Ask people what they missed most during the pandemic and one thing you’ll likely hear is live entertainment. For many of us, going out and catching a live show was just part of the rhythm of our lives. As a fan of the performing arts, the past 14 months have left me with a deep hunger for experiencing live shows. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it certainly is to not take life’s simple pleasures for granted.
We are so lucky to have The Lincoln Center, one of the premier performing arts venues in the region, right here in our own community. Serving up nationally touring live theater, music, dance and comedy, The Lincoln Center is our community’s gathering place for all things arts and entertainment related.
Like many entertainment venues across the country, The Lincoln Center shifted its business model during the pandemic and started offering livestreamed shows. As things continue to open up and life is returning to a more normal rhythm, The Lincoln Center is once again welcoming back full-capacity crowds.
The Lincoln Center recently announced its 2021-22 season and is proudly presenting previously anticipated national Broadway tours of the Tony Award-winning classic “Cats” and the Broadway smash hit “Waitress.” Season highlights also include the hilarious stand-up comedian and beloved sitcom dad George Lopez; an unforgettable evening of songs, animation and stories from Disney Princess – The Concert; and the legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
As with all city facilities, The Lincoln Center has ramped up its safety measures. From increased air circulation and touchless ticket scanning to digital program books and electrostatic venue-wide cleaning, you can rest assured that The Lincoln Center is one of the safest gathering places in the region.
But The Lincoln Center isn’t the only place in town to experience art, entertainment and culture. In addition to its ongoing and special exhibits, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is offering workshops and a Music Industry Night. The Gardens on Spring Creek also offers multiple classes from culinary arts to watercolor journaling, and it’ll be hosting some amazing outdoor concert experiences, too.
So if you are eager for some art, culture or entertainment in your life like I am, be sure to visit one of our city’s cultural facilities. And you can bet when The Lincoln Center cues the lights and the curtain rises on its 2021-22 season, I’ll be somewhere in the audience.
Kelly DiMartino is the Fort Collins deputy city manager. She can be reached at 970-221-6505 or [email protected]