Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Watch, listen, read and play: Four ways to spend time at home this week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 22, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online arts experience — this week: Knobhill Urban Arts District's livestream art party — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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COS Creatives: Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree

The dynamic duo behind the small-but-mighty Millibo Art Theatre present an afternoon of entertainment and insight via a livestream show. Jim Jackson and Birgitta DePree will put on a short performance, then talk about their experiences as performers, the challenges faced in this social isolation era, and the creative ways they’re continuing to make art. The show is free, but the Indy and the Millibo are both currently accepting donations. Csindy.com/donate; boxoffice.printtixusa.com/themat/donate. 4:30-6 p.m., facebook.com/csindependent, free

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Teenage Therapy

With so much going wrong in the world, the trials and tribulations of the average teenager might seem rather trivial to adults — and that perception is a mistake. The Teenage Therapy podcast is hosted by five young adults, and it tackles tough topics relevant to some of the toughest years of growing up and many that are especially relevant right now. Tune in to learn how teens are navigating quarantine, the pain of missing out and fear of an uncertain future. It’s a program that every adult, parent or not, should check out and use to build empathy for a generation of youths who desperately need compassion and guidance in the days ahead. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Girl Crushed

Inclusive young adult fiction is still a bit difficult to come by these days, but author Katie Heaney is helping change that with her debut young adult novel Girl Crushed. Protagonist Quinn Ryan has just been dumped by her first love and best friend right as she enters her senior year of high school. When she tries to move on with another girl, she finds herself longing for her ex, who just might want her back, too. Heaney’s writing is smart, funny and refreshing. Her insight into the awkwardness and heartache of teenage love is incredibly relatable, making this a great read for teens and nostalgic adults alike. Available now via most book retailers.

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Seven Wonders Duel

Two-person board games can grow old fast if there isn’t a lot of variation in the gameplay or strategy. Enter Seven Wonders Duel, a card-drafting strategy game with multiple avenues to victory. Players build up a civilization utilizing resource cards that allow them to advance their military or science guilds and build up their “wonder.” Seven Wonders Duel is easy to master within the first few plays, and each game passes pretty quickly. If you really dig it, there are expansions you can add on later to increase the fun and variety of play. Available now via most game retailers.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Four ways to spend your week indoors, including indie film from Kimball's Peak Three Theater

Posted By on Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was a look at artist Lisa Fabiano's colorful abstract works — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Kimball’s Peak Three Theater

Our beloved local movie theater is now offering indie film fans an amazing opportunity to catch virtual screenings of movies you won’t find scrolling through the standard streaming platforms. If you love foreign films, quirky independent comedies and fascinating documentaries, Kimball’s is bringing them to you like they always have — just in your living room instead of the theater. On the list this month are The Roads Not Taken, And Then We Danced, The Whistlers and several other options. Most films can be rented for $12 and under, and the money helps support the independent theater during the COVID-19 closure. Available now at kimballspeakthree.com.

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How Did This Get Made?

The bad films, the so-bad-they’re-good films and the confusing cinema wasteland that lies in between is the subject of this humorous podcast that attempts to answer the question, “How did this get made”? Hosts Paul Scheer, June Raphael and Jason Mantzoukas team up with a new guest each week to dissect Hollywood’s weird, confusing and just plain awful films with humor, affection and a whole lot of mockery. No movie is off-limits for the crew, not even beloved favorites with rabidly protective fanbases that include the hosts themselves — which leads to some pretty rowdy debates. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

In the 1970s, Colorado Springs couple Don and Mimi Galvin became an incredibly rare phenomenon — six of their 12 biological children were diagnosed with schizophrenia. Author Robert Kolker tells the true story of how the Galvins struggled to raise their children in an era when little was known about schizophrenia and few services were available. With gentle honesty, Kolker gives readers an inside look into the pain, love, struggle and growth the family experienced, and the contributions their family made to the way we understand the science of schizophrenia today.

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Hellpoint

Outer Space and horror seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to movies and video games, and absolutely no one is complaining. After all, space is already pretty terrifying — adding a few bloodthirsty critters and limited escape options can only make it more so. Hellpoint is a dark and creepy RPG set in the ruins of a space station that is now filled with creatures from another dimension ready to make you regret your decision to visit. Your character must learn how these beings appeared on the once great hub, while trying to survive their desire to shred you like a block of cheese. Available for PC on April 16.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Three fun ways to spend your week at home

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was the remarkable success of the area's first Virtual First Friday art walk — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show
Iliza Shlesinger has long been a comedian who utilizes personas, voices and physical comedy as part of her culture-lampooning standup routines. That makes her latest effort, a brand-new sketch show on Netflix, a natural and fitting next step in the evolution of her comedic career. Prepare for plenty of hilarious skits related to pop culture, relationships, womanhood and the digital world. Available now on Netflix.

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Strange Arrivals
Take a deep dive into one of the most famous tales of alien abduction in U.S. history. Strange Arrivals tells the tale of Betty and Barney Hill, a couple whose reports of alien abduction catapulted them to fame in 1963 and profoundly shaped public perceptions of alien encounter stories ever since. Relying on real-life interviews, reports and hypnosis sessions, host Toby Ball takes the listener on a journey of possibility. Available now on most podcast platforms.

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Splendor
Break away from traditional board games and nonstop screen time and try your hand at Splendor, a chip-and-deck-building game that requires strategic thinking and thwarting your fellow players. Each player — a Renaissance merchant — races to collect cards and jewels and convert them to points to achieve the winning score before their opponents. Beautifully designed with tactile game pieces and sturdy cards, Splendor is easy to learn and incredibly fun to master. Recommended for ages 10+; 2-4 players (just remember to play 6 feet apart). Available to order from most game or comic shops.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Four fun things to do to help you engage your brain this week

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was Kreuser Gallery and its online exhibits — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Unorthodox (2020)
In this moving Netflix series, young Esty leaves everything she’s ever known when she rejects her arranged marriage and her Hasidic orthodox community to start a new life in Germany. Navigating her new, secular world is challenging, and it only becomes more complicated when her estranged husband travels to Germany to retrieve her. The series is loosely based on a book by Deborah Feldman titled Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots. With only four episodes, it is easily bingeable and well worth your time. Available now on Netflix.

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake (2020)
Although Final Fantasy 7 came out 23 years ago, it has endured the test of time as the fan favorite of the series — and a favorite of video games in general. It has made its way through multiple PlayStation console upgrades and now it has been updated for the PlayStation 4 as what developer Square Enix is calling a “reinterpretation” of the original. That means new graphics, new combat style and more story. However, the characters everyone loves, like protagonist Cloud Strife, and the storyline that captivated gamers, will remain. This hefty, episodic game fills two discs, so there is ample content for play. Demo available now on the PlayStation Store, full game releases on April 10.

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Deacon King Kong (2020)
In a 1960s Bronx neighborhood, a drunken deacon known as “Sportcoat” turns vigilante and shoots the most infamous drug dealer in the projects. It doesn’t sound like the beginning of a humorous, oddly heartwarming tale about community connection, but that’s exactly the type of story that bestselling author James McBride creates. Deacon King Kong is not just notable for its lovable — and sometimes not-so-lovable — characters, but for the broad and varied viewpoints it offers the reader about how other people experience the world around them.

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Lore
Storytelling meets history in this deeply engrossing podcast created and hosted by writer Aaron Mahnke. He weaves folklore that connects humans across time and cultures with the real stories that shape it. Listeners are guided on a journey where they encounter the mythology behind creatures such as vampires and werewolves or the true crime stories of human villains such as Elizabeth Báthory and H.H. Holmes. Not only is the podcast fascinating, it’s strangely soothing. Mahnke’s calm narration is accompanied by the musical talents of pianist Chad Lawson, creating a listening experience that is as relaxing as it is illuminating. Available for free on most podcast platforms.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Four ways to enjoy spending time at home this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead discuss a local artist or organization each week — this week was G44 Gallery and the innovative way it's displaying an exhibit of Betty Ross works — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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The Boy from the Woods (2020)
Once a feral child found in the woods with no family or memory of his earliest years, the man now known as Wilde still lives a life of solitude, spending most of his time outdoors and away from people. When a woman from the nearby town goes missing, however, lawyer Hester Crimstein prevails upon Wilde to use his knowledge of the woods to help find the young woman. He soon finds himself back in a society that never truly accepted him, and now struggles to find his way. As new layers are added to the mystery of the missing woman and yet another girl disappears, Wilde becomes embroiled in scandals and secrets that hinder his search — and time is running out. By Harlan Coben; price varies; available at most book retailers and in digital format.

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Behind the Bastards
Dark humor abounds in this informative podcast that shares fascinating profiles of some of history’s most vile villains. Before he entered the world of podcasting, host Robert Evans worked in Iraq and Ukraine as a journalist, and covered far-right extremism here in the United States. His episodes reflect his journalistic research skills, and he provides a reading list in the show notes for each podcast. That way, you can take a deep dive into the topic and vet his sources for yourself. Available on most podcast platforms.


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Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)
Nintendo’s hit video game series has thrived for 19 years, and fans have eagerly awaited the latest release after the game was delayed until March 20. Now it’s here, and its hours of open-ended play couldn’t come at a better time, considering so many people are stuck at home looking for ways to kill time. Your customizable character lives on a desert island with tons of resources and plenty of anthropomorphic animal friends. Build up the community and complete tasks in a world that reflects the time of day and season of your real-life environment. You can also play with others on the same system or online. Digital download available for those self-isolating. Playable on Nintendo Switch.

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The Invisible Man (2020)
AMC Theaters is working to make some new releases available to be streamed online from your own home. It may not be the big, big screen but the food is cheaper, you can pause the flick to go to the bathroom, and no one has to wear pants. The newest take on the classic The Invisible Man story stars Elizabeth Moss of The Handmaid’s Tale as Cecelia Kass, a woman who escapes her abusive relationship with a scientist only to become relentlessly tormented by an unseen force. As her life devolves into chaos, she and others around her begin to question her sanity and her claims. $19.99 on amctheaters.com.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Four socially distant ways to spend your time this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. Instead of pointing you toward local events (many of which have been canceled), we will instead profile a local artist or organization each week — this week was Peaks and Pasties, celebrating its 12th anniversary — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.


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McMillion$ (2020)
Fans of McDonald’s annual Monopoly-themed game love to collect its peel-off stamps in hopes of winning prizes ranging from menu items to cash. However, there was a time when the biggest prizes — cars, electronics and a grand prize of $1 million — never found their way to real customers. Instead, they were diverted via a cleverly orchestrated scam crafted by an ex-cop who seized an opportunity. McMillion$ is a thoroughly binge-worthy six-part series that explores this underreported fraud from start to finish with a nice dose of nostalgia to boot. Available on HBO.

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Strange Planet (2019)
If you’re on pretty much any social media platform, you’ve likely been treated to cartoonist Nathan W. Pyle’s endearingly formal aliens making keen observations about the most mundane aspects of existence. The former BuzzFeed writer first launched the comics on Instagram, and the clever mix of relatable experiences delivered in deadpan technical language has been a huge hit. Pyle’s new book combines old favorites with never-before-seen comics to deliver the levity, empathy and joy we could all use right now.

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Doom Eternal (March 20, 2020)
Slay the demons that have invaded Earth with an arsenal of wildly overpowered weapons including a flamethrower and a shotgun with a “meat hook” attachment. Doom Eternal is as unapologetically gory as its predecessors with a new class of demons and a new 2-on-1 battle mode that delivers a multiplayer experience on six different maps. The developer promises more to come as far as multiplayer maps, adding even more hours of game time to the estimated 20-plus hours available on the main campaign. Available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC.

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Catch and Kill (2019-2020)
On Feb. 24, 2020, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual acts in the third degree. He was sentenced to 23 years in prison, leaving behind more than 80 accusers and numerous allegations of rape, assault and coercion. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronin Farrow pursued the story for two years and his podcast shares the stories of the many sources who helped bring Weinstein’s crimes into the open — and Weinstein himself to justice. Available on most podcast platforms.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

A huge, collaborative dance showcase, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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Under the Canopy

March 15, 5 p.m., Doherty High School, 4515 Barnes Road, $20, danceinthesprings.com/tickets

Dance might be classified as an art, but when it comes to the training and athleticism required to be a successful dancer, it is really much more akin to an Olympic sport. For those who wish to make dance their future, training begins when the aspiring dancer is quite young and continues as they grow. They spend hours in the studio each day, pushing their bodies to the limit for a chance to perform.

This Sunday, you can witness the exceptional efforts of young, trained dancers in Under the Canopy, a three-act performance presented by Connexus Dance Collective, Colorado Youth Ballet and The National Honor Society for Dance Arts chapter of Colorado Ballet Society. The evening will feature contemporary dance and classical variations in three separate acts.

The first act will be particularly special in that it includes choreography created by students and will be entirely student-led. The second act will feature recognizable variations from famous ballets including Swan Lake and Coppelia.

“This is the first time NHSDA’s student-led performance will be part of the Colorado Youth Ballet and Connexus’ March production,” says Colorado Ballet Society and Colorado Youth Ballet founder and director, Patricia Hoffman. “We are elated to showcase both classical variations and original and powerful new choreography with our Colorado Springs audience.”

The third act will offer two new contemporary pieces. The show’s titular piece, “Under the Canopy,” was inspired by life in the rainforest, particularly birds.

“My goal has been to give the students very unique, yet fun, characters to explore this year and the idea of birds came to mind. After researching many kinds of birds and different areas of the world, the rainforest stood out and that led us to create ‘Under the Canopy,’” says Laci Landry, a Colorado Ballet Society instructor and manager of Connexus. “The work is beautiful, colorful, and a little silly.”

Students performing in the show have expressed excitement about the opportunity to share their skills in both dance and choreography composition with the community. As young dancers, their opportunities to dance beyond the walls of the studio are often limited to recitals for their families or dance competitions. To perform in front of a broader audience is exciting.
“There are not many opportunities in Colorado Springs for young artists to showcase their work in performance and/or choreography and it’s so important to support these young local dancers,” says Landry.

An Evening of Art and Fashion

March 12, 5-8 p.m., Colorado Co-op, 315 N. Tejon St., free, facebook.com/pg/textileswest

Explore the beautiful handwoven textiles and garments created by the late Jane Webb, a celebrated fiber artist whose collection is now in the care of Textiles West. The evening will also feature new collages by Kat Jorstad and mixed-media paintings by Sara Howsam. While you’re there, shop the Colorado Co-op collection and receive a 20 percent discount on one item. The proceeds support the Jane Webb Scholarship Program, which helps Textiles West offer discounted rates on classes for young women.

King Lear

March 13, 7-9:15 p.m., The Next Us, 525 N. Cascade Ave., $7-$14, pay what you can on Sundays, counterweighttheatre.com

Counterweight Theatre Lab breathes new life into a classic Shakespearean tragedy. King Lear’s descent into madness over the betrayal of daughters Goneril and Regan, and the estrangement of daughter Cordelia, is told with a shifting cast of actors. The lead, King Lear, remains the same throughout. The remaining characters, however, are played by new actors in each scene. There are even opportunities for the audience to dictate who will take the next role. The constant shift ensures that each new audience receives a performance unlike the last. The play is performed on weekends through March 22 and Sundays offer a pay-what-you-can admission.

2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 14, noon to 3 p.m., Downtown Colorado Springs, free, csstpats.com

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the Pikes Peak region’s unofficial entry into spring, featuring outdoor festivities and fun athletic events that bring everyone out of their winter caves — even when it’s snowing. The parade begins at noon and is completely free (unless you pay for bandstand observation). However, if you want to get your fit on, you can show up a bit early and choose from three athletic options. At 10 a.m., there’s a 5K that loops through downtown ($30) and a kids’ fun run ($10). For those who love to cycle, you can show up at 9 a.m. and choose from three different courses that range from family-friendly to, as the promoters put it, “grueling” ($40). Visit csgrandprix.com to register for any or all of the above.

Spring Maker Market

March 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pike Peak Makerspace, 735 E. Pikes Peak Ave., free, pikespeakmakerspace.org

Located an easy walk from the downtown St. Patrick’s Day festivities awaits the Spring Maker’s Market. Shop unique, handmade items including jewelry, art and bags created with care by local artisans. It’s a great place to have a little fun supporting local artists before or after hanging out at the parade. The market will also have three amazing food trucks parked on-site, including a pie truck in honor of Pi Day. That’s right, don’t let the early St. Patrick’s Day party make you lose sight of the opportunity to eat pie in the name of mathematics.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Puerto Rican history and culture celebrated with new TdA play, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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Puerto Rican Nocturne

March 13, 7:30 p.m., weekends through March 29, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St., $15, theatredart.org

On July 25, 1978, pro-independence activists Carlos Enrique Soto Arriví, 18, and Arnaldo Darío Rosado Torres, 24, were killed by Puerto Rican police on Cerro Maravilla Mountain in Puerto Rico. Government officials framed the incident as an act of self-defense, a heroic police action to combat terrorism, as both young men had traveled to the mountaintop to sabotage the island’s communication towers. Puerto Rican citizens, however, were unsatisfied with the story. There were numerous inconsistencies in the reports provided by the officers and witness testimony directly contradicted the official version.

In the years that followed the deaths of the two young men, a new investigation revealed that they were accompanied up the mountain by an undercover police officer and ambushed by heavily armed officers when they reached the top. Subsequently, the incident was reframed as an extrajudicial execution and many of the involved parties were convicted of various crimes for their involvement in what is referred to today as the “Cerro Maravilla massacre”.

Written by Puerto Rican playwright Jon Marcantoni and presented by THEATREdART, Puerto Rican Nocturne tells the story of the aftermath of this tragic time in Puerto Rican history through the perspectives of Gonzo, a fervently patriotic undercover officer and Adria, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Nocturne follows Gonzo as he loses control of his carefully constructed narrative of the events while simultaneously accompanying Adria on her journey to come to terms with her profound grief at the loss of her son and her search for a way to move forward. It also explores the complex social and political actions of the time, including the problematic role that the United States government played in the cover-up of the incident.
For THEATREdART president Jonathan Andujar, there are other nuances to the performance that make it a meaningful production.

“I selected to produce Puerto Rican Nocturne because it was the first time that I felt my culture was presented in a realistic, relatable way. It recounts a piece of Puerto Rican history that is devoid of stereotypes and appropriation of Puerto Rican culture,” says Andujar.

While the play has deep cultural significance for those who have ties to Puerto Rico and its independence, Andujar says its overarching themes are relatable to all individuals. It addresses the complex issues of injustice, power, tyranny, conspiracy and complicity that are relevant today, right here in the United States.

“Audiences should attend this play because the themes of misguided patriotism, grief, and moving past a tragedy are themes everyone can connect to,” says Andujar. “It’s for everyone, not just for a niche culture. This play has a lot of support in the Latinx community. It’s a community event, not just another play.”

Puerto Rican Nocturne runs on weekends through March 29. It will be performed in English and accompanied by Spanish subtitles.

Bikes Brews Learn

March 5, 6-9 p.m., Lulu’s Downstairs, 107 Manitou Ave., free, colobikelaw.com

Despite the intermittent snow squalls and bitterly cold winds rocking the city as of late, spring is indeed returning to Colorado. Longer days and warmer temps mean that more bikes will be on the road soon and it’s important for motorists and cyclists alike to know the laws in order for everyone to stay safe and share the road. Brad Tucker of ColoBikeLaw.com will share everything you need to know about Colorado’s bike laws, as well as safety tips and updates about cycling advocacy. Bring your most pressing cycling questions and a little beer money.
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The Mighty Mandala

Opening reception, March 6, 5-9 p.m., Art 111 Gallery & Art Supply, 111 E. Bijou St., free, artgallerycoloradosprings.com

The mandala has endured in art, architecture and religion for centuries. The creation of a truly beautiful mandala requires a keen awareness of space, placement, geometry and design and the results of the time and effort required are breathtaking. Heather McKinnon’s mandala art is an intricate, vibrant and engrossing example of such efforts. She uses small rows of brilliantly colored dots to create geometric shapes and hypnotizing patterns, a feat that is made more impressive by the fact that she does her work freehand with no set plan for how the pattern will evolve. The complex detail makes each piece eye-catching and engaging while the liberal use of color — and even glitter on some pieces — adds a touch of whimsy and joy.

Hindsight 2020

March 6, 5-8 p.m., Alvarez Gallery and Art School, 218 W. Colorado Ave., free, facebook.com/calvart

The beauty of the human body is celebrated in the arts, but there is one particular part that reigns supreme in its universal appreciation. Inspiring Renaissance artists and rappers alike, the gluteus maximus — butt, bottom, booty — has had a powerful influence on arts and culture, inspiring songs, poetry, paintings and films. It also happens to be the theme of Alvarez Gallery and Art School’s first group show of the year. Hindsight 2020 will feature art that celebrates the posterior in a variety of mediums. It’s an exhibit that all derriere aficionados can truly get behind.

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2020 Taste of Pikes Peak

March 8, noon to 3 p.m., The Broadmoor, Hall B, 15 Lake Circle, $45, tasteofpikespeak.com

Buckle in to your most elegant stretchy pants and prepare yourself for an afternoon of culinary decadence. More than 80 local restaurants and vendors will pack the Broadmoor Banquet Hall, each offering sumptuous samples of their signature dishes. The portions are generous, plentiful and all-you-can-eat, so come prepared with an empty stomach and an adventurous spirit. Between bouts of scarfing down tasty eats, you will also be able to check out a craft cocktail competition, a chef competition and a silent auction. Drop an extra $20 for VIP access and you’ll be able to get in an hour earlier — hello brunch!
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Artist Rebecca Belmore's insightful retrospective exhibit, plus more events this week

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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Facing the Monumental is on display through May 30 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $5-$10, fac.coloradocollege.edu

Multimedia artist Rebecca Belmore’s work is internationally revered for the attention it calls to pressing political and social issues, as well as the care with which she treats each subject. Her new exhibition at the Fine Arts Center, titled Facing the Monumental, is the first showing of her art in the United States, featuring works in photography, sculpture and mixed-media from throughout her 30-year career.

“Her art asks us to consider where we are, and what we face in our future,” says Wanda Nanibush, exhibition curator and Art Gallery of Ontario’s curator of Indigenous art. “These works, seen in isolation, are beautiful. The facts they address, the questions they ask and the violence they reflect on — that is what is political.”

A member of the Lac Seul First Nation (of the Anishinaabe people), Belmore examines through her creative endeavors the plight of Indigenous women navigating a colonized world — or being ignored by it altogether. Her 2014 piece “1181,” for example, involved Belmore hammering 1,181 nails into a tree stump throughout the course of one day outside of the Hart House student center at the University of Toronto, while dressed in a construction vest. Each nail represented a murdered or missing Indigenous woman, and Belmore closed her performance piece by repeating the number over and over to the crowd.

Other works, like “Tower” and “tarpaulin,” ask the audience to consider the cruel conditions of homelessness. “Tower” is a sculpture made of 15 feet of shopping carts stacked atop one another with brown clay pouring and puddling onto the floor. It accompanies “tarpaulin,” a dirt blanket draped in the shape of a human.

Attendees will be able to explore this, as well as photography, more sculptures and media installations. The exhibition includes 14 major works, each striking in both message and execution.

“Belmore’s powerful works reveal a compelling duality: her lyrical representations of human dignity, the beauty of youth, a sleeping subject, the power of water or the quieting effect of snow are all images that exist in contrast to the turmoil of our world,” says Nanibush.

Visiting Artists: Jane Lackey and Thomas Lane

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6 p.m., 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, uccspresents.org

New Mexico-based artists Jane Lackey and Thomas Lane will share insights about their new site-specific installation Seat of Learning. This expansive art project encompasses multiple mediums and explores our perceptions of storytelling, time, memory and movement. The inspiration? A single vintage school desk. Learn how the project evolved and how UCCS students participated in its development. A reception will follow the lecture. The installation will be on view through July 18.

For the Love of Black Women

5-11 p.m., 18 S. Nevada Ave., $12-$15, goldroomlive.com
Local poet and storyteller Patrice Diechelle presents an event dedicated to showcasing the many talents of Colorado Springs’ black female artists and performers. The evening will open with a networking social hour that allows attendees to mingle and relax before a program filled with performances in dance, comedy and poetry. Attendees will also be able to check out photography and take in a short play. Come out and honor the creative efforts of our city’s creative black women.

Colorado Short Circuit Film Festival

5-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., $8-$70, csc.eventive.org

Creating a good, engaging short film is no easy feat. It takes hard work, strong direction and talented acting to tell entire stories in mere minutes. The fourth annual Short Circuit Film Festival will screen more than 40 short films over two days, in genres such as horror, experimental, drama and comedy. Movie lovers can attend the whole weekend or break up their viewing into blocks featuring their preferred genre. VIPs will have the opportunity to attend a filmmaker meet and greet at the Principal’s Office Study Hall. Order a drink, snag some fresh popcorn and settle in for a marathon of shorts.

Leap Day Cleanup

9-11 a.m., 1704 S. 21st St., free, tinyurl.com/r85qnto
Bear Creek Dog Park is one of the coolest places for dogs to roam in the state of Colorado. The fully fenced, enormous play area clocks in at 25 acres and includes a long stretch of Bear Creek. However, any place that welcomes 100,000 visitors each year needs the occasional helping hand, particularly when those visitors like to poop wherever they choose. The Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park invite the community to help them with a Leap Day clean-up to gather trash and remove pet waste left behind by less-conscientious pet parents (or incredibly sneaky pups). Buckets, gloves and bags are all provided — all you have to do is show up with a can-do attitude.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Celebrate Black History Month, plus more events this week

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Black History Program

4-6 p.m., Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, donation-only event, facebook.com/weronebody

Black History Month is coming to a close, but its calendar of events is still filled with great ways to celebrate, honor and learn. For seven years, local community group OneBody Ent has celebrated by organizing a free day of music, entertainment and education called the Multi Cultural Black History Program. “The reason we created this event is to provide entertainment for our community and create a platform for them to display their talents while learning at the same time,” says DeAndre “Dee” Smith, who organizes the event with his wife Jennifer.

The event, hosted by The Reminders, packs quite a bit into two hours, including poetry, fashion, reenactments and dance — and with special performances by E De La and Ashley Cornelius! and sounds by DJ Craftmatic. There also will be activism opportunities, local goods and even a few tasty treats. Smith says attendees can expect to have a lot of fun while also being educated. They’ll also get to check out the city’s talented artists. Participants come from diverse backgrounds, and local youths have a chance to participate via a historic reenactment.

“The most exciting thing is working with the youth and their families,” says Smith. “Seeing them from the beginning when they first get their part until the day of the event — watching how they progress from getting the part and not knowing anything about the historical figure to embodying the role and becoming the person onstage.” 

OneBody Ent does a lot of work in the community in addition to the Black History program. It hosts community barbecues and organizes a back-to-school weekend complete with a presentation called “History of Colorado: Honoring Heroes in Our Community,” which includes awards for community members who are making a difference. It also has weekend backpack and haircut giveaways and a girls group called Raising Queens with a Mission, and collaborates with the Touch a Life Foundation, whose mission is to end child trafficking. 

The community has definitely caught Smith’s vision. The event has successfully grown from humble roots — Smith says the first year had 45 attendees and 25 of them were participants — to a standing-room-only event. 

“We are very grateful for our community’s support,” says Smith. “If it wasn’t for their love and support, there wouldn’t be a OneBody Ent.”

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Buffalo Soldiers

2 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Care Center, 835 Tenderfoot Hill Road, free, tinyurl.com/DMoore-CS

Assigned to the frontier following the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers were fierce infantry and cavalry regiments tasked with controlling Native Americans and protecting settlers moving westward. They also built roads and strung telegraph lines and protected surveyors as they mapped out the land. Dennis Moore of the Buffalo Soldiers Community Memorial Committee will share their story in a presentation including facts and photos. Don’t worry if you if you can’t make it to Thursday’s presentation. You can still catch it at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Manitou Springs Heritage Center (517 Manitou Ave.).

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Carnivale Weekend

CarniBall, 6-9 p.m., Memorial Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., $27.50, tinyurl.com/qv5up8h

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., 75¢ tastings, manitousprings.org/carnivale-weekend

Parade, 1 p.m., Saturday, Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave., free

We’re a long way from the Big Easy, but Manitou Springs brings Mardi Gras close to home every year with its Carnivale weekend. The event opens Friday evening with live music and dancing at the CarniBall Masquerade, complete with masks, Cajun-inspired food and costumes. On Saturday, Feb. 22, the celebration moves to the streets with a parade filled with colorful decor, costumed citizens, vibrant puppets and, occasionally, a fair bit of snow. Saturday also includes the Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-Off and, best of all, this year’s theme is inspired by Lord of the Rings in honor of the late artist and beloved community member Charles Rockey. Don your favorite elf ears and dwarf beards — but maybe leave the One Ring at home.

Una Familia Grande: The Conejos Neighborhood Project

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10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 215 S. Tejon St., free, RSVP at cspm.org/event/conejos

The Pioneers Museum is launching a new exhibit this weekend, Una Familia Grande: The Conejos Neighborhood Project. Learn about the history of the once-thriving Latino neighborhood that experienced rezoning, acquisition and eventual destruction in 2005 to create America the Beautiful Park. Its past is shared by former residents and through artifacts and photos. Opening day will feature live music and dance performances, storytelling, a family craft project and a chance to visit Chadbourn Community Church, the last remaining neighborhood structure.

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An Impactful Luncheon

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2550 Tenderfoot Hill St., $10 + backpack items, tinyurl.com/sebb3vc

The Woman’s Club of Colorado Springs is hosting a community luncheon to create awareness about human trafficking. Attendees can make a difference in the lives of survivors by contributing items to special backpacks. Bring travel-size toiletries, hoodies, knit pants, socks and other items for girls and young women 13 and over — plus a $10 donation to help cover shipping. They have provided a specific list at womansclubofcoloradospringsgfwc.org. The club notes that such items are incredibly helpful to young women who are rescued from trafficking situations and have very little to call their own. In addition to a presentation by local nonprofit Restore Innocence and the service project, lunch will be served.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentine’s Day events for holiday haters

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A Bloody Valentine

Feb. 14, 6:30-10 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., facebook.com/HWAColoSpgs

When horror author and Horror Writers Association member Carina Bissett decided to create an event to celebrate female horror writers, it seemed fitting to do it on Valentine’s Day, which also happens to land smack-dab in the middle of Women in Horror Month. “Valentine’s Day can be really shitty for a lot of people,” she says. “So this [event] is for single people — or for couples.”

But the weak of heart can rest assured that the event, titled “A Bloody Valentine,” isn’t meant to be spooky, exactly, even if some of the content might cause a minor fright. “Women’s horror is a little different,” Bissett explains. “It’s not necessarily hack-and-slash, like people think; it tends to be quieter, more cerebral.”

In keeping with that tone, the night will include a bit of academia, a bit of dark poetry, a bit of fiction, a bit of mingling, and a whole lot of exposure to genre talent.

Bissett has collected more than 50 books (about 35 of them signed) from female horror authors across the country to give away during the night’s packed schedule of readings and talks, and she’s invited some of these authors from around Colorado to table at the event so they can sign books and meet new and existing fans.

Many of these authors — including Bissett herself, Pikes Peak Community College English department co-chair Amie Sharp, prolific Denver-based writer P.L. McMillan, and many more — will be reading excerpts from their work. Starting at 7 p.m. and running until about 9:30, multiple readings will be happening simultaneously throughout Cottonwood Center for the Arts, with some out-of-state authors participating remotely. After each reading, a raffle will determine who wins some of these signed books Bissett has on hand, but there are other prizes on the docket like wine and book bundles, and gift cards.

Whether you’re a Valentine’s Day-hater hoping for a unique and distracting night out or part of a like-minded couple hoping to explore new horror authors, this will be a cool opportunity to snack and drink and meet some of the genre’s most exciting and diverse voices.

“Women in horror get kind of frustrated, because it seems like we get one month … [we] get a little overlooked by the general public. Like, people know Josh Malerman but maybe don’t know Gwendolyn Kiste. So I just wanted to raise awareness that there are women working in the field, and their books are really, really wonderful.”

Valentine’s Day Singles Mingle

Feb. 13, 6-9 p.m., Phantom Canyon Brewing Co., 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $10, facebook.com/SingleInTheSprings

Going out on the town to meet someone can be really hit-or-miss, and spending all night swiping your dating app isn’t much better. Single in the Springs is hoping to tear down some common barriers by offering a laid-back mingling night for folks looking for love. LGBTQ-friendly and open to singles and their coupled friends (wristbands will identify who’s available), this event should offer a lot of opportunities to meet other singles in the area and maybe even walk out with a Valentine’s Day date. Event includes giveaways all night long.

Bloody Valentine

Feb. 14, 7-10 p.m., Friday through Sunday, 3021 N. Hancock Ave., $15-$20, hellscreamhaunt.com

Hellscream Haunts is known for offering spooky alternatives to otherwise wholesome holidays, and their Bloody Valentine date night is no exception. The haunted house has been decked out in a Valentine’s Day theme, but remains as scary as ever, making it a great night of fun for those who don’t deal in chocolates and flowers. If you’re really into upping the fear quotient, you can sign a waiver for the full-contact experience (must be 18+). Cast members can physically engage with you as you navigate the horror labyrinth. Of course, you can also go as a single, a platonic couple or a group. Being terrified is for everyone, no matter your relationship status.

Love Stinks, Let’s Drink

Feb. 14, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Tony’s Bar, 326 N. Tejon St., tonysdowntownbar.com

Instead of spending money on corporations like hallmark or those giant boxes of chocolates that taste like condensed, artificial cocoa powder anyway, why not patronize your favorite local dive bar for an unstructured anti-V-Day celebration? Tony’s has set aside a whole night for those who love to hate Valentine’s Day and all it represents. You’ll find plenty of like-minded company here with whom you can drink the night away. As they say on their Facebook page: “You don’t have to be lonely when you’re drinking at Tony’s.”


F’ing Valentine’s Day

Feb. 14, 7-10 p.m., WhirlyBall, 3971 Palmer Park Blvd., $45, whirlyball.com

Candlelight dinners and romantic movies are overrated, especially for thrill-seekers and beer-drinkers who want to just go out on V-Day and have a good time. WhirlyBall has singles covered this year with a party offering unlimited games of WhirlyBall (a game of bumper cars and lacrosse-like basket sticks. It’s easy to pick up if you’ve never played, we promise). You can also take advantage of the bar’s bowling alleys, laser tag, excellent drinks and food, and — best of all — good, fun-loving company.
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Feel the love with these Valentine’s week events

Posted By and on Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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Sanctuary

Feb. 16, 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 631 N. Tejon St., donation, cvae.org

Strong arguments can be made that Valentine’s Day is a completely commercial holiday. However, it can also be argued that the world as a whole is definitely in need of a lot more love. Perhaps, however corporate the roots of the holiday’s current iteration might be, it’s not so bad to have a day devoted to love.

Love certainly plays an important role in this weekend’s performance of Sanctuary, a concert by the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, led by conductor and founder Deborah Jenkins Teske. Sanctuary tackles themes of displacement, disconnection, loss and refuge. With the latest travel restrictions put in place by the United States, the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the border between the U.S. and Mexico, and the consistent warnings from scientists around the world about climate change and the inevitable climate refugees who will be created by it, Sanctuary becomes a timely reminder of the role and responsibility of the privileged in showing kindness, empathy — and, yes, love — for those who are suffering.

The music of Sanctuary encompasses six centuries of work. Each piece was written by a different composer and all explore themes of loss, exile, home and longing. Included in the afternoon’s program will be a performance of “To the Hands,” a moving, empathic piece written by award-winning composer Caroline Shaw as a 21st-century response to Buxtehude’s “Membra Jesu Nostri.” “Membra” is a Christian composition written in 1680 that focuses on the suffering of Jesus Christ. Each cantata correlates to an area of Christ’s body. Shaw’s piece was written in response to Buxtehude’s cantata on Christ’s hands — “Ad Manus” — with deep emphasis on comfort, embrace and solace. It was first performed in 2016 and has received much acclaim since its debut for its message of hope and acceptance.

Other works in the performance include the folk and gospel hymn “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” a song covered by well-known artists Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash and the spiritual “Motherless Child,” which originated during the United States’ era of slavery.

Valentine’s Day Party

Feb. 14, 5-7 p.m., 223 N. Wahsatch Ave., insideoutys.org

Are you a young adult looking for an inclusive space to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend? Inside Out Youth Services is welcoming everyone ages 13 to 22 to a fun and festive Valentine’s Day party where you can celebrate love with other like-minded people. Partners are welcome to come, and attendees will be treated to pizza, games and movies in a welcoming environment. If you aren’t attending, you can still show a little love of your own to party-goers by donating goodies.

Zombie Prom

Feb. 14, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, 230 Pueblo Ave., $5, facebook.com/zodiacbar

Sure, you’re happily dating or married to or in love with your person (or people), but that doesn’t mean you have to have a normal Valentine’s Day date night. Weirdos, goths, punks and all others who just want to have a macabre good time are invited to the Zodiac’s annual Zombie Prom. Dress up for a dark formal dance, break out the corn starch and food dye, and shuffle and groan your way to the bar for drink specials, a costume contest and music by deejays BatBoy and Agent 17.

Valentine’s Evening in Nature

Feb. 14, 6-8:30 p.m., 245 Bear Creek Road, $5-$6, communityservices.elpasoco.com

Fall deeper in love with nature — and your partner — during Bear Creek Nature Center’s Valentine’s Evening in Nature. You and your partner will take a lovely moonlit stroll through the park with lots of opportunities for holding gloved hands and snuggling to stay warm. The evening also includes a make-and-take keepsake activity, followed by hot chocolate and toasted s’mores. Online registration is required, so don’t wait until the last minute to sign up for this special date night.

League of Women Voters 75th Anniversary

Feb. 15, 5:30-7 p.m., 301 N. Union Ave., free, ElPuebloHistoryMuseum.org

Valentine’s Day marks the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and the 75th anniversary of the League’s Pueblo chapter. The latter will be celebrating with a party at the El Pueblo History Museum this weekend, complete with cake and refreshments, and recognition for long-time members. The event is completely free and open to the public, so gather up all your favorite people and show some love for an organization that has worked hard to help women exercise the right to vote that their fore-mothers fought so hard to achieve.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Documentary delves into the life of journalist Molly Ivins, plus more events this week

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Screening – Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

Feb. 15, 6:15-9 p.m., theater doors open at 6:15, CC’s Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 577-4545

In trying political times, levity and dark humor do a lot to lift the hearts of a frustrated populace. Humor was an antidote that the late Molly Ivins — a political columnist and the subject of the 2019 documentary Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins — dispensed in heavy doses throughout her career, much to the chagrin of her subjects and the delight of her audience.

On Feb. 15, Jim Hightower, who worked with Ivins for three decades, will speak at a screening of this documentary. Not only will he discuss Ivins and her legacy, but also the challenges faced by media in the age of Trump.

Raise Hell includes commentary by well-known journalists like Dan Rather, Rachel Maddow and Victor Navasky, who discuss Ivins’ work as a journalist and the refreshing perspective her commentary brought to the field. Director Janice Engel also packs the film with clips of Ivins’ hilarious insights on politicians across the liberal/conservative spectrum, and her appearances on a wide range of television programs and talk shows. A self-proclaimed “liberal,” Ivins still used a mostly even hand to “speak truth to power,” lampooning progressives, conservatives and even fellow journalists with her amusingly blunt, often ruthless observations on their intelligence and morality.

Ivins worked her way up from taking complaints and working as the sewer editor of the Houston Chronicle to covering politics for The New York Times and publishing her columns nationwide. She even did a stint in Denver, though it seems her time in Colorado was more of a punishment than an accomplishment for the résumé. That is likely due to her personal motto — “raise hell” — a phrase that featured prominently in her behavior, interviews and personal correspondence.
The film makes it evident: Had Ivins not decided on a career in journalism, she would have been at home on any standup stage — and probably no less hated by those who found themselves targeted by her sniper-precision wit.

Ivins traveled with politicians from both sides of the aisle, tossed back beers with the “good ol’ boys” and supported a variety of causes as an activist. She collected both accolades and death threats, was beloved and loathed, and was a powerhouse presence in political media. Raise Hell is a refreshing, timely and entertaining examination of her life and food for thought in today’s climate of politicians versus the media.

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Give 'Em Hell, Harry!!!

Feb, 6, 6:30 p.m., with shows through Feb. 15, 326 W. Alabama Ave., Fountain, $8-$10, fountaintheater.org

Fountain Community Theater presents Give ’Em Hell, Harry, a one-man show based on the book of the same name by Samuel Gallu. Actor Patrick Neill tells the story of the man who became the 33rd president of the United States amidst a brutal global conflict, and changed the world forever. The play touches on Harry Truman’s life before the presidency, his difficult decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and his life beyond the public eye. The show will run for two weekends, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit community theater.


Haute Chocolate Hop

Feb. 7, 5-8 p.m., Downtown Colorado Springs, $10, downtowncs.com/event/chocolate

If you love First Friday, you’re in for a real treat this weekend — and we mean that literally. Pick up a $10 Chocolate Passport and enjoy sweet signature desserts at participating art galleries and local businesses throughout downtown Colorado Springs. Collect eight different stamps on your passport and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card. Visit all 14 locations and receive two entries. Delicious offerings include handmade chocolates, gourmet hot chocolate, scones, pudding cups and other delightful concoctions. Invite the special someone in your life and make it a perfect date night, or gather the crew and turn it into a rambling adventure party.

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Cripple Creek Ice Festival

Feb. 8, 1-5 p.m., Cripple Creek, free, visitcripplecreek.com

Creative arts meet the great outdoors at Cripple Creek’s annual Ice Festival. For one week, the streets of the small mining town come alive with frozen works of art chipped, scraped and chainsawed from enormous blocks of ice by talented sculptors. This year’s theme is “Carver’s Choice,” which means attendees will get to witness the unfettered inspiration of the participants. The sculptures will be up throughout the week; however, vendors and other activities will only run Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16. You can meet the sculptors, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and sip wine during a special afternoon session at the Heritage Center that runs from

Mega Glow Fitness Party

Feb. 8, 7:30-9 p.m., City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., $15-$20, facebook.com/trendzfitnessevents

Endorphins and music collide in this massive blacklight fitness party that trades the cold, sterile lights of the gym for a nightclub setting and all your favorite jams. Slide into your brightest spandex, slather on the deodorant and dance away the stresses of the week with a whole group of brand new best friends. High-energy instructors will be teaching MixxedFit, SocaFit and Zumba during the party, so you’ll get to sample several dance workout styles for the price of a drop-in yoga class or a fancy cocktail. Shine on, you crazy diamonds!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Guangdong Modern Dance brings calligraphy to the stage, plus more events this week

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Guangdong Modern Dance Company

Jan. 29, 7 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $20-$55, uccspresents.org

China’s first professional modern dance company is visiting Colorado Springs for one performance featuring its most beloved program: Beyond Calligraphy, which has been performed on more than 100 stages. Founded in 1992, only three years after the historic, student-led Tiananmen Square protests, Guangdong Modern Dance Company has toured worldwide, sharing aspects of Chinese heritage and culture through movement.

Modern dance is known for rejecting the confining, often rigid structure and technique of more formal styles, though it requires exceptional skill in order to perform deconstructed movements in a way that connects with the audience and conveys the talent of the dancer.

Choreographed by company director Liu Qi, Beyond Calligraphy balances this complex dynamic. The inspiration for the show is reflected in its name, paying homage to the art of Chinese calligraphy, a stylized expression of the characters that make up the written form of the Chinese language. The practice of calligraphy has endured for centuries as an embodiment of China’s art, culture and heritage.

The first half of the performance features five dances, which interpret different calligraphic script styles. These styles in Chinese calligraphy each have a different purpose and level of complexity in execution, creating the perfect platform for developing distinct choreography that reflects each script’s unique characteristics.

The second half of the performance, titled “Ink Wash Landscape,” builds upon the first and interprets the Chinese technique of ink wash painting, exploring the soft, delicate harmony between the ethereal effect created in color wash and the precision of the script that sits upon it
In addition to the execution of Qi’s dynamic choreography, the dancers of the GMDC showcase incredible physicality, making each movement appear graceful and effortless while also conveying the clean, crisp precision required to keep the dance as elegant as the calligraphy that inspires it.

Lighting and costuming also play a role in elevating the drama, embracing the form and function of the human body with shadow and glow as the dancers put their bodies to the test. The carefully selected score adds the final component of the immersive experience.

Thirteen dancers will perform throughout the evening and attendees will have the opportunity to join a pre-show talk with the company about the evening’s performance.

Ultimate Indoor Garage Sale

Jan. 31, 5-7:30 p.m., 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, $5-$10, ultimateindoorgaragesale.com

For decades, garage sales have served as an unofficial community recycling program, allowing people to get rid of unwanted items without adding to already overburdened landfills. This weekend’s mega garage sale at the Norris Penrose Event Center adds to the eco-friendliness by housing more than 150 sellers in a single location, reducing the environmental impact of driving from neighborhood to neighborhood in search of the perfect bargain. Purchase a ticket online and you’ll save $5, plus get early-bird access to hundreds of items ranging from common to obscure.

Blue Hands Festival

Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., $35, textileswest.org

Get your hands dirty, hang out with cool people and create something beautiful at Textiles West’s Blue Hands Festival, an indigo-dyeing party that will give you the blues in the best possible way. Learn shibori dyeing techniques and dye several pieces to take home. Bring items that could use extra pizazz like a plain white T-shirt, small washcloths or old pants and give them new life with color. Your fabrics should be made of natural fibers such as cotton, linen, silk or wool to achieve the maximum indigo blue goodness.

Cerberus (Board) Game Day

Feb. 2, 4:30-9 p.m., 702 W. Colorado Ave., cerberusbrewingco.com

Despite the nonstop media coverage, not everyone is amped about football and the big game. If you’re among that crowd, Cerberus Brewing Company is offering a special game day of its own, sans refs and commercials. Gather up your favorite tabletop games and hit the brewery for friendly competition or show up and play one of their games instead. Of course, no game day is complete without beer and nachos, even one that doesn’t involve hollering at the television. Cerberus will be serving unlimited build-your-own nachos for $20 and 60-ounce craft beer pitchers for $15-$20 throughout the entire 41/2-hour event. (Note: Cerberus will have the game on, just in case you simply cannot bear to miss it.)

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Super Half and Game Day 5K

Feb. 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., start at Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., $25-$65, bit.ly/2019SuperHalfand5K

For some, running a race the morning of Super Bowl Sunday is a middle finger to the caloric gods — who cares how much fat is in guacamole or how many chicken wings are consumed when you’ve run 3 to 13 miles before the clock strikes noon? For others, the race is a kick-off (sorry) to a day of absolute rebellion against the commercialism and obsession that accompanies the annual big game. And still more of you are simply maniacs who enjoy running, even in the middle of winter, even on a day typically focused on sloth and gluttony. Whatever camp you happen to reside in, this run is for you.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Cornerstone Arts Week welcomes new voices, plus more events this week

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Cornerstone Arts Week

Jan. 27-31, Colorado College, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St., all events are free, coloradocollege.edu

There are thousands of talented artists, musicians, writers and performers in Colorado Springs representing every age, gender and socioeconomic status. However, only a small number of these individuals will find their work shared in a public forum, or receive any recognition for their skills. Why do these select few find their way to the main stage while their equally talented counterparts languish in relative obscurity? It’s a question that Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week will examine as part of this year’s theme, “Seeing 2020: Mind the Gap.”

Across multiple panels, exhibitions and performances, organizers hope that attendees will contribute to a dialogue about what defines art, who defines art and who art is ultimately for. Ryan Bañagale, director of performing arts at Colorado College, says that addressing the space — the gap — that exists between the favored and marginalized artistic communities is important.

“By acknowledging the existence of a gap, we can better understand how, where, when and why such discrepancies come to exist,” says Bañagale. “An important step in dissolving any inequality is recognizing that one is present — they are not always obvious, but they always need to be minded. Exploring this notion through the arts allows us the opportunity to do so in engaging and unexpected ways.” He notes that such attention can be paid to other areas of contemporary culture, as well.

Cornerstone Arts Week includes incredible performances, like a CC composer concert featuring the world premieres of several new compositions, and art exhibitions in the Fine Arts Center. There will also be a vocal master class taught by soprano Christina Martos and pianist Debra Ayers.

“Cornerstone Arts Week offers the opportunity to engage a wide range of artistic forms,” says Bañagale. “All are welcome to attend all events, but first-time attendees should not miss the opportunity to see our keynote artists in action: Kevin Young and Tanya Tagaq.”

Tagaq is a Canadian Inuk bestselling author, as well as a composer and improvisational singer. She will perform “Retribution” with her ensemble as a keynote performance on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Young is a poet, author and poetry editor for The New Yorker magazine and serves as the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He will provide a keynote address titled “Lift Every Voice!” on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Local Great Minds: City Center Series

Jan. 22, 6-7:15 p.m., 825 N. Cascade Ave., $10-$25, downtowncs.com

Colorado Springs is growing and so is the city’s need to innovate to accommodate its expanding populace. “Great Minds” is the first of a three-part City Center Series focused on exploring how the Pikes Peak region can tackle challenges like housing, sustainability and health care. Attendees will hear from local entrepreneurs and organizations that are part of shaping the future of the city through a series of lightning interviews emcee’d by local entrepreneur Russ Ware. Whether you are excited — or concerned — about the direction Colorado Springs is taking, this forum will help you gain new insights. (Disclosure: One speaker, Patience Kabwasa, is also an Indy columnist.)

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Mobile Shakespeare

Jan. 24, 7-8:15 p.m., 20 W. Pikes Peak Ave., free, ppld.org/penrose-library

Theatreworks presents the delightful tale of two sets of twins separated at birth and reunited in absurd fashion in Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. One of the most accessible of the playwright’s works, The Comedy of Errors is a great introduction to classical theater, and its hilarity shines brightly through the “thees” and “thous” that sometimes discourage people from giving Shakespeare a whirl. The performance is an easy 75 minutes and the Pikes Peak Library District has deemed it appropriate for all audiences, so feel free to bring the whole clan for a dose of absurdity and culture.

Womxn's March

Jan. 25, 2-5 p.m., 221 E. Kiowa St., facebook.com/coswomxnsmarch

Join womxn of the Pikes Peak region and their allies for an afternoon of solidarity, celebration and forward momentum at the 2020 Colorado Springs Womxn’s March. This year, the event will open with a keynote address at Colorado Springs City Auditorium, followed by a march downtown led by indigenous women. After the march, attendees can make their way to an inspiring afterparty packed with performances and speeches by local womxn. You’ll also find local organizations who can help you make this day of momentum into a year of achievement in the name of diversity, equality and inclusion.

Linda and the Conservatory All-Stars

Jan. 26, 5 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Drive, $20-$25, csconservatory.org

The Colorado Springs Conservatory has provided thousands of students with education in the performing arts. This Sunday, founder Linda Weise will welcome several of the institution’s most exceptional current students, alumni and faculty to take the stage at the Stargazer’s Theatre and show off their skills. Attendees can expect a variety of musical performances, including sets from local favorites Leo and the Lark, The Reminders and Joe Johnson. Proceeds from the evening support scholarships for the next generation of talented individuals waiting to take their shot in the performing arts.
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