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Arts

Letting the colors sing

Matisse exhibit invites visitors to sit a while among the ‘wild beasts’á

By Elizabeth Miller

Not many people in the world get to live with a Matisse in the living room — to look at it over time and let it slowly explain itself. So for Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, design staff filled the galleries with arm chairs, sofas and end tables topped with vases or a clock, even a bird cage. Get comfortable, they say. Spend a while.

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Arts | Week of October 9, 2014

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

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Nemisi

Boulder’s Public Art Selection Committee faces the post-YES! public

By Josh Gross

We made a commitment to the community to have a series of discussions about public art,” Matt Chasansky, manager for the City of Boulder’s Office of Arts and Cultural Services, told the audience in the Canyon Theater on Sept. 29. “So we’re here to make good on that.

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Artists

The 19th annual Open Studios Fall Artist Tour is your chance to see where the magic happens. More than 100 local artists are opening up their home studios for the next two weekends to expose their work and share their enthusiasm for art.

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Comics

This Saturday night there’s something to do after 2 a.m. in Boulder — watch a comic book being made live. On Saturday, Oct. 4, Time Warp Comics will be hosting 24-hour comic day, where over a dozen artists will collaborate to write and illustrate an original comic in the store.

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Arts | Week of Oct. 2, 2014

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

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Arts | Week of Sept. 25, 2014

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

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Samurais

Since 1977, more than 850 Asian artifacts have been donated to the CU Museum of Natural History. At one time, this rich collection sparked interest in building an Asian history museum on the CU campus, but due to a lack of space and funding, it never came to fruition.

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Arts | Week of Sept. 18, 2014

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

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Arts | Week of Sept. 11, 2014

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

Books

Books

The 2001 death of professional hockey player Derek Boogaard sparked a major discussion on the issue of violence and concussions in contact sports.

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Words | Week of Oct. 9, 2014

Innisfree: Jack Kerouac School [Dis]embodied Poetics Conference: Writing Thinking Being Off-Site Reading..

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Words | Week of Oct. 2, 2014

Innisfree: The Voice of the Butterfly: Poems and Lyrics of the Scottish Independence Movement..

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Words | Week of Sept 25, 2014

Circle of Care’s Intergenerational Voices Open Mic..

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SUBVERSIVE

Bill Ayers is one of the founding members of the 1960’s radical revolutionary group the Weather Underground. The group acted to show their opposition to the Vietnam War using violent demonstrations, including deadly bombings and riots. Today, Ayers continues to face vilification from conservative groups.

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Words | Week of Sept 18, 2014

5 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-322-7727..

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Scientifically funny

Local authors travel the world searching for a unified theory of comedy

By Josh Gross

But the duo were not just in search of comedy itself, they were doing research on McGraw’s theory of why things are funny, something he calls the “benign violation” theory, simply described as “the idea that humor arises when something seems wrong or threatening, but is simultaneously OK or safe.

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Words | Week of Sept 11, 2014

Innisfree: Weekly Open Poetry Reading..

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Authors

The Mystical Milestone, Remember When?, Letters to Ann and Beyond Divorce. If any of those titles sound familiar or interesting, it may be because they are all written by noted local authors Peter Griffiths, Richard Williams, Ann Marie and Jeannine...

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Words | Week of Sept. 4, 2014

1203 13th St., Suite A, Boulder, 303-495-3303..

Music

Pro Musica Colorado opens season with beautiful music but no theme

By Peter Alexander

That particularly seems true of the first concert of Pro Musica’s season, which will be performed Friday in Denver and Saturday in Boulder (7:30 p.m. both nights; www. promusicacolorado. org/season). The program comprises three pieces with no evident connection among them: Sibelius’ tone poem Rakastava.

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Bonobo DJ Set

9 p.m. Thursday Oct. 16, The Fox Theatre,1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095, $23

By Nadia Mishkin

Over the last decade, Britishborn electronic musician Simon Green (Bonobo), made a name for himself by using elements of trip hop and acid jazz to slowly apply layers of samples, drum loops and melodies to build downtempo masterpieces, helping to lay the foundation of what would become chillwave.

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Roots revival

Jerry Douglas wants to help kids put down the iPod and pick up the banjo

By Josh Gross

At age 58, dobro wizard Jerry Douglas has played on more albums than most people own. The number stands north of 1,600 and counting, having backed up everyone from Ray Charles to Eric Clapton to Dolly Parton to Elvis Costello. And that’s in addition to his 13 solo albums and membership in Allison Krauss and Union Station and many production credits.

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Drugs

The War on Drugs has been through many lineup transformations since its beginnings in 2003. However, the band has not strayed from its folk-rock, harmonica-infused tunes that incorporate dreamy, psychedelic melodies and ’80s organ synths.

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Coming clean

Matisyahu says it doesn’t take a beard to talk to God

By Alan Sculley

While ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have not taken a razor to their signature facial hair, Matisyahu went clean-shaven and trimmed his hair in December 2011. It radically altered his appearance, but registered with audiences on a much deeper level because of what the whisker whacking represented to an entire population.

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Boulder’s Barsamian joins Kronos Quartet for Oct. 8 concert at Macky

By Peter Alexander

“The world that we live in is incredibly affected by things that occurred a long time ago,” he says. “For me personally, and I think for a lot of Americans, that war is something that we don’t know as much about as we know about other wars, so I thought it would be a good idea for Kronos to explore that time.

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Music

Pomplamoose paved its own path from YouTube band to nationally touring act, all without the help of a record label. The band captured the attention of Internet audiences with catchy, unique remixes and mashups of popular songs and classics, all bringing their very distinct and original indie/electronic style.

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Breakneck blues

George Thorogood is definitely not slowing down with age

By Josh Gross

The Beatles did what they do, Dylan did what he does, and the rest of us had to play the blues,” George Thorogood says of the barreling Chicago-style electric blues he has specialized in for 40 years now.

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A new perspective

Justin Townes Earle on marriage, sobriety and not whining about the past

By Brian Palmer

People talk about how life can be a real roller coaster, and few know this better than Justin Townes Earle. From struggling with alcohol and drug addiction — not to mention a double-digit number of stints in rehab — to signing his first record deal while still in his teens, Earle has definitely seen both sides of the coin. And the years leading up to his just-released new record, Single Mothers, were no less mixed.

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Retro

La Roux, the nom de stage for London songwriter Elly Jackson, almost seems like she commutes to work in a DeLorian. Her dancy 808 disco-pop beats, her synth lines, even her hair are straight out of the Human League/Euthymics/Flock of Seagulls slice of the 1980s.

Panorama

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-Gautier┤s 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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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.

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Otra lente

Debut of CineLatino puts a different lens on cinema

By Michael J. Casey

According to the U.S. Census, 17.1 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino. In Colorado, the number is even higher, with Hispanics and Latinos making up 21 percent of the state’s 5.26 million residents. But even with a reach that spans one in five Coloradans, Hispanic and Latino culture remains foreign to many Coloradans.

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Washed-up history professor Lewis Birch (Oscar- and Emmy-nominated Griffin Dunne) takes his begrudging teenage kids — Zoe (Madeleine Martin, Californication) and Jack (Devon Graye, American Horror Story) — on a road trip to a conference in hopes of putting his career back on track.

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One for something and all for nothing

‘The Zero Theorem’ and divinity

By Michael J. Casey

Leth is an Entity Cruncher — he works with esoteric data — for ManCom, an all-seeing overlord company that either does everything or nothing. Leth is one of their top crunchers and is given the special assignment: prove the zero theorem. The zero theorem is a formula where zero must equal 100 percent, or as his wunderkind assistant, Bob (Lucas.

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This Festival celebrates our place within nature by showcasing films that honor the inalienable rights of ecosystems, native wildlife and traditional cultures to exist and flourish.

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Waste Land: filmmaker Q&A via Skype Extreme Realities The Condor’s Shadow Angel Azul: Q&A with filmmaker Marcelina Cravat at one of the two showings Why in My Backyard - Hidroaysen: Q&A with filmmakers Go For Sisters: Q&A with Edward James Olmos A...

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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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Swimming in the Laika

‘The Boxtrolls’ is more stop-motion fun

By Ryan Syrek

From Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa to Henry Selick’s Jack Skellington, stopmotion animation is just frickin’ cool, yo. Maybe it’s the meticulous nature of the art form, with each tiny gesture by a character necessitating dozens of miniscule movements and hours of work from animators.

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Get Fassbent

‘Frank’ is proof Michael Fassbender can’t be stopped

By Ryan Syrek

So the whole time, Michael Fassbender wears this giant, papier-mache-style head and mumble-sings gibberish lyrics about things like snags in the carpet while other people play instruments they created out of things like toothbrushes. Welcome to Frank,.

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A feast for the eyes

Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, 35mm and more

By Michael J. Casey

Now in his 17th season as IFS Director, Pablo Kj°lseth is extremely excited with the picks and guests he has lined up for the fall slate. Kj°lseth has been watching movies at IFS since 1980, and programming them since 1997. He is a man on a mission to make sure that quality cinema does not go gently into that good night.

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VHS

The Found Footage Festival is a live comedy show presenting the most absurd videos recorded on VHS. Joe Pickett and Joe Prueher, who have both written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly, are the curators.

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listen up!

Same-sex marriage is now sweeping across the country, but the first same-sex couples to be legally married were hitched here in Boulder all the way back In 1975 when then Boulder County Clerk Clela Rorex issued marriage licenses to six same-sex couples.

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Activism with an authentic flavor

ALEF, ‘Go For Sisters’ & Edward James Olmos

By Michael J. Casey

The Dairy Center for the Arts is doing something unique, so pay attention. The Americas Latino Eco-Festival Film Forum covers three continents (North and South America and Antarctica), provides a much-needed voice for the Latino community, discusses political and human interests and addresses a multitude of ecological issues.

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Bleak and white

‘A Dame to Kill For’ is dark but not deep

By Ryan Syrek

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices. They can be prostitutes, strippers, bondage-wearing murderers or corpses. Some get to be all of those! Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

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Take it back

‘The Giver’ is the worst kind of bad

By Ryan Syrek

Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly awesome that people will love, even if it winds up a steaming pile of poodoo we mock. I respect the noble fool, the proud creator of disaster who clearly put everything into a creative vision beloved by only himself.

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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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Truth be Told Story Slam

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, 2027 13th St., Boulder, 303- 449-0120, $12 adv., $15 day of show

By Nadia Mishkin

The theme for October’s appearance of Truth Be Told, Boulder’s bi-monthly story slam, is “Teacher, teacher!,” a theme that is sure to deliver a broad and enthralling variety of experiences.

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Zombie Shoot

Saturday, Oct. 18, Longmont Firing Range and Training Center, 10916 Weld County Road 5, Longmont, 303- 774-4589, $50 single player, $75 team

By Nadia Mishkin

Make all your zombie movie and haunted house fantasies become a reality at the Zombie Shoot in Longmont, where participants will be transported to a zombie apocalypse and have to fight off the living dead themselves.

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Real Genius

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad wants to let you in on his secret

By Josh Gross

On the surface it might seem like a cop-out answer to a somewhat na´ve question. Radio is radio, a format made with smoothvoiced hosts chatting up engaging guests in interviews arranged by producers as bumper music fades in and out. Perhaps it gets thrown to a field reporter now and then.

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Just say, “D’oh!”

Even ‘The Simpsons’ can’t save Catamounts’ latest

By Gary Zeidner

Remember back in elementary school when you could get an A for effort? The end result of your effort might have earned a C, or even a D, but the dedication and hard work you put in shone through, and your teacher would recognize that with an appreciative — if relatively meaningless — “A for effort.”

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Theatre | Week of October 9, 2014

A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel..

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Theatre | Week of Oct. 2, 2014

A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel..

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Carried away

‘Odysseo’ takes viewers on a journey of mythic proportions

By Elizabeth Miller

Imagine a forest of towering trees, their bases lost in darkness, their trunks a lattice of shadows, and a light like the full moon finding its way to an open space in the woods. Then a single horse trots in, pauses, leans its head toward the ground and waits.

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Romance

An elderly widower gets a second chance at love in Creede Repertory Theatre’s production of The Last Romance by Joe Dipietro. The charming story of an older man falling in love and finding happiness again is a romantic-comedy about love in the “golden years.

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Theater | Week of Sept. 25, 2014

A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel..

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