Thursday, May 3, 2018

Reel Rock 11 at Ivywild School is sure to draw another crowd of climbing enthusiasts

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Reel Rock 11 - May 6, 7-9 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., - BEN DITTO
  • Ben Ditto
  • Reel Rock 11May 6, 7-9 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.,
Colorado Springs is a great town for climbing enthusiasts. In addition to well-loved climbing gyms like CityROCK, we’ve got some of the most beautiful natural climbing areas around. It’s no surprise, then, that Reel Rock screenings always draw a crowd. Showcasing some of the best and brightest climbing films, Reel Rock 11 will take viewers on a journey from Norway to Yosemite to Japan, and introduce us to characters like soon-to-be climbing legends 15-year-old Ashima Shiraishi and 16-year-old Kai Lightner, and lone wolf climber Mike Libecki, who reconciles his passion for climbing with his newfound dadhood. Get inspired with Reel Rock 11’s films: Young Guns, Boys in the Bugs, Brette, Rad Dad and Dodo’s Delight, and chat with representatives from Pikes Peak Alpine School, Upadowna and Mountain Equipment Recyclers, who will be on-site and promoting some rad giveaways.

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The Bridge Gallery's Smart Phone Invitational makes everyone a professional

Posted By on Thu, May 3, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Smart Phone Invitational, May 4, 5-8 p.m., The Bridge Gallery, - DEENA BENNETT
  • Deena Bennett
  • Smart Phone Invitational, May 4, 5-8 p.m., The Bridge Gallery,
The majority of us may now walk around with professional-quality cameras in our pockets, but not all of us can claim to be professional-quality photographers. So The Bridge Gallery, in order to showcase the best of the best of smartphone photos, invited local artists to take pictures with their cells and offer them up for this special one-night event. These fabulous photos, too good even for Instagram, immortalize those fleeting moments that can’t be captured with all the bells and whistles of complicated cameras. Hung on clotheslines throughout the venue, each photo will be available for purchase for only $5, a deal you aren’t likely to see again for the works of these accomplished local artists.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The North Plan laughs in the face of fear at Springs Ensemble Theatre

Posted By on Wed, May 2, 2018 at 1:00 AM

The North Plan, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m., through May 20, Springs Ensemble Theatre, - MATT RADCLIFFE
  • Matt Radcliffe
  • The North Plan, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 4 p.m., through May 20, Springs Ensemble Theatre,
Admittedly the “fictional” concept of a ruthless regime taking over Washington, D.C., is a little prescient and terrifying at the moment, but what better way to challenge your fears than to laugh at them. In The North Plan, a play by Jason Wells, government middleman Carlton Berg finds the top secret enemy list of the new world order, and decides it’s on his shoulders to smuggle the info to the press. Of course, this doesn’t go entirely according to plan, and he gets tossed in jail for a traffic violation, with time rapidly running out to execute his small rebellion. Springs Ensemble Theatre’s production, directed by company president Matt Radcliffe, stars local favorites like Emory John Collinson, Erick Groskopf, Desireé Meyers and more, and promises a much-needed laugh.
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Friday, April 27, 2018

Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts tells a brief fairytale on Pioneers Museum lawn

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:45 PM

  • Alissa Smith

On April 27, Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts hosted The Well Between Two Words, "an experimental performance art piece about justice, desire, and the wishful immediate," created by Ella Goodine Richardson. Billed as lasting from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the performance took place in and around a hut erected on the Pioneers Museum lawn, decorated with cylindrical pillows and draping curtains.

When I arrived at 11 a.m., a group of performers sat in the hut, applying each others' doll-like makeup while they spoke quietly to each other. As with most experimental art, it can be hard to tell what is part of the piece and what is not, so I watched from afar for a few moments and decided to return for the main performance at 4 p.m.

At four (on the dot, thanks to the Pioneers Museum's bells) a small group of folks gathered on the lawn to watch what was essentially a brief fairytale, told through magic, music and a Greek-like chorus of three elaborately dressed narrators. The magic, provided by performers Anthem and Aria, earned a few well deserved rounds of applause from the audience, with cards, coins and trays disappearing into thin air.

The story itself was opaque — I think I picked up something about a woman looking into a well and seeing another world — but story may not have been the entire point.

While the main performance lasted less than 10 minutes, it transported its small audience momentarily from the nearby bustle of Tejon Street, and offered a nice, peaceful respite in the middle of a busy downtown Friday afternoon.

See below for some photos.

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Converge Lecture Series to address moral beauty, morality, literature, art and life with local professor

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Converge Lecture Series: Local Thinkers: April 29, 6:30 p.m., Axe and the Oak Whiskey House, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; Richard Blanco: May 6, 6 p.m., The Pinery at the Hill, - 775 W. Bijou St., - COURTESY JANE HILBERRY
  • Courtesy Jane Hilberry
  • Converge Lecture Series: Local Thinkers: April 29, 6:30 p.m., Axe and the Oak Whiskey House, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.; Richard Blanco: May 6, 6 p.m., The Pinery at the Hill, 775 W. Bijou St.,
In these divisive times, it’s nice to see community events that really encourage us to come together — to converge. So far, the ambitious new Converge Lecture Series has brought poet Marie Howe and author George Saunders to Colorado Springs to address the topic of “moral beauty,” and to start community conversations about morality, literature, art and life. But in addition to hosting these and more great national minds, Converge also opens doors for great local minds, encouraging community discussion around the same theme.

One such local thinker, Colorado College professor Jane Hilberry, will be speaking on Sunday about the concept of creative gifts; how art operates on a gift (rather than market) economy; and how the circulation of artistic gifts can create community. Hilberry, an award-winning poet, helps her students tap into their own creative energies, whether through writing or through community projects.

The Local Thinkers series is a less formal alternative to Converge’s main events, and offers the opportunity for discussion to anyone in the community, encouraging thoughtful, respectful engagement.

Also on the way from Converge, poet Richard Blanco will be here on May 6 to deliver his own lecture. Blanco, the first Latino, first gay person and youngest person to hold the title of inaugural poet (selected by President Obama), addresses concepts of “the negotiation of cultural identity” in his extensive body of work — a useful topic in this day and age, when cultural lines seem drawn in permanent marker, and those who straddle lines may find it harder to come to terms with their own identity.

Both lectures promise to generate a spark and inspire discussion, and hopefully help us dismantle some of the cultural divides that have taken hold of us — or at least cross over them for an evening.
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Greenie Awards honors local sustainability with annual upcycled fashion show

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 1:00 AM

2018 Greenie Awards and Fashion Show, April 29, 7-10 p.m., Starg - TERESA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Teresa Lee Photography
  • 2018 Greenie Awards and Fashion Show, April 29, 7-10 p.m., Starg
Earth Month is a great time to celebrate sustainability, and to celebrate those individuals and organizations who don’t wait until April to think about our environment, but do it 24/7/52/365. Sunday’s Greenie Awards, an annual event meant to honor local sustainability-focused folks, will celebrate the greenest in the categories of individual, business, school, community and organization. Nominees include such well-loved locals and businesses as Blue Star Recycling’s Bill Morris, Local Relic brewery, Veda Salon & Spa, Cheyenne Mountain Junior High, the Manitou Art Center and more. Attend the award ceremony to see who takes home the Greenie, and enjoy a fashion show while you’re at it. All fashions on the catwalk were made with recycled or upcycled materials.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Amadeus offers a unique look at the historic rivalry surrounding some of the greatest pieces of classical music

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 10:54 AM

Amadeus - Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4 p.m., through May 13, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $38.50-plus, - COURTESY THEATREWORKS
  • Courtesy TheatreWorks
  • AmadeusThursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 4 p.m., through May 13, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $38.50-plus,
Amadeus may be more fiction than it is history, but there’s a reason it won the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play, and a reason its film adaptation won Best Picture at the Oscars in 1984. Told from the perspective of composer Antonio Salieri, Amadeus follows Salieri’s tumultuous relationship with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, arguably one of the world’s greatest composers. A story of a success and downfall that could be dry from the perspective of Mozart alone becomes enriched by Salieri’s mixed jealousy and admiration, his two-faced treatment of his colleague, and his attempts to destroy Mozart’s career. At times sympathizing with capricious Mozart, and at times sympathizing with bitter Salieri, the audience can enjoy a unique look at the historic rivalry surrounding some of the greatest pieces of classical music ever composed. Plus, this will be the final play of TheatreWorks’ 2017-2018 season, a grand finale to be sure. Interested in more background? Check out the prologue on April 29, a panel discussion with composers, radio hosts, scholars and Mozart experts.
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One Nation Film Fest screening at Sun Water bridges a generational divide in native identity

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 10:48 AM

Sunwater Spa’s Monthly One Nation Film Festival Screening - April 25, 7-8 p.m., Sunwater Spa, 514 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, donations requested, - ANTHONY FLOREZ
  • Anthony Florez
  • Sunwater Spa’s Monthly One Nation Film Festival ScreeningApril 25, 7-8 p.m., Sunwater Spa, 514 El Paso Blvd., Manitou Springs, donations requested,
While we always love the annual One Nation Walking Together Film Festival, which showcases films of all genres by and about Native American people, we’re equally thrilled that the festival isn’t just a once-annual celebration. Monthly, One Nation Walking Together, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to Native American communities, hosts a screening at Sunwater Spa, choosing from the best of the best of indigenous narrative and documentary films. Wednesday, check out two shorts: Generations and Carry the Flag. Generations explores the relationships that different generations have to their native identity, following a mother and her children on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation. Carry the Flag presents Bernard Namok Jr., the son of the man who designed the Torres Strait Islander flag, who sees the flag as a symbol of not only his people, but his relationship to his father, who passed away just a year after designing the flag 26 years ago. Both films bridge a generational divide in native identity, but from two entirely unique cultures. If you can’t catch the double feature tonight, keep an eye out for future One Nation Film Festival screenings, and the all-day festival returning next year.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Funky Little Theater Company and The Gallery Below stage Eternal Flamer in first collaborative performance

Posted By on Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 4:37 PM

  • Misti Walker and Chris Medina

Two local, diversity-minded arts groups are teaming up this weekend for an immersive production of Eternal Flamer: The Ballad of Jessie Blade, a play by New York City playwrights Tommy Jamerson and Josh Julian. Funky Little Theater Company, the theater responsible for the annual Spectrum: LGBT Play Festival, and The Gallery Below, which consistently showcases queer films, open mics and more, present "Funky Down Below," the first formal collaboration between the two groups.

April 26-28, 8:30 p.m., they’ll transport the audience to “the hottest, gayest nightclub of the 1980s,” following Jessie (played in this production by Alex Abundis). Small-town Minnesotan turned wannabe dancer, Jessie finds himself in a lavish New York City nightclub called Gomorrah, where he meets Madam, a drag queen emcee who helps him navigate his new life of dance, drugs, sex and sabotage.

This fun and campy production has been presented by Funky as a staged reading before, but will now bring all the neon lights and flashy dress of Gomorrah to the Gallery Below. They suggest dressing in your best ‘80s outfit, so this may be one of the rare times you’ll look silly if you aren’t wearing leg warmers and shoulder pads — a golden opportunity to get retro.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Captain Kirk in Colorado Springs: A Trekkie's thoughts on William Shatner's UCCS speech

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Shatner speaks to a small group of assembled media. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • Shatner speaks to a small group of assembled media.

Let’s get this out of the way first thing: Star Trek is my life. Specifically The Original Series. Specifically, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, whom I’ve loved so dearly for so long that I now refer to him in conversation as “Jim Jam,” as if he’s an old friend. Save your snickering. Believe me, I know how ridiculous that sounds.

But hopefully that provides some context, and explains why my drive to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs on the evening of April 19 (stardate -304702.28310502286) felt more like a pilgrimage than the familiar 20-minute trek it usually is.

Because William Shatner, the original Jim Jam, was speaking at the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation program gala, presenting a keynote speech entitled “Hope and Innovation.” I had wondered since his appearance was announced what made him qualified to talk about innovation to these students and faculty. Not to disparage The Shat Man, but he's an actor whose entrepreneurial success arose less through innovation and more through his established fanbase. And while he's done wonderful things for charity and been kind to five decades of fans, I wouldn't necessarily consider him an innovator. But whether he's qualified or not, he was here in my hometown to deliver a speech. Excitement outweighed confusion in the end.

In addition to being a massive Trekkie, I also happen to be a member of the media, meaning I had a built-in excuse to spend a few minutes asking him questions, and to attend the gala without paying the $200/plate fee. Naturally, I jumped at the chance.

There were so few of us in the press pool for his 15-minute media event that before anyone asked any questions, I actually managed to share a moment of awkward eye contact with him. I wondered if he saw the mushroom clouds exploding in my pupils — if he knew that meeting him, even formally like this, was a dream come true. But I’m a professional, dammit, and I didn’t show off my 50th Anniversary Star Trek ring. I didn’t tell him that Jim Kirk is a daily inspiration to me, or ask if he could explain that one line from his 2007 novel Star Trek: Collision Course that I've been thinking about for a decade.

Instead, my fellows and I asked him about science fiction, about inspiration, innovation and immortality. For all his bluster, he came across surprisingly genuine. In discussing the hope that sci-fi can offer people, he said: “We might not be able to recover from what’s going on now. At any moment a bomb could drop and then we certainly won’t recover. At the same time, there is this extraordinary burst of innovation that’s happening, so we must try to be on the side of life.”

My heart glowed. That’s the lesson of Star Trek right there — try to be on the side of life. It was beautiful to hear it straight from my captain's mouth, and I swear I felt a tear threatening to fall out the corner of my eye. And then, you know, he followed that up with. “Innovation is good. Unless it’s bad. And then it’s bad.” Classic Shatner. It's nice to remember he's human.

But when Hannah Harvey, editor in chief of the UCCS student paper The Scribe asked about the $60,000 donation he reportedly gifted the Bachelor of Innovation program, he said simply that he didn’t want to talk about it, and didn’t want to take credit.

I never really think of "humility" and "William Shatner" as belonging in the same sentence. But he was as humble as an icon like him can be — which almost gave me the courage to ask to shake his hand as the questions came to an end. Almost.

Afterwards, I waited at UCCS for three hours for the gala to begin, sent a picture to my friends in our Star Trek group chat, basked in the glory of having such a prestigious stamp on my nerd passport, and considered all the things I wished I’d asked. I wanted to ask about "Kirk Drift," the way Kirk’s character has been so warped by pop culture as to make the popular conception of him unrecognizable from canon. I wanted to ask about Leonard Nimoy — what happened to sever their friendship? What’s it like being Captain Kirk without Spock and Bones? I wanted to ask if he knew how important Star Trek was, and is, to so many people. He has to know, doesn't he?

But he had said “It was actually just a television show,” mere minutes into the press conference, effectively breaking my heart, so I didn’t ask any of those questions, and maybe that's a good thing. It’s certainly not just a television show to the rest of us.

At the gala, UCCS Chancellor Dr. Venkat Reddy gave Shatner a heartfelt introduction, talking about how Star Trek was his favorite weekly show — the only show available in color in India during his childhood — and how he never thought he’d be sharing a table with his hero.

It was a reminder that I was far from the only person in that room who looked at William Shatner with mushroom clouds in my eyes, and who saw my captain in his smile. Nearly everyone there, about 400 people, probably had a Star Trek story. It's hard to wrap your head around how powerful that is.

Now, if I shed a few tears during Shatner’s speech, it was probably due more to the fact that I was there listening to him talk, rather than what he was actually saying. His speech reminded me of his famous spoken-word song covers — I’m sure you’ve heard “Rocket Man” — as he listed important innovations in science with all the oomph of a slam poem for 10 whole minutes. I don’t know if everyone in the audience was as lost as I was while he hopped topics from Vikings to fusion reactors to dark matter, but, hey, it was soothing to hear him speak if nothing else.

A rare moment looking away from the teleprompter. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • A rare moment looking away from the teleprompter.

Thankfully, the list didn’t last too long, and he edged into sentimental territory. He talked about the unkindness of the world, and the promise he sees in these students of innovation. “If you students take your diploma and scroll it up and look through it, as if it were a telescope, and fixate on points of light, you might see something different. You might see hope.”

Okay, yes, it’s philosophical and needlessly romantic, but that's exactly what I would want and expect in a speech by William Shatner. He went on, saying that technology is moving at a breakneck pace. The world is changing around us all the time. “The one thing that doesn’t seem to change, or at least moves with tectonic slowness, is human nature," he said. "And that’s the final frontier. Human nature needs to change.”

There was a lot going on in that speech — a lot — but the lesson I took from it was one of hope, excitement and possibility. He spoke for nearly 40 minutes with an air of enthusiasm that made me forget that he was 87 years old. Though he graciously reminded me every time he referred to Twitter as “the social media.”

Eighty-seven years old. It’s hard to believe. I had asked him during the media event about something he said recently, after a hoax about his death had circulated on Facebook: “I’m not planning to die.” He laughed at my question about his secret to immortality, but in all seriousness if anyone were to live forever, it would probably be William Shatner. At this point, I’m convinced he will. If nothing else, a part of him will.

And as he wrapped up his speech with a message of hope, it hit me. That is why he is qualified to talk to the Bachelor of Innovation students. It isn’t so much Shatner himself as what he represents — the hope that the future can be better, that it can be wonderful. And that we can make it happen. Any one of us.

Think about it. Jim Kirk was a bookish nerd from Iowa, who survived an incredible ordeal on Tarsus IV, turned that trauma into tenderness, and went on to save the galaxy (multiple times, mind you). William Shatner is just an actor, sure. But he’s Jim Kirk, too. And that means any one of us can be Jim Kirk.

Hopefully, amid Shatner’s rambling, poetic meditations on chimpanzees and war, that message sank in for some of the students in the audience that night. Any one of us, including this guy up on stage, can be Jim Kirk. And what a wonderful, hopeful feeling that is.

The whiteboard I keep next to my desk here at the Indy office, where I rotate inspirational Jim Kirk quotes and doodle the Enterprise. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • The whiteboard I keep next to my desk here at the Indy office, where I rotate inspirational Jim Kirk quotes and doodle the Enterprise.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble celebrates 25 years of artistic collaboration

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Immortal Fire: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, April 22, 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 631 N. Tejon St., - donations requested, - ANTHONY GRAHAM
  • Anthony Graham
  • Immortal Fire: A 25th Anniversary Celebration, April 22, 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 631 N. Tejon St., donations requested,
When Deborah Jenkins Teske founded the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, our local chamber music a cappella group, a mentor told her: “Well anybody can start a choir. It’s keeping it going that’s hard.” Twenty-five years later, she says that warning advice has turned out to be incredibly true. But CVAE has only grown, even flourished, while remaining true to its mission, “which was to really focus on this smaller repertoire and still feel like we were growing or expanding or challenging ourselves,” Teske says, “without the pressure of needing to change or turn into something else. ... We are what we are. We’re rooted here.” CVAE now boasts 34 members, compared to its original 14, and a wide variety of personalities and professions that Teske believes enriches the choir as a whole. “We just have such an amazing mix of people,” she says. “We have rocket scientists, and professional singers, and teachers, and they all bring their world of experience in the door with them, and it’s part of what makes us great.”

And CVAE boasts an unusually large number of solo singers. While each of them functions beautifully in an ensemble, they also bring power to a performance when it’s needed, as well as what Teske calls a “range of color” in their voices.

The group has performed at the Green Box Arts Festival and Colorado College’s Summer Music Festival, and collaborated with Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, among others. Next year, they’re looking forward to a collaborative performance with the Colorado Ballet Society. These collaborations not only keep CVAE involved and active in the greater community, but also help them develop their own sound, constantly challenging themselves.

The April 22 performance, in celebration of CVAE’s 25th anniversary, builds on that legacy of collaboration and personal challenge with a program of a few old favorites and some new-to-the-ensemble pieces. Teske calls the program’s main piece, Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, “a 12-minute masterpiece,” an “amazing poem that is itself about artistic inspiration, and where it comes from.” In addition to that, the group will perform English and Latvian folk songs, lighthearted Italian and French Renaissance madrigals, and some heavier selections to balance out the show. They’ll be singing in six languages, covering six centuries and three continents.

Stick around after the show for a reception to congratulate the ensemble on 25 successful years, and many more to come.
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Art Aloud 2018 honors National Poetry Month in a variety of media

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Art Aloud 2018, April 20, 4-8 p.m., through April 30, Academy Art & Frame Company, 7560 N. Academy Blvd., - MARI MOORE
  • Mari Moore
  • Art Aloud 2018, April 20, 4-8 p.m., through April 30, Academy Art & Frame Company, 7560 N. Academy Blvd.,
This 11th annual, multi-venue exhibition promises high-quality work in both visual art and the written word. In honor of National Poetry Month, Academy Art & Frame Company hosts a call for entries every year for artwork inspired by the written word and vice versa. That means poetry, fiction, or even quotes, exhibited alongside connected artwork in a variety of media. Co-hosting with Hooked on Books (12 E. Bijou St.) and Sand Creek Library (1821 S. Academy Blvd.), Academy Art & Frame has spread Art Aloud across the city to make it more widely accessible, and to draw interested attendees to some fresh destinations. Enjoy a reception at the original location April 20, with live readings, refreshments and the other awesome art on display at the shop.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute's Shorts Night returns with more award-winning stories

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Shorts Night, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive, - FRANK DION
  • Frank Dion
  • Shorts Night, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Stargazers, 10 S. Parkside Drive,
Short films aren’t just about catering to an audience’s short attention span (though admittedly that’s an unintended bonus). No, shorts set out to tell a condensed story, presenting a snapshot of a life or a unique narrative, and providing only exactly what the viewer needs to see. Some filmmakers do that incredibly well, and I’m not talking about the geniuses behind Vine (RiP). The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute has, as it does every year, selected some of the best of the best in recent short films, collecting nine award-winning shorts of all genres to screen April 21 at Stargazers. Enjoy animation, documentary and narrative shorts that explore themes from mental health to pornography to racial tension — even one, In a Nutshell, that attempts to condense the world into five minutes, “from a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse.” This event is known to sell out, so be sure to get on getting tickets. Fast.
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The Trojan Women is 2,500 year-old play that's still relevant today

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 9:13 AM

The Trojan Women, April 19-21, 7:30 p.m., and April 21, 2 p.m., PPCC Centennial Theater, - SARAH SHAVER
  • Sarah Shaver
  • The Trojan Women, April 19-21, 7:30 p.m., and April 21, 2 p.m., PPCC Centennial Theater,
It’s always valuable to view history, and historical works of art, through a contemporary lens, to best digest the lessons humanity has or (often) hasn’t learned. The Trojan Women, a play written nearly 2,500 years ago by Euripides, still addresses relevant themes, and director Sarah Shaver has added “a modern twist” to call attention to what it has to say. With five female leads and an all-female chorus in this PPCC student production, the power of the story comes more fully to light, speaking to the dehumanization of women that has plagued society for thousands of years, as well as the often ignored collateral damage of war. The Trojan Women looks at the aftermath of war without any of the glory or nationalism, and from the point of view of the conquered. The premise: At the end of the Trojan War, with the men of Troy largely slaughtered by the invading Greeks, the survivors grieve together and await their fate. Many of these women will become slaves to the Greek army. Attendees at the April 21 matinée are invited to a talk-back with the director and the cast, which includes some combat veterans and active service members who can speak personally to its themes.
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Philharmonic's Afternoon at the Ballet offers a special treat this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2018 at 11:15 AM

An Afternoon at the Ballet: Great Orchestral Works, April 15, 3 p.m., pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$10, - COURTESY PIKES PEAK PHILHARMONIC
  • Courtesy Pikes Peak Philharmonic
  • An Afternoon at the Ballet: Great Orchestral Works, April 15, 3 p.m., pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave., $5-$10,
In the warm sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Pikes Peak Philharmonic concerts offer intimate musical experiences, and pre-concert lectures presented by Maestro Luciano Silvestri provide historical and musical context that enriches the work. The Pikes Peak Philharmonic’s current season, themed “An Afternoon at the Ballet,” has seen some well loved pieces from well loved composers, but this weekend’s performance will be a special treat. In addition to playing music by Prokofiev and Saint-Saens, the orchestra will be joined by the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale for Sartori and Quarantotto’s “Con te partirò” (originally performed by Andrea Bocelli) in a moving collaboration. What’s more, Emma Johnson, the winner of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic’s annual youth concerto competition, will be a featured performer.
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