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Art & Galleries

All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717. Featuring paintings, monotypes, found objects, raku collages by Michelle Vandepas and Susan Blue. Through Dec. 31.

American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Free, 632-2646. Featuring Hands Across the Sea, an international exhibit of avant-garde, medallic sculpture. Through Jan. 30.

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 pastels by Jean Houghton. Through Dec. 24th birthday reception: Sun., Dec. 9, 1-4 p.m.

Boulder Street Coffee Roasters, 332 N. Tejon St., 577-4291. Mon.-Sat., 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun., 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Colorado's Spirit, fine art photography by Sherry Moldenhauer, Dec. 1-Jan. 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 Heaven and Hell, works in different mediums by various artists, through Dec. 16.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Gifted Hand, fine crafts from 20 regional artists, through Dec. 31. Also in the Avenue Gallery, A Grounding Experience, landscapes by Perri Tyler.

Cherokee's of Manitou, 351 Manitou Ave. 685-3508. Featuring paintings and sculptures by Randall May and Lee George.

City Hall at Chapel Hills Mall, 385-6990. Mon.-Fri., 4 to 8 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., noon to 6 p.m. Featuring artwork and photography by Cherri Norris. Through Feb. 26.

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6797. Open 12:30-7:30 p.m. daily (except holidays). Featuring Noble Souls Abhor Wrongdoing, ink-jet and photographic lambda prints by Ethan Jackson, through Feb. 8.

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. Featuring Holiday Lights: A Multi-Cultural Holiday Festival, through Dec. 31.Our Favorite Things: Docent 50th Anniversary Exhibition, through Dec. 31. Hands On, an exhibition from the tactile gallery collection, Dec. 7-31. Giricoccola, an Italian Fairy Tale, an installation by Ann Cunningham, Dec. 7-31. Inner Beauty: Contrasting Aesthetics from the Permanent Collection, Dec. 7-March 10. Opening receptions: Thurs., Dec. 6, 4-6:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Featuring the 17th annual quilts and woodworking juried exhibition, through Dec. 8.

Eagle Conference Center, 777 E. Hwy. 24 in Woodland Park. 687-5700. Fields of Interest: Extraordinary Portraits of Nature, through Jan. 12.

East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Featuring photographic works by David Bailey, through Nov. 30.

FastFrame Gallery, 5154 Centennial Blvd., 277-0161. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring 16 and Under, works under 16" in size by local artists, through Jan. 9.

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 View From Here, featuring 12 contemporary Russian and 10 American artists, through Dec. 14.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post Southwest Gallery, 324 Beckers Ln., 685-9045. Open 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Featuring works by Deb Komitor, Tracy Miller, Donald Vann and Debbie Yarra.

Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave. Featuring Little Gems, small oil paintings by Laura Reilly. Call 333-2416. Through Dec. 31.

Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., everyday, 473-4413. Featuring the Great Impressions ArtWorks retail gallery, showcasing hand-painted oil reproductions of the Great Masters.

LIW Cargo, 713 Manitou Ave., 685-0452. Featuring the Christmas Art Extravaganza with past artists of the month, through Dec. Opening reception: Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Viewing hours: during shows with a ticket to the event. Featuring new works by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Eric Bransby, through Dec. 20. Works by the Palmer Lake Arts Group, Jan. 2-Feb. 26.

River Rock Gallery, 16 Colbrunn Court, north of Colorado Ave. between 24th and 25th Streets. Wed.-Sat., 10:30 to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring painting, jewelry, ceramics and sculpture by over 30 artists.

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 Contemporary Mexican Art, by Arturo Fuentes in the Regional Gallery. Rush to the Rockies: Nelson A. Rieger, in the King Gallery. Terrain: Landscapes From the King Collection, from the Francis King Collection of Western Art, New Work, by Gary Skul and Pueblo, A Changing Face, by John Suhay through Jan. 26.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Geological Journeys, works by Ramona Lapsley, through Dec. 2. Also, the Tri-Lakes Contemporary Fiber Arts Show 2001, through Dec. 8.

art events and programs

Michael Garman Galleries open house, 2418 W. Colorado Ave. Visit the gallery and working artists studios, refreshments provided. Free, 632-3676. Sat., Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

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 (unless otherwise noted). 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 Dec. 1: Mel, Nick and Neal with Larry Edleman and Friends.

A Holiday Fine Art Sale at the Bemis School of Art, 30 W. Dale St. Free, 475-2444. Sat., Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Aficionados Luncheon lecture and slide presentation featuring craftsman and jeweler, Ralph Sena in the Gaylord Room of the Colorado College Worner Student Center. $10.50, 389-6649. Wed., Dec. 5, noon.

Workout Ltd. Art Festival Wine Tasting and Auction in the Manitou Business of Arts Center, 513 Manitou Ave. $15-$20, 471-4200. Fri., Dec. 7, 6 p.m.

Own Your Own Art Show and Sale at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 Sante Fe Ave., Pueblo. $3-$4, 719/543-0130. Through Dec. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Ambiance art show and sale at Adam's Mountain Caf, 110 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs. Call Rene for more information at 685-0707. Mon., Dec. 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes at YMCA downtown, Nevada and Kiowa. Learn swing, salsa, tango, waltz, cha cha, fox trot and rumba. Ongoing, register anytime. For members and non-members. Reasonable fees includes four sessions. First session free. For details, call 634-3029 or 473-9622. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 7-9 p.m.

Bemis Art Academy at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., announcing enrollment for adult and youth fall classes in sculpture, painting, pottery, drawing, beadwork, papermaking and many more subjects. Call 475-2444 for information or to receive class schedule.

Open Studio at Cottonwood Art Academy, 14 S. 28th St. in any medium. $5 per session, 520-1899. Portraits: Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. Figure: Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon.

call for entries

Business of Art Center accepting proposals for The Blues Project, a "blue inspired" show opening Jan. 25. All media considered. For details call 685-1861. Art due at the BAC from Thurs., Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to Sat., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.

Colorado Council on the Arts is seeking entries for a 2002 Artist Fellowship. Fellowships available in Visual Arts, Literature and Traditional Arts/Folk Art. Submit application form, resume and samples. Must be Colorado resident. Contact Kelleen Zubick, 303/894-2617 Ext. 18, or Mary Ewell Ext. 19. Deadline: Jan. 4.

Downtown Art Project accepting entries for outdoor, three dimensional media for year-long downtown exhibit. Call 719/295-7216 for information. Awards include: $1500 Award of Excellence and $500 People's Choice Award. Deadline: May 15.

The Commonwheel Artist Coop is accepting proposals for gallery shows for the year 2002. Send entries to: The Commonwheel Artists Coop C/O The Gallery Committee, 102 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80929, or call 685-1008 for prospectus.


Bulletin Board

Pikes Peak NOW holding a meeting at The Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Will be discussing the Pro-Choice Coalition's goals and planned events. Call 475-3089. Thurs., Nov. 29, 6 p.m.

Earth Spirit Pagans will be meeting in the cafeteria at N. Middle School, 612 E. Yampa St. $1 suggested donation, 800/731-2650. Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Pikes Peak Camera Club meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Living Springs Worship Center, 640 Manitou St., in Colorado Springs. Open to all levels of proficiency. For details, call 597-6652 or e-mail chaskath@sprintmail.com. Next meeting: Dec. 4.

Adoption Alliance holding information meetings about traditional infant, special needs and international adoptions at 30 E. Rio Grande St. on the first Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. and the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. RSVP to 636-9140 or torypearl@aol.com. Next meeting: Dec. 5.

Democratic Club Networking Breakfast at the Olive Branch Restaurant, 23 S. Tejon St. For details Mark Entrekin, 535-5782. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs gathering for a potluck on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at varying members' homes and city parks. For details or club information, visit www.vsc.org or call 388-2176. Next gathering: Dec. 9.

Silicon Mountain Macintosh User Group, Inc. (SMMUG), meeting the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. (novices meet at 6) at the Disabled American Veterans building, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. For information call Lynn Poos 599-4528 or visit www.smmug.org. Next meeting: Dec. 12.

Welcome Wagon of Colorado Springs seeking new members interested in book clubs, tours and luncheons, bridge, arts and crafts, ladies' socials and more to greet area newcomers. Luncheon meetings held every second Wednesday of the month September through May. Dorothy Greenway, 630-5047. Next meeting: Dec. 12.

The Network Exchange for Women (NEW) meets the third Tuesday of each month at Antonio's on Garden of the Gods Road. $12, 265-1969. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Next meeting: Dec. 18.

Pikes Peak Green Party, espousing ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, respect for diversity and future focus in politics meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Center, 29 S. Institute. Details, 210-5144. Next meeting: Dec. 18.

Prism Fellowship Family Support Group meeting at Ascention Lutheran church, 2505 N. Circle Dr. from 7-8:30 p.m. on the 3rd Thurs. of each month. Call Carolyn Reida, 548-0892, for details.

Downtown Toastmasters meets at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada. Call 634-1408 for information. Meeting every Friday, noon to 1 p.m.

Debtors Anonymous holds meetings at the Cathedral Room of First Presbyterian Church at Bijou and Nevada. Free, 719/227-1916. Thursdays, 7-8 p.m.

Singles Connection V, a social club for men and women age 50-79, meeting weekly for a variety of activities. Call Pauline at 475-0376 for information and a monthly newsletter.

Silent Springs Social Group, for hard of hearing and deaf adults, sign language users welcome. Dining out at local restaurants, potlucks and community activities. For details call 487-9009 or email

silentspringscos@hotmail.com.

Public Speaking for the Terrified, a supportive environment where you can practice public speaking. Work at your own pace. Tell a joke, read a poem or make a speech. Meeting Saturday mornings. Call 487-9009.

Pikes Peak Area 39+ Catholic Singles looking for new faces to join, divorced, widowed, separated and never married persons between the ages of 39 and 65 years old. Call Nancy for more information at 393-0561.

forums & discussions

Elite Globalization vs. People's Globalization, a lecture by Kevin Danaher, author and co-founder of Global Exchange. At Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Tues., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Centro De La Familia community forums in Spanish at Helen Hunt Elementary School, 917 E. Moreno. Featuring Viviendo en Colorado Springs, providing information about Immigration and Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Laws, Wed., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.

health & healing

Healing Mass for people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. At Sacred Heart Church, 2021 W. Pikes Peak Ave. For details call Maryann, 574-2037. Fri., Nov. 30, 5:30 p.m.

Man to Man prostate cancer support group meeting at the Memorial Hospital cafeteria. For details, call the American Cancer Society, 636-5101. Mon., Dec. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.

Dealing With a Different World, a free seminar on understanding post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression in the aftermath of the WTC attack. At Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. For details, call 635-9155 or 477-1515. Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Reflex Analysis Workshop at 2928 El Capitan Dr. Reveal the root cause of our health problems and how to treat them. $60, 599-7466. Sat., Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Look Good... Feel Better, a workshop for women undergoing cancer treatment. Learn specialized make-up application and skin care. Each woman receives a free make-up kit. At Memorial Hospital. Free. To register, call 636-5101. Mon., Dec. 10, 2 p.m.

Sacred Women of Wisdom, a series of workshops on women's spirituality, designed to help women express and expand the daily practice of their spirituality. Labyrinth walks, journaling, creating sacred space. For info, call Cee at 683-8511 or log on to http://miraclelabyrinths.netfirms.com.

senior programs & activities

Holiday Countdown: Packages of Delight, featuring holiday entertainment and performances each day around lunchtime at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Dec. 10-21.

Senior Days of Enrichment at Benet Hill Center, 2555 N. Chelton Road. Advent: Here and Coming, presented by Fr. Will Menard CSC of Holy Cross Novitiate. $10, 633-0655. Fri., Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Center Choral Concert at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Tues., Dec. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Learning Unlimited: Eclectic Education, an educational program for seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Features expert guest speakers and presenters. $1 per week, 385-5933. Wednesdays, through Dec. 19, 9-10 a.m.

Fit Over Fifty at Body Sculptors Fitness Training Studio, 4743 N. Carefree Circle. Class designed to increase strength, range of motion and flexibility. Eight sessions $45, 637-0100. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:35 a.m.

volunteer opportunities

Effective Volunteer Management Workshop at the Penrose House. Brenda Clifton and Becky Hill will be discussing the secrets to successful volunteer programs. $60-$80, 575-3435. Wed., Dec. 12, 8:30 p.m.

Workout Ltd., a restorative justice program, seeks volunteers to facilitate conferences between victims and offenders. Training provided. Call Denise Mantano, 471-4200 or visit

www.workoutltd.org.

Salvation Army taking food donations to fill emergency pantry. Drop off non-perishable donations at 908 Yuma St. For information, call 636-3891 Ext. 16.

Pikes Peak Family Connections seeking volunteers for the Nurturing Program, a series of parenting classes. A commitment of 4 hours per week for four months is requested. For more information, call Lindsay Peters, 444-4517.

Alzheimer's Association seeking volunteers to be a part of HELPLINE, providing information and encouragement to caregivers. Call 266-8773.

El Paso County Health Department seeking volunteers to promote the Stop Family Violence campaign by distributing posters, cards and bookmarks. Donations of knit caps, gloves, scarves, socks, old sleeping bags and reflective survival blankets are also being sought for homeless clients. Call 578-3278.

Community Partnership for Child Development seeks volunteers to assist in their Head Start/preschool classrooms. Variety of locations, schedules are flexible, training provided. 635-1536 ext. 233.

Business of Art Center, a non-profit community art center in Manitou Springs, seeks art lovers to lend a hand with opening receptions, special events, greeting visitors, fundraising, improving the facility and anything else that interests you. To find out more, call 685-1861.

Silver Key Senior Services seeking people to help drive local elderly persons to the grocery store, bank, doctor, etc. Invest just four hours a week or month and don't pay a penny for your gas! Call Diane at 632-1521.

Out Volunteer (a project of the Pikes Peak Gay and Lesbian Community Center, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado) seeking LGBT and Allied people to volunteer for community projects. Must enjoy volunteering for nonprofits and the community-at-large, and creating understanding, awareness, and positive visibility for the LGBT community. Call 471-4429 Ext. 5 for details. (Leave message)

Meals-on-Wheels seeking volunteers to help deliver hot meals to area elderly people for two hours each week. Call Diane at Silver Key Senior Services, 632-1521.

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.

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 Film Society meeting at Vanguard Church (the old Academy Station Six right off Austin Bluffs and Academy) to view Three Kings, starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Spike Jones. Free, 491-0428. Thurs., Nov. 29, 7 p.m.

World Horizons Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Each travel film is narrated by the filmmaker. Sundays and Mondays, 2 p.m. $7, 634-5583. On Jan. 6-7: Italy, Tip to Toe with Stan Walsh. On March 10-12: Wales with Frank Klicar. On April 14-15: Biblical Treasures of Turkey with Robin Williams.


Learning

Events at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon. Thurs., Nov. 29, 8 p.m. Hut To Hut Skiing 101, with Steve Balsiger. Thurs., Dec. 6, Avalanche Safety 101, with Nick Logan. Thurs., Dec. 13, The Trooper Traverse, with Lou Dawson. Free, 633-0732. All events begin at 8 p.m.

Foodways and Firearms: Archeology of Maya Resistance in Belize, a lecture and a slide show by the UCCS Anthropology Club at the University Center Theatre, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Donations accepted, 719/262-3990. Thurs., Nov. 29, 6 to 9 p.m.

Events at Benet Hill Monastery. 2555 N. Chelton Road. Contemplative Prayer Day, Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30 to 12:30 p.m. Advent Renewal Day, $5 suggested donation. Sat., Dec. 1, 9:30 to 1:30 p.m. Scripture Study, Dec. 11-12, Feb. 26-27, Tues., 7 to 9 p.m., Wed., 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Please call 633-0655 for more information.

Introduction to Taoist Feng Shui taught by Mario Veo. Learn how to attain harmony in the living environment. $75. RSVP to Nanna Bolling, 475-0952. Sat., Dec. 1, 10-4:30 p.m.

Holistic Marketing Class with Michelle Vandepas. Learn how to gain and keep clients. $65, 527-1404. Sat., Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to noon.

Simple Bike Repair Workshop at Brian's Bicycle Repair, 110 S. Sierra Madre. Class will explore basic maintenance and repair. $5, 632-6189. Sat., Dec. 1, 10 a.m.

Programs at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, two miles south of Florissant on Teller County Road 1. Reservations required, 719/748-3253. Fees vary. On Sat.-Sun., Dec. 8-9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: An 1880's holiday.

Learning Unlimited: Eclectic Education, an educational program for seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Features expert guest speakers and presenters. $1 per week, 385-5933. Wednesdays, through Dec. 19, 9-10 a.m.


Literary Events

Carnegie Library Open House at the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Jeanne Davis will be signing her book, Wellsprings. The Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District will be recognized for contributions. Free, 531-6333 ext. 1259. Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

An Evening with O. Henry: Holiday Tales for the Entire Family at the Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway. $3, 598-6767. Sat., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Ruth Washburn Cooperative Nursery School Holiday Book Fair at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon. Featuring refreshments and story readings. Mention Ruth Washburn and 15% of your purchase will be donated to the school. Sun., Dec. 2, noon to 4 p.m.

My Storm Years on Everest, by Colorado College alum Ed Webster, an accomplished photographer and mountaineer. Giving a slide show and signing his new book, Snow in the Kingdom: My Storm Years on Everest at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale Street. Tickets: $8-$10; available at the door or by calling 634-5583. Wed., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Lynn Sherr signing her book, Katherine Lee Bates: The Stirring True Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song, at the Cliff House, Manitou Springs. Call 888/212-7000 or visit

www.thecliffhouse.com. Thurs., Dec. 6, 5:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Group meets at Barnes and Noble, Citadel Mall. Call Henri & Hollie Snider at 574-5571. Meeting the last Monday of every month, 6 p.m.

Vegetarians of Colorado Springs Book Club meeting at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Learn about vegetarians from many great authors and their works. For details call Nan, 388-2176 or visit www.vsc.org.


Music Concerts

acoustic, folk & country

Tracy Byrd at Cowboy's, 3910 Palmer Park. $22, 596-1212. Tickets available at all Western Warehouse locations. Sat., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Steve Barta Trio presenting their third annual benefit Christmas concert at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $8-$15, 634-5583. Proceeds benefit the Families of Freedom fund. Mon., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.

choral

Woodland Park Community Singers will be presenting a Christmas Concert. Free, 686-8860. Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Ute Pass Cultural Center in Woodland Park. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. View United Methodist Church, 1101 Rampart Range Road.

A Coventry Christmas, featuring Kelly Schulz of KRDO-TV, The Fountain Creek Brass Band and the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Performance will take place at the Colorado Springs Christian School cafeteria, 4825 Mallow Road. Call 481-6069. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Pikes Peak Ringers Winter Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Call 636-5011. Sun., Dec. 2, 4 p.m.

America The Beautiful Christmas at Mitchell High School. $10, 579-9132. Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A Time to Heal: An Advent Service of Comfort and Hope, featuring the Broadmoor Chamber Orchestra and choirs from two churches, readings and more at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave. Free, 473-1807. Sun., Dec. 9, 7 p.m.

'Tis the Season: Holiday Memories, a performance by the Colorado Springs with the Youth Symphony Brass Ensemble at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$14, 520-SHOW. Bring a non-perishable food item for Care and Share for a free treat from Santa. Sun., Dec. 9, 3 p.m.

Deck the Hall, presented by the Colorado Springs Chorale at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$25, 520-SHOW. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

classical

Concerts at Colorado College. All events are free, call 389-6603 for more information. Thurs., Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.: Jerilyn Jorgenson and Susan Grace at Packard Hall. Fri., Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m.: Vicki Burrichter conducts "Bach Christmas Oratorio" at Shove Chapel.

The Moscow Sessions, by Lawrence Leighton Smith, music director of the Colorado Springs Symphony, discussing his historic journey to the Soviet Union in 1986, at the Sound Shop Audio/Video, 7 E. Cimarron St. Free, 636-1684. Fri., Nov. 30, 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Christmas Potpourri at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte. Featuring hammered dulcimer, harp, flute, oboe, organ and hand bells. Free offering will be taken. 633-8888. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Holiday Pops Concert with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association at the Wasson High Auditorium, 2115 Afton Way. Also features local community leaders performing in Haydn's Toy Symphony. $3-$5 at the door. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Paul Nagem with the Pikes Peak Flute Choir of the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake St. Free, 495-3695. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Chamber Orchestra of the Springs with violinist Rebecca Lee presenting A Musical Gift, a concert featuring works by Vivaldi, Corelli, Mozart and more at First Christian Church, Platte and Cascade. $6-$12, 633-3649. Sun., Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m.

jazz & swing

Colorado College Winter Jazz Ensemble Concert featuring works by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Horace Silver. In Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

JazzTrax Christmas Concert at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Presenting familiar holiday songs performed by Norman Brown, Chris Botti and Alex Bugnon. $33-$37, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

miscellaneous

Klezmer Duo featuring guitarist Gregory Nisnevich and clarinetist Andrey Alichanor at Colorado College's Packard Hall, SW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 389-6607. Wed., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Three Irish Tenors performing Christmas From Dublin at the Arnold Hall Theater, Air Force Academy. $15-$30, 719/333-4497. Sat., Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Julia McKay, pianist and performance artist, performing at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon. Free, 687-9316. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Look For the Star, an all-original musical Christmas performance composed by Fellowship of the Rockies pastor Tom Bartlett. Sing carols after the show. At Fellowship Church, 1625 S. 8th St. Free tickets available by calling 633-4759. Sat., Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Sun., Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

First Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., featuring new performers every Sunday at 5 p.m. $8-$15, 471-4361. Dec. 9: Christmas Concert.

Lessons and Carols, presented by the 150-voice combined Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Choirs and the Band of the Rockies. At the Academy Cadet Chapel. Free, 333-7731. Come early due to heightened security; I.D.s will be checked. Sun., Dec. 2, 5 p.m. Base will open to the public at 3 p.m.

N.O.W. (Not Ordinary Worship) Praise Band at First Evangelical Free Church, 820 N. 30th St. A casual evening of contemporary praise, preaching and pizza. Free, call 634-3144 or click www.1freechurch.org. Every Saturday night, 6 p.m.

opera

A Taste of the Opera, presented by the Pikes Peak Philharmonic. Featuring works by Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and many more. $3-$12, 442-6853. At the Benet Hill Center, 2577 Chelton Road. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $33-$48, 576-2626. Mon., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

Snoop Dogg at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Ave. $27.50-$30, 520-9090. All-ages. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Sting at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $55-$100, 576-2626. Sun., Dec. 9, 8 p.m.

Clutch, Biohazard and Candiria at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $10.43, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8:30 p.m.

Peace Sign and Boomer Box at the new Business of Art Center Carriage House Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. $12.50-$15, 685-1861. Sat, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin' Poor Boys at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tesla at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $26, 800/965-4827. 21+. Sun., Dec. 16, 9 p.m.

Liz Clark Band at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Xiren at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m.

Swivel Hips Smith at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

music announcements

Colorado Springs Youth Symphony holding auditions for oboe, bass trombone, bass clarinet, percussion, brass, viola, cello and bass. For appointments, call 633-3901. Sat., Dec. 1.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation accepting old instruments to be refurbished and given to children unable to afford and instrument of their own. Bring your old instruments to Grainer School Music, 3490 W. Carefree Cir. or call 574-2001. Tax deductions will be given for the estimated value of the instrument.

Pikes Peak Philharmonic auditioning for bass trombone and bassoon, and for all stringed instruments. Musicians are needed by Dec. 2. Call Carla at 574-1883.


Performances

comedy

Jerry Seinfeld at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $T46-$76, 520-SHOW. Sat., Jan 19, 7 p.m.

dance

Once Upon a December, by the Pikes Peak Performance Company, a group of over 90 dancers ages 5-18. $10, proceeds benefit Christmas Unlimited. At the Wasson High Auditorium, 2115 Afton Way. 328-0694. Sat., Dec. 1, 1 and 6 p.m.

The Nutcracker presented by the Sangre de Cristo Ballet Theatre in the Arts Center Theater, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave. $5-$7, 719/542-1211. Fri., Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

theater

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde performed by the PPCC Masquers at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $5-$10, 540-7418. Fri-Sat., 8 p.m., through Dec. 15. Sun., Dec. 9, 2 p.m.

Montage: Battle of the Sexes presented by Air Academy High School. Show will be performed at Pine Creek High, 10750 Thunder Mountain Way due to security regulations. $5-$6, 472-1295 Ext. 402. Thurs., Nov. 29-Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Two By Two presented by the Star Bar Players at the Lon Chaney Theater, Weber and Kiowa. $5-$12, 573-7411. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 8-9, and 14-15, 8 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 2-16, 4 p.m.

The King & I, by the Repertory Theater Company at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $20-$25, 634-5581. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 16.

Strange Snow, about how three people respond to the Vietnam War, at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $12, 444-0844. Fridays and Saturdays, through Dec. 1, 8 p.m.

Grease presented at Lewis-Palmer High School Performing Arts Auditorium, 1300 Higby Road. $4-$7, 488-4720. Dec. 6-7, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Reading Rainbow by Theatreworks USA at the Pikes Peak Center, 30 W. Dale. $6, 520-SHOW. Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Scrooge and Marley presented by TheatreWorks on the UCCS campus. $35-$50, 719/262-3232. Thurs., Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Dec. 13-23.

Come For Dinner...Stay For Death! at the Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $29 dinner and show; room packages start at $59 per person, 473-4413. Sat., Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m. Also, Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.

It's My Party... I'll Die If I Want To, at Castaways Dinner PlayHouse Theater. $16 show only, $30 dinner and show, 685-3700. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Buffet, 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 22.

The Murder Room by the Encore! Dinner Theater at their new location at 10 Old Man's Trail in Manitou Springs (formerly Tajine Alami). $36 plus tax includes meal. Reservations, 471-PLAY. Fridays and Saturdays, cocktails and live music, 6 p.m. Buffet, 6:30 p.m., show at 8.

announcements

Star Bar Players is taking director proposals for The Hold-Up by Marsha Norman. Production dates are March 22 to April 7, 2002. Contact 719/573-7411 for information or director proposal. Deadline: Dec. 15


Recreation

Events at Mountain Chalet, 226 N. Tejon. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m. 633-0732. On Thurs., Nov. 29: Hut to Hut Skiing 101, with Steve Balsiger. On Thurs., Dec. 6: Avalanche Safety 101, with Nick Logan. Thurs., Dec. 13: The Trooper Traverse, with Lou Dawson.

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 Fri., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.: Once in a Blue Moon Hike.

Jingle Bell 5K Walk/Run for Arthritis in Monument Valley Park, beginning behind the Colorado College Field House. Holiday costumes encourages. Volunteers needed. Call 520-5711. Sat., Dec. 1.

Old Colorado City Christmas Walk with the Falcon Wanderers. Meet at the rear entrance of Beau Jo's, 2415 W. Colorado Ave. Free, 591-8193. Sat., Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Sierra Singles Group inviting single Coloradans of all ages to meet new friends while hiking, biking, camping, learning and exploring Colorado's natural beauty. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Sierra Club. For details or to sign up for an outing, call Martha Rosenau, 685-9147. On Dec. 2: Fountains Creek Hike, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Sat., Dec. 15: Breckenridge downhill and X-C Ski Trip, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sun., Dec. 30: Aiken Canyon Hike, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cross Country Skiing Seminar at Grand West Outfitters, 3250 N. Academy Blvd. Free, 596-3031. Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Snowshoeing 101, an indoor clinic designed to teach you the basics, including where to go and how to get started. At the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required, Sat., Dec. 15, 11-noon and 1-2 p.m.: Snowshoeing 101.


Spectator Sports

Colorado College Tiger Hockey Home Games at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. All games starting at 7:05 p.m. $12-$15, call 576-2626. Jan. 11-12, Minnesota State Mankato. Jan. 18-19, North Dakota. Jan. 25, Air Force Academy. Jan. 26, Niagra University. Feb. 2, University of Denver. Feb. 8-9, University of Wisconsin. Mar. 8-10, WCHA Playoffs.


Special Events

Friends of the Pioneers Museum Holiday Tea, 215 S. Tejon. Frankie Tutt will speak on her music box collection. Call Gretchen, 385-5990. Thurs., Nov. 29, 2 p.m.

Parade of Lights, heading south on Tejon St. from Boulder to Vermijo, then west on Vermijo to Cascade, then north on Cascade to Kiowa St. Free. Festivities also include Family Day at the Pioneers Museum and live music in the Acacia Park throughout the day. Parade begins at 5:50 p.m.

Doherty Spartan Bands Arts And Crafts Show at Doherty High School. Call 328-96427. Sat., Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, 1 to 4 p.m.

Victorian Holiday Bed and Breakfast Holiday Tour in Old Colorado City. $10-$12, 719/630-8241. Participating Inns: The Awarenest Victorian Bed and Breakfast, Holden House, Wedgewood Cottage and Our Hearts Inn Old Colorado City. Sun., Dec. 2, 2 to 6 p.m.

A Walking Tour Around Colorado City with author Cathleen Norman at the Old Colorado City Historical Society, 1 S. 24th St. $10-$15, 719/630-8241. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 to 5 p.m.

An Evening with Lynn Sherr at The Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel, 2886 S. Circle Dr. $50-$600. Wed., Dec. 5, 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari, a safari route guides visitors through lighted trees and sculptures. $3.25-$5.50, 633-9925. Open weekends: Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Daily: Dec. 7 through, Jan. 1. 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Jungian Odysseys: Accounts of Inner Journeys, with Toby Easton and Byron Johnson, presented by the C.G. Jung Society of Colorado Springs. $5, 685-4205. At First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.

60th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Observance at the Memorial Park Veteran's Memorial, on Union near Airport. Featuring the Ft. Carson choir, wreath layings, flag presentations and WWII fighter plane fly-bys. Fri., Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to noon.

Wine Tasting and Art Auction benefiting Workout, Ltd, a restorative justice program. At the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. $15-$20, 471-4200. Fri., Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m.

Holiday Bed and Breakfast Tour in Salida. The Heart of the Rockies Bed and Breakfasts are hosting a holiday tour of six decorated inns. Participating Inns: Beddin' Down, The Century House, Gazebo Country Inn, River Run Inn, The Thomas House and The Tudor House. Call 719/539-2068 or

www.heartoftherockiesb&bs.com. Fri., Dec. 7-8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Holiday Lights Festival 2001 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. Celebration will continue the tradition of displaying live trees, decorated by community organizations, businesses and schools, and now includes winter holiday customs from around the world. Free, 634-5581. Dec. 7-31. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 7, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Children's Activity Day: Sat., Dec. 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Lighter Side of Christmas Parade in Woodland Park. Parade route: Down highway 24 between Taco Bell and Ute Pass Cultural Center. Call Tracie Bennitt, 687-7375. Sat., Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation 17th Annual Trees of Life tree lighting. Community invited to purchase lights and commemorative ornaments. Call 633-3400. $10 illuminates a light. $40 includes an ornament, $100 personalizes an ornament, $1,000 or more will engrave a name on Pikes Peak Hospice Foundation's Tribute Wall, includes membership in Flo Carris & Susan Langstaff Founders' Society, illuminated light and personalized, glass ornament. Tree lightings: Pioneers Museum, Dec. 8, 5 p.m. Penrose Hospital, Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Memorial Hospital, Dec. 10, 4 p.m. St. Francis Health Center, Dec. 10, 5 p.m.

Old Fashioned Holiday Gathering presented by the Alzheimer's Association, at First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade. Free, 266-8773. Sat., Dec. 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Traditional Holiday Service featuring readings, carols and choral music in Colorado College's Shove Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave. Free, 389-6607. Sun., Dec. 9, 6 p.m.

The Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission will be hosting "Teaching Peace", a family sing-along event on Sunday, December 9th, from 4-6pm. It will be a time to gather and commit ourselves to making peace in the world and at home. Kids and adults are invited to join us for pizza, soda and song (a $5-$10 donation for food is appreciated from those who can afford it). To be held at the PPJPC, 29 S. Institute, for more information call 632-6189.

Mediterranean Dinner & Tasting Series at Primitivo, 28 S. Tejon St. Featuring three courses and 5-7 matched wines. $49, tax and tip not included. Mondays at 7 p.m. Reservations: 473-4900. On Dec. 10: Portugal.

Twilight Christmas At Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 1401 Recreation Way. $1-$5, 719/578-6777. Dec. 15-16, 4 to 8 p.m.

KCIC New Year's Eve Gala at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Big band sounds of Wallace Cotton and the Royals, dancing, dinner, champagne and brunch. $250-$325, 538-4000. Call for more information. Mon., Dec. 31.


Youth & Family

Borders Books and Music Caf, 1710 Briargate. Children's author Darla Zuhdi will be signing her book, Finding your Dream. Call 755-9058. Sat., Dec. 1, 2 p.m.

Hands-On Holiday Celebrations at the Buell Children's Museum at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, 719/543-0130. Featuring holiday crafts, interactive reindeer games, the Magic Carpet Theater, a collection of Kris Kringle's personal belongings and much more. Dec.1-Jan 7.

An Evening with O. Henry: Holiday Tales for the Entire Family at the Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway. $3, 598-6767. Sat., Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Programs at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6387. On Sat., Dec. 1, 10-11:30 a.m.: Winter Wildlife Walk. On Sat., Dec. 8, 10-11:30 a.m.: Children's Corner Winter Celebration. On Sat., Dec. 15, 8-10 a.m.: Christmas Bird Count. On Sat., Dec. 15, 11 to noon and 1-2 p.m.: Snowshoeing 101.

Programs at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6745. On Sat., Dec. 1, 10 to noon: Let's Go Birding. On Wed., Dec. 5, 10-11:15 a.m. and 1:30-2:45 p.m.: Nature Adventures: Wild Cats. On Thurs., Dec. 6, 3-4:45 p.m.: Afterschool Adventure: Wild Cats. On Sat., Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m.: Rudolph's Relatives. On Wed. Dec. 19, 10-11:15 and 1:30-2:45: Nature Adventures: Nature's Gifts. On Sat., Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to noon: Winter Wildlife Hike.

The Miracle of Santa Claus at the Hospitality Center of First United Methodist Church, 420 Nevada. A free-will offering will be taken, 520-9024. Sign language interpretation will be available for all performances. Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.

Events at the Garden Of The Gods Visitor Center, at the east entrance to the park at 30th St. Open everyday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 634-6666 Ext. 1008. Nature walks and presentations held daily. Featuring How Did Those Rocks Get There?, a 12-minute multi-media movie every half hour, $1-$2. Also available: Become a Junior Ranger Program, complete with Jr. Ranger pin and certificate, for ages 7-12.


Out of Town

acoustic, folk & country concerts

E-Town live radio tapings at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $11.55, 303/786-7030. All tapings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. On Sun., Dec. 9: Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer, Billy Nershi & Liza Oxnard. On Sun., Dec. 16: Bill Frisell & Greg Liesz with Jane Siberry and speaker Erik Weihenmayer.

Cherish The Ladies at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $20-$22, 303/380-2333. Sun., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Bush & Friends with Mighty Squirrel at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $35, 303/786-7030. 21 +. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

art

Chicano Humanities and Art Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe, Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fridays, 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Featuring the Christmas Mercado, Dec. 7-22.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Preserving Patterns: The Quilts of Charlotte Jane Whitehill, through Dec. 9. Alice Neel, through Dec. 30. Bruce Nauman, through Dec. 30. 20th Century Design: Breaking All the Rules, through December 31. Giants of Melanesia: Monumental Art from the South Pacific, through Jan. 6. The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, through Jan. 20. Motion Pictures: Maybridge and Edgerton Photographs from the Collections, through April 14. Cultural Coatings, through June 16. Many more exhibitions; for details, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.

Foothills Art Center, 805 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring the Holiday Art Market, through Dec. 24. Also, Fiesta! The Art of Mexican Celebration, through Jan. 13.

classical & jazz music

Colorado Symphony Orchestra Events. $10-$55, 303/893-4100. Tues.-Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sun., 2:30 p.m. On Thurs., Nov. 29: Klezmer Conservatory. On Nov. 30-Dec. 2: All Beethoven: The Emperor.

Boston Pops Holiday Concert conducted by Keith Lockhart at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $15-$75, 520-9090. Sat., Dec. 1, 7 p.m.

Birds of a Feather -- A Tribute to Charlie Parker featuring Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride and Dave Kikoski at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $27-$34, 520-9090. Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

comedy

Comedy Works, featuring new performers every weekend. 1226 15th St. at Larimer Square, Denver. 303/595-3637. Showtimes: Tues.-Thurs., Sat., 8 p.m. Fri., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sat., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 28-Dec. 2, Larry The Cable Guy. Dec. 6-8, Jeff Cesario. Dec. 7, Rita Rudner. Dec.10-11, Jim Breuer. Dec.12-16, Adam Ferrara. New Year's Eve, Billy D.

12 Steps of Christmas at the Bovine Theater. 1527 Champa St., Denver. $12-$17, 303/758-4722. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Arrive 1/2 hour before curtain for a Christmas & Holiday sing along. Through Dec. 30.

Hope for the Holidays, a comedy showcase featuring Kevin Fitzgerald, Louis Johnson, George McClure, Steve Gastineau, Chris Atencio and more. Proceeds go to The Children's Hospital. At Comedy Works, Denver. Reservations required: 303/595-3637. Tues., Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

dance

The Nutcracker by the Colorado Ballet at the Auditorium Theater at the Denver Center, 14th and Curtis Streets. $18-$100, 800/641-1222. Through Dec. 30.

rock, pop & blues

Dirty Dozen Brass Band at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $13.50, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Nov. 29, 8 p.m.

Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12.50, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 1, 8 p.m.

The Ataris at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $10-$12, 800/965-4827. Sun., Dec. 2, 7 p.m.

The Nortec Collective at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Mon., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

Uphollow at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $5, 800/965-4827. Wed., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.

Morbid Angel and Deicide at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $20-$25, 800/965-4827. Wed., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.

Bilal with DJ Sabotage and DJ Jam X at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $20-$30, 303/265-0519. Thurs., Dec. 6, 11 p.m.

Juice at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

Dispatch at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $20, 520-9090. All-ages. Fri., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.

Space Team Electra at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Wilco at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $22.50, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

Small Brown Bike at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

Sting at Magness Arena, Denver. $55-$125, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.

Rock*A*Teens at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $7, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 11, 8 p.m.

System of a Down, Sevendust and Alien Ant Farm at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson and Colfax, Denver. $32.50, 520-9090. 16+. Tues., Dec. 11, 7 p.m.

Mad Caddies at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m.

Deke Dickerson & The Eccophonics at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Pigface at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $20, 800/965-4827. Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

Cake with Flickerstick at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson And Colfax, Denver. $25-$30, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Kottonmouth Kings at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $17, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Motet at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. 21+. $10, 303/786-7030. Sat., Dec. 15, 9 p.m.

Moonspell at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12.50, 800/965-4827. Mon., Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Man or Astroman? at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.

Hot Water Music at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Barenaked Ladies, Jewel, Nikka Costa and Jessica Simpson at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $27.50-$40, 520-9090. Thurs., Dec. 20.

Stanley Jordan at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $20, 800/965-4827. Sun., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Kirk Franklin's Christmas Tour at the Paramount Theatre, 16th St. and Glenarm. $35--$45, 303/265-0519. Sun., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.

David Wilcox at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $25, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. $20, 520-9090. 18 +. Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Lucky Boys Confusion at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Fri., Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $10-$15, 800/965-4827. Sun.-Mon., Dec. 30-31, 8 p.m.

Sam Bush and Friends with Mighty Squirrel at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. 21+. $35, 303/786-7030. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkston and Colfax, Denver, $42.50, 719/520-9090. Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.

Leftover Salmon at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $45, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Aerosmith with Cheap Trick at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $45-$85, 719/520-9090. Sat., Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Down From The Mountain: Music From the Film O Brother Where Art Thou, featuring Allison Krauss & Union Station (with Jerry Douglas), Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Ralph Stanley, The Whites, The Peasall Sisters, Norman and Nancy Blake, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Bob Neuwirth and Chris Thomas King at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $69-$85, 520-9090. Mon., Feb. 11, 8 p.m.

String Cheese Intranational Incident, at Lahaina Civic Center Outdoor Stage in Maui, Hawaii. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 at

http://www.sciticketing.com or 303/xxxx5-0191. Feb. 16-17.

John Tesh at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $26-$42, 520-9090. Sat, Feb. 16, 9 p.m.

Tangerine Dream at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $25-$40, 520-9090. Tues., Feb. 19, 8 p.m..

special events

James Earl Jones at Junior Achievement's Denver Distinguished Lecture Series. At the Denver Center for Performing Arts. $15-$52, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 3, 7 p.m.

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