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This Week in Colorado Springs (9/4 - 9/10)

Happy Labor Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - September 4, 2017

Good Morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Also happy Labor Day! I hope you all had a great weekend, that you took in some sun, and got a chance to relax! This week is looking like very nice weather all the way through to next Monday, but now that Summer is coming to an end, be prepared for some chilly mornings!
Kicking our week off with Monday (9/4, Labor Day!) we’ll be heading up to Manitou Springs, specifically to Memorial Park, for the Commonwheel Artists Art Festival! The Commonwheel Artists 43rd Annual Labor Day Art Festival offers a weekend filled with juried, quality artwork and contemporary crafts, music, art-related activities for kids and food. Commonwheel Artists Co-op brings excellent high-quality fine art and contemporary crafts to the Pikes Peak Region during this annual three-day juried Art Festival. It is the premiere Art Festival attraction in the Pikes Peak Region. The Commonwheel Art Festival is located in a beautiful park setting in picturesque and historic Manitou Springs, Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak. Beautiful old shade trees fill the park and Fountain Creek runs along the south side of Memorial Park. It’ll be a great way to wrap up your long weekend!
Moving on to Tuesday (9/5), we’ve got a very interesting art show at the Cottonwood Center for the Arts: Messthetics. Messthetics tasked artists with the challenge of harnessing the power of the ugly aesthetic. In its purest form, messthetics is about impact rather than imperfection. It’s deliberate smearing, rebellion and play. In addition, Cottonwood will display artwork by the docents of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and those of Japanese textile artist Mizuo Hasuo (on display through mid-September). Hasuo forms dramatic shapes “through complex bending, folding and stitching of fabric” to explore natural mysteries and “organic expressions of the living world in its purest form.”
As for this Wednesday (9/6), we’ll be on our way to the Cheyenne Mountain State Park for their Full Moon Hike – a Harvest Moon! As the sun goes down, be there to watch the moon come up. Join the park naturalist on an easy, guided hike that winds through the oaks and up to their amphitheater, where everyone can watch the moon rise over the horizon! Reservations are required, so be sure to save yourself a spot!
Prepping for our weekend this Thursday (9/7), we’ll be heading over to Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of Pierre Bensusan! If “World Music” is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and world musicians today. Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today", Pierre's name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey.  This is not a show to be missed!
As we head into our weekend on Friday (9/8) we’ll have lots going on around town! We’ll start off with the Briarfest Community Festival at the Briarfest Grounds here in Colorado Springs. Briarest features carnival midway rides (provided by the same vendor that does the Colorado State Fair), games, food, music concerts, craft fair booths, silent auctions, wine tasting, and beer garden. Throughout the weekend attendees enjoy carnival rides, eating at the many local gourmet food trucks, browsing the craft fair booths, bidding on silent auction items, enjoying beer and wine in the large beer garden tent and setting up their lawn chairs to take in the sounds of local bands at the main stage which is adjacent to the beer garden. Truly there is something for everyone at the Briarfest weekend!
This Saturday (9/9) we’ll be heading to the downtown area of Colorado Springs for the What If…Festival of Innovation and Imagination! What If… business people, art-makers of all kinds, inventors, educators, tech savvy folks, and garage tinkerers shared a day of wows, innovation, and creativity with people of all ages. Personally interact with inventions and innovations in robotics, cycling, phone apps, art, broadcasting, 3D printing, ping pong physics, urban farming, fire prevention, water management, musical instruments, sports, and much more. Enjoy the beer garden and engage your imagination! Enjoy the interactive educational fun throughout six city blocks in Downtown Colorado Springs!
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (9/10) the Briarfest Community Festival will still be going on in the Briargate area, but in case you’re looking for something different, we’ll also have the Edelweiss Summerfest 2017 here in town! Join the staff of the Edelweiss restaurant just across the street from their location as they turn their parking lot into a traditional German festival. Live music in the evening, German dancers, food and drink specials, and kid activities as well! They’ll be serving Warsteiner Beer and benefiting the Rocky Mountain Highway, it should be a lot of fun!

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