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This Week in Colorado Springs (03/27 - 04/01)

Happy Easter!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - March 27, 2018

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! We’ll be starting our week off with a bit of slushy rain/snow on Tuesday and a good chance of more rain on Wednesday, but after that we’ll have highs in the 50s and 60s all the way through the weekend! Now let’s see what the Springs has to offer this week!
We’ll be kicking off our week on Tuesday (3/27) with a trip over to the Pikes Peak Center, where they’ll be hosting Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour! is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. This is a show you won’t want to miss!
With rain in the forecast for this Wednesday (3/28), we’ll take the opportunity to head over to the Space Foundation Discovery Center for their Family Star Party: Wherever the Weather GOES! An evening of looking to the stars and discovering the wonders of the universe. This event creates a fun learning environment for the whole family and inspires the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts! All outside activities are free to the public, and discounted admission is available for those wishing to explore the Discovery Center and Science On a Sphere® inside. Activities include: • Anemometers and rain gauge activities and crafts • Virtual Reality: 360˚ GOES Video • Night Sky Viewing: Moon & constellations • Science On a Sphere® presentations.
As for this Thursday (3/29), we’ll be making our way up to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their presentation of Fun Home, the Tony Award winning musical! Fun Home is an original, refreshingly honest musical punctuated with an innovative score that frames the curiosity of childhood and the complexities of family. Alison’s father was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father, while also dealing with her own budding sexuality, Alison reveals memories of her life at three different ages. This Tony Award–winning musical, based on the groundbreaking, best-selling graphic memoir, will take audiences on a heartrending and fiercely funny journey.
Kicking off our weekend with Friday (3/30), we’ll be heading over to the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of the DeadPhish Orchestra! The Deadphish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene. Members include: Paul “Lefty” Murin, Ted Tilton, Brian Adams, and Chris Sheldon. While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens!
With weather looking to be nice and sunny on Saturday (3/31), we’ll be heading up to the Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum where they’ll be hosting Colorado Wolf Adventures! Explore the fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs. Have you ever met a Wolf? Ghost, Spirit and Apache are wonderful wolf ambassadors. Please note $20 for pictures and a 45 inch height minimum for children. Due to high demand arrive by 1:30 pm to see wolves.
And wrapping up our week with Easter Sunday (4/1), we’ll be swinging by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where they’ll have Alex Harris’ Red White Blue and God Bless You, A Portrait of Northern New Mexico exhibit! Documentary Photographer Alex Harris began creating images of Northern New Mexico in the 1970s, exploring how the interiors and exteriors of homes and vehicles expressed people’s lives in their particular place. This exhibition features a selection of nearly three dozen photographs from Harris’ series Red White Blue and God Bless You, taken between 1979 and 1988, and completed as a book project in 1992. Through intimate views of exuberant lived spaces within these Hispanic American rural communities the artist presents his experience of the cultural landscape.

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