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Moon of the Scarlet Plums, a Japanese Noh theater production telling the story of Crazy Horse and Atsumori, at Colorado College's Armstrong Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre. $5 tickets available at the Worner Desk, 389-6607. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 16-19, 8 p.m.

Godspell, a musical based on the gospel of Matthew, by the Upstart Performing Ensemble at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $6-$12. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 17-18, 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 18, 2 p.m.

Scrooge! , a musical by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Repertory Theatre Company, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $18-$20. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 17-18, 8 p.m. Sun., Dec. 19, 2 p.m.

Holiday plays by the Rocky Mountain Theater Company in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. The Ransom of Red Chief on Sat., Dec. 18, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Sat., Dec. 18, 4 p.m.; and Tues., Dec. 21, 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Wizard of Oz on Mon., Dec. 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Christmas Carol with Gift of the Magi at the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave, on Sun., Dec. 19, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Art Guffaw, a family show by world-class clown Jim Jackson, at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $6. Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 27-30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Theater presenting The Wild Flowering of Chastity by Dutton Foster. Audience participation encouraged. Includes sing-a-long intermission and vaudeville-style 'olio.' Reservations: 685-5104. Family-style dinner and show: $21.50, 6 p.m. Show only: $11.50, 8:30 p.m. Discounts available. Tues.-Sat., through Dec. 31.

KCME Radio Theatre presenting The Giant's Stair, a thriller about a man, his wife and her 'unbalanced' sister during a terrible storm, on 88.7-FM. Thurs., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

A Brief History of White Music, featuring an all-black cast interpreting the music of the Andrews Sisters, Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and more, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Sat., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.


AUDITIONS & NOTICES

Star Bar Players Star Bar Players seeks director and technical director for "The Woman in Black." Those interested in directing should mail proposal to P. O. Box 875, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. This is a technically demanding play and those interested in being technical director must be willing to test their abilities. Call 573-7411 for more information.


OUT-OF-TOWN THEATER

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Through Dec. 24.

Barrio Babies, a new musical performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $ TBA. Through Dec. 30.

Phantom of the Opera in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$67.50, 800/641-1222. Through Jan. 8.

Red, White and Tuna in the Auditorium Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $10-$50, 800/641-1222. Jan 4-23.

Peter Pan in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$55, 800/641-1222. Jan 11-23.

Mame by the Country Dinner Playhouse, Englewood. $25.50-$32.50. 303/799-1410. Buffet dinner, 6 p.m.; show, 7:45 p.m. Matinees Sat.-Sun.: buffet, noon; show, 1:45 p.m. Tues.-Sun., through Jan. 30.

Waiting To Be Invited, by S.M. Shepard-Massat, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $ TBA. Jan. 13 through Feb. 19.

The Winter's Tale, by William Shakespeare, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Jan 27 through Feb. 26.

Byrd's Boy, by Bruce Robinson, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Feb. 2 through March 11.

White Trash Family Reunion, a hilarious, interactive family reunion, at the VFW, 955 Bannock St., Denver. $39, including dinner and dancing. For ages 13 and up. Call 303/573-5931. Runs Saturdays through Feb. 19.

Swingtime Canteen presented by Denver Center Attractions, in the Garner Galleria Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $29-$34; 800/641-1222. Runs indefinitely.

Picasso at the Lapin Agile, an absurdist comedy by Steve Martin, at the Avenue Theater, Denver. $ TBA. Call 303/321-5925. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Runs indefinitely.

A Children's Nutcracker Christmas, a presentation of excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite designed for children, performed by the International Ballet School, at its studio, 127 1/2 E. Bijou St. $8, 578-1646. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 18-19, 2:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker performed by the Colorado Ballet at Auditorium Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $18-$55, 520-9090. Through Dec. 26.

Tap Dogs, a rocking performance that turns tap dancing upside down, in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. $15-$25, 333-4497. Sun., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.


DANCE NOTICES

A Tango Dance presented by Tango de los Fuentes. At Oddfellows' Hall, 2228 W. Pikes Peak Ave. All levels welcome. $5. Call 635-1754. Mon., Dec. 20, 7-10:30 p.m.

Swing Sundays offered by Swing in the Springs at the VFW Hall, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave. All ages welcome. $5. Lesson at 6 p.m. Dance session at 7 p.m. 266-6453. Every Sunday.

Dirtnap with Dissidence and Association Outward at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. All-ages show. $3-$5, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Thurs., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

Christmas Benefit Show featuring the local ska and punk band, the Ghetto Cherubs, along with five other local acts, at the American Legion Hall, 15 E. Platte. Proceeds benefit the Good News Foundation's campaign to supply underprivileged children with toys and winter clothing. All-ages show. $3-$5. 638-8985. Sat., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

White Trash Christmas with Sinister Creed, Blister 66 and Filth Industry at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. All-ages show. $3-$5, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Sat., Dec. 18, 9 p.m.

Caroline's Spine with Martyrs & Poets and Soul Lament at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. Over-21 show. $5, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Sun., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.

Radio London at Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625. Fri., Dec. 17, 9 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 18, 9 p.m. Food and toy drive on Saturday to benefit Community Cupboard.

Fat Apple at Jos Muldoons, 222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311. Thurs., Dec. 30, 9 p.m.

Countdown 2000 featuring The Riders at Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625. $10, includes champagne and appetizers at midnight. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Club Retro '99 New Year's Eve celebration at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Featuring Howard Jones and Bristol Fashion. $79-$99, 576-2626. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Def Leppard with Joan Jett at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $26. Call 576-2626. Sun., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.


OUT OF TOWN POP, ROCK & BLUES

Worm Trouble with Sarina Simoon and Room 40 at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Thurs., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

William Topley with The Old 97s at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $25, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.

Ordinary K at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Mon., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.

Robert Mirabal at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Mon., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.

Megadeath at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $27, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 27, 8 p.m.

Compound with Brotherhood P and Gipetto's Juice at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Mon., Dec. 27, 8 p.m.

Dark Star Orchestra at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $17, 520-9090. Thurs., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., Jan. 1, 9 p.m.

Paris, Texas at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Tues., Jan. 4, 8 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 7, 8 p.m.

Stanley Jordan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Thurs., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 8 p.m.

The Judds at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $28.50-$65, 520-9090. Fri., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

The Pretenders with Gay Dad at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $39, 520-9090. Tues., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Karl Denson at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 9 p.m.

All with Wretch Like Me, Bill the Welder, Tanger and Someday 1 at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8-$10, 303/322-2308. Thurs., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

The Wailers at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 20, 9 p.m.

Matthew Sweet at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-$14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

Victor Wooten at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 27, 9 p.m.

Maceo Parker at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Over-21 shows on Fri.-Sat., Jan. 28-29, 9 p.m. All-ages show on Sun., Jan. 30, 9 p.m.

Anthrax with Fu Manchu at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Mon., Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry with The Mad Professor at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $ TBA, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sun., Feb. 6, 9 p.m.

Rebirth Brass Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Feb. 11, 9 p.m.

Culture at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m.

String Cheese Incident at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Los Lobos opens on Fri., Feb. 18, 7 p.m. Alpha Blondy opens on Sat., Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Saxaphonist David Sanborn at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $25-$44, 520-9090. Sun., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $43.50-$204, 520-9090. Wed., Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

The Funky Meters at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $26.25, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Wed.-Thurs., March 8-9, 9 p.m.

Cubanismo at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $26.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., March 10, 9 p.m.


NEW YEAR'S EVE BASHES

Sonia Dada at the Fox Theater, Boulder. 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 29-30, 9 p.m.; $31.50. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.; $52.50.

Gwar at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $35, 800/965-4827 or visit www.ticketweb.com. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Leftover Salmon's Mile High Millennium featuring Sam Bush, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, and the Tony Furtado Band at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $50, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Emmylou Harris at Boulder Theater, Boulder. 303/786-7030. Fri., Dec. 31; $55-$62.50. Sat., Jan. 1; $26.50-$34.

Neil Diamond at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $100-$250, 520-9090. VIP packages for $500-$1000. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Sherri Jackson with Matthew Moon at the Soiled Dove, Denver. $85, 520-9090. Includes buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. Fri., Dec. 31.

Brethren Fast at "Above the Dove," in a heated and tented patio above the Soiled Dove, Denver. Includes buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. $50, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 31.

The Apples at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $13-$15, 303/322-2308. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Emmylou Harris at Boulder Theater, Boulder. 303/786-7030. Fri., Dec. 31; $55-$62.50. Sat., Jan. 1; $26.50-$34.

Fais Do-Do, a Cajun and Zydego dance party featuring the Colorado Cajun Dance Band and the Nouveau Zydego Honkies, at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $10-$12, 303/777-1003. Dance lesson at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 8, 8 p.m.

David Olney with Kate Campbell at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $12-$14, 303/777-1003. Fri., Jan. 14, 8 p.m.

Record Release Concert with David Moore and 32-20 Jug Band at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $13-$16, 303/777-1003. Fri., Jan. 21, 8 p.m.

Chuck Pyle with Rebecca Flosom at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $12-$14, 303/777-1003. Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

David Grier and Matt Flinner at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $12-$14, 303/777-1003. Fri., Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

E-Town with Beausoliel at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $11.55, 303/786-7030. Sun., Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

Leo Kottke at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $17.50, 303/786-7030. Thurs., March 2, 8 p.m.

Juan de Marco Gonzales and The Afro-Cuban Allstars at Boulder Theater, Boulder. Over-21 show. $28, 303/786-7030. Sun., March 26, 7:30 p.m.



JAZZ & SWING

Steve Barta Trio with vocalist Stephanie Hancock at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $15. Free to children under 16. Thurs., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Joni Janak Quartet at Primitivo, 28 S. Tejon St., 473-4900. Tues., Dec. 21, 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.


CLASSICAL MUSIC

Colorado College Musicum performing "French Music of the Baroque Era, at Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Free. Sun., Dec. 19, 3 p.m.

Instruments of Change featuring Christopher Parkening on guitar, as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony Classical Masterworks season at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Features Kernis New Dance Era, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring,. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Opera Colorado's Madama Butterfly in the Buell Theater, Denver, on Feb. 12, 15, 18 and 20. Call 800/841-1222.


MUSIC NEWS

The Black Rose Acoustic Society announcing music scholarships for Coloradans who wish to study a traditional musical instrument such as guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, stand-up bass or accordion. Adult and youths encouraged to apply. Call 598-3719 for more.

A Midnight Clear, a film set in 1944 France in which an American Intelligence Squad and a German Platoon put aside their differences and spend Christmas together, but are then forced to fight each other, at Movie Night at All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Sponsored by FUSION! Sat., Dec. 18, 6:30 p.m.

White Christmas as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $2.75. Tues., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $2.75. Tues., Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.

World Horizons Film Series, with film makers present, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $6. Britain's Offshore Islands, with film makers Rick and Jan Rosefield. Sun.-Mon., Jan. 9-10, 2 p.m.

Amazon at the IMAX Theater at Denver's Museum of Natural History, 303/322-7009. $4-$6. Through Feb. 29.

Karin Huxman signing her debut novel, Virtual Heart, an 'electronic book' that can be read on a computer, at Read It Again Books, 6628A Delmonico Dr. Sat., Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lively Exchange Reading Groups, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District holding a holiday get-together for book lovers at the Rockrimmon Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000. Tues., Dec. 21, 7-9 p.m.

In Other Words presented by Bare-Knuckle Poetry at The Warehouse, 25 W. Cimarron. Bring three typed poems without your name on them for an anonymous poetry exchange. Lois Hayna also will read from and sign copies of "View From Behind the Mirror." Readers and listeners are welcome. Call 447-9039 for more. Tues., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

Creative writing workshops for beginners and advanced students. Taught by Roberta Redford, a freelancer for 25 years. $10 per week. Begins in January. Call 232-4489 for more.

International Open Poetry Contest seeking entrees. Send one original poem, of any subject, any style, to International Library of Poetry, Suite 19907, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owing Mills, MD, 21117. Or enter via www.poetry.com. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2000.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring the work of sculptor Peggy Cook, during December.

Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-1514. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointments available. Featuring The Year 2000 Show, an exhibit of the latest work by member artists, through Jan 23, 2000. Holiday reception: Fri., Dec. 17, 5-8 p.m.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. POP! Panorama of Polymer, a national show featuring the work of 50 artists from 25 states, through Jan. 30.

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6797. Tues.-Sat., 12:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring Bee-Space, an exhibit of the work of Angela Battle, through Dec. 18.

Colorado Springs Art Guild holding three exhibits. At Stifel, Nicolaus and Co, 111 S. Tejon St., seventh floor, Suite 705; featuring sculpture by Belva Cline-Woodruff and paintings by K. Parks-Jackson, T. Henderson, M. Pouton, C.A. Bryant and J. Padgett, through Dec. 20. At First United Bank, 1700 E. Platte Ave., 630-1611; featuring artwork by M. Linhart, P. Ballenger, E. Ferguson, R. Pass, F. Davis, D. Brewner and K. Jackson, through Dec. 31.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$4. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. Pikes Peak Legacy: Art of the Century's second exhibit, The Aftermath: The '60s and '70s, through Feb. 13, 2000. From Tradition to Mainstream: Prints by Native American Artists of the 1970s and 1980s, through March 12.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 578-6650. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Schlage Antique Locks, and exhibit of over 2000 years of locks, through Jan. 8.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring 26th annual Holiday Market, an exhibit of one-of-a-kind art by local artists, through Jan. 2.

Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., 685-9000. Featuring paintings and pottery by Ken and Tina Riesterer, through Dec. 31.

East Library and Information Center Art Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Featuring an exhibit of pastel portraits by Charles Wilson, through Dec. 31.

Fastframe, 5154 Centennial Blvd., 277-0161. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Featuring Visual Picnic: An exhibition of Western land and sky, featuring oil pastels by Pat Dagnon and photography by Jeff Wuerker, through Dec. 25.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Featuring The University Collects, an original exhibition drawn from the private collections of the campus' faculty and staff. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m.

Gallery at Premier Vision, 4280 N. Academy Blvd., 264-6411. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local Color, the work of twenty-five local artists watercolor, block print, colored pencil, jewelry and photography, through Dec. 30.

Garden of the Gods Trading Post Southwest Art Gallery, 324 Beckers Lane, 685-9045. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ring in the New Millennium with Cosanti Bells, through Dec. 31.

Human Touch Gallery, 14 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1241. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Lust for Light, an exhibit of impressionistic oil paintings by Bill Duryea, through Dec. 25.

Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Featuring Exploration, Expansion, Expression, an exhibit of the work of Carol Ettenger, through Feb. 29, 2000.

Manitou Springs Fine Art Castings and Gallery, 1136 Manitou Ave., 685-1588. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring new works by several regional and local artists.

Pankratz Studios and Gallery, 366 Second St., 481-3108. Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sun., noon to 4 p.m. through Dec. 19. Featuring a limited edition of the Palmer Lake Star holiday platter by Richard Pankratz. 20% of the proceeds benefit the Center for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Pasta di Solazzi, 1625 W. Uintah St., 577-0080. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring paintings by Martha Mans, through Jan. 31.

Pikes Peaks Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Featuring the 13th annual Members' Exhibit and Sale by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, through Dec. 31.

Permanent Professors Art Gallery at the Air Force Academy. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or by appointment. Call 333-2416. Featuring Expressions of Nature: Paintings by C.J. Chadwell and Susan Risinger, through Dec. 22.

Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Gallery open: Mon.-Thurs., 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m. to noon. Featuring Abstractions and Constructions through Dec. 17.

Pottery Co-op, 1026 S. Tejon St., 329-1590. Open: Wed.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring pottery by the pottery of Diane Foster and Glenda Kleinsasser, through Dec. 27.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Enduring Legacy: Triumph of the Spirit, on the strength an beauty of the Native American spirit, in the King Gallery, through Jan. 22. Into the Light, an exhibit of paintings, writings, and song by artist Kay Singleton, through Jan. 22. Latkas at the Millennium: 25 Years of Pueblo Potters, an exhibit of ceramic by Tom and Jean Latka, in the Hoag Gallery, through Feb. 5. Beyond the Gate, an exhibit of the work of Pueblo artist Dorothy Mendoza, in the Regional Gallery, through Feb. 5.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Featuring BIG, a juried exhibition of large fine art from the Front Range, through Jan 22. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 17, 7-9 p.m.

Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight. Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m. to midnight. Up Against the Wall, an exhibit of contemporary paintings by Jason Chase, mixed media work by Lin Fife and photography by Larry Hampton, through Dec. 31.


ART ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

Family Day at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Join Rhonda Greder-Kimble and stars from the Repertory's production of Scrooge to discuss life in the Victorian era, learn a Victorian dance, and make a Victorian ornament. Free. Sat., Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to noon.

32nd annual Own Your Own Holiday Art Show and Sale at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here's your chance to pluck fine art from the walls of a gallery and give them as gifts. Runs through Dec. 24.

Call for entries for Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. The theme is magic. Two- and three- dimensional work in all mediums will be accepted. Intake: Jan. 14-15. Call 685-1861 for more.

Natural Photo Contest sponsored by the El Paso County Parks Naturalist Docent Organization seeking color slide entries through Jan. 15, 2000. Call 520-6387.

Call for entries for Richard's Feast, a juried show of ceramic tableware designed to serve a particular type of food, at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Show will run March 15 through April 15, 2000. Deadline: Feb. 1.


ART ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

A weekly radio program hosted by David Sckolnik on KCME-FM 88.7. This week, "Holiday Surprise."The ArtSpeak team goes in search of the people who've made this a special one for the arts. Sat., Dec. 18, 5:30-6 p.m. Rebroadcast Tues., Dec. 21, 10:30 p.m.

The Fifth annual Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs. Features toss, hurl, launch and drive competitions, a glamour competition, a derby and races. No entry fee if you bring your own (stale) fruitcake. Call the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 685-5089 for more. Sat., Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


HOLIDAY EVENTS

The Forgotten Carols, written and composed by Michael McLean, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$18, 520-SHOW. Thurs., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Twilight Frontier Christmas program at the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 578-6777. Offers wagon rides, music, lantern-light tours, refreshments and more. $1-$3. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 18-19, 4-8 p.m.

Sounds of the Season Holiday Home Tour in Woodland Park. Featuring six homes, including the Lion and Rose Castle, with live music at each home. $10-$12. Proceeds benefit the construction of the Dickson Performing Arts Center. Call 748-3504. Sat., Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fourth annual Sights and Sounds of the Season at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 578-6652. Holiday tunes played on the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ. $3-$4. Discount with a canned good donation. Sat., Dec. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 19, 2 p.m.

Tis the Season, a performance by the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale with special guests from the Ormao Dance Company, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $8, 633-3562. Sun., Dec. 19, 3-5 p.m.

Kurt Bestor Christmas, an "innovation interpretation of seasonal carols," at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $10.50-$20.50. Mon., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.

16th annual Christmas Eve Giveaway helping thousands of needy families at 615 N. Chelton at the Citadel Plaz Building. Seeking financial donations, since they buy food staples at wholesale prices; help in spreading the word; volunteers to pick up food donations on the 24th; volunteers to help bag and box groceries and sort clothing on the 23rd and 24th; and volunteers to help distribute leftovers on the 26th. Call 475-9421 or 599-7023 for more.

Kwanzaa Cultural Celebration, celebrating African Americans' history, culture, philosophy and achievements, at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St. Includes an African American Community Unity Night on Sun., Dec. 26, 3-5 p.m.; an African marketplace on Wed., Dec. 29, 6-8 p.m.; and a Unity Feast on Fri., Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. Call 473-6566 for more. .


HOLIDAY DISPLAYS

Fifth annual Gingerbread Village with the theme "The Storybook Journey" on display at the Citadel Mall until Dec. 25.

Season of Light Shows, a multimedia light show, at the Air Force Academy Planetarium. Show times are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Call 333-2779 for more. Through Dec. 23.

Seven Falls Holiday Lighting to benefit Christmas Unlimited, which provides toys for needy children. $3 donation. Dec. 18-28, except Dec. 24. 5:30-9:15 p.m.

Electric Safari, a holiday festival of lights featuring nearly 500,000 lights, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 633-9925. $2.50-$4. Children under 3, free. 5:30-9 p.m., through Jan. 2., except Christmas Eve.

26th annual Gallery of Trees and Lights at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. Through Sun., Jan. 2, 2000.

Royal Gorge Festival of Lights in Royal Gorge Park, Cañon City. 888/333-5597. Through Jan. 2.


HOLIDAY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Salvation Army Holiday Toy Drive now through Dec. 17. Seeking unwrapped toys for children of all ages. Toys may be dropped off at all Colorado Springs Starbucks. Call 636-3891 Ext. 16.

Christmas Toys for Kids, the Police Department's tenth annual toy drive. Toys will be matched to needy children and delivered by police officers during the week of Dec. 20. New, unwrapped toys for children 2 to 16 can be dropped off at: the Falcon Division, 7850 Goddard St.; the Gold Hill Division, 705 S. Nevada Ave.; the Sand Creek Division, 4125 Center Park Drive. Call 444-7412 for more.

Toys for Tots Toy Drive at American Furniture Warehouse, 2805 Chestnut St. New, unwrapped toys sought through Dec. 21.

Care & Share is seeking volunteers to help with food pick-ups, food sorting and other projects through the holiday season, and throughout the year. Groups welcome. Call Sheila or Dave at 528-1247.

Christmas Treecycle in the north parking lot of the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St., 520-6711. Bring your Christmas trees. Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Salvation Army seeking volunteers to help serve dinners at the four sites on Christmas Day. Volunteer opportunities available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 636-3891 Ext. 21. or 475-2347 Ext. 15.

Sweet Georgia Brown's Soul Food seeking companies, churches or individuals to purchase dinner packets for 5, 10, or 25, for $50, $100, or $250 respectively. Proceeds help pay for Christmas care packages to be distributed on Christmas Eve. Call 329-1137 for more.


NEW YEAR'S EVENTS

Sixth annual Pikes Peak, a non-alcoholic, family-oriented celebration all around downtown Colorado Springs offering over 50 activities for adults and children including a balloon glow, face painting, mask making, storytelling, musical and theatrical performances, and ethnic and cultural dances. $5-$7. Buttons for admission are sold at all Norwest Bank and King Soopers locations beginning Dec. 17. Children under 5 are free. Call 632-7490 for more. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concert", by the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and Big Band, with special guest, tap dancer Michael Allen, at the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 219 E. Bijou St., $4.50. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

A Century of Song : 100 Years of Broadway by the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $35-$100, 520-7469. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Planet Millennium including "A Century of Song- 100 Years of Broadway" by the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center and the Springs 2000 Gala at the Antler's Adam's Mark Hotel, offering dinner and dancing and a midnight champagne toast. Call 577-5581 for more. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

The Millennium Odyssey at the Cheyenne Conference Resort. Features gourmet dinner buffet, dancing, a room at the resort, a New Year's Day brunch and silent auction to benefit the Imagination Celebration. $450 per couple, 538-4000. Fri., Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to Sat., Jan. 1, 5 p.m.

Club Retro '99 New Year's Eve celebration at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. Featuring Howard Jones and Bristol Fashion. $79-$99, 576-2626. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

First Day Celebration, a series of peaceful activities for all ages and faiths at the First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Call 632-5163 for more. Sat., Jan. 1, noon to 9 p.m.


STUFF FOR KIDS

A Colorado Christmas at The Broadmoor. Features "The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas," a one-man theater presentation, $10, 577-5747. Not recommended for children under 6. Runs Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. Through Dec. 27.

Colossal Fossil Christmas, a series of two-hour workshops for children 5-12 at the Children's Museum in The Citadel mall, 574-0077. $12. Pre-payment required. "Handmade Holidays," a holiday arts and crafts workshop with local artist Kim Sayers-Newlin; four sessions between Dec. 20-23. "Colossal Fossils" on the museum's Dinosight exhibit; four sessions between Dec. 27-30.

Special One-week Swim Lesson for kids and adults offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center. $9.75. Runs Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. Call 578-6634.

17th annual Rocky Mountain Small World Cup in Silver Creek. Kids' events include dual slalom, obstacle courses, scavenger hunts, and parades. Everyone gets a medal. 888/283-7458. Jan. 22-23.

Introduction to Excellence, a seminar for students, athletes, teachers, coaches and parents, at the Center for Sport Psychology at the UCCS gymnasium. $5-$7, 473-4509. Proceeds and canned goods accepted at the door will benefit the Colorado College Community Kitchen. Mon., Dec. 20, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Public Skate Sessions at the Sertich Ice Center in Memorial Park. $2.50-$3. $1 skate rental. Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30-5:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Fridays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Holiday Swimming Sessions offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center, 578-6634. $3.75-$5. Public swim: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, 1-5:30 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Adult swim: Mondays through Fridays, 6:30-9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. Lap swim: Mondays through Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Runs Dec. 19 through Jan. 2.

Special One-week Swim Lesson for kids and adults offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center. $9.75. Runs Dec. 19 through Jan. 2. Call 578-6634.

Holiday Skating at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Gate A. Noon to 1 p.m.; $1 plus $1.50 skate rental. 4-5:30 p.m.; $2.50-$3:50 plus $1.50 skate rental. Call 477-2150 for more. Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 20-23.


SPECTATOR SPORTS

1999 Christmas Pops on Ice with the Colorado Springs Symphony and the Broadmoor Skating Club, at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $20-$50, 576-2626. Sat., Dec. 18, 2 and 8 p.m.

Colorado Gold Kings at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626. Sun., Dec. 26, 2:05 p.m.: against Phoenix. Mon., Dec. 27, 7:05 p.m. and Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 29-30, 7:05 p.m.: against Idaho.

Colorado College Hockey at the World Arena, 576-2626. Vs. University of Minnesota at Duluth on Fri., Jan. 14, 7:35 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 15, 7:05 p.m. Vs. University of Denver on Sat., Jan. 22, 7:05 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $21-$221, 520-9090. Vs. Sacramento on Thurs., Dec. 16. Vs. San Antonio on Sat., Dec. 18. Vs. Portland on Mon., Dec. 20. Vs. Vancouver on Sun., Dec. 26. Vs. L.A. Clippers on Mon., Dec. 28. Vs. Boston on Thurs., Dec. 30.

Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m., except where noted, at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $33-$165, 520-9090. Vs. St. Louis on Mon., Dec. 27. Vs. Los Angeles on Wed., Dec. 29.

Harlem Globetrotters at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $11-$76, 576-2626. Sun., Jan. 2, 3 p.m.


WINTER SPORTS FESTIVALS

WinterSkl in Aspen. Includes snow-carving contests, a local World's Fair, a canine fashion show, fireworks and more. 800/262-7736. Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 13-16.

Western Weekend at Powderhorn. Includes swing dancing and line dancing : in your ski-boots. 970/268-5700, Ext. 2030. Jan. 22-23.

Ullr Fest, celebrating the Norse god of winter, in Breckenridge. Includes a parade, Olympic games, concerts, ice skating and fireworks. 800/221-1091. Tues.-Sun., Jan. 25-30

Snowdown in Durango. Includes snow softball, a dog and cat fashion show, and other wacky winter events. 970/247-0312. Wed.-Sun., Jan. 26-30.

Snow Fest at Cuchara Mountain. Includes snow competitions, silly races and more. 888/282-4272. Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 3-6.

Ski Spree Winter Carnival in Glenwood Springs. Includes a kick-off parade, a downhill snowbiking course, a scavenger hunt, a chili cook-off and more. 800/445-7931. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 5-6.

Meadow Mountain Walks holding an easy hike along Intemann Trail on Sun., Dec. 26, 2-5 p.m. Holding an easy hike along Homestead Trail on Sat., Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $6. To reserve a space, call 578-9155.

Winter Wildlife Hike led by a naturalist at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Followed by hot cocoa and a slide show. Free, but reservations required; call 520-6745. Sat., Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m.

Christmas Bird Count at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Call 520-6387 for more. Sat., Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Christmas Bird Count, part of the 100th anniversary of the National Audubon Society's , at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Join other birders in counting and identifying all the birds in a 15-mile radius. Call 520-6745 for more info.. Tues., Dec. 21, 8 a.m.

Star Watch sponsored by the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society at the Greenway and Nature Center, Pueblo, 719/560-STAR. Fri., Dec. 24, dusk.

Snowshoe Class in Horsethief Park by Meadow Mountain Walks. $6. To reserve a space, call 578-9155. Sat., Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


GARDENING

Gardening classes at ForestEdge Gardens, 12285 Lindsey Lane, on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in January. $18 per class; call 495-9175 to register. 'Annuals and Biennials: The Best of the Best' on Jan. 5; 'Perennials on Parade' on Jan. 12; 'Ornamental Herbs in the Landscape' on Jan. 19; 'Great Ornamental Grasses' on Jan. 26.

Create a Living Wreath at Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 574-8058. $14. Sun., Jan. 22, 1 p.m.

The Future of Russian Democracy and the December 1999 Elections in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Free. Thurs., Dec. 16, 11 a.m.

How to Protect Your Photographs at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Refreshments at 10 a.m. Program at 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 14.

Income Tax Assistance Volunteers sought by the Pikes Peak Library District. Training provided on the basics in early January. Time commitment averages 4 hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251.

Fresh bakery goods donated by animal-loving businesses available 4415 Flintridge Drive, 594-6046. Money paid for goods will be donated to Rocky Mountain Animal Defense. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

Firefighters' Families of Worcester Fund established by the Colorado Springs Firefighters Association to aid the families of the six fallen firefighters. Donations can be made at any Key Bank locations. Call 332-9817 for more.

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