• Pikes Pick: 'White Lighter' a beautiful celebration of lasts

    Updated: Wed, Aug 2, 2017

    Typhoon-frontman Kyle Morton wrote "White Lighter" because he was dying and wanted to make one last beautiful thing. Morton's delicate truths, gleaned from his lifelong struggle with Lyme Disease, balance atop the 11-piece orchestra's musical power. Morton survived, and the band plans...

  • Colorado Springs students mount summer production

    Updated: Mon, Jul 31, 2017

    The original Broadway production of "Merrily We Roll Along" closed after 16 performances and ended the partnership of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim ("Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "West Side Story") and director Hal Prince. So it might seem a strange choice for the Colorado...

  • Historic Colorado Springs Day Nursery to refurbish windows

    Updated: Sat, Jul 29, 2017

    Childhood is immune to time. The historical Colorado Springs Day Nursery exemplifies this concept. Kids play in a wooden room overlooked by a huge oil mural the same way children did more than 90 years ago. Colorado Springs benefactress Alice Bemis Taylor funded the nursery's opening...

  • Pikes Picks: Funky Little LGBT short play fest; 'Good Week' at FirstBank

    Updated: Tue, Jul 25, 2017

    Short play fest Ten-minute plays are dramatic sprints; writers pack a full evening of theater into a short timespan while producers confront the monumental task of figuring out how to stage multiple plays in one location. Funky Little Theater Co. mounts nine bite-sized plays about...

  • Pikes Pick: 'Gone Away' soundtrack evokes John Hughes nostalgia

    Updated: Mon, Jul 24, 2017

    Every song on "Gone Away" could play in the background of a John Hughes montage. Bleachers (best known for the 2014 hit "I Wanna Get Better") laces 80s nostalgia through textured tracks composed, at least partially, of voicemails left for frontman Jack Antonoff by his famous friends....

  • Pikes Pick: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig worth watching in 'The Skeleton Twins'

    Updated: Fri, Jul 21, 2017

    "The Skeleton Twins" is a tight wonder; "Saturday Night Live"-alums Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig star as Milo and Maggie, estranged siblings reunited after Milo's failed suicide attempt. Small moments of intimacy and a subtle humor strengthen Director Chris Johnson's honest exploration...

  • Cheyenne Frontier Days' famed rodeo also featuring country superstars

    Updated: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    Various times, Friday-July 30, 1210 W. Eighth Ave., Cheyenne, Wyo., $3 park admission; cfdrodeo.com SOMETHING ELSE: Tickets for rodeo, concerts and art show sold separately Cheyenne Frontier Days - whose rodeo is known as The Granddaddy of 'Em All - attracts thrill-seeking cowboys...

  • Counterweight Theatre Lab and THEATREdART produce play about Rasputin's assassination

    Updated: Wed, Jul 19, 2017

    7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Friday through Aug. 6, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, 427 E. Colorado Ave., tickets cost $15, $5 for students and $12 for military and seniors; counterweighttheatre.com, theatredart.org SOMETHING ELSE: There will be a talkback...

  • More than 25,000 people expected at El Paso County Fair

    Updated: Sat, Jul 15, 2017

    El Paso County Fair butterflies will be released into the Colorado wilderness when the fair ends. The tigers will not. The fair maintains an impressive menagerie. Fairgoers can feed butterflies in the Butterfly Encounter or cuddle the petting zoo's furry inhabitants. White and golden...

  • Musically diverse Colorado sisters to perform in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Wed, Jul 12, 2017

    7 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show, Saturday, Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Drive, stargazerstheatre.com SOMETHING ELSE: Singer-songwriter Audrey Bussanich to open. If Alice got hold of the Mad Hatter's wardrobe and started singing about her tumble down the rabbit hole, she'd...

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