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Loonees Comedy Corner, 1305 N. Academy Blvd., 591-0707. Featuring performers on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.; $6. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., $8. Don Barnhart, Sept. 19-22. Darryl Rhoades, Sept. 25-29. Russ Nagel, Oct. 2-6.

Rabbi Bob Alper, the only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy, will deliver the sermon, "The Spirituality of Laughter," addressing the healing power of laughter, at Temple Shalom. On Friday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.: free, no reservations necessary. On Saturday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., includes hors d'oeuvre reception, dessert and coffee; for reservations, mail check for $25 to Temple Shalom, 1523 East Monument, Colorado Springs 80909. For more, call 634-5311.


Trinity Irish Dancers at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. $20, 719/295-7222. Sun., Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Colorado Springs Dance Theatre, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., announcing its 2002-2003 season. Featuring Australian Dance Theatre on Sat., Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; River North Chicago Dance Co. on Fri., Feb. 14, 8 p.m.; Miami City Ballet on Tues., May 6, 8 p.m. Call 520-SHOW for ticket information.


Journey to Community: Things that Bring Us Together, a performing arts series at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Sundays at 6:30 p.m. with reception following the performance. Next performance: Pianist Julia McKay on Sept. 22.


Seventh annual Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival presented by the Upstart Performing Ensemble at the Lon Chaney Theatre, corner of Kiowa and Weber Streets. Opening with Mass Appeal, Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 20-21, 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 21, 2 p.m. Then, Stop Kiss by Diana Son, Wed.-Thurs., Sept. 25-26, 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Sept. 27-28, 8 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 28, 2 p.m. Then, As Is by William M. Hoffman, Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 2-3, 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., Oct. 4-5, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Call Upstart at 636-5089. Tickets: $12. A Festival Pass to all 3 shows: $25.

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird by UCCS/THEATREWORKS at Dwire Theater, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. $16-$18, 262-3232. Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. Sat. matinees at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 through Oct. 13.

A Message from Merlin, dinner and murder mystery at the Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. Cost is $45 per person. Fri., Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Call 473-4413 for reservations.

Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Fun an audience participation-style comedy pirate melodrama with a sing-a-long intermission and vaudeville style Olio at Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs. Show only, $12. Dinner and show, $23. 685-5104. Through Sept. 30.

Man of La Mancha at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $20-$25, 634-5583. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Oct. 4-20.

MAT Premiers, a new performance series featuring nationally acclaimed performers "for adults who like their theater with a bit of an edge" at the Community Theater at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. $12, call 685-1861. Announcing its season: Not Yet, At All featuring Edith Tankus on Thurs.-Sat., Oct. 10-12, 8 p.m.; A View From the Moon featuring Peter Davidson on Thurs.-Sat., Jan. 20-22, 8 p.m.; Stick Guns starring Jim Jackson; and Ten Minutes Max, an eclectic mix of local theater, dance, music and human oddities with a 10-minute max

Broadway in Colorado Springs season at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., opens on November 3 with Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella; followed by Blast II: Shockwave on Jan. 16-17, Fosse on Feb. 22, Saturday Night Fever on March 25-26, Meredith Willson's The Music Man on April 15-16, and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance on May 28-29. Season tickets now available: $125-$215. Individual tickets available later at 520-SHOW.

Town and Gown Performing Arts Series at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. $20 for individual seats, $85 for a season pass, 719/295-7222. Trinity Irish Dancers on Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker on Thurs., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. Jazz/soul/R&B singer Marlena Shaw on Thurs., Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. "Dance-illusionists" Momix: In Orbit on Mon., March 10, 7:30 p.m. Peking Acrobats on Sat., April 12, 7:30 p.m.


Star Bar Players seeking a director for Bus Stop by William Inge. Written proposals due by Oct. 15. Send proposals to Star Bar Players; P.O. Box 875, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. For more, call 573-7411.

Call for entries by the Colorado Dramatists for the New Plays Forum to be held in February 2003. All entries must be one-act plays, no longer than an hour in length. 10-minute plays are also accepted. Submission fee for each play is non-refundable $5. Contestants must be members of Colorado Dramatists ($15 yearly dues fee). Deadline: Oct. 31. Send scripts to Colorado Dramatists New Plays Forum, P.O. Box 40516, Denver, CO 80204-0516. Call 303/675-6500 for more.

Fright Tour 2002 holding tryouts for actors and staff at the main stage at City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa. Must be 16 years or older. Acting resume encouraged. Thurs., Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

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