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Art Shows and Galleries

Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd., 268-9951. Featuring a one-woman photography exhibit by Janice E. Hill through Jan. 15.

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 Marian Busey, one of the original founders of Arati. She will be demonstrating monotype portraits at the gallery on Sun., Dec. 24.

Art Gallery of the Rockies, 5051 N. Academy Blvd. in the Union Square Shopping Center, 260 1873. Featuring local and nationally-known watercolor artist Joseph Bohler, through Dec. 23.

Barnes and Noble, 1565 Briargate Blvd., 266-9960. Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Featuring One Woman Show, an exhibit of modern impressionism by T.D. Lucy, through Dec. 31.

Bella Art and Frame, 1752 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, 487-7691. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments available. Featuring work by Laura Reilly, Pat Dagnon, Janice Hill, Larry Hampton, Mark Wong, Edie Nelson, Petra Bigger, Ron White and Sheryl Powell, Carol Turner and Barbara Resch, through Feb. 11.

Boulder Street Coffee Roasters, 332 N. Tejon, 577-4291. Featuring The Last Picture Show -- 2000, favorite works by regional artists Bill Beaudin, Judith A. Brown, Carol Ettenger, Judy Sanchez & Susan Visscher, through Jan. 26.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Better than Nude, an exhibit of wearable art, through Dec. 31.

Chaos-TheatreArts, 802 N. Weber, 634-5429. Tues.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring $2-$200, a group exhibit and sale by the Art Police, with the proceeds benefiting Chaos-TheaterArts, through Dec. 22.

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. The Nature of Looking: The Spiritual in Art, religious iconography including works from the Denver Art Museum, through Jan. 14. Mountain, Family, Spirit: Arts and Culture of the Ute Indians, guest curated by Will Wroth, through Dec. 31. Holiday Lights, a multi-cultural holiday display, through Dec. 31.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Double Vision: A Century of Change in the Pikes Peak Region, an exhibit featuring 40 exceptional images from our region's past to highlight the changes our community has experienced, through Jan. 6.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring Commonwheel's annual Holiday Market, through Jan. 2.

Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., 685-9000. Featuring Journeys Taken, oil-on-clay wall reliefs and colored pencil drawings by Deb Komitor, through Jan. 23.

El Tesoro Restaurant and Gallery, 10 N. Sierra Madre, 471-0106, featuring Third annual Navaho Weavings and Santos Exhibition, an exhibit of Navaho rugs and santos, through January. A portion of the proceeds benefit families on the Navaho Reservation.

Fiber Art Gallery and Weaving Studios, 118.5 E. Cheyenne Road, 634-3823. Thurs.-Fri., 2-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments available. Features work by local artists.

Frameworks Gallery, 2236 N. Wahsatch Ave., 636-2427. Mon.-Fri., 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sat., 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring a new show by numerous local artists with works in watercolor, oil, sculpture, pottery and photography, through Jan. 10.

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. The UFO Show, an international traveling exhibit, through Feb. 2.

L.I.W. Cargo, 713 Manitou Ave., 685-0452. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring The Return of the Bears and Other Loved Ones, an exhibit by Lorraine Shepherd. 10% of proceeds will benefit All Breed Rescue and The Catamount Institute. Through Dec. 31.

New West Art & Frame, 4689 Centennial Blvd., 528-2402. Mon.-Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featuring A Changing Vision, an exhibit in mixed media, acrylic and collage by Carol Ettenger, through January.

Pasta di Solazzi, 4659 Centennial Blvd., 531-6906. Featuring Felix Navidad, featuring new works by Tracy and Sushe Felix, through Jan. 31.

Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Featuring Artistry in Wood, an exhibit of wildlife and birds in realistic detail, through Dec. 30. Jean Houghton's pastel paintings through Dec. 30. One-of-kind chairs to be auctions at the Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration Chair-ity on New Year's Eve [see Special Events], through Dec. 29.

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 On Location, featuring the works of Laura Reilly and Edie Knapp Nelson. Runs through Jan. 3.

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 One Family, various media from the family of Merr Shearn, Alice Proctor, Nancy Howard and Mac Shroyer, through Dec. 22.

Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469. Featuring the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society's Annual Member's Exhibit and Sale, through Dec. 31.

Pikes Perk North, 5965 N. Academy Blvd., Suite 203. Featuring Just Face It, an exhibit of portraits and figures by Emily M. Kline and Rita Cirillo, through January.

The Prep Kitchen, 1005 West Colorado Ave., 329-1988. Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Featuring the work of painter, sculptor and portraitist Marica Hefti.

Prickly Pear, 5731 N. Academy Blvd., 531-7418. Featuring carved Zuni fetishes and Native American jewelry.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Featuring the 33rd annual Own Your Own Holiday Art Show and Sale, which doubles as a juried regional exhibit, through Dec. 30. Winter Wonderland, works by Taos printmaker Gene Kloss, in the White Gallery through Jan. 20. L'Chaim, an exhibit of Jewish art in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Temple Emanuel, through Jan. 27. Life in the Village, colorful Chinese peasant paintings, in the second and third floor foyers, through Feb. 3. And The Art of Ed Posa, work by the local artist who uses Native Americans as his subject, in the Regional Gallery through Feb. 3.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring the Tri-Lakes' Members and Guests Show in the Main Gallery; Losing Yourself -- A Series of Works, by Richard Cadis, in the Community Gallery; Flowers in Bloom, by Pam Hafeman, in the Studio Artist Gallery, through Dec. 30.

USA Artists Caf Gallery, 2318 E. Platte Ave., 475-1311. Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Featuring work by nine artists.

Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight. Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m. to midnight. Featuring Our Very Own, an exhibit of oils, collages, gouaches, photographs and giclee prints by Jason Chase, Louis Cicotello, Larry Hampton and Ramona Mitchell, through Dec. 31.

arts events and programs

Social Dances every Friday night at World of Dance, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., from 8-10 p.m. For all skill levels. Free, 578-0249. Next dance: Christmas Dance on Fri., Dec. 22.

Support group for women artists forming at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Next meeting: Sun., Jan. 7, 10 a.m.

Day trip to the Denver Art Museum to see the exhibit Painters and the American West sponsored by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. $60-$75, includes transportation, an audio-tour of the exhibit and lunch. Call 634-5581 Ext. 357 for reservations. Wed., Jan. 10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cottonwood Art Academy, 14 S. 28th Street, offering: Open studio figure study in any medium on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon; Portraiture on Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. $5/session. Call 520-1899.

Architecture lecture series by Chuck Benson in the Music Room at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. Begins with: "An Introduction to the Highlights of Art and Architecture of India" on Thurs., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. ### Feb. 15, March 15

call for entries

Call for entries by the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts for its Warped Weft contemporary textile show to be juried by Heather Thomas, winner of the "Best Nontraditional Piece" at the 16th annual Quilts Show at the Pioneers Museum. Slides, photographs or original artwork may be submitted by Wed., Dec. 27. Call 481-0475.

Bulletin Board


Suicide Prevention Hotline has trained volunteers 24 hours a day, seven days a week available to talk to you. Call 596-LIFE (5433).

The Empty Closet, a program providing clean, professional women's clothing and accessories to women in transition. To donate items or for more information, call 635-4483 Ext. 229.

Christmas TreeCycle in the north parking lot at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande, 520-6711. Dec. 26 through Jan. 7.

Walking Shield American Indian Society, a non-profit group delivers humanitarian goods to Indian reservations. Seeking food donations, furniture, beds and bedding, pots and pans, sanitary items, towels, infant clothing and "warm, warm, warm" clothing. Located at 45A Commerce. Please call 329-0251 for more.

clubs & organizations

Organizational meeting for Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa's non-denominational love mission, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2026 W. Colorado Ave. Discussing "Doing small things with great love." Sat., Jan. 13, 10:30 a.m. Call 685-9311 by Jan. 10 for waffle breakfast.

Women and Wealth, a new women's group addressing the practical and spiritual issues surrounding earned and inherited wealth. Learn about portfolio management, charitable giving and finding balance in a wealth-obsessed culture. Call 351-0447.

Parents without Partners, an educational and support group for single parents, offering monthly activities for parents and their children. $35 annual membership. For more information, call 303/430-4991.

Links, a business group for progressives, holding their meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Call 477-9883 for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous, a non-profit 12-step organization for compulsive eaters and people with eating disorders based on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous. Meetings held all over the area. For times and locations, call 24-hour message service at 475-0037.

health & healing

Beyond Divorce -- A Wellness Approach, a divorce recovery group for those recently divorce or separated, at 7665 Assissi Heights, Mount St. Francis. $50, some scholarships available. Tuesdays, Jan. 9 through Feb. 27, 6:45-9 p.m. Pre-registration required by Fri., Jan. 5. Call 598-5486 Ext. 7720.

Buddhist Vipassana Meditation Sitting at the Yoga Source, 623 N. Nevada. Orientation at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Sundays. Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Insight. Every Sunday night at 6 p.m. For more information call 277-6769 or

Spiritual Church forming. Non-denominational, diverse, universal and metaphysical. Call 578-9674 for more.

senior programs & activities

Dance to live Big Band and modern music by volunteer bands at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock, 385-5933. $2 donation suggested. Thursdays, Jan. 4 through May 31, 1:30-3 p.m.

Options in Healthcare Coverage, an information workshop for those whose primary care physician has been dropped by their HMO at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock, 385-5933. Fri., Jan. 5, 9-10:30 a.m.

The Yellow Book, a directory of senior services in El Paso, Teller and Park counties, is available at public libraries, senior centers, and the Senior Information and Assistance Center at 15 S. 7th St. Call 471-2096 for more.

The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers part-time work to people over 55 to help them upgrade their skills. Meanwhile, SCSEP helps place participants in full-time positions. For more, 635-3579.

Golden Circle Nutrition Program offers a hot lunch daily to seniors 60 and older at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Manitou Springs. $2. Mon.-Fri., 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

volunteer opportunities

Salvation Army desperately seeking volunteers for the Salvation Army Christmas Kettles. Four-hour shifts available at over 50 locations, through Dec. 24. Call 328-0110. Also seeking the donation of food and unwrapped toys at their Christmas Center, 615 N. Chelton. Also seeking individuals to help feed nearly 5000 people at 4 Christmas dinner locations; call 636-3891 Ext. 16 for more.

Seventh annual First Night Pikes Peak, a non-alcoholic, family-oriented celebration in downtown Colorado Springs, seeking volunteers. For more information, call 632-7490.

Children's Literacy Center holding a volunteer orientation at the Citadel Barnes and Noble. Thurs., Jan. 18, 5:15 p.m.; Thurs., Jan. 25, 5:15 p.m.; Tues., Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. Call Mary Anne for more: 471-8672.

Income Tax Assistance volunteers sought by the Pikes Peak Library District. You will be trained in the basics of preparing federal and Colorado income tax returns and then be able to share you certified knowledge. Time commitment averages 4 hours per week Feb. 1 through April 16. Training Jan. 8-12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251 for more.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo seeking zoo docents. No previous experience required. Tour Educators needed for weekday tours. Interpretive Educators needed on weekends. In-depth training begins Jan. 6. Call Judy for more information at 634-8738.

Look Good ... Feel Better, a program of the American Cancer Society, seeking volunteer cosmetologists to consult with female cancer patients 1 to 2 hours per month. Training provided. Call 636-5101 for more.

The Arthritis Foundation seeking runners and walkers of all ages for its "Joints in Motion" marathon training team to participate in one of the following races: Vancouver, B.C. on May 6; Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 29 or Honolulu, Hawaii on Dec. 9. In exchange for a 20-week personalized training schedule, airfare and hotel accommodations, participants raise money to support the Foundation. For more, call 520-5711.

Film & Video

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's Classic Film Series, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. $2.75. Jan. 9: Harvey. ### Feb. 13: Romeo and Juliet. Feb. 27: Lawrence of Arabia.

First Congregational Church Film Series, St. Vrain and Tejon. Enter on St. Vrain side. Potluck munchies at 6:30, film at 7 p.m. Free, 471-8215. On Sun., Jan. 14: East is East, based on a play by Ayub Khan Din.

World Horizons Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Each travel film is narrated by the filmmaker. Sundays and Mondays, 2 p.m. $6, 634-5583. On Jan. 7-8: Chile Awaits Your Discovery with Stan Walsh.

Microcosmos, an award-winning film on the invisible world of insects and flowers set to "ethereal" music, at the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Wed., Jan. 10, 7 p.m.

Armchair Hikes at the Greenway and Nature Center, Pueblo, 719/549-2364. On Sat., Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to noon: Feathers, Fjords and Friends, a high quality digital video showing a 15-day birding Elderhostel in Iceland. After the video, they will discuss taking digital video of your trips and ways to edit and present your video.


Lecture and short demonstration on how hypnosis can be used to help prevent road rage, work rage, child abuse and other domestic problems. Free. Facilitated by Baerbel Froehlin, member of The National Guild of Hypnotists. At 2153 Chuckwagon Road. Tues., Jan. 2, noon. For reservations, call 271-6089.

Toque of the Town, a series of cooking workshops by regional chefs, at Pikes Peak Community College Culinary Arts Program. Meets 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "New Orleans Cooking" on Jan. 6. $90 each; proceeds go to PPCC's Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund. Register by calling 540-7579.

Manitou Springs Historic Speakers Series at the Community Congregational Church, 103 Pawnee St., presented by local authors, artists and experts. On Sun., Jan. 7, 3 p.m.: "The Truth about Mabel -- Manitou's Most Colorful Mayor."

Pikes Peak Community College now registering for its spring semester. Classes begin Jan. 15. For more, contact the PPCC Admissions Center at 540-7113.

Freedom from Co-Dependency, a workshop on building healthier relationships, at Woodmen Valley Chapel, 477 Woodmen Road. Tuesdays, 6:30-9 p.m. beginning Jan. 16. For more, call 599-8652 Ext. 241.

Cooking Class with Chef John of Primitivo, at 28 S. Tejon St., 473-4900.

Literary Events

Goose Gossage signing his book The Goose Is Loose: An Autobiography at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Dr. E. Free, 637-8282. Sun., Dec. 23, 2-4 p.m.

Local author Ester Clibon signing Colorado Story: A Passion for the Prairies at Media Play, 651 N. Academy Blvd. Sat., Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local romance author Karen Fox signing Prince of Charming at Media Play, 651 N. Academy Blvd. Sat., Dec. 23, 2-4 p.m.

On-going fiction workshop, mentored by Jim Ciletti, for writers of novels and short stories, at 6:30 every Wednesday at the Hooked on Books reading room, 3918 Maizeland at Academy. Call Jim at 634-2367 for details.

First Friday Fandom, a science-fiction book discussion group meeting the first Friday of each month at 8 p.m. Free, 522-0484. Jan. 5: Tarnsman of Gor by John Norman.

Poetry West workshop in Colorado College's Worner Center, at the northwest corner of Cascade and Cache la Poudre. Open to the public; bring copies of a poem to discuss. Free. Sat., Jan. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. Call 447-9039 for more.

Annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference seeking manuscipts for its writing competition for unpublished writers in a variety of genres. $20 fee per manuscript. Deadline for submission: Jan. 8. Visit or any Pikes Peak Library branch for rules and entry forms.

Great Books Discussion Group meeting on the second Thursday of the month at the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 Ext. 2321. Discussing Of Experience by Montaigne on Thurs., Jan. 11, 6:45-8:45 p.m.

Star Trek Book Group at the Citadel Barnes & Noble, 637-8282. A fusion of the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Group and the Star Trek Association of Colorado Springs. Call 687-6543 for more. Meets Thurs., Jan. 18, 7:15 p.m.

Local romance author Karen Fox signing Prince of Charming at the Citadel Barnes and Noble, 637-8282. Sat., Jan. 20, noon.

Lively Exchange Reading Group, sponsored by the Pikes Peak Library District meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month (except in December) at the Rockrimmon Branch, 832 Village Center Drive, 593-8000. Discussing Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley on Tues., Jan. 23, 7-9 p.m.

Gay Male Fiction Book Club discussing The Coming Storm by Paul Russell on Jan. 24. For more, call 634-3731.

Lively Exchange Reading Group: A Space Odyssey, a new reading group focusing on science fiction/fantasy titles, meeting on the last Tuesday of every month at the Sand Creek Branch Library. Next meeting: Discussing Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge on Tues., Jan. 30, 7 p.m. Call 597-7070 for more.

Conrad Hilberry, award-winning poet whose books include Sorting the Smoke and Player Piano, reading in the Gates Common Room in Palmer Hall on the Colorado College campus. Free. 389-6853. Tues., Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Fiction Writers Group for aspiring and published writers at the Citadel Barnes and Noble. Call 683-4175 for more.

Music Concerts


Colorado Springs Symphony Pops Holiday Spectacular at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $6-$41, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 22-23, 8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Symphony New World Music at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $6-$41, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 4-5, 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 6, 2:30 p.m.

jazz & swing

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, big band swing of the '40s and '50s, performing as part of the Town and Gown Performing Arts Series in the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater, Pueblo. $15-$20, 719/542-1211. Mon., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.


Sacred Concert Series featuring The Denver Brass, the Co. Isle of Mull/St. Andrew Pipes and Drums and The Rocky Mountain Highland Dancers, at the First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., 471-8522. $ TBA. Sun., Jan. 21, 5 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Paul Galaxy and the Galactix at Jose Muldoons, 222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311. Dec. 22-23.

Next to Nothing with Nothing Sacred and Misanthropy at The Project, 224 W. Colorado Ave., #208. $4. Fri., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

The Color Insane with Filth Industry and Aggressive Persuasion at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $ TBA, 477-9797. Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Rikki Dee Hall & The Voodoo Hawks with Johnny Graves & The Blue Waves at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $5, 477-9797. Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.

Dixie Dregs with Steve Morse Band at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25-$30, 800-965-4827. Sat., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

music announcements

Colorado Springs Chorale holding auditions in Colorado College's Packard Hall. Be prepared to sing scales, repeat intervals, sight read and present a prepared selection. Tues., Jan. 2, 7-10 p.m. Call 634-3737 for an appointment.

Colorado Springs Children's Chorale holding auditions for children ages 7 to 19 on Thurs., Jan. 11. Call 633-3562 for an appointment.



David Parsons and Company at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $19-$36, 520-SHOW. Fri., Feb. 16, 8 p.m.


A Visit from St. Nicholas by the Pikes Peak Youth Theater in the Lon Chaney Theater, in the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $4, children under 12. $6, students. $8, adults. Through Fri., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

It Had To Be You by the Encore! Dinner Theatre, at Castaways Theater, 103 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. $35, 471-PLAY (7529). 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: cocktails and musical entertainment at 6 p.m., gourmet buffet at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m. One last show: Fri., Dec. 22.

Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Murray Ross with the Colorado Springs Children's Choral, presented by TheatreWorks at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $15, adults. $10, children under 12. Call 262-3232. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 21-23, 7:30 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, 4 p.m.

"The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas," a one-man theater presentation at the Broadmoor Little Theater. $15, 577-5747. Not recommended for children under 6. Runs Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 21-23, 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 24, 4 p.m. Tues., Dec. 26, 4 p.m.

KCME's Radio Theater presenting a double bill of Rendezvous, a suspense story about Franklin, who was mortally afraid of the dark, and To Tim at Twenty on KCME FM-88.7. Thurs., Jan. 11, 8 p.m.

Arsenic and Old Lace, by Joseph Kesselring, performed by Star Bar Players at the Lon Chaney Theater, corner of Kiowa and Weber streets, Colorado Springs. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 12 through Feb. 3, 8 p.m. Sun., Feb. 4, 2 p.m.; except Jan. 27-28. $10-$12, 573-7411.

An Evening of Martin Luther King & Langston Hughes, featuring Danny Glover and Felix Justice at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$30, or $75 for the performance and pre-performance reception to benefit TheatreWorks, the Kennedy Center Imagination Celebration and the Colorado Springs Urban League. Call 520-SHOW. Sat., Jan. 27, 8 p.m.

Manitou Murders at Blue Skies Inn and Red Crags Bed and Breakfast Inn in which guests play the role of murder suspects for a weekend. Jan. 26-27. Call 685-3899 or 685-1920 for package prices.


Pikes Peak Youth Theater holding auditions for Cinderella in Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa. Seeking actors and actresses 25 year old or younger. Bring a prepared monologue. Fri., Dec. 29, 6 p.m. with callbacks on Sat., Dec. 30, 10 a.m. Call 578-6652 for more.

Auditions to be held for the February production of Pippin by the Repertory Theatre Company at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Call 634-5583 for an appointment.

Crystal Skull Productions is seeking actors for upcoming independent film projects. Call Kinch at 640-5578 or Robert at 339-2619 for more information.

Star Bar Players seeking director proposals for its March/April production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. For proposal guidelines or other information, call 573-7411. Mail proposals to P.O. Box 875, Colo. Spgs., 80901. Deadline: Jan. 3, 2001.


Star Watch sponsored by the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society at the Greenway and Nature Center, Pueblo, 719/560-STAR. (Cancelled if weather or clouds prevent clear viewing.) Fri., Dec. 22, dusk.

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count for beginning to advanced birders at the Fountain Creek Regional Park. Reservations required; call 520-6745. Sat., Jan. 6, 8:30 to noon.

Holiday Swimming Sessions offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center, 578-6634. $3.75-$5.25; $2.25 for everyone on Tues.-Fri. evenings from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Public swim: Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, 1-5:30 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1-7:30 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Adult lap swim: Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 1 p.m. and 6:30-9 a.m.; Sundays, noon to 1 p.m. Lap swim: Tuesdays through Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Runs through Jan. 6.

Swimming Lessons offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center. 13 levels offered. Lesson consists of eight 30-minute sessions. $20 per person. Registration through Dec. 22. Classes begin Dec. 26 and run through Jan. 5. Call 578-6634 for more.

Snowshoeing 101, an indoor clinic that includes everything you'll want to know about equipment, techniques, places to snowshoe, exercise benefits and more, at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Reservations required; call 520-6387. Sat., Jan. 13, 10-11a.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Cross Country Skiing, an introduction by experts from Mountain Chalet, at the Bear Creek Nature Center. Reservations required; call 520-6387. Sat., Jan. 20, 1-2 p.m.

Spectator Sports

Colorado Gold Kings at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626. Against the San Diego Gulls: Fri., Dec. 22, 7:05 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 23, 7:05 p.m. Against the Bakersfield Condors: Wed., Dec. 27, 7:05 p.m. Against the Fresno Falcons on Fri., Jan. 12, 7:05 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 13, 7:05 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 14, 2:05 p.m. Against the Bakersfield Condors: Fri.-Sat., Jan. 19-20, 7:05 p.m.

Blazin' Barrels Winter Barrel Racing Series at the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande, 520-6711. Sat.-Sun., Jan. 6-7.

Special Events

The Sixth annual Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs. Features toss, hurl, launch and drive competitions and a glamour competition at 11:30 a.m., a derby at 12:15 p.m. and races at 12:30 p.m. No entry fee if you bring your own (stale) fruitcake; you can "rent" a fruitcake for 25. You can reach the organizing committee (who prefer to remain nameless) by calling the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 685-5089. Sat., Jan. 6, 10 a.m.

A Century of Faith, a program at the East Library and Information Center, 555o N. Union Blvd. One hundred years ago, the leaders of the Pikes Peak region sealed a Century Chest with some 80 letters and items from 1901, many addressed to congregations and clergy of the year 2001. Dr. Gerald Trigg, minister of the First United Methodist Church, along with Jay Gary, professional futurist, will discuss 20th century faith and how spirituality can cultivate art in the long run. Call 636-2000 for more. Sun., Jan. 7, 2-4 p.m.

Colorado Ice Fest 2001 in Cripple Creek and Woodland Park. Highlights include the Olympic qualifying ice carving competition on Jan. 13-14 and the National Ice Carving Association team and single carver competitions on Jan. 20-21. Carving seminars will be offered during the weekdays, Jan. 15-19 and Jan. 22-26, $4. For more. Call 719/687-7375.

Holiday Events

Christmas Community Holiday Dinners sponsored by the Salvation army at 4 locations in the area on Christmas day. Odd Fellows' Hall, 2228 W. Pikes Peak Ave., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call 633-8711. Odd Fellows' Hall, 576 S. Union Blvd., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; call 632-8836. Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Dr., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; call 392-7653. Marian House Soup Kitchen (currently full). To participate, call the location. To make a monetary or food donation, call 636-3891 Ext. 16 or drop by the Army's offices at 908 Yuma St.

Feast of Friendship, the annual Christmas Brunch in Manitou City Hall, Manitou Springs. Includes food and music by Lynne Ellen and the Music Stand. Sponsored by the Fatherhood Foundation. Free. Mon., Dec. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sixth annual Gingerbread Village with the theme "Historic Colorado Springs" on display at the Citadel Mall through Dec. 25. Call 632-1754 for more information or reservations.

The Season of Light, the annual holiday show at the Air Force Academy's Plantarium. Shows at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily, except Monday. Free.

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 Tues., Dec. 26, 3-5 p.m.; an African marketplace on Fri., Dec. 29, 6-8 p.m.; and a Unity Feast on Fri., Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. Call 473-6566 for more.

Seventh annual First Night 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 and poets, saxophone concerts, country and rock band concerts, a children's procession, and theatrical performances, and ethnic and cultural dances. Features Flash Cadillac and the Yale Glee Club at the City Auditorium. $5-$8 for a button that will gain you entry into all events. Buttons for admission are sold at all YMCA and King Soopers locations, beginning Dec. 15. Children under 5 are free. Call 632-7490 for more. Sun., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Electric Safari, the tenth annual holiday festival of lights featuring over 500,000 lights, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 633-9925. $3-$5. Children 2 and under, free. 5:30-9 p.m., with the last admission ticket sold at 8 p.m. Through Jan. 1, except Christmas Eve.

New Year's Eve Celebration Chair-ity Art and Auction, the ninth annual celebration at the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road. $250-$325 per couple. Call 538-4000 for more.

Youth and Family Events

A Christmas Carol, a special interactive children's version, by the Encore! Children's Theatre at the Castaway's, 103 Manitou Ave. $7, 471-PLAY. Saturdays, through Dec. 30, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is now taking registrations for two different sessions of their winter camp, "Arctic Adventures." Cost: $55-$65. Dates: Dec. 27-29 and Jan. 3-5. Call 633-9925 Ext. 127 for more.

Children's Museum at the Citadel Mall offering a number of workshops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "Holiday Cooking is a Pinch" workshop for children ages 4 and up on Thurs., Dec. 21. "Holiday: Past, Present & Future" workshop for children ages 7 and older on Fri., Dec. 22, and for children 4 to 6 on Tues., Dec. 26. "Creativity Burst" workshop for children ages 7 and up on Wed., Dec. 27. "Now You're Cookin' " workshop for ages 4 to 6 on Thurs., Dec. 28. "Fun and Games Around the World" for ages 7 and up on Fri., Dec. 29. $12-$15 for workshops (includes admission). Pre-registration with deposit required. Call 574-0077.

Rocky Mountain MainStage holding youth workshops for ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 14. Learn Broadway musical material and comedy routines. Jan. 2-3. Call 328-0206 for more.

Out of Town Events

acoustic, folk & country concerts

Los Hombres Calientes at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Yonder Mountain String Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50-$15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 30-31, 9 p.m.

New Year's Eve with the Sam Bush Band at Boulder Theater, Boulder. Over 21. $35, 303/786-7030. Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Tony Furtado at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 12, 9 p.m.


Colorado Ballet performing in the Auditorium Theater of the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets. $18-$100, 520-9090. The Nutcracker, through Dec. 27.

rock, pop & blues

Stanley Jordan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-$14.75, 21+. 303/443-3399. Date changed to: Thurs., Dec. 21, 9 p.m.

Stanley Jordan at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $20. Fri., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Shakedown Street at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $8. Fri., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa with Chupacabra at Boulder Theater, Boulder. Over 21. $10.50, 303/786-7030. Fri., Dec. 29, 9 p.m.

BR5-49 at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $14. Sat., Dec. 30, 8 p.m.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $42, 520-9090. Sun., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

The Cramps at the Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/830-2525. $30. Sun., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Royal Finger Bowl at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 4, 9 p.m.

Buddy Miles at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 5, 9 p.m.

Charlie Hunter with Robert Walter's 20th Congress at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed., Jan. 10, 9 p.m.

Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 11, 9 p.m.

Slightly Stoopid at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/322-2308. $7-$8. Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.

Dixie Dregs with Steve Morse Band at the Ogden Theater, 935 E. Colfax, Denver, 303/830-2525. $25-$30. Fri., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.

Tony Furtado at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 12, 9 p.m.

Jupiter Coyote at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $6.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., Jan. 17, 9 p.m.

Rikki Dee Hall & The Voodoo Hawks at Eck's Saloon, 9890 W. Girton Drive. $5, 303/989-2991. Wed., Jan. 17, 9 p.m.

The Big Wu at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $7.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 18, 9 p.m.

The New Deal at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $7.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 19, 9 p.m.

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

Dan Hicks and Hot Licks at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax, Denver. $15, 303/322-2308. Over-21. Mon., Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

Galactic featuring Les Claypool and Lake Trout at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $36, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

Kool Keith at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $18.50, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Sat., Jan. 27, 9 p.m.

Merl Saunders at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

Maceo Parker with Deep Banana Blackout at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. Ages 16+. $22.25-$25.25, 520-9090. Sat., Feb. 3, 8 p.m.

John Brown's Body with The B-Side Players at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8.50-$10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Feb. 18, 9 p.m.

Pantera at the Denver Coliseum. $30, 800-965-4827. Tues., Feb. 13, 6 p.m.

The Funky Meters at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $26.25, 21+. 303/443-3399. Sat.-Sun, March 24-25, 9 p.m.

special events

Denver Distinguished Lecture Series in the Auditorium Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. Features Dr. Jane Goodall, humanitarian and chimpanzee advocate, on Feb. 13; and Deepak Chopra, M.D., spiritual guide and leader of alternative medicine, on April 11. $100-$2,500 for series package. $15-$52 for individual tickets. Call 303/830-TIXS for more.


Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m., except where noted, at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $33-$165, 520-9090. Against Los Angeles Kings: Thurs., Dec. 21. Against Vancouver Canucks: Sat., Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Against Edmonton Oilers: Wed., Dec. 27. Against Nashville Predators: Fri., Dec. 29. Against Los Angeles Kings: Tues., Jan. 2. Against San Jose Sharks: Thurs., Jan. 4. Against New York Islanders: Tues., Jan. 16. Against Vancouver Canucks: Thurs., Jan. 18.

Denver Broncos at 2:05 p.m. at Mile High Stadium. $25-$56. Against San Francisco 49ers: Sun., Dec. 23.

Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted, at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $21-$221, 520-9090. Against Portland Trail Blazers on Fri., Dec. 22. Against L.A. Clippers on a Family Night: Tues., Dec. 26. Against L.A. Clippers: Tues., Dec. 26. Against Toronto Raptors: Thurs., Dec. 28. Against Milwaukee Bucks: Sat., Dec. 30, 8 p.m. Against Utah Jazz on Fri., Jan. 5. Against Charlotte Hornets: Sun., Jan. 7. Against Sacramento Kings on a Family Night: Fri., Jan. 12. Against Seattle Sonics: Mon., Jan. 15. Against Vancouver Grizzles: Wed., Jan. 17. Against Cleveland Cavaliers: Fri., Jan. 19.


The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris at the Bug Theater, Denver. $10-$15, 303/477-9984. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Thurs., 7 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m. Through Dec. 30.

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change in the Garner Galleria Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $29-$34, 800/641-1222. Through Dec. 31.

The Scarlet Pimpernel, the absurdist comedy which follows the dashing English aristocrat, Pimpernel, in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $25-$60, 800/641-1222. Dec. 13-31.

Annie at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$35, , 800/641-1222. Jan. 5-7, 2001.

Annie, Get Your Gun at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$50, 800/641-1222. Jan. 9-23, 2001.


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