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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Illusionists are anything but run-of-the-mill magicians

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:34 AM

The Illusionists, March 26-27, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $49.25-$70, pikespeakcenter.com. - MAGICSPACE ENTERTAINMENT
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  • The Illusionists, March 26-27, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $49.25-$70, pikespeakcenter.com.
You aren’t just signing on for run-of-the-mill rabbits in hats when you check out an Illusionists magic show. Nor should you go in expecting the empty flair that defines show-before-skill magicians like certain Las Vegas “mindfreaks.” No, the Illusionists are one of the premier touring magician companies in the U.S. for a reason — they really are the best at what they do. See daring stunts and escapes, card tricks that bend the mind, illusions that clone and slice and sever and burn practitioners, only for them to emerge whole and hale at the end. With six magicians presenting vastly divergent styles, any magic lover would be lucky to attend.
Event Details The Illusionists
@ Pikes Peak Center
190 S. Cascade Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: March 26-27, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
477-2100
Price: $49.25-$70
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Two local artist come together for can't-miss exhibit

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:32 AM

ESPÍRITOS DA SOLIDÃO, Opening reception, 5-8 p.m.; on display through April 19; Downtown Studio Gallery at PPCC, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppcc.edu.
  • ESPÍRITOS DA SOLIDÃO, Opening reception, 5-8 p.m.; on display through April 19; Downtown Studio Gallery at PPCC, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppcc.edu.
When two powerhouse local artists like Cottonwood Center for the Arts Founder Sparky LeBold and We-Us-Our gallery founder Maggie Quinn come together for an exhibition, it’s kind of obligatory to stop by and see it. LeBold, a painter, and Quinn, a ceramic sculptor, interpret the exhibition’s title (which translates to “Spirits of Solitude” from Portuguese) in their unique styles — LeBold painting the solitary landscapes where spirits may find themselves wandering, and Quinn giving form or vessel to these spirits through her ceramics.
Event Details ESPÍRITOS DA SOLIDÃO
@ Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College
100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: March 25-April 19
502-4040
Price: Free
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The Princess Bride is finally getting the cult classic treatment it deserves

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:28 AM

The Princess Bride Shadowcast, March 22-24, 7:30 p.m., and March 24, 3:30 p.m., Local Relic at The Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., $18, $50 VIP, facebook.com/TheAnticipationsCast. - THEANTICI-PATIONSCAST
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  • The Princess Bride Shadowcast, March 22-24, 7:30 p.m., and March 24, 3:30 p.m., Local Relic at The Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., $18, $50 VIP, facebook.com/TheAnticipationsCast.
While Rocky Horror Picture Show screenings with a live shadowcast have become traditional, especially around Halloween, few other cult classic movies have gotten such special treatment. The Antici-pations Cast, a group of seasoned Rocky Horror actors, have now decided to bring a different cult classic to life through stage, screen and vulgar audience callbacks: The Princess Bride. Enjoy the full film with a full shadowcast, plentiful audience participation and beer available from Local Relic. The cast, mindful of the film’s family appeal, will offer a family-friendly performance at the Sunday matinée.
Event Details The Princess Bride Shadowcast
@ Local Relic at The Carter Payne
320 S. Weber St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: March 22-24, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., March 24, 3:30 p.m.
Price: $18
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Enjoy a night back in time with the Pioneers Museum

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:25 AM

Silent Film SoirEe: Miss Lulu Bett, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., $30-$35, cspm.org. - PARAMOUNT PICTURES
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  • Silent Film SoirEe: Miss Lulu Bett, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, 215 S. Tejon St., $30-$35, cspm.org.
Though contemporary movies still make use of a musical score, music was once the sole auditory focus of filmmaking, which makes accompaniment paramount if you’re looking to see a silent film. You can enjoy the 1921 classic Miss Lulu Bett with the most authentic music you’re likely to find — performed live as it is meant to be by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Moreover, the Pioneers Museum uses these annual silent film screenings as an excuse to throw a full-on ‘20s-themed party. Dress up for the occasion, play in the photo booth, and enjoy a night back in time.
Event Details Silent Film Soiree: Miss Lulu Bett
@ Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 S. Tejon St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Fri., March 22, 6:45-9:30 p.m.
385-5990
Price: $30-$35
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Ormao explores how we interact with each other, and with the natural world around us

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM

e l e m e n t s, March 22-23, 7:30 p.m., and March 23, 4 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $21-$26, ormaodance.org. - TMDEXTER PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • e l e m e n t s, March 22-23, 7:30 p.m., and March 23, 4 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $21-$26, ormaodance.org.
Environment plays a large role in the art of dance, where performers must not only interact with each other, but also with the environment of their stage — the platforms, props or audience perspectives at play. In its latest program, e l e m e n t s, Ormao Dance Company presents a series of contemporary dances that, thematically, deal with such interaction in a more figurative way: the way we as human beings interact with each other, and with the natural world around us.

One piece, commissioned by Ormao from David Dorfman Dance Company out of New York City, blends text and movement to explore human connection. Dorfman tasked the dancers with journaling responses to questions such as “what can you learn from a stranger?” Some answers to these questions have been incorporated into the final piece.

Ormao director Janet Johnson choreographed a brand new performance for this show as well, called Braided. Featuring a trio of dancers, Braided was inspired by a book called Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, which seeks to help humanity reconnect to the natural world. “We don’t know how to be with nature,” Johnson says. “There can be reciprocity; we can have a really positive impact on nature and we actually do need to participate.”
Event Details e l e m e n t s
@ CC's Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N. Cascade Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: March 22-23, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., March 23, 4 p.m.
Price: $21-$26
Dance

The dancers in Braided use ropes to represent life experiences, the paths we take that form our identity and, ultimately, our relationships. “They have their three [ropes], then they have a whole thing where they have to braid their lives together. It’s like, ‘Here’s what I’m bringing; what have you got?’ So they use each of those groups of three to make one big, large bundle, and then their movement becomes very integrated,” Johnson says.

The e l e m e n t s program will also include choreographer Patrizia Herminjard’s On the Nature of Daylight, an exploration of natural life cycles that premiered at Ormao’s 2018 show Ovation!, and two pieces commissioned by the Colorado Springs Chorale, both set to Spanish-language poetry and music composed by Shawn Kirchner and Eric Whitacre.

“We called it e l e m e n t s because it does bring in a lot of environmental concepts,” Johnson says, “and also just that real human connection that we have with each other. There are elements of that in everything.”
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Peaks and Pasties celebrates 11 years the only way it knows how

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 10:16 AM

Peaks and Pasties 11th Anniversary Spectacular Weekend, March 15, 9 p.m. at The Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave.; March 16, 9 p.m. at The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $15/show, peaksandpasties.com. - GIDGET BARDOT
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  • Peaks and Pasties 11th Anniversary Spectacular Weekend, March 15, 9 p.m. at The Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave.; March 16, 9 p.m. at The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., $15/show, peaksandpasties.com.
For 11 years, the largest burlesque troupe in Colorado, Peaks and Pasties, has been delighting local audiences with their signature glamour, glitter and body-positive approach to performance. Help them celebrate another successful year by joining them for a two-night celebration that promises to be even more rowdy, even more bawdy, more provocative and more spectacular than their monthly shows at the Zodiac or their weekly Champagne Cabaret at The Gold Room — events which are already all of the above. Nashville burlesque dancer Freya West will headline, supported by burlesque stars from all over Colorado.
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Shen Yun dancers share a piece of their culture with the Springs

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Shen Yun, March 19, 7:30 p.m., March 20, 1 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $86.50-$179.25, pikespeakcenter.com. - COURTESY SHEN YUN
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  • Shen Yun, March 19, 7:30 p.m., March 20, 1 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $86.50-$179.25, pikespeakcenter.com.
Not every dance company can claim to draw on 5,000 years of cultural traditions, but Shen Yun’s evocative, colorful, vibrant and exciting performances present dances from multiple eras of Chinese history, from various regions and ethnic groups who have their own beautiful identity within the whole. With orchestral accompaniment, the massively talented Shen Yun dancers will tell traditional tales through choreography and song, sharing a piece of their culture everywhere they tour.
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Jessica Lynn wants to help you be an effective ally to the trans community

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Transgender Rights Activist Jessica Lynn, 8:15 a.m. at Columbine Hall and 5 p.m. at the UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, events.uccs.edu. - COURTESY UCCS
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  • Transgender Rights Activist Jessica Lynn, 8:15 a.m. at Columbine Hall and 5 p.m. at the UCCS University Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, events.uccs.edu.
The transgender community has a hell of an advocate in Jessica Lynn, a Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador and Stonewall School Role Model who has made it her mission to educate the world about transgender people and the struggles they face. She has spoken at more than 600 events in 18 countries, offering an open format that allows attendees to pose questions they may be reluctant to voice elsewhere. With a whole host of issues nationally affecting transgender people, from the military ban to the ongoing arguments over Title IX protections, this could be your opportunity to learn how to be an effective ally to the trans community.
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PPAC TEMP brings pop-up art shows to the public

Posted By on Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Tourist Boredom, Opening reception, March 15, 5:30-9 p.m., viewable by appointment on March 16 and 17,  Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., facebook.com/PikesPeakArtsCouncil. - AARON BAUER
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  • Tourist Boredom, Opening reception, March 15, 5:30-9 p.m., viewable by appointment on March 16 and 17, Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., facebook.com/PikesPeakArtsCouncil.
Artists need exhibition space. All the resources in the world, from funding to networking opportunities, can only go so far unless artists can present the fruits of their labor to the public. The Pikes Peak Arts Council (PPAC), which has been supporting regional artists with all of the above for years, recognizes this, and their new program should fill a void in the local arts community that desperately needs filling. PPAC TEMP, a PPAC program spearheaded by Non Book Club Book Club founders JD Sell and Jasmine Dillavou, creates partnerships with local non-traditional spaces to bring pop-up art shows to the public.

Dillavou says PPAC TEMP’s focus on one-off or limited-run events, versus the traditional month-long exhibition, “works better to support the kind of artists that we have in our membership base because it gives people an opportunity to be experimental, gives them a chance to show works in progress, to test out ideas. Because we do have plenty of galleries in town, we do have a lot of space for full-blown exhibitions. This just gives people an opportunity to try new things and attempt something a little bit braver.”
PPAC TEMP’s first pop-up exhibition, Tourist Boredom, very definitely fits that bill. Presented in the Tim Gill Center for Public Media, which has plenty of space with which to experiment, Tourist Boredom will include video projections, a soundscape, an art installation and 2D works, all created by four artists: brothers Timmy and Jonny Mancini, and brothers Drew Bauer and Aaron Bauer. “They’re all really, really young, experimental, fresh-faced artists, kind of newer to the scene, which I think is really cool,” Dillavou says. The exhibition will focus on themes of nostalgia, presenting retro-futuristic imagery as satirical commentary on the past and its perceptions of the future, as well as commentary on the future.

“We’re, like, jumping off as big as possible,” Dillavou says. “Because we’ve done some little mini-trials, and it’s just hosting and holding space for PPAC members, and finding them shows whenever we can. But this is like the first real launch, real project, so we kinda want them to go crazy and build an experience for viewers to enter.”

You can enter the experience during its opening reception on March 15 or by appointment through the 17th.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

You've never experienced E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial like this before

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: In Concert, March 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., tickets start at $26, csphilharmonic.org. - SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: In Concert, March 8-9, 7:30 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., tickets start at $26, csphilharmonic.org.
Considering the 1982 Steven Spielberg film E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has provided pop culture with some of its most iconic moments and lines, from “E.T. phone home,” to the legendary scene of Elliot’s bike flying past a full moon, it hardly needs an introduction. What it does need, however, at least according to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is a live score. The film’s music, which won John Williams an Oscar for best original score, won’t sound nearly as good on your old beat-up VHS copy as it will coming from the Springs’ professional, preeminent and powerful philharmonic, so give yourself a treat and enjoy this cult classic with the area’s finest musicians.
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be another / Storying promises to be a high-energy showcase of local talent

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM

be another / Storying, March 7-9, 7:30 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $5, coloradocollege.edu. - MELANIE DEXTER
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  • be another / Storying, March 7-9, 7:30 p.m., CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., $5, coloradocollege.edu.
Colorado College’s department of dance wants to share a story with you. Or, rather, they want to share a variety of stories, crafted with choreography meant to convey the one thing that ties all of us together: our desire to share who we are and where we come from. Drawing on cultural and contemporary forms of dance, this exciting production includes entirely original choreography. Choreographers include Dallo Fall, originally from Senegal, West Africa, who runs the African drumming group Jamoral; CC’s artist-in-residence Patrizia Herminjard, a filmmaker and internationally recognized dancer; hip-hop dancer and visiting faculty member Ron “Future” Jules; Debra Mercer, ballet powerhouse; Pallavi Sriram, assistant professor and scholar of world dance; and associate professor Shawn Womack. It promises to be a high-energy performance showcasing incredible local talent both on and offstage.
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The Providers examines the lack of accessible health care

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM

The Providers - 7 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/IFSOC. - ANNA MOOT LEVIN
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  • The Providers7 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, facebook.com/IFSOC.
A pronounced lack of accessible health care consistently poses problems for those living on the outskirts of urban areas, especially if these more rural communities don’t have the money or other resources to access faraway hospitals and clinics. But these health care deserts don’t only affect patients; they also put a strain on the few clinics and doctors that accept every patient, no matter whether they can pay full price, or pay anything at all. Following a few of these rural doctors, The Providers examines the issues faced by communities and individuals struggling for access to health care, or struggling to provide it. After the screening, presented by the Independent Film Society of Southern Colorado and Independent Lens, stick around for a chat with nurse practitioner Ginia Burdick, who has more than 30 years of experience.
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UCCS Visiting Artists and Critics Series welcomes Lenka Clayton

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Lenka Clayton, 6:30 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, registration highly recommended, 
uccspresents.org. - LENKA CLAYTON
  • Lenka Clayton
  • Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Lenka Clayton, 6:30 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, registration highly recommended, 
uccspresents.org.
Anyone who has exhibited at both The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Guggenheim already has plenty to put on her résumé, but those two shows, though well-received, don’t even scratch the surface of what multidisciplinary artist Lenka Clayton has accomplished. This Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Renaissance woman has worked in photography, sculpture, drawing, and even used a typewriter to create various images in a stunningly successful show at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. But it is not only the artwork itself, however beautiful, that makes Clayton such an engaging character. The projects she undertakes — and her often extraordinary methods — suggest a valuable kind of original thinking that goes beyond “outside the box.” Maybe outside the dimension.

UCCS, which will host Clayton’s lecture as part of its Visiting Artists and Critics Series, provides the following description of some of Clayton’s more engaging work: “In previous projects, she has searched for and photographed every person mentioned by name in a German newspaper; worked with artists who are blind to re-create Brancusi’s Sculpture for the Blind from a spoken description; and reconstituted a lost museum from a sketch found in an archive.”
Perhaps even more interesting than this is how Clayton has managed to make such strides, even as the primary caregiver for her two children. In 2016, Clayton founded the Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARiM) program, which was originally just her way to manage the challenges of raising children and creating art at the same time. “I worked to reframe challenging circumstances — exhaustion, nap-length studio time, anxiety, invisibility, etc. — as materials with which to work instead of obstacles to be overcome. For three years I was the world’s first artist-in-residence-in-motherhood, and during that time I made 32 new works,” Clayton told nonprofit organization Residency Unlimited in a Q&A last August. At the time of that interview, Clayton counted more than 600 artists-in-residence-in-motherhood in 46 states and 40 countries.

Clayton’s public lecture should spark an interesting conversation about contemporary art in all its myriad forms, and the creation of that art in challenging, everyday situations.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

You only have three chances to see Funky's The Vagina Monologues

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 9:11 AM

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Eve Ensler’s classic collection of monologues about gender, sexuality, sex and feminism was revolutionary when it premiered in 1996. Since then, productions across the country, in venues ranging from major theaters to college campuses, have raised awareness about sexual violence, misogyny and domestic violence through these powerful — sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching — monologues. This year, you’ve only got three chances to catch the show with an all-star cast of local women in Funky Little Theater Company’s annual production, so don’t delay in  getting out and enjoying this evocative piece of theater.
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Danez Smith brings passion, enlightenment and inspiration to Colorado College

Posted By on Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Danez Smith Poetry Reading, 6-7:30 p.m., Kathryn Mohrman Theatre in CC’s Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., free, coloradocollege.edu. - HIEU MINH NGUYEN
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  • Danez Smith Poetry Reading, 6-7:30 p.m., Kathryn Mohrman Theatre in CC’s Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., free, coloradocollege.edu.
Danez Smith stands poised to become the voice of a generation of poets, too often left out of the limelight in a world that tends to favor the white, the straight and the cisgender. Smith represents a variety of marginalized identities — black, gay, gender-neutral and HIV-positive — and their poetry examines the world from the point of view of someone who has never been its chosen one. Their two collections, [insert] boy and Don’t Call Us Dead, have earned Smith accolades such as the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, but it’s hearing Smith read one of their poems aloud that truly drives the power of their words home. In recent years, a Button Poetry recording of Smith’s reading of their poem “Dear White America” has racked up more than 350,000 views on YouTube, owing in large part to Smith’s impassioned delivery.

“i’ve left Earth in search of darker planets,” the poem reads, “a solar system revolving too near a black hole. i’ve left in search of a new God. i do not trust the God you have given us. my grandmother’s hallelujah is only outdone by the fear she nurses every time the blood-fat summer swallows another child who used to sing in the choir. take your God back. though his songs are beautiful, his miracles are inconsistent. i want the fate of Lazarus for Renisha, want Chucky, Bo, Meech, Trayvon, Sean & Jonylah risen three days after their entombing, their ghost re-gifted flesh & blood, their flesh & blood re-gifted their children.”
Smith’s memorial poems for some of the people named here, black people lost to police violence, strike a similar chord of heartache and empathy in their listeners. To Smith, these are not just names on the news, but reflections of people Smith grew up with, people they know — even reflections of Smith themself.

Wednesday night, you can catch a rare opportunity to hear Smith read their works, preceded by readings from CC’s spoken-word poetry group SpeakEasy. It promises to be an evening of passion, enlightenment and inspiration from someone who has never stopped using their talents to fight for the recognition not just of their worth, but of their very existence.
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