Friday, January 4, 2019

American Theatre Guild brings The Sound of Music magic to the local stage

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

The Sound of Music, Jan. 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $33-$84, americantheatreguild.com. - MATTHEW MURPHY
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  • The Sound of Music, Jan. 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $33-$84, americantheatreguild.com.
The Sound of Music is, in a word, iconic. Most people remember it for its heartwarming popular songs like “My Favorite Things” and “Do-Re-Mi,” not to mention the title track, but the story was more revolutionary even than the music. A governess raising a widower’s children through a formative period in history, the run-up to and eventual start of World War II, their growth and change mirroring and contrasting with that of the world around them. While the Julie Andrews film is and always will be a legendary adaptation, seeing The Sound of Music onstage with the right cast and crew can be its own magical experience. Thankfully, the American Theatre Guild has you covered. Committed to bringing Broadway to cities across the country, the Guild travels with high-value, professional and talent-stuffed productions, and this will be no different. They promise to bring the story of Maria and the von Trapp family to life at a time when we could all benefit from the show’s lessons. All that’s required of you is that you try not to sing along.
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The Springs' Womxn’s March hosts writing workshops before 2019 demonstration

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 1:00 AM

COS Womxn’s March: Writing Workshop, Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.; Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/coswomxnsmarch. - FILE PHOTO
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  • COS Womxn’s March: Writing Workshop, Jan. 6, 2-4 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.; Jan. 11, 2-4 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/coswomxnsmarch.
One great issue with the string of protests, marches and rallies that have risen since Donald Trump’s inauguration: Often the rally represents the extent of someone’s activism, and the extent of their thoughts surrounding it. The inaugural Women’s March in 2017 made historic strides nationwide and here in Colorado Springs, where it was reportedly the largest march in our city’s history, but how many attendees have carried that sense of galvanized activism through the last two years? How many thought intentionally about why they were marching, and used that thought to influence their later actions?

The organizers of this year’s Colorado Springs Womxn’s March (with an “x” replacing the “e” to promote gender-inclusion and a distance from the patriarchy), want to encourage intentional reflection. To that end, organizer Nancy Perez, a poet and writer herself, will host two writing workshops in advance of the march, which will be held Jan. 19. Perez has been writing as a form of therapy for years, but only began performing her spoken-word poetry last year. “Sharing my voice and making sure that other people share their voice is very important,” she says. “Because I came to this country when I was 10, not knowing the language, feeling like someone took my voice away from me. ... Everybody can write. Everybody can benefit from putting themselves in that position.”
Perez will facilitate the workshops with a few prompts to help get the juices flowing, and time for sharing at the end if attendees want to read their work. Perez will also read a couple of her poems. “I think a lot of times that when you can feel heard, when you can feel like there’s others out there that are going through things like you, oftentimes it just creates a sense of community. I want people to leave with a sense of community, but also with a new tool for them to carry on.”
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Commonwheel Artist Co-op’s Pottery by the Pound is back with hoards of local talent

Posted By on Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Pottery by the Pound, Jan. 4-28, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com. - COURTESY COMMONWHEEL ARTISTS CO-OP
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  • Pottery by the Pound, Jan. 4-28, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, commonwheel.com.
Locals have learned to look forward to Commonwheel Artist Co-op’s annual Pottery by the Pound, a sale of artwork by hordes of local artists who want to sell their stuff fast and cheap, with most items sold by weight. This could include pottery seconds, prototypes, older work or overrun products, and it goes way beyond pottery. Come for home decor, paintings, sculpture and pieces in any number of other mediums, all submitted by local and regional artists — not just Commonwheel members. And, should you be an artist looking to get rid of some stock yourself, they’ll be restocking and accepting submissions all month. Just be sure to come in after the 7th, when the first round of shoppers will have cleared a bit of space for you on Commonwheel’s currently packed shelves.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Poor Richard's calls on local artists to enter mural project competition

Posted By on Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 5:09 PM

COURTESY POOR RICHARD'S RESTAURANT
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Poor Richard’s Restaurant, which already displays the work of local artists on its walls, plans to beautify its space even further with a new mural. The restaurant hopes to decorate panels separating the kitchen from the dining area in a mural depicting regional flora, and are calling on local artists to propose their ideas. Artists could work on the panels in their own studios, and look forward to a commission fee of at least $1,500.

Interested artists should “submit a sketch or rendering of your proposed design, explanation of design plans and samples of your previous work to Laszlo@poorrichardsdowntown.com” by no later than Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. Artists will be notified on or before Feb. 15.

Another boon: The selected artist "may have the opportunity to display transportable curated artwork with a 3-month show, in the front area of the restaurant, starting at the ‘reveal’ date of the finished mural project.”

See below for detailed entry guidelines and photos of the location.

DESCRIPTION AND LOCATION: The mural is in the interior space of Poor Richard’s Restaurant and will occupy the entire center panel (72”h x 83.5”w) of a 3-panel screen and part of the two flanking panels that will be comprised of mural images integrated into textual messages about the ways the business is committed to environmental sustainability. Small painted touches to additional, smaller panels may carry the themes and imagery of the mural to other areas of the Restaurant. Artist will be able to execute work in their own studio as the panels will be mobile. The chosen artist may have the opportunity to display transportable curated artwork with a 3 month show, in the front area of the Restaurant, starting at the “reveal” date of the finished Mural Project.
THEME: Local botanical images. These may include both native species and garden vegetables, fruits and flowers that are typically grown in the Pikes Peak Region, and especially ingredients utilized in our food offerings—such as tomatoes, peppers, basil, etc…
STYLE: The style will naturally be determined by the artist who is ultimately selected. We are thinking about a simple, loose graphic style in harmony with the new color palette of the space.
HOW AND WHAT TO SUBMIT: Please submit a sketch or rendering of your proposed design, explanation of design plans and samples of your previous work to Laszlo@poorrichardsdowntown.com.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Monday - Feb 4th ,2019 - 9 AM Artists being considered will be notified on or before Feb 15th.
CHOSEN MURALIST: Once final selection is made, Muralist will meet with Marketing Director and Owners to discuss execution plans and any needed edits. Installation/completion deadline will be April 3rd, 2019.
COMPENSATION: Beginning at $1500.00 and dependent on quantity and breadth of work. Compensation will be discussed with the chosen artist and agreed upon prior to beginning commission.
COURTESY POOR RICHARD'S RESTAURANT
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COURTESY POOR RICHARD'S RESTAURANT
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