Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Visual and performing art events to fill your First Friday weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:31 AM

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Drain Crawl
Presented as part of Pueblo’s First Friday Art Walk, which tours more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and local businesses, this tour will provide plenty of opportunity to party. Four stormwater drain inlets in the creative corridor have recently been beautified, and you can chat with the artists who made it happen. Plus, each location will feature live music, refreshments and giveaways. 6-8 p.m., Pueblo Creative Corridor, free, puebloarts.org.


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Popsicle Promenade
As we edge into the end of summer with plenty of 80-degree days ahead, nothing sounds quite as good as a frozen treat. While not all of the 12 vendors will be peddling popsicles, the ones who don’t will have beer, cocktails, cool experiences and more. Though everything sounds pretty good, we’re most looking forward to Pikes Peak Lemonade Company’s handmade infused lemonade popsicles. 5-8 p.m., downtown, various venues, $10, facebook.com/DowntownColoradoSprings.

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The Nerd
Written by Larry Shue, this comedy stands as a solid audience favorite, following an ex-GI who has to play host to the man who once saved his life. Thin Air Theatre Company put on another one of Shue’s comedies, The Foreigner, last season, to great critical acclaim. The folks at TATC historically do great with comedy, so it’s worth a drive up the pass to see them in action. Fridays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m., continues through Sept. 23, The Butte Theater, 139 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $13-$20, buttetheater.com.




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43rd Annual Labor Day Art Festival
Commonwheel Artists Co-op has groomed this much-anticipated local and regional event to perfection over the years. Part juried art show, part sale, part community celebration, you can shop for art and let the kids play while listening to great local live music. Bonus: It’s eco-friendly, with food service options that keep an eye on the environment. Sept. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com/festival.







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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pride, Peru, paintings and popcorn — three events to attend this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:47 AM

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About Face
See if you can identify the subjects of Julie Kirkland’s series of 100 portraits, all depicting the backs of people’s heads. Portraits include: Liese and Kris Chavez, Deb Komitor and Sean O’Meallie, plus a host of local artists and regular folk. Plus, potters Arlene Wood and Nancy Morse have created face-themed pottery to accompany the exhibition. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m.; on display through Sept. 11, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., commonwheel.com.



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Peru Day
While the opportunity to meet Dioge the alpaca (5-7 p.m.) is pretty exciting, the animal attractions aren’t the only good thing about Peru Day. This celebration of beer, food and culture includes a special beer tapping at noon: Inka, a pale ale brewed with red Peruvian quinoa. NaO’s Food Bus will be on hand, and Bonefish Grill has supplied the ceviche. ¡A comer! Noon to 10 p.m., Great Storm Brewing, 204 Mount View Lane, #3, greatstormbrewing.com.




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Pueblo Pride: Living in Technicolor
Let’s keep the LGBTQ pride party going — enjoy this weekend’s family festivities hosted by Southern Colorado Equality Alliance. Saturday: a potluck and water fight; Sunday: start off with a parade and follow with a full-on festival. Check out special Sunday night programming by El Arco Iris Film Festival and OutFront Youth. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Mineral Palace Park, 1600 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, facebook.com/SCEAPueblo.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Aisha Ahmad-Post named Ent Center for the Arts director

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Aisha Ahmad-Post has managed arts and culture events for New York Public Library and the Aspen Music Festival and School. - COURTESY UCCS
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  • Aisha Ahmad-Post has managed arts and culture events for New York Public Library and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
A scant five months out from the opening of the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts, UCCS has hired a director to program the $70 million project.

According to a press release dated Monday, August 21, they've selected Aisha Ahmad-Post for the position. She comes to the Springs from a five-year stint at the New York Public Library, acting as their public programs producer.

According to her LinkedIn page, Ahmad-Post substantially increased both the number of cultural events held and the ticket sale revenue for the NYPL's events programming. She'll be in charge of programming for the Shockley-Zalabak Theater and the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall.

Check out the full text of the press release below:
UCCS hires first Ent Center for the Arts director

COLORADO SPRINGS – Aisha Ahmad-Post, who produced The New York Public Library’s flagship cultural series, is the new director of the new $70 million UCCS Ent Center for the Arts.

Ahmad-Post was selected following a national search and will be responsible for programming the Ent Center for the Arts' performing arts series and representing the 92,000 square-foot arts complex to the community. The UCCS Ent Center for the Arts opens in January 2018.

Drew Martorella, executive director, UCCS Presents, announced Ahmad-Post’s appointment.

“Aisha Ahmad-Post has demonstrated a solid track record of working with some of the biggest cultural organizations and artists in our country,” Martorella said. “With her specialty in live performances that span music, dance, and theatre, I am very pleased to have her join UCCS and the UCCS Presents team that is committed to bringing and creating the highest quality arts experiences for the UCCS campus and the Pikes Peak region.”

The UCCS Ent Center for the Arts will be the new home for the university’s existing professional arts organizations, Theatreworks and the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, as well as the Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ Music Program and Theatre and Dance Program. The Ent Center will contain four performing arts venues, a visual arts gallery, rehearsal studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and a café.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to create a new performing arts series in a gorgeous, state-of-the-art facility,” Ahmad-Post said. “The Ent Center for the Arts is a major achievement for both UCCS and Colorado, and I am very excited to work with my colleagues at the university and throughout the region to ensure that it is a premier resource and destination for the arts.”

While there are multiple performing arts venues in the Ent Center for the Arts, Ahmad-Post will focus on programming the 780-seat Shockley-Zalabak Theater and the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall. The first series of performances in the Ent Center for the Arts will begin in February 2018.

Prior to her work as a producer at The New York Public Library, Ahmad-Post worked for the Aspen Music Festival and School and Columbia Artists Management. She worked with artists including classical pianist Lang Lang, the late composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A classically trained pianist and double bassist, she taught music theory as an associate instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music.

ABOUT UCCS PRESENTS

UCCS Presents supports arts, culture, and community for UCCS and the Pikes Peak region through its programs that included the University Center and Event Services, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Arts, Theatreworks, and a new dance and music series which will debut at the Ent Center for the Arts in February 2018.

The Ent Center for the Arts is a 92,000 square-foot performing and visual arts complex at UCCS. It will provide a multi-dimensional, multi-venue artistic hub for UCCS and the region.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum maintains history with passion

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 3:10 PM

A mass motorcycle migration of thousands of riders has descended on Sturgis, South Dakota this month for the world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but you don’t have to go that far from the Springs to get in touch with your inner gearhead.

The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame houses over 75 original and fully restored vintage and antique motorcycles dating from 1913 to 1983, including Indians, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, and many other brands.

Located in the mezzanine of the Harley-Davidson dealership at 5867 N. Nevada, the admission-free museum opened in 1992 and is run by an all-volunteer staff, including executive director Jim Wear.

“There was no expectation when we started. We wanted to create a place where anybody could come to learn about motorcycling for free,” Wear says.

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Wear remembers the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when shipping containers full of bikes were taken overseas to meet rising demand for American nostalgia. Bikes were stripped for profit and fetched huge prices in places like Japan and Germany, and among private collectors.

“For motorcycle people, that’s our heritage and history," Wear says. "It’s akin to people going to Egypt and robbing treasures and taking them to Europe.”

Wear says motorcycles are a culture, more than a machine or means of transportation. His story, like many whose lives were spent with motorcycles, spans decades.

In first grade, Wear got an incurable itch for a mini bike, though his mom wasn’t having any of it until a family friend offered a hand-me-down. He then built his first chopper at age 15 — riding it to school at St. Mary’s.

“The nuns were lined up in front of the glass, looking at me with horror,” Wear says. “I was definitely the only kid riding a chopper to school.”

Wear still has that bike, a Triumph. He sold it at one point but his wife tracked it down and bought it back. Since then, Wear has worked on restoring the bike, and much like the museum, preserving its history and the memories it represents.

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The Hall of Fame captures the spirit of preservation and storytelling, but rather than well-known household names, the contributions and achievements of everyday people who dedicated their lives to motorcycling are the focus of the museum's exhibits.

“These are the legends when I was growing up,” Wear says. “We’re talking about some seriously tough people... the people that paved the way for us, they were pioneers. They said ‘let’s go’ and they did.”

The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame is a bit of a novelty according to Wear, who notes it's one of only a few non-profit motorcycle-specific museums. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Mondays from April through September.

"There’s this sense of something bigger and deeper than themselves that [visitors] can appreciate,” Wear says of the exhibits on the display. "It brings back the youth and glory days for many, and people that understand that will enjoy [the museum].”

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Art, history, dance, literature for your Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 9:24 AM

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The Golden Legend Champion Challenge
See some of the classic greats of the burlesque world, women who have been performing since the ‘60s and ‘70s. Their neo-burlesque “protégés” will perform, with a special protégé championship competition on Saturday. This special event is hosted by local burlesque troupe Peaks and Pasties, with performances by locals including the Brotherhood of Burlesque, Foxie Dreame and Bunny Bee. Aug. 11-12, 8 p.m., Aug. 13, 11 a.m., The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., tickets start at $20/performance, peaksandpasties.com.

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Red Threads
Enjoy artwork in various media presented by Catherine Giglio, Jenny Kruckenberg, Gabriella Christians, Wendy Reis and Lori DiPasquale. If you're looking to make a purchase, 20 percent of proceeds from purchased works will go to the Never Alone Foundation, which supports the international adoption community. Tonight, peruse the art on display and enjoy live music by Austin Richman, while learning more about NAF. 5-9 p.m., on display through Sept. 23, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A, galleryg44.com.



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DaVinci & Michelangelo: “The Titans Experience”
Look at the incredible world of the Italian Renaissance with a focus on two of its greatest minds (and biggest names). It’s part theatrical performance, part educational presentation, with video, 3D models, images and more, presented by Mark Rodgers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America. 8-10 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.,
$18-$33, pikespeakcenter.com.




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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colorado Classic cycling race starts in the Springs, attracts world-class cyclists

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Colorado Springs takes pride in its bike culture, and for good reason. With the Olympic Training Center Velodrome and train-worthy thin air and altitude, our city attracts bikers who want to take their race to the next level.

Now, we have the honor of hosting the first stage of the inaugural Colorado Classic cycling race, which will begin downtown this weekend. The sustainability of these races has been called into question in recent years, after the Colorado-based USA Pro Challenge ceased to exist following its 2015 event, but the Colorado Classic has come up with some new ideas to make money and get an audience, including a full-on festival going strong from Friday to Sunday. But no matter what its future may hold, the Classic’s first run looks to be drawing attention.

This three-day event has attracted men’s and women’s teams from all over the world, and some big names along the lines of American Olympian Taylor Phinney and local Rally Cycling rider Danny Pate. Plus, controversial cycling legend Lance Armstrong has recently announced that he will be attending, though he plans to peddle his podcast rather than pedal his bike.

In addition to prominent American and, specifically, Colorado cyclists, international racers fill out the roster. Most notably, Team Rwanda — whose initial six-year struggle for recognition and success was documented in the award-winning film Rising From Ashes — will be participating, along with Colombian Tour de France finisher Rigoberto Urán, and riders hailing from Switzerland, Italy and beyond. They’ll test their strength, endurance and lung capacity here among our mountains before moving on to Breckenridge and then Denver. In total: 313 miles and more than 20,000 feet of climbing.

For the first stage, both the men’s and women’s races will begin and end on Tejon Street, including a trek down Colorado Avenue and a loop through Garden of the Gods. It’s not a track for the faint of heart, nor a race for the average rider. The Classic has been sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, which is as high-ranking as you get outside of World Tour races.

The event will coincide with a celebration in Denver’s RiNo district, “Velorama,” which includes live performances by Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, among others. By occurring alongside a ticketed festival (prices of which range from $45-$50 per day) the Colorado Classic may set itself apart from other prominent world races, and give itself a greater opportunity to succeed. If nothing else, it’s a nice way to reward spectators for sticking it out through 300 miles of tension.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Local artist seeking statements on sexual violence for origami art project

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM

COURTESY LINDA LAZZARINI
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According to the FBI’s semiannual crime report, incidents of reported rape rose 3.5 percent in 2016. And that number only reflects the number of rapes actually reported. The CDC claims that one in five women have “experienced completed or attempted rape,” and most victims (or survivors, to use the more accepted vernacular) suffer some form of sexual violence before the age of 25.

What’s worse, many of these incidents go unreported or, in many cases, unaddressed by law enforcement. Many who have survived sexual assault struggle with its damaging effects in private, for fear of not being believed, or for fear of retribution. Those wounds can fester for years, or even decades. Survivors often suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or develop depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses, dramatically changing their lives.

One local artist and rape survivor, Linda Lazzarini, wants to broadcast the voices of those who have been silenced by society, and to make a statement about the prevalence of sexual violence.

Currently, Lazzarini is accepting submissions from survivors for her art project “Women’s Voices.” The concept: 100 origami mouths, connected by a ribbon pulley so they can open and close, each bearing a statement by a survivor written around its lips.

She instructs survivors to, “Be philosophical, be angry or just relate your story. Be as honest as you can. Talk to yourself, the universe, your god, the criminal(s), the victim(s), your parents, your children, to whomever might be standing in front of it reading it.”

As outing oneself as a survivor can be difficult, painful and traumatic, Lazzarini has set up an anonymous submission form for those unwilling to put their name or pseudonym on their submission. Otherwise, she encourages emails (egoettes@hotmail.com) so that she may respond.

She will collect submissions until she has reached 100. Currently, 60 women have shared their stories.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Six ways art and music lovers, young scientists and connoisseurs of wine and beer should spend this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Body Art Competition
The human body can be its own canvas — enjoy these back pieces inspired by famous works of art. Winner receives the Body Art Gallery Award, which comes with a nice bit of cash. The Loft Creative Space is a new art class/workshop/event space in Old Colorado City, with plenty to check out while you’re there. 5-8 p.m., The Loft Creative Space, 2708B W. Colorado Ave., facebook.com/theLOFTcreativespace.

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The Remainder
For six months, local artist Brett Andrus has been composing a body of new and exciting oil portraits. The series explores autobiography, dreamscape, archetypal figures and images, and magical realism. Together, the paintings tell a story, an honest look at Andrus’ past and present. 5-11 p.m., S.P.Q.R., 17B Bijou St., spqrartspace.com.




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Brick + Mortar
This indie/electronic rock duo has been playing music together since middle school. Precious, right? If you’re into Sir Sly, Grizfolk or Bad Suns, you’ll have a blast at their live show tonight. The band is currently touring in promotion of their latest album, Dropped Again (2017) — a remastered version of their 2015 album Dropped. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $15-$18, blacksheeprocks.com.




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Vino & Notes
You don’t need to travel the world to find good wine. More than 20 Colorado wineries and vineyards will share their wares tonight. Plus, jazz music will be performed live by Max Wagner and Tony Exum Jr. The tastes don’t end with the tannins — enjoy food by vendors such as the Historic Ute Inn, Serrano’s and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Woodland Station, 133-157 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, $35, vinoandnotes.com.

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Springs Beer Fest
Say "unlimited beer samples" in front of a group of Coloradans and watch them stampede — in this case to America the Beautiful Park. Attendees can enjoy samples from 55 craft breweries, while partaking in food and live music. Vendors will also be on-hand so you can shop while you sip. Noon to 4 p.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $25-$50, springsbeerfest.com.


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Curiosity's 5th Birthday on Mars
The 5-year-old Mars rover, Curiosity, has made incredible discoveries on the surface of our planetary neighbor. This is a great way to celebrate. Kids and families can take part in interactive activities such as making edible rovers, racing rovers and more. Don't forget to sign the giant birthday card! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $5-$10. discoverspace.org.

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