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Art Shows and Galleries

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. Presenting a spring show featuring the work on Lucille Damico on Sun., May 7, 1-4 p.m.

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 Everyday Epiphanies, a show of the colored pencil drawings by John Venezia, opening April 28, 5-8 p.m., through May 14.

Colorado Springs Airport, 7777 Drennan Road. Featuring an exhibit by Mel Strawn, Bernice Strawn, Clarence Shivers, Robert Schmitz and Fred Darpino, through June 30.

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. Deja Views: Contemporary Art from Recycled Sources, through June 18. 38th annual Young People's Art Exhibition featuring the work of El Paso County elementary and secondary students, opens April 29 and runs through May 21.

El Dorado Fine Arts Gallery, 2504 W. Colorado Ave., 634-4075. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring 19th annual Juried Miniature Art Show, through May 21. Opening reception: Sun., April 30, 1-5 p.m.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Featuring Student Exhibition 2000, juried by Sushe Felix and Scottish artist Sarah McKenzie Smith, through May 19.

Pikes Peak Community College, Downtown Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 527-6000. 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 its Annual Student Art Show, through May 3.

The Tao Caf, 801-A N. Tejon St., 632-6324. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Featuring Mark Fraijo's Post Traumatic Drawing Disorder Art, through April 30.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Featuring Pandora's Box Five, a collaboration between the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Palmer Elementary School fifth graders in which the PPWS members and the students were given identical objects to explore, and the corresponding artwork will be displayed, May 5-28, with a reception on Fri., May 5, 6-9 p.m.

U.S. Olympic Complex in the Visitors Center at the Olympic Training Center, corner of Boulder St. and Union Ave., 578-4618. Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Athlete, an exhibit of photographs by Anderson and Low, through June 30.

Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight. Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m. to midnight. Featuring Got Art?, featuring the photography of Elaine Bean, the paper and oil work of Tom Leech, and the fabric of Jeanne Schenk Steiner, May 2 through June 30; opening reception on Sat., May 6, 4-5:30 p.m.


Bulletin Board

announcements

Farewell Commemoration of the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission building at 235 E. Fountain Blvd. This symbolic closing will feature a public statement on the need for low-income housing in the new development, a performance of First Strike Theatre, and shared stories. Sun., April 30, 1-3 p.m.

Colorado Singles holding weekly dances at Jupiter Moons, 7852 N. Academy Blvd. 226-0018. Dance lessons, 6 p.m. Sundays, 7-11 p.m.

arts events and classes

2000 Women's Art Festival, a two-day series of events devoted to exploring women's issues through the creative arts. Fri., April 28: a night of performances by Colorado College women at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall. Sat., April 29: silent art auction in the Worner Center, noon to 5 p.m. Free. 389-6607.

Introduction to Ikebana, a one-day workshop on this ancient practice of Japanese flower arranging at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861, $32-$36. Sat., April 29, 9 a.m. to noon.

Garden railways, a presentation by the founders and editors of Garden Railroads Magazine at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Free. Sat., April 29, 1-3 p.m.

Fiber Arts Festival and Sale presented by the Pikes Peak Weavers Guild, 635-6173, at the Ramada Inn, Fillmore and I-25. Sat., April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ArtsPeak, a weekly radio program hosted by David Sckolnik on KCME-FM 88.7. This week, an interview with Tony Church, who's opening his one-man show "Give 'Em a Bit of Mystery" in Denver, and a review of the symphony's classical concert No. 9. Sat., April 29, 5:30-6 p.m. Rebroadcast: Tues., May 2, 10:30 p.m.

Rare West African dance class offered by Abdoulaye Camara, former member of the National Ballet of Guinea, at the Manitou Springs City Hall. $12; call 685-4719 for reservations. Mon., May 1, 6 p.m.

36th annual Spring Show and Sale sponsored by the Black Forest Arts and Crafts Guild at the Black Forest Community Center. Thurs.-Sat., May 4-6, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sun., May 7, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Creativity Workshop designed to rattle your brain and get those creative juices flowing at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. $45-$55. Thursdays, May 4-25, 6:03-8:07 p.m.

arts notices

The Colorado Actors' Theater holding auditions for 2000-2001 season at the Smokebrush Center on April 29-30. Plays include The Glass Menagerie, Harvey, Bus Stop, American Buffalo. Call Ziggy at 444-0884 for an appointment or more information.

UCCS Theatreworks holding regional auditions in Main Hall 308 for this summer's Shakespeare Festival in July. All roles paid. Applicants should bring resume and headshot, and prepare two monologues, one contemporary and one Shakespearean. Sun., April 30, 1-5 p.m. Callbacks the evening of Mon., May 1.

Call for entries by the Pikes Peak Jazz Festival poster contest. Designs must be 11" x 17", black and white only; must include an image of a saxophone and the PPJF logo. For more information, call 686-1340. Deadline: May 1.

Young Concert Artists of Colorado Springs, for musicians 22 and under, holding auditions on Sat., May 6, for its 2000-2001 season. Seeking all strings, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn and percussion. Call 633-3449.

clubs & organizations

Business and Professional Republican Women providing an update on the Republican National Convention at the United States Olympic Training Center's Presidential Suite. Call 382-9746 for more. Tues., May 2, 6-7 p.m.

Friends of the Peak, a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and appreciating Pikes Peak, holding a training for everyone interested in leadership positions with the group. Indoors on Thurs., May 11, 6-8:30 p.m. and outdoors on Sat., May 13, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forums & discussions

Job Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Forum offered by 9to5, the National Association of Working Women at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Free and confidential. Call 800/522-0925 for a reservation. Thurs., April 27, 6-8 p.m.

Pikes Peak Environmental Forum with featured speaker Julie Farrell on Aiken Canyon Conservacy on sustainable ranching at the Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave. $12.50 (cash only), includes meal. RSVP to Sarah Aubrey, 633-4421. Fri., April 28, noon.

Sustainable Colorado Springs, a symposium sponsored by the UCCS Social Science Department, in 5101 Breckenridge Dorm. Free and open to the public. Sat., May 13, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Connecting Youth and Community Workshop, a "hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeves workshop" offering eight simultaneous roundtable discussions focusing on "developmental assets," such as family and neighborhood support, and commitment to learning. Sponsored by the Assets of Youth Committee at the Manitou Springs Town Hall. Free. Lunch provided. Call 684-9725 to register. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

health & healing

Scleroderma support group meeting Sat., April 29, 1 p.m. Call Helene 531-9397 for more.

Live and Be Well "Brunch and Bones," seminar on osteoporosis prevention healthy eating habits, followed by a healthy, calcium rich brunch, at the Hearthstone Inn. Presented by the Colorado Springs Chapter of Hadassah. Brunch and seminar: $10-$16. Seminar only: $4.00; free with student ID. Sun., April 30, 9:15 a.m. to none.

Growing 101: Herbs that Heal, discussed by author and medical herbalist Tammi Hartung, at the Briargate Barnes and Noble, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Sun., April 30, 1 p.m.

senior programs & activities

Intergenerational Planning Workshop at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1418 Hancock Ave., 385-6972. Focusing on generational differences, roadblocks to planning, and more. Free. Sat., April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., presenting "Viva! Cinco de Mayo" on Fri., May 5, 1:30-3:30 p.m.; presenting "Honoring the Ages," an awards celebration for individuals and organization for their work on behalf of older adults in the area, on Thurs., May 11, 2-4:30 p.m.

volunteer opportunities

Youth Outreach Center seeking volunteers to help finish the new facility. Activities include painting, cleaning, and moving equipment, and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. Call 633-9660. Sat.-Sun., April 29-30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Planned Parenthood is looking for a few good volunteers to commit to working at least once a month. Training will be held on Sat., May 6. Call Cindy at 573-8883 for more.

Greensprings on the Greenway seeking over 500 volunteers to help plant along the Greenway in Monument Valley Park on Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to noon. Call Parks and Rec at 385-5947 for more.

Nurturing Program Volunteers help stop family violence and child abuse in our community. Daytime and evening volunteer and internship opportunities available. A training session will be at El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, 301 S. Union Blvd, on Mon., May 8, 5:30-8 p.m. To register or for more information, call Karen at 578-3278.


Film & Video

Pikes Peak Area Screenwriters presenting writer and author Robert Vaughn on April 30, 1:30 p.m., at the Wydham Hotel, and Andrew Mudge at the UCCS Library, Room #111, on Fri., May 5, 6:30 p.m.

French Filmmaking Competition Film Fest at Palmer High School Auditorium, 301 N. Nevada Ave., 634-0797. Competition by French high-school students in the Pikes Peak region to make French-language films. Recommended for teens. Fri., May 5, 7 p.m.

The Uninvited as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $2.75. Tues., May 9, 7:30 p.m.


Learning

The History of Monument, Colorado as part of the Pikes Peak Regional History Series at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 578-6650. Free. Thurs., April 27, 7 p.m.

Retracing the Stanley-Livingstone Expedition, by Jim Owens, who led an expedition on foot to retrace the famous search for Dr. Livinston, at the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2335 for more. Tues., May 2, 7 p.m.

Breaking Free Workshop, a workshop for people trying to end a bad or abusive relationship, with author James Johnson, at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 573-6947. Workshop on Fri., May 5, 7-9 p.m.

Behind the Scenes of the Millennium Moments, by author and producer Mary Jane Rust on the KRDO local history TV show, at the Aficionados luncheon at Colorado College's Gaylord Hall. $10.25. Call 389-6649 for reservations by Mon., May 1. Wed., May 3, noon.

Strategies for Success presented by the Colorado Springs Women's Consortium at the Best Western Le Baron Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. $12-$15; register by April 28 by calling 527-5082. Thurs., May 4, 7-9 a.m.

Wildlife Watch at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo, featuring classroom lessons and an outdoor field trip. Bring sack lunch, snacks and drinks, a water bottle, sun block and binaculars if you have them. $15 per person or family. Register with the Colorado Division of Wildlife at 227-5221. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Literary Events

The Poet Said What?, a reading series featuring over 50 poets in honor of National Poetry Month in April. On Thurs., April 27: "Time and Money" at the Cheyenne Mountain Bank, 1580 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd., 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and at the East Library, 7-8:30 p.m. On Fri., April 28, 3-5 p.m.: "Open Mike Junior" at the Children's Museum at The Citadel mall. On Sat., April 29, 3-4 p.m.: "Poetic Justice" in the Pioneers Museum Courtroom.

Breaking Free, on ending a bad or abusive relationship, signed by author James Johnson, at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 573-6947. (See Lectures section for a workshop on this book) Wed., May 3, 3-5 p.m

30th annual Friends of the Library Book Sale in Gaylord Hall at Colorado College's Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Friday: 50, paperbacks; $1, hardcovers. Saturday: $2 grocery bags. 389-6607. Fri., May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., May 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bagel and The Bard, First United Methodist Church First Sunday Book Group presenting Professor Janice Hayes, a noted Shakespearean scholar, will lead a discussion of Hamlet. Bagels and coffee available. Sun., May 7, 12:30 p.m.

Bernard S. Mayer, author of The Dynamics of Conflict Resolution: A Practitioner's Guide, speaking at a luncheon at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $15; call 266-1515 by May 3 for reservations. Mon., May 8, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Craig Childs, author of The Secret Knowledge of Water, at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., 635-1195. Tues., May 9, 5:30-7 p.m.

Great Books Discussions, discussing Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon, at the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2321 for more. Thurs., May 11, 6:45 p.m.-9 p.m.

Richard "Goose" Gossage, Colorado Springs' own baseball great, at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., 635-1195. Thurs., May 18, 5-7 p.m.


Music Concerts

acoustic, folk & country

High Plains Tradition at the Black Forest Community Center, Shoup Road and Black Forest Road. sponsored by the Black Rose Acoustic Society. $1-$2, 590-8395. Fri., April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Terry Everett Quiett, a contemporary acoustic performer, at the Briargate Barnes and Noble, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Sun., April 30, 2 p.m.

Guitarist Stephen Bennett performing at the All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. $8-$12; call 590-8395 for more. Fri., May 5, 7:30 p.m.

The American Music Series ends with Waddie Mitchell & Bryan Bowers at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $18, 444-0884. Mon., May 8, 7 p.m.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $22.50. Wed., May 10, 8 p.m.

Neil McCoy at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park, 596-1212. $22, available at Cowboys and both Western Wear locations. Thurs., May 18, 7:30 p.m.

classical

Duo pianists Victoria Markowski and Frank Cedrone at the Briargate Barnes and Noble, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Sat., April 29, 3 p.m.

Colorado College Touring Choir Reunion in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Sat., April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Mendelssohn, Mozart, Brahms and Hanson as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony Classical Masterworks series at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $8-$42, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., April 28-29, 8 p.m. Sun., April 30, 2:30 p.m.

Music Influenced by Literature by the Pikes Peak Philharmonic at the Coronado High School Auditorium, 1590 W. Fillmore. Recommended for all ages. $3-$5. $10, family. Sun., April 30, 3 p.m.

Abendmusik and Cantate, chamber choirs from Colorado Springs and Parker, as part of the ongoing concert series to share its pipe organ with the community, at the First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., 633-3649. Free will offering. Sun., April 30, 3 p.m.

Colorado College Chamber Orchestra and the Bowed Piano Ensemble performing as part of the Student Ensemble in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Tues., May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Chamber Music Extravaganza, featuring the DaVinci Quartet, Susan Grace on piano, Paul Nagem on flute, soprano Martile Rowland and violinist Frank Almond, in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Thurs., May 4, 7:30 p.m.

jazz & swing

Colorado College Jazz Ensemble Concert, Richard Inouye directing, as part of the Student Ensemble in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Thurs., April 27, 7:30 p.m.

miscellaneous

CD release party for Lance Lisenby's Riding the Moon at Border's, 1710 Briargate Blvd., 266-1600. Thurs., April 27, 7 p.m.

Shout Now! A Gospel Extravaganza as part of Colorado College's Black History Celebration performing a free concert in Colorado College's Shove Chapel, 389-6607. Sun., April 30, 4-6 p.m.

18th annual Cavalcade of Music, a competition featuring over 5000 students from more than 50 high school at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Different group performing every half hour beginning May 3. Awards ceremony on Sat., May 6, 3 p.m.

Beginnings, a performance by the Rainbow Chorus at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., 444-0884. $10, 444-0884. Sun., May 7, 4 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Positively Negative with Sinister Creed at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $1-$5, all-ages show. Thurs., April 27, 8 p.m.

Blues Doctors Band, composed of Palmer High faculty, performing a benefit concert for the Children's Literacy Center in the Palmer High School Auditorium. $2-$3, or at least one children's book. Donations can also be sent to Palmer High School, 301 N. Nevada, 80903, c/o the Blues Doctors Concert Fund. Call 576-2137 for more. Fri.-Sat., April 28-29, 7:30 p.m.

Over at Industrial Nation, 2106 E. Platte Ave., 520-0980. $5. Sat., April 29, 9 p.m.

Ani DiFranco at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. All ages. $25, 520-SHOW. On sale March 31. Mon., May 1, 8 p.m.

Sara Hickman at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., 687-0625. $ TBA. Fri., May 5, 9 p.m.

Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks CD Release Party at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $3-$5. Sat., May 6, 8 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $6, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Sat., May 13, 8 p.m.

The Train Wreckers, an all-women R&B band, at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., 687-0625. $ TBA. Sat., May 13, 9 p.m.

Vince Converse with Rikki Dee Hall and the Voodoo Hawks and The Jesse Cotton Stone Band at The Original Castaways, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $8-$10, 685-3300. Thurs., May 18, 7:30 p.m.

Junior Brown at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $15, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Thurs., May 18, 8 p.m.

Superdiamond at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $10, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Fri., May 19, 8 p.m.

Staind with Filth Industry at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 447-9797. $15, www.ticketweb.com. Tickets subject to service charge. Tues., May 23, 8 p.m.

Eden Automatic at the Ritz Grille, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484. Thurs.-Sat., May 25-27, 9:30 p.m.


Performances

Dance

In Mixed Company, offering original jazz, tap, ballet and modern pieces by the Springs City Ballet at Doherty High School Auditorium, 4515 Barnes Road. $5-$8, at the door. Fri., April 28, 7 p.m.

Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg presenting Red Giselle, a full-length ballet, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $20-$100. Sun., May 14, 8 p.m.

Miscellaneous

African drumming performance by over 40 students of Stuart Dinwoodie at McAllister's Tavern, 15 E. Vermijo. Sat., April 29, 7 p.m.

Beginnings, a performance by the Rainbow Chorus at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave., 444-0884. $10, 444-0884. Sun., May 7, 4 p.m.

Opera

Brundibar, conducted by Professor Ofer Ben-Amots, in Colorado College's Packard Hall, southwest corner of Cache La Poudre and Cascade, 389-6607. Sun., April 30, 2 p.m.

Theater

Being Dead Is Not OK, a student production in Colorado College's Taylor Theater. Free admission; tickets available at Worner Center, 389-6607. Thurs.-Sat., April 27-30, 8 p.m.

You Can't Take it with You, the popular 1930s comedy, by the Air Academy High School. $4-$5, 472-1295. Thurs.-Sat., April 27-29, 7:30 p.m.

All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, based on Robert Fulghum's best-selling book, by the Pikes Peak Community College Masquers at the PPCC Mainstage Theatre on the Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $10, 540-7418. Fri., April 28, noon and 8 p.m. Sat., April 29, 8 p.m.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by the Rampart High School performing arts department. Fri.-Sat., April 28 through May 6, 7 p.m. Matinee at 3 p.m. on Sun., April 30.

The Sound of Music by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Repertory Theatre Company, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $18. Fri.-Sat., May 5-20, 8 p.m. Sundays, May 7-21, 2 p.m.

Time to Live, an original musical, by the Woodland Players at the Ute Pass Cultural Center, Woodland Park. $12, 687-5284. Fri.-Sat., May 12-27, 8 p.m.; May 7-28, 2 p.m.

Lady Windermere's Fan, by Oscar Wilde performed by the Star Bar Players in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. . $10-$12. Discounts for seniors over 65 and students. Call 573-7411 for tickets. Fri.-Sat., May 19 through June 3, 8 p.m. Sun., June 4, 2 p.m.


Recreation

Adult recreation

Critical Mass, a non-competitive group bike ride, for any age and any ability. Meeting on the corner of Cache La Poudre and Tejon on the last Friday of every month. Call 634-5307 for more. Next event: Fri., April 28, 5 p.m.

Hiking and Exploring the Safe Way, a lecture by owner of Outdoor Safe, offered by Cave of the Winds, 685-5444 Ext. 24. $6; reservations required. Sat., April 29, 2:30 p.m.

Spring Bird Walk in Sondermann Park sponsored by the Friends of the Beidleman Environmental Center. All experience levels welcome. On the first and third Wednesday of each month, starting at 7 a.m. No reservations required. Call 632-4348 for more. Next walk: May 3.

Sand Creek Series 2000, a mountain bicycle racing series featuring the Black Forest Race on May 14 and the Catamount Classic on June 11. For entry information, call 591-4671.


Spectator Sports

Colorado Springs Ascent Soccer at Sandcreek Stadium, at Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard. $3-$5, league games. $5-$7, special exhibition or cup games. Against Colorado Comets on Wed., May 3, 7 p.m. and Fri., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Rapids at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $13-$22, 800/844-777. Against the Kansas City Wizards: Sat., April 29, 7 p.m. Against D.C. United: Sat., May 6, 7 p.m. Against Miami Fusion: Sat., May 13, 7 p.m. Against New England Revolution: Mon., May 29, 7 p.m.

Sky Sox home games, in Sky Sox stadium at Barnes Road and Powers Boulevard, 591-SOXX (7699) Against Fresno Grizzlies: Thurs.-Fri., April 28-29, 7:05 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., April 29-30, 1:35 p.m. Against Sacremento River Cats: Tues., May 2, 7;05 p.m.; Wed., May 3, 11:35 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., May 4-5, 7:05 p.m.

Rocky Mountain Thunder at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 277-6655. Sat., May 8, 7 p.m.: against the Texas Terminators.

Champions on Ice featuring Michelle Kwan, Oksana Baiul, Todd Eldredge, Elvis Stojko and many more at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $36-$56, 576-2626. Wed., May 10, 7:30 p.m.


Special Events

Pine Forest Antique Show & Sale at Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument. Proceeds benefit Community Services. $4. Free for those under 13. Sat., April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., April 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rummage sale to benefit the All Souls Unitarian Church at 730 N. Tejon St. Fri., April 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., April 29, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Job Fair for those over 15 years old at Sertich Ice Center, Memorial Park. Parks and Rec professionals will be in attendence to interview participants for a variety of seasonal positions. Sat., April 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Black and White Ball 2000, an "imperial evening on Broadway" sponsored by the United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire at the Colorado Branding Iron. $10-$15; call Michael at 685-5284. Proceeds benefit Silver Key. Sat., April 29, 6 p.m.

Chocolate Affaire to benefit the Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. $45, 533-1571. Sat., April 29, 8-10 p.m.

Annual April Cat Show sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Cat Fanciers at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $2-$4. Sat.-Sun., April 29-30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Second annual Noteworthy Auction to benefit the Colorado Springs Symphony at Ross Auction House, 109 S. Sierra Madre. Reception, 6-7 p.m.; $15. Free auction begins at 7:30 p.m. Tues., May 2. Call 471-0825 for more.

Rosa Guerrero, an artist and educator from El Paso, Texas, whose presentation incorporates dance, music, poetry and lecture to entertain and motivate you to restore harmony between all cultures in Library 110 at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Wed., May 3, 2 p.m.

Fourth annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration offering food, entertainment, and speaker Rosa Guerrero in the Lodge at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. $3-$10. Wed., May 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Social and Silent Auction of May Day Baskets donated by area merchants to benefit the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Antique Mall -- McIntosh-Weller Antiques, 118 W. Colorado Ave. $5, 632-3603. Wed., May 3, 7-9 p.m.

Third annual Colorado Springs Dinner sponsored by the National Benevolent Association -- Colorado Christian Home Tennyson Center featuring storyteller Naomi Haines Griffith, author of Red Clay and Vinegar: Looking at Family Through the Eyes of a Southern Child, at the DoubleTree Hotel-World Arena, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. No admission fee, though donations will be sought to benefit at-risk children and families. Fri., May 5, 7 p.m.

Colorado Opera Festival 30th anniversary Masked Ball Celebration, an evening of dinner and dancing, at the Antler's Adam's Mark Hotel, 2 S. Cascade Ave. $80, 473-0073. Sat., May 6, 7 p.m.

Taste of the Nation at the Sheraton Hotel, 2886 South Circle. $50, available at Care and Share, Antonio's, Old City Caf, Scalabra, Sheraton. Sun., May 7, 5:30 p.m. Call 528-1247 for more.

Job Fair hosted by the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Over 25 employers represented. Tues., May 9, 4-7 p.m.

Somewhere in Time, the Cheyenne Mountain Newcomers Club's annual spring fashion show and luncheon featuring period wedding gowns and clothing from 1900-2000, in the Summit Room at the Sheraton, 2886 S. Circle Drive. Wear your favorite hat. $22, 633-5798. Wed., May 10, 11 a.m.

Media Day, an interactive seminar designed to give business and media professionals information on local media, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $5-$30; call 635-7368 to register. Wed., May 10, 8:30-12:30 p.m.

Wildflowers and Wine, the spring fundraiser of the American Lung Association at High Valley Farm. $20-$25, 635-3891. Proceeds benefit asthma and tobacco education programs in the area. Thurs., May 11, 5 p.m.

Fourth (bi-annual) Manitou Springs Historic Homes Tour. $9-$10; Tickets available at the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce, 354 Manitou Ave., and on the day of the tour. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Paws in the Park 2000 offering educational activities for dog owners and their pets, to benefit Dream Power Rescue in Bear Creek Park. Call 538-5855 for more. Rain or shine. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

EARTH DAY EVENTS

Sustainable Building Coalition meeting at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo, on the last Thursday of every month. Call 633-6920 or 630-8848 for more. Next meeting: Thurs., April 27, 6-8 p.m.

Eco Fair at the Citadel Mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, offering environmental information booths. Free. Fri.-Sat., April 28-29.

Earth Fest 2000 at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road Sat., April 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

North Cheyenne Canon Earth Day Celebration, for hardy individuals over that 12, through the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Refreshments served after the clean-up. RSVP by calling 578-6146. Sat., April 29, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clean Springs Cleanup Launch sponsored by Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, 577-9111. Sat., April 29.

Earth Day Benefit Concert featuring Michael Tomlinson, celebrated acoustic guitarist and singer at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $15, on sale at the Music Hall, Independent Records, KRCC, and other locations, as well as www.ticketwebcom. Sat., April 29, 7 p.m.

GreenSprings Tree Planting in Monument Valley Park. Call 385-5947 for more. Fri., May 5, 8 a.m. to noon.


Youth and Family Events

Open Mike Junior, a poetry reading for kids, as part of The Poet Said What?, a poetry reading series in honor of National Poetry Month, at the Children's Museum at The Citadel mall. Sat., April 29, 3-4 p.m.

Mysterious Musical Machine, a new program designed by 6- to 12-year-olds by the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble as part of the Imagination Celebration in the Music Room of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Uses music, costume, theater and audience participation to introduce its audience to 1300 years of choral music. $5; call 633-9373 for reservations. Sat., April 29, 2 p.m.

Youth Dance Workshop in Colorado College's Cossitt Hall. All levels welcome. Parents welcome to observe. Workshop No. 1 for children 6 to 11 on Sat., April 29, 2-3:30 p.m. Workshop No. 2 on Sun., May 7, 1-2:30 p.m. $4; call 389-6353 for reservations.

Gifts of the Fire-Bringer, a multi-media performance about the myths of the origins and benefits of fire and natural gas at the Beidleman Environmental Center, 740 W. Caramillo, 578-7088. Sat., May 6, 10 a.m. to noon.

Lost and Found by Telluride Repertory Theater at the Smokebrush Center for the Arts and Theater, 235 N. Nevada Ave. $5-$7, 444-0884. Sat., May 6, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Pressed Flowers, a program by the Horticultural Arts Society at the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Mothers and daughters especially welcome. Call 531-6333 Ext. 2335 for more. Wed., May 10, 7 p.m.

Classical Chat with Youth with singer Gregory Emanuel Rahming at the Emmanual Missionary Baptist Church, 1 S. Walnut St. Free. Sat., May 13, 1:30 p.m.

Get Smart About It!, a youth colloquium on law, for students in El Paso County in grades 7 through 12, at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Sponsored the Coalition of African-American Professionals in Law, the El Paso Bar Association, and the Hillside Community Center. Free, lunch provided. Call 266-1515 for more. Sat., May 13, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seventh annual Hummingbird Festival at the Starsmore Discovery Center, 2120 S. Cheyenne Cañon Road. Features expert speakers, a plant sale featuring plants that attract hummingbirds, a hummingbird demonstration garden, children's activities, guided bird walks. Sat., May 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Goose Is Loose, featuring baseball great Richard "Goose" Gossage, reading from his book and speaking about his career as part of the Pikes Peak Library District's Second Sundays family program, sponsored by the Colorado Springs Independent. Free, 531-6333 ext. 2335. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Sun., May 14, 1-3 p.m.

Children and the Big Questions, a class for parents, people who work with children, or anyone who wishes to better articulate theological ideas or beliefs at High Plains Church, 1714 Brookwood Dr. Call 260-1080 for reservations. Tuesdays, through May 23, 7-9 p.m.

Colorado Springs Park and Rec seeking summer teen volunteers for more than a dozen opportunities. Applications available at 1401 Recreation Way or call 385-6520. Positions filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline: May 5.


Out of Town Events

acoustic, folk & country concerts

Telluride on the Rocks featuring Jackson Brown, Bela Fleck, Bruce Hornsby and Susan Tedeschi, in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $37.50-$47.50, 520-9090. Tues., June 13, 5:30 p.m.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2000 featuring Jackson Browne, Michelle Shocked, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Leftover Salmon, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Bruce Hornsby and many more, in Telluride, CO. $155, for a four-day pass. Visit www.bluegrass.com for full line-up. June 15-18.

Classical & jazz music

Pueblo Symphony ending its concert season with "Bella Notte," a performance by Metropolitan Opera soprano Elizabeth Carter, at University of Southern Colorado's Hoag Hall. $15-$20, 719/549-2404. Sat., May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $20-$25, 303/786-7030. Fri., June 30, 8 p.m.

JVC Winter Park Jazz Festival. On Sat., July 8: Neville Brothers, Craig Chaquico, Warren Hill & KHIH's Kenny Johnson Band. On Sun., July 9: Guitars and Saxes, featuring Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Kim Waters & Jonathon Butler, Boney James, Eddie Palmieri and BonaFide.

comedy

Nationally-known comedians at the Comedy Works in Denver, 303/595-3637. Robert Schimmel: April 27-29. Wendy Liebman: May 5-6. Jake Johannsen: May 11-13.

Sandra Bernhard at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $30-$40, 520-9090. Thurs., May 4, 8 p.m.

George Carlin in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $30-$45, 520-9090. Thurs., May 11, 8 p.m.

Kate Clinton at the Gothic Theater, Denver. Over-21 show. $18-$20, 520-9090. Fri., May 12, 7:30 p.m.

dance

Hot Fudge Friday 3, a performance of music and dance featuring the Sangre de Cristo Art Center's resident dance company, the Sangre de Cristo Dancerz, a company composed of people with and without disabilities, in the Arts Center Theater, Pueblo. Audience invited to share ice cream after the show. $3, 719/543-0130. Fri., April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Carmina Burana by the Colorado Ballet in the Auditorium Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $18-$95. 303/830-TIXS or 520-9090. Sat., April 29, 7:30 p.m. Sun., April 30, 2 p.m. Wed.-Sat., May 3-6, 7:30 p.m. Sun., May 7, 2 p.m.

Dance West Divas Showcase 2000 featuring jazz dance at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $10.50, 303/786-7030. Sun., April 30, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.

Recreation

Star Watch sponsored by the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society at the Greenway and Nature Center, Pueblo, 719/560-STAR. Fri., April 28, dusk.

Fly Fishing Fundamentals at the Greenway and Nature Center, Pueblo, 719/549-2364. Sat., April 29.

rock, pop & blues

Trisha Yearwood with Alecia Elliott at the Paramount Theatre, Denver, $34-$44, 520-9090. Thurs., April 27, 8 p.m.

Ani DiFranco at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $29, 520-9090. Fri., April 28, 8 p.m.

Cherry Poppin' Daddies at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $15, 303/830-2525. Sat., April 29, 8 p.m.

Dilated Peoples at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., May 2, 9 p.m.

Indigenous at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75-$16.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed., May 3, 8 p.m.

Ken Burns at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Fri., May 5, 8 p.m.

Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8.50-$10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., May 5, 9 p.m.

Bush and Godsmack offering a second show in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $25.50-$28.50, 520-9090. Sat., May 6, 6 p.m.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $15, 303/830-2525. Sat., May 6, 8 p.m.

The The at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $20-$22, 303/830-2525. Tues., May 9, 8 p.m.

The Mad Professor at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Tues., May 9 , 9 p.m.

Orchestra Morphine at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $18, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed., May 10, 9 p.m.

Johnny Winter at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $25, 520-9090. Fri., May 12, 8 p.m.

Rollins Band at the Odgen Theatre, Denver. $15.50, 303/830-2525. Fri., May 12, 8 p.m.

Smashing Pumpkins in the Balch Fieldhouse, UC- Boulder. $29.50, 800/965-4827, or www.ticketweb.com. Tues., May 16, 7 p.m.

Tina Turner and Lionel Richie at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $35.25-$79.25, 520-9090. Wed., May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Reo Speedwagon and STYX with Eddie Money in Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $18-$31, 520-9090. Wed., May 17, 6:30 p.m.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Pat McGee and The Hazel Miller Band at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $32, 520-9090. Fri., May 19, 7 p.m.

The Dr. Demento Show at the Gothic Theater, Denver. All ages. $12.50-$25, 520-9090. Fri., May 19, 8 p.m.

David Gray at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., May 20, 9 p.m.

Negativeland at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $16-$17, 303/322-2308. ###, May 20, 8 p.m.

Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python at the Paramount Theatre, Denver, $44-$62, 520-9090. Thurs.-Fri., June 1-2, 8 p.m.

311 with Incubus, Long Beach Dub All Stars, MDFMK, Apollo 440, and Suicide Machine at Fiddlers Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $22.50-$25.50, 520-9090. Sat., June 3, 1 p.m.

The Cure at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $31-$44.50, 520-9090. Mon., June 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Melvins at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., June 8, 9 p.m.

Seraphim Shock at the Aztlan Theater, Denver. All ages. $10-$12, 520-9090. Fri., June 9, 8 p.m.

Ray Charles at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $42-$54, 520-9090. Tues., June 13, 8 p.m.

NSYNC at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $39.75-$49.75, 520-9090. Tues., June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Steely Dan at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $31-$44.50, 520-9090. Wed., June 21, 7:30 p.m.

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Eric Carmen from the Rasberries, Jack Bruce from Cream, Simon Kirk from Bad Company, Dave Edmunds from Rockpile, Mark Rivera of Billy Joel's Band, in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $ TBA, 520-9090. June 28, 7:30 p.m.

Blink-182 with Bad Religion at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $25, 520-9090. Thurs., June 29, 7 p.m.

The String Cheese Incident with Bunny Wailer & The Solomonic Reggaestra in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $30-$35, 520-9090. Fri., June 30, 6 p.m.

Hugh Masekela at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., June 30, 9 p.m.

The Allman Brothers in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $37.50-$40.15, 520-9090. Mon., July 3, 7 p.m.

Roger Waters at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater, Englewood. $28-$53, 520-9090. Mon., July 3, 8 p.m.

Blues Traveler in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $32.50, 520-9090. Tues., July 4, 6 p.m.

Diana Ross and the Supremes at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $39-$125, 520-9090. Fri., July 21.

Sting in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $47.50-$92.50, 520-9090. Tues., July 25, 6 p.m.

Dave Matthews Band with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals at Mile High Stadium, Denver. $45, 520-9090. Tues., July 25, 6 p.m.

Britney Spears in Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver. $47.50, 520-9090. Wed., July 26, 7:30 p.m.

Robert Earl Keen at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed., Aug. 2, 8 p.m.

theater

The Miser, by Jean Baptiste Molire, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. May 4 through June 10.

The Sound of Music featuring Richard Chamberlain in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $20-$55, 520-9090. April 25-30.

Praying For Rain, written by Robert Lewis Vaughan, who attented Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs, and set in a small town near the Garden of the Gods, at the Acoma Center, Denver. $18, 303/623-0524. Through May 6.

Violet, winner of the 1997 New York Drama Critics Award for Best Musical at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada. $22-$24. 303/431-3939. Through May 7.

Give 'Em A Bit of Mystery: Shakespeare and the Old Tradition, conceived, written and performed by Tony Church, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Through June 10.

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? 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 May 21. Lynn Kelly, 303/740-8278

42nd Street by Boulder's Dinner Theatre. $30.50-$41, 800/448-5501. Through July 30. Susie Watkins?

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.

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