Get ready to plan your weekend. Here are some stories, reviews and features you'll find in the June 1 GO!
- On the cover: Outdoor summer concerts in the Pikes Peak region listing. Jettison the Netflix this summer and head to a local park for some of the best entertainment around - free music served up in a bucolic outdoor setting. You can find a free concert by local, regional and national bands in parks around the Pikes Peak region several times a week through September. The choices are endless: jazz, blues, rock, bluegrass, Americana, Dixieland, pop, Latin. Pack a blanket or chairs and some snacks and enjoy the easy living
- How do you feel about the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Parade in Manitou Springs? If you're a fan, there's some wine drinking to be done in your immediate future. The annual Manitou Springs Colorado Wine Festival is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce. The majority of the proceeds benefit the Emma Crawford races held in October on the streets of the tiny town. Last year the festival raised $35,000 for the races, which cost about $25,000 to put on, said Leslie Lewis, executive director of the chamber.
- We have a story about The Colorado Springs Children's Chorale tribute to Broadway musicals on Sunday. "We're starting with 'The Wiz' and going through 'Hamilton,'" said Brad Peterson, co-founder, artistic coordinator and Summit Ensemble Conductor of the youth singing group. Peterson and his wife Colleen, longtime accompanist, have seen the chorale though much of those decades firsthand. This concert will be the final one with the Chorale for the Petersons, who are retiring.
- If you've been searching for some entertainment geared toward adults only, Millibo Art Theatre's Cabaret Voltaire 1.2 on Friday and Saturday promises to showcase a variety of entertainment for an 18+ audience. The night kicks off with a free whiskey tasting from Axe and the Oak Distillery and organic, gluten- and dairy-free chocolate by Blushing Goddess Chocolates. The wide-ranging show starts an hour later, and will include burlesque from Trifecta the Collective, aerialists, spoken word poetry from Hear Here poetry, an improv guitarist, comedians from RiP Improv and more.
- Looking to get out of town? Our Beyond the Springs story this week focuses on the Colorado Medieval Festival in Loveland. Kitty Wild and Mike Nolden have no interest in competing with the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur. They know the 41-year-old summer event is hands down the state's go-to stop for all things medieval. But it didn't stop them from agreeing to take over management of the Colorado Medieval Festival from longtime owner Roger Gomez in 2015. The festival is Friday through Sunday at The Savage Woods in Loveland.
- Dining reviewer Robin Intemann checks out Prime 25 restaurant. She says it may be the new kitchen on the block, but it's likely to be a culinary favorite in the community. The emphasis is on steaks, all prime, aged cuts, but the overall vision is more inclusive: seafood, pork, lobster macaroni and cheese, among other offerings.
- On the beer scene, Pikes Pub columnist Tom Roeder expounds on summer beers that might inspire romantic feelings in the beholder. Ahh, summer, the season of young love. It's a romantic time, when most turn to wine to fuel the amorous dance. But barley, hops and malt, when combined, can be their own kind of love potion. To test the theory, Tom queried people on Facebook, asking them to pick a favorite brew for a warm summer evening on the front porch.
- Food writer Teresa Farney talks about the new Longhorn Steakhouse at 5707 Barnes Road in her weekly Table Talk column. It's open after the ceremonious "lasso cutting" last week. Ryan Alvord, managing partner, did the honors. The cowboy-themed interior is spacious and ready for rustlers of all ages. Menu prices are especially family friendly topping out with the 20 ounce longhorn porterhouse for $24.99. Sides like the loaded baked potato go for $1.99 each.
Find all these stories and more at gazette.com and in Thursday's GO! section in our print Gazette. And watch A&E writer Jennifer Mulson on KKTV 11 News promoting GO! Wednesday morning in the accompanying video.