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Thursday, June 18,2015

ONE WOMAN, ONE FARM

Audrey Levatino shares her farming knowledge in her new book ‘Woman-Powered Farms’

By Amanda Moutinho
Audrey Levatino is a self-sufficient farmer — she has to be since, she runs it singlehandedly. So when it came to using a chainsaw, she knew she had to overcome her trepidation. “I didn’t start using a chainsaw when I first started farming for three or four years because I was afraid of it. I always asked my husband to do it. But once you learn how, it’s easier than a lot of things women do every day,” Levatino says. “It’s intimidating because it always seems like it’s been in the realm of the man’s world, but it’s not. It’s just another tool.”
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Thursday, June 11,2015

The art of change

Local artist Marc Bernardi brings transformation to NCAR

By Amanda Moutinho
Marc Bernardi’s work is all about metamorphosis — turning something as simple as a reed in a pond into an unrecognizable, abstract picture. “I watch the image morph into something else,” Bernardi says. “Sometimes I’m with a particular image for a couple days watching where it will go, and sometimes it’ll go places on its own. I do have a curiosity to see what it will become. … I transform things that would normally be boring into art.”
Thursday, June 11,2015

The Record of a year

The Weepies’ latest album serves as an archive of a difficult year overcoming cancer

By Amanda Moutinho
Working from home has its advantages. For singer-songwriter, husband-wife duo The Weepies, a home studio allows for inspiration to strike at any time. “I know other people get up and go to work, like songwriters and other musicians who will schedule two weeks to go record,” says co-Weepie Steve Tannen. “That’s something we might explore at one point, but that doesn’t seem natural to us or instinctively a good thing to set up two weeks out of your lifetime to capture something.
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Thursday, May 21,2015

Double take

Three new exhibits at MCA Denver lure the audience in for a closer look

By Amanda Moutinho
In Monique Crine’s picture “Jake,” a buff man stands alone in a pool gazing at the viewer. When standing a few feet away from the 6-foot-by-9-foot portrait, it seems as if you’re staring at a photograph. But upon closer inspection of the curve of the jaw or curl of a hair, you see the stroke of a paintbrush.
Thursday, May 14,2015

Temporary nature

Artist uses drawings to start the conversation on climate change

By Amanda Moutinho
In the past, Rice has dabbled in several art forms, but he says when he started doing performance art he began exploring political themes. For this show, he says he wanted to address the serious environmental crisis happening in the world.
Thursday, May 7,2015

Show and tell

‘Listen to Your Mother’ provides insight into the various aspects of motherhood

By Amanda Moutinho
Storytelling is one of the most ancient traditions among us. Stories form connections. Whether passed down from generations or an anecdote from the grocery store, stories help break down the barriers between shared human experiences. It’s through their stories that the cast of Listen to Your Mother hopes to bring people together.
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.”
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.
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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.
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