Arts Month is here! Each October, the Pikes Peak region celebrates Arts Month as a way to elevate the visibility and importance of arts & culture in our community.
During Arts Month, you’re encouraged to have at least one new cultural experience with family or friends! We’ll highlight a few events each week in October that are fun, easy ways to get involved in #ArtsOctober.
Find more Arts Month details, including resources, event info, and more at PeakRadar.com/ArtsMonth!
ArtPOP: Concrete Couch – Helen Hunt Phase Two Celebration and Party!
October 11, 4-7 p.m. | Helen Hunt Elementary School | Free
The completion of Helen the Dragon and her Concrete Castle (at the former Helen Hunt Elementary School, 917 East Moreno) calls for a celebration of art, music, lanterns, and dancing, with BBQ and music from the Concrete Couch Jam Band from 5-7 p.m. The Hillside community and greater community are invited to share in the joy of the Adventure Playground and the new additions.
ArtPOP is a series of 20 artist-driven pop-up performances, exhibitions and creative experiences in various locations across the region during the month of October.
International Blues Competition Winners Showcase
October 11, 7 p.m. | Stargazers Theatre & Event Center | Suggested $10 Donation
Pikes Peak Blues Community and Stargazers present another great showcase! Join your blues community in supporting The Movers & Shakers; PPBC’s representatives in the International Blues Competition band category AND The Hustle Kings; representing the solo/duo category. PPBC is proud and excited that these two competitors will be going to the International Blues Challenge as examples of the musical talent of the Pikes Peak area.
October 12, 7 p.m. | Ent Center for the Arts | Tickets start at $27.50
SYBARITE5 has taken the US by storm, forever changing perceptions of chamber music performance. From the moment bows hit strings, this talented, diverse group takes the audience on a ride that engages the senses and redefines the rules. In Outliers, the acclaimed string quintet will present their favorite commissioned works.
October 13, 6-10 p.m. | Manitou Art Center | $75
MACnificent is the annual gala and fundraiser for the Manitou Art Center. This year we are celebrating 30 years of artistic passion with a PechaKucha night of fast-paced presentations. The evening will include delectable hors d’oeuvres by Adams Mountain Cafe, a silent auction of pieces by amazing local artists, live music by the Charlie Milo Trio, and commemorative posters for sale—screen printed right here at the MAC! Tickets support all that we do at the Manitou Art Center: our top notch galleries, wood shop, metal shop, electronics lab, 3D printer, laser cutter, darkroom, papermaking shop, printmaking studio, clay studio, artist studios, meeting space, and more.
A Raisin in the Sun
Through October 21 | Ent Center for the Arts | Tickets start at $38.50
Lorraine Hansberry’s revelatory masterpiece canonized her place in the civil rights movement and electrified generations of activists and artists alike. In a small tenement on Chicago’s South Side, a family awaits a check that will make all their dreams come true. Momma wants a nice house, Beneatha wants to go to medical school, and Walter Lee schemes to buy a liquor store. With gentrification happening in neighborhoods all around us, Raisin is as powerful, thought-provoking, and timely as it was in 1959.
Originally compiled by Jonathan Toman of the Cultural Office and published in the Colorado Springs Independent Abstractions section on October 5, 2018.