Dogfight: A Staged Concert
If you enjoyed the Oscar-winning film La La Land
, or if you’ve heard any of the incredible music from Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen
, you’ll love what Dogfight
has in store. Written by Pasek and Paul, responsible for the above titles, and Peter Duchan, Dogfight
touches on themes of idealism, compassion and love by telling the story of a group of young marines about to ship out in 1963. Proceeds support the FAC’s Youth Repertory program and other theatre school classes, which give local youth a chance to train with professionals. Jan. 13, 7:30 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $40-$50, csfineartscenter.org.
Making a Difference Dinner
Support Autism & Asperger Connections, a nonprofit that helps connect folks on the spectrum, and their families, with life-changing resources. Keynote speakers: Dr. Temple Grandin, the accomplished author and speaker on autism and animal behavior; and Mark Randall, competitive golfer and
former Denver Nuggets player. Other entertainment includes live music by the Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra’s string quartet and Tony Exum Jr., and, of course, an extensive silent auction. Jan. 13, 6-11:30 p.m., Hotel Eleganté Conference and Event Center,
2886 S. Circle Drive, $65, makingadifferencedinner.com.
You See Me Laughin’
Blues music has morphed and changed and been co-opted in a thousand different ways over the years. Meet the people who are keeping its roots alive. This documentary, presented by the Independent Film Society of Southern Colorado, interviews “the last of the hill country bluesmen,” including folks like R.L. Burnside and T Model Ford. In addition to the screening, enjoy live music by well-loved local bluester Grant Sabin, who once said: “What I’ve always done when I play shows is just to play the blues... make people smile and dance and feel emotion.” Jan. 15, 6:30 p.m., Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave., free, donations
support the Delta Blues Foundation, facebook.com/IFSOC.
Ent Center for the Arts, open to the public
We’ve been talking about it for over a year, and it’s finally happening! The much-anticipated UCCS Ent Center for the Arts is open to the public. Programming hasn’t yet started in earnest but this is your chance to get a sneak peek at the venue in anticipation of the dance, theater, art and music scheduled for 2018. Check out the 774-seat theater, 245-seat recital hall, the new Galleries of Contemporary Art and TheatreWorks’ new Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, along with much more. Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ent Center for the Arts, 5225 N. Nevada Ave., uccs.edu/~entcenter.