- Van Briggle Pottery celebrates its 100th birthday this week
One of the least-appreciated art treasures of the region, at least by the legions of newcomers to Colorado Springs is Van Briggle Pottery. The delicate blossoming designs and graceful sculptures created by Artus and Anne Van Briggle in the old railway roundhouse on Cimarron and 21st Street are world-famous. Van Briggle Pottery turns 100 years old on Sept. 28, and is marking the occasion with a three-day Centennial Celebration. Tonight is the Collector's Most Cherished Forum, and tomorrow brings the Centennial Kiln Firing, reception, archives tour and lecture at Pioneer's Museum. After Saturday's Centennial Gala a time capsule will be sealed and buried on Van Briggle grounds. For more information about the events, call 633-7729.
Goin' up Cripple Creek, goin' in a run, Goin' up to Cripple Creek to have a little fun. ... Am I the only one who remembers that song? In any case, today is the first day of the Cripple Creek Film Festival, a showcase of classic and contemporary Western movies, with a sprinkling of new independent films. Movies, including The Wizard of Oz, will be shown at locations throughout town. The festival runs through Sunday. Call 686-9249 for more or check out www.cripplecreekfilmfest.com.
The family of car accident victim Kelly Tobin and the Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission are co-presenting a Folk Music Extravaganza to help pay her recovery costs. Tobin, the mother of two girls, was severely injured in a crash this summer. Joe Uvegas, the Black Rose Trio, Lyn Boudreau, Paul Schwotzer, Rick Rodriguez, First Strike Theater and others plan to entertain and amaze at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, but no one will be turned away. All money goes to Tobin and her family. Call 630-8665 for details.
Out with the old, in with the new at the Bridge Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave. Motion Show is the next exhibit to call the gallery home and features spanky new works in sculpture, painting, fiber and mixed media by Bridge members. The opening reception for Motion Show begins at 5 p.m. Admission is free. Call 630-1514.
I read somewhere that the more you garden, the longer you live and the healthier you are. That's probably especially true if you use your garden as an outlet for personal expression, which is what Lauren Springer wants to teach you how to do. She'll deliver the Horticultural Arts Society's annual Founders Memorial Lecture, "Creating a Resonant Garden; Blending Both Natural and Personal Landscape." The lecture begins at 10 a.m. in Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. Admission is $10-$12; call 475-0250.
Ever seen a mountainboard? Think big skateboard with tires, perfect for careening down the rocky trails and scree slopes of our backyard mountains. Local outfitter Mountainboard Sports is helping to showcase the skills of the region's enthusiasts by hosting a mountainboard race at the Rampart Park BMX track, near Rampart High School in Briargate. Anyone interested in mountain sports, biking, skiing or snowboarding should check this out. The race at 1 p.m. is preceded by a BMX bike race. Admission is free; call 884-1000 for details.
What a wonderful way to get together with your extended family! The Colorado Springs Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave., is hosting a celebration of Colorado Intergenerational Day, and invites you to bring as many generations of your family as possible. Music, dancing, games for all ages, mural projects and even the Broncos game will be part of the festivities, and admission is free. The afternoon event begins at 2 p.m. For details, call 385-5933.
If you're one of the many people who have walked past one of our new pieces of downtown art and wondered, "What is that?", "Who made it?" or "What is the artist really trying to communicate to me, the wanderer?", then you're in for a treat, because the well-informed and highly-knowledgeable docents at the Fine Arts Center are willing to help you out. They'll be leading a free tour of downtown sculpture beginning at the northwest corner of Acacia Park (Platte and Tejon) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. No RSVP necessary, just bring your smiling face and the right clothing. Call 634-5583.
Winter's on it's blustery way, and as we've already seen, cold is coming with it. You might want to take some time today to weatherproof your house, clean out your furnace vents, check the pilot light, chop some wood, knit some long johns, pull some taffy, slaughter the hogs. ... OK, I'm getting carried away. You get the picture. Feather your nest.
Don't you think it's about time you got to know the candidates since the election's only a month away? The Housing Advocacy Coalition certainly thinks so. They've organized a Candidates Forum on Housing, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Candidates for state House and Senate and County Commissioner races have been invited to attend the forum, which is being held at Central Christian Church, 2002 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Voter registration and evening bus service will be available, but other transportation can be provided as needed. Call 634-0738 to register to attend.
Anthropologically speaking, mammals (human included) are not really set up to be monogamous. It's all about reproduction -- as much as you can to create as many as you can. So can marriage and couples really work? Guy Corneau, Canadian author and Jungian analyst addresses this very question this evening at a meeting of the Colorado Springs C.G. Jung Society at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada. His lecture, titled Lessons in Love: Is the Couple Possible?, begins at 7 p.m. and admission is $5-$8. Students are half price. Call 685-4205 for more.