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

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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, puebloarts.org.

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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, facebook.com/DowntownColoradoSprings.

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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, buttetheater.com.

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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, commonwheel.com/festival.

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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, peaksandpasties.com.

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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, galleryg44.com.

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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.,
$18-$33, pikespeakcenter.com.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colorado Classic cycling race starts in the Springs, attracts world-class cyclists

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Colorado Springs takes pride in its bike culture, and for good reason. With the Olympic Training Center Velodrome and train-worthy thin air and altitude, our city attracts bikers who want to take their race to the next level.

Now, we have the honor of hosting the first stage of the inaugural Colorado Classic cycling race, which will begin downtown this weekend. The sustainability of these races has been called into question in recent years, after the Colorado-based USA Pro Challenge ceased to exist following its 2015 event, but the Colorado Classic has come up with some new ideas to make money and get an audience, including a full-on festival going strong from Friday to Sunday. But no matter what its future may hold, the Classic’s first run looks to be drawing attention.

This three-day event has attracted men’s and women’s teams from all over the world, and some big names along the lines of American Olympian Taylor Phinney and local Rally Cycling rider Danny Pate. Plus, controversial cycling legend Lance Armstrong has recently announced that he will be attending, though he plans to peddle his podcast rather than pedal his bike.

In addition to prominent American and, specifically, Colorado cyclists, international racers fill out the roster. Most notably, Team Rwanda — whose initial six-year struggle for recognition and success was documented in the award-winning film Rising From Ashes — will be participating, along with Colombian Tour de France finisher Rigoberto Urán, and riders hailing from Switzerland, Italy and beyond. They’ll test their strength, endurance and lung capacity here among our mountains before moving on to Breckenridge and then Denver. In total: 313 miles and more than 20,000 feet of climbing.

For the first stage, both the men’s and women’s races will begin and end on Tejon Street, including a trek down Colorado Avenue and a loop through Garden of the Gods. It’s not a track for the faint of heart, nor a race for the average rider. The Classic has been sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, which is as high-ranking as you get outside of World Tour races.

The event will coincide with a celebration in Denver’s RiNo district, “Velorama,” which includes live performances by Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, among others. By occurring alongside a ticketed festival (prices of which range from $45-$50 per day) the Colorado Classic may set itself apart from other prominent world races, and give itself a greater opportunity to succeed. If nothing else, it’s a nice way to reward spectators for sticking it out through 300 miles of tension.

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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

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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., facebook.com/theLOFTcreativespace.

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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., spqrartspace.com.

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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, blacksheeprocks.com.

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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, vinoandnotes.com.

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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, springsbeerfest.com.

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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. discoverspace.org.

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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, cmzoo.org/tails.

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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, blacksheeprocks.com.

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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, friendsofmuellersp.com.

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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, facebook.com/IFSOC.

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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, mariothemagician.com.

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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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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, funkylittletheater.org.

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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., ladyfingersletterpress.com.

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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., facebook.com/shopzerofoxgiven.

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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, safeplacepets.org.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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, trilakesarts.org.

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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., facebook.com/COSGOSEE.

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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, coloradospringspridefest.com.

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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, facebook.com/pikespeakspecialrodeo.

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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, sunshinestudioslive.com.


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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, csconservatory.org.

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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., rampartlibrarydistrict.org.

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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, brilliantGOCA.com.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Unicorn Festival saves another horse, plans another whimsical event

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 4:24 PM


Here at the Indy, we try to keep our event listings local so our readers know they don’t have to go very far in order to have a good time, but we would be remiss to entirely neglect the Littleton Unicorn Festival, if only because it's one of those strangely specific celebrations that seems to pop up around our fair state. And because it helps save the lives of innocent horses.

The Unicorn Festival celebrates all things magical, with tarot card readers, wizard duels, Quidditch matches, magic-themed mazes and more for kids, families and particularly whimsical adults. Each year, they collect “unicorns,” horses from the region who provide rides and ambiance.

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These unicorns hail from Old MacDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue's Nicole Henderson, who recently worked with the Unicorn Festival to save Yabba, a horse destined for sale and eventual slaughter. Now, they’re asking people to give Yabba a “unicorn name” so he can start his new life off on the right hoof. Folks can submit ideas through the festival’s website. While it turns out Yabba is still unwell and unable to attend the festival himself, attendees can meet other rescued unicorns at Littleton's Clement Park on June 25.

See the full press release (written in appropriate fairytale fashion) below:

Yabba was not having a good day. His Colorado-based owners had put the beautiful white horse up for auction, and he was slated to go to Mexico to be slaughtered and sold for food. Happily, the same day, organizers of the upcoming Unicorn Festival in Littleton, CO, had realized they needed another unicorn for their festival, to accommodate the expectation-shattering ticket sales. They contacted Nicole Henderson, who was supplying the unicorns, and found out that she was, that day, working to save the life of this beautiful white horse, and she could bring him to the Festival if she could raise the $850 needed to save him.

What happened next is one of those stories that … well…. Here goes….

The Unicorn Festival posted Yabba’s tragic story on their Facebook pages, along with a donation button. It was Saturday night and the deadline to save him was Sunday morning at 9:00 am. But the donations started pouring in. Everyone wanted to save Yabba and give him a new life as a unicorn. And they did just that.

Yabba was rescued from the jaws of death and will be taken to Henderson’s Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue in northern Colorado, where he will be well taken care of. His many supporters can come meet him at the Unicorn Festival, Sunday, June 25 in Clement Park. He will be a special guest at the Festival’s Unicorn Meadow, alongside the Unicorn Rides.

The Unicorn Festival and Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue are also launching a “Name the Unicorn” contest to give Yabba his new unicorn name. You can submit your suggestions online at www.unicornfestivalcolorado.com - on the site’s “Love” page. The winner will be announced at the festival. Be sure to be at Unicorn Meadow for the Unicorn Naming Ceremony at 11:00 am.

Yabba’s plight is, sadly, too common. Horse slaughter for food is illegal in the US, but not in other countries. Facebook no longer allows sales of live animals, to people looking to sell their horses are often forced to put the animals up for public auction. That’s where the “kill buyers” try to purchase as many horses as they can to ship out of the country (usually to Mexico) to sell them to slaughterhouses where they are processed like cattle. Many rescue organizations exist and they always need help and donations to save as many horses as possible.

Henderson explains, “We work to pay the horses ‘bail’ off of the feed lot where they are fattened up prior to shipping to Mexico. The owner of the lot will sometimes sell some of these horses to recuse organizations at higher prices than he would get for them at slaughter. But not always. About 60 horses per week ship from his lot to slaughter.”

Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to help neglected, abused, homeless, unwanted, and misunderstood barnyard animals. They also welcome animals who are very well cared for, but their families just can no longer keep them for a variety of different reasons. We can offer a safe home for horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, llamas, cows, chickens ducks, and rabbits. The group also encourages community participation and offer opportunities for education, volunteer days, special events, or the sponsorship of the animal of your choice. Visit their website and Like them on Facebook .

The Unicorn Festival is a celebration of the imagination and all things mythical, coming to Littleton’s Clement Park (7306 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123) on Sunday June 25th, 10am-6pm. The magical day will be filled with Unicorn rides, swimming Mermaids, meet and greets with beloved Princesses, wandering fairies, Quidditch matches and more! This is an enchanted event for the young and the young and heart, for families, cosplayers and anyone who loves imagination and fun! Interact with fairy tales and become part of the magic! Hosted by Dana Cain Event and Frolic and Vamp, the Festival offers affordable family fun.

Advance online tickets to the Unicorn Festival is $10 for adults; $5 for kids under 12 and kids under 2 years old are free. Group discounts are available for 10 or more. Ticket at the gate the day of the Festival will be $15 / $10. Clement Park is a gorgeous lake side park with an incredible view of the mountains, the perfect setting for a day of enchantment, fairy tales and rescued unicorns!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Film, food, Olympic skaters and more to mark on your week's calendar

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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The Music Man

The Colorado Ballet Society has performed a lot of beloved shows, but this marks the debut of their new Theatre Production Company. Enjoy the new life they'll bring to this classic musical, with a multigenerational and multitalented cast. In case you're unfamiliar, the story follows a con man who pretends to be a music teacher, takes the townspeople's money and plans to run off before giving any lessons. But after falling in love with the local librarian, he sticks around and risks exposing himself as a fraud. 7 p.m., June 15-17; 2 p.m., June 17, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., $15-$20, danceinthesprings.com.

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Cutie and the Boxer

If you haven't heard of Ushio Shinohara, the term "boxer-painter" might be unfamiliar, but Shinohara became famous for fusing painting and punching in his own glorious neo-Dada way. This documentary profiles him and his wife, Noriko, who wanted to create an identity for herself outside her husband's influence. Cutie and the Boxer portrays two artists with two vastly different approaches to art, rolled into one award-winning film. 7-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/IFSOC.

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Inline Speed Skating Outdoor National Championships

Inline speed skating is an underpublicized but no less athletic Olympic sport, taking rollerblading to a whole new level. Spectators are welcome to watch the country's best skaters compete to make it onto Team USA. You may even get the chance to see Olympians and other world medalists in action. June 16-23, times vary, Olympic Center Velodrome, 250 S. Union Blvd., usarollersports.org.

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All Colorado Festival

This inaugural event is meant to showcase the best of Colorado spirits, beer and wine, so make sure you line up a ride. In addition to the booze, enjoy snacks from various food vendors and live country music. Musicians include: The Jacob Christopher Band, Exit West, Trent Hughes Band and Donovan Lee. 1-7 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 Northgate Blvd., $25, wmmi.org.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Feasts, fests and more fun for the days ahead

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Summer Music Festival
This annual summer event has been going strong since 1984. By the numbers, look forward to three weeks, 52 student musicians and 26 public concerts. Enjoy free lunchtime concerts, concerts for children, and more performances of chamber and orchestra music throughout the month. June 8-24, CC’s Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St., coloradocollege.edu.

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ROLL bicycle art festival
This will be the 13th annual festival, occurring at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort for the second year. Bicycle-themed artwork from around the world will be on display, all in response to the theme “built.” Other highlights: live music both days, activities for kids and adults, giveaways and more. 5-8 p.m. June 9, noon to 5 p.m. June 10, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., free, rollbikeart.com.

10 Saturday

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All Over the Map
Actor and mime Bill Bowers has quite the theatrical pedigree: The Lion King and The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, among other accomplishments. He began developing this show at the Millibo years ago, and now returns with a fully realized performance. Along with the show, enjoy drinks, heavy appetizers and a meet-and-greet with Bowers. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $50, themat.org.

10 Saturday

Feast of St. Arnold family-friendly beer festival
“Family-friendly beer fest” may be a strange phrase, but this feast includes a kids’ zone with activities for all ages. The adult draw isn’t just beer and food. Keep your cups for wine and spirits as well. What's more, proceeds support Westside Cares, which provides food assistance and other programs to people in need. Noon to 4:30 p.m., Chapel of Our Savior Episcopal Parish in the Broadmoor,
8 Fourth St., $35, feastofsaintarnold.com.

10 Saturday

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Ninth annual Colorado Springs Powwow
Celebrate Native American history and culture with this annual event, benefiting One Nation Walking Together. Almost 3,000 attend each year, including people from many different tribes and non-natives.
Enjoy Native American dance, drumming, art, vendors, food and drink. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $4, coloradospringspowwow.org.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Local authors awarded at 2017 Colorado Book Awards reception

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Colorado Book Award winners: - Top row, left to right: Diane Les Becquets, Carter Wilson, Wayne Miller - Bottom row, left to right: Ashlee Cowles, Barbara Nickless, Carrie Vaughn, Mona Awad - ALLYSON FALTYS
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  • Colorado Book Award winners: Top row, left to right: Diane Les Becquets, Carter Wilson, Wayne MillerBottom row, left to right: Ashlee Cowles, Barbara Nickless, Carrie Vaughn, Mona Awad

Some of the Springs' own local authors were honored at the 2017 Colorado Book Awards, “an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado's outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers,” presented by Colorado Humanities. Awards were announced at a reception on Sunday, May 21, hosted in Parker, Colorado.

The award recipients from the Colorado Springs area, who took home awards in three out of 14 categories, are as follows:

Mark Lee Gardner won in the category of “Biography” with his book Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill; Barbara Nickless took home the “Mystery” category with her novel Blood on the Tracks; and Ashlee Cowles won in the category of “Young Adult Literature” with Beneath Wandering Stars.

See below for book synopses and author biographies.

Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner (William Morrow)

The first definitive account of this legendary fighting force and its extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Riders is narrative nonfiction at its most invigorating and compulsively readable. Two months after the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898, Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer army to drive the Spaniards from Cuba. From this army emerged the legendary “Rough Riders,” a mounted regiment drawn from America’s western territories and led by Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt and his men quickly came to symbolize American ruggedness, daring and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle at San Juan Hill, which made Roosevelt a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders’ place in history.

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse and Shot All to Hell. He has written many articles about the American West, and has been a visiting professor in the Southwest Studies department at Colorado College. He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer)

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K-9 partner, Clyde ― both haunted by their time in Iraq ― descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes.

An English degree and a sense of adventure led Barbara Nickless to work as a technical writer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter, piano teacher and journalist. Now an award-winning author, she spends her free time snowshoeing, caving and hiking the Colorado Rockies.

Young Adult Literature
Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles (Merit Press)

After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother’s best friend — a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise? An up-close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter and friendship, against all odds.

Ashlee Cowles is a high school teacher who grew up an Army “brat,” and subsequently worked with a nonprofit that supports teens in military families. She holds graduate degrees from Duke University and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and teaches literature and philosophy. As a student, Cowles studied abroad in Spain and walked part of the Camino de Santiago.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Music, theater, Territory Days and more from this week's event calendar

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:20 AM

24 Wednesday

Falseyedols Album Release

Falseyedols calls itself a "conscious movement of artists," having produced everything from music to visual art to clothing. Their debut album — and tonight's performance — features Stoney Bertz, D Stylz, 2 Fly and eLiMenCe.
Following the release, stick around for a regular Word Wednesdays open mic.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tremors Nightclub, 112 N. Nevada Ave., respectthemic.com.

25 Thursday


This is a tough but worthwhile play, following the moral struggle of a woman who captures her attempted rapist. It blurs the lines between justice and revenge, bringing up hard human truths. If you need another reason to go, know that a portion of proceeds benefits Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area and Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m.; through May 28, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $11-$15, funkylittletheater.org.

27 Saturday

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42nd Annual Territory Days

A local favorite summer festival for a reason, Territory Days has something for all ages and interests. As per usual, enjoy beer gardens, live music, kids' activities, and a huge craft and vendor fair. Things to look forward to this year: live blacksmithing and Wild West gunfights. Yeehaw!
May 27-29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Old Colorado City, free to attend, shopoldcoloradocity.com.

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Tigers & Tuxedos

Before you panic, no you don't need to wear a tuxedo. Just enjoy the food, drink and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the WildHeart Foundation, which works to enrich the lives of animals in captivity. Something neat: The foundation makes toys for captive animals out of recycled fire hose, and they'll show you how. 7-10 p.m., The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $40-$50, thewildheartfoundation.org.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gallery shows, grilled cheese, music and more for the days ahead

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Make the most of your weekend — whether it's art, food, sport or music — with this week's choice events.

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Jim Van Hoy


Van Hoy has an impressive photography pedigree, with more awards than we can attempt to list here. You may have seen his work at the Colorado Springs Airport, various Pikes Peak libraries and other local galleries. He draws inspiration from both natural and constructed worlds, taking stunning photographs in vibrant color and black-and-white. 5:30-8 p.m.; on display through June 24, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A, galleryg44.com.

20 Saturday

Grill Cheese Fest and Craft Beer Pairing


This ain't your mama's grilled cheese — some awesome local chefs and craft brewers have come together for the perfect pairing. Chow down and drink up with live music provided by The LDK Band. What's more, proceeds go to Ascending to Health Respite Care, which — among many services — provides a safe place for homeless people to recover after being discharged from the hospital. 4-9 p.m., Catalyst Campus, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $20, ages 21 and older, athrc.com.

20 Saturday

Vintage Baseball Game


Baseball is all well and good, but baseball played by 1864 rules can be delightful, especially if the players are wearing 1860s-inspired uniforms. After their crushing defeat two years ago, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center Lungers have challenged the Denver & Rio Grande Reds to a rematch. Root for the home team! 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roger Maestas Field, El Paso Boulevard and Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, donations support the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, manitouspringsheritagecenter.com.

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The Dear Hunter


The Dear Hunter functions as both the name of the band and the name of the character whose story they tell with each album. Their newest album, Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional, serves as the fifth installment in the hunter's tale. If you want a break from the story, check out one of their coolest albums, The Color Spectrum, a musical interpretation of all colors on the visible spectrum. That's prog rock for you. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10.39-$22, blacksheeprocks.com.

22 Monday

Bikepacking: Conquering the Great Divide


For five consecutive summers, Debra Ackley and Sarah Andrews have ridden a segment of the Great Divide Trail. To put that in perspective, The Great Divide Trail is about 3,100 miles long. These are the gals you want to teach you about bikepacking. Check out this special Adventure on Tap speaker series event to benefit from their expertise. 6-8 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., facebook.com/upadownaaot.

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