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This Week in Colorado Springs (11/14 - 11/19)

Happy Native American Heritage Month!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - November 14, 2017

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! It would appear as though the “last week” of summer-esque weather still hasn’t arrived for us here in the high desert! Last week we saw temperatures dip a bit on Tuesday and Wednesday, but they rose right back up right after the snow shower passed us by, and we should continue to see relatively warm weather all the way through next week!
Kicking off our events with Tuesday (11/14), we’ll be heading up to the Michael Garman Museum & Gallery for Christmas in Magic Town! The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery is pleased to announce that it’s time for Christmas in Magic Town! ‘Tis the season to celebrate in Michael Garman’s 3,000 square foot cityscape, decorated specially for Christmas. Located in the historic district of Old Colorado City, Magic Town is a 1/6th scale miniaturized urban neighborhood, complete with dozens of handcrafted buildings, alleyways, and sidewalk scenes that transform before your very eyes. Peer down alleyways and peek into windows to see shifting scenes. Come see Michael Garman’s beloved characters beside magical holiday holograms featuring Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Christmas carolers, and some new special characters with holiday stories to tell!
And heading into Wednesday (11/15), we’ll be stopping by the Cottonwood Center for the Arts to check out their new juried exhibit: Zero Point! Zero Point tasked artists with the challenge of whittling down the element of color in their works. Monochrome art is meant to create a “zero point” — a relief from the artistic burdens of color and color theory. The result of simplifying the variety of color is a deeper appreciation for the interaction between tone, shade, contrast and subject matter.
As for this Thursday (11/16), we’ll be heading over to Front Range BBQ for their 5th Annual Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament! Yes, you read that correctly, it is a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament!  It works like this: -Sign up ONLINE to represent a team (New Belgium or Oskar Blues). $10 entry fee/person benefiting UpaDowna -Show up and show off your mad, hand ninja skillz! All proceeds will benefit UpaDowna. UpaDowna is a nonprofit based locally in Colorado Springs but serves folks globally as a means to bring together people that have a need to cure “Nature Deficit Disorder”. By encouraging you to get outdoors to stop, listen, breathe deep, and become more aware of what it means to be alive. By reaching out through our community programs both educational and fun filled, we will show you the path into the hills by providing instructional classes as well as hands on experiences covering backpacking, hiking, camping, cycling, climbing, bouldering, wilderness survival, skiing, snowboarding, stand up paddle-boarding and much, much more!
And kicking off our weekend with Friday (11/17), we’ll be heading to the Pikes Peak Center for their presentation of Jeanne Robertson! An overnight success nearly half a century in the making, Jeanne Robertson keeps audiences rolling on the floor with laughter. At 73 years young, this former Miss North Carolina stands tall at six-foot-two and has a personality, heart and sense of humor that soar just as high. For years, her witty speeches were mostly limited to conventions and meetings, but with the dawn of the digital age, the world became exposed to Robertson's infectious humor when her YouTube videos suddenly went viral. Now with eight nationally released DVDs/CDs, three books, hundreds of hours on SiriusXM satellite radio and over 39 million YouTube views, the demand for Robertson's family-friendly and engaging brand of comedy has grown exponentially. Robertson is the embodiment of the classic, sophisticated Southern woman who even in her seventh decade shows no signs of slowing down. You won’t want to miss this one!
This Saturday (11/18), we’ll be making a stop at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, where they’ll be kicking off their Winter Lights at Seven Falls event! In 1947, a tradition began at Seven Falls to promote the canyon at night when alternating colored and white lights illuminated the waters, much to the delight of locals and visitors worldwide. On Saturday, November 18, the much-loved, multi-colored display returns for the holiday season as Seven Falls celebrates the third annual Winter Lights event. More than 100,000 individual lights will line the path leading to the Falls, and this year, colored lights will also adorn the cliff faces of the Pillars of Hercules, making for not only a festive atmosphere, but a photographer’s dream locale for holiday family photos!
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (11/19), we’ll be heading over to the Broadmoor World Arena for a Colorado Springs holiday tradition: The Trans-Siberian Orchestra! Over the past 20-plus years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra (“TSO”) has become a critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum, musical powerhouse, and its annual winter stop in Colorado Springs a beloved, multi-generational holiday tradition. 2017’s tour, a completely updated presentation of TSO’s unforgettable “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” will visit The Broadmoor World Arena on Sunday, November 19 with shows at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” the rock opera features such enduring fan-favorites as "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "O’ Come All Ye Faithful," "Good King Joy," "Christmas Canon," "Music Box Blues," "Promises To Keep," and "This Christmas Day." You won’t want to miss this one!

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