The trained dough tossers staffing the ovens at Louie's Pizza bake up a menu of family-tested recipes that have pleased palates for more than 40 years. Rev up eating engines with an order of freshly baked garlic bread (starting at $3.35) before testing culinary creativity with a customizable pie (starting at $6.49) with piquant permutations of 15 toppings and seven flavored crusts, including butter cheese, garlic, and mantle. Stumped snackers are free to try one of the pretopped specialty pizzas ($16.99 for 14"), such as the veggie alfredo, a crisp disk blanketed in a creamy quilt of tomato and black-olive patches, or the meatball pizza, a two-dimensional interpretation of the pasta-based classic.
Voodoo Comedy Playhouse’s resident yuksters split sides four days a week, oscillating between stand-up acts, improv shows, and celebrity impersonation revues. On Saturday nights, The Fine Gentlemen’s Club opens its stately gates for a retinue of solo joke-tellers, lobbing laugh-bombs at audiences still crooning choruses from Hit and Run’s Friday night musical improv. Chuckling companions may also rain roses on Makeshift Shakespeare’s all-male cadre of bard-minded barnstormers, who deftly fuse the rich, florid prose of Shakespeare with a soupçon of gut-busting improv. Alternatively, guests can opt for a late-night lark at the Divalicious Cabaret, which raucously parades the spitting images of such fetching celebrities as Cher, Beyoncé, and Snuffaluffagus. Suds and spirits from a full-service bar irrigate arid laugh lairs as performers tread the boards beneath Voodoo’s pristine, ultramodern theater set-up.
At Rocky Mountain Dance Academy, students learn to bust their best moves under the instruction of devoted instructors. The schedule offers a wide variety of classes that cater to diverse boogie ambitions. Children 7–18 years old can cultivate coordination and leverage power over their lanky limbs in jazz, ballet, hip hop, pom pom, and lyrical classes; 2–8 year olds can enjoy the combination jazz-ballet classes. Energetic adult hip hop and Zumba aerobics classes help adults (and anyone over 7 years old) reach their fitness goals without having to get up in the middle of the night to bench-press the TV. Your six-week class will meet for one hour each week and can begin at any time.
Murray Ross has been artistic director of Theatreworks almost since the company was founded in 1975. In his 30 years at the helm, he has adapted and written more than 100 works for the stage. His pen has carved out originals such as I am Nikola Tesla as well as adaptions of Huckleberry Finn and Plato's Symposium. These have all seen life at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, an intimate venue that allows for dynamic, ever-changing stage configurations.
The dance students at Danceworks of Colorado Springs learn more than just technique and grace. They also develop confidence and self-esteem, beginning with Tots classes for 2- and 3-year-olds and building all the way up through high-schoolers' graduation performances. In addition to traditional tap, ballet, and jazz classes, the studio offers hip-hop classes for teens, specialty classes such as musical theater and acro, and an intensive dance company for students aged 5 and older.
Colorado Springs Comedy supports up-and-coming native comics while simultaneously busting the collective gut of the Pikes Peak region. Rather than hide tape recorders throughout a talented neighbor's home, comedy and music fans alike can descend upon Stargazers Theatre for a one-night showcase of provincial performers. A one-hour karaoke jam session kicks off the evening on a melodic note, as gifted vocalists warm up attendees with a round of well-tuned ear calisthenics. Next, a lineup of eight jesters seizes the spotlight behind headliner Troy Walker, a two-time winner of Comedy Works' New Faces contest. The multipurpose Stargazers Theatre provides a roomy, 500-person space for big shows but also shrinks itself down to a 220-person banquet hall for smaller events or Lilliputian job fairs.