Visual Art Events
ArtWalk, featuring nearly a dozen galleries in Old Colorado City. Look for artist demonstrations, live outdoor music in warmer months, a chance to talk to the artists, and refreshments. First Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Dec. 3. Between 23rd and 27th streets on West Colorado Avenue, 520-9494, bestartontheavenue.com.
First Friday Art Walk — Pueblo, monthly art celebrations centering around Union Avenue and encompassing five galleries, a handful of coffee shops, the Sangre de Cristo Arts & Conference Center and the El Pueblo History Museum. First Friday of every month, 5-9 p.m. Downtown on Union Avenue, Pueblo, 719/542-6838, steelcityart.com.
Monument Art Hop, a night of extended business hours at Monument galleries, restaurants and shops with opening receptions, book signings and other events. Third Thursday of every month, 5-8 p.m.; through Sept. 16. Downtown, between Beacon Light and Front streets, Monument, monumentarthop.org.
Public Free Day, free admittance to all lower-floor galleries and docent tours with discounted ticket prices for special shows. Third Tuesday of every month, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.
Woodland Park Art Walk, an evening of art receptions, demonstrations and other activities at a dozen Woodland Park art galleries including the Seven Arrows Gallery, the Woodland Park Arts Alliance and others. Third Friday of every month, 4-7 p.m. 302-2282, woodlandparkarts.com.
Woodland Park Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, offering arts and crafts vendors and special events throughout the summer, with activities for the whole family. Held next to the Woodland Park Farmers Market. Fridays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; through Sept. 24. Memorial Park, corner of Lake Avenue and North Park Street, Woodland Park, 687-3731.
Eighth annual Pikes Peak Studio Tour, a self-guided tour through 15 studios in the area, with a chance to meet 20 artists, see where and how they create their work and purchase pieces. Sat., Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., Nov. 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. pikespeakstudiotour.com.
10th annual Art Gathering Exhibition, a show with works by over two dozen artists including: Teresa Vito, Stephen Weaver, Karen Myers, William Alther and others. Sat., Sept. 4, 1-4 p.m. Chico Basin Ranch, 22500 Peyton Hwy. South, Peyton, 683-7960, chicobasinranch.com.
11th annual Victor Celebrates the Arts, a weekend arts fair centering around a plein air arts contest for painters amateur to professional, who painted on location the week before and compete in several timed painting competitions. Sept. 4-6. Downtown Victor, 500 Victor Ave., Victor, 303/781-2643, victorcelebratesthearts.org.
32nd annual Holly Berry Folk Art Festival, this long-established country craft and folk art display features more than 165 artists, live music, ranch tours and food. Sept. 17-19. $2-$6. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way, 578-6777, hollyberryhouse.com.
36th annual Commonwheel Co-op Arts & Crafts Festival, arts and crafts, children's activities, food vendors and local performers in Memorial Park. Sept. 4-6, 10 a.m. Memorial Park, Manitou Avenue and El Paso Boulevard, Manitou Springs, 577-7700, commonwheel.com.
46th annual Black Forest Arts & Crafts Guild Fall Show and Sale, an expo of over 90 guild member arts and crafts, which include handmade quilts, holiday decorations and ornaments, jewelry, ceramics and more. Nov. 4-7. Free. Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road, 495-3217, bfacg.org.
"Art for Land's Sake," a benefit art show and sale for the Palmer Land Trust, an open space coalition committed to southeastern Colorado. Friday night brings a reception with a chance to meet some of the 30 regional artists in the show, with continuing show hours the next day. Fri., Sept. 17, 6 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado, 315 E. Costilla St., 632-6189, ppjp.org.
Art in the Hills, a show and sale of local artwork hosted by the Pikes Peak Arts Council as a way for artists to show their work and keep all profits. Sat., Oct. 16. Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., 237-7441, 330-1370, chapelhillsmall.com.
Creative Crafters' Showcase, an expo of arts and crafts by over 100 local and regional artisans. Sat., Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5. Lewis Palmer High School, 1300 Higby Road, Monument, 488-3046.
Feminism & the Arts Symposium, a weekend of discussions, presentations and a film screening related the feminine experience with arts, politics and sexuality. Events include a luncheon with artist May Stevens, curator Lucy Lippard, a screening of The Heretics with filmmaker Joan Braderman and more. Go online for a full calendar. Oct. 14-15. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace.
Gallery Talk: IDEA Cabaret: Hair-esies, a panel discussion with CC faculty, community members and artists about "our convoluted, passionate relationship to our hair." Tues., Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m. Free. I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Cornerstone Arts Center, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6606, coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace.
Northern New Mexico Enchantment: New Oil Paintings by Laura Reilly, an exhibit of works by local painter Reilly, focused on the light and feel of the Taos Founders and Moderns. Sat., Sept. 25. The Great Southwest, 76C S. Sierra Madre St., 471-7772.
Palmer Lake Arts and Community Event, a weekend show and sale of artwork with a quick draw competition, a Harvest Ball gala, bluegrass music, kids activities and more. Sept. 24-26. Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org.
Peak at the Arts: Global Artists Exchange Festival, a multidisciplinary arts celebration with dance and performance art groups from around the world combining their talents to create seven collaborative works of art centered around dance, live music and visual art. Oct. 8-9. $10-$20. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, peakatthearts.com.
"Teach Me Now" Art Demonstration, a special demonstration on using pastels with artist and award-winning instructor Marlene Kort. Sat., Sept. 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. A special demonstration by Fran Dodd on her unique style of painting. Sat., Oct. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com.
Visual Art Exhibits
5th and Main Espresso Bar, 421 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-1209. Random Musing: Artwork by SK Cothren & Karla Lee-E, modern and contemporary artworks by Cothren, who uses text in her pieces, and Lee-E, who employs bright swirls and color washes. Through Sept. 1.
Academy Frame Company, 7620 N. Academy Blvd., 265-6694, academyframeco.com. Young People's Art, featuring works by: Brooke Whitedove, Clark Ellis, Kaitlyn Sullivan and others. Also displaying a showcase of art by Jose Zamora.
Arati Artists Gallery, 2425 W. Colorado Ave., 636-1901, aratiartists.com. Watercolor Wonders, watercolor paintings by Larry Haught and Lorraine Watry. Through Aug. 31.
Art Hardware, 402 S. Nevada Ave., 635-2348. An Eclectic Collection of Paintings, an exhibit of colorful works by Manitou Springs artist David V. Gonzales. Through Sept. 27.
The Bridge Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 232-9368, thebridgeartgallery.com. Invocation, mixed-media works by Betty Atherton. Through Aug. 29.
Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org. Tribe: An Examination of Race and Culture in Our Society, as part of the BAC's "Humanity" series, a group of works that deals with the title topics. Through Sept. 28. Rare: Imperiled Plants of Colorado, 40 contemporary illustrations of rare Colorado plants. Through Sept. 28.
Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6606, coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace. The Emma Goldman Papers, a historical exhibit on the life and times of Goldman, a major figure in American feminism and radicalism who advocated for free speech, birth control, women's equality and unionization. Sept. 7-29. round hole square peg: Brian Molanphy, a collection of 36 ceramics by CC alum Molanphy, which studies the "ambivalence between the reconciliation and the incompatibilities of perfection(s), in this case the circle and the square." Oct. 8 to Nov. 5. Gallery talk with Molanphy, Fri., Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m.
The Commons Gallery, Depot Arts Building, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Paintings by Sarah Heinbaugh. Through Aug. 29.
Commonwheel Artists Co-op, 102 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1008, commonwheel.com. Orderly Pandemonium, a show of paintings and ceramics by local artists Ken and Tina Riesterer and raku by Robert D. LeDonn. Aug. 27 to Oct. 4. Opening reception, Fri., Aug. 27, 5-8 p.m.
Domino, 10 S. 25th St., 963-8916, domino80904.com. Domino Effect: Sean Potter, a collection of photography by Potter, who specializes in colorful manipulations with guns as well as more traditional subjects. Sept. 3-30. Opening reception, Fri., Sept. 3, 4-8 p.m. Domino Effect: K8E Orr, a collection of fantastical and deeply personal paintings by West Sider K8E Orr. Oct. 1-31. Opening reception, Fri., Oct. 1, 4-8 p.m.
Downtown, various venues, downtown80903.com. Art on the Streets 2010, a collection of eight outdoor sculptures chosen by a juror and arranged by the Downtown Partnership. A map of sculpture locations and other information available online. Through June 2011.
GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St., #100, 255-3567, galleryuccs.org. William Wylie: American Places, a collection of photographs by Wylie from two series of works, one that documents the Cache la Poudre River in northern Colorado and the other that follows Route 36, which passes through Kansas from border to border. Through Oct. 22. systematizing (part 2), two mixed-media site-specific installations by Liz Miller and Chris Baker. Nov. 5 to Jan. 14, 2011.
GOCA 1420, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy., 255-3567, galleryuccs.org. systematizing (part 1), a site-specific installation by R. Justin Stewart that questions the way we filter information through a belief structure. Nov. 4 to Jan. 14, 2011. Hypothesis: Process in Science and Art, a multi-disciplinary exhibition that highlights the connections between the scientific and artistic process.
Hunter-Wolff Gallery, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., 520-9494, hunterwolffgallery.com. Naked in August, a show devoted to the various forms of depicting the nude in artwork. Through Aug. 31. Lands Near & Far, a collection of 20 new paintings by featured artist Jeannie Breeding. Sept. 3-30. ArtWalk opening reception, Fri., Sept. 3, 5-8 p.m. The 10/10 Show, a special anniversary show honoring the gallery's fifth birthday with nearly 80 new works dealing with the theme of "10/10." Oct. 1-31. ArtWalk opening reception, Fri., Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m.
Kathleen McFadden's Range Gallery, 2428 W. Colorado Ave., 685-1201, rangegallery.com. Sweet Dreams, a photography exhibit of "strangely dreamy landscapes taken with vintage film cameras in unconventional ways" by Kathleen McFadden. Oct. 8 to Nov. 30. Yesterday, a guest photography show by Gary Ammarell focused on wooden windmills from the western U.S. Oct. 22 to Nov. 30. Lost and Found, photographs of strange objects by McFadden. Nov. 5 to Dec. 31.
Marika's Coffeehouse, 739 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-4438, giftshopmanitou.com. New Works in Color by Aaron North, a group of pen drawings and a painting featuring whimsical subjects by local artist North. Through Oct. 1.
Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240. Works on Paper, a show aimed toward the intimate side to the artist's process, with drawings, prints and sketches by Brett Andrus, Shannon Dunn, Phil Lear, Marc Huebert, Lindsay Hand and Drew Livigni. Through Sept. 3. Works by Doug Rouse and Holly Garlow, a solo exhibit of works by Rouse, with photography in the back room by Garlow. Sept. 10 to Oct. 1. Phil Lear, a solo exhibit of Lear's narrative paintings that "recall a bygone era." Oct. 8 to Nov. 5. Troy DeRose, a solo show by local artist, DeRose, whose work bridges fine art and design. Nov. 12 to Dec. 3.
Park East Restaurant and Gallery, 720 Goodnight Ave., Pueblo, 719/565-6655. Emerging, a showcase of works by four artists: Picasso- and Matisse-inspired paintings by William Zinanti, large-scale abstracts by David McKean, photography by Bobby Valentine, and mixed-media pieces by Magdalina. Through Sept. 21.
Pueblo Art Guild Gallery, 1500 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/543-2455, puebloartguild.com. Eclectic Art Show. Through Sept. 24.
Rubbish Gallery, 17B Bijou St., 440-5638, rubbishgallery.com. Hard Times: Works by Micki Tschur, a collection of surreal-like paintings by Tschur, who studied in Germany and Boulder. Through Sept. 3.
Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., Pueblo, 719/295-7200, sdc-arts.org. Native Visions: Selections From the King Collection of Western Art, a selection of Native American art from the past and today, from the Sangre's permanent collection. Aug. 21 to Jan. 29, 2011. Public reception, Thurs., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Aquarius National 2010: Southern Colorado Watercolor Society, a collection of works by members of the Southern Watercolor Society, juried by renowned painter Stephen Quiller. Through Oct. 23. Public reception, Thurs., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Representing the West Exhibition & Sale, the eighth year of this multimedia show devoted to the landscape and people of the Western United States. Sept. 16 to Oct. 23. Public reception, Thurs., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Ledger Drawings From the Collection of the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, a collection of ledger drawings — sketches of historical and mythological events by Native Americans of the Plains region done in ledger books — recently gifted to the institution. Aug. 28 to Nov. 6. Public reception, Thurs., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Lynn Stenzel: Representing the East Side of the West, a solo show of Stenzel's mixed-media paintings depicting the vast sky and open plains of eastern Colorado, New Mexico and Kansas. Aug. 28 to Nov. 6. Public reception, Thurs., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Native American Legacy in Oils by Doug Candelaria, a collection of paintings of Native Americans by Durango-born Candelaria. Aug. 28 to Nov. 6. Public reception, Thurs., Sept. 23, 5-7 p.m. Own Your Own Holiday Exhibition, a show and sale of original artwork and handmade crafts by over 80 artists. Nov. 17 to Jan. 8, 2011. Public reception, Wed., Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m.
Seven Arrows Gallery, 118 W. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 302-2282, woodlandparkarts.org. 2012 Odyssey: Mayan Culture and 2012 Predictions, a series of paintings anticipating the Dec. 21, 2012 calendar date thought by the Mayans to be the start of a new world, or the Apocalypse, by Woodland Park artist Richard Mazzola. Works by Oil Painters of America, a showcase of works by this group, which participated in the Colorado Paintout in early September.
Swirl Wine Emporium, 717 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-2294, swirlwineemporium.com. Paintings of Manitou Springs, a series of Manitou paintings by local artist David V. Gonzales. Through Sept. 2.
Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, trilakesarts.org. Pathways and Parallels, a collection of paintings by Claudette Bedingfield and sculpture by Irmgard Knoth. Through Aug. 28. Three Points of View: A Walk With Color, a showcase of work by three longtime artists and friends, Sheila Campbell, Rosie Eyslens and Larry Sanchez. Through Aug. 28. Ancient Future, a collection of works by local sculptor Don Green, painter Debi Story Maddox and internationally renowned painter Thomas Blackshear. Through Aug. 29.
11th annual Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival, culled from the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, the selections include comedies, dramas, documentaries and family-oriented films. Sept. 24-26. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave., 633-5600, pplff.org.
Colorado Short Circuit #3, a night of short films with filmmaker appearances and discussions. Thurs., Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m. Free. Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St., ifsoc.org.
A Convenient Truth, a screening of this documentary on simple solutions for urban living from Brazil. Hosted by Transition Town Manitou Springs. Mon., Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. Free. Manitou Springs Public Library, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org.
Cinemaholics, weekly film screenings with free popcorn and drink specials. Go online for updates. Tuesdays, 9-11:30 p.m. Free. Shuga's, 702 S. Cascade Ave., 328-1412, shugasblog.com.
Independent Film Society of Colorado screenings, ifsoc.org. 1981, a screening of this film based on filmmaker Ricardo Trogi's family's move to a new neighborhood. Wed., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. $5-$6. Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St. Come Undone, a screening of this French film following two boys who meet on the beach and fall in love. Wed., Oct. 6, 7 p.m. $5-$6. Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St. Reel Injun, two screenings of this documentary about the depiction of Native Americans in film, from the silent era to today. Thurs., Oct. 14, 6 and 8 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. Two Nights of Horror, a weekend mini-fest of six feature-length horror films plus shorts. Oct. 22-23. Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St. Deep Down, a screening of this documentary about a proposed mountaintop removal for a coal mine in eastern Kentucky, and the battle around it. Thurs., Nov. 11, 6 and 8 p.m. Free. CC's Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave. How I Ended This Summer, a screening of this Russian drama about two men working at a polar station on a desolate island. When a radio message comes in, lies, fear and suspicion tear them apart. Wed., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. $5-$6. Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E. Kiowa St.
Manitou Springs Public Library Nickelodeon Film Series, 701 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5206, manitousprings.colibraries.org. The Old Man and the Sea, the first film in the library's month-long "Great Books Make Great Movies" series; this is a 1958 Hemingway novel-based film starring Spencer Tracy. Wed., Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m. All Quiet on the Western Front, a 1930 film based on Erich Maria Remargque's novel. Wed., Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. A Place in the Sun, a 1951 movie based on Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy. Wed., Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. Gunga Din, a 1939 movie based Rudyard Kipling's poem by the same name. Wed., Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. Dracula, the first film in the library's month-long "Classic Horror" film series; this 1931 movie starring Bela Lugosi. Wed., Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. The Wolf Man, a film starring Lon Chaney Jr. Wed., Oct. 13, 6:30 p.m. The Mummy, a 1932 movie starring Boris Karloff. Wed., Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. House on Haunted Hill, a 1959 film starring Vincent Price. Wed., Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. All films are free.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, a weekend of screenings at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and CC's Armstrong Hall and Cornerstone Arts Center of long, short, documentary and animated films by women. Nov. 5-7. rmwfilmfest.org.
Kids & Family
High School Musical, a production of this extremely popular musical from the Disney Channel by the Front Range Theatre Company. Aug. 26-29. $12-$15. Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 Hwy. 105, Palmer Lake, 481-0475, crplayers.org.
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, an Over the Moon Family Theater production with Imagination Celebration of this children's book about the hijinks that ensue from giving a cat this dessert. Mon., Nov. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. $8-$15. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 477-2142, pikespeakcenter.com/imaginationcelebration.
Philharmonic Kids: "Halloween Magic," a Colorado Springs Philharmonic concert for kids conducted by Thomas Wilson. Sun., Oct. 31, 2:30 p.m. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilhamonic.org.
BYOB Poetry, a free open-mic poetry reading for all ages. Last Friday of every month, 8 p.m. Featuring guest poets Karen Sucharski, Sept. 24, and Josh Kennard, Oct. 29. Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240.
Colorado Springs Writers Reading Series, an open mic for writers, with three to five minutes allotted for each author to share his or her short story, novel excerpt, poetry or non-fiction work. Third Friday of every month, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Donations appreciated. Inner Space at Poor Richard's, 322 N. Tejon St., #224, networkedblogs.com/2SRF3.
Great Books Discussion, a reading group that discusses of a wide variety of books. Second Thursday of every month, 6:45-9 p.m. Free. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333, greatbooks.org.
Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival, two days of featured storytellers, workshops, story swaps, music and more. Sept. 17-18. Free. Philip S. Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St., Castle Rock, douglascountylibraries.org.
Sunday Poetry Night, an open mic and poetry slam competition hosted by Free Expression Poetry Club. First and third Sundays, 8 p.m. Amsterdam Hookah Lounge, 3020-B W. Colorado Ave., cs.uccs.edu/~rcimera/poetry.
Comedy & Improv
Cheech & Chong "Get it Legal," Fri., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., $39.50-$49.50, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., ticketswest.com
Improv Colorado, family-friendly improv comedy. Sat., Aug. 28, Fri., Sept. 24 and Sat., Oct. 16. All shows at 8 p.m. $5-$8. Venue 515, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, improvcolorado.com.
Richard Lewis, Wed., Sept. 29, 6:45-11 p.m. $25-$38. Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com.
The RiP, improv comedy by the local troupe. Fri., Sept. 3, Sat., Sept. 4, Fri., Oct. 1 and Sat., Oct. 2. All shows 9-10:30 p.m. $10. Manitou Art Theatre, 1367 Pecan St., 465-6321, myspace.com/theripimprovcomedy.
Stand Up or Shut Up Open Mic Comedy Night, a chance to test your comedic skills. Last Monday of every month, 8 p.m. Thunder & Buttons II, 2415 W. Colorado Ave., 447-9888, thunderandbuttons.com.
The Nutcracker, a production of this classic ballet by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho. Nov. 26-28. $12-$27. Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilhamonic.org.
Ormao Dance Company Fall Concert, a performance of original choreography by Chung-Fu Chang, Katie Elliott and Tiffany Tinsley Weeks. Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m. $15-$17. Louisa Performing Arts Center, Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave., 471-9759, ormaodance.org.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, an early Christmas celebration with Santa Claus and this world-famous dance group. Tues., Nov. 23, 4 and 7 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 24, 4 and 7 p.m. World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2121, worldarena.com.
Butte Theater, 139 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, 719/689-3247, 877/689-6402, butteoperahouse.com. Gunslinger, The Legend of Billy the Kid, a melodrama based off this 1906 play about the 15-year-old outlaw Billy and the villains and loves in his life. A summer olio will follow the show. Through Sept. 18. $9.75-$15.75. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, a production of this musical about a day in the life of the painfully average comic strip icon Charlie Brown. Through Sept. 18. $9.75-$15.75. The Werewolves of Poverty Gulch, a Halloween melodrama and olio with "a tragic love story, songs, dance, murder and mayhem." Oct. 1-31. $9-$15.
Damon Runyon Repertory Theatre, 611 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/564-0579, runyontheater.org. Annie!, a production of this beloved musical about Little Orphan Annie. Oct. 2-16. $12-$25. Dracula, a special Halloween production of this play based on Bram Stoker's horror novel. Fri., Oct. 29, 7 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. $12. The Nerd, a production of this two-act comedy by Larry Shue about a nerd who nearly takes over the life of the pushover protagonist. Nov. 13-21. $12-$25.
Fire & Ice Theatrical Troupe, Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, 1102 S. 21st St., 634-3771, fireandicetheatricaltroupe.com. Rent, a production of this beloved musical. Sept. 17-19. $20-$25.
Impossible Playhouse, 1201 N. Main St., Pueblo, 719/542-6969, impossibleplayers.org. Dracula, a production of this classic horror play. Oct. 8-23. $5-$10.
Iron Springs Chateau, 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-5104, pikes-peak.com/attraction/15.aspx. Yo Ho Ho and a Barrel of Fun, a swashbuckling adventure starring a hero, villain and damsel in distress. The chateau is also celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special sing-a-long during intermission and a comedy olio after the show. Through Sept. 25. Holiday Extravaganza Revue, a crazy holiday comedy show with a sing-a-long intermission, followed by an olio with more singing, dancing and jokes. Nov. 26 to Dec. 23. Dinner and show: $16.50-$29.50; just show: $9-$15.50.
Simpich Showcase, 2413 W. Colorado Ave., 465-2492, simpich.com. The Secret Garden, a puppet rendition of the classic story about children who find renewal in a hidden garden. Through Sept. 6. $9-$12.
Springs Ensemble Theatre, Watch This Space, 218 W. Colorado Ave., #102, springsensembletheatre.org. keepingabreast, a production by the Springs Ensemble Theatre about a woman diagnosed with breast cancer who takes a hard look at America's "sublime and ridiculous fascination with breasts" as well as dealing with cancer. Sept. 30 to Oct. 16. $8-$12.
Star Bar Players, 357-5228, starbarplayers.org. Waiting for Godot, a production of this revered "tragicomic" play by Samuel Beckett about two friends waiting for a third party and the crisis that ensues. Early November (exact dates to be announced).
Theatre 'd Art, Osborne Studio Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 216-2867, theatredart.org. A Devil Inside, a dark comic play about a long- held secret involving a murder surrounded by obsessed, tormented and demented characters. Sept. 10-26. $5-$10, free for UCCS students.
UCCS TheatreWorks, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, 3955 Cragwood Drive, 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org. Shakespeare at the Ranch: The Merry Wives of Windsor, an outdoor production of this Shakespeare comedy by TheatreWorks with Elizabethan entertainment before the show. Through Aug. 28. $10-$30. Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, 3202 Chambers Way. I Am Nikola Tesla, an original production following inventor Tesla's time in Colorado Springs experimenting on wireless energy. Sept. 16 to Oct. 3. $5-$30. Ben Franklin's Tea Party, a staged press conference of today for Ben Franklin, who visits from the past and has an anything but genteel outlook. Oct. 14-17, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5-$30. Capsule 33, a production of the story of Milo, an unhappy astrophysicist living in a Tokyo tower slated for destruction. Milo plans on going down with the tower until he meets a rubber duck that changes his mind. This play will also be completely powered by clean energy. Oct. 21-31. $5-$30.
28th annual Mountain Music Festival, a free festival in Soda Springs Park that includes acoustic and folk music, food, strolling entertainers and more. Aug. 27-29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Soda Springs Park, 1016 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-9655, manitousprings.org.
Big Band Sunday with Bill Emery and the New Century Big Band, an afternoon of big band music and dancing. Proceeds benefit Northern Churches Care. Third Sunday of every month, 3-5 p.m. $8-$10, bring a food donation and receive $2 off admission. Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 S. 33rd St., 964-7977, billemerymusic.com.
Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Concerts, 633-3649, chamberorchestraofthesprings.org. Community in Unison: Concert & Volunteer Festival, a community volunteer expo and concert. First, meet with members of local nonprofits and see how you can get involved with organizations such as Care and Share, Inside/Out Youth Services and Silver Key, then at 7, enjoy a concert with Chamber and Gospel Music Workshop of America-Colorado Springs Chapter. Fri., Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Season Premiere, a kick-off performance featuring fun selections by Haydn, Beethoven and others. Concerts held, Sat., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. (with a 6:15 p.m. lecture by Herbert Beattie) at the Broadmoor Community Church (15 Lake Ave.) and Sun., Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) Emerging From Darkness: Life After WWII, a concert focused on the music surround WWII, with selections by Shostakovich. Concerts held Sat., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. (with a lecture at 6:15 p.m. by Carlton Gamer) at the Broadmoor Community Church (15 Lake Ave.) and Sun., Nov., 7, 2:30 p.m. at First Christian Church (16 E. Platte Ave.) All concerts $15-$20, $5 for students.
Colorado Springs Conservatory Concerts, 1600 N. Union Blvd., 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org. Second Saturday Performance, a family-rated "Saturday Night Live" show with Conservatory performers. Sat., Oct. 9, 3 p.m. Einstein Goes to the Opera, a series of one-act contemporary and original pieces from theater, opera and avant-garde performances with instrumentals and vocals from the Conservatory students, alumni and faculty. Nov. 18-20.
Colorado Springs Philharmonic Concerts, Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 520-7469, csphilhamonic.org. A Hero's Life, a kick-off for the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's season with performance of works by Mozart, Copland and Strauss. Conducted by Lawrence Leighton Smith. Sept. 25-26. Revolutions, a Vanguard Performance featuring music from political and social uprisings throughout history, with selections from Shostakovich, Beethoven and others. Sat., Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Oh What a Night!, a Philharmonic Pops concert devoted to Billboard hits from 1957-69 that includes music from Broadway as well as Elvis, the Beach Boys, Stevie Wonder and others. Sat., Oct. 16, 8 p.m. Leif Bjaland + Schumann and Brahms, a performance by guest conductor Bjaland, one of the five finalists set to succeed Lawrence Leighton Smith. Oct. 23-24. Psycho, a "Halloween Thrill-Harmonic" by the Philharmonic, which will play live music to a screening of Hitchcock's Psycho. Sat., Oct. 30, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Shizuo Kuwahara + Mendelssohn and Brahms, a performance by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic with guest conductor Kuwahara, another one of the five finalists. Nov. 13-14. All shows run $16-$52.
Mountain Acoustic Music Association concerts, featuring Mountain Holler. Fri., Sept. 24, 7 p.m. $5. Ceol Ceili. Fri., Oct. 15, 7 p.m. $5. The Mitguards. Fri., Nov. 19, 7 p.m. $5. Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284.
Out of the Bedroom: Open Mic, an open acoustic set for all musicians (ninth grade and older). Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. Poets are also welcome, plan for a 15-minute set. First Friday of every month, 7-10 p.m. Free. Woodland Park Arts Alliance Art School Building, 121 U.S. Hwy. 24 (at Center Street), Woodland Park, 502-0581, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacklunch Serenade, weekly concerts with Tom O'Boyle and special guests playing the historic Wurlitzer pipe organ. Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m.; through Sept. 2. Free. City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St., 385-5969, springsgov.org.
Sixth annual Woodland Music Series: "Big Band Bash," featuring music by Swing Factory, USAF Stellar Brass and Thin Air Jazz. Sat., Sept. 11, 11 a.m. Free. Ute Pass Cultural Center, 210 E. Midland Ave., Woodland Park, 687-5284.
Find more contemporary concerts in this week's Big Gigs and in upcoming issues.
CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., amusiccompanyinc.com, Mose Allison, $30-$35, $50 VIP, Sept. 11.
Colorado State Fairgrounds, 1001 Beulah Ave, Pueblo, coloradostatefair.com. Charley Pride, Sept. 1, $25; Queensryche, Sept. 2, $25; America — 40th Anniversary Tour, Sept. 3, $25; Smokey Robinson, Sept. 4, $30; Sean Kingston, with Gym Class Heroes, Sept. 6, $25.
Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 E. U.S. Hwy. 24, Woodland Park. Ana Popovich, Sept. 2, $15-$20, $35 VIP; Reckless Kelly, Aug. 19, $10.
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., pikespeakcenter.com. Chris Isaak, Sept. 19, $53-$65; The Lettermen, Oct. 3, $33; Michael Bolton, Oct. 10, $45-$95; Bryan Adams: The Bare Bones Tour, Nov. 11, $36-$56.
Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, 10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com. The Infamous Stringdusters, Sept. 5, $20; Buddy Whittington, with Betty Lewis, the Atomic Fireballs, Sept. 14, $10; Leon Russell, Sept. 19, $30-$35; Cara, Aug. 27, $18-$20; Jonathon Edwards, Oct. 16, $20-$25.
West lawn below the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., csfineartscenter.org. Arlo Guthrie, Sept. 6, $32.
World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com. Gary Allan, Sept. 18, $29.50-$39.50; Make a Difference Tour 2010, feat. TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, Third Day, Oct. 21, $27.50-$102.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5581, csfineartscenter.org.
The FAC heads into the fall with an excellent headlining exhibition:
William Kentridge: The World Is Process, a collection of South African Kentridge's unique drawings and prints used in his video art that incorporates animation techniques. It, along with The American West: Cowboys From the Collection, an exhibit of cowboy imagery from the museum's permanent collection, runs through Oct. 24.
Also, there's Earl Biss: Between Sky, Earth and Water, a collection of paintings by Biss, known for his compelling depictions of Native Americans of the plains and Western landscapes. And Gib Singleton: Religious Works, a showcase of contemporary bronze sculptures by an artist whose work is represented by the Vatican Museum, the MOMA and the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Both of these shows run through Nov. 14.
Later this fall, the FAC will debut two shows: Allen True's West (opening Nov. 12) and Edward S. Curtis From the Collection of Barbara Sparks (Nov. 20). The former covers True's career, moving from illustration to murals, all with a distinctive Western theme. Museum director and curator of American art Blake Milteer says the show also "taps into a local aspect of art, because [True] was born in Colorado Springs and made his career in Denver. But he also studied with national artists, so you have that component as well."
Nineteenth-century photographer Edward S. Curtis documents American Indians, highlighting elements of their culture and customs. Milteer says it's "widely acknowledged in our time that his photos were constructed more around myths. [Curtis] would provide costumes and backdrops." However, Milteer says the images provide an unrivaled vision of American Indian cultures at the turn of the century, when many believed the subjects of Curtis' images were "vanishing races." — Kelsey Fowler
I.D.E.A. Space at Colorado College, Cornerstone Arts Center, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6606, coloradocollege.edu/ideaspace.
May Stevens: Crossing Time is a small-scale retrospective of Stevens' work from the 1960s through today, which deals with themes of war protest, civil and human rights. A deeply personal and socially charged exhibit, Crossing Time illustrates Stevens' prolific career as an activist, an artist and a woman experiencing the arc of feminism in the 20th century.
Says curator Jessica Hunter Larsen, "Feminism has become such a loaded word, and part of what I'd like to do with this show is ... to unpack it a little bit. Feminism really is truly humanism at its core." This show runs Sept. 7 to Oct. 26 (Stevens will speak Fri., Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m.). Running parallel to Crossing Time, the I.D.E.A. Space will host a Feminism & the Arts Symposium, Oct. 14-15, with artist talks, panel discussions, a film screening and more. Featured guests include Lucy Lippard and Joan Braderman. Later in the year, check out I.D.E.A.'s next show, Exchange Economies, a two-part exhibit devoted to the Aphrodite Project: "Platforms" and "Made in India." "Platforms" will illustrate this project that combines shoes with online services to impove the lives of sex workers. "Made in India" is a three-channel video that documents the search for the creator of a commercially produced Indian rug. Nov. 5 to Dec. 15. Gallery talk and reception, "IDEA Cabaret: In Her Shoes Redux," with the co-creator of the Aphrodite Project: "Platforms," Fri., Nov. 5, 4:30 p.m. —Edie Adelstein
Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., 444-1012, smokebrush.org.
Jean Gumpper's Shifting Currents opens Sept. 3 to kick off the fall at Smokebrush, showcasing meditative nature scenes made by reductive woodblock prints. In this art form, each different color is achieved by carving a new image in the woodblock each time — so for a 10-color print, the artist has to carve out and repaint the same piece of wood 10 times.
Gumpper's focus on the natural world jives with the gallery's program for the year, says Smokebrush curator Holly Parker. "I'm interested in how artists approach a contemporary landscape," she says. "Our fall shows are a continuation of what we've done all year, in focusing on environment. It's all about the relationship of this classical subject matter of the land and modern ideas about climate change and pollution."
Not So Far From Home is a collection of photographs by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, who collect found plastic on the beaches of California. The items, debris like lighters and combs, are organized and cleaned to present a dichotomy: the ugly truth of pollution and the possibility of making beautiful art from those objects.
Parker's also bringing back the Eco-Art Market for its second year, a show and sale of hand-made functional, decorative and wearable artwork all under $200, with many gifts retailing for $50 or less.
The full schedule is as follows: Shifting Currents, Sept. 3-24; opening reception, Fri., Sept. 3, 5-8 p.m. Not So Far From Home, Oct. 1-29; opening reception, Fri., Oct. 1, 5-8 p.m. Second annual Eco-Art Market, Nov. 5 to Dec. 23; opening reception, Fri., Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m. —Kelsey Fowler
2010 Castle Rock Film Festival, multiple locations in Castle Rock, castlerockfilmfestival.com 818/451-3827.
This is a festival which, in its second year, promises a three-day weekend full of film screenings for audiences as well as events for actors, screenwriters and filmmakers. Festival director Tim Gallagher is a filmmaker from the area himself. Gallagher and other festival organizers have shown their work at Independent Film Society of Colorado screenings, as well as the IFSOC's Indie Spirit Film Festival. For their own endeavor, they will showcase movies from an eight-state "Rocky Mountain Region."
The fest mixes in some fun and quirky events, like last year's "Trailer Park Meet-and-Greet"; photo ops with Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers; appearances by Miss Colorado; and musical performances from talent such as Jonny "The Velvet Elvis" Barber.
The festival runs Oct. 1 to Oct 3. Passes range from $7-$20. For more on the events, times and locations, try the contact info above.
— Jill Thomas
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre, 30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfineartscenter.org.
The season opens with Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, running from Oct. 8-24. It's a farce that touches on everything from blackmail and political scandal to honor and judgment. Tim Muldrew, assistant director of the performing arts, says the FAC is staging a modern interpretation of the play: "We hope to tell audiences that even though the play was written in the 1800s, the message is just as important today."
Looking farther into the season, Muldrew says patrons lamented the loss of a family holiday show in 2009, so the theater chose to add Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running from Nov. 26 to Dec. 19.
"We're adding the big mega dance mix that they added in the 90s," he says. "It's a full-out 25-minute dance number at the end." — Kelsey Fowler