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
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  • 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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Imagimation: 100 Years of Animation Art from Around the World adds the extra to the ordinary

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Imagimation: 100 Years of Animation Art from Around the World, Opening June 2, on display through Sept. 23, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, sdc-arts.org - APOGEE PRODUCTIONS
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  • Imagimation: 100 Years of Animation Art from Around the World, Opening June 2, on display through Sept. 23, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, sdc-arts.org

Animation nerds rejoice — this is gonna be a cool one. Featuring more than 130 works of art, Imagimation (yes, the "m" is intentional) presents a timeline of advances in the art and technology of animation, spanning an entire century. These works, selected from more than 29,000 pieces collected by the founders of the Animation Hall of Fame, represent everything from traditional hand animation to the digital techniques major studios like Disney and Dreamworks use today. You'll see production sketches from Shrek, cels from The Simpsons and 1982's cult classic Tron, and even a stop-motion puppet armature from 1933's King Kong. If you've got even a modicum of interest in the art of movie-making, this promises to be a drool-worthy exhibition. When you make it out to Sangre, enjoy this show in the White Gallery, but don't forget to peruse everything else they have on display, including a showcase of work by Colorado artist Radeaux, and a selection of classic cowboy cartoons.

Event Details A journey into IMAGIMATION: A Hundred Years of Animation Art From Around the World
@ Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
210 N. Santa Fe Ave.
Pueblo, CO
When: June 2-Sept. 23
719/295-7200
Art Exhibits
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

FAC closes mainstage season with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2018 at 1:01 AM

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The final mainstage production of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's 2017-18 season is one of those fun and familiar titles that's sure to draw a crowd: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, a Broadway favorite based on the 1988 film by the same name. Scoundrels follows the competitive journey of two con men, and the obscenely rich woman they set out to dupe. But when money, love and lies intertwine, things get a little sticky for our delightfully unlikable protagonists. Nominated for a host of Tony Awards in 2005, it's been praised for its upbeat music and outrageous comedy, making it an easy toe-tapper and a low-stakes, enjoyable night at the theater. Remember, opening Wednesdays are pay-what-you-want, but tickets go fast.

Event Details Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Concrete Couch hosts Mark Lakeman's healthy community know-how

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Mark Lakeman, May 23, 5-7 p.m., Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., free, concretecouch.org - SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL
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  • Mark Lakeman, May 23, 5-7 p.m., Hillside Community Center, 925 S. Institute St., free, concretecouch.org

Concrete Couch, our local community-building art and sustainability nonprofit, devotes its many talented volunteers and staff to beautifying, diversifying and sustaining our communities — and they recruit members of those communities, too, ensuring that development happens from the inside out. Having built projects from mosaics (like the one at Penrose Library) to playgrounds (at the former Helen Hunt Elementary School), they've proven their commitment to making our city a better place. But even these superstars aren't shy about learning from the experts. Today, they bring in Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon, who has contributed to more than 300 permacultural or architectural designs in Portland alone, plus a whole host of projects across the U.S. and Canada. Lakeman will focus his presentation on permaculture, architecture and healthy communities, and there will be plenty of time for questions for curious community-builders. A few of Lakeman's most renowned and successful projects have included Dignity Village and Kenton Women's Village, creative and self-sustainable homeless communities, meaning he has just the insight we need to continue working toward long-reaching, empathetic solutions to the growing homeless crisis in our city.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Downtown Partnership announces Art on the Streets participants

Posted By on Mon, May 21, 2018 at 6:08 PM

"I have been dreaming to be a tree" by Byeong Doo Moon of Gwangju-si, South Korea - MIKE PACH
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  • "I have been dreaming to be a tree" by Byeong Doo Moon of Gwangju-si, South Korea
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs' Art on the Streets exhibition, and 17 new works have been picked to go on display around the downtown corridor. They'll join three "encore" exhibits and a new purchase added to the city's permanent outdoor collection.

This year, the Downtown Partnership received a staggering 90 proposals from 72 artists. The 17 participating works were selected by Joy Armstrong of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College and Rodney Wood of Trinidad's ArtoCade Art Car Festival. The new pieces will be on display by early June; check out a full list of selected artists below.

  • Jodie Bliss of Monument
  • Justin Deister of Louisville, CO
  • Jimmy Descant of Salida, CO
  • Steven Durow of Fruitland, MD
  • Neil Fenton & Nathaniel Baker of Colorado Springs (collaborative work)
  • Scott Froschauer of Sun Valley, CA
  • Sara Madandar, Christina Coleman & Jieun Beth Kim of New Orleans, LA (collaborative work)
  • Byeong Doo Moon of Gwangju-si, Republic of Korea
  • Trace O’Connor of Fort Collins, CO
  • Kyle Ocean of Fort Collins, CO
  • Nikki Pike of Denver
  • Kasia Polkowska & Kyle Cunniff of Alamosa, CO
  • Yoshitomo Saito of Denver

In addition, the Downtown Partnership has announced that "I have been dreaming to be a tree" by artist Byeong Doo Moon, part of the 2017-18 exhibition, has been purchased through the Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund and will be donated to the city and remain on display for the foreseeable future. Three other exhibits from the 2017-18 exhibition — "Aspires" by Mitchell Dillman of Penrose, "Nothing Greater than / Less than Love" by Joshua Kennard of Colorado Springs, and "Double Bench III (Basics)" by Matthias Neumann of Brooklyn, NY — will remain on exhibition until further notice.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Run to the Shrine celebrates 10th anniversary, challenges runners at high altitude

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 10:14 AM

Will Rodgers Shrine — the finish line - FILE PHOTO
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  • Will Rodgers Shrine — the finish line
Runners who like a challenge have found a perfect home in Colorado Springs. Thanks to the altitude, it’s harder to push yourself here than almost anywhere else in the country, and some races take that challenge even farther.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 10th Annual Run to the Shrine offers runners a 4-mile course on the winding road through the zoo and up to the Will Rodgers Shrine. The nearly 1,000-foot elevation gain isn’t just a challenge — it’s excellent practice for runners preparing for their summer races.

What’s more, an after party at the zoo's homey Lodge at Moose Lake will include vendor booths and plentiful snacks to refuel. Since zoo admission is included with registration, you can even explore and enjoy the zoo while you’re there.

Participants can still register on the day of the event (May 19, 7:30 a.m., $25-$55), knowing their registration money goes directly into care and feeding of the zoo’s animals. If you’re not much of a runner but still want to participate, you’re welcome to walk the course, or even take strollers (children under 2 can register for free). 
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Clear your Saturday for the '80s themed ROLL Bike Art Festival

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 1:00 AM

ROLL Bike Art Festival, May 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, free, - rollbikeart.com. - DEBORAH FELTON
  • Deborah Felton
  • ROLL Bike Art Festival, May 19, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, free, rollbikeart.com.
Fourteen years running (or, rather, rolling), the ROLL Bike Art Festival has brought bike-themed artwork to Colorado Springs, and promoted bike workshops, community rides and more. This year, with a new and exciting ‘80s theme, ROLL has a whole host of activities planned to fill up your Saturday. Enjoy two bike rides (one family-specific) through Garden of the Gods, followed by a custom bike show, an art and craft market, a costumed bike parade and the juried bicycle art show. In the late afternoon, Whiskey Kate will provide some live music while attendees take advantage of food trucks, Colorado drinks and the Levitator Lounge Libation Station. Proceeds will, in part, go to Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Rock and roll!
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Funky Little Theatre bids farewell to venue with Harvey

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Harvey, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., through June 2, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, funkylittletheater.org. - COURTESY FUNKY LITTLE THEATER COMPANY
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  • Harvey, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., through June 2, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, funkylittletheater.org.
When kids have imaginary friends, they learn social skills and build creativity. But it’s widely recognized that imaginary friends in adulthood aren’t quite as endearing. If, for instance, an adult man introduced everyone he met to a six-and-a-half-foot-tall bunny rabbit named Harvey that no one could see but him? Well, that would raise some eyebrows. Such is the premise of Harvey, a 1945 play written by Mary Case, the only Colorado Woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in drama. This heartwarming, silly and intelligent story will be Funky Little Theater Company’s final production in their original venue, so it’s a good chance to say farewell to the old space and enjoy a fabulous and well-loved show while you’re at it.
Event Details Harvey
@ Funky Little Theater Company
2109 Templeton Gap Road
Old North End
Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 2
Price: $15-$19
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Broads, Blood and Backlash gives an unabashed voice to consensual sex workers

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Broads, Blood, Backlash, May 18, 7-8 p.m., White Garage, 102 W. Colorado Ave., tinyurl.com/BroadsBloodBacklash. - CAMILLE MURDOCK
  • Camille Murdock
  • Broads, Blood, Backlash, May 18, 7-8 p.m., White Garage, 102 W. Colorado Ave., tinyurl.com/BroadsBloodBacklash.
On April 11, President Donald Trump signed two controversial bills into law. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act were meant to make it easier to fight sex trafficking by, among other things, holding online advertising services accountable for their content. Surface-level, that doesn’t sound too bad, but since Backpage.com was seized by federal authorities and both Craigslist and Reddit have shut down their personals pages, sex workers who have entered the business willingly have found their primary means of advertisement, safety and community compromised. To rally against these laws and their effect on consensual sex workers, local artists Jasmine Dillavou and Camille Murdock have created a unique performance art piece/protest that they call a “mash-up of femme myths, tales, fables and real accounts from sex workers.” In addition to the performance, there will be an installation art piece, information about how to get involved, plus refreshments and zines sold by GLO, a local meetup group for women of color. Warning, the show will be explicit; these artists aren’t shy.
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Michael Garman releases new sculpture in time for his 80th birthday

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 10:20 AM

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For decades, the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery has been a fixture of the Old Colorado City community. Magic Town, the central focus of the gallery, is a “3,000 square-foot dollhouse,” according to the artist himself. It contains painted bronze sculptures illustrating urban life in a “gritty blend of Walt Disney and Norman Rockwell.” Intricate details from half-eaten food on plates to trash in the streets add color to Magic Town, but the figures make it come to life.

Garman doesn’t just create sculptures; he creates characters, and strives to make each one unique. In 2016, he added to his Western Collection two sculptures paying homage to Mexican revolutionaries. Now, two years later, he has finished production on a character he’s been working on for about 10 years.

Prairie Rose is the newest addition to the Western Collection. And while 10 years may seem like a long time to create one character, Garman says Prairie Rose was a special challenge. “The women in my life are by far the most complicated beings I have ever met,” Garman said in a press release. “A female sculpture is no less complex. Creating a woman is an art in and of itself.”

Though Prairie Rose is far from the only female sculpture he’s created, she is as unique as the rest of them, with a contemplative expression, a pair of dusty Daisy Duke shorts, and a casual stance that makes it seem as though she’s lookin' over a rolling prairie and thinkin’ about how the railroad’s gonna change things ‘round here, just you wait — though the shorts and tied-off belly shirt may make it difficult to do any farm work or rough riding.

This 19.5-inch sculpture will be officially released on Garman’s 80th birthday on May 15 at the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery, where attendees can enjoy Magic Town and Garman’s other impressively detailed works.

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Robert Gray presents his signature brand of storytelling in E=Motion

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 1:00 AM

E=Motion, Opening reception, May 11, 6 p.m. On display through June 8. Art 111, 111 E. Bijou St., facebook.com/Art111ColoradoSprings. - ROBERT GRAY
  • Robert Gray
  • E=Motion, Opening reception, May 11, 6 p.m. On display through June 8. Art 111, 111 E. Bijou St., facebook.com/Art111ColoradoSprings.
Robert Gray’s love of photography arose while visiting Egypt in 2008, as he set out to capture the lives of the locals and create “a story without words.” Now, after 10 years of experimentation and variation in his art, he has discovered new methods of visual storytelling and will present one collection of these stories to the Colorado Springs community. E=Motion, an exhibition of black-and-white 35mm photos, contains hidden messages and emotional snapshots, conveyed through the art of tableau. Opening night, which also happens to be Gray’s birthday, get into the surreal atmosphere of Gray’s work with electronic dance music performed by Denver-based DJ Rooze (aka Brendan Linley).
Event Details E=MOTION
@ Art 111
111 E. Bijou St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, Colorado
When: Through June 8
471-3438
Art Exhibits and Art Events
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Out Loud Men's Chorus spring promises some much-needed cheer

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 1:53 AM

Out Loud Men’s Chorus: Serenades & Showtunes, May 11-12, 7:30 p.m., May 12, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., $18-$20, outloudcsmc.com. - RICH ATEN
  • Rich Aten
  • Out Loud Men’s Chorus: Serenades & Showtunes, May 11-12, 7:30 p.m., May 12, 2 p.m., First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., $18-$20, outloudcsmc.com.
A little bit of hope and a lot of fun — that’s what Out Loud Men’s Chorus promises from their spring concert. With a selection of inspirational serenades, meant to encourage “everyone who works toward a freer and more just society,” plus a selection of Broadway hits, Out Loud will bring some much-needed cheer to a dreary world. In 2016, when the group’s founder Guy McPhearson won an Indy Inclusion award for his efforts with Out Loud, he said: “I hope we continue to bring our message of tolerance and love, and justice for all — it’s not just about us. ... And there are plenty of showtunes; we’ll never run out.”
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Opera Theatre of the Rockies celebrates 20 years with a tale of love and loyalty

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

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Few operas, a notoriously niche genre of theater, can claim to be household titles. Some laymen may be familiar with Carmen (at least, if they saw the parody episode of Hey Arnold), and fans of modern musicals might know La Boheme as the inspiration for RENT, but one of the few operas to transcend its genre and gain solid and consistent name recognition over the years is Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, a classic tale of love and loyalty set in ancient Egypt. In the story, a warrior named Radamès falls for an Ethiopian slave, Aida, who has to reconcile her love of her country with her love for him.
This production, presented by Opera Theatre of the Rockies, offers an all-star cast of international performers. Marsha Thompson (Aida) has performed throughout Europe, the U.S. and Africa, and brings that diverse experience to her role; Ta’u Pupu’a (Radamès) is a former pro football player, who has performed opera internationally since the injury that sent him down a different career path; and Katherine Goeldner (Amneris) has previous experience with this role, and has traveled from Salzburg, Vienna to perform in this production. These are just a few of the full and dynamic cast of performers, which also includes Brian Major, Ashraf Sewailam, Erik Kroncke, Humberto Borboa and Carolyn Hoehle. Bonus: Aida celebrates Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ 20th anniversary, so fans can enjoy a champagne gala before the opening night performance. Opera Theatre of the Rockies’ founder and artistic director, Martile Rowland, says: “We have assembled a cast of singers that are among the finest portrayers of their roles in opera today. They are a beautifully diverse cast of magnificent artists who have sung Aida all over the world and we are lucky and excited to have them in the first grand opera performance seen in the new Ent Center for the Arts, Shockley-Zalabak Theater.”
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Baseera Khan shines as an exploration of personal history, current events, spirituality and consumerism

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 10:09 AM

Braidrage: A Performance by Baseera Khan, May 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org.
  • Braidrage: A Performance by Baseera Khan, May 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org.
Baseera Khan’s current exhibition at the Fine Arts Center, iamuslima, shines as an exploration of not only the artist’s personal history, but current events, spirituality and consumerism. Central to this show: a rock-climbing wall with holds made from resin casts of parts of Khan’s own body. These holds have been dyed brown and black, and embedded with objects of cultural significance, to represent colonized women of color and the concept of internalized trauma. In addition to the wall itself, a 13-foot braid of human and synthetic hair falls from the ceiling like a climbing rope — a commentary on the wig industry, wherein the commodification of Indian women’s hair is a rampant problem. The piece is powerful on its own, but Khan will activate the installation at a performance on May 11, scaling the wall. The Fine Arts Center says: “The endurance and movements performed to climb the fragments of her body in Braidrage reflect the constant maneuvering required to overcome the embodied experiences of trauma.” Reservations are required to see the performance, so make sure you sign up fast.
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Manitou Chooses Love is a 12-day celebration of love and cross-cultural collaboration

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Manitou Chooses Love, May 9-20, various times and venues, see online for full schedule, smokebrush.org. - COURTESY AJGPR
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  • Manitou Chooses Love, May 9-20, various times and venues, see online for full schedule, smokebrush.org.
Barry and Janae Weinhold, founders of the Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership (CICRCL) say that the first time they visited Ukraine, they were blown away by the way Ukrainians solve problems in group settings. It’s in their culture, Barry says, to respect each other, and respectfully listen to each other, to work through their issues. The inspiration of their Ukrainian friends encouraged them to try to bring some folks overseas, to try their methods of conflict resolution on Coloradans. Now, with help from Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, what started as an idea for conflict resolution workshops has turned into a 12-day celebration of love and cross-cultural collaboration throughout Manitou Springs.
On May 9, meet and greet the town’s Ukrainian guests at Sunwater Spa, with some traditional Ukrainian dishes to munch on. May 10, enjoy a concert with Global Peace Song Award-winner Shawn Gallaway, plus The Cosmic Flying Goats. There will be a special love-themed Story Project storytelling event the next day, with Ukrainian and Manitouan love stories; international folk dancing soon after; yoga love spirals with Kat Tudor in the Garden of the Gods; and tours and more throughout the course of the initiative.

The main event, May 11-13 and May 18-20, will utilize the techniques the Weinholds discovered in Ukraine: We Choose Love workshops, billed as “healing the personal and cultural rifts between women and men through gender reconciliation.” Given current tensions among genders, these workshops (facilitated by the Weinholds, Gallaway and Inna Didkovska of Ukraine), are meant to bridge gaps in communication and heal some cultural wounds — at least on a small scale. Granted, the workshops get a little pricey ($400/individual, $600/couple) so if that’s too far out of your price range (or just not your thing), consider attending any Manitou Chooses Love event, many of which are easier on the wallet.
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