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This Week in Colorado Springs (04/10 - 04/15)

Happy Siblings Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - April 10, 2018

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! Weather-wise here in town this week it’s looking pretty calm so far, with over-cast skies pretty much all week, but temperatures in the mid-high 70s through Thursday! Temperatures are going to dip quite q bit on Friday and Saturday (highs in the 40s, lows below freezing), but it’ll be jumping right back up to high 50s on Sunday! With that in mind, let’s see what’s going on in the Springs this week!
 
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (4/10), we’ll be heading out to the Simpich Showcase Museum for their showing of The Pilgrim’s Progress! Utilizing over twenty hand-carved marionettes, this elaborate stage production of The Pilgrim's Progress features puppeteer David Simpich in the role of author John Bunyan as he recounts his fantastic dream of the journey of Christian, a sin-burdened every-man from the City of Destruction to the Celestial Gate. His harrowing adventures along the Straight and Narrow Path bring to light and life the classic Bunyan “visions” of the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the River of Death, battles with demons and dragons, imprisonment by Giant Despair, colorful discourse with an array of wise men and fools... and one defining moment at the foot of The Cross.
 
Continuing on with Wednesday (4/11), we’ll be stopping by the Academy Art and Frame Company for Art Aloud 2018! Art Aloud is an opportunity for writers, poets and artists to share their work, as well as collaborate, in appreciation of National Poetry Month. Artists create work based on a poem, story, lyrics, quotes, or anything to do with the written word, and vice versa for writers and authors. Both the artwork and written word are displayed together but not necessarily designed as one piece. This is the 11th year for Art Aloud and the venues include AAFC, Hooked on Books, and Sand Creek Library Branch. Each venue will have a reception with a live poetry reading given by the artists and anyone who would like to share their work or favorite poet. Music is absolutely "aloud" to be shared!
 
As for this Thursday (4/12), we’ll be heading over to the Pikes Peak Community College Theatre for their presentation of The Trojan Women! PPCC Theatre production of the Greek tragedy by Euripides written 2,400 years ago but performed with a modern twist-- five major female roles and an all-female chorus.
After ten years of bloody siege, the Trojan War has finally ended. The Trojan Horse worked, and the Grecian armies were victorious, leaving the slaughtered bodies of husbands, fathers, brothers, sons of Troy in their wake. The Trojan Women focuses on the survivors of the war, the women of Troy, who await being divvied up as slaves to the Greek conquerors. A story about the collateral damage and uncomfortable complications of war, this 2,400-year-old play continues to haunt and echo through today. A diverse ensemble of PPCC students, including several Combat Veterans and active service members, join guest artist Barbara Summerville to bring this play to life!
 
And kicking off our weekend with Friday the 13th (4/13), we’ll be making our way over to the Pikes Peak Center for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic’s presentation of America! What is the real America? Load the bus for a symphonic tour of the land, exploring gritty crossroads and cultural byways, searching for the roots of our great nation. You won’t want to miss this show!
 
And continuing on with Saturday (4/14), we’ll be heading down to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their Prom Redux: A Silent Disco! Join them for a prom-themed silent disco dance party underneath Buck Walsky’s Beach Front, an interactive art installation featuring fiber optics and LED lights. Grab a pair of wireless headphones (provided), tune in to channel of your choice, and dance to your own beat under this stunning work of art! Prom attire encouraged, but not required. Cash bar and food trucks available.
 
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (4/15), we’ll be heading over to the Space Foundation Discovery Center for their Yuri’s Night event! Yuri's Night is the global space party that celebrates the accomplishments of Yuri Gagarin, as well as the U.S. Space Shuttle program.Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was a Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961. Celebrate space and support the Space Foundation with this unique and out-of-this-world fundraiser!

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This Week in Colorado Springs (04/04 - 04/08)

April is Here!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - April 3, 2018

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome to the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! It’s looking like the moisture we missed all winter is finally getting to us! We’ve got rain in the forecast both Friday and Sunday of this week, but sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s to mid 60s all the way through next week. With that in mind, let’s see what the Springs has to offer this week!
 
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (4/3), we’ll be heading over to Pub Dog Colorado for their Barks, Booze, & Bags Fundraiser! The fundraiser is to benefit the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. 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 (4/4), we’ll be swinging by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where they’ll be showing the work of Chiho Aoshima: Takaamanohara! Drawing equally from traditional Japanese Shinto mythology and contemporary Anime films, this immersive, highly detailed video installation by Chiho Aoshima invites the viewer into another world.
The title "Takaamanohara," the plain of high heaven, refers to a place where Shinto deities reside. With a vivid imagination and a saturated color palette, this video retells a creation story about the time when the gods of heaven separated from the gods of the land.
 
Rolling right along into Thursday (4/5), we’ll be heading over to the Broadmoor World Arena, where they’ll be presenting comedy superstar Jeff Dunham! Jeff Dunham is bringing his cast of characters on the road, as America’s favorite ventriloquist tours North America on his 60-city Passively Aggressive tour through spring 2018. Tickets on sale now at jeffdunham.com.
Dunham recently released his latest stand-up special, Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster, on Netflix in September 2017. The special, filmed in Dublin Ireland, features Dunham along with his ill-behaved and slightly demented posse of characters for a gleeful skewering of family and politics. Dunham and his famous cohorts Walter, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Bubba J, and Peanut also consider what a new member to their already dysfunctional family could mean, putting the ‘relative’ in Relative Disaster.
 
And kicking off our weekend with Friday (4/6), we’ll be heading over to the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of Zoso – The Ultimate Led Zepplin Experience! Zoso - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.
Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including slots at major festivals such as Bonnaroo and Rib America Fest, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market. You won’t want to miss this one!
 
Continuing on with Saturday (4/7), we’ll be making a stop by the Pikes Peak Center, where they’ll be presenting the Colorado Springs Philharmonic – Ravel: La Valse! La valsepoème chorégraphique pour orchestre (a choreographic poem for orchestra), is a work written by Maurice Ravel between February 1919 and 1920; it was first performed on 12 December 1920 in Paris. It was conceived as a ballet but is now more often heard as a concert work. In his tribute to Ravel after the composer's death in 1937, Paul Landormy described the work as follows:
“...the most unexpected of the compositions of Ravel, revealing to us heretofore unexpected depths of Romanticism, power, vigor, and rapture in this musician whose expression is usually limited to the manifestations of an essentially classical genius.”
 
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (4/8), we’ll be heading out to the FanDraught Sports Brewery for the first annual FanDraught Baseball BrewFest! Celebrate Rockies home opener weekend at the first annual Baseball Brewfest. An unlimited taster party at FanDraught, with nine independent, Colorado breweries. In nine baseball positions. Make your way around the infield, stop to say hi to the pitcher and catcher, and head to the outfield. They'll all have beer for you!! The Rockies game will be on all televisions and projectors, with audio. First pitch is 1:15pm. What a great way to watch a game and enjoy incredible Colorado beer from nine of your favorite breweries!

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This Week in Colorado Springs (03/27 - 04/01)

Happy Easter!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - March 27, 2018

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! We’ll be starting our week off with a bit of slushy rain/snow on Tuesday and a good chance of more rain on Wednesday, but after that we’ll have highs in the 50s and 60s all the way through the weekend! Now let’s see what the Springs has to offer this week!
 
We’ll be kicking off our week on Tuesday (3/27) with a trip over to the Pikes Peak Center, where they’ll be hosting Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour! is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in early 1995. This is a show you won’t want to miss!
 
With rain in the forecast for this Wednesday (3/28), we’ll take the opportunity to head over to the Space Foundation Discovery Center for their Family Star Party: Wherever the Weather GOES! An evening of looking to the stars and discovering the wonders of the universe. This event creates a fun learning environment for the whole family and inspires the next generation of astronomy enthusiasts! All outside activities are free to the public, and discounted admission is available for those wishing to explore the Discovery Center and Science On a Sphere® inside. Activities include: • Anemometers and rain gauge activities and crafts • Virtual Reality: 360˚ GOES Video • Night Sky Viewing: Moon & constellations • Science On a Sphere® presentations.
 
As for this Thursday (3/29), we’ll be making our way up to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their presentation of Fun Home, the Tony Award winning musical! Fun Home is an original, refreshingly honest musical punctuated with an innovative score that frames the curiosity of childhood and the complexities of family. Alison’s father was many things: a historical preservationist, a funeral home director, a distant parent, and a closeted gay man. In the struggle to understand her father, while also dealing with her own budding sexuality, Alison reveals memories of her life at three different ages. This Tony Award–winning musical, based on the groundbreaking, best-selling graphic memoir, will take audiences on a heartrending and fiercely funny journey.
 
Kicking off our weekend with Friday (3/30), we’ll be heading over to the Stargazers Theatre for their presentation of the DeadPhish Orchestra! The Deadphish Orchestra is a quartet of Colorado musicians who, above all, are close friends who have played together for many years. They had played Grateful Dead songs together, and they had played Phish songs together. But they got to wondering what would happen if they tried to merge the music of these two bands, the Granddaddies and Daddies of the jamband scene. Members include: Paul “Lefty” Murin, Ted Tilton, Brian Adams, and Chris Sheldon. While these two bands have their surface similarities, most fans realize that their actual musical styles are quite different. The Grateful Dead are an earthy, folky, bluesy band where Phish is sharper around the edges–funky and more aggressive. But both bands have an improvisational approach to their live shows, and it is in that spontaneity where the magic really happens!
 
With weather looking to be nice and sunny on Saturday (3/31), we’ll be heading up to the Manitou Cliff Dwelling Museum where they’ll be hosting Colorado Wolf Adventures! Explore the fascinating architecture of the ancient Anasazi and browse through two museums featuring cultural displays all overlooking the historic town of Manitou Springs. Have you ever met a Wolf? Ghost, Spirit and Apache are wonderful wolf ambassadors. Please note $20 for pictures and a 45 inch height minimum for children. Due to high demand arrive by 1:30 pm to see wolves.
 
And wrapping up our week with Easter Sunday (4/1), we’ll be swinging by the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center where they’ll have Alex Harris’ Red White Blue and God Bless You, A Portrait of Northern New Mexico exhibit! Documentary Photographer Alex Harris began creating images of Northern New Mexico in the 1970s, exploring how the interiors and exteriors of homes and vehicles expressed people’s lives in their particular place. This exhibition features a selection of nearly three dozen photographs from Harris’ series Red White Blue and God Bless You, taken between 1979 and 1988, and completed as a book project in 1992. Through intimate views of exuberant lived spaces within these Hispanic American rural communities the artist presents his experience of the cultural landscape.

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This Week in Colorado Springs (3/13 - 3/18)

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - March 13, 2018

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome once again to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! With Daylight Savings Time now in effect we’ll be seeing more sunshine in the afternoons, and with highs in the 50s and 60s all the way through next week, we’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy it!
 
Kicking off our week with Tuesday (3/13), we’ll be heading out to the Pikes Peak Center for their presentation of A Chorus Line, the musical! A Chorus Line is a stunning musical-vérité about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical which celebrates those dedicated singer/dancers who make up the ensemble of a Broadway musical, moving them up front and center stage to tell their special tales of love and passion. A Chorus Line features the ground-breaking Tony Award-winning direction and choreography of Michael Bennett. It was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and 9 Tony awards including Best Musical.
 
This Wednesday (3/14) we’ll have a fun pre-Saint Patrick’s Day at Front Range BBQ, where they’ll be hosting Out of Nowhere! Get your St Paddy's Day celebration started off right! Join them for a 'pre-party' with specials on Irish Whiskey as well as beer from Renegade Brewing Company - their brewery of the month! Out of Nowhere plays bluegrass and acoustic music. They take traditional (and not so traditional) tunes and make them their own. Toss in their duet harmony twists plus the fun they have together, and you've got a show!
 
As for this Thursday (3/15), we’ve got a very special treat coming to town! We’ll be making our way out to the brand-new Ent Center for the Arts for their presentation of Sarah Chang: Viva Piazzolla! Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Chang has continued to impress audiences with her technical virtuosity and refined emotional depth. In this special program, Chang celebrates Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla’s response, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
 
And getting our weekend underway with Friday (3/16), we’ll be making our way over to the Stargazers Theatre for their Spring Rockfest with Levi Rifkin and Vinyl Lust! Levi Maez has performed all around Colorado for 20 years. Levi is a dynamic vocalist and guitarist who always puts on a great show! Rifkin is a pianist and keyboardist who describes his music as “evolving classical,” mixing elements of classical, jazz, rock, and alternative music styles combining interwoven melodies with rhythmic intensity. Together, Levi & Rifkin and the Groove Band play classic rock that will get you up and dancing! Vinyl Lust plays all the good time classic rock that you love. Vinyl Lust plays all the good time classic rock that they grew up with. You’ll hear the music of The Beatles, Genesis, The Cars, Doobie Brothers, and Led Zeppelin, just to name a few!
 
Continuing on with Saturday (3/17, St. Patrick’s Day!), we’ll be heading out to Downtown Colorado Springs for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade! The first annual Colorado Springs St Patrick’s Day Parade was held 34 years ago in Old Colorado City. After outgrowing the West Side they moved their festivities to the center of the city. Today they are the biggest and best start to events in the heart of Colorado Springs’ Downtown, every year! Join thousands of runners, hundreds of cyclists, dozens of dancing groups, Celtic bands, marching bands, schools, charities, businesses, and more for this IRISH DOWNTOWN CELEBRATION!
 
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (3/18), we’ll be stopping by the Broadmoor World Arena to see The Original Harlem Globetrotters! The Harlem Globetrotters known for their one-of-a-kind family entertainment are bringing their 2018 World Tour to The Broadmoor World Arena on Sunday, March 18, 2018, to take on their long-time adversaries the Washington Generals! With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy LoftonAnt AtkinsonHi-Lite BrutonThunder LawBull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT ListerAce Jackson and Hoops Green – the Globetrotters’ show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Their game at The Broadmoor World Arena will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. Ant to top it off, after the game the Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans!

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This Week in Colorado Springs (3/6 - 3/11)

Daylight Savings Time is Coming!

By Tony Fleming-Brum - March 6, 2018

Good morning Colorado Springs, and welcome to this week’s edition of the Front Range Shuttle weekly events blog! We’ve had some crazy wind for the past few days, but it’s looking like the weather is calming down for the rest of the week. We should be looking at highs in the 50s and 60s through Sunday, with mostly sunny skies every day except for Sunday. Sunday will be a bit more of an over-cast day, but still a high of 50! Now lets see what Colorado Springs has going on for the week.
 
Kicking off the week with Tuesday (3/6) we’ll be heading down to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for their showing of the Baseera Khan gallery! Organized by Participant Inc. (New York, NY), this exhibition presents works by artist Baseera Khan that complicate common notions of Muslim women through the artist’s self-exploration of personal history and current geopolitical circumstances. Khan underscores the intersectional themes by the combination of secular, religious, and private imagery as in her series Psychedelic Prayer Rugs (Lunar Count Down, Act Up, and Purple Heart).

Continuing on with Wednesday (3/7), we’ll be heading up to the brand new Ent Center for the Performing Arts (5025 N Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO) for their presentation of Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope! Celtic Nights is a vibrant celebration of Irish history, dance, and music, brought to life by some of Ireland’s greatest performers. They return to the United States for a tour of their newest show, Oceans of Hope, which spins a narrative of the harrowing experience of Irish immigrants as they escaped famine and war for opportunity in Canada and the United States. With stunning visuals and masterful storytelling, Celtic Nights is an experience not to be missed!
 
As for this Thursday (3/8), we’ll be making our way over to the Pikes Peak Center for their presentation of the Black Jacket Symphony! The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique concert experience through recreating classic albums in a live performance setting. A selected album is performed in its entirety by a group of handpicked musicians specifically selected for each album, with no sonic detail being overlooked--the musicians do whatever it takes to musically reproduce the album.

The performance is separated into two sets. The first set features the album being recreated as a true symphonic piece. The second set, which features a selection of the album artist's "greatest hits," opens in full contrast to the first set with an incredible light display and the symphony being much more laid back. The tone is set very quickly that the show will feature the high level of musicianship of the act being covered and will also be accompanied by all the bells and whistles of a major rock and roll show.
 
And kicking off our weekend with Friday (3/9), we’ll be heading up to the Stargazers Theatre where they’ll be hosting The Elders! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with some arse kickin’ Celtic Rock! The Elders were founded in 1998 by six individuals with a passion for music rooted in Americana and Celtic folk rock. From the beginning The Elders seemed to be channeling something ancient and enduring – something unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. Their ability to bring together the art of story-telling with elements both musically progressive and rooted in tradition, has won them a broad international fan base, as well as critical acclaim in numerous publications such as PASTE Magazine, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, Music Row Magazine, Goldmine Magazine, TRAD Magazine (France), Chicago Sun-Times, Kansas City Star and many more!
 
Rolling along into Saturday (3/10), we’ll be heading right back to the Pikes Peak Center for their showing of Jo Koy! Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today's vastly growing stand-­up comedians, Koy sells-­out comedy clubs and theaters across the nation with his infectious, explosive energy onstage. The comedian pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, who inspires humor across all boundaries.
 
And wrapping up our week with Sunday (3/11), we’ll be making our way out to the PACE Center for their presentation of Flamenco Vivo with Carlota Santana! The creative minds behind Flamenco Vivo take classical Spanish dancing and romantic flamenco guitar in bold new directions, creating an artistic experience with a wonderful traditional vibe. Fast tempos, whirling dresses, bright colors and fiery compositions come together to create a dramatic, cutting-edge performance. You won’t want to miss this one!

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