Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What do we do when we don’t know what to do next? PIE, by Theater Grottesco

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PIE by Theater Grottesco, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 2 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $27-$30, - COURTESY THEATER GROTTESCO
  • Courtesy Theater Grottesco
  • PIE by Theater Grottesco, Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 2, 2 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $27-$30,
Astronomer Carl Sagan once famously said: “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” This single quote has inspired a thoroughly expansive production by Theater Grottesco, which will be touring to the Fine Arts Center this weekend only. PIE endeavors to answer the question of what we do when we don’t know what to do next. In this case, “we” means all of us, humanity, represented by four “armchair experts” who show up to speak on a panel only to realize the moderator isn’t there. Chaos ensues, naturally, and the actors break the bounds of time, space and nature to explore intrinsic questions of our existence. Theater Grottesco, originally founded in Paris but now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, draws on European traditions of clowning, meaning they tackle this ambitious subject matter with a healthy dose of physical comedy and absurdity. While non-traditional, it promises to be as evocative as it is hilarious.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Colorado Springs Conservatory produces a revised Jack: A Moral Musical Tale

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  • Screencap from trailer; credit Colorado Springs Conservatory
In June of 2017, the Colorado Springs Conservatory, a local performance art school, debuted Jack: A Moral Musical Tale. Meant to convey an anti-bullying message, the musical followed a young bully into a dream sequence in which he met Jacks from different fairytales and folklore who taught him that nothing good comes from remorselessly bullying others. By invitation, we went to see the show, and came away with some issues in the way the musical portrayed minority characters (the very people most at-risk for bullying) and the way its messages fell flat, or even contradicted themselves.

At the time, Conservatory CEO Linda Weise said: “It would be amazing to have a piece that was created and shaped by feedback here in our community that could have national and international relevance.”

Now, the Conservatory has indeed used audience feedback to revamp the story and musical score, with help from Conservatory alumni Josh Franklin, a Broadway performer who typically makes his home in New York City. “I like to give back,” Franklin says, “so I come back and teach and direct and write. It’s good for them; it’s good for me. This show in particular has been so much work, but so much fun, and it’s just a beautiful story.”

Since joining the Conservatory creative team on this project in November, Franklin, who has also directed this production, says he made some significant changes to the script. For one, he gave Jack more understandable motivation, hoping to illustrate that issues with bullying largely start at home with the family.

He also altered the tone of many of Jack’s dream sequences. “It was a great concept and a fun story,” he says, “but a lot of the dream sequences seemed to be just other Jacks from the history of literature picking on Jack, and I wanted to examine less of a nightmare and more of a dream in which people teach him positive lessons.”

Among these characters, Franklin introduced “Jack of All Trades,” to show Jack a different kind of future than the one he’s building for himself by bullying others. Jack of All Trades is portrayed by Brian Sears, one of three Broadway performers who Franklin invited to take part in this production. The other two are Moya Angela and Abbie Mueller. All three are currently active on Broadway, and have performed with Franklin in the past.

The Conservatory has also invited four dancers from the Colorado Ballet Society, plus Thomas Wilson of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, to collaborate on the performance.

While Franklin has made many changes to the original script, he says it is still recognizable as Jack: “It’s a different angle. Definitely the same story, but a different way of telling it.”

The end of the show, which caused us particular concern in its original inception, has been “completely reconstructed,” according to Franklin. He says that the show has grown to encompass not just anti-bullying messages, but also messages of suicide prevention, and messages for adults who need to intervene when they encounter troubled children.

In spite of all this, Franklin insists that the show is mostly comedic, and the serious messages “sneak up on you,” which is a good sign for a family production. While we have yet to see the revised show, we find encouragement in Franklin’s enthusiasm for its changes.

In a press release, CEO Linda Weise said: “I am thrilled with what Josh [Franklin] has done to the original piece. His incredible songwriting abilities have really elevated the score and flow of the story… not to mention that I am simply humbled to work alongside him in bringing this story to life yet again, even better and with more great characters.”

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TheatreWorks, Fine Arts Center clean up in 2018 Henry Award nominations

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The FAC's recent production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels earned 11 nominations. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS FINE ARTS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
  • The FAC's recent production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels earned 11 nominations.

On Tuesday, June 12, the Colorado Theatre Guild announced the nominees for its annual Henry Awards, the most anticipated theater awards in the state, with two Colorado Springs companies represented: the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and TheatreWorks. Last year, the FAC earned 12 nominations and won five awards for its production of Man of La Mancha, and Springs Ensemble Theater received three nominations.

Now, the FAC has racked up a whopping 24 nominations, putting them just behind Arvada Center, which received 29. TheatreWorks received two. Fun Home and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, both FAC productions, tied with the most nominations for a single production — 11 each.

The FAC was understandably proud to share the news on Twitter:

The Henry Awards ceremony will be held July 23 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. We’ll be sure to let you know how many awards our local companies take home. In the meantime, here’s a list of their nominations:

  • Outstanding Actor in a Play (Mark Robbins for Amadeus)
  • Outstanding Costume Design, larger budget (Stephanie Bradley for Amadeus)

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College:
  • Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company
  • Outstanding Production of a Musical (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fun Home)
  • Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Nathan Halvorson for Fun Home and Scott Levy for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Musical Direction (Sharon Skidgel for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Actress in a play (Lauren Hooper for Intimate Apparel)
  • Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Larry Cahn for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Patrick Oliver Jones for Fun Home, and Kyle Dean Steffen for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Jessica Kahkoska for Fun Home, Allison Mickelson for Fun Home)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical (Mackenzie Beyer for Fun Home, Judeth Shay Comstock for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Megan Van De Hey for Fun Home)
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Fun Home)
  • Outstanding Choreography (Nathan Halvorson for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Costume Design, larger budget (Sydney Gallas for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Lighting Design, larger budget (Holly Rawls for Fun Home and Jonathan Spencer for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Scenic Design, larger budget (Lex Liang for Fun Home, Christopher L. Sheley for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)
  • Outstanding Sound Design, larger budget (Tori Higgins for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Fun Home)
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Friday, May 25, 2018

Funky Little Theater Company moves to the former Theater on Pecan

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:13 PM

This little theater has big plans for its new space. - COURTESY FUNKY LITTLE THEATER
  • Courtesy Funky Little Theater
  • This little theater has big plans for its new space.

After more than three years in its current location on Templeton Gap Road, Funky Little Theater will be packing up shop (and set) and moving to the former Theater on Pecan, 1367 Pecan St., its new home for the foreseeable future.

This Westside venue has seen a few previous tenants, from the Millibo Art Theatre (which christened the space as a performance venue before moving to its current location on Tejon Street) to the Black Box Theatre, to the Grin Reaper Comedy Club.

It’s a step up in size for Funky, nearly doubling their seating capacity from a flexible 40 seats to a solid 80. Artistic director/founder Chris Medina says: “It seemed like the right time [to move]. We can consistently pack our house, but it’s going to be scary to fill an 80-seat house. ... What better way to step up our professionalism and step up our game than going to a big boy theater?”

Previous tenants have expressed difficulty in attracting audiences to the location, which sits somewhat tucked away among nondescript warehouses off 21st Street, but Medina says the landscape of the area is changing, with a new shopping center and a new housing development nearby. Plus, he says, Funky fans will find them no matter where they are.

“A lot of people know us already, “ he says, “so we’re hoping that those people will follow us and new people will find us. ... We’re excited to be embraced by the more artsy Westside, or so it’s been called.”

The move comes near the tail end of Funky’s "Season of the Female Playwright," though contrary to popular belief it does not mark the end of the season. Funky's current run of Harvey continues until June 2 in the soon-to-be old location, and Always a Bridesmaid and Body Awareness (in conjunction with [Spectrum]: LGBT Play Festival) will be performed at the new place before the season comes to a full close.

This means that all official grand opening celebrations will be reserved for July, though there will be plenty going on in the new Funky Little Theater in the meantime, including dance rehearsals and a performance of Funky Little Improv on June 9.

Medina says they're planning to move the last remaining pieces of the theater the day after they strike Harvey. Anyone interested in helping with the moving/cleaning effort should keep an eye on Funky's Facebook page for details in coming days.
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts tells a brief fairytale on Pioneers Museum lawn

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM

  • Alissa Smith

On April 27, Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts hosted The Well Between Two Words, "an experimental performance art piece about justice, desire, and the wishful immediate," created by Ella Goodine Richardson. Billed as lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the performance took place in and around a hut erected on the Pioneers Museum lawn, decorated with cylindrical pillows and draping curtains.

When I arrived at 11 a.m., a group of performers sat in the hut, applying each others' doll-like makeup while they spoke quietly to each other. As with most experimental art, it can be hard to tell what is part of the piece and what is not, so I watched from afar for a few moments and decided to return for the main performance at 4 p.m.

At four (on the dot, thanks to the Pioneers Museum's bells) a small group of folks gathered on the lawn to watch what was essentially a brief fairytale, told through magic, music and a Greek-like chorus of three elaborately dressed narrators. The magic, provided by performers Anthem and Aria, earned a few well deserved rounds of applause from the audience, with cards, coins and trays disappearing into thin air.

The story itself was opaque — I think I picked up something about a woman looking into a well and seeing another world — but story may not have been the entire point.

While the main performance lasted less than 10 minutes, it transported its small audience momentarily from the nearby bustle of Tejon Street, and offered a nice, peaceful respite in the middle of a busy downtown Friday afternoon.

See below for some photos.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Funky Little Theater Company and The Gallery Below stage Eternal Flamer in first collaborative performance

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  • Misti Walker and Chris Medina

Two local, diversity-minded arts groups are teaming up this weekend for an immersive production of Eternal Flamer: The Ballad of Jessie Blade, a play by New York City playwrights Tommy Jamerson and Josh Julian. Funky Little Theater Company, the theater responsible for the annual Spectrum: LGBT Play Festival, and The Gallery Below, which consistently showcases queer films, open mics and more, present "Funky Down Below," the first formal collaboration between the two groups.

April 26-28, 8:30 p.m., they’ll transport the audience to “the hottest, gayest nightclub of the 1980s,” following Jessie (played in this production by Alex Abundis). Small-town Minnesotan turned wannabe dancer, Jessie finds himself in a lavish New York City nightclub called Gomorrah, where he meets Madam, a drag queen emcee who helps him navigate his new life of dance, drugs, sex and sabotage.

This fun and campy production has been presented by Funky as a staged reading before, but will now bring all the neon lights and flashy dress of Gomorrah to the Gallery Below. They suggest dressing in your best ‘80s outfit, so this may be one of the rare times you’ll look silly if you aren’t wearing leg warmers and shoulder pads — a golden opportunity to get retro.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Trojan Women is 2,500 year-old play that's still relevant today

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The Trojan Women, April 19-21, 7:30 p.m., and April 21, 2 p.m., PPCC Centennial Theater, - SARAH SHAVER
  • Sarah Shaver
  • The Trojan Women, April 19-21, 7:30 p.m., and April 21, 2 p.m., PPCC Centennial Theater,
It’s always valuable to view history, and historical works of art, through a contemporary lens, to best digest the lessons humanity has or (often) hasn’t learned. The Trojan Women, a play written nearly 2,500 years ago by Euripides, still addresses relevant themes, and director Sarah Shaver has added “a modern twist” to call attention to what it has to say. With five female leads and an all-female chorus in this PPCC student production, the power of the story comes more fully to light, speaking to the dehumanization of women that has plagued society for thousands of years, as well as the often ignored collateral damage of war. The Trojan Women looks at the aftermath of war without any of the glory or nationalism, and from the point of view of the conquered. The premise: At the end of the Trojan War, with the men of Troy largely slaughtered by the invading Greeks, the survivors grieve together and await their fate. Many of these women will become slaves to the Greek army. Attendees at the April 21 matinée are invited to a talk-back with the director and the cast, which includes some combat veterans and active service members who can speak personally to its themes.
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Fine Arts Center releases 2018/19 theater season

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February's Intimate Apparel was one of our favorite shows from the FAC's 2017/18 season. - JEFF KEARNEY
  • Jeff Kearney
  • February's Intimate Apparel was one of our favorite shows from the FAC's 2017/18 season.
On Friday, March 30, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College released the lineup for its 2018/19 theater season. Though the 2017-2018 season wraps up this spring with Fun Home (through April 22), Fully Committed (April 27-May 20), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (May 24-June 17) and Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (June 29-July 21), we're already looking forward to fall. True to form, the FAC’s mainstage, studio and family productions promise a variety of themes and styles, some musical, all regional premieres.

Among them, Shakespeare in Love (Sept. 27-Oct. 21, 2018), adapted from the popular 1988 film. While the Springs' enjoys occasional productions of Shakespeare's work (with TheatreWorks' annual summer Shakespeare production, a recent creative spin on MacBeth by Counterweight Theatre Lab, and Shakespeare in the Alley set to premiere this summer) this creative and whimsical romance follows William Shakespeare himself and the noblewoman-turned-actor who inspires his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. It employs plenty of Shakespearean tropes, making it a must-see for fans of the bard, or for anyone who wants to enjoy a devastatingly good romance. It's a solid season opener, thanks to its accessibility and acclaim.

Another intriguing mainstage production (that couldn't land thematically farther from Shakespeare in Love): Hands on a Hardbody (March 28-April 14), a musical with a country and roots-rock vibe. The premise: In a profound expression of American materialism, 10 Texans spend days on end with one hand on a brand new truck, hoping to win it by being the last one standing. It’s a ridiculous concept, and even better once you learn that it is, in fact, a true story — if somewhat embellished for the stage.

In the studio series, Church & State (Nov. 2-25) sounds like it will address some relevant social issues regarding religion, politics, and “how politics has become a religion.” While the show certainly has its comedic elements, the topic alone makes it a more sober choice for the season, and should start some interesting conversations — always a sign of good theater.

Special theatrical events abound, as well. Before the mainstage productions start in September, the FAC will host PIE, a touring production by Theater Grottesco, a Santa Fe-based troupe that has created 13 full-length plays and more than 30 short pieces since its founding in 1983 in Paris, France. PIE was jointly inspired by the Carl Sagan quote “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe," and the Kate Tempest Poem “Brand New Ancients.” Theater Grottesco says of PIE: “Simply put, four lovable fools arrive at a panel discussion where the moderator doesn't show up. They have a collective nervous breakdown, unleashing their inner gods, and accidentally destroy and reinvent the universe.” It will run only four dates: Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

See below for the full season lineup, and look for subscription packages on the FAC website.

Shakespeare in Love: Sept. 27-Oct. 21, 2018
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical: Dec. 6, 2018-Jan. 6, 2019
Anna in the Tropics: Feb. 7-24, 2019
Hands on a Hardbody: March 28-April 14, 2019
Barnum: May 23-June 16, 2019

Family & Studio Series
Go, Dog. Go!: Sept. 14-Oct. 14, 2018
Church & State: Nov. 2-25, 2018
Ben and the Magic Paintbrush: March 8-April 7, 2019
Bad Dates: April 26-May 19, 2019

Special Theater Events
PIE: Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2018
An Evening with Paul Reiser:Aug. 17, 2018
An Evening with Paula Poundstone: Nov. 1, 2018
Happy Hour Stand-Up: July 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 7, 2018; Jan. 4, 2019; Feb. 1, 2019; June 7, 2019
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stage, silent film, solid metaphors and more recommended events this week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 1:00 AM

15 Thursday

The Totalitarians
Politics are scary these days, no doubt about it, but sometimes it’s easiest to take the power out of something by laughing at it. This dark comedy by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb follows a candidate for Nebraska state office, her charismatic speech-writer, and the rippling effects of her dirty campaign. says this is “the kind of hilarious but unsettling show in which a character gurgling on his own blood while he’s trying to make a speech gets huge laughs from the audience.” Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4 p.m., through March 4, Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 Cache La Poudre St., $10-$15,

16 Friday

Silent Film Soirée: Roaring ’20s Costume Party & Kids Night Out
Enjoy a screening of the 1928 classic The Cameraman, starring Buster Keaton and Springs-born Marceline Day, with live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Far from just a screening: The night includes drinks, dessert, a ‘20s-themed costume party, photobooth and more. While parents enjoy the party, kids can attend a screening of their own with crafts, activities and access to the Pioneers Museum’s children’s exhibit. Feb. 16, 6:45-9:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., $10-$35,

16 Friday

Solid Metaphor
Rick Berry, an expressionistic figure artist, got his start in Colorado Springs, working on comic books. He carries sci-fi and fantasy influences into his fine art, and continues to excel in the comic scene. Colorado-based Michael Dowling is a contemporary realist painter whose work includes beautiful and unsettling portraits. Exhibiting together, these artists join in contemplation of “the future of evolution or humanity and idea,” meaning an examination of the future of human experience. Big ideas, solid metaphors. Feb. 16, 5-8 p.m., on display through March 24, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A,

20 Tuesday

Ailey II
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater began with dancer Alvin Ailey and a group of young black modern dancers in 1958. Ailey II, founded in 1974, is now a world-renowned company in its own right, and presents young dance talent with work by emerging choreographers. The mission of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s education, outreach and performances is to build a cultural community that honors all ages, races and backgrounds. Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $22-$75,

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Ent Center for the Arts, UCCS' multi-venue, multi-purpose cultural center in pictures

Posted By on Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 3:31 PM

  • Griffin Swartzell

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the much-anticipated UCCS Ent Center for the Arts will officially open its doors to the public. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs has focused on every detail of this state-of-the-art, multi-purpose venue, from the ergonomics of new theater seats to the perfect Steinway piano to grace the recital hall.

We took a tour of the new space, exploring all the new opportunities that the center will provide for UCCS and the professional entities attached to it — TheatreWorks and the Galleries of Contemporary Art.

The building itself shines on its perch on North Nevada Avenue, a sweeping silver edifice, with Starr Kempf’s iconic kinetic sculptures spinning in the wind as we drive up.

Inside, floor-to-ceiling windows open up westward to a view of the mountains, with classy, modern furniture punctuating the otherwise white and silver lobby. Above our heads hangs the Ent Center’s permanent art installation, a piece by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues (Ball-Nogues Studio). Its many threads drape in blues, purples and reds, a delicate and powerful addition to an already powerful space. And, believe it or not, that’s just the lobby.

Ball-Nogues Studio created this piece specifically for Ent Center for the Arts. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Ball-Nogues Studio created this piece specifically for Ent Center for the Arts.

With five major venues, plus music practice rooms, offices, rehearsal space, a café, dance studios, classrooms and more, the Ent Center for the Arts serves a variety of needs both for UCCS and the wider community, and I can admit we’re a little excited about it.

Michelle Winchell, marketing and PR representative for UCCS Presents, says: “There’s a lot of stakeholders [in this building], especially with all the shared spaces, because it’s not just these professional programs; it’s also the academic programs and community partners who will be renting the space.”

Teams and committees throughout the process took a variety of needs and perspectives into account. For instance, the size of the Shockley-Zalabak Theater (the largest Ent Center venue, with up to 792 seats) was decided based in part on a report by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, which indicated a community need for larger venues that weren’t quite the overwhelming size of the Pikes Peak Center (which boasts 2,000 seats). “People who used to rent a high school auditorium — they won’t be able to fill the Pikes Peak Center, but they might fill this space. It’s a lot nicer [than an auditorium], and it’s actually made for performing arts.”

The Shockley-Zalabak Theater - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The Shockley-Zalabak Theater
In fact, every venue in the Ent Center has been made for the performing arts in one way or another. Acousticians worked in each of them, even GOCA’s new space (the Marie Walsh Sharpe Galleries of Contemporary Art), to ensure that the needs of all sizes and sorts of performances could be met. The attention to detail and customization is also evident in TheatreWorks’ new performance venue — the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater.

Dusty Loo is marginally larger in size than its former location, and can now seat up to 300 people, but what’s truly exciting isn’t so much the capacity as the new opportunity to expand the quality and variety of performance. Not only does TheatreWorks now have high ceilings to encourage multi-level sets, but the late Murray Ross, founder of TheatreWorks, was adamant about installing a trap door, which the organization already plans to use in its upcoming production of Oklahoma! (opening Feb. 15).

The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • The Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre
Lynne Hastings, Artistic Producer of TheatreWorks, says that the technical aspects of the theater (including rolling gantries to assist in light and set work) are most exciting to her, and not just for the production possibilities. “Another thing I love with this whole space,” she says, “is that the students get the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment. And everything’s the same in every theater... That gives them flexibility for all the programming going on here, and it gives the students a chance to work on these professional-level productions.”

Many of the behind-the-scenes amenities were designed with students in mind, as the Ent Center remains, at its core, an integral part of UCCS’ academics. A new dance studio, which Winchell calls “the beauty room” provides a gorgeous view of the mountains, a marked step above the converted loading dock currently used by dance students. Plus, the catwalk in the Shockley-Zalabak Theater feels stable underfoot, not nearly as frightening to walk on as this acrophobic expected.

During the tour, we happened to stumble upon artist Floyd Tunson, putting the finishing touches on an installation that will hang outside the Marie Walsh Sharpe GOCA for a year — his Haitian Dream Boats. GOCA artistic director Daisy McGowan says that the installation will “amplify” Tunson’s upcoming exhibit, Janus, which will open Feb. 1.

Floyd Tunson's Haitian Dream Boats - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Floyd Tunson's Haitian Dream Boats
The gallery space itself boasts a variety of new goodies about which McGowan was happy to share her excitement. For one, the team was intentional about acoustics, which are a necessary consideration for a gallery that does so much multi-media art. In addition to that, GOCA can now take advantage of plywood-backed walls (to better hang artwork), customizable lighting, and museum-certified humidity control, which will enable them to exhibit artwork from collections that they may not have had the opportunity to exhibit before.

Taking it all in, the Ent Center exudes “possibility” — possibility for more dynamic performances, better-sounding concerts, more artwork, more customization, more community collaboration and more collaboration between UCCS departments. While UCCS has fared well within its spaces before, including notable exhibits at GOCA and award-winning shows at TheatreWorks, the freedom provided by this extensive, specialized and customized space will provide a wealth of new opportunities, and we are excited to see what they do with them.

As TheatreWorks’ Lynne Hastings says: “There’s no boundaries anymore.”

See below for more photos from our tour.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

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

Posted By on Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 1:00 AM

7 Thursday

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,

8 Friday

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.,

9 Saturday

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,

11 Monday

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 8, 2017

Celebrate, listen, learn and play with these local events

Posted By on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 8:30 AM

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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.,

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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.,

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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,

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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,

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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,

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