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This Week in Colorado Springs (10/3 - 10/8)

Happy Art Month!

By Tony Fleming-Brum- October 2, 2017

Good Morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Weather is continuing to cool down, though we’re still in for a few days of sunshine scattered throughout the rainy afternoons. While most of us immediately relate October to Halloween, the month of October is celebrated as Arts Month here in the Pikes Peak region, so we’ll be focusing mainly on art-related events for this week. As we get closer to Halloween, though, you can count on our events growing creepier by the day!
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (10/3), we’ll be heading over to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their showing of William “Buck” Walsky’s Beach Front art exhibit. William “Buck” Walsky, an Anchorage, Alaska-based, Colorado Springs-native artist, originally designed the immersive outdoor installation Beach Front for the notorious annual Burning Man festival, a multi-day extravaganza of music and art held in the heart of the Nevada desert. Utilizing found bicycle wheels, structural steel, and LED lights, Walsky’s massive installation responds to movements of the air, and gives the viewer a sensation of being in an underwater wonderland populated by electric jellyfish. By transferring the horizontal movement of wind to the perpendicular plane of the light canopy the wind becomes visible in a unique way and the fluid properties of the wind are illustrated. You’ll definitely want to stop by and check out this very unique showing!
Moving right along to Wednesday (10/4), we’ll be continuing our art-themed events at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, where they’ll be showing Frances Dodd’s collection entitled Compelling Color! Fran Dodd considers color to be her passion. These colors seen in nature will be enhanced or invented entirely! Fran looks for small fragments of beauty in the landscape - those moments that take the breath away in awe and wonder. Interpreting the landscape from her own viewpoint, she hopes to engage the viewer to stop and experience a little of the excitement and joy felt while painting.
As for Thursday (10/5), we’ll have a great chance to take in some musical “artwork” at Classically Alive here in Colorado Springs, where they’ll be hosting Internationally renowned Concert Pianist Ioana Ilie! Born in Sibiu, Romania, Ioana received her first piano lessons from Elena Drughe, at the age of four. Four years later, at the age of eight, she won her first piano competition. In 2002, she studied under Prof. Enikö Orth. Ioana soon became recognized as a winner of national and international competitions. Winning the Constantin Silvestri Scholarship Competition in 2005, she earned the opportunity to spend a year in England, where she worked with Moira Gray at the Pocklington College York. Ioana has performed in Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Holland, Spain, England, Switzerland, the United States, and Japan. This is a rare chance to see one of the world’s truly talented artists, you won’t want to miss it!
Heading into our weekend on Friday (10/6), we’ll be heading out to Old Colorado City for the First Friday ArtWalk! Featuring local and internationally-known professional artists, the ArtWalk is a great way to get out and explore a bit of the diverse artwork that Colorado Springs has to offer. Pick from hundreds of original art offerings in more than a dozen art galleries. Enjoy a festive evening with Colorado Springs’ largest concentration of galleries along West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th Streets. The ArtWalk is a free, family friendly event, so bring the kids and have some fun!
This Saturday (10/7) we recommend heading down to Pueblo, Colorado (a quick 30min drive from Colorado Springs), as the Pubelo Memorial Hall will be hosting yet another form of verbal “artwork”, stand-up comedy with Carlos Mencia! Mencia began his career doing stand-up on amateur night at the comedy club, Laugh Factory. He later showcased at The Comedy Store and became a regular, performing nightly. After he found success on the L.A comedy circuit, Mencia was named "International Comedy Grand Champion" from Buscando Estrellas (the Latino version of Star Search). This led to appearances on In Living Color, The Arsenio Hall Show, Moesha and An Evening at the Improv. In 1994, he hosted the HBO comedy series Loco Slam and in 1998 he hosted Funny is Funny! on Galavision. Mencia released a comedy album in 2000 called Take a Joke, America that showcased his brand of humor. If you’re looking for a laugh this weekend, this is where you’ll want to be!
And wrapping up our “art week” with Sunday (10/8), we’ll be heading back over to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their presentation of Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery! Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! Comedic genius and Tony Award-winner Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo), transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be!
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