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25 Saturday

Wonderbound: A Dangerous Liaison

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  • Wonderbound: A Dangerous Liaison

This is a big anniversary year for one of the most prolific contributors to our local dance scene, Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. For 40 years, this group has brought professional dance companies to our city and enriched local arts through dance classes, scholarship opportunities and performances by local dancers.

"One of our strengths," says Beth Carlson, president of group's board, "is that we present a variety of dance. We love exposing the Colorado Springs community to companies they may never have seen before."

That certainly helps keep audiences interested. According to CSDT, they've worked with more than 100 companies, including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet de Montreal, Sydney Dance Company and more.

Today they host Wonderbound, a Denver-based company of technically trained dancers who will be in town presenting a uniquely choreographed performance and teaching master classes — one for Mixed Emotions, a local dance troupe for adults with developmental disabilities, and a master class in contemporary ballet.

Carlson says today's performance, A Dangerous Liaison, will be a fascinating mix of contemporary ballet and baroque music, choreographed by Wonderbound's Garrett Ammon and Sarah Tallman and performed alongside the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado.

A Dangerous Liaison contains two pieces, In Between Seams and For Pity's Sake My Love. Both play into the themes of sensuality and romance, though Carlson says one is a bit more serious than the other. Wonderbound, in fact, calls In Between Seams a "carnal romp," which should satisfy the springtime restlessness we're all feeling.

"It's a mini-story ballet," Carlson says. "It's not The Nutcracker or Giselle, but you're seeing a story when you watch it."

Both Wonderbound and CSDT focus a great deal of their effort on the community. CSDT has provided more than $33,000 in scholarships to local dancers over the years, and Wonderbound offers classes to local schools and the homeless. The partnership between the two companies looks to be more a match made in heaven than a dangerous liaison, so the collaboration during Wonderbound's short residency should be quite a treat.

7 p.m., Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus, 2115 Afton Way, $25-$35, csdance.org.

22 Wednesday

The Chicano Wave

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  • The Chicano Wave

The Chicano Movement, which reached its height in the '60s, empowered Mexican-Americans across the country and inspired a renewed sense of solidarity within the community.

Most people don't look into the music of the movement, which encompassed a wide variety of genres from blues to R&B to punk and more, all influenced by the social and political atmosphere of the time.

Producer/director and co-writer of this documentary, John J. Valadez, has had a hand in award-winning documentaries for PBS and CNN, including Passin' It On, about a former leader of the Black Panther Party, and The Last Conquistador, both for PBS' "POV" series.

7 p.m., CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., free, coloradocollege.edu.

24 Friday

GalaxyFest 2017

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  • GalaxyFest 2017

Everyone's favorite local sci-fi/fantasy/comic convention is back, and this year's theme is "Female Superheroes."

Guests include the incendiary Carrie Keagan; TV actresses Ellen Hollman and Keegan Connor Tracy; popular voice actress Veronica Taylor and Star Trek's Tracee Lee Coco and Garrett Wang.

Along with the vendor room, with a satisfying variety of local vendors and big-time merchandise, attendees can participate in all sorts of panels, activities and performances.

Highlights include: GalaxyFest AfterDark (adults only), interactive Harry Potter classes, cosplay panels and contests and more.

Feb. 24-26, times vary, Antlers Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., $58/weekend pass, discounts available for military and children, single-day passes available, galaxyfest.org.

24 Friday

Black Voices Matter

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  • Black Voices Matter

Hosted by Hear Here Poetry, this event highlights some of our city's best black poets, who will gather tonight to "speak truth to power."

Enjoy featured performances by Ashley Cornelius, Elaina Bailey, Philip Midnight Curtis and more, before the mic opens up for others to share.

One of the night's poets, Stoney Bertz, was featured in last year's Indy Music Artists' Showcase for their amazing work and their contribution to the local hip-hop scene.

While everyone is encouraged to attend, Hear Here asks that the mic be reserved for black poets only. Stay in your lane!

7-10 p.m., The Gallery Below, 716B N. Weber St., $5, $3 with a student ID, hearherepoetry.org.

25 Saturday

Thespiana 2017

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We've got more playwrights in this town than most people realize, and Thespiana is a great, yearly opportunity to become familiar with their work.

Enjoy short, staged readings of these "gray comedies," which blend elements of a straight comedy with something a little darker.

This year's plays include all-new works by Chuck Cabell, Jeff Schmoyer, Mark and Lauren Arnest, Warren Epstein and Phil Ginsberg.

Better get your tickets right away — last year was packed and they anticipate a similar response this year.

Feb. 25, 7 p.m., Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m., Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., $12, thespiana.com.

25 Saturday

Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off

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  • Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cook-off

Celebrating Manitou Springs' Carnivale Parade once again, this cook-off is a local favorite tradition.

It throws amateur cooks and professional chefs into competition to see who can create the most delectable gumbo. Community judges make the final call, but they aren't the only ones who get to eat.

You can show up early to watch folks cook, or you can drop by around 10:45 to see the judging and start sampling.

The U-Turn Brass Band will be playing tunes so you can socialize, tap your toes and stuff your face before heading back to Manitou Avenue to watch the parade.

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, free to attend, $1/two samples, manitousprings.com.


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