Lauren Andrus

Emergency Cabaret at The Modbo!


The Modbo quickly presents an emergency cabaret! This Friday, July 12th, doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.  Please join us in a last minute, totally awesome, R-rated-as-usual fundraiser for The ModboCo, the Modbo’s new school of art at Ivywild! $10 suggested donation, 633-4240 for more info, or  Don’t miss the (temporary!) return of famed singer Jessie Oliver, joined by cabaret regulars Solveig Olsen, Claire Anderson, and Lauren Andrus.  Also featuring: Willow Welter, Kyle Dexter, Trish Doyle-Stahl, Kevin Bennett, newcomer Rachel Rodriguez, Ayanna Martinez, and more! Plus, special celebrity guest appearances by the likes of Babette!

About the ModboCo:

The ModboCo serves to bring integrity, joy, and purpose to those who seek to learn about art. An expansion of The Modbo’s popular art classes, the ModboCo will offer classes for adults, children, youth-at-risk, home-schooled students, and more!  Occasional weekend workshops on subjects ranging from film to encaustic to community-minded arts projects also will be offered. Students can count on teachers with a wide variety of experience and knowledge, who create their own work with integrity, and seek to share their methods with others. As learners of all ages and skill levels, students can depend on a focused, but fun, process, leading to real-world skills and abilities in the subject of their choice.

Acacia Summer Concert Series, and Kick Off Party!

The Modbo and the Colorado Springs Downtown Business Improvement District announce the Kickoff Extravaganza for the Acacia Park Summer Concert Series!  This Saturday, June 2nd.  Join us for The Mitguards and The Water Bear Project with Kellie Palmblad from 6-8 pm in Acacia Park.  Then stroll over to the alley behind ReMax, just west of Tejon street and north of Bijou, for more live music… followed by a different band just south in the alley behind The Modbo, followed by yet another band behind ReMax, and yet another behind Modbo!  Bands playing include: Briffaut, The Conjugal Visits, HEADHUM, and Government Camp.  This event is all free, all fun, and a great way to celebrate the beginning of the summer!  Don’t miss it!  More info available at  For a full schedule of the Acacia concerts, visit .  The Acacia Park Summer Concert Series is generously underwritten by Freedom Financial Services, The Gazette, the City of Colorado Springs, and the Downtown Business Improvement District.  Sound for the series will be provided by Russell Tellup of Hard Act Entertainment,


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The Rubrittican Trust for Historic Preservation and the Historical Society of Ceralusia present “Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia,” opening in the Arts Alley District on Friday, May 4th. This opening will take place at The Modbo and S.P.Q.R. and goes from 5:30 pm until midnight. The show runs through Friday, June 1st.“Rubrittica vs. Ceralusia” is an historical exploration of war; an opportunity to examine both human nature and the foibles of memory.

Modbo Ho Ho

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most wonderful Cabaret is here! Please join us for The Modbo Ho Ho, a very, very irreverent look at the holidays with a lot of singing, a smattering of dancing, a story or two, and some of your favorite holiday tunes redone in ho ho style.

Friday, December 16th,*****(TWO SHOWS)***** 7 and 9:30 pm; $10 suggested donation, The Modbo. Seating for this show will be first come, first served, and doors open half an hour before the performance. Adults only, please.

The Modbo Ho Ho is delighted to feature vocalists Claire Anderson, Nisa Ari (9:30 pm show only), Judeth Shay Burns, Brian Harris, Jessie Oliver, Solveig Olsen, Charles Schnetzer, pianists Lauren Andrus and Mark Arnest, dancers Cherry Glitterbomb, Camille Loftin and Trish Doyle-Stahl, a reading by Tracy Mobley-Martinez, and some special surprise guest appearances to boot!

Modbo Cabaret: The Best Of Edition!!!! Whoop Whoop!

Friday, October 21st, 8 pm and 10 pm, $10ish suggested donation. Reservations recommended; email

The Modbo is ecstatic to present the latest installment of Modbo Cabaret: The Best Of Edition. Pianists/Cabaret Mistresses Jana Lee Ross and Lauren Andrus have compiled their favorite numbers from several years of cabaret shenanigans. The resulting show is sure to provide a mix of laughs, gasps, and groans! (This R-rated, mostly inappropriate show is not intended for children, or for those who are easily offended!) Come listen to the amazing vocal feats of Judeth Shay Burns, Solveig Olsen, Jessie Oliver, Claire Anderson, Charles Schnetzer, Kevin Bennett, and more! Also featuring a cameo appearance by Kellie Palmblad!

(N.B.: New to this cabaret—TWO SHOWS! PLEASE RESERVE YOUR SEAT! These shows tend to be standing room only!)

New Exhibition in the Arts Alley

Please join The Arts Alley District—The Modbo and S.P.Q.R.—for its newest art opening! Our +1 Monochromatic Show opens on Friday, September 9th, at 5:30 pm. In the Modbo,  look for monochromatic works by members of The Modbo Collective. In S.P.Q.R., you can find monochromatic works by community members who were selected through a jurying process with jurors Rodney Wood, Lorelei Beckstrom, and Brett Andrus.

The opening reception will feature live music by Paul Riola’s Cellar Door!

Modbo Collective members represented include: Lorelei Beckstrom, Trevor Thomas, Troy DeRose, Brett Andrus, Phil Lear, Jess Preble, and Nina Peterson. In S.P.Q.R., look for 29 community artists such as Sean O’Meallie, Phil Vallejo, up-and-coming artists Dave Tweedy, Monique Viger, and more!

A Big Weekend of Music!

at S.P.Q.R.; 8 pm, Thursday, August 18th.  $5-7 suggested donation.  Please join us for a great night of music—three out-of-town bands that involve celli!  A rare and sonorous night to be sure!  We’ll have The Loneliest Monk from Chicago, Lisa Show from Denver, and Ian Cooke, also from Denver.

Real-life couple Michelle Morales (master cellist, keyboardist, vocalist) and Miles Benjamin (percussion, vocals, tiny piano) comprise The Loneliest Monk and create an ethereal mix of classical, art-rock and chamber pop that is at once beautiful, sexy, mysterious and cool.

“a masquerade ball… Songs often sound as though they’re cobbled together from old ghosts and memories.” – Chicago Tribune

Hailing from completely different musical backgrounds, Morales and Benjamin have created a sound that is completely unique, simultaneously embracing the past while looking to the future. With her delicate beauty and lovely voice, Morales has played live with legendary artists including Phillip Glass, Kanye West and The Foo Fighters. The masked man Miles Benjamin owns the drum kit, adding mystery and ominous undertones to the party. The Loneliest Monk live performances are not just rock shows…they are happenings. Incorporating cellos, pianos, organs, drums, and samples with elaborate costumes, masks and sets, The Loneliest Monk stand alone by combining the avant-garde, gothic and fantastical to create an entirely invigorating live experience. Be warned: you may fall in love.

Ian Cooke makes art for your ears using his cello and voice as core instruments for songwriting. Components of his style are pulled from classical music, pop, folk, avant-garde, world music, and jazz. Cooke’s recordings also employ piano and percussion. The piano was his first instrument, which he began playing at age 5, and picked up the cello at age 11. Paying special attention to innovative meter, chord progression, and melody, the Denver-based musician breeds a truly original and moving type of music.

Cooke was voted the top musician in the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Poll. Westword Magazine named him Best Avant Pop, as well as Best Album for 2007 for ”The Fall I Fell.” He has appeared in SPIN magazine, played the Toronto Pride Festival, and has toured Australia and the US playing with The Dresden Dolls, The Decemberists, Flaming Lips, Built to Spill, and many more.

Lisa Show, a former denizen of Colorado Springs, spends her time in Denver these days.  Her unique brand of sexy hate-folk involves the masterful use of her plugged in cello coupled with ethereal vocals.

Then on Friday

The Modbo presents Violin for Vasculitis, an evening of chamber music with violinist Allison Lint and pianist Lauren Andrus on Friday, August 19th, at 7 pm.  Donations accepted.
Allison Lint, an Oberlin Conservatory graduate and Akron, Ohio-based musician, was diagnosed with Wegener’s Granulomatosis at the age of 17.  Now in remission, she is launching a nationwide project to bring awareness and research funds to vascular disease.  “Violin for Vasculitis” or “V4V,” is a 50-state tour.  As a participant in the Colorado College Summer Music Festival in 2010, Lint played a collaborative outreach concert at The Modbo.  She was inspired by her experience there to include Colorado on her tour agenda.  Along with pianist Lauren Andrus, Lint will present a program of works by Schumann, Kreisler, Brahms, and more.
Ohio native Allison Lint is a 2009 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied violin performance and received a minor in Music History. She is an alumna of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. In addition to violin, Allison is also a prize-winning violist and piano accompanist in the Akron, Ohio area. She is a regular pit musician for several theaters in NE Ohio; her favorite shows have been My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Allison has been invited to participate in masterclasses with Gil Shaham, Anner Bylsma, Vadim Gluzman, and Midori.

In addition to classical violin, Allison has a strong interest in rock and contemporary styles, and performed live onstage with Los Angeles-based band The Strange Familiar (seen in the top 48 of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” season 5). Allison is currently the strings instructor at three independent music schools in Northeast Ohio, and also maintains a private studio. When not playing music, she enjoys tennis, classic literature, and traveling. The present year sees her traveling to 7 states to perform, educate, and raise awareness of vascular disease through the Violin for Vasculitis project ( Allison currently plays on an 1826 Scottish fiddle.

Lauren Andrus (nee’ Ciborowski) began playing piano at the age of 5 and has not stopped since her mastery of “The Little Tugboat.” The daughter of a retired Army dentist and an artist, she has lived, and thus performed and studied, all over the United States and Germany. Lauren graduated cum laude from Colorado College in 2004 with her BA in Southwest Studies and her minor in German. She spent the three subsequent years working as a Native American tribal liaison for a natural gas pipeline company. She is now thrilled to be working in the arts: teaching piano, accompanying for ballet classes at Colorado College, and playing chamber music. Lauren also enjoys dance, and is a member of Sansara, a local modern dance company.   Lauren and her husband Brett own The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., two multi-functional arts spaces in downtown Colorado Springs.  These spaces are home to many musical adventures and collaborations, including nights of opera, Cabaret, and rock/classical mash-ups.

New Exhibitions


The Modbo and S.P.Q.R., the Arts Alley District, proudly present a new second Friday opening on June 10, 2011.  The Modbo will host work by students of Modbo Art Classes over the past two years—classes which have included everything from Introduction to Drawing to Advanced Oil Painting.  This is a fabulous opportunity to see the progress of our dedicated students. 


S.P.Q.R. will feature the return of the In Process Show.  For the four Fridays of this show, you will have the opportunity to watch artists at work, as they begin with a blank canvas or board and bring a work to completion by the end of the show on Friday, July 1st.  It is your chance to demystify the process of art making and to observe for yourself how different the artists’ journey can be—a mostly rare opportunity for the general public!  For the closing night, July 1st, Doug Rouse will join the fray with a speed painting performance.  Participating artists for this show include Chris Alvarez, Lorelei Beckstrom, Brett Andrus, Troy DeRose, Nina Peterson, Trevor Thomas, and Phil Lear.  You will have the opportunity to bid on the paintings, silent-auction style, throughout the course of the month of the show.  Winners will be declared at the show’s closing.


Big Big Stuff This Weekend!


Friday, June 3rd is the closing night for the new exhibitions by Brett Andrus and Lorelei Beckstrom. Don’t miss the last opportunity to see (and purchase the few remaining pieces)  of new work by two of Colorado Springs most dynamic painters.


Also! Friday, June 3rd, 8:30 pm, $10 suggested donation, L(i)ederhosen, a night of mostly German music with Judeth Shay Burns, Nisa Ari, Lauren Andrus, and Mark Arnest


 Please join us for the latest in The Modbo’s series of classical music events.  Beginning at 8:30 (so you can enjoy the other First Friday events around town beforehand!), L(i)ederhosen will offer a selection of mostly classical music, with a smattering of musical theater.  We might even have some Schnitzel.

The Modbo is proud to announce a new partnership with The Downtown Business Improvement District that has resulted in the creation of the Acacia Park Summer Concert Series. 

 Please join us for 2 hours of free, live music by great local bands, most Saturdays this summer from 5:30 to 7:30 pm!  A full schedule is available at

 The first concert is at 5:30 pm, Saturday, June 4th.  You’ll hear the great music of Broken Spoke and Out to Dry.  Feel free to bring a picnic!


Following this event, please join us for an Acacia Park Summer Concert Series Kickoff Party in the alley—we’ll have two bands in the alley by The Modbo and two bands in the alley just north, behind ReMax.  Starting at 7:30 pm or so, you’ll hear Anonymity Guru, Charlie Brown and the Great Gospel, Government Camp, and the Flumps.

 Don’t miss this great night of fun, free music!                                                                                                                              AND!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dr. Sketchy’s is back, on Sunday, June 5th!  This month’s model is Misha Minx.  Don’t miss out—these events can be crowded, and they are first come, first served!

 Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School:  Presented by The Modbo and Peaks and Pasties Burlesque Troupe. Occurring every first Sunday from 6-7:30 pm, This month’s is on Sunday, June 5th.  A strongly suggested $15 donation.  An open figure drawing session with a serious twist.

 The Modbo is pleased as punch to announce that is now an official branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School and in partnership with our local burlesque troupe, Peaks and Pasties.  Dr. Sketchy’s is an open figure drawing session with a twist— the models are burlesque dancers and the atmosphere is not exactly what you’d expect from a traditional art class.

 Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is the world’s premier alternative drawing movement and quite possibly the coolest art class you’ll ever go to.  Ever month, over 3,500 people gather in nearly a hundred cities. Dr. Sketchy’s was founded in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn by two artists.  You absolutely do not need to be an artist to attend this event.  For more information on Dr. Sketchy’s, go to For more information on Peaks and Pasties, please contact Lola Spitfire at  And as ever, you can reach The Modbo at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Another busy Art filled weekend brought to you by the Modbo.  Hope to see you!

VDay Cabaret is TONIGHT!

VDay Cabaret, 2.12.11, 9 pm, $7 suggested donation, The Modbo. 

Don’t miss one of The Modbo’s most popular events– Cabaret!  Join pianist and singer extraordinaire Jana Lee Ross as she leads a cast of amazing singers and dancers in a hilarious, R-Rated romp through the perilous fields of Valentine’s Day.  You’ll hear some of your favorite tunes done in ways that perhaps shouldn’t be done, a few select readings from one of our favorite love-related tomes, and you might also see a tap shoe or kazoo or two.  This month’s cabaret cast includes Mark Arnest, Lauren Andrus, Claire Anderson, Jessie Oliver, Kevin Bennett, Cara Speckhals, Charles Schnetzer, and Posy Knight.  Also featuring a very special guest performance from Peaks and Pasties dancer, Cherry Glitterbomb!