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Art Guffaw, a family show by world-class clown Jim Jackson, at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $6. Mon.-Thurs., Dec. 27-30, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Iron Springs Chateau Melodrama Theater presenting The Wild Flowering of Chastity by Dutton Foster. Audience participation encouraged. Includes sing-a-long intermission and vaudeville-style "olio." Reservations: 685-5104. Family-style dinner and show: $21.50, 6 p.m. Show only: $11.50, 8:30 p.m. Discounts available. Tues.-Sat., through Dec. 31.

KCME Radio Theatre presenting The Giant's Stair, a thriller about a man, his wife and her "unbalanced" sister during a terrible storm, on 88.7-FM. Thurs., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

A Brief History of White Music, featuring an all-black cast interpreting the music of the Andrews Sisters, Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and more, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center Theater, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Sat., Jan. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Camelot, the musical based on T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $23-$38. Tues.-Wed., Jan. 18-19, 8 p.m.

The King and I, the Rodgers and Hammersteins classic, in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. $15-$35, 333-4497. Sat., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.


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AUDITIONS & NOTICES

Star Bar Players seeks director and technical director for "The Woman in Black." Those interested in directing should mail proposal to P. O. Box 875, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. This is a technically demanding play and those interested in being technical director must be willing to test their abilities. Call 573-7411 for more information.


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OUT-OF-TOWN THEATER

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Through Dec. 24.

Barrio Babies, a new musical performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $ TBA. Through Dec. 30.

Phantom of the Opera in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$67.50, 800/641-1222. Through Jan. 8.

Red, White and Tuna in the Auditorium Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $10-$50, 800/641-1222. Jan 4-23.

Peter Pan in the Buell Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $15-$55, 800/641-1222. Jan 11-23.

Mame by the Country Dinner Playhouse, Englewood. $25.50-$32.50. 303/799-1410. Buffet dinner, 6 p.m.; show, 7:45 p.m. Matinees Sat.-Sun.: buffet, noon; show, 1:45 p.m. Tues.-Sun., through Jan. 30.

Waiting To Be Invited, by S.M. Shepard-Massat, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Space Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Jan. 13 through Feb. 19.

The Winter's Tale, by William Shakespeare, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Stage Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Jan 27 through Feb. 26.

Byrd's Boy, by Bruce Robinson, performed by the Denver Center Theater Company, in the Ricketson Theatre at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. 800/641-1222, $23-$36. Feb. 2 through March 11.

White Trash Family Reunion, a hilarious, interactive family reunion, at the VFW, 955 Bannock St., Denver. $39, including dinner and dancing. For ages 13 and up. Call 303/573-5931. Runs Saturdays through Feb. 19.

The Nutcracker performed by the Colorado Ballet at Auditorium Theater at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Denver. $18-$55, 520-9090. Through Dec. 26.

Tap Dogs, a rocking performance that turns tap dancing upside down, in Arnold Hall at the Air Force Academy. $15-$25, 333-4497. Sun., Jan. 9, 7:30 p.m.

Ballet British Columbia at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $30.50-$40.50. Fri., Jan. 28, 8 p.m.

Martha Graham Dance Co. at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $15-$30. Sun., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.

Boondoggle at McAllister's Tavern, 15 E. Vermijo Ave., 636-5293. $4. Thurs., Dec. 23, 9 p.m.

Looks Like Me performing at the Underground, 130 E. Kiowa St., 633-0590. Thurs., Dec. 23, 9 p.m.

Peace Sign performing in their second annual Christmas Bash at The Depot, Highway 106, Palmer Lake., 481-8668, Sat., Dec. 25.

The Mike Nelson Extravaganza at George's Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 636-9471. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 24-25.

Fat Apple at Jos Muldoons, 222 N. Tejon St., 636-2311. Thurs., Dec. 30, 9 p.m.

Def Leppard with Joan Jett at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $26. Call 576-2626. Sun., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m.


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NEW YEAR'S CLUB CONCERTS

Gyzunglasus at the Ritz Grill, 15 S. Tejon St., 635-8484. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 30 through Jan. 1.

Big Back Yard at Pine Gables Tavern, 10530 Ute Pass Ave., Green Mountain Falls, 684-2555. Fri., Dec. 31.

Country Crossroads at the Mill Hill Saloon, 1668 S. 21st St., 632-6932. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The Legend Band at Country USA, 2493 S. Academy Blvd., 574-2148. Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 30 through Jan. 1, 8 p.m.

Radio London performing at Crystal Canyon in Cripple Creek. Sat., Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

The Method at First Draft Choice, 1110 E. Fillmore St., 473-0746. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Working Stiffs at George's Union Station, 2419 N. Union Blvd., 636-9471. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Steve Raider and the Pecos River Band at George's Place, 3613 Betty Drive, 596-9515. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Countdown 2000 featuring The Riders at Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625. $10, includes champagne and appetizers at midnight. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Kross Eyed Katz performing at Bogart's, 5943 Delmonico Drive, 598-8080. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.

Ira James Band performing at the Erin Inn, 6482 N. Academy Blvd., 599-9864. Fri., Dec. 31, 8:30- 12:30 p.m.

Peace Sign performing at The Depot, Highway 106, Palmer Lake, 481-8668, Fri., Dec. 31.

The Phoenix performing at the Spotlight Bar, 3450 N. Academy Blvd., 380-0756. Fri., Dec. 31.


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OUT OF TOWN POP, ROCK & BLUES

Megadeath at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $27, 520-9090. Mon., Dec. 27, 8 p.m.

Compound with Brotherhood P and Gipetto's Juice at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Mon., Dec. 27, 8 p.m.

Dark Star Orchestra at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $17, 520-9090. Thurs., Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m.

Shemekia Copeland at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $10.50, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sat., Jan. 1, 9 p.m.

Paris, Texas at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $3, 303/322-2308. Tues., Jan. 4, 8 p.m.

Cabaret Diosa at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $8, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri., Jan. 7, 8 p.m.

Stanley Jordan at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Thurs., Jan. 13, 8 p.m.

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 9 p.m.

All with Wretch Like Me, Bill the Welder, Tanger and Someday 1 at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $8-$10, 303/322-2308. Sat., Jan. 15, 8 p.m.

The Wailers at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 20, 9 p.m.

Matthew Sweet at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75-$14.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., Jan. 25, 9 p.m.

Victor Wooten at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $14.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Jan. 27, 9 p.m.

Maceo Parker at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $20, 303/443-3399. Over-21 shows on Fri.-Sat., Jan. 28-29, 9 p.m. All-ages show on Sun., Jan. 30, 9 p.m.

Anthrax with Fu Manchu at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $21, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Mon., Feb. 1, 9 p.m.

The Judds with Jo Dee Messina at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $28.50-$65, 520-9090. Fri., Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Lee "Scratch" Perry with The Mad Professor at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $ TBA, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Sun., Feb. 6, 9 p.m.

The Pretenders with Gay Dad at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $39, 520-9090. Tues., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Rebirth Brass Band at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $12.75, 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Thurs., Feb. 11, 9 p.m.

Chris Cornell, former frontman for Soundgarden, at the Paramount Theatre, Denver. $26.50, 520-9090. Sat., Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m.

Culture at the Fox Theater, Boulder. $16.75, 303/443-3399. All-ages show. Tues., Feb. 16, 9:30 p.m..


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NEW YEAR'S EVE BASHES

Sonia Dada at the Fox Theater, Boulder. 303/443-3399. Over-21 show. Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 29-30, 9 p.m.; $31.50. Fri., Dec. 31, 9 p.m.; $52.50.

Gwar at the Ogden Theater, Denver. $35, 800/965-4827 or visit www.ticketweb.com. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Leftover Salmon's Mile High Millennium featuring Sam Bush, John Cowan, Peter Rowan, and the Tony Furtado Band at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $50, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Emmylou Harris at Boulder Theater, Boulder. 303/786-7030. Fri., Dec. 31; $55-$62.50. Sat., Jan. 1; $26.50-$34.

Neil Diamond at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $100-$250, 520-9090. VIP packages for $500-$1000. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

Sherri Jackson with Matthew Moon at the Soiled Dove, Denver. $85, 520-9090. Includes buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. Fri., Dec. 31.

Brethren Fast at "Above the Dove," in a heated and tented patio above the Soiled Dove, Denver. Includes buffet dinner and champagne at midnight. $50, 520-9090. Fri., Dec. 31.

The Apples at the Bluebird Theater, Denver. $13-$15, 303/322-2308. Fri., Dec. 31, 8 p.m.

David Wilcox at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $ TBA. Fri., Jan. 7, 8 p.m.

Fais Do-Do, a Cajun and Zydego dance party featuring the Colorado Cajun Dance Band and the Nouveau Zydego Honkies, at the Swallow Hill Music Hall, Denver. $10-$12, 303/777-1003. Dance lesson at 7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 8, 8 p.m.

New West sponsored by the Black Rose Acoustic Society at the Black Forest Community Center, Shoup Road and Black Forest Road. $1-$2, 590-8395. Fri., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.


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JAZZ & SWING

Arturo Sandoval performing University of Southern Colorado's Hoag Recital Hall. $15, 719/542-1211. Thurs., Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Chick Corea & Origin at Boulder Theater, Boulder. All ages. $21-$32.25, 303/786-7030. Fri., Feb. 25, 8 p.m.


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CLASSICAL MUSIC

Instruments of Change featuring Christopher Parkening on guitar, as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony Classical Masterworks season at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Features Kernis New Dance Era, Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring,. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 8 p.m. Sun., Jan. 9, 2:30 p.m.

Flying "W" Wranglers, an evening of Western favorites as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony SuperPops Series at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 8 p.m.

Exploring the Final Frontier as part of the Colorado Springs Symphony Family Classics program at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $12-$18, 520-SHOW. Sun., Jan 23, 7:30 p.m.

Carmina Burana, a scenic cantana based on a 13th century manuscript about wine, women and song, featuring the Colorado Springs Chorale, at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $10-$28, 520-SHOW. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 4-5, 8 p.m. Sun., Feb. 6, 2:30 p.m.

The Music of Gabriel Faur by the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs at the First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave. $4-$8, 633-3649. Sun., Feb. 13, 3 p.m.

Opera Colorado's Madama Butterfly in the Buell Theater, Denver, on Feb. 12, 15, 18 and 20. Call 800/841-1222..


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MUSIC NEWS

The Black Rose Acoustic Society announcing music scholarships for Coloradans who wish to study a traditional musical instrument such as guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, stand-up bass or accordion. Adult and youths encouraged to apply. Call 598-3719 for more.

Behind the Baton, a series of radio interviews on KCME-FM 88.7 by David Sckolnik with the candidates for the position of music director for the Colorado Springs Symphony; on Thurs., Jan. 6, an interview with Kristjan Jarvi, assistant conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will be conducting the CSSO on Jan. 7-9.

Programs on KTSC-TV Public Television: "Carols from Atlanta: The 70th anniversary of the Morehouse-Spelman Christmas Carol Concert" on Fri., Dec. 24, 1 p.m. "Handel's Messiah" by the U.S. Naval Academy on Fri., Dec. 24, 2 p.m. "A Holiday Homecoming" by opera singer Jessye Norman on Fri., Dec. 24, 7 p.m. "A Cathedral Christmas" with mezzo-soprano Denyee Graves. "A Christmas Gloria" with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sat., Dec. 25, 9 a.m. "Willa: An American Snow White" on Sat., Dec. 25, 10 a.m. "Joffrey Nutcracker" on Sat., Dec. 25, 11:30 a.m.

Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court as part of the Classic Film Series at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $2.75. Tues., Jan. 4, 7:30 p.m.

World Horizons Film Series, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583. $6. Britain's Offshore Islands, with film makers Rick and Jan Rosefield. Sun.-Mon., Jan. 9-10, 2 p.m.

Microcosmos, an award-winning film on the invisible world of insects, at the East Library and Information Center, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Wed., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.

Fiction Group meeting to discuss The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie at Border's, 1710 Briargate Blvd., 266-1600. Mon., Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

Creative writing workshops for beginners and advanced students. Taught by Roberta Redford, a freelancer for 25 years. $10 per week. Begins in January. Call 232-4489 for more.

Lois Hayna presenting a poetry workshop sponsored by Poetry West in Colorado College's Worner Center. Bring copies of an original poem to discuss. Call 447-9039 for more. Sat., Jan. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

11th annual Colorado Cowboy Gathering featuring 35 performers from seven Western states at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada. For ticket information, call 303/431-3939. Thus.-Sun., Jan. 13-16.

International Open Poetry Contest seeking entrees. Send one original poem, of any subject, any style, to International Library of Poetry, Suite 19907, 1 Poetry Plaza, Owing Mills, MD, 21117. Or enter via www.poetry.com. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2000.

Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., noon to 4 p.m. Featuring the work of sculptor Peggy Cook, during December.

Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 630-1514. Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Appointments available. Featuring The Year 2000 Show, an exhibit of the latest work by member artists, through Jan 23, 2000.

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., 685-1861. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun., noon to 5 p.m. POP! Panorama of Polymer, a national show featuring the work of 50 artists from 25 states, through mid-Jan. Featuring Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac opening Thurs., Jan. 20, 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Art Guild holding three exhibits. At First United Bank, 1700 E. Platte Ave., 630-1611; featuring artwork by M. Linhart, P. Ballenger, E. Ferguson, R. Pass, F. Davis, D. Brewner and K. Jackson, through Dec. 31.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. $2-$4. Free to members and free to all on Saturdays. Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m. The Fine Art of Collecting: Recent Acquisitions, through Jan. 9. Mentors and Muses, the Bemis School of Art faculty exhibition, through Jan. 9. Pikes Peak Legacy: Art of the Century's second exhibit, The Aftermath: The '60s and '70s, through Feb. 13, 2000. From Tradition to Mainstream: Prints by Native American Artists of the 1970s and 1980s, through March 12. "A Breath of Fresh Art," a gallery opening event to celebrate the opening of Colorado 2000: A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Deja Views: Contemporary Art from Recycled Sources, on Fri., Jan. 21, 5-8 p.m.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 578-6650. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Schlage Antique Locks, and exhibit of over 2000 years of locks, through Jan. 8.

Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008. Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Featuring 26th annual Holiday Market, an exhibit of one-of-a-kind art by local artists, through Jan. 2.

David Cook Fine American Art Gallery, 1637 Wazee Street, Denver, 303/623-8181. Featuring John F. Carlson and Artists of the Broadmoor Academy, a show which coincides with the 80-year-anniversary of the opening of the Broadmoor Art Academy, through Jan. 31.

Craftwood Inn, 404 El Paso Blvd., 685-9000. Featuring paintings and pottery by Ken and Tina Riesterer, through Dec. 31.

East Library and Information Center Art Gallery, 5550 N. Union Blvd., 531-6333. Featuring an exhibit of pastel portraits by Charles Wilson, through Dec. 31.

Fastframe, 5154 Centennial Blvd., 277-0161. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon.-Sat. Featuring Visual Picnic: An exhibition of Western land and sky, featuring oil pastels by Pat Dagnon and photography by Jeff Wuerker, through Dec. 25.

Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Featuring The University Collects, an original exhibition drawn from the private collections of the campus' faculty and staff, through Jan. 28.

Human Touch Gallery, 14 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1241. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring Lust for Light, an exhibit of impressionistic oil paintings by Bill Duryea, through Dec. 25.

Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. Featuring Exploration, Expansion, Expression, an exhibit of the work of Carol Ettenger, through Feb. 29.

Manitou Springs Fine Art Castings and Gallery, 1136 Manitou Ave., 685-1588. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featuring new works by several regional and local artists.

Pasta di Solazzi, 1625 W. Uintah St., 577-0080. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring paintings by Martha Mans, through Jan. 31.

Pikes Peaks Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. Featuring the 13th annual Members' Exhibit and Sale by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society, through Dec. 31.

Pottery Co-op, 1026 S. Tejon St., 329-1590. Open: Wed.-Sat., noon to 5 p.m. Featuring pottery by the pottery of Diane Foster and Glenda Kleinsasser, through Dec. 27.

Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Enduring Legacy: Triumph of the Spirit, on the strength an beauty of the Native American spirit, in the King Gallery, through Jan. 22. Into the Light, an exhibit of paintings, writings, and song by artist Kay Singleton, through Jan. 22. Latkas at the Millennium: 25 Years of Pueblo Potters, an exhibit of ceramic by Tom and Jean Latka, in the Hoag Gallery, through Feb. 5. Beyond the Gate, an exhibit of the work of Pueblo artist Dorothy Mendoza, in the Regional Gallery, through Feb. 5.

Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Featuring BIG, a juried exhibition of large fine art from the Front Range, through Jan 22.

Warehouse Gallery, 25 W. Cimarron St., 475-8880. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m. to midnight. Sat.-Sun., 4 p.m. to midnight. Up Against the Wall, an exhibit of contemporary paintings by Jason Chase, mixed media work by Lin Fife and photography by Larry Hampton, through Dec. 31.


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ART ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS

32nd annual Own Your Own Holiday Art Show and Sale at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, 719/543-0130. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here's your chance to pluck fine art from the walls of a gallery and give them as gifts. Runs through Dec. 24.

Call for entries by art teachers who teach art at public and private institutions in Colorado. $10-$15 fee for a maximum of three slides of work created in the last two years. Deadline: Jan. 8. Call 685-3717 for more info.

Call for entries for Magic: From Alchemy to Zodiac at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. The theme is magic. Two- and three- dimensional work in all mediums will be accepted. Intake: Jan. 14-15. Call 685-1861 for more.

Natural Photo Contest sponsored by the El Paso County Parks Naturalist Docent Organization seeking color slide entries through Jan. 15, 2000. Call 520-6387.

Bemis School of Art beginning a new schedule for adult and children's classes on Jan. 31. Registration begins Jan. 18; call 475-2444 for more.

Family Day previewing the spring programs at Bemis, a Gallery Presentation on "The State of Art in Colorado," and a backstage look at HMS Pinafore, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. Free. Sat., Jan. 22, 10 a.m. to noon.

Outdoor photography workshop offered by Rocky Mountain Reflections at REI Outfitters, 1376 E. Woodmen Road. Call 277-7474 for more. Thurs., Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Call for entries for Richard's Feast, a juried show of ceramic tableware designed to serve a particular type of food, at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, Palmer Lake, 481-0475. Show will run March 15 through April 15, 2000. Deadline: Feb. 1.

Nationally-known comedians at the Comedy Works in Denver, 303/595-3637. Phil Palisoul on Dec. 23-26. Greg Fitzsimmons, "Yew York Comedy's Golden Boy," on Dec. 29-31.

New Year's Eve Shows at Impulse Theater, Denver, 877/IMPULS1. Kick-off show at 7 p.m., $65. New Year's Eve Bash at 10 p.m., $80.

The Kids in the Hall at the Fillmore Auditorium, Denver. $30-$37.50, 520-9090. Sun., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.

The Fifth annual Great Fruitcake Toss in Manitou Springs. Features toss, hurl, launch and drive competitions, a glamour competition, a derby and races. No entry fee if you bring your own (stale) fruitcake. Call the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce at 685-5089 for more. Sat., Jan. 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Gourmet Chefs Auction, featuring samples from chefs from over 15 fine local restaurants as well as a live and silent auction, to benefit the March of Dimes at the Broadmoor Hotel International Center. $35-$40. Call 473-9981 for more. Tues., Jan. 11, 6 p.m.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon, featuring speaker Chaplain Oledia Bell, at the Air Force Academy in the Sam Milazzo NCO Club. $8; call 333-3940 for reservations. Fri., Jan. 14, 11:30 a.m.

Festival of the Arts in Sport at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-SHOW. $10-$30. Sat., Jan. 22, 8 p.m.

27th Anniversary Celebration of Roe v. Wade featuring performances by Lyn Boudreau and Kristina Hall, comedians who focus on women's issues, at the All Soul's Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Sponsored by the Pro-Choice Coalition of Colorado Springs. Refreshments at 5 p.m. Program at 6:30 p.m. $7.50-$8 donation. Call Sandy at 473-8537 for more. Thurs., Jan. 27.


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HOLIDAY EVENTS

16th annual Christmas Eve Giveaway helping thousands of needy families at 615 N. Chelton at the Citadel Plaz Building. Seeking financial donations, since they buy food staples at wholesale prices; help in spreading the word; volunteers to pick up food donations on the 24th; volunteers to help bag and box groceries and sort clothing on the 23rd and 24th; and volunteers to help distribute leftovers on the 26th. Call 475-9421 or 599-7023 for more.

Kwanzaa Cultural Celebration, celebrating African Americans' history, culture, philosophy and achievements, at the Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St. Includes an African American Community Unity Night on Sun., Dec. 26, 3-5 p.m.; an African marketplace on Wed., Dec. 29, 6-8 p.m.; and a Unity Feast on Fri., Dec. 31, 6-9 p.m. Call 473-6566 for more.


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HOLIDAY DISPLAYS

Season of Light Shows, a multimedia light show, at the Air Force Academy Planetarium. Show times are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tues.-Sun. Call 333-2779 for more. Through Dec. 23.

Fifth annual Gingerbread Village with the theme "The Storybook Journey" on display at the Citadel Mall until Dec. 25.

Seven Falls Holiday Lighting to benefit Christmas Unlimited, which provides toys for needy children. $3 donation. Dec. 18-28, except Dec. 24. 5:30-9:15 p.m.

Electric Safari, a holiday festival of lights featuring nearly 500,000 lights, at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 633-9925. $2.50-$4. Children under 3, free. 5:30-9 p.m., through Jan. 2., except Christmas Eve.

26th annual Gallery of Trees and Lights at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581. Through Sun., Jan. 2, 2000.

Royal Gorge Festival of Lights in Royal Gorge Park, Cañon City. 888/333-5597. Through Jan. 2.


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NEW YEAR'S EVENTS

Sixth annual First Night Pikes Peak, a non-alcoholic, family-oriented celebration all around downtown Colorado Springs offering over 50 activities for adults and children including a balloon glow, face painting, mask making, storytelling, musical and theatrical performances, and ethnic and cultural dances. $5-$7. Buttons for admission are sold at all Norwest Bank and King Soopers locations. Children under 5 are free. Call 632-7490 for more. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m. to midnight.

Duke Ellington's "Sacred Concert", by the First Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir and Big Band, with special guest, tap dancer Michael Allen, at the First Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 219 E. Bijou St., $4.50. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

A Century of Song -- 100 Years of Broadway by the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave. $35-$100, 520-7469. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

Planet Millennium including "A Century of Song- 100 Years of Broadway" by the Colorado Springs Symphony at the Pikes Peak Center and the Springs 2000 Gala at the Antler's Adam's Mark Hotel, offering dinner and dancing and a midnight champagne toast. $250 per person. Call 577-5581 for more. Fri., Dec. 31, 6 p.m.

The Millennium Odyssey at the Cheyenne Conference Resort. Features gourmet dinner buffet, dancing, a room at the resort, a New Year's Day brunch and silent auction to benefit the Imagination Celebration. $450 per couple, 538-4000. Fri., Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to Sat., Jan. 1, 5 p.m.

First Day Celebration, a series of peaceful activities for all ages and faiths at the First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain. Call 632-5163 for more. Sat., Jan. 1, noon to 9 p.m.

Global Groove, a dance for high schoolers offering many different types of music, at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $6, 576-2626. Proceeds will start a foundation for medially-uninsured youth. Sat., Jan. 1, 8 p.m. to midnight.


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STUFF FOR KIDS

A Colorado Christmas at The Broadmoor. Features "The Puppet Maker: A Story of Christmas," a one-man theater presentation, $10, 577-5747. Not recommended for children under 6. Runs Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, 4 p.m. Through Dec. 27.

Colossal Fossil Christmas, a series of two-hour workshops for children 5-12 at the Children's Museum in The Citadel mall, 574-0077. $12. Pre-payment required. "Handmade Holidays," a holiday arts and crafts workshop with local artist Kim Sayers-Newlin; four sessions between Dec. 20-23. "Colossal Fossils" on the museum's Dinosight exhibit; four sessions between Dec. 27-30.

Up in the Air, a one-man show for the whole family by Peter Davidson, exhibiting a variety of theatrical skills, at the Smokebrush Center for Arts and Theater, 235 S. Nevada Ave. $5-$7. Sat., Jan. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Bemis School of Art beginning a new schedule for adult and children's classes on Jan. 31. Registration begins Jan. 18; call 475-2444 for more.

Holiday Skating at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Gate A. Noon to 1 p.m.; $1 plus $1.50 skate rental. 4-5:30 p.m.; $2.50-$3:50 plus $1.50 skate rental. Call 477-2150 for more. Ends Thurs., Dec. 23.

Public Skate Sessions at the Sertich Ice Center in Memorial Park. $2.50-$3. $1 skate rental. Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30-5:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m. Fridays: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Holiday Swimming Sessions offered by the Parks and Recreation Department at the Aquatics and Fitness Center, 578-6634. $3.75-$5. Public swim: Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon, 1-5:30 p.m., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Adult swim: Mondays through Fridays, 6:30-9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. Lap swim: Mondays through Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Through Jan. 2.


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SPECTATOR SPORTS

Colorado Gold Kings at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 576-2626. Sun., Dec. 26, 2:05 p.m.: against Phoenix. Mon., Dec. 27, 7:05 p.m. and Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 29-30, 7:05 p.m.: against Idaho. Fri.-Sat., Jan. 7-8, 7:05 p.m.: against Tacoma. Fri., Jan. 21, 7:05 p.m.: against Idaho.

Colorado College Hockey at the World Arena, 576-2626. Vs. University of Minnesota at Duluth on Fri., Jan. 14, 7:35 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 15, 7:05 p.m. Vs. University of Denver on Sat., Jan. 22, 7:05 p.m. Vs the Air Force Academy on Fri., Jan. 28, 7:35 p.m. Vs. Niagara University on Sat., Jan. 29, 7:05 p.m.

Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $21-$221, 520-9090. Vs. Vancouver on Sun., Dec. 26. Vs. L.A. Clippers on Mon., Dec. 28. Vs. Boston on Thurs., Dec. 30.

Colorado Avalanche at 7 p.m., except where noted, at the Pepsi Center, Denver. $33-$165, 520-9090. Vs. St. Louis on Mon., Dec. 27. Vs. Los Angeles on Wed., Dec. 29.

Harlem Globetrotters at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $11-$76, 576-2626. Sun., Jan. 2, 3 p.m.


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WINTER SPORTS FESTIVALS

WinterSkl in Aspen. Includes snow-carving contests, a local World's Fair, a canine fashion show, fireworks and more. 800/262-7736. Thurs.-Sun., Jan. 13-16.

Western Weekend at Powderhorn. Includes swing dancing and line dancing -- in your ski-boots. 970/268-5700, Ext. 2030. Jan. 22-23.

Ullr Fest, celebrating the Norse god of winter, in Breckenridge. Includes a parade, Olympic games, concerts, ice skating and fireworks. 800/221-1091. Tues.-Sun., Jan. 25-30

Snowdown in Durango. Includes snow softball, a dog and cat fashion show, and other wacky winter events. 970/247-0312. Wed.-Sun., Jan. 26-30.

Snow Fest at Cuchara Mountain. Includes snow competitions, silly races and more. 888/282-4272. Thurs.-Sun., Feb. 3-6.

Ski Spree Winter Carnival in Glenwood Springs. Includes a kick-off parade, a downhill snowbiking course, a scavenger hunt, a chili cook-off and more. 800/445-7931. Sat.-Sun., Feb. 5-6.

Meadow Mountain Walks holding an easy hike along Intemann Trail on Sun., Dec. 26, 2-5 p.m. Holding an easy hike along Homestead Trail on Sat., Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $6. To reserve a space, call 578-9155.

Snowshoe Class in Horsethief Park by Meadow Mountain Walks. $6. To reserve a space, call 578-9155. Sat., Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fountain Creek Winter Bird Count for beginning to advanced birders at the Fountain Creek Regional Park. Reservations required; call 520-6745. Sat., Jan. 8, 8-11:30 a.m.

Snowshoeing 101, an indoor clinic on how to get started in this sport, at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Call 520-6387 for reservations. Sat., Jan. 8, 10-11 a.m.

This Place Is For the Birds, a lecture on Colorado birds, at Phelan Gardens, 4955 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 574-8058. Free. Sun., Jan. 9, 1 p.m.

Cross Country Skiing, an indoor clinic on the latest equipment and techniques, at the Bear Creek Regional Park. Call 520-6387 for reservations. Sat., Jan. 22, 1-2 p.m.


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GARDENING

Gardening classes at ForestEdge Gardens, 12285 Lindsey Lane, on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in January. $18 per class; call 495-9175 to register. "Annuals and Biennials: The Best of the Best" on Jan. 5; "Perennials on Parade" on Jan. 12; "Ornamental Herbs in the Landscape" on Jan. 19; "Great Ornamental Grasses" on Jan. 26.

Medicine for Less offered by many pharmaceutical companies. Through rarely publicized programs, companies offer free or discounted presciptions to patients who meet criteria for assistance. The Cost Containment Research Institute has published a booklet listing 85 pharmaceutical companies and an index of the 1,500 drug they make. Download the information for free at www.institute-dc.org or send $5 to Institute Fulfillment Center, Prescription Drug Booklet #: PD-370, P.O. Box 462, Elmira, NY, 14902-0462.

Health insurance information offered by the Arthritis Foundation in a free brochure "Knowledge -- The Key to Getting the Health Care You Need in a Managed Care World." To receive a brochure, call 800/475-6447.

The Arthritis Foundation sponsoring a free "Ask-a-Lawyer" call-in program for questions and concerns regarding Social Security disability issues only on Thurs., Jan. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. Call 800/475-6447.

Introduction to Essential Oils For Health and Well-Being at 1945 Carlton Ave. Free. No reservations needed. Call 475-0952 for more. Mon., Jan. 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

Colorado Department of Revenue conducting a sales tax class for owners and managers of businesses that sell tangible property. Free. Call 594-6730 for more. Thurs., Jan. 13, 2:30 p.m.

How to Protect Your Photographs at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225. Refreshments at 10 a.m. Program at 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 14.

Building Healthier Relationships, an 8-week workshop at the Woodmen Valley Chapel, 477 Woodmen Road, on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Call 599-8652 Ext. 241 to register. Begins Jan. 18.

Memories: Territory of the Heart, a Women's Story weekend retreat involving prayerful exercises of writing, imaging, art, music, and ritual at the Franciscan Center, 7740 Deer Hill Grove, Mount St. Francis. Pre-registration deadline: Jan. 10, 2000. Runs Fri., Jan. 21, 7 p.m. to Sat., Jan. 22, 4 p.m. Call 598-5486 Ext. 7739 for more information.

Income Tax Assistance Volunteers sought by the Pikes Peak Library District. Training provided on the basics in early January. Time commitment averages 4 hours per week from Feb. 1 through April 15. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1251.

Memorial Hospital seeking adult volunteers for various duties throughout the day. Volunteers generally work a 2- to 4-hour shift. Call 365-5298 for an application or for more information.

Children's Literacy Center seeking volunteers 13 and older to provide one-on-one tutoring to first, second and third grade students in reading. Need to commit to 2 hours a week for one semester. Orientation and a 2-hour training takes place at the end of January, and tutoring begins in February. Call 471-8672.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo seeking docents. Must be at least 21 and love animals and enjoy meeting the public. Training will run from January to March, 2000. For more, call Larry at 471-7199.

Care & Share is seeking volunteers to help with food pick-ups, food sorting and other projects through the holiday season, and throughout the year. Groups welcome. Call Sheila or Dave at 528-1247.

The Salvation Army seeking volunteers to help serve dinners at the four sites on Christmas Day. Volunteer opportunities available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, call 636-3891 Ext. 21. or 475-2347 Ext. 15.

Christmas Treecycle in the north parking lot of the Penrose Equestrian Center, 1045 W. Rio Grande St., 520-6711. Bring your Christmas trees. Dec. 26 through Jan. 2, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sweet Georgia Brown's Soul Food seeking companies, churches or individuals to purchase dinner packets for 5, 10, or 25, for $50, $100, or $250 respectively. Proceeds help pay for Christmas care packages to be distributed on Christmas Eve. Call 329-1137 for more.

Fresh bakery goods donated by animal-loving businesses available 4415 Flintridge Drive, 594-6046. Money paid for goods will be donated to Rocky Mountain Animal Defense. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., daily.

Annual community Career Fair at UCCS in March seeking participation by local businesses. Booth rental: $60-$100. For more information, call Linda at 262-3069. Early registration recommended.

Firefighters' Families of Worcester Fund established by the Colorado Springs Firefighters Association to aid the families of the six fallen firefighters. Donations can be made at any Key Bank locations. Call 332-9817 for more.

Colorado Springs All Breed Rescue seeking donations to help pay the veterinary bills for seven 3-day-old pups who were dropped off at PetsMart on Dec. 6. Please send your donation to CSABR, P.O. Box 25068, Colorado Springs, 60936-5068.

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