Friday, October 19, 2018

Aerial Aura is the perfect chance to experience a new kind of movement art

Posted By on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Aerial Aura, Oct. 21, 2-3 p.m., Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., free, pikespeakartscouncil.org. - KEN SLAGER
  • Ken Slager
  • Aerial Aura, Oct. 21, 2-3 p.m., Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., free, pikespeakartscouncil.org.
Aerial arts consistently break the bounds of the stage, with performers climbing and whirling to new heights with their art through circus and cabaret. But a group of local aerialists plan to do away with the stage altogether at a special Arts Month performance in Garden of the Gods this weekend. Held outdoors with Pikes Peak as a backdrop, Aerial Aura will feature at least four performing artists, including Emily and Chris Wegert, Julia Angevine and Mallory Pedersen, performing a mix of trapeze, silks and hoop. The Wegerts, proud newlyweds, plan to perform a duo trapeze act. Other acts and apparatuses are dependent on the weather, but no matter what performance you see you’ll have a chance to experience a new kind of movement art, and ask the performers questions between their shows.
Event Details Aerial Aura
@ Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center
1805 N. 30th St.
West side
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Sun., Oct. 21, 2-3 p.m.
Price: Free
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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Matte Refic's The Shadows sheds light on dark emotions

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 1:00 AM

The Shadows, Opening reception, Oct. 19, 5-7:30 p.m.; workshop with artists, Nov. 8, 4-5:30 p.m.; on display through Dec. 2., Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community 
College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppcc.edu. - MATTE REFIC
  • Matte Refic
  • The Shadows, Opening reception, Oct. 19, 5-7:30 p.m.; workshop with artists, Nov. 8, 4-5:30 p.m.; on display through Dec. 2., Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community 
College, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave., ppcc.edu.
Art offers a great avenue — sometimes the only avenue — through which we can address the feelings society tells us to be ashamed of. In The Shadows, Pueblo artist Matte Refic uses his art to explore “the discomfort and unwillingness we feel when confronting the darker emotions that can stigmatize our lives.” A mural artist by trade, Refic is part of the Pueblo-based graffiti art collective “The Creatures,” but he has prepared smaller-scale works for this exhibition. The Shadows also features work from the Combat Paper program. Combat Paper, which hosts annual workshops at PPCC, aims to turn military uniforms into paper to be used in artistic expression. “A uniform worn through military service carries with it stories and experiences that are deeply imbued in the woven threads,” the Combat Paper website reads. “Creating paper and artwork from these fibers carries these same qualities.” Meet Refic and Combat Paper artists Eli Wright, Kevin Basil and Nathen Lewis at Friday’s opening reception, and take some time to explore The Shadows. Only through addressing the stigma can we overcome it.
Event Details The Shadows
@ Downtown Studio Gallery at Pikes Peak Community College
100 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Oct. 22-Dec. 2
502-4040
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Take a chance on Springs Ensemble Theatre's The Last Rabbit

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:10 AM

The Last Rabbit, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m., through Oct. 28. Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $10-$15, springsensembletheatre.org. - EMORY JOHN COLLINSON
  • Emory John Collinson
  • The Last Rabbit, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 4 p.m., through Oct. 28. Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., $10-$15, springsensembletheatre.org.
Though few turn to the theater for a fright during the Halloween season, I recommend taking a chance on The Last Rabbit, a world premiere by local playwright Jessica Weaver. Drawing on classic elements of the horror genre — an isolated area, a simple hick, a vulnerable woman — Weaver turns those elements on their heads to create a unique and deeply disturbing play.

The protagonist, a prostitute named Alice (Abby Gaydos), wakes up injured in a trailer home in the desert, where a stranger, Jim (Taylor Geiman), claims to have taken her to nurse her back to health. Echoing dialogue and a soundtrack of dissonant guitar immediately disorients the audience — our first clue that something’s not quite right about this situation.

If you think you can see where this is going based on the conventions of the genre, you’re mistaken. The first half-hour of the play, sure, you gather clues that you think might point to Jim’s nefarious purpose and spotty backstory. But — and I can’t emphasize this enough — this play gets weird.

I’m hesitant to spoil the surprise, the introduction of a third character (ingeniously played by three actors: Ellie Hinkle, David Brown and Brittany Nicole Merritt) that shifts the tone of the play. But you should know going in that the power dynamics between Jim and Alice aren’t what they seem.
Event Details The Last Rabbit by Jessica Weaver
@ Springs Ensemble Theatre
1903 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30-10 p.m. and Sundays, 4-6:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28
357-3080
Price: $10-$15
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The script, though longer than necessary in my estimation, does some of the work conveying that to the audience. But its clues would mean nothing without strong actors. Gaydos’ Alice is headstrong, but beaten down. She’s vulnerable, but never “fragile” as Jim claims. Knowing this as an audience member, as Jim fails to see it onstage, inspires a kind of anticipatory delight — you spend endless, tense minutes waiting for her hidden power to be unleashed.

Then Geiman — phew! On paper, the character might echo Norman Bates, as his obsession with his “mama” is familiarly off-putting. But Geiman plays Jim with an obvious innocence and a very quiet thread of lethality that lands very effective.

Director Bob Morsch intentionally ups the audience’s sense of claustrophobia, confusion and anxiety with stellar sound design, and blocking that keeps elements of the small set a mystery until the time comes to reveal them. Also, props to, well, props designer Jillmarie Peterson, who stocked the house with tiny, relevant details — even details we may not see.

The script does have its weak moments; characters sometimes lose their distinctive voice, and the opacity of the dialogue means we don’t always understand exactly what the characters are doing. Without Friday night’s talkback with the playwright (and a quick google of “the rabbit test”), I might have missed parts of the plot that wanted explanation. But whether or not you understand all of its details, it’s a perfect, unconventional, seasonal scare.
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Angela DelFini Explains It All for You at the MAT

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Angela DelFini Explains It All 
for You, Oct. 18-20, 7:30 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $18-$25, themat.org. - COURTESY EMILY OWENS PR
  • Courtesy Emily Owens PR
  • Angela DelFini Explains It All 
for You, Oct. 18-20, 7:30 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $18-$25, themat.org.
The Millibo Art Theatre has a long and successful history of opening their seasons with fascinating one-man shows, but this year represents a departure — in particular because Italian performer Angela DelFini calls Angela DelFini Explains It All for You a “3/4-woman show.” To be clear, she is the sole performer, playing two characters: a psychiatrist (named after herself) and her patient, Estrella. In an attempt to get Estrella to break out of her shell and “find her laughter,” DelFini takes her on a five-step recovery program using the power of circus, dance, clowning and, of course, audience participation (gulp). DelFini has studied under clowning masters from Italy to France to New York, so her pedigree promises entirely unique and insanely effective physical comedy. As an added bonus, DelFini and her co-writer John Townsen will be teaching a master class in physical comedy while they’re in town, perfect for clowns, actors, vaudeville performers and the like. Check out details on the Millibo website.
Event Details Angela Delfini Explains It All For You
@ Millibo Art Theatre
1626 S. Tejon St.
Ivywild
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Through Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Price: $18-$25
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Can't-miss events to celebrate the third week of Arts Month

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Arts Month is here! Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community.

During Arts Month, you’re encouraged to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends! We'll highlight a few events each week in October that are fun, easy ways to get involved in #ArtsOctober.

Find more Arts Month details, including resources, event info, and more are at PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth!

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: A Letter to My Nephew
October 16 at 7 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts | Tickets start at $27.50

A Letter to My Nephew is an intimate, impressionistic collage for nine dancers, setting a portrait of Jones’s beloved nephew Lance T. Briggs — a talented dancer who struggled with illness and addiction — against the political landscape of the present. This dramatic work is an evocative and moving composition of imagery, movement, and sound. Featuring Janet Wong’s haunting projections, composer Nick Hallett’s delirious score, and live performance by baritone Matthew Gamble and Hallett, Jones’ cultural critique is rewritten for the time and place of every performance, flashing by each night like a feverish hour of the evening news.
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Tejon Street Corner Thieves
October 17 at 5:30 p.m. | Corner of Pikes Peak and Tejon | Free

This acoustic music group has won several local awards and tours nationally. Well known for their great music, and over the top performances, a Tejon Street Corner Thieves show is like a breath of fresh mountain air. To quote their own biography, despite their name, the only thing they will steal is your heart.

ArtPOP is a series of 20 artist-driven pop-up performances, exhibitions and creative experiences in various locations across the region during the month of October.
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Alice in Chains
October 18 at 7:30 p.m. | Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts | $56 – $87

The walls of the Pikes Peak Center will reverberate with power chords when American hard rockers Alice in Chains make their Colorado Springs debut. One of the four ‘founding fathers’ of grunge in the U.S. Northwest, along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, Alice in Chains was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling more than 20 million records worldwide, with two No. 1 albums. While their counterparts expressed a more indie, punk and classic rock influence, Alice in Chains arrived on a metallic Black Sabbath-inspired bubble powered by charismatic singer Layne Stanley and guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell.
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A Choral Confluence

October 20 at 3 p.m. | Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts | Free
A Choral Confluence will include performances by the Choralaborative member choirs as well as a grand performance by the 300+ voice collective. “If you have ever wondered what it sounds like when 300+ people come together as a single choir, this is your perfect opportunity to experience it live,” says Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale director, Marcia Hendricks. “With the beautiful acoustics of the Great Hall at the Pikes Peak Center, these choirs are poised to thrill and inspire attendees.”

The Choralaborative is a unique collaboration that brings together eleven local choral organizations including: Abendmusik, America the Beautiful Chorus, Out Loud Men’s Chorus, Vocal Fusion, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Colorado Springs Choral Society, Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Pikes Peak Threshold Singers, Celebration Multi Cultural Ensemble, Soli Deo Gloria Chorus, and the Velvet Hills Chorus.
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Creative Corridor Photo Scavenger Hunt
October 20 from 2-8 p.m. | Manitou Art Center | Free

Join the Colorado Photography Learning Group, the City of Colorado Springs, the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs and the City of Manitou Springs for a fun photo scavenger hunt through the Creative Corridor in celebration of Arts Month. Please note that this event requires a considerable amount of walking and is not suitable for young children or those who have difficulty being on their feet for several hours.
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Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire
October 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | PPLD - Library 21c | Free

In the four years of its existence, the Colorado Springs Mini Maker Faire has drawn over 20,000 attendees who enjoyed hands-on experiences with over 100 makers and artists. Highlights have included:
  • Rocket launches
  • Robots, including R2-D2
  • Skyping with a scientist in Antarctica
  • 3D printing
  • Food trucks
  • LEGOs
  • Jewelry makers
  • A tiny house and a school bus converted into a camper
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Gustav Mahler: Song Of The Earth
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October 20 at 7:30 p.m.; October 21 at 2:30 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts | Tickets start at $26
Join the Colorado Springs Philharmonic for Gustav Mahler: Song Of The Earth, part of the Al and Leigh Buettner Signature Series.
  • Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
  • John Matthew Myers, tenor
  • Joined by a select ensemble of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Sheriff of Nottingham: A Breezy Cornucopia of Lying and Bluffing

Posted By on Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM

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The triumphal cackles are ear-splitting.

I didn’t think that my young opponent was sophisticated enough to run a reverse-psychology ploy on me, but he was. I looked into the bag he was carrying to market and it was clean as a whistle, the contents exactly as advertised. Which means I’m a pretty bumbling Sheriff right now and the Redfern boys (pictured above) are loudly savoring my ineptitude.

You’ll get your chance to be browbeaten, lied to, bluffed and embarrassed in Sheriff of Nottingham, too. Here’s the premise: Each player takes turn being the Sheriff while everybody else plays merchants who are bringing goods to market. Players can load up on innocuous items like loaves of bread and apples…and also black market items that are riskier, but score more than legal items.

There’s a beautiful sequence each turn where marketeers load cards up into a little pouch and announce that they’re ready. The paunchy Sheriff stops them on their way in, at which point they have to declare the exact contents of their bag.

Now, if you’re the Sheriff in this case, you have three options:

• Let them pass unchallenged.

• Demand to see the contents of their bag; if they have what they say they had, the Sheriff is penalized. If they fudged, they pay the price.

• You can do neither, instead leaning on them for bribes and favors. (“I’m pretty sure you’ve got some sanctioned goodies in that bag; how’s about you just slide me one and spare us all the unpleasantness of a search?”)

At the end of the game, everybody totals up the categories of goods they got safely to market and you have a winner. Sheriff of Nottingham runs on a light ruleset and puts the complexity and focus where it ought to be: Huffing and puffing your way through a thicket of bluffs, lies and outright bullying.

While market goods are the ostensible currency, the real juice is in the emotional rush of trying to put one over on your friends—or being crestfallen as a slick-tongued vendor puts one over on you. There is some strategy around how you manage your hand and what kind of goods you’re targeting for scores, but your poker face and nerves are your primary assets here.

Sheriff of Nottingham seats from three to five players and has a few advanced optional rules if you want an extra challenge, but we have yet to explore that far. The base rule set on its own has proven a kick in the pants and a perfect addition to our growing set of fast-moving social bluffing games.
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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Manitou Art Center is going all out for their milestone anniversary this year

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 1:00 AM

MACnificent 2018, Oct. 13, 6-10 p.m., Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 
manitouartcenter.org. - BROKEN GLASS PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Broken Glass Photography
  • MACnificent 2018, Oct. 13, 6-10 p.m., Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 
manitouartcenter.org.
It’s impossible to imagine Manitou Springs without the Manitou Art Center, as this artistic hub has been a fixture in the little mountain town for 30 years now, displaying unique and powerful art exhibits, offering makerspaces and studio space, and providing a venue for countless cultural experiences. While the MAC’s annual fundraising gala, MACnificent, is always a spectacular celebration of the organization’s hard work, they’re going all out for their milestone anniversary this year. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres presented by Adam’s Mountain Café (another Manitou staple), live music by the Charlie Milo Trio, signature drinks, and fast-paced, creative presentations by area artists like mosaic-maker Juanita Canzoneri and photographer Mike Pach. The presentation format is called PechaKucha, which restricts presentations to 20 photos, each displayed for only 20 seconds as the artists speak. It should be a fun way to learn about what community creators are up to, while celebrating the MAC’s enduring relevance.
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Indie Author day is the perfect time to look at a changing landscape

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Indie Author Day - Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free, facebook.com/PikesPeakLibraryDistrict. - COURTESY KATE JONUSKA
  • Courtesy Kate Jonuska
  • Indie Author DayOct. 13, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, free, facebook.com/PikesPeakLibraryDistrict.
Here at the Indy, we appreciate things that are, well, indie. Independent creators, whether they be authors, artists, filmmakers or musicians, often work outside the margins and stick to their vision without restriction from a publisher — and without the benefits of a publisher’s resources. Indie Author Day, a national initiative, is meant to recognize the hard work of these creators (such as Kate Jonuska, whose novel Transference is pictured above). Our own local celebration should prove worthwhile for authors and readers alike. Hosted by Pikes Peak Library District in honor of Arts Month, Indie Author Day will include panels and demonstrations by all kinds of independent creators, discussing the changing landscape of the indie world. In a digital age, it is much easier to share the things we create, but how does that affect the indie industries that provide us with countless hours of entertainment and enrichment? This is a good chance to find out.
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Savage in Limbo at Brooklyn's is can't-miss entertainment

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Savage in Limbo, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays through Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street, 110 E. Boulder St., $30-$35, brooklynsonboulder.com. - COURTESY MAPLE & MOSS STAGING AND DESIGN
  • Courtesy Maple & Moss Staging and Design
  • Savage in Limbo, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays through Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street, 110 E. Boulder St., $30-$35, brooklynsonboulder.com.
While it’s a local favorite place for cocktails, Lee Spirits’ speakeasy Brooklyn’s on Boulder Street isn’t what one might typically consider a “theater.” However, it should be an appropriate venue to stage the 1984 John Patrick Shanley play, Savage in Limbo, which takes place entirely in a seedy Bronx bar. This first-ever pop-up play in Brooklyn’s intimate setting meets four bar regulars, all of whom just so happen to be the same age, 32. With a few interconnected love triangles and a mix of “zany comedy” and “tense confrontation,” Savage in Limbo will prove the perfect roller-coaster ride to pass an evening, and we can promise the drinks will be on-point, as always.
Event Details Savage in Limbo
@ Brooklyn's on Boulder Street
110 E. Boulder St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Continues through Oct. 23
Price: $30-$35
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

ArtPOP welcomes Helen the Dragon to Hillside playground with community party

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 1:00 AM

ArtPOP: Helen Hunt Phase Two Celebration, Oct. 11, 4-7 p.m., Helen Hunt School, 917 E. Moreno Ave., free, concretecouch.org. - STEVE WOOD
  • Steve Wood
  • ArtPOP: Helen Hunt Phase Two Celebration, Oct. 11, 4-7 p.m., Helen Hunt School, 917 E. Moreno Ave., free, concretecouch.org.
When District 11 closed the 114-year-old Helen Hunt Elementary School in 2016 and sold it to the Lane Foundation, the intent was always to ensure it remains a community space serving the Hillside neighborhood. To help execute that vision, local DIY art and community service organization Concrete Couch took on the task of revamping the playground to not only remain inviting to neighborhood kids, but to attract families to the old school, which now houses multiple community-minded nonprofits. Phase one of the playground project, completed last year, included building swings, a climbing tower, slides and more, all inspired by the design input of neighborhood kids and teens. Phase two, which Concrete Couch and Hillside volunteers finished this summer, called for the building of a massive dragon sculpture and slide — appropriately named “Helen the Dragon.” Help Concrete Couch celebrate phase two’s success with a community get-together at the playground, including live music by the Concrete Couch Jam Band, a barbecue and potluck and family activities. Concrete Couch director Steve Wood says attendees can also 
participate in model-making for phase three, which includes creating a cool new gate for the playground.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Colorado College’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes Juan Morales

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Visiting Writers Series: Poet Juan Morales, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., CC’s McHugh Student Commons, coloradocollege.edu.
  • Visiting Writers Series: Poet Juan Morales, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., CC’s McHugh Student Commons, coloradocollege.edu.
Last year when Pueblo-based poet Juan Morales described his then-upcoming book of poetry to the Indy, he referred to its contents as “apocalyptic, zombie, love, home-improvement poetry.” Released this fall, The Handyman’s Guide to End Times delivers on that expectation, but proves surprising in its hard-hitting emotion. The very first poem in this new collection, “The Long Engagement,” sets the tone of the book with a tongue-in-cheek, apocalyptic echo of traditional wedding vows. “ ... in times of rationing and scavenging, in sleeplessness and dehydration, in fever and epidemic, for as long as we both are human,” it reads. This new book, while alternately playful and poignant, is not necessarily emblematic of Morales’ entire collected works. His first two published books (Friday and the Year That Followed and The Siren World) are more connected to his heritage — his Ecuadorian mother and Puerto Rican father and their stories — and throughout his career he has contributed to various other non-zombie-related publications. He also currently serves as editor and publisher of Pilgrimage Press, a literary magazine connected to CSU-Pueblo, where Morales chairs the English and world languages department. This weekend, he’ll be taking part in Colorado College’s extensive Visiting Writers Series, which collects accomplished and award-winning writers of all genres and presents them to the community. Check out some of Morales’ unique, thoughtful and thought-provoking works at his live reading Tuesday night.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Business & Arts Lunch honors worthwhile business and arts collaborations

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 2:41 PM

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  • Alissa Smith
The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC presented their annual Business & Arts Lunch on Oct. 5, honoring Arts Month and this past year of business/artistic collaboration.

Opening with an address by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, and emceed by COPPeR executive director Andy Vick and Colorado Springs Chamber president/CEO Dirk Draper, the Business & Arts Lunch featured a variety of performances that speak to the diversity of arts on offer in the Pikes Peak Region. The Out Loud Men’s Chorus, break dancer and acrobat Ivan Manriquez, traditional Indian dancer Krithika Prashant, singer Victoria “Lyrick” Lipscomb, The Sarah Groh Quartet and two dancers from the Colorado Ballet Society rounded out the program between videos introducing the honorees.

This year’s honorees were selected based on their emphasis on integration — that is, integrating the arts and business in creative and worthwhile ways.

Progressive Insurance was selected for its commitment to displaying unique and sometimes controversial art in its offices, and using that art to spark conversations and encourage “diversity of thought.”

Women in Reel Estate, a group of women realtors and real estate agents whose mission is to support the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, was honored for the grassroots giving circle they established.

Wells Fargo, which has long placed an emphasis on supporting the arts, received an honor for its integrated arts marketing campaigns, and its commitment to the organizations with which it partners on advertising and marketing.

Local Relic’s recent collaboration with the Downtown Partnership earned it a place among the honorees, specifically for the ten beers Local Relic’s brewers crafted to honor Art on the Streets’ 20-year anniversary. The labels of each of these special beers bore a photo of one of the Art on the Streets installations.

And, finally, Kaiser Permanente took home an honor for its “Finding Your Words” campaign, which was an effort to encourage honest discussion about mental illness through murals. These murals can be found on the side of Cottonwood Center for the Arts, along the Pueblo River Walk, and in Denver’s RiNo Arts District.

The awards were once again crafted by blacksmith Jodie Bliss, and artist Jean Cuchiaro provided the lunch’s signature painting and centerpieces.
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Can't-miss events to celebrate the second week of Arts Month

Arts Month is here! Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community. 
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During Arts Month, you’re encouraged to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends! We'll highlight a few events each week in October that are fun, easy ways to get involved in #ArtsOctober.

Find more Arts Month details, including resources, event info, and more at PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth!

ArtPOP: Concrete Couch - Helen Hunt Phase Two Celebration and Party!
October 11, 4-7 p.m. | Helen Hunt Elementary School | Free
The completion of Helen the Dragon and her Concrete Castle (at the former Helen Hunt Elementary School, 917 East Moreno) calls for a celebration of art, music, lanterns, and dancing, with BBQ and music from the Concrete Couch Jam Band from 5-7 p.m. The Hillside community and greater community are invited to share in the joy of the Adventure Playground and the new additions.

ArtPOP is a series of 20 artist-driven pop-up performances, exhibitions and creative experiences in various locations across the region during the month of October.
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International Blues Competition Winners Showcase
October 11, 7 p.m. | Stargazers Theatre & Event Center | Suggested $10 Donation
Pikes Peak Blues Community and Stargazers present another great showcase! Join your blues community in supporting The Movers & Shakers; PPBC’s representatives in the International Blues Competition band category AND The Hustle Kings; representing the solo/duo category. PPBC is proud and excited that these two competitors will be going to the International Blues Challenge as examples of the musical talent of the Pikes Peak area.
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SYBARITE5: Outliers
October 12, 7 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts | Tickets start at $27.50
SYBARITE5 has taken the US by storm, forever changing perceptions of chamber music performance. From the moment bows hit strings, this talented, diverse group takes the audience on a ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. In Outliers, the acclaimed string quintet will present their favorite commissioned works.
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MACnificent
October 13, 6-10 p.m. | Manitou Art Center | $75
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MACnificent is the annual gala and fundraiser for the Manitou Art Center. This year we are celebrating 30 years of artistic passion with a PechaKucha night of fast-paced presentations.  The evening will include delectable hors d’oeuvres by Adams Mountain Cafe, a silent auction of pieces by amazing local artists, live music by the Charlie Milo Trio, and commemorative posters for sale—screen printed right here at the MAC! Tickets support all that we do at the Manitou Art Center: our top notch galleries, wood shop, metal shop, electronics lab, 3D printer, laser cutter, darkroom, papermaking shop, printmaking studio, clay studio, artist studios, meeting space, and more.

A Raisin in the Sun
Through October 21 | Ent Center for the Arts | Tickets start at $38.50
Lorraine Hansberry’s revelatory masterpiece canonized her place in the civil rights movement and electrified generations of activists and artists alike. In a small tenement on Chicago’s South Side, a family awaits a check that will make all their dreams come true. Momma wants a nice house, Beneatha wants to go to medical school, and Walter Lee schemes to buy a liquor store. With gentrification happening in neighborhoods all around us, Raisin is as powerful, thought-provoking, and timely as it was in 1959.
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Meow Wolf encouraging Colorado artists to contribute to upcoming Denver installation

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 8:56 AM

COURTESY GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Courtesy Griffin Swartzell
Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based DIY arts collective whose multi-media, interactive installation has garnered international attention and revenue to match, announced in January its plans to create a massive Denver installation to open in 2020. Since then, details have trickled out about Meow Wolf's plans to, among other things, commit to 90 percent ADA accessibility, contract with minority- and women-owned businesses as often as possible, and support the surrounding community rather than bulldoze or gentrify it.

However, local artists will be pleased to know that Meow Wolf has made one more exciting commitment: 40 percent of their 60,000 square feet of exhibition space will be devoted to Colorado artists. Naturally, the next question you might be asking is how to get involved.

To demystify the process of applying to contribute to Meow Wolf, the organization will be hosting two workshops and open call sessions, with Meow Wolf co-founders and creative directors present to help artists of all kinds figure out how best to propose their own ideas. These sessions require no commitment, but are rather meant to offer guidance should artists decide to pursue submitting a proposal to the organization. 
And Meow Wolf remains open-minded to fresh perspectives. “Whether a single sculptural object, a full room installation, video and new media content, or a brilliant story — they want to see it all. So, submit your brilliant idea(s),” reads the Facebook event for our local Colorado Springs session.

Denver sessions will be held at Steam on the Platte on Oct. 6, 10:30 a.m., and Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. The Colorado Springs session will be held Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m. at S.P.Q.R. A future session (date TBD) will be held in Aurora.

Interested artists should RSVP on the Meow Wolf website for the Denver sessions, and contact Meow Wolf to RSVP to the Colorado Springs session.

On Oct. 5, the proposal materials will become available online for anyone who can't attend a workshop.

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Hannah Kahn Dance Takes It All In in Pueblo

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Take It All In and Other Dances, Oct. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, sdc-arts.org. - COURTESY HANNAH KAHN DANCE COMPANY
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  • Take It All In and Other Dances, Oct. 6, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, sdc-arts.org.
Hannah Kahn, founder and artistic director of the Denver-based Hannah Kahn Dance Company, has choreographed more than 100 modern dance pieces in her 40 years of experience. One of her brand new pieces, Take It All In, now comes down south for a Pueblo performance at Sangre de Cristo Arts Center. Set to acoustic rock music by Colorado’s Zach Heckendorf and Friends, Take It All In is a true regional production, focusing on the individual talents of each of the dancers as well as the music itself. In addition to this featured piece, the program includes a dance choreographed by the Sangre de Cristo Art Center’s resident choreographer Brittany Nunes, performed by Pueblo dancers, plus four other pieces by the Hannah Kahn Dance Company, including a restructuring of a dance choreographed by Kahn in 1979: Orchid.
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