Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Art parties, original musicals and other fun upcoming events

Posted By on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 at 9:06 AM

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Misfit fans get a post-Misfits treat in Doyle, an outfit put together by the band's former guitarist, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, combining elements of classic and doom metal. Band members include such rock/metal stars as Alex Story from Cancerslug, Graham of Let It Burn and Graves, and Brandon Pertzborn of Black Flag. Davey Suicide, He Kill 3, Cryptic Writings and VaTic will be joining this hard-hitting horror quartet tonight at Sunshine Studios, so be prepared for some mosh-induced bruising. 7 p.m., Sunshine Studios, 3970 Clearview Frontage Road, tickets start at $15,


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This original musical, written by Conservatory CEO Linda Weise, combines famous Jacks from all your favorite fairy tales in a unique, dreamlike production. Featured Jacks include: Jack Be Nimble, Jack Horner, Jack and the Beanstalk, Stingy Jack, Jack O'Lantern, Jack and Jill and Jack Sprat. Jacks not appearing: Nicholson, Black, Johnson or Kerouac. The story presents an anti-bullying moral, so it's a good lesson to teach, too. June 22-24, 7-9 p.m., Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 Sahwatch St., $10-$20,

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Annual Giant Book Sale

With summer reading programs and initiatives starting in library and school districts across the region, now's a good time to stock up. This weekend, you can get books for cheap, plus DVDs and CDs — both audiobooks and music. While you're there, check out all the cool happenings in the Rampart Library District, including programs for kids and teens, movie screenings, and plenty else to fill those long summer days. June 23, noon to 4 p.m., June 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Woodland Park Public Library, 218 E. Midland Ave.,

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Brilliant 2017

This aptly named art event is an annual highlight, GOCA's celebration of technology, art, fashion, food and community. With the full experience (well worth the price), get a five-course meal with cocktail pairings from Blue Star, then party with interactive exhibits, live performances and music, plus tastings from tons of local vendors. If you skip the meal, the party itself is still one heck of a time, with plenty of surprises in store. 6 p.m. to midnight, GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, $30-$125,

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Monday, June 19, 2017

UPDATE: Manitou Springs receives creative district certification

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 4:38 PM

We heard back from Natalie Johnson, director of the Manitou Art Center, who has spent the last few years driving the creative district certification initiative.

She says the decision came as a shock after last year, especially given the changing requirements of the application process. When she received confirmation, she wasn’t sure if it meant there would be another two-year waiting period to be granted full certification, or if it would be instantaneous.

Thankfully, the waiting is over. Soon Manitou Springs will learn exactly what kind of perks they can expect from CCI. In the meantime, they are simply thrilled the long process is over and the designation is set.

“It lends credibility to Manitou Springs and the Manitou Springs creative district,” Johnson says. “All those steps ensure ongoing funding for different organizations … So I think it doesn’t guarantee sustainability, but it increases the chances of us being around for a long time.”

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Last year, Manitou Springs was denied a creative district certification from Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), which came as a bit of a surprise. This year’s surprise has proven to be much more pleasant.

After meeting certain rigorous criteria in the areas of district characteristics, management and planning, and community buy-in, Manitou Springs joined Steamboat Springs and Westwood as one of Colorado’s three newly certified creative districts.

Creative District certification comes with more than a title. Now, the Manitou Springs arts community will have access to new grants, financial support, leadership training and more.

We reached out to Natalie Johnson, director of the Manitou Art Center, for her perspective on the certification, but have yet to hear back. We will update this story if and when we do.

See the full press release from Colorado Creative Industries below:

DENVER – June 13, 2017 – Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today announced the certification of three new Creative Districts into the Colorado Creative Districts Program. The newly certified districts are Manitou Springs Creative District, Steamboat Springs Creative District and Westwood Creative District (Denver). Certification is for a five year period. Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe and the Salida Creative District were approved for re-certification following the initial five year period.

“These 2017 certified creative districts are great examples of how the arts create exciting places for people to visit and live,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “These districts increase quality of life, help with economic vitality of the area and attract people from all over Colorado and the country.”

A review panel evaluated applications and three finalists were selected for site visits. Applications were reviewed using the following criteria: district characteristics, management and planning, community buy-in. Districts must meet a rigorous set of minimum standards in order to achieve certification such as recognition by local government, a high concentration of creative organizations and businesses, sustainable funding sources, paid staff, and a strategic plan.

The newly certified districts will join the 18 existing Colorado Creative Districts: 40West Arts District, Breckenridge Creative District, Carbondale Creative District, Corazon de Trinidad, Crested Butte Creative District, Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, Downtown Colorado Springs Creative District, Fort Collins Creative District, Golden Triangle Creative District, Greeley Creative District, Longmont Arts and Entertainment District, Mancos Creative District, North Fork Valley Creative District, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Ridgway Creative District, RiNo Arts District, Salida Creative District and Telluride Arts District.

“The goal of this program is to help Colorado Creative Districts achieve the administrative structure, funding streams, community engagement process and strategic plan that provide opportunities to grow the creative economy,” said Margaret Hunt, CCI director.

Along with official designation, each district will receive an award package including financial support, technical assistance, marketing support, access to grants, CDOT highway signs, and leadership training.

Applicants and finalists not selected for official designation will have access to the Call Yourself Creative platform, a website offering access to webinars, case studies and additional resources for building creative communities

For more information, please visit

In 2011, the Colorado General Assembly passed HB11-1031, encouraging the formation of Creative Districts in communities, neighborhoods or contiguous geographic areas. Administered by Colorado Creative Industries, the Creative District Program encourages the formation of creative districts in neighborhoods and contiguous geographic areas for the purpose of:
Attracting artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community
Enhancing economic and civic capital of Colorado communities
Creating hubs and clusters of economic activity
Enhancing areas as appealing places to live, conduct businesses and attract visitors
Serving as an economic strategy and magnet
Revitalizing and beautifying
Promoting a community’s unique identity
Showcasing cultural and artistic events and amenities
Colorado Creative Industries, Colorado’s state arts agency, is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Unicorn Festival saves another horse, plans another whimsical event

Posted By on Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 4:24 PM


Here at the Indy, we try to keep our event listings local so our readers know they don’t have to go very far in order to have a good time, but we would be remiss to entirely neglect the Littleton Unicorn Festival, if only because it's one of those strangely specific celebrations that seems to pop up around our fair state. And because it helps save the lives of innocent horses.

The Unicorn Festival celebrates all things magical, with tarot card readers, wizard duels, Quidditch matches, magic-themed mazes and more for kids, families and particularly whimsical adults. Each year, they collect “unicorns,” horses from the region who provide rides and ambiance.

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These unicorns hail from Old MacDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue's Nicole Henderson, who recently worked with the Unicorn Festival to save Yabba, a horse destined for sale and eventual slaughter. Now, they’re asking people to give Yabba a “unicorn name” so he can start his new life off on the right hoof. Folks can submit ideas through the festival’s website. While it turns out Yabba is still unwell and unable to attend the festival himself, attendees can meet other rescued unicorns at Littleton's Clement Park on June 25.

See the full press release (written in appropriate fairytale fashion) below:

Yabba was not having a good day. His Colorado-based owners had put the beautiful white horse up for auction, and he was slated to go to Mexico to be slaughtered and sold for food. Happily, the same day, organizers of the upcoming Unicorn Festival in Littleton, CO, had realized they needed another unicorn for their festival, to accommodate the expectation-shattering ticket sales. They contacted Nicole Henderson, who was supplying the unicorns, and found out that she was, that day, working to save the life of this beautiful white horse, and she could bring him to the Festival if she could raise the $850 needed to save him.

What happened next is one of those stories that … well…. Here goes….

The Unicorn Festival posted Yabba’s tragic story on their Facebook pages, along with a donation button. It was Saturday night and the deadline to save him was Sunday morning at 9:00 am. But the donations started pouring in. Everyone wanted to save Yabba and give him a new life as a unicorn. And they did just that.

Yabba was rescued from the jaws of death and will be taken to Henderson’s Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue in northern Colorado, where he will be well taken care of. His many supporters can come meet him at the Unicorn Festival, Sunday, June 25 in Clement Park. He will be a special guest at the Festival’s Unicorn Meadow, alongside the Unicorn Rides.

The Unicorn Festival and Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue are also launching a “Name the Unicorn” contest to give Yabba his new unicorn name. You can submit your suggestions online at - on the site’s “Love” page. The winner will be announced at the festival. Be sure to be at Unicorn Meadow for the Unicorn Naming Ceremony at 11:00 am.

Yabba’s plight is, sadly, too common. Horse slaughter for food is illegal in the US, but not in other countries. Facebook no longer allows sales of live animals, to people looking to sell their horses are often forced to put the animals up for public auction. That’s where the “kill buyers” try to purchase as many horses as they can to ship out of the country (usually to Mexico) to sell them to slaughterhouses where they are processed like cattle. Many rescue organizations exist and they always need help and donations to save as many horses as possible.

Henderson explains, “We work to pay the horses ‘bail’ off of the feed lot where they are fattened up prior to shipping to Mexico. The owner of the lot will sometimes sell some of these horses to recuse organizations at higher prices than he would get for them at slaughter. But not always. About 60 horses per week ship from his lot to slaughter.”

Old McDonald Barnyard Animal Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to help neglected, abused, homeless, unwanted, and misunderstood barnyard animals. They also welcome animals who are very well cared for, but their families just can no longer keep them for a variety of different reasons. We can offer a safe home for horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, llamas, cows, chickens ducks, and rabbits. The group also encourages community participation and offer opportunities for education, volunteer days, special events, or the sponsorship of the animal of your choice. Visit their website and Like them on Facebook .

The Unicorn Festival is a celebration of the imagination and all things mythical, coming to Littleton’s Clement Park (7306 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123) on Sunday June 25th, 10am-6pm. The magical day will be filled with Unicorn rides, swimming Mermaids, meet and greets with beloved Princesses, wandering fairies, Quidditch matches and more! This is an enchanted event for the young and the young and heart, for families, cosplayers and anyone who loves imagination and fun! Interact with fairy tales and become part of the magic! Hosted by Dana Cain Event and Frolic and Vamp, the Festival offers affordable family fun.

Advance online tickets to the Unicorn Festival is $10 for adults; $5 for kids under 12 and kids under 2 years old are free. Group discounts are available for 10 or more. Ticket at the gate the day of the Festival will be $15 / $10. Clement Park is a gorgeous lake side park with an incredible view of the mountains, the perfect setting for a day of enchantment, fairy tales and rescued unicorns!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Film, food, Olympic skaters and more to mark on your week's calendar

Posted By on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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The Music Man

The Colorado Ballet Society has performed a lot of beloved shows, but this marks the debut of their new Theatre Production Company. Enjoy the new life they'll bring to this classic musical, with a multigenerational and multitalented cast. In case you're unfamiliar, the story follows a con man who pretends to be a music teacher, takes the townspeople's money and plans to run off before giving any lessons. But after falling in love with the local librarian, he sticks around and risks exposing himself as a fraud. 7 p.m., June 15-17; 2 p.m., June 17, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., $15-$20,

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Cutie and the Boxer

If you haven't heard of Ushio Shinohara, the term "boxer-painter" might be unfamiliar, but Shinohara became famous for fusing painting and punching in his own glorious neo-Dada way. This documentary profiles him and his wife, Noriko, who wanted to create an identity for herself outside her husband's influence. Cutie and the Boxer portrays two artists with two vastly different approaches to art, rolled into one award-winning film. 7-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free,

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Inline Speed Skating Outdoor National Championships

Inline speed skating is an underpublicized but no less athletic Olympic sport, taking rollerblading to a whole new level. Spectators are welcome to watch the country's best skaters compete to make it onto Team USA. You may even get the chance to see Olympians and other world medalists in action. June 16-23, times vary, Olympic Center Velodrome, 250 S. Union Blvd.,

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All Colorado Festival

This inaugural event is meant to showcase the best of Colorado spirits, beer and wine, so make sure you line up a ride. In addition to the booze, enjoy snacks from various food vendors and live country music. Musicians include: The Jacob Christopher Band, Exit West, Trent Hughes Band and Donovan Lee. 1-7 p.m., Western Museum of Mining and Industry, 225 Northgate Blvd., $25,

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First Friday shuttle bus to boost access to arts events for free

Posted By on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

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The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region (COPPeR) has announced that it will be trying out a free shuttle bus to help people move from hot-spot to hot-spot during first Friday art walks.

The shuttle, which will run July through October, is an effort to make it easier for art fans to get from the many downtown galleries to the Fine Arts Center, the Cottonwood Center for the Arts, the Depot Arts District under the Colorado Avenue bridge, and to Old Colorado City. COPPeR executive director Andy Vick also wants to pull in tourists and residents of southern Colorado Springs, so the shuttle will also have stops at the Broadmoor and the DoubleTree Hotel. The Antlers Hotel will serve as the shuttle's central downtown stop.

Here's the schedule:
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COPPeR has teamed up with the Pikes Peak Lodging Association and the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote the shuttle service, at the participating hotels as well as others around town. Vick says that COPPeR appropriated all funds for this service from the money they get through the Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax, meaning it's paid for by vacationer dollars. That money will also go to hire local artists to act as tour guides and chaperones, handing out information about the night's events.

COPPeR has also launched a new Peak Radar page, linked here, which will list collected first Friday events to make navigating the city's arts events easier.

If the shuttle route is successful, Vick says he hopes to do it more permanently, and he's said he hopes to add stops and/or a circuit bringing in patrons from north of downtown. Download a full map and schedule for the shuttle below.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Feasts, fests and more fun for the days ahead

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Summer Music Festival
This annual summer event has been going strong since 1984. By the numbers, look forward to three weeks, 52 student musicians and 26 public concerts. Enjoy free lunchtime concerts, concerts for children, and more performances of chamber and orchestra music throughout the month. June 8-24, CC’s Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache la Poudre St.,

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ROLL bicycle art festival
This will be the 13th annual festival, occurring at the Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort for the second year. Bicycle-themed artwork from around the world will be on display, all in response to the theme “built.” Other highlights: live music both days, activities for kids and adults, giveaways and more. 5-8 p.m. June 9, noon to 5 p.m. June 10, Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., free,

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All Over the Map
Actor and mime Bill Bowers has quite the theatrical pedigree: The Lion King and The Scarlet Pimpernel on Broadway, among other accomplishments. He began developing this show at the Millibo years ago, and now returns with a fully realized performance. Along with the show, enjoy drinks, heavy appetizers and a meet-and-greet with Bowers. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $50,

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Feast of St. Arnold family-friendly beer festival
“Family-friendly beer fest” may be a strange phrase, but this feast includes a kids’ zone with activities for all ages. The adult draw isn’t just beer and food. Keep your cups for wine and spirits as well. What's more, proceeds support Westside Cares, which provides food assistance and other programs to people in need. Noon to 4:30 p.m., Chapel of Our Savior Episcopal Parish in the Broadmoor,
8 Fourth St., $35,

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Ninth annual Colorado Springs Powwow
Celebrate Native American history and culture with this annual event, benefiting One Nation Walking Together. Almost 3,000 attend each year, including people from many different tribes and non-natives.
Enjoy Native American dance, drumming, art, vendors, food and drink. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mortgage Solutions Financial Expo Center, 3650 N. Nevada Ave., $4,

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Stay inside or get outdoors — 5 events for this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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International Watermedia 2017

This biennial event hosted by the Pikes Peak Watercolor Society and Cottonwood Center for the Arts brings together the best of the best in watermedia. Soon Y. Warren of the National and American Watercolor Societies juried 100 works for this show alone. More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded at a ceremony on June 21, so come back to the gallery to see if your favorites win! 5-8 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., on display through June 24,

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Colorado Springs Bicycle Summit

Learn about the local bike scene and figure out how to get involved at this awesome annual event. Keynote speaker Martha Roskowski, vice president of local innovation at PeopleForBikes, will talk about her organization and bicycle advocacy. Seminars and workshop topics include: local adventure rides, bikepacking, effective bike advocacy and more. Summit: 1-4:30 p.m., happy hour and expo: 5:30-7 p.m., UCCS Berger Hall, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., free, registration required,

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Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival

This beloved annual event includes "generous" tastings from 30 Colorado-based wineries. And it's not just the wine; you can munch on local food, listen to live music and browse a vendor fair while you sip. Bonus: Designated drivers can enjoy the "festival" part of the wine festival for free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs, $35,

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BigDogBrag: The Colorado Mud Run

Tumble through a course with 25 different obstacles and 12 mud pits to get you good and filthy. With race registration, you get a beer coupon, a temporary tattoo, finish photos and dog tags. The best part: A portion of proceeds benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., RAM Off-Road Park, 12750 CO-94, $25-$59 registration fee,

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40 Years on Broadway

The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale celebrates its 40th anniversary, after years of receiving local and national acclaim. Tonight, enjoy a selection of favorite songs from previous CSCC performances, all going back to Broadway. Alumni performers will also return to The Pikes Peak Center stage, celebrating CSCC's legacy. 3 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $12-$25,

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Local authors awarded at 2017 Colorado Book Awards reception

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 1:28 PM

Colorado Book Award winners: - Top row, left to right: Diane Les Becquets, Carter Wilson, Wayne Miller - Bottom row, left to right: Ashlee Cowles, Barbara Nickless, Carrie Vaughn, Mona Awad - ALLYSON FALTYS
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  • Colorado Book Award winners: Top row, left to right: Diane Les Becquets, Carter Wilson, Wayne MillerBottom row, left to right: Ashlee Cowles, Barbara Nickless, Carrie Vaughn, Mona Awad

Some of the Springs' own local authors were honored at the 2017 Colorado Book Awards, “an annual program that celebrates the accomplishments of Colorado's outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers,” presented by Colorado Humanities. Awards were announced at a reception on Sunday, May 21, hosted in Parker, Colorado.

The award recipients from the Colorado Springs area, who took home awards in three out of 14 categories, are as follows:

Mark Lee Gardner won in the category of “Biography” with his book Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill; Barbara Nickless took home the “Mystery” category with her novel Blood on the Tracks; and Ashlee Cowles won in the category of “Young Adult Literature” with Beneath Wandering Stars.

See below for book synopses and author biographies.

Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner (William Morrow)

The first definitive account of this legendary fighting force and its extraordinary leader, Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Riders is narrative nonfiction at its most invigorating and compulsively readable. Two months after the sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898, Congress authorized President McKinley to recruit a volunteer army to drive the Spaniards from Cuba. From this army emerged the legendary “Rough Riders,” a mounted regiment drawn from America’s western territories and led by Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt and his men quickly came to symbolize American ruggedness, daring and individualism. He led them to victory in the famed Battle at San Juan Hill, which made Roosevelt a national hero and cemented the Rough Riders’ place in history.

Mark Lee Gardner is the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse and Shot All to Hell. He has written many articles about the American West, and has been a visiting professor in the Southwest Studies department at Colorado College. He lives with his family in Cascade, Colorado.

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer)

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion. In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K-9 partner, Clyde ― both haunted by their time in Iraq ― descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes.

An English degree and a sense of adventure led Barbara Nickless to work as a technical writer, raptor rehabilitator, astronomy instructor, sword fighter, piano teacher and journalist. Now an award-winning author, she spends her free time snowshoeing, caving and hiking the Colorado Rockies.

Young Adult Literature
Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles (Merit Press)

After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother’s best friend — a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise? An up-close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter and friendship, against all odds.

Ashlee Cowles is a high school teacher who grew up an Army “brat,” and subsequently worked with a nonprofit that supports teens in military families. She holds graduate degrees from Duke University and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and teaches literature and philosophy. As a student, Cowles studied abroad in Spain and walked part of the Camino de Santiago.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Music, theater, Territory Days and more from this week's event calendar

Posted By on Wed, May 24, 2017 at 8:20 AM

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Falseyedols Album Release

Falseyedols calls itself a "conscious movement of artists," having produced everything from music to visual art to clothing. Their debut album — and tonight's performance — features Stoney Bertz, D Stylz, 2 Fly and eLiMenCe.
Following the release, stick around for a regular Word Wednesdays open mic.
9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Tremors Nightclub, 112 N. Nevada Ave.,

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This is a tough but worthwhile play, following the moral struggle of a woman who captures her attempted rapist. It blurs the lines between justice and revenge, bringing up hard human truths. If you need another reason to go, know that a portion of proceeds benefits Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area and Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado. Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m.; through May 28, Funky Little Theater Company, 2109 Templeton Gap Road, $11-$15,

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42nd Annual Territory Days

A local favorite summer festival for a reason, Territory Days has something for all ages and interests. As per usual, enjoy beer gardens, live music, kids' activities, and a huge craft and vendor fair. Things to look forward to this year: live blacksmithing and Wild West gunfights. Yeehaw!
May 27-29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Old Colorado City, free to attend,

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Tigers & Tuxedos

Before you panic, no you don't need to wear a tuxedo. Just enjoy the food, drink and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the WildHeart Foundation, which works to enrich the lives of animals in captivity. Something neat: The foundation makes toys for captive animals out of recycled fire hose, and they'll show you how. 7-10 p.m., The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St., $40-$50,

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Trifecta bares it all onstage

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 1:00 AM

When Penelope Mais Oui, one of the three performers that makes up Trifecta, told me about the women in her new burlesque collective — queer women over 40 with diverse backgrounds, families and bodies — I knew immediately that their stories would inspire.

The art of burlesque fascinates as much as it terrifies in today's beauty-centric society. Along with the vulnerability of nudity comes the vulnerability of sharing a piece of performance art that is entirely unique to one's own experience. It exposes the very bodies and sexualities society tells people to be ashamed of.

See what Mais Oui, Evangeline Cain, Chairmyn Meow and other LGBTQ burlesque artists have to say about burlesque and the queer experience in the latest issue of the Independent. In the meantime, get to know the women behind Trifecta.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gallery shows, grilled cheese, music and more for the days ahead

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 11:11 AM

Make the most of your weekend — whether it's art, food, sport or music — with this week's choice events.

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Jim Van Hoy


Van Hoy has an impressive photography pedigree, with more awards than we can attempt to list here. You may have seen his work at the Colorado Springs Airport, various Pikes Peak libraries and other local galleries. He draws inspiration from both natural and constructed worlds, taking stunning photographs in vibrant color and black-and-white. 5:30-8 p.m.; on display through June 24, G44 Gallery, 1785 S. Eighth St., Suite A,

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Grill Cheese Fest and Craft Beer Pairing


This ain't your mama's grilled cheese — some awesome local chefs and craft brewers have come together for the perfect pairing. Chow down and drink up with live music provided by The LDK Band. What's more, proceeds go to Ascending to Health Respite Care, which — among many services — provides a safe place for homeless people to recover after being discharged from the hospital. 4-9 p.m., Catalyst Campus, 555 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $20, ages 21 and older,

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Vintage Baseball Game


Baseball is all well and good, but baseball played by 1864 rules can be delightful, especially if the players are wearing 1860s-inspired uniforms. After their crushing defeat two years ago, the Manitou Springs Heritage Center Lungers have challenged the Denver & Rio Grande Reds to a rematch. Root for the home team! 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Roger Maestas Field, El Paso Boulevard and Beckers Lane, Manitou Springs, donations support the Manitou Springs Heritage Center,

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The Dear Hunter


The Dear Hunter functions as both the name of the band and the name of the character whose story they tell with each album. Their newest album, Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional, serves as the fifth installment in the hunter's tale. If you want a break from the story, check out one of their coolest albums, The Color Spectrum, a musical interpretation of all colors on the visible spectrum. That's prog rock for you. 7 p.m., Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave., $10.39-$22,

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Bikepacking: Conquering the Great Divide


For five consecutive summers, Debra Ackley and Sarah Andrews have ridden a segment of the Great Divide Trail. To put that in perspective, The Great Divide Trail is about 3,100 miles long. These are the gals you want to teach you about bikepacking. Check out this special Adventure on Tap speaker series event to benefit from their expertise. 6-8 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd.,

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

All Pikes Peak Reads announces theme and titles for this community-wide reading initiative

Posted By on Wed, May 17, 2017 at 8:39 AM

Each year, Pikes Peak Library District’s All Pikes Peak Reads events engage and connect the community through common literary experiences. With discussions, panel presentations, film screenings and more related to selected titles, this months-long initiative allows readers to deepen intertextual understanding.

The theme and titles for this year’s All Pikes Peak Reads (Sept. 5-Nov. 17) have officially been announced, so community members planning to participate can start preparing.

The theme: “Cultures, Conflicts, & Cuisines,” which, according to a press release, “connects the threads of cultural enlightenment, familial and social conflicts, social and romantic injustice, and the cuisines that make our world such a diverse home for us all.”

Keep an eye on the PPLD website as events are announced. In the meantime, check out the titles and their suggested demographics below:

Adults: Like Water for Chocolate by Linda Esquivel

Teens/Young Adults: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Children: Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Academic: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith

All APPR titles are available electronically via the PPLD website.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

UPDATE: ArtSpace survey is now live, calling on creatives to participate

Posted By on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 2:42 PM

UPDATE: Monday evening, the Colorado Springs Creative Collective and representatives from ArtSpace launched the Arts Market Survey. It is now live online and awaiting responses.

Bob Wolfson of the collective says he hopes to get 1,000 responses from community creatives by the survey's deadline, June 30.

Questions include information about income and household size, as well as what kinds of amenities and features one might want from a creative live/work space.

Interested artists may take the survey online. It takes about fifteen minutes and is best completed on a computer rather than a smartphone.


Artspace's presentation at a focus group, during its preliminary feasibility visit.
  • Artspace's presentation at a focus group, during its preliminary feasibility visit.
Colorado Springs needs to amp up its affordable housing. Anyone who has looked for a home or an apartment in recent years is familiar with the struggle to balance rent with location with accessibility (i.e. transportation) to core areas.

The Colorado Springs Creative Collective, a group of arts-minded community leaders, have been working on a way to mitigate this problem, at least for the area’s artists and creatives. The proposed solution, Artspace, is a Minneapolis-based organization that has created artistic live/work communities in cities across the country, including here in Colorado. Their Loveland development is the only Colorado project currently in operation, but developments have started in Lakewood, Denver and Trinidad. It's possible Colorado Springs will be next on that list.

The process takes a long while — already we’re about two years in — and has multiple phases. The first phase involved Artspace working closely with the steering committee, and included meetings with leaders in the local arts, location scouting, and a public meeting to address needs and hopes for an affordable live/work space.

The next phase requires quite a bit more public input.

The Arts Market Survey, which will roll out on May 15, is meant to assess need and priorities within the artistic community. While in no way a commitment to finalize plans with Artspace, the survey will gather necessary data to inform the collective’s next step. For instance, what kind of monthly rate can you afford as a working artist? What kind of space do you need (studio, performance, retail, etc.)? Do you have any other big ideas?

“This is the chance to make sure our community voices exactly what it needs as far as space and amenities for creatives,” says Claire Swinford, Urban Engagement Manager of the Downtown Partnership. “We have the chance to seize on some energy and some expertise but ultimately where this goes needs to be a reflection of our community, as diverse and inclusive as it is.”
The Colorado Springs Creative Collective asks that working artists participate in this survey, people who might benefit from affordable, downtown-adjacent housing in order to more easily pursue their artistic aspirations.

Those who wish to learn more about Artspace, the Arts Market Survey and what comes next are invited to a launch reception at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center on May 15, 5:30 p.m.
The whole Colorado Springs Creative Collective project team will be on-hand, along with representatives from Artspace, who will take questions. The event will also include a cash bar and free food.

Artspace holding a public meeting during its preliminary feasibility phase.
  • Artspace holding a public meeting during its preliminary feasibility phase.

Swinford says that anyone who is curious is welcome to attend. “This will be a chance to hear from some of our ArtSpace partners directly,” she says, “and get a little bit more of a detailed view of where we are in the development process, and what the Arts Market Survey is meant to do.”

If you are unable to make the launch reception, they ask that you complete the survey online, sometime before the first week of July. If you’re interested in learning more about the project as it continues, you can sign up for the collective’s newsletter.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

UPDATE: Tiny House Jamboree to leave Colorado Springs

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 5:24 PM

  • Courtesy EcoCabins
The National Tiny House Jamboree updated its website today with an announcement on where the event will be moving, as well as a new partnership.

The organizers have joined forces with Reed Exhibitions, who boasts of producing more than 500 events in 30 countries, attracting 7 million people in 2016.

And this year's jamboree will now take place in Arlington, Texas from October 27 to 29.

There's a lengthy explanation of "why Arlington" on the site, related partly to it being "a hotspot for the Tiny House movement" as well as "having the resources to handle this expanding event."

Both educational programming and the amount of vendors and houses will expand as well.

For those needing to change travel plans or get tickets refunded, the organizers have also provided info on those details.

We spoke with Darin Zaruba, President of EcoCabins and the founding sponsor of the jamboree to talk more broadly about the impact of the event leaving, as well as the state of affairs for tiny homes in Colorado Springs.

His best guess — and it is a guess, since his organizers were unable to do an official study during the first two years of the event — is that on the low end of economic impact it brought between $1 and $2 million to town, if not upwards of $5 million.

He says Air Force Academy folks who assisted with last year's event reported attendance in excess of 60,000 people over the weekend. Hotels in a wide radius were sold out, as were such things as ice machines, he says. Impact would of course factor in restaurant and bar sales and other periphery expenditures from both locals and tourists.

We'll share more of our chat with Zaruba in next week's paper, particularly his thoughts on what's needed for C. Springs to become more progressive and tiny home friendly.


Despite Colorado Springs now being home to tiny home builders like EcoCabins and Tumbleweed Tiny Homes, the largest tiny home manufacturer in the U.S., it has never really been poised to be the "tiny housing 'capital of America'" as this Gazette article would have us believe.

While more progressive cities like Portland are testing programs such as tiny houses for the homeless, the Springs relegates them to RV parks, with building and zoning requirements not currently allowing for them to gain a foothold inside the city as residences.

As we detailed in our article last year on a program calling for a similar solution as Portland's, here's the central problem:
There's a way around minimum square footage requirements if you build the home on wheels, call it an RV and register it with the state through the DMV. But then you run up against another pesky roadblock: You can't live out of an RV parked on a residential lot as a permanent residence.
Regarding regulations and tiny homes, there's a lot you need to know, city by city.

What's especially going to not make the Springs the tiny home capital of anything is news that we're now losing the Tiny House Jamboree. This is a popular annual event in August each year that was reported to draw more than 50,000 visitors last year.

Here's the beginning of what they have on their website:
We have very exciting news coming over the next few days, with even bigger plans for the future! As this movement and industry continue to explode, it is clear our grassroots event was getting too big for Colorado Springs, the venue, or our Jamboree group to handle alone. Therefore, we are postponing the dates, changing the venue, adding professional resources, and have temporarily suspended ticket sales and vendor registration. Check on our website on our Facebook page or newsletter for information. We will post updates as soon as they are available.
And a little more on their Facebook page:
Doug Price, president and CEO of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, says he's unable to gauge an accurate economic impact on what losing the Jamboree means. The calculators used for such data need inputs such as how many attendees came from out of the area and stayed the night in hotel rooms, etc. It's not data his office has for this event.

We have reached out to the organizers of the Jamboree for more information and will update this posting if we receive any.

What Price did feel comfortable saying, was that if somehow all of those 50,000-plus weekend attendees were only locals (they weren't) economic impact would still exceed $60,000 a day, bare minimum.

We aren't in the guessing game here at the Indy, either, but we'd feel comfortable wagering that the event probably carried an impact well into the six digits, if not low millions. It's a shame to lose it.
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Drag and body paint parties for your nightlife, sports and more for the weekend

Posted By on Fri, May 12, 2017 at 1:00 AM

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Body Paint Palooza

See models in intricate body paint and get gussied yourself for no extra charge. Some highlights of tonight's event include live music, art booths and dancing tunes spun by DJ Gravity. Food and drink specials go all night, including $2 shots, so you might want to get an Uber lined up. 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Royal Castle Lounge & Grill, 2355 Platte Place, $15-$20, ages 21 and older,

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Disney Show

Snow White eat your heart out! (What, bad joke?) These queens are the fairest in the land. See your favorite local drag queens and kings in some magical Disney-themed performances tonight. Bonus: The United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire donates proceeds to various local organizations. 8-10 p.m., Club Q, 3430 N. Academy Blvd., donations accepted,

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Tin Soldiers Skate Session

The Adaptive Skate Kollective and Sk8-Strong are inviting local skaters to shred alongside these amazing athletes with disabilities while getting a first-hand look at adaptive skateboarding. Today's special guest is paralympic medalist and X-Games gold medalist Keith Gabel. After the session, enjoy a screening of Tin Soldiers at Ivywild, so you can learn more about the adaptive sports scene. 3-6 p.m., Memorial Park Skate Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free,

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Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Audubon enthusiasts rejoice — this is a weekend filled with all things bird. Check out lectures, workshops, bird hikes and a keynote speech by Bill Schmoker, a leader and educator in Colorado birding. We recommend grabbing your camera, clipboard, birdseed and binoculars so you can get birding! May 19-21, registration required by May 15, various locations,

Find even more weekly listings in each Wednesday issue of the Indy, and submit your own events here.
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