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20 Thursday

In an apparent attempt to give this writer some wicked 1998 flashbacks, 32 Bleu says they've got a ska show lined up, and we believe them. Second-wave skanksters the Toasters will play tonight at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon. They've been around for ... sweet lord, 23 years now. And they're coming to town with irony-infested third-wave ska-core group Reel Big Fish. Get out your $20 spot, don your stupidest-looking rayon shirt, head downtown at 9 p.m., and dance in place awkwardly. The ska chicks ("rude" girls, sorry) just eat that stuff up. Call 955-5664

Toy story? On ice? Disney on Ice presents Toy Story 2 at The World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd, for a a five-day engagement. Unfortunately, the first night of this engagement was yesterday -- we'd have brought you news last week if not for the sheer quantity of Paddy's Day hooliganism -- so hurry up, already. The show includes an apparently awe-inspiring airport scene, and a particularly horrific-sounding scene involving 16 cars, mysteriously moving traffic cones and a 30-foot-long semi-truck. Yikes! Makes me think of I-25 before the spring thaw. Tix range from $15.75 to $50, reservable at 576-2626. Times go like this: tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Whew.

Here's the synopsis: The Little Sisters of Hoboken need to raise cash because 52 of their sisters died of botulism and they only have money to bury 48. That's some pretty rad stuff for a musical comedy, all right, but it's even better stuff for a death-metal band. Come to Tony's Chop House, 2829 N. Elizabeth in Pueblo, tonight through Saturday, at 6 p.m., and see Nunsense, as directed by Joey Gonzales. Price for dinner and the show is $35 a piece, or $62 for a couple. Call 719/564-0579 for more.

21 Friday

In a very unlikely move, our local vegan restaurant got a TV show. The Organic Earth Cafe (1124 Manitou Ave., 685-0986) will host Organic Earth TV, debuting tonight, 9 p.m., on Adelphia Cable channel 4. The hour-long show will explore the benefits of organic food, recycling programs, drum circles, open-mike night, meditation and more of that healthy stuff.

Lynyrd Skynyrd ain't nothin' but a buncha skallywags! Come see the real deal as the Southern Rock All-Stars take the stage Tres Hombres, 116 W. Midland Ave. in Woodland Park. This band has the singer of Molly Hatchet, people. The opening group, Jeff and Vida, has an energetic Americana/country vibe, with a slight bluegrass edge. It's $20 and the action starts at 9 p.m. Call 687-0625.

The times, they aren't a-changing. World/funk/jam/bluegrass group New Monsoon plays tonight, starting at 10 p.m. at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou. The show is free and 21+. And you thought you'd never see a didgeridoo and a banjo on stage together. Call 633-1080 for all that info.

22 Saturday

Normally we don't do much of the out-of-town kind of stuff, but there are always exceptions. Jane Goodall will be in Boulder today, and if that's not an exception, then I'll be a monkey's uncle. What? The monkey's my uncle? Jane, you're so confusing. The renowned primatologist will be participating in Roots and Shoots Discovery, a stage show that presents some of her crazy ape discovery stuff in a performance-and-singalong-and-stuff context. The show's at Macky Auditorium on CU Boulder campus in Boulder. It starts at 2 p.m. and goes till 3:15 p.m with a book signing to follow. Tix are $18.25 for adults, $12.25 for kids 14 and under, and the price includes annual membership to the Jane Goodall Institute. Call 800/813-1376 or visit

www.mavenproductions.com.

24 Monday

Starting tonight, come to the Olympic Training Center, located at One Olympic Plaza, and watch the best of the best punch the living crap out of one another. It's the USA Boxing National Championships, running each night 7-10 p.m. through March 28. You can watch the prelims for free, or pay 10 bucks and see the championship on Friday. Call 866-2303 or go to www.usaboxing.org for details.

25 Tuesday

Head over to CC's Packard Hall, located at the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre, at 7:30 p.m., and see collaborative artist (and professor of art at the Kansas City Art Institute) Hugh Merrill present a slide show and speak about his work with inner-city kids. Merrill enjoys collaborating with non-arts audiences to create communal art, has presented his work at New York City's MOMA, received a master's of fine arts from Yale, and likes long walks on the beach. The talk is free and open to the public. Call 389-6607.

Tonight and tomorrow night, come to the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade, for a little bit of that old-time music: disco. Marvel as Saturday Night Fever is presented live on stage .... with people just as talented as, but far less creepy than John Travolta and company. Shows start at 8 p.m., tix run from 25 to 45 clams. Call 520-9090 for a good time.

--Brian Arnot

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