Biz Buzz:
Simpich opens ‘Christmas Carol’ Nov. 17

       “A Christmas Carol,” an adaptation of the story by Charles Dickens, will be presented by Old Colorado City puppeteer David Simpich from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31.
       Performances will be in the Simpich Showcase Theatre, which is in its first year at 2413 W. Colorado Ave. As is the case in all his shows, David Simpich will perform all the parts and also made the puppets that are in the show.
       Times and prices vary. For more information, call 465-2492 or go to
       According to a press release, “David Simpich portrays Dickens himself and brings to life the haunting Victorian Christmas Eve on which miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by a series of benevolent Ghosts. The cast of more than twenty hand-carved string puppets includes the Ghost of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, and Mr. Fezziwig. This Sim-pich production first premiered at the Broadmoor Hotel in 1992.”
       Garman movie premiere

In a May 2009 photo, Michael Garman is shown in front of one of the Magic Town theaters he created.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The premiere of a movie about long-time Westside artist Michael Garman will be Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Ave. (off Pikes Peak Avenue east of downtown)
       The event will also be a fundraiser, with all the proceeds going to the Colorado Springs Fire Department's FireFactor community educational program, a press release states.
       Entitled “The Life & Work of Michael Garman,” the movie “is not only about Garman's own rags-to-riches story, but the emergence of this neighborhood as a premiere arts district,” the release continues.
       The ticket price is $5 in advance (from the Garman Museum, 2418 W. Colorado Ave.) or $7 at the door.
       Regarding FireFactor, “local firefighters and burn victims donate their time and energy to this program in the hopes of preventing household fires and adolescent arson by going into schools in the Pikes Peak region and speaking directly to kids,” the release explains. “FireFactor is in its pilot year. Continued budget cuts have put this and many other CSFD community outreach programs at risk.”
       Assisting with the FireFactor sponsorship will be the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, in part through a silent auction of donated items, the release adds.
       HDM starts food drive
       The Historic District Merchants (HDM) of Old Colorado City are participating in a Holiday Food Drive to benefit Westside CARES and Silver Key Senior Services.
       From now through Dec. 20, nonperishable food items can be left at participating stores. The HDM is a group representing retail merchants in Old Colorado City.
       For locations and more information, call 633-6767.

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