Thursday, June 29, 2017

Textiles West fills community fiber art organization void

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 8:10 AM

On a warm Wednesday morning, Susan Haldeman heads off to nowhere in particular in pursuit of a giant sink.

“She somehow hunted down this weird unicorn of a sink,” said Tess Murdoch, co-owner of New Hue Textile Studio with Haldeman. The sink has nothing to do with New Hue, but is nonetheless important.

Haldeman and Murdoch are two of eight founders behind Textiles West, a burgeoning organization that aims to inspire awareness, participation and appreciation of textile and fiber arts. The sink will take its place among looms, sewing and knitting machines and a dye lab in Textiles West's new space built for all things fiber.

July 1 will serve as the kickoff of a new Textiles West innovation/maker space in the Manitou Art Center, dubbed the Textiles West Innovation Lab (TWIL). The Blue Hands Festival will prominently feature, indigo dying — unsurprisingly.

TWIL joins the existing Textiles West space at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, which hosts a digital textile printer and a sales area, another dye lab, and space for meetings and lectures. But Textiles West quickly outgrew that location, which prompted the expansion to the MAC.

“We had no idea (Textiles West) would expand so quickly,” Haldeman says. “It’s a really big deal.”

The 2016 Tactile logo. The second annual Tactile will take place Oct. 21. - TEXTILES WEST
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  • The 2016 Tactile logo. The second annual Tactile will take place Oct. 21.

"Tactile," Textile West's inaugural event held last October, drew more than triple the amount of expected attendees. “That showed us that there was a definite need for a centralized textile center,” Murdoch says. And since then, things have escalated quickly.

In tandem with the opening of TWIL, Textiles West is continuing and expanding program offerings at both locations to meet another Textiles West goal: teaching young people about textiles and passing along the technical knowledge like weaving and dyeing to a younger generation.

Haldeman says young people aren't taught fiber skills in school anymore, even though these types of skills can teach self-worth and create value and purpose for kids. Plus, there’s an element of immediate gratification and affirmation with the completion of a textile project.

“If you are passionate about what you share, that makes it relevant,” Murdoch says.

An image promoting a July 5 Textiles West class called "Monoprinting with Clay." - TEXTILES WEST
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  • An image promoting a July 5 Textiles West class called "Monoprinting with Clay."

Both Haldeman and Murdoch arrived in Colorado Springs in the past two years. According to Haldeman, the region boasts a large passionate and isolated textile community. The duo wants to create a centralized hub for local textile artist. “Artists want to cross over, and (Textile West) offers them the chance to diversify what they’re doing and meet people,” Murdoch says.

Tactile 2017 will take place this fall, hosting a community project called “Stitching Community Together,” a chance for small groups to create stitched panels to tell a story which Tactile will showcase. The event fits into a broader goal of Textiles West to serve as another space to exchange ideas and stories that bring the community together, and make this art form more recognizable and approachable for everyone.

“We want to share with everybody and tap into the resources of the folks we have," Murdoch says, "We want Colorado Springs to be a destination to learn (about textiles).”

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Catorado Springs initiates a new social event for cat-owners and their feline friends

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 1:00 AM

Heupel and McClaren's three-legged power cat Charles will be attending Caturday with his parents. - COURTESY CATORADO SPRINGS
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  • Heupel and McClaren's three-legged power cat Charles will be attending Caturday with his parents.

Now, we're not saying the Indy is prophetic. What we are saying is that our 2015 April Fools joke may not have been so far-fetched and may even yet come to pass, at least in some small way. Two years ago, we examined the pros and cons of a cat park with outdoor recreation for our kitty companions, which we jokingly insisted would be opening up in America the Beautiful Park. "For too long our cats have been relegated to second-class status as indoor animals, bereft of the joys of a breeze between their legs or an endangered fish between their teeth. Not anymore," the story read.

Catorado Springs — a brand new, local cat-loving collective — may not have phrased their motivation for their new monthly cat-owner meetup in such a dramatic fashion, but they are going to be bringing their feline friends, and hopefully a few more local cat-owners, together at Fountain Park this weekend.

Catorado Springs' founder, Stephanie Heupel, moved to the Springs with her boyfriend Chase McClaren only three weeks ago. A graphic artist by trade, Heupel has been exploring the city and trying to find new and creative ways to meet people with similar interests.

So Catorado Springs, and the "First Caturday" meetup came to be. Heupel and McClaren say the idea of cat-focused get-togethers isn't wholly unique. In fact, the concept for this one should be rather simple compared to Minnesota's Cat Video Festival or the larger meetup groups in Denver they've attended. They want it to be low-impact. People can bring instruments if they want to jam, or they can simply recline in the grass and let their cats roam (leashed, of course).

Balking at the concept of bringing my own ferocious fur-babies to socialize, I ask Heupel if she foresees any complications. Rather than worrying about fights breaking out, Heupel says she trusts owners to exercise their own judgment. "Everybody either has a cat that's super chill [or has] cats that will be scared or run off, so I think that'll be the interesting part of it." She adds that this isn't a locked-door event, and owners are welcome to test the waters and see how their cat enjoys the great outdoors and the company of other kitties.

"You don't have to stick around for the full three hours," she says. "Just hang out and meet other people."

While they hope the event may grow and someday include fun events like fundraisers or costume contests, for now the goal is just to get people together around mutual shared interest.

"We're cat lovers," says McClaren, "and just want to provide opportunities and get other people involved in a community based around cats."

And for those who don't, or can't, own cats? You're welcome to come to Caturday, too. Heupel says it should provide the catless among us with a much-needed "snuggle fix."

Saturday, July1. 1-4 p.m., Fountain Park, 901 E. Fountain Blvd.,

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Holiday traditions and a hefty supply of new experiences to fill out your calendar

Posted By on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Blacklight Wars

Consider this the unlikely, yet happy marriage between a rave and a watergun fight. It's your opportunity to wear white, get some glowing water balloons or "Glow Soakers" and get drenched under the blacklight. Post-battle, enjoy dancing to a live DJ, food and drink vendors, and a damn good party. Check in at 7 p.m., event starts at 9 p.m., Security Service Field, 4385 Tutt Blvd., $50,

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Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival

Summertime in Colorado consists of a few constants, including lemonade, barbecue, cursing your third-floor apartment's lack of air conditioning, and a plethora of summer festivals. At the Colorado Springs Art and Music Festival, enjoy live music by Wounded Warrior Band, Milo Hayes Meld, Flyin' Libre, Ponder the Albatross and more. Let your kids explore the free Creative Station while you browse food, drink and art vendors, catering to all tastes and budgets. July 1-2, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive,

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Latin Music Fest

There's no better place to boogie to some rocking Latin tunes than Pueblo's historic Union Depot. Los Lonely Boys, a fraternal Texas-based trio, headline with their signature blues-inspired "Texican rock" sound, but they're not the only draw. Also enjoy music by traditional Spanish singer Tobias Rene and New Mexican singer/songwriter Roberto Griego. 8 p.m., Union Depot, 132 W. B St., Pueblo, $25-$55,

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Colorado Springs Philharmonic: Summer Symphony

Attending the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's performance in Memorial Park every Fourth of July is as much a holiday tradition as potato salad and hotdogs — at least to locals. Enjoy a delightful outdoor concert with the Philharmonic and The Liberty Belles, plus food, activities, and one hell of a fireworks show. You'll want to get there early to claim the best spot and celebrate the holiday with a front-row seat. Happy birthday, 'Murica! 5:30-11:45 p.m., Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free,

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Art parties, original musicals and other fun upcoming events

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 9:06 AM

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Misfit fans get a post-Misfits treat in Doyle, an outfit put together by the band's former guitarist, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, combining elements of classic and doom metal. Band members include such rock/metal stars as Alex Story from Cancerslug, Graham of Let It Burn and Graves, and Brandon Pertzborn of Black Flag. Davey Suicide, He Kill 3, Cryptic Writings and VaTic will be joining this hard-hitting horror quartet tonight at Sunshine Studios, so be prepared for some mosh-induced bruising. 7 p.m., Sunshine Studios, 3970 Clearview Frontage Road, tickets start at $15,


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This original musical, written by Conservatory CEO Linda Weise, combines famous Jacks from all your favorite fairy tales in a unique, dreamlike production. Featured Jacks include: Jack Be Nimble, Jack Horner, Jack and the Beanstalk, Stingy Jack, Jack O'Lantern, Jack and Jill and Jack Sprat. Jacks not appearing: Nicholson, Black, Johnson or Kerouac. The story presents an anti-bullying moral, so it's a good lesson to teach, too. June 22-24, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 Sahwatch St., $10-$20,

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Annual Giant Book Sale

With summer reading programs and initiatives starting in library and school districts across the region, now's a good time to stock up. This weekend, you can get books for cheap, plus DVDs and CDs — both audiobooks and music. While you're there, check out all the cool happenings in the Rampart Library District, including programs for kids and teens, movie screenings, and plenty else to fill those long summer days. June 23, noon to 4 p.m., June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Woodland Park Public Library, 218 E. Midland Ave.,

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Brilliant 2017

This aptly named art event is an annual highlight, GOCA's celebration of technology, art, fashion, food and community. With the full experience (well worth the price), get a five-course meal with cocktail pairings from Blue Star, then party with interactive exhibits, live performances and music, plus tastings from tons of local vendors. If you skip the meal, the party itself is still one heck of a time, with plenty of surprises in store. 6 p.m. to midnight, GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, $30-$125,

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Monday, June 19, 2017

UPDATE: Manitou Springs receives creative district certification

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 4:38 PM

We heard back from Natalie Johnson, director of the Manitou Art Center, who has spent the last few years driving the creative district certification initiative.

She says the decision came as a shock after last year, especially given the changing requirements of the application process. When she received confirmation, she wasn’t sure if it meant there would be another two-year waiting period to be granted full certification, or if it would be instantaneous.

Thankfully, the waiting is over. Soon Manitou Springs will learn exactly what kind of perks they can expect from CCI. In the meantime, they are simply thrilled the long process is over and the designation is set.

“It lends credibility to Manitou Springs and the Manitou Springs creative district,” Johnson says. “All those steps ensure ongoing funding for different organizations … So I think it doesn’t guarantee sustainability, but it increases the chances of us being around for a long time.”

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Last year, Manitou Springs was denied a creative district certification from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), which came as a bit of a surprise. This year’s surprise has proven to be much more pleasant.

After meeting certain rigorous criteria in the areas of district characteristics, management and planning, and community buy-in, Manitou Springs joined Steamboat Springs and Westwood as one of Colorado’s three newly certified creative districts.

Creative District certification comes with more than a title. Now, the Manitou Springs arts community will have access to new grants, financial support, leadership training and more.

We reached out to Natalie Johnson, director of the Manitou Art Center, for her perspective on the certification, but have yet to hear back. We will update this story if and when we do.

See the full press release from Colorado Creative Industries below:

DENVER – June 13, 2017 – Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the certification of three new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. The newly certified districts are Manitou Springs Creative District, Steamboat Springs Creative District and Westwood Creative District (Denver). Certification is for a five year period. Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and the Salida Creative District were approved for re-certification following the initial five year period.

“These 2017 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These districts increase quality of life, help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”

A review panel evaluated applications and three finalists were selected for site visits. Applications were reviewed using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in. Districts must meet a rigorous set of minimum standards in order to achieve certification such as recognition by local government, a high concentration of creative organizations and businesses, sustainable funding sources, paid staff, and a strategic plan.

The newly certified districts will join the 18 existing Colorado Creative Districts: 40West Arts District, Breckenridge Creative District, Carbondale Creative District, Corazon de Trinidad, Crested Butte Creative District, Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District, Fort Collins Creative District, Golden Triangle Creative District, Greeley Creative District, Longmont Arts and Entertainment District, Mancos Creative District, North Fork Valley Creative District, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Ridgway Creative District, RiNo Arts District, Salida Creative District and Telluride Arts District.

“The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process and strategic plan that provide opportunities to grow the creative economy,” said Margaret Hunt, CCI director.

Along with official designation, each district will receive an award package including financial support, technical assistance, marketing support, access to grants, CDOT highway signs, and leadership training.

Applicants and finalists not selected for official designation will have access to the Call Yourself Creative platform, a website offering access to webinars, case studies and additional resources for building creative communities

For more information, please visit

In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB11-1031, encouraging the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas. Administered by Colorado Creative Industries, the Creative District Program encourages the formation of creative districts in neighborhoods and contiguous geographic areas for the purpose of:
Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community
Enhancing economic and civic capital of Colorado communities
Creating hubs and clusters of economic activity
Enhancing areas as appealing places to live, conduct businesses and attract visitors
Serving as an economic strategy and magnet
Revitalizing and beautifying
Promoting a community’s unique identity
Showcasing cultural and artistic events and amenities
Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Unicorn Festival saves another horse, plans another whimsical event

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 4:24 PM


Here at the Indy, we try to keep our event listings local so our readers know they don’t have to go very far in order to have a good time, but we would be remiss to entirely neglect the Littleton Unicorn Festival, if only because it's one of those strangely specific celebrations that seems to pop up around our fair state. And because it helps save the lives of innocent horses.

The Unicorn Festival celebrates all things magical, with tarot card readers, wizard duels, Quidditch matches, magic-themed mazes and more for kids, families and particularly whimsical adults. Each year, they collect “unicorns,” horses from the region who provide rides and ambiance.

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These unicorns hail from Old MacDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue's Nicole Henderson, who recently worked with the Unicorn Festival to save Yabba, a horse destined for sale and eventual slaughter. Now, they’re asking people to give Yabba a “unicorn name” so he can start his new life off on the right hoof. Folks can submit ideas through the festival’s website. While it turns out Yabba is still unwell and unable to attend the festival himself, attendees can meet other rescued unicorns at Littleton's Clement Park on June 25.

See the full press release (written in appropriate fairytale fashion) below:

Yabba was not having a good day. His Colorado-based owners had put the beautiful white horse up for auction, and he was slated to go to Mexico to be slaughtered and sold for food. Happily, the same day, organizers of the upcoming Unicorn Festival in Littleton, CO, had realized they needed another unicorn for their festival, to accommodate the expectation-shattering ticket sales. They contacted Nicole Henderson, who was supplying the unicorns, and found out that she was, that day, working to save the life of this beautiful white horse, and she could bring him to the Festival if she could raise the $850 needed to save him.

What happened next is one of those stories that … well…. Here goes….

The Unicorn Festival posted Yabba’s tragic story on their Facebook pages, along with a donation button. It was Saturday night and the deadline to save him was Sunday morning at 9:00 am. But the donations started pouring in. Everyone wanted to save Yabba and give him a new life as a unicorn. And they did just that.

Yabba was rescued from the jaws of death and will be taken to Henderson’s Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue in northern Colorado, where he will be well taken care of. His many supporters can come meet him at the Unicorn Festival, Sunday, June 25 in Clement Park. He will be a special guest at the Festival’s Unicorn Meadow, alongside the Unicorn Rides.

The Unicorn Festival and Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue are also launching a “Name the Unicorn” contest to give Yabba his new unicorn name. You can submit your suggestions online at - on the site’s “Love” page. The winner will be announced at the festival. Be sure to be at Unicorn Meadow for the Unicorn Naming Ceremony at 11:00 am.

Yabba’s plight is, sadly, too common. Horse slaughter for food is illegal in the US, but not in other countries. Facebook no longer allows sales of live animals, to people looking to sell their horses are often forced to put the animals up for public auction. That’s where the “kill buyers” try to purchase as many horses as they can to ship out of the country (usually to Mexico) to sell them to slaughterhouses where they are processed like cattle. Many rescue organizations exist and they always need help and donations to save as many horses as possible.

Henderson explains, “We work to pay the horses ‘bail’ off of the feed lot where they are fattened up prior to shipping to Mexico. The owner of the lot will sometimes sell some of these horses to recuse organizations at higher prices than he would get for them at slaughter. But not always. About 60 horses per week ship from his lot to slaughter.”

Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to help neglected, abused, homeless, unwanted, and misunderstood barnyard animals. They also welcome animals who are very well cared for, but their families just can no longer keep them for a variety of different reasons. We can offer a safe home for horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, llamas, cows, chickens ducks, and rabbits. The group also encourages community participation and offer opportunities for education, volunteer days, special events, or the sponsorship of the animal of your choice. Visit their website and Like them on Facebook .

The Unicorn Festival is a celebration of the imagination and all things mythical, coming to Littleton’s Clement Park (7306 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123) on Sunday June 25th, 10am-6pm. The magical day will be filled with Unicorn rides, swimming Mermaids, meet and greets with beloved Princesses, wandering fairies, Quidditch matches and more! This is an enchanted event for the young and the young and heart, for families, cosplayers and anyone who loves imagination and fun! Interact with fairy tales and become part of the magic! Hosted by Dana Cain Event and Frolic and Vamp, the Festival offers affordable family fun.

Advance online tickets to the Unicorn Festival is $10 for adults; $5 for kids under 12 and kids under 2 years old are free. Group discounts are available for 10 or more. Ticket at the gate the day of the Festival will be $15 / $10. Clement Park is a gorgeous lake side park with an incredible view of the mountains, the perfect setting for a day of enchantment, fairy tales and rescued unicorns!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Film, food, Olympic skaters and more to mark on your week's calendar

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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The Music Man

The Colorado Ballet Society has performed a lot of beloved shows, but this marks the debut of their new Theatre Production Company. Enjoy the new life they'll bring to this classic musical, with a multigenerational and multitalented cast. In case you're unfamiliar, the story follows a con man who pretends to be a music teacher, takes the townspeople's money and plans to run off before giving any lessons. But after falling in love with the local librarian, he sticks around and risks exposing himself as a fraud. 7 p.m., June 15-17; 2 p.m., June 17, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., $15-$20,

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Cutie and the Boxer

If you haven't heard of Ushio Shinohara, the term "boxer-painter" might be unfamiliar, but Shinohara became famous for fusing painting and punching in his own glorious neo-Dada way. This documentary profiles him and his wife, Noriko, who wanted to create an identity for herself outside her husband's influence. Cutie and the Boxer portrays two artists with two vastly different approaches to art, rolled into one award-winning film. 7-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free,

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Inline Speed Skating Outdoor National Championships

Inline speed skating is an underpublicized but no less athletic Olympic sport, taking rollerblading to a whole new level. Spectators are welcome to watch the country's best skaters compete to make it onto Team USA. You may even get the chance to see Olympians and other world medalists in action. June 16-23, times vary, Olympic Center Velodrome, 250 S. Union Blvd.,

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All Colorado Festival

This inaugural event is meant to showcase the best of Colorado spirits, beer and wine, so make sure you line up a ride. In addition to the booze, enjoy snacks from various food vendors and live country music. Musicians include: The Jacob Christopher Band, Exit West, Trent Hughes Band and Donovan Lee. 1-7 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 Northgate Blvd., $25,

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First Friday shuttle bus to boost access to arts events for free

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

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The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) has announced that it will be trying out a free shuttle bus to help people move from hot-spot to hot-spot during first Friday art walks.

The shuttle, which will run July through October, is an effort to make it easier for art fans to get from the many downtown galleries to the Fine Arts Center, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, the Depot Arts District under the Colorado Avenue bridge, and to Old Colorado City. COPPeR executive director Andy Vick also wants to pull in tourists and residents of southern Colorado Springs, so the shuttle will also have stops at the Broadmoor and the DoubleTree Hotel. The Antlers Hotel will serve as the shuttle's central downtown stop.

Here's the schedule:
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COPPeR has teamed up with the Pikes Peak Lodging Association and the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote the shuttle service, at the participating hotels as well as others around town. Vick says that COPPeR appropriated all funds for this service from the money they get through the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, meaning it's paid for by vacationer dollars. That money will also go to hire local artists to act as tour guides and chaperones, handing out information about the night's events.

COPPeR has also launched a new Peak Radar page, linked here, which will list collected first Friday events to make navigating the city's arts events easier.

If the shuttle route is successful, Vick says he hopes to do it more permanently, and he's said he hopes to add stops and/or a circuit bringing in patrons from north of downtown. Download a full map and schedule for the shuttle below.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Feasts, fests and more fun for the days ahead

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Summer Music Festival
This annual summer event has been going strong since 1984. By the numbers, look forward to three weeks, 52 student musicians and 26 public concerts. Enjoy free lunchtime concerts, concerts for children, and more performances of chamber and orchestra music throughout the month. June 8-24, CC’s Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St.,

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ROLL bicycle art festival
This will be the 13th annual festival, occurring at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort for the second year. Bicycle-themed artwork from around the world will be on display, all in response to the theme “built.” Other highlights: live music both days, activities for kids and adults, giveaways and more. 5-8 p.m. June 9, noon to 5 p.m. June 10, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., free,

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All Over the Map
Actor and mime Bill Bowers has quite the theatrical pedigree: The Lion King and The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, among other accomplishments. He began developing this show at the Millibo years ago, and now returns with a fully realized performance. Along with the show, enjoy drinks, heavy appetizers and a meet-and-greet with Bowers. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $50,

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Feast of St. Arnold family-friendly beer festival
“Family-friendly beer fest” may be a strange phrase, but this feast includes a kids’ zone with activities for all ages. The adult draw isn’t just beer and food. Keep your cups for wine and spirits as well. What's more, proceeds support Westside Cares, which provides food assistance and other programs to people in need. Noon to 4:30 p.m., Chapel of Our Savior Episcopal Parish in the Broadmoor,
8 Fourth St., $35,

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Ninth annual Colorado Springs Powwow
Celebrate Native American history and culture with this annual event, benefiting One Nation Walking Together. Almost 3,000 attend each year, including people from many different tribes and non-natives.
Enjoy Native American dance, drumming, art, vendors, food and drink. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $4,

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stay inside or get outdoors — 5 events for this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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International Watermedia 2017

This biennial event hosted by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Cottonwood Center for the Arts brings together the best of the best in watermedia. Soon Y. Warren of the National and American Watercolor Societies juried 100 works for this show alone. More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on June 21, so come back to the gallery to see if your favorites win! 5-8 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., on display through June 24,

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Colorado Springs Bicycle Summit

Learn about the local bike scene and figure out how to get involved at this awesome annual event. Keynote speaker Martha Roskowski, vice president of local innovation at PeopleForBikes, will talk about her organization and bicycle advocacy. Seminars and workshop topics include: local adventure rides, bikepacking, effective bike advocacy and more. Summit: 1-4:30 p.m., happy hour and expo: 5:30-7 p.m., UCCS Berger Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, registration required,

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Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

This beloved annual event includes "generous" tastings from 30 Colorado-based wineries. And it's not just the wine; you can munch on local food, listen to live music and browse a vendor fair while you sip. Bonus: Designated drivers can enjoy the "festival" part of the wine festival for free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs, $35,

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BigDogBrag: The Colorado Mud Run

Tumble through a course with 25 different obstacles and 12 mud pits to get you good and filthy. With race registration, you get a beer coupon, a temporary tattoo, finish photos and dog tags. The best part: A portion of proceeds benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., RAM Off-Road Park, 12750 CO-94, $25-$59 registration fee,

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40 Years on Broadway

The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale celebrates its 40th anniversary, after years of receiving local and national acclaim. Tonight, enjoy a selection of favorite songs from previous CSCC performances, all going back to Broadway. Alumni performers will also return to The Pikes Peak Center stage, celebrating CSCC's legacy. 3 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $12-$25,

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