Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Final GOCA exhibit at UCCS campus honors Betty and Murray Ross

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:38 PM


With the opening of the Ent Center for the Arts (and, therefore, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art) slated for January of 2018, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS has announced its final exhibit in the campus gallery — and it’s an appropriate send-off. On Friday night, GOCA will open Democratic Vistas, art by Betty and Murray Ross.

Murray Ross, co-founder of UCCS-based professional theater company TheatreWorks, was not just an integral part of UCCS’s arts community, but of the community as a whole. UCCS honored his passing in January of this year with the formation of the Murray Ross Artists Endowment Fund with the CU Foundation, and now with an exhibition of his and his wife's collaborative works. Betty Ross, an artistic juggernaut in her own right, is an art historian and mixed-media artist, whose works have drawn national attention.

See more about Democratic Vistas and Betty and Murray Ross in the release below:

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art to open final campus gallery exhibition
COLORADO SPRINGS– The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art will open “Democratic Vistas: Betty & Murray Ross” Sept. 8 at the campus gallery site in Centennial Hall on the UCCS campus.

The art of Betty Ross and Murray Ross traverses time, world travels, and concepts and connects across a lifelong collaboration. As founders of UCCS Theatreworks, Betty and Murray were artists individually and together. Works in painting, drawing, fibers, and assemblage will be displayed in this exhibition, curated by Daisy McGowan, director, GOCA.

A free public reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 in Centennial Hall. A 92-page catalog published by GOCA accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase at the opening event.

This is the final exhibition planned for the gallery in the heart of the UCCS campus before the space closes after 36 years. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art will open along with the Ent Center for the Arts in January 2018.

The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 9. A series of Wellness Wednesday events are planned weekly, each featuring free meditation and yoga in the gallery space from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. An “Art & Wine” event is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 16; pre-registration is required. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, or by appointment.

About the Exhibit
Betty was a painter with a keen eye for color and a drive to push her craft when she met Murray in 1970 in Berkeley, California. Murray was a scholar and interested in the world and making art in it. The work of two creative forces of nature is the focus of this exhibition, with art on display spanning 40 plus years.

Murray and Betty founded Theatreworks at UCCS in 1975 with a small cadre of passionate theater supporters. Murray served as artistic director, and Betty collaborated on designing productions as well as creating costumes for productions spanning four decades. They traveled extensively, as evidenced in both of their creative practices and the title of the exhibition. Art and life interwove Murray and Betty Ross with their communities over the decades in Colorado, in London, and across the globe.

Betty Ross trained as an art historian and has a master’s degree in theater from the University of California, Berkeley. Her extensive travels have informed her art – whether paintings or costumes – from locales as remote as Iran and Romania. She typically works on site in watercolor, using the preparatory paintings for larger acrylic works in the studio and frequently embedding collage elements such as torn paper fragments, antique laces, leather, or shreds of wool found in those travels. Accident and experiment are central to her practice. Her works communicate a geo-political understanding of the world with themes from landscape and nature, saints and gypsies, and political unrest and revolution. At the core of it all, she is a painter who has developed her practice with discipline and passion.

Betty Ross has exhibited at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. She was a member of Spark in Denver, and won awards in Taos, New Mexico, Kansas City, Missouri, and Loveland. Three residencies at the Vermont Studio Center helped connect her with abstract expressionist painting. She received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to travel to Romania to compare gypsies (Roma) with artists, and used the data to inform a series of abstract paintings exhibited at the Artemesia Gallery in Chicago and the Business of Art Center (now Manitou Art Center) in Manitou Springs.

Alongside building a renowned professional theater, Murray Ross created a series of assemblage boxes in his studio. The boxes were rarely displayed but are insightful to his creative mind. Ross died Jan. 3.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location that opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building. A new gallery space will open during the 2017-18 season, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary in the Ent Center for the Arts. The Ent Center will open January 2018.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The University offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls more than 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Visual and performing art events to fill your First Friday weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:31 AM

1 Friday

Drain Crawl
Presented as part of Pueblo’s First Friday Art Walk, which tours more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and local businesses, this tour will provide plenty of opportunity to party. Four stormwater drain inlets in the creative corridor have recently been beautified, and you can chat with the artists who made it happen. Plus, each location will feature live music, refreshments and giveaways. 6-8 p.m., Pueblo Creative Corridor, free,

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Popsicle Promenade
As we edge into the end of summer with plenty of 80-degree days ahead, nothing sounds quite as good as a frozen treat. While not all of the 12 vendors will be peddling popsicles, the ones who don’t will have beer, cocktails, cool experiences and more. Though everything sounds pretty good, we’re most looking forward to Pikes Peak Lemonade Company’s handmade infused lemonade popsicles. 5-8 p.m., downtown, various venues, $10,

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The Nerd
Written by Larry Shue, this comedy stands as a solid audience favorite, following an ex-GI who has to play host to the man who once saved his life. Thin Air Theatre Company put on another one of Shue’s comedies, The Foreigner, last season, to great critical acclaim. The folks at TATC historically do great with comedy, so it’s worth a drive up the pass to see them in action. Fridays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m., continues through Sept. 23, The Butte Theater, 139 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $13-$20,

2 Saturday

43rd Annual Labor Day Art Festival
Commonwheel Artists Co-op has groomed this much-anticipated local and regional event to perfection over the years. Part juried art show, part sale, part community celebration, you can shop for art and let the kids play while listening to great local live music. Bonus: It’s eco-friendly, with food service options that keep an eye on the environment. Sept. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs,

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Art, history, dance, literature for your Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 9:24 AM

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The Golden Legend Champion Challenge
See some of the classic greats of the burlesque world, women who have been performing since the ‘60s and ‘70s. Their neo-burlesque “protégés” will perform, with a special protégé championship competition on Saturday. This special event is hosted by local burlesque troupe Peaks and Pasties, with performances by locals including the Brotherhood of Burlesque, Foxie Dreame and Bunny Bee. Aug. 11-12, 8 p.m., Aug. 13, 11 a.m., The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., tickets start at $20/performance,

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Red Threads
Enjoy artwork in various media presented by Catherine Giglio, Jenny Kruckenberg, Gabriella Christians, Wendy Reis and Lori DiPasquale. If you're looking to make a purchase, 20 percent of proceeds from purchased works will go to the Never Alone Foundation, which supports the international adoption community. Tonight, peruse the art on display and enjoy live music by Austin Richman, while learning more about NAF. 5-9 p.m., on display through Sept. 23, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A,

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DaVinci & Michelangelo: “The Titans Experience”
Look at the incredible world of the Italian Renaissance with a focus on two of its greatest minds (and biggest names). It’s part theatrical performance, part educational presentation, with video, 3D models, images and more, presented by Mark Rodgers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America. 8-10 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.,

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Local artist seeking statements on sexual violence for origami art project

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM

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According to the FBI’s semiannual crime report, incidents of reported rape rose 3.5 percent in 2016. And that number only reflects the number of rapes actually reported. The CDC claims that one in five women have “experienced completed or attempted rape,” and most victims (or survivors, to use the more accepted vernacular) suffer some form of sexual violence before the age of 25.

What’s worse, many of these incidents go unreported or, in many cases, unaddressed by law enforcement. Many who have survived sexual assault struggle with its damaging effects in private, for fear of not being believed, or for fear of retribution. Those wounds can fester for years, or even decades. Survivors often suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or develop depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses, dramatically changing their lives.

One local artist and rape survivor, Linda Lazzarini, wants to broadcast the voices of those who have been silenced by society, and to make a statement about the prevalence of sexual violence.

Currently, Lazzarini is accepting submissions from survivors for her art project “Women’s Voices.” The concept: 100 origami mouths, connected by a ribbon pulley so they can open and close, each bearing a statement by a survivor written around its lips.

She instructs survivors to, “Be philosophical, be angry or just relate your story. Be as honest as you can. Talk to yourself, the universe, your god, the criminal(s), the victim(s), your parents, your children, to whomever might be standing in front of it reading it.”

As outing oneself as a survivor can be difficult, painful and traumatic, Lazzarini has set up an anonymous submission form for those unwilling to put their name or pseudonym on their submission. Otherwise, she encourages emails ( so that she may respond.

She will collect submissions until she has reached 100. Currently, 60 women have shared their stories.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Six ways art and music lovers, young scientists and connoisseurs of wine and beer should spend this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 1:00 AM

4 Friday

Body Art Competition
The human body can be its own canvas — enjoy these back pieces inspired by famous works of art. Winner receives the Body Art Gallery Award, which comes with a nice bit of cash. The Loft Creative Space is a new art class/workshop/event space in Old Colorado City, with plenty to check out while you’re there. 5-8 p.m., The Loft Creative Space, 2708B W. Colorado Ave.,

4 Friday

The Remainder
For six months, local artist Brett Andrus has been composing a body of new and exciting oil portraits. The series explores autobiography, dreamscape, archetypal figures and images, and magical realism. Together, the paintings tell a story, an honest look at Andrus’ past and present. 5-11 p.m., S.P.Q.R., 17B Bijou St.,

4 Friday

Brick + Mortar
This indie/electronic rock duo has been playing music together since middle school. Precious, right? If you’re into Sir Sly, Grizfolk or Bad Suns, you’ll have a blast at their live show tonight. The band is currently touring in promotion of their latest album, Dropped Again (2017) — a remastered version of their 2015 album Dropped. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $15-$18,

5 Saturday

Vino & Notes
You don’t need to travel the world to find good wine. More than 20 Colorado wineries and vineyards will share their wares tonight. Plus, jazz music will be performed live by Max Wagner and Tony Exum Jr. The tastes don’t end with the tannins — enjoy food by vendors such as the Historic Ute Inn, Serrano’s and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Woodland Station, 133-157 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, $35,

5 Saturday

Springs Beer Fest
Say "unlimited beer samples" in front of a group of Coloradans and watch them stampede — in this case to America the Beautiful Park. Attendees can enjoy samples from 55 craft breweries, while partaking in food and live music. Vendors will also be on-hand so you can shop while you sip. Noon to 4 p.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $25-$50,

5 Saturday

Curiosity's 5th Birthday on Mars
The 5-year-old Mars rover, Curiosity, has made incredible discoveries on the surface of our planetary neighbor. This is a great way to celebrate. Kids and families can take part in interactive activities such as making edible rovers, racing rovers and more. Don't forget to sign the giant birthday card! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $5-$10.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Upcoming events for the young, the old and the young at heart

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes
Tonight, enjoy four stages with live music, 17 internationally inspired offerings from the zoo’s catering company (Taste), and a whole zoo to explore. You can also take advantage of the dulcet tones of Jon E. Boothe, Brian Grace Band, Spiritwell and FlashBlack as you wander through booths and exhibits. With plentiful vegan and gluten-free options, and an all-inclusive ticket (i.e. open bar and unlimited food), this adult fundraising event proves the zoo ain’t just for kids anymore.
6-9:30 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, $45.75-$50.75,

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Ces Cru
This now-duo has gone through a lot of membership changes over the years, but now consists of rappers Donnie “Godemis” King and Mike “Ubiquitous” Viglione. They’re touring now to promote their most recent release, February’s Catastrophic Event Specialists. Each album they release, minus The Playground, plays with the letters CES — Constant Energy Struggles, Capture Enemy Soldiers, Codename: Ego Stripper, etc. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $16-$21,

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Mueller State Park Fine Art Show & Sale
Catering to Colorado’s twin loves, fine art and the great outdoors, Mueller State Park makes one stellar venue. This event features the work of Lee Cable, an internationally renowned oil painter from Lake George, but there will be a host of other artists exhibiting a variety of painting styles. Bonus: Everything is for sale, including the high-quality student artwork. July 29-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mueller State Park, 21045 State Hwy. 67, Divide,
$7 park pass required,

29 Saturday

The Movie Marathon That Shall Not Be Named
Did you know? Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31 — a good opportunity to celebrate the gift that the Harry Potter series has been to all of us. Accio entertainment! Enjoy all eight movies played back-to-back (four each day) with beer from Bristol and Fossil breweries, coffee from Story Coffee, and a few local vendors, plus Cool Science performing experiments in the afternoon. You can thank the Indie Spirit Film Festival for this nerdy celebration, proceeds from which support the ever-incredible Independent Film Society of Colorado. July 29-30, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., $10-$15/day,

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Mario the Maker Magician
Combining magic, technology and a true DIY spirit, Mario is dedicated to STEM education and the Maker Movement, specifically for young’uns. World-famous magician David Blaine called him “the best kids magician in the world.” He’s made appearances on Sesame Street and the Sprout Channel, so it’s a rare and exciting opportunity for family audiences to catch him here. 3-4 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $10-$20,

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Colorado Springs Creative Collective releases preliminary results of ArtSpace survey

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:24 PM

A meeting with art leaders during ArtSpace's preliminary feasibility phase. - FILE PHOTO
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  • A meeting with art leaders during ArtSpace's preliminary feasibility phase.
Colorado Springs Creative Collective, the folks working with Minneapolis-based organization ArtSpace to create an affordable artistic live/work space downtown, have released the preliminary findings of their Arts Market Survey.

The Arts Market Survey was meant to take the temperature of the local arts community in order to gauge need, as well as solidify what a live/work space might look like for local artists. While the preliminary data doesn't yet include the most enlightening results, it does provide a picture of the 686 people who took the survey.

Final results will not be publicly released until Oct. 23, but Bob Wolfson of the collective offered the following in the meantime:

Preliminary Arts Market Survey Findings
Preliminary compilation of the data showed that 686 of you took the Survey! Artspace has shared with me that that is an impressive number for a community our size. With regards to how many of you would consider relocating to an affordable live/work community, 32.2% or 221 of you said "yes". An equally impressive number. An email glitch kept me from getting the Survey summary out to you sooner.

Who were the respondents? Well, 81.2% of respondents currently live in Colorado Springs. With 63% of respondents describing themselves as female and 34.3% describing themselves as male. With regards to age, 22% were 21 to 30 years of age with around 17% to19% in each subsequent decade through 70 years of age.

What's the preferred location? Here, nearly 82% offered Downtown Colorado Springs with a strong second choice being Old Colorado City with around 75% offering that as a choice – remember that you could select more than one location. Other quadrants of Colorado Springs garnered around 22% to 29%.

So, there you have Artspace's a preliminary data summary from the Arts Market Survey. Now please remember that these are currently unverified data and could, thus, change somewhat in the full report.

Arts Market Survey Report Event
With regards to the full report of the Arts Market Survey, the findings will be formally presented to the arts and creative communities and our community supporters on Monday evening, October 23. So, if you have not done so, please save the date. We are planning a party. A location remains in the works.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fine Arts Center wins impressive honors at Henry Awards

Posted By on Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Man of La Mancha won five well-deserved awards after a successful Spring run. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER
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  • Man of La Mancha won five well-deserved awards after a successful Spring run.
Colorado Springs performance companies made quite a show at the Henry Awards Monday night, the most anticipated theater awards in Colorado. Not that anyone needs the reminder, but this recognition of our community affirms that local lovers of the stage don’t have to make that grueling I-25 drive to enjoy quality productions from theaters large and small. In addition to a slew of nominations (including three for nonprofit Springs Ensemble Theatre), Colorado Springs took home some impressive awards.

Out of 12 nominations, TheatreWorks, UCCS’ professional theater company, won “Outstanding Production of a Play” for The Game of Love and Chance. This was the final play directed by the late Murray Ross, a beloved member of our theater and wider artistic community who passed away earlier this year.

Even with stiff competition, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center stole the show, winning five out of the 11 categories for which it was nominated. Of note, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts also took home five awards, which tied the two organizations at the top of the heap.

The Fine Arts Center took home awards in the following categories, all for its spring production of Man of La Mancha:
Outstanding Sound Design: Ben Heston
Outstanding Lighting Design: Holly Anne Rawls
Outstanding Scenic Design: Christopher L. Sheley
Outstanding Lead Actor In a Musical: Stephen Day
Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Scott Levy

Considering the Henry Awards encapsulate theater companies and organizations across the state, including artistic hubs like Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder, the fact that our own community showed up in such a massive way says a great deal about the quality of work they provide.

Here’s what Scott Levy, Director of Performing Arts at the FAC, had to say:

While all of our productions are worth this kind of recognition, the true ensemble nature of Man of La Mancha, from the exemplary acting company to the musicians in the orchestra to my design collaborators and all of the technicians and other staff, this was a true labor of love. Many of us involved in the production can point to an experience with this piece in our formative years that have helped guide our careers...mine was sitting with my grandmother when I was four years old, playing songs from La Mancha with her on her piano.

I'm so proud of our entire team. To have received so many awards last night is a testament to the work the company has made throughout the last three decades! Sharing the top number of awards given last night with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts proves that the theatre scene in Colorado Springs is just as robust ad excellent as in Colorado's capital city.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Repair Café comes to the Manitou Art Center, provides free expertise and tools

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:54 AM

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One of the greatest challenges facing people living in poverty or living on a budget is the tendency of objects — important objects like electronics and appliances, or everyday objects like hairdryers and cookware — to break. The rich may fry a computer’s hard-drive, give it up for lost and shell out a few thousand for a new Macbook. Others, who may use that computer to generate their scant income, don’t have that luxury, nor do they often have the resources, knowledge or money to repair these broken objects themselves.

Which is why the Repair Café provides a priceless service. The Repair Café concept, now the Repair Café Foundation, began in 2009 in the Netherlands. It’s a simple model: folks bring in their damaged electronics, appliances, furniture, equipment, clothing or whatever else, and a group of volunteers with different specialties help them learn how to make money-saving repairs, teaching them valuable, sustainable skills in the process.

Plus, Repair Cafés are meant to help cut down on waste. Local Repair Café organizer Dale Collins says: "We throw away piles of stuff in The United States, even things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café wants to change all that."

The best part? It’s all free, supported by the foundation.

A Repair Café will be set up at the Manitou Art Center this weekend (July 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) with tools and materials on-hand for anyone who needs them, plus mountains of expertise.
Soon, this event will be held on a regular basis, though dates and times are still incoming.

The Café will be first-come, first-served, with attendees taking a number as they arrive. Folks are encouraged to bring anything broken or damaged, even if they feel it is beyond fixing. “The Repair Café specialists almost always have the know-how,” the event’s press release says.

If you can't make it to the MAC this weekend, keep an eye on the Indy’s event listings for future Repair Café events.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Four chances to support local business, theater, art and animals this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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[Spectrum] LGBT New Play Festival
In its second year, Spectrum will present nine brand-new short plays chosen from 147 submissions, each telling LGBTQ stories. Last year, they received nearly 270 submissions to the festival from folks around the world. Two of this year’s plays come from Colorado playwrights — another chance to support local theater. 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturdays, through July 29, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $11-$15,

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Zine Fest
After Mountain Fold Books closed last year, we weren’t sure when or where we’d get another local zine showcase. Thanks, Ladyfingers! Check out zines created by locals of all sorts in this uncensored, unjuried showcase of small-press and handmade literature. Purchase a zine or one of Ladyfingers’ clever greeting cards while you’re there, supporting this Inclusion Award-winning business. 5-8 p.m., on display through September, Ladyfingers Letterpress, 113 E. Bijou St.,

15 Saturday

Zero Fox Given Grand Opening
Zero Fox Given has peddled nerdy, political or otherwise tongue-in-cheek clothes and decor since 2010, and now celebrates its first brick-and-mortar. Merch spans fandoms from comics to Harry Potter to The Legend of Zelda, offering a local alternative to big-box (and boring) nerdy shirts. Favorite slogans from their Etsy shop: “My favorite type of men is ramen,” and “You are a goddamn magical unicorn.”
1-5 p.m., Zero Fox Given, 22 E. Bijou St.,

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Safe Place for Pets' Paws for Celebration
Safe Place for Pets provides a service few organizations dare to take on — finding homes for the pets of terminally ill patients. Each year, they "paws" for celebration in order to support their continued work. Enjoy a beer garden, family activities, food and drink vendors and live music, plus a silent auction to benefit the organization. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Soda Springs Park, Manitou Springs, 1016 Manitou Ave., free to attend,

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

ArtSpace survey in final days, Creative Collective calling on local artists

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 9:55 AM

A public meeting held at the Tim Gill Center during ArtSpace's preliminary phase.
  • A public meeting held at the Tim Gill Center during ArtSpace's preliminary phase.

Colorado Springs Creative Collective, the local team that has been communicating with Minneapolis-based arts organization ArtSpace, is asking creatives in the community to respond to their survey in order to assess local need for an affordable downtown living/work space for artists.

The survey began in May, and as of week six only 500 people had responded, quite a bit fewer than the collective originally hoped. With only three full days left to take the survey, local creatives (artists, writers, chefs, performers and anyone else with an investment in the local arts) are encouraged to share their thoughts. Preliminary results will be released soon, before ArtSpace begins analyzing the data more fully. At that point, discussions can continue regarding whether or not the community would like to utilize ArtSpace's resources.

Bob Wolfson of the Colorado Springs Creative Collective, said the following in a newsletter on Wednesday:

Please remind fellow artists and colleagues to take the Survey and that the Survey is for artists and creatives of all kinds in the Pikes Peak region. There are no age, income or need requirements to take the Survey. The CS Creative Collective is seeking all opinions and insights so as to assure that this property truly reflects and meets the needs of our arts and creative communities.

This week CS Creative Collective volunteers and I will continue to be on the street dropping off posters and handing out postcards in a last push. It has been a terrific personal experience for me to meet so many people living their passion. I thank you for your generosity with your time and for your example. And, thank you for lending your voice by taking the Survey and spreading the word of the project and the Survey.

Next week, and with the close of the Arts Market Survey, I will receive Artspace's a preliminary summary, and while the data are yet to verified, I will share some of those preliminary findings in my Update email next week. Such as, how many took it; how many are interested in a residence; preferences as to location, etc. So, look forward to learning the project's progress. Of course, the full report of the Arts Market Survey findings will be formally presented to the arts and creative communities and our community supporters on Monday evening, October 23. We are planning a party. A location remains in the works.

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Pride, ponies, photography and more for the coming days

Posted By on Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Moe Bandy

Texas-born Moe Bandy is about as country as it gets, a former bull rider and sheet metal worker. His style of music, too, leans more traditional, the kind of classic country you'd find on a honky-tonk jukebox. Some of his accolades include: Ten No. 1 hits, five gold albums, and multiple awards from the Academy of Country Music. 7-9 p.m., Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, $55-$65,

7 Friday


Pulitzer Prize Recipient: Bob Jackson

Chances are you've seen Jackson's internationally recognized photo, showing the moment Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald. A biography of Jackson, which he will be signing at the opening, chronicles his life's experiences as a photojournalist. What's more: His iconic photographs will be on display at the gallery all month. 5-9 p.m., on display through July 29, Go-See Art Exhibition Venue, 25 Sierra Madre St.,

8 Saturday


Colorado Springs PrideFest

On the heels of Pride Month comes our always-anticipated local celebration of the LGBTQ community. Enjoy family day on Saturday with games and activities for all ages, or watch the parade down Tejon Street on Sunday. Sunday's activities will also feature live music and performances, with New York drag queen Miss Peppermint headlining. July 8-9, America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $5/weekend pass,

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21st Annual Pikes Peak Special Rodeo

Colorado Springs is home to two excellent organizations that connect people with disabilities to the endless benefits of horses and riding. Support Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center and Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center by enjoying classic rodeo competitions: poles, barrels, goat tie and more. It's a family event, so that means plenty of activities for the young'uns, too. Yeehaw! 9 a.m. to noon, ProRodeo Hall of Fame, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, free to attend,

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Bruce Munro's Field of Light stuns at Green Box Arts Festival

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 2:01 PM

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You have until September 17 to make it to Green Mountain Falls for Bruce Munro's gorgeous Field of Light installation, as part of this year's Green Box Arts Festival.

Read about the history of the site-specific light array from Griffin Swartzell's May interview with the UK-based artists, here.

Also catch another Munro work at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center titled Thank You for a Very Enjoyable Game: a multimedia depiction of the chess match between characters HAL 9000 and Dr. Frank Poole in the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's also up through September 17.

Meanwhile see this slideshow for more colorful photos from our visit to Green Mountain Falls:
*Editor's note: This post has been updated, as it erroneously stated that Field of Light would only be up through July 9. Indeed it is up through September 17, along with the FAC installation. We regret the misunderstanding and error.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Art parties, original musicals and other fun upcoming events

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 9:06 AM

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Misfit fans get a post-Misfits treat in Doyle, an outfit put together by the band's former guitarist, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, combining elements of classic and doom metal. Band members include such rock/metal stars as Alex Story from Cancerslug, Graham of Let It Burn and Graves, and Brandon Pertzborn of Black Flag. Davey Suicide, He Kill 3, Cryptic Writings and VaTic will be joining this hard-hitting horror quartet tonight at Sunshine Studios, so be prepared for some mosh-induced bruising. 7 p.m., Sunshine Studios, 3970 Clearview Frontage Road, tickets start at $15,


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This original musical, written by Conservatory CEO Linda Weise, combines famous Jacks from all your favorite fairy tales in a unique, dreamlike production. Featured Jacks include: Jack Be Nimble, Jack Horner, Jack and the Beanstalk, Stingy Jack, Jack O'Lantern, Jack and Jill and Jack Sprat. Jacks not appearing: Nicholson, Black, Johnson or Kerouac. The story presents an anti-bullying moral, so it's a good lesson to teach, too. June 22-24, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 Sahwatch St., $10-$20,

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Annual Giant Book Sale

With summer reading programs and initiatives starting in library and school districts across the region, now's a good time to stock up. This weekend, you can get books for cheap, plus DVDs and CDs — both audiobooks and music. While you're there, check out all the cool happenings in the Rampart Library District, including programs for kids and teens, movie screenings, and plenty else to fill those long summer days. June 23, noon to 4 p.m., June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Woodland Park Public Library, 218 E. Midland Ave.,

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Brilliant 2017

This aptly named art event is an annual highlight, GOCA's celebration of technology, art, fashion, food and community. With the full experience (well worth the price), get a five-course meal with cocktail pairings from Blue Star, then party with interactive exhibits, live performances and music, plus tastings from tons of local vendors. If you skip the meal, the party itself is still one heck of a time, with plenty of surprises in store. 6 p.m. to midnight, GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, $30-$125,

Find even more weekly listings in each Wednesday issue of the Indy, and submit your own events here.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

UPDATE: Manitou Springs receives creative district certification

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 4:38 PM

We heard back from Natalie Johnson, director of the Manitou Art Center, who has spent the last few years driving the creative district certification initiative.

She says the decision came as a shock after last year, especially given the changing requirements of the application process. When she received confirmation, she wasn’t sure if it meant there would be another two-year waiting period to be granted full certification, or if it would be instantaneous.

Thankfully, the waiting is over. Soon Manitou Springs will learn exactly what kind of perks they can expect from CCI. In the meantime, they are simply thrilled the long process is over and the designation is set.

“It lends credibility to Manitou Springs and the Manitou Springs creative district,” Johnson says. “All those steps ensure ongoing funding for different organizations … So I think it doesn’t guarantee sustainability, but it increases the chances of us being around for a long time.”

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Last year, Manitou Springs was denied a creative district certification from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), which came as a bit of a surprise. This year’s surprise has proven to be much more pleasant.

After meeting certain rigorous criteria in the areas of district characteristics, management and planning, and community buy-in, Manitou Springs joined Steamboat Springs and Westwood as one of Colorado’s three newly certified creative districts.

Creative District certification comes with more than a title. Now, the Manitou Springs arts community will have access to new grants, financial support, leadership training and more.

We reached out to Natalie Johnson, director of the Manitou Art Center, for her perspective on the certification, but have yet to hear back. We will update this story if and when we do.

See the full press release from Colorado Creative Industries below:

DENVER – June 13, 2017 – Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the certification of three new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. The newly certified districts are Manitou Springs Creative District, Steamboat Springs Creative District and Westwood Creative District (Denver). Certification is for a five year period. Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and the Salida Creative District were approved for re-certification following the initial five year period.

“These 2017 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These districts increase quality of life, help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”

A review panel evaluated applications and three finalists were selected for site visits. Applications were reviewed using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in. Districts must meet a rigorous set of minimum standards in order to achieve certification such as recognition by local government, a high concentration of creative organizations and businesses, sustainable funding sources, paid staff, and a strategic plan.

The newly certified districts will join the 18 existing Colorado Creative Districts: 40West Arts District, Breckenridge Creative District, Carbondale Creative District, Corazon de Trinidad, Crested Butte Creative District, Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District, Fort Collins Creative District, Golden Triangle Creative District, Greeley Creative District, Longmont Arts and Entertainment District, Mancos Creative District, North Fork Valley Creative District, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Ridgway Creative District, RiNo Arts District, Salida Creative District and Telluride Arts District.

“The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process and strategic plan that provide opportunities to grow the creative economy,” said Margaret Hunt, CCI director.

Along with official designation, each district will receive an award package including financial support, technical assistance, marketing support, access to grants, CDOT highway signs, and leadership training.

Applicants and finalists not selected for official designation will have access to the Call Yourself Creative platform, a website offering access to webinars, case studies and additional resources for building creative communities

For more information, please visit

In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB11-1031, encouraging the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas. Administered by Colorado Creative Industries, the Creative District Program encourages the formation of creative districts in neighborhoods and contiguous geographic areas for the purpose of:
Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community
Enhancing economic and civic capital of Colorado communities
Creating hubs and clusters of economic activity
Enhancing areas as appealing places to live, conduct businesses and attract visitors
Serving as an economic strategy and magnet
Revitalizing and beautifying
Promoting a community’s unique identity
Showcasing cultural and artistic events and amenities
Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

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