Pikes Peak Zine Fest celebrates the underground, plus more events this week

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KELSEY CHOO
  • Kelsey Choo

Pikes Peak Zine Fest

Oct. 5, 1-5 p.m. Penrose Library, Knights of Columbus Hall, 25 W. Kiowa St., free, pikespeakzinefest.tumblr.com

The Colorado Springs zine scene will move out from the underground and into the spotlight with the launch of the inaugural Pikes Peak Zine Fest during the first weekend of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region’s Arts Month. Billed as a celebration of small press and self-publishers, Zine Fest seeks to share the art of the zine with the community at-large while promoting inclusion and diversity.

“Attendees should come with an open mind, ready to support local creators, and ready to get in touch with lots of new viewpoints, art forms and community possibilities,” says event co-organizer Jennifer Eltringham.

What’s a zine, you ask? You’ve probably at least heard the term at some point in time, but if it brings to mind the glossy mass publications that line supermarket checkout aisles, your visit to Zine Fest will be an enlightening experience. Zines can follow a magazine-like construction (except when they don’t) and they are usually made of paper (except when they aren’t), but that’s where any further resemblance to a traditional magazine usually sinks into the ether.



“A zine has the potential to be about any topic,” says Kelsey Choo, a Zine Fest exhibitor and the event’s other co-organizer. “It can be something simple as a story about your dog, or explore bigger topics like the climate crisis or current politics. They can also come in a wide variety of formats, and I love to see the different shapes and forms a ‘book’ can take.”

From sketches and photographs to collages, poetry and political diatribes, zines feature a wide variety of content and are self-produced and distributed in small batches. Throughout history, they’ve served as the unfettered voice of dissidents, artists, writers, oppressed peoples and marginalized subcultures.

“Zines are an easy, low-cost way of getting your voice heard and connecting with others who either share your experience or could learn from it,” says Eltringham. “They make art accessible to lots of people — including those that don’t feel connected to ‘fine’ or studio arts.”

Pikes Peak Zine Fest will feature the works of 40 different zinesters, both local and national.
“The list of exhibitors includes poets, visual artists, printmakers, designers, photographers, crafters and historians all sharing their work in DIY printed form,” says Choo.



Choo also notes that this year’s zine festival will operate as a maker’s market and many of the participants will have zines available for purchase during the event.

“Since this is our inaugural event, we’re trying to keep it simple this year,” say Choo, adding that future iterations could contain workshops and speakers.

For now, both organizers are content to create a space for zinesters to collaborate and show off their creations.

“For some, this will be their very first zine fest,” says Choo. “I feel so honored that we are able to provide this experience for them.”

Eltringham agrees. “Creating space for people to share their work and start conversations is really exciting, and I can’t wait to see what future collaborations and opportunities grow from this event.”

COURTESY SPACE FOUNDATION
  • Courtesy Space Foundation

Space Foundation Discovery Center Birthday

Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4425 Arrowswest Drive, free, discoverspace.org

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is celebrating its seventh trip around the sun with free admission for all guests. The Mars Robotics Laboratory will be open and visitors will get the opportunity to pop party balloons for prizes using a rover. Of course, no party is complete without favors, so expect some stellar space-themed goodies during your visit, too. Be sure to check out the center’s newest exhibit while you’re there. Tech Style will make its debut during the celebration, offering an interactive exploration of spacesuits from other countries, a simulated space walk and the chance to try on space gear.

Motorless Morning

Oct. 5, 6 a.m. to noon, Garden of the Gods Park, 1805 N. 30th St., free, gardenofthegods.com

Garden of the Gods is a stunning example of Colorado’s unique outdoor beauty, but it can be difficult to appreciate the park’s towering rock formations, scenic views and colorful wildflowers while also navigating heavy traffic and clamoring for a parking spot. On Sunday morning, the park will close to motor vehicle traffic for six blissful hours and give pedestrians and cyclists a chance to embrace the quiet peace that befalls the garden when cars are left behind.

Too Many Zooz with - Thumpasaurus - Monday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. - Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave. - Tickets: $20/adv, $22/door; - all ages, 227-7625, - blacksheeprocks.com - COURTESY COLUM MCCANN
  • Courtesy Colum McCann
  • Too Many Zooz with ThumpasaurusMonday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.Tickets: $20/adv, $22/door; all ages, 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com

National Book Award Winner Meet and Greet

Oct. 7, 7-8 p.m., Library 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., free, ppld.org

Award-winning author Colum McCann is paying a visit to Library 21c. Attendees will enjoy a presentation by the author, as well as an opportunity to have him sign copies of his The New York Times Bestseller TransAtlantic. The book, which is also one of the library’s All Pikes Peak Reads selections for 2019, has been praised by critics, and offers an expansive, engaging story that crosses continents — and centuries — through the eyes and experiences of unforgettable characters.

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