Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Poetry, comedy, a dance spotlight and more featured events this week

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Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope
While performances of Irish dance and music tour the country frequently, this one is unique for its subject matter. Through narration and performance, Celtic Nights tells the story of Irish immigrants to America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — those fleeing persecution, famine and war. Of course, Celtic Nights celebrates the culture these immigrants came from, while recognizing the effect the Irish diaspora has had on cultures around the world. March 7, 8 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $18-$65,

10 Saturday

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Jo Koy
This Filipino-American comedian’s popularity is growing quickly, though he’s been in the comedy scene since 1989. After self-producing his 2017 Netflix special, Jo Koy: Live from Seattle, and selling it to the online streaming conglomerate, his once-insular fanbase has bloomed. 2018’s headlining tour, Break the Mold, features some all-new stand-up comedy, drawing inspiration from his family, especially his strict Filipino mother and his
quirky son. March 10, 7-9 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $38-$48,

10 Saturday

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Kevin C. Mitchell Poetry Book Release
Though local activist Kevin Mitchell has read poetry at various local events, including the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. All People’s Breakfast and the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission annual meeting, Words From a Field Negro will be his first published book of poetry. Includes appearances by Mitchell’s musical collaborator Lord Damage, local NAACP leader Lisa Villanueva, poet/hip-hop artist Stoney Bertz and “surprise musical guests.” Mitchell is also the executive director of the Empowerment Solidarity Network, a local organization devoted to supporting families of color and addressing “the roots of social inequities.” March 10, 7-9 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave.,

11 Sunday

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Don’t let the name fool you. Colorado Ballet Society trains dancers from toddlers to adults in a wide variety of styles, including contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and more. Spotlight! shines, well, a spotlight on their Contemporary Dance Company, a relatively new program of the Ballet Society, celebrating its second season. This performance will feature 35 dancers performing new choreography — both classic and contemporary. The Ballet Society itself is more than 20 years old, founded in 1997. It has since trained some of the region’s best dancers. March 11, 4-5:30 p.m., Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., $15,

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