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'Beyond the face' ending

The Mixed Media Painting School of Steamboat Springs presents a mixed-media exhibit "Beyond the Face" through Sunday at the Depot Art Center. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council sponsors the traveling theme art show. Of the 40 members of the painting school, 17 participated with their own interpretation of "Beyond the Face." Call 879-9008 for more information.

Buy lobster, help museum

The Hands-On! Children's Museum presents a Lobster Fest as a fund-raiser for the museum. If you've already placed an order, you can pick up your lobsters from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Steamboat Meat and Seafood Co. Costs: one to four lobsters are $18 per 1.14-pound lobster; five to eight lobsters are $17 per lobster; more than eight lobsters are $16 per lobster. All proceeds benefit Hands-On! Call 871-9955 for more information.

See the latest things in style

Yampa Valley Medical Center Auxiliary presents Steamboat in Style at noon Sunday at the Sheraton Grand Ballroom. Steamboat in Style features a brunch and the latest fall fashions from Kali's Boutique, Chez Nous, Mango and Bushwackers. Each of the shops selected a variety of fall and winter fashions with jewelry and accessories. Tickets are available at all participating stores and from auxiliary members for $25. Proceeds will benefit women's services at Yampa Valley Medical Center. Call 879-3139 for more information.

Build a straw bale home

The Alpine Enrichment Program presents its third forum free and open to the public, "Building a Home with the Planet in Mind" with Paul Poyten at 7 p.m. Wednesday in King Room in Bogue Hall at the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus. Poyten will present a multimedia presentation to discuss the process of building his off-the-grid solar straw bale home. Poyten teaches history of jazz at the Alpine Campus.

Groups receive cash awards

The Colorado Council on the Arts announces 154 awards totaling $1,346,000 to artists and organizations in 52 communities in Colorado under the 2002 Grants to Artists and Organizations program. Routt County received two awards: Strings in the Mountains of Steamboat Springs/Milner for $8,200 for the presentation of the 2002 summer season and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Orchestra of Steamboat Springs for $2,000 for the 2002 programming. Grants will be distributed Jan. 1, 2002. Congratulations award winners.

'Continuum' begins today

Blue Moon Dance Co. presents "Continuum" with choreography by Pat Connelly, Tobi Johnson-Compton, Stephen Schroeder and Colleen Noelani and young featuring guest artist Allen McCowan. The Denver concert begins at 8 p.m. today at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, 119 Park Ave. West in Denver, and continues with a show at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 in advance. Call (303) 443-3262 for tickets and more information.

Famous circus hitting Denver

Tickets are on sale for the 131st Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey The Greatest Show on Earth. Watch daredevil Bello and Bo, the world's smartest Asian elephant, cause mayhem in three circus rings or witness Mark Oliver communicate with tigers, elephants, horses and camels. The show comes to the Pepsi Center at 7:30 p.m. today through Sunday and the Denver Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Oct. 14. Opening night tickets are $10. Ticket prices for other days range from $12.75 to $55. Come one hour early to meet the clowns and the animals. Call (303) 405-1111

for more information and buy tickets through Ticketmaster

at (303) 830-TIXS

or visit www.ringling.com.

See 'Lines into Shapes' exhibit

The fifth annual "Lines into Shapes" art exhibition and sale is from now until Oct. 14 at the Art Center of Estes Park at the gallery, 517 Big Thompson Ave. Media exhibited and sold include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel/graphite, original printmaking, photography, sculpture, wood, pottery/glass and fiber. The art center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the exhibit. Call

(970) 586-5882 for more information.

Theater heats up in Boulder

Boulder Theater Schedule

(Located at 2032 14th St., Boulder; (303) 786-7030)

Friday: Boulder Theater and Mountain Sun present The Theory of Everything IV with Kyle Hollingsworth, Tye North, Ross Martin, Dave Watts, Jans Ingber, Jeff Coffin of the Fleckstones and Jamie Masefield from the Jazz Mandolin Project at 9 p.m. Admission is $18, 21 and older only.

Saturday: Peanut Butter Players present "Annie" for a children's luncheon theater at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission is $8, including lunch. All ages welcome. Call (303) 786-8727 for reservations.

ALSO: Burhoe Productions and KGNU present L. Shankar and Zakir Hussain at 8 p.m. General admission is $21, reserved seating is $28.50, all ages welcome.

Tuesday: Boulder Weekly Film Series presents "Hedwig & the Angry Inch" at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, all ages welcome.

Wednesday: Boulder Weekly Films Series presents "Monty Python & the Holy Grail" at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5, all ages welcome.

Thursday: Boulder Weekly Anniversary Party Pandora's Box toga party with Newcomers Home & Open Road at 8 p.m. with togas, dancing and prizes. Admission is free, 21 and older only.

Watermedia show in Golden

Foothills Arts Center hosts the 28th annual Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition now through Oct. 21. Exhibition juror is Katherine Chang Liu of Southern California. The juried exhibition is complemented by a series of invitational shows from now until Sept. 15 in the Foothills II building Rocky Mountain National Watercolor Committee members. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 809 15th Street in Golden. Admission is free. Call (303) 279-3922 for more information.

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