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“Paint the Town!”

The Fine Arts Center presents the sensational musical Chicago 
The Smash Broadway Bob Fosse Hit!

Just as the movie version hits theaters to wow audiences, the live stage production of Chicago hits the historic theatre at the Fine Arts Center. The FAC’s Repertory Theatre Company is proud to be presenting this exciting Bob Fosse hit, the longest-running revival in Broadway history. The FAC’s production features Michael Gorman as Director/Choreographer.

Gorman supervised the national traveling tour of Chicago from 1997 to 2000, traveled on four national tours of A Chorus Line from 1991 to 2001, and has performed, taught, and directed at many prestigious performing arts institutions such as the Arvada Center, Stagewest, the Kennedy Center Opera House, the Country Dinner Playhouse and the University of Denver.  He has also worked on such projects as Rosie O’Donnell’s 100th Broadcast, Marvin Hamlisch at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Broadway productions A Chorus Line, Chicago, Harrigan ‘n Hart and Copperfield. 

Rounding out the all-star production group is Gail Luna, from New York, as set designer, and Jeff Bickford as lighting designer. 

The Bob Fosse style is alive and well in the Rep Theatre Company production of Chicago. Bob Fosse’s tremendous choreographing and directing credits included the blockbuster Broadway shows Sweet Charity, Pippin, and Dancin’ (which between them racked up eight Tony awards) and the movies My Sister Eileen, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees and the film version of Sweet Charity. He was also the director for the Oscar-winning 1972 film Cabaret. 

CHICAGO
February 7 – 23, 2003

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

In razzle-dazzle, roaring 20s Chicago, married chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her faithless lover.  Sent to death row, Roxie and another murderess vie for the spotlight and headlines, hoping the publicity will catapult them to fame, freedom and successful stage careers.  This sharp-edged tale of murder, exploitation and treachery features a dazzling score and won six Tony awards when it was revived on Broadway in 1997. Chicago is the longest-running revival in Broadway history!

The Repertory Theatre Company production of Chicago runs February 7 – 23, 2003. Tickets range from $20 - $25. Call the FAC box office at 634-5583, or visit www.csfineartscenter.org to purchase tickets on-line now!  

Chicago’s Famed Second City Comes to the Fine Arts Center

On Thursday, February 20, 2003, Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, The Second City, will appear at the Fine Arts Center. This one-night-only appearance will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center theatre, at 30 West Dale Street.

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest. Their alumni list reads like a Who’s Who of American comedy: Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Shelly Long, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, and countless others.

Not only will an evening with The Second City provide audiences with the chance to see comedy stars in the making, but they will also have the opportunity to see absolutely hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation. No topic or subject matter is off-limits for The Second City. If your parents asked you not to speak about it at the dinner table, chances are, it will be made fun of in an evening with The Second City.  

Tickets for The Second City are $22 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the FAC box office at 634-5583, or by visiting the website at www.csfineartscenter.org.

Slow Food: 
A Celebration of Latin American Culture – Food, Wine & Art
Event celebrates the culture, cuisine, and arts of Latin America

On Saturday, February 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. the Colorado Springs convivium of Slow Food and the Fine Arts Center will present a celebration of Latin American culture with food, wine and art, in connection with the Fine Arts Center’s exhibitions on Guatemalan textiles and the photographs of Luis Gonzalez Palma.

The evening includes tapas by the Picnic Basket, complimentary Argentine wines, tours of two exciting exhibitions: "Transcendent Spirit: Photographic Works by Luis Gonzalez Palma" and “Flowering Mountain Earth: Continuity & Change Among the Highland Maya”(a comprehensive exhibition on Guatemalan textiles) 

The cost for FAC and Slow Food members is $25 and for the public is $30, including admission, tours, tapas and wine. Reservations are required; please RSVP to Melinda Murphy by January 25, at 634-5581 x318 or at mmurphy@csfineartscenter.org 

The Slow Food Movement was begun in Italy in 1986, by Italian journalist Carlo Petrini in protest of the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Today Slow Food has over 70,000 members in over 500 chapters (conviviums) in 40 countries worldwide. The organizational mission counters fast food and robotic lifestyles by appreciating, sharing, growing, educating about, and eating foods from around the world. All of these traditional facets of food are arts in and of themselves, and are in danger of being lost in the materialistic consumer culture. Slow Food strives to maintain a respected sensibility towards such arts.  

Family Day at the Fine Arts Center
Fun, Hands-on Art Activities and Demonstrations for the whole family

On Saturday, February 15, 2003, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. family activities will be centered around exhibits on display in the museum: Collected Visions: African-American Self-taught Artists from the Southeastern U.S., Flowering Mountain Earth: Continuity and Change Among the Highland Maya (Guatemalan textiles) and Transcendent Spirit: Works by Luis Gonzalez Palma (photography).  

Experience painting, printmaking, paper weaving, found-object sculpture, art demonstration and storytelling.  

Family Days are FREE and open to the public. No reservations necessary.   

Create Artwork with Found Objects
Young at Art for 50+ February Program focuses on Found-Object Art  

On February 26, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., the Fine Arts Center’s Young at Art for 50+ program will feature “Found Objects and Art.” Enjoy a lively gallery walk through the fun and unique exhibit, Collected Visions: African American Self-Taught Artists from the Southeastern U.S., followed by a hands-on found-object art project. 

Admission is $4 for FAC members and $7 for the public and may be paid at the door, but RSVP’s are required. Call Barbara at 634-5581 x301. 

Young at Art programs are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants learn about the many facets of art in a fun, social atmosphere. Each month has a different theme, centered around the offerings at the Fine Arts Center and in keeping with the interests of community members aged 50+. It’s a great way to meet people with common interests, and share experiences learning about the arts.  

Celebrate Dia de la Candelaria at the Fine Arts Center 

In keeping with the Fine Arts Center’s significant focus on the art and culture of the Native American and Hispanic southwest, it will host a fiesta for the Hispanic celebration, Dia de la Candelaria. On Sunday, February 2, 2003, at 6:00 p.m., experience a unique evening of exploration into Latin American festivals, including entertainment, food and cash bar. The celebration is free and open to the public. Join guided tours of the FAC exhibits featuring Latin American artwork and culture, Flowering Mountain Earth: Continuity and Change Among the Highland Maya (Guatemalan textiles), and Transcendent Spirit: Photographic Works by Luis Gonzalez Palma. 

Originally a pagan celebration of light to illuminate the dark way for the deity that reigned in the depths of the Earth, the Dia de la Candelaria celebration now has Christian religious affiliations.  The day is seen as the purification of Maria, and it occurs forty days after Christmas.  In the snowy winter months, the candlelight celebration is a ‘waking up’ of the earth.  The day recognizes the special cult of seeds and the nurturing light of candles, for Démeter (or Ceres) the Goddess of agriculture. The light is intended to work against the powers of destruction such as severe storms, diseases, earthquakes, etc.

Mayan Cosmology and Mythology Slide Presentation
In conjunction with FAC exhibit on Guatemalan textiles 

On Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Robert S. Carlsen, Professor at University of Colorado, Denver, will give a slide presentation at the Fine Arts Center on weaving and Mayan cosmology and mythology, in conjunction with the Fine Arts Center’s exhibition on Guatemalan textiles. Admission to Dr. Carlsen’s presentation is $3 for FAC members and $6 for the public. 

This exhibition, Flowering Mountain Earth: Continuity and Change Among the Highland Maya, will showcase the FAC’s well-documented collection of textiles of the highland Maya, the earliest examples dating from the late 1800s to present-day.  The collection contains examples of woven costumes from 70 villages in the highlands of Guatemala. 

The exhibition focuses on issues of identity as illustrated in costume, the influences of Spanish and later European and American incursions on costume and religion, and how the present-day Maya continue their traditions.  Contemporary photographs of the Maya by Paul Harbaugh will be included. 

American Film Institute’s Greatest Films Series Continues
See Dr. Strangelove in February

Every second Tuesday, from January – May, 2003, the Fine Arts Center is presenting a series of five of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films. The film classic on February 11 is Dr. Strangelove.  

Prior to each film, the Gazette’s Warren Epstein will host pre-theater discussions about the making of the films, including interesting details about specific scenes and filming techniques, and how they have significantly influenced our culture and/or filmmaking.  Pre-theater discussion includes snacks and cash bar.  

Pre-Theater Discussion at 7:00 p.m., Film at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 for CSFAC members, $6.00 for non-members.

Snacks and cash bar during pre-theater discussion.

The remaining film schedule is as follows:

February 11, 2003                Dr. Strangelove

March 11, 2003                It Happened One Night

April 8, 2002                          The Godfather

May 13, 2002                          An American in Paris

“Early, Mid and High Italian Renaissance”
Art & Architecture Lecture Series Continues

Come to the Fine Arts Center for a series of fascinating slide lectures on the art and architecture of the early, mid and high Italian Renaissance. This exciting series of three slide lectures, hosted by art and architecture historian, Chuck Benson, continues on February 19 and March 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Each lecture is $4 for FAC members and $5 for the public. Refreshments and a cash bar will be offered. Admission is free for students with I.D.

This popular annual series by Chuck Benson always attracts a standing-room only crowd, so reserve your tickets early by calling the box office at 634-5583.

New Exhibit at the FAC Focuses on the Figure

ReconFIGURED: Persons and Personas from the Permanent Collection Opens Feb. 22

On February 22, 2003, the Fine Arts Center will open a new exhibit, ReconFIGURED: Persons and Personas of the Permanent Collection.

This exhibition will survey unique works from the FAC’s permanent collection that have an emphasis on the figure. Works will span 100 years and will include a variety of media. Featured artists include Nicolai Fechin, Tony Ortega, Jason Salavon, Luis Gonzalez Palma, as well as others.

ReconFIGURED: Persons and Personas of the Permanent Collection will be on exhibit from February 22 through August 31, 2003.

FAC hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for Seniors 62 and over, and $2 for children 6 – 16. Children under 6 are free. FAC members receive free museum admission. 

February First Thursdays Happy After Hours at the Fine Arts Center

Have a cocktail with friends, munch on tapas, and chill out to music, at the Fine Arts Center’s First Thursday Happy After Hours. The hip, unique environment at the Fine Arts Center museum is the best place to hang out every First Thursday. We keep the doors open for happy hour - until 7:30 p.m. - for great food, great company, great atmosphere, great music and cocktails.

On February 6, explore the brand new exhibits of self-taught artists from the Southeastern U.S. and photographs of Luis Gonzalez Palma, while enjoying cocktails and eats, as well as music from the southern rock era. 

First Thursday After Hours is $4 for members and $8 for non-members, including admission, food, and live music.

 
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