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click to enlarge Fill your stein with beer either at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver Thurs.-Sat. or at the Penrose Equestrian Center for Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday.
  • Fill your stein with beer either at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver Thurs.-Sat. or at the Penrose Equestrian Center for Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday.

25 Thursday Well, if you've had enough this theater season of talking blenders and cannibalistic snowmen, here's a breath of fresh air for you: TheatreWorks presents Bloody Poetry, an all-student production at the UCCS Osborne Theater (one floor below the Bon Vivant at Austin Bluffs Parkway and Union Boulevard). Bloody Poetry plays as a companion piece to Frankenstein and tells the jolly tale of Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and Claire Clairemont's summer together in Switzerland, during which the respective atheists, free-love proponents, radical feminists, and Romantic pretty-boys invented, among other things, the story of Frankenstein. The piece runs tonight, tomorrow and Saturday. Admission will set you back $5, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 262-3232 or steer the computer over to

www.uccstheatreworks.com for more.

If you missed the microbrew fest here in C. Springs, just take a chill, dudebro. The Great American Beer Festival will have all your favorite barley sodas (1,400 on tap!) up in Denver, plus: blues, featuring John Davis on Saturday. The whole thing starts today and runs through Saturday at the Colorado Convention Center (14th and Stout streets) in downtown Denver. Go to

www.beertown.org for full information and directions, or call 888/822-6273. Tickets are $35, $15 for designated drivers.

26 Friday I've always said that nothing goes together better than horses 'n' beer, and finally, someone has listened. That said, the Penrose Equestrian Center (1045 W. Rio Grande St.) throws its annual Oktoberfest tonight and tomorrow. Call 520-6711 for more information.

click to enlarge Say farewell to this tall blonde drink of water on Wednesday at the World Arena.
  • Say farewell to this tall blonde drink of water on Wednesday at the World Arena.

This weekend, The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey (3011 East Highway 50 in Cañon City) hosts Harvest Festival 2003, an utter weekend-long bacchanal of wine, local produce and art. The weekend begins with a small Patron's Gala, followed by a dinner (for which reservations are required) featuring Abbey wines. Other events, such as chili roasting and the Cañon City Community Crush, will take place throughout the weekend and are open to the public. Call the winery directly at 877/442-9463 for more information.

27 Saturday Check out the Pikes Peak Depression Era Glass Show and Sale, taking place at the City Auditorium (221 E. Kiowa St.) today and tomorrow. Call 385-5969 for more.

Andrea Modica and John Gritts of the American Indian College Fund will discuss the stories behind the photographs in Modica's show, Real Indians, which is now on display at Phototroph Gallery. They will also sign books and 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the AICF. It starts at 2 p.m. at 218 W. Colorado Ave. (under the bridge). Call 442-6995 or go to

www.phototroph.com for more.

Dancers and Prancers, Don Juans and Vixens: If you need to shake your booty, 32 Bleu can help tonight as Wun Tun Music presents Soul Satisfaction, a night of DJs featuring J Channel (reggae and hip-hop), Skip Ripkin (jungle and hip-hop), Sanza (hip-hop, funk, soul, house) and Tom Hoch (house). There will be artwork and projections and giveaways of clothes and gear. It's $8 for the fellas and $5 for the ladies and it all starts at 9 p.m. Go to 32 S. Tejon St., call 955-5664 or log on to

www.32Bleu.com .

click to enlarge One of the pieces showing in Andrea Modicas show, Real Indians at Phototroph Gallery.
  • One of the pieces showing in Andrea Modicas show, Real Indians at Phototroph Gallery.

28 Sunday Today, take a trip to the mountains -- and through history. The Ute Pass Historical Society presents an open house at the brand-new Ute Pass History Park Museum (122 Laurel St. in Woodland Park). Take a tour through three historical buildings, check out some historical paraphernalia, and nosh on free refreshments. Things are taking place from 2 to 4 p.m. today, and it's all open to the public. Call 686-7512 for more.

Thinking of checking out the boob tube tonight? The Blues, a seven-part series produced by Martin Scorsese, debuts tonight on Rocky Mountain PBS (KTSC-TV, channel 8 in Colorado Springs and Pueblo). Each episode is a film created by one of seven world-famous directors, and will air at 8 and 10 p.m. from now until Saturday, Oct. 4. Check your local listings to confirm the time.

29 Monday Tonight, call a sitter. Call your relatives. Don Schofield -- poet, philhellene, and author of Approximately Paradise -- reads at McHugh Commons at Colorado College. The program is free, begins at 7 p.m., and is presented by the college's Visiting Writers Series. Call 389-6466 for more.

1 Wednesday Do you believe in life after lunch? Cher: Farewell already! Colorado Springs World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $100, $79.50 and $54.50. Call 576-2626 or visit www.ticketswest.com

4 Saturday The Manitou Art Theater kicks off its First Saturday's at The MAT series today with Doc Murdock's Old Time Medicine Show starring Dock Murdock and Scott McCray. Trick and jokes, folks -- that's what you can expect. Two shows: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Theater at Venue 515 (Business of Art Center), 515 Manitou Ave. in Manitou Springs. Tickets are $8 and you can reserve them by calling 685-1861 or go to

www.manitouarttheater.com .

-- Aaron Retka

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