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  • In case the missing head doesnt make it clear enough: Theres darkness in Justin Sonny Eagles Manitou show.

6 Thursday
Can't make it to Ghana this year? Don't worry, one of Ghana's time-honored traditions singing, drumming, dancing and storytelling under the baobao tree is coming to you. The BaoBao Festival was created as a way to unite multi-generational communities, and has taken place along the Front Range since 2004. Led by director Adjei Abankwah (right), it features 15 former Ghanaian national dance company members. Catch the performance at 7 tonight at CC's Bemis Hall (920 N. Cascade Ave.). The event is free, and for more information, you can call 389-6607. AA

7 Friday
Tonight's First Friday options include a three-day-only display of traditional Japanese flower design, called Ikebana, at the Smokebrush Gallery (218 W. Colorado Ave.). If you're not feeling floral, take a few steps to Discarded, an exhibit of photograms (images made by placing items on photo paper and exposing them to light) of found-art items by Denver's Ethan Jantzer. Or shuffle on a wee bit further, to Timber Kirwan's Spherical Cube installation. The first show goes from 5 to 8 tonight and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following days; the latter two continue through March 28, Monday through Friday, noon to 5. Call 444-1012 to get more on the night's haps. MS

8 Saturday
If you want to see a new spin on Cats, put on your earmuffs and head to Nordic lands. According to Andrew Lloyd Webber's, Norway set its production in an attic; Sweden, on rooftops; and Finland, somewhere in the future. In Colorado Springs, we get the classic junkyard edition, first unveiled in 1981 London. (That's the one that made Cats into the longest-running musical in the world, at that time, with millions of theatergoers transfixed.) Following Friday's 8 p.m. show, the Air Force Academy's Arnold Hall Theater hosts two shows today, at 2:30 and 8. Tickets run $27 to $47, available at 333-4497 or KW

9 Sunday
When I think about emotions set to music, I can't get past the image of Bill Murray in a polyester leisure suit crooning, "Whoa-o-o, feeeelings," on SNL. Fortunately, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Ballet Society of Colorado Springs are poised to create a more pleasant association. They'll present The Many Colors of Dr. Seuss at 2:30 today at the Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.). The concert will explore the everyday feelings of a child and dog using music, movement and color, as they share "happy pink days," "quiet green days" and more. Activities in the lobby start at 1:30. Tickets are $9 to $15 from JT

10 Monday
As a young guitarist, I once aspired to be known around the world in a category with Jimi Hendrix. Times change, though. Now my focus is to be known on a first-name basis at Rhinos Sports and Spirits (4307 Integrity Center Point) as "The Guitar Hero." If you think you can present a challenge, I will be happy to prove you wrong between 6:30 and 8 any Monday night. The recently established Guitar Hero III tournaments are increasingly more tenacious each week. I recommend warming up with a glass of orange juice and a dose of Dance Dance Revolution. Call 578-0608 for more. DO

11 Tuesday
If you've never heard of William "Count" Basie, that's your loss. Basie, usually playing the piano and leading his band, performed for 60 years in a career that included recording with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and others. I saw him with his band in 1970 and came away thinking I'd never hear jazz any sweeter. This many years later, it's still true. Though he died in 1984, the Count Basie Orchestra plays on, and at 7:30 tonight the 19-member group will be at Pueblo's Sangre de Cristo Arts Center (210 N. Santa Fe Ave.). The drive would be well worth it; call 719/295-7222 to reserve your $20 ticket. RR

12 Wednesday
Most artists would say the process of making art is meditative and therapeutic. Just leave out speed metal musicians and those intent-to-suffer, reclusive, dreary poet types, and most everyone else boy howdy! is all Zen and warm fuzzies. As is the case with the Commonwheel Artists Co-Op's new show, Meditation Therapy, which features the works of multimedia artists Gary King and Roger Tolzman. The show opened with a reception Friday evening, but will hang through April 14 alongside Commonwheel's usual supply of local artists' works. Call 685-1008 for more. MS

This week's 7 Days contributors: Alexa Acord, David Owens, Ralph Routon, Matthew Schniper, Jill Thomas and Kirk Woundy.

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