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Arts

Same language, new story

BMoCA exhibit on Romanian painting a rare look into a dark world

By Elizabeth Miller

Among the anachronisms likely to linger in former Communist-bloc countries, where borders were closed and travel limited for half a century, one might not expect to find figurative painting. But for a

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A brilliant history

Denver Art Museum exhibition tells the story of the 20th century through jewelry

By Elizabeth Miller

The story of Cartier jewelry is one that’s less about objects and opulence than it is one about wearers and workers — the jewelry makers, that is, and the people who went on to adorn themselves with the pieces made. As much as the Denver Art Museum’s Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century.

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Warp and weft

The Handweavers Guild of Boulder celebrates 50 years by building Boulder an electric loom

By Josh Gross

It may have been 20 years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play, but it was 50 years ago that the Handweavers Guild of Boulder first met up to combine their handweaving powers. And back then, it was for handweavers only, leaving Boulder’s needlepoint community out in the cold.

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Arts | Week of November 20, 2014

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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A glitch is the system

World-renowned audio visual performance artists to take over BMoCA for MediaLive

By Josh Gross

In the art world, the dreaded computer glitch is being harnessed as its own medium, with the flaws, hiccups and imperfections layered atop digital pop culture images for a somewhat Warhol 2.

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Robots

Never one to duck the big issues, “civic health club” Warm Cookies of the Revolution has tackled civil rights, LGBT issues, city design and more with engaging discussions, hands-on activities and, yes, cookies, to help make civic engagement easy and fun.

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What can’t be spoken

Veterans art exhibit translates experience for civilians, and says what veterans can’t

By Elizabeth Miller

In an email exchange between cocurators of the art exhibit for Veterans Speak, Army veteran Adam Nilson explains his photography this way: “I have discovered that art is a therapeutic outlet and another way for me to communicate difficult situations and feelings that I do not care to vocalize.

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Arts | Week of November 6, 2014

ART/TEKNE: Part 3 “Metaphorming Nature: Connecting Human/Nature’s Creative Potential” —.

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Fright Night

Where to get your halloween on

By Josh Gross

And in an all-too-rare event, Halloween is on a weekend this year, meaning there’s no shortage of Halloweeny things to be done. That makes it sort of a double-holiday..

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Arts | Week of Oct. 30, 2014

ART/TEKNE: Part 3 “Metaphorming Nature: Connecting Human/Nature’s Creative Potential” —.

Books

ASK

From her early beginnings as a human statue, to kicking her record label to the curb and going solo, Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer has always been willing to buck convention and try something unexpected, even when the odds and the powers that be are against her.

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Words | Week of November 20, 2014

Innisfree Weekly Open Poetry Reading..

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Write a book

November can be dreary. What better time to lock yourself inside to write a novel? This month is National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo,” and now that you’ve recovered from Halloween, there’s still time to get on board. NaNoWriMo started in 1999 and dares aspiring writers to complete a draft of a novel, at least 50,000 words, in 30 days.

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Parent up

There’s a lot about parenting that your parents don’t teach you. Especially if you are the parent of LGBTQ youth. This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids is a book for parents, youth and supporters to guide them on how to better communicate with and parent LGBTQ youth.

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Words | Week of Nov. 6, 2014

Cowboys, Yogis, and One-Legged Ski Bums: The Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary Coloradans.

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Fifty shades of grey

Jon Bassoff makes reality a fluid concept in his new horror novel, ‘Factory Town’

By Josh Gross

“Someone said once that if you read a mystery book, even if it’s poorly written, you’ll keep reading because you want to find out what happened,” he says. “But for me, I stopped reading those kind of books because I got more interested in narrators, in unreliable, crazy narrators.

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Carr

Nicolas Carr: The Glass Cage 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, 303- 440-7666, $12 The exponential technological growth our society has experienced brings leisure and efficiency, but not without consequence.

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Words | Week of Oct. 30, 2014

From the Page to the Stage: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike..

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Word Games

Chuck Palahniuk wants to play pajama dodgeball with you

By Josh Gross

“I had shipped all of these severed arms to throw into the audience, and it was in Boulder that I realized that I was touring a day right behind Aron Ralston, who had written about cutting his arm off,” Palahniuk says. “And the Boulder Book Store people had opened my cases of arms and thought they were props for him.

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Word | Week of Oct. 23, 2014

Innisfree: Weekly Open Poetry Reading..

Music

In the nick of time, Boulder Symphony will bring listeners ‘Out of the Darkness’

By Peter Alexander

Only days after Boulder descended from record highs to record lows, into what feels like the depth of winter, the orchestra and conductor Devin Patrick Hughes are offering to bring listeners “Out of the Darkness” Saturday evening (7 p.m. Nov. 22 in Boulder’s First Presbyterian Church: http://bouldersymphony.

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Raising the dead

The second coming of Death From Above 1979

By Caitlin Rockett

Not so long ago, in a land called Toronto, two young men met at a Sonic Youth show (or maybe it was in prison, or on a pirate ship, or perhaps on ChristianMingle.com — this part of the story is murky).

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GRASS

“Grassjazz” band Dustbowl Revival is rambling over from California and through the Rocky Mountains, and bringing their hoedowns, breakdowns and ballads to Denver this weekend. Dustbowl Revival stomps through jazz, bluegrass, swing, folk and old-school blues with eight core members on stage at all times.

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FUNK

Denver funk band Rowdy Shadehouse aren’t just a group of tight pants and bare chests. Members “Warlock Vundercock,” “Weeze,” “BadWhorsey,” “Man of Thought,” “Fab Folz” and “Cosmic Slim” have also earned a reputation for impressive skill and lively shows.

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Goin’ swimmin’

Shovels & Rope plan to save the world on its new album

By Brian Palmer

When people say they eat, breathe and sleep something they love, it is usually hyperbole; not so with Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, the husband-and-wife duo who make up the Charleston, S.C.-based Shovels & Rope. When it came to the making of their new album, Swimmin’ Time.

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Tunes

In a local music scene neck-deep with string bands, Boulder folk-soul trio Augustus has been winning fans over with foot-tappin’ tales passionately crooned over bluesy, Americanainfluenced instrumentals. The group has been working Boulder County with weekly gigs since their formation in 2013 and may just be the best little-known secret around.

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Experience music, and glimpse culture from a world away

World music concert invites rethinking the meaning of music

By Peter Alexander

The College of Music offers several world music ensembles, giving students the opportunity to learn a different musical culture from the inside. In addition to the Japanese and Balinese ensembles, there is West African Highlife ensemble, which will perform Saturday at 7:30 p.

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Hometown pachyderms

Elephant Revival plays a rare Boulder show

By Josh Gross

Right up there with Leftover Salmon and Big Head Todd, Elephant Revival is one of those handful of Boulder bands iconic to the city, but also widely known beyond the People’s Republic. But that status also comes with the price of not being able to play its hometown very often.

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Love modern

In the 1970s, Jonathan Richman helped change music forever with his band The Modern Lovers. Since leaving garage-rock behind, Richman continues to tour as a solo act, strumming soft ballads and innovative pop songs like those that were so influential once upon a time.

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Adrian Belew’s killer app

All things considered, Adrian Belew has had a pretty weird year

By Dave Kirby

After amicably stepping away from Trent Reznor’s reformed Nine Inch Nails project in June 2013 and being politely excluded from Robert Fripp’s reformed King Crimson later that year, esteemed guitarist and sonic disrupter Adrian Belew now finds himself currently on tour with his long-tenured Power Trio, and poised to unleash his experimental project called Flux, a music and visual art app that he’s been working on for five years.

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New calendar service: Boulder County Events

Boulder Weekly is launching a new presentation of our calendar, now known as Boulder County Events.

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Events Calendar | Week of January 10, 2013

Surrealist painter Sky Black will exhibit his work at Trident Cafe and Bookstore in January.

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Arts | Week of January 10, 2013

Matt Smith's 'Guardians of Ediza' is among the paintings on the American West on view at Gallery 1261.

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Theater | Week of January 10, 2013

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) continues at Jesters Dinner Theatre.

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Words | Week of January 10, 2013

Jon Sands, author of The New Clean, reads at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore.

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Event Calendar | Week of January 3, 2013

Gipsy Moon plays Jan. 3 at the Pioneer Inn and Jan. 4 at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids.

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Arts | Week of January 03, 2013

Loretta Young-Gautierīs photographs are on display at the Byers-Evans house.

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Theater | Week of January 03, 2013

Newark Violenta, a tribute to Italian crime cinema from the 1970s, premieres at The Edge Theater Company.

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Words | Week of January 03, 2013

Brian Gast, author of The Business of Wanting More, will appear at Tattered Cover Jan. 8.

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Event Calendar | Week of December 27, 2012

The Motet plays the Fox Theatre Dec. 30 and 31.

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A tale of two masters

Clark Terry & Justin Kauflin ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’

By Michael J. Casey

Born in St. Louis, Mo., “a trumpet player’s town,” on December 14, 1920, Terry fashioned his first trumpet from scraps found at the local junkyard. But from those humble beginnings he went on to play with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and so on.

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Three came back

‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ and the returning soldier

By Michael J. Casey

While they return home conquering heroes, it gets them little more than a pat on the back. Al returns to the bank and Fred takes up his old position at the soda shop. It does not go well for either. Al starts hitting the bottle and Fred is fired when he gets into a fistfight with a customer who casually remarks that the soldiers fought the wrong war.

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ART AND CRAFT While artist Mark Landis does create his own paintings, he’s most famous for his forgeries, creating counterfeits from a wide range of painting styles and periods. But Landis has never been in it for the money. At Boedecker. — Boedecker Theater.

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Team Jarmusch

‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ makes vampires cool again

By Michael J. Casey

Which is why it was such a shock when writer/director Jim Jarmusch announced that he, too, was making a vampire movie. One of the hippest directors around, Jarmusch isn’t one for the mainstream or shifts in pop culture. Instead, Jarmusch favors personal projects.

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Beyond Batman

Sie Film Center stages Chris Nolan retrospective

By Michael J. Casey

The Sie Film Center’s Programing Manager Ernie Quiroz is like a kid with an electric train set. With three screening rooms and a variety of projectors at his disposal, Quiroz decides what magic plays out on those screens and he is bringing some of his personal favorites, the films of Christopher Nolan.

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Films

The folks at the Boulder International Film Festival have set their dates for February 2015. The BIFF is Boulder’s largest celebration of cinematic arts and has brought incredible local and international productions, as well as celebrity support from big names among the likes of James Franco and Alec Baldwin.

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Director Richard Linklater filmed Boyhood over 12 years with the same cast, cinematically charting the rocky terrain of childhood. We take our journey through the eyes of a young boy named Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who grows up on screen before our eyes.

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Nothing to do with death and dying

Music makes us all ‘Alive Inside’

By Michael J. Casey

Armed with a simple iPod, Cohen visits patients with varying degrees of dementia, Alzheimer’s and, in one case, schizophrenia to see if music will stir something in them. It does. The music starts, and these comatose patients spring to life. Most sing, many dance and some are so overcome with emotion they burst into tears.

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Film on film

35mm is alive and well at IFS

By Michael J. Casey

In case you’ve had your head under a rock, or simply don’t care how movies are presented, then here is a very brief recap. In the past decade, theaters nationwide have swapped their 35mm reel-to-reel projectors for digital cinema projectors.

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The best 10 films of the 589 entries from 47 countries will be shown in more than 250 cities around the world, and the audience gets to judge the best. The finalists: 97% (Netherlands); Crime (U.S.

Screen

What we talk about when we talk about ‘Birdman’

By Ryan Syrek

Michael Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, the washed-up former star of “Birdman,” a blatant Batman analog. After years spent squandering his celebrity, Riggan is a fame junkie trying to get his fix of public adoration and respect.

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Step into the story

The 37th Starz Denver Film Festival 

By Michael J. Casey

Running from Nov. 12-23, the Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF) is 12 cinematic days in the heart of Denver. Started 37 years ago by Ron Henderson and a few fellow cinephiles, SDFF continues to grow and provide Coloradans with a unique moviegoing experience.

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Shorts

On Thursday, Nov. 13, BIFF will be holding their last event of 2014 with their exclusive showing of the Best of BIFF Shorts at eTown Hall. The screening will showcase the best short comedies seen over the past 10 years at the festival. BIFF always makes it a party — happy hour starts at 6 p.

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The more things change...

‘Do the Right Thing’ 25 years later

By Michael J. Casey

This past summer’s headlines out of Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Eric Garner in New York, make it clear that the events the film depicts on a hot summer day in Brooklyn in 1989 remain a sad, cruel reality for many black men in 2014.

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Awful, not full of awe

‘Interstellar’ is stunning…ly bad

By Ryan Syrek

Cooper follows said coordinates and discovers a secret NASA facility that intends to shoot a spaceship into a wormhole to find a planet that can sustain humanity. The leader, Professor Brand (Michael Caine), asks Cooper to pilot the ship, accompanied by three other astronauts, including Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), the professor’s daughter.

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Laugh is a battlefield

Injured veterans use standup comedy to heal in ‘Comedy Warriors’

By Josh Gross

The film’s director, John Wager, had been doing film work with the Wounded Warrior Project. Most of it was focused on adaptive sports for injured vets.

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Yes, they mean you

‘Dear White People’ is a must-see for us all

By Ryan Syrek

Thrill-seekers live for the rush that comes from defying death; adrenaline is the body’s chemical “thank you” for keeping it alive. Somehow, that’s the sensation I got watching Dear White People, writer/ director Justin Simien’s declaration that he didn’t come to half-ass it. Audacious, overly ambitious, challenging and understandably flawed, Dear White People may be the most important conversation about race you’ve never seen, heard or had.

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‘Fury’ is missing fast

War is hella slow

By Ryan Syrek

The film’s opening text sets hopes impossibly high for self-awareness, describing the timing near the end of  World War II and the superiority of the German tanks.

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Fight the power

Panahi defies Iran once more with ‘Closed Curtain’

By Michael J. Casey

In 2010, after arrests for civil disobedience, Panahi was sentenced to six years of house arrest and a 20-year ban on filmmaking. Iranian director Jafar Panahi, never one to play by the rules, continued practicing his craft, even though his movies would never play in his native land, and could land him a much stricter punishment if he were caught.

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Everyone is awful

‘Gone Girl’ does not recommend marriage

By Ryan Syrek

Nick’s only allies are his twin sister, Margo (Carrie Coon), and high-profile defense lawyer Tanner Bolt (Tyler Perry).

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Theatre | Week of November 20, 2014

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown: The Musical..

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The other 1 percent

New play tackles the social isolation of a shrinking military population

By Josh Gross

A February 2013 report from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs found that at least 22 veterans commit suicide daily. Most are older, further removed from service, but the number is still shockingly high, and climbing. Rates increased 44 percent just since 2009.

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Theatre | Week of Nov. 6, 2014

Jester’s Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682- 9980. Through Nov. 30..

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The value of failing

Festival invites artists, audience to bravely face the fear of failure

By Elizabeth Miller

Early this year, Laura Ann Samuelson, founder of the experimental dance company Hoarded Stuff, began asking fellow artists — who find themselves caught in an endless wheel of marketing and self-promotion — about the opposite end of their resumes. Not how they’d succeeded and what they’d accomplished, but how they’d failed.

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Darrow

Clarence Darrow by the Miners Alley Playhouse, 7:30 p.m., Thursday Oct. 30, Saturday Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Sunday Nov. 2, Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden, 303- 935-3044 Clarence Darrow was Chicago’s storied defense attorney in the roaring ’20s. In over 100 murder cases, he only lost one.

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Theatre | Week of Oct. 30, 2014

Playback Theatre West Night of Improvisational Theater,.

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Barking pirates, Barbies and a parasol

Gilbert and Sullivan’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’ opens at CU

By Peter Alexander

Written in Victorian times, Gilbert and Sullivan’s shows kept their massive popularity for decades. Through most of the 20th century, there were Gilbert and Sullivan (G&S) companies, professional and amateur, all across the U.S.

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Beards

Boulder Facial Hair Club’s second annual Beard and Moustache competition is set for this Saturday at the historic Dickens Opera House in Longmont. The organization expects to see 200-300 competitors and over 150 spectators at the event, which although held in Boulder is open to participants nationwide.

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Theatre | Week of Oct. 23, 2014

Longmont Theatre Company is putting on “The Rocky Horror Show” through October 25..

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Westward ho!

BETC gets ambitious

By Gary Zeidner

When is a meditation still water. The backstage wall holds a really an illustration? collection of white rectangles of various Though I don’t believe sizes. Reminiscent of the memorable set playwright Anthony for the Avenue Theatre’s 2004 production of Metamorphoses, Ambition Facing.

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