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Your hair will stand on end when the electrifying, death-defying power troupe Tesla makes their annual run through the Colorado Music Hall,2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Show starts at 9pm Sunday night. Tickets are $26; call 800/965/4827. - KS
  • Your hair will stand on end when the electrifying, death-defying power troupe Tesla makes their annual run through the Colorado Music Hall,2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Show starts at 9pm Sunday night. Tickets are $26; call 800/965/4827. - KS

Art & Galleries

All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St., 633-7717. Featuring paintings, monotypes, found objects, raku collages by Michelle Vandepas and Susan Blue. Through Dec. 31.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., 12-4 p.m. 636-1901. www.aratiartists.com. Featuring pastels by Jean Houghton. Through December.

Boulder Street Coffee Roasters, 332 N. Tejon St., 577-4291. Mon.-Sat., 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun., 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Featuring Colorado's Spirit, fine art photography by Sherry Moldenhauer, through Jan. 31.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring The Gifted Hand, fine crafts from 20 regional artists, through Dec. 31. Also in the Avenue Gallery, A Grounding Experience, landscapes by Perri Tyler. n-Space in the Springs, the Siggraph travelling art exhibition featuring digital artwork. Siggraph admission is $2-$4. Special hours, call 599-3734 for details. Dec. 21-Jan. 1. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Colorado College's Coburn Gallery, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6797. Open 12:30-7:30 p.m. daily (Closed Dec. 18 to Jan. 22 for holiday break). Featuring Noble Souls Abhor Wrongdoing, ink-jet and photographic lambda prints by Ethan Jackson, through Feb. 8.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$4. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. Featuring Holiday Lights: A Multi-Cultural Holiday Festival, through Dec. 31.Our Favorite Things: Docent 50th Anniversary Exhibition, through Dec. 31. Hands On, an exhibition from the tactile gallery collection, through Dec. 31. Giricoccola, an Italian Fairy Tale, an installation by Ann Cunningham, through Dec. 31. Inner Beauty: Contrasting Aesthetics from the Permanent Collection, through March 10.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring the 28th annual Holiday Market, featuring over 40 local artists, through Dec. 31.

Eagle Conference Center, 777 E. Hwy. 24 in Woodland Park. 687-5700. Fields of Interest: Extraordinary Portraits of Nature, through Jan. 12.

El Tesoro Restaurant and Gallery, 10 N. Sierra Madre, 471-0106. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tues.-Sat., 5:30-9 p.m. Featuring KOSAI Ware, earthworks by Maggie Quinn, through Feb.

Gertrude's Restaurant, 2625 W. Colorado Ave. Featuring Little Gems, small oil paintings by Laura Reilly. Call 333-2416. Through Dec. 31.

LIW Cargo, 713 Manitou Ave., 685-0452. Featuring the Christmas Art Extravaganza with past artists of the month, through Dec.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, free to members. Featuring Contemporary Mexican Art, by Arturo Fuentes in the Regional Gallery. Rush to the Rockies: Nelson A. Rieger, in the King Gallery. Terrain: Landscapes From the King Collection, from the Francis King Collection of Western Art, New Work, by Gary Skul and Pueblo, A Changing Face, by John Suhay through Jan. 26.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Astral Bodies -- An Exhibition of Contemporary Art Glass, Dec. 14-Jan. 31. Opening reception: Fri., Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m. Also, In Your House: A People's History, a mixed media installation by Amy Butowicz, Dec. 15-Jan. 14. Opening reception: Sat., Dec. 15, 7-9 p.m.

art events and programs

Own Your Own Art Show and Sale at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, 210 Sante Fe Ave., Pueblo. $3-$4, 719/543-0130. Through Dec. 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Center of the Unknown Universe, an exhibition of works by artists from the Guffey and Florissant area at Slater Creek Ranch. Call 719/689-2769. Sun., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ballroom Dance Classes at YMCA downtown, Nevada and Kiowa. Learn swing, salsa, tango, waltz, cha cha, fox trot and rumba. Ongoing, register anytime. For members and non-members. Reasonable fees includes four sessions. First session free. For details, call 634-3029 or 473-9622. Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 7-9 p.m.

McTeggart School of Irish Dance holding classes in the Lon Chaney Theater, 221 E. Kiowa St. Thursdays, 5-6:30 p.m. Call 303/696-1266 for more.

call for entries

Colorado Council on the Arts is seeking entries for a 2002 Artist Fellowship. Fellowships available in Visual Arts, Literature and Traditional Arts/Folk Art. Submit application form, resume and samples. Must be Colorado resident. Contact Kelleen Zubick, 303/894-2617 Ext. 18, or Mary Ewell, Ext. 19. Deadline: Jan. 4.

Business of Art Center accepting proposals for The Blues Project, a "blue inspired" show opening Jan. 25. All media considered. For details, call 685-1861. Art due at the BAC between Thurs., Jan. 17, 10 a.m. and Sat., Jan. 19, 5 p.m.

The Center for Creative Development seeking artists and groups to display and sell their art. Open to painters, photographers, sculptors, digital and other 2D and 3D artists. Call 303/388-2100. Deadline: Feb. 15.

Downtown Art Project accepting entries for outdoor, three dimensional media for year-long downtown exhibit. Call 719/295-7216 for information. Awards include: $1500 Award of Excellence and $500 People's Choice Award. Deadline: May 15.

The Commonwheel Artist Coop is accepting proposals for gallery shows for the year 2002. Send entries to: The Commonwheel Artists Coop C/O The Gallery Committee, 102 Canon Ave, Manitou Springs, CO 80929, or call 685-1008 for prospectus.

Health & Healing

World Peace Meditation at Pikes Peak Church, 3685 Jeannine Dr. Join people of every nation, culture, religion and color as they turn their hearts and minds to world healing for one hour. Free, 596-6894. Mon., Dec. 31, 4:45 to 6:15 a.m.

Heartbeat, the suicide prevention partnership for the Pikes Peak Region meets the first Tuesday of each month at Pikes Peak Partners, 12 N Meade. Meetings are at 7 p.m. Call 596-LIFE.

Suicide Prevention Partnership is taking requests for those who wish to have the name of a loved one added to the "Memory Tree." The tree is a way for family members and friends to celebrate the lives and memorialize loved ones lost through suicide. Call 719/573-7447.

Film & Video

@ the Movies, a film discussion group at the Rockrimmon Branch Library, 832 Village Ctr. Bring VHS or DVD copies of movies you liked that no one else does, cued to 5-minute clips. Call 528-3952. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

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. $7, 634-5583. On Jan. 6-7: Italy, Tip to Toe with Stan Walsh. On March 10-12: Wales with Frank Klicar. On April 14-15: Biblical Treasures of Turkey with Robin Williams.

Learning

Woman's Story Retreat: Beloved Of God: Spiritual Dimensions Of Self-Esteem at the Franciscan Retreat Center at Mount St. Francis, 7665 Assisi Heights. $30-$35, 577-9404. Pre-registration required. Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m.

The Driving Skills Institute offering a free seminar to parents and teenagers about driving permits at Nikola Tesla School, 2560 International Circle. Call 260-9568. Wednesdays, Dec. 19, Jan. 23, Feb. 20, March 20, April 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

Cooking Classes at the Broadmoor with Chef Paul Jensen, in the Penrose Room. Every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. $25 per class. For reservations, call 634-7711 ext. 5392.

Talk English! Practice speaking social English at these free informal conversation groups for adult intermediate and advanced learners. For details, call 531-6333 ext. 2224. Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon at the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:30 at the Sand Creek Library, 1821 S. Academy.

Photography classes at Shewmaker's Camera Shop. Includes wedding, portrait, black & white, digital photography, Photo 101 and more. Visit www.shewmakers.com for full schedule or call 636-1696.

Secular Home Schooling Support Group meeting at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Dr. E. Offering support to parents of home schooled children. For more information, call 637-8282.

Literary Events

Minnie Bruce Pratt reading from her poetic works including Crime Against Nature and Walking Back Up Depot Street in Colorado College's Max Kade Theatre, on the third floor of Armstrong Hall. Free, 389-6607. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Kenneth Wajda will be presenting photographs, offering photo tips and signing his book Travel Photo Workshop at Media Play, 651 N. Academy Blvd. Free, 276-0600. Sat., Dec. 15, 2 p.m.

Book Groups at Barnes & Noble, 795 Citadel Drive East. Just C.A.W.S., Sat., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Conversations with God, Tues., Dec. 18, 7:15 p.m. Colorado Springs Fiction Writer's Group, 574-5571. Mon., Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Colorado Springs Fiction Writers Group meets at Barnes and Noble, Citadel Mall. Call Henri & Hollie Snider at 574-5571. Meeting the last Monday of every month, 6 p.m.

Music Concerts

acoustic, folk & country

Peace and Justice Coffee House featuring string player Steve Hoke, 29 S. Institute, 632-6189. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7-9 p.m.

The Chieftains at the Pikes Peak Center. $26-$42, 520-SHOW. Mon., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m.

choral

Pauline Oliveros will perform with Myriad and the CC Chamber Chorus at the Packard Hall building on CC campus. Free, 389-6138. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Deck the Hall, presented by the Colorado Springs Chorale at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$25, 520-SHOW. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Ellement will present two winter pop concerts at the Olin Fishbowl building on CC campus. Suggested donation, 389-6138. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 15-16, 8 p.m.

Bird of Dawning: Songs for The Season presented by the Vocal Arts Ensemble at the Shove Chapel on Colorado College campus. Concert will feature traditional carols, American spirituals and Native American and Aboriginal music. Free, 719/577-4192. Fri., Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.

classical

Colorado Springs Symphony Holiday Spectacular featuring the Palmer High School Chamber Singers at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $5-$9, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 21-22, 8 p.m. Family matinee on Sat., Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m.

jazz & swing

The High Altitude Trombone Quartet Holiday Concert at the First Lutheran Church, 1515 N. Cascade. Free, 632-8836. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.

miscellaneous

Holly and Ivy presented by The United States Air Force Band of The Rockies at the Colorado Springs World Arena. Free, 719/556-9955. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

rock, pop & blues

Peace Sign and Boomer Box at the new Business of Art Center Carriage House Theater, 515 Manitou Ave. $12.50-$15, 685-1861. Sat, Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Marty Jones and the Pork Boilin' Poor Boys at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Tesla at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $26, 800/965-4827. 21+. Sun., Dec. 16, 9 p.m.

The Flow at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave. Woodland Park. 687-0625. Fri., Dec. 21, 9 p.m.

Liz Clark Band at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Xiren at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Fri., Dec. 28, 8 p.m.

Todd Tijerina Band at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St. 685-0766. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 28-29, 9:30 p.m.

Swivel Hips Smith at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $5, 265-9951. Sat., Dec. 29, 8 p.m.

Wendy Woo at Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. $7, 268-9952. All ages. Sat., Jan. 12, 8 p.m.

music announcements

The Colorado Springs Chorale is holding auditions for new members at Packard Hall. Call 634-3737. Tues.-Wed., Jan. 8-9, 7-10 p.m.

Performances

comedy

Jerry Seinfeld at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $46-$76, 520-SHOW. Sat., Jan 19, 7 p.m.

dance

Tunjung Sari, a performance of Balinese dance and gamelan music, will be presented by Colorado College in the Packard Hall building on CC campus. Free, 389-6138. Sun., Dec. 16, 3 p.m.

miscellaneous

Pops On Ice at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $19.50-$64.50, 719/477-2121. Sat., Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Santa's Frosty Follies, a holiday musical and dance review presented by the Wells Foundation for the Performing Arts at Pikes Peak Community College, 5675 S. Academy Blvd. $15-$18, 719/577-4556. Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 23, 2 p.m.

theater

A Christmas Carol presented by TheatreWorks; on the UCCS campus. $16-$18, 262-3232. Thurs., Fri., 7:30 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 4 p.m. Dec. 13-24.

A Christmas Carol presented by the Colorado College drama and dance department at the Armstrong Theatre on CC campus. $2-$5, 389-6138. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 13-15, 8 p.m.

The King & I, by the Repertory Theatre Company at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. $20-$25, 634-5581. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Through Dec. 16.

Two by Two presented by the Star Bar Players at the Lon Chaney Theater, Weber and Kiowa. $5-$12, 573-7411. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. Through Dec. 16.

A Christmas Carol presented by the Gold Camp Players at the Cripple Creek historic Butte Opera House. $3-$6, 719/689-6402. Dec. 14-15, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 16, 2 p.m.

Come For Dinner...Stay For Death! at the Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $29 dinner and show; room packages start at $59 per person, 473-4413. Sat., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m.

It's My Party... I'll Die If I Want To, at Castaways Dinner PlayHouse Theater. $16 show only, $30 dinner and show, 685-3700. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Buffet, 6:30 p.m. through Dec. 22.

A Christmas Carol broadcast on KCME Radio, 88.7. KCME Radio Theatre recreates the Charles Dickens story with music by Samuel F. Hall. Mon., Dec. 24, 8 p.m.

The Murder Room by the Encore! Dinner Theater at their new location at 10 Old Man's Trail in Manitou Springs (formerly Tajine Alami). $36 plus tax includes meal. Reservations, 471-PLAY. Fridays and Saturdays, cocktails and live music, 6 p.m. Buffet, 6:30 p.m., show at 8.

announcements

Auditions for Sundiata, The Lion King of Mali at the Arvada Center, Denver. Actors should prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song. Experienced performers of all ethnic backgrounds, male and female, ages 18 and over are needed. By appointment only, 303/431-3080 Ext. 3471. Auditions begin Jan. 28.

Songstress deluxe Maggie Simpsonhas a strong musical talent, clear voice, clean arrrangements and a date with destiny at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. on Wednesday night. The show starts at 8pm and there's no cover. Call 268-9951 for details.- KS
  • Songstress deluxe Maggie Simpsonhas a strong musical talent, clear voice, clean arrrangements and a date with destiny at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. on Wednesday night. The show starts at 8pm and there's no cover. Call 268-9951 for details.- KS

Recreation

Guided Hikes at Mountain Park Environmental Center, Beulah. Hikes are guided by an experienced naturalist. Most are appropriate for ages 10 and up and last 2 to 3 hours. Come prepared for the weather, wear good shoes and bring water. $3, or free to members. Register early, group size limited. 719/485-4444. On Sat., Dec. 15, 9 a.m.: An Almost Winter Morning Hike. On Sat., Dec. 22, 1 p.m.: Winter Solstice Hike. On Sun. Jan. 6, 11 a.m.: First Hike of the New Year.

Sierra Singles Group inviting single Coloradans of all ages to meet new friends while hiking, biking, camping, learning and exploring Colorado's natural beauty. Sponsored by the Pikes Peak Sierra Club. For details or to sign up for an outing, call Martha Rosenau, 685-9147. On Sat., Dec. 15: Breckenridge downhill and X-C Ski Trip, 6:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Sun., Dec. 30: Aiken Canyon Hike, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Snowshoeing 101, an indoor clinic designed to teach you the basics, including where to go and how to get started. At the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required, 520-6387, Sat., Dec. 15, 11-noon and 1-2 p.m.: Snowshoeing 101.

Snowshoeing in Mueller State Park with Gravity Play Adventure Guides. $45, all equipment included. Every Saturday (conditions permitting.) Call for reservations: 531-7510 or

www.gravityplay.net.

Senior Programs

Holiday Countdown: Packages of Delight, featuring holiday entertainment and performances each day around lunchtime at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Through Dec. 21.

Senior Days of Enrichment at Benet Hill Center, 2555 N. Chelton Road. Advent: Here and Coming, presented by Fr. Will Menard CSC of Holy Cross Novitiate. $10, 633-0655. Fri., Dec. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Senior Center Choral Concert at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 Hancock Blvd. Free, 385-5933. Tues., Dec. 18, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Learning Unlimited: Eclectic Education, an educational program for seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock. Features expert guest speakers and presenters. $1 per week, 385-5933. Wednesdays, through Dec. 19, 9-10 a.m.

New Year's Eve (Almost) Dinner and Dance at the Fountain Valley Senior Center, 5745 Southmoor Dr. There will be door prizes, singing and dancing. $10, 520-6470. Fri., Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m.

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.

Spectator Sports

Falcon Youth Hockey 11th annual Holiday Tournament at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. and the Field House at the Air Force Academy. Free, 481-8619. For details visit

http://www.falconyouthhockey.com. Fri.-Sun., Dec. 14-16, 4 p.m.

Colorado College Tiger Hockey Home Games at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. All games starting at 7:05 p.m. $12-$15, call 576-2626. Jan. 11-12, Minnesota State Mankato. Jan. 18-19, North Dakota. Jan. 25, Air Force Academy. Jan. 26, Niagra University. Feb. 2, University of Denver. Feb. 8-9, University of Wisconsin. Mar. 8-10, WCHA Playoffs.

Special Events

Holiday Lights Festival 2001 at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. Celebration will continue the tradition of displaying live trees, decorated by community organizations, businesses and schools, and now includes winter holiday customs from around the world. Free, 634-5581. Through Dec.31. Children's Activity Day: Sat., Dec. 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count presented by the Great Pikes Peak Birding Trail. Call 635-1716 for information. Sat., Dec. 15.

Twilight Frontier Christmas at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. There will be fun activities for the entire family, including entertainment, wagon rides, lantern tours and crafts. $1-$5, 719/578-6777. Sat., Sun., Dec. 15-16, 4 to 8 p.m.

Seven Falls Holiday Lighting features over 250,000 lights, chorale groups and a visit from Santa. Event will take place the farthest point west on Cheyenne Mountain Blvd. $7 admission and $2 suggested donation, 632-0741. Dec. 20-30, 5 to 9 p.m.

Practice New Year's Eve Party and House Concert with Phil Volan, Joe Uveges and JimSokol. Reservations required, 389-0405. $6 artist donation. Sat., Dec. 29, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

KCIC New Year's Eve Gala at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Big band sounds of Wallace Cotton and the Royals, dancing, dinner, champagne and brunch. $250-$325, 538-4000. Call for more information. Mon., Dec. 31.

First Night Pikes Peak, a non-alcoholic family New Year's Celebration at 14 various locations downtown. Purchase a button for $8-$5 to gain admission to all events. Buttons available at all King Soopers and YMCA locations. Mon., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Electric Safari, a safari route guides visitors through lighted trees and sculptures. $3.25-$5.50, 633-9925. Daily through Jan. 1. 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Youth & Family

Programs at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6387. On Sat., Dec. 15, 8-10 a.m.: Christmas Bird Count. On Sat., Dec. 15, 11 to noon and 1-2 p.m.: Snowshoeing 101.

Programs at the Fountain Creek Nature Center. Reservations required for all programs, 520-6745. On Wed. Dec. 19, 10-11:15 and 1:30-2:45: Nature Adventures: Nature's Gifts. On Sat., Dec. 29, 10 a.m. to noon: Winter Wildlife Hike.

The Miracle Of Santa a play for children emphasizing the Christian background of the Santa Claus story will be presented at the Hospitality Center of the First United Methodist Church, 420 Nevada. Sign language interpretation will be available for all performances. Free-will offering, 520-9024. Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 15, 10 a.m.

Hands-On Holiday Celebrations at the Buell Children's Museum at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $3-$4, 719/543-0130. Featuring holiday crafts, interactive reindeer games, the Magic Carpet Theater, a collection of Kris Kringle's personal belongings and much more. Through Jan 7.

Andr Kole Magical Spectacular at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. $5-$7, 591-6849. Fri., Jan. 11, 7 p.m.

Magic of Mime, with mime Dan Kmain and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Orchestra at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $6, 520-SHOW. Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.

Out of Town

acoustic, folk & country concerts

Spheres of Influence, part of the Music with a View Series, at the Arvada Center. World-class guitar player, Alex Komodore, will perform pieces written by various composers as tributes to countries other than their own. $8, 303/431-3939. Thurs., Dec. 13, 7 p.m.

E-Town live radio tapings at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $11.55, 303/786-7030. All tapings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. On Sun., Dec. 16: Bill Frisell & Greg Liesz with Jane Siberry and speaker Erik Weihenmayer.

Cherish the Ladies at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood. $20-$22, 303/380-2333. Sun., Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Sam Bush & Friends with Mighty Squirrel at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $35, 303/786-7030. 21 +. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

art

Arvada Center for the Art and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, 303/431-3939. Featuring Childhood Revealed: Art Expressing Pain, Discovery and Hope, art created by children with mental illnesses, through Jan. 13.

Chicano Humanities and Art Council Gallery, 772 Santa Fe, Denver. 303/571-0440. Open Fridays, 7-10 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Featuring the Christmas Mercado, through Dec. 22.

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 303/640-4433. $4.50-$6. Featuring Alice Neel, through Dec. 30. Bruce Nauman, through Dec. 30. 20th Century Design: Breaking All the Rules, through December 31. Giants of Melanesia: Monumental Art from the South Pacific, through Jan. 6. The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists on the Connecticut Shore, through Jan. 20. Motion Pictures: Maybridge and Edgerton Photographs from the Collections, through April 14. Cultural Coatings, through June 16. Many more exhibitions; for details, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.

Foothills Art Center, 805 15th St., Golden, 303/279-3922. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., 1-5 p.m. Featuring the Holiday Art Market, through Dec. 24. Also, Fiesta! The Art of Mexican Celebration, through Jan. 13.

WildLife Art Works, 123 W. First St., Salida. 719/530-0792. Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. Featuring Minor Gods & Gardens, raku sculpture and paintings by EAROTHWELL, Through Jan.8.

For The Love Of Art workshop at the TAGallery, 622 West 6th Ave. #201. Focuses on ways for people to create art together and show the impact of art to improve the quality of life. Call 720/297-4952. Sat., Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to noon.

classical & jazz music

Stanley Jordan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14, 303/443-3399. Thurs., Dec. 20, 9 p.m.

Birds of a Feather -- A Tribute to Charlie Parker featuring Roy Haynes, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride and Dave Kikoski at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $27-$34, 520-9090. Fri., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.

Pat Metheny Group at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $34-$59, 520-9090. Wed., March 13, 8 p.m.

comedy

12 Steps of Christmas at the Bovine Theater. 1527 Champa St., Denver. $12-$17, 303/758-4722. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. Sun., 2 p.m. Arrive 1/2 hour before curtain for a Christmas & Holiday sing-along. Through Dec. 30.

rock, pop & blues

Deke Dickerson & The Eccophonics at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.

Pigface at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $20, 800/965-4827. Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.

Cake with Flickerstick at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkson And Colfax, Denver. $25-$30, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Kottonmouth Kings at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $17, 800/965-4827. Sat., Dec. 15, 7 p.m.

Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise and Johnny A at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.

Motet at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. 21+. $10, 303/786-7030. Sat., Dec. 15, 9 p.m.

Guru, Afu-Ra, Mendoughhza, Bless and DJ Big Deal at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Sun., Dec. 16, 8 p.m.

Moonspell at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $12.50, 800/965-4827. Mon., Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m.

Man or Astroman? at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $12, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 18, 8 p.m.

Hot Water Music at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8, 800/965-4827. Tues., Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Brethren Fast at the Gothic Theater, Denver. Toys for Tots Benefit. $5 donation or unwrapped toy, 303/938-2100. Wed., Dec. 19.

Barenaked Ladies, Jewel, Nikka Costa and Jessica Simpson at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $27.50-$40, 520-9090. Thurs., Dec. 20.

Johnny O Band at the Annex Ballroom, 509 Main St., Canon City. $8, 719/276-3088. Sat., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

Stanley Jordan at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $20, 800/965-4827. Sun., Dec. 22, 8 p.m.

The Gin Project, Shine, Blue Moon Dancers, Kristina Ingham, Jill Watkins and Delo at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $10, 303/786-7030. All-ages. Sat., Dec. 22, 7 p.m.

Kirk Franklin's Christmas Tour at the Paramount Theatre, 16th St. and Glenarm. $35--$45, 303/265-0519. Sun., Dec. 23, 7 p.m.

David Wilcox at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $25, 800/965-4827. Thurs., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway. $20, 520-9090. 18 +. Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Little Feat at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $25, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m.

Lucky Boys Confusion at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8.50, 800/965-4827. Fri., Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m.

Slim Cessna's Auto Club at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $10-$15, 800/965-4827. Sun.-Mon., Dec. 30-31, 8 p.m.

Sound Tribe Sector 9 at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20-$30, 303/443-3399. All-ages. Sun.-Mon., Dec. 30-31, 9 p.m.

Sam Bush and Friends with Mighty Squirrel at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St. 21+. $35, 303/786-7030. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Fillmore Auditorium, Clarkston and Colfax, Denver, $42.50, 719/520-9090. Mon., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.

Leftover Salmon at the Paramount Theater, Denver. $45, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Aerosmith with Cheap Trick at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $45-$85, 719/520-9090. Sat., Jan. 5, 7:30 p.m.

The Word featuring John Medeski, North Mississippi All Stars and Robert Randolph at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Mon.-Tues., Jan. 14-15, 9 p.m.

Papa Grows Funk featuring Russell Batiste, June Namigashi, John Gros, Jason Mingledorff and Marc Pero at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $7.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Wed., Jan. 16, 9 p.m.

Robert Walter's 20th Congress at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $15, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., Jan. 18, 9 p.m.

Theory of Everything V with Dave Watts, Ross Martin, Tye North, Jessica Lurie and The Living Daylights at the Boulder Theater, Boulder. $TBA, 303/786-7030. 21+. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m. On sale Dec. 15.

Merl Saunders & the King Johnson Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16, 303/443-3399. 21+. Sat., Jan. 19, 9 p.m.

Jay Farrar at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.50, 303/443-3399. 21+. Fri., Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

"1964"...The Tribute at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $19.50-$29.50, 303/265-0519. Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m.

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