Stick Horses in Pants Anniversary Show
July 25, 8-10 p.m., The Loft, 2506 W. Colorado Ave., $7-$10, facebook.com/theStickHorses
Here’s a joke for you: What has 12 legs and countless local fans, and makes everything up as it goes along? Okay, that’s a terrible setup, but that’s why I’m not planning to try out for Stick Horses in Pants (SHIP), a local six-member improv comedy troupe that will soon celebrate 15 years of good, clean, improvised fun. Though its last founding member, Jared Harp, retired from improv last year, SHIP’s mission has remained the same: “Bringing clean comedy to Colorado Springs and Colorado just in general, and just entertaining people,” according to four-year SHIP member Casey Frase.
The current SHIP lineup includes six local comedians, all of whom come from different backgrounds and specialties. Corrina Briggs is a multi-instrumentalist and an aerospace engineer, Chris Jordahl runs a bartending service, Frase teaches ESL, and that’s just a snapshot of the variety of experience behind the group. Jordahl, who has been with SHIP for six years, says: “That’s what I love about improv, is that anybody can do it. And those who do it, it helps with whatever they do.” For instance, improv teaches folks how to communicate, how to collaborate and how to listen to each other.
Those core components of improvisational comedy have helped SHIP endure the changing times; they evolve as new members bring their own talents to the table. “The group show has changed so much,” Jordahl says. “I mean, it’s not unrecognizable. But at different times there have been different things we’re better at or interested in. Like right now the troupe is very much into musical improv. So making up musicals, which is not something we’ve ever done before.”
But Frase says that the rotation of talent just keeps their shows feeling fresh, and keeps their fans engaged.
Tonight’s anniversary show will be both a love letter to those fans, and an invitation for new people to enjoy SHIP’s all-ages comedy. Some past members will perform alongside the current crew, and people who attend in a SHIP T-shirt get half-off admission. Plus, as an homage to how far they’ve come, the group will be performing at The Loft in Old Colorado City, which was its home venue for years before they moved to the Lon Chaney Theatre downtown.
“What we really want to show is that we have a lot of fun,” Jordahl says, “like, at our shows, in our practices, any time we just hang out. We have so much fun.”
July 25-27, 7 p.m. and July 28, 2 p.m., Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, 30 W. Dale St., $10, csfineartscenter.org
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College is hosting a five-week summer program to train young performers to sing, dance, act and otherwise make it in the competitive world of theater. The Youth Repertory Theatre program has churned out some amazing talent, and this week you can enjoy the 2019 class’ culminating performance. Disaster!, a musical set in 1979, unites a colorful cast of characters aboard a brand-new floating casino, where a series of unbelievably unfortunate events leaves them mourning more than the end of the disco era.
11th Annual Taekwondo Hanmadang
July 26-27, 9 a.m., Broadmoor World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., $18-$28, usopentkd.com
Though most of us recognize the martial art of Taekwondo sparring from its Olympic exposure, this Korean practice requires the development of tons of other skills we so rarely get to witness. At this event, which attracts well more than 1,000 participants of all ages from around the world, Taekwondo practitioners will present their traditional and creative defense and attack forms, board breaking, power breaking and team demonstrations. The competition lasts two days, so you have plenty of opportunity to pick and choose your favorite events.
July 27, noon to 7 p.m., Acacia Park, 115 E. Platte Ave., free, facebook.com/COSSustainability
The Colorado Springs Office of Innovation & Sustainability wants people of all ages to think about how best to take care of our planet. Whether you’re a diehard climate advocate or someone curious about how to do your part, or just a parent looking for a fun place to bring the kids this weekend, head to Acacia Park where you can browse more than 50 booths hosted by folks like Colorado Springs Food Rescue, Who Gives a SCRAP, Yobel Market and more; listen to live music by Tejon Street Corner Thieves, the Wendy St. Cyre Band and Spur; and enjoy plentiful family activities.
2019 Rhythm and Brews Block Party
July 27, 5-10 p.m., The Mining Exchange, 8 S. Nevada Ave., $5/individual, $10/family, free for all military members and families, reachpikespeak.org
Only thing better than a block party is a block party for a good cause. REACH Pikes Peak, an organization that promotes quality of life for low-income locals, will host this inaugural block party to raise money for its life-changing programs, and they’re pulling out all the stops: a beer garden, live music by the Barefoot Family Caravan, food trucks, family activities and way more.