Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fin: A Going Away Party

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This going-away party includes all the trappings: cake, refreshments and mingling. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • This going-away party includes all the trappings: cake, refreshments and mingling.

6-8 p.m., April 22, Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, uccspresents.org.

We’ve all heard the undeniably depressing forecast for our beloved planet. Some say we have 10 years until the effects of climate change become irreversible. Some say we’re already too late.

No matter the timeline, local painter and UCCS instructor Marina Eckler recognizes that we should probably wish Earth “as we know it” goodbye. This going-away party includes all the trappings: cake, refreshments and mingling. Some may even stand to say a few words in memory of humanity.

While you wish goodbye to the Earth, check out GOCA’s current exhibit, the aptly titled
Time. As part of UCCS’ biennial Pollinate festival, Time includes work by UCCS visual art faculty members, speaking to the theme through various mediums.

Event Details Fin: A Going Away Party
@ Ent Center for the Arts
5225 N. Nevada Ave.
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Mon., April 22, 6-8 p.m.
255-3232
Price: free; pre-registration encouraged
Art Events, Special Events and Art Exhibits
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Millibo's second annual WTF showcases local female talent

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Millibo Art Theatre’s Women’s Theatre Festival features five plays and one poem, all written by Colorado Women (with four from Colorado Springs). - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Millibo Art Theatre’s Women’s Theatre Festival features five plays and one poem, all written by Colorado Women (with four from Colorado Springs).

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m., through April 28, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $18-$25, themat.org.

With the right variety of profundity, comedy and drama, a night of one-act plays can feel like popcorn — an indulgent snack that you can’t quite seem to stop yourself from eating and miss terribly once you reach the bottom of the bucket.

The Millibo Art Theatre’s WTF #2, the second annual Women’s Theatre Festival, proves filling in so many unique ways. Featuring five plays and one poem, all written by Colorado Women (with four from Colorado Springs), WTF showcases plentiful local female talent.

The festival opened with roaring success on Open Concept, written and directed by Lisa Siebert and featuring knockout actresses Anna Faye Hunter and Jane Fromme. Hunter plays the neurotic housewife Cheryl, Fromme the enthusiastic realtor trying to sell Cheryl’s home, and the comedic energy between the two sparks from the second Fromme saunters through the front door. It’s no surprise my companion and I swooned over Hunter in this show — if Anna Faye Hunter shows up on the cast list, no matter the play, she will shine. We recall her roles in Accidental Death of an Anarchist and The Crucible, past plays at the Millibo, and if you’ll pardon the cliché: That kid is going places.

Event Details WTF #2: Women's Theatre Festival
@ Millibo Art Theatre
1626 S. Tejon St.
Ivywild
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through April 28
Price: $18-$25
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The festival’s biggest successes proved to be its bookends, as the other standout was the final play in the lineup: One Man’s Trash by Leslie C. Lewis, directed by Marisa Hebert, featuring Lynn Jacobs and Lynne Hastings. Providing meaningful commentary on art and perspective, on race and privilege, One Man’s Trash had so much to say, and managed to say it while making our opening night audience laugh like donkeys. Jacobs’ erratic mannerisms as an eccentric divorcee play off Hastings’ straight-man sobriety to great success, but both add dimension to their characters that keeps the play from feeling too heavy-handed, though certain parts of the script could have been more subtle.

Overall, the festival delighted. “Like a Living Breathing Janus,” the poem by Lara Gaydos, landed hard with effective, snapshot storytelling that provided a nice counterpoint to the night’s comedy. A Moderate Proposal, which offered commentary on the divisiveness of modern politics, started slow but revved up to total comedic success, and we found Positively Ridiculous and Nomads of Disaster/Listening to Chernobyl to be alternately silly and heartfelt in their own ways (obligatory kudos to Charlie Ammen and Jane Fromme for their Russian accents).

I regretted reaching the end of this particular bucket of popcorn, but should the Millibo continue to stage this annual festival, I’ve no doubt there are plenty more treats to be had.

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Motorless morning, Earth Day Celebration set for Saturday at Garden of the Gods

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Motorless morning from 5 a.m. to noon; Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garden of the Gods, 1805 N. 30th St., facebook.com/CoSpringsParks.

There’s nothing better than an early morning jaunt in Garden of the Gods, whether you prefer biking, hiking or climbing around our region’s famous red rocks. Well, OK, there is one thing that’s better. Try enjoying the natural splendor without a single car engine rumbling through the quiet and disturbing the peace. Garden of the Gods will close itself to vehicular traffic, allowing park attendees to enjoy the natural world. During or after your morning outing you can celebrate that world by heading to the visitor center’s Earth Day celebration, which includes interactive activities, live animals, vendor booths and more. Take advantage of free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch, too.

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Improv Colorado, arts collective aim to fill Carter Payne with excitement

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 1:26 PM

Improv Colorado specializes in short-form improv comedy, and they keep it family-friendly so all ages can comfortably attend. - IMPROV COLORADO FACEBOOK
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  • Improv Colorado specializes in short-form improv comedy, and they keep it family-friendly so all ages can comfortably attend.

7:37-9:07 p.m., April 20, Local Relic at The Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., $8-$12, improvcolorado.com.

Improv Colorado has been around for a long time, hosting monthly improv shows and workshops for those who want to try their hand at this challenging form of comedy. In the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Improv Colorado specializes in short-form improv comedy, and they keep it family-friendly so all ages can comfortably attend. This will be the group’s first performance as part of the new arts collective ARTx, made up of performing arts companies aiming to fill the Carter Payne facility with art and excitement.

Event Details Saturday Night Improv
@ Local Relic at The Carter Payne
320 S. Weber St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Sat., May 25, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Sat., June 22, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Sat., July 27, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Sat., Aug. 31, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Sat., Sept. 28, 7:30-9:15 p.m., Sat., Nov. 9, 7:30-9:15 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 7:30-9:15 p.m.
445-9510
Price: $8-$12
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Comedy & Improv and Stage
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Poetry 719 to host Black Voices Matter, Denim Day Open Mic

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Black Voices Matter (April 19) will include a writing workshop and an open mic for black performers. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Black Voices Matter (April 19) will include a writing workshop and an open mic for black performers.

Black Voices Matter, April 19, 6:30-9 p.m., Urbanites Leading the Pikes Peak Region, 506 E. Moreno Ave.; Denim Day Open Mic: April 24, 6:30-9 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., $5 suggested donation per event, facebook.com/Poetry719.

Poetry 719, a local collective of spoken-word poets, really doesn’t slow down. Consistently setting out to raise the voices of the marginalized, the group hosts amazing, specialized open mics. In the coming days, we can look forward to not one, but two exciting events: Black Voices Matter and Denim Day Open Mic. Black Voices Matter (April 19) will include a writing workshop and an open mic for black performers. Denim Day Open Mic (April 24) will be open to all performers who wish to show support for survivors of sexual assault, including and especially survivors themselves. This will be Poetry 719’s observance of Denim Day, held annually during April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month), which raises awareness of the prevalence of sexual violence.


Event Details Denim Day Open Mic
@ Tim Gill Center for Public Media
315 E. Costilla St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Wed., April 24, 6:30-9 p.m.
Literary Events
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Where to find 4/20 events in Colorado

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2019 at 12:55 PM

Mile HIGH Burlesque Fest includes  weed-themed shows and contests, different each night. - GMARKART
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  • Mile HIGH Burlesque Fest includes weed-themed shows and contests, different each night.

If you’re ready to get mile-high this Saturday, you aren’t alone. In fact, you’ve got your choice of plenty of local and regional festivals, concerts, performances and more, all celebrating Colorado’s de facto state plant. Here are just a few we’re most looking forward to. Smoke up; you’ve earned it.

Mile HIGH Burlesque Fest

April 19-20, 8 p.m., The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, $20-$40, ages 21+, milehighburlesquefest.com.

With not one but two full nights of entertainment, Mile HIGH Burlesque Fest has you covered all weekend. The dancers, on the other hand, will be removing their coverings one teasing performance at a time. Enjoy weed-themed shows and contests, different each night.

Cannival Elevated Music Fest

April 19-21, times vary, I Bar Ranch, 850 County Road 49, Gunnison, $30-$70, ages 21+, cannival.net.

You hardcore smokers and tokers might appreciate this: a three-day, 4/20-themed camp-out with three nights of live music, vendors, food trucks, bonfires, hiking and biking, workshops, yoga and way more. Best part: Sunday’s events are free to attend.

Mile High 420 Festival

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Civic Center Park, Denver, free, ages 18+ recommended, milehigh420festival.com.

This here’s the big one. Drawing more than 50,000 attendees each year, Denver’s massive 4/20 celebration is free and jam-packed with events and vendors. Featured 2019 performers: T.I. and Jermaine Dupri.

420 Art Jamboree

11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Knobhill Urban Arts District, 2307 E. Platte Ave., free, ages 21+, tinyurl.com/420ArtJamboree.

If you want our recommendation, this is how you should start your holiday. The Knobhill Urban Arts District has more than 20 mural artists set to paint a building all at once, plus vendors, contests, food, live music and more.

Southern Colorado 420 Festival

4 p.m., Speak Easy Vape Lounge, 2508 E. Bijou St., $25-$120, ages 21+,
facebook.com/SpeakEasyVapeLounge.

This massively popular festival is probably the biggest you’ll find south of Denver. Enjoy a headline performance by recording artist Lil’ Flip, with Whispers, Peezy & LaLa and Gorgangutang supporting.

The Greenest White Party

9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Club Q, 3430 N.  Academy Blvd., $5 for ages 18+, no cover for ages 21+ before 9 p.m., clubqonline.com.

Dress in all white for this weed-themed drag show, where Luscious Divine Banks will emcee and tons of the town’s best queens will take the stage.

“We Want All the Smoke”

9 p.m. to midnight, The Temple of Higher Consciousness, 805 W. Garden of the Gods Road, $10-$15, ages 21+, facebook.com/MountainHouseMusicCollective.

For a full-service celebration, head up to the Temple and enjoy live hip-hop music by folks like Bleezus Khrist, Sparrow House and many more, along with raffles, giveaways and competitions.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

It's Mad Hatter Saturday, because we all love Alice in Wonderland

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10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., shopoldcoloradocity.com. - TERI ISENBERG
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  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bancroft Park, 2408 W. Colorado Ave., shopoldcoloradocity.com.
Who — kid or adult — doesn’t love Alice in Wonderland? Old Colorado City is so fond of the story of Alice and her looking glass that they’ve created an annual celebration around it, with costumed characters for kids to meet and greet, an opportunity to make your own Mad Hatter hat, ice sculpture demonstrations and more activities for all ages. You’ll have to get tickets in advance for the Red Queen’s Tea Party, but it’ll be worth it for the tea and cookies, and a story told by the queen herself.
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Pikes Peak Gamers Board Game Convention is back, bigger and better

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 1:00 AM

April 12, 5-11:45 p.m., April 13, 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., and April 14, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., $10-$45, pikespeakgamers.com. - ANGELA SMITH
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  • April 12, 5-11:45 p.m., April 13, 8 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., and April 14, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., $10-$45, pikespeakgamers.com.
In its second year, the Pikes Peak Gamers Board Game Convention looks to be even bigger and even better than last year’s exciting inaugural event. The gamers have collected a library of more than 800 board games that you can play at the convention or check out to take home overnight, and they’ll be hosting a flea market to buy, sell or trade; a whole gaggle of vendors; a silent auction and contest with proceeds benefiting local community- building nonprofit Concrete Couch; a nightly raffle; and so much more.
Sunday will be family day, but remember: Board games aren’t just for the kiddos. Go get your game on — you’ve got plenty of titles to choose from.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Tarana Burke wants to build a world free of sexual assault with your help

Posted By on Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 3:07 PM

7 p.m., UCCS Gallogly Event Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., $4, uccspresents.org. - LEV RADIN / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • 7 p.m., UCCS Gallogly Event Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., $4, uccspresents.org.
The #MeToo movement has changed our culture in an astonishingly short time. With those who have suffered sexual assault, harassment and abuse speaking out louder than they ever have, and the general public finally paying attention, media and politics have become more aware of women’s voices and the prevalence of sexual violence. This movement, though it has spread like wildfire past its origin, can be traced back to one woman: Tarana Burke, an activist out of New York City who was fed up with silence and decided that she needed to help survivors raise their voices.

Now, 13 years after Burke first wrote the words “Me Too” on a piece of paper that would become her action plan for raising awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault, she stands at the forefront of a pivotal moment in history. It’s an honor, then, that she will be here in Colorado Springs on April 16, speaking as UCCS’ 2019 Significant Speaker — during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, no less.

In a 2018 speech at TEDWomen, Burke confessed that in the face of the movement’s opposition, she had grown tired and, to use her word, “numb.” This was after the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, after Burke witnessed the hateful rhetoric turned on his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. It is natural for a movement to tire in the face of such a blow as Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but Burke spoke beautifully about what this numbness means to her: “Sometimes when you hear the world ‘numb,’ you think of a void,” she said. “An absence of feeling, or even an inability to feel. But that’s not always true. ... For me, numbness comes from looking in the faces of survivors and knowing everything to say, but having nothing left to give. It’s measuring the magnitude of this task ahead of you versus your own wavering fortitude. Numbness is not always the absence of feeling, sometimes it’s an accumulation of feelings.”
But for every abuser who has made it unscathed through credible accusations, including our own president, there are countless more people joining movements like this one every day, just waiting to turn the tide. Join Burke’s movement tonight as you listen to her speech, then join the Colorado Springs Feminists afterward for a social hour with food and drinks at Clyde’s Gastropub on the UCCS campus.

“Those who came before us didn’t win every fight,” Burke reminded her TEDWomen audience, “but they didn’t let it kill their vision… so I can’t stop, and I’m asking you not to stop either. We owe future generations a world free of sexual violence. I believe we can build that world. Do you?”
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

TVunscripted is far from your regularly scheduled programming

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TVunscripted Live, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St., $8-$10, facebook.com/tvunscriptedimprov. - DANIELLE TRINA FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • TVunscripted Live, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St., $8-$10, facebook.com/tvunscriptedimprov.
Tired of all the remakes, reboots and re-imaginings you see at the movie theaters and on TV? Looking for something original? Well TVunscripted isn’t just an original show, but one that’s created on the spot with suggestions from the audience by seasoned comedians Ryder Tam and Gabe Valdez. In the longest long-form improv comedy you’re likely to find, Tam and Valdez will create an entire original narrative from top to bottom right before your eyes.
Event Details TVunscripted: Live Comedy
@ Funky Little Theater Company
1367 Pecan St.
West side
Colorado Springs, Colo.
When: Sat., May 4, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., June 7, 7:30 p.m.
471-4462
Price: $8-$10
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Finding Our Voices marks 12 years with local showcase

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Finding Our Voices Annual Art Show: A Bridge to Your Voice, First Friday opening, April 5, 5-8 p.m., FOV reception, April 13, 1-4 p.m., on display through April 30, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com. - KIM GRIFFIS
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  • Finding Our Voices Annual Art Show: A Bridge to Your Voice, First Friday opening, April 5, 5-8 p.m., FOV reception, April 13, 1-4 p.m., on display through April 30, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com.
Adult survivors of sexual abuse and assault seldom find the support they need. In fact, many cases of childhood sexual abuse in particular go unreported for 20 or more years, as the child grows up with lingering trauma. That’s why local organization Finding Our Voices has found its foothold here in the Springs, where it hosts art therapy workshops, retreats and, most notably, an annual art show for survivors and their allies. Held in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, this show allows survivors to express long-hidden pain, to overcome long-held trauma, and to receive long-needed support from the community. Take a look at the art during Cottonwood’s First Friday reception, but come back on April 13 when FOV will host a showcase: Nyah Meister, Therese Martin, Monica Holcomb and Tracey Gatson performing poetry, Abigale Vaviades performing dance, and survivor artists speaking on behalf of the organization’s impact.
Event Details Finding Our Voices 12th Annual Art Show: A Bridge to Your Voice
@ Cottonwood Center for the Arts
427 E. Colorado Ave.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Through April 30
520-1899
Art Exhibits
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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Springs Dance Theatre, Peridance join forces for a must-see performance

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, 7:30-9 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $30-$50, csdance.org. - ANJOLA TORO
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  • Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, 7:30-9 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $30-$50, csdance.org.
Colorado Springs Dance Theatre always manages to attract some stellar talent to the Springs. This time: Peridance Contemporary Dance Company out of New York City, a 35-year-old organization dedicated to promoting dance performance and education. The company has partnered on this show with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, which makes this a must-see event for lovers of dance and music alike.
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20 years in, Wunderkind now serves a different purpose

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 1:00 AM

Wunderkind 20th Anniversary Exhibit, Opening reception, April 5, 5-8 p.m., on display through May 12, Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., - manitouartcenter.org. - RODAN ARTESE MIERA
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  • Wunderkind 20th Anniversary Exhibit, Opening reception, April 5, 5-8 p.m., on display through May 12, Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave.,manitouartcenter.org.
Of all the changes that the Manitou Art Center has undergone over the decades — rotating directors, an evolving mission, a new name, an expanded location and purpose — Executive Director Natalie Johnson points out that the annual Wunderkind exhibit has adapted to those changes for 20 years. “The idea that this show has survived all of that I think says a lot, too, about the importance of it. Because it’s very easy right? To drop something? And this has not been dropped.” In fact, Wunderkind has thrived.

Though the goal of the show has always been to collect and display a juried selection of artwork by Pikes Peak region high school juniors and seniors, the way in which the center has met that goal has changed significantly with the changing landscape of arts education. Originally, Wunderkind was established to teach young, aspiring artists how to put together a portfolio, how to secure letters of recommendation and prepare for a gallery show and — most importantly — to give them a window into the life of a professional creator.
Event Details Wunderkind High School Art Exhibit
@ Manitou Art Center
513 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs/Ute Pass
Manitou Springs, CO
When: Through May 12
685-1861
Art Exhibits
Now, the project’s head organizer Michael Howell, who has spearheaded Wunderkind for seven years, says only 10 to 15 percent of the kids who enter the show actually want to pursue a career in the arts, and usually they receive that professional development in school; Wunderkind now serves a different purpose. “I decided to try and turn it over to the students as much as possible,” Howell says. “They didn’t have to be in an art class anymore. They could be any students. Any student making art could enter, and that really changed the tone of the show.”

Those who enter the show use it more as a venue of expression than a platform for career development, and the sincerity of their work shows. Howell says that once they opened up applications to all students, the work became edgier, often more personal and diverse. He instructed jurors to focus on content rather than skill — though the pieces in these shows undoubtedly show skill.
RODAN ARTESE MIERA
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“We don’t treat this as a high school show,” he says. “It’s in our finest gallery in the center. All the work has to be matted and framed, or somehow professionally presented. ... At opening night, you will see all these kids from different high schools talking to each other about the work. And they’ve never met these kids before. And they’re starting to realize there are a whole bunch of different kids out here that make art.”

He says the show proves eye-opening for the parents, too, who may not know the internal struggles their child is facing until they see those struggles in art. Conversations between parents and their children, between diverse students, between community members and educators, spring up around Wunderkind, and no one walks away from this show unaffected.

Dustin Booth, manager of the MAC, says: “Even if there are kids that aren’t interested in going into the art field, maybe they, you know, add a tool in their arsenal of dealing with being a human being. Having the ability to create art and to be able to express themselves and feel comfortable doing that — that’s a valuable thing to have in life.”
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Your one and only chance to see The Surprise Tour has arrived

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 9:34 AM

The Surprise Tour Film Screening, 6-8 p.m., The Gallery Below, 718B N. Weber St., facebook.com/thegallerybelow. - COURTESY THE BEST THING EVER
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  • The Surprise Tour Film Screening, 6-8 p.m., The Gallery Below, 718B N. Weber St., facebook.com/thegallerybelow.
This is going to sound like an April Fool’s joke, but bear with us: Monday’s screening will be your only opportunity to catch this film in Colorado ever, and your last opportunity to catch it at all until April 1, 2020, when it will be screened in another state. That is the point of The Surprise Tour, a documentary about erstwhile art-punk band The Best Thing Ever. Known for their creative performances (such as a bathroom tour, where they played concerts in bathrooms across New England), The Best Thing Ever embarked upon a surprise tour in 2007, playing unannounced concerts in weird locations. The documentary about that tour is itself a surprise every year, and we’re looking forward to seeing what it has in store. We’ve never seen it before, and odds are we’re never going to see it again.
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My Name is Harriett and Swelter and Burn join for a rare dual act

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 9:29 AM

My Name is Harriett with Swelter and Burn, 8 p.m., The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., $7, themodbo.com. - COURTESY THE MODBO
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  • My Name is Harriett with Swelter and Burn, 8 p.m., The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., $7, themodbo.com.
It is perhaps the contrast between violinist Harriett Landrum (who performs under the name My Name Is Harriett) and R-rated piano duo Swelter and Burn that makes a joint concert by these two divergent acts so enticing. Swelter and Burn, composed of pianists Willow Welter and Lauren Ciborowski, are known for their oft-raunchy and always hilarious tunes about such topics as, in Ciborowski’s words, “sanctimonious yogis and sexting.” My Name Is Harriett, on the opposite hand, crafts deep and affective lyrics with accompanying violin, performing original songs that bring tears to audience’s eyes. Enjoy Friday’s roller coaster — it’s a rare dual act that should be a blast.
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