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15 Thursday

Just like the traditional Irish colcannon potato dish, acoustic Celtic folk band Colcannon is hearty, filling and subtly rich. For 16 years the five-member group has been playing Irish, Scottish and traditional folk, and now they will perform in Colorado College's Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Tickets to the show are $10 (or $4 with a CC ID), and it begins at 7 p.m. Call 389-6607 to find out more.

16 Friday

It must be so incredibly sexy to be a ceramic artist. Working your hands into the clay, singing "Unchained Melody" while Patrick Swayze's ghost makes sweet love to your unconscious self ... oh yeah, baby. The fruits of sexy artisans will be the focus of Commonwheel Artists Co-op's 8th annual Colorado Clay Invitational 2000 titled Journeys of the Mind. Ceramic visionaries from throughout the state will display their diverse and well-known work beginning June 16, when the opening reception will be held at 6 p.m. The show will be exhibited until July 11 at the Commonwheel Artists Gallery, 102 Cañon Ave. in Manitou Springs. Admission is free. Call 685-1008 for details.

Dig out your spats and polish your Mary Janes before you foxtrot over to the swanky Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs, 404 El Paso Blvd. Red Herring Productions is presenting an interactive murder mystery dinner to benefit the Pikes Peak Historical Railway Foundation's efforts to restore the trolley cars. Speakeasy will begin killing off the flappers and gangsters around 7 p.m. Get the skinny on tickets at 632-7548 or 630-7328.

If sweet, gooey comedic love is more appealing to you than Prohibition-defying murder, you may want to attend a separate dinner theater, also in Manitou. It Had to Be You, performed by Encore! dinner theater opens tonight at Castaway's, 103 Manitou Ave. The gourmet buffet is available at 6:30 and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $35. RSVP at 687-0694.

17 Saturday

In our sprawling mass of lightning-speed development, we lack a truly urban core. So, each spring we gather thousands and tens of thousands of people into the narrow cement corridors of downtown, play loud live music, race beds, ducks and people, bring food vendors together to scent the air, and fill the streets with hundreds of merchants, usually on one incredibly hot day. What we end up with is a community block party of big city magnitude we call Springspree! This year's party will stretch all along, Cascade, Tejon, Colorado and Bijou streets, and will include Acacia Park. Dogs are not allowed; it's too hectic. Admission is free, and the festival runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be there or be square.

La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-laaah means The Delfonics! Ooh, baby, baby, they're signing their records and tapes and CDs at Independent Records, 3030 E. Platte Ave., at 2:30 p.m. today. And tonight, at the Pikes Peak Center, they'll smooth away your worries with their mellow sounds, alongside the Chi Lites. Be there at 8 p.m. shart; Tickets range from $24.50 to $50; all proceeds will benefit the Tutmose Academy charter school. Call 520-9090 for tix.

click to enlarge Acoustic Celtic folk band, Colcannon
  • Acoustic Celtic folk band, Colcannon

El Paso County and City parks departments and the Trails and Open Space Coalition of the Pikes Peak Region present a 27-mile bike, hike and ride along the Santa Fe Regional Trail and the Pikes Peak Greenway from Palmer Lake to Bear Creek Regional Park. Whew! I'm tired already. The trail run begins at 9 a.m., and there will be informational booths and refreshment posts along the route. You can join in anywhere along the trail, and a bike check and shuttle service will be available at Bear Creek to transport you back to your car at Palmer Lake after the free picnic lunch. To get to Palmer Lake, take I-25 north to Exit 163 and go west on County Line Road until you reach the park entrance 2.5 miles ahead. Call 520-6375 for details.

18 Sunday

It's Father's Day. You should probably go mow the lawn, clean the garage, take out the trash and walk the dog. And get a haircut while you're out, will you?

19 Monday

How often have you said to yourself, "My life is so stressful. I wish I could spend some good, quality time in the company of a few understanding, enlightened nuns"? Make your wish come true at the Benet Hill Monastery, 2577 N. Chelton Road. The monastery presents regular classes in diverse faiths, such as "Celtic History and Spirituality," which will be held today from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Call 473-6184 for reservations and fee information.

Be extra careful driving around the next few days, because Ridefinders is sponsoring Bike Week 2000, and that means the lycra-clad riders will be out en force. One of the many events focusing on this healthy form of alternative transportation is today's dinner and social bike ride. The 10- to 15-mile ride, which will be hosted by the Colorado Springs Cycling Club, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Acacia Park downtown. Forget your diet, all the chatting and pedaling will work off the meal. Call 385-7433 or 594-6354 to find out more about the dinner and ride.

20 Tuesday

Another Bike Week event is this evening's Commute 101 at the downtown YMCA, 207 N. Nevada Ave. Cycling experts will be on hand to give tips to riders of every level, give away a new bike, and give low-cost tune-ups to your trusty steed. And, there will be free food. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 385-7433 for more information on Bike Week rides, dinners and fund-raisers.

21 Wednesday

When did vampires move from dank, wet castles into dry, dusty desert roadhouses? Wouldn't the climate dry out their sensitive skin? Apparently not, as evidenced in both John Carpenter's Vampires and Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk 'Til Dawn, the two films being shown tonight at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Admission is free and the movies begin at 8 p.m. The shows are designated 21 and older, which means they serve beer. Miller Genuine Drafts, as a matter of fact, are just a buck if you come sporting your fake vampire teeth. Better to suck your beer with, my darling ...


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