Our city’s art scene continues to grow with First Friday gallery openings and monthly guided walking and biking cultural tours. the Art on the Streets sculpture exhibit contributes to downtown’s vibrant urban community. stay tuned for amazing shows, entertainment, and exhibits this summer!
PIKES PEAK CENTER
The Pikes Peak Center has a full lineup of exciting performers from all genres. Check out the Barenaked Ladies in May and David Blaine, George Lopez, and Cedric the Entertainer in June. In August, Colorado’s own New Belgium Brewery brings the Tour de Fat presented by Fat Tire. This beer, music, and bike fest has been traveling across the country for 18 seasons to raise money for
FINE ARTS CENTER
Broadway hit and Tony Award winner Man of La Mancha is live on stage from the end of May to the middle of June. Happy Hour Stand-Up gets going this Summer; more adventurous fans can even take Stand-up Comedy Class from the end of May to the beginning of July. One of Colorado’s best string quartets hits the stage on July 2nd, and Merrily We Roll Along presents July 27th to July 30th. The Bemis School of Art offers 142 classes in 30 different mediums this summer; learn a new skill or perfect an old one in a class matched to your skill level with an experienced instructor. In the museum, enjoy Floyd Tunson and Dáreece Walker’s Force/Resistance exhibit, which addresses issues of social justice in coordination with The Butler Center and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies (REMS) program.
MANITOU ARTS CENTER
Swing by the MAC’s two buildings during open hours (Monday to Friday from 8:oo a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) to learn about MAC membership and all the Center offers. The MAC provides music and theater in addition to other events, galleries, and exhibitions.
THE IRON SPRINGS CHATEAU
Reserve your spot for a summer evening of fun! The Iron Springs Chateau presents “a hilarious southern melodrama where your hero has inherited his mama’s famous, county fair winning, brown gravy recipe after mama’s suspicious demise” now through August 5th. After enjoying What Became of Nona Jane… or… Brown Gravy Blues, check out
Jenny Jones —Spy Catcher, a 1940s plot that begins June 23rd.
COTTONWOOD CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Cottonwood Center for the Arts presents Motif, an exhibition of pattern and decoration, in May, followed by the 2017 International Watermedia Show in June. In July and August, look for Mixed Feelings—an expressionism exhibit—and the autobiographical This is Me Now. Cottonwood Center also offers a variety of recurring workshops, including The Actor’s Voice Workshop, Pikes Peak Writers, Finding Our Voices, and Pikes Peak Watercolor Society. Cottonwood Center’s theater is never still; this summer, see Miguel Piñero’s Short Eyes or Sam Shepard’s God of Hell. In July, World War I comes to stage with the spy thriller Petrograd. Check out Cottonwood Center’s website for even more events and information.
SANGRE DE CRISTO ARTS CENTER
All summer long, visitors can enjoy the great works of Rembrandt through Sordid & Sacred: The Beggars in Rembrandt’s Etchings. At Sangre de Cristo, dance classes are ongoing, while the stage offers regional performers like Paper Bird Band in August and Giselle, a ballet, in May. Offstage, the award-winning Buell Children’s Museum is open all year.
BUTTE THEATER OPERA HOUSE
If you’re looking for a history lesson in this historic little town, check out A Cripple Creek Ragtime Revue in the first half of June. Butte Theater then presents the classic Victorian melodrama After Dark on Friday and Saturday evenings in June. Broadway’s classic Annie, Get Your Gun graces the stage from June through August. The stunning Butte Theater is worth a visit all on
THE COLORADO SPRINGS CONSERVATORY
The Conservatory shows off its students at Colorado College’s Kathryn Mohrman Theatre with the Student Showcase in the first three weeks of June. If you miss the showcase, the summer musical is next, on June 23rd and 24th. All summer, the Conservatory offers week-long workshops for students of all ages. Fairy Tale Dance Camp happens in June, while Willy Wonka Kids kicks off in July. Teenagers can take an a cappella workshop, and adults can join a recording arts workshop. Students can get even more hands on with Colin Gregory’s Yoga and Art class on July 2nd or Lewis Keller’s Build Your Own Synth class on July 29th.
MILLABO ARTS THEATER
The MAT offers tons of kids’ classes; summer camps are offered in one-week, two-week, half-day, and full-day sessions for kids as young as age four. Kids can solve Penguin Problems in a trip across Antarctica or learn Lion Lessons with feline-focused activities. Teenagers can jump into Theatre Immersion or Shakespeare Teen Ensemble while their younger siblings spend a week wizarding in Hogwarts.