Friday, December 7, 2018

Get ready to let it go with IFOC's Children’s Holiday Film Festival

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Children’s Holiday Film Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, etfest.com. - COURTESY BLISSFEST333
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  • Children’s Holiday Film Festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St., free, etfest.com.
Film festivals don’t have to be stuffy or overly concerned with the artistic value of film in order to present, well, artistically valuable films. Sometimes, it’s worth it just to get together and watch a whole host of fun movies with like-minded individuals — or families, in this case. Denver-based event company Blissfest333, the Independent Film Society of Colorado and the historic Elitch Theatre understand this well, and have teamed up to put together a lineup of kids’ films for the holidays. Selected from the best shorts presented at the Children’s Day International Film Festival, the jam-packed, three-block lineup includes films ranging from Sooper Peeps, directed by Denver’s James Schuler, to Beggars by Indian director Ram Prasad Mandal. Also included: five films by featured local filmmakers Kaelen Becker and her grandfather Bob Becker, and five films by featured filmmaker Nathaniel Shields. All three should be around to talk about their work. Should your child hope for a more traditional holiday experience, no worries. The festival will include holiday activities at 1 p.m. and a screening of Disney’s Frozen at 2 p.m. Get ready to let it go, parents. It’s a sing-along.
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Art in the Park is your chance to take advantage of the generous Colorado winter

Posted By on Fri, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Art in the Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, 15807 Teller County Road 1, Florissant, $7/adult, free for kids, nps.gov/flfo. - COURTESY FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT
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  • Art in the Park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, 15807 Teller County Road 1, Florissant, $7/adult, free for kids, nps.gov/flfo.
Whenever we think the weather won’t hold out, the sunshine tends to come surging back, which should be a blessing for Florissant Fossil Beds’ upcoming en plein air arting event. This is your chance to take advantage of the generous Colorado winter in one of the region’s most beautiful national parks. With volunteer artists on hand, plus a limited supply of art materials for visitors, Florissant Fossil Beds invites community members of all ages and artistic abilities to this drop-in day. Park guests can take inspiration from their natural surroundings, and watch an advanced artist or two sketch or watercolor their way through a piece. Should you like to bring your own art supplies, you’re welcome to do so, but you may want to bring a folding chair, too. Though limited seating will be available, there should be plenty of open space.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Independence Center and Hear Here Poetry join forces for Give! celebration

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Give! The Gift of a Creative Community, 6-7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 
30 W. Dale St., free, facebook.com/TheIndependenceCenter. - TIM ASHLEY
  • Tim Ashley
  • Give! The Gift of a Creative Community, 6-7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 
30 W. Dale St., free, facebook.com/TheIndependenceCenter.
Collaboration often proves to be a benefit of the Give! Campaign, the nonprofit civic arm of Indy parent company Colorado Publishing House. Each year, participating organizations with different missions use this opportunity to combine their talents and their purposes into something new. In this case, The Independence Center, which provides services to people with disabilities, and Hear Here Poetry, a collective of spoken-word poets, have come together for a joint Give! celebration of creativity, with support from Mike’s Camera and the Bemis School of Art. At the Fine Arts Center, enjoy readings by Hear Here poets Andrew Ziegler and Nancy Perez, plus a tour of The Independence Center’s PhotoVoice Project. Launched in May 2018 and first exhibited in July, the PhotoVoice Project is meant to “shed light on those things in the daily lives of people with disabilities, which promote an accessible and inclusive space, versus those that do not,” according to The Independence Center. Through photography and the written word, local people with disabilities documented barriers to accessibility they encountered throughout their daily lives, as well as moments they felt seen and hopeful. Viewing the project should provide ample opportunity to understand the importance of The Independence Center’s services, all while enjoying artwork and poetry by locals. 
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Arts Alley plays host to Small Works XI

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Friday  Small Works XI, Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, on display through Jan. 4, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., 17B and 17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com. - COURTESY LAUREN CIBOROWSKI
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  • Friday Small Works XI, Opening reception, 5:30 p.m. to midnight, on display through Jan. 4, The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., 17B and 17C E. Bijou St., themodbo.com.
For nine years now, two favorite downtown galleries have come together for a special holiday season buy-and-take show. The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., though no longer officially connected through their programming, always share the wall space required for the more than 500 unique pieces of artwork submitted to their annual Small Works exhibition. Each year, nearly 150 local artists create pieces that measure less than 24 inches in every dimension, and soon those pieces will pack the walls of both Arts Alley galleries. “Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!” asks Lauren Ciborowski, owner of The Modbo. Since folks will be taking their purchases home with them, the best time to check out the full spread will be First Friday’s opening reception. Open until midnight, both galleries will have snacks, entertainment and — most importantly — truckloads of art for you to take home.
Event Details Small Works XI
@ The Modbo
17C E. Bijou St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Through Jan. 4, 2019
633-4240
Buy Tickets
Art Exhibits
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Moxie adds art gallery, exhibits Springs artist Beth Eckel

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 1:12 PM

BETH ECKEL
  • Beth Eckel
Nearly a full year after its 2017 opening, local restaurant Moxie still has a lot going on — more, even, since they have officially established themselves as a staple of Springs vegan eating. Owned by Nissa and Mike Buth who also own Ola Juice Bar, Moxie has added a reliable plant-based dining option to the Eighth Street corridor, which — a bit south of Moxie — is also home to vegan eatery Burrowing Owl.

This week, Moxie will launch a new aspect of the business: the Moxie Art Gallery. Nissa Buth says this is the restaurant’s first big structural addition. “We’ve always had that [an art gallery] in mind, but it’s just been put on the back-burner so we can get restaurant operations where we want them,” Buth says.

She enlisted the help of her father, Dan Wecks, to establish the gallery space. He brings plenty of experience and expertise to the table, having worked with the Business of Arts Center (now the Manitou Arts Center), the Kennedy Center and Imagination Celebration.

Opening Dec. 6, the Moxie Art Gallery will feature its first artist: recent Colorado Springs transplant Beth Eckel. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Eckel works in mixed media, creating unique realistic artwork on a canvas of book pages and sheet music.

Opening night will also feature a special Moxie menu, so you can enjoy some vegan fare with your art.

Buth says they plan to rotate artists monthly, and she encourages local artists to get in touch if they are interested in exhibiting on Moxie’s walls. Interested artists can get in touch through Moxie’s website.

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Planned Parenthood's newest exhibit focuses on consent

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Friday  Planned Parenthood Art Show: We Too, Opening reception, 6-9 p.m., on display through Dec. 31, The Gallery Below, 
718B N. Weber St., thegallerybelow.com. - JANSEN HOWARD
  • Jansen Howard
  • Friday Planned Parenthood Art Show: We Too, Opening reception, 6-9 p.m., on display through Dec. 31, The Gallery Below, 
718B N. Weber St., thegallerybelow.com.
Last year, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains presented its first community art show, on display only at The Gallery Below in Colorado Springs. The Thread That Binds Us sourced artwork from all over the nation to address the theme of reproductive health care. Paintings, prints, altars and mixed-media works presented a diverse range of voices weighing in on what reproductive health care meant to them and sharing their experiences through art. In its second such exhibition, PPRM has made some changes, including featuring entirely local and regional artists, most — like Christine Flores, Jansen Howard and curator Jasmine Dillavou — from right here in Colorado Springs. While this change was intentional, co-curator Nico Wilkinson, PPRM’s Health Center Advocacy Program organizer (and occasional Indy contributor), says they noticed another shift as submissions came pouring in. “Last year, there was a lot [of artwork] that was around the body,” Wilkinson says, “and more of a focus on health care ... But this year a lot came in about consent — consent and respect. And the whole idea of choice has shifted more to not just be choice in the sense of reproductive rights and abortion, but choice in terms of having a say over our bodies and the way that they’re treated, and the way that we’re treated.” Wilkinson says the title of the show, We Too, is based on the #MeToo movement, acknowledging what they call “an overall cultural shift” toward having honest conversations about consent.
Event Details Planned Parenthood Show
@ The Gallery Below
718B N. Weber St.
Downtown
Colorado Springs, CO
When: Through Dec. 31
Art Exhibits

At the First Friday opening, expect entertainment by local poets and musicians, plus a variety of art to both enjoy and purchase. “The art [is] for sale, [and] a portion will be going to Planned Parenthood, but it was really important to us to ensure there was something for everyone,” Wilkinson says. Recognizing that not everyone can afford to drop $500 on a piece of artwork, they’ll offer a selection of zines, prints and smaller art pieces as well as the main pieces of the exhibit. The event is meant to welcome all members of the community who support Planned 
Parenthood and care about autonomy, consent and choice.

“The history of Planned Parenthood in our community, and of the growing progressive community in Colorado Springs, is one of resilience, and showing not just survival, but growth in the face of difficult circumstances,” Wilkinson says. “So every time we get to do this gallery, or get to convene with other progressives and supporters, is really just a celebration of that fact.” (Disclosure: This reporter volunteers with Planned Parenthood as a health center advocate).
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Monday, December 3, 2018

First Friday Shuttle Bus is a no-brainer for shopping local creative corridor

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First Friday Shuttle Bus host Peter Tuff stands ready to welcome riders to the First Friday Shuttle Bus in April. - MIKE PACH
  • Mike Pach
  • First Friday Shuttle Bus host Peter Tuff stands ready to welcome riders to the First Friday Shuttle Bus in April.
The First Friday ArtWalk shuttle bus — a program of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region — drives a fare-free route on First Fridays between Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and downtown Colorado Springs, with resident artists on each shuttle to provide an artist perspective on the region and occasionally serenade their riders. The easy transit encouraged more participation in First Fridays in 2018 — with upwards of 1,600 rides since April — and its final run in December comes just in time for the holiday shopping season.

Two buses make a continuous loop between Downtown Colorado Springs and Old Colorado City, and a third bus makes a continuous loop between Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. The stop in Old Colorado City serves as a transfer point.

Visitors to all three communities will at the very least benefit from the lack of a parking-induced headache, especially during the peak shopping season. But this expansion also speaks to greater opportunities ahead.

"The bus has really been a catalyst to get the three districts on the same page, and start a conversation around the idea of a 'creative corridor,'" says shuttle program coordinator Jonathan Toman.
On March 27, Colorado Springs City Council passed a resolution to establish Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and Downtown Colorado Springs as a creative corridor. The Manitou Springs Council did the same on April 3.

All three communities seem to be excited about the possibility of collaboration. “The connection and creativity that exist between our three communities along Colorado [and] Manitou Avenue are worth celebrating and promoting,” Natalie Johnson, executive director of the Manitou Springs Creative District, told the Indy.

In another interview with the Indy, Claire Swinford, urban engagement manager of the Downtown Partnership, said “we’re already blessed with a constellation of outstandingly collaborative creative communities. That being the case, the main benefit of the Creative Corridor project will be to harness the collective strength of Downtown, Manitou and Old Colorado City to fuel new programs and services for those communities.” She cited the shuttle bus as a perfect example.

The shuttle's upcoming Dec. 7 run, the last one until spring 2019, is a great way to continue to support local art in these creative corridors, knock out some local holiday shopping, and avoid holiday traffic all the while. The shuttle schedule, stop locations, and gallery information are available at PeakRadar.com/FirstFriday.

A version of this story originally appeared in the March 28, 2018 issue of the Independent.
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Peak Arts Prize hosts information session for interested artists and organizations

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 8:54 AM

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In early 2018, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation launched a competitive grant initiative, the Peak Arts Prize, aimed at funding the pursuits of local artists and art organizations.

In three categories — large organizations, small organizations and individual artists — the program chose three finalists and opened voting to the public to choose winners. These winners were awarded prizes ranging from $2,500 to $7,500 to fund their pursuits.

Locals who want to get in on some of that sweet funding action might consider attending an information session on Dec. 4, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Tim Gill Center for Public Media. Last year’s winners will be on-hand to answer questions, including representatives from the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs (large organization), Colorado Street Art Company (small organization) and Jasmine Dillavou (individual artist).

While the Peak Arts Prize will not begin accepting applications until Jan. 10, this Q&A and info session should help artists begin to shape their ideas.

More information, including application requirements and last year’s winning video applications, can be found on the Peak Arts Prize website.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret takes the drag sensation to another level

Posted By on Thu, Nov 29, 2018 at 1:00 AM

The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, 8 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $24, uccspresents.org.
  • The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, 8 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $24, uccspresents.org.
Anyone who’s seen a drag show knows the art of drag must always be larger than life. In the sensation lies the appeal, after all. Well, the sensation and the pure delight of watching a queen own her stage, and own the audience while she’s at it. But a Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret takes that sensation to the next level. With her band, Martha Graham Cracker performs a variety of music of all eras and genres, with plentiful classic rock and pop — “familiar songs in unfamiliar ways, or weird mashups,” says Dito van Reigersberg, who portrays Martha Graham Cracker onstage. Performed in a cabaret style, this show offers an opportunity for audience interaction and connection (watch out, front row), and Martha Graham Cracker’s playful personality will undoubtedly shine through. Van Reigersberg described his character in a Q&A with UCCS’ Artists Series in November: “She is the tallest, hairiest drag queen in the world. She is a flirt. She likes to confuse you. She is clumsy. She makes mistakes. She wears her heart on her sleeve. She is quick-witted. She likes polysyllabic words. She is honest. She is outspoken.”
Before the main performance, the audience can attend a prologue lecture at 2:30 p.m., where van Reigersberg will discuss the art of cabaret. Cabaret represents a long-standing tradition, and van Reigersberg says it’s more valuable to audiences now than ever. “I think live performance is still a place and time when you can’t avoid the messy joy of communal human contact — it seems an antidote for the alienating, virtual world we find ourselves living in.”
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Amahl and the Night Visitors brings opera to all ages

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Nov. 28-29, 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $20, coloradospringsconservatory.org. - COURTESY COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY
  • Courtesy Colorado Springs Conservatory
  • Nov. 28-29, 7 p.m., Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., $20, coloradospringsconservatory.org.
Seldom considered family entertainment, the art of opera has a highbrow reputation, but this 1951 holiday opera by Gian Carlo Menotti makes opera accessible to all ages, and the Colorado Springs Conservatory has presented it annually for nearly 20 years. The story follows a boy and his mother who have become beggars, but a visit by the three Magi changes their lives. This year, the Conservatory has chosen to set the tale during the Great Depression. Its director of design, C.C. Wells, calls it “a profound design.” Most exciting about this performance, however: Its cast includes hundreds of children and adults, including 100 students from the Conservatory, plus members of the Ballet Society of Colorado Springs, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs and the Colorado Springs Chorale. Clocking in at just under an hour, this sweet tale will hold the kids’ attention, and teach some holiday lessons along the way. 
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Springs Community Arts Festival is the start of something new at Stargazers

Posted By on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Stargazers Theatre has been on a long, strange trip since its early days as a fancy-pants movie theater — well, as fancy as one could get in 1969. The glittering dome on Pikes Peak Avenue has never been one for sticking to restrictive labels, and its constant adaptability over the decades has resulted in a venue-of-all-trades. My own visits over the last 20 years have included multiple punk and rock shows, a midnight screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show, an awards ceremony and several film festivals. It also enjoyed a brief stint as a church, which was pretty surreal for a building that once hosted rapping clowns spraying gallons of soda into a screaming crowd of other clowns. Since 2008, when it came under the loving care of owners Cindy and John Hooten, Stargazers Theatre has seen more than 1,500 events and never once lost the flexible charm that has kept it going when other venues faded away. So since it’s always up to something, particularly events that support the community, music and the arts, the Hootens have decided that the next something they’ll present is the Colorado Springs Community Arts Festival. It will consist of a free show with many different nonprofit and education musical acts (none specifically named in promotional materials), dance performances and visual arts. It’s the first of a series of events that Stargazers says it’ll host in association with instrument retailer Guitar Center; so get in on the ground floor here.
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Monday, November 26, 2018

UCCS Visiting Artists and Critics Series welcomes Dani and Sheilah Restack

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Sheilah and Dani Restack at Ent Center for the Arts, 6:30-7:30 p.m., UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, uccspresents.org.
  • Visiting Artists and Critics Series: Sheilah and Dani Restack at Ent Center for the Arts, 6:30-7:30 p.m., UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., free, uccspresents.org.
UCCS hasn’t just been growing outward with new buildings and housing, it’s growing from within as well. Every department in the college seems set on cultivating new opportunities for students to learn and experience beyond the classroom, resulting in an impressive roster of guest speakers. This week, the UCCS Visiting Artists and Critics Series welcomes Dani and Sheilah Restack, two artists with an impressive list of accolades in film and the visual arts. In addition to building their lives together with a young daughter, the couple has also melded aspects of their artistic careers, producing new collaborative works that have enhanced and expanded their individual strengths. Their 2017 short film Strangely Ordinary This Devotion received accolades for its raw examination of domestic life blended with jarring imagery and intense moments. Attendees can learn about the artists’ existing collaborations during this event, plus gain insights on their newest project, Future From Inside.
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Friday, November 16, 2018

Ormao Dance Company's best-of-the-best showcase draws on 29 years of history

Posted By on Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Nov. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $21-$26, ormaodance.org. - TMDEXTER PHOTOGRAPHY
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  • Nov. 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., $21-$26, ormaodance.org.
On the docket this weekend: a new day, a new venue and a new concept for Ormao Dance Company, which has never put together a “best of the best” showcase of their patrons’ favorite dances. With nearly 29 years of history to draw on, a thousand possible combinations could have gone into this show. Would the tone be too heavy? Too light? Would the pieces work together or feel divergent? Ormao artistic director Janet Johnson says their showcases always present a “mixed bag,” even when based on a loose theme, but this lineup came together perfectly. After soliciting nominations from patrons earlier this year, Ormao has chosen four legacy performances and one premiere to fill out Ovation!, their first performance at the Ent Center for the Arts.

Patrizia Herminjard, the current artist in residence at Colorado College, choreographed the premiere piece of the show: “On the Nature of Daylight.” According to Johnson, this piece represents the cycle of a day, with one dancer, Prentiss Benjamin, performing on an AstroTurf stage in front of a time-lapse video of grass growing. Benjamin, an accomplished Equity actress, has a theatrical approach to her dance that Johnson says makes her “a real force,” and the perfect dancer to tackle Herminjard’s ambitious piece. “It speaks to the passage of time,” says Johnson, “and movement in cycles,” which makes it an appropriate addition to this retrospective.
“Fear Silences,” Johnson’s director’s pick, also speaks to the concept of cycles. Conceptually dealing with J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI, and the culture of America during his tenure, “Fear Silences” includes voice-overs of Hoover’s speeches on the soundtrack. The piece mirrors the paranoia he inspired, and his obsession with rooting out radicals — in his department and in America as a whole. “We should be thinking about it,” Johnson says. “Understanding it’s a cycle that repeats in our country.”

Other dances on the docket include “Umbreller,” “Proximity” and “Lapsus,” three pieces with incredibly different tones. The generally uplifting “Umbreller,” choreographed by Hsin-Yu Kao and performed with prop umbrellas, stands in contrast to the emotional depths of “Lapsus.” Choreographed by Mike Tyus, “Lapsus” represents struggle, the fall toward rock bottom. “Proximity” walks a line somewhere between the two, a duet performed on and around boxes that represent “the compartments we find ourselves living in.” Johnson says the choreographer, Tiffany Tinsley Weeks of UCCS, worked with her dancers’ strengths, even altering movements from the original piece to highlight their advantages.

When a dance company has been around as long as Ormao, and seen as many successes, audiences can bet on a good show no matter what they put on. But you can walk into the Ent Center on Sunday knowing that these pieces really are the best of the best. “This is quintessential Ormao,” Johnson says. “Huge variety, and each one is its own journey.”
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ladies of Laughter Comedy Show is sure to deliver a much-needed, hilarious ladies night

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Nov. 17, 8-10 p.m., Gold Camp Brewing Company, 1007 S. Tejon St., free to attend; performers earn a percentage of beer sales, facebook.com/goldcampbrew. - COURTESY MEGHAN DEPONCEAU
  • Courtesy Meghan DePonceau
  • Nov. 17, 8-10 p.m., Gold Camp Brewing Company, 1007 S. Tejon St., free to attend; performers earn a percentage of beer sales, facebook.com/goldcampbrew.
Even in 2018, too much of what we see reflects the Smurfette principle, which refers to the common trope of a single woman included in an ensemble of men — whether in superhero groups (Black Widow, Wonder Woman) or, as it turns out, in local comedy. “The comedy scene is still dominated by males, and a lot of the time the typical audience at showcases is a split of genders,” says local comedian Melody Klema, who has been performing in the Springs for three years. “It is common for bookers to have just one lady on a show and the rest are guys. Thus women don’t get to work with each other as often.” With that in mind, Klema has decided to host some of her favorite local funnywomen at Gold Camp Brewing Company for a much-needed ladies’ night. Comedians Kolleen Conley, Priscilla Spangler, Tracy Kellett, Alyssa Townsend, Meghan DePonceau and Klema herself will each perform a set for the audience. “It is new and exciting for the audience because a lot of them haven’t even seen six female comedians perform ever, let alone in one show.”
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KaPow's planned the perfect Local Comic Shop Day celebration

Posted By on Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 1:00 AM

Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., KaPow Comics & Coffee, 4239 N. Nevada Ave., facebook.com/kapowcomicsandcoffee. - ROBIN AND CORY CHILDS / MOKO PRESS LLC
  • Robin and Cory Childs / Moko Press LLC
  • Nov. 17, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., KaPow Comics & Coffee, 4239 N. Nevada Ave., facebook.com/kapowcomicsandcoffee.
Gold winners in the Indy’s 2018 Best Of competition for Best Comic Shop, KaPow Comics & Coffee has proven itself a staple of the local comics community. It seems fitting, then, to join them to celebrate Local Comic Shop Day, a national initiative recognizing hometown stores. Show up early for exclusive and limited-edition comics releases, or pop in throughout the day for a demonstration by Undercover Capes Podcast Network, or an opportunity to utilize some awesome pop-up dioramas for action figure photography. A particular highlight: six local artists, as part of KaPow’s monthly artist showcase, will be around to display and sell their work, and some may be taking commissions.
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