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2 Thursday

Girl, today through Saturday, local avant-clowns Jim Jackson and Birgitta De Pree bring you "Cirkoo Manitou," a family circus with plenty of surreal hijinx like "children disappearing into soap bubbles, skunks plucked from cabbages" and Jim and Birgitta's brand-new baby. It happens each day at 2 p.m. at the Business of Art Center Garage Theater (515 Manitou Ave.), with an extra 11 a.m. show on Saturday. Call 685-1861 or go to

www.manitouarttheater.com for more. Tickets are $8.

Girl, tonight's your last chance to see the much-talked-about Lateral Thinking exhibition at the Fine Arts Center's monthly "First Thursday" after-hours event. Come on down to 30 W. Dale St. from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and say goodbye to David Turner, the man who made it happen, before he leaves for a new gig in Oregon. Call 634-5581.

4 Saturday

Girl,

Today's the day to fling your cake
That inside has most foul fruit baked
By catapult or just by hand
See how far away it lands!
And ... jeebus cripes, it didn't break!

The 8th Annual Great Fruitcake Toss happens today in Manitou Springs' Memorial Park. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. Events (glamour competition, derby races, toss, hurl, launch and relays) carry on into the early afternoon. Call the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce for more: 685-5089.


5 Sunday

Girl, you know you wanna be laid out like a newspaper on some black beach in Hawaii. Too bad. You're freezing your butt off here in the Springs! Would you settle for the ultimate tease -- the next installment in the Fine Arts Center's World Horizons Travel Film Series featuring Hawaii and Tahiti with a live narration from the filmmaker Rick Howard? Book your flight for the FAC theater (30 W. Dale St.) for today or tomorrow at 2 p.m. $7 is a lot cheaper than a plane ticket. Call 634-5583.

8 Wednesday

Girl, it's Elvis' birthday, and the Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., is bringing back their popular birthday bash for The King tonight beginning at 5 p.m. The staff will be decked out accordingly (young hot Elvis, or Old Fatty?) as they serve you his favorite foods: fried peanut and banana sandwiches and smoked baby back ribs. Graceland, an Elvis impersonator, will be on hand, of course, to sing your faves beginning at 9:30 p.m. Free! Go to

www.ritzgrill.com or call 635-8484.

9 Thursday

Girl, Blake Shelton is the kinda country singer who gets yer Wranglers all wrapped around a pole. And that's before you see his mullet. Grease up yer doolie and get your lariat looped for a night of Nashville sounds with the man who was formerly a boy from Ada, Oklahoma and brought you the breakout hit "Austin." He's at Cowboys, 3910 Palmer Park, tonight. $12 for advanced tickets and $16 at the door. Call 596-1212. Doors open at 4 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

-- Noel Black

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