You hear it all the time: "There's nothing to do in this town."
Oh, how wrong they are and we have proof: The 2013 Fall Season Preview of the Arts.
Inside you'll find the schedules of Colorado Springs' big and small arts and entertainment organizations. From TheatreWorks and the Star Bar Players, the Fine Arts Center, Ormao Dance Co. and The Modbo, it's all here.
Now it's up to you to plan your nights, weekends and months around the exciting offerings unfolding during the coming months. And pass the word: There's really too much to do in Colorado Springs.
JEN MULSON, JEN.MULSON@GAZETTE.COM
OPERA THEATRE OF THE ROCKIES
No schedule information available.
PIKES PEAK CENTER
190 S. Cascade Ave., 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.com
Sept. 25: Diana Krall. Jazz.
Oct. 12: "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass."
Oct. 15: "America's Got Talent." Performers from the TV show.
Oct. 16: Bonnie Raitt. Country.
Oct. 23: Celtic Thunder.
Oct. 25: Straight No Chaser. All-male a cappella.
Nov. 3: An Evening with Foreigner. Rock.
Nov. 4: Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. Country, rock, blues.
Nov. 13: Buddy Guy. Blues.
Nov. 22: George Lopez. Comedian.
Nov. 23: Brule. Native American.
Nov. 29-Dec. 1: "Nutcracker." Dance.
Dec. 19: Burt Bacharach. Pop.
Dec. 29: Jim Brickman. Adult contemporary.
215 S. Tejon St., 385-5990, cspm.org
Sept. 28-April 19: "A Needle Pulling Thread: A Selection of Quilts from the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Collection." Examples from the museum's quilt collection. Guest curated by Judi Arndt.
Dec. 21: "Journey to Pikes Peak." Designed for children 2-10, this hands-on, child-centered exhibit explores why people have chosen to live near Pikes Peak and the various paths they took to get there. Permanent exhibit.
3185 Venetucci Blvd., 477-2100, worldarena.com
Oct. 17: Gabriel Iglesias - "Stand-Up Revolution Tour." Comedian.
Nov. 13: "So You Think You Can Dance." Dance performances by the TV show's contestants.
Nov. 22: Winter Jam with the Newsboys, NewSong, Tenth Avenue North, Thousand Foot Krutch, Plumb, Building 429 and Passion. Christian music.
BUSINESS OF ART CENTER
513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1861, thebac.org
Through Oct. 19: "The Season of Common Sense." Clay prints and mixed media assemblage by Craig Cantrell, inspired by permaculture principles and practices.
Through Oct. 19: "The 12 Principles." Juried show exploring permaculture and sustainability through an artist's perspective.
Through Oct. 19: "Intrinsic Curiosities." Papier colle and oil works by Nadine Sage and Tammy Carr.
Oct. 25-Nov. 30: "Gods and Monsters." Citywide cross-creation art collaboration.
Dec. 6-Jan. 18: "25 Years of Art." Work by current gallery members and founders.
COTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS
427 E. Colorado Ave., 520-1899, cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com
Sept. 27-Oct. 11: "District 11 Art Teachers and Veterans." A show honoring public servants.
Oct. 25-Nov. 15: "5th Annual Dia de los Muertos." All-media juried show exploring Mexican culture and the Day of the Dead.
Dec. 6-mid-January: "Pikes Peak Watercolor Society."
I.D.E.A. Space, Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center, Colorado College, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
Coburn Gallery, Worner Center, Colorado College, 902 N. Cascade Ave. 389-6606, theideaspace.com
Through Oct. 19: "Tension & Transformation in the Work of Richard Mello." Prints and paintings. Coburn Gallery. Through Nov. 5: "Systems & Subversions." Examining and/or disrupting natural and artificial systems. I.D.E.A. Space.
Nov. 1-Dec. 13: "Hool: work by Andrew Ramiro Tirado." Sculpture. Coburn Gallery.
Dec. 17-March 8: "Devotional Cultures: Spanish Colonial Art in the Southwest." Spanish Colonial art, Indigenous arts and regional folk art. I.D.E.A. Space.
THE FINE ARTS CENTER
30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfinearts center.org
Through Dec. 1: "Andrew Beckham. Firmament." Photos.
Sept. 9 through 2014: "Reflections of the Past in Contemporary Native American Art."
Oct. 12-Jan. 12: "Pamela Joseph: Sideshow of the Absurd."
THE MODBO AND S.P.Q.R.
17B and 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240, themodbo.com
Through Sept. 30: "Horror Vacui." Paintings by Caitlin Goebel.
Oct. 4-25: Works by Phil Lear, Christian Medovich and Lindsay Hand.
Dec. 6-31: "Small Works Show." Giftable artwork. S.P.Q.R.
Through Sept. 27: "Comic Art Show." Work by Langdon Foss, Joe Oliver, Kevin Johnson, Nate Hamel, Robert Elrod, Zach Howard and others.
Inside Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs
No schedule information available.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT COLORADO SPRINGS
GOCA 121, Plaza of the Rockies, 121 S. Tejon St., Suite 100
GOCA 1420, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Through Oct. 5: "M12: The Black Hornet." A racecar that operates as conversation starter on cultural exchange outside the city. GOCA 1420.
Through Oct. 31: AWOL (Art Without Limits) Project: "Waldsterben: Sudden Aspen Decline" by De Lane Bredvik. Installation. GOCA 121.
Oct. 4-Dec. 30: "Gods and Monsters: UCCS Visual Arts Faculty Exhibit." Inspired by Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." Work by Matt Barton, Valerie Brodar, Carol Dass, Corey Drieth, Marina Eckler and others.
Oct. 17-Dec. 14: "Influence." Works by Dawn Wilde, Julia Lathrop and Kay Williams Johnson. GOCA 1420
ACADEMY OF COMMUNITY THEATRE (ACT II)
Oct. 28-Nov. 3: "Pinocchio." Based on "The Adventures of Pinocchio," by Carlo Collodi in 1883, about a magical puppet.
BLACK BOX THEATRE
Oct. 4: Kirkham Cowboys. Western.
Oct. 31-Nov. 2: "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." (1999). Noah Smith adapts the 1886 novella by Robert Louis Stevenson about a man with two warring personalities.
Nov. 15-16: "Don't Tell Mother." (1984). In Monk Ferris' comedy, a librarian witnesses a bank robbery and chaos ensues.
Dec. 12-14: "Gift of the Magi" and "A Christmas Carol." In "Gift of the Magi," written by Thomas Hischak and based on the short story by O. Henry, a young couple gets creative about Christmas gifts. In "A Christmas Carol," based on the novella by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts who change his life.
THE FINE ARTS CENTER
30 W. Dale St., 634-5583, csfinearts center.org
Sept. 26-Oct. 20: "Noises Off." (1982). Michael Frayn's farce reveals what happens in front of and behind the theater curtain, when a silly sex comedy called "Nothing Off" is staged.
Dec. 5-29: "The Wizard of Oz." (1939). A musical fantasy based on the L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Nov. 14-Dec. 1: WYNOT Radio Theatre in "The Short Hello." A 1940's detective parody adventure that sends up "Casablanca," "Key Largo" and others.
Dec. 12-29: "The Santaland Diaries." Based on an essay by David Sedaris about his time working as Santa's helper at Macy's.
THE MILLIBO ART THEATRE
1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org
Oct. 17-20: "Vinyl-log." Solo theater by Patrick McConnell.
Nov. 14-24: "Babette's Night at the Opera." Judeth Shay Burns and Babette reveal the challenging world of opera. Nov. 30: "The Pilgrim's Cabaret!" Comedy, singing and dancing with Babette.
Dec. 12-29: "WYNOT Radio Theatre's Holiday Show." 1940's radio spoof.
Oct. 12-13: "The River" with the Creede Repertory Touring Company. Two sisters learn how water shapes the lives of immigrants, settlers and native people.
Nov. 2-3: "Yestardo" with Buntport Theatre Company. Two late 19th-century performers show off Colorado history. Dec. 7-22: "Edwina's Christmas Carol." Edwina, Lionel and the Christmas Rat team up to create an unusual "A Christmas Carol."
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve with Jim Jackson in "CLN" (taking the ow out of clown).
SPRINGS ENSEMBLE THEATRE
1903 E. Cache La Poudre, 357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org
Oct. 10-27: "A Steady Rain." (2007). Two Chicago cops are confronted by a fatal error judgment - and the need for one to be the fall guy - in this Keith Huff play.
Dec. 5-14: "One For the Road" (1984). Playwright Harold Pinter takes on the human rights abuses in this politically charged one-act.
STAR BAR PLAYERS
Theatre 'd Art, 128 N. Nevada Ave., 357-5228, starbarplayers.org
Oct. 18-Nov. 2: "The Woman in Black" (1987). A Victorian ghost story set in Eel Marsh House, where an angry, vengeful female spirit searches for the son she lost. Written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on 1983 book by Susan Hill.
THEATRE 'D ART
128 N. Nevada Ave., 357-8321, theatredart.org
Sept. 20-29: "Theatregasm 7." Experimental theater festival, featuring short, new plays.
Dec. 6-22: "Three Sisters" (1901). This classic Anton Chekov play about three sisters searching for meaning in the modern world is updated to current times.
Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 3955 Regents Circle, 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org
Through Sept. 29: "Seven Guitars" (1995). In August Wilson's play, a blues singer, just released from jail, is asked to sign a record deal.
Oct. 24-Nov. 10: "Death of a Salesman" (1949). Salesman Willy Loman is out of hope in Arthur Miller's classic play.
Dec. 5-22: "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." Based on the 1946 holiday film. Five actors deliver the lines of all the characters in the movie. Adapted by Joe Landry.
COLORADO SPRINGS DANCE THEATRE
Nov. 10: “Dance, Dessert and Dreams” student performance.
April 5: Koresh Dance Company.
Ormao Dance Company
10 S. Spruce St., 471-9759, ormaodance.org
April 11-13: “Spring Concert.” Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St.
Arnold Hall, Air Force Academy, 2302 Cadet Drive, 333-4497, ticketmaster.com
Oct. 25: Jim Breuer. Comedian.
Dec. 13: “A Christmas Carol.” (1965). Charles Dickens’ classic tale.
Jan. 31: “Ballroom With a Twist.” Dance.
March 1: The Ten Tenors. Rock opera.
April 25: “Cirque Ziva.” Acrobats, dance and costumes.
THE BLACK SHEEP
2106 E. Platte Ave., 227-7625, blacksheeprocks.com
Sept. 20: P.O.D. Heavy metal.
Sept. 24: Sevendust. Heavy metal.
Sept. 27: Red. Rock.
Oct. 7: Langhorne Slim and the Law. Alternative country.
Oct. 8: Senses Fail. Metal.
Oct. 23: KRS-One. Rap.
Oct. 31: The Devil Makes Three. Folk punk.
Nov. 1: HallowStrange featuring Kutt Calhoun. Hip hop.
Dec. 28: Reverend Horton Heat. Rockabilly.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE SPRINGS
Oct. 12-13: “American Soundscapes.” Copland, Ives, Barber, Pärt.
Nov. 23-24: “Pure Elegance.” Respighi, Saint-Saëns, Elgar, Ravel.
COLORADO SPRINGS CHILDREN’S CHORALE
Dec. 8: “Tis the Season — A Colorado Christmas.”
Dec. 14: “Summit by Candlelight.” High school choir’s holiday concert.
COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY
415 Sahwatch St., 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org
Sept. 28: “Inner Lights: Meditations on the Palmers of Colorado Springs.” Original one-act opera composed and performed by the students.
Date TBD: “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” (1951). A one-act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti.
COLORADO SPRINGS PHILHARMONIC
Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., 799-4139, pikespeakcenter.com, csphilharmonic.org
(Conducted by music director Josep Caballé-Domenech, unless noted.)
Sept. 21-22: “Beethoven 5.” Conducted by Christopher Wilkins. Beethoven, Puts, Copland.
Oct. 19-20: “Romeo and Juliet.” Filjak, Mozart, Prokofiev.
Nov. 16-17: “Mahler 4.” Bernstein, Golijov, Mahler.
(Conducted by Thomas Wilson, unless noted.)
Sept. 28: “Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA.”
Nov. 2: “Heroes and Villains.” Hollywood scores, including “Superman,” James Bond films and “The Dark Knight.”
(Conducted by Caballé-Domenech, unless noted.)
Oct. 5: “Vivaldi: The Four Seasons.”
HOLIDAY AND SPECIAL EVENTS
Nov. 29-Dec. 1: “The Nutcracker.” Conducted by Thomas Wilson. With Ballet Idaho, Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale and ballet dancers from the Pikes Peak region.
Dec. 22: “Christmas Symphony.” Conducted by Thomas Wilson. Holiday classics with Colorado Springs Chorale.
Dec. 31: “New Year’s Eve.” Conducted by Caballé-Domenech. Broadway hits and more.
COLORADO SPRINGS YOUTH SYMPHONY
1702 N. Murray Blvd., 633-3901, csysa.com
Oct. 9: Bravo! Winds and Pikes Peak Winds concert.
Oct. 12: Youth Symphony concert.
Oct. 15: Encore! Youth Orchestra and Vivace concert.
Dec. 7: “Holiday Toons.”
Dec. 23: “The Nutcracker.” Tchaikovsky’s classic with Ballet Society of Colorado Springs.
GOCA 121, 121 S. Tejon St.
Heller Center for the Arts & Humanities, University of Colorado
at Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Sept. 26: “The Magic of Connection: A Concert with Cellist Stephanie Winters.” J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major. UCCS.
Oct. 18: Gerry Riggs Tribute Band. GOCA 121.
3506 N. Academy Blvd., 596-0000, rawkusnation.com
Sept. 27: Project 86 with The Conflict Between, Of David, Image Of and We the Sheep. Rock.
Oct. 20: Dirty Rotten Imbeciles. Punk.
STARGAZERS THEATRE AND EVENT CENTER
10 S. Parkside Drive, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
Sept. 26: “Reel Rock Film Tour.” Rock climbing films.
Oct. 5: Dotsero. Jazz.
Oct. 18: Catie Curtis. Folk/rock. Oct. 24: Solas. Celtic.
Dec. 7: Dotsero and Mary Louise Lee Holiday Jazz Show.
Dec. 13: Trace Bundy. Acoustic guitar.