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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.
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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.
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.”
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