Special Events

Fannie Mae Duncan's Cotton Club

When: Sat., Aug. 22, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 2015

Fannie Mae Duncan was a balls-out badass. She came to Colorado in 1933 with her widowed mother, graduated from Colorado Springs High School (now Palmer) in '38, opened her Cotton Club in the '50s and died Sept. 13, 2005, at 87 years old. In between she hosted luminaries from Billie Holiday to B.B. King to Medgar Evers, and bettered the city with her "Everybody Welcome" mantra after local whites took an interest in her music scene, according to the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Celebrate her incredible legacy at the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum's free Cotton Club event. Starting at 8 tonight at the Stargazers Theatre and Event Center (10 S. Parkside Drive, csdiversityforum.org), it features local jazz-funk, performers from the Colorado Springs Conservatory and an instrument drive for local school districts. — Bryce Crawford

Price: Free

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