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This Week in Colorado Springs (9/18 - 9/24)

As Summer Turns to Fall

By Tony Fleming-Brum - September 18, 2017

Good Morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Our hot summer weather seems to be settling down a little this week, with highs still in the 70s and 80s, but lows as low as 40 on Sunday morning. We’re also looking at a decent chance of rain on Sunday, so plan your week/end accordingly!
Kicking off our week with Monday (9/18), we’ll be heading over to the Royal Castle Lounge and Grill, where they’ll be hosting a great show by Lion Heights! Outcasts of the mainstream, Lion Heights follows in the footsteps of Jamaican legends such as Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and the great Bob Marley to deliver a seemingly forgotten message of love, unity, and equal rights through the return of conscious reggae music. After years of working as both live and session musicians for Chicago's reggae elders, the result is a young group with a new soul and old roots. If that wasn’t enough, the Royal Castle Lounge and Grill also has great food and nightly drink specials! Come on down to see what you’ve been missing!
Rolling right along into Tuesday (9/19), why not stop by WhirlyBall to join them in their Grand Re-Opening Celebration? Every day this week they’ll be giving out incredible discounts at the door to celebrate. This Tuesday’s discount is Military Day, Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverages with government ID! From what we can tell, WhirlyBall is a mutant form of lacrosse mixed with bumper cars and basketball…sounds like a blast!
As for this Wednesday (9/20), we’ll be heading over to Old Colorado City to The Loft Creative Space for their Wedding Dance 101 class! Are you ready to take your "high-school sway" to the next level? Join them for a fun evening of dancing, mingling, and wine/beer-sipping! You'll learn all the basics necessary to have a blast dancing at your wedding (or your friend's/daughter's/cousin's wedding). They believe ANYONE can dance, and "anyone" includes you! Cost is just $15, and you don’t need to bring a partner if you just want to mingle and pick up some fun dance moves!
This Thursday (9/21) we’ll be going right back over to The Loft Creative Space, this time for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s 16th annual Art on the Hoof fundraiser! Work with an estimated value of $100 and up is featured in this event. All guests will receive admission and hors d’oeuvres, and depending upon your ticket level may receive drink tickets and an “Art Drawing Ticket.” Drawings will occur throughout the evening. When a One-person or Two-person ticket is chosen, the guest chooses a work of art. The drawings continue until all the art finds a new home. All participants get to take a work of art home with them! Higher valued works are auctioned off through silent and live auctions at the event. Come on out and support our local zoo!
If you’re in town this Friday (9/22) you’re in for a treat, as Classically Alive will be presenting “Bach, Away, and Bach Again!” at The Minzer/Schrueder Residence here in Colorado Springs! Our program begins with Norah Clydesdale playing Bach’s Suite No. 2 in D Minor for solo cello. Each of the 6 Bach Cello Suites are major works, and this divine music, hardly needs introduction. The second half will feature a very new work (2017) by local Colorado composer, David Volk, his Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano. This is an enjoyable, very accessible work. As I commented to David at a recent performance of the work, his music proves the point that there is much great music still to be written in the key of C Major. And the brilliantly intense finale of the Volk Sonata, titled “Mephisto Sonata”, surely concludes the work with a devilishly feverous pitch. This is sure to be an amazing night of classical music!
As for Saturday (9/23), we’ll be on our way up to Memorial Park in Manitou Springs for the Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival! Celebrate the Third Annual Manitou Springs Heritage Brew Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1-5pm. VIP entry at Noon. The event is sponsored by the Manitou Springs Heritage Center and the City of Manitou Springs, and all proceeds benefit the Manitou Springs Heritage Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. While you’re at it, come in and see their many intriguing and exciting exhibits, including “Manitou Railroads” featuring the Cog Railway’s 125th Anniversary exhibit, the Mt. Manitou Incline and the Red Mountain Incline. With 30+ local brewers, 5 bands, and tons of food and fun, you won’t want to miss this!
Wrapping up our week with Sunday (9/24), given that there’s a good chance of rain in the forecast, we’ll be heading over to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their presentation of Parallel Lives, a play that reexamines the ongoing quest to find parity and love in a contest handicapped by capricious gods – or in this case, goddesses. In the opening scene, two Supreme Beings plan the beginning of the world with the relish of two slightly sadistic suburban wives decorating a living room. Once they’ve decided on the color scheme of the races, a little concerned that white people will feel slighted being such a boring color, they create sex and the sexes. Afraid women will have too many advantages, the Beings decide to make childbirth painful and to give men enormous egos as compensation. From this moment, the audience is whisked through the outrageous universe of Kathy and Mo, where two actresses play men and women struggling through the common rituals of modern life: teenagers on a date, sisters at their grandmother’s funeral, or a man and a woman together in a country-western bar. A poignant comment on today’s society, and a play you won’t want to miss!

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