Welcome to the Independent's 2004 guide to summer arts, festivals and other various and sundry events. Although it's comprehensive, we haven't listed everything -- if we did, you wouldn't need to pick up a paper the rest of the summer, right? So, you'll have to check our listings every week for art gallery shows, upcoming festivals, recreational events and everything else that goes with summer.
Fine Arts Center 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581.
Admission $2-$5. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Daily docent tours at 10:30 a.m.
Exhibits Realism and Illusion: Selections from the Taylor Museum Permanent Collection featuring the Center's newest aquisitions, May 1 through Aug. 15.
Emerson Woelffer: Life in the Abstract, June 12 through Aug. 15.
An Exhibition by Dale Chihuly, June 12 through Aug. 15.
Art for Art's Sake" Modernist Works from the Taylor Museum Permanent Collection with some selections and commentary by Bemis Art School Faculty, June 12 through Aug. 15.
A Grand Event Members' opening reception for the Chihuly chandelier unveiling and masterpiece lecture by Thomas Hoving titled The Cool, Fiery Genius of Dale Chihuly, June 11, 6-10 p.m.
Theater Events How the Other Half Loves, a play by Alan Ayckbourn. June 4 through 13. Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m.
Hot Mikado, based on The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, June 17-27.
Youth Rep's The Secret Garden, July 28 through Aug. 1.
Summer classes Classes for adults and children in drawing, painting, sculpture and more. New one-week workshops include bookmaking, kids jewelry, printmaking and more. Prices vary. Classes begin June 14. For more information, call Bemis School of Art at 475-2444.
Colorado College Summer Festival of the Arts For music festival events, see our summer music spread on page 68.
Summer Dance Festival Extraordinary Dance, Performances to be announced.
Donna Mejia, festival director, 389-6098
Visiting artists include Kevin O'Keefe (hip-hop); DeAndre Carroll (African diaspora); and Rosangela Silvestra, (Brazilian modern dance) also teaching Samba and sacred Orixas dance traditions; Richard Durnford, (yoga and acrobatics); and Nena Gilreath Lucas, (ballet).
CC Alumni Theater Lost Soles, performed by Lucidity Suitcase, starring Thaddeus Phillips, Armstrong Theatre on the CC campus, Saturday, June 26, 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$15.
Opera Theatre of the Rockies The Marriage of Figaro, Armstrong Hall on the Colorado College campus. Tickets are $15-$45. Friday, June 11, 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m.; and Sunday, June 13, 2:30 p.m. For tickets, call 520-SHOW.
Shakespeare FestivalTaming of the Shrew, Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive. $18-$20.
Tuesdays through Saturdays, July 2-18. Saturday matinees at 2 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. For more, call 262-3232 or visit www.uccstheatreworks.com.
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, www.springsgov.com
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission.
Exhibit These Rare Lands, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) captures our National Parks through the work of photographer Stan Jorstad, June 26 through Aug. 19.
Event A Bit of Our Garden: A Symposium on Van Briggle Art Pottery
Thursday, June 10 through Saturday, June 12. Featuring David Rago, of Rago Auctions, author, and appraiser for Antiques Road Show as keynote speaker; behind-the-scenes tours of the museum's archives and pottery collection; the Van Briggle movie; presentations and book signings by Richard Sasicki, co-author of Van Briggle Pottery: A Collector's Guide; and Dr. Martin Eidelberg, an author included in The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, 1876-1916 and editor of From Our Native Clay. Tour the 1907 Memorial Pottery factory built by Anne Van Briggle. For more, call Katie at 385-5637.
Pikes Peak Weavers Guild fiber art shows Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, 262-3567. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m. California Fiber's Low Altitude, High Altitude and fiber artist Rebecca Bluestone, June 4 through July 30.
Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Surface and Texture, with works by Linda Lugenbill, Jeanne Steiner and Rebecca Yaffe.
Commonwheel Artists, 102 Cañon Ave., 685-1008, Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Featuring the braiding technique of Kumihimo by Alison Morton and Beverly Parmenter (Australia), Rodrick Owen, Jennie Perry and Jacqui Carey (England); Jorum Bergstrom (Sweden); Makiko Tada (Japan), Juliana Raskin-Schmitz (Germany); and Carol Franklin, Karen Pierce, Masako Kinoshita, Diane Fabeck, Giovanna Imperia, Linda Lugenbill, Richard Sutherland, Judith Arndt and Maryse Levenson from the United States.
Festivals and events Fine Arts Festival Shops at Briargate, 1885 Briargate Parkway, free admission. Featuring kids art activities, raffle and over 100 fine artists. Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Old Colorado City Historical Society Founders Day Celebration Historic celebration of Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., and Old Colorado City Carnegie Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15. Crafters, historical displays, baked goods, old-time games and activities, entertainment and costumed historical characters. For more, call Janis Knox at 636-1225.
Manitou Springs Celebration of the Arts Memorial and Soda Springs parks, Manitou Springs. Free admission. Arts, crafts, food booths and entertainment. Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31. For more information, call 685-9655.
Lipizzaner Stallions Colorado Springs World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd. $19-$26. Saturday, June 19, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or 866/464-2626.
Rose Expos Metaphysical & Holistic Expo Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 East Kiowa St., $1-$2 plus a canned or dried good. Readers, healers, gems, crystals, Feng Shui and all things metaphysical, holistic or health-oriented. Friday, Aug. 11through Sunday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more, call 970/586-3565 or visit www.TheRoseExpos.com.
PrideFest Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave. Includes parade, music, food, fun activities. Free. Sunday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The parade follows Tejon Street from Cache La Poudre to the park starting at noon. For more, call 237-9145.
SpringSpree Acacia Park and throughout downtown Colorado Springs. Free. Saturday, June 19, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Includes bed races, food, music, arts and more. For more, call 533-1216.
In their Honor air show Colorado Springs Airport, Fountain Boulevard and Aviation Way. $5-$15 and family rates. Aerobatic performances including USAFA's Wings of Blue, active military fighter jets, aircraft displays, kids zone and more. Tickets available at TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or 866/464-2626. For more information, visit www.csairshow.com.
Earth Spirit Pagans events Full Moon Ritual, "the Grove" in Monument Valley Park, $1-$3 suggested donation. Monthly through the summer. First one on Wednesday, June 2, 6:30-9 p.m., with ritual at 7 p.m. Bring snacks and drinks to share. Backup date is June 3. For more, call 800/731-2650.
Pagan Potlucks in the Park, "the Grove" in Monument Valley Park. Twice a month on Sundays at 11 a.m., beginning June 6 and June 20. Bring a dish and drink to share. For more, call 800/731-2650.
Farmers Markets Memorial Park, Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue. Mondays and Thursdays starting in late June. For more, call Frank Schmidt at 574-1283.
GasWorks Building year-round farmer's market, just south of the Colorado Avenue Bridge on Cimino Drive. Opening June 21. For more information, call 442-6995.
Thunder in the Rockies, Pikes Peak International Speedway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain. Tickets from $130. An enthusiasts' driving clinic for enthusiasts of Ford "family" of cars and SVT. It includes one or two days of track time at PPIR and is open to all drivers from beginning "first-timers" to seasoned "track dogs" performance vehicles. For more, call 866/377 8862.
Get active Bike Week June 19-26 Call RIDEFINDERS at 385-7431 for breakfast reservations, hosted bike rides and event information.
Starlight Spectacular, Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, 30th Street at entrance to Garden of the Gods, Saturday, June 19, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 633-6884 for an entry packet.
Breakfast & Bike to Work Day, Breakfast at Downtown Antler's Adams Mark Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., Wednesday, June 23. Free, but reservations required.
Bicycle & Trails Festival, Goose Gossage Park 3950 Mark Dabling Blvd., free. Featuring a cycle safety circus for kids and educational and interactive bike events for adults. Saturday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cycle for SET Annual Bike Riding Event Starts at Monument Valley Park. Saturday, Aug. 7, 8 a.m. to noon. The only organized, daytime community fun bicycle ride in the Pikes Peak region. For more, call 719/328-0908 ext. 1006 or visit www.setofcs.org/cycle.htm.
Sky Sox Home Games Sky Sox Stadium, address. $4.25-$8.50. Home games run June 5-8, June 14-17, June 22-29, July 4-11, July 23-26, Aug. 5-11, Aug. 17-24 and Sept. 3-6. For ticket information, call 591-SOXX.
Get ethnic Greek Festival, Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Paseo Road. Free. Saturday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy Greek foods, pastries, wine, gifts and music. For more, call 634-5678.
Colorado Irish Festival, Clement Park, West Bowles Avenue at South Pierce, Denver. Saturday July 10, 10 a.m. Information at 303/561-4007. Tickets through TicketsWest, www.ticketswest.com or 866/464-2626.
Colorado Scottish Festival and Rocky Mountain Scottish Games, Highland Heritage Park, 9651 S. Quebec St., Highlands Ranch, $6-$10 per day. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Melodrama and dinner theater Come Blow Your Horn, CastAways Dinner PlayHouse, 107 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $18-$33. Playing May 15 through Sept. 25; Dinner 6-7:30 p.m. Show 8 p.m. For more call 685-3700.
The Voodoo Curse, The Hearthstone Inn, 506 N. Cascade Ave. $39. Four-course dinner accompanied by magic, murder, mystery, history and a ghost story or two. Overnight packages available. Friday, May 28, Saturday, June 26 and Friday July 30, 7:30 p.m. For more, call 473-4413.
The Thief of Frisco, Butte Opera House, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $6.50-$23. June 19 through Sept. 5. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; Fridays at 8 p.m. only; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. For information or reservations, call The Cripple Creek Players at 719/689-2513 or 800/500-2513; or visit cripplecreekplayers.com.
Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie, Iron Chateau Melodrama Dinner Theater, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, $13-$24. Sing-along intermission, vaudeville style olio. April through September, dinner 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Reservations at 685-5104 or 685-5572.
Out of Town Denver Art Museum 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720/865-5000, $4.50-$6, www.denverartmuseum.org.
Changing Seasons: Coverlets from the Museum's Collection, through October 17.
Japanese Prints: 150th Anniversary of United States-Japan Relationship, June 12 through Jan. 16.
Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life, 1521-1821, through July 25.
Scene Colorado/Sin Colorado, through Aug. 22.
A Family: Portraits by Jim Torok, through June 27.
Heaven and Home: Chinese Art of the Han Dynasty from the Sze Hong Collection, through Dec. 19.
Sangre de Cristo Art Center 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $3-$4, free to members.
Exhibits re:Nowned: Mel and Bernice Strawn, May 8 through Aug. 14.
re:Invented: Contemporary American Ceramics, May 29-Aug. 28.
re:Built: featuring Norman Epp, Joe Kronwitter, Sean O'Meallie, Christopher Romer and Ron Sterkel, through Aug. 14.
re:Joined: featuring Klaus Anselm, Marianne Cardinal and James Koehler, through Aug. 21.
Orton Cone Box Exhibit May 15 through Aug. 21.
Summertime Circus: A World of Colorful Careers, Buell Children's Museum, June 14 through Aug. 27.
Events ArtsTalk, a walk-talk through the galleries, Helen T. White Galleries lobby, Tuesdays, 7 p.m., June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3.
Art Days, artist demonstrations, Helen T. White Galleries lobby, Fridays, June 18, June 25, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6.
Events and recreation Boats, Blues & BBQ Arkansas River Walk, Pueblo, with concerts at the Lake Elizabeth Pavilion and barbecue at Aquila parking lot, 105 S. Victoria, Pueblo, Saturday, June 12. Information through Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, 719/595-0242 or www.puebloharp.com.
Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival Castle Rock and Palmer Lake. Featuring Opalanga Pugh, Pat Mendoza, Susan Kaplan, adult and children's storytelling workshops and special Friday concert. Friday, July 30 -Saturday, July 31. For more, call John Stansfield 866/462-1727.
Royal Gorge 75th Anniversary celebration Royal Gorge Bridge & Park, 12 miles west of Cañon City on Highway 50, $16-$18 bridge admission, free for those 75 years old (June 5 through Aug. 18). The 75th Celebration continues through the summer months with the attraction's "Seventy Five Days of Summer Fun." The official anniversary party, Saturday, June 12 through Sunday, June 13, will feature food, entertainment, a historic video, vintage cars and an appearance by Janice Cole, granddaughter of the bridge designer. For more, call 888/333-5597 or visit www.royalgorgebridge.com.
Film on the Rocks Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 12700 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison. $8-$10. June 28 through Aug. 17, For more, visit www.redrocksonline.com.
Pepsi Center 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
Tickets though Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com or 520-9090
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai, June 3-27.
The AND 1 Mix Tape Tour features some of the world's best hard-core ballers and local basketball talent. Monday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
Renaissance Festival Larkspur, on I-25 at exit 172, $8-$15.95, discount tickets at King Soopers. New this year: The Joust ... Noble Cause Productions will take patrons on a New "Adventure to The Past" featuring martial skills, chivalry and villainy; Thom Sellectomy: Sword Swallowing Extraordinaire; Brother Paul West: "Comedy, Magic, and Amusement"; and more. Saturdays and Sundays, June 12 through Aug. 1, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more, call 303/688-6010 or visit www.coloradorenaissance.com.
Cherry Creek Arts Festival Cherry Creek North, on Second and Third avenues between Clayton and Steele streets. Meet and talk with exhibiting artists, sample fine cuisine, visit special exhibits and create your own works of art. July 3-5, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more, call 303/355-2787 or visit www.cherryarts.org.
Louisville Art Association Juried Photography Show Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Colo. Opening reception June 26, 6:30-9 p.m. Exhibition Sunday, June 27 through Sunday, July 4, various times. For more, call 303/546-8668 www.louisvilleart.org.
Greatest Gold Camp Living History & Old West Re-enactment Competition Cripple Creek, Friday, July 9 through Sunday, July11; Friday Night Kick Off Victorian Hoe Down 7:30 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to close; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes Old West re-enactments, living history presentations, gold panning and entertainment. For more information, visit www.cripplecreek.biz or call Jackie at 719/687-6955.
Glenn Miller Swing Fest Fort Morgan. A celebration of the anniversary of Glenn Miller's birth. Fort Morgan will hold a dance party with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, a vintage car show, tours of historic areas, a music scholarship competition, a 5K/10K race, a WWI living history program and an airport fly-in. Thursday through Sunday, June 17-20. For more, call 800/354-8660 or visit www.fortmorganchamber.org.