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This Week in Colorado Springs (5/5 - 5/11)

Happy Friday from Front Range Shuttle!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - May 5, 2017

Hello Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Spring is finally here! Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your proclivity for rain), that means Spring showers, and we’re looking at a full week of rain next week. Luckily, Mother Nature has gifted us with a beautiful weekend of clear skies and highs in the 70s before the showers begin!
 
Starting off our events for the week with Friday (5/5/2017), we’ll be heading over to Old Colorado City for the First Friday ArtWalk! Visit Old Colorado City’s ArtWalk the first Friday of April through December, featuring local and internationally-known professional artists. Pick from hundreds of original art offerings in more than a dozen art galleries. Enjoy a festive evening with Colorado Springs’ largest concentration of galleries along West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets. This is a free, family-friendly event.
 
Saturday of this week (5/6/2017) is forecast to be a gorgeous day, with mostly clear skies, and a projected high of 75! With that in mind, you may want to avoid some of the more well-known out-door activities here in town, as they will most certainly be extremely full. The great thing about our city, though, is that you can always find a trail with hardly anyone on it if you go looking off the beaten path.
After an afternoon of taking in the sun, we’ll swing by the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center for their showing of Colorado Floyd! Join us for a FREE night with best Pink Floyd jam-band around! Colorado Floyd performs the whole spectrum of Pink Floyd music, live!  For Floyd fans everywhere, this is the band to see!
 
Sunday (5/7/2017) we’re forecast to have the first smattering of rain to kick off the week, with some thunderstorms possible later in the afternoon. With that in mind, we’ll be swinging by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their presentation of Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins! For more than half a century, the name Florence Foster Jenkins has been guaranteed to produce explosions of derisive laughter. Not unreasonably so, as this wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, she received extraordinary fame, and the climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Famously, it sold out in two hours. Souvenir, by turn hilarious and poignant, tells her story.
 
Monday evening (5/8/2017) we are looking at light showers, but with temperatures still forecast to be in the 70s through the afternoon. This will be a perfect day for a quick walk through the park, and then an evening indoors while the rain passes by. We’ve got a fun “Alchemical Remix” exhibit that’ll be showing at the Plaza of the Rockies this week, so why not pop in and check out some very nifty artwork by SuZett Estell, a Colorado-based Digital Artist!
 
Tuesday afternoon (5/9/2017) we’ll be expecting more scattered showers starting around 1:00 p.m., so unless you’re looking for an afternoon hike in the rain, you’ll want to be heading indoors to stay dry. This blogger will most definitely be heading on up to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts in Palmer Lake, Colorado (just about 40 minutes North of Downtown Colorado Springs) for the Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters show! The Boxmasters is an American country rock/rockabilly band founded in Bellflower, California in 2007. It features Academy Award-winning actor Billy Bob Thornton as the drummer and vocalist. Billy Bob Thornton has said that he never intended to become a movie star, it happened accidentally. “Music is what I love,” states Thornton.  Before his acting career started, he played in cover bands for Creedence Clearwater Revival, ZZ Top, and also worked as a roadie with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Paycheck, Blood, Sweat & Tears, the Statler Brothers, and other bands.   He also released a record with a band called ‘Hot Lanta’ in 1974. Over his acting career, Thornton released four solo albums from 2001 to 2007.
 
For Wednesday (5/10/2017) of this week, we’ve got a fantastic line-up scheduled at The Black Sheep: both Hinder and Nonpoint! Hinder, the multi-platinum Oklahoma City rockers will be joined by Nonpoint, an alternative metal/rap-metal foursome that rocks just as hard! The Black Sheep has been voted “Best Live Music Venue” in Colorado Springs every year since they’ve been open, and with these 2 powerhouses lighting up the stage, you’re definitely in for a rocking good time!
 
Wrapping up our week with Thursday (5/11/2017), we’ll be heading over to the Pikes Peak Community College – Centennial Campus for their presentation of Symphony for the Sons of Nam to honor Vietnam War Veterans and Refugees. Featuring The Vanguard School Ensemble and Special Speaker: James “Kimo” Williams, Composer. Kimo Williams plays with the famed, Lt. Dan Band and will be speaking on his experiences in the Vietnam War and the music he has composed to honor Vietnam War Veterans.

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