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  • Outdoor movies in Briargate

    Thu, May 29, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Going to the movies can lose its luster during the warm months. Who wants to hang out in a dark theater when there’s much sunshine and fresh air to be had?
    The Promenade Shops at Briargate has the answer: Thursday night outdoor movies. Bring your own chairs and blankets to the east parking lot starting June 26. There’ll be pre-movie activities, like face painting and a photo booth, at 7 p.m., and the movies flicker on around 8:30 p.m. It’s free!

    June 26: Despicable Me 2
    July 3: Monsters University
    July 10: Frozen
    July 17: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
    July 24: The Smurfs 2
    July 31: The Lego Movie

    Details: thepromenadeshopsatbriargate.com/event/colorado-springs-favorite-summer-movie-series-is-back/2145438044

  • More downtown art springing up

    Tue, May 27, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Perhaps you’ve already seen some of the new Art on the Streets sculptures being installed downtown. All 10 of them should be up by the time of the opening reception Thursday, June 12. There’s an 11th interactive exhibit you won’t be able to scout on the street.

    "Purple Coneflowers" by Chris Weed

    “Purple Coneflowers” by Chris Weed

    But wait, there’s another sculpture – a permanent one – going in tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28.

    Downtown Partnership and Community Ventures, Inc. will install “Purple Coneflowers,” a piece by local award-winning artist Chris Weed.

    The piece was commissioned in dedication to the memory of Judy Noyes, co-founder of Art on the Streets. She was a downtown business owner, arts activist, City Council member and involved in many civic and cultural activities. She passed away in 2013. The sculptures were commissioned by the Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund.

    If you’re curious what the process of installing a sculpture is like, head down to City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., where the piece will go up in the median on Nevada Avenue. Weed will be there to install three 14-15-feet tall sculptures starting at 10 a.m.

    More details on Art on the Streets:

    What: Public reception
    When: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12
    Where: City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.
    Tickets: Free; 886-0088, downtowncs.com

  • Chihuly at Denver Botanic Gardens

    Thu, May 22, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Have you seen the “Chihuly Rediscovered” exhibit at the Fine Arts Center yet?

    Don’t worry, you have plenty of time. It’s up through Sept. 28; csfineartscenter.org.

    Dale Chihuly Float Boat, 2007 3 x 22.5 x 18.5' Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Dale Chihuly Float Boat, 2007 3 x 22.5 x 18.5′ Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    A second Chihuly show is opening at the Denver Botanic Gardens from June 14 through Nov. 30. It’s outdoors, and there are plenty of events surrounding it, including sessions to photograph the glass sculpture during different times of the day.

    What: “Chihuly”
    Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St., Denver
    When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 28; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Sept. 29-Nov. 30
    Tickets: $9-$15; 1-720-865-3500, botanicgardens.org


  • Carnegie Hall lends a hand to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic

    Mon, May 19, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Colorado Springs Philharmonic kids season is getting a boost from Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute with the program Link Up.

    From the philharmonic’s press release:

    “Link Up is a highly participatory program where students learn about orchestral repertoire through a yearlong, hands-on music curriculum. Utilizing free materials provided by WMI, the Philharmonic will provide teacher training and support to guide students in exploring music through a composer’s lens, with students participating in music-making in the classroom; performing on recorder, violin, voice, or body percussion; and taking part in creative work, such as composing their own pieces inspired by the music they have studied.”

    During an interactive Philharmonic Kids performance on April 2, 2015, kids are encouraged to sing and either play recorder or another instrument along with the philharmonic from their seats at the Pikes Peak Center.

    For more info on the orchestra’s season: csphilharmonic.org.


  • ‘My Teen Movie’ auditions Thursday night

    Wed, May 14, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    “My Teen Movie,” an upcoming film made in Colorado, will hold their last round of auditions Thursday at the Penrose Public Library. All ages are needed.

    From the website:

    – Please bring a headshot or clear photo from the shoulder up that clearly shows your face. Please label photo with name, age, and contact information and note any scheduling conflicts for the months of June and July.

    – Please NO full length or swimsuit shots.

    – Please be prepared to stand in possible long lines and endure a lengthy audition process.

    – No time slots are given.

    When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 15
    Where: Adult room at Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave.
    Contact: 531-6333, myteenmovie.com


  • Local photographer captures playgrounds in new book

    Tue, May 13, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    playground 2playgroundWriter and photographer Brenda Biondo will sign copies of her new book, “Once Upon A Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975,” at a reception on Thursday at Venue 515 in Manitou Springs. Images from Biondo’s showcase of vintage American playgrounds – as well as photos that didn’t make it into the book – are on display through Sunday at the gallery inside the Manitou Art Center.

    Biondo writes: The book… features more than 160 of my photographs of vintage playground equipment from Manitou (where I live), Colorado Springs and many other towns and cities in Colorado and other states, along with dozens of historical images.

    What: Reception with Brenda Biondo for her book “Once Upon A Playground: A Celebration of Classic American Playgrounds, 1920-1975″
    When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 15
    Where: Venue 515 at Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
    Cost: Free; brendabiondo.com


  • Two former Flying W Wranglers join Latigo

    Mon, May 12, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Flying W Wranglers found themselves out of work after the Waldo Canyon Fire burned down the Flying W Ranch in 2012.

    Since then, two former Wranglers have joined Latigo, a local modern country band, said Joe Donaldson, the band’s founder. Fiddler Tony Ludiker joined last year, and bass player and vocalist Wayne Humphrey joined a couple of months ago.

    The group consists of professional musicians in their first amateur band, Donaldson says, playing around the city. Next weekend (May 23-24) they’ll be at Cleats Bar and Grill, 6624 Delmonico Drive.

  • Local bands and musicians wanted at Pikes Peak Center

    Thu, May 8, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Pikes Peak Center recently put out a call for original music by local and Pikes Peak Region musicians and/or bands to participate in the Colorado Native Live Series held in Studio Bee.

    Musicians must submit a current CD of their original music, resume of performing experience, a band website and contact. Resume and CD can be dropped off at the Pikes Peak Center box office, (Attn: Colorado Native Live), 190 S. Cascade Ave. The deadline is June 20; pikespeakcenter.com.

  • Philharmonic returns to park for Fourth of July

    Mon, May 5, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Good news, music lovers and fireworks fans.

    Your favorite duo rides again: the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and a glorious fireworks display in the skies over Memorial Park.

    It takes place for the second year in a row on the Fourth of July. Concessions open at 5:30 p.m., and the philharmonic plays at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks are at dusk.

    The philharmonic also plays in Bear Creek Regional Park on July 12. The theme: “Rewind: Music of the 80s,” featuring music by Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, Rick Springfield, U2, Journey and more. Concessions open at 5:30 p.m., and the band and orchestra play at 7:30 p.m. Due to limited on-site parking, shuttles will be available; csphilharmonic.org.