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20 Thursday

Marlena Shaw brings her own personal brand of pop-afflicted jazz soul to the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N Santa Fe in Pueblo, tonight at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20, available at the Center's Box Office, or call 295-7222.

Starting tonight, the Manitou Arts Theater, 515 Manitou Ave, brings you Stick Guns, a dark comedy about growing up in the shadow of a maximum-security prison in Cañon City. Jim Jackson, acclaimed performance artist and clown, stars. The performance runs through this Sunday, all performances at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, either at the door the night of the performance, or at 685-1861.

21 Friday

The Commonwheel Artists Co-op, at 102 Canon Ave in Manitou, has a couple of new, very fun-to-say shows opening together today from 6-8 p.m.: Zubigaki and Wakan. The shows, created by R.E. Tolzman and Gary King, are about using found objects and mass media images to understand the values of the society in which we live. The pieces are simple, clever, and elegant. The show runs until March 18. Call 685-1008 for more.

22 Saturday

Don't be a sissy. The city of Cripple Creek hosts their 5th Annual Downhill Gravity Race today, and you're invited, nay, challenged. The entry rules are simple (steering, brakes, 4'x8'), but that doesn't mean you can't pull something really weird. The Hot Tub on Wheels is one of many previous designs. I suggest the "Wild Boar on Tank Treads." That would be sweet. The event signup is at Parks & Recreation in Cripple Creek, qualifying runs start at 11 a.m. Call 689-3461 for information or entry packets.

It's innuendo time! Rights of Passion, Inc. will be vibing down at the Bijou Bar and Grill, 2510 E Bijou, tonight from 7-10 p.m. to plug their wares. Free snacks, drink specials, raffles, samples, demonstrations. Strap-on your shoes and head down. 473-5718 for info.

Head over to the UCCS Lodge, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy, from 2-4p.m. today for the Second Annual Unseen Women Benefit Fashion Show, featuring fashion from downtown latex-peddlers Zzing, Revolution, and Full Size Retail. The show celebrates beauty in all women, with proceeds going to Pikes Peak Region NOW, Dress for Success, and OMNI House. Tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Call 635-3919 for more.

Local experimental filmmaker Frank Biesendorfer will be at Chaos Studios, 802 N. Weber, tonight at 8 p.m., showing excerpts from his narcissistic-yet-sincere films. The show, a collaboration of Chaos Studios and The International Experimental Cinema Exposition, is entitled Living with the Camera: the Films of Frank Biesendorfer, the admission price is 7 bucks, and you should call 277-6657 or 634-5429 if you're still puzzled.

Tonight and only tonight, the Pikes Peak Center presents 1999 Tony Award alum Fosse, winner in that contest's Best Musical, Lighting, and Orchestrations categories. The show is about director/choreographer Bob Fosse, the only director in history to win an Oscar, Tony and Emmy award in the same year. Two performances only: 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-45, available at the PPC Box Office, any Ticketmaster outlet, or call 520-9090.

23 Sunday

I know we do this every week, but here's another llama birthday. Buffy, one of the Pueblo Zoo's oldest llamas, turned 21 back on February 19, and today at 4 p.m., it's time to celebrate. Birthday cake included. Come watch a llama go bar-hopping. Tickets are 6 bucks for adults, $5.50 for seniors, and $3 for children. 3455 Nuckolls Ave. in Pueblo, call 719 /561-1452 for details.

Today at 3 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale St., Dr. Robert S. Carlsen presents a slide show on Mayan cosmology and mythology, in conjunction with the FAC's new exhibit, Flowering Mountain Earth: Continuity and Change Among the Highland Maya. The exhibition examines the effects of European influences on the culture, dress, and religion of the Mayan people, from the late 1800s to the present day. 634-5581 for details.

24 Monday

Today through Sunday, March 2, The WES Room at CC's Worner Student Center (Corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre) will host a series of guest speakers, panels and films, with AHMISA: Transcending Violence Through Creative Action. The films include Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero, Blacks and Jews, and India's War and Peace. All nights are free and open to the public. Today's event starts at 1 p.m., but times vary widely each day, so get down to Worner Center and check it out. Call 389-7256 for details.

25 Tuesday

February is a magical month. As the new year retreats from the icy grip of Winter, we take time to reflect on love's bounties, for one special day of the year. That's right, it's Spay Day! Come to the Humane Society at 610 Abbott Lane, to procure a certificate, redeemable at many local vets, to get your dog/cat spayed/neutered. Prices vary, but range from $15-35. 473-1741 for details.

--Brian Arnot

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