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This Week in Colorado Springs (1/16 - 1/21)

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - January 16, 2018

 Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! I don’t want to call yesterday’s frosting our first “snow” of the year, but as dry as this winter has been, we’ll take all the moisture we can get! Today will be a very chilly day, but from Wednesday until Saturday we’re back to highs in the 50s and 60s, and clear, sunny skies! Saturday we’ve got a decent chance for rain/snow, but still relatively warm weather (a high of 52), and Sunday we’ll drop back down to the mid-30’s. Fingers crossed we see some more precipitation, but let’s enjoy this sun while we’ve got it!
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (1/16), we’ll be heading out to the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy for their Intro to Square Dance & Chili Supper! This will be an evening of fun, low-impact aerobic exercise, good for both the mind and body, to various music styles. No prior experience is needed, and no special attire is required; just bring your friends and family and get off the couch this evening!
As for this Wednesday (1/17), we’ll be heading out to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, where they’ll be hosting The Wailers! The legendary Wailers band returns to bring its revolutionary sound to fans around the world. Steered by famed bassist and founder Aston “Familyman” Barrett, and joined in solidarity with original Wailers’ guitarists Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey, The Wailers continue to make musical history. From 1973 to 1980, Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded, toured, and performed before countless millions worldwide. Since 1981, Familyman and Junior have carried on the mission to “keep The Wailers together,” just as Bob requested, affirming: “By doing that, you keep me alive through the music.” This is a show you won’t want to miss!
And rolling right along into Thursday (1/18), we’ll be swinging by the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of David Bromberg! A godfather of Americana and accomplished blues guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, Bromberg is renowned for his unparalleled playing and gift for interpretation. Having kept busy as a solo artist and in-demand multi-instrumentalist in the 1970s, Bromberg moved with his wife from California to Chicago in order to study violin making. His pursuit of this passion as a profession led to a more or less complete retirement from touring and recording. 2007’s “Try Me One More Time,” which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album, was his first release in 17 years. Bromberg’s penchant for the blues led him to record 2016’s "The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues” which PopMatters calls “a master class in blues-oriented Americana.
And kicking off our weekend with Friday (1/19), we’ll be starting our day at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center early, as Friday is Museum Free Day! Museum Free Days are offered the second Saturday and third Friday of each month. The goal of Museum Free Days is to provide access to the FAC’s general admission offerings to the widest possible audiences in the Pikes Peak region. With 5 rotating art exhibitions, plus the permanent collection on display at the museum, you’ll definitely get your fill of art for the week! Later in the evening the UCCS Women’s Basketball team will be hosting Western State at the Gallogly Events Center on campus at 6:00 p.m., and then the UCCS Men’s Basketball team against the same school at 7:30 p.m.!
As for this Saturday (1/20), we’ll be heading over to the Colorado Springs City Auditorium for No Mercy Extreme Fighting’s Live MMA Cage Fights! This evening they’ll be having two Title fights, the first between Caleb Crump from Team Victory vs. Nick Portillos from Jackson’s Pueblo at 168 lbs. The second Title fight will be between Anthony Salazar from Pariah vs. Chris Carroll from Pwia at 130 lbs. With a total of 9 fights on the docket, you won’t want to miss this one!
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (1/21), we’ll be making our way over to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their presentation of the Veronika String Quartet! The Veronika String Quartet continues to endear itself to audiences and music lovers in Ohio and Colorado, where it is a vital agent in the invigoration of the arts.  By recording and broadcasting for Colorado Public Radio and by presenting thematically adventurous concert series in both Colorado Springs and Pueblo, these veteran performers have single-handedly revitalized the chamber music scene in the region. It’ll definitely be worth coming out to show your support!

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