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Artini welcomes locals to Arts Month once again


  • Mike Pach
There’s a reason the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region continues to offer free admission to its annual Artini event. COPPeR executive director Andy Vick says: “It’s really about inviting the community in to enjoy the event and [getting] people aware of Arts Month.”

Arts Month, a yearly initiative promoted by COPPeR, issues a challenge to residents of the Pikes Peak region: Try one new artistic or cultural experience during the month of October. Which, really, isn’t all that difficult. Considering the wealth of artistic offerings our community creates year-round, and the volume of programming offered during Arts Month in particular, it should take more effort to avoid artistic experiences than it would to engage in them.

And Friday night’s a good opportunity to start off on the right foot. Artini kicks off the month with one wild night of unique arts and cultural experiences, local food and martinis crafted by local mixologists. Vick says: “Each year we add new performers and artists and try to add a few new elements to keep it fresh.”

This year, he’s particularly excited about a performance duo brought in by local nonprofit One Nation Walking Together: Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle. Morningsong, 2016 Native American Music Awards’ “Artist of the Year,” will perform music, alongside Fontenelle’s traditional dance.

In addition to that, you can look forward to tunes by local band Vehicle, aerial acrobatics performed by Aerial Dreamworks, Tribal Belly Dance by Mizmar Madness and quite a bit more, including drama and poetry.

Last year, the crew from Galaxy Fest, our local comic and sci-fi convention, put on a Steampunk fashion show on the Mezzanine’s disco dance floor, and this year they’ve been given free rein to transform the room into a blacklight catwalk, which should be a treat.

Moreover, folks can look forward to sampling unique martinis by mixologists from such hotspots as Sakura, The Collective, Four by Brother Luck, Red Martini and Blondie’s. You can even vote for your favorite, and pair it with eats (by purchase only) from Fujiyama, The Famous, Springs Orleans, English Dockside and La Cava.

More than anything this event is meant to “[let] people know what great arts and culture there are in our community,” according to Vick. Ideally, whatever artistic experience you enjoy this month will light a spark, encouraging year-round participation in the culture of creativity Colorado Springs has to offer.

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