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Aside from breathing and a few other things, the need for food is the one thing we humans all have in common. Explore that common ground at one of the introductory meetings of Food for Thought, and learn how you can meet people of different religious, racial and political backgrounds while sharing a delicious meal. Tonight you can head over to Slocum Hall at Colorado College, on the corner of Nevada Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street; the meeting will run from 6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Or get on over to the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., by 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. You can't beat free thought, free mind expansion or free food. For more information, call 634-0005.

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Give a man a clay print, and he will be content today. Teach a man to clay print, and he will be content always. Of course, since clay printing (a method of monotype printing using a slab of wet clay as the plate) was developed by Mitch Lyons in the '60s this proverb has yet to catch on. But discover its inherent truth at the opening reception of Clay Prints at the Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., which begins tonight at 5. Exhibiting artists include Micheal Cellan, Pam Chadick, Jean Gumpper, Kim Sayers-Newlin and Liz Szabo, as well as those who have taken a local clay-printing class from Cellan, one of Lyons' esteemed protgs. The show runs through Sept. 26.

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Pueblo's Greenway Nature Center is turning 20 years young today, and they're throwing one big ol' birthday party -- the 20th Anniversary Celebration & Songwriters Riverfest. Festivities include community speakers, arts and crafts, roving naturalists, raffles, a children's playground and a birthday cake. The Pueblo Songwriters and Music Association will also be showcasing their talent. The fun begins at noon and goes 'til 6 p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate, $2 for children 7 to 11, and is free for those under 7 years old. Call 719/549-2414 for information.

Grubstake means "money or supplies advanced to a prospector in return for a share in any finding." Grubstake is also one of Colorado's best-known folk trios. Together since the early '70s, they'll be at the Pikes Peak Community College's Downtown Studio Campus, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight at 8, flaunting their repertoire of traditional American ballads, early country and arrangements by the likes of Tom Paxton and Rodney Crowell. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Call 527-6000 for information.

If political satire is your cup of tea, then polish up your funny bone, and check out the Capitol Steps, "the only group in America that attempts to be funnier than Congress," as they perform songs from their latest album, First Lady and the Tramp, as well as other beloved favorites from Unzippin' My Doo-Dah, A Whole Newt World, and many others. They will be performing in the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall tonight at 7:30. Tickets range from $15 to $25; call 333-4497.

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They've been painting up a blue streak, and now it's time to let it all hang out at The Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St. Blue Streak is a collective endeavor by a group called the Mothers, a conglomerate of women artists whose focus is experimental work -- using mixed mediums of metal, glass, mirror, experimental fiber, oils, acrylics and watercolor -- and as the title suggests, the show's color theme is blue. There will be a reception with the artists this afternoon from 4 to 6 as well as one on Oct. 3. The show runs through Oct. 31.


Bob Marley brought the concept of one world, one love to our stream of consciousness. You can perpetuate (or channel) Bob's spirit and ideology today at the fourth annual Southern Colorado Roots & Culture Fest on the Colorado College campus. The musical lineup features Ishmael and the Peacemakers, Bredren, the Isouljahs Band, and Pablo Moses and the Revolutionary Dream Band. New this year is an international food fair and various vendors promoting their wares. Tickets are $10 at the door or $7.50 in advance at KRCC or Independent Records. For more info, call 633-4421. Bob might just be right. Everything's gonna be all right ...

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Here's the vacation you've been waiting for -- The Sunny South of France. OK, so it's a film and more like a midday escape. But as part of the World Horizon Travel Films series, narrated in person by the filmmaker, you'll feel like you're there. The escape will only cost you six bucks, and you won't have to suffer the dreaded, peanut-less international flight. Sit comfy at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. The trip begins at 2 p.m. For further information, call 634-5583.

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round. And today, they'll go 'round and 'round with you on board for free. Try Transit Week is brought to you by Springs Transit and Ride Finders and allows you to ride the bus on all routes, all week, for free. Free refreshments and entertainment will be offered at the Main Terminal at Kiowa Street and Nevada Avenue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. Tomorrow morning, there will be free coffee, doughnuts and a morning newspaper while supplies last.

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What do Paul Revere and the Raiders, Michael Johnson, and the Stratmoor Volunteer Firefighters have in common? They are all going to be in Colorado Springs tonight. Skilled in the oldies-but-goodies variety, Paul Revere and the Raiders with Michael Johnson will perform live at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., at 7:30 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Stratmoor Hills Volunteer Firefighters, and the proceeds go toward equipment and training for volunteer firefighters. Tickets are $20 and are available at Independent Records.

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There's a healthy dose of the arts to be had in our fair city tonight. Check this out. Coming to the Springs all the way from New York's Circle Repertory Theater, with international acclaim, is Colorado Catechism. It hits the Smokebrush main stage, 235 S. Nevada Ave., at 7 p.m. and runs through Oct. 2. The play tells the story of a famed painter from Manhattan who burns out, bottoms out and eventually finds himself in rehab in our very own Cripple Creek. There, he forms a strong bond with a woman named Donna. But both realize that to overcome their addictions, they must sacrifice their relationship. Heavy stuff, but that's what theater -- and life -- is made of. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 444-0884.

On the literary front, Native American novelist and poet James Welch will be reading selections from his works at Colorado College's Gates Common Room tonight beginning at 7:30. Described as "one of the most powerful literary voices in the American West," Welch is sure to wow you, woo you and move you. And it's free, to boot. Call 389-6607 for more.

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and on the eighth day there was poetry



John Updike has described his work as "gently and consistently startling." So prepare to be startled. Billy Collins, who was named Poet of the Year in 1994 by Poetry Magazine, will be surprising us with his latest collection of crafted words, Picnic, Lightning, tonight at 7:30 in The Lodge at UCCS. For more information on this free event, call 262-3450.

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