Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What do we do when we don’t know what to do next? PIE, by Theater Grottesco

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM

PIE by Theater Grottesco, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 2 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $27-$30, csfineartscenter.org. - COURTESY THEATER GROTTESCO
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  • PIE by Theater Grottesco, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 2 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $27-$30, csfineartscenter.org.
Astronomer Carl Sagan once famously said: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” This single quote has inspired a thoroughly expansive production by Theater Grottesco, which will be touring to the Fine Arts Center this weekend only. PIE endeavors to answer the question of what we do when we don’t know what to do next. In this case, “we” means all of us, humanity, represented by four “armchair experts” who show up to speak on a panel only to realize the moderator isn’t there. Chaos ensues, naturally, and the actors break the bounds of time, space and nature to explore intrinsic questions of our existence. Theater Grottesco, originally founded in Paris but now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, draws on European traditions of clowning, meaning they tackle this ambitious subject matter with a healthy dose of physical comedy and absurdity. While non-traditional, it promises to be as evocative as it is hilarious.
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The Gallery Below's Art Parties are for all artists to come and play

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Arty Party, Aug. 30, 7-10 p.m., The Gallery Below, 718B N. Weber St., $5, facebook.com/thegallerybelow. - JON BATAILLE
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  • Arty Party, Aug. 30, 7-10 p.m., The Gallery Below, 718B N. Weber St., $5, facebook.com/thegallerybelow.
Got an ongoing art project that you can’t seem to find time or inspiration to finish? Looking to dip into different mediums but don’t know where to start? The Gallery Below isn’t just a place for artists to display their work — it’s also for artists of all skill levels and genres who come to play. These last-Thursday Arty Parties come with a built-in group of supportive artists, as well as materials to experiment with (though folks are obviously welcome to bring their own). Surrounded by the artwork on the walls (currently The Weird and Wonderful World of Joshua Coates), attendees can get inspired, listen to music and — for a little extra inspiration — partake in some adult beverages.
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