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This Week in Colorado Springs (5/29 - 6/4)

Happy Memorial Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - May 29, 2017

Hello again Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle local events Blog! It seems as though the old poem, “Sweet April showers, do spring May flowers” may need a revision for us here in Colorado Springs, as our afternoon showers seems to be hitting us all in May! We’re still looking at sunny skies and warm temperatures for the week, but be on the look out for those black clouds rolling over the mountains in the afternoons!
Starting our week off with Monday evening (5/29), we’ll be heading over to the Broadmoor World Arena for an epic show of classic rock and roll with Def Leppard, Poison and Tesla performing live! With two prestigious Diamond Awards to their credit, Def Leppard—Joe Elliott, Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, Rick “Sav” Savage and Rick Allen—continues to stand tall in the music industry and deliver some of the most iconic rock melodies and memorable anthems of all time. This will be an amazing night of rock and roll that you won’t want to miss!
If you aren’t able to make it out to the Broadmoor for the Memorial Day show, Tuesday (5/30) will be another chance for you to take in some classic rock at the Stargazers Theatre, where they’ll be presenting “A Night of Red Dirt Country with Jack Ingram”! Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising, personally charged song craft and energetic, charismatic performances, earning him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. Ingram was named Best New Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music in 2008, despite the fact that he’d already been rocking honky tonks, theaters, and stadiums for a decade and a half by then, so come on out and see what you’ve been missing!
Wednesday (5/31) we’ll wrap up the month of May with a stop by the Norris Penrose Event Center, where they’ll be putting on a very special show: The Al Kaly Shrine Circus! With three rings of affordable family fun, "The Shrine Circus" will thrill fans of all ages. Come see the death-defying aerial acts, and animal attractions including tigers and elephants. In addition to the performing acts, kids will have the unique opportunity to ride and pet different types of animals!
Thursday (6/1) the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center will be continuing with their presentation of Man of La Mancha, so if you didn’t catch the show last week, you’ve got another opportunity now! A celebrated Broadway hit and winner of five Tony Awards®, Man of La Mancha is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of the 20th century. It will leave you breathless with a score including the touching ode to romance, Dulcinea, the heroic, I, Don Quixote and the unforgettable, The Impossible Dream. Inspired by one of the greatest novels of all time, Man of La Mancha features Miguel de Cervantes and his faithful servant, who channel the power of storytelling to recount the legend of wannabe knight Don Quixote and his trusty sidekick Sancho as they embark on a journey full of laughter, love and unruly windmills. Man of La Mancha is a theatrical masterpiece sure to captivate all lovers of musical theater!
On Friday (6/2) Colorado Springs will be kicking off the City Summer Fest at the Colorado Springs Event Center; 17 days of family fun to celebrate the beginning of summer! The festival will be filled with music, food and fun with one of the best carnivals in the United States. Crabtree amusements will fill the parking lot in front of Colorado Springs Event Center with everything from kiddie rides to the newest extreme thrill rides. City Summer Fest kicks off June 2 with a live concert featuring Aaron Carter, who toured with the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears!
In keeping with the classic rock we’ve had this week, Saturday (6/3) we’ll be heading right back to the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of The Strange Parade – The Doors: Live and Revived! The Strange Parade, based out of Boulder, Colorado, is a respectful revival of the Doors. They specialize in bringing an authentic Doors concert experience back to life. Not a single song is a copy of an album recording; everything the band does is inspired by the live direction of the original group. “Not only does Matthew seem to directly channel Jim Morrison, the whole band seems to be there! They are not just going through the motions, they are bringing the soul! If you were ever a Doors fan this band is a must see.” Brian Finn, Gold Hill Inn. Come on out and experience the days long gone: The Doors, live and revived!
Wrapping up our week with Sunday (6/4), we’ll be stopping by the Springs Ensemble Theatre for their presentation of Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo. Springs Ensemble Theatre (“SET”) is continuing its eighth season with Pulitzer Prize nominee Gina Gionfriddo’s Rapture, Blister, Burn – a sharp-witted exploration of the impact our choices have on our lives. Directed by special guest artist Joye Cook-Levy – whose recent directorial projects include Enchanted April at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and Constellations at Theatreworks – SET’s production of Rapture, Blister, Burn digs heavily into the question: Can you have it all?

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