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Orthodox procedures: A pair of area galleries will greet the season with exhibits of sacred imagery, spotlighting the age-old art form of the Orthodox churches of Russia and Eastern Europe. Traditionally painted on wood panels and ornately decorated with metal leaf, cloisonne enamel, filigree and gems, icons were later banned by the Soviet regime, evolving into a forbidden art characterized by tiny lacquered boxes. Natasha's Russian Treasures, a gold mine of knickknacks from the old country, features Windows Into Heaven: Russian Icons, the Timeless Art, a collection of antique pieces dating from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries, today through April 23. Natasha's is located at 1320 E. 17th Ave.; call 831-1330. Icons: Old World Traditions, which opened Friday at Mountain Shadow Gallery, features delicately painted pieces by Romanian artist Illeana Barbu, who now lives in Colorado. A reception for Barbu, as well as a demonstration by the artist, will be held today from 1 to 4 p.m.; the show continues through April 17. Mountain Shadow is located in Boulder at 1217 Spruce St.; call 444-9116.

Sunday April 2 Garbo laughs! Fred Garbo is a clown for the Nineties--his act combines graceful acrobatics with sophisticated fun and a healthy injection of absurd humor. Everyone loves him--kids, grownups and those who are unsure--and his shows have that quality of ultimate buskership, the feeling that you could just as likely be watching him on a Manhattan street as on stage at the Arvada Center. Garbo teams with Brazilian dancer Daielma Santos in Fred Garbo & Company: The Inflatable Comedy Theater Show (named for his trademark inflatable suit) today at 1 and 4:30 p.m. at the center, at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. To reserve tickets ($8 and $10), call 431-3939.

Give 'em help: Three local women musicians will sing their hearts out tonight at One Song...Many Voices, a benefit concert for the Colorado AIDS Project. Headlined by the Paula Westerfield Band (Westerfield herself has been diagnosed as HIV-positive), Hazel Miller and the Caucasians and Shawna Strecker with Western Vogue, the concert will raise funds while raising the roof at the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax. Tickets to the 7 p.m. show are $10; for $20, you can also attend a preconcert party at 5:30. Call 830-2525 or 837-0166.

Monday April 3 The grail thing: The age of chivalry ain't dead--it's alive and well at the Boulder Public Library, in the form of a traveling exhibit created by the American Library Association. The Many Realms of King Arthur, a collection of illuminated manuscripts, books and artwork depicting Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere and other characters of the Round Table legends, will be illustrated and explained through events that include film showings, concerts, children's workshops and scholarly lectures, all to be held throughout the exhibition (it runs until May 11). Today there's a book talk with author T.A. Barron (The Merlin Effect) at 2 and 4 p.m., and a library film-series screening of Excalibur tonight at 7:30; for further information call 441-3196 or 441-3100. The library is located at 1000 Canyon Blvd. in Boulder.

Tuesday April 4 The sound of music: The Turner Museum closes its intimate and popular Allegories in Music concert series tonight in the usual salonlike manner. Performing in recital at 7:30 will be Turner regular Alex Komodore on classical guitar and Rod Garnett on flute. Be sure to arrive early for a look at the current museum exhibition of allegorical works by artist J.M.W. Turner. Reservations are recommended. Call 832-0924 for tickets; they're $25.

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