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Thursday, July 30,2015

Another color in the crayon box

Melissa Etheridge says music saved her life

By Amanda Moutinho
From coming out as a lesbian to her political activism to talking openly about her breast cancer diagnosis, Melissa Etheridge isn’t shy to tell the world about her personal problems. Honesty is the only way, she says. But she wasn’t always this way. Openness was her form of teenage rebellion, and she quickly found an outlet for her truth — music.
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Thursday, July 30,2015

Water in the desert

The world’s largest literature festival heads to Boulder

By Amanda Moutinho
We have to bring it to Boulder.’” The festival Friedman was referring to is the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival ( JLF). Founded in Jaipur, India in 2006, the festival has grown to be the largest literature festival in the world. And it’s heading to Boulder for its first American reincarnation Sept.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Framing Frida

New show pays homage to the revolutionary Mexican painter

By Amanda Moutinho
The name Frida Kahlo conjures different meanings for different people. For some she was an underappreciated artist, who lacked technical skill but had a strong vision. For others she was a feminist who broke gender roles and challenged traditional beauty.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Checking in with Cho

While laughter is the best medicine, Margaret Cho says comedy is the best weapon

By Amanda Moutinho
Margaret Cho is pissed off. She might even be a little crazy. Her list of grievances include LBGT rights, violence against women, the hypocrisy of the Duggar family and the continued examination of Bill Cosby. “People are still questioning whether or not he’s guilty. He’s so guilty,” Cho says. “After 40 women come forward and call you a rapist and have the exact same story, it’s very clear.”
Thursday, June 18,2015


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.”
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.
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.