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If you laugh at that which revolts others, if you giggle at the demented, if you chuckle and guffaw at the generally disgusting, free your schedule tonight for Spike and Mike's 1999 Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation, the festival that launched the careers of Beavis and Butthead. Some of the best and oddest animated films will be shown at this year's fest, including Coco, the Junkie Pimp; No Neck Joe, Hey Fhuk Yew Tu: The Secrets of Flirting and Frosty, the 1992 Trey Parker and Matt Stone South Park film that began it all. Admission to the festival is $7.50, and tickets are available at the door one hour before showtime. Must be 18 and over. The screenings begin at 9:30 p.m. and run through Sunday at Cinema 70, 412 Chelton Road. The films will also be shown Sept. 23-26. Call 473-7070 or check out for details.

If the aforementioned bad craziness isn't your thing, cruise over to Colorado College for an evening of Spanish Renaissance. Cristol-Bufons Co., a group of Spanish actors, musicians and troubadours will present medieval and contemporary art through music, dance, mime and theater. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade Avenue and Cache La Poudre Street. Tickets are $10 or free with a CC ID. Call 389-6606 for more information.

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You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be moved, you'll probably pirouette out to your car after Ormao Dance Company's concert this evening. After spending part of her summer at the World Dance Alliance 2000 Feet event in Philly, Janet Johnson has returned with a head full of modern international ideas that the company is itching to share. Tonight's concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Tickets are $15, $13 in advance. Call 634-5583 to learn more.

If you'd rather dance than just watch, let Tab Benoit get you out of your seat and jiving. The bluesman with the incendiary guitar will play the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave., tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets to the over-21 show are $12, subject to service charge. Call 447-9797.

The people who teach others how to be artists will present their own works tonight at Pikes Peak Community College's annual faculty art show at the Downtown Campus Gallery, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. The opening reception begins at 5 p.m., and the show runs through October 26. Admission is free. Call 527-6000.


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See your hometown through another's artistic eyes this evening at the opening reception of Local Color, a multimedia exhibit of 25 local artists who have interpreted area scenes such as Garden of the Gods, downtown homes and Manitou with a variety of materials. The reception, complete with live jazz, begins at 6 in the gallery at Premier Vision, 4280 N. Academy Blvd. Admission is free. Call 264-6411 for details.

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An evening of music...

Grammy Award winners and College co-ed darlings Hootie and the Blowfish will be rocking heartfelt tonight at the Air Force Academy Field House as they begin their national tour. Tickets are $30 and $10 and the show begins at 7. Call 339-4497 to find out more.

He played drums for Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival, created the rhythm for the Band of Gypsies, laid down the beat for Parliament Funkadelic and played in Wilson Pickett's live revue. Buddy Miles will be performing his legendary brand of R&B at Tres Hombres, 116 Midland Ave., Woodland Park. The show begins at 9; tickets are $10 in advance. Call 687-0625.

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Say goodbye to summer. I know, I know, but admit it -- it's over.

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Oh, to be a poet, a weaver of light and words... even better to be Wendy Cope, one of the best known contemporary poets in England. Often compared to the bitter, comedic and American Dorothy Parker, Cope also specializes in waxing poetic on the subject of love. The Ebey Visiting Writer will read selections from her works at Colorado College's Packard Hall on the southwest corner of Cascade Ave. and Cache La Poudre St. The reading is free and begins at 7:30 p.m. Call 386-6606 to find out more.

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Cornamuse? Gemshorn? Schreierpfeife, psalteries, shawm, doucaine? Become enlightened as to where these instruments with nonsensical names came from, when they were made, and what kind of sounds come out of them at the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo. Vocalist and historian Lauren Pelon will use these strange apparati to perform music of the first to twentieth centuries in The Living Roots of Musical History. The program begins at 7 p.m., and costs $1.50, $1 for students. For more information, call 719/542-1211.

Don your kilt and get ready to party with the Tannahill Weavers, the hottest thing to come out of Scotland since Big Country and plaid. The acoustic blending of traditional melodies with modern rhythms, "fire-driven" instrumentals, original ballads and songs will begin at 8 p.m. at the Colorado Music Hall, 2475 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Tickets are $15-$17, call 447-9797. "


Until It's Over

Jesus' schedule is probably quite full this week watching over and trying to protect the innocents in East Timor, and any other place in the world experiencing such petty, useless bloodshed. Give Him a hand by condemning such violence and sending your prayers Indonesia-way.

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