A Family Affair: Selections from the Progressive Art Collection

Feb. 23 - May 19 | El Pomar Gallery

This exhibition features an outstanding selection of contemporary works from the Progressive Art Collection, encompassing media from painting and sculpture to digital photography and video, all embracing the theme of family. <<Exhibition Details>>

Sponsored by El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs Independent, KKTV 11, KRCC, Mary K. Chapman Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Members of the Fine Arts Center.

Mother: Photographs by Carol S. Dass

Feb. 23 - May 19 | North Event Gallery

This exhibition features a series of photographs by Colorado Springs’ artist Carol S. Dass that focus on her mother, tenderly investigating the ways in which our parent/child relationships change over the course of time and are altered by the experience of aging. <<Exhibition Details.>>

Sponsored by El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs Independent, KKTV 11, KRCC, and Members of the Fine Arts Center.


Other Desert Cities

Mar. 14-31 | SaGāJi Theatre | Buy Tickets

A COLORADO PREMIERE! The story revolves around a family pushed to the brink, when a daughter, Brooke Wyeth, arrives at her parents’ Palm Springs mansion on Christmas Eve with the manuscript of her tell-all memoir in tow, which unearths a devastating family secret. With biting wit and razor-sharp insight, Other Desert Cities stands as one of the centerpieces of the FAC’s exploration of Families. <<Show+Ticket Details>>

Sponsored by The Mining Exchange — a Grand Wyndham Hotel, H. Chase Stone Trust, Gay and Lesbian Fund of Colorado.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Mar. 21- April 6 (more shows added!)| Music Room | $15 | Buy Tickets

Based on his beloved Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, is chock full of adventure, song and gigantic dancing laundry. Appropriate for all ages. <<Show+Ticket Details>>

The Story Project

Friday, Apr. 5, 7:30p | Music Room | $5 |Buy Tickets

The Fine Arts Center is partnering with The Story Project for a special performance of stories revolving around Families of different shapes and sizes. As Warren Epstein of The Story Project said, “Families who face issues that in some way speak to our time.” Story tellers include: Barb Reichert, mother and U.S. Figure Skating exec; Roy Kieffer, actor, athlete and vitamin rep; Xanthe Alexis, singer and musician; Jennifer Ryan, insurance consultant; and Pablo Sebastián Quiñones, a former ranch hand. <<Show Details>>

Ormao Dance Company: Breaking Bread

Friday, Apr 12, 7:30p | Saturday, Apr. 13, 7:30p | Sunday, Apr. 14, 2p
SaGāJi Theatre
| $25 advance; $30 door; $15 student/senior | Buy Tickets

The Ormao Dance Company returns after two successful productions at the FAC in 2012. For Families, Ormao has commissioned four choreographers to create original works considering the many potential definitions of the timeless and complex topic of family. Atmosphere by Tsui-Shuang Lai; Rehearsal for the Aftermath by Mollie Wolf; As Vines, We Walk Along the Path... by Chung-Fu Chang; the way it may be by Jeff Bickford. <<Show Details>>

Rough Writers: A New Play Fest

April 18-28 | Music Room | $15 | Buy Tickets

The Fine Arts Center is producing a new play festival, Rough Writers, which will feature readings of new scripts based on one of three works in the Family exhibition: States of Union #3 by Alix Smith, Don’t Get Too Comfy Pal by Liz Maugans, and Everyday is Like Sunday by T.R. Ericsson. Submissions must be received by Feb. 14, 2013. A panel of theatre professionals will judge the submissions and the winning script will be produced during the FAC Theatre Company’s 2013-2014 season. <<Show+Ticket Details>>

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Saturday, May 18, 1:30p | Music Room | Free!

Come meet the local music teacher and author, Allison Flannery, and hear her read her newly released book, In the Hall of the Mountain King. <<Event Details>>


Photographing Your Family

Feb. 27 - April 10 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Whether it is with your camera phone, a point and shoot or your DSLR, this class will help increase the chance of capturing your families’ special moments. Focus on strategies for unobtrusively capturing those amazing candid shots, tactics for making posed group sessions a success and ideas for collaborative photo projects. Ages 16-Adult

Families in the Arts

Mar. 3-23 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Discover families who have devoted themselves to the Fine Arts. From the well-known Wyeths, to lesser known artists and benefactors, you will learn about clans who have dedicated their lives to creating and supporting the artistic world. What inspired them, the talents they possessed, the money they invested, the works they produced, and the museums they designed—all these topics will be discussed in relation to how generations of families become involved in one all consuming passion. Ages 12-Adult

Create a Memory: Mono Prints

Saturday, Mar. 2 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

A one-day workshop designed for parent and child (8-12yrs) to share quality time together in the printmaking studio. This century’s old form of printmaking involves creating an image, inking a piece of Plexiglas and printing the image on paper to create one-of-a-kind works of art and memories to last a lifetime.

Once Upon a Family

Saturday, Mar. 9 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Create a memory book for your family through an individual or collaborative process. Fill your book with family stories through conversations with parents and grandparents. Draw a family tree to preserve your legacy and decorate your notebook with unique embellishments. A specially-priced one-day workshop for two participants, an eight-year-old and up, plus a parent.

Tiles Together

Apr. 6 - May 11 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Here is your chance to create something truly unique together. Learn the basics of relief tile making and let your imagination run wild! Make a series of decorative wall tiles or mount the tiles together to make a family mosaic. Students can also participate in a raku firing (conditions permitting). Specially priced for two participants, parent and child (8 and up).

You and Me: Sunday at the Museum

Apr. 7-28 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Adult and child tour the FAC galleries, then paint, print, ink and draw people places and still-lifes in the studios. Develop self expression and art making skills in an interactive atmosphere. 6-12-year-olds, plus parent.

Family Fridays

Mar. 8, Apr. 5, May 3 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Come on down for 90 minutes of non-stop artistic expression together! Enjoy painting, pastels, paper craft and more, each Friday will be a different experience! Advanced registration is required. Specially priced for two participants! Ages 7-to-adult.

Wine & Watercolors

Friday, May 10 | Bemis School of Art| Register Online

Celebrate creativity at Bemis School of Art! Bring someone special or come alone and make new friends. You don’t have to bring any special supplies, just come prepared for artistic festivities guided by Bemis instructors and your love of fun. One free drink ticket with admission, plus light snacks; cash wine bar available. Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Genealogy Workshops at Pikes Peaks Library

Mar. 20; Apr. 20; May 11 | Learn more!

The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society is offering workshops on researching genealogy at the Pikes Peak Library District East Library .

Who Decides For You?

Tuesday, Apr. 16, 4-5p |Free! RSVP required | Learn more!

A panel of community leaders (Dr. Paul Anderson; Dr. John O'Keeffe; Dr. Miranda Shaw; Danette Lilja) in the areas of health care ethics, law, social services and faith will encourage community discussion of advance directives and planning for the end of life. Call 719.331.6496 to RSVP a seat.

From Hollywood to the World: Social Ruptures and the Changing Family in Cinema

The Best Years of Our Lives

Mar. 13, 7p | Music Room | $7; $5 FAC Members | Buy Tickets
USA, 1946, | 172 min

The Best Years of Our Lives was considered the most beloved movie of its time, earning seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Wyler), and Best Actor (Fredric March). It was the highest-grossing in the U.S. since Gone with the Wind. The story follows three U.S. servicemen returning home from World War II, each from a different station of society, and the difficulties they experience trying to reenter civilian life. Each faces a crisis and each crisis is a microcosm of the experiences of many American warriors who found an alien world awaiting them when they came marching home.

The Wedding Banquet

Mar. 20, 7p | SaGāJi Theatre | $7; $5 FAC Members | Buy Tickets
Taiwan/USA, 1993, | 106 min

The Wedding Banquet, directed by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1993. Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung's parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung's parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several comedic complications. The film has a 96-percent ‘fresh’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Secrets and Lies

Mar. 27, 7p | SaGāJi Theatre | $7; $5 FAC Members | Buy Tickets
UK, 1996, | 136 min

Winner of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or and five Academy Award nominations, Secrets and Lies tells the story of Hortense, who was adopted at birth and decides as an adult to find her birth mother. Brenda Blethyn, who plays Hortense’s birth mother, won the Best Actress award at Cannes and was nominated for an Academy Award. Unconventional/innovative filmmaker Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake, Another Year) is known for having the cast improvise much of the dialogue throughout the rehearsal process; in Secrets and Lies he employs couple very long, single shot scenes to dramatic effect.

Monsoon Wedding

Apr. 3, 7p | SaGāJi Theatre | $7; $5 FAC Members | Buy Tickets
India/USA, 2001, | 114 min

As the romantic monsoon rains loom, the extended Verma family reunites from around the globe for a last-minute arranged marriage in New Delhi. Monsoon Wedding, nominated for a 2001 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, traces five intersecting stories, each navigating different aspects of love as they cross boundaries of class, continent and morality. The film celebrates a contemporary India never before seen on screen. When the rain comes, the cathartic downpour brings romance, revelation and liberation.

Host and Moderator, Robert von Dassanowsky

Robert von Dassanowsky is Professor of German and Film, and Director of the Film Studies program at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is contributing editor of The Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America writes critical essays on film, literature and culture. Among his recent books are "Austrian Cinema: A History" (2005), "New Austrian Film" (co-ed with Oliver C. Speck) (2011), and "Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metafilm" (ed.) (2012). Dassanowsky serves as the current president of the Austrian Studies Association, as the U.S. representative of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and he also active as an independent film producer.

Tickets + Film Passes

FAC Member | $5 single ticket; $15 film series pass
Non-member | $7 single ticket; $21 series film pass

Individual tickets and passes to attend all films pare available for purchase by calling the Box Office at 719.634.5583.