Category: Art and Culture

Opera Colorado: Helping Enhance Your Experience 1

Opera Colorado: Helping Enhance Your Experience

The big cushioned theatre seat engulfed me, a tiny little girl in a pink tulle-and-satin party gown. Sitting with my parents in the front row, I leaned toward my mother so I could hear her whisper the story in my ear as it unfolded on stage. I learned to love opera when I was a mere 4. My father co-founded…

Lone Tree, Colorado: New Performing Arts Center Takes Shape 3

Lone Tree, Colorado: New Performing Arts Center Takes Shape

The peaked-roof building rising up in the Lincoln Commons area of RidgeGate in Lone Tree, Colorado, just one-half mile west of Interstate 25, is the Lone Tree Arts Center, slated for a grand opening in August 2011. Now patrons of the arts in the south Denver suburbs will have the convenience of performing arts right in their neighborhood. While not…

Central City: Sample Opera in Small Bites 5

Central City: Sample Opera in Small Bites

Opera is one of those things — those things you wish you knew more about but don’t. Some (I?) wish we knew more about our town’s sports team, or the latest episode of the hit show everyone talks about at the office each morning. I might wish I knew, but am not willing to put in the effort. I do…

Reborn: Colorado Springs FAC is Stunning 7

Reborn: Colorado Springs FAC is Stunning

If you have not visited the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center recently, prepare to be stunned. Not just because of the exquisite new building — 48,000 square feet of glittering glass — but because the Taylor Museum’s permanent collection will finally see the light of day. Long buried in the dusty bowels of the FAC’s basement, 15,000 pieces of art…

State of Art: Center Features North Fork Valley Artists 9

State of Art: Center Features North Fork Valley Artists

In parts of Colorado’s North Fork Valley, it seems that everyone is an artist. “When I first moved here, I would ask people if they were an artist,” says one Hotchkiss resident. “But now I just ask them what medium they work in.” A visit to the Creamery Arts Center seems to validate that claim. This not-for-profit art center features…

Foothills Art Center: Golden’s Spiritual Gem 11

Foothills Art Center: Golden’s Spiritual Gem

While hundreds of people fight traffic and crowds to view works at the Denver Art Museum, art lovers wanting to view purchasable art from Colorado artists can visit the Foothills Art Center in Golden. Although the center is much smaller than many metropolitan galleries, 32,000 visitors a year travel to the western suburb to take in, and possibly take home,…

Movie Mania: Hollywood Has Long History With Colorado Shoots 13

Movie Mania: Hollywood Has Long History With Colorado Shoots

Colorful Colorado has been the filming site for thousands of movies. More than 600 are listed on www.imdb.com alone. Among them are some great movies like Robert Redford in Downhill Racer or John Wayne in True Grit. Remember Woody Allen in Sleeper or Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber? But for the true Colorado, check out Robin Beeck’s 1998 classic,…

Chuck Pyle: Folk Music Laureate of Colorado 15

Chuck Pyle: Folk Music Laureate of Colorado

When his first band, the Zesto Blues Cats, played for food in Steamboat Springs, circa 1969, the few folks in the bar couldn’t have guessed that 40 years later Chuck Pyle would become the folk music laureate of Colorado. His wise and funny songs have been recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. Pyle’s…

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble 17

Cripple Creek: More Than a Gamble

The 1890s gold-rush boom town of Cripple Creek, on the back side of Pikes Peak, had nearly become a Colorado ghost town by the mid-20th century. Weekends, weak streams of visitors would meander up Ute Pass to the funky shops, odd little restaurants or, in summer, the melodrama. Then came the advent of limited stakes gaming in the 1990s –…