February, a month when the weather often says this is the time to enjoy “indoorsy” pursuits. Here’s just a sampling of what is available in the area.
Since its establishment in 1992, Bas Bleu Theatre in Fort Collins has presented 3,000 performances of 600 events serving more than 100,000 patrons involving more than 4,000 artists, performers, writers, designers and technicians. During the month of February this year Bas Bleu Gallery, in the lobby of the intimate theater, offers an exhibition of Fort Collins artist Diane Findley’s vibrant paintings. The main stage features Murry Schisgal’s Tony award-winning comedy, Luv, set in 1960s New York. The show runs Feb. 7 to March 8. The theatre hosts their annual Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Party Feb. 17. On the evening of Feb. 8 the six members of the Comedy Brewers Improv Group entices audiences with a car chase, international espionage and romance. A Steady Rain is the Readers’ Theatre presentation on Feb. 22, 23 and 28. For tickets call the box office at 970-498-8949 or check out Bas Bleu’s website for specific ticket information.
Alfred Hitchcock fans will enjoy this classic “who-done-it” as the film 39 Steps comes to life on the Midtown Arts Center stage. Four actors play more than 100 roles. The show runs through March 13. Studio Two in Midtown is showing Sweeney Todd through March 8. Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece is a story of obsession and revenge. Also check out Midtown’s Broadway Brunch on select Sundays, when you can enjoy brunch, bottomless mimosas and a showed themed for the occasion. The 236-seat Broadway-style dinner theater is located at 3750 S. Mason Street in Fort Collins. Check out the company’s website for details or call the box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 970-225-2555.
Head south on Interstate 25 to the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, just off the highway at 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown, for a special dinner followed by Hairspray, the story of a larger-than-life teenage dancer who teaches 1960s Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair play, all without messing up her perfectly coiffed hair. Check out details at Candlelight’s website or call 970-744-3747 for times and tickets. The show runs through March 8.
Fort Collins’ Lincoln Center at 417 W. Magnolia, offers a wide array of events in February: Captivated by Love performed by the Fort Collins Symphony and New Visions Dance Festival, both on Sat. Feb. 7; Love and All That Jazz, Feb. 14; Unnecessary Farce, Feb. 14 through March 6; Sleeping Beauty by Russian National Ballet Theatre, Feb. 18; Sister Strikes Again: Late Night Catechism 2, Feb. 21; and Peter and the Star Catcher, Feb. 26-28. For show times and to purchase tickets call 970-221-6735 or visit fcgov.com/lctix.
Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures at 200 W. Mountain Avenue in Fort Collins is featuring Peaces of the World: Uniting Humanity One Peace at a Time, sharing perspectives and portraits of peace through Feb. 28. Photographer Gretchen Johnson spent a year traveling the globe searching for the meaning of peace. She asked hundreds of people what peace means to them and transformed what she learned into Peaces of the World.Wild Kingdom Revisited: Warren and Genny Garst International Collection opens Feb. 6 and is featured in the main gallery through June 13. This will be the last opportunity see this collection as a whole. Warren Garst, 93, a Wyoming native who lives in Fort Collins and produced Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom shows for 25 years, has begun to disburse his collection.
Colorado State University presents Fighting for the Summit and for Life, a talk by Alan Arnette about his ascent of K2 in Pakistan, 6 p.m. Feb. 9, Lory Student Center Theatre, CSU. At age 59 he is the 18th and oldest person to accomplish the feat. He began climbing at age 38 and has conquered some of the world’s highest peaks including reaching the summit of Mt. Everest at age 54. In 2011 he climbed the highest mountain on each of the seven continents in under a year. He has a personal connection with Alzheimer’s as he oversaw the care of his mother, Ida, who passed away from the disease in 2009. He has reached over 50 million people and raised more than $250,000 for Alzheimer’s research since 2008. The talk is free but tickets are required at CSUtix.com or Campus Box Office. Questions? call 970-491-5917.