Aug 31, 2010

FAC Beer Garden for Labor Day on the Lawn

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 Sept. 1

This Wednesday, the FAC joins countless other museums around the world in the first-ever "Ask a Curator" Day on Twitter. You can find the FAC on Twitter @FineArtsCenter.

From the Ask a Curator website:

Museums and galleries not only house facinating collections, they are also the home of leading experts who love to share their passion for art, history and science.

'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

Auditions: Kid's Choir for Joseph/Dreamcoat

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.

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | Wed., Sept. 15
Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale Street, Colorado Springs, CO
Music Room

Auditions are by appointment only. Those interested in auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a standard or contemporary musical theatre song. You can sing a song from the show, if you choose. Please bring sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided. Please no boom boxes or recorded music. Students will also be given a motor skill to perform, like skipping or a basic dance move. Make sure the kids wear comfortable clothes and shoes. No dance attire is required. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to fill out paperwork. Please bring a headshot and resume, if available.

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.

To schedule an audition appointment, please call 719-477-4387 and leave a message stating your name and contact phone number. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

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
Sundays 2:00PM

*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
Admission: Free

Professor Curtis Smith, Music Faculty, UCCS, will discuss the important role that film music played in the early careers of two American composers, Aaron Copland and Virgil Thompson. Two New Deal films, “The Plow That Broke the Plains” and “The City” will be shown.

The City, an unique documentary film by Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke, was created for the 1939 New York World's Fair, its theme the contrast in living conditions and possibilities between a grim milltown and frantic city with the possibilities of a better life in a planned "new town", Greenbelt, Maryland. The score is unusual in its continuity and ironic commentary on the visual message, at its height in the city scenes, most especially commenting on rush hour traffic and hectic lunch breaks, the idyllic life near nature at Greenbelt counterpointed with beautiful music.

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).

Pare Lorentz's The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1937) are landmark American documentary films. Aesthetically, they break new ground in seamlessly marrying pictorial imagery, symphonic music, and poetic free verse, all realized with supreme artistry. Ideologically, they encapsulate the strivings of FDR’s 'New Deal'.

Virgil Thomson's scores for both films are among the most famous ever composed for the movies. Aaron Copland praised the music for The Plow for its "frankness and openness of feeling", calling it "fresher, more simple, and more personal" than the Hollywood norm.

Program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact New Deal Board member, Judith Rice-Jones, or 473-2154

Local branch of the National New Deal for the New Deal; Local chapter sponsored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council)

Aug 24, 2010

Haunted Windchimes opening for Arlo Guthrie

Pueblo's own Haunted Windchimes will be opening for Arlo Guthrie: Labor Day on the Lawn!

Since their inception in the fall of 2006, The Haunted Windchimes have traveled cross-country, released three albums, graced the cover of the Colorado Springs Independent, pioneered an indy record label, received radio airplay locally and abroad, and have shared the stage with the likes of headlining acts such as; Devothcka, Magnolia Electric Co, Martha Scanlan, David Dondero and more.

Watch a music video on YouTube featuring "Little Bones"

Hailing from the Rocky Mountain town of Pueblo Colorado, The Haunted Windchimes are a musical concept born from the first conversation between vocalist Desirae Garcia and singer-songwriter Inaiah Lujan in reference to a set of mysterious wind-chimes that would chime without a hint of wind. Through the static of the Colorado Phone lines, The Haunted Windchimes took form through the ghost towns of the mind, where the music is of the haunting kind.

Adam Leech from the Colorado Springs Independent wrote, “Not since the infamously troubled troubadour Gram Parsons collaboration with Emmylou Harris, or the legendary duets of Johnny Cash and June Carter, has there been a more evocative, magnetic and captivating folk duo. Seriously.”

From this ghost hunt, an Album was born and given the appropriate name “Ballad of the Winds.” These songs of wind, allow you to drift through tales of death, rebirth, love and revolution. Released in the spring of 2007 by Minneapolis based Indie label “Peddling Records”, The Windchimes thought it was about time to put on their traveling shoes and share their music with the rest of the world...or in this case, all those gathered at the FAC and Monument Valley Park.

Aug 17, 2010

25% off FAC memberships for All Pikes Peak Reads

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 All Pikes Peak Readstake 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

Art for Art's Sake: Zeno Writing Object - Telescope

This week's featured image is from William Kentridge's 2002 film, Zeno Writing. The film is 11 minutes of stop-motion animation created from 60 charcoal works on paper.

Kentridge’s films begin with a charcoal drawing that he animates by erasing and mutating the image, capturing each stage on film to create an evolving narrative. Zeno Writing (Object - Telescope) is on view at the FAC through Oct. 24

The focus of this exhibition is a selection of charcoal drawings from the collection of Brenda Potter. The drawings are related to Kentridge’s films in that they are literally the very last frames of the films, yet they also stand alone as beautifully crafted and powerfully evocative representations of the artist’s personal and cultural experience.

William Kentridge, Drawing for the film Zeno Writing (Object - Telescope) 2002 Charcoal on paper 31 ½ x 47 5/8 inches
Collection of Brenda R. Potter and Michael C. Sandler

Aug 10, 2010

Cousiño Macul Food and Wine Pairing Dinner

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

Course 2
2008 Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay
Spiny Lobster with Charred Pineapple Crispy Risotto

Course 3
2008 Merlot
Duck Confit with Roasted Fennel

Course 4

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

Course 5
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Cherry Ice Cream

Aug 9, 2010

Art for Art's Sake: Fractal Butterfly

This week's Art for Art's Sake feature is a painted aluminum alloy butterfly that is currently on display in the FAC's outdoor sculpture garden. The work by Sally Ann Wilson is called "Fractal Butterfly" and features a Mandelbrot set pattern that has become one of the world's most widely recognized fractals.

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.
The 3rd Annual Butterflies and Friends is a community service initiative led by The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs to raise awareness and funding to ensure that children receive essential arts programs with the educational benefits that promote brain development, social skills, improved communication and effective learning.

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

"Art that's fit to eat"

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.

"Everything is expertly prepared and expertly designed with complimentary colors, flavors and textures," writes the Gazette's Nathaniel Glen:
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.
Bryce Crawford of the Independent also reviewed the restaurant with slightly more reserve. His headline declares that Amuzé at the FAC is "A stroke away from genius" based on expectations for the original bistro.

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.

Amuzé at the FAC: Zolo Vintner Wine Tasting Dinner

Join us for a five course wine and food pairing dinner featuring wines from Zolo Vintner.

Thursday August 26th at 6:30 p.m.
Zolo 5 Course Food and Wine Pairing Dinner
Location: Amuze at the FAC
$48 per person
Please call Amuze at 719.477.4377 for reservations
(Seating is limited to 50)

The wine dinner will feature four wines from the Zolo vineyards in Argentina with one of the four also incorporated into dessert. Each wine was tasted by Executive Chef Bill Sherman and Sommelier Jessica Roma, and the menu was then designed to complement and highlight the characteristics of each wine. Chef Bill, Sommelier Jessica, as well as wine representatives will be present to discuss menu and wines.

Course 1
2009 Sauvignon Blanc
Cilantro Pesto Scallop Escabeche

Course 2
2009 Torrontes
Prosciutto with Melon Caviar

Course 3
2009 Bonarda
Orange Marmalade Quail

Course 4
2009 Malbec
Applewood Smoked Flatiron Steak with Mashed Plantain and Peach Allspice Demi Glace

Course 5
Zolo Sauvignon Blanc Panna Cotta

Aug 2, 2010

William Kentridge: Learning the Flute

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!

William Kentridge Learning the Flute Courtesy Museum of Modern Art New York © 2010 William Kentridge