Aug 31, 2010
The Fine Arts Center invites concert goers to stop before the show for a cold beer in the FAC Courtyard. The Beer Garden in the courtyard and the full-service bar in Deco Lounge will be open starting at 5 p.m. The Deco will also be open during and after the show.
Amuzé at the FAC will be offering a variety of tempting picnic-style food as well inside the Fine Arts Center. A variety of healthy, affordable food choices, including market-fresh salads, side dishes, and desserts will be available that you can bring back to the park or eat in the FAC Courtyard.
Aug 30, 2010
'Ask a Curator Day' on September 1st 2010 will open the door to these experts with a unique worldwide question and answer session which will let interested members of the public put questions to museum and gallery curators.
We are using the popular website Twitter to host 'Ask a Curator'. You can find a list of participating cultural venues in the 'who to ask?' section of this website, or simply follow the hashtag #askacurator on September 1st to follow the questions other people are asking.
Ask a curator follows a similar successful event called 'Follow a Museum' which took place in February 2010.
Aug 27, 2010
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Theatre Company will hold auditions for the kids choir (ages 8 through 16) for our production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale Street, Colorado Springs, CO
The FAC Theatre Company does not believe in discrimination based on color, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disabilities, gender, or otherwise. All performers are encouraged to audition.
Information on the show:
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Rehearses October 12-November 24, 2010
Performs November 26-December 19, 2010
Rehearsals are held weeknights as well as weekend afternoons and evenings. The days of rehearsal are show specific and will vary throughout the rehearsal process. All actors are required to be available for all Technical and Dress Rehearsals and all performances. Our regular performance schedule is as follows:
Thursdays - Saturdays* 7:30PM
*Please note that Joseph will have additional 2:00pm Saturday matinees
Aug 25, 2010
New Deal for the New Deal
September 16 | 7:00 p.m. FAC Music Room
American Music and the New Deal Film
Los Angeles Times music critic, Mark Swed, called Aaron Copland’s score to The City “an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style, but in American music and cinema.” Made for the 1939 World’s Fair (”The World of Tomorrow”), The City is a classic documentary film distinguished for its organic integration of narration (scripted by Lewis Mumford), cinematography (by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke), and music (by Copland).
Program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact New Deal Board member, Judith Rice-Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org or 473-2154
Aug 24, 2010
Aug 17, 2010
In support of the 2010 All Pikes Peak Reads program, the FAC is offering 25% off all our basic memberships to APPR participants.
APPR is a six-week program through PPLD that begins with a kick-off event Sept. 11 at the Pikes Peak Center as part of the What IF festival, and continues through Oct. 30, 2010.
To take advantage of the 25% chance off membership, simply
visit the FAC Box Office and show your PPLD card. Basic Memberships include family, student, teacher, and military memberships. Choose the one that's right for you!
Membership benefits include:
- Free admission to all FAC Galleries
- Invitations to exhibition openings and members-only events
- A complimentary subscription to the FAC member magazine, ArtsFocus
- Discounts on after-hours events
- Discounts on FAC Theatre Company season and individual tickets
- Discounts on special events, productions, lectures and film series
- 10% discount at the museum shop, LUMA at the FAC
- Early registration privileges and $15 off classes at Bemis School of Art
Aug 16, 2010
Aug 10, 2010
Wednesday September 1st at 6:30pm
Cousiño Macul 5 Course / 6 Food and Wine Pairing Dinner
Location: Amuze at the FAC
$75 per person
Please call Amuze at (719) 477-4377 for reservations (Seating is limited to 50)
This wine and food pairing dinner features five wines from the Cousiño Macul vineyards in Chile with a sixth wine incorporated into dessert. Each wine was tasted by Executive Chef Bill Sherman and Sommelier Jessica Roma, then the menu was designed with individual courses to complement and highlight the characteristics of each wine. Chef Bill, Sommelier Jessica, as well as Vintner Representative Eduardo Hildalgo will be present to discuss menu and wines.
Cousino Macul production is limited to around 250,000 cases per year, of which approximately 70% is exported. Reserve wines are made only with estate grown grapes, which are also estate vinted and bottled.
Course 1 (Amuse Bouche / First Bite)
2009 Sauvignon Gris
Red Snapper Parfait with Olive Oil Poached Ruby Red Grapefruit
2008 Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay
Spiny Lobster with Charred Pineapple Crispy Risotto
Duck Confit with Roasted Fennel
2007 Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 Finis Terrae 60% Cabernet Sauvignon / 40% Merlot
(Side by side wine tasting)
Cabernet Braised Short Rib with Cola Coffee Mustard Sauce and Celeriac Puree
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherry Ice Cream
Aug 9, 2010
Wilson, though a professional classical musician for most of her adult life, enjoys painting and the power of the visual arts.
“The intense joy that comes from completely losing myself in the painting process is a powerful experience in and of itself. When the finished painting resonates with another person, there is a joy and sense of communion that is deeply satisfying.”
This butterfly is one of many bringing art to local businesses and organizations.
All the aluminum butterflies will be auctioned off at the annual celebration at Cheyenne Mountain Resort on Sept. 19 to help provide arts education in targeted schools and assist the Rotary Community Service Fund in contributing to many wonderful causes in Colorado Springs.
Aug 5, 2010
Amuzé at the FAC received two reviews this week. Both recognize the skill and flavors brought to the kitchen by Chef William Sherman and his team.
Since the Fine Arts Center started regular dining, my reviews have bemoaned the fact that no chef has taken his cues from the brilliant and gorgeous architecture of the museum. The design by Santa Fe architect John Gaw Meem combines ancient Pueblo designs with the modern sophistication of Art Deco. I always wished some chef would do the same.
Now, Sherman has. His luscious New Mexico chili crème brulée ($4), which is sweet and earthy, not fiery, is the perfect combination of southwestern tradition and French inspiration. It is a dish he brought with him from Palmer Lake, but let’s hope it is the start of a growing permanent collection of masterpieces.
At the FAC, what might "food as art" look like?
The beef carpaccio ($12): four thin slices of buttery filet mignon, covered in fried capers and a mustardy aioli, arrayed symmetrically around a powdery Parmesan-crisp full of guacamole. Sherman designed the dish's presentation to mimic the Zia sun symbol stamped into the terrace's ceiling, and the plate is an impressively cool tie-in to the Southwestern Art Deco architecture.
Join us for a five course wine and food pairing dinner featuring wines from Zolo Vintner.
Thursday August 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Amuze at the FAC
$48 per person
Please call Amuze at 719.477.4377 for reservations
(Seating is limited to 50)
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Cilantro Pesto Scallop Escabeche
Prosciutto with Melon Caviar
Orange Marmalade Quail
Applewood Smoked Flatiron Steak with Mashed Plantain and Peach Allspice Demi Glace
Zolo Sauvignon Blanc Panna Cotta
Aug 2, 2010
This week on "Art for Art's Sake", we celebrate William Kentridge's 2003 film, Learning the Flute. (We can't post it here--you'll just have to stop by the El Pomar Gallery to see it in person!) The work is on display as part of William Kentridge: The World is Process.
Download and listen to the original music for the film here.
As with most of William Kentridge’s opera themed works, the 2003 film Learning the Flute was visual preparation. In this case, the production was Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which premiered in 2005 at the Royal Opera House in Belgium. The film is characteristically Kentridge, using charcoal drawings on paper, subsequent erasures, and stop-motion animation to tell a story.
Learning the Flute “was made to find the visual language for the opera,” writes Kentridge. “The form, the blackboard, was the given; the photographic positive and negative of the black drawing on white paper, reversed to produce white chalk drawings on the blackboard, was the discovery.”
Learning the Flute is now showing in the FAC’s second floor gallery. Just look for the chalkboard!