Sunday January 15 Once more, with Gustav: Mahler fans are gathered this weekend for an annual celebration of the moody composer's work. And in keeping with past events, the Colorado MahlerFest VIII concludes today with a full-scale Mahler symphony--of course, the Symphony No. 8, otherwise known as the "Symphony of a Thousand" due to the inordinate amount of performers needed to interpret the work. You could say it was the original wall of sound. The concert, being held at 3:30 in Macky Auditorium on the CU-Boulder campus, will be preceded at 1:30 by a pair of lectures. For tickets--$8, $12 and $16--or information about other MahlerFest events, call 494-1632.
Monday January 16 Animated instincts: Beavis and Butthead, move over. You're not the only nose-pickers and butt-scratchers to cross a screen. The bad boys of MTV get their comeuppance--as do most generally accepted social conventions--in Too Outrageous Animation, a rude and possibly embarrassing animated-film compendium showing this week at the Mayan Theatre, 110 Broadway. Prepare to be offended but certainly amused; this offering from the producers of the ever-popular International Tournee of Animation continues its run through January 19. For showtimes call 744-6796.
Tuesday January 17 How the other half lives: Twin brothers, separated by necessity at birth, unwittingly meet as adults. One is well off, the other poor. That's the simple yet classic plot of Blood Brothers, an award-winning musical that made a splash on London's West End before taking Broadway by storm (and is still in production on both continents). The touring play, written by Willy Russell--who previously delighted audiences with working-class fables such as Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine--stars Petula "Downtown" Clark as Mrs. Johnstone, the mother who was forced to give up one of her sons, and David Cassidy (the one and only Partridge Family pinup boy) as Mickey, the brother familiar with hard knocks. Blood Brothers opens tonight at 8 at the Buell Theatre, 14th and Curtis in the Plex, with performances continuing through January 29 (8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with additional performances at 7 p.m. January 22 and 2 p.m. January 26). Tickets range in price from $10 to $45; call 893-4100 or 830-