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Oakland, Calif. quartet Drunk Horse is coming to Paradise City, 2454 Montebello Square Drive. Drunk Horse brings indie-rock street cred (toured with math-metal ingenues The F#@*ing Champs, Trans Am and the Rye Coalition) and off-the-cuff humor to a kind of boogie-rock, dino-prog, burnin'-down-South sound. For ticket info and times call 532-0560.


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Friday

Stargazers, unite! There is to be a rockin' Public Star Party at the east section of Bear Creek Park (21st Street and W. Rio Grande Street), from 7 to 11 p.m. brought to you, as always, by the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. Telescopes will be available and ever-helpful club members will be on call to quench your cosmic queries. Bring a ghetto blaster and some Floyd, and you'll be a'ight. For more information call 473-6375.

Phototroph Gallery is at is again. This time Elaine Bean has crossed the Mississippi and brought Missouri photographer Deborah Riley and her "Solar Photogravures"-- a film-to-intaglio-print alchemy -- to her wonderfully tidy little gallery under the Colorado Avenue bridge. Come on down tonight for a fistful of cheese puffs, some fine art and some fine times. The opening runs from 5 to 8 at 218 W. Colorado Ave., 442-6995.

While you're under the bridge (if not sleeping), stop off next door at the Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. for a "Peep Show." Don't get your knickers in a knot, cuz we got a tip-off that it's more about marshmallows than cheesecake. C'mon, it's almost Easter. Gotta get with all my Peeps! It's also from 5 to 8 p.m.


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Saturday

Come join the Manitou Art Theater as they present their joyful musical adventure, The Friendship Spell. Yessirree, it's the latest installment of First Saturdays at the MAT. Bring the kids for songs, musical games and ukulele-fueled fun. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets are only $8 and can be purchased by calling 685-1861 or going to the BAC front desk, 513 Manitou Ave. You can also buy tickets at the door, but remember, seating is limited.

Tonight, 7:30 p.m., at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave, come see the Colorado Springs Orchestral Brass present "It's a Wonderful Brass World!" They'll play everything from Bach to Basie to Burzum. OK, no Burzum. Know that these musicians once comprised the brass section of the now-defunct Colorado Springs Symphony. Know that this will be a good show. Know that your shoes are untied. Psyche! Know that tickets, available at the door and by calling 660-5327, are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.

It's the freakin' weekend. Head to the Pikes Peak Big Harp Blowdown II, 8 p.m. to midnight and have yourself some fun. This one-night-only engagement, at Classics, 5943 Delmonico Drive, is hosted by Smokin' Joe and the Mighty Burners, and features local harp-huffers Magic Dave and Steve "Homeboy" Williams. Call Classics at 260-7057.


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Tuesday

Um, hey, I was, like, wondering if you would go with me to Rise Against's CD release party at 32 Bleu, 32 S. Tejon. Yeah, and, you know, The Arrivals and Laymen Terms are playing too. This all-ages, Soda Jerk-presented show costs $8 and starts at 9 p.m. Call ahead at 955-5664 or go to

www.32Bleu.com.

Look, if you haven't seen The Godfather on the big screen, you haven't seen it at all. For all of you who have yet to see this film gem in all its glory, now is your chance. Come to the Fine Arts Center, 30 W Dale St. Reception is at 7 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30. Tickets are $5 for members and $6 for all the rest. Call 634-5581.


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Wednesday

Almost finished with its Visiting Artists Series '03, Colorado College presents Gary Hill, internationally renowned video and installation artist, at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Auditorium, at the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Hill's work has been on display everywhere from MOMA and the Guggenheim in New York City to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He'll be giving a lecture and a slide show. This event is free and open to the public. Call 389-6366.

--Brian Arnot

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