Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Open mics, opening receptions and more events to keep you busy this week

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Winner of seven Tony Awards, Annie stands as one of the most iconic musicals of all time,
suitable and generally enjoyable for all ages. The musical was originally based on the daily comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray, which ran (with varying levels of success) between 1924 and 2010. If you need another reason to go, you should know that Annie’s dog will be played onstage by a foster pup from the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, a graduate of the organization’s “wallflower program” to socialize shy dogs. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., select Saturday and Sunday matinées, 2 p.m., and other select dates through Jan. 7, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $20-$45, csfineartscenter.org.

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Mi Barrio
Brandon A. Miera, aka BAM, is a local artist best known for his movie and rock music posters. This is Miera’s first show with his 16-year-old son Rodan “Read” Miera, who follows in his old man’s rock ’n’ roll footsteps with unique graffiti art. Opening reception includes refreshments and live music by DJ Gravity, plus plenty of art for sale and a meet-and-greet with the Mieras. Opening reception, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m., on display through Jan. 5, Art 111, 111 E. Bijou St., facebook.com/Art111ColoradoSprings.

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Holiday Party & Ornament Auction
This inaugural event, hosted by Cottonwood and the Colorado chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, supports local artists and crafters. Each ornament in this juried silent auction was created and donated by a local artist, and proceeds from the auction will help fund
Cottonwood’s 2018 events. More than an auction, this is a full-on party: look forward to live music, giveaways, food and more. Dec. 9, 4-8 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $15-$20, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.

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Hear, Here! Speaking of Faith Open Mic
Poets, musicians and storytellers are welcome to share their interfaith work, anything that addresses the concept of faith or spirituality. This marks another of Hear, Here!’s themed open mics, which have included opportunities for queer, black and differently abled folks to share their work. Hear, Here! is participating in this year’s Give! campaign, hoping to support their youth and adult slam poetry teams. Dec. 11, 7-10 p.m., donations accepted,
Wild Goose Meeting House, 401 N. Tejon St.,

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Enjoy music, art, literature and the great outdoors with events this week

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Hungry Farmer Bands’ Annual Thanksgiving Reunion
The Hungry Farmer was a popular restaurant on Garden of the Gods Road in the ‘70s and ‘80s, known for live country music and hearty food. Keeping up the tradition of the owner’s Thanksgiving Eve meal, which gave musicians a place to go for the holiday, Hungry-Farmer regulars present a special concert annually. Tonight's bands include Fall River Road, Buffalo Dreams, Radford Lewis Band, Range Rockets and Phantom Hooters. Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, admission: two non-perishable food items or small cash donation for Care & Share, stargazerstheatre.com.

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Own Your Own Art Show & Sale
This annual exhibition offers the work of more than 60 artists, including big regional names like Doug Candelaria and Sharon Orman. With competitive prices, find holiday gifts in the form of paintings, jewelry, wood sculptures, photography and any other medium you can imagine. A Black Friday weekend sale (with deep discounts) will christen the opening; this is the weekend to attend. Sales will be Nov. 24-25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on display until Dec. 31, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, sdc-arts.org.

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Fresh Air Friday
Cheyenne Mountain State Park, a local favorite recreation spot, boasts 2,701 acres and 21 miles of trails, among other amenities. Friday, enter the park for free and take advantage of events to help you “get to know your park,” including archery and family-focused activities. Another option: Strike out on your own to hike, bike, ride horses or take
advantage of the great outdoors. It’s Colorado, so don’t be afraid of a little cold. Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain State Park, 410 JL Ranch Heights, cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/parks/cheyennemountain.

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Small Business Saturday Book Signing Event
Held in honor of Small Business Saturday and Indies First Day, which celebrates independent publications.
Includes a signing by Colorado author Diane Sawatzki (Once Upon Another Time and Manyhorses Traveling) and Dave Philipps (Wild Horse Country: The History, Myth, and Future of the Mustang). Philipps won a Pulitzer Prize for journalism while working for the local Gazette, and is now a national correspondent with The New York Times. Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Covered Treasures, 105 Second St., Monument, coveredtreasures.com.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Celebrate, listen, learn and play with these local events

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Front Range Barbeque 17th Birthday Bash
Tonight, celebrate some excellent barbecue, consistent and consistently fantastic live music from blues to bluegrass, and a 17-year-old staple of Old Colorado City. Enjoy a firkin of Left Hand Brewing Co. beer, plus specials on tap: Extrovert IPA, Fade to Black Export Stout and Sawtooth Ale. Live music will be provided by Woodshed Red, and you can look forward to great food and friends, and a ticket giveaway for Longmont’s Nitro Fest. Nov. 8, 6-10 p.m., Front Range Barbeque, 2330 W. Colorado Ave., frbbq.com.

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Connecting Things with Chef Brother Luck
The Connecting Things series promises: “the ideas, collaborations and knowledge that make us creatives and doers great.” Tonight, hear from Chef Brother Luck, owner of Four by Brother Luck, who has made a name for himself on the Food Network by participating in Chopped and Top Chef, as well as rising to the challenge in Beat Bobby Flay. Our Indy food writers will tell you he knows a lot about his presentation's topic: “Creating Boldly and Risking.” Nov. 8, 6-7 p.m., Welcome Fellow, 616 N. Tejon St., connectingthings.co.

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Written by Colorado College professor/playwright/poet/renaissance man Idris Goodwin, and directed by local stage designer extraordinaire Roy Ballard. In this play, two African-American academic women “vie for a seat at the table” at an exclusive café (with only one table), but their banter turns into an all-out battle. Blackademics sets up an absurdist and intelligent commentary on “post-racial America.”
Fridays-Sundays, 8 p.m., through Nov. 19, UCCS Osborne Theater, 3955 Regent Circle, $5, free for students, uccs.edu.

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Fall Salon Showings
Ormao Dance Company is a perennial winner of the Indy’s annual Best Of in the “Best Dance Company” category. At tonight's performance, enjoy original choreography by New Yorkers Loni Landon and Alex Betka; Virginia native Ila Conoley Paladino; and Ormao founder/artistic director Janet Johnson. Founded 27 years ago, Ormao hasn’t slowed down: Keep an eye on their social media for unique classes and performances. Nov. 10-11, 7 p.m., Nov. 11, 4 p.m. and Nov. 12, 2 p.m., Ormao Dance Company, 10 S. Spruce St., $10-$20, ormaodance.org.

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GameCon IX
Proof teachers can be just as nerdy as their students — public school teachers offer this tabletop gaming convention to kids and teens bi-annually. Expect Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, Yu Gi Oh! and more traditional games such as chess, if monsters aren’t your thing. Also enjoy vendors, professional cosplayers, comic book artists and other special guests, plus 400-500 excited youth. Nov. 11, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Rampart High School, 8250 Lexington Drive, $10, gamebewithyou.org.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On stage, on screen and on the wall events this week

Posted By on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 10:26 AM

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Dia de los Muertos
Unlike many Day of the Dead celebrations that treat the holiday like Halloween, this one is rooted in tradition. Participants may honor loved ones who have passed on by writing a letter, creating a lantern or decorating a flower to leave at the altar. Also on the schedule: family-friendly and holiday-related activities for the kids, plus a performance by Mexican folklore dance group Omawari. Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m., El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave., Pueblo, free, historycolorado.org/museums/el-pueblo-history-museum.

2 Thursday

Cirque Italia
This traveling circus has spent five years refining its acts and touring nationwide, with 1,000 U.S. performances under its belt. Beyond traditional cirque, which includes acrobats, contortionists and dancers, Cirque Italia also includes such unique performances as high-performance BMX riders, roller-skaters and more. The theme of this particular show is water, which means beautiful hydrotechnics, creative staging and maybe even a mermaid or two. Nov. 2-4, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 4-5, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., The Citadel mall, 750 Citadel Drive East, $10-$50, cirqueitalia.com.

3 Friday

Warren Miller’s Line of Descent
Warren Miller Entertainment has been creating outdoor and ski films for 68 years, always marking the kick-off of the ski season. This year’s film tracks the lineage of legendary athletes, taking a multi-generational approach to the topic of skiing. Producer Josh Haskins says: “This season, we explore how skiers are shaped by picking up a pair of skis for the first time,” adding that family is often the driving force in instilling that passion. Nov. 3, 8 p.m., Nov. 4, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $23, pikespeakcenter.com.

3 Friday

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Warped: Ingres Remixed
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, a 19th-century French painter, is famous for subtly distorting his subjects. Local artist Cymon Padilla, who has a talent for putting a contemporary spin on traditional styles, has distorted Ingres’ work to the “breaking point” using digital tools, then painted them using traditional methods. He has also peppered the work with anachronisms, including features of 20th-century advertising, cartoons and more, adding to the dissonance. Opening reception, Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m., on display through Nov. 30, Kreuser Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., abigailkreusergallery.com.

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Pumpkin Fest
Kicking off the Give! campaigns of Concrete Couch and Colorado Springs Food Rescue, this second annual event isn't just about the squash. Start with a happy hour at Local Relic between 3 and 4 p.m., then go to Concrete Couch for activities and more. They’ll be spinning the giant mosaic pumpkin that lives right off Nevada Avenue. End the evening back at Local Relic for food and tunes. Nov. 4, 3-8 p.m., Local Relic, 320 S. Weber St., and Concrete Couch, 214 E. Vermijo Ave., concretecouch.org.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards honor established and emerging arts professionals

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Josh Boehnke thanks mentor Ralph Giordano, who presented the awards for film. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
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  • Josh Boehnke thanks mentor Ralph Giordano, who presented the awards for film.

The October 17 Pikes Peak Arts Council Awards gala was a colorful and congratulatory affair, with awards handed out to established and emerging Pikes Peak region artists in the categories of dance, film, literary arts, music, theater and visual arts. In addition, PPAC awarded its annual Rising Star Award, Arts Champion of the Year Award, Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award and, a new category this year, the Future of the Arts Award.

The “future of the arts” proved to be a central theme of the evening, with many awards and speeches focusing on education, community building, and getting young people involved in the arts.

Presenting the Rising Star Award to filmmaker Steven Sabell, Claire Swinford (last year’s recipient) called Sabell a “young professional in our community, who is making waves in his chosen medium. He is an artist to watch in coming years,” adding that this award can provide incredible encouragement and support to young artists, which they need to move this community forward.

Multiple categories awarded the up-and-coming. The award for Youth Dance Production went to the Colorado Ballet Society for their production of The Music Man, the first in the society’s new theater program. In film, Josh Boehnke took home the Young Filmmaker Award and the award for Comedy/Drama Film for his film (Because In The End) It’s Only Helium. The award for Documentary Film also went to a young person. Tea Santos of the Youth Documentary Academy thanked YDA for giving her the space to discuss her mental illness in the hopes of educating others.

In literature, Hear Here Poetry’s youth slam program won Program by a Literary Arts Organization. While printmaker and community builder Han Sayles took home Outstanding Emerging Visual Artist in the visual arts category.

The Future of the Arts award captured the spirit of each of these commendations. In introducing the award, Lynette Reagan said, “The question asked this year is: ‘What does the future of art look like in this region?’ It was agreed we wanted to keep the good stuff from the past, but we wanted more. What does that more look like?” She said the future of the arts should include more young people, more collaboration, more unique skills, and a greater spirit of sharing. The recipient of this award encapsulated all of the above.

Local arts organization Concrete Couch organizes community-based projects, hosting skillshares and arts-focused gatherings, centering sustainability and social justice in their mission. Accepting on behalf of Concrete Couch, Kendall Kultgen said: “The ultimate mission is to bring people together and build community, to share things, collaborate, have human experiences with someone, make something with someone ... the future of the arts really isn’t one person, or even Concrete Couch and the staff. It’s the community.”

But for all the focus on the future, PPAC made sure to honor the past, and the established artists and art patrons who have helped build this community for years, if not decades. Mainstay awardees included the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, which won the theatre Make ‘Em Sing award for Man of La Mancha; Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik took home the award for Excellent Gallery Exhibit for Ragnarök: Anthropocene; The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Chorale and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale won Outstanding Classical Performance for their collaborative production of Carmina Burana; and more familiar faces took their earned place at the podium.

The Arts Champion of the Year award went to someone who, as presenter Jon Khoury said, is not what one might traditionally consider an artist. However, thanks to her enthusiasm, “unique expression” and generosity, Khoury said: “To me, you are an artist, just as much as anyone in the traditional sense is an artist.”

Chris McGarry, who earned a standing ovation as she ascended the stage, has been a patron of the arts in the Pikes Peak Region since moving here in 2013, donating time, money and energy to organizations such as TheatreWorks, GOCA, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and many more. After her heartfelt speech, multiple award recipients interrupted their own acceptance speeches to tell their favorite Chris McGarry story, proving her impact on local arts.

Another notable award, the Eve Tilley Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented to someone who has worked tirelessly to enrich the arts community for 40 years. Patti Boles, owner and instructor at Studio Dance and Art Center, has served on multiple boards of directors, and has consistently supported dance, music, visual art, theatre and more right here in Colorado Springs.

Take a look at all the nominees and winners below and scroll down for a slideshow of each winner:


Youth Dance Production
Colorado Ballet Society for The Music Man (winner)
Professional Academy of New Dramatic Arts for Shrek the Musical
Turning Pointe School of Dance for Annie Jr.

Pas de Deux: Outstanding Collaborative Performance
Colorado Springs Dance Theatre for Parsons Dance
Ormao Dance Company with Glen Whitehead for PrePress (winner)
Ormao Dance Company with Green Box Arts, Green Box Arts Festival 2017

Exceptional Performance of The Nutcracker
Colorado Springs Philharmonic with Oklahoma City Ballet
Colorado Youth Ballet with Colorado Ballet Society
Zamuel Ballet School (winner)


Comedy/Drama Film
(Because In The End) It’s Only Helium by Josh Boehnke (winner)
Hapless Horror by Wes Clark
Lunatic by Nathaniel Shields

Documentary Film
Love Me by Josh Sun
Movement for Movement’s Sake by Thomas Crandall
Surviving by Tea Santos (winner)

Young Filmmaker Award
Tea Santos
Josh Sun
Josh Boehnke (winner)


Outstanding Classical Performance
Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Chorale, and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale for Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (winner)
Opera Theatre of the Rockies for Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs for JazzMasters: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Music Group
Dead Set
Fortune’s Fool
Tejon Street Corner Thieves (winner)

Technical or Venue Achievement
The Flux Capacitor and Pikes Peak Library District Partnership
Jonathan Rose and The Black Sheep
Wescott Pro Audio Recording Studio (winner)

Literary Arts

Individual Literary Artist
Phil Ginsburg
Idris Goodwin (winner)
Nat Stein

Program by a Literary Arts Organization
Poetry West
Hear Hear Poetry Youth Slam Program (winner)
Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Program

Collective/Individual Published Work
Colorado Collective Volume 4
Inauguration by Nico Wilkinson and Idris Goodwin (winner)
Poetry West


Make ‘Em Sing
UCCS Theatre Company for Cabaret
The Millibo Art Theatre for Babette's Knockout Opera
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College for Man of La Mancha (winner)

Make ‘Em Laugh
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College for Bye Bye Birdie
The Millibo Art Theatre for Babette's Knockout Opera
THEATREWORKS for Game of Love and Chance (winner)

Make ‘Em Think
Springs Ensemble Theatre for The Elephant Man
THEATREWORKS for The Hairy Ape
UCCS Theatre Company for Cabaret (winner)

Visual Arts

Excellent Gallery Exhibit
Chris Mike and Rob Miller for Skateboarding - Not One Ounce of Compromise at Kreuser Gallery
Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik for Ragnarӧk: Anthropocene at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (winner)
The Black Power Tarot at the Gallery of Contemporary Art

Outstanding Established Visual Artist

Steve Weed
Lindsay Hand (winner)
Kim Nguyen

Outstanding Emerging Visual Artist
Jasmine Dillavou
Han Sayles (winner)
JD Sell

[Disclosure: Alissa Smith was on the theatre committee, and contributed to the selection process in the theatre category.]

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Quaill Club's queer witches offer new 'psychic hotline'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 10:33 AM

Gone are the days of the Psychic Friends Network, when one quick 1-900 phone call and a measly $3.99 per minute could offer you a wealth of divine understanding without requiring you to change out of your pajamas. The popular psychic hotline, which ran infomercials from 1991 to 1997, has long been considered a relic of the past, but local queer artist collective Quaill Club plans to give the format a bit of an update, offering a similar service to the Springs. Their version, however, is free of charge.

Kimberly Southcott, Nico Wilkinson (an occasional Indy freelancer) and Meredith Ann came up with the concept of “Divine Inspiration” thanks to an unexpected resource. The club’s internet provider included a phone line (yes, another ‘90s throwback) with the house's wi-fi, and Ann says they asked themselves: “What are we going to do with this useless thing?”

A psychic/advice hotline turned out to be the answer. It all begins with a launch event as part of ArtPOP 2017, the joint effort by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Pikes Peak Arts Council to fill Arts Month with new and interesting cultural experiences. Funded by PPAC, Southcott, her family, and Ann have been building an old-fashioned (and brightly colored) phone booth, which will be set up near the sidewalk outside Quaill Club (1019 E. Costilla St.). In the booth, participants will find a pre-paid phone with the Quaill Club number on speed dial, and instructions for how to connect to a psychic reader.

Readers will include Wilkinson, Ann, Southcott and Mallory Everhart (another Indy freelancer), but Wilkinson says they’re also reaching out to other readers to see if they might be interested.

All four are practitioners of Tarot, a form of divination dating back centuries, which uses a set of cards with generally agreed-upon interpretations to answer questions or provide life advice. “[Tarot has] become this way of connecting with people on what they’re going through and what they want to talk about,” says Wilkinson, “and [it] just offers a window to help offer advice.”

Hesitant to go for a full reading? That’s okay by them. Ann says people are welcome to pick up the phone and talk about the arts or LGBTQ issues, or anything else that may come up. “They can ask advice on anything,” she says, “‘cause we’re a house of queer artists who do witchy things.” Quaill Club’s collective expertise tends to span genres.

Wilkinson is excited to open the phone line on an ongoing basis, too. They say, “There’s a lot of struggles [right now], and I think this time of year is hard for a lot of people, and they don’t realize it.” They hope to offer some advice and guidance to those who need it.

The line will officially open during “Divine Inspiration Telephone,” Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and remain open daily thereafter. Folks can either use the prepaid phone in the booth outside Quaill Club, or call 434-1161 from home.

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Dance, culture, social commentary and Shakespeare for the week ahead

Posted By on Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Ballet Folklorico
Hispanic Heritage Month ran Sept. 15-Oct. 15 — CSU-Pueblo invited this dance troupe to celebrate. Ballet Folklorico de la Ciudad de Mexico presents traditional Mexican dance, with colorful and engaging costumes and high-energy music. Since its inception in 1987, the troupe has acted as cultural ambassadors, “to rejuvenate and bring awareness to dance in Mexico.” Oct. 18, 7 p.m., CSU-Pueblo’s Hoag Hall, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, $5-$8, cvent.com/d/ctq9k1.

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More than 400 years after Shakespeare penned his classic plays, it’s nice to see some fun fresh takes on works we all know and love. In this case, five Counterweight Theatre Lab actors have memorized the entire script of Macbeth, and will trade roles throughout the play. Performing in an unconventional venue both weekends, the action will be immersive and — fair warning — may call for some audience participation. Oct. 20-21, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22, 4:30 p.m., Switchback Coffee Roasters, 330 N. Institute St.; Oct. 27-28, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, 4:30 p.m., The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St.; $5-$12, counterweighttheatre.com.

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Eco-Wakening Circus Theatre
Combining art with activism, Eco-Wakening draws attention to consumerism, climate change, environmental issues and how we play a part in all of it. The whole production team, including its performers, contributes to action days along each stop of their tour to enrich the local community. Musical guests: We Dream Dawn, featuring Bridget Law of Elephant Revival. Oct. 20, mini-fair begins at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15-$20, ecowakening.org.

21 Saturday

Textiles West and Cottonwood Center for the Arts’ “annual fiber festival” celebrates all textile and fiber arts. Meet a yak or an alpaca, learn to knit or crochet, try your hand at making a banner or felt wool balls, participate in COPPeR’s interactive installation, or enjoy one of the day’s lectures. Textiles West will unveil a new installation, Stitching Community Together, which will be hung in various locations throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Also on-site for the festivities: NaO’s Food Bus. Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., free, textileswest.org.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Millibo Art Theatre awarded American Theatre Wing grant

Posted By on Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 8:51 AM

Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree, founders and artistic directors of The MAT - COURTESY MILLIBO ART THEATRE
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  • Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree, founders and artistic directors of The MAT
The Millibo Art Theatre, a mainstay in the local theater community, has been awarded a prestigious grant from The American Theatre Wing, the very same group that founded the Tony Awards 70 years ago.

The American Theatre Wing’s 2017 National Theatre Company Grants went to only nine theaters nationwide, in the amount of $10,000 each, and are meant to offer general support to operations. Other winners of the 2017 grants hail from such theatrical bastions as Chicago and New York City, among others.

Since its inception in 2002, The Millibo has committed to bringing new and original theater to the Pikes Peak Region. With a “Premieres” series for adults and a “Kids First” series for families, as well as educational opportunities, yearly summer cabarets and more special events, the MAT has gained plentiful local recognition. This significant nod from a national organization speaks well of its continued growth.

In its official announcement, The MAT writes:
“The recognition from the American Theatre Wing is a tremendous honor,” said Birgitta De Pree Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Millibo Art Theatre affectionately known as the MAT. “We have worked very hard to provide a home in Colorado Springs for new, original theatre for audiences of all ages. To be recognized on the national level with this award is a wonderful note of encouragement to our artists, staff, students, volunteers, and audiences. We believe that Colorado Springs is approaching a modern Arts Renaissance with amazing potential. The MAT is proud to be an integral part of that.”

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Classical music, cool science, an absurdist circus and more make up this week's recommended events

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12 Thursday

Circus Beckett
Classic plays by playwright Samuel Beckett (responsible for Waiting for Godot, Endgame, Happy Days and more) — but set in a circus ring. Cast includes 15 Colorado College students, presenting a creative take on some of Beckett’s most interesting and/or absurd work. Director, associate professor Andrew Manley, was trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama in London, and has an impressive theatrical pedigree. Oct. 12-14, 7:30 p.m., extra showing: Oct. 13, 9:30 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $5, coloradocollege.edu.

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Three Nights of Horror Film and Beer Festival
Hosted annually by the Independent Film Society of Colorado, which provides the region with year-round film screenings and special events. Includes: horror film screenings, local beer and spirits, costume contests, indie short films and more. Zombie crawl drags itself downtown on the 13th, courtesy of IFSOC, Blissfest333 and Colorado Springs S.T.A.R.S — yeah, those badass Resident Evil cosplayers. Remember to dress up! Oct. 12, 6-11:45 p.m., Oct. 13-14, 4-11:45 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free to attend, facebook.com/IFSOC.

13 Friday

Reformers & Rebels
This concert celebrates “revolutions, large and small” from the Lutheran Reformation to the Underground Railroad. The Colorado Springs Chorale will be joined by the Chamber Singers and an orchestral ensemble to perform music by Bach and Whitacre, among others. Presented in memory of Sylvia Hutson, the chorale’s general manager, who passed away this summer. Her birthday is Oct. 17. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$15, cschorale.org.

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Cool Science Carnival
This educational and exciting event kicks off eight days of science-related celebration in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. Curious folks of all ages can enjoy science shows, hands-on activities, exhibits, open labs and demonstrations. The carnival is just step one: Check the Cool Science calendar online for a list of more than 50 events happening this week. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, coolscience.org.

14 Saturday

ArtPOP 2017: Facelessness
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 46 percent of homeless adults live with severe mental illness. To draw attention to the correlation, local artist Cole Bennett has created a sound- and movement-based sculpture. Presented in conjunction with Arts Month and ArtPOP, a series of pop-up art events in the Pikes Peak region throughout the month of October. Oct. 14, noon to 1 p.m., Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., facebook.com/pikespeakartscouncil.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Juan Morales leads workshop in art-inspired poetry

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 1:13 PM

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The art of ekphrastic poetry explores art through multiple avenues. An ekphrastic poet draws inspiration from visual art — either created by themselves or by another — and examines the subject or style of the artwork in a new way. The combination of artistic expression speaks to the spirit of Arts Month, which runs throughout October here in Colorado Springs.

Pueblo-based poet Juan Morales has been incorporating ekphrastic poetry into his own work since attending a workshop in 2012 that drew inspiration from a Latino art exhibit at the Smithsonian. On Oct. 4, he'll be leading a workshop in ekphrastic poetry inside the Galleries of Contemporary Art’s Great Expectations exhibit.

He'll also read some of his own work, while displaying the visual art that inspired it, then lead participants through some exercises that utilize the art on the walls. “I don’t know what art is currently being featured,” Morales says, “so I think there is a level of spontaneity that happens with good writing that I hope we can accomplish with this exercise.”

Morales, whose third volume of poetry The Handyman’s Guide to End Times will be published next fall, is excited to take part in Arts Month in Colorado Springs, and not just because he grew up here.

“[It’s] a good way to show the different varieties of mediums that artists are using to express themselves along the Front Range," he says. "We have similar projects in Pueblo with the Pueblo Arts Alliance, but it’s nice to see our counterpart in Colorado Springs doing great work.”

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Monday, October 2, 2017

CSU-Pueblo honors LGBT History Month with campus events

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 9:09 AM

  • The sight of the Stonewall Riots, which launched the LGBTQ rights movement as we know it today
LGBT History Month began on Oct. 1, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the great strides made by the LGBTQ community, in the face of great challenges. Colorado State University, Pueblo will honor the occasion with events throughout the month of October that promote education and discussion around LGBTQ culture and history. These events are open to faculty, staff, students and the wider community.

See below for a current schedule of events, and keep an eye on the student activities webpage for further updates.

Oct. 3 – LGBTQ+ History Month Kickoff with Game Night: 3-5 p.m., Greenhorn Hall. Test your knowledge on LGBTQ+ history. Play games while educating yourself about LGBTQ+ culture.

Oct. 11 – LGBTQ+ History Movie Night and Discussion: 5 p.m. in Psychology 153.The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will host a screening of the movie, “Were the World Mine,” a film depicting a gay student at an all-boys school who is regularly bullied. With a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s famous “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” he turns his town gay so that they may walk in his shoes.

Oct. 19 – Make Your Own Pride Gear: 2-4 p.m., Psychology 153. Craft banners to use in marches and create art to hang in the library and display cases.

Oct. 25 – Safe Zone Training: 2-4 p.m. in Culebra Hall. This training presents attendees with knowledge on the LGBTQIA community. Participants begin their training by attending a mandatory orientation session and continue their involvement through monthly luncheon discussions. Participants will learn to identify and explain appropriate LGBT resources for students in need, be informed about significant LGBT issues, and be able to identify at least two ways to improve their support of the LGBT community. Please RSVP via diversityresourcecenter@csupueblo.edu, as space is limited. 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Converge Lecture Series brings big names and big ideas to the Springs

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Poet Marie Howe will present Converge Lecture Series' first lecture on Oct. 1
  • Poet Marie Howe will present Converge Lecture Series' first lecture on Oct. 1
Samuel Stephenson, founder of the Converge Lecture Series, says that in this “season of American history,” hostility can discourage meaningful conversation. The goal of the series is to bring artists and authors to our local community to discuss topics spanning political, educational and spiritual disciplines, generating genuine discussion.

“I think that artists have an ability to spark real conversation that’s [more] nuanced than conversation I’m seeing happening right now,” Stephenson says.

The series will bring nationally recognized thinkers to Colorado Springs to give quarterly lectures, with occasional locally focused speaking events. This year, each speaker will address the topic of moral beauty.

“I’m interested in the question [of moral beauty] because it’s an ethical question and an aesthetics question,” Stephenson says. “Can you have ethical action that is pleasing or beautiful?”

The first speaker in the series, poet Marie Howe, will give her lecture at the Pinery at the Hill on Oct. 1, setting the stage for the following speakers in 2018: George Saunders (Feb. 4), Richard Blanco (May 6), Junot Díaz (Aug. 5) and Edwidge Danticat (Nov. 4).

Stephenson says that he and his board selected these speakers for the range of diverse disciplines, perspectives and opinions they represent. “My hope is that the topic and the speakers have a significant enough range and broad enough ideas that it can bring a lot of different viewpoints to the table,” he says.

He hopes that keeping the topic open-ended — and removing focus from hot-button issues like immigration and abortion — can “create room for a lot of values to come together in the same room, and maybe [we can] learn how to practice disagreement in a meaningful way.”

In a way, the Converge Lecture Series is meant to facilitate the convergence of ideas, though its title actually comes from a short story by Flannery O’Connor: Everything that Rises Must Converge.

“Her idea behind that,” Stephenson says, “was all good things come together in time, even seeming opposites.”

See below for more about the series’ upcoming presenters:

Marie Howe - October 1, 2017
Marie Howe is the author of four volumes of poetry, Magdalene: Poems; The Kingdom of Ordinary Time; The Good Thief; and What the Living Do, and she is the co-editor of a book of essays, In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, Agni, Ploughshares, Harvard Review, and The Partisan Review, among others. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships, and Stanley Kunitz selected Howe for a Lavan Younger Poets Prize from the American Academy of Poets. In 2015, she received the Academy of American Poets Poetry Fellowship which recognizes distinguished poetic achievement. From 2012-2014, she served as the Poet Laureate of New York State.

George Saunders - February 4, 2018
George Saunders has published over twenty short stories and numerous Shouts & Murmurs in The New Yorker since first appearing in the magazine, in 1992. His work includes the short-story collections “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” (a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award), “Pastoralia,” “In Persuasion Nation” (a finalist for the Story Prize), “Tenth of December” (a finalist for the National Book Award and recipient of the Folio Prize), “Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness,” and “Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel.” Saunders has won prizes for his best-selling children’s book, “The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,” and for a book of essays entitled “The Braindead Megaphone,” and he has been featured in the “O. Henry Prize Stories,” “Best American Short Stories,” “Best American Nonrequired Reading,” “Best American Travel Writing,” and “Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthologies. Named by The New Yorker one of the best American writers under the age of forty in 1999, Saunders has received fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Richard Blanco - May 6, 2018
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of three poetry collections: Looking for the Gulf Motel, Directions to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and two memoirs: The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. The University of Pittsburgh Press has published the commemorative chapbooks One Today, Boston Strong, and Matters of the Sea, the last of which Blanco read at the historic reopening of the US Embassy in Havana. In 2015, the inaugural poem One Today was released as a children’s book, in collaboration with the renowned illustrator, Dav Pilkey.

Junot Díaz - August 5, 2018
JUNOT DÍAZ was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. He is the co-founder of the Voices of Our National Arts Foundation. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and a Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at MIT. His forthcoming book, Islandborn, will be released by Dial in the spring of 2018.

Edwidge Danticat - November 4, 2018

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah’s Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, and The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner, and the novel-in-stories, The Dew Breaker. She is the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Diaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Men and Women of All Colors and Cultures, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2, and Best American Essays 2011. She has written six books for young adults and children, Anacaona, Golden Flower, Behind the Mountains, Eight Days, The Last Mapou, Mama’s Nightingale, and Untwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance, A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel. Her memoir , Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. Her most recent book, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story was published by Graywolf Press in July 2017. She is a 2009 MacArthur Fellow.

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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

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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.

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

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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

  • Matthew Schniper

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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