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Here's a variety of news, including something you can do tomorrow:

GOCA will screen two episodes from the seventh season of Art21, a Peabody Award-winning show on PBS, tomorrow at 3 p.m. GOCA is the only southern Colorado site to hold an Art21 screening. Season seven, which debuted in October, profiles 12 artists; Wolfgang Laib and Katharina Grosse are the subjects of the episodes to be screened at UCCS. Between episodes, Marina Eckler and Sean O'Meallie, who both have works now in the GOCA galleries, will lead a talk-back with the audience. It all takes place in Centennial Hall, room 103/203. Find more information here.

Looking ahead, Dec. 3 will see the grand reveal of "Alan's Odd Duck," the new Acacia Park sculpture stationed next to the Uncle Wilber Fountain. Although it's been standing there for over a month now, it wasn't entirely finished, with the base still needing some final touches, as well as the duck's tail. That Wednesday, arrive at 5:30 p.m. for the formal celebration, with music by Crystal and the Curious and mini crepes from Coquette's Bistro and Bakery.

Further into December, the WYNOT Radio Theatre will do something a little different with its Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center run, with a different show each of the three weeks it's open, "obviously, a cheap ploy to get fans to come back week after week to enjoy multiple episodes," according to the FAC's press release (gotta appreciate the honesty). Dec. 11-14's episode will be "Death Wore Elevator Shoes;" Dec. 18-21, "It Came Upon a Midnight Deadly;" and Dec. 26-28 "The Smoking Gun Affair." Tickets are $20.

The FAC also recently announced that the theme for the Rough Writers New Play Festival: Georgia O'Keeffe. In honor of the FAC's Year of Georgia O'Keeffe, submissions are tasked with writings that relate to the artist's life and/or work. "The plays may utilize Georgia O’Keeffe as a character, use her art as a springboard for the story or, in a larger sense, explore the lives and art of groundbreaking women."
Submissions for this year’s festival are due by March 1. The submissions may be full-length, one-act or 10-minute plays or musicals. Submissions must be in a state of development and not have a history of productions. The Rough Writers New Play Festival will be held between June 4 and 14, 2015. Please send cover letter and copy of formatted script (along with Demo CD for musicals) to: Nathan Halvorson, Associate Director of Performing Arts c/o The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or via email at: nhalvorson@csfineartscenter.org
Matisse has lent a big hand in Sangre's successful fall.
  • Matisse has lent a big hand in Sangre's successful fall.
Lastly, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center announced today that it saw a record-breaking fall season, thanks to the Picasso | Matisse | Chagall exhibit. 

"Compared to the fall season of the past four years in the Helen T. White Galleries, the current exhibit has generated ten times as much revenue for the Arts Center. On top of this, the number of visitors walking through the Arts Center’s doors has quadrupled," says the press release. "In the month of October, the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center saw over 1,000 visitors per week."

Hopefully the streak will continue; the show's up through Jan. 11, 2015.

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