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Thursday, April 17,2014

Arts | Week of April 17, 2014

Features works collected by Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, and more.
Thursday, April 17,2014

No time like the present

‘Modern Masters’ a potent dose of the 20th century art

By Elizabeth Miller
An incredible momentum carried artists through the first half of the 20th century, a century in which the human form in paintings first fragmented and then vanished altogether and artists arrived, the century not even half over, at the splatter paintings of Jackson Pollock, the color field works of Mark Rothko and abstractions by palette knife Clyfford Still, not to mention the abstraction-by-repetition works of Andy Warhol and the exploded pop art of Roy Lichtenstein.
Thursday, April 10,2014

Arts | Week of April 10, 2014

Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-1633. Through April 13..
Thursday, April 3,2014

Arts | Week of April 3, 2014

American West: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection..
Thursday, April 3,2014


What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than to hang out outside and enjoy a nice breeze? The Arvada Kite Festival is celebrating its 12th year of “high flyin´ fun,” where children and adults alike can enjoy flying their own homemade...
Thursday, April 3,2014


High-caliber fine art will be displayed at the Spring 2014 exhibition of work by the University of Colorado master’s students at the CU Art Museum. The gallery features seven budding artists who explore a wide range of media and concepts, showcasing their mastery in the chosen area of emphasis.
Thursday, April 3,2014

A&E at CWA

World affairs to be conferenced includes no shortage of arts topics

By Josh Gross
Since it was founded in 1948, University of Colorado Boulder’s annual Conference on World Affairs has kept on keeping on with its half-spontaneous intellectual mashup format. The changes it has seen have come primarily in expanding to topics less worldly in their affairyness.
Thursday, March 27,2014

lecture | Week of March 27, 2014

Founder of the nonprofit organization Mountain2Mountain, which focuses on women’s rights through art, Shannon Galpin is going to be speaking about her work with global art installations.
Thursday, March 13,2014

Calling all armchair theater critics

Festival lets audiences help playwrights take key step in crafting scripts

By Nadia Mishkin
“Theater is not theater until it is performed in front of an audience,” says Pesha Rudnick, artistic director of Boulder’s Local Theater Company.
Thursday, March 6,2014

Frozen Dead Guy Days is back

Nederland’s tradition continues with Bredo Morstoel’s 25th year

By Danielle Meltz
Fancy an old-fashioned coffin race? Or icy turkey bowling perhaps? Then Frozen Dead Guy Days might just be the festival for you.
Thursday, March 6,2014


BMoCA exhibitions encourage new ways of thinking about old things

By Nadia Mishkin
Artist Kim Jongku creates calligraphic poetry on canvas out of the same material used in military tanks and weapons. Derrick Velasquez lets gravity work on boat upholstery to create stacks of vivid, colorful patterns in his wall installations.
Thursday, February 27,2014

Two ways of looking back

CU Art Museum exhibitions show vastly different ways of looking at the world

By Danielle Meltz
American West features paintings from the late 19th and early 20th century, while Interlaced shows contemporary videos, mostly from the past 10 years.
Thursday, February 20,2014

Homegrown comedy

T.J. Miller returns to Colorado for hometown shows

By David Accomazzo
Miller brings his stand-up show to the Fox Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 26, and the Gothic Theatre in Englewood on Thursday, Feb. 27. Expect pot jokes (who can blame him) and lots of improvisation — no two shows are ever the same, he says.
Thursday, February 13,2014

Truth be Told Grand Story Slam

Feb. 16: 7 p.m. Shine Restaurant and Gathering

By Nadia Mishkin
Participants in Boulder´s live storytelling series come up with a five-minute story that must be true, based on a provided theme.
Thursday, January 23,2014

A fairy tale for Boulder County

Play about famous physicists gets Spanish-language treatment

By David Accomazzo
Len Barron has gone into more than 200 schools doing a one-man show about Einstein. Now, his play has been translated to Spanish.
Thursday, January 16,2014

And now for something completely different

‘Spamalot’ lays siege to your funny bone

By Gary Zeidner
Anchored by a handful of Boulder’s Dinner Theatre mainstays like Brian Norber, Wayne Kennedy, Scott Beyette, Brian Jackson and Alicia Dunfee, the cast of Spamalot is truly stellar.
Thursday, January 9,2014

The Human Scale

Documentary examines urban development

By Joel Dyer
Dalsgaard’s film explores the work and philosophy of Danish architect Jan Gehl, who has long advocated that our cities should be built for the benefit of people rather than for the convenience of automobiles and the profits of developers.
Thursday, January 2,2014

Drawing the line

Two views of drawing at Denver museums show artists thinking it through, growing up and creating drawings that deserve consideration in their own right

By Elizabeth Miller
Drawings are generally seen as the preliminary sketches for later, more polished works, but two exhibitions in Denver, at the Denver Art Museum and the Clyfford Still Museum, are making the case for viewing drawings as artworks in and of themselves.
Thursday, December 26,2013

Movies to look forward to in 2014

Expect lots of sequels from white dudes

By Ryan Syrek
Looking forward, 2015 is jam-packed with the single most anticipated docket of films ever scheduled. But first is 2014, the year nobody cares about. Let’s try to drum up some excitement anyway.
Thursday, December 19,2013

Cirque Dreams Holidaze is a real Christmas circus

Holidaze isn’t just recommended; it’s essential viewing

By Gary Zeidner
For a couple of hours respite from all of the holiday hullabaloo, you could do a lot worse than Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Heck, if you’re one of the many who would rather stick your tongue to a frozen flag pole than endure more treacley, It’s a Wonderful Life-type fare, Holidaze isn’t just recommended; it’s essential viewing.
Thursday, December 12,2013

Longmont hopes to become creative culture destination

By Lexi Schwartz
In 2013 Colorado Creative Industries, a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, named parts of downtown Longmont a Prospective Colorado Creative District. Come 2014, those behind the district are hoping to become an official Colorado Creative District.
Wednesday, November 27,2013

Boulder Tattoo Project finishes up first phase

By David Accomazzo
At Claw and Talon Tattoo in Boulder, Boulder County resident Joel sits in the waiting room, flanked by colorful posters as the pounding riffs of stoner-metal legends Kyuss fill the room.
Thursday, November 21,2013

An artist reframed: Painter Chuck Forsman finally exhibits his photography

Denver Art Museum hosts exhibit of photos from two collections

By Elizabeth Miller
Late one night, while driving through Utah, artist Chuck Forsman saw a dead cow on the road and stopped to photograph it. “I think I did it just kind of to wake me up,” Forsman says.
Thursday, November 14,2013

Arts and activism

At Americas Latino Festival, arts play key role in promoting environmental message

By David Accomazzo
Arts and media unite communities, says Irene Vilar, the creator and driving force behind the Americas Latino Festival. By harnessing the mainstream appeal and draw of prominent Latino creators, she hopes to brighten the main environmental mission of the festival as well as showcase Latino culture to a broad audience — positioning Latinos not just as spectators to the environmental movement but as leaders.
Thursday, November 7,2013

Rapping it up

BMoCA exhibition reframes technology from a feminist view

By Elizabeth Miller
Kelly Monico, Nebraska native though she may be, has always been a fan of rap — old school rap. Then the Metropolitan State University of Denver art professor encountered her first Nicki Minaj video on a student’s blog.
Thursday, September 26,2013

A good dose of art

Longmont artists open their studios to the public at just the right time

By Joel Dyer
The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. — Pablo Picasso.
Thursday, September 19,2013

Mark Rothko: The vanishing figure

Denver Art Museum charts Rothko’s decade-long move from surrealist to modernist master

By Elizabeth Miller
If it is true, as Mark Rothko has said, that art lives in the eye of its viewers, then what comes to life in the Denver Art Museum exhibition of his work is the most formative decade of his life.
Thursday, August 22,2013

Collage, a century later

BMoCA exhibition offers eight different takes on technique

By David Accomazzo
Collage as an art technique and craft might be ubiquitous today, but when Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque first began experimenting with incorporating found materials into their paintings in the early 1900s, it was a radical innovation. Art has never been the same since.
Thursday, August 1,2013

Boulder Tattoo Project: Ink for all

Boulder Tattoo Project seeks to turn locals into a human canvas

By David Accomazzo
Not surprisingly for someone who co-owns and manages a tattoo parlor, Chelsea Pohl of Claw and Talon Tattoo in Boulder has some pretty significant ink running form her left shoulder down to her elbow. But it’s the two tattoos on the back of her ankles, the words “deep” and “roots,” surrounded by dots of different sizes and colors, that connect her to a community on the opposite side of the country.
Thursday, July 18,2013

CU plans to create new, consolidated arts department

By David Accomazzo
The University of Colorado Boulder is moving to combine its three arts departments — Art and Art History; Film Studies; and Theatre and Dance — into a single entity, tentatively known as the Interdepartmental Program in Fine Arts (IPFA).
Thursday, July 11,2013

Celebrated professional tango dancers open Boulder Tango Studio

By Camilla Sterne
To hear a person talk about tango is to witness a blushing love affair. They’ll speak of the heart, of an unspoken connection between partners, of passion; they might even go so far as to call it an addiction. To hear tango dancers describe their art is to be a voyeur of smoldering intimacy, one that is only understood by those who are in on the secret.
Thursday, June 20,2013

What can be done with what we throw away

Nick Cave’s work journeys through our own kitschy past

By Elizabeth Miller
Nick Cave can take a garish ceramic bird, and a kitschy ceramic fruit bowl, and a few strings of plastic beads, and put it all together in a way that makes a stunning, and beautiful, sculpture. There’s no breaking that equation down to make the math work on how ugly adds up to entrancing, but read the answer to the equation and it’s a valuable comment on the often overlooked kitsch in our lives.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Art in a digital world

How Jen Lewin uses technology to inspire connectivity

By Cayte Bosler
Technology in public space often comes as bombardment — advertisements — and can be overwhelming. But media artist Jen Lewin, whose work is intended to inspire experimentation and group collaboration, has charted a different relationship between society and technology.
Thursday, June 6,2013

A local l’chaim

Boulder Jewish Festival returns bigger than in previous years

By Joseph Wirth
Have no fear from a lack of corned beef, beef lovers, because the Boulder Jewish Festival is here on June 9, offering live music, traditional Jewish food and art, and an all-day celebration at the Boulder Courthouse lawn and Pearl Street Mall in honor of the thriving Jewish community in Boulder and the entire city.
Thursday, May 30,2013

RAW: Boulder altogether

RAW:natural born artists brings together artists for a giant, mixed-media exhibition

By Ainslee Mac Naughton
"Expressions," a RAW:natural born artists showcase, is mixing different forms of art to generate a new event and creative atmosphere different from any other venue in Boulder.
Thursday, April 25,2013

Community collaboration

mmmmmBoulder aims to bring artists together

By Stephanie Riesco
“I really wanted to create an outlet where all of the artists could present their work all in one place and people could cross-pollinate [interests] with one another,” Bell explains. “So people who are film buffs can experience new music for the first time and people who are art lovers can discover all of the other things offered.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Naropa's matchbox art fundraiser: Sparked to make a difference

Naropa professor, students plan return to Cambodia to teach art therapy

By Elizabeth Miller
The drawing shows a purple bird’s nest holding five eggs, each a different color, balanced on the limb of a tree. Filling the sky around the tree branches is a crowd of birds, open V shapes drawn in orange pastel. It’s a simple drawing, but a big story.
Thursday, April 11,2013

The conservator’s dilemma at Denver's Clyfford Still Museum

Preserving the Clyfford Still collection raises questions about artist intent and viewer experience

By Elizabeth Miller
In the back corner of the Clyfford Still Museum, a glass door allows partial views of the interior of the conservation studio, where every few days, a new painting is unrolled and the work of preparing it to be exhibited — often, for the very first time — begins.
Thursday, April 4,2013

CWA: A magnifying glass on art

Boulder's Conference on World Affairs explores many avenues of entertainment

By David Accomazzo
When Terrence McNally, the four-time Tony Award-winning playwright, was completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard University in the late ’60s, he spent a summer as program director for a camp of chronic schizophrenics.
Thursday, March 7,2013

Georgia O'Keeffe at the Denver Art Museum: Far from flowers

O’Keeffe exhibition shows her place in the world beyond petals, into landscapes, spiritual objects and early expressionism

By Elizabeth Miller
What O’Keeffe found, when she came to New Mexico, was a place where her study of line moved from the verticals of the New York City skyscrapers that championed America’s rise as an industrial power to the horizontal adobe structures and mesas of New Mexico — another American icon, but one much more about native people and ancient traditions than the rise of a new world superpower.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Making space for art

Group of NoBo artists want an art district where National Guard Armory now stands

By Jim Lillie
In the past few years, a group of North Boulder artists, coalescing as the NoBo Art District, has been diligently showing its work, holding monthly First Friday exhibitions at various locations north of Pearl Street.
Thursday, February 7,2013

Not so endless love

Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from romance gone wrong

By Elizabeth Miller
When the Museum of Broken Relationships put out a press release in November announcing an upcoming exhibition in Boulder, it began with a question: Do happy people break up too?
Thursday, January 24,2013

Stormy inspiration

Photographer David Mayhew aims his lens at the dark sky

By Elizabeth Miller
At one point in his life, David Mayhew gave up on art.
Thursday, January 3,2013

Facing your neighbors

Denver art exhibit illustrates refugees from Burma in Colorado

By Elizabeth Miller
A group exhibit of mixed media portraits opening at Core New Art Space on Jan. 4 is putting a face on a faceless population in Colorado — groups of refugees from Burma who have arrived in increasing numbers over the last 15 years and been met with all the struggles of strangers in a strange land.
Thursday, December 6,2012

Art show goes B.L.A.M. in your face

Local art show brings together wide variety of mediums

By David Accomazzo
Art is often made in isolation, but the community around its maker can inspire and influence the final result. Sometimes, an art scene is more than the sum of its parts.
Thursday, November 29,2012

Change at the ends of the world

Photographer shares images of a shifting Arctic climate

By Michael Callahan
If a photograph is a mere snapshot in time, the caption becomes the clock face of history. Being able to read both can illustrate our understanding of the world.
Wednesday, November 21,2012

Collage artist Jimmy Descant is building a different future

Assemblage pieces together messages of artist

By Michael Callahan
A Rocketman Crashes and Rises in the West is an exhibit of assembled art by artist Jimmy Descant on display through Dec. 1 at the Dairy Center for the Arts. A believer in the messages told by art, Descant’s pieces shed insight into a self-described “severe reconstructivist” and the life that he has lived.
Thursday, November 15,2012

Artist Dana Schutz: Rearranging the world

Dana Schutz’s paintings delve into a world of the uncomfortable and impossible

By Elizabeth Miller
What if, Dana Schutz asked herself, you remove the finite result from an action, the part where death would result from something like eating yourself, and the narrative of your life was freed from that inevitable end?
Thursday, November 1,2012

From an immigrant´s perspective

Eastern European artists pour emotions onto canvas for BMoCA exhibit

By Michael Callahan
The current fall exhibitions at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art bring distinct visions of what first-generation freedom looks like through the prism of two artists of Eastern European descent.
Thursday, October 25,2012

Visiting a haunting history

Photographer captures abandoned mental hospitals

By Elizabeth Miller
When people find out that Ralena Gordon spends her time photographing abandoned mental institutions, often the first question they ask is about ghosts.
Thursday, October 25,2012

Sequence of rakes

CU presents three versions of ‘Rake’s Progress’

By Peter Alexander
Igor Stravinsky: mashup artist? Indeed, the great Russian composer was mixing up styles long before the term “mashup” was invented.
Thursday, October 25,2012

The ghosts of Manitou Springs

Putting a haunted cemetery to the test

By Dave Kirby
Dead leaves swept gently across the footpaths in Crystal Valley Cemetery last Saturday evening, as if brushed away by a great, unseen hand. A crescent moon slipped silently behind the hills, and several large deer munched quietly on the short grass overlying Manitou and Colorado City’s dead.
Thursday, October 18,2012

It’s no invasion

Beetle exhibit shows off diversity of insect group

By Michael Callahan
Ed Sullivan isn’t around to introduce them, and you’re not gonna want to slug your partner every time you spot one.
Thursday, October 4,2012

Step lively for dance

Tango speaks to body and soul

By Michael Callahan
Scanning the room, your eyes become locked with a potential partner in a visual embrace that seems to extinguish the outside world.
Thursday, September 6,2012

Ransomed for charity

Prominent Denver businesspeople to gather funds for Flight For Life

By David Accomazzo
Flight For Life helicopters and airplanes usually fly people out of the mountains. But on Sept. 12, in a fundraising event called the Rocky Mountain Ransom, Flight For Life will helicopter eight Front Range denizens to a remote mountain location, dropping them with nothing but a cell phone.
Thursday, August 30,2012

Monsters in the dark

Podcast explores humanity’s fear of the unknown

By David Accomazzo
In the summer of 2010, Jeff Emtman, then a student at Fairhaven College, was suffering a sleepless night when he had an epiphany.
Thursday, August 9,2012

Hanging out on the fringe

Boulder International Fringe Festival celebrates the weird, the deviant, and the offbeat

By David Accomazzo
Sitting in a chair at the Naropa Performing Arts Center, as various artists performing in this year’s festival check out the space, hash out technical details and rehearse, Ortolano talks about the festival he birthed eight years ago with a pragmatic savvy.
Thursday, August 2,2012

Birds of a feather

Aerial artists flock to Boulder

By Michael Callahan
Boulderites love to exert themselves, and we appreciate the dedication it takes to become a world-class talent at something. So it should come as no surprise that Boulder is practically ground zero for an activity that combines the strength of a rock climber with the grace of gymnast.
Thursday, July 26,2012

Written with a needle

Quilter mixes art and function, tradition and innovation

By Elizabeth Miller
As Kerry Larkin has traveled the country with her handmade quilts, she’s discovered that people in Manhattan and Washington, D.C. — just like people in rural Pennsylvania where she grew up and her current home in Colorado — have stories about quilts.
Thursday, July 26,2012

When cultures collide

Tony Ortega’s prints explore the intersections of Latino and American communities

By David Accomazzo
Denver artist Tony Ortega’s attic studio overflows with framed prints he has made during his three-plus decades as a professional artist. Chicano-style prints made with colorful pastels and paints hang from the walls.
Thursday, July 19,2012

Chief Niwot’s spirit lives on

New community project draws from historic Arapaho tribe leader to inspire change

By Sebastian Murdock
The story of the city of Boulder has a sordid side. It starts with the first white men settling onto the land, a Native American Arapaho peace chief seeking coexistence with the new inhabitants, and his eventual death during the Sand Creek Massacre at the hands of the white men he had hoped to make peace with.
Thursday, June 7,2012

Uncomfortable cuisine

Viviane Le Courtois’ ‘Edible?’ takes an uncomfortable look at food

By David Accomazzo
Deep in the back room of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), an enormous Cheeto, roughly four feet long and made up of thousands of real Cheetos, dangles from the ceiling like dead flesh in a meat locker. Up close, the individual Cheetos have a sticky glaze on them, as if someone put them in her mouth in order to stick them on the form beneath, and loud crunching noises coming from speakers inside the oversized snack echo throughout the room.
Thursday, May 31,2012

Bolder Boulder and beer bongs

Annual race lives up to the hype

By Adam Perry
Around 9:05 a.m. on Memorial Day, I stood with my feet a few inches behind the Bolder Boulder starting line, ready for my wave to begin its 10K quest on a sunny, clear morning.
Thursday, April 26,2012

Scents for a woman

Yves Saint Laurent retrospective comes to life with perfume pairing

By Elizabeth Miller
Artwork in museums is usually meant to be seen and not touched, not tasted and not smelled. But the Denver Art Museum is partnering with local perfumer Dawn Spencer Hurwitz to organize an event that turns that notion on its head.
Thursday, April 12,2012

Women are beautiful, naturally

Garry Winogrand’s photographs capture women as they were

By Elizabeth Miller
The Denver Art Museum (DAM) has assembled 50 photos from its permanent collection of Winogrand images — about half of what it has in its archives and a fraction of the photos Winogrand took on the subject — for the exhibit Garry Winogrand: Women are Beautiful.
Thursday, April 12,2012

Dance rock

Ballet Nouveau Colorado presents an unlikely mix of ballet and rock ’n’ roll

By David Accomazzo
In a dance studio in an industrial section of Broomfield, the dancers of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, decked in casual athletic clothes, are performing to the wall-length mirror inside the studio. The music of David Bowie blares through speakers, and the room is as much filled with glam rock as it is with the breathing of the winded dancers.
Thursday, March 15,2012

Setting fire to sex trafficking

Matchbox auction funds art therapy with sex-trafficked girls in Cambodia

By Elizabeth Miller
Sue Chambers Wallingford and a team of eight Naropa art therapy grad students were looking for a creative way to engage local artists in producing artwork for an auction benefiting a nonprofit they’ve launched to help sex trafficking victims in Cambodia. On March 17, all that artwork will be unveiled at the “Small Resources = Big Possibilities” gala.
Thursday, March 8,2012

Tapping into history

The rich culture and community of Colorado's 'Harlem of the West'

By Lori M. Hunter
Eighty-eight-year-old Harriet Butcher vividly recalls Sammy Davis Jr. tap dancing on the stage of the Roxy Theater in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.
Thursday, February 23,2012

Home is where the art is

Peggy Stephen searches for space for her collection of Asian art

By Elizabeth Miller
Selling art out of your house has certain virtues. Art in a gallery can look distant and cool, far too impressive for living room walls. But bring paintings home and they seem to change shape, take on greater intimacy, join the family and get comfortable on the furniture.
Thursday, February 23,2012

Reality is the New Fiction

Art exhibit stresses the blurry line between perception and reality

By Krystal Baugher
Art is not just a painting on the wall anymore (though some may argue it never was). Today, what we consider art is as diverse as a subway station at rush hour. Due to the technological globalization of our world, a hybrid reality has been born—a place where the virtual and the natural blur.
Thursday, January 5,2012

The reintroduction of Clyfford Still

Museum draws American master back onto the canvas of art history

By Elizabeth Miller
Even art enthusiasts who believed they knew the work of leading American abstract expressionist Clyfford Still had surprises waiting when the museum of his work opened in Denver. But for everyone else, it was a surprise just knowing the man existed at all.
Wednesday, December 7,2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 says this is World War 3

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The drama surrounding Modern Warfare development studio Infinity Ward and former studio heads' beef with their bosses at Activision, and ultimately the firing of the studio heads, had fans questioning if the quality of the "Call of Duty" spinoff would suffer. But with the game breaking sales records by selling 6.5 million copies of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3" within 24 hours of it being released, the back story apparently didn’t matter. The Call of Duty franchise has cemented itself as an unmovable bastion of the video game world similar to Mario, Madden and Zelda. And "Modern Warfare 3" backs it all up.
Thursday, November 3,2011

Surreal oddities

Donald Fodness’ art is like watching someone’s weird dream

By Krystal Baugher
Goldilocks enters the three bears’ home with an excited curiosity; she sneaks around knowing she doesn’t quite fit in, but enjoys the exploration nonetheless. That interactive narrative is exactly what University of Colorado Boulder art school alum Donald Fodness seeks from his viewers.
Thursday, November 3,2011

Art in all forms

Ballet Nouveau pairs with RedLine to mix media, make an impression

By Steve Weishampel
For many, ballet might seem inaccessible, even intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Denver’s Ballet Nouveau Colorado, entering its 10th season, aims to appeal to a wide audience in various ways, says the group’s artistic director, Garrett Ammon.
Friday, October 28,2011

Resistance 3 brings more enemies, weapons to the battle

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
With the Resistance series making its debut on the Playstation 3 back in 2006, it has quickly become one of the best franchises on the system. Now in its third iteration, Resistance 3 continues the story of a world being invaded and occupied by an alien race called the Chimera in an alternate 1950’s era of the United States.
Friday, October 28,2011

Holy sheet

Four haunted houses that do more than give you the creeps

By Francie Swidler
After having visited Bloodshed / The 13th Floor, and Zombieland / Asylum, my Halloween Haunted House Tour had immediately gone from happy-go-lucky, and phew my pants are still on, to I will never be able to sleep with the lights off again, and my goodness how is it possible that my pants are still dry.
Thursday, October 27,2011

Zombie jamboree

Thriving in pop culture, the undead take center stage this Halloween

By Steve Weishampel
Zombies are on the rise. And I’m not just saying that for the pun. AMC’s drama The Walking Dead is breaking records in its second season. Zombie video games sell like hotcakes. The novel World War Z will soon star Brad Pitt in theaters. And dozens of books cover zombies from every angle — fiction, faux non-fiction, survival, history, cultural relevance. Zombies are alive and unwell.
Tuesday, October 25,2011

Fear and Laughing

Primitive Fear and 13th St Manor pack a one-two punch of haunted goodness

By Francie Swidler
Both Primitive Fear and 13th St. Manor are an absolute do not miss this Halloween season -- unless of course, you hate visiting dead, dysfunctional families, or the idea that you might actually wet your pants with fear.
Friday, October 21,2011

Gears of War 3 ends trilogy with great story, action

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
It’s been about three years since Gears of War 2 was released, a great and hugely popular game with a multiplayer that struggled at first but became addictive that fans continued to play years after the game came out. Now with Gears of War 3, the trilogy comes to an end, but the gaming continues on.
Wednesday, October 19,2011

Review: (Watch your) Step right up to the Circus of Fear 3D

By Francie Swidler
I was so excited to explore my first Colorado Haunted House that I accidentally got in line without collecting the 3D glasses I’d need to correctly experience the Circus of Fear. When finally suited up with the proper gear to enter, I was greeted by a colorful woman in a top hat, suspenders, tuxedo jacket and lipstick. I imagined her to be the Lady Ringmaster.
Thursday, October 13,2011

Bringing stencils to the studio

Amanda Marie’s work is like formal street art

By Krystal Baugher
She is not Banksy, but she is still badass. Amanda Marie Ploegsma’s first museum show — Purity & Credence — is on now at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) and there is no sign of her badass-ness slowing down.
Thursday, September 29,2011

Historical hippies

1960s get museum, dance floor treatment

By Steve Weishampel
Turbulent is one of those words people use to simplify immensely complex situations into something easily understood. That’s the case for 1968, an undoubtedly turbulent year in America’s history.
Tuesday, September 27,2011

A new kind of therapy … involving a pole

By Blair Madole
An array of brightly colored stilettos are arranged on the floor, there are booty shorts hanging on a rack with a sign reading “For Sale,” feather boas are strung over a shuttered changing screen in the corner, mirrors cover the walls, and eight shiny metal poles reach from floor to ceiling on one side of the large room.
Thursday, September 22,2011

Is the Internet making us dumber?

CU professor ponders whether the digital age means the end of intellectualism

By Cory O'Brien
Never has the rift between humanity and technology been so apparent as now, in the midst of the digital revolution, when technology is evolving at a more rapid pace than in any other time in history. It is also the only time where we will be faced with a rift between Digital Natives, who came of age in the digital era, and Digital Immigrants, who remember a time when cell phones, iPads, GPS and Facebook were not a way of life.
Friday, September 9,2011

Making sense of Boulder fashion

By Steve Weishampel
Boulder tends to attract superlatives. It’s been named the foodiest town in America by Bon Appetit. It’s routinely among the fittest, the smartest, most likely to succeed, best smile, greatest ever. But nobody’s ever complimented the City of Brown Woolen Sweaters on its style. See what residents had to say on the night a fashion show took over Pearl Street Mall.
Friday, August 12,2011

Boulder resident Robert Venosa, foremost master of visionary art, dies

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Boulder resident Robert Venosa, whose famous works of visionary art paintings inspired countless artists, died on Tuesday, Aug. 9. He was 75.
Thursday, August 4,2011

Art that moves you

Jen Lewin’s ‘Light Harp’ requires participation

By Krystal Baugher
Our current society is obsessed with the visual — especially our entertainment — from film to print to contemporary art. We absorb so many images daily that we have prioritized one sense and left many of the others behind. But what about our other senses? Because it’s our era’s popular choice, most artists still seem to use sight as the main avenue to relay their messages to an audience. But not Boulder artist Jen Lewin. She wants to move you.
Thursday, July 14,2011

Boulder disputes GQ’s style verdict

GQ magazine names Boulder one of America’s worst dressed cities

By Sara Kassabian
GQ Magazine has challenged Boulder to step up its style when ranking the city as number 40 on its list of the 40 Worst-Dressed Cities in America. Many local residents disagree, instead politely telling GQ and New York City where they can put their fashion advice.
Thursday, July 7,2011

Shades of white

BMoCA exhibit explores diversity in the community

By Krystal Baugher
Anyone who has lived in Boulder for more than a few days has heard the term “too white,” as in, “This city is too white.” Yes, there are a lot of white people here (87 percent according to the U.S. Census), but why are large groups of white people in general bad? And would throwing in some people of color really fix the issue? Is it an issue that needs to be fixed?
Monday, June 20,2011

Hanuman Festival tries to heal the world through yoga

By Sarah Simmons
Jason and Chelsey Magness had only been married five days before they decided to stick together — literally — for 24 hours. The newlyweds attended the Hanuman Festival, a four-day, community oriented yoga and music festival in Boulder, where they took the vow to be in constant physical contact with each other for 24 hours.
Thursday, June 9,2011

Gentlemen, start your symbolism

Ryan Everson strips down familiar icons, then rebuilds them

By Krystal Baugher
He's been creating charged, yet pop culturally driven, art for more than six years. His most recent work will be showcased this Friday, June 10, at Installation Shoe Gallery in Boulder. The installation, called Rocket 88, is part of the store’s Fresh Fridays series that occurs at various times throughout the year.
Thursday, May 5,2011

Robert Venosa, the shaman

Boulder’s resident visionary artist sees art as the conduit to the universe

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Venosa began his career as a commercial artist, designing album covers for Columbia Records as an art director in the 1960s. During this time, he discovered the work of fantastic realist painters Mati Klarwein and Ernst Fuchs.
Thursday, March 24,2011

'Dead Space 2' is one of the scariest games ever made

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
While you're trying to survive and escape, you're also trying to find the source of the spread of the virus and end it once and for all, at the same time getting creepy flashbacks of your girlfriend, who died in the first game.
Thursday, March 24,2011

'Killzone 3' pushes the Playstation 3 to the max

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The game just continues the war between the humans, known as the ISA (Interplanetary Strategic Alliance), and the Helghast, who are essentially space Nazis intent on destroying the ISA and taking over the universe... of course. The story isn't very interesting and is very cliche. But...
Thursday, March 17,2011

Finding beauty in everything

Andy Warhol’s keen portraits and prints offer insight into his artistic process

By Marisa Aragón Ware
With his portrayal of mass-produced products, mundane objects and celebrities from American popular culture, Warhol achieved massive success as a painter, sculptor and prolific filmmaker.
Friday, March 11,2011

Photos: Frozen Dead Guy Days

The folks in Nederland, Colorado celebrated their 10th Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival from March 4-6. Check out some images from the events.
Monday, March 7,2011

Snowballing success

Snow Ball Festival in Vail an icy delight

By Jules Kueffer
Boulder Weekly's Jules Kueffer was at the Snow Ball Festival this weekend. Check out the slideshow.
Thursday, February 24,2011

Repurposing meanings

New BMoCA exhibits redefine trash to make art

By Marisa Aragón Ware
Imagine what flesh would look like if it were made from thin layers of wood, or how a wave in a choppy sea would appear if it were frozen into overarching planks. Picture an animate sense of movement emerging from this wooden mass and visualize shifting colors undulating across it.
Monday, January 24,2011

Post-apocalyptic life is a blast in Fallout: New Vegas

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Back in 2008, the folks at Bethesda Games released a classic game in Fallout 3. Stranded in the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic America, the player is on a journey to find his father while having to deal with vigilantes and radiation-infected creatures trying to kill him. In Fallout: New Vegas, we return to the same world several years later but with a different story and different cities.
Thursday, January 20,2011

Finding the fun in painting

Sam Jablon’s featureless faces come from a happy place

By Adam Perry
"Brooklyn is a whole different world," Jablon said in a phone conversation from Binghamton just after Christmas. "When I started out at Naropa it was really warm and welcoming and it was easy to set up a life and make friends and meet people. Brooklyn is hard and cold and there's 100,000 people trying to do the exact same thing that you're doing."
Friday, January 14,2011

Boulder Weekly astrologer Rob Brezsny: 'Your sign isn't changing'

Don't worry, you're not an Ophiuchus

By Rob Brezsny
In light of the recent news reports that the sun was now passing through 13 constellations instead of 12, therefore shifting the entire zodiac and the astrological signs of many, we here at Boulder Weekly reached out to our resident astrologer, Rob Brezsny, and asked his opinion.
Thursday, January 13,2011

The joy of circus

Cirque du Soleil’s "Alegría" comes to 1stBank Center

By David Accomazzo
Cirque du Soleil is a curious success story in the entertainment business, one that started in Quebec in the early '80s and grew into an international success of epic proportions, propelling the once-maligned circus arts into the same prominent spotlight shared by the world's most famous musical, cinematic and theatrical stars.
Thursday, December 30,2010

A million pictures worth countless words

Photographer Peggy Dyer’s portraits capture the spontaneity of strangers

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I'd heard this song a thousand times, but when I heard him sing, 'I've seen a million faces and I rocked them all,' this magnificent idea just sort of downloaded into my brain," Dyer says. "I saw these giant collages up on the walls of the Getty and I could just hear my shoes clicking down the marble floors of the museum."
Tuesday, December 28,2010

Fable III is a classic hero story with a twist

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The Fable series is a fun one. Created by Peter Molyneaux and the folks at his Lionhead Studios, the stories of the game are the classic hero-type. You start off as an impoverished character just trying to survive until you’re called upon to save the world (or village or town or kingdom, etc.). The Fable games were always backed with a great story and a bunch of ways to customize and mold your character, affecting the environment around you.
Thursday, December 23,2010

Music on canvas

Live-painter Jason García makes art in the moment

By Marisa Aragón Ware
While these days it's a common sight to see an artist onstage with a band, back when Garcia started, the concept was virgin and unexplored. When he was first approached by a San Francisco band in 1998 to paint onstage, he had never heard of anyone doing such a thing.
Thursday, December 9,2010

Performance soul in black and white

Lisa Siciliano’s rock photography on display at annual extravaganza

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I always felt like this completely creative person that had no outlet," Siciliano says. "I had never even thought of taking photos before. It definitely wasn't my childhood dream; I had never taken a class. It just happened and it changed everything."
Monday, November 22,2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops rivals any Hollywood blockbuster

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
When the drama between Activision and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward began to unfold this summer, hardcore fans worried about the future of the Call of Duty franchise. Despite the fact that developer Treyarch has been creating Call of Duty games in Infinity Ward’s off years (they developed Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World At War), the ousting of Infinity Ward’s leaders and a possible dissolution of the game studio had fans concerned that the Call of Duty franchise’s quality would decrease. Treyarch’s Call of Duty games were above average but still not as slick and polished as Infinity Ward’s games. But that changes now.
Monday, November 22,2010

DJ Hero 2 is a sequel as good as the original

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
DJ Hero may not have been the sales phenomenon that Activision was hoping it would be last year, you know, like how Guitar Hero grew to be. But the publisher is sticking by the franchise with DJ Hero 2.
Monday, November 22,2010

Rock Band 3 continues to rock on

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Rock Band 2 came out way back in 2008, and we’ve had Rock Band Beatles and Rock Band Green Day to hold us over until Rock Band 3. While the band specific music games are great if you’re a fan of the band (who isn’t a fan of The Beatles though?), most players want a variety of music to choose from and play with.
Thursday, November 11,2010

Fresh perspectives

New art exhibition pairs the surreal with the nostalgic

By Marisa Aragón Ware
"I'm learning who I am as a painter and what exactly my style is," Widom says. "For the show, I focused on the feeling I would get if I were to walk outside and look up above the line of traffic to the tree tops and the sky."
Thursday, October 14,2010

Enslaved: Odyssey to the West could be the sleeper hit of the fall

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
It’s tough for any new game franchise to get the attention it needs during the crowded fall/holiday season. Among games like Halo, Call of Duty, Rock Band and other top-tier video game franchises, it’s easy for a game like Enslaved: Odyssey to the West to be ignored. But the game, a third-person action-adventure, takes place 150 years from now in a post-apocalyptic America, what’s a better recipe for a game than that?
Thursday, October 14,2010

Although familiar, Halo: Reach doesn’t disappoint

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The original Halo game, Halo: Combat Evolved, hit stores shelves back in 2001 to much praise and critical delight. Developed by game studio Bungie and distributed by Microsoft, the game was a bona fide hit and put the newly released Microsoft Xbox on the map. Fast-forward nine years later with a handful of Halo games, novels and a movie in the works, Bungie has made its final Halo game, Halo: Reach.
Thursday, October 7,2010

Oneness through chaos

New BMoCA exhibits express fragmented unity

By Marisa Aragón Ware
At first glance, the three exhibitions of Colorado artists at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art appear to share little in common.
Monday, September 27,2010

Mafia II: Great story, but limited gameplay

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
The original Mafia game, Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven, was a story that took place in the 1930s where the bootlegging of alcohol ruled the streets. In Mafia II, we move up to the 1940s in the midst of World War II and the mob still looking for ways to make money now that the Prohibtion era has been over for years.
Thursday, September 2,2010

Martina Hoffmann's world as art

By Marisa Aragón Ware
People were generally very friendly and open, but as a white minority in black Africa, I definitely stuck out, Hoffmann says. It really set a standard for how I like to approach otherness.
Thursday, July 15,2010

What's in a video game?

Impossible to ignore, the question arises: Are they art?

By Adam Perry
At this point, presumably, none among us understands exactly what that incredible amount of time and energy did to our minds and bodies. Still, I presume you, too, can feel pretty good knowing that your childhood video-game habit didnt progress into playing Grand Theft Auto.
Thursday, May 20,2010

KGNU turns 32

By David Accomazzo
It was a feature interviewing the mothers enrolled in the teen pregnancy program at Fairview High School, and it was one of the most honest, revealing and jarring looks at teenage mothers that I ever heard.
Tuesday, May 11,2010

Frank Frazetta, fantasy painter and illustrator, dies at 82

By McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Frank Frazetta, the fantasy painter and illustrator whose images of sinewy warriors and lush vixens graced paperback novels, album covers and comic books for decades and became something close to the contemporary visual definition of the sword-and-sorcery genres, died Monday after suffering a stroke the night before. He was 82.
Thursday, April 29,2010

Movement in vastness: A dancer’s meditation on empty spaces

By April Charmaine
Empty is like throwing up. Empty is like being lonely. Empty is like a well, a deep and scary place. Or perhaps emptiness is a wonderful place of possibility. Imagine pondering this topic for nearly a year. That is what Danelle Helander and her Empty Spaces comrades Michael Zekonis and Nina Rolle did.
Thursday, April 8,2010

The science of Signtology: Crafting pop art from the everyday

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
While Dan Ericson was attending Arapahoe Community College to tighten up his graphic design skills, he didn’t expect a simple homework assignment to shape his career as an artist. “I was doing a project for a regular drawing class; it was portraits of people,” Ericson says. “I ran out of supplies in the middle of the night and the project was due the next morning. So I just grabbed the next best thing, which was a street sign that was outside. So I grabbed it, painted a portrait of Ice Cube on it and got a horrible grade.”
Thursday, March 25,2010

Following the strands

By Barbara Byrnes-Lenarcic
Ropes are embedded in Becker's psyche. As a child growing up in Kansas, Becker remembers the fire escape rope coiled up in her bedroom nook, ready to use for a quick getaway. Nautical knots meander in Becker's mind when she recalls her sailing days.
Thursday, March 18,2010

Community first, near and abroad

By April Charmaine
This is the philosophy of Haitian-born Boulderite Rico Changeux, dancer and owner of Streetside Dance Studio. His philanthropic spirit is one of practice and consistency, believing in his students' desires and dreams, believing that youth need real skills to be productive and successful citizens in the world.
Thursday, February 25,2010

Revisiting Modernism

By Barbara Byrnes-Lenarcic
Landscapes of shapes. Aspen groves minus trees. Angled bedrooms. In Modernism Revisited, Denver artists Tracy Felix, Sushe Felix and Susan Cooper fracture the familiar for a fresh view of the Colorado mountains, nature and life.
Thursday, February 11,2010

Boulder's Afro-Brazilian dance scene comes to life

By April Charmaine
Dancing with beings seen and unseen, connecting with nature, culture, and activism are all a part of what you may find in one of the Brazilian dance offerings in Boulder. Ask anyone what the word Afro-Brazilian means and you will surely hear a concoction of definitions, a melting pot of meanings which all are based on the idea that the Afro-Brazilian is a Brazilian-born black person — which in itself turns out to be a diluted classification.
Thursday, January 7,2010

Jewish artists show off wares at Judaica art show

By Barbara Byrnes-Lenarcic
Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery is continuing the Hanukkah celebration with artworks that highlight the Jewish heritage. The 16th Annual Judaica Show features menorahs, sparkling jewelry, hand-colored prints, mezuzot and festival ware crafted by artists from around the country. On view through Jan. 10, a portion of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Boulder Jewish Community Center.
Thursday, December 17,2009

2,600-year-old Buddhist relics make a stop in Boulder

By Quibian Salazar-Moreno
Some of the foundational beliefs of Buddhism are peace and lovingkindness among all living things. For the past 30 years or so the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso has been spreading this message in the Western world with hopes of inspiring and making changes worldwide. But with the Dalai Lama’s announcement of semi-retirement in 2008, the spread of the Buddhist message rests in the hands of other Buddhist leaders.
Thursday, December 3,2009

Collections of Navajo rugs tell stories of life, myth

By Barbara Byrnes-Lenarcic
Whimsical animals, zigags, birds and plants woven into Navajo rugs tell stories through silence. Created by Navajo weavers in the late 1800s, these pictorial rugs reflect the cultural impacts propelled by trading posts and the building of railroads in the Southwest.
Wednesday, November 25,2009

Boulder County's art scene gets a few facelifts

By Marissa Hermanson
The Foothills are alive with the sound of music — painting and cinema to boot. There is a renaissance in Boulder County, where the cinema, and the performing and visual arts are thriving. But how do we house all these artists in our ever-expanding art scene?
Thursday, November 19,2009

Painter Tony Grant opens his first studio-gallery

By Marissa Hermanson
When you walk into Tony Grant’s gallery, you see colors — so many colors. Sexy reds, soft greens, icy blues and luminous yellows — an alluring spectrum.
Thursday, October 22,2009

Flamenco gaining ground in Boulder

By Marissa Hermanson
The stretching morphs into dancing. The students start with simple, slow footwork and progress into more complex rhythms, adding arms and hands. The dancers' footwork accelerates with the crescendo of the guitar music and the auditorium is filled with the quick clicking of heels and toes, giving the room a pulse.
Thursday, October 8,2009

BMOCA explores the art of city chicken coops

Where urban and rural meet

By Marissa Hermanson
Urban Chicken Coop Projects runs until Jan. 17, 2010, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibit is free on Saturdays during the farmers' market, which runs through October. 1750 13th St.
Thursday, September 17,2009

In 10th year of Studio Tour, 66 artists open studios to public

By David Accomazzo
The Longmont Studio Tour aims to lower the veil of anonymity that exists between those who love art and those who make it by inviting members of the public into the studios and homes of 66 local artists on Sept. 19 and Sept. 20..