Biz Buzz:
Simpich to begin ‘Firebird’ run Jan. 27

       “The Firebird,” a play drawn from Russian folklore, will be the next marionette presentation by puppeteer David Simpich.
       Tickets are now on sale for the show, which will run from Jan. 27 to March 21 at the Simpich Showcase Theatre, 2413 West Colorado Ave.
       Performances will be Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
       Written and performed by Simpich, the play features marionettes he created and carved.
       According to Simpich, the presentation is based on seven-some versions of the fairytale. “The character or 'image' of the Firebird appears very often in Russian folklore,” he states in a press release. “I have attempted in my adaptation to pull from many elements surrounding its mythology to create something new and preserve something old.”
       Ticket prices include admission to the Simpich Museum (displaying dolls created over a 50-year span by Simpich's parents, Bob and Jan). The cost is $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and $10 for children, except Wednesdays when all seats are $8. Tickets can be purchased online at The box office phone is 465-2492.
       Room to Grow, a supply business for indoor and outdoor gardening, opened recently at 414 S. 8th St.
       Owner Angela Peluso, who is also a dietician, said she got into gardening originally as a hobby, then decided to start her own business.
       Marketing to beginners as well as professionals, Room to Grow's offerings include equipment, books, soils, soil nutrients and seeds.
       The business is open daily. The store manager is Blake Riksheim.
       The phone is 633-8682.
       Artist Laura Reilly will premiere her newest collection of original impressionist oil landscapes with a talk about her work and art in general Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Hunter-Wolff Gallery.
       The free presentation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. The gallery is at 2510 W. Colorado Ave., Colorado Springs.
       The public is invited Saturday, Jan. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to an open house for the newly opened offices of the Colorado Springs Indian Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, 701 N. 20th St.
       Hosts will answer questions and serve refreshments, according to spokesperson Eulala Pegram.
       Other events/activities will be:
  • All day - an information/craft show in the church gym by American Indian organizations.
  • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Native food, including Navajo tacos, fry bread and dessert fry bread,
  • 1 to 3 p.m. - Community dinner and meeting for those wishing to bring a potluck dish and join in.
           Trinity is providing space for the offices of the Indian Center and the White Bison organization. Both are involved in the Wellbriety program, which draws on traditional tribal teachings in helping natives better their lives.
           For more information, contact Pegram at, or 593-0165.

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