Jan 29, 2009
How far would you go to provide for your family? In these troubled times, it's a question more and more people are forced to face. Fortunately, it's also a question that can lead to an abundance of laughter - and some revealing performances - as the Fine Arts Center's production of "The Full Monty" proves.
"Terrence McNally's dialogue comes fast and funny, while David Yazbek's driving, pop-infused songs keep the energy - and laugh - levels high."
FOX 21's Morning Reporter Meaghan Collier was on the set of the FAC Theatre Company's latest production, The Full Monty, last Monday. Check out the four video clips below:
Jan 26, 2009
Jan 23, 2009
“I absolutely loved it. Everyone did such a fantastic job. I hadn’t seen a show at the SaGāJi Theatre before; I was very impressed. As with the film, I completely fell for Dave (Cory Moosman) He really evoked empathy from me.
The show stayed very close to the film, which I loved, and the music and songs -- so beautifully executed -- just accentuated the greatness and relevance of the story. The sets were used brilliantly and the cast is wonderful. The actors unwavering dedication to their roles was essential and yet unexpected at the same time. I have much respect for them as artists and craftsman to have that kind of devotion.
I know my opinion is just one tiny person, but I am telling everyone I know to come see it; I think I will even come see it again as well. It was a toe-tapping, heartfelt, fun-loving time, and I couldn’t stop smiling.
T.D. Mobley-Martinez writes: While stories have circulated that audience members wear sunglasses to sidestep any lighting tricks to obscure the goods, Osburn saw something different when he appeared in the production years ago: They get seats closer to the stage, he says, anticipating those final moments.
"Again, people talk about the last 30 seconds of the show," he says.
"For me, it's the humanity of the piece. Shakespeare wrote ‘Hold a mirror up to nature.' These are real people and they have real problems and the way they find release is through friendship.
It's about the fellas."
Right, sure, but do they do IT?
"Let me put it this way," he says.
"There's no question as to whether or not they do."
Jan 22, 2009
In the past year, Mark's taken roles in at least four community productions, including TheatreWorks' "The Grapes of Wrath" and now, "The Full Monty," which opens Friday at the Fine Arts Center. That means rehearsals that start about 8 p.m. and last until about 11 p.m. Then it's home, homework and bed.
"Unfortunately, he gives the obvious answer for a director who wants a full house: "I think you're going to have to come see it yourself."
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
The FAC Theatre Company's production of the revealing musical-comedy opens Jan. 23. Tickets are available now.
Jan 16, 2009
A one-time Fine Arts Center curator and Gallery of Contemporary Art Director from 1992-2006, Gerry Riggs died on Jan. 3 in Pegosa Springs. A Community Tribute to Gerry Riggs is scheduled for Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the UCCS campus.
He is credited for transforming the gallery at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs into one of the region's most important art spaces, and the only one dedicated to contemporary art. He was also an advocate for all local art.
The event is free and open to the public.
There will be speaking by university and community members followed by an open mic and live music from Pagosa Springs and Colorado Springs artists. Lots of Gerry memorabilia will be on hand including his fine art photography.
The community is invited to bring mementos such as objects and photographs to share at the the event. Persons wishing to bring items are asked to contact the Tribute Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org for coordination details.
- Gazette: Art activist urged others 'to let their artistic side shine', Jan. 5, 2009
- Independent: 10 Years at the Heart of Colorado Springs Contemporary Art Community, from 2002 by Noel Black.
- Atomic Elroy remembers Gerry on his blog.
- You can learn more about Gerry at this tribute blog.
Jan 15, 2009
"I like to paint the things that nobody wants," says Glass from his studio in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.
"Throughout his career, the 46-year-old Glass has represented the "outcasts and discards of society," a sobering set of muses he finds beautiful and honest. They provide the basis for his solo exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Mikel Glass The Discarded, a three-tiered show, features sculpture, painting and a site-specific installation, and opens this week.
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 12, 2009
With this exhibit, the FAC is producing a 60-page catalogue with a foreword written by FAC President Sam Gappmayer, an introduction by Milteer and an essay by filmmaker J.J. Abrams.
“Mikel Glass approaches his work with a fearless passion,” writes American Artist.
To view a selection of works in the exhibition, see the FAC Mikel Glass slideshow.
Jan 9, 2009
“ … the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has veered in a completely unexpected and wonderfully audacious direction.”
“The exhibition has no connection to the museum's permanent holdings, which are focused on Latino, Southwestern and modern art, and that's the point: something offbeat and startlingly different … (and) has gained the institution heightened credibility nationally. The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., has just agreed to present the exhibition from May 15 through Sept. 12, 2010.”
“Boosting their appeal is the museum's handsome, viewer-friendly installation, with introductory wall panels on the three designers, each including a painted enlargement of one of their trademark patterns by exhibit designer Laurel Swab.”