UPCOMING EVENTS

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Violin for Vasculitis Returns to The Modbo

Violin for Vasculitis Returns to The Modbo

The Modbo presents Violin for Vasculitis, an evening of chamber music and conversation with violinist Allison Lint, pianist Lauren Ciborowski, and oboist Joyce Hanagan on Friday, March 16th, at 7 pm, $7-10 suggested donation.  Violinist and vasculitis patient Allison Lint travels throughout America to educate the public about vasculitis, provide financial support for the Vasculitis Foundation, and connect with patients and caregivers. This short program will feature works by Bruch, Bach, Hindemith, Schubert, and more! This event is open to the public. Proceeds in part benefit the Vasculitis Foundation and the mission of V4V, Inc.  There will be a Q & A to follow the musical portion.

The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  There are only 42 tickets total available to this show, so reserve yours today by emailing themodbo@gmail.com.  The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 on weekends. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Ohio native Allison Lint currently resides in Kansas, where she serves as adjunct faculty at Fort Hays State University and performs as concertmaster of the Hays Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lint also runs a private studio out of her home comprising 30 violin, viola, and piano students of all ages. In Fall 2016, she was pleased to begin her first season as a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Allison is a 2009 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In 2014, she earned her Master of Music at the University of Akron through a rigorous Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Strings. Before completing her graduate degree, Allison won a position in the second violin section of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, where she performed regularly for three seasons. Ms. Lint performs on an 1826 Scottish fiddle, a generous gift from her late grandfather. When not performing or traveling, she spends her time reading economics and history or outdoors exploring the beautiful, open-sky wilderness of her new home state of Kansas.

Lauren Ciborowski began playing piano at the age of 5 and has not stopped since her mastery of “The Little Tugboat.”  As an Army brat, she has lived, and thus performed and studied, all over the United States and Germany. In 2009, she opened an award-winning gallery in Colorado Springs, The Modbo, out of which she also runs a musical cabaret.  She has worked as a professional pianist and teacher for over a decade, and is an accomplished ballet accompanist.  Lauren also plays chamber music, plays and sings with her band, and maintains an active teaching studio of nearly twenty students in downtown Colorado Springs.

More about Violin for Vasculitis:

Violin for Vasculitis is the brainchild of Allison Lint, an Ohio native and professional musician. In 2005, at the age of 17, Allison was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder called Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA or “Wegener’s Granulomatosis” at the time). The illness began with a simple cough and progressed rapidly to a pulmonary hemorrhage and kidney damage which nearly claimed her life.  Today, Allison’s illness is under control, while remaining closely monitored by her rheumatologist at The University of Kansas Vasculitis Clinic, in consultation with the world-class doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. In May 2011, she set off on a journey of personal fulfillment and began her travels to each state in the U.S. to raise awareness of vascular disorders. With nationwide support from members of the Vasculitis Foundation, fellow vasculitis patients, and regional musicians, Allison’s Violin for Vasculitis project has seen 36 events in 23 states.

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler

March’s First Friday at The Modbo: Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler

The Modbo presents March’s First Friday: “Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler.” The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, March 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by My Name is Harriett.  The show runs through Friday, March 30th.  The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

“Rule Number 1: New Works by Christine Flores and Riley Bratzler” explores the theme of femininity. Although both artists created within the same theme, they worked separately to make their own bodies of work. The result is a collection of drawings by Flores and mixed media pieces by Bratzler that illustrate quiet moments of femininity. In her new body of work, Flores captures moments, people and objects that are — while not necessarily exclusive to women — representative of her experiences as a woman. Within her continued work for Visual Supply Company, Bratzler reviews thousands of sexualized images — i.e. deletes inappropriate dick pics — and as a way of coping with the emotional labor, she creates piercing portraits with colorful ornamentation.

Christine Flores is an artist living in her hometown of Colorado Springs. Inspired by storybooks, cartoons, and scientific imagery, she works primarily with dry media on paper to document and illustrate the joys and pains of her personal life. Using her art as a form of storytelling, she aims to connect with people in an intimate and tender way that is reminiscent of looking through a photo album with loved ones. As an art student at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and a gallery assistant at the Galleries of Contemporary Art, Flores dedicates most of her time to art, but she also enjoys climbing, hiking, biking, and taking care of her plants.

Riley Marlene Bratzler is a local printmaker, photographer and mixed-media artist. In 2013, Bratzler worked for Visual Supply Company, a creative start up. As a curator there, she selected various photographer’s work for both print and digital publications. She trained under Holly Garlow at Ragged Print Co., which jump started her love of printmaking. With her use of both representational and linear patterns, Bratzler creates vibrant prints that emphasize the female form. When not in the studio, Bratzler enjoys traveling, trying new food, and rock climbing.

Schmaltz Liquor: A Short and Sassy Classical Music Informance

Schmaltz Liquor: A Short and Sassy Classical Music Informance

The Modbo presents a short and sassy classical music informance, “Schmaltz Liquor,” by violinist Harriett Landrum and pianist Lauren Ciborowski.  Sunday, February 11th, 4 pm.  Just $7 for students and seniors, $10 for everyone else.  Harriett and Lauren will perform most of Johan Halvorsen’s Suite for Violin and Piano, replete with anecdotes, some music history, and a lot of conversational eccentricites.  There are only forty tickets total available to this show, so reserve yours today by emailing themodbo@gmail.com.  The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 on weekends. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

Harriett Landrum has been playing the violin for the last twenty-eight years. She has enjoyed teaching music privately to over twenty students for twelve years. Notably, she has made a modest career as a singer and songstress under the moniker “My Name Is Harriett”. She weaves her interest with the English language, having her heart broken, and her ability to play the violin into songs. Songs that have made young men tear up. Songs that have helped  ladies move on. Songs that have given voice to issues that she herself needed to purge.  Harriett continues to improve, explore and indulge her affectivity for prose and music.

Lauren Ciborowski began playing piano at the age of 5 and has not stopped since her mastery of “The Little Tugboat.”  As an Army brat, she has lived, and thus performed and studied, all over the United States and Germany. In 2009, she opened an award-winning gallery in Colorado Springs, The Modbo, out of which she also runs a musical cabaret.  She has worked as a professional pianist and teacher for over a decade, and is an accomplished ballet accompanist.  Lauren also plays chamber music, plays and sings with her band, and maintains an active teaching studio of nearly twenty students in downtown Colorado Springs.

 

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

February’s First Friday at The Modbo: “The Holes in My Heart” by Jo Carol Ciborowski

The Modbo presents February’s First Friday: “The Holes in My Heart,” new art by Jo Carol Ciborowski. The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, February 2nd.  There will be live music at 9 pm by comedic piano duo Swelter and Burn.  The show runs through Friday, February 23rd.  The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

About the artist:

After studying art at Western Maryland College, Jo Carol dabbled in art projects throughout her years as a peripatetic Army spouse and the mom of two fabulous daughters, the most notable being the metamorphosis of a rural medical clinic in Plato, Missouri, into a cozy home.  Upon settling in Colorado Springs in 1996, she began pursuing art and taking numerous classes and workshops.  In 2000, she took a headlong plunge to make the “artist” title official by renting her first studio, and 17 years later, she now creates art at Cottonwood Center for the Arts, along with the 80 other artists who have studios there.

Jo Carol has frequently taught art to students of all ages– from preschoolers to senior citizens.  She most recently taught art to developmentally disabled adults for two years.  In her own art, Jo Carol delves into psychological issues as a way of processing life’s vicissitudes.  Her art has been juried into numerous shows in Colorado Springs, including several solo shows.  Her work graces collections across the country, especially in states where her relatives reside.

About “Holes in My Heart”

The heart, that which pumps life-blood throughout our body, has become over the centuries a symbol of the central wisdom of feeling as opposed to the head wisdom of reason.  In ancient Egypt, the heart represented life-essence and those who were mummified had their hearts preserved.  Some speculate the modern heart symbol was derived around 3,000 BC from the shape of the silphium plant seed, a common herbal contraceptive.  The heart emoticon made its first appearance in 1977 with the hugely popular “I ‘heart’ NY” ad campaign.  

Today, the heart as a symbol has a myriad of meanings: compassion, understanding, life-giving, longing, affection, the complex seat of our emotions.  “The Holes in My Heart” explores ways to observe our heart experiences– both our heart-joys and our heartbreaks– ways to observe without judgement and ways to accept fully all of our heart experiences.  Because that’s what makes us human.

The Modbo Ho Ho 2017: A Christmas Cabaret for Grown-Ups

The Modbo Ho Ho 2017: A Christmas Cabaret for Grown-Ups

***UPDATE!!! For the first time ever, the Ho Ho will be held in The Modbo proper instead of its neighbor gallery, SPQR. This means seating is especially… umm… intimate. Only 40 tickets per show!  So reserve yours by emailing or calling ASAP!***


The Modbo naughtily presents The Modbo Ho Ho, an R-rated Christmas Cabaret! On Saturday, December 9th, please join Cabaret Mistresses Lauren Ciborowski and Solveig Olsen as well as special guests Penelope Mais Oui, Holly Seidcheck, Warren Epstein, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Claire Swinford, Max Ferguson, and more! This short show, for grown-ups only, will surely augment your holiday cheer! Now in its eighth year, The Modbo Ho Ho is an irreverent and festive romp through the holidays, including mostly tawdry songs, some dance, and a few brief moments of holiday earnestness.  And
rumor has it, Santa may make a very special appearance!

Two performances, one at 7 and one at 9:30 pm at The Modbo, 17C East Bijou, 80903.  Doors open promptly 30 minutes before each performance and not one second before.  $15 strongly suggested donation. Adults only please. More information at 633-4240 or themodbo.com

The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only $1 after 3 pm or on weekends. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

 

Small Works X: The Biggest Ever!

Small Works X: The Biggest Ever!

The Modbo jovially presents Small Works X, Colorado Springs’ original Small Works Show!  This amazing show features over 500 pieces of art (!!!) by nearly 150 community artists in both The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.  The pieces are hung floor to ceiling in a spectacular, salon-style display.  A perfect show for holiday shopping, Small Works X is a buy-and-carry event.  See a piece, buy a piece, take a piece with you!  All pieces are under 24″ in every dimension.  Where else can you shop local, support local artists and local galleries, and knock out presents for nearly everyone on your list?!  The opening reception is from 5:00 pm until midnight on Friday, December 1st.  The show runs through Friday, January 5th.  Check facebook or themodbo.com for other hours throughout the month.  The Modbo and SPQR are at 17b and 17c East Bijou, 80903, 719.633.4240, themodbo@gmail.com

The Modbo is located in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs at 17C E. Bijou.  Find the stretch of Bijou that is between Cascade and Tejon, and go south down the alley. Street parking is available, but The Modbo recommends the lot on Cascade just north of Bijou, which is only a $1 after 3 pm. The Modbo can be reached at themodbo@gmail.com, themodbo.com, or 633-4240.

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

A Call for Artists: it’s the Tenth Annual Small Works Exhibition!

The Modbo is delighted to announce a Call for Artists for its wildly popular annual Small Works Show 10, the original Colorado Springs small works exhibition!

Intake is at The Modbo and SPQR, 17B and 17C East Bijou, from 10 am until 3 pm on Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

All works must be under 24 inches in every dimension, including the frame. There will be a $4 hanging fee per each piece that is accepted (after a light jurying process). All pieces must be wired and ready to hang with two screw eyes or two D-rings on the back.

The show will open on Friday, December 1st, 2017  in both The Modbo and its adjoining gallery, S.P.Q.R., and will run through January 5th.

Questions? Email themodbo@gmail.com or leave a message at 633-4240.

Bijou Shakes: The Launch!

Bijou Shakes: The Launch!

Please join us for an evening of wine, dessert, and Shakespeare– it’s the official launch for a brand new theatrical venture, Bijou Shakes! The brainchild of local director, producer and actor Max Ferguson, and in partnership with impresario Lauren Ciborowski of The Modbo, this new festival will feature site specific full length Shakespeare in the Arts Alley in downtown Colorado Springs during the summer of 2018.

Join us at The Modbo starting at 8 pm on Friday, September 22nd, for libations, information, prognostication, and some brief performances by award winning local actors. Amy Brooks, Sarah Shaver, Jessica Parnello and Max Ferguson will offer a selection of monologues and scenes with an interesting twist– just as Bijou Shakes will reimagine Art Alley as a performance venue, we give you the opportunity to reimagine these local theatre artists by enjoying them in roles they might not normally be considered for. Actors, lovers of theater, and all arts supporters are welcome to learn more about this exciting new project.  RSVP to bijoushakes@gmail.com

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

Young Hot Sh*ts: A Call for Artists aged 17-25

The Modbo proudly presents a rare call for artists for the upcoming Young Hot Sh*ts show!  In an ongoing effort to foster and promote the careers and aspirations of young artists, this show seeks work in all media from creatives aged 17-25.  There is no size or media limitation, but preference will be given to works that can hang on the wall, due to space constraints. Just $5 to enter up to three pieces.  All work must be brought to The Modbo, in the alley at 17C E. Bijou, 80903, between 10 am and 4 pm on Wednesday, October 4th.  

All work must be ready to hang, with two points of attachment, such as d-rings or screw eyes on the back. A frame isn’t absolutely necessary, but sturdiness is– for example, paper with two sticky tabs on the back will not suffice. A panel of jurors will evaluate the work, and decisions will be revealed at pickup the next day, October 5th. The show will open on Friday, October 6th.  Questions? Call Lauren at 633-4240 or email themodbo@gmail.com