Some of us never want to grow up. No, I'm not saying that I'm a Toys "R" Us kid, but I definitely enjoy a good cartoon every once and a while. I might even indulge in a video game. I'm not ashamed. For those of you who feel the same way, check out the very best of the 2007 Siggraph International Computer Animation Festival from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Business of Art Center's Venue 515 (515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs), featuring works from award-winning studios like Electronic Arts, Industrial Light & Magic and Pixar Animation Studios. Tickets are $5; call 685-1861 for more. SH
Ah, autumn. Days are getting shorter, grayer and colder, and people are getting fatter and grouchier. What a perfect time to take stock of your life and all the things you haven't done! Thankfully, you're in the able, caring hands of Pulitzer Prize winner Wendy Wasserstein, who was lauded as the finest female playwright of her generation before her death last year at age 55. Tonight, the Star Bar Players open up a 2-week run of Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles at the Lon Chaney Theatre (221 E. Kiowa St.). Sit and reflect as you watch Heidi Holland, successful art historian, come to terms with her friends, flames and true desires. Tickets are $15 ($12 for seniors, military and students), available at starbarplayers.org. KW
If you like to watch strong people balance on one another, contort themselves, and do dangerous acrobatic routines in midair, then Cirque Le Masque should be your Saturday-night destination. (No I did not mean "Cirque du Soleil." There's more than one producer out there who can string a few French words together.) Guffaw and be dazzled at 7:30 tonight at the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater (2302 Cadet Drive). Tickets will set you back $25 to $40; visit ticketmaster.com or call 333-4497 for more. MS
On a day filled with the World Series and football, you do have other choices. First, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, along with the Young Concert Artists orchestra, present Halloween Spooktacular at 2:30 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), plus an original Frankenstein film by Colorado Springs Conservatory students. Tickets are $9 to $15. Visit ticketswest.com or call 520-7469. Next, legendary bluesman Bob Margolin returns to Jimbo's Take 2 (2427 N. Union Blvd.), for a 6 p.m. show. Tickets ($20 in advance, $25 day of show) are available at amusiccompanyinc.com, jimbostake2.com and at the door which actually opens at 5, with Front Range Barbeque food available inside. RR
It's a marathon music Monday along the Front Range. In Denver, try sneaking into the sold-out show from the pop-rocking chart-toppers Maroon 5 at the Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St.). Or check out self-proclaimed "idiosyncratic indie" rockers Minus the Bear at the Gothic Theatre (3263 S. Broadway, Englewood) those tickets are $16.25 at ticketweb.com. Lastly, you can trek to Boulder and see gypsy punk rockers Gogol Bordello take to the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) for $22 (visit bouldertheater.com) or North Carolina hip-duo Little Brother at the Fox Theatre (1135 13th St.) for $13 (in advance at foxtheatre.com) or $15 at the door. PF
I heard once about a dance in which the pair will weave a ribbon between their legs and eventually tie a bow with it with their feet. Cool, huh? That probably has nothing to do with the flamenco dancing going on at 7:30 tonight at Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.). Flamenco Vivo featuring Carlota Santana is the first show in the Center Stage Performing Arts Series. Reserve $20 tickets at the box office or by calling 719/295-7222. If more info is all you're after, visit sdc-arts.org. EA
Tonight, supplement the booty (as in candy) you scored Saturday from downtown and the YMCA's Treats on the Streets. Either head to La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (6145 Shoup Road, Black Forest) from 5 to 9 to enjoy a haunted house, hay rides and cabin-to-cabin trick-or-treating, or to Old Colorado City from 3 to 6 p.m. for more sugar-gathering and a costume contest at Meadow Muffins (2432 W. Colorado Ave). Try 473-9622 for the YMCA; 495-2743 or laforet.org for La Foret; and shopoldcoloradocity.com for the OCC events. (P.S. I will totally eat any candy you don't want.) MS
This week's 7 Days contributors: Edie Adelstein, Pete Freedman, Sydney Hamilton, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper and Kirk Woundy.
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