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Thursday, April 30,2015

Looking past the uniform

Helen Thorpe’s new book details the lives of three women in the military

By Amanda Moutinho
A uniform solidifies a sense of sameness, but as Helen Thorpe set out to write her latest book, Soldier Girls, she realized that behind the uniform, experiences are anything but alike. “I’ll never look at somebody in a uniform and make assumptions about them again,” Thorpe says. “I think that it’s easy to see someone wearing a uniform and imagine and therefore think you know a lot about that person, and you can guess how they vote or what their thoughts are. … But you can’t just assume you know anything about them as an individual.”
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Thursday, April 23,2015

Locally-sourced cinema

Front Range Film Festival brings Colorado filmmakers from camera to screen

By Amanda Moutinho
Culture is homegrown in Boulder County — from breweries to art. In her latest documentary, Colorado Hopped — Bine to Brew, Longmont filmmaker Barbara Hau paired the two. A few years ago, while helping a friend harvest a hops field in Wisconsin, Hau became interested in local hop farming operations. Then, when Hau noticed a few fields popping up around Longmont, she knew she wanted to make a film about the farmers, who were selling their crops to breweries around town.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Grabbing the pie in the sky

The Office of Arts and Culture details plan for cultural improvement

By Amanda Moutinho
Cohen is one of the consultants from the Cultural Planning Group that is working alongside the Office of Arts and Culture to assess the cultural needs of Boulder and how to address them. In the fall, they took to the streets to find out what Boulderites wanted with a series of community outreach events called the Culture Kitchen.
Thursday, April 9,2015

OUT OF THE BOX

Communikey holds its final festival as it looks to the future

By Amanda Moutinho
The Communikey festival is not easily defined. Perhaps it could be loosely pinned down as a transcendental experience surpassing mediums and disciplines in a desire to explore the intersection of artistic and technological innovation, with a smattering of electronic music throughout.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Stepping stones

With her new album, Nora Jane Struthers talks new changes in her life and music

By Amanda Moutinho
While she grew up in New Jersey, Struthers developed a love for folk and bluegrass music, partly due to her banjo-playing dad. She picked up at the acoustic guitar at 14, and she and her dad would sing songs from bands like the Louvin Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Recycled Reincarnation

‘Ecocreations’ brings new life to ‘trash’

By Amanda Moutinho
When a mirror breaks, some worry about seven years of bad luck, but Jane Glotzer just sees an opportunity for a new art project. Glotzer is a mosaic artist, but instead of shelling out pretty pennies for pricey new materials, she visits second-hand shops, finds discarded items on the side of the road or even looks in dumpsters in search of anything she can work with. Used, not used up, she says.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Fleshing the bones

MESA’s sexual assault poetry event strives to put faces to statistics

By Amanda Moutinho
Talking about sexual assault is uncomfortable. It’s sensitive, disruptive and combative. But talking about sexual assault is vital, says poet Dominique Christina. “You have to interrupt, and you have to agitate,” Christina says. “I’m interested in radical conversations that pull people into consciousness and call power out. You have to risk the discomfort because you know what the end game is, and you know how bad it can be if you don’t. All of it is inconvenient. Any fight is inconvenient. Any rebellion is inconvenient. Any revolution is inconvenient.”
Thursday, March 19,2015

More than meets the eye

‘Urinetown’ brings pee jokes to the point of a call for revolution

By Amanda Moutinho
I don’t think too many people are going to come see this musical...” says a skeptical Little Sally at the end of Urinetown. Sure, the subject matter’s a little iffy, the moral is depressing and talk about an unappetizing title, but considering the full auditorium on opening night at the Longmont Theatre Company, Little Sally might be wrong.
Thursday, March 5,2015

Too good to be true

Photographer fakes, rather than trying to make, the perfect family

By Amanda Moutinho
Suzanne Heintz is notorious for her family photos. She captures the everyday household chores, the family vacations and the holiday festivities. In the photos, Heintz is vibrant and lively, usually with a big smile. In contrast, her husband, Chauncey, seems a bit stiff and her daughter, Mary Margaret, has the same blank stare. That could possibly be because Chauncey and Mary Margaret are mannequins.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Is the perfect date a click away?

Looking for love on oddly specific websites

By Amanda Moutinho
February is the relationship status evaluation month. The haunting smell of roses and lackluster taste of heart-shaped candies can drive any single person crazy. Gone are the days of chance romantic meeting stories. Nowadays, a lot of marriages start with a click. According to a 2010 study, almost a quarter of couples, who met in 2007- 09, met online. Another in 2013, looking at marriages between 2005-12, said over a third of couples met online. Other studies predict the number will keep rising until it’s in the majority.
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