Dazzling Drink and Dining Deals

Score great deals at great locations using The Lincoln Center’s Dining Guide! We have partnered with some of the hottest spots in town to show our appreciation for all of you.

From enjoying heavenly entrées to grabbing classic cocktails, you are sure to have a wonderful pre-show or post-show experience. Simply present your Lincoln Center tickets at any of these participating locations to capitalize on great deals on your night out in Fort Collins.

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Be sure to take advantage of some of the freshest, most sustainable seafood along with locally brewed craft beers and handcrafted cocktails at Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. Show your same-day ticket to score an order of calamari or a ½ dozen oysters, shucker’s choice, with the purchase of an entrée.

A fun riff on your favorite dive bar, Magic Rat is a great place to grab a drink and listen to live music or partake in free trivia before or after your show. You can also get $2 off any beer with the presentation of your valid ticket.

An American brasserie offering delicious fare no matter the time of day, The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market is a one-stop-shop when planning your visit to The Lincoln Center. Enjoy free bottomless drip coffee with any breakfast entrée purchase, free bottomless soft drink with any lunch entrée purchase, or a free dessert with any dinner entrée purchase.

At Bowerbird Coffee you can expect a unique coffee shop experience that is reflective of Old Town and Fort Collins. Receive a free espresso drink with your purchase of one espresso drink.

Sip classic cocktails while enjoying free live jazz music with a view at Sunset Lounge. Revel in some free olives and almonds appetizer with any two cocktails purchased.

Offer good 7 days from show date on ticket and free valet parking with purchase at Magic Rat, The Emporium, Bowerbird Coffee and Sunset Lounge. See ticket for full details.

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We’d like to thank these magnificent partners for working with us in order to give the most enjoyable and memorable experience when planning your visit to The Lincoln Center. Whether you plan on seeing the town before or after your event at The Lincoln Center, be sure to stop by one of these locations.

From the Page to the Stage

Known for its riveting story of perseverance, empowerment and faith, the nationally touring Broadway revival of The Color Purple takes The Lincoln Center stage November 21-23.

Set in the 1900s, The Color Purple follows Celie—a poor, uneducated, black woman—through years of struggles in dealing with both emotional and physical abuse. When Celie meets Shug Avery, a sultry blues singer, Shug helps guide Celie toward happiness and self-confidence.

We had the wonderful opportunity of talking to Mariah Lyttle who plays the lead character, Celie.

“I’m so blessed to tell Celie’s story,” Lyttle says. “It is one of resilience, strength and self-discovery, which sadly, is not portrayed nearly enough onstage.”

“It is certainly not easy to tell the story, but it is completely necessary,” continues Lyttle. “It is a story that is riddled with themes of overcoming adversity, women empowerment, and faith, which I believe are all relevant topics today.”

Characters like Celie are not regularly portrayed amongst the glitz and glamour of Broadway, but The Color Purple is unique for bringing in these different perspectives. “As a woman of color, it is so inspiring to portray a character who is able to make something positive out of the adversity in her life. Celie is torn down so much, but rather than letting that affect her, she realizes that she is able to use that to make her stronger.”

Though Celie’s story is emotional and moving, it’s the lighter moments that shine through and create some catharsis. “My favorite song is ‘Miss Celie’s Pants’!” says Lyttle. “It’s a fun, and upbeat number and really speaks to the idea of breaking societal norms. It’s one of the first moments where Celie gets to be in charge of her own life and doesn’t have to succumb to anyone else’s rules.”

To Lyttle, Celie’s life is one that people can universally relate to in different ways. “The idea that you can achieve what you want if you truly believe,” says Lyttle. “Everything that you need in order to get there, you already have inside of you. You are enough.”

As a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and multi-award-winning film, the story of The Color Purple has been celebrated for over three decades. The soulful Grammy-winning score will thrill musical lovers, while the timeless tale will captivate both lovers of the movie and the book. Audiences are sure to experience the story like never before, complete with an incredible soundtrack of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues and larger-than-life-characters.

“You can look forward to amazing musical numbers and the beautiful set and costume designs,” says Lyttle “but the story is what we are there to tell. “[The audience] will walk away feeling touched and inspired.”

Come experience this beautiful story of heartbreak and personal growth November 21-23. Seats from $20 at LCtix.com.

Gifts for Good

The Lincoln Center and Crossroads Safehouse are teaming up to give Gifts for Good and make this holiday season a little brighter for those looking to escape domestic violence. Benefiting Crossroads’ Holiday Gift Shop, The Lincoln Center’s Gifts for Good donation drive will take place Nov. 5–Dec. 1, in conjunction with the Broadway national tour of The Color Purple playing The Lincoln Center Nov. 21-23.

Crossroads’ free Holiday Gift Shop provides an opportunity for Crossroads clients, including children and adults alike, to choose from a selection of new items that have been donated to then gift to their immediate family members. Volunteers assist clients with gift wrapping, ensuring each person can freely give their personal gifts of holiday magic and cheer.

“This holiday season, we felt it was very important to connect our annual donation drive to the powerful theme of the nationally touring Broadway production of The Color Purple,” says Lincoln Center Director Jack Rogers. “Ultimately, the musical is about women finding empowerment even amidst the darkness of abuse. Understanding the breadth of the impacts of domestic abuse, we immediately wanted to team up with our friends at Crossroads Safehouse who have been such an amazing resource for so many women in this community.”

A Pulitzer Prize-winning book, critically acclaimed movie, and also a Tony Award-winning musical, The Color Purple follows Celie, a young woman raised in the American South, who learns to find her voice despite the abuse she receives both from her father and then later from her husband.

“Crossroads appreciates the partnership with The Lincoln Center this holiday season and their generosity to our clients and their children that experience interpersonal abuse. Our goal at Crossroads Safehouse is to provide support to people living with domestic violence through shelter, advocacy and empowerment,” says Kathy Jordan, the Community Relations and Outreach Manager for Crossroads Safehouse. Every year, Crossroads shelters 500 individuals for a total of 16,000 nights. They advocate, assist, and educate over 3,000 people a year.

Items requested for the Gifts for Good drive are new, unused pampering goods for women—things like bath bombs, nail polish, makeup, candles, facial masks and lotion—and new children’s books, and art, science or craft activity kits for the kiddos.

“The Holiday Gift Shop is a way for the community to show a warmer kinder love in Northern Colorado,” says Jordan. “We are grateful to the Lincoln Center in their effort to make the holiday season a little brighter for the clients we serve.”

Anyone wishing to donate items during the Gifts for Good drive can drop them off at The Lincoln Center, located at 417 W. Magnolia in Fort Collins during Lincoln Center Business Hours which vary but include Tue-Sat, noon-6 p.m. and one hour prior to or during performances. Tickets to events are not required to drop off donations.

Fashion For A Cause

Fashion meets fine art when ArtWear Fashion Week begins its run October 18-26 at The Lincoln Center. This biennial fashion extravaganza features one-of-a-kind wearable art garments and includes a runway fashion show and sales gallery that is a fundraiser for The Lincoln Center’s Visual Arts Program.

The event kicks off with the ArtWear Fashion Show on October 18. Featuring art garments and accessories created by over 50 nationally recognized artists, the ArtWear Fashion Show will showcase a variety of fiber-art techniques including shibori dyeing, silk painting, hand-stitching and embroidery, nuno felting and more.

“Every year a fashion comes out and there’s a look,” says Gary Hixon, ArtWear Fashion Show Artistic Director. “With ArtWear there isn’t that trendy look—if you buy one of these pieces, it doesn’t have a life. It can last a lifetime.”

In addition to exhibiting these unique creations, Hixon explains it is also important for the fashion show to illustrate that wearable art is for everyone. “The show models are of all ages and sizes. I want people to see that anybody can wear these clothes. We want to show that anyone can have fun with their clothes.”

“I believe, in life, that we need to smile a little bit more, and so some of these clothes do just that. They make you smile when you see them,” says Hixon.

Immediately after the Fashion Show, The Lincoln Center Art Gallery will be transformed into a boutique that will be open to VIP Fashion Show ticket buyers. Then on Saturday, October 19 at noon, The Lincoln Center Art Gallery opens to the public and everyone will have an opportunity to purchase these unique wearable creations.

“While the main goal of the ArtWear Fashion show is to entertain people, we also want to raise awareness and educate people about what wearable art is, and fundraise for the Visual Arts Program so the program can continue to bring artists and exhibits to the community,” says Hixon.

A purchase from the ArtWear Sales Gallery not only supports The Lincoln Center Visual Arts Program, it also supports the artists. Proceeds from ArtWear Fashion Week have provided significant funding for The Lincoln Center Art Gallery since the event started in 1992. When you purchase a garment, 40% of the proceeds will go to support The Lincoln Center Visual Arts Program and 60% to the artist.

As part of the Biennial, The Lincoln Center Visual Arts Program will also be offering a selection of free lectures and demos, as well as hands-on workshops. Visit LCtix.com/artwear for more information.

Fashion Show
Friday, Oct 18
7:30 p.m.
$15 General Admission

Sales Gallery (Lincoln Center Art Gallery)
Oct 19, 20, 24, 25, 26
Noon to 6 p.m.
Open to the public
(Oct 18 for VIP ticket buyers)

Anne Leaps To Life

The beloved novel Anne of Green Gables is synonymous with an adventurous spirit, open heart and love for imagination. These qualities and more come to life in the first-ever licensed ballet of the classic tale, which comes to The Lincoln Center Oct. 16 on its world tour premiere.

“When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile,” Anne tells Matthew Cuthbert, her adoptive father when she first meets him in the novel. Instead of a poor orphan’s dress that attracts pitying looks on the train, she pretends she is in a fine silk gown which garners their attention instead. It’s in this vein of making something worth imagining that Canada’s Ballet Jörgen turns this story into a rich, vibrant dance that celebrates her creativity in new and fantastic ways.

“Ballet offers a new opportunity to express Anne’s imagination in a way that cannot be done in other forms,” says Sue LaPage, the set designer for the Ballet.

“Anne constantly talks emphatically about nature,” continues LaPage. “She gives cherry trees names and absolutely delights in the world around her. She can’t speak those things in the ballet, but she can dance them. When Anne imagines things around her, nature comes to life.”

Director of Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, Bengt Jörgen agrees: “On stage, we’ll be able to bring to life all the things in Prince Edward Island that come to life in Anne’s imagination.” The end result is a ballet and a story that is “entertaining, lighthearted, quick-paced, and full of life.”

For Hanna Mae Cruddas, playing Anne is very exciting. She still has a treasured Anne doll she got on Prince Edward Island as a young girl. Indeed, she has taken on the role of the animated Anne with gusto, rereading all the books and dogearing every page that describes how Anne moves so she can bring the character to life.

All of these elements also lead to a physically demanding show. “It’s tough, for sure because Anne is very buoyant and light and happy,” says Cruddas. “She also has all of these swings to her emotions. She goes from what she calls ‘the depths of despair’ to being as ecstatic as she could possibly be.”

But it’s not just Anne’s imagination and energy that endears her to audiences. It’s her quick wit and way with words. “People laugh at me because I use big words,” Anne says in the book. “But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

To Cruddas, how Anne speaks is an important element of her character. “She’s such a beautiful wordsmith,” says Cruddas. Finding the right movements to express Anne’s words has been Cruddas’ favorite part of the process. Along with Anne’s imagination, Cruddas says that “audiences will fall deeper into the world of Anne, Green Gables and Avonlea because they’ll be able to see all these elements amplified on the stage.”

Jörgen concurs: “I want people to see the story through dance in a way that makes them go: ‘Wow, that’s really great. I hadn’t expected to see the story come alive in this way.’” More importantly, he wants audiences to understand that ballet “is a great medium to tell stories.”

By the time this world premiere tour stops in Fort Collins, Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will have spent three years perfecting all the details, from the choreography that will tell Anne’s story to the designing of costumes and set.

Don’t miss your chance to experience Anne’s world when Canada’s Ballet Jörgen takes the stage Oct. 16. Seats from $15 at LCtix.com.

Jazz Master Finds His Rhythm

Weaving elements of American jazz and Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Eddie Palmieri’s music spans many cultures and generations, embracing modern-day sound through a vision that is unique to him. Backed by a band of all-star musicians, Palmieri will bring his one-of-kind rhythms to The Lincoln Center on November 9th.

Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with a myriad of jazz influences.

Though an NEA Jazz Master and 10-time Grammy winner today, Palmieri’s music career did not begin with a passion for jazz.

“In the beginning of my career I did not like or comprehend jazz,” says Palmieri. “I was strictly interested in Latin Music.”

With familial and musical influences of his childhood being orchestra’s like Machito, Tito Rodriguez and Tito Puente, Palmieri was focused on a career as a Dance Orchestra leader.

“Latin music was huge in the 50s and my family were all semi-professional musicians. My childhood was surrounded by music and my mentor —my brother, the great Charlie Palmieri—was already an accomplished pianist,” says Palmieri.

It wasn’t until the 1960s when Palmieri’s “spirit of investigation” and music teachers led him to great jazz pianists and jazz harmonies that built on his Latin music background that now influences his “Afro Caribbean World Music” style.

Palmieri’s impressive and innovative rhythms have wowed critics and fans alike for several decades earning him top honors such as the Eubie Blake Award, Harlem Renaissance Award, Lifetime Achievement Award by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the coveted Jazz Master award by the National Endowment of the Arts. This is nothing to say of his 10 Grammys.

“My Grammy Awards have been the biggest highlight of my musical career,” says Palmieri. “To be recognized by my peers and the Academy has been a complete blessing.”

In fact, he is on the cusp of getting yet another Grammy. Palmieri’s most recent Big Band Salsa Album, Mi Luz Mayor with guest artist, Carlos Santana, is currently nominated in the Latin Grammy’s for Best Salsa Album.

With a trophy case full of awards, most would expect an artist to move into retirement but that’s not the case for Palmieri. “The pulse of my life is music,” says the 82-year-old phenomenon, with his favorite part of shows being able to still perform at “the highest degree of musical quality.”

Whether you are a die-hard fan or simply just a music lover, listening to Eddie Palmieri is a sure-fire way to positively light up your evening.

The music legend guarantees a “wonderful musical voyage” during his performance in Fort Collins so don’t miss your chance to witness one of the greatest Latin jazz and salsa pianists live at The Lincoln Center on Nov. 9! Seats from $15 at LCtix.com.