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Arts

Arts | Week of Aug. 27, 2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal..

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Arts | Week of August 20, 2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal..

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Arts | Week of August 13, 2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal..

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Blurred Lines

Conscious and unconscious: interpretations of reality at the Arvada Center’s Summer Exhibition

By Sam Routhier

Tower of Babel,” an oil painting by Denverbased artist CT Nelson, looks like a nightmare brought to life. A tower of dizzying height reaches into a dark sky and appears to whirl at a frenzied pace from a machine, an image Nelson says was inspired by a World War I era jet engine.

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Arts | Week of August 6, 2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal..

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Arts | Week of July 30, 2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal..

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Awakening a lifetime

Access Art tours at BMoCA use art to open conversations with people with Alzheimer’s and dementia

By Elizabeth Miller

It’s a warm spring day when John, dressed in a red plaid shirt with notes peeking out of the breast pocket, the first few scrawled pencil lines of which read yesterday’s date and “7:49 a, wind blowing from the west very hard,” and tan corduroys that sag in the seat, pauses on the sidewalk in front of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. He looks up at the sign over the entrance, then down at the door, up again to the sign, then his hand reaches for the door.

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Arts | Week of July 23, 2015

Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-2122. Through September 13..

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High aspirations

How Ansel Adams’ Photos Made America a better place

By Natalia Bayona

If it doesn’t meet my standards, tear them up,” Ansel Adams tells his chief assistant Mary Alinder. It’s 1979, and Alinder sits at a table with a stack of 22 prints of “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” in Adams’ photography studio in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California and begins to seek out the photographic qualities that merit Adams’ approval. But by the time lunch was called, she hadn’t trashed one.

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Arts | Week of July 16, 2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real & Surreal..

Books

Baron of the bizarre

Fifteen books later, Christopher Moore is still up for a challenge

By Amanda Moutinho

Work days can consist of bad coffee and mundane chit chat with coworkers. However, author Christopher Moore doesn’t deal with boring office mates or monotonous stories — his work days are filled with clever banter and fantastical adventures. Granted, it all takes place in his head.

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Words | Week of Aug. 27, 2015

The Man Who Fell From the Sky — Margaret Coel..

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Poetry

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yesterday’s main streets all the halfremembered somethings moths shuffle across window screens a ray of sunshine finds the long lost button pesos in the stairwell of a small shop under the stairs cheap seats with a good view personal, random...

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Your neighborhood book club

KGNU and the Boulder Book Store partner up to host a monthly book discussion

By Amanda Moutinho

In an effort to slow down the train, Kashkashian has partnered with KGNU News Director Maeve Conran to start the KGNU Radio Book Club. Book lovers, newcomers and everyone in between are welcome to read along and call in. Every month Kashkashian chooses a book, then he and Conran host a radio show along with the author to talk about the book.

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Words

Hakomi Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy —Lorena Monda..

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Poetry

American Life in Poetry: Column 537

One of the first uses of language must surely have been to tell others what happened beyond the firelight, out in the forest. And poems that do just that seem wonderfully natural and human to me. Here’s Anya Krugovoy Silver telling us something that happened far from home.

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Words | Week of Aug 13, 2015

The Salish Sea — Audrey Delella Benedict and Joseph Gaydos..

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Poetry

If children are our immortality then do we have them so our songs of joy, our dirges will have bodies to bow them breathe them tune them to wind, water and sky?.

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Words | Week of Aug 6, 2015

Mushrooms of the Rocky Mountain Region — Vera Stucky Evenson..

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Poetry

I saw on South Street in Illadelphia “Art is the Center of the World,” pieces of mirror glass, cascading over pedestrians college kids tripping over beer bottles boggling their fingers along the edges staining their clothes with spray painted from...

Music

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Starset’s Dustin Bates on playing under a dome, putting off the degree and why his band isn’t an ‘X-Files’ episode in disguise

By Dave Kirby

After more than a year of interviews and a handful of tantalizingly oblique online manifestos aligned with the mission of a shadowy group called The Starset Society, Dustin Bates, lead singer and concepteur behind the Columbus, Ohio-based quartet Starset, wants everything to be clear.

Music

Flail

Boulder, prepare to thrash. Since 1982, Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, or D.R.I., have been paving the way for punk and thrash bands with their hardcore selections.

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Jam

Before the countrywide tour and the critically-acclaimed debut album, the Watkins Family Hour was just a monthly show in L.A. for musicians to come let loose.

Music

Going on, and on, and on, and on

Jenny Lewis talks ‘The Voyager,’ ‘Troop Beverly Hills’ and that ticking clock

By Amanda Moutinho

It’s a magical moment when life syncs up with the radio. The right song comes on unexpectedly, and the world gets quiet. I had such an experience around this time last year on a road trip back from Toronto with friends.

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Listen

Get ready for world-class bluegrass right outside your door. Fresh off the release of their first album in six years, Black Sheep, Yonder Mountain String Band are playing an evening at Red Rocks before hitting the road for a tour across the American West and parts of Mexico.

Music

Celebrating a quarter century of fun and music at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival

By Joel Dyer

It’s hard to believe that the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival is celebrating its 25th year on Friday, August 14. I know I should be happy for the nice people at Planet Bluegrass. After all, they started this celebration of great music and songwriting from scratch and have now grown it into one of the nation’s most beloved festivals.

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FULL 3-DAY SCHEDULE

Shindell 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. — Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers 5:30 p.m. to 6:45pm — Martin Sexton 7:00 p.m. to 8:30pm — Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin 9:00 p.m. to 10:30pm — Jason Isbell.

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The jukebox of Lafayette

Nissi’s gets a facelift

By Amanda Moutinho

With a quick glance at the Nissi’s stage, one would think the pompadour wearin’, low voiced, gold jacketed, hip swingin’ singer was Elvis Presley himself. Upon closer inspection and a realization that it’s 2015, you’d notice the crooner was in fact Shelvis and her band the Roustabouts.

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Jam

Robert Cray has lived a life of the blues, with more than 40 years of experience as a Grammy Award-winning guitarist. A member of the Blues Hall of Fame, Cray has shared the stage and recording booth with rock legends such as Eric Clapton and Keith Richards.

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Dance

For more than 15 years the Louisville Street Faire has provided Boulder County with a weekend night guaranteed to have live music, plenty of food and a welcoming family friendly environment. The street faire’s final musical act will be Firefall, a Boulder-based band who was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame last season.

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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-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.

Reel To Reel

Giddy Up

Filmmaker and former CU Film Professor, Alex Cox, returns to Boulder with the announcement of his latest film project and Indiegogo campaign, Tombstone Rashomon. This western will explore the character of Wyatt Earp and the gunfight at the O.K. Corral from five radically different perspectives.

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They hung him on a cross

‘Cobain: Montage of Heck’ is for the masses

By Michael J. Casey

On Sept. 10, 1991, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hit the airwaves forever changing pop, punk, rap and rock while the cultural world embraced, assimilated and commoditized “Teen Spirit.” If record sales and critical acclaim have anything to say, then the message was clear: “Teen Spirit” was the revolutionary anthem the world had been waiting for.

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Imbued with poetry, hindered by commerce

Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ makes it to the silver screen

By Michael J. Casey

Sfar; “On Work,” Joan Gratz; “On Eating & Drinking,” Bill Plympton; “On Love,” Tomm Moore; “On Good & Evil,” Mohammed Saeed Harib; “On Death,” Paul and GaŰtan Brizzi.

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A portrait of the writers as young men

‘The End of the Tour’ offers both sides of the coin

By Michael J. Casey

David Foster Wallace is an ordinary guy. He reads obsessively, eats junk food en masse, is addicted to watching TV, wonders what it is like when Alanis Morissette eats a bologna sandwich and lives his life with a nagging feeling of emptiness.

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The sickness unto death

Woody Allen perfects his ‘Irrational Man’

By Michael J. Casey

What is there left to say about Woody Allen, the 79-year-old writer/ director of 45 feature films, a dozen of them masterpieces? Better yet, what does Woody Allen have left to say? Averaging a little more than a movie a year since his inauspicious debut in 1966 (What’s Up, Tiger Lily),.

Reel To Reel

Now serving number 666

Finding truth and humor in ‘Court’

By Michael J. Casey

Is there a less desirable room to be in than a courtroom? True, courtrooms are the spaces where civility and rhetoric determines the justice of actions, but entering one is like traversing Dante’s Inferno. Justice may be served, you might even come out the victor, but getting there is a laborious and Kafkaesque process.

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Brave the new world

‘Tangerine’ breaks the form wide open

By Michael J. Casey

The time has come to rewrite Jean-Luc Godard’s aphorism: “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.” Writer/director/cinematographer Sean Baker doesn’t even need the gun — just two transgender actresses, three iPhone 5s with fancy lenses and East Hollywood at his disposal.

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Talking twinkies

‘Minions’ is better than it should be, still not great

By Ryan Syrek

The Lego Movie being somehow good ruined our ability to completely dismiss a film’s concept upon first hearing it. Who knows, maybe Minions would be infused with the same cleverness, the same all-ages wonder and fun? In the first 10 minutes, a pillshaped living Twinkie lifts a block of ice over his head, farts and then gets smushed by it. So… nevermind.

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Look what the cat dragged in

‘Roar’ is a misguided masterpiece

By Michael J. Casey

All of this sets up what turns out to be one glorious train wreck from start to finish. The acting is terrible, as is the end credits song, but the genuine fear in the actor’s eyes is as real as anything you will ever see.

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[Ir]replaceable you

Three faces in the ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

By Michael J. Casey

The cinema is unkind to actresses of a certain age, replacing them with younger, newer models, forcing them from the spotlight to make way for tomorrow. That is not something Maria (Juliette Binoche), a renowned actress of the stage and screen, is ready to do.

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Myopic biopic

‘Straight Outta Compton’ flashes but fixates

By Ryan Syrek

Biopics are lies. Oh, don’t get me wrong, all storytelling is fundamentally fibbing. But it seems somehow more disingenuous to airbrush actual human histories, to select which warts to ignore and which redemptive moments to exaggerate. Documentaries exist for a reason and, while they too require editing, at least the filmmaker has to show his work.

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Continuing excellence

The International Film Series comes out swinging and doesn’t stop

By Michael J. Casey

It’s that time of year again. The roads are packed, the lines at the sandwich shops quadruple, electrical outlets at Starbucks become a scarce commodity and Boulder is flooded with 30,000 hungry young minds ready to change the world. School is back in session, and so is, thankfully, the International Film Series (IFS).

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Cold War sizzle

‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is a spy surprise%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

Ritchie’s hyper-stylized action fuses Saul Bass imagery with live-action. And the film is jam-packed with gleeful little moments, like Ilya and Solo having a pissing contest over whether Gaby’s belt must match her dress. TMFU.

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Reel meaning

‘The Wolfpack’ is profound%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

Oscar Angulo, a self-aggrandizing religious fanatic, kept his seven children and wife secluded inside an apartment in Manhattan for 14 years. As one of the brother’s explains, sometimes they would go out once a year; some years they wouldn’t go out at all.

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ILY IMF

What’s not to love about this ‘Mission Impossible’ series?

By Ryan Syrek

Bond moved from implausible ridiculousness to slightly-more-grounded cloak-and-daggerism, whereas Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now climbing into airplanes by holding on to a door handle while it takes off. There’s room for both types of espionage spectacles, and Mission Impossible.

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Print the legend

Westerns at the Sie Film Center

By Michael J. Casey

“What I want people to get out of [the course], is understand, number one, [the Western] is a very dynamic genre and we shouldn’t oversimplify it,” Piturro says. “Number two, that form is what’s important and that form lives on in many different genres today.

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Featherweight flick

‘Southpaw’ is vastly OK%u2028

Southpaw is a boxing movie with, dare I say, far too much boxing in it. I realize that sounds strange, but director Antoine Fuqua’s new movie isn’t very interested in its extended training montages or improbable fight scenes — and that’s not entirely a dig.

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No Wright, still alright

‘Ant-Man’ defies odds by being good%u2028

By Ryan Syrek

Lang tries it on, because that’s what you do when you find a weird suit and mask. He discovers the ability to shrink into ant-size, while retaining vast strength.

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On her own terms

Amy Schumer sets Hollywood in her sights with ‘Trainwreck’

By Michael J. Casey

Amy Schumer is not your average anything by a long shot. The 34-year-old stand-up comic turned TV show writer, director and lead actress is now making her way to the big screen as screenwriter and star in Trainwreck, opening everywhere July 17. The entertainment business is anything but easy or kind, but Schumer is tackling it on her own terms and to quote Charlie Kane, “Those are the only terms anybody every knows.”

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God’s lonely men

We need to talk about ‘Taxi Driver’

By Michael J. Casey

For most, Taxi Driver is summed up by one of the most famous lines in cinema: “You talking to me?” Conveying masculinity and bravado, it readies angry men for battle. But it is misleading. It is an act, a fašade. The truth is found in the line that follows: “Well, I’m the only one here.”

Stage

Rocky Mountain soul

Cleo Parker Robinson reflects on 45 years with ‘Passages’

By Lauren Archuletta

Cleo Parker Robinson’s entire career as a dance instructor can be compared to a tree, with roots deeply embedded into the Boulder community and branches that touch the lives of hundreds of dancers over the years.

Stage

Theater | Week of Aug. 27, 2015

Jester’s Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont, 303- 682-9980. Through Sept. 5..

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drink up!

“Water is a finite source. It may be difficult to engage people and talk about water quality,” says Wade Norris, the event organizer. “But it’s very easy for people to relate to the price of their beer becoming more expensive because of mismanagement of water or lack of forward thinking on conservation.

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Marvel

Pole dancing gets a bad rap, but think gymnasts on a vertical bar, and then you’ll understand. For the third consecutive year, the Boulder Theater will host the Colorado Pole Championship, where a collection of the region’s best pole dancers gather together to battle for a chance to qualify for the North American Pole Championship Series.

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Laugh

Front deRanged is what some might call a comedy troupe supergroup. Comprised of three founding members of the OxyMoron improv group out of Asheville, North Carolina and veterans of Chicago’s famed Second City, these Longmont-based improv warriors...

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Theater | Week of August 20, 2015

The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Aug. 22..

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East meets West

‘Terracotta Warriors 3-D’ explores the worlds in between

By Amanda Moutinho

When sitting down for a performance of Terracotta Warriors, things are a little unclear — and that’s not because it’s a full-length Chinese production in the middle of Denver. At first, the stage seems kind of fuzzy, that is until you slide on your 3-D glasses and everything comes into focus.

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Laugh

“Gender Illusion Technician” Ms. Eda Bagel has performed her one-“woman” shows for years both locally in Boulder and frequently in her native Pittsburgh. With her performances, Ms. Bagel returns to the Dairy Center for the Arts with more of her personal brand of humor and talent on stage.

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Theater | Week of Aug 13, 2015

The Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Aug. 22..

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Celebrate

Now in its third decade, the Boulder Asian Festival celebrates Asian culture in and around the Boulder- Denver area in its annual weekend-long gathering on Pearl Street. Organized by the Boulder Asian Pacific Alliance, this festival features food and entertainment highlighting cultures and communities of Asia and the Pacific Islands.

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