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Claude Monet was quoted as saying, “I am only good at two things, and those are: gardening and painting.” He stands here in his awesome rose garden. The Denver Art Museum is home to a magnificent exhibition of Monet paintings. More than 120 of his masterpieces, including Waterlilies and Japanese Bridge and Boulevard des Capucines, will be exhibited at the museum located at 100 W. 14th Ave Pkwy in downtown Denver. For tickets ($27) go online to: denverartmuseum.org or call the museum 720-913-0130. Don’t delay as January is the last month his works will be displayed so close to home. The exhibit ends Feb. 2.

Jan. 2-30 Thursdays: Veterans’ Expressive Writing Workshops. Veterans, spouses, family and military-affiliated are invited to any of these free workshops, 4-6 p.m. each Thursday at Mt. Carmel Veterans Service Center, 530 Communication Circle. Writing has been proven to help relieve the effects of trauma and increases overall wellness. PPCC Professor Cindy Skaggs, an Air Force veteran, will lead the workshops. For information call 303-894-7951 ext. 15.

Jan. 3-5: Colorado Springs Home Building & Remodeling Show. See the latest in kitchens, bathrooms,

cabinetry, counters, flooring, sunrooms, energy efficiency, roofing, hot tubs, landscaping and so much more, Fri. 2-7 p.m., Sat.10-7, Sun. 10-5, at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 104 Lower Gold Camp Rd. Admission is $3.

Jan. 4: Colorado Springs Fitness Expo. It’s the 5th annual Fitness Expo with the battle cry- Begin! Renew! Revive! Rejoice! Take in free live fitness classes, visit on-site health and fitness vendors, on-site studios and clubs available for 2020 memberships at Colorado Springs City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free Admission.

Jan. 5, 12, 19 & 26: Sunday Bingo! Sundays at 5:30 p.m. the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans hosts Bingo as a fundraiser to help it aid local veterans, at DAV 26 Knob Hill, 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. Each Bingo packet is $7. 719-591-8787.

All January: Free Tai Chi. Tai Chi improves balance, muscle strength and coordination, and it prevents falls and related injuries. Learn/practice Tai Chi at Woodland Park Library, 216 E. Midland Ave on Thursdays 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m., or for those with arthritis, Fridays 10 a.m. And at the Florissant Public Library, 334 Circle Dr., Tai Chi is on Mondays at 10 a.m. For information call 719-748-3549.

Jan. 6-31: Conversational Spanish Class. It’s an immersive (very little English spoken) course that provides a chance to learn conversational Spanish, the most common words, verbs, and expressions, at All Your Heart CPR, 5368 N. Academy Blvd. 6 p.m. on Mon. and Wed. To register ($195) call 719-639-5299.

Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29: The Joke Goes On Comedy Open Mic. All comedians welcome from road worn veterans to outlandish characters, at Gold Camp Brewing Co., 1007 S. Tejon St.  at 9 p.m. Every week a comic will be chosen and offered a guest spot in the final Wed showcase!

Jan. 9: Gospel Jam & Sing-along. Jerry White of the Black Forest Acoustic Society will lead it, 7 p.m. at Westside Community Center (Cottage B), 1628 W. Bijou St. To download the Gospel Jam songbook go to blackroseacoustic.org/jams

Jan. 10: Blue Canyon Boys are equal parts purists and innovators when it comes to bluegrass! With guitar, bass, banjo and mandolin they will perform 7 p.m. at the Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Road. Tickets are $8-$15 and doors open at 6:15.

Thurs-Sun ‘til Jan. 12: “The Sound of Music” The world’s most beloved musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein will be performed Thurs-Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale. For tickets ($20+) call 719-634-5583. Ticket-holders will get free admission to the museum on the day of their ticketed performance.

Jan. 8: Silent Auction & Guests-Welcome Meeting. The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society can answer questions about genealogy or your ancestors. Genealogy books, magazines, and software will be auctioned 6 p.m. at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Call 531-6333 ext. 2252 for more information.

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Hannah Rockey, daughter of locally famous and beloved artist Charles Rockey, will talk about his life and his art, Jan. 11 at 11:11 a.m. at Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave. Free tickets at manitouspringsheritagecenter.org or call 719-685-1454.

Jan. 11: New Year, Healthier You!  Essential Wellness Society will hold a free community event with over 20 holistic practitioners, handmade products, live music, swag bags and door prizes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave. If you’re ready for a lifestyle change, join this party for you and your health!

Jan. 11: Speakeasy Casino Night – go back in time to the Roaring 20’s when gin was cold and jazz was hot! Dress in costume, dance, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and bid the silent auction, all to support the Children’s Hospital Pediatric Mental Health Institute, 6-10 p.m. Country Club at Woodmoor, 18945 Pebble Beach Way, Monument. For tickets ($100 donation) call (904) 742-1273.

Jan. 11-12: Model Train Expo & Show. It will feature Colorado’s Denver, South Park, and Pacific Railroads. Layouts will include HO, Hon3, On3, and N scale. Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Sat. 10-5 or Sun. 10-4. Seniors and military pay $6 admission.

Jan. 11, 18 & 25: Hikes at Mueller State Park. Snow in the pines, chickadees calling and hiking with friendly folks, guided by a naturalist. On 11th take a 2.5 mile hike on Homestead Trail, on 18th it’s 2-3 mile hike on Black Bear Trail and on 25th, a 2.5 mile hike on Elk Meadow Trail. All start 9:30 a.m. Bring water, snacks and dress for snow! Daily park pass costs $8. For details or meeting points: 719-687-2366. Park address is 21045 CO-67 in Divide.

Jan. 11: Historic Films of the Pikes Peak Region, shot in the past 120 years, will be shown 2-3 p.m. at Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum, 215 S. Tejon St. RSVP required 719-385-5990. It will be fascinating – the first film was shot in 1897 by Edison Film Co.

Jan. 12: “Baroque, Brass and Broadway” Sunday 3 p.m. at First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave, enjoy a wonderful program of music by Mozart, Cole Porter, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. A free will offering will be taken.

Jan. 17: Bryan Duncan – Live in Concert, will bring some pop, gospel, soul, blues and smooth jazz to the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts, 304 US-105, Palmer Lake, at 7 p.m. Call (719) 481-0475 for tickets ($20+).

Jan. 17: “Triumphant Beethoven”. Join us 7:30 p.m. for three Beethoven compositions performed by the Veronika String Quartet at Colorado College Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. Call (719) 671-7374 for tickets ($25).

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The 19th Chinese New Year Festival in Colorado Springs will be held at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St. on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Performances will include traditional lion dances, Taiko, kung fu, yo-yo, and Chinese musicals. For sale are hot teas, Chinese foods and snacks. Learn calligraphy, mahjong, or Chinese ‘Go’ checkers. Admission: adults $6 and active duty $5.

Jan. 17-19: COSine 2020 – Colorado Springs Science Fiction Convention at The Hotel Elegante, 2886 S. Circle Dr. Guest of honor will be best-selling author Eric Flint, toastmaster is Connie Willis (Sci-Fi Grand Master), Science Guest of Honor “Dr. Science” Courtney Willis, and Artist Guest of Honor Peri Charlifu. Meet sci-fi and fantasy authors, artists, see panels, art shows, gaming, authors book signing, science & technology, dealers, and enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream! Registration and information at: cosinecon.org.

Jan. 17: “Breakfast at Ina’s.”  See how the legendary Ina Pinkney, strong in her faith, handled contemporary issues and adversity in Chicago, 6:30-8 p.m. at Benet Hill Monastery, 3190 Benet Lane. The film is free, but please register online or call 719-633-0655.

Jan. 17-19: Home & Landscaping Show. Hundreds of new, innovative remodeling services, ideas and products will be showcased at the Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd., Fri 1-7 p.m., Sat. 10-6, Sunday 11-4. Shop for savings on home exteriors, windows, doors, decks, roofing, gutters or garages. Admission is $6.

Jan. 18: Free Chinese New Year Celebration. Asian Pacific Market, 615 Wooten Rd., from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is hosting the celebration with lion and dragon dances, dance groups from China, Thailand, Cambodia, India and the Philippines. See Chinese cooking demos, food sampling, fortune wheels and some free gifts (with $20 purchase).

Jan. 19&22: “An American in Paris”. Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron sing and dance to the music of George and Ira Gershwin in this winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. See it 1 or 4 p.m. on the big screens of Regal Interquest, Cinemark Carefree or Tinseltown theaters.

 

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Celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 20, beginning with “All People’s Breakfast,” 8-10 a.m. at El Pomar Sports Center, 44 W. Cache La Poudre St. Ryan P. Haygood will speak on “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” plus enjoy performances by The Fellas, the Palmer High School Drumline and Colorado College’s Element. Tickets are $10 at Worner CC Desk, 902 N. Cascade Ave after Jan 6. Proceeds benefit the NAACP scholarship program and Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission.

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Rally and March. Meet 10 a.m. at CC Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade, and march in unity to Acacia Park for a brief rally. It is free and open to the public.

Jan. 20: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble. The internationally esteemed modern dance company will perform as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day events, 7 p.m. at Kathryn Mohrman Auditorium, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. The performance is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Jan. 22: “Outrage, Sympathy and Gratitude in the People’s Republic”. Professor Christian Sorace will speak on the Chinese Community Party, 12:15 p.m., at Colorado College South Hall Commons, 130 E. Cache La Poudre St. It is open and free to the public.

Jan. 23: Hootenanny Sing-Along. Chuck Stovall of the Black Rose Acoustic Society will lead the Hootenanny with lots of folk songs of the 60’s. To lend your voice, be at Westside Community Center (in Cottage Room A), 1628 W. Bijou St. at 7 p.m.

Jan. 23: Craig Walter Performs. This locally famous, veteran musician will bring us a night of great music with a free concert, 6:30 p.m. at The Roswell, 2727 N. Cascade Ave. He will play original compositions and cover tunes, impressive by any standard.

Jan. 24: Wendy Woo with Robin Hoch in Concert– The Wendy Woo Band, a Colorado favorite with its poly-ethnic, power, pop and song-rock, will perform 7 p.m. at Tri-Lakes Center, 304 Hwy 105, Palmer Park. Call 719-481-0475 for tickets ($14+).

Jan. 24 – Feb 8: “Lend Me a Tenor” is a comedy that won 3 Tony Awards and 4 Drama Desk Awards. Lucky for us, it will be performed at the Funky Little Theater Company, 1367 Pecan St. For show times and tickets, call 719-425-9509.

Jan. 24: “Guardrail” will bring the smooth, pure sound of acoustic music with the lonesome sound of the Colorado peaks to the Black Forest Community Center, 12530 Black Forest Rd., 7 p.m. General admission is $8-$15 and doors open 6:15.

Jan. 25: “Colorado Springs: A Changing Landscape” – is history combined with Glenn Wesley Murray’s photographs made during the 1930’s to 1960’s. The program by Donald Kallaus is 11 a.m. at Manitou Springs Heritage Center, 517 Manitou Ave., 719-685-1454, free and open to the public.

Jan. 25: Nick of Time: Tribute to Bonnie Raitt. Hits like ‘Something to Talk About’ or ‘Angel From Montgomery’ will be delivered in perfect Bonnie Raitt style by Diana Wood at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr., 7 p.m. Call 719-476-2200 for tickets ($15).

Jan. 25: Manitou Springs Fruitcake Toss. Let the fruitcakes fly! And they will, from 1-3 p.m. at Memorial Park, 502 Manitou Ave.

Jan. 25: “Eyes on the Prize” tells the story of the civil rights era as a documentary narrated by Julian Bond, to be shown at Pikes Peak Southern Leadership Conference, 603 S. El Paso St. at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

Jan. 25: “The Choir of Man.” The runaway hit of many international music festivals, The Choir of Man is making its first U.S. Tour and will bring high-energy dance and music – pub tunes, folk, Broadway and classic rock to Pueblo Memorial Hall, 1 City Hall Place at 7 p.m. Call 719-542-1100 for tickets ($52+).

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The United States Air Force Academy Band will give a free concert “Legends” 7 p.m. on Jan. 28 at Colorado College Packard Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St.

Jan. 28: High Altitude Gardening. With a combination of water restrictions, fire danger, high altitudes and varying soil composition, we cannot start planning early enough! The town of Monument offers a free 10 a.m. course on best gardening practices, plant selection to handle wildlife, less water and wild weather. Please sign up: 719-481-2954. Classes are held at 166 -2nd St., Monument.

Jan. 28: Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor of this day, the Woodland Park Library will present “The Jewish American Soldier Experiences of WWII” with stories of those who had the unique position of being both Jewish and German during the war. It will be shown free and open to the public, 2 p.m. at the library, 218 E. Midland Ave.

Jan. 30-Feb 16: “Gloria” is a funny non-traditional satire tackling the fears in today’s media culture by a group of writers, bored with their desk jobs. Performed by UCCS Theatreworks Thurs-Sat 7:30; with Sat-Sun matinees at 2. Call 719-255-3232 for tickets ($39.50+). Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave.

Jan. 30: “Cowboy Campfire Jam” Imagine sitting around the campfire in some box canyon. Would you sing of the scenery, the open range, or about cowboys of days past? Michael Watry of the Black Rose Acoustic Society will lead this jam and sing-along with songs of the American West. Bring any of your personal favorites (with copies) to share and/or download the Campfire song book at blackroseacoustic.org/jams. The event starts 7 p.m. at Westside Community Center in Cottage A room.

Jan. 31: Hazel Miller & The Collective play Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway, Denver. Seeing her show is a great way to highlight and end the month of January.

Jan. 31: Woodshed Red will bring us a night of bluegrass, blues, funk and rock, starting 7 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr. This very popular local band makes great music with guitar, fiddle, upright bass, mandolin and drums. Call 719-476-2200 for general admission tickets ($12). Seating is first-come, first served and doors open at 6.

Feb. 1, 5, 8: “Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.” It will be the first Met performance in three decades of this opera, starring bass-baritone Eric Owens and soprano Angel Blue. You can see it at 10:55 a.m. on the big screens of Regal Interquest, Cinemark Carefree or Tinseltown movie theaters.

Feb. 2-16: “Small Mouth Sounds” takes place entirely at a silent yoga retreat as six misfits strive for self-acceptance – a UCCS Theatreworks enchanting presentation, at Ent Center, 5225 N. Nevada Ave. For show times and tickets ($20+): 719-255-3232.

Feb. 7: Dion Pride: A Tribute to Charley Pride. Dion has inherited his father’s talents and he will deliver a gifted, memorable performance 7 p.m. at the Tri-Lakes Center, 304 US-105, Palmer Park. Call 719-481-0475 for tickets ($26+).