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  • Theatre ‘d Art loses performance space

    Wed, February 26, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Theatre ‘d Art troupe recently lost its performance space at 128 N. Nevada Ave.

    Michael Lee, one of the group’s actors/directors, said the eviction had been coming for awhile, and was due to noise complaints from other tenants, among other grievances.

    They’ll do their next production, “A Clockwork Orange,” at the Subterranean Nightclub, 128 1/2 E. Kiowa St. It runs March 7-22.

    Lee says the nightclub environment will work well for the Anthony Burgess play. Much like they did for last summer’s production of “Paradise Lost,” the audience will be mobile. There are 22 scenes, Lee says, and they’ll be acted out in different parts of the club. But don’t worry, there will be a few seats here and there.

    Theatre ‘d Art is unsure right now where future shows will be held. Lee says they might look around at other venues, or choose a location on a spot-by-spot basis.

  • Dr. Watson, I presume

    Tue, February 25, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in "Sherlock."

    Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman star in “Sherlock.”

    My new favorite show is “Sherlock” on PBS. Have you seen it yet? I’m late to the party yet again, but at least I made it. The show started in 2010, so it’s only a few years old.

    From the first five minutes of episode one, “A Study in Pink,” I was captivated. Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson! Who knew?! They are both fantastic, Cumberbatch especially, who I’d never seen in anything before.

    I’ve been trying to broaden my horizons. A symphony here, a new show there. I hope to attend my first opera over the weekend, too. What magnificent piece of entertainment have you discovered lately? jen.mulson@gazette.com

  • Philharmonic announces new season

    Wed, February 19, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    philharmonicThe Colorado Springs Philharmonic announced its 2014/2015 season over the weekend:

    El Pomar Foundation Masterworks
    Sept. 20-21: “The Red Violin” with violinist Philippe Quint
    Oct. 25-26: “Brahms’ First Piano Concerto” with pianist Orli Shaham
    Nov. 15-16: “Beethoven and Bruckner” with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott
    Jan. 24-25, 2015: “Bolero” with guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas
    Feb. 21-22, 2015: “Tosca” with Opera Theatre of the Rockies
    April 18-19, 2015: “Brahms 1″ with cellist Alban Gerhardt
    May 16-17, 2015: “Rite of Spring”

    Philharmonic Pops
    Sept. 26-27: “Cirque Musica”
    Oct. 31-Nov. 1: “Wicked Divas” Tony award winning musical selections with Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker
    Jan. 9-10, 2015: “Sea to Shining Sea,” American fanfare
    Feb. 6-7, 2015: “Cheyenne Jackson: American Songbook”
    March 6-7, 2015: “Music of The Who” with vocalist Brody Dolyniuk
    May 8-9, 2015: “Disney Fantasia”

    Vanguard Performances
    Oct. 11: “Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4″
    March 14, 2015: “Mozart: Requiem”
    April 25, 2015: “Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin”

    Holiday and special events
    Feb. 26, 2015: Joshua Bell
    Nov. 28-30: “The Nutcracker” with Oklahoma City Ballet and Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale
    Dec. 21: “The Christmas Symphony” with Colorado Springs Chorale
    Dec. 31: “New Year’s Eve”


  • Symphony for the win

    Wed, February 19, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Josep Caballé-Domenech, music director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

    Josep Caballé-Domenech, music director of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic.

    Sign No.  401 that I’m slowly slouching toward adulthood – I took myself to the symphony over the weekend.

    Sign No. 402 of that slow slouch? I loved every minute, and now hope to purchase a season ticket.

    What a fabulous performance from both the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and their amazing guest – 19-year old pianist Conrad Tao. The audience clearly loved this charismatic kid in his white long-sleeved shirt, black vest and burnt orange trousers. We gave him two standing ovations.

    Even after he left and stagehands tugged and pushed the piano offstage, the symphony returned for a second half that kept my full attention. Music director Josep Caballé-Domenech is a fun one to watch, that’s for sure. And the beautiful tones of the clarinet solo made me wish I’d not given up my own clarinet playing way back in high school. Though I certainly have never missed being in marching band – the worst semester of my sophomore year.

    I’ll be visiting the Pikes Peak Center box office shortly, to try and figure out this whole season ticket thing. Extra enticement: First time subscribers (me!) get 50% off their first year. That seems like a deal I would be a fool to pass up.

  • How to write a love poem

    Tue, February 4, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    love poemI thought a story on how to write a love poem would be fun. Especially if I interviewed local poets, and asked for their words of wisdom.

    And guess what? It is totally fun! The final product runs Monday, Feb. 10, giving you PLENTY of time to write your own love poem for Valentine’s Day next Friday.

    I’ve talked to Price Strobridge, the current Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. He invited me to his cute house with his beautiful wife and sweetheart of a dog. I could have just moved right on in. He shared the love poem, “Prothalamion,” which he wrote for his wife when he was courting her. You can tell she still very much loves it.

    I’ve also talked to Aaron Anstett, who was the Pikes Peak Poet Laureate from 2008-2010. He doesn’t believe in channeling the muse. He believes in channeling a work ethic, and planting your behind in a seat and putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

    Julie Shavin is the vice president and workshop coordinator of local group Poetry West. She shared a handy dandy website I’ll be visiting in the near (like this afternoon) future: rhymezone.com.

    Have you ever attempted to write a love poem for your beloved? I have. They’re challenging, but I wound up feeling proud of a few of them. The goal in my mind was to avoid being trite. One ex-boyfriend turned one of my poems (“Intoxicating Words”) for him into a song to play in his heavy metal band, and it’s now on their CD. Sweet! I’m officially a songwriter.

    Tell me how your poem writing attempts have gone, or tell me your favorite love poem: jen.mulson@gazette.com.