Arts Month at City Auditorium

Community Cultural Collective

At its peak, Colorado Springs City Auditorium was a building full of life, both day and night. As our great city grew, other venues were erected to support the cultural arts. Our once beautiful building has transitioned slowly to a place of disrepair. The aim of the Community Cultural Collective is to give this cherished landmark a heart transplant that will keep this important icon delivering memories and inspiration for another century into the future.

As part of the rehibiliation process, City Auditorium is being re-activited during Arts Month 2022 to re-engage the community, and build awareness for the tranformation that will take place over the coming years. For more information, please email

October 7, 5-8PM: First Friday at the Aud

Artwork on display through the month of October

The Community Cultural Collective, in collaboration with the Smokebrush Foundation, will feature the work of Neil Fenton for a solo show: An October Retrospective, inside the City Auditorium. This is a free event, but we encourage you to RSVP through the link below:

Neil Fenton Bio: “My journey as an artist began as a child in my parents’ pottery studio. My father would engage and instruct me by squeezing a piece of clay in the cavity of his fist and, upon a moment’s inspection, give it expressions with another quick pinch, poking holes for eyes or embellishing features with a tool. Often resembling a horse or a duck, or a googly-eyed insect, we called them “squeeze creatures.” I continued to embrace my creativity in both three and two dimensions through my childhood and adolescence, mostly drawing and sculpting silly creatures. I drew frequently and enjoyed creating stories and assumed that comic books and cartooning were my dreams and artistic future. When I was thirteen years old, I became heavily influenced by the work and friendship of Doug Pedersen and Kelsey Hauk, artists who moved from New Mexico to my remote Colorado hometown of Saguache. Doug introduced me to the world of oil painting: Van Eyck, Rembrandt, Goya, Velasquez, Vermeer and on… He had me stretch his canvases while having discussions about everything from Picasso and de Kooning, to mediums and methods. The work in this show is directly influenced by and a modest tribute and homage to their art and mentorship. Their work, mostly figures, heads and faces, would begin in a similar manner to my father’s squeeze creatures. Doug, turning his back to his canvas, would scrawl a mark or two with an oily rag and then work embellishing those marks until it became a masterpiece of emotive expression. Kelsey’s creations are elegant collages of colorful figures and faces from pieces of discarded and leftover paper, finding recognizable features and forms in randomness and chaos.
Seeing in something what is not there and elaborating on it has been a part of humanity’s creativity for tens of thousands of years: tracing the forms of rock cave walls with charcoal to make the back of a buffalo rise, finding a piece of driftwood that resembles a deer and carving it to appear more so. I am intrigued by our imagination’s capacity to create fantastic glimpses of human faces or give meaningful interpretation to the brilliance of nature’s chaos. I have found that much of my creative process has been to involve “pareidolia,” the term used to describe our brain’s proclivity to recognize familiar shapes in clouds or faces in the leafy darkness of forest trees or faces in everyday objects. Is this a creative impulse active in our biology or is the mind’s eye and ego relaying a primal rationalization for survival, identification, empathy, hope and fear?”

October 19, 20 and 22: Jazz at City Aud

October 19: Jazz and Jam

Masterclass and jam session led by the best jazz musicians in the Colorado Springs region. Doors open at 5PM, and event will run from 5:30-9PM. Sign-up sheets will be available prior to the event for those interested in participating in the jam session. This is a free event, but we encourage you to RSVP through the link below:

October 20: Local Artist Showcase

Celebrating all things jazz at City Aud! Showcasing local jazz musicians on the City Aud mainstage. Doors open at 5PM, and the event runs from 5:30-9PM. Tickets: $10 minimum suggested donation per ticket. Tickets available here:

October 22: Jazz with Lenore Raphael & The Trio

Jazz pianist/Steinway artist Lenore Raphael joins up with three of her favorite musicians, Steve Hobbs, vibes, Wayne Wilkinson, guitar and Hilliard Greene, bass for an evening of jazz that will present tunes from jazz in the 30’s to jazz in the 60’s and beyond, paying tribute to composers like Duke Ellington, Tad Dameron and the bebop masters, and including tunes from The Great American SongBook. Wine and dessert provided. Doors open at 5:30PM, and the event runs from 6-8PM. Tickets: $25 minimum suggested donation per ticket. Tickets available here:

October 29: The Coroner’s Halloween Ball

A Halloween party like no other, a costumed celebration of the mystical, mysterious, and macabre. Featuring a carnival of curiosities, live entertainment, and a true crime scary story series with our El Paso County Coroner, Leon Kelly.

This event is family friendly during the daytime and includes activities and giveaways for kids. BEWARE, the Auditorium will be haunted after sundown, 18+ at 6PM.

Schedule of Activities:

  • 10:00AM – Doors open
  • 1:00PM – Doors close
  • 5:30PM – Doors open for Cocktails with the Coroner
  • 6:00PM – Cocktails with the Coroner starts in Lon Chaney Theater
  • 7:00PM – Doors open to the evening event
  • 10:00PM – Event ends

Ticket Options:

The event is free to the public between 10AM and 1PM. Evening event tickets available for a minimum suggested donation:

  • Cocktails with the Coroner $30/ticket (includes 2 drink tickets, separate from General Admission event, runs from 6-7PM)
  • General Admission $100/ticket (Doors open at 7PM)
  • VIP $150/ticket (includes 2 drink tickets and 2 tickets to additional activities at event, doors open at 7PM)


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