Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From food and fashion to unique cultural experiences, your weekly event calendar

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 8:40 AM

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The Restaurant and Food Expo
In its seventh year, this tried-and-true event features more than 30 local and chain restaurants. Among them, enjoy samples from Paravicini’s Italian Bistro, The Airplane Restaurant, Mason Jar and more. However, the standout is TILL, which won two awards in the Indy’s Best Of 2016: Best New Restaurant and Best Overall Restaurant. 5-8 p.m., Best Western Academy Hotel, 8110 N. Academy Blvd., $10-$20 includes food samples and non-alcoholic beverages,

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Just Be Colorado Fashion Show
Hosted by Just Be, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering and improving quality of life for cancer patients. Proceeds from this celebration go directly toward “honorary angels,” local young women battling cancer. New this year, there will be a special tribute section in the show to honor Springs Equality and the LGBTQ community. 8-11 p.m., The Mansion, 20 N. Tejon St., $30-$50,

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Polynesian Lu’au by Manava O Polynesia
Celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture of the Polynesian islands with a feast of traditional food and live entertainment. Dance and entertainment originates from Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, New Zealand and Tonga. Also enjoy raffles, candy leis, and crafts/goods originating from the islands, available for purchase throughout the evening. Doors at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., Beckett Event Center, 6436 S. U.S. Hwy. 85, Fountain,

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Garlic Jubilee
Unless you went to bed this morning in your coffin and have trouble looking at crosses, you have no reason to miss a garlic party. Enjoy garlic-growing classes by Pikes Peak Urban Gardens’ botanist, Larry Stebbins, plus recipes provided by local celebrity chef Brother Luck. Also enjoy food trucks, Pikes Peak Lemonade Co., garlic for sale, vendors peddling kitchen supplies, and much more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Woodmen Heights Campus of Woodmen Valley Chapel, 8292 Woodmen Valley View, $10, registration requested,

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Caffeine, comedy, art and more for your weekend

Posted By on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 8:27 AM

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Pathways & Vessels
Explore the concept of sentimentality through installation artwork by JD Sell and Jasmine Dillavou. Through examining everyday objects, they ask: How much of a memory is in our heads and hearts, and how much is in the object itself? Need another reason to check it out? Dillavou and Sell are also the founders of the Non Book Club Book Club, a group that meets monthly to discuss artistic and cultural concepts of all sorts. Friday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., through Sept. 30, Aaron Graves’s Studio, 210 Willow St.,

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Hear Here Poetry: Black Voices Matter
With a reprise of this successful event, Hear Here is kicking off its new season of spoken-word poetry, and they have some big plans. The goal: fewer poetry slams (competition-oriented events) and more workshops, focusing on building community in the coming years. Part of this goal involves open mics focused on marginalized communities, with this all-black open mic starting them off on solid ground, and Poets Against the Patriarchy on Sept. 22 continuing that work. Friday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m., The Gallery Below, 718B N. Weber St., $5 suggested donation,

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Jim Breuer
Originally recognizable through his work on Saturday Night Live (1995-’98), Breuer has continued a successful stand-up career in ensuing decades. Current projects: “The Family Warrior” tour, which brings him here this weekend; and his weekly podcast The Metal in Me, which uses comedy to tackle real-life issues. In Rolling Stone’s ranking of all 145 SNL cast members, he only clocked in at 143, but don’t let that deter you. His stand-up sells. Saturday, Sept. 16, 7:30-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $36,

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Caffeine Crawl — Colorado Springs
We all know we’ve got good coffee in this town, with plenty of roasters and cafés to choose from. Now’s your chance to sample some of the best. The Caffeine Crawl hits up four Colorado cities: Denver, Fort Collins and Boulder, with Colorado Springs taking the honor of “best for last.” Routes vary in distance and number of stops, and can be driven or (generally) undertaken by bike. Check out location details online. All day, various locations throughout the city, $25-$28 covers samples at all stops,

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Parallel lives, portals and parties to check out this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 8:18 AM

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Edelweiss Summerfest 2017
We can’t be the only ones already looking forward to Oktoberfest, but while you’re waiting here’s another “Bier Fest” to keep you hoppy. Edelweiss has won best German restaurant in the Indy’s annual Best Of awards for more years than we can recall, so between the beer, food and atmosphere, it should feel plenty authentic. Donations benefit the Ivywild neighborhood and Rocky Mountain Highway, the nonprofit responsible for MeadowGrass Music Festival. Sept. 8, 4-9 p.m., Sept. 9, noon to 10 p.m., Sept. 10, noon to 8 p.m., Edelweiss German Restaurant, 34 E. Ramona Ave., $2 suggested donation,

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Briarfest Community Festival
This annual festival can get pretty massive, with carnival rides, concerts, a community market, beer and wine garden, silent auctions and more. Tons of fests throw down downtown, so this celebration serves Briargate and the Northside, though it’s open to all. Live entertainment includes local favorites Suga Bear & The Show Time Band, Kopesetic, Sofakillers and more. Sept. 8, 5-11 p.m., Sept. 9, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 10, noon to 6 p.m., St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, 8755 Scarborough Drive, free to attend, prices associated with individual activities vary,

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Parallel Lives
This “romp with a feminist sensibility” looks at societal inequalities and the supreme beings who created them with the intention of leveling the playing field. Two actresses, Birgitta DePree and Leslie O’Carroll, play these goddesses, as well as the various men and women who exist in their world. Parallel Lives marks the opening show of the FAC’s theater season, peppered with more fantastic titles to look forward to. Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., continues through Oct. 1, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., $18-$20,

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What IF... Festival of Innovation and Imagination
There’s no age limit on imagination. Join Imagination Celebration for this annual event honoring all things creative. Six blocks of South Tejon Street and Cascade Avenue will host vendor and art booths, demonstrations, activities, experiences, live music, an escape room, a car show and so much more. This is also the public’s last chance to check out the Portal, an art installation that connects you to live — and life-sized — individuals and communities around the world. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown Colorado Springs, South Tejon St., free,

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Victor Burro Race
Historically, burros have been called a gold-miner’s “indispensable companion,” helping cart a miner’s bounty through treacherous hills. Victor, Colorado’s gold mining history makes it a perfect place to celebrate these adorable asses, and to see how much get-up-and-go they have in those little legs. The event includes two- and four-legged races along a challenging (read: hilly) 12-mile course, so spectating may be more fun than participating, if you value your legs. Sept. 9, noon to 8 p.m., Downtown Victor, Victor Ave., free,

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Final GOCA exhibit at UCCS campus honors Betty and Murray Ross

Posted By on Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 4:38 PM


With the opening of the Ent Center for the Arts (and, therefore, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art) slated for January of 2018, the Gallery of Contemporary Art at UCCS has announced its final exhibit in the campus gallery — and it’s an appropriate send-off. On Friday night, GOCA will open Democratic Vistas, art by Betty and Murray Ross.

Murray Ross, co-founder of UCCS-based professional theater company TheatreWorks, was not just an integral part of UCCS’s arts community, but of the community as a whole. UCCS honored his passing in January of this year with the formation of the Murray Ross Artists Endowment Fund with the CU Foundation, and now with an exhibition of his and his wife's collaborative works. Betty Ross, an artistic juggernaut in her own right, is an art historian and mixed-media artist, whose works have drawn national attention.

See more about Democratic Vistas and Betty and Murray Ross in the release below:

UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art to open final campus gallery exhibition
COLORADO SPRINGS– The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art will open “Democratic Vistas: Betty & Murray Ross” Sept. 8 at the campus gallery site in Centennial Hall on the UCCS campus.

The art of Betty Ross and Murray Ross traverses time, world travels, and concepts and connects across a lifelong collaboration. As founders of UCCS Theatreworks, Betty and Murray were artists individually and together. Works in painting, drawing, fibers, and assemblage will be displayed in this exhibition, curated by Daisy McGowan, director, GOCA.

A free public reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8 in Centennial Hall. A 92-page catalog published by GOCA accompanies the exhibition and will be available for purchase at the opening event.

This is the final exhibition planned for the gallery in the heart of the UCCS campus before the space closes after 36 years. The Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art will open along with the Ent Center for the Arts in January 2018.

The exhibition will be on display through Dec. 9. A series of Wellness Wednesday events are planned weekly, each featuring free meditation and yoga in the gallery space from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. An “Art & Wine” event is planned for 6 p.m. Nov. 16; pre-registration is required. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, or by appointment.

About the Exhibit
Betty was a painter with a keen eye for color and a drive to push her craft when she met Murray in 1970 in Berkeley, California. Murray was a scholar and interested in the world and making art in it. The work of two creative forces of nature is the focus of this exhibition, with art on display spanning 40 plus years.

Murray and Betty founded Theatreworks at UCCS in 1975 with a small cadre of passionate theater supporters. Murray served as artistic director, and Betty collaborated on designing productions as well as creating costumes for productions spanning four decades. They traveled extensively, as evidenced in both of their creative practices and the title of the exhibition. Art and life interwove Murray and Betty Ross with their communities over the decades in Colorado, in London, and across the globe.

Betty Ross trained as an art historian and has a master’s degree in theater from the University of California, Berkeley. Her extensive travels have informed her art – whether paintings or costumes – from locales as remote as Iran and Romania. She typically works on site in watercolor, using the preparatory paintings for larger acrylic works in the studio and frequently embedding collage elements such as torn paper fragments, antique laces, leather, or shreds of wool found in those travels. Accident and experiment are central to her practice. Her works communicate a geo-political understanding of the world with themes from landscape and nature, saints and gypsies, and political unrest and revolution. At the core of it all, she is a painter who has developed her practice with discipline and passion.

Betty Ross has exhibited at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Pueblo’s Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. She was a member of Spark in Denver, and won awards in Taos, New Mexico, Kansas City, Missouri, and Loveland. Three residencies at the Vermont Studio Center helped connect her with abstract expressionist painting. She received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to travel to Romania to compare gypsies (Roma) with artists, and used the data to inform a series of abstract paintings exhibited at the Artemesia Gallery in Chicago and the Business of Art Center (now Manitou Art Center) in Manitou Springs.

Alongside building a renowned professional theater, Murray Ross created a series of assemblage boxes in his studio. The boxes were rarely displayed but are insightful to his creative mind. Ross died Jan. 3.

GOCA is a regional hub of contemporary art, culture, and conversation. By featuring world-class artists, hosting artist and expert talks, and offering meaningful events, GOCA engages UCCS students, faculty, staff and Pikes Peak Region community members in contemporary culture and life. GOCA is a contemporary arts organization with two galleries, one founded on the UCCS campus in 1981 and a satellite downtown location that opened in 2010 in the Plaza of the Rockies building. A new gallery space will open during the 2017-18 season, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary in the Ent Center for the Arts. The Ent Center will open January 2018.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The University offers 46 bachelor’s degrees, 22 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls more than 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Visual and performing art events to fill your First Friday weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 8:31 AM

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Drain Crawl
Presented as part of Pueblo’s First Friday Art Walk, which tours more than 35 art galleries, restaurants and local businesses, this tour will provide plenty of opportunity to party. Four stormwater drain inlets in the creative corridor have recently been beautified, and you can chat with the artists who made it happen. Plus, each location will feature live music, refreshments and giveaways. 6-8 p.m., Pueblo Creative Corridor, free,

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Popsicle Promenade
As we edge into the end of summer with plenty of 80-degree days ahead, nothing sounds quite as good as a frozen treat. While not all of the 12 vendors will be peddling popsicles, the ones who don’t will have beer, cocktails, cool experiences and more. Though everything sounds pretty good, we’re most looking forward to Pikes Peak Lemonade Company’s handmade infused lemonade popsicles. 5-8 p.m., downtown, various venues, $10,

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The Nerd
Written by Larry Shue, this comedy stands as a solid audience favorite, following an ex-GI who has to play host to the man who once saved his life. Thin Air Theatre Company put on another one of Shue’s comedies, The Foreigner, last season, to great critical acclaim. The folks at TATC historically do great with comedy, so it’s worth a drive up the pass to see them in action. Fridays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m., continues through Sept. 23, The Butte Theater, 139 Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, $13-$20,

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43rd Annual Labor Day Art Festival
Commonwheel Artists Co-op has groomed this much-anticipated local and regional event to perfection over the years. Part juried art show, part sale, part community celebration, you can shop for art and let the kids play while listening to great local live music. Bonus: It’s eco-friendly, with food service options that keep an eye on the environment. Sept. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs,

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pride, Peru, paintings and popcorn — three events to attend this weekend

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 10:47 AM

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About Face
See if you can identify the subjects of Julie Kirkland’s series of 100 portraits, all depicting the backs of people’s heads. Portraits include: Liese and Kris Chavez, Deb Komitor and Sean O’Meallie, plus a host of local artists and regular folk. Plus, potters Arlene Wood and Nancy Morse have created face-themed pottery to accompany the exhibition. Opening reception, 5-8 p.m.; on display through Sept. 11, Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave.,

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Peru Day
While the opportunity to meet Dioge the alpaca (5-7 p.m.) is pretty exciting, the animal attractions aren’t the only good thing about Peru Day. This celebration of beer, food and culture includes a special beer tapping at noon: Inka, a pale ale brewed with red Peruvian quinoa. NaO’s Food Bus will be on hand, and Bonefish Grill has supplied the ceviche. ¡A comer! Noon to 10 p.m., Great Storm Brewing, 204 Mount View Lane, #3,

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Pueblo Pride: Living in Technicolor
Let’s keep the LGBTQ pride party going — enjoy this weekend’s family festivities hosted by Southern Colorado Equality Alliance. Saturday: a potluck and water fight; Sunday: start off with a parade and follow with a full-on festival. Check out special Sunday night programming by El Arco Iris Film Festival and OutFront Youth. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Mineral Palace Park, 1600 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo,

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Aisha Ahmad-Post named Ent Center for the Arts director

Posted By on Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 1:14 PM

Aisha Ahmad-Post has managed arts and culture events for New York Public Library and the Aspen Music Festival and School. - COURTESY UCCS
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  • Aisha Ahmad-Post has managed arts and culture events for New York Public Library and the Aspen Music Festival and School.
A scant five months out from the opening of the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts, UCCS has hired a director to program the $70 million project.

According to a press release dated Monday, August 21, they've selected Aisha Ahmad-Post for the position. She comes to the Springs from a five-year stint at the New York Public Library, acting as their public programs producer.

According to her LinkedIn page, Ahmad-Post substantially increased both the number of cultural events held and the ticket sale revenue for the NYPL's events programming. She'll be in charge of programming for the Shockley-Zalabak Theater and the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall.

Check out the full text of the press release below:
UCCS hires first Ent Center for the Arts director

COLORADO SPRINGS – Aisha Ahmad-Post, who produced The New York Public Library’s flagship cultural series, is the new director of the new $70 million UCCS Ent Center for the Arts.

Ahmad-Post was selected following a national search and will be responsible for programming the Ent Center for the Arts' performing arts series and representing the 92,000 square-foot arts complex to the community. The UCCS Ent Center for the Arts opens in January 2018.

Drew Martorella, executive director, UCCS Presents, announced Ahmad-Post’s appointment.

“Aisha Ahmad-Post has demonstrated a solid track record of working with some of the biggest cultural organizations and artists in our country,” Martorella said. “With her specialty in live performances that span music, dance, and theatre, I am very pleased to have her join UCCS and the UCCS Presents team that is committed to bringing and creating the highest quality arts experiences for the UCCS campus and the Pikes Peak region.”

The UCCS Ent Center for the Arts will be the new home for the university’s existing professional arts organizations, Theatreworks and the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, as well as the Department of Visual and Performing Arts’ Music Program and Theatre and Dance Program. The Ent Center will contain four performing arts venues, a visual arts gallery, rehearsal studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and a café.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to create a new performing arts series in a gorgeous, state-of-the-art facility,” Ahmad-Post said. “The Ent Center for the Arts is a major achievement for both UCCS and Colorado, and I am very excited to work with my colleagues at the university and throughout the region to ensure that it is a premier resource and destination for the arts.”

While there are multiple performing arts venues in the Ent Center for the Arts, Ahmad-Post will focus on programming the 780-seat Shockley-Zalabak Theater and the Chapman Foundations Recital Hall. The first series of performances in the Ent Center for the Arts will begin in February 2018.

Prior to her work as a producer at The New York Public Library, Ahmad-Post worked for the Aspen Music Festival and School and Columbia Artists Management. She worked with artists including classical pianist Lang Lang, the late composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A classically trained pianist and double bassist, she taught music theory as an associate instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music.


UCCS Presents supports arts, culture, and community for UCCS and the Pikes Peak region through its programs that included the University Center and Event Services, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Arts, Theatreworks, and a new dance and music series which will debut at the Ent Center for the Arts in February 2018.

The Ent Center for the Arts is a 92,000 square-foot performing and visual arts complex at UCCS. It will provide a multi-dimensional, multi-venue artistic hub for UCCS and the region.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,000 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum maintains history with passion

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 3:10 PM

A mass motorcycle migration of thousands of riders has descended on Sturgis, South Dakota this month for the world-famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, but you don’t have to go that far from the Springs to get in touch with your inner gearhead.

The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame houses over 75 original and fully restored vintage and antique motorcycles dating from 1913 to 1983, including Indians, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, and many other brands.

Located in the mezzanine of the Harley-Davidson dealership at 5867 N. Nevada, the admission-free museum opened in 1992 and is run by an all-volunteer staff, including executive director Jim Wear.

“There was no expectation when we started. We wanted to create a place where anybody could come to learn about motorcycling for free,” Wear says.

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Wear remembers the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, when shipping containers full of bikes were taken overseas to meet rising demand for American nostalgia. Bikes were stripped for profit and fetched huge prices in places like Japan and Germany, and among private collectors.

“For motorcycle people, that’s our heritage and history," Wear says. "It’s akin to people going to Egypt and robbing treasures and taking them to Europe.”

Wear says motorcycles are a culture, more than a machine or means of transportation. His story, like many whose lives were spent with motorcycles, spans decades.

In first grade, Wear got an incurable itch for a mini bike, though his mom wasn’t having any of it until a family friend offered a hand-me-down. He then built his first chopper at age 15 — riding it to school at St. Mary’s.

“The nuns were lined up in front of the glass, looking at me with horror,” Wear says. “I was definitely the only kid riding a chopper to school.”

Wear still has that bike, a Triumph. He sold it at one point but his wife tracked it down and bought it back. Since then, Wear has worked on restoring the bike, and much like the museum, preserving its history and the memories it represents.

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The Hall of Fame captures the spirit of preservation and storytelling, but rather than well-known household names, the contributions and achievements of everyday people who dedicated their lives to motorcycling are the focus of the museum's exhibits.

“These are the legends when I was growing up,” Wear says. “We’re talking about some seriously tough people... the people that paved the way for us, they were pioneers. They said ‘let’s go’ and they did.”

The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame is a bit of a novelty according to Wear, who notes it's one of only a few non-profit motorcycle-specific museums. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Mondays from April through September.

"There’s this sense of something bigger and deeper than themselves that [visitors] can appreciate,” Wear says of the exhibits on the display. "It brings back the youth and glory days for many, and people that understand that will enjoy [the museum].”

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Art, history, dance, literature for your Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 11, 2017 at 9:24 AM

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The Golden Legend Champion Challenge
See some of the classic greats of the burlesque world, women who have been performing since the ‘60s and ‘70s. Their neo-burlesque “protégés” will perform, with a special protégé championship competition on Saturday. This special event is hosted by local burlesque troupe Peaks and Pasties, with performances by locals including the Brotherhood of Burlesque, Foxie Dreame and Bunny Bee. Aug. 11-12, 8 p.m., Aug. 13, 11 a.m., The Gold Room, 18 S. Nevada Ave., tickets start at $20/performance,

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Red Threads
Enjoy artwork in various media presented by Catherine Giglio, Jenny Kruckenberg, Gabriella Christians, Wendy Reis and Lori DiPasquale. If you're looking to make a purchase, 20 percent of proceeds from purchased works will go to the Never Alone Foundation, which supports the international adoption community. Tonight, peruse the art on display and enjoy live music by Austin Richman, while learning more about NAF. 5-9 p.m., on display through Sept. 23, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A,

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DaVinci & Michelangelo: “The Titans Experience”
Look at the incredible world of the Italian Renaissance with a focus on two of its greatest minds (and biggest names). It’s part theatrical performance, part educational presentation, with video, 3D models, images and more, presented by Mark Rodgers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America. 8-10 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.,

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colorado Classic cycling race starts in the Springs, attracts world-class cyclists

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Colorado Springs takes pride in its bike culture, and for good reason. With the Olympic Training Center Velodrome and train-worthy thin air and altitude, our city attracts bikers who want to take their race to the next level.

Now, we have the honor of hosting the first stage of the inaugural Colorado Classic cycling race, which will begin downtown this weekend. The sustainability of these races has been called into question in recent years, after the Colorado-based USA Pro Challenge ceased to exist following its 2015 event, but the Colorado Classic has come up with some new ideas to make money and get an audience, including a full-on festival going strong from Friday to Sunday. But no matter what its future may hold, the Classic’s first run looks to be drawing attention.

This three-day event has attracted men’s and women’s teams from all over the world, and some big names along the lines of American Olympian Taylor Phinney and local Rally Cycling rider Danny Pate. Plus, controversial cycling legend Lance Armstrong has recently announced that he will be attending, though he plans to peddle his podcast rather than pedal his bike.

In addition to prominent American and, specifically, Colorado cyclists, international racers fill out the roster. Most notably, Team Rwanda — whose initial six-year struggle for recognition and success was documented in the award-winning film Rising From Ashes — will be participating, along with Colombian Tour de France finisher Rigoberto Urán, and riders hailing from Switzerland, Italy and beyond. They’ll test their strength, endurance and lung capacity here among our mountains before moving on to Breckenridge and then Denver. In total: 313 miles and more than 20,000 feet of climbing.

For the first stage, both the men’s and women’s races will begin and end on Tejon Street, including a trek down Colorado Avenue and a loop through Garden of the Gods. It’s not a track for the faint of heart, nor a race for the average rider. The Classic has been sanctioned by Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and designated as a 2.HC race, which is as high-ranking as you get outside of World Tour races.

The event will coincide with a celebration in Denver’s RiNo district, “Velorama,” which includes live performances by Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie, among others. By occurring alongside a ticketed festival (prices of which range from $45-$50 per day) the Colorado Classic may set itself apart from other prominent world races, and give itself a greater opportunity to succeed. If nothing else, it’s a nice way to reward spectators for sticking it out through 300 miles of tension.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Local artist seeking statements on sexual violence for origami art project

Posted By on Mon, Aug 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM

  • Courtesy Linda Lazzarini
According to the FBI’s semiannual crime report, incidents of reported rape rose 3.5 percent in 2016. And that number only reflects the number of rapes actually reported. The CDC claims that one in five women have “experienced completed or attempted rape,” and most victims (or survivors, to use the more accepted vernacular) suffer some form of sexual violence before the age of 25.

What’s worse, many of these incidents go unreported or, in many cases, unaddressed by law enforcement. Many who have survived sexual assault struggle with its damaging effects in private, for fear of not being believed, or for fear of retribution. Those wounds can fester for years, or even decades. Survivors often suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or develop depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses, dramatically changing their lives.

One local artist and rape survivor, Linda Lazzarini, wants to broadcast the voices of those who have been silenced by society, and to make a statement about the prevalence of sexual violence.

Currently, Lazzarini is accepting submissions from survivors for her art project “Women’s Voices.” The concept: 100 origami mouths, connected by a ribbon pulley so they can open and close, each bearing a statement by a survivor written around its lips.

She instructs survivors to, “Be philosophical, be angry or just relate your story. Be as honest as you can. Talk to yourself, the universe, your god, the criminal(s), the victim(s), your parents, your children, to whomever might be standing in front of it reading it.”

As outing oneself as a survivor can be difficult, painful and traumatic, Lazzarini has set up an anonymous submission form for those unwilling to put their name or pseudonym on their submission. Otherwise, she encourages emails ( so that she may respond.

She will collect submissions until she has reached 100. Currently, 60 women have shared their stories.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Six ways art and music lovers, young scientists and connoisseurs of wine and beer should spend this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 1:00 AM

4 Friday

Body Art Competition
The human body can be its own canvas — enjoy these back pieces inspired by famous works of art. Winner receives the Body Art Gallery Award, which comes with a nice bit of cash. The Loft Creative Space is a new art class/workshop/event space in Old Colorado City, with plenty to check out while you’re there. 5-8 p.m., The Loft Creative Space, 2708B W. Colorado Ave.,

4 Friday

The Remainder
For six months, local artist Brett Andrus has been composing a body of new and exciting oil portraits. The series explores autobiography, dreamscape, archetypal figures and images, and magical realism. Together, the paintings tell a story, an honest look at Andrus’ past and present. 5-11 p.m., S.P.Q.R., 17B Bijou St.,

4 Friday

Brick + Mortar
This indie/electronic rock duo has been playing music together since middle school. Precious, right? If you’re into Sir Sly, Grizfolk or Bad Suns, you’ll have a blast at their live show tonight. The band is currently touring in promotion of their latest album, Dropped Again (2017) — a remastered version of their 2015 album Dropped. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $15-$18,

5 Saturday

Vino & Notes
You don’t need to travel the world to find good wine. More than 20 Colorado wineries and vineyards will share their wares tonight. Plus, jazz music will be performed live by Max Wagner and Tony Exum Jr. The tastes don’t end with the tannins — enjoy food by vendors such as the Historic Ute Inn, Serrano’s and more. Noon to 6 p.m., Woodland Station, 133-157 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, $35,

5 Saturday

Springs Beer Fest
Say "unlimited beer samples" in front of a group of Coloradans and watch them stampede — in this case to America the Beautiful Park. Attendees can enjoy samples from 55 craft breweries, while partaking in food and live music. Vendors will also be on-hand so you can shop while you sip. Noon to 4 p.m., America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, $25-$50,

5 Saturday

Curiosity's 5th Birthday on Mars
The 5-year-old Mars rover, Curiosity, has made incredible discoveries on the surface of our planetary neighbor. This is a great way to celebrate. Kids and families can take part in interactive activities such as making edible rovers, racing rovers and more. Don't forget to sign the giant birthday card! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Space Foundation, 4425 Arrowswest Drive, $5-$10.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Upcoming events for the young, the old and the young at heart

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Tails, Tunes & Tastes
Tonight, enjoy four stages with live music, 17 internationally inspired offerings from the zoo’s catering company (Taste), and a whole zoo to explore. You can also take advantage of the dulcet tones of Jon E. Boothe, Brian Grace Band, Spiritwell and FlashBlack as you wander through booths and exhibits. With plentiful vegan and gluten-free options, and an all-inclusive ticket (i.e. open bar and unlimited food), this adult fundraising event proves the zoo ain’t just for kids anymore.
6-9:30 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, $45.75-$50.75,

28 Friday

Ces Cru
This now-duo has gone through a lot of membership changes over the years, but now consists of rappers Donnie “Godemis” King and Mike “Ubiquitous” Viglione. They’re touring now to promote their most recent release, February’s Catastrophic Event Specialists. Each album they release, minus The Playground, plays with the letters CES — Constant Energy Struggles, Capture Enemy Soldiers, Codename: Ego Stripper, etc. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $16-$21,

29 Saturday

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Mueller State Park Fine Art Show & Sale
Catering to Colorado’s twin loves, fine art and the great outdoors, Mueller State Park makes one stellar venue. This event features the work of Lee Cable, an internationally renowned oil painter from Lake George, but there will be a host of other artists exhibiting a variety of painting styles. Bonus: Everything is for sale, including the high-quality student artwork. July 29-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mueller State Park, 21045 State Hwy. 67, Divide,
$7 park pass required,

29 Saturday

The Movie Marathon That Shall Not Be Named
Did you know? Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31 — a good opportunity to celebrate the gift that the Harry Potter series has been to all of us. Accio entertainment! Enjoy all eight movies played back-to-back (four each day) with beer from Bristol and Fossil breweries, coffee from Story Coffee, and a few local vendors, plus Cool Science performing experiments in the afternoon. You can thank the Indie Spirit Film Festival for this nerdy celebration, proceeds from which support the ever-incredible Independent Film Society of Colorado. July 29-30, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., $10-$15/day,

29 Saturday

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Mario the Maker Magician
Combining magic, technology and a true DIY spirit, Mario is dedicated to STEM education and the Maker Movement, specifically for young’uns. World-famous magician David Blaine called him “the best kids magician in the world.” He’s made appearances on Sesame Street and the Sprout Channel, so it’s a rare and exciting opportunity for family audiences to catch him here. 3-4 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $10-$20,

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Colorado Springs Creative Collective releases preliminary results of ArtSpace survey

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 2:24 PM

A meeting with art leaders during ArtSpace's preliminary feasibility phase. - FILE PHOTO
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Colorado Springs Creative Collective, the folks working with Minneapolis-based organization ArtSpace to create an affordable artistic live/work space downtown, have released the preliminary findings of their Arts Market Survey.

The Arts Market Survey was meant to take the temperature of the local arts community in order to gauge need, as well as solidify what a live/work space might look like for local artists. While the preliminary data doesn't yet include the most enlightening results, it does provide a picture of the 686 people who took the survey.

Final results will not be publicly released until Oct. 23, but Bob Wolfson of the collective offered the following in the meantime:

Preliminary Arts Market Survey Findings
Preliminary compilation of the data showed that 686 of you took the Survey! Artspace has shared with me that that is an impressive number for a community our size. With regards to how many of you would consider relocating to an affordable live/work community, 32.2% or 221 of you said "yes". An equally impressive number. An email glitch kept me from getting the Survey summary out to you sooner.

Who were the respondents? Well, 81.2% of respondents currently live in Colorado Springs. With 63% of respondents describing themselves as female and 34.3% describing themselves as male. With regards to age, 22% were 21 to 30 years of age with around 17% to19% in each subsequent decade through 70 years of age.

What's the preferred location? Here, nearly 82% offered Downtown Colorado Springs with a strong second choice being Old Colorado City with around 75% offering that as a choice – remember that you could select more than one location. Other quadrants of Colorado Springs garnered around 22% to 29%.

So, there you have Artspace's a preliminary data summary from the Arts Market Survey. Now please remember that these are currently unverified data and could, thus, change somewhat in the full report.

Arts Market Survey Report Event
With regards to the full report of the Arts Market Survey, the findings will be formally presented to the arts and creative communities and our community supporters on Monday evening, October 23. So, if you have not done so, please save the date. We are planning a party. A location remains in the works.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Explore local culture, Syrian culture and counterculture with these upcoming events

Posted By on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 2:18 PM

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719 Day Brewfest

For this third-annual festival, you've got your pick of 17 local breweries and distilleries, including faves like Bristol, Red Leg and Lee Spirits. It's a nice reminder that we don't even have to travel outside our area code to partake in the best brews the region has to offer. For atmosphere and maybe a little beer-fueled dancing, enjoy live music by Mark's Midnight Carnival Show and Playing With Smoke, all night long. 5 p.m. for VIPs, 6 p.m. for general admission, Switchbacks Stadium, 6303 Barnes Road, $35-$50,

20 Thursday


Dalya's Other Country

The news may explain the circumstances surrounding the Syrian conflict or the controversy over Donald Trump's travel ban, but there's no substitute for putting a human face on the issues. The film follows a displaced family, trying to reconcile their Muslim values with their American lives, examining what it's like to grow up in two worlds. Bonus: This documentary is brand new, having premiered in late June. If you can't catch it tonight, you can stream it online until the 25th. 7-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free,

21 Friday



Based on a comic book by Philip Gelatt, this adaptation by A. Rhodes serves as an original and exciting tale of espionage, romance and an assassination that changed the course of history. Grigori Rasputin's legacy has survived in a thousand different iterations and modern myths, and this should prove to be an interesting look at his influence and character. This play is co-produced by Cottonwood-based experimental and artistic theater groups COUNTER/Weight Theatre Lab and THEATREdART. Fridays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 4:30 p.m., through Aug. 6, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $5-$15,

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Colorado Goth Festival 2017

Certain subcultures never die, and others are simply undead. Get your goth on for a festival celebrating goth/industrial music and aesthetics. Goth Fest will include (lucky number) 13 bands over two days, including Discount Cinema, WitchHands and Vain Machine. Plus, on Saturday you've got your choice of vendors to peruse, each selling locally made goth/industrial art and crafts. July 21-22, 2 p.m. to 2 a.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., $25-$50,

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