May 16-18, 7 p.m., and May 19, 4 p.m., The Cellar at Carter Payne, 320 S. Weber St., $12-$15, facebook.com/thestarbarplayers
In Colorado, we had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama of the Masterpiece Cakeshop court case, wherein Lakewood baker Jack Phillips refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding celebration back in 2012. Though Phillips won his case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the U.S. Supreme Court, the underlying issue about whether bakers can refuse such commissions hasn’t been decided, and as a culture we’re still struggling with the balance between the two sides.
The Cake, a play by Bekah Brunstetter, draws on this and similar cases across the country, but adds a layer that allows the audience to delve deeper into the underlying issues of faith versus fair treatment. The story follows newly engaged lesbian couple Macy and Jen, who return to Jen’s North Carolina hometown to commission a wedding cake from an old family friend — a baker named Della who’s more than a little surprised to find out her little Jenny is marrying a woman.
“So in here, the people who are on the opposite sides of this issue are people who love each other,” says Beth Clements Mosley, director of Star Bar Players’ production of The Cake. “And so that gives them permission. It gives them a glue that sticks it together so that they can actually confront more about [the issue] than the guy who just sends them away from the shop.”
It’s a very human play, presenting vulnerability and stubbornness and tension on all sides of a complex issue of freedom and love, while maintaining a warm sense of humor that keeps it accessible. Della struggles with her faith, and intimacy in her own marriage. Jen struggles with two sides of herself: the woke liberal lesbian she is in New York City, and the religious Southern girl she was raised to be.
The cast includes a lineup of local rock stars, with Kala Roquemore and Cyndi Parr playing Macy and Jen, and Ellen Regina and Dylan Mosley bringing life to Della and her conservative husband Tim. Each plays their role with authenticity, regardless of what their own political beliefs may be. The goal is to let the audience decide what they believe.
“This is a beautifully balanced piece,” Clements Mosley says, “where they’re talking about this issue, which needs talking about right now, but also she [the playwright] has not weighted it in any given direction. ... It’s important to remember that, for the most part, people that we are so horrified by right now on either side ... most of them are not horrible beasts, and they sincerely are wrestling with these issues.”
The Cake is Star Bar’s first production as part of ARTx, a new arts collective presenting performance art in the cellar at the Carter Payne.
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Pikes Peak Whittlers Woodcarving and Woodworking Show
May 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., $2-$3, tinyurl.com/PikesPeakWhittlers
While the Pikes Peak Whittlers are active year-round, hosting monthly meetings for woodworkers and wood carvers passionate about their craft, this annual show and sale marks their biggest event of the year. More than 40 of PPW’s members will be packed into the Shrine Club, displaying their works, demonstrating their techniques, and offering insight into their art. Check out impressive carvings, furniture, ornaments and knickknacks and more, and vote for your favorite piece to win the PPW’s 2019 People’s Choice award.
Front Range Paranormal Society Meet and Greet
May 18, noon to 5 p.m., Pink Cadillac Boutique, 1635 W. Colorado Ave., free, facebook.com/frontrangeparanormal
While we can’t confirm this ourselves, we have been informed by Facebook (a reliable source, to be sure) that Pink Cadillac Boutique in Old Colorado City is “the most haunted boutique in America.” By day, the store offers women’s clothes and accessories. By night, it comes alive with supposed paranormal activity such as disembodied screams and mysterious mists. The Front Range Paranormal Society has chosen this location for its upcoming meet and greet, where folks interested in paranormal investigation can check out their equipment and some of their evidence. There will be raffles and refreshments, but hopefully there will also be an opportunity to confirm this location’s paranormal reputation for yourself.
ROLL Bike Art Festival
May 18, 5-8 p.m., Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd., facebook.com/BuffaloLodgeBicycleResort
Fifteen years after a group of bikers and artists (and biking artists and art-making bikers) came together to celebrate their passions, ROLL Bike Art Festival is still cycling on. Drop on by to check out this juried, national exhibit of bike-themed and -related artwork, take advantage of group rides and other activities, and enjoy the community that has sprung up around this 15-year tradition. The theme and title of the exhibition this year is BUFF*VELO EVOLUTION, encouraging contemplation on the evolution of the bike or the festival itself.
My Black Colorado Magazine Release Party
May 19, 2-7 p.m., The Social, 3506 N. Academy Blvd., facebook.com/MyBlackColorado
In 2018, a group of passionate Coloradans got together to create a resource for the state’s black community. They compiled a massive directory of black-owned businesses, and shared relevant news and events with a growing community of readers. Now, two months after publishing their inaugural print issue, they’re celebrating the accomplishment in style with a party and award ceremony. You’ll find live performers like DJ Craftmatic and Talisa Caldwell, plus vendors, refreshments and plenty more. My Black Colorado will also be announcing the winners of its Golden Ticket People’s Choice Awards, which cover categories from arts and music to businesses and services to education.