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This Week in Colorado Springs (7/31 - 8/6)

And The Rain Continues!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - July 31, 2017

Hello again Colorado Springs (and guests), and welcome to this week’s installment of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! We’re coming off a very wet weekend, and unfortunately it looks like the rainy weather is going to hold up all the way through next week. The good news is that we will get a little bit of a respite here on Monday and Tuesday, with only low chances of rain in the afternoon. After that, though, we’re looking at thunderstorms every afternoon starting around 4:00 p.m. .
Kicking off our week with Monday (7/31), we’ll be heading up to Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs once again for their Summer Concert Series: Metamorphosis! This series of family-friendly, free concerts features a variety of music played by The Little London Winds. The Little London Winds encourages audience members to bring a picnic dinner as well as folding chairs. No tickets are necessary and the concert is free and open to the public. This week’s concert theme will be Latin Night, and with the rich history of wind instruments in Latin America, it should be a great show!
As for Tuesday (8/1), we’ll be heading up to Old Colorado City for a visit at the Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, where they will be kicking off their Be A Kid Month in Magic Town! “Magic Town is a gigantic playground for the mind,” says its creator, Michael Garman. “Part carnival, part dollhouse, part sculpture.” This 3,000 square-foot miniature city was inspired by Garman’s own experiences as a vagabond in the 1950s and 60s. “These are snapshots of my time in Buenos Aires, Santiago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Philadelphia,” Garman explains. “It took me over a million dollars and parts of four decades to pull it from my mind and get the thing built.” So let’s let out that inner child and see what all the fuss is about!
This Wednesday (8/2) we’ll be seeing the afternoon showers and thunderstorms rolling back in, and with that in mind, we’ll be heading over to the Pikes Peak Center for their presentation of Dwight Yoakam! Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple GRAMMY Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and 9 platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard's Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. The Band reflects the love for bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. It’ll definitely be worth checking out on a rainy evening if you’re in town!
Moving right along onto Thursday (8/3) we’ve got another fun, indoor event planned, as the rain will still be coming on strong in the afternoon. We’ll be heading over to Johnny Martin’s Car Central for the Summer Happy Hour for a Cause event! Happy hour menu and drink specials, open to non-members of Johnny Martin's Car Central, and they’ll have pool tables and music as well! Ticket proceeds go to local nonprofit REACH Pikes Peak. REACH Pikes Peak services over 12,000 community members year-round, offering stabilization programs, emergency services, matched savings, financial support for tuition, books and more to provide community hope. It’ll be a fun night for a good cause, so come on out!
This Friday (8/4) we’ll be heading over to the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of Domino: The Van Morrison Experience! Atlanta singer Greg Hester recreates the aura of Morrison onstage with all of the joy of the diminutive Irish giant at his best. It’s Van Morrison as you remember him in your heart! You’ll thrill to the kicks, shouts and struts, as well as the classic stage presence of the Belfast Cowboy. “I was having surreal flashbacks playing with these guys,” crows former Morrison keyboardist Mark T. Jordan. “A great singer with a great band!”.
Saturday afternoon (8/5) will be a fun chance to get out and unwind here in town, and with heavy rain still in the forecast we won’t be missing much outdoors! We’ll be heading over to the Gold Camp Brewing Company for their Locals Till Last Call, hosted by comedian Melody! Gold Camp showcases a local comedian and band every First Saturday of the month, and then ends with an Open Mic and Improv. Performing at the open mic is a great way to earn a paid showcase spot. Gold Camp brews all local beers and Lil Howard's BBQ will be serving all night, so come on down for some laughs and fun!
Wrapping up our week with Sunday (8/6) we’ll be stopping by Stargazers Theatre once again, this time for a more informative evening with their presentation of SEED: The Untold Story! 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared in the last century! Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.  All ticket sales will benefit Pikes Peak Urban Gardens' construction of a new downtown community garden!

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