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click to enlarge Oct. 3: Faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive, able to leap tall building in a single bound -- it's the members of the Colorado Springs Orchestra with their homage to the man with the big, red S.
  • Oct. 3: Faster than a speeding bullet, stronger than a locomotive, able to leap tall building in a single bound -- it's the members of the Colorado Springs Orchestra with their homage to the man with the big, red S.

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Thursday

Get your daily dose of old-time religion at the Southern Gospel Concert put on by the Friendship Assembly of God, 3685 Bloomington, tonight at 7. The concert features Down East and the King's Messengers Quartet. Admission is absolutely free. Call 574-3155 for more information.


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Friday

We can credit such musical successes as Oklahoma, Cats and Damn Yankees to Louis XIV. The Sun King decided he needed something to liven up the French art scene, so he called upon Jean-Bapiste Lully, court composer, and Moliere, court playwright. The two came up with a new form of theater combining music and dance and called it Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. The comedie-ballet has withstood the test of time and is now being presented by Theaterworks, the award-winning company of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. The play will premier at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, tonight at 7. Tickets are $15, or $5 for students. Call 262-3232.

Before you turn in your application to Prince Charles, bone up on what it takes to be a queen with Denver artist Sheila Olsen. Her mixed-media show, The Once & Future Queen, playfully examines the qualities desired in a future empress: attentiveness, service, sincerity and availability. The opening reception for this collection of new works begins at 5 p.m. at the Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Admission is free. Call 329-1574 to learn more.

It's October, and you know what that means ... drink more bier. You'll have plenty of opportunities to imbibe, and wear lederhosen, and dance to "oom-pah" music, at Oktoberfest '99 at Penrose Stadium, 1045 W. Rio Grande St. Also on hand will be tons of German food, bands, a car show on Saturday, and chicken dancing -- I swear -- from 5 p.m. to midnight today, tomorrow and next weekend. Admission is $5 and will benefit local charities. Call 520-SPUR for details.

If that isn't enough action for you, pack up your accordion and head up the pass to the Rocky Mountain Oktoberfest in Woodland Park. Along with the traditional Bavarian party bands, beer and munchies, this northern fest features a petting zoo, games and puppet shows for the young'uns. Admission is $3 per person or $5 for two, kids are $1, and little ones under 6 are free. The festival will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight today and from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Woodland Park Saddle Club on Highway 24, south of the rest area. Call 687-9885 for more.


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Saturday

It is never too early to stock up Christmas paraphernalia, hence the success of those creepy holiday stores in the mall. Try something a little more... wholesome, at the 26th annual Christmas Crafts Fair at the Palmer Lake Town Hall, off of I-25's Exit 161. Over 80 members of the Palmer Lake Art Group will be displaying their wares from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is free.

Since you're already halfway to Denver anyway, keep going to check out the Eighth annual Colorado Performing Arts Festival. All performances are free, including those by the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Center Theater Company, the Cleo Parker Dance Ensemble, Opera Colorado and other world-class performance organizations. The festival, organized into hour-long segments, begins at 10 a.m. at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Call 303/640-2758 or visit www.denvergov.org/performingartsfest.

click to enlarge Oct. 2: Oh, you can drink it on a Friday, a Saturday, and next weekend again... Oh, Ich habe kopfschmerzen.
  • Oct. 2: Oh, you can drink it on a Friday, a Saturday, and next weekend again... Oh, Ich habe kopfschmerzen.


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Sunday

Maybe all that bier, I mean beer, wasn't such a good idea after all. Or perhaps it was the 18 jegerschnizels you put away. Drink some water, take some aspirin, and watch men in Spandex chase a football around for a few hours. You'll feel better after halftime, I promise.

Or ... if you were responsible and are feeling fine, sashay on downtown and check out the last installment of Superman and Supermen, a tribute to Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and ... Clark Kent. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., and tickets are $8-$42. Call 520-SHOW for details. Only in America ...


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Monday

Those cold winter winds are beginning to whisper down from the newly snow-dusted mountains, and that means this is one of the last chances to get homegrown veggies and fruit from the Pikes Peak Farmers Market. The farmers will be selling their wares today in Acacia Park, downtown on the corner of Bijou and Tejon streets. The market begins at 7 a.m., and everyone packs up around 1 p.m. They continue through Oct. 16 on Saturdays next to Bancroft Park in Old Colorado City.


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Tuesday

"Triangle Man, Triangle Man, doin' the things that a triangle can ..." One of the things that Triangle Man can't do that you can is drive up to the Boulder Theater, Boulder, to listen to the truly bizarre stylings of They Might Be Giants, the strange band that expands when you put them in water. The over-21 show begins at 9 p.m.; tickets are $20. Get the skinny at 303/786-7030.


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Wednesday

The fourth annual Gay and Lesbian Theater festival begins this evening at the Smokebrush Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. The fest starts off with Terrence McNally's modern masterpiece, Love! Valour! Compassion! The play deals with love, AIDS and the passions, resentments and fears of eight men over the course of three summer weekends. Love! does contain adult situations, language and some nudity. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 444-0884 for more information.

The first in a series of three public forums regarding public sculptures will begin tonight at 7 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. FAC Director David Turner will present "Where Has the Public Been in Public Sculpture? A Historical Look Toward the Present." The discussion is free. Call 634-5581 for details.

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