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Tonight, drive on over to the Colorado Springs School (21 Broadmoor Ave.) and bop merrily through time with Amuse, an Early Music Consort who'll be playing all the hits from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods. The concert, the season finale of the Thursday Night Recital Series, will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Louisa Performing Arts Center at the Colorado Springs School. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors. Call 475-9747, Ext. 110.



Blue's Clues Live! Blue's Birthday Party hits the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade) today through Sunday, bringing Blue, Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap and all the onomatopoeic pals you love. Young ones and parents alike are invited to follow along with Handy Dandy Notebook and crayon to guess what Blue wants for her birthday. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $15-$26 through the Pikes Peak Center box office (520-SHOW), Ticketmaster outlets, or through

www.Ticketmaster.com. This will rock so hard.

Also tonight, the Bridge Gallery (329-1574) and Phototroph Gallery (442-6995, www.phototroph.com) will have dueling openings. The Bridge presents an opening reception for Move It!, an exhibit of art that, well, moves. Stationary stuff, step aside; it's time to get your auto-kinetic on. Phototroph presents new photographs by Rodney Wood that all involve candles and nude (not naked) ladies. So goth. So awesome! Both receptions take place from 5 to 8 p.m. at 218 W. Colorado Ave. (underneath the bridge).



Be honest. Is your sheep too fluffy? It's nothing to be embarrassed about, as long as you can catch the problem early on. Just take her on down to Rock Ledge Ranch today and get that sucker sheared. Rock Ledge (located off of 30th Street next to Garden of the Gods Park) presents its annual sheep-shearing today with discussions about Colorado's little-known wool heritage as well as weaving, spinning and other wool-related demonstrations. The fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 578-6777 for more.

Also today from 7 to 10 p.m., the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts presents a Gala Opening Party for "Tri-Lakes: An Artist's View," an exhibition to showcase art by, for and about the Tri-Lakes region. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and are available in the Monument area at the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce, the Folk Art Gallery, Covered Treasures, Petal Pushin or in Palmer Lake at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on Highway 105 in Palmer Lake. Visit

www.trilakesviews.org for more information.



Like hikin'? Today's your chance to explore Grape Creek, a wild canyon that is part of the proposed Citizens Wilderness Initiative. A volunteer from the Colorado Environmental Coalition will be on hand to discuss efforts to protect the wilderness from Starbucks, Blockbuster and the Bush administration. This all-day program (read: bring your own lunch, sunscreen, water, etc.) will get started at 8 a.m. at the Raptor Center in Pueblo. Donations are appreciated. Reservations are required; call 719/485-4444.

Were you aware that June is Colorado Bike Month? My editor was. This and every Sunday, celebrate that fact with a social ride presented by those two-wheelin' freakonauts at the Colorado Springs Cycling Club. Folks will meet at 1 p.m. at the south end of Acacia Park. For more information on rides, check out www.bikesprings.org.

Also today, the Elmohr Iris Society is hosting a free iris show at Shops at the Bluffs Mall, just west of N. Academy on Austin Bluffs. Members of the Society will be present to educate the clueless and initiate the interested, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 687-7975.



Today at Patty Jewett Golf Course, bust out the clubs for the Children's Advocacy Center's 9th annual Tee Time for Kids, a day of golf, food and prizes to benefit the CAC's effort to provide a private, child-friendly environment to children and their families during a child abuse investigation. The tournament is limited to 120 players, so register soon. Call 636-2460.



Tonight, do yourself a favor. Head over to Packard Hall on the CC campus (corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre) and check out Pia*ce. Pia*ce. Pia*ce. (It's fun to say.) The unconventional classical duo, composed of Jocelyn Swigger on piano and Kate Spingarn on the cello, will rock selections from Claude Debussy, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alberto Ginastera. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door. Free with student ID, $5 for the general public.



The Plantera Group hosts an art opening and silent auction tonight. Work by local artists John Odlin, Pat Orban and Michael Baum will join featured art by the Art Bank. Admission will run you $5, which will benefit the American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter and not some fat cat in Washington. 4 - 8 p.m. today at 517 S. Cascade.

--Aaron Retka


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