Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Springs Community Arts Festival is the start of something new at Stargazers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Stargazers Theatre has been on a long, strange trip since its early days as a fancy-pants movie theater — well, as fancy as one could get in 1969. The glittering dome on Pikes Peak Avenue has never been one for sticking to restrictive labels, and its constant adaptability over the decades has resulted in a venue-of-all-trades. My own visits over the last 20 years have included multiple punk and rock shows, a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show, an awards ceremony and several film festivals. It also enjoyed a brief stint as a church, which was pretty surreal for a building that once hosted rapping clowns spraying gallons of soda into a screaming crowd of other clowns. Since 2008, when it came under the loving care of owners Cindy and John Hooten, Stargazers Theatre has seen more than 1,500 events and never once lost the flexible charm that has kept it going when other venues faded away. So since it’s always up to something, particularly events that support the community, music and the arts, the Hootens have decided that the next something they’ll present is the Colorado Springs Community Arts Festival. It will consist of a free show with many different nonprofit and education musical acts (none specifically named in promotional materials), dance performances and visual arts. It’s the first of a series of events that Stargazers says it’ll host in association with instrument retailer Guitar Center; so get in on the ground floor here.

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