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click to enlarge Slim and Munly will be rocking a billy at Bennys on Saturday.
  • Slim and Munly will be rocking a billy at Bennys on Saturday.

31 Friday It's Halloween tonight. Go forth, scare and be scared.

Get the junk shocked out of your trunk at the Hearthstone Inn (506 N. Cascade Ave.), where Carl Crippen, the doctor of ghost hunting, will lead 13 Ghosts of the Haunted Hearthstone this evening, displaying historical and fictitious phantoms both for your terror and enjoyment. The 15-minute tour features ghosts like the Spanish Inquisitor, the Mauled Hiker and the Wistful Drunken Ex-Girlfriend and will run you $6 at the door (a portion of which goes to benefit the Fine Arts Center). Tours will be going from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. For more information, call the Hearthstone at 473-4413.

1 Saturday Tonight, shred it up and adopt a completely alien lexicon at Industrial Nation (2106 E. Platte Ave.), where the C.S CREW presents Middle of Nowhere, an original skate video full of tricks you can neither pronounce nor do. The showing will also feature DJs and emcee battles to complement the totally crucial grinds. The cover is $5, the shindig gets going at 8, and you can go ahead and call 520-0980 for more.

If you're totally not nailing that half-Cab nollie Smith grind to nose blunt, head over to Benny's tonight (517 W. Colorado Ave.) and check out Slim Cessna's Auto Club, the powerhouse rockabilly-punk-country ensemble. With two genuinely awesome albums on Alternative Tentacles, the Auto Club is what Jello Biafra called "the country band that plays the bar at the end of the world." Hot! It's all part of Holey Rollers' 10th annual Hell-O-Ween Bash that will include, The Mansfields. Run a comb through that hair and take your 'puter for a spin at

www.slimcessnasautoclub.com for more information.

click to enlarge Purple Haze: Indigo Girls to soft rock your socks on Monday.
  • Purple Haze: Indigo Girls to soft rock your socks on Monday.

2 Sunday This afternoon, do something cultural for a change. (No, online gambling in your underwear does not count.) Make haste to the Benet Hill Center (2577 N. Chelton Road) for the Pikes Peak Philharmonic's "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" program, featuring spooky works by Charles Camille Saint-Sans, Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, and a particularly opium-influenced and decapitation-themed piece by Louis Hector Berlioz. The concert gets going at 3 p.m. and admission will run you $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children, and $12 for the whole family.

www.pike speakphil.org or 442-6853.

Hey there audiophiles and vinyl nerds. If the number of records you own surpasses the total number of times you've ever had sex, you might think about trucking on up to the Denver Record Collectors Fall Expo 2003. There, bespectacled folks with carrier bags will mingle, haggle over discs, check out dealers' collections and blink blearily in the bright light. The expo is taking place at Holiday Inn Northglenn (I-25 and 120th Avenue in Denver) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is a wee $2. Hit up

www.bigk.com or call 303/455-8408 for more information.

Also this afternoon, renowned Celtic fingerpicker Jerry Barlow will evoke green isles and timeless mourning at the Butte Opera House in Cripple Creek (139 E. Bennett Ave.). Recently featured in Fingerstyle Guitar magazine, Barlow plucks transposed guitar melodies originally played on harps, tin whistles and fiddles. I highly suggest you check this out, if you can tear yourself away from the nickel slots. Tickets are $6 with a $2-per-person discount for families. Hop on the information superhighway and head over to

www.jerrybar low.com for more.

click to enlarge Bear in a big blue house, anyone? Thursday at the Pikes Peak Center.
  • Bear in a big blue house, anyone? Thursday at the Pikes Peak Center.

3 Monday Dust off that flannel from your Lilith Fair memento box and haul ass on over to the Pikes Peak Center tonight for some folk-a-twang-a-rock. That's right, the Indigo Girls will be waxing harmonic all over the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). Tickets are $29.50-$41.50, and things'll get started at 7:30 p.m. Hit up

www.pikespeak center.org or call 520-7453 for more.

6 Thursday Tonight, treat the whole family to Bear in the Big Blue House Live. The Jim Henson-Disney Channel program-cum-live-bonanza is all about "A First Time for Everything," during which kids can pretend not to be terrified by the cha-cha-cha-ing ursine 7-foot host, sing along to hits like (I'm not kidding) "What's That Smell" and learn important things about themselves and the power of media diversification via the "live" performance. Tickets are $13.50 to $21.50, and are available through Ticketmaster by calling 520-9090. The show runs today through Sunday, Nov. 9 at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). To check out the wide array of show times, check out

www.bearinthebigbluehouselive.com .

If you'd prefer to see a real person over a scary costumed bear tonight, head on down to the John P. McHugh Commons at Colorado College (above the Wild Sage Restaurant in the College's new Western Ridge development, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. ). Chris Bachelder, new CC faculty member and author of the acclaimed satirical novel Bear Vs. Shark, will be speaking about a variety of topics (maybe even you!). Things start at 7 p.m., and the program is free and open to the public. Call 389-6499 for more.

-- Aaron Retka

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