Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Millibo's Circus of the Night takes inspiration from Gustav Klimt, plus more events this week

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click to enlarge COURTESY MILLIBO ART THEATRE
  • Courtesy Millibo Art Theatre

Circus of the Night: The Kiss

Fridays-Saturdays, cocktail hour at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m., through Aug. 24, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $25, themat.org

Years ago, when the Millibo Art Theatre first started its summer tradition of an adults-only, late-night circus, it was one of the only places in town offering a themed presentation of burlesque, acrobatics, song and dance. Now, even though more acrobats are performing at local venues and themed burlesque shows occur weekly at The Gold Room, the Millibo’s Circus of the Night still manages to stand out as an exciting, one-of-a-kind production — a blend of all sorts of performance art that really gets the blood pumping.

Themes in the past have included sci-fi, surrealism and Brazilian nights, but this year will pay special homage to an artistic inspiration: Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. “We’ve sort of done a variety of themes for Circus of the Night,” says Millibo co-artistic director Jim Jackson, “and, because Klimt is, you know, he’s such a weirdo, but his stuff is so, so beautiful, but also has this very sort of erotic undertone, I just thought it would really fit our Circus of the Night idea.”

Klimt, most famous for his 1908 painting “The Kiss,” has served as the pivot-point for the entire show. The set, designed by Millibo co-artistic director Birgitta DePree, is meant to echo the feeling of the artist’s studio and “The Kiss” itself, but deconstructed and a little surreal.
“I think we’ve wanted to play with using artists’ work as a — not necessarily a backdrop — but as a way to springboard into the show for a while now. And so this gives us a chance to play with it,” Jackson says.

Many of the Millibo’s veteran performers will be returning to the theater with Klimt-inspired pieces, including juggler Kyle Cox, silk aerialist Elizabeth Fluharty, singer Miriam Roth, and acrobats Carlos Salazar, Tatiana Nikitenko and “Super” Dave Hale. The night will once again be hosted by the indomitable Babette Matdiva, DePree’s hilarious alter-ego. So, intermixed with beautiful music, dance and acrobatics, we’re sure to enjoy a good bit of comedy.

As this is an adults-only show, it’s only fitting the Millibo provide some adults-only libations. They’ll be serving up drink specials like sangria and Axe and the Oak whiskey punch at the pre-show cocktail hour.

“I think what it’ll do, too, for us is break some new ground in terms of how to frame circus and cabaret,” Jackson says. “We’ve always sort of had an approach to [circus] that allows us to make the audience feel like they’re somewhere different. And this will do that. I think it really will feel like an artist’s studio — that gives us a lot of material to play with.”

The Tempest

Fridays, Saturdays, 7-9 p.m. and Sundays, 4-6 p.m. through Aug. 18; The Cellar at The Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., $8-$15, artxcolorado.org

There’s no shortage of Shakespeare in town this summer, but you don’t want to miss out on Counterweight Theatre Lab’s exciting production of The Tempest, one of the Bard’s most beloved works. In true Counterweight fashion, the company has enriched The Tempest with live music, puppetry and even special effects, “all while finding the human core at the heart of Shakespeare’s words,” according to Counterweight’s website. So join the disgraced former nobleman Prospero, his beautiful daughter Miranda, and the spirits of their island of exile, and get ready for an immersive Shakespearience.

Military Family Movie Night

Aug. 9, 6-10:30 p.m., Vibes Baseball Stadium, 4385 Tutt Blvd., free for military and families, registration required at tinyurl.com/MilitaryFamilyMovieNight

Colorado Publishing House, the Indy’s parent company, also runs the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group (CSMNG), which covers many of our local military bases and communities. Far from just spreading news, though, these papers want to be a part of the neighborhoods and lives that they serve. To that end, MNG has teamed up with Phil Long Ford to provide a night for military members and their families to let loose and have fun. Expect games, food trucks, music, and of course a screening of The Sandlot — a family-favorite baseball film.

click to enlarge © 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT / IMDB.COM
  • © 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / IMDb.com

11th Annual Intertribal Powwow

Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $5, free for children, coloradospringspowwow.org

Hosted by One Nation Walking Together, a local nonprofit that provides life-changing resources to Native American reservations, this annual gathering is meant to be a celebration of Native culture. They encourage Natives and non-Natives alike to attend, to enjoy traditional dancing, drumming, singing, art and artisans, food and games — and most importantly to learn and ask questions. In addition to the $5 entry for adults, they ask that attendees bring one non-perishable food item to be donated.

Inaugural Multicultural Festival

Aug. 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mineral Palace Park, 1600 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, $5, facebook.com/madfresh1

We could all do with broadening our horizons a bit. Especially in land-locked Colorado, we may not realize the sheer number of different cultures the people in our communities represent, nor do we always seek out those people in an attempt to learn more. Enter the Multicultural Festival hosted by Mad Fresh Productions in Pueblo, which has gathered Native American dancers, a bagpiper, a Mariachi band and more to provide entertainment, plus an ethnic poetry slam, food trucks, a beer garden and vendors. Go support this effort at inclusion and diversity and learn a little about the world in our region.

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