Thursday, July 27, 2017

Upcoming events for the young, the old and the young at heart

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes
Tonight, enjoy four stages with live music, 17 internationally inspired offerings from the zoo’s catering company (Taste), and a whole zoo to explore. You can also take advantage of the dulcet tones of Jon E. Boothe, Brian Grace Band, Spiritwell and FlashBlack as you wander through booths and exhibits. With plentiful vegan and gluten-free options, and an all-inclusive ticket (i.e. open bar and unlimited food), this adult fundraising event proves the zoo ain’t just for kids anymore.
6-9:30 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, $45.75-$50.75,

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Ces Cru
This now-duo has gone through a lot of membership changes over the years, but now consists of rappers Donnie “Godemis” King and Mike “Ubiquitous” Viglione. They’re touring now to promote their most recent release, February’s Catastrophic Event Specialists. Each album they release, minus The Playground, plays with the letters CES — Constant Energy Struggles, Capture Enemy Soldiers, Codename: Ego Stripper, etc. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $16-$21,

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Mueller State Park Fine Art Show & Sale
Catering to Colorado’s twin loves, fine art and the great outdoors, Mueller State Park makes one stellar venue. This event features the work of Lee Cable, an internationally renowned oil painter from Lake George, but there will be a host of other artists exhibiting a variety of painting styles. Bonus: Everything is for sale, including the high-quality student artwork. July 29-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mueller State Park, 21045 State Hwy. 67, Divide,
$7 park pass required,

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The Movie Marathon That Shall Not Be Named
Did you know? Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31 — a good opportunity to celebrate the gift that the Harry Potter series has been to all of us. Accio entertainment! Enjoy all eight movies played back-to-back (four each day) with beer from Bristol and Fossil breweries, coffee from Story Coffee, and a few local vendors, plus Cool Science performing experiments in the afternoon. You can thank the Indie Spirit Film Festival for this nerdy celebration, proceeds from which support the ever-incredible Independent Film Society of Colorado. July 29-30, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., $10-$15/day,

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Mario the Maker Magician
Combining magic, technology and a true DIY spirit, Mario is dedicated to STEM education and the Maker Movement, specifically for young’uns. World-famous magician David Blaine called him “the best kids magician in the world.” He’s made appearances on Sesame Street and the Sprout Channel, so it’s a rare and exciting opportunity for family audiences to catch him here. 3-4 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $10-$20,

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Colorado Springs Creative Collective releases preliminary results of ArtSpace survey

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:24 PM

A meeting with art leaders during ArtSpace's preliminary feasibility phase. - FILE PHOTO
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  • A meeting with art leaders during ArtSpace's preliminary feasibility phase.
Colorado Springs Creative Collective, the folks working with Minneapolis-based organization ArtSpace to create an affordable artistic live/work space downtown, have released the preliminary findings of their Arts Market Survey.

The Arts Market Survey was meant to take the temperature of the local arts community in order to gauge need, as well as solidify what a live/work space might look like for local artists. While the preliminary data doesn't yet include the most enlightening results, it does provide a picture of the 686 people who took the survey.

Final results will not be publicly released until Oct. 23, but Bob Wolfson of the collective offered the following in the meantime:

Preliminary Arts Market Survey Findings
Preliminary compilation of the data showed that 686 of you took the Survey! Artspace has shared with me that that is an impressive number for a community our size. With regards to how many of you would consider relocating to an affordable live/work community, 32.2% or 221 of you said "yes". An equally impressive number. An email glitch kept me from getting the Survey summary out to you sooner.

Who were the respondents? Well, 81.2% of respondents currently live in Colorado Springs. With 63% of respondents describing themselves as female and 34.3% describing themselves as male. With regards to age, 22% were 21 to 30 years of age with around 17% to19% in each subsequent decade through 70 years of age.

What's the preferred location? Here, nearly 82% offered Downtown Colorado Springs with a strong second choice being Old Colorado City with around 75% offering that as a choice – remember that you could select more than one location. Other quadrants of Colorado Springs garnered around 22% to 29%.

So, there you have Artspace's a preliminary data summary from the Arts Market Survey. Now please remember that these are currently unverified data and could, thus, change somewhat in the full report.

Arts Market Survey Report Event
With regards to the full report of the Arts Market Survey, the findings will be formally presented to the arts and creative communities and our community supporters on Monday evening, October 23. So, if you have not done so, please save the date. We are planning a party. A location remains in the works.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Explore local culture, Syrian culture and counterculture with these upcoming events

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 2:18 PM

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719 Day Brewfest

For this third-annual festival, you've got your pick of 17 local breweries and distilleries, including faves like Bristol, Red Leg and Lee Spirits. It's a nice reminder that we don't even have to travel outside our area code to partake in the best brews the region has to offer. For atmosphere and maybe a little beer-fueled dancing, enjoy live music by Mark's Midnight Carnival Show and Playing With Smoke, all night long. 5 p.m. for VIPs, 6 p.m. for general admission, Switchbacks Stadium, 6303 Barnes Road, $35-$50,

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Dalya's Other Country

The news may explain the circumstances surrounding the Syrian conflict or the controversy over Donald Trump's travel ban, but there's no substitute for putting a human face on the issues. The film follows a displaced family, trying to reconcile their Muslim values with their American lives, examining what it's like to grow up in two worlds. Bonus: This documentary is brand new, having premiered in late June. If you can't catch it tonight, you can stream it online until the 25th. 7-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free,

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Based on a comic book by Philip Gelatt, this adaptation by A. Rhodes serves as an original and exciting tale of espionage, romance and an assassination that changed the course of history. Grigori Rasputin's legacy has survived in a thousand different iterations and modern myths, and this should prove to be an interesting look at his influence and character. This play is co-produced by Cottonwood-based experimental and artistic theater groups COUNTER/Weight Theatre Lab and THEATREdART. Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 4:30 p.m., through Aug. 6, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $5-$15,

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Colorado Goth Festival 2017

Certain subcultures never die, and others are simply undead. Get your goth on for a festival celebrating goth/industrial music and aesthetics. Goth Fest will include (lucky number) 13 bands over two days, including Discount Cinema, WitchHands and Vain Machine. Plus, on Saturday you've got your choice of vendors to peruse, each selling locally made goth/industrial art and crafts. July 21-22, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., $25-$50,

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fine Arts Center wins impressive honors at Henry Awards

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Man of La Mancha won five well-deserved awards after a successful Spring run. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
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  • Man of La Mancha won five well-deserved awards after a successful Spring run.
Colorado Springs performance companies made quite a show at the Henry Awards Monday night, the most anticipated theater awards in Colorado. Not that anyone needs the reminder, but this recognition of our community affirms that local lovers of the stage don’t have to make that grueling I-25 drive to enjoy quality productions from theaters large and small. In addition to a slew of nominations (including three for nonprofit Springs Ensemble Theatre), Colorado Springs took home some impressive awards.

Out of 12 nominations, TheatreWorks, UCCS’ professional theater company, won “Outstanding Production of a Play” for The Game of Love and Chance. This was the final play directed by the late Murray Ross, a beloved member of our theater and wider artistic community who passed away earlier this year.

Even with stiff competition, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center stole the show, winning five out of the 11 categories for which it was nominated. Of note, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts also took home five awards, which tied the two organizations at the top of the heap.

The Fine Arts Center took home awards in the following categories, all for its spring production of Man of La Mancha:
Outstanding Sound Design: Ben Heston
Outstanding Lighting Design: Holly Anne Rawls
Outstanding Scenic Design: Christopher L. Sheley
Outstanding Lead Actor In a Musical: Stephen Day
Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Scott Levy

Considering the Henry Awards encapsulate theater companies and organizations across the state, including artistic hubs like Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder, the fact that our own community showed up in such a massive way says a great deal about the quality of work they provide.

Here’s what Scott Levy, Director of Performing Arts at the FAC, had to say:

While all of our productions are worth this kind of recognition, the true ensemble nature of Man of La Mancha, from the exemplary acting company to the musicians in the orchestra to my design collaborators and all of the technicians and other staff, this was a true labor of love. Many of us involved in the production can point to an experience with this piece in our formative years that have helped guide our careers...mine was sitting with my grandmother when I was four years old, playing songs from La Mancha with her on her piano.

I'm so proud of our entire team. To have received so many awards last night is a testament to the work the company has made throughout the last three decades! Sharing the top number of awards given last night with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts proves that the theatre scene in Colorado Springs is just as robust ad excellent as in Colorado's capital city.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Repair Café comes to the Manitou Art Center, provides free expertise and tools

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:54 AM

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One of the greatest challenges facing people living in poverty or living on a budget is the tendency of objects — important objects like electronics and appliances, or everyday objects like hairdryers and cookware — to break. The rich may fry a computer’s hard-drive, give it up for lost and shell out a few thousand for a new Macbook. Others, who may use that computer to generate their scant income, don’t have that luxury, nor do they often have the resources, knowledge or money to repair these broken objects themselves.

Which is why the Repair Café provides a priceless service. The Repair Café concept, now the Repair Café Foundation, began in 2009 in the Netherlands. It’s a simple model: folks bring in their damaged electronics, appliances, furniture, equipment, clothing or whatever else, and a group of volunteers with different specialties help them learn how to make money-saving repairs, teaching them valuable, sustainable skills in the process.

Plus, Repair Cafés are meant to help cut down on waste. Local Repair Café organizer Dale Collins says: "We throw away piles of stuff in The United States, even things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café wants to change all that."

The best part? It’s all free, supported by the foundation.

A Repair Café will be set up at the Manitou Art Center this weekend (July 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with tools and materials on-hand for anyone who needs them, plus mountains of expertise.
Soon, this event will be held on a regular basis, though dates and times are still incoming.

The Café will be first-come, first-served, with attendees taking a number as they arrive. Folks are encouraged to bring anything broken or damaged, even if they feel it is beyond fixing. “The Repair Café specialists almost always have the know-how,” the event’s press release says.

If you can't make it to the MAC this weekend, keep an eye on the Indy’s event listings for future Repair Café events.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Four chances to support local business, theater, art and animals this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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[Spectrum] LGBT New Play Festival
In its second year, Spectrum will present nine brand-new short plays chosen from 147 submissions, each telling LGBTQ stories. Last year, they received nearly 270 submissions to the festival from folks around the world. Two of this year’s plays come from Colorado playwrights — another chance to support local theater. 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, through July 29, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $11-$15,

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Zine Fest
After Mountain Fold Books closed last year, we weren’t sure when or where we’d get another local zine showcase. Thanks, Ladyfingers! Check out zines created by locals of all sorts in this uncensored, unjuried showcase of small-press and handmade literature. Purchase a zine or one of Ladyfingers’ clever greeting cards while you’re there, supporting this Inclusion Award-winning business. 5-8 p.m., on display through September, Ladyfingers Letterpress, 113 E. Bijou St.,

15 Saturday

Zero Fox Given Grand Opening
Zero Fox Given has peddled nerdy, political or otherwise tongue-in-cheek clothes and decor since 2010, and now celebrates its first brick-and-mortar. Merch spans fandoms from comics to Harry Potter to The Legend of Zelda, offering a local alternative to big-box (and boring) nerdy shirts. Favorite slogans from their Etsy shop: “My favorite type of men is ramen,” and “You are a goddamn magical unicorn.”
1-5 p.m., Zero Fox Given, 22 E. Bijou St.,

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Safe Place for Pets' Paws for Celebration
Safe Place for Pets provides a service few organizations dare to take on — finding homes for the pets of terminally ill patients. Each year, they "paws" for celebration in order to support their continued work. Enjoy a beer garden, family activities, food and drink vendors and live music, plus a silent auction to benefit the organization. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, 1016 Manitou Ave., free to attend,

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

ArtSpace survey in final days, Creative Collective calling on local artists

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 9:55 AM

A public meeting held at the Tim Gill Center during ArtSpace's preliminary phase.
  • A public meeting held at the Tim Gill Center during ArtSpace's preliminary phase.

Colorado Springs Creative Collective, the local team that has been communicating with Minneapolis-based arts organization ArtSpace, is asking creatives in the community to respond to their survey in order to assess local need for an affordable downtown living/work space for artists.

The survey began in May, and as of week six only 500 people had responded, quite a bit fewer than the collective originally hoped. With only three full days left to take the survey, local creatives (artists, writers, chefs, performers and anyone else with an investment in the local arts) are encouraged to share their thoughts. Preliminary results will be released soon, before ArtSpace begins analyzing the data more fully. At that point, discussions can continue regarding whether or not the community would like to utilize ArtSpace's resources.

Bob Wolfson of the Colorado Springs Creative Collective, said the following in a newsletter on Wednesday:

Please remind fellow artists and colleagues to take the Survey and that the Survey is for artists and creatives of all kinds in the Pikes Peak region. There are no age, income or need requirements to take the Survey. The CS Creative Collective is seeking all opinions and insights so as to assure that this property truly reflects and meets the needs of our arts and creative communities.

This week CS Creative Collective volunteers and I will continue to be on the street dropping off posters and handing out postcards in a last push. It has been a terrific personal experience for me to meet so many people living their passion. I thank you for your generosity with your time and for your example. And, thank you for lending your voice by taking the Survey and spreading the word of the project and the Survey.

Next week, and with the close of the Arts Market Survey, I will receive Artspace's a preliminary summary, and while the data are yet to verified, I will share some of those preliminary findings in my Update email next week. Such as, how many took it; how many are interested in a residence; preferences as to location, etc. So, look forward to learning the project's progress. Of course, the full report of the Arts Market Survey findings will be formally presented to the arts and creative communities and our community supporters on Monday evening, October 23. We are planning a party. A location remains in the works.

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Pride, ponies, photography and more for the coming days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Moe Bandy

Texas-born Moe Bandy is about as country as it gets, a former bull rider and sheet metal worker. His style of music, too, leans more traditional, the kind of classic country you'd find on a honky-tonk jukebox. Some of his accolades include: Ten No. 1 hits, five gold albums, and multiple awards from the Academy of Country Music. 7-9 p.m., Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, $55-$65,

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Pulitzer Prize Recipient: Bob Jackson

Chances are you've seen Jackson's internationally recognized photo, showing the moment Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald. A biography of Jackson, which he will be signing at the opening, chronicles his life's experiences as a photojournalist. What's more: His iconic photographs will be on display at the gallery all month. 5-9 p.m., on display through July 29, Go-See Art Exhibition Venue, 25 Sierra Madre St.,

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Colorado Springs PrideFest

On the heels of Pride Month comes our always-anticipated local celebration of the LGBTQ community. Enjoy family day on Saturday with games and activities for all ages, or watch the parade down Tejon Street on Sunday. Sunday's activities will also feature live music and performances, with New York drag queen Miss Peppermint headlining. July 8-9, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $5/weekend pass,

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21st Annual Pikes Peak Special Rodeo

Colorado Springs is home to two excellent organizations that connect people with disabilities to the endless benefits of horses and riding. Support Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center and Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center by enjoying classic rodeo competitions: poles, barrels, goat tie and more. It's a family event, so that means plenty of activities for the young'uns, too. Yeehaw! 9 a.m. to noon, ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, free to attend,

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Bruce Munro's Field of Light stuns at Green Box Arts Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 2:01 PM

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You have until September 17 to make it to Green Mountain Falls for Bruce Munro's gorgeous Field of Light installation, as part of this year's Green Box Arts Festival.

Read about the history of the site-specific light array from Griffin Swartzell's May interview with the UK-based artists, here.

Also catch another Munro work at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center titled Thank You for a Very Enjoyable Game: a multimedia depiction of the chess match between characters HAL 9000 and Dr. Frank Poole in the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's also up through September 17.

Meanwhile see this slideshow for more colorful photos from our visit to Green Mountain Falls:
*Editor's note: This post has been updated, as it erroneously stated that Field of Light would only be up through July 9. Indeed it is up through September 17, along with the FAC installation. We regret the misunderstanding and error.

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