Friday, October 27, 2017

2017 Halloween events for families and adults

Posted By on Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Beginning this week, the Pikes Peak Region offers bountiful events for Halloween, carrying us all through the holiday itself on Tuesday with everything from themed parties for adults to crafts and activities for kids.

For Families

Boo at the Zoo, an opportunity to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween festivities in a safe environment; enjoy candy made with sustainable palm oil to help protect wild orangutans. Fridays-Sundays, 4-8:30 p.m. and Tues., Oct. 31, 4-8:30 p.m.; through Oct. 29. $17.75-$20.75. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, 633-9925,,

Bunnicula, a hilarious mystery musical, with a dancing cat, a howling dog and a vampire bunny. Based on the popular children’s book. Fridays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 1 p.m.; through Nov. 12. $10-$20. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583,,

Halloween Carnival on Ice
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Halloween Carnival on Ice, with a face painter, games, prizes, skate rental and ice skating. Be festive and come in costume. Sat., Oct. 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m. $7. USAFA’s Clune Arena, 2168 Field House Drive, 333-0229,,

Halloween ComicFest 2017, featuring free comics for everyone, from a selection of Halloween specials, plus free goodie bags for kids in costume, games, crafts and more. Sat., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Escape Velocity Comics, 19 E. Bijou St., 578-8847; and 3347 Cinema Point, 578-8847,,

Halloween History Hunt, an opportunity to explore exhibits, enjoy stories and make a “creepy crawly” craft. Costumes encouraged. Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations accepted. Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990,,

Halloween Science, taking you through the science behind the excitement of Halloween with a cauldron of bubbling dry ice, disappearing ink and fire, color-changing flowers and more. Costume parade to follow. Sat., Oct. 28, 1-3 p.m. Dinosaur Resource Center, 201 S. Fairview St., Woodland Park, 686-1820,,

Mad Science Day, space- and science fiction-themed Halloween fun. Come dressed in costume, and participate in a “trick-or-treat” activity station while watching sci-fi movies, playing in labs and making crafts. Sat., Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$10. Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, 576-8000,,

Puebloween, with trick-or-treating throughout both the Children’s Museum and gallery buildings, plus a magic show by Kyle Groves, Halloween crafts and more. Sat., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $6-$8. Buell Children’s Museum, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200,,

Pumpkin Fun Fest, with pumpkin archery, trick-or-treat geocaching, a scavenger hunt, raffle and more. Halloween treats provided to participants while supplies last. Sat., Oct. 28, 9-11 a.m. Park pass required. Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, 576-2016,,

Trunk or Treat, a safe alternative to trick-or-treating. Cars park in a semi-circle and Children go trick or treating from trunk to trunk. Hot dogs, chips and beverages provided. Tues., Oct. 31, 5:30 p.m. Free. Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 120 N. 31st St., 632-9394,,

Trunk or Treat at St. Peter Catholic School, a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Food trucks will be on-site. Fri., Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m. Free. St. Peter Catholic School, 124 First St., Monument, 481-1855,

For Adults

Day of the Dead Whole Hog Beer Dinner, a five-course whole hog breakdown with Phantom Canyon brews to pair. Guests are encouraged to wear their best themed costumes to supper. Grand prize wins a date night for two. Mon., Oct. 30, 6:30-9:30 p.m. $55/ticket, $100/pair. Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., 635-2800,

“Ghost Stories of Old Manitou” Walking Tours, recounting the stories of real people from Manitou Springs’ history. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long and depart from the Manitou Springs Heritage Center every 15 minutes. Sat., Oct. 28, 5:30-9 p.m. $10-$12. Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1454,,

Emma Crawford Coffin Races - SEAN CAYTON / FILE PHOTO
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  • Emma Crawford Coffin Races
Emma Crawford Coffin Race, during which those who have crafted and decorated rolling coffins race them down Manitou Boulevard in honor of Emma Crawford, whose coffin once exhumed itself and slid down the mountain during heavy rain. Sat., Oct. 28, noon. Free to attend. Downtown Manitou Springs, Manitou Ave.,

Halloween Ale Tapping Event
, featuring four new and unusual Halloween-inspired ales, brewed with unique ingredients. Also enjoy a pumpkin spiced jambalaya dinner, spooky trivia and bingo and a costume contest. Tues., Oct. 31, noon to 9 p.m. Free. Great Storm Brewing, 204 Mount View Lane, #3, 266-4200,,

Halloween Metalfest, with performances by Fall From Silence, Lavinia Unknown, Lamb Bed and Slantpiece. Sat., Oct. 28, 9 p.m. Free. Legends Rock Bar, 2790 Hancock Expressway, 390-0423,,

Halloween Party: Mystery Bash, including a costume contest with prizes, music, a photo booth, food trucks, cash bars, live entertainment and more. Sat., Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.-midnight. $10-$20. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583,,

Happy Halloween Hike, an easy hike along Monument Creek, hosted by the Fountain Creek Water Sentinels, who will discuss sediment and other substances floating in the Fountain Creek Watershed. Registration required by Oct. 30. Roswell Park, 515 Polk Street. Tues., Oct. 31, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. 687-6253,

Holloween ’60s Bash, with live music by the Psychedelegates. “Dress in your favorite beatnik duds; Zombie optional.” Fri., Oct. 27, 8-10 p.m. Free. Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave., #100, 434-2954,,

Imagine: A Tribute to Tim Burton, a benefit Halloween hair and makeup show, presented by Eden Salon & Co., 365 Grand Club and The Antlers Hotel. Includes live music and entertainment, cash bar and more. Benefiting Just Be Colorado. Sat., Oct. 28, 6 p.m. $20. Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., 520-3336,,

Pikes Peak Community College Halloween Concert
, a popular annual performance, featuring spooky music and fun. Costumes encouraged. Mon., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. PPCC Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., 502-3000,

Singles Halloween Mixer, an opportunity to mix and mingle with singles in a low-pressure environment. Includes games, trivia, guest performance, costume contest, drink specials and more. Fri., Oct. 27, 8-11 p.m. $10. Stagecoach Inn, 702 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 629-7506,,
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dance, Dolly Parton, music and more events for your week's calendar

Posted By on Wed, Oct 25, 2017 at 8:55 AM

25 Wednesday

Psychic Hotline Presented by Quaill Club
Call for a psychic reading, artistic discussion, life advice or whatever else you want to talk about with Quaill Club’s queer witches. Readings will be performed primarily through Tarot, a centuries-old tradition using cards to answer questions or provide advice. Interested participants can call from the brand new, funky phone booth set up outside Quaill Club or from home in your jammies — like Miss Cleo, but free. Daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., through Jan. 1, Quaill Club, 1019 E. Costilla St., free, 434-1161.

26 Thursday

Dolly & Me: The Herstory of Country Music
This presentation, led by Donna Guthrie, accomplished children’s book author and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, will discuss the influential women of country music, a genre often dominated by the male voice. Following the talk, enjoy music by local country band Alicia Archibald and the Midnight Sun. Provided as part of ArtPOP 2017. Oct. 26, 7-8:30 p.m., Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave., #11, free to attend,

26 Thursday

Beautiful Human Lies
Boulder-based Street Dance company, Grass Roots, has put together this dance commentary on modern social issues such as race and crime. Scenes will be set to hip-hop, electronica and house music with such favorites as Beyoncé, Immortal Technique, Nas and more. Grass Roots says it is “inspired by different bodies with dissimilar cultural experiences.”
Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free,

28 Saturday

SoCo Children’s Arts Festival
More than 500 children will take the stage (not all at once — the stage isn’t quite that big) to present dance, theater, music and more. Hands-on activities include an instrument “petting zoo,” interactive learning by the Pikes Peak Children’s Museum and face painting. Participate in the costume parade at 11:15 a.m. and go home with a free gift bag. Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., free,

Find even more weekly listings in each Wednesday issue of the Indy, and submit your own events here.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Colorado Springs Creative Collective moving forward with Artspace development

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 5:09 PM

The Colorado Springs Creative Collective, a group of community leaders with an interest in the arts, have been working with Minneapolis-based nonprofit Artspace, with the goal of opening an Artspace facility here in Colorado Springs. Artspace, founded in 1979, focuses on meeting the needs of artists in any given community by providing low-cost housing, studio space and/or shared space. With an eye on sustaining these spaces, Artspace attempts to keep all units in their developments at or below levels of affordability specified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Currently Artspace has 46 projects in 30 cities in 19 states. The process of creating an Artspace development here in Colorado Springs began with a feasibility study by the organization last fall, and has now completed its most recent phase: The Arts Market Survey, results of which were released Oct. 23 during a public event at Cottonwood Center for the Arts.

This extensive community survey, funded by local arts foundations and organizations, individuals, and the Economic Development Department of the city of Colorado Springs, was meant to assess the need of local artists for live/work space or other artistic developments. It concluded with 736 responses from creatives who currently (or used to) reside in the Pikes Peak Region. According to Bob Wolfson of the collective: “Artspace has shared with me that that is an impressive number for a community our size.”

With a large per-capita participation in the survey, and the need identified by those who took the survey, Artspace’s executive summary states: “Artspace has determined that there is a substantial need for new space serving the creative sector in Colorado Springs.”
Teri Deaver, Vice President, Consulting and Strategic Partnerships, Artspace - ALISSA SMITH
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  • Teri Deaver, Vice President, Consulting and Strategic Partnerships, Artspace
In order to address this “substantial need,” Artspace recommends creating up to 70 units of affordable artist housing and up to 50 studio or work-only spaces, in addition to live/work housing. Should the live/work housing not come to fruition, they recommend up to 83 studio spaces. Artspace’s Teri Deaver, who presented the results of the survey on Monday night, says this is consistent with what they’ve seen in the community. With the wait list to rent space in facilities such as Cottonwood Center for the Arts, it is clear that there is a high demand for not just studio space, but affordable studio space.

Artspace arrived at these recommended numbers by adhering to a 3:1 redundancy methodology. That is, one unit was recommended per three applicants who expressed a need. According to the survey, 235 individuals are interested in relocating to affordable housing “specifically designed for artists, creative individuals and their families.”

But what will this space look like? The technical report prepared by Swan Research and Consulting shows that the three most important features as expressed by the survey respondents were: Abundant natural light, air conditioning, and direct outdoor access. Shared amenities desired by the community include gallery/exhibition space, a community garden and a general-use studio or flex space.

Deaver, who has a background in performing arts, recognized that the amenities that most respondents deemed important seemed to have a visual art focus. In attendance, Sarah Shaver of Springs Ensemble Theatre, also noticed a disparity and asked if the performing arts would have a say in what amenities might actually be included in an Artspace facility. According to Deaver and Wolfson, visual artists typically take the survey in higher numbers, but the design of the actual space would rely on input from the community throughout the process. If performance space or other resources for performing artists are deemed important to the community, then an effort will be made to include them.

On the subject of housing: The majority of respondents, 36.2 percent, were interested in one-bedroom accommodations, with 34.9 percent requesting two. Though this would accommodate the majority of household sizes, a total of 14.8 percent requested three or more bedrooms, which would provide housing to families. About 80 percent of people who took the survey live without children, but Deaver says that most of their facilities are multi-generational, meaning young artists, artists with families, retired artists and pretty much anyone else with a creative passion would be welcome.

Since Artspace attempts to operate on an affordable model (making just enough in rent to pay for building costs such as utilities, management and maintenance), pricing is understandably a large concern of the artistic public and a major focus of the Arts Market Survey. The survey indicated that 27.7 percent of respondents could afford a live/work space priced between $500-$600 a month. The second largest percentage, 25.1 percent, could commit to $700-$800.

Artspace included the following information regarding HUD-specified levels of affordability, to put these rents into perspective:

The 2017 HUD published monthly rental rates for El Paso County; Colorado Springs, CO HUD Metro, for households qualifying between 30% of AMI and 60% of AMI are as follows:
-Efficiencies ranging between $387 and $774
-One-bedrooms ranging between $414 and $828
-Two-bedrooms ranging between $497 and $994
-Three-bedrooms ranging between $574 and $1,148
-Four-bedrooms ranging between $640 and $1,281

Though the HUD rental rates indicate a difference of hundreds of dollars (which would clearly affect affordability for low-income creatives), ArtSpace’s report states that “a developer may also set rents below these limits if the project will remain financially sustainable in doing so. Further, a ‘utility allowance’ is set by HUD in recognition that utility payments and rent should both be considered when determining the maximum that a household can pay. This results in base rents that are even lower than HUD published maximums.”

This means there is little surety at the moment exactly what rent may look like in an Artspace facility until more details are taken into account, but that the income of qualified applicants and HUD levels of affordability will be considered.

Qualified applicants, in this case, are those who fall below 60 percent area-median income (AMI). In order to keep space affordable by HUD standards, Artspace requires state-allocated, federal tax credits, which are only given to facilities that serve lower-income individuals and families. According to Artspace, 59 percent of the people surveyed would qualify, which is a good indication there is a correlation between those who are interested in affordable space, and those who would qualify for it.

All of the above, of course, relates to live/work space. Artspace recommends studio space be rented at a maximum of $300 a month, with an emphasis between units priced at $100-$200 a month, which evens out to about $0.50-$1 per square foot when the square footage requested by artists is taken into account. One person attending the event asked if commercial space such as studios and galleries would disqualify an Artspace facility from receiving those federal tax credits. According to Deaver, no, but the tax credits would only fund residential units. Funding for commercial space would need to come from another source. She said the process of tracking down that funding sometimes proves “difficult.”

Survey respondents also expressed an interest in shared creative space and specialized equipment. In this case, most requested the availability of gallery/exhibition space, classroom space or pop-up gallery space. 424 respondents expressed an interest in these and related amenities, which suggests prioritizing the inclusion of shared space. Deaver says every Artspace facility includes shared space, so it is likely to be part of the conception, depending on public input throughout the pre-development process.

One question on everyone’s minds: location. A development with up to 70 livable units would require a large area, and Artspace currently recommends between one and two acres. In its preliminary feasibility phase (results of which were released in November of 2016), Artspace identified in its site analysis seven potential sites that could be developed, which included the old Gazette property, the Rail Lofts in the Depot District, properties in the vicinity of Cottonwood Center for the Arts and more. At the time of the report, Artspace indicated that it saw the greatest potential for development at Cottonwood, though it would have to “carve out” a large enough space. (Of note, in order to develop the Gazette building or the old St. Francis Hospital, which was also considered, Artspace would need to “coordinate with and appeal to Nor’wood [Development Group]’s larger vision for both the Hospital and Gazette buildings and related sites,” as Nor’wood owns these properties.)

The survey suggested that local artists would be most interested in an artist live/work space either in the downtown core (81 percent), or on the Westside, west of I-25 (74 percent). Other areas of town garnered the interest of less than 30 percent of respondents.

At this point in time, Wolfson says that the Colorado Springs Creative Collective plans to move forward with an Artspace facility in Colorado Springs. The next step is what Artspace calls its pre-development phase, which will cost about $750,000 total, spread out over a three-year period. Wolfson says: “That period of time is used to characterize the architectural details of it, the overall design, land acquisition and the financing. And then the third phase is construction.”

Now where will funding for construction come from? Ideally, an Artspace facility would be a community investment. Taking Artspace’s Loveland Arts Campus as an example, the most money (aside from Low Income Housing Tax Credits, which made up $5,598,880 or 56 percent of the funding) came from the private sector and philanthropic gifts (16 percent in the amount of $1,641,982). However, additional sources included the Economic Development Administration, The State Housing Trust Fund/HOME Funds, the Loveland Housing Authority and more. While we cannot necessarily count on the same sources, or numbers, within our community, Wolfson is confident the resources will be found.

One concern, raised by John Spears of the Pikes Peak Library District, was that other organizations or groups might already be doing some of the work that Artspace is currently proposing. (Of note, PPLD recently teamed up with local art organizations to bring programming to Knights of Columbus Hall, which includes performance and potential studio space.)

Deaver assured Spears that Artspace is always open to partnerships, or is happy to step back if someone in the community is already doing the work. “If you’re running with this already, if it’s already happening,” she says, “we are here as technical assistance, or we’re here to be like ‘okay we’re done, you’re good.’ ... We’re not here to stomp on anything that’s going on. We’re here to support and complement what’s going on.”

The pre-development phase, Wolfson says, will require community input and may include more community meetings. In order to receive updates, interested artists, creatives or community members may sign up for the collective’s mailing list.
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Saturday, October 21, 2017

A partially informed guide to strategy games I've seen at Target

Posted By on Sat, Oct 21, 2017 at 1:53 PM

If you want a snapshot of how games once siloed in nerd culture are seeping into mainstream game play, look no further than the shelf at your local Target.

I've been visiting the location off Lake Ave. for seven years. Back in 2010, there was nothing outside of your usual Monopoly/Risk/family games. Then I saw Ticket to Ride pop up, followed by more titles typically lauded only in strategy gamers' circles. Now they have a whole shelf dedicated to it.

The shelf has expanded again in the few months since I snapped this shot. - NATE WARREN
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  • The shelf has expanded again in the few months since I snapped this shot.

So here's my "Partially Informed Buyer's Guide to Strategy Games I've seen at Target," including some of my favorite titles:

Settlers of Catan w/Various Expansions
Seems like 75-percent of hobby board gamers in the world cut their teeth on Settlers of Catan, often referred to as just Catan. You can go onto Reddit's r/boardgames and still see people occasionally post pictures of the Catan cupcakes and pillowcases they made, or Catan forehead tattoos they made their toddlers get. It's an area control/trading game with some random luck thrown in and, aparently at one point is being played in an episode of Big Bang Theory. I guess the Green Bay Packers were quite competitive about it at one point, too. I had a different pathway into board gaming and was never that curious about this game in particular. Board game designs have come a long way since the 1990s, which is when I believe Catan was released, so we're focused on other things. Pick it up if you want a proven entry point into the hobby.

Forbidden Island
OI've only played this once, a cool little game. You and your fellow players are on an island represented by tiles that are gradually disappearing under your feet. Each player has distinct abilities and must work with the others to get to a chopper together and fly away before the whole thing goes underwater. Pretty dang fun and not very tough to learn.

There was a lot of buzz about Spyfall when it came out in 2014, and it became a major hit. That's quite a feat considering the market is wildly saturated with thousands of new titles every year. Definitely worth a look!

Another huge hit from Vlaada Chvatil, one of the most inventive designers in the industry. I bought Codenames on my cousin's recommendation. It's a team party game where spymasters have to safely guide their teams of operatives to locate friendly agents using a trickier-than-it-looks "word clue" dynamic. My team got our asses kicked on our first and only play, but this will definitely be on our table again.

This co-op game has a massive following. I played it once and captured my impressions in this post.

Super Munchkin: Guest Art Edition
This is one of the more polarizing titles out there. From what I understand, it's a tongue-in-cheek card game where a bunch of adventurers are trying to slay a beast or something while mercilessly screwing each other over the whole time. Depending on who you talk to, this is either a hilarious lark or an interminable slog of "crabs in a barrel."

King of Tokyo
Yahtzee meets a monster battle. Reviewed here by me earlier. The more drunk I am, the more fun I have with this game.

Sheriff of Nottingham
In Sheriff of Nottingham, all the players take turns being the Sheriff. Your job? Stop contraband from making its way to market. This sets off a great bluffing game as to what's in your opponents' bags on market day. If you catch them with illegal goods, it's lucrative. Guess wrong and it sets you back. It left me wanting to play it more.

This is a unique and lovely game. I reviewed it here.

The Coup
Another great social bluffing game, this time set in a future where various characters struggle for power. Once you get the light rules down, you can run several games of this in an hour. A perfect example of "less is more."

If you want a more creative take on area control wargames like Risk, give Smallworld a look. You play as one of several fantasy races vying for supremacy on a map. Except you have to bid for the races you want to play, and a nifty "randomized power" mechanic ensures that the same race never plays quite the same twice. Good game!

7 Wonders
One of my favorites of all time. See my review here. I bought 7 Wonders in 2011 and it still gets into the rotation regularly, even with our growing collection. This is a must have.

Like a crack rock but in card form. I love this game. Here's my review.

Betrayal at the House on the Hill
This game is kind of bananas. It's a cooperative "explore a spooky mansion" affair until something called "The Haunting" triggers any number of bizarre end-scenarios with their own objectives. In the game I played, one of the characters became a housecat and the rest of the players all shrank in size. Our goal was to get to the attic and fly a toy plane to safety before being eaten by the cat. We all got chowed on. If you like lots of fanciful game twists, give Betrayal a try.

Nate Warren is a Colorado Springs-based copywriter who offers both the veteran gamer and the uninitiated a local window into the burgeoning and wildly creative world of hobby and designer board games enjoyed by fanatics and connoisseurs — around the corner and and across the globe.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards honor established and emerging arts professionals

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Josh Boehnke thanks mentor Ralph Giordano, who presented the awards for film. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • Josh Boehnke thanks mentor Ralph Giordano, who presented the awards for film.

The October 17 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards gala was a colorful and congratulatory affair, with awards handed out to established and emerging Pikes Peak region artists in the categories of dance, film, literary arts, music, theater and visual arts. In addition, PPAC awarded its annual Rising Star Award, Arts Champion of the Year Award, Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award and, a new category this year, the Future of the Arts Award.

The “future of the arts” proved to be a central theme of the evening, with many awards and speeches focusing on education, community building, and getting young people involved in the arts.

Presenting the Rising Star Award to filmmaker Steven Sabell, Claire Swinford (last year’s recipient) called Sabell a “young professional in our community, who is making waves in his chosen medium. He is an artist to watch in coming years,” adding that this award can provide incredible encouragement and support to young artists, which they need to move this community forward.

Multiple categories awarded the up-and-coming. The award for Youth Dance Production went to the Colorado Ballet Society for their production of The Music Man, the first in the society’s new theater program. In film, Josh Boehnke took home the Young Filmmaker Award and the award for Comedy/Drama Film for his film (Because In The End) It’s Only Helium. The award for Documentary Film also went to a young person. Tea Santos of the Youth Documentary Academy thanked YDA for giving her the space to discuss her mental illness in the hopes of educating others.

In literature, Hear Here Poetry’s youth slam program won Program by a Literary Arts Organization. While printmaker and community builder Han Sayles took home Outstanding Emerging Visual Artist in the visual arts category.

The Future of the Arts award captured the spirit of each of these commendations. In introducing the award, Lynette Reagan said, “The question asked this year is: ‘What does the future of art look like in this region?’ It was agreed we wanted to keep the good stuff from the past, but we wanted more. What does that more look like?” She said the future of the arts should include more young people, more collaboration, more unique skills, and a greater spirit of sharing. The recipient of this award encapsulated all of the above.

Local arts organization Concrete Couch organizes community-based projects, hosting skillshares and arts-focused gatherings, centering sustainability and social justice in their mission. Accepting on behalf of Concrete Couch, Kendall Kultgen said: “The ultimate mission is to bring people together and build community, to share things, collaborate, have human experiences with someone, make something with someone ... the future of the arts really isn’t one person, or even Concrete Couch and the staff. It’s the community.”

But for all the focus on the future, PPAC made sure to honor the past, and the established artists and art patrons who have helped build this community for years, if not decades. Mainstay awardees included the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, which won the theatre Make ‘Em Sing award for Man of La Mancha; Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik took home the award for Excellent Gallery Exhibit for Ragnarök: Anthropocene; The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Chorale and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale won Outstanding Classical Performance for their collaborative production of Carmina Burana; and more familiar faces took their earned place at the podium.

The Arts Champion of the Year award went to someone who, as presenter Jon Khoury said, is not what one might traditionally consider an artist. However, thanks to her enthusiasm, “unique expression” and generosity, Khoury said: “To me, you are an artist, just as much as anyone in the traditional sense is an artist.”

Chris McGarry, who earned a standing ovation as she ascended the stage, has been a patron of the arts in the Pikes Peak Region since moving here in 2013, donating time, money and energy to organizations such as TheatreWorks, GOCA, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and many more. After her heartfelt speech, multiple award recipients interrupted their own acceptance speeches to tell their favorite Chris McGarry story, proving her impact on local arts.

Another notable award, the Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to someone who has worked tirelessly to enrich the arts community for 40 years. Patti Boles, owner and instructor at Studio Dance and Art Center, has served on multiple boards of directors, and has consistently supported dance, music, visual art, theatre and more right here in Colorado Springs.

Take a look at all the nominees and winners below and scroll down for a slideshow of each winner:


Youth Dance Production
Colorado Ballet Society for The Music Man (winner)
Professional Academy of New Dramatic Arts for Shrek the Musical
Turning Pointe School of Dance for Annie Jr.

Pas de Deux: Outstanding Collaborative Performance
Colorado Springs Dance Theatre for Parsons Dance
Ormao Dance Company with Glen Whitehead for PrePress (winner)
Ormao Dance Company with Green Box Arts, Green Box Arts Festival 2017

Exceptional Performance of The Nutcracker
Colorado Springs Philharmonic with Oklahoma City Ballet
Colorado Youth Ballet with Colorado Ballet Society
Zamuel Ballet School (winner)


Comedy/Drama Film
(Because In The End) It’s Only Helium by Josh Boehnke (winner)
Hapless Horror by Wes Clark
Lunatic by Nathaniel Shields

Documentary Film
Love Me by Josh Sun
Movement for Movement’s Sake by Thomas Crandall
Surviving by Tea Santos (winner)

Young Filmmaker Award
Tea Santos
Josh Sun
Josh Boehnke (winner)


Outstanding Classical Performance
Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Chorale, and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (winner)
Opera Theatre of the Rockies for Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs for JazzMasters: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Music Group
Dead Set
Fortune’s Fool
Tejon Street Corner Thieves (winner)

Technical or Venue Achievement
The Flux Capacitor and Pikes Peak Library District Partnership
Jonathan Rose and The Black Sheep
Wescott Pro Audio Recording Studio (winner)

Literary Arts

Individual Literary Artist
Phil Ginsburg
Idris Goodwin (winner)
Nat Stein

Program by a Literary Arts Organization
Poetry West
Hear Hear Poetry Youth Slam Program (winner)
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Program

Collective/Individual Published Work
Colorado Collective Volume 4
Inauguration by Nico Wilkinson and Idris Goodwin (winner)
Poetry West


Make ‘Em Sing
UCCS Theatre Company for Cabaret
The Millibo Art Theatre for Babette's Knockout Opera
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College for Man of La Mancha (winner)

Make ‘Em Laugh
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College for Bye Bye Birdie
The Millibo Art Theatre for Babette's Knockout Opera
THEATREWORKS for Game of Love and Chance (winner)

Make ‘Em Think
Springs Ensemble Theatre for The Elephant Man
THEATREWORKS for The Hairy Ape
UCCS Theatre Company for Cabaret (winner)

Visual Arts

Excellent Gallery Exhibit
Chris Mike and Rob Miller for Skateboarding - Not One Ounce of Compromise at Kreuser Gallery
Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik for Ragnarӧk: Anthropocene at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (winner)
The Black Power Tarot at the Gallery of Contemporary Art

Outstanding Established Visual Artist

Steve Weed
Lindsay Hand (winner)
Kim Nguyen

Outstanding Emerging Visual Artist
Jasmine Dillavou
Han Sayles (winner)
JD Sell

[Disclosure: Alissa Smith was on the theatre committee, and contributed to the selection process in the theatre category.]

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Quaill Club's queer witches offer new 'psychic hotline'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Gone are the days of the Psychic Friends Network, when one quick 1-900 phone call and a measly $3.99 per minute could offer you a wealth of divine understanding without requiring you to change out of your pajamas. The popular psychic hotline, which ran infomercials from 1991 to 1997, has long been considered a relic of the past, but local queer artist collective Quaill Club plans to give the format a bit of an update, offering a similar service to the Springs. Their version, however, is free of charge.

Kimberly Southcott, Nico Wilkinson (an occasional Indy freelancer) and Meredith Ann came up with the concept of “Divine Inspiration” thanks to an unexpected resource. The club’s internet provider included a phone line (yes, another ‘90s throwback) with the house's wi-fi, and Ann says they asked themselves: “What are we going to do with this useless thing?”

A psychic/advice hotline turned out to be the answer. It all begins with a launch event as part of ArtPOP 2017, the joint effort by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Pikes Peak Arts Council to fill Arts Month with new and interesting cultural experiences. Funded by PPAC, Southcott, her family, and Ann have been building an old-fashioned (and brightly colored) phone booth, which will be set up near the sidewalk outside Quaill Club (1019 E. Costilla St.). In the booth, participants will find a pre-paid phone with the Quaill Club number on speed dial, and instructions for how to connect to a psychic reader.

Readers will include Wilkinson, Ann, Southcott and Mallory Everhart (another Indy freelancer), but Wilkinson says they’re also reaching out to other readers to see if they might be interested.

All four are practitioners of Tarot, a form of divination dating back centuries, which uses a set of cards with generally agreed-upon interpretations to answer questions or provide life advice. “[Tarot has] become this way of connecting with people on what they’re going through and what they want to talk about,” says Wilkinson, “and [it] just offers a window to help offer advice.”

Hesitant to go for a full reading? That’s okay by them. Ann says people are welcome to pick up the phone and talk about the arts or LGBTQ issues, or anything else that may come up. “They can ask advice on anything,” she says, “‘cause we’re a house of queer artists who do witchy things.” Quaill Club’s collective expertise tends to span genres.

Wilkinson is excited to open the phone line on an ongoing basis, too. They say, “There’s a lot of struggles [right now], and I think this time of year is hard for a lot of people, and they don’t realize it.” They hope to offer some advice and guidance to those who need it.

The line will officially open during “Divine Inspiration Telephone,” Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and remain open daily thereafter. Folks can either use the prepaid phone in the booth outside Quaill Club, or call 434-1161 from home.

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Dance, culture, social commentary and Shakespeare for the week ahead

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:00 AM

18 Wednesday

Ballet Folklorico
Hispanic Heritage Month ran Sept. 15-Oct. 15 — CSU-Pueblo invited this dance troupe to celebrate. Ballet Folklorico de la Ciudad de Mexico presents traditional Mexican dance, with colorful and engaging costumes and high-energy music. Since its inception in 1987, the troupe has acted as cultural ambassadors, “to rejuvenate and bring awareness to dance in Mexico.” Oct. 18, 7 p.m., CSU-Pueblo’s Hoag Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, $5-$8,

20 Friday

More than 400 years after Shakespeare penned his classic plays, it’s nice to see some fun fresh takes on works we all know and love. In this case, five Counterweight Theatre Lab actors have memorized the entire script of Macbeth, and will trade roles throughout the play. Performing in an unconventional venue both weekends, the action will be immersive and — fair warning — may call for some audience participation. Oct. 20-21, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Switchback Coffee Roasters, 330 N. Institute St.; Oct. 27-28, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St.; $5-$12,

20 Friday

Eco-Wakening Circus Theatre
Combining art with activism, Eco-Wakening draws attention to consumerism, climate change, environmental issues and how we play a part in all of it. The whole production team, including its performers, contributes to action days along each stop of their tour to enrich the local community. Musical guests: We Dream Dawn, featuring Bridget Law of Elephant Revival. Oct. 20, mini-fair begins at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$20,

21 Saturday

Textiles West and Cottonwood Center for the Arts’ “annual fiber festival” celebrates all textile and fiber arts. Meet a yak or an alpaca, learn to knit or crochet, try your hand at making a banner or felt wool balls, participate in COPPeR’s interactive installation, or enjoy one of the day’s lectures. Textiles West will unveil a new installation, Stitching Community Together, which will be hung in various locations throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Also on-site for the festivities: NaO’s Food Bus. Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., free,

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Millibo Art Theatre awarded American Theatre Wing grant

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 8:51 AM

Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree, founders and artistic directors of The MAT - COURTESY MILLIBO ART THEATRE
  • Courtesy Millibo Art Theatre
  • Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree, founders and artistic directors of The MAT
The Millibo Art Theatre, a mainstay in the local theater community, has been awarded a prestigious grant from The American Theatre Wing, the very same group that founded the Tony Awards 70 years ago.

The American Theatre Wing’s 2017 National Theatre Company Grants went to only nine theaters nationwide, in the amount of $10,000 each, and are meant to offer general support to operations. Other winners of the 2017 grants hail from such theatrical bastions as Chicago and New York City, among others.

Since its inception in 2002, The Millibo has committed to bringing new and original theater to the Pikes Peak Region. With a “Premieres” series for adults and a “Kids First” series for families, as well as educational opportunities, yearly summer cabarets and more special events, the MAT has gained plentiful local recognition. This significant nod from a national organization speaks well of its continued growth.

In its official announcement, The MAT writes:
“The recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor,” said Birgitta De Pree Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Millibo Art Theatre affectionately known as the MAT. “We have worked very hard to provide a home in Colorado Springs for new, original theatre for audiences of all ages. To be recognized on the national level with this award is a wonderful note of encouragement to our artists, staff, students, volunteers, and audiences. We believe that Colorado Springs is approaching a modern Arts Renaissance with amazing potential. The MAT is proud to be an integral part of that.”

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Classical music, cool science, an absurdist circus and more make up this week's recommended events

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 4:28 PM

12 Thursday

Circus Beckett
Classic plays by playwright Samuel Beckett (responsible for Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days and more) — but set in a circus ring. Cast includes 15 Colorado College students, presenting a creative take on some of Beckett’s most interesting and/or absurd work. Director, associate professor Andrew Manley, was trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London, and has an impressive theatrical pedigree. Oct. 12-14, 7:30 p.m., extra showing: Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $5,

12 Thursday

Three Nights of Horror Film and Beer Festival
Hosted annually by the Independent Film Society of Colorado, which provides the region with year-round film screenings and special events. Includes: horror film screenings, local beer and spirits, costume contests, indie short films and more. Zombie crawl drags itself downtown on the 13th, courtesy of IFSOC, Blissfest333 and Colorado Springs S.T.A.R.S — yeah, those badass Resident Evil cosplayers. Remember to dress up! Oct. 12, 6-11:45 p.m., Oct. 13-14, 4-11:45 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free to attend,

13 Friday

Reformers & Rebels
This concert celebrates “revolutions, large and small” from the Lutheran Reformation to the Underground Railroad. The Colorado Springs Chorale will be joined by the Chamber Singers and an orchestral ensemble to perform music by Bach and Whitacre, among others. Presented in memory of Sylvia Hutson, the chorale’s general manager, who passed away this summer. Her birthday is Oct. 17. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$15,

14 Saturday

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Cool Science Carnival
This educational and exciting event kicks off eight days of science-related celebration in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Curious folks of all ages can enjoy science shows, hands-on activities, exhibits, open labs and demonstrations. The carnival is just step one: Check the Cool Science calendar online for a list of more than 50 events happening this week. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free,

14 Saturday

ArtPOP 2017: Facelessness
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 46 percent of homeless adults live with severe mental illness. To draw attention to the correlation, local artist Cole Bennett has created a sound- and movement-based sculpture. Presented in conjunction with Arts Month and ArtPOP, a series of pop-up art events in the Pikes Peak region throughout the month of October. Oct. 14, noon to 1 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.,

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Student artists beautify The Perk Downtown with new Colorado-themed mural

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 12:37 PM

  • Courtesy The Perk Downtown
Over the last few years, the Colorado Springs downtown corridor has seen some major artistic enhancements. The Art on the Streets initiative has set up sculptures and decorated traffic boxes, and Concrete Couch has contributed mosaic artwork with an eye on community-building. Now, another entity is working to make its mark on Downtown: UCCS’ Art and Art History Club.

The club has set out to paint a new mural (to be completed this weekend) on the side of The Perk Downtown, a coffee shop in the middle of Downtown. The theme is “Colorado Beauty” and is meant to convey some iconic aspects of Colorado, such as Garden of the Gods and the Colorado flag, through an abstract style.

Painted entirely by student artists, the mural will be revealed during November’s First Friday festivities, (Nov. 3), but those interested in seeing these students’ work before the unveiling have another art event to look forward to.

Location Details The Perk Downtown
14 S. Tejon St.
Colorado Springs, CO
Coffee Shop and Coffee/Tea

An exhibition of artistic studies related to the Perk mural will be presented in Colorado Beauty, featuring the work of student members of the Art and Art History Club. The exhibition opens Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m. at UCCS’ Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities.

To learn more about the mural, see the full press release from The Perk Downtown below:

Colorado Springs, Colorado – October 1, 2017– Armed with paint, passion and a pride for art, college students have volunteered to show what Colorado beauty means to them at The Perk Downtown.

The Perk Downtown and students from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs have joined together to further enrich the artistic community of Downtown Colorado Springs. Not only that, the students gain invaluable experience through the joint effort.

Jemma Brock, student and co-president of UCCS’ Art History and Art Club, which is painting the mural along with six of its members for the next two weekends, said she is excited for the project to happen downtown.

“It’s a chance to give back to Colorado Springs in a way that I have not been able to do yet,” She said. She also said that she is glad UCCS is getting representation and feels that Colorado College “gets a lot of exposure.”

Kristine Henrich, who serves as co-president along Brock, said she was excited to paint at The Perk.

“I really like that Colorado Springs is growing as an art community.” She said. “Being a part of that gives me a sense of community.

Henrich said the theme of the project, which is Colorado Beauty, is being painted in an abstract style, hoping to invoke more emotion that way.

“When we all sat down, I told everybody to come up with a theme that captured Colorado beauty,” she said. “Everyone came back with Garden of the Gods and the Colorado Flag.”

She also said that more Colorado details will be incorporated into the painting, but that would have to be saved for the final revealing during November’s First Friday.

Both Brock and Henrich said that the concepts for the final project will be incorporated into a showing at The Heller Center, a UCCS art gallery, east of Trader Joes on North Nevada Avenue. The concepts will be shown from October 20th to the 22nd.

Corey Drieth, co-director of UCCS’ Visual Arts Program and advisor to the Art History and Art Club, said the club members spearheaded the project.

“They’ve taken it on completely themselves,” he said. “The whole thing is really theirs.”

Drieth said that business owners don’t often reach out for art projects like this one. He explained the club was looking for a project, and that’s when The Perk happened to reach out.

“This was just really good timing” he said.

Drieth also said the students get several opportunities out of the project.

“First and foremost, they learn the business of working with a client.” He said. They also get to learn about price negotiations between client and customer and what the final product should be.

Drieth excitedly said the project gave UCCS a path to branch out in to the community.

“We’re not downtown, we’re up on the bluff,” he said, explaining it was harder to build community with that distance.

“It’s great to see our students actually get work downtown,” Drieth said. “To engage in the cultural acts of the city is really important for the students.”

Don Heaberlin, owner of The Perk Downtown, said the project gave students something unique.

“This gives the student artists a local outlet to display their talents and creativity. Many times, students who are just starting out in their life path just need someone or an outlet to display their talents,” he said.

“There are other venues for artists but we wanted to focus on local artists from the local universities who are just starting to hone their skills and give them an opportunity to show the local community what they are capable of this early in their careers.”

The Perk Downtown has been serving the community the past nine years with the best coffee and the friendliest service in the city. They continually seek to give new musicians and artists a chance to display their talents and craft, enriching the local community.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

COPPeR, Pikes Peak Arts Council to fund ArtPOP

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 8:25 AM

The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) and the Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC) have undertaken a $10,000 partnership to fund pop-up arts performances throughout the region. The collection of events, dubbed ArtPOP, is part of Arts Month, the COPPeR-run local celebration of National Arts & Humanities Month.

ArtPOP marks a major change — it’s the first time that COPPeR’s Arts Month funds have gone to pay artists directly. The event budget, which includes $25,000 from city-distributed Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART) funds and $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), plus other sponsors, goes to promoting and advertising existing events, as well as running events like Artini and the Business & Arts Lunch. This year, COPPeR gave a $10,000 grant to PPAC to hire artists for free pop-up events across the region, including events in Manitou Springs and Divide.

"[Andy] had the idea for ArtPOP... and recognized that the cultural office didn’t necessarily have the bandwidth to create and administer 20 events," says PPAC executive director Kate Perdoni. "But that they had the resources financially, so they came to us to put the events together.”

“It made a lot of sense to collaborate with [PPAC] and leverage their connections in the community to expand our reach beyond what we could have managed on our own to keep growing Arts Month,” says Andy Vick, COPPeR’s executive director. “[Collaborations like this are] about empowering other organizations to support the broader mission of growing and empowering the arts community here.” He says that, as long as the funding’s available, he hopes to not only repeat the event but expand it next year.

Vick further says that this event not only supports artists, one of COPPeR’s core goals, it also works as marketing for Arts Month.

“I can choose to spend my money on traditional media advertising, which I’m doing...” he says, “but I can also ‘market’ Arts Month to the broader community by engaging local artists to go into the community and to present something new and engaging in nontraditional spaces...” Indeed, Vick explains that the primary goal of ArtPOP is to promote and increase engagement with Arts Month.

“Unlike many organizations around the country, we don’t have the resources to regrant directly to individual artists,” Vick says. He further explains that’s not a product of COPPeR’s priorities, but a matter of available grants in the arts ecosystem at large. He says it’s very difficult to find grants that can be used to fund artists directly. Typically, he says, governments and government agencies don’t pay for art directly, so COPPeR’s ability to put out grants for individual artists depends more on private donors.

“In Indianapolis, for example, they’ll get $100,000 from the Lilly [Endowment] to turn around and make 10 $10,000 grants for artists,” he says. “I would love to get to the place where we have the ability to do that, but that involves finding a funder who specifically wants to have their resources spent to support an individual artist. I don’t have that right now.”

For a full listing of ArtPOP events, check here, and take a look at the map embedded at the bottom of this page. The Indy will also be covering several ArtPOP events; we’ll keep a list of all of our previews below.

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Songs, stories, shorts and ... sanitary products? Events to watch for this week

Posted By on Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 1:00 AM

4 Wednesday

Kuyasa Kids Choir Concert
Hailing from Kayamandi Township in South Africa, the Kuyasa Kids are a singing and dancing choir composed of members of South Africa’s Xhosa tribe. Their “Creating Hope Tour” is meant to raise awareness of the African children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS. “Kuyasa” means “sun” in Xhosa, echoing the choir’s goal to bring hope to those who are suffering. Oct. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., Black Forest Community Church, 6845 Shoup Road, donations accepted,

5 Thursday

Our Shorts Are Showing #5
Once known as Craft Theater, Craft Production Resource now dedicates itself to helping local
playwrights produce original work. This weekend, enjoy six brand new plays written by locals Sue Bachman, Steve Emily, Bill Cobban, Phil Ginsburg and Warren Epstein. The plays are each short, self-contained stories, perfect for the theater-goer with a limited attention span. Oct. 5-7, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 7, 2-4 p.m.; Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m., The Theater on Pecan, 1367 Pecan St., $5-$15,

6 Friday

Story Time
Chavez Gallery’s ever-awesome First Friday parties are even better in their new and spacious location. Enjoy the opening of Story Time, new artwork for book lovers, whimsically created by Liese and Kris Chavez. Festivities include a one-night-only, book-themed interactive installation; live music by Valerie Rosencrantz; and a “Guess that Book” trivia contest (with prizes)! Oct. 6, 5-7 p.m., on display through October, Chavez Gallery, 25241/2 W. Colorado Ave., free,

7 Saturday

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Go with the Flow Donation Show and Tampon Drive
Hosted by HOME: Humans Optimistically Motivating Each-other, which is just a delightful name for an organization on the baseline, tonight's goal is to collect 10,000 menstruation or other sanitary products, to be donated to Springs Rescue Mission. Bands include touring Caustic Casanova and Irata; and locals Cheap Perfume, Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Alone and e.clairee. Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Triple Nickel Tavern, 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., $5 and/or a donation of menstruation hygiene products,

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Juan Morales leads workshop in art-inspired poetry

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 1:13 PM

  • Courtesy Juan Morales
The art of ekphrastic poetry explores art through multiple avenues. An ekphrastic poet draws inspiration from visual art — either created by themselves or by another — and examines the subject or style of the artwork in a new way. The combination of artistic expression speaks to the spirit of Arts Month, which runs throughout October here in Colorado Springs.

Pueblo-based poet Juan Morales has been incorporating ekphrastic poetry into his own work since attending a workshop in 2012 that drew inspiration from a Latino art exhibit at the Smithsonian. On Oct. 4, he'll be leading a workshop in ekphrastic poetry inside the Galleries of Contemporary Art’s Great Expectations exhibit.

He'll also read some of his own work, while displaying the visual art that inspired it, then lead participants through some exercises that utilize the art on the walls. “I don’t know what art is currently being featured,” Morales says, “so I think there is a level of spontaneity that happens with good writing that I hope we can accomplish with this exercise.”

Morales, whose third volume of poetry The Handyman’s Guide to End Times will be published next fall, is excited to take part in Arts Month in Colorado Springs, and not just because he grew up here.

“[It’s] a good way to show the different varieties of mediums that artists are using to express themselves along the Front Range," he says. "We have similar projects in Pueblo with the Pueblo Arts Alliance, but it’s nice to see our counterpart in Colorado Springs doing great work.”

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Monday, October 2, 2017

CSU-Pueblo honors LGBT History Month with campus events

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 9:09 AM

  • The sight of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the LGBTQ rights movement as we know it today
LGBT History Month began on Oct. 1, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the great strides made by the LGBTQ community, in the face of great challenges. Colorado State University, Pueblo will honor the occasion with events throughout the month of October that promote education and discussion around LGBTQ culture and history. These events are open to faculty, staff, students and the wider community.

See below for a current schedule of events, and keep an eye on the student activities webpage for further updates.

Oct. 3 – LGBTQ+ History Month Kickoff with Game Night: 3-5 p.m., Greenhorn Hall. Test your knowledge on LGBTQ+ history. Play games while educating yourself about LGBTQ+ culture.

Oct. 11 – LGBTQ+ History Movie Night and Discussion: 5 p.m. in Psychology 153.The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will host a screening of the movie, “Were the World Mine,” a film depicting a gay student at an all-boys school who is regularly bullied. With a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s famous “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he turns his town gay so that they may walk in his shoes.

Oct. 19 – Make Your Own Pride Gear: 2-4 p.m., Psychology 153. Craft banners to use in marches and create art to hang in the library and display cases.

Oct. 25 – Safe Zone Training: 2-4 p.m. in Culebra Hall. This training presents attendees with knowledge on the LGBTQIA community. Participants begin their training by attending a mandatory orientation session and continue their involvement through monthly luncheon discussions. Participants will learn to identify and explain appropriate LGBT resources for students in need, be informed about significant LGBT issues, and be able to identify at least two ways to improve their support of the LGBT community. Please RSVP via, as space is limited. 

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Coffee, Creek Week and more events to add to your week's calendar

Posted By on Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 9:10 AM

30 Saturday

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Café Craft Coffee and Beer Invitational
Colorado Springs loves its coffee almost as much as its beer — or maybe that’s the other way around — so we have a lot of options when it comes to choosing the best in brews of all sorts. Local brewers and roasters have now melded the art of the two beverages, showcasing “the diverse flavors” in each at this special event. Attendees will receive samples, of course, a Café Craft glass, a special edition event booklet and some extra surprises. Proceeds benefit the Indy Give! campaign. Sept. 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., $35-$45,

30 Saturday

Fourth Annual Fountain Creek Week Cleanup
Creating a healthy natural environment starts at home, and here’s a good opportunity to get involved. Individuals can join an existing “Creek Crew” or start their own groups. There will be about 30 public events to choose from throughout the week, in the Springs and surrounding towns, so no matter where you live you'll have an opportunity to help out. Sept. 30-Oct. 8, times vary, various locations, free,

30 Saturday

Fall Rally
With that Federal Land Freedom Act threatening public lands, we should be loud in our celebration of National Public Lands Day. Today, party with the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance with some food, drinks, a bonfire and ziplining. You’ll also hear about what’s new in outdoor recreation, including local current events and how to get involved. Sept. 30, 4-7 p.m., Pikes Peak Zipline, 1335 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $20-$25,

30 Saturday

Debra Gallegos and Yolanda Ortega
  • Debra Gallegos and Yolanda Ortega
Latina Voices
In its seventh year, Latina Voices continues to showcase the incredible and influential Latina women of Colorado. This year's lineup features digital storyteller Felicia Chavez; musical duo Yolanda Ortega and Debra Gallegos; and UCCS professor Dr. Sylvia Mendez. Benefit from their talent and insight while enjoying substantial refreshments provided by Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District. Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to noon, Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free,

2 Monday

Diane Seuss
This Kalamazoo College professor and alum has been recognized time and time again for her outstanding poetry. Her 2015 collection Four-Legged Girl, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and 2010’s Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open won the Juniper Prize for Poetry in 2009. As part of CC’s Visiting Writers Series, Seuss will speak and read from her work. Oct. 2, 7 p.m., CC’s Gaylord Hall, 902 N. Cascade Ave., free,

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