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This Week in Colorado Springs (3/9 - 3/15)

Happy St. Patty's Day Weekend!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - March 9, 2017

Hello again to all our loyal readers of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog, we’ve got a good one for you this week! With Spring weather rolling in here in Colorado Springs, we should be seeing mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s through the weekend and into next week; beautiful weather for going out and exploring our wonderful state!
Starting off our week with Thursday (3/9), we’ll head over to Jives Coffee Lounge for a relaxing night of local music talent. Every Thursday the Jives Coffee Lounge hosts the Jives2 Open Mic night, a chance for anyone with an itch for their 15 minutes of fame to strut their stuff! They have guitars, mics, a great stage, and great folks just dying to hear you!
This Friday (3/10) takes us up to Manitou Springs for a special night of classic rock music at the Townhouse Lounge, where they’ll be hosting Starburn! Starburn creates the hey-man/peace/love/grooviness vibe that defined an era of rock & roll with songs from the late '60s and early '70s. Generations of music lovers will be singing along to favorites by The Grateful Dead, Vanilla Fudge, The Doobie Brothers, Chicago, Pink Floyd, Santana, Cream, and more!
After two nights of home-grown, local musical talent, we’ll be swinging by the Pikes Peak Center for a show of a bit more refined music on Saturday (3/11). This week they will be presenting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic playing Dvořák’s New World Symphony! Among the most popular symphonic works of all time, Dvorak's 9th symphony is richly layered with the musical traditions of America. Dvorak was especially adept at turning folk melodies into grand classical themes, and his stirring treatments of African-American spirituals and Native American motifs were instantly recognized as a national treasure. This will be a show you won’t want to miss!
Following an amazing night of classical symphony music, Sunday afternoon (3/12) will take us to the Lone Tree Arts Center for their presentation of Passport to Culture: Denver Taiko! Founded in 1976, Denver Taiko comprises third, fourth and fifth generation Japanese Americans honoring their cultural heritage through the exhilarating performance art of Taiko. A dynamic and propulsive event, this performance is a combination of structured rhythms and improvisational solos that roll together like thunder to stir your soul. Passport to Culture is a program specifically designed for children and families to experience arts and culture outside the classroom and inside a world of imagination through performances that foster the growth of visual and performing arts, science, and cultural understanding in our community.
Monday (3/13) we’ll wind down a little from our exciting weekend of shows with a stop by the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, where they’ll be opening their next exhibit, “Minerals You Use Every Day from the National Forests”! This exhibit consists of an interactive component from the National Museum of Forest Service History and a selection of minerals from WMMI’s collection. Whether we realize it or not, modern civilization is heavily dependent on minerals for everything from computers and electricity to toothpaste and makeup. This exhibit highlights this importance and demonstrates how America’s national forests help supply the country’s mineral needs.
Tuesday (3/14) will be an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in hunting or the outdoors at Stargazers Theatre, as they’ll be hosting The Hunting Film Tour! The Hunting Film Tour is a traveling film festival that allows outdoor enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy exciting, story-driven content from hunting adventures around the globe, all of which will be shown on the big screen in crisp high definition. The Hunting Film Tour provides a home for unique films and filmmakers that capture the stories, landscapes, and pursuits that make hunting a generational passion.
Wrapping up this week’s event’s with Wednesday (3/15), we’ll head over to a Colorado Springs staple, Front Range BBQ! This week they’ll be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day in style, with Bruce Hayes going on stage at 7:30pm! Bruce Hayes plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto!

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