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This Week in Colorado Springs (1/30 - 2/4)

Lunar Eclipse Week!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - January 30, 2018

Good morning loyal readers, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! It’s looking like we’re in for yet another dry week this winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow on both Thursday and Saturday. Temperature wise, we’ll be looking at highs starting off Tuesday in the 60s, and will gradually drop down to the 30s and 40s by the weekend. Hopefully the weather is clear for the Lunar Eclipse!
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (1/30), we’ll be stopping by Pub Dog Colorado for their Barks, Booze, & Bags Fundraiser! The fundraiser is to benefit the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and has quickly become a staple event for this blog! Support homeless animals with every sip as $1 from each draft beer or wine sold is donated to HSPPR. Enter the “Doggie Bag Giveaway” for your chance to win prizes and cool dog swag! Doggie bags are filled with mystery prizes worth hundreds of dollars. Winners announced at 8pm!
As for this Wednesday (1/31), we’ll be heading over to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where they’ll be hosting An Evening With Holly Bowling! Holly Bowling is a classically trained pianist who plays breathtaking renditions of Phish and Grateful Dead classics. Using classical piano technique to reinterpret these jamband luminaries, Holly’s live performances infuse new with old, tradition with surreal, and creates a concert experience like nothing else in the music world!
And to start the month of February on Thursday (2/1), we’ll be swinging by Front Range BBQ for their presentation of Woodshed Red! Woodshed Red hails from the Colorado Springs area and performs all over Colorado and the neighboring states.  Inspired by bluegrass, blues, funk and rock spanning eras of music both old and new, the band members have incorporated their individual styles to create their own unique sound. The instrumentation of Woodshed Red generates an upbeat positive grassy sound, intertwined with funky, untamed improvisation. You won’t want to miss this one!
Kicking off our weekend with Friday (2/2), we’ll be heading over to the Pikes Peak Center for An Evening With Janis Joplin! Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock & roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. Now, Colorado Springs is invited to share an evening with the woman and her musical influences in the hit musical A Night With Janis Joplin. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, Mercedes Benz, Cry Baby and Summertime, this sensational show is a musical journey celebrating Joplin and her biggest musical influences icons like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of rock & roll’s greatest legends!
This Saturday (2/3) we’ll be stopping by the Broadmoor World Arena for an incredibly special opportunity: Cirque Du Soleil – Crystal! Crystal is the 42nd production from Cirque du Soleil and its first-ever experience on ice. World-class ice skaters and acrobats take their new frozen playground by storm with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with a flurry of unexpected acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice. Crystal, the show’s main character, sets out on an exhilarating quest to fulfill her destiny as she dives into a world of her own imagination. She soars through this surreal world at high speed to become what she was always destined to be: confident, freed, empowered. Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways. Discovering one’s individuality and uniqueness requires venturing out on thin ice!
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (2/4), I’m sure the majority of us will be at home watching the big game, but if you’re visiting town and looking for a comfortable atmosphere and good food for the show, these are some of the best places around town to watch the game:
BooDad's Beach House Grill - 5910 Omaha Blvd., 380-7263, TVs: 14, one at 55 inches. Specials: 50-cent wings; parties of four or more receive half off appetizers; happy hour pricing during the game.
Johnny's Navajo Hogan - 2817 N. Nevada Ave., 344-9593, TVs: six, one at 80 inches. Specials: happy hour all day; $1 tacos; 50-cent wings (minimum of six).
Old Chicago - 4110 N. Academy Blvd., 536-0633, . TVs: 20, one at 42 inches. Specials: $3.50 for pint; $4 for tall Blue Moon, Fox Barrel Pear Cider and Leinenkugel's specialty.
Rhino's Sports & Spirits - 4307 Integrity Center Point, 578-0608, TVs: 17, one at 80 inches. Specials: 70-cent wings; $1 drafts; $2 unlimited raffle tickets for pitchers of beer, bar tabs, jerseys, liquor, shirts and a mini fridge.

And as always, don't forget about Front Range Shuttle! From cozy SUV's to 25 passenger buses, we have all your airport transportation needs covered!