Wednesday, August 21, 2019

McAllister House Museum offers a bike-themed experience, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2019 at 1:00 AM

click to enlarge COURTESY MCALLISTER HOUSE MUSEUM
  • Courtesy McAllister House Museum

Pedaling Through the Ages

Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., McAllister House Museum, 423 N. Cascade Ave., free,
mcallisterhouse.org


The McAllister House Museum sits just north of the Springs’ downtown core, where development over the years has overshadowed the unobtrusive Victorian structure. But when it was first erected in 1873, the McAllister House was situated to stand out from the growing downtown, and set up so that its owner Henry McAllister and his family would have a perfect view of Pikes Peak. In this preserved family home, with original furniture and period pieces, historic artifacts and old documents, museum staff have a clear and solid mission: “Making connections between the past and the present, meaningful connections,” says museum executive director Eric Metzger.

Metzger wants to make good on that mission by reaching out to the public, forming partnerships and looking for ways to explore the history of our unique region to better understand the present. To this end, he has partnered with local organizations PikeRide, Kids on Bikes and Bike Colorado Springs to create a bike-themed festival and art exhibit at the museum.

“I chose biking because it is a hot topic,” Metzger says. “When you read through the 2016 master plan for downtown for the city. You know, they’ve got these different [transportation] goals spelled out … and then often biking is kind of this core aspect of almost every single one of those goals.” He believes exploring the history of the bike will help people appreciate and understand its uses today.

The exhibit includes 19th- and 20th-century bicycles from the collection of local bike enthusiast Chris Mike, including World War II-era bikes, made lightweight and without adornment to show support for the war effort; bikes of the late ’40s and ’50s, which were made to be as heavy as possible, weighed down with literal bells and whistles and aesthetic additions; and plentiful retro-futuristic designs that Metzger says were inspired by Buck Rogers. “We’re [also] making sure that we’ve got a good representation for what women were riding. We wanted to show different types of bikes, different functionalities,” he says.

At today’s festival, enjoy the exhibit itself, plus tours of the museum, opportunities to try new PikeRide bikes, a kids’ bike track with balance bikes available, local history rides, food and drink, and an antique gift shop.

click to enlarge GABY MORENO
  • Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno

Aug. 22, 7 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave.,
$20-$69.75, uccspresents.org

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno is scheduled to bring her eclectic sound and social consciousness to Colorado Springs this week, where she will be joined by versatile Latin-infused five-piece Jarabe Mexicano.

Moreno, who won the 2016 Latin Grammy for Best New Artist, is the first to admit that her sound is a bit difficult to define. Her lyrics transition seamlessly between English and Spanish, and her influences are just as fluid.

“I drew from many different influences — mainly from blues and soul and folk — and coming from Guatemala, I have my influences from Latin America. I just mix it all and kind of make music that sounds good and honest to me,” she says. “I always tell people I like to let the listener describe it for me.”

click to enlarge PAMELA "RAYE" FICKES-MILLER
  • Pamela "Raye" Fickes-Miller

Pamela "Raye" Fickes-Miller exhibit

Opening reception, Aug. 23, 5-8 p.m., on display through Sept. 28, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A, galleryg44.com

A truly skilled photographer can find those perfect and fascinating moments or scenes to help us see the world in a new light. Pamela Fickes-Miller, known as Raye, owns her own gallery (Raye’s Gallery at Ruxton Creek) in Manitou Springs, but will present her unique photography in a showcase at G44 this month and next. She captures still lifes, urban architecture and urban scenes that tell stories and intrigue the viewer, and her work is well worth enjoying.

Big Momma's Bad Boys

Aug. 24, 6-8 p.m., The Gallery Below, 718B N. Weber St., $5, facebook.com/thegallerybelow

Drag kings don’t get nearly the attention of their gaudy, queenie counterparts, but they strut their stuff on that stage with the best of ‘em. Head to The Gallery Below tonight for a showcase of local drag kings, who will grab and twist your stereotypical assumptions of gender, masculinity and even drag itself.

Into Thin Air Auto Fest

Aug. 24, 8-11:45 p.m., Pikes Peak International Raceway, 16650 Midway Ranch Road, #1, Fountain, thinairfest.com

Once again, Pikes Peak International Raceway is opening its track to a slew of fascinating competitions, this time focused on drifting. The Formula Drift Pro-Am Competition will be going on with tandem battles all day for you to enjoy, and when you aren’t watching cars drift around the track like it’s an asphalt Slip ‘n Slide, you can enjoy a car show, live music and food.

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