Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture coverage.

  • Public voting opens online today for Peak Arts Prize—a new granting program from the Cultural Office that supports local artists, arts organizations, and arts businesses. Help choose this year’s winners at
  • Tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Colorado College’s Tutt Library, Colin McAllister and Steven Hayward will present 'The Library at Night' a captivating new recital that takes the listener on a literary, musical, and historical journey through time and place, all based on Alberto Manguel’s book of the same name.
  • Tomorrow night is Jazz night at the Colorado Springs Conservatory beginning at 7 p.m., and featuring the school’s artist mentors and talented students.
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Looking Up: 'V' Is For Hyades

Feb 26, 2018
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There are two 'sister' star clusters in the constellation Taurus the Bull. This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout introduces us to the five daughters of Atlas... the Hyades.

Over the last few years we have discussed the beautiful winter asterism known as the Pleiades. These fair maidens of the night are an easily found object high above in the constellation Taurus the Bull.  What most observers overlook are the other sisters that form a ‘V’ shape that marks the head of the  celestial bull.

Coquette’s Bistro & Bakery via Rocky Mountain Food Report

Coquette's Bistro and Bakery, Colorado Springs' innovative, gluten-free restaurant, grows their brand with expertise from new hire, Johnathan Shankland, operations manager, formerly at The Antler's, A Wyndham Hotel. Since starting his position in November 2017 Shankland says the purpose of his role is to allow Michelle and Turu Marx, co-owners and mother/daughter team at Coquette's, "to start looking outside of these four walls."

• Tonight, at 7 p.m., at the new Ent Center for the Arts, GOCA will host another Chit-Chat “mash-up talk” on contemporary culture—this time on the topics of Hyperloop & Cheese.

• On Sunday at 4:30 p.m., UCCS Presents will host a performance by the UK-based, Pasadena Roof Orchestra and their mix of big-band swing and hot dance music at the Ent Center for the Arts.

• The Colorado Springs Chinese Cultural Institute will host a Chinese Lantern Festival Hot Pot Dinner at King’s Kitchen on Sunday at 6 p.m. The evening will also include a special musical performance. 

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Looking Up: So Long And Thanks For All The Barium

Feb 19, 2018
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This week on Looking Up... meet Alphard, a giant orange sun that seems to have lost its partner but gained a lot of barium in the process.

In earlier episodes, we’ve talked about the bright stars that make up the winter night sky here in southern Colorado. We’ve talked about the very bright Sirius, and the only slightly less bright Procyon, Castor, Pollux, and so on. Today, I want to tell you about a very interesting star that is a bit farther to the east, forming a triangle, laying on its side, with Sirius and Procyon, the weird orange star Alphard.

·      Making their Western Jubilee debut, Chris Daniels & the Kings will kick-off the 2018 Western Jubilee Concert Season with a fantastic night of blues tomorrow at 6:30PM. 

·      The Colorado Farm & Art Market will continue its monthly, indoor winter market at The Cottonwood Center for the Arts this Sunday from 11AM-2PM.

·      This coming Tuesday evening, UCCS Presents will feature Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance, featuring an exhilarating and diverse repertory that includes timeless classics and thrilling new works from the company that continues the tradition of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 

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Looking Up: This Subject Matter Is 'Way Out There'

Feb 12, 2018
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This week on Looking Up Hal gives us the extended celestial forecast - partly cloudy, with a chance for comets...

I admit it; I’m a sucker for comets. I can’t help but wax a tad philosophic when I think of these remarkable and ancient objects. There are famous comets that come back regularly – think Halley’s Comet – and there are others, like the very bright Comet West back in 1976, that have much larger orbits, over 70,000 times the Earth-Sun distance, and so won’t return for about 500 million years, give or take. 

·      The Pikes Peak Blues Community will present Woodshed Red tonight at 7 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center. 

·      Also tonight at 7 p.m., the internationally acclaimed Choir from Doane University in Nebraska, will perform a free concert at Broadmoor Community Church.

·      Beginning this evening for a two week run, the Millibo Art Theatre will celebrate its Sweet 16th Birthday with a selection of fine theatrical desserts created around and about the theme of Cake.

·      Visiting artist Ralph Allen and Colorado College faculty members will discuss the art of Haiti in relation to a new exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. in Gaylord Hall.

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This week  Hal dusts off a topic we covered previously on Looking Up but is now in need of an update.

A couple years ago I told you about a cool thing you can see in the Southern Colorado sky, Zodiacal Light! And the good news is, it’s back.

The Broadmoor

The Golden Bee at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been held in high regard as a traditional British pub for decades but in November 2017 the menu was finally the recipient of a long-overdue and Americanized face-lift. John Johnstone, vice president of food and beverage, and David Patte

·      The Gold Hill Mesa Community Center will celebrate its first Art on the Mesa exhibit, tonight from 5-7 p.m., with work by the High Country Artists group, together with appetizers, and live music.

·      Tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m., during the First Friday Art Walk, the Modbo Gallery will present “The Holes in my Heart”, featuring new work by mixed media artist
Jo Carol Ciborowski.

·      Also tomorrow evening during the First Friday Art Walk, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Conservatory will continue its Jazz Nite series, with the Conservatory Faculty Jazz Ensemble, at the Lawrence Dreyhurst Gallery.

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David Crosby

For our first episode of the Converge Lecture Series Podcast, we're joined by writer George Saunders.

Saunders has been dazzling readers for more than two decades with his essays, articles, short stories, and now his debut novel: Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction last year.

M. Procell

This week on Looking Up Hal prepares us for the impending total lunar eclipse. 

Set your alarms early for Wednesday, January 31st, because it will be your only chance in 2018, and your first in two years, to see a total lunar eclipse! And we in the West have the best look at it, as the Moon sets for folks east of the Mississippi before the show really gets going.

Rocky Mountain Food Report

Pikes Peak Market hosts “Mangiare at The Market” their inaugural community dinner on Friday, January 26, from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The five-course menu features ingredients from participating vendors and Colorado Springs’ craft spirits, cider and beer.


In partnership with Converge Lecture Series, 91.5 KRCC presents a new podcast dedicated to exploring big ideas with some of the biggest writers and thinkers around.

Looking Up: Medicine Map To The Stars

Jan 22, 2018
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This week on Looking Up guest host Bruce Bookout gets around to talking about Medicine Wheels and how they relate to ancient astronomy.

Nearly every ancient civilization has studied the night sky, whether it was for navigation, measuring time, or spiritual purposes.  The Plains Indians of the West were no exception.  Dotting the high hills of the northern plains are hundreds of Native American stone constructions, called medicine wheels that are aligned to the stars.  

·      Tonight, at 6 p.m., at the Tim Gill Center, the Independent Film Society of Colorado and Rocky Mountain PBS will host a free screening of “The Mask You Live In”, a powerful film that explores how our cultural definitions of masculinity itself may be a key component driving the proliferation of harassment against women.

·      On Ensemble, an acclaimed world music Taiko troupe, will perform at Tri Lakes Center for the Arts tomorrow night at 7 p.m. 

·      Imagination Celebration will present “How I became a Pirate”, a literacy-based musical by a national touring children’s theater company at the Ent Center for the Arts this coming Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m.

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Looking Up: Flashy Footstool

Jan 15, 2018
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This week on Looking Up Hal points out a lesser known star near the constellation Orion that appears to want our attention.

We’re just two weeks into the New Year, and already I’m going to curse, sort of, on the radio. That’s because today I want to talk to you about the very interesting star, Cursa, high in the Colorado sky right now.

·      The Story Project will kick off its 2018 season with four new story tellers at the Sun Water Spa tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

·      This Saturday, at 7:30 p.m, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College will present “Dogfight”, a hauntingly beautiful musical that has been praised by countless critics and nominated for numerous awards.

·      On Sunday at 1 p.m., the Pikes Peak Jazz and Swing Society will celebrate its 33rd birthday with a performance by the Mississippi Mudders, a traditional Dixieland sextet performing authentic New Orleans style jazz at the Olympian Plaza Reception Center.

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Looking Up: Seeing Red

Jan 8, 2018

Wondering what some of those bright and colorful objects rising in the eastern pre dawn sky are? This week on Looking Up Hal identifies some of those mysterious spheres.

I warned you last week that you’ll need to get up early to see most of the stuff I’m talking about in January, and this episode is no exception. But, if you do get up early, you’ll get to see something really cool, and I mean that literally.

·      Tomorrow evening from 5-8 p.m., during the First Friday Art Walk, Western Jubilee will host a vintage item sale, and free concert by Chela Lujan from the Haunted Windchimes.

·      The annual US International Duo Piano Competition will take place this weekend at the Broadmoor International Center, and is free and open to the public.

·      The 3rd Annual Colorado Springs Fitness Expo will take place this Saturday from 10AM-5 p.m. at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium.

·      Also this Saturday, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., the Western Museum of Mining & Industry will host a day of geologic exploration for the whole family.

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M. Procell

Happy New Year! This week on Looking Up you can get an early start on scanning the 2018 skies. Inconspicuous Mercury is in the pre dawn sky, and a full blown moon dominates tonight.

As you listen to the upcoming January episodes of Looking Up, you may find a common theme – stuff to look at in the early morning. Sometimes things just line up that way.

·      Tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneers Museum, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will present a program of works for cello and piano inspired by fables, folk songs and dances from Hungary, Slovakia, Israel, Romania, Germany and England. 

·      On Sunday at 7:30 p.m., the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will usher in New Year’s Eve 2018 under the direction of Maestro Thomas Wilson with a concert of favorite opera arias and Broadway hits from Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

·      A local tradition since 1922, the Pikes Peak AdAmAn Club will hike to the top of Pikes Peak this weekend to celebrate the New Year with a glorious fireworks display from the summit at the stroke of midnight.

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Jason Furman from CSAS

Audio Pending...

It's a very appropriately themed topic of wonderment on Looking Up this week...

Merry Christmas everyone, and in keeping with the holiday spirit let’s talk about the Christmas tree you can find in the Colorado night sky right now, the Christmas Tree Nebula! 

Garden of the Gods Collection

Garden of the Gods Collection supplies The Rocky Mountain Food Report with some naughty and nice recipes that can please even the most contrary of personalities that gather at your holiday shindig.

Mission Medical Center offers free medical, dental, vision, behavior health, and spiritual companionship. It also provides durable goods to allow independent living for uninsured and under-insured, low income neighbors of the Pikes Peak Region.

Mission Medical Center does not receive Federal funds or insurance reimbursement for the services it provides. Funding comes almost entirely through private sources, Churches, foundations, businesses, and individuals donate cash, goods, and services to support the clinic.  Mission Medical Center is a 501 (c) 3, faith based organization located at 2125 East LaSalle Street in Colorado Springs, CO 80909, just 2 blocks southeast of Union and Constitution.  Mission Medical is located at a bus stop on Bus Route #6. More information can be found at  

Diakonia (Greek for service) is a non-profit that operates five Colorado Springs preschools. Their commitment is to provide the highest-quality learning experience to ALL children. Diakonia Preschools build strong foundations for school readiness by providing each child with opportunities for meaningful play through the use of centers customized for the child’s individual needs, favorite pursuits, abilities and challenges. More information on Diakonia Preschools at

·      Today, at 4 p.m. and again at 7 p.m., the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale will present a family friendly version of “The Nutcracker” at the Pikes Peak Center.

·      The Face Vocal Band, an internationally acclaimed all-vocal rock band from Boulder, blending modern popular tunes with complex harmonies, brilliant beat-box rhythms and superb singing, will perform at the Pikes Peak Center tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

·      Theatreworks production of The Santaland Diaries concludes its run at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater this weekend, with shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday evening.

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Fostering Hope affirms and supports foster parents in their task of caring for neglected and abused children. Volunteers and community partners serve as an extended family for foster parents and to the children entrusted to them. Fostering Hope stays with kids into adulthood, ensuring they always have someone they can count on. You can learn more about the services at Fostering Hope at their website:  

The Black Forest Animal Sanctuary is an animal rescue and rehab farm. Hundreds of horses, livestock, dogs, cats, and small animals have been rescued since 1994. BFAS assists in education, disaster response, and works with many local youth and volunteer groups. They provide rescue operations, adoption programs, foster and sponsorship programs as well as local and national rescue efforts. You can learn more about them at