Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Art, science, sports and a classic cabaret fill the week's calendar

Posted By on Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Family Star Party: Ever Changing Moon
The Space Foundation Discovery Center hosts these parties once a month all year round, offering outdoor education to “inspire the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts.” This month, enjoy special activities including pinwheel crafts illustrating the phases of the moon, and observations of the gibbous moon, Uranus and Andromeda in the night sky. If you want to hop inside to see the museum, too, admission is half-price and includes a Science On a Sphere presentation. Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m., Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, free for outdoor activities, discount museum admission available,

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Champagne Cabaret
Earlier this year, Peaks and Pasties, the region’s first professional burlesque troupe, gave us another first — the first full-time local cabaret, teaming up with The Gold Room. Peaks and Pasties holds more Indy Best Of gold awards than we can count — the reigning queens and kings of the Naughty Business category. All Champagne Cabarets have their own theme; this weekend enjoy “A Burlesque Christmas Carol,” featuring holiday-themed acts. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 9 p.m., The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $15-$25,

30 Thursday

COS Outdoor Sports & Rec Expo
Winter in Colorado doesn’t mean the same thing as winter anywhere else. Instead of forcing folks inside, it gives them the opportunity to strap sticks to their feet and go careening down icy slopes. Browse about 20 vendors and organizations including clubs, retail outfits, manufacturers and more, each with a focus on outdoor sports/recreation. Stick around afterward to network with the Colorado Springs Young Professionals, enjoying drinks and food at The Principal’s Office, Bristol Brewing Company and Axe and the Oak Whiskey House.
Nov. 30, 5-8 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.,

1 Friday

  • Courtesy GOCA
The concepts of iconoclasm and minimalism assert, essentially, that art does not need to represent or even convey any particular object or emotion, but can simply exist as it is, avoiding “overt symbolism.” Exploring that concept, Colorado artists Jonathan Dankenbring and Corey Drieth draw on their related interests: anthropology and spirituality/religion. Dankenbring is currently the Preparator at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College; Drieth teaches in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at UCCS. Opening reception, Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m., on display through March 17, GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St, #100, free,

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Monday, November 27, 2017

COCO Crafted closes storefront doors, plans for a pop-up future

Posted By on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 2:49 PM

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Monday, Nov. 27, Mundi Ross announced via Facebook the closing of COCO Crafted. The storefront and workshop space, an extension of Ross’ Colorado Collective magazine for makers and creators in Southern Colorado, opened in March of this year in the old Mountain Fold Books space on Costilla Street. Over the last nine months, COCO Crafted has hosted workshops in various DIY disciplines from beading to embroidery to homemade gelato, and provided opportunities for kids and teens to learn creative skills.

In a video posted to Facebook, Ross said that letting the space go is “bittersweet.”

Ross cites her father’s recent ALS diagnosis as reason for the closure, explaining that caring for her family and herself while running the storefront has been mentally and emotionally difficult. “I want to look back on this season and know that I have no regrets, and that I was there for my family and can spend as much time with him as I can,” she said.

The good news: COCO Crafted may be letting go of its storefront, but it will “live on” through pop-up events and home DIY parties. Plus, Ross plans to host a large sale of the products on COCO Crafted’s shelves, including jewelry, pottery, cards and more by local makers.

See the full video announcement below:

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Enjoy music, art, literature and the great outdoors with events this week

Posted By on Wed, Nov 22, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Hungry Farmer Bands’ Annual Thanksgiving Reunion
The Hungry Farmer was a popular restaurant on Garden of the Gods Road in the ‘70s and ‘80s, known for live country music and hearty food. Keeping up the tradition of the owner’s Thanksgiving Eve meal, which gave musicians a place to go for the holiday, Hungry-Farmer regulars present a special concert annually. Tonight's bands include Fall River Road, Buffalo Dreams, Radford Lewis Band, Range Rockets and Phantom Hooters. Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, admission: two non-perishable food items or small cash donation for Care & Share,

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Own Your Own Art Show & Sale
This annual exhibition offers the work of more than 60 artists, including big regional names like Doug Candelaria and Sharon Orman. With competitive prices, find holiday gifts in the form of paintings, jewelry, wood sculptures, photography and any other medium you can imagine. A Black Friday weekend sale (with deep discounts) will christen the opening; this is the weekend to attend. Sales will be Nov. 24-25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on display until Dec. 31, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo,

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Fresh Air Friday
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, a local favorite recreation spot, boasts 2,701 acres and 21 miles of trails, among other amenities. Friday, enter the park for free and take advantage of events to help you “get to know your park,” including archery and family-focused activities. Another option: Strike out on your own to hike, bike, ride horses or take
advantage of the great outdoors. It’s Colorado, so don’t be afraid of a little cold. Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights,

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Small Business Saturday Book Signing Event
Held in honor of Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day, which celebrates independent publications.
Includes a signing by Colorado author Diane Sawatzki (Once Upon Another Time and Manyhorses Traveling) and Dave Philipps (Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang). Philipps won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism while working for the local Gazette, and is now a national correspondent with The New York Times. Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Covered Treasures, 105 Second St., Monument,

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Events for all ages honor art, nonprofits, culture and animals this week

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:42 AM

16 Thursday

Fifth Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament
Those who routinely win rock, paper, scissors will tell you there is actually a strategy. Give yours a workout in support of nonprofit UpaDowna. Participants may join the team of either Oskar Blues or New Belgium brewing companies — only 24 spots open per team, so be sure to register. Spectators can observe for free, root for their favorite beer brand (with a drink in hand), and learn about UpaDowna’s work. Nov. 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., $10 to compete,

17 Friday

Happy Hour with the Hellers
Get a glimpse into the social life of the mid-20th century with artifacts, photographs and artwork from the life of Larry and Dot Heller. Curated by graduating seniors Jamie Gray and Samantha Knoll, this event encompasses both of their majors: anthropology and art history. Opening reception will feature a signature drink, provided by Lee Spirits Co., since (quality) gin was the Hellers’ drink of choice. Opening reception, Nov. 17, 6-9 p.m.; on display Nov. 18-19, 1-4 p.m., UCCS Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities, 1250 N. Campus Heights,

18 Saturday

Rhythm and Motion of Africans in the Diaspora
Raising money to support Colorado Springs’ Citywide Kwanzaa Celebration, which will host a variety of events from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. Enjoy West African drummers, traditional and contemporary African dancers, a fashion show, spoken-word poetry, storytelling and an African marketplace. Those living in the diaspora, those who have visited Africa or those curious about the culture can connect, learn and have fun in this family-friendly environment. Nov. 18, noon to 4 p.m., Kathryn Mohrman Theatre in CC’s Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., $5-$10,

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Holiday Alpaca Extravaganza
The Southeastern Colorado Alpaca Breeders host this event every year, showcasing alpaca fiber products and the adorable animals that make it happen. With 13 members, SECAB’s specialties run the gamut from clothing and accessories to felted soaps to beehive insulation. Meet some alpacas at the event, and talk to experienced breeders and “fiber enthusiasts” about their work. Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road,

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Celebrate, listen, learn and play with these local events

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM

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Front Range Barbeque 17th Birthday Bash
Tonight, celebrate some excellent barbecue, consistent and consistently fantastic live music from blues to bluegrass, and a 17-year-old staple of Old Colorado City. Enjoy a firkin of Left Hand Brewing Co. beer, plus specials on tap: Extrovert IPA, Fade to Black Export Stout and Sawtooth Ale. Live music will be provided by Woodshed Red, and you can look forward to great food and friends, and a ticket giveaway for Longmont’s Nitro Fest. Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m., Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave.,

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Connecting Things with Chef Brother Luck
The Connecting Things series promises: “the ideas, collaborations and knowledge that make us creatives and doers great.” Tonight, hear from Chef Brother Luck, owner of Four by Brother Luck, who has made a name for himself on the Food Network by participating in Chopped and Top Chef, as well as rising to the challenge in Beat Bobby Flay. Our Indy food writers will tell you he knows a lot about his presentation's topic: “Creating Boldly and Risking.” Nov. 8, 6-7 p.m., Welcome Fellow, 616 N. Tejon St.,

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Written by Colorado College professor/playwright/poet/renaissance man Idris Goodwin, and directed by local stage designer extraordinaire Roy Ballard. In this play, two African-American academic women “vie for a seat at the table” at an exclusive café (with only one table), but their banter turns into an all-out battle. Blackademics sets up an absurdist and intelligent commentary on “post-racial America.”
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m., through Nov. 19, UCCS Osborne Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, $5, free for students,

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Fall Salon Showings
Ormao Dance Company is a perennial winner of the Indy’s annual Best Of in the “Best Dance Company” category. At tonight's performance, enjoy original choreography by New Yorkers Loni Landon and Alex Betka; Virginia native Ila Conoley Paladino; and Ormao founder/artistic director Janet Johnson. Founded 27 years ago, Ormao hasn’t slowed down: Keep an eye on their social media for unique classes and performances. Nov. 10-11, 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. and Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Ormao Dance Company, 10 S. Spruce St., $10-$20,

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GameCon IX
Proof teachers can be just as nerdy as their students — public school teachers offer this tabletop gaming convention to kids and teens bi-annually. Expect Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Yu Gi Oh! and more traditional games such as chess, if monsters aren’t your thing. Also enjoy vendors, professional cosplayers, comic book artists and other special guests, plus 400-500 excited youth. Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, $10,

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Board game obsessions: The "gotta learn these" pile

Posted By on Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 1:00 AM

With the weather turning, it was time to stock up on new board gaming experiences to learn and digest as the days get colder. Here's a sneak peek at games that we'll be learning (and writing about in greater detail) in the coming months:
  • Nate Warren
A friend in Portland taught us Lanterns while we killed an afternoon inside a local tap house. It's a tile-laying game where you try to maximize your score with the best placement of arrays of floating...wait for it...lanterns.

Like a lot of good light games, it's easy to pick up and then beguiles you with some pretty tough strategic decisions. We bought it as soon as we returned home.

The Bloody Inn
If running a hotel and stealing from people are on your bucket list, you can check off both items with The Bloody Inn.

Players compete as proprietors of a French country inn that isn't quite on the up-and-up. Points are scored by fleecing your guests, disposing of them if necessary, and not arousing the suspicion of the gendarmes. Can't wait to get our teeth into this one.

Wasteland Express Delivery Service
I'm a huge fan of epic-length games that revolve around "pick up and deliver" mechanics (see: Merchant of Venus, Merchants & Marauders), so Wasteland Express Delivery Service — with its fantastic illustrations, sprawling components and post-apocalyptic theme — found a place on my shelf even before I'd read a single review of it.

Players take the role of radiation-crazed truck drivers for the last functioning parcel service on Earth — upgrading their rigs and scrapping with raiders en route to making lucrative trades at one of the game's many outposts, or completing side missions on behalf of the lunatic factions that control them.

Looking for these titles to make some welcome heat on the game table as fall gives way to winter. I'll report back with detailed accounts of how they play — and whether or not they deserve your consideration.

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, November 1, 2017

On stage, on screen and on the wall events this week

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 10:26 AM

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Dia de los Muertos
Unlike many Day of the Dead celebrations that treat the holiday like Halloween, this one is rooted in tradition. Participants may honor loved ones who have passed on by writing a letter, creating a lantern or decorating a flower to leave at the altar. Also on the schedule: family-friendly and holiday-related activities for the kids, plus a performance by Mexican folklore dance group Omawari. Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m., El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, free,

2 Thursday

Cirque Italia
This traveling circus has spent five years refining its acts and touring nationwide, with 1,000 U.S. performances under its belt. Beyond traditional cirque, which includes acrobats, contortionists and dancers, Cirque Italia also includes such unique performances as high-performance BMX riders, roller-skaters and more. The theme of this particular show is water, which means beautiful hydrotechnics, creative staging and maybe even a mermaid or two. Nov. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4-5, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, $10-$50,

3 Friday

Warren Miller’s Line of Descent
Warren Miller Entertainment has been creating outdoor and ski films for 68 years, always marking the kick-off of the ski season. This year’s film tracks the lineage of legendary athletes, taking a multi-generational approach to the topic of skiing. Producer Josh Haskins says: “This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” adding that family is often the driving force in instilling that passion. Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Nov. 4, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $23,

3 Friday

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Warped: Ingres Remixed
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, a 19th-century French painter, is famous for subtly distorting his subjects. Local artist Cymon Padilla, who has a talent for putting a contemporary spin on traditional styles, has distorted Ingres’ work to the “breaking point” using digital tools, then painted them using traditional methods. He has also peppered the work with anachronisms, including features of 20th-century advertising, cartoons and more, adding to the dissonance. Opening reception, Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m., on display through Nov. 30, Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave.,

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Pumpkin Fest
Kicking off the Give! campaigns of Concrete Couch and Colorado Springs Food Rescue, this second annual event isn't just about the squash. Start with a happy hour at Local Relic between 3 and 4 p.m., then go to Concrete Couch for activities and more. They’ll be spinning the giant mosaic pumpkin that lives right off Nevada Avenue. End the evening back at Local Relic for food and tunes. Nov. 4, 3-8 p.m., Local Relic, 320 S. Weber St., and Concrete Couch, 214 E. Vermijo Ave.,
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