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This Week in Colorado Springs (1/20 - 1/26)

As The Warm Weather Wanes..

By Tony Fleming-Brum - January 19, 2017

We’re back once again for the Front Range Shuttle weekly blog, and what a nice week of weather we had! Unfortunately (or fortunately for you snow-lovers out there!) that trend couldn’t hold up for too long. We are going to see a bit of snow here in Colorado Springs this weekend, and some chilly days all the way through next week. Plan to bring gloves and boots if you’ll be in the area for a visit!

We’ll be starting off this week’s blog with a repeat from last week, just because it’s such a great opportunity. Friday (1/20) will be one of the last nights to see Cirque du Soleil’s OVO at the Broadmoor World Arena!  OVO, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. An absolute must-see for all ages, Cirque Du Soleil is always an amazing show!

Saturday evening (1/21) will be a great chance to take in an original Colorado gem at Stargazers Theatre, where they’ll be hosting Colorado Floyd’s Four Year Anniversary Party! Colorado Floyd performs the whole spectrum of Pink Floyd music, and is considered to be one of the greatest Pink Floyd cover-bands in the country! If you’re looking for a night out on the town with good music at a great venue, then look no further! The best part? The show is Free!

If you’re looking for a bit more of a low-key event this weekend, then Sunday (1/22) you will most definitely want to be at the Pikes Peak Center, as they’ll be hosting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s Beethoven and Tchaikovsky performance! Beethoven’s eighth symphony is said to be “lighthearted but not lightweight.” Though it is rife with musical jokes and major chords, it nevertheless provides glimpses of the grandeur to come in Beethoven’s next and final work, his famous “Ode to Joy.” In this program its passion and subtlety are perfectly set off by Irish pianist Barry Douglas’ interpretation of the massively popular Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, and a new composition inspired by Pikes Peak from Boulder composer Daniel Kellogg. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic always puts on a great show, and with Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on the night’s repertoire, you’re definitely in for a treat!

Monday evening (1/23) we’ll be swinging by the Whistle Pig Brewing Co., where they’ll be hosting their PaintNite with Brewster event! Head on down to enjoy some bites, some brews, and some brush strokes. They will be lead through painting a Colorado "C" and a mountain silhouette; all while sipping on their favorite brews. If beer isn't your thing, they will have some wines for your enjoyment as well as their house taps! Definitely a fun way to start off your week!

Tuesday afternoon (1/24) we should start seeing the clouds break and a bit of sunshine poking through, so why not take a quick drive up to Manitou Springs for the day? The Manitou Art Center will be presenting the first exhibit of the Manitou Community Art Projects. A growing trend in the art world is “community art." Artists use local space, resources and people to create happenings that add to the sense of community identity and construct works of art and beauty. Manitou Springs is manifesting a unique form of “community art" in which the people are both the artist and the art. It is based on creating a dynamic public happening focused on the art of living. Each year, citizens will come together to focus on a human trait/action and their own individualistic expression of that humanity. Mindfulness and creativity transforms the social interactions with our neighbors into creative expression of connectedness and beauty. This exhibit will definitely be worth checking out!

After all the concerts and art this week, wouldn’t it be nice to just go out for a relaxing dinner and some music? Well Wednesday evening (1/25) will provide a perfect chance to do just that at Front Range BBQ, where they’ll be hosting Grant Sabin! Grant Sabin is “An old soul at age 21, Grant Sabin started gigging in his mid-teens, with a sound that drew heavily from Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell. He integrates those Delta blues influences into something more personal and unique on this 2011 EP, with biting slide guitar that complements his soulful growl and heartfelt lyrics” according to Bill Forman of the Colorado Springs Independent. And with the great food served up at Front Range BBQ, this is a night you won’t want to miss out on!

Wrapping up our week with Thursday evening (1/26), we’ll head over to the Friends House Concerts venue for their presentation of Tony Furtado! Very few musicians of any stripe so personify a musical genre as completely as Tony Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is an evocative and soulful singer, a wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist adept on banjo, cello-banjo, slide guitar and baritone ukulele who mixes and matches sounds and styles with the flair of a master chef. If you’ve got the time this week, you’ll definitely want to swing by and check out this great musician!

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