Friday, April 28, 2017

The Grizzled: A taut and touching cooperative game about WW1

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 4:00 PM

NATE WARREN
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Generally, if you ask a crowd of guests who wants to pretend to be a group of French soldiers in a trench in WW1, not a lot of hands will go up. Understandably so — that shit’s depressing, right? But for those willing, the alchemy of games transforms this gruesome tableau into something engaging, suspenseful and even touching. This is The Grizzled.

The Grizzled is a cooperative game that sees up to five players taking on the roles of French soldiers. The goal? Survive and get home together. The stakes? Everybody comes home or nobody does.

As such, it works nothing like a typical wargame. None of The Grizzled’s mechanics revolve around the minutiae of moving or attacking; rather, players join together in a race to empty their hands of "trial" cards representing various weather conditions, assaults (over the top, boys!), mustard gas attacks and artillery bombardments. There are also "hard knock" cards representing the psychological wear and tear on the individual soldiers in the platoon: These cards are numerous and gradually force players to constrict available options as their soldiers start to make irrational decisions.

There are up to six soldiers to play, each with a name inspired by an actual veteran of The Great War (some were actually distant relatives of the game’s designers). Together, players strategize to empty their hands of trial and hard knocks cards before draining the card pile revealing a monument with all your soldiers' names on it, in which case you lose. Empty the other card pile revealing a dove and you're platoon has survived in one piece!

Like all good cooperative games, The Grizzled feels like running uphill in fine sand — while you’re holding hands with four other people. Getting beat down by the game is a common occurrence, which makes it all the more gratifying when you can work together and eke out a win.

The game is tense, tough and offers quite the bonding experience — a beautiful abstraction of the camaraderie borne of terrible events. If you want a unique experience on your game shelf, give this one a look, mes amis.





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Arts Business Education Consortium awards local leaders

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 9:47 AM

The Arts Business Education Consortium held its annual award luncheon on Thursday, honoring community leaders for their contributions to art and education.

With walls covered in the artwork of area students and performances by Air Academy High School’s a cappella group and jazz choir, the atmosphere in the Antlers Hotel banquet room was one of artistic celebration.

After a performance of mixed-topic comedy and music by keynote speaker/comedian/singer Ron Feingold, the excitement began.

Here are some highlights:

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  • Pam Shockley-Zalabak, Sally Hybl and Betty Ross accept the Bee an Arts Champion award.

Perhaps the most emotional award was presented, for the first time ever, to a group of people rather than an individual. David Siegel, presenting the Bee an Arts Champion Award from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation, lauded the contributions of Murray and Betty Ross, former UCCS chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Sally Hybl, all of whom contributed to the Ent Center for the Arts, which is set to open in 2018. Murray Ross, who passed away earlier this year, began TheatreWorks in 1975 and, according to Siegel, “set in motion the thriving theater community we enjoy today.”

Accepting the award, Betty Ross, Shockley-Zalabak and Hybl received a standing ovation. Shockley-Zalabak said of their missing honoree, “Murray’s quest for excellence changed our community.”

Along with the honor itself, the Bee an Arts Champion Award comes with $1,000 to be donated to the organization of the recipient’s choice. Appropriately, the three have decided to put that money into the Murray Ross Artistic Endowment at UCCS.

Another standing ovation greeted the family honored for the ABE’s Unique Project award. In response to the high number of local teens who completed suicide last year, the Weien family began painting their fence with bright imagery and messages of hope and love. Now, more than 1,000 people have participated in the mural project, which the family calls “Spray the Love.” Jim Ciletti, who presented the ABE awards, said that this is an example of how a community can “heal, strengthen and connect through the arts.”

Our own Indy chairman, John Weiss, received a new award to the ABE — The COPPeR Community Support of Arts Education Award — for his creation of the Indy Give campaign. Last year, Indy Give raised more than $1 million for local nonprofits. Andy Vick, presenting the award, said: “Many organizations have been empowered [by Indy Give] to do their best work and support children across the Pikes Peak region.”

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  • Tom Naughton accepts the Business Support of the Arts award.
To acknowledge the contributions of the business community, Dirk Draper of the Colorado Springs Chamber honored Tom Naughton, the regional president of U.S. Bank, with the Business Support of the Arts award. Draper called Naughton a “longtime supporter of the arts” both personally and otherwise.

In addition to the above, Barbara Jack of the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind received the award for Distinguished Visual/Literacy Arts Teacher; Amy Keating of Discovery Canyon Campus was honored with The Distinguished Performing Arts Teacher award; Randy Zimmerman of CIVA Charter School received the Distinguished Administrator award; and Jenifer Erickson of Calhan School was honored for Ongoing Support for the Arts.

Kate Perdoni, director of The Pikes Peak Art Council, honored three individuals with PPAC awards: The Award in Arts Advocacy was gifted to Leah Lowe, who works with District 12 and Concrete Couch; The Fine Arts Center’s Nathan Halvorson was honored in the category of Arts Education; and Colorado College’s Aaron Cohick of the Press at CC and the NewLights Press received the Education Institution award.

Beyond the awards to community leaders, the ABE also honored 15 students with Mary Lou Anderson scholarships, and two teachers with $300 micro-grants.

See photos of the honorees below:


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Food truck cook-off starts Small Business Week off on a tasty note

Posted By on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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"Small businesses are the backbone of this economy," says Gina Sacripanti, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado. "So for us, supporting small businesses ultimately results in a stronger economy and a stronger community."

In this case, "us" means the BBB and the Small Business Development Center, with whom the BBB has teamed up to celebrate Small Business Week for the fifth year in a row.

Each year during Small Business Week, SBDC and BBB bring valuable resources and workshops to our local businesses. Among this week's events, business owners and potential startups can look forward to a panel about what the new administration means for small businesses, as well as a simulation to help folks amp up their cyber security.

Sacripanti says that the quality of the programming put on by Small Business Week has improved over the years. "The types of events that we put on are a little bit more hot topics, so the speakers that we have are local experts."

Those of us who don't own our own business can still get psyched for Small Business Week's kickoff event: the second-annual food truck cook-off. Let's be real, Colorado Springs loves its food trucks, and $15 to $20 bucks to sample 12 of them is a pretty sweet deal. In case you need more convincing, the lineup includes such local favorites as Mira Sol, Awaken, Heavenly Dessert, Three Sisters Frybread and Lucy I'm Home.

Once you pay your way, you can sample to your heart's content and cast your vote for the people's choice award. Not confident in your own palate? That's okay, there will be judges, too (our own food critic Griffin Swartzell among them), who will give out their own prize.

Last year's event sold out at 250 people, but Sacripanti says they're expecting (and prepared for) as many as 400 this year. "It just shows the appetite [of] the community. This community wants something different and fun supporting our local businesses."

Winners of the cook-off will be announced alongside other high-profile awards at the final event of Small Business Week, an awards dinner (May 4, 5:30-9 p.m.), which is meant to honor and celebrate members of our business community.

These organizations do a lot to support local small businesses, both existing and in-development. So get out, support them, and chow down while you're at it.

Sunday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $15-$20, pikespeaksbdc.org/smallbusinessweek.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Behind the scenes with Ladyfingers Letterpress

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:01 AM

TODD JONES
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The creative process can be grueling and tiresome. Often times, your product will be nothing like it was once imagined. Arley-Rose Torsone and Morgan Calderini, the artists behind Ladyfingers Letterpress know and appreciate this. After lugging thousands of pounds of equipment from Rhode Island to set up shop in Colorado Springs to be closer to family, the proud Mom and Mom shop owners added to their custom, handmade invitation operation to become a multi-faceted business — including a retail storefront and various workshop classes.

Ladyfingers has actually scaled down since coming to the Springs in 2014, having seven full-time employees when in Rhode Island and producing upwards of twenty custom lines made per month, to Torsion and Calderini now working by themselves (with some help from Calderini’s mother) and completing up to twelve custom invitation lines per year. They’ve adjusted the rest of their lives along the way, too, finding a balance between the business, creating art, and a growing family. They’ve made sacrifices in order to achieve their biggest masterpiece to date: a creative, self-sustaining, and successful letterpress company.

The inside of Ladyfingers and its presses are mesmerizing, commanding your attention when you first walk in. Seeing the workings of the operation is exciting, and Torsone and Calderini are welcoming. When I met them I had a list of questions I wanted to ask, but, consequently, I forgot to bring them. So I improvised, asking first about their artistic backgrounds and how they found their craft, which quickly lead to how art can serve a purpose, and that printmaking and design have a very tangible role in society.

Ladyfingers isn’t about getting rich, it’s about quality, happiness, and fun first and foremost. I asked them why they put so much into each project — when they could just as easily take an cookie-cutter design approach . Torsone and Calderini believe beauty is in everything, you just have to work to find it and make it show.

“We don’t mean for it to look like this was easy. This is a culmination of a lot of trials and tribulations and bad choices,” Torsone says. “But if you want something, you just got to set your heart to it and never give up.”


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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Travis Tritt, Taste of OCC, the Greenie Awards and more events for the week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Travis Tritt

This guy has been a big name in country music for nearly 30 years — an impressive span. Many associate him with the big names in early '90s country, including Alan Jackson, Clint Black and Garth Brooks, but he's carved out his own niche, too. With influences from Southern rock to blues to gospel, Tritt's country style is unique and accessible, so tonight's show should be a good bet for fans of the genre. 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $53, pikespeakcenter.com.


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Just Speak, Just Listen, Just Move

You want dance, music, poetry, visual art and rap on the same stage? You've come to the right event, well-suited to the distractible entertainment-lover. This New Mexico-based collective of creators, led by poet/artist/teacher Carlos Contreras, showcases "contemporary black and brown stories of celebration and lament with a distinctly Southwestern flair," all told in unique ways. Hosted by Idris Goodwin and featuring talented performers like teenage rapper/viral video sensation Zavier "Z Man" Thompson, it should be an eclectic and exciting evening. 7:30 p.m., CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu.

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Earth Month Fashion Show and Greenie Awards

On this, the 10th anniversary of Veda Salon & Spa and Rocky Mountain Field Institute's Earth Month celebration, expect a high-energy show with tons of sustainability-minded entertainment, including dance, music and more. All outfits in the fashion show are made from recycled materials, and Veda provides "spectacular" hair and makeup. Proceeds benefit Rocky Mountain Field Institute, a prolific local organization that works to preserve our trails, open spaces and landscapes. 7-10 p.m., Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $35-$50, rmfi.org.

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Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins is one of those strange and delightful characters from history —a wealthy eccentric who doggedly pursued a singing career in spite of the fact that she was horribly tone deaf. This play follows Florence to her career-defining performance at a sold-out Carnegie Hall in 1944. With only two characters and some delightful music, appropriately slaughtered, Souvenir promises to be a hilarious and powerful look at an oddly inspiring figure, who once said: "People may say I couldn't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing." 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; through May 21, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $18-$20, csfineartscenter.org.

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2017 Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race

Not only does this annual race give you the opportunity to test your skills on 10K, 25K or 50K of beautiful trails, but it also supports Achilles Pikes Peak, a local group that helps athletes with disabilities hit the trails. All runners get a T-shirt, and prize money goes to the top three men and women in each race, but this definitely isn't about the prizes. Bonus: There will be a playground near the start/finish for kids, plus coffee for runners and lunch for everyone, provided by Roman Villa. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, tinyurl.com/TrailRace2017.

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Taste of OCC

Old Colorado City hosts some of our favorite restaurants in town, and no event encapsulates its eclectic dining scene like this annual celebration of food and drink. Join 20 local restaurants, wineries and breweries — including Jake & Telly's, Cerberus Brewing, TAPAteria and more — as they sample out some of their favorite dishes. Proceeds support the Old Colorado City Foundation, which will put the money toward improvements in Bancroft Park. Noon to 4 p.m., Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., $35-$50, tasteofocc.com.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shockley-Zalabak Theater announced for upcoming UCCS Ent Center for the Arts

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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  • Pam Shockley-Zalabak
When Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak retired in February, she ended a 40-year career with the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Now, the school will honor her with the “Shockley-Zalabak Theater,” the 786-seat mainstage at the upcoming Ent Center for the Arts.

The $70 million center, which plans to open in January of 2018, will host five performance venues for UCCS’ various performance companies and departments, as well as TheatreWorks, the professional theater company attached to the school. In addition, it will contain practice rooms, rehearsal studios, a reenvisioned Gallery of Contemporary Art and more — much-needed resources for the school’s thriving arts.

A $1.5 million fundraising campaign to dedicate the mainstage, spearheaded by CU Regent Kyle Hybl and his wife Sally, has now been completed thanks to about 220 donors and a $75,000 contribution from the Boettcher Foundation, which supports funding for scholarships and nonprofit grants in Colorado. UCCS expects to officially dedicate the Shockley-Zalabak Theater in February of 2018.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

More 4/20 festivities than you could ever remember to attend

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 1:52 PM

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April 20, the day when many a college student is known to skip classes to get high, is upon us. Now, especially in Colorado, we're freer than ever to celebrate the holiday without sneaking around, letting our 4/20 flag fly for all to see.

If you're looking for festivities, they'll be everywhere in Colorado Springs. One Love Club, the Rasta church on the Westside, is stretching 4/20 into a three-day festival of chill musical acts. Eastsiders can check out the CannaCarnival at Club History. Be there by 7:30 p.m. for the stoner olympics, including bong pong, jointnastics, fruit bowl and a team smokeout.

Find some out-of-this world, funky prog rock by the E.T.s, Indy Best Of winners, at Studio A64 downtown. Up north, the Dab Lounge and My Club 420 are teaming up with DL Heady's for a three-day festival with events at each club. We'll go out on a limb here to say that competitions of rolling a joint with an ounce, taking the fattest dab, and eating a pie laced with 1,000 mg of THC may get pretty entertaining. There will also be an absurd amount of live music, raffles and giveaways at Myxed Up Creations; bands and barbecue at Strawberry Fields; and hard-to-pass-up deals on medicine at all three of the Today's Health Care dispensaries. Have fun, be safe, and remember — maybe your math teacher can tell you're high...
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Local March for Science blasts off on Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Those who have been keeping track of the Colorado Springs March for Science know it has run into a few roadblocks, but thanks to local support and some quick work by passionate organizations, the rally is a go.

Ryan Barry, executive director of Unite Colorado Springs, says that as soon as the event was canceled on Facebook, members of their organization — and plenty others — spoke up, making it clear that they wanted a local march.

So, Unite Colorado Springs and nine other local groups (including Colorado Springs Feminists, Keep Colorado Green and the Independent, to name a few) made it happen.

The March for Science, for those unfamiliar with the concept, will be a satellite march of the national (and international: tinyurl.com/intl-sci-marches) action to celebrate science, speak out against false information, and support scientists working to educate, enrich and evolve society.

"We're in an era of anti-intellectualism, anti-science," Barry says. "We see an enormous amount of climate change denial; we see increased pushes for getting creationism in schools, and it's absolutely critical that we remember that science has always played a critical role in a free society, in democracy."

Rather than having one particular political bent, this event plans to be multi-partisan, and to be positive — a celebration rather than a condemnation, though the importance of speaking out against pseudo-science will certainly be addressed.

Barry says science denial comes from all sides, anti-vaxers (those against vaccines) on the left and climate change denial on the right. He adds that we as a society should be critical of any politician, celebrity or organization that pushes pseudo-science.

Along with a wide range of speakers — from activists to scientists — and hopefully a little live music, the rally will also include a jaunt downtown to show off signs and show solidarity with the scientific community.

"It's critical that scientists come outside the labs, outside the journals, and involve themselves in the community. Because they're just as much a part of the community as the rest of us," Barry says.

April 22, noon to 3 p.m., City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., facebook.com/unitecoloradosprings.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Music for all tastes, theater, dance and more hits the stage this week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 8:50 AM

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Murs at the Black Sheep
Rapper Murs has been on a steady climb in the genre since breaking into the industry in 1993 with his first self-released single, achieving success in both underground and mainstream circles. He broke the Guinness World Record for longest rap marathon — 24 hours straight. The show welcomes four other unique hip hop artists offering a variety of entries in the style. 7:30 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door, The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com.


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Hear Here Slam featuring SpeakEasy
The popular slam takes a field trip for the first event of the season and will be held in local art venue The Gallery Below. Summon your courage and your best slam poetry. The show includes an open mic segment where you can share with an enthusiastic crowd of your fellow spoken word artists. Tonight's open mic features special guests SpeakEasy, Colorado College’s first spoken word poetry troupe.
6:30-10 p.m., $5, The Gallery Below, 716B N. Weber St., 493-5084, thegallerybelow.com.


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Sylvia
This play is an intimate and humorous look at love and marriage sparked by an unlikely catalyst — a stray pup name Sylvia. It features the best and brightest of our city’s local theater stars. Plus, one dollar from every ticket sold supports All Breed Rescue, which focuses on rescuing, training and finding forever homes for at-risk dogs. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 30, 4 p.m.; through April 30, $11-$15, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, 425-9509, funkylittletheater.org.

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Cinderella
The elegance and beauty of classical ballet (and the stunning costumes that accompany it) bring new sophistication and wonder to the beloved fairy tale. Support the nurturing of young artists as you experience the talents of the Colorado Ballet Society’s pre-professional dancers, as well as the award-winning Colorado Youth Ballet Company. Tonight features guest artist, soloist and Colorado native Christopher Moulton of the Colorado Ballet.
3-5 p.m., $13-$18, Mitchell High School, 1205 Potter Drive, 272-7078, danceinthesprings.com.



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Hindemith: Mathis der Maler
Music follows art in this symphonic tribute to the work of German Renaissance painter Matthias Grünewald, composed by Paul Hindemith in 1934 and performed by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic after a narrative and visual media segment. Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter) is broken into three movements that coordinate with panels in Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, which depicts the crucified Christ. Music from the symphony was reworked to create an opera of the same name, which was rejected as “degenerate” by the Nazis. 7:30-9:30 p.m., tickets start at $21, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., csphilharmonic.org.





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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Artie Romero sticks to passion with ARG! Cartoon Animation studio

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 2:38 PM

Artie Romero reclines slightly in his computer chair, surrounded by the technology of his craft. But it’s his unassuming hat that demands attention.

A thought bubble, filled with blue lettering, reads “Nonsense Stories.” Beneath that, a bright red moniker: “ARG!”

Besides being a noise made when one finds a spider in the bathroom, ARG! is the name of the cartoon animation studio Romero founded in 1994.
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  • Artie Romero, founder, sits in the ARG! studio.

ARG! Cartoon Animation does animation of all sorts — from movies, TV shows and games to apps, software and how-tos for film festivals that show how cartoons are made.

Operating mostly in the commercial space, a recent ARG! production, The Adventures of Turtle Taido, garnered some serious attention. In the TV series, a super-powered turtle named Taido travels across Nigeria. It’s the country’s first animation series on television.

A trailer was screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and the series is now shown in 53 African countries.

“We have to be presented with a challenge,” Romero says. “Something that sounds like it would be fun.”
ARG! has no employees, all the work is done by a network of 30-40 like-minded folks around the country, including about a half dozen locally. They’re all contracted, including Romero.

That network, forged through relationships and collaboration, keeps growing via an intern program that ARG! runs. All of the content at ARG! is made in the U.S.

“In the world of animation, that’s something special,” Romero says.

For Romero, having contractors allows for more diversity in the work of ARG! — in the technology used, the skills sets that are brought to bear and the style of art created.

“It’s been my privilege to work with a lot of talented young people,” he says.

And, the contractors can work from home or in their own studios.

“When we get really big jobs we can put a lot of people to work,” Romero says. “It makes the art richer to have more artists involved.”

Romero’s own path as an artist began in high school. When his work was published in the school’s literary magazine, he took a trip to where it was printed. He saw the pages, and his work on them.

“I got ink in my blood after that,” he says.
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  • Part of the ARG! studio, where hand-drawn images are photographed and turned into animation.
In 1973, he co-founded Everyman Studios, which published an alternative newspaper, The Flyer, as well as comics and illustrations. In 1981, the studio moved to commercial animation production.

In 1994, Everyman became ARG!, but it didn’t start off so well.

“I had two kinds of business: Business was terrible and I didn’t have any business,” Romero says. “I basically starved.”

But then, a savior: The World Wide Web.

Everyone suddenly needed a website. Romero began building websites to pay the bills, turning his skill into CityStar, founded in 1994. CityStar focused on web development and hosting as well as internet and search engine marketing.

Romero created a website for ARG! in 1996, called artie.com. He allowed other webpages to use watermarked animation from his site as long as they linked back to artie.com. By the time Google became the search engine of choice somewhere around 17,000 links fed back to artie.com.

Google appreciated those links.

If you Google “cartoon animation studio,” the top result is not Pixar – it’s artie.com. The site reached one billion hits in a 20-month period … in 2005. Fortune 500 companies soon came knocking.

“What we did happens to be something that Google likes,” Romero says.

In 2007, ARG! moved to its current building in the old Alexander Film Company property on Nevada Ave. north of Fillmore, where Romero shot some of his first animation. With CityStar’s success, he was soon able to sell and refocus his efforts on ARG!

Though his son Tim, a game developer in Los Angeles, is now CEO of ARG!, Artie remains a producer and manages the studio here in the Springs.

“I have great love for what I do,” he says.

Jonathan Toman serves as the Peak Radar manager for the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. PeakRadar.com connects you to over 4,000 local events, 450 creative groups, & 350 artists — all in one beautiful website for the Pikes Peak region.

Jonathan can be reached at jonathan@culturaloffice.org. Click here for this month’s events, updated monthly. Click here to see this month’s art walk information. To sign up for the Peak Radar weekly e-blast, click here.

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Film, figure skating, fetish parties and more events to fill your weekend calendar

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 10:26 AM

Say what you will about the Indy, we're nothing if not eclectic. Whether you're looking for a fancy wine and beer party in support of local arts or something really wild at Voodoo Leatherworks for your Saturday night shenanigans, here's what we recommend for the weekend:

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For Art's Sake: Keg & Cork Craft Beer & Wine Tasting

This is the sixth annual event to raise money for public arts projects throughout Woodland Park. Projects have included a "Story of Us" mural and improvements/restorations to Antler Alley. There will be 50 wines and 25 craft beers from around the country for your tasting pleasure, including local brews from Paradox and Bristol as well as Colorado vineyards. Other highlights include heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, art by local artists and — new this year — non-alcoholic libations. 6-9 p.m., Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, $20-$25, wpartsalliance.com.

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Upstairs Inferno

In 1973, an arsonist set fire to the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans, one of the area's few gay bars at the time. Thirty-two people were killed in the fire, and the tragedy went largely unrecognized by media. This film investigates the arson with a compassion that the victims didn't receive in the homophobic landscape of the early '70s. Since its premiere in 2015, Upstairs Inferno has received 14 awards, including Festival Favorite at Cinema Diverse in 2015 and three awards at FilmOut San Diego in 2016. 6:30-9 p.m., Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, 1102 S. 21st St., facebook.com/pikespeak.mcc.

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2017 World Synchronized Skating Championships

On the heels of the World Figure Skating Championships last week, a lesser-appreciated form of the sport comes to the Broadmoor World Arena with just as much flair and athleticism as its single-person and paired counterparts. Teams include 20 skaters, performing in perfect unison and intricate formations. It looks pretty, but it's also highly technical. Nineteen nations will compete in the event, and several local members of Team USA will be spectating, including Mirai Nagasu and Max Aaron. 5:30-10 p.m. April 7, 3:45-8:30 p.m. April 8, Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., tickets start at $33, broadmoorworldarena.com.

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Ass-Kickin' Fourth Anniversary Party

Celebrating Voodoo Leatherworks, our local alternative sexual lifestyle community center, which offers safe and clean sexual exploration, rocking fetish parties, as well as classes and workshops. Tonight's festivities include a raffle, a beer bust fundraiser for the Marquis Lifestyle Center, awards for volunteers and supporters, bootblacks to work with your leather (remember to tip!) and, of course, food and drink. Voodoo asks that folks dress in either semi-formal or formal attire, fetish clothing or leather, so get your kink on and celebrate. 7 p.m. to midnight, Voodoo Leatherworks, 2422 Busch Ave., $8-$10, ages 21 and older, voodooleatherworks.com.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Downtown's First Friday easier to navigate with new mobile interface

Posted By on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Good news, art lovers on the go: April’s First Friday is going to be a little easier to navigate thanks to some digital improvements by the Downtown Partnership.

They’ve officially rolled out a revamped website that’s mobile-friendly and, among other things, allows First Friday-goers to navigate the 25 special events happening throughout downtown on their mobile devices.

What’s more, there’s even an interactive gallery map that displays nearby bars and restaurants, in case you need some mid-art munchies or libations.

So even if you miss the guided tour (which begins this month at Gallery 113, 125 ½ N. Tejon St., at 6 p.m.), you’ll be able to find your way around First Friday’s galleries with relative ease.

And here are some cool exhibits you can look forward to:

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Manitou Art Center seeks entries for a free speech focused exhibit

Posted By on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 12:50 PM

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In times of political and cultural upheaval, art becomes an avenue for expression and resistance. Recently, our community has responded to the challenges of the times with multiple exhibitions and performances, such as Tim Gill Center’s Healing Wall Exhibition, which provided an artistic outlet in the aftermath of the presidential election; and The Millibo Art Theatre’s Cabaret Voltaire, which was meant to encourage performers to express themselves in a Dada-esque tradition through performance art of all kinds.

Now, The Manitou Art Center will unveil an exciting new, ongoing exhibition that will allow all members of the community to visually represent their freedom of expression, whatever it is they wish to express.

The First Amendment Gallery is unlike most MAC shows because it will accept submissions from anyone, members and non-members alike, in order to encourage artistic dialog from all corners of the community.

The call for entries states: “Submissions do not have to be political in nature, nor do they need to be consistent with the prevailing theme of the show. If you so choose, please feel free to let this show be a forum to stimulate discourse into the nature of personal freedom, and your ability to put forth your opinions without fear of rebuke.”

Portions of the gallery will rotate regularly to keep up with whatever rapid changes occur in our society, and to showcase reactions to those changes. The only restriction to The First Amendment Gallery is that work be “hate-free.”

The first intake for The First Amendment Gallery will be April 5, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., then on Wednesdays June 7, Aug. 2, Oct. 4 and Dec. 6. The show is not formally juried and all are welcome to submit their work.

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