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  • Free blues music by national acts

    Thu, July 17, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Alvin Youngblood Hart

    Alvin Youngblood Hart

    Blues Under the Bridge rides again this Saturday.

    It’s that day of the summer when you walk around your westside neighborhood, and hear the faint sound of the blues waft by on the breeze.

    Headlining this year is Sugaray Rayford. Other acts include Australian Kara Grainger, Alvin Youngblood Hart and Al Chesis and the Delta Sonics.

    One of the coolest parts, in my humble opine, is the handful of free pre-festival shows at downtown venues.

    Grainger plays tonight, Thursday, July 17, at 8 p.m. at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub.

    Hart plays from 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 18, at The Mining Exchange – A Wyndham Grand Hotel.

    Chesis plays at 9 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Jack Quinn Irish Alehouse and Pub.

    The festival is Saturday; bluesunderthebridge.com.

     

     

  • Kevin Bacon has left the building

    Thu, July 3, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Sorry, friends. Kevin Bacon is gone.

    Yesterday, he allegedly posted a photo of the Manitou Incline on his Facebook page,  talking about how scared he was of it. That must have been an old photo, because all of my sources indicated he was long gone from our fair city.

    I emailed one of the producers of “Cop Car,” the movie he was here shooting, and she said Bacon left town June 18 to go on tour with his band, The Bacon Brothers, which includes his brother, Michael. And according to their website, they have a tour stop on Saturday at the Frontier Days Festival in Illinois.

    The Bacon Brothers

    The Bacon Brothers

    “Busy man,” she wrote.

    She also wrote: “I know he enjoyed your incline a couple times.”

    And yes, readers, I begged and implored this producer to help me set up a time to meet Bacon and get a selfie. I emailed, I called, I even sent the original video and asked her to watch it. Nada.

    So. Looks like Bacon Watch 2014 is over. Who’ll be next? Something tells me it won’t be long before some other celebrity is walking our downtown streets, eating 5-star meals at our Broadmoor and trudging up our crazy outdoor staircases.

  • Manitou Springs accepted into Colorado Creative Districts Program

    Mon, June 30, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    At the same time Downtown Colorado Springs recently became a certified Creative District, Manitou Springs was also accepted into the Colorado Creative Districts Program as a candidate district.

    That means the little town works toward certification for two years. Candidates are offered direct funding and professional assistance, training and networking with peers. Candidate districts can apply for certification at the end of two years.

    Each candidate is awarded a $5,000 matching grant from Colorado Creative Industries.

     

  • National Theatre Live at UCCS this weekend

    Fri, June 27, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    TheatreWorks hosts National Theatre Live, a handy program that brings live international theater to screens around the country.

     

    Periodic broadcasts of shows from The National Theatre of Great Britain are brought to a screen at UCCS.

     

    This weekend, two live performances of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” will be broadcast from London to Centennial Auditorium.

     

    The play, based on the novel by Mark Haddon, is about a 15-year old boy who’s gifted at math but struggles with human emotions. When he’s suspected of killing a neighborhood dog, he begins writing a book about his investigation into the death.

     

    What: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

    When: 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28 and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 29

    Where: Centennial Auditorium, in Centennial Hall, UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway

    Tickets: $15, $13 subscribers, free UCCS students; theatreworkscs.org/ntlive.html, ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/about-us

    Something else: Free parking in Lot 3

     

     

  • Swing on in Green Mountain Falls

    Wed, June 25, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The Swings in Green Mountain Falls

    The Swings in Green Mountain Falls

    The Green Box Arts Festival is set to open on the Fourth of July, and along with it, The Swings, which is open now.

    The giant, interactive installation is set up overlooking Gazebo Lake in Green Mountain Falls. You can’t miss it. I headed up earlier this week to get a gander at the huge 10-seat swing set and meet the co-creator, Melissa Mongiat, from Montreal.

    It was rejuvenating to swing again, but what made it even better were the musical notes that played each time you swung.

    A blue swing corresponds to a harp tone, yellow is a vibraphone, pink is piano and green is guitar. The higher you swing, the higher the note. And if everybody gets in each others “bathtub,” what we used to call swinging in synchrony as kids, more complex musical sounds emerge.

    Thirty minutes before the swing set gets turned off, the music turns into a soft electronica version of itself.

    The Swings was designed by Daily tous les jours, a Montreal design studio. The larger original version of The Swings opened in Montreal in 2011, and is still open on a seasonal basis to the public. The smaller version in Green Mountain Falls is on tour, and we’re lucky enough to be its first tour stop.

    “The installation connects people, and you can experience nature in a new way,” Mongiat said. “It’s midway between urban design and interactive art.”

    The exhibit is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily through July 13. It’s free; greenboxarts.org.

     

     

  • Georgia O’Keeffe at the Fine Arts Center in 2015

    Tue, June 17, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Georgia O’Keeffe was the talk of a late afternoon garden party at the Fine Arts Center Monday.

    David A. Dahlin, the new CEO and president of the FAC, announced 2015 is the year of O’Keeffe, to the sound of much applause from FAC board members, staff and others.

    Georgia O'Keefe's "Oriental Poppies"

    Georgia O’Keefe’s “Oriental Poppies”

    The museum will exhibit “Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe” and “Still-Life Painting in New Mexico” June 27–Sept. 13, 2015.

    The works will be on loan from across the country, said Blake Milteer, museum director, including from Dallas and Orlando.

    An exhibit of Myron Wood’s photos of O’Keeffe will also open sometime next year.

  • Somebody stole our Kevin Bacon photo

    Fri, June 13, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    You read that right – a reader submitted a photo (though not a selfie) that somebody snapped of her and Kevin Bacon. How do you like them apples? That is a bitter, bitter apple, my friends.

    Sarah Kittle with Kevin Bacon

    Sarah Kittle with Kevin Bacon

    Reader Sarah Kittle found Kev at the top of the Manitou Incline on Tuesday afternoon, and sent me a photo, which I kind of have to love. How sweet of her to think of me! Oh, and guess what? It was her FIRST TIME hiking the Incline! What a nice reward she got, eh? I don’t remember that kind of treat waiting for me after my first slog to the top, do you?

    I interrogated Kittle on her Bacon run-in:

    Me: What was he like? 

    Sarah: Kevin was nice but seemed like he didn’t want to draw a lot of attention to himself.

    He was hiking alone, wearing a big hat and sunglasses.

    Kevin was at the top of the incline around 12:45 PM yesterday. He was taking photos.

    Me: Did he say how long he’d be in town? Was it his first time on the incline? 

    Sarah: Sorry, didn’t ask either of the above questions.

    And she wasn’t the only one to spot him. Other Facebook friends also alerted me to another woman who found Kev on the Incline Tuesday, too. That one looks like a selfie. Curses! Stolen right out from underneath us.

    Ah well. You win some Kevin Bacon, you lose some Kevin Bacon. He could still be around the Springs, you know, lurking, waiting to surprise us. I half expect that guy to come strolling into The Gazette reception area downtown during one of his breaks from shooting the indie film “Cop Car.” I mean, he must have heard all the kerfluffle from locals about his visit here, right?

     

  • Two artists win cash prizes at Art on the Streets reception

    Fri, June 13, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The streets are alive with the new Art on the Streets sculpture garden.

    Two artists were recognized Thursday, June 12, at the exhibit’s opening reception at City Auditorium.

    Andrew Ramiro Tirado from Colorado Springs won the juror’s award and a $10,000 prize for “Lacuna,” the giant arm made from redwood and paint that hangs in the atrium of Plaza of the Rockies.

    Tim Upham from Fort Collins won the People’s Choice award and $1,000 for “Red Springs Garden” in last year’s exhibit. The sculpture looked to me like colorful giant pick-up sticks in front of City Hall.

    Eleven pieces were selected from 65 applicants to decorate downtown for the next year in the 16th annual program by Downtown Colorado Springs and Community Ventures, and presented by U.S. Bank.

  • Fine Arts Center announces new president and CEO

    Tue, June 10, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    David A. Dahlin

    David A. Dahlin

    David A. Dahlin is the new president and CEO of the Fine Arts Center. He’ll relocate from Denver and start July 7.

    He worked in numerous positions at Colorado Springs-based Compassion International for 19 years, ending as executive vice president in September. Since then, he’s worked as director of strategy at Geneva Global, an international consulting firm in Denver, said Warren Epstein, FAC publicist.

    One hundred applicants from across the country vied for the position vacated by Sam Gappmayer in late November.

    “We had four finalists interview and he was the clear choice,” said Epstein. “I think it was the impressive credentials he brought in from the non-profit world. This is a different direction for us. We’ve usually had people with big art degrees, and part of that was recognition that we’ve got a really strong staff in place. We need somebody who knows how to build a team and fundraise. We need a proven leader and this guy has it in spades.”

    From the press release:

    “We have such a strong staff and executive team who have been creating top-quality experiences and programming,” says Nechie Hall, who has served as interim president and CEO since December. “David’s refreshing vision and proven business acumen will complement that collective talent with exactly the kind of leadership the organization needs.”

     

     

     

  • Monument singer on ‘America’s Got Talent’

    Wed, June 4, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Miguel Dakota

    Miguel Dakota

    Miguel Dakota is a rosy-cheeked 21-year old singer songwriter from Monument. He does odd construction jobs and plays gigs around Monument and Colorado Springs to get by.

    He’s one of those performers who startles you when he starts singing. He’s pure emotion, with a voice that sounds years older.

    Dakota’s currently singing for his supper on ABC’s Tuesday night show, “America’s Got Talent.” He did a cover of Alex Clare’s “Too Close” this week, and blew the four judges away.

    Judge Heidi Klum said her heart melted listening to him, and they unanimously voted to move him forward in the competition.

    Watch here: youtube.com/watch?v=qNZerRShJsY

    I hope you go far, Miguel. You have stage presence and an amazing voice.