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Michael Cortez and Creed de Avanzar with dancers from the Rosebud reservation performing a benefit concert for the Walking Shield American Indian Society at the Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. For ticket info, call Lori at 719/528-8509. Fri., Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Willie Nelson at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $29.50-$32, 520-9090. Wed., March 27, 7:30 p.m.

WestFest featuring some of the best in country music, plus living history performances, Native American dancing, art exhibits, rodeo, poetry, marketplace and more downtown and at the Penrose Equestrian Center. Ticket info: 877/937-8337. Thurs.-Sun., June 27-30. choral

Concordia College Choir with the Colorado Springs Children Chorale Summit Ensemble and Pikes Peak Singers at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12, 633-3562. Sun., Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

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Pueblo Symphony with guest Cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah performing the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 and more in USC's Haog Recital Hall. $15-$20, 719/549-2404. Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Southern Colorado Handbell Festival Concert at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa. Free, 527-0045. Features over 300 handbell ringers. Sat., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Night Recital Series presented by the Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. $8-$10, 475-9747 Ext. 110. On Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.: Cello and piano concert of works by Chopin, Bartok, Frescobaldi and others with Nancy Snustad and Sara McDaniel.

Pianist Gregory Adams performing works of Beethoven and brahms with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. At First Christian Church, corner of Platte and Cascade. $6-$12, 633-3649. Sun., Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m.jazz & swing

Fountain Creek Brass Band Annual Heritage Concert featuring patriotic and traditional music at Benet Hill Center, 2577 N. Chelton Road. Free. Sun., Feb. 17, 3 p.m.

The Denver Brass with the Colorado Isle of Mull/St. Andrews Pipes and Drums, and the Highland Danvers at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. $15-$20, 471-4361. Sun., March 3, 5 p.m.miscellaneous

City Gospel Night -- A Tribute to Black History featuring historical presentations and performances by choirs and gospel performers from all over the city, dance groups and more at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute. Sun., Feb. 17, 3-5 p.m.rock, pop & blues

Sevendust at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $20, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Fri., Feb. 15, 8 p.m.

SOLD OUT BB King at Arnold Hall, Air Force Academy, 333-4497. Sat., Feb. 16.

Reverend Horton Heat with Nashville Pussy at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $14, 800/965-4827. All ages. Sun., Feb. 17, 9 p.m.

Coco Montoya with Metro Blues at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $12.50, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Tues., Feb. 19, 9 p.m.

William Topley at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $15, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Fri., Feb. 22, 9 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $7, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Sat., Feb. 23, 9 p.m.

Brian Flynn Band at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. $TBA, 687-0625. Sat., Feb. 23, 9 p.m.

The Amazing Rhythm Aces at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. $10-$15, 687-0625. Fri.-Sat., March 1-2, 9 p.m.

Project/Object featuring Ike Willis and Napolean Murphy Brock performing a Frank Zappa tribute at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $10, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Sat., March 2, 9 p.m.

George Thorogood at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $25, 800/965-4827. Sat., April 20, 9 p.m.

Twiztid at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $14, 800/965-4827. All-ages. Tues., May 21, 8 p.m. On sale: Sat., March 9, 10 a.m.music announcements

Black Rose Acoustic Society sponsoring Saturday workshops. For details, call 578-0254 or visit

http://www.blackroaseacoustic.org. On Feb. 23: Playing in a Bluegrass Band. Emphasis will be on vocal harmonies, dynamics of a working band and interplay between instruments. On March 2: Intro to the Mountain Dulcimer. On March 30: Fiddle Techniques for Classical Players.

Seventh Annual Pikes Peak Young Composers Competition now accepting entries from Colorado composers grades K-12. Winning composers with perform their pieces at a free public concert in May. For entry information, call 635-1561 or visit

www.pikespeakyoungcomposers.org. Deadline: April 1.

Guitar Circle of Colorado practice and performance group meeting on a regular basis to work on exercises, technique and repertoire developed by Robert Fripp for the Guitar Craft courses on steel string guitars. All experience levels welcome. For details, call 499-0766.

dance

Burn the Floor, a ballroom dance extravaganza inspired by Elton John's 50th birthday bash, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $24-$45, 520-SHOW. Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 21-23.theater

Cabaret at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $24-$41.50, 520-SHOW. Wed.-Thurs., Feb. 13-14, 8 p.m.

From the Heart, a KCME Radio Theatre Valentine's Day Celebration on 88.7FM. Thurs., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.

Lost in Yonkers, the 1991 Pulitzer Prizewinning play by Neil Simon by the Star Bar Players in Lon Chaney Theater in the City Auditorium, at the corner of Kiowa and Weber. $12, 573-7411. Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 8 p.m. Sun., Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

Jim Jackson presenting Art Guffaw followed by dancing to Mango Fan Django at the Manitou Art Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. (Dancing only after late shows.) $8-10, 685-1861. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-16, 2 and 7 p.m.

NonviolenceWorks! A powerplay with heart by First Strike Theater, at the Pikes Peak Peace and Justice Center, 29 S. Institute. $5-$8, 632-6189. Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 15-23, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 17-24, 4 p.m.

Love Letters by the Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre at Tony's Chop House, 2930 N. Elizabeth, Pueblo. $32 (or $60 per couple) includes dinner. Cash bar, 6 p.m. Dinner, 6:30. Show: 7:30. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-16.

SOLD OUT Pudd'nhead Wilson, adapted from Mark Twain by Charles Smith and performed by TheatreWorks at the Smokebrush Center for Arts, 235 S. Nevada. $25, 262-3232. Feb. 22-23, Fri., 7:30 p.m., Sat., 2 p.m.

Come For Dinner... Stay for Death! Murder-mystery at the Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $39 includes dinner and show, $59 includes dinner, show, overnight stay and breakfast. 473-4413. Sat., Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m.

The Taffetas at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $20-$25, 634-5583. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Through Feb. 24.

The Lady of Camellias by UCCS/THEATREWORKS and Opera Theater of the Rockies at Dwire Theater on the UCCS Campus, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway. $20-$25, 262-3232. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. March 1-24.

Love Letters by the Encore! Dinner Theater at their new location at 10 Old Man's Trail in Manitou Springs (formerly Tajine Alami). $20 show only, $36 plus tax includes meal. Reservations, 471-PLAY. Fridays and Saturdays, dinner at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. announcements

UCCS Drama Club holding auditions for Oleana, The Lesson, A Cold Journey in the Dark and The Adventures of Captain Neato-man. Needed are six men, ages 18-60 and five women, ages 18-40. Call 594-9345 for an appointment. Sat., Feb. 16.

Repertory Theatre Company at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., holding auditions for the children's theater production of Beauty & The Beast. All positions are paid and actors must be available during the day. To schedule an appointment, call 634-5583. Fri., March 1, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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