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to the 2006 Fall Arts Guide, the Indy's peek ahead at events in our local and regional arts scenes through Thanksgiving. We don't claim to have uncovered every instance of paint hitting canvas or lights illuminating dancers, but we hope that what's here may serve as a launch point for our readers in venturing out to the galleries and venues in our area.

In case you've been in the proverbial cave and didn't hear: The season's biggest news probably is Dale Chihuly's return to the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center's FAC Modern, downtown. Following his summer blitz of 2005, in which a record 80,000-plus patrons visited his colorful glass display, Chihuly has now selected 40 works of art that will join the FAC's permanent collection (including the one above). The new works will open on Sept. 7, alongside selections from the museum's Native American art collection.

On stage, head down the rabbit hole once again with Theatreworks' take on Alice in Wonderland, or head to Pueblo for superb lineups being offered by the Damon Runyon Repertory and the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. A wide variety of musical, dinner and children's theater productions also awaits you all along the Front Range.

Between the colleges and performing arts venues in town, an extensive array of dance, literary and music events should keep you busy, along with a handful of film festival offerings. Aside from the popular concerts listed in our ever-expanding Big Gigs section, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and other fine classical institutions are offering everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber to Bach through the fall.

As always, we encourage you to thumb through our Listings section weekly for updates on all local and regional events. We wish you an educational and entertaining fall arts season.

Matthew Schniper,

calendars editor

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