-9090. Fri., May 11, 5 p.m.

David Clayton-Thomas and Blood, Sweat and Tears with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Magness Showcase Theater, Richie Center, Denver. $45-$65, 520-9090. Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

The Big Wu with Shanti Groove at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., May 12, 9 p.m.

G. Love & Special Sauce with Dispatch at the Fillmore Auditorium, Colfax and Clarkson, Denver. $20-$22, 520-9090. 16+. Sat., May 12, 8 p.m.

Mark Knopfler with William Topley at Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison. $37.50-$77.50, 520-9090. Sat., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

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

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with The Wallflowers at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison. $47.50, 520-9090. Tues., May 15, 7:30 p.m. Second show added! Wed., May 16, 7:30 p.m.

Black Crowes with Oasis and Spacehog at Fiddler's Green, Denver. $27-$40, 520-9090. Thurs., May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Hothouse Flowers at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $18.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Thurs., May 17, 9 p.m.

The Mother Hips at Tulagi, Boulder. $6.50-$7.50, 303/447-0095. Fri., May 18, 9 p.m.

The Weakerthans with Dashboard Confessional at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Mon., May 21, 7 p.m.

An Evening with Donny Osmond at the Temple Buell Theater at the Denver Center, 1245 Champa St., Denver. $25-$50, 520-9090. Tues.-Wed., May 22-23, 8 p.m.

David Byrne at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson & Colfax, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Thurs., May 24, 8 p.m.

Cappadonna with Remedy at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $22.50, 303/443-3399. 18+. Sun., May 27, 9 p.m.

JAKA with Being Lara Makovich at Tulagi, Boulder. $5, 303/447-0095. Fri., June 1, 9 p.m.

Robert Walter's 20th Congress at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., June 2, 9 p.m.

Levon Helm & the Barnburners at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75, 303/443-3399. 21+. Wed., June 6, 9 p.m.

Built to Spill at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., June 8, 8 p.m.

Lake Trout at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $9.50-$11.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., June 9, 9 p.m.

Coldplay with Grandaddy at the Fillmore Auditorium, Colfax and Clarkson, Denver. $20, 520-9090. 16+. Wed., June 13, 8 p.m.

Sally Taylor Band at Tulagi, Boulder. $6.50, 303/447-0095. Sat., June 16, 9 p.m.

Ozzfest 2001 featuring Black Sabbath, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, Crazy Town and 12 other bands at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $40.25-$55.25, 520-9090. Fri., June 22.

Squirrel Nut Zippers at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $22.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., June 22, 9 p.m.

Neil Sedaka and Dionne Warwick with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Magness Showcase Theater, Richie Center, Denver. $45-$65, 520-9090. Sun., June 24, 7:30 p.m.

Railroad Earth pre-String Cheese kick-off at Tulagi, Boulder. $5.25, 303/447-0095. Fri., June 29, 9 p.m.

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

Journey with Peter Frampton at Red Rocks Ampitheater, Morrison. $37.50-$42.50, 520-9090. Tues., July 24, 7:30 p.m.

Brian Setzer's '68 Comeback Special at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $27.25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Tues., July 31, 8 p.m.

Backstreet Boys with Shaggy at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $49.50-$85, 520-9090. Thurs., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m.

James Taylor at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison. $47.50-$57.50 all reserved, 520-9090. Sat., Sept 1, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Sept 2, 7:30 p.m.

theater

Brecht on Brecht at Germinal Stage Denver, 2450 W. 44th Ave. $12.75-$14.75, 303/455-7108. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 7 p.m., through May 6.

Neil Simon's Sweet Charity at the Arvada Center, Denver. Tues.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. $26-$32, 303/431-3939. Sat.-Sun., 2 p.m., Wed., 1 p.m. through May 6.

Pinstripe Suite starring Mark Read at the Boulder Museum Theater, Boulder. $10-$14, 303/443-2122. Thurs.-Sat., April 19-28, 8 p.m. Sun., April 22, 4 p.m.

Hamlet at the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Sante Fe, Denver. $12-$17, 303/595-3800. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Saturday matinee, 2 p.m. Sun., 7 p.m. Through April 21.

Oliver Button is a Sissy, a musical based on the children's book by Tomie di Paola, performed by the Denver Gay Men's Chorus at Shwayder Theatre, 350 S. Dahlia St. The performance is designed to reach out to kids of all ages in praise of individualism. $5-$10, or $25 for two evening show, 800/851-8175. The 2 p.m. show on April 28 is condensed for 6-12 year-olds, and will be followed by a talk-back session. Sat., April 21, 8 p.m. Sat. April 28, 2 and 8 p.m.

The Dinosaur Play, a children's theater production at the Arvada Center, Denver. $4-$6, 303/431-3939. Runs most Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. and noon, through May 11.

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