Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dance, Monty Python and more events for your week's radar

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 8:23 AM

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The Stor(ies) of You and Me


Performed by Chicago's Ballet 5:8, this contemporary ballet performance "has something for everyone," according to host organization Colorado Ballet Society. It includes five separate, original pieces by two choreographers, each telling a story based on real-life experiences, which vary in theme from love to joy to the power of words. Plus, one of Colorado Ballet Society's own dancers, Brianna Klein, accepted a trainee position with Ballet 5:8 last year — it's exciting to see a local performer moving up in the competitive world of dance.

6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $10-$15,

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Earl Klugh's Weekend of Jazz


One of The Broadmoor's yearly traditions, this two-night Jazz extravaganza can get pretty luxurious. Hotel packages include tickets to both nights' performances, as well as after-hours performances, plus discounts on suite upgrades and golf green fees, exclusive activity sign-ups, spa service incentives and more. Or, you know, you could just go for the jazz. Performers include: Earl Klugh (of course), George Benson, David Sanborn, Jonathan Butler, Richard Elliot, Kandace Springs and Tom Braxton.

March 31-April 1, times vary, The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., $65/show, $116/both nights, overnight packages start at $297.50/night,

1 Saturday

A Night of Monty Python


You're used to dance parties, costume parties and going to the club, but now for something completely different. (Except for the fact that that's the same joke everyone makes when they hear the words "Monty Python"). Tonight, you can celebrate everything from The Holy Grail to the Life of Brian to the Flying Circus with another one of the Zodiac's delightful themed events. Word on the streets is that there will be a costume contest, trivia, and — horror of horrors — something Spam-related to munch on.

8 p.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., free,

2 Sunday

Yuri's Night


Join this global celebration that honors the rich history of the U.S. space program and the first man in space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Enjoy presentations from astronauts Lt. Col. Duane Carey, Col. Paul Lockhart, Maj. Gen. Ronald Sega and Kathryn Thornton, plus a special visit from former Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. Special events include an unveiling of a bust of Yuri Gagarin, donated to the Space Foundation by the Russian Embassy, virtual reality demos, games, a silent auction, spirit tasting and more. Also, all proceeds benefit STEM education programs.

5:30-9 p.m., Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $45, ages 21 and older,

Find even more weekly listings in each Wednesday issue of the Indy, and submit your own events here.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ty Barnett, The Fab Four, a mission to Mars, and more events for this week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 9:32 AM

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Whether your jam is art, comedy, science or music, here's how we recommend spending the next few days:

23 Thursday

Divided Comedy Tour


Those familiar with Last Comic Standing are already fans of Ty Barnett, and he's co-headlining this tour with Ian Harris, whose Netflix special turned out to be quite the hit. Topics include pretty much everything you fight with your family about during Thanksgiving dinner: politics, religion, race, parenting, relationships and everything else that "divides us." Both comedians are known as being thoughtful and edgy. Hopefully it's not the kind of edgy that gets folks climbing out of their seats in rage, but if so then at least the tour delivered on its divisive promise.
8 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$20,

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The Fab Four

Beatlemania will probably never die, so it's a fair bet that Beatles' tribute bands will continue to thrive. When it comes to tributes, these guys are the best of the best. Look forward to three costume changes (representing three phases of The Beatles' sound), "uncanny" live renditions of your favorite songs, and lots of screaming fans — that last part is up to you. This is the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, so it's a fair bet some of those well-loved tracks will make it into the performance, too.
7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $37.50-$45,

25 Saturday

MAKE IT to Mars exhibit opening


The Space Foundation Discovery Center's MAKE IT to Mars is about as far from a "look, don't touch" museum exhibit as you can get. Museum-goers can participate in hands-on activities like building space suits, rocket ships, solar sails and other cool devices that will be needed to explore Mars. It may sound like a lot of crafts and tinkering, but this isn't just for kids. The joys of space exploration and learning have no age limit.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Space Foundation Discovery Center, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $5-$10, On display through May 26.

25 Saturday

Art & Wine


This is a fun three-fold event that G44 Gallery hosts during its exhibits. You'll start with an artist talk at the library, move to the gallery to view artwork, and then end with a wine tasting at Sovereignty Wines. This month features artists Lori DiPasquale and Catherine Giglio, whose joint exhibit will be on display until April 1. G44's retail outfit, Platform at G44, just opened up officially last week, so this is a good chance to check it out while enjoying all the rest that Art & Wine has to offer.
2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Library, 1785 S. Eighth St., Free, reservations suggested,

Find even more weekly listings in each Wednesday issue of the Indy, and submit your own events here.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dave Chappelle at Red Rocks tickets on sale Friday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Straight from the Indy inbox: If you love Dave Chappelle and you love Red Rocks — and, seriously, who doesn't? — then this is all you need to know...

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

#IResistBecause social media campaign to take over steps of City Hall

Posted By on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 2:49 PM

The Los Angeles shoot was #Iresistbecause's first big action, and Loftin hopes to replicate its success elsewhere. - LINDSEY BYRNES
  • Lindsey Byrnes
  • The Los Angeles shoot was #Iresistbecause's first big action, and Loftin hopes to replicate its success elsewhere.

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, a fair amount of hashtags and creative protests emerged via social media. Whole groups of people were galvanized to get their voices out and to make what change they could on both national and local levels.

#Iresistbecause, one of these movements, was started by a once-resident of Colorado Springs, who now makes her home in Los Angeles: Camille Loftin.

Loftin, who used to run a dance studio here in town, has always been a political activist, but after the election she really began to think of new ways to empower women and to empower women to work together. After Trump’s inauguration in January, she thought: “Now is the time to pull the trigger.”

#Iresistbecause is a photography project as well as a protest movement. Loftin collects a diverse group of women, asks them to put their reasons for resisting the administration on cardboard signs, and — after they strip down to their underwear on the steps of city hall — they’re photographed.

The purpose of this is two-fold, she says. On the one hand, it gives the people in the photograph a chance to speak up, to show solidarity with other women against a misogynistic administration. On the other hand, it “[provides] a space for others who might not feel empowered to see that they’re not alone.”

Loftin’s idea is to allow ladies to put it all out there. In our culture, women are told not to take up space, to stay quiet, while that same culture trains men to speak up and put themselves first. “I want to encourage women to take space back and to be loud and to not be ashamed of it,” she says.

So far, Loftin has only organized one of these events in LA, but on March 19 she’s bringing the movement to Colorado Springs.

“Colorado Springs felt like a really important place to do it, because you aren’t necessarily a progressive city,” she says. “It feels like a great place to push back a little bit and give people in the city who aren’t in support of the new administration a chance to come out and say why.”

She has about 15 women lined up for the Springs photo shoot, and she hopes this opportunity will empower them, as well as others in our community, to keep speaking up.

But since Loftin can’t travel to every city, she encourages people in their own communities to organize #Iresistbecause events. For inspiration, check out the movement’s Instagram account.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

We Are The Youth LGBTQ photojournalism project comes to the Springs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 3:24 PM

Zeam, Age 17, is one of more than 100 queer youth profiled by Scholl and Golio. - DIANA SCHOLL
  • Diana Scholl
  • Zeam, Age 17, is one of more than 100 queer youth profiled by Scholl and Golio.
We Are The Youth, a New York-based photojournalism project, will visit Colorado Springs for the first time this week in order to profile local LGBTQ youth.

Led by Diana Scholl and Laurel Golio, We Are The Youth began in 2010 with the intent of providing LGBTQ kids, teens and young adults with representation that they seldom, if ever, see in the media. And though Scholl says that things have changed regarding media representation in recent years, there’s still a need for more diverse stories.

The traditional narrative one sees on TV — mostly involving white gay male youth — doesn’t encapsulate the experiences of every queer person. Scholl, who conducts interviews with the youth that Golio photographs, says it’s important for LGBTQ kids to “[know] that there’s more than one way to be queer.”

She says: “We focus on sharing lots of diverse stories so people can see themselves represented.”

We Are The Youth has published more than 100 portraits on their website over the last seven years, and collected some of them into a book, which made it into the top 10 on American Library Association’s 2015 Rainbow List.

They’ve traveled all over the country, from the deep South to the Pacific Northwest, and their website says they “aim to be even more geographically diverse.”

Though Scholl says they have no plans to expand internationally. “We’ve realized over the years,” she says, “that we serve a very specific niche and that there are some commonalities, some universal issues. But we realized that the United States is where it makes sense to focus our project.”

And currently, that means here in the Springs. They will be meeting a number of youth at Inside/Out Youth Services during the few days they’ll be in town, but may have time to fit in some more interviews on Wednesday before they leave.

If any local youth are interested in being profiled, they can contact Golio and Scholl via the We Are The Youth website.

See some examples of their work below:

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Fine Arts Center announces 2017/18 theater season schedule

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Shrek: The Musical delighted as the FAC's holiday show last year. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
  • Shrek: The Musical delighted as the FAC's holiday show last year.

The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
seemingly never slows down. In the midst of their spring theater season (which still includes upcoming runs of Bye Bye Birdie, Souvenir, Man of La Mancha and Merrily We Roll Along), they’ve just announced their onstage plans for 2017/18.

And we’re very excited.

Scott Levy, Executive Director of Performing Arts at the FAC, says it takes him a full year to create a season lineup, and that the following shows were selected from about 100 possibilities, whittled down to create a diverse slate of shows that appeals to all avenues of the community.

Levy told the Indy that, during the listening sessions regarding the FAC’s merge with Colorado College, he paid attention to what people wanted from the FAC theater. While this aspect of the FAC has yet to fully merge with Colorado College, Levy has already taken the public's feedback to heart. “We wanted to make a season that is as diverse and inclusive as our community,” he says, and the results are promising.

Diversity in this case means, of course, productions of all genres for all ages, but also plays that directly address issues of race and sexuality.

Of course, there's no harm in starting the season with an accessible comedy. Coming up in October, we’ll be treated to Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Oct. 5-29, 2017). This comedic take on one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous tales, The Hound of the Baskervilles, includes just five actors playing more than 40 characters.

Next on the roster, the FAC continues its tradition of staging at least one widely recognizable musical title, presenting everyone’s favorite orphan, Annie (Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018). Considering the FAC’s musicals are always out-of-this-world, you can bet your bottom dollar this one should satisfy.

Following that, we’ve got the regional premiere of a play that may not be a household title like Annie, but has quite the pedigree to back it up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Intimate Apparel (Feb. 8-25, 2018), follows an African-American seamstress in the early 1900s who specializes in sewing lingerie for everyone from high-society ladies to prostitutes. It’s been called “deeply moving” and should balance out the lighthearted nature of the first two shows in the season while telling a story that we don't always see onstage here in the Springs.

"Being able to feature an historical fiction about an African American woman in the early 20th century is something we’ve never done before,” Levy says. Plus he’s excited to be able to feature a play by Lynn Nottage, whom he calls “one of America’s finest playwrights.”

And around this time next year, we can look forward to the regional premiere of 2015’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical (plus the recipient of a number of other prestigious awards), Fun Home (March 29-April 22, 2018). Based on the autobiographical graphic novel by lesbian icon Alison Bechdel, Fun Home joins Bechdel after her father dies as she reflects on her life growing up in the family’s funeral home. It tackles issues of sexuality, mental illness, family and death, and it’s made all the better by being based on a true story. Levy says that, while choosing a favorite show for this season is like choosing a favorite child, he is “beyond thrilled” to have been given the rights to bring this show to the FAC.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (May 24-June 17, 2018), the last of the announced mainstage productions, should be a pretty solid counterpoint to the serious themes tackled in Intimate Apparel and Fun Home. This farce about competing con men was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, so it’s another high-profile hit for the FAC stage.

Of course, that’s just the mainstage. In case you weren’t aware, the FAC also produces some fantastic family shows and smaller-scale performances in their music room.

Here’s what families have to look forward to:

Bunnicula (Oct. 13-Nov. 12, 2017) marks another regional premiere for the FAC’s season. Based on the popular children’s book by James and Deborah Howe, Bunnicula now functions as a fun and whimsical Halloween play.

Then, the FAC brings to life one of Aesop’s most famous fables, Androcles and the Lion (March 2-April 1, 2018). But this version, presented in the style of commedia dell’arte, will be fantastical, colorful, and hilarious.

The studio series (non-family shows performed in the FAC’s music room) includes some other exciting titles.

Parallel Lives (Sept. 8-Oct. 1, 2017) has been lauded as a feminist and a thought-provoking comedy. The plot sounds ridiculously delightful: two supreme beings create the earth and humanity, imbuing their creations with advantages and disadvantages to level the playing field. Slapstick is nice and all, but this sounds like smart, progressive humor which should satisfy local audiences.

Then, Fully Committed (April 27-May 20, 2018) brings another regional premiere, and another one that proves a challenge to whomever is cast, as one actor will play 40 characters: protagonist Sam, wannabe actor turned restaurant host, and all the customers, celebrities, bosses and socialites that make up his daily interactions.

And finally, another rousing rendition of Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (June 29-July 22, 2018). This is an “ensemble experiment” wherein 30 two-minute plays will be performed in random order within 60 fast-flying minutes. The FAC has always had a ball with this one, so you won’t want to miss it.

Levy projects obvious excitement about the 2017/18 season, which he says offers opportunities to actors of all genders, races and ages. That means that audiences of all genders, races and ages will also have opportunities — to see themselves onstage in stories that aren't often told in local theater.

“These are stories about us,” he says enthusiastically, “All of us.”

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Fine Arts Center announces 2017/18 museum programming

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM

  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
The Fine Arts Center is changing it up, announcing its 2017/18 museum season a little earlier this year. For whatever reason that may be, it's reason to get excited about what's going into the museum through 2018. There's a mix of exhibits already planned under Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Joy Armstrong with some newer additions to the schedule, spearheaded by Director of Academic Engagement/IDEA Curator Jessica Hunter-Larsen.

“Going into this year, I think that we are exhibiting a beautiful diversity of programming, as we always strive to do,” says Armstrong. Hunter-Larsen adds that many of the season's exhibitions are an exploration of the Americas — a look at where our place is in the Southwest, the country, North America and the Western hemisphere at large.

They've announced a new exhibit opening March 25, titled The Stories of the Southwest. It's an exploration of lives and cultures in the Southwest, beginning with a selection of works from the FAC's collection. Between the show's opening and December 31 closing, the show will expand and iterate to incorporate additional text, video or audio contributions made by CC faculty, students, artists and inspired community members.

Announced last year, From Rembrandt to Warhol: Selections from the Mower Collection and Ragnarök will go on as planned.

Raízes/Roots: Transformations in Contemporary Art, opening in August, is a collaboration between CC Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Naomi Wood and Brazilian artists Henrique Oliveria, Ana Carolina and Annie Gonzaga. Hunter-Larsen calls it an examination of what it means to be Brazilian, with pieces examining economic, spiritual and personal conversations between traditional and contemporary forces.

As part of a grant from the Mellon Foundation, composer/musician/artist Raven Chacon will take up a residency at the FAC, producing an exhibit titled Lightning Strikes. He's known for pairing his music — from chamber compositions to experimental noise — with visual and sculptural components, so Springs art fans can look forward to an examination of Southwestern and Native American identity through that.

Lightning Strikes opens the same day as two long planned installations: Jennifer Steinkamp's Judy Crook and Steven Durow's Heartland. The former is a three-piece video installation by the lauded LA artist, using trees to examine movement and transition over time.

“For me, the works are really this gorgeous, poetic metaphor for the cycle of life,” says Armstrong of Steinkamp's pieces.

In contrast to Steinkamp, Durow is an up-and-coming artist, and Heartland will be his first solo museum exhibition. Fans of Art on the Streets may already be familiar with his large, metal-and-glass sculptures. Heartland, made specifically for the FAC, is very personal, verging on autobiographical in nature, exploring elements of his past both idyllic and traumatic.

“He makes beautifully intimate pieces, but he also works on a large scale,” says Armstrong.

Next February, in 2018, artist Yohimoto Saito's millionyearseeds will provide a meditative space in the FAC. The Tokyo-born artist forged his reputation in San Francisco over the last few decades before moving to Denver. He uses lost-wax bronze casting to freeze delicate seeds and other collected natural elements in time.

Simultaneously, Chiho Aoshima will debut Takaamanohara, a video installation named for the the plane where Shinto deities reside. Her piece, which uses Anime-infused aesthetics, will retell a Shinto creation myth.

Wrapping up the season is a show of Haitian art titled Loas, History and Memory. It's another Mellon Foundation grant-funded initiative, guest curated by Dr. Barrymore Anthony Bogues, Professor of Africana Studies and Political Science and Chair of the Political Theory Project at Brown University. The show will feature pieces borrowed from the Centre D’ Art in Port au Prince, Haiti, as well as five contemporary Haitian artists, including Edouard Duvall Carrie.

All told, it's looking like an impressive season, with a diverse array of artists, new and established, local and international, all presented with equal dignity. Read the full lineup, including the full text of the FAC's press release, in the PDF file below:

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tao of Metal makes mark through industrial creations

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 2:46 PM

Like many Coloradans, Dave Chadwell occasionally sits next to a creek to enjoy the sights, sounds, and relative quiet. After he leaves, though, he says a thought strikes him: “This creek will still be running exactly how it is, whether I’m there or not."

Chadwell, who's lived in Colorado Springs since 1998, approaches life with the idea that things are what they are, and that many circumstances affect how we go through it. “Nothing is set,” Chadwell says. “There are many factors that manipulate the things we say, do and are.” That's also the motivation behind the name of his business: Tao of Metal.

Tao of Metal originated as a concept for Chadwell, a craftsman crating everything from signs, stickers and furniture to decorative and architectural pieces, to make his own art outside of his regular projects. Trees made of metal — some of which are still housed in his workshop — were only the beginning.

“It started out as strictly the art side of things, now it’s all-consuming,” he says.

The Levitator Lounge, powered like a bicycle, is one of Chadwell's creations that makes appearances at events such as the Manitou Springs Coffin Races and Mardi Gras parade. - TAO OF METAL, LLC FACEBOOK PAGE
  • Tao of Metal, LLC Facebook Page
  • The Levitator Lounge, powered like a bicycle, is one of Chadwell's creations that makes appearances at events such as the Manitou Springs Coffin Races and Mardi Gras parade.

But it didn't take long for Tao of Metal to represent both the art and shop-based sides of the business after ToM moved from its former location to a new home next door to the old Gazette building on Prospect street, last spring.

With the move came a shift away from the retail, and a renewed focus on the custom element of his business. The store simply became too much to handle between job site visits, storing his pieces, and the extra time to market and run a storefront.

“I would do creative work all day long if the market sustained it,” Chadwell says. “Pieces now get done and are out the door. But I do keep [artwork] around to inspire me.”

You’ve likely seen Chadwell’s work, though you might not know it belongs to him. The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is full of Tao of Metal pieces, as are many fixtures at Trinity Brewing, including the recognizable book arch.

An Australia Walkabout sign, one of Chadwell's pieces made for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. - TAO OF METAL, LLC FACEBOOK PAGE
  • Tao of Metal, LLC Facebook Page
  • An Australia Walkabout sign, one of Chadwell's pieces made for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

“I enjoy ground-up pieces,” said Chadwell. “Things that are creative and function in a themed atmosphere.”

A batch of custom ToM pieces was recently sent to the Dallas Zoo. Another piece he’s done is mobile — the Levitator Lounge is an eight-person, human-powered vehicle that makes appearances at local events including the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Mardi Gras parades in Manitou Springs.

Chadwell's book arch creation at Trinity Brewing. - TAO OF METAL, LLC FACEBOOK PAGE
  • Tao of Metal, LLC Facebook Page
  • Chadwell's book arch creation at Trinity Brewing.

Anyone interested in exploring the custom skills of Tao of Metal can reach Chadwell through his Facebook page (Tao of Metal, LLC), or drop by the shop to see if he’s in at 745 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

“(Tao of Metal) has a little tweak onto the creative side,” Chadwell says of his approach to taking on new projects. “I want folks to bring their inspiration.”

If it’s a little out of the ordinary, all the better.

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