As the damage from the September floods continues to be identified and stories unfold, we discover that many artists have been deeply affected. They have lost studios and practice spaces, visual artwork and instruments have been ruined, supplies and equipment lost or broken, creative businesses and non-profits overwhelmed with damages. Without the arts, how can our communities truly recover? The Umbrella Project is a fund to support artists and creatives in Larimer County that are affected by natural disasters, including the recent flooding.
To launch this initiative, Beet Street is partnering with the local arts community to create a unique and interactive fundraising event on October 26th. The Umbrella Project launch will be a celebration of creativity, with live performances featuring local musicians, actors, poets and writers, visual art for viewing and for sale including work donated from the Water exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography, and a community art project that will carry on beyond the event with a public installation of decorated umbrellas throughout the city.
Many artists and organizations are donating their time and talent to create an unforgettable experience that will make a lasting difference in Larimer County.
Join the Opening of the Umbrella Project
Saturday, October 26, 6-9pm
Creative Community Center 200 Mathews Street, Fort Collins
$20 donation for admission
Visit www.beetstreet.org to learn more, donate, or purchase advance event tickets
Through this event, the Umbrella Project fund will be created to support artists and creatives affected by the flooding in Larimer County, and will extend as an ongoing arts relief fund to assist artists in the wake natural disasters.
We encourage everyone to do what you can to help sustain the arts throughout our county. Besides attending the event on October 26, here are some other ways to get involved:
- Volunteer for the event. Please email email@example.com.
- Make a donation online at www.beetstreet.org.
- Artists are encouraged to donate a work of art to an exhibition and sale during the event or to decorate an artists’ umbrella. Please bring your piece to the Community Creative Center Friday, October 18, 4 – 6pm or get in touch before then if you can’t make that time.
If you are an artist that has been affected or know someone who has, tell us your story and tell us what you need as we develop this fund. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 970-419-8240. There is also a list of resources on the Beet Street website, www.beetstreet.org.
This has been another wonderful Streetmosphere season, with live performances all summer long, both downtown and in South Fort Collins. There are many people and organizations that are behind all of this free, public art, and we want to make sure everyone knows who has contributed their time, money, and talents to make Streetmosphere possible!
First and foremost, we thank this year’s sponsors: Otterbox, OtterCares, the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, the Bohemian Foundation, Front Range Village, KUNC, Killer Rabbit and White Balcony, and Go West. These businesses and organizations listed on the Streetmosphere signs each week as well as all of those in the Streetmosphere Guidebook made a major commitment to the program from the start and we could not do it without them.
In addition, we had an incredible show of public support through our Streetmosphere Kickstarter campaign. We can’t thank our 320 Kickstarter supporters enough for pitching in to fill the funding gap we experienced this year.
In addition to funding, we have a dedicated and hardworking team of on-street stage managers and interns. They are the people ones that set-up, organize, and problem-solve each weekend to make the season run smoothly.
Finally, we could not do ANYTHING at all without our amazingly talented Streetmosphere performers. This year there were 90 unique acts, from youth dance groups to rock bands and improv comedy. We thank you all for sharing your art, for engaging with the community in such a personal way, for at times braving harsh sun and hail, and for being professional and graceful through it all.
Jazz guitarist Ryan Fourt played with a number of Streetmosphere groups in 2012 and enjoyed his experience so much he decided to audition with his own group this year. Fourt says, “I love playing with my trio and the kinds of things we can do in terms of interaction and interplay are what really inspire me. Ryan says, “To me, Streetmosphere is like the icing on the cake to what is already an amazing music and cultural scene… the fact that you can walk between all the various street corners and hear something completely different at each one is a testament to the great talent that we have right here in Northern Colorado.
You may have also seen Britton Deuel serenading the public during Streetmosphere, but you can also catch him on the Bohemian Nights’ Singer-Songwriters stage this Saturday at 11:00 am. Deuel’s raw yet simple musical style reveals his true passion for music and writing, and as he says, “Performing allows me to open up to people and tell stories.” Deuel grew up in the hometown of Johnny Carson (Norfolk, Nebraska), but since moving to Fort Collins has been especially impressed with the camaraderie between artists that is found here. Britton adds, “It’s great to see the support that is given to one another. It’s huge confidence builder when people are actually paying attention.”
Diane Findley’s paintings are vibrant and energetic – you can’t miss them! She has been painting with Streetmosphere since the program began in 2010, and has been mainstay of the artist community in town for much longer.
Diane is especially known for her portraits. This spring she generously donated a custom portrait to Streetmosphere’s Kickstarter campaign, with the proceeds strengthening this year’s season. The painting that resulted is of a Fort Collins business owner that has also been supportive of Streetmosphere from the beginning, Nora Hill, the owner of Kilwin’s.
This painting is a great example of how Streetmosphere brings the community together! Diane further explains, “The Streetmosphere life from my side is rich. I am not the least bit shy about sharing the art experience and often I think little children are my best audience. It is a grand moment when you can introduce someone to the magic of what happens when yellow meets blue. It is always great fun to move the paint around and talk about what is happening on the canvas and how it relates to a physical reality.”
The Community Creative Center is open at the Historic Carnegie Building! Beet Street moved into the 3rd floor offices last March and has been working with the city and the Lincoln Center to plan, program and prepare the building for the public.
The Lincoln Center is managing the 2nd floor Gallery and opened with a bang last Friday! Over 50 artists were in line when the doors opened for an Open Hang – a first-come, first-served, fill-the-walls from floor-to-ceiling exhibition.
By 4pm, all 160 artists that came found wall space….
and a beautiful exhibition was formed:
The Open Hang Exhibition is on view until August 24th, Saturdays from noon-4pm and during a First Friday Gallery Walk opening hosted by Beet Street, August 2nd, 6-9pm.
Come see us!
Located at 200 Mathews Street, the Community Creative Center’s main gallery space is managed by the Lincoln Center. Details on how YOU can rent the space can be found here beginning August 12.
The first salsa band in town, Manabí really got the Front Range Village crowd moving with their Latin beats.
This post is brought to you by Street Team member Ryan Tay:
Saturday night featured a strong performance from the nationally acclaimed, Fort Collins favorite, Danielle Ate The Sandwich. Entertaining a crowd of more than 400, Danielle and her band mates Chris Jusell and Dennis Bigelow played through some of Danielle’s most recognizable hits. Her signature brand of light folk music set the tone on another gorgeous Fort Collins evening. Reminiscent of a traditional folk sound with a modern pop twist, Danielle has drawn comparisons to artists such as Colbie Caillat and Sarah Bareilles. To explore more about Danielle Ate The Sandwich, follow the link to visit Danielle’s artist page to learn more about her unique talent: http://danielleatethesandwich.com
Be sure to join Streetmosphere at Front Range Village next weekend with Brian Hull and the Escape Goats on Friday night from 6:00 – 9:00 pm . Then, return on Saturday ready to dance as the Manabí Salsa Band takes the stage on the lawn beginning at 6:30 pm.
Streetmosphere South continues this weekend in Front Range Village, the shopping area at Harmony Rd and Corbett Dr. There are multiple performances on Friday from 6:00 – 9:00pm and the Free Concert Series continues on Saturday with Liz Barnez and Streetmosphere Friends playing from 6:30 – 8:30pm. There is a great lawn space at Front Range Village where audiences will be able to enjoy Liz’s original songs and the Streetmosphere regulars that will join her on stage.
Of course, there will also be Streetmosphere performances downtown this weekend, Saturday from 12:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm. One of the downtown acts this weekend is West Coast Swing – dance partners Laura Koch and Jim Baker. The pair encourages people to take up dancing as a fun way to get physical exercise and increase mental agility. As Jim says, “It’s dance, not romance.” Laura and Jim are excited to be performing downtown, noting, “Streetmosphere turns Old Town Fort Collins into a family attraction all summer long.”
We can’t wait to see you!
Best-selling science writer Dava Sobel will be speaking in Fort Collins at 7 p.m., October 16, at the Hilton Fort Collins, 425 W. Prospect. The event is free and open to the public – no tickets are required. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and seating will be on a first come, first served basis (maximum capacity of 500 people). A book signing and sales will follow the program.
Sobel, author of Longitude and Galleo’s Daughter, will be talking about her latest book, A More Perfect Heaven (to be released October 2011), in which she realizes her long-standing dream to write a play about Nicolaus Copernicus.
“And the Sun Stood Still,” the centerpiece of my new book, dramatizes the events that convinced Copernicus to publish his “crazy” ideas concerning the Earth’s motion. The nonfiction narrative surrounding the play tells the facts of his life story and traces the impact of his seminal book, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, to the present day.
For more information about the author and her books, visit: http://www.davasobel.com/
This is part of a series of free author evenings presented by sponsored by Friends of the CSU Libraries the Poudre River Friends of the Library, and sponsored by KUNC Radio and the Hilton Fort Collins.
For more information about the event, contact Jane Barber at (970) 491-5712 or email@example.com.
Imagine nearly 200 singers, dancers, and instrumentalists joining forces for one of the most celebrated choral masterworks of all time! The Chorale will be joined by IMPACT Dance Company, Centennial Children’s Chorus, the CSU Percussion Ensemble, and featured soloists.
Purchase your tickets today for the Saturday, October 22nd performance at Lincoln Center. Start time is 7:30 p.m. but there’s a pre-concert talk beginning at 6:45 p.m.
Want to take a step back into your childhood? Want to enjoy the singing and adventure of the stories you grew up to? November is the perfect month to embrace those memories with your children in the production of these lovable stories in stage form.
Numerous plays are taking place in Fort Collins this month that are based on children’s stories such as The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Cinderella, Annie Warbucks and The Wizard of Oz. Each story line delivers the same fun characters and adventure that made the original an instant classic. Going to any of these productions would be the perfect way to engage children in the arts and spend quality time with the family for the holiday season.
Take advantage of these great theatre opportunities! For ticketing and information visit www.artbeetfc.com
How long is too long to let your phone vibrate under your seat? At what age are theatergoers mature enough to appreciate the arts? Should food be allowed at your seat? Should you bring your children? Is there a difference seen in theater rules for etiquette in Europe and are they lacking in the United States?
These are just some of the questions Moore puts up for debate in his column. Here at Beet Street we encourage you to read his article and consider for yourself the proper audience etiquette.
In a blog from the National Endowment for the Arts – art programs for kids are recognized for their contributions of engaging students to use their creativity and passions. Efforts that help keep them academically stable and interested in the arts. Programs from across the nation were given awards for their philanthropic efforts.
“A few of this year’s honorees were 826 Seattle, which encourages budding authors with innovative writing workshops; Boston’s ZUMIX, which broadcasts radio shows produced and hosted by the city’s youth; and ArtLab in Denver, where underserved teens are paired with resident artists in year-round art projects.”
These awards highlight the importance of arts education in young people’s lives. To help steer their youthfulness in the right direction and move forward with their talents. Any chance for a student to be exposed to the arts and embrace the humanity of culture is one that should be taken advantage of. The National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Beet Street – encourages just that for striving art students across the nation.
In the photo: Michelle Obama poses with Judith Anderson and Salvador Flores-Martinez,
representatives from ArtLab, based in Denver, Colorado.
An article in the Denver Post this week sparked interest in the importance of curators to local Denver museums and art exhibitions. As the arts community faces a struggling economy in more ways than one, curators seem to be taking the brunt of the down sizing.
A curator is the creative center to a studio or exhibit and a person “who can provide a clear, coherent vision for its presentations and give it direction and purpose.” Curators serve a specific purpose that benefit any type of museum or art gallery presenting a variety of art displays.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” not only for the holidays and gift-wrapping – but to celebrate the arts and theatre the great city of Denver and the communities along the Front Range have to offer. A wide variety of plays, productions, and events are schedule for the month of December that can be a great way for you and your family to get out and embrace the holiday spirit.” A list of “Critic’s Picks,” from The Denver Post lists this holiday seasons must see’s in Denver.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s annual production of “Granny Dances to Holiday Drum” that is always a colorful and family-friendly event and don’t LIDA Project’s original epic, “Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep,” playing through December 17th that highlights the importance of health care. There’s also The Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” re-creates Frank Capra’s classic film as a live radio broadcast.
In a recent Coloradoan editorial entitled, “Ideas, Innovation Boost Region’s National Ranking: Best Performing Cities Honor Reflects Area’s Forward-thinking Approach” it was reported that the Fort Collins-Loveland region is now #3 in the nation on the U.S. Best Performing Cities Index according to the Milken Institute, a 501(c)(3) public charity and nonpartisan, independent think tank whose work makes a difference in the lives of people worldwide by helping create a more democratic and efficient global economy.
Projects such as Rocky Mountain Innosphere, the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, a partnership with the city of Fort Collins, Colorado State University and Beet Street, the CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Lab, and Loveland’s Aerospace Clean Energy project through the Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology, contributed toward our top rating.
Beet Street is seeking a wide-variety of talent to perform as part of the Streetmosphere program scheduled for May 11 – September 3, 2012. Being featured as a Streetmosphere performer is a great way to gain exposure for your artistic craft and engage with the Fort Collins community.
Streetmosphere is a weekend event to showcase our community’s unique artists, performers, and entertainers on the streets of Downtown Fort Collins. Performers range from musical acts, jugglers, and magicians to acting troupes, dancers, painters, and more. Streetmosphere takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May to September and is designed to reach a wide spectrum of audiences in the Downtown Fort Collins area.
Beet Street is hosting a Curriculum Summit for Artists on Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Center Canyon West Room. We invite you to get involved now to help design our curriculum and build the promise of AIR.
The Arts Incubator of the Rockies is designed to provide education, resources, and support to elevate our region’s artistic careers and organizations. Beet Street is hosting the Curriculum Summit to encourage members of the Fort Collins community to get involved in the design and foundation of AIR. We want your help in discovering new ways to utilize new technologies and distance-learning opportunities that will provide rural communities with professional development training and regional networking that will strengthen the arts throughout the Intermountain West. Artists will have the skills, mentors and community connections to succeed – thanks to your involvement!
Beet Street is very proud to host a Professional Development Core Weekend Workshop for artists presented by the Creative Capital Foundation Friday, March 30 to Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Fort Collins, CO.
The Core Weekend Workshop is the second time Creative Capital’s proven and award-winning programs are being offered in Colorado. Beet Street is able to host the workshop thanks to generous grants from the Kresge Foundation, Erion Foundation and the Bohemian Foundation.
This workshop is designed for visual artists, writers, musicians, composers, choreographers and other artists who create original work and want to take their talent to the next step. Artists in the workshop will not only benefit from the consultants considerable experience but also gain insight on new perspectives from the trained Creative Capital grantees. Participants will be introduced to many networking opportunities and techniques to take their creativity to the next level of success.
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Streetmosphere is a multi – weekend event, that showcases our community’s unique artists, performers, and entertainers on the streets of Fort Collins. Performers range from musical acts, jugglers, magicians, acting troupes, comedians, dancers, storytellers, painters, and more!
How performers interact with an audience is a very important part of the audition. Beet Street invites you to come help in the process of finding the best talent showcased in Northern Colorado.
Looking further into the year 2012 – the roster of Art Exhibitions in Denver does not just include painters or sculptors, but also one of the 20th century’s most celebrated and iconic fashion designers, Yves Saint Laurent.
As mentioned in an article by the Denver Post, the Denver Art Museum will be the only American venue hosting this display of fashion art called, “Yves Saint Laurent – The Retrospective.”
Performing acts, musicians, and talent showcased what they could bring to the streets of Fort Collins this summer as an act for Streetmosphere. The voices and instruments echoed in the Opera Galleria of Fort Collins, CO that drew in a crowd to watch the performances take place in front of the Streetmosphere judges.
Craig F. Walker has been named “Newspaper Photographer of the Year” by the Missouri School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International competition. One of the most well known and highly respected photojournalism contests in the world.
Walker has worked for the Denver Post since 1998 and was honored by receiving the Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his work on a feature collection of photographs. For over 27 months he documented the transition of Ian Fisher and his journey from being a high school graduate to a soldier engaged in the Iraq war.
His talent has been mastered over the years starting with an educational background at the University of Wisconsin, to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and then in 1968 was given the opportunity to work in Venice, Italy to work at the Venini glass factory. His craft was guided in Italy by observing the team at Venini work their creative approach to blowing glass, which is now an essential part of his art today.
“His work is included in more than 200 hundred museum collections worldwide. He has been the recipient of many awards, including ten honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.” (chihuly.com)
Streetmosphere is a one of a kind event in Fort Collins, CO – but nationally there are numerous other summer concert and outdoor art festival events that are similarly unique. Most events occur on a specific date – unlike the all summer long events of Streetmosphere that are consistent every weekend for your entertainment!
We have gathered a list of some of the top “cousins” to Streetmosphere and will continue to add to it as the summer months approach us!
Keep checking here for listings of events and outdoor festivals for your next summer trip.
- Oregon – Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts
- Columbia, SC – Vista After 5 & Jammin’ in July Music Festival
- Boston, MA – The Boston Arts Festival (September 10th-1th1)
- Santa Clara, CA – Festival of the Arts (weekly throughout the summer)
- Austin, TX – The Pecan Street Festival
- Indianapolis, IN – The 57th Annual Talbot Street Art Fair (June 9th&10th)
- Massachusetts – stART on the Street (June 3rd)
- Breckenridge, CO – Street Art Festival (July 27,28,29)
Fort Collins is known for its wide variety in selections of restaurants and tasty places to eat around town, and the Downtown Business Association and member businesses have teamed up to bring “Great Plates” 2012 to Old Town for the fifth year in a row.
This tradition of eating will continue this year with 30 downtown restaurants that are set to offer incredible dining specials for a full two weeks! Restaurant quality, authenticity, and diversity can be found throughout this list of restaurants that are sure to make your stomachs – and your wallets – happy.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 24 selected participants for the Creative Capital Workshop!
We had a 20% increase in submitted applications from last year’s Beet Street sponsored Creative Capital Workshop 2011 in Fort Collins, CO! This year, over 60 applications were submitted to participate in a “Professional Development Core Weekend Workshop” for artists.
After an application process of submitting online work, artistic samples, and a resume of their professional summary, a Creative Capital review panel selected the finalists. Based on the criteria that the participant could:
- Demonstrate a successful track record of ongoing, professional artistic activity and high quality work, and who earn, or are seeking to earn, their full livelihoods from their art
- Have creation of new work as a primary artistic focus (as compared to interpreting existing works)
- Appear poised to transition to a new phase of his/her artistic career
- Could benefit from setting professional goals and building upon marketing, fundraising, and financial management skills
- Could benefit from a new network of professional contacts
Its that time of year again! To start planning out your summer concert agenda. And what better place to kick off your musical entertainment then at the legendary music venue, Mishawaka Amphitheatre.
Standing in Poudre Canyon in Bellvue, CO ‘The Mish’ can be found 13.7 miles up the Poudre Canyon Highway.
“Mishawaka’s restaurant and bar are open year round, as is the The SpokesBUZZ Lounge (formally known as the Dancehall space). The outdoor amphitheatre is open seasonally from late May to late September. The indoor venue legal capacity is 154 and the Amphitheatre holds 752.”
After a long process of video submissions, live auditions, and anticipation, the final list of more than 60 performers has been collaborated! You can see the full list of artists and Streetmosphere sponsors at:
You can also check out the Beet Street website for updates and information regarding when and where performances will occur.
Be sure to visit the Streetmosphere Facebook page to connect with the performers before and after they hit the streets of Fort Collins all summer long.
Not only does this artistic project extend beyond anyones imagination of possible outdoor art, it also reaches into some environmental issues and controversial topics.
Christo’s plan (as seen in the image) is to suspend 5.9 miles of fabric over a 42-mile stretch of the Arkansas River between Salida and Cañon City in south-central Colorado.
Cool? Some say yes, some are unsure.
There are differences among these types of entry requests and depending on the type of “call” is how you should plan your application response.
Call for artist websites are filled with opportunities and it can be hard to narrow down which ones you should take the time to apply for. So, how should you decide?
A collaborative list of answers by a few of Streetmosphere’s performers answers that question:
Sawmill – “We are interested in being a part of our community here in Fort Collins. Our favorite venue for performance is an informal setting, where people can come and go and listen as they wish. Street performances are the most charming way to get our music out there to get people interested.” Read the rest of this entry »
The Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) is proud to announce a public unveiling of the AIR Curriculum Design that will highlight the hard work, time, and creativity that has been put into place over the past three months of developing the core curriculum.
On Wednesday, April 25th, AIR will be hosting an “Unveiling of Curriculum Design” from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Lincoln Center, Canyon West room.
Interested visual artists, writers, musicians, performers, designers, arts administrators, other creatives, and community members are invited to attend the presentation to learn more about the developments of what AIR will be offering beginning this fall.
The Lincoln Center is one of Colorado’s largest and most diverse presenters of professional theatre, dance, music, visual arts and children’s programs. With its mission of being a leader in cultural experience and being an essential value to the community, the center provides unique opportunities for creatives of all types to show off their artistic abilities.
Upcoming opportunities at the Lincoln Center:
Todd Queen, Chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Cao Jin, ECNU Director of Opera, continue their popular pairing with a concert of art songs, arias, duets and traditional Chinese songs at the East-West Week Virtuoso Series Concert.
Taking place on Thursday, April 26th at 7:30pm at the Colorado State University- School of the Arts. The concert will be in the Organ Recital Hall and is FREE with the purchase of a ticket to the April 27 or April 28 concerts.
The duet will reprise the recital program at a concert in Shanghai later in 2012.
It is also a popular season for the Jazz genre to get in full swing. Colorado has a list of entertaining Jazz Festivals throughout the summer months that are sure to bring you back to the legendary “Jazz Parties” of the 60′s.
A featured article in the Denver Post highlights the central Jazz festivals that are hosted in Colorado:
The First of Many Weekends of Entertainment along the Streets of Fort Collins, showcasing the Poudre School District Elementary Music Students.
As spring time comes to an end and the summer months soon approach us, the question that comes to mind is, what are you doing the weekend of May 11-13?
The answer is Streetmosphere’s opening weekend in Downtown Fort Collins. Returning for another great season of street performances, Streetmosphere is Fort Collins’s own unique showcase of our community’s talented artists, performers, and entertainers.
Streetmosphere is Beet Street’s signature cultural program that transforms Fort Collins into a spontaneous, outdoor performing arts festival all summer long. Streetmosphere provides high quality, free performances that boasts civic pride for our local, creative talent.
After a few grey days full of much needed moisture, it was wonderful to see the sun come out in support of out first weekend out with Streetmosphere! In Oak Street Plaza, the sound of jazzy rhythms and sweet voices filled the air. Not only did the Crosson Sloniker Consort draw in a crowd to listen, but added to the ambiance of the plaza. Children, equally happy to be out in the sunshine, ran and played in the fountains, walked with their parents, and explored Downtown, all to the serenade of cool jazz. The band was engaging and friendly, as all of our performers are, and totally willing to pause their set in order to talk with a community member or listen for a request. Seeing the community come alive, with a big blue banner drawing them in, was amazing, a great end to our first weekend out! Can’t wait to see what happens next. Be prepared, there’s a surprise around every corner.
Mother’s Day was a bright and happy one this year filled with music, art and sunshine! The rain took a break on Sunday to let the sun come through and the kids come out to play.
One of the performers, T-Band, set up shop in front of Ingredient, where quite a few little dancers joined them. The kids loved the sounds of the strings and could not help but stop and dance along with the band. They twirled about as their parents sat and clapped along or, in some cases, joined in.
Last weekend, Colorado State University graduates flocked to Old Town to celebrate their accomplishments with their families, and they encountered a surprise around every corner. Streetmosphere performers lined the streets of Old Town for the first weekend of a 16-week series.
The weekend was filled with music, painting, balloons and hot tea. Performers and artists braved the cold, rainy weather to kick off Streetmosphere’s opening weekend and to showcase their talents for the public.
Streetmosphere saw much larger crowds this past weekend due to the warmer weather. For Streetmosphere’s opening weekend, community members and talent had to sit through dreary weather that was in the forties, so it was a joy to see crowds around the performers this past weekend! Streetmosphere was a host to many types of talent from visual artists to musical performers to dance groups.
Dance Express was founded in 1989 by Jane Slusarski-Harris and Mary Elizabeth Lenahan, who continues to direct the troupe. Dance Express is a dance company for persons with and without disabilities, as pictured. The troupe performs over ten times a year at community events, such as church talent shows. Chosen to perform with Streetmosphere, the members of Dance Express danced to many pieces this past Saturday, including group performances and solo performances. Mary Elizabeth Lenahan, the director of Dance Express, also performs with the group and can be seen on the very left hand side of the photo. As one of the members stated at the end of their last dance, Mary Elizabeth Lenahan is “the best teacher ever,” and continues to provide a lasting experience for persons with and without disabilities.
This past weekend, Downtown was full of music, art, and dance, with the arrival of our Streetmosphere performers! The community also felt the need to be out in the sun, and many people stopped to have a look or a listen. In particular, they stopped to dance! On Saturday, the wonderful group Dance Express lead the charge, pictured here with some of their props. Moving with the music, their joy and dedication spread out towards Old Town Square, where children took to the piano and drum sounds of Viewsic, dancing across the plaza, jumping and twirling, some even singing along. Other groups inspired the dancing of an older generation, who, though they knew more steps than the youngsters, had just as much fun! So, please, make sure you get out this weekend, and come join us for a dance!
People filled the streets of Old Town this weekend, taking in the various acts that Streemosphere had to offer. The second week of the festival was a successful one, complete with sunshine that brought in swarms of people stopping to witness the action.
On Friday, Staci Tomazewski and her marimba were a definite crowd pleaser. People lined the sidewalk on the corner of Mountain and College to listen to her play, a few kids even joined in and learned a thing or two. Staci’s set created a laidback atmosphere that the audience could not help but respond to. The unique sounds and look of the marimba caused even those passing by to turn their heads, completely enthralled by the performance.
Beet Street’s second weekend of Streetmosphere performances brought people to the street and dancing to their feet in Old Town Fort Collins.
The Central Rockies Old Time Music Association, also known as C.R.O.M.A., played in Oak Street Plaza Saturday evening. With their tent nestled neatly to the side, the group left plenty of room for dancing in the plaza.
The members of C.R.O.M.A. describe themselves as just a couple of friends playing music together. On Saturday, the music of the group’s three fiddles, two banjos, guitar, and cello attracted audiences of all ages to the square. The musicians all tapped their feet in synchronization to the music and to each other, and one of the banjo players occasionally took the stage to do some tap dancing of her own. She invited the audience to join in on all of the foot tapping, and soon enough the plaza was filled with people line dancing and clapping along to the music.
“So, do you think Carolyn Lattenbach is cool?”
This was the question posed to a young boy, about the age of 5, at Oak Street Plaza on Saturday, as people found a seat or a place to dance and listened to the musical stylings of singer/songwriter Carolyn Lattenbach. Hailing from Tampa Bay, Florida, the young artist brought both her guitar and ukulele as well as an impressive voice out on the town. Performing covers as diverse as Gary Jules’ Mad World and Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, as well as original compositions, she gathered a large crowd that stuck around for most of the afternoon. Easy going and friendly, Lattenbach not only impressed with her music but also her familiarity, actively talking to the audience and cracking jokes during her set. At one point, she told the crowd, “Now this is an original, and it’s not a very nice song. But it’s played on a ukulele, and whatever you play on a ukulele sounds happy!”
So when asked if he thought Lattenbach was cool, the boy’s answer, with a giant smile spread across his face, was a strong and resounding, “Yeah!”
This past weekend, the streets were filled with artists, dancers, and musicians, all bringing new sights and sounds to Downtown. They were not, however, the only performers out for the afternoon. Children and adults, those big and small, came out with their dancing shoes on!
The group Viewsic, a piano, drum, and painter trio who work together to create both a visual and auditory experience, drew community members of all ages. While the drummer and pianist played classic favorites, they had their image captured in an imaginative new scene of paints and pastels. Bringing Old Town Square to life, more than one curious bystander felt compelled to stop.
It was more than just standing and watching, however. One little boy could not contain himself as he ran, twirled, jumped and danced to the sounds, while another child stomped his feet. A little girl was fascinated by the painting coming to life before her eyes, and couples sang along with the songs they knew. What a great thing to see, a whole community brought together, participating and sharing, celebrating the arts here in Fort Collins!
Make sure you come out, and see what surprises are in store! There are no performances next weekend (May 25-27, 2012), but Streetmopshere returns June 1!
Nothing kicks off your summer like a Streetmosphere performance! At least, it did for Rocky Mountain High Schools Spotlight and Syrens Jazz group. These very talented youg musicians kicked off their performances right in Downtown under a big blue banner, welcoming all ages to sit and listen. Though the temperature approached the low 90′s and Taste of Fort Collins called visitors on, people were more than willing to stop and listen.
Crowds also gathered by Moe’s Barbeque to listen to the catchy tunes of the Honey Gitters, a bluegrass band with attitude. Although there are only four band members, they create a monstruous sound, and it’s something you can’t help but stamp your feet to!
This past weekend, Streetmosphere welcomed Curious Gage to Old Town Square. Curious Gage is an a cappella group that puts a spin on popular instrumental band pieces. Being an a cappella group, Curious Gage only uses sounds that can be made with the voice. They sing – obviously! – but also use different techniques that one wouldn’t normally think could be in a vocal performance.
What do you get when you take a two-part harmony, a mandolin, a banjo, a guitar and some drums? The folk-rock band, Peter and the Wolves, that’s what! The local Fort Collins band graced the streets of Old Town this Sunday with their acoustic set in their first show of this Streetmosphere season.
Doing a mix of covers and originals, the group entertained onlookers with their smooth sounds. People sat in the shade provided by the trees of Mountain Avenue to avoid the heat and listen to the soothing music. With a mesmerizing folksy twang, Peter and the Wolves drew people in, causing them to stop and watch the trio. One person even made it a point to stop at tell us how much she enjoyed the performance, stating that the group was “definitely a great choice” for the event.
Are you new to town? Are you frantically searching for things to do on your Friday evenings? Well, the search ends here. Streetmosphere enters its fifth weekend this coming weekend, and things are heating up.
Last Friday, artists and musicians alike performed under the blazing sun. The Steve Johnson Group played outside Ingredient for a steady stream of adoring fans. The quartet, headed by pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, Steve Johnson, also included Pat Moorhead on bass, Mark Manges on trumpet and flugelhorn, and James Richards on drums. The group performed vocal jazz as well as classic pop songs, and people sang along to the words as they sat on the benches to watch.
It has been said that talent runs in the family and that is especially true for the Amber Waves Band. The six-piece band consists of parents, Michael and Cheryl Costello; twins, Alexandra and Kaitlin; son, Sean; and youngest daughter, Mary.
A definite crowd favorite, the local band drew in families and individuals of all ages who stopped to watch and clap along to the music. They engrossed the crowd outside of Cache Bank this Saturday with their alluring strings and haunting melodies.
Despite the smoke caused by the High Park Fire, many people were about Old Town this weekend to enjoy many Streetmosphere performances. Chris Bates, a local artist, set up just outside of Austin’s on Saturday evening and mesmerized many community members with his unique artwork.
Bates specializes in pen and ink portraits, acrylic paint, mixed media, and murals.
Bright colors, towering animal faces, and wood chips lined College Avenue this weekend, while as many as 4 artists worked away with Half Moon Arts. The local non-profit, run by Rose Moon, works with at-risk youth, ages 13-21, to create an environment both artistic and imaginative.
The program utilizes the process of making totem poles to inspire the participants. From a log of wood, they carve out a unique world, followed by a heaping amount of colorful paint. Creativity is highly encouraged, helping to promote self-esteem and healing. The work produced by these amazing young people sells through local events, allowing for feelings of accomplishment and success. The organization has been commissioned to make totem poles for many organizations in town as well, such as the Fort Collins Cat Rescue.
This past Saturday, two of the three band members, brothers Peter and Dan Workman, drew a crowd with their captivating harmonies and array of instuments, including a guitar, banjo, and mandolin. While the band was formed just last year in 2011, the Workman brothers were playing together long before that, starting in high school and continuing onward. Now, accompanied by a drummer, the group draws inspiration from groups such as the Fleet Foxes and Arcade Fire, creating a folk sound with a rock kick to it! While the drummer couldn’t be with us Saturday, the brothers talked about the enjoyment of “busking” on the street, relating it back to their music roots and the tradition of folk being played for the people. Both know how to play the instuments they had in tow, and would often switch with each other, even from song to song. Warm and inviting, this group is one you don’t want to miss!
The non-profit, musical and dance performance group, ARCINDA, joined the ranks of Streetmosphere’s talented artists when they played in Oak Street Plaza on Sunday. The group of eight performers nestled themselves cozily into a corner of the plaza—they even brought their own carpets to sit on—and brought the sounds of faraway Indonesia to Fort Collins, Colo.
ARCINDA’s mission is to do just that: to combine the eastern and western worlds by performing and educating people about the arts and culture of Indonesia. They do so using a variety of heavy, wooden instruments called Javanese Gamelan, which they play while other members of the group sing and dance in typical Indonesian fashion.
Many of the eight members that played at Oak Street Plaza on Sunday had their own Javanese Gamelan. These instruments grabbed the audience’s attention purely based on their immensity and ornately carved wooden structures, not to mention their uniqueness to western culture. Of the Javanese Gamelan on site, there were two gongs, four demung, a bonang, and a kendang.
Comprised of professional musicians from the Fort Collins area, the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet embodies everything that is Fort Collins music.
The Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet has performed several Streetmosphere performances this summer and has certainly gathered a lot of local attention. Performing at sites such as Moe’s Original Barbeque and Oak Street Plaza, the Quartet appeals to a wide variety of audiences by playing all types of genres: polka, jazz, classical, ceremonial, and even some modern pop.
This Saturday, on the corner of Mountain and College, directly in front of Cache Bank, a group of people sat in a circle, each with a string instrument in hand. These people, the members of CROMA (Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association), drew in a crowd with their infectious old-time tunes and occasional tap dancing.
The relaxed vibe of the “jam circle” encouraged onlookers to surround the musicians. Whether they stood against the walls of the bank or sat on the benches that lined the planters in the shade, people could not help but stop and take in the festive plucking of strings and tap dancing. Some members of the crowd even stopped and joined in, tap dancing along with the members of CROMA.
Have you had the chance to check out Elyse Miller performing for Streetmosphere yet? If your answer is no, you’re missing out.
Elyse Miller is one of Streetmosphere’s toughest and most dedicated musical artists. Back in May, she would play her guitar through the night despite icy fingers and the risk of frostbite. Now, seven weeks later, Elyse Miller is still braving the elements. This past weekend she conquered the heat; she tucked herself subtly into the shady space between Moe’s Barbeque and Pueblo Viejo, plugged in her fan, and played for hours.
But Elyse Miller is anything but subtle. On Saturday, her voice drifted through the hot air and attracted the attention of many a passerby. (Fellow Streetmosphere musicians, Peter and the Wolves, even stopped by to listen!) Elyse sang many of her own original songs, including titles like “New Life” and “Paper Doll” but also covered some songs by a wide range of artists, such as Green Day and Tom Petty.
Not all Streetmosphere fans come out on two legs. Usually, there’s more than one furry, four-legged friend in the crowd, and the last weekend of June was no exception. One of our most dedicated fan-dogs is a little grey terrier named Ike.
Ike, along with his owner, loves to experience the sights and sounds of Downtown. Whether it’s a visual artist painting, such as the lovely Ren Burke, or the whimsical sounds of Fiddle Whamdiddle, Ike is always more than happy to visit. His owner mentioned that he loves to be downtown, and that coming out for Streetmosphere has become a weekly ritual.
Ukulele strums could be heard throughout Old Town Square Saturday afternoon, followed by a smooth voice singing the words to Paramore’s “The Only Exception”. This unlikely combination resulted in a unique cover by Florida native, Carolyn Lauttenbach, which had crowd members of all ages nodding, clapping and dancing along. Throughout the rest of the set, Carolyn did a mix of classic and popular covers, as well as original material, occasionally trading the ukulele for an acoustic guitar.
Only in Fort Collins can you expect to find a surprise around every corner. That’s Streetmosphere’s slogan, and we’re sticking to it!
The program just completed its seventh weekend of performances in Old Town, Fort Collins. Despite some bad weather and some smoky air, we couldn’t be more pleased with the performances, the artists, and the crowds that have come out to support Streetmosphere every weekend.
All these feelings of nostalgia prompted the “street team” to dig deeper—to uncover the things about Streetmosphere and Fort Collins that are truly different than anywhere else in the world. It wasn’t difficult to find these things; in fact, the list had grown exponentially after just one day of observation.
This past Friday, I began my internship with Beet Street. What a fun night to start out!There were performances and artists to pique anyone’s interest. My favorite, however, had to be MDT3.
MDT3 is a jazz trio made up of Ron Holleman (trumpet), Chuck Landgraf (drums), and Tim Gauthier (guitar). These gentlemen have been involved in the Colorado jazz scene for quite some time now and they each belong to multiple bands besides MDT3. They name their group after Ron’s marquis instrument: the Morrison Digital Trumpet (MDT). Though Ron is a very talented trumpeter, he played the MDT just about as often as he did his traditional instruments on Friday.
Sunday afternoon was a host to great weather, bustling crowds, and of course Streetmosphere!! Along with many other performers with Streetmosphere on Sunday, The Seers entertained crowds downtown at Old Town Square.
The Seers, a rock/blues duo, is comprised of two talented musicians, Brian Collins and Sean Waters, who perform on guitar and piano, as well as sing. They perform many pieces they have written themselves and even take song requests!
Front Range Village, located south of Old Town on Harmony and Corbett Drive, is the perfect place to escape for the day. The Village has places to eat, shop, relax, and as of last weekend, watch performers display their talents. That’s right, Beet Street’s signature program, Streetmosphere, has expanded to Front Range Village for the first time ever!
With a new location, new crowds, and new surprises, Streetmosphere experienced a weekend of “firsts.” The Honey Gitters, along with ARCINDA and Susan K. Dailey, were the first of Streetmosphere’s dedicated musicians and artists to test out the new location.
When you become a street musician, you want your performance to be memorable. You want people to stop, watch, listen, and groove to the music. You want people to take pictures, grab your flyers, and tell their friends. You want to entertain, and you want to do it well, obviously.
No one masters the art of street performance better than Streetmopshere’s Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet. The quartet played outside of Cache Bank this past Friday evening.
Their first attention getter: they are a quartet of three members. This isn’t entirely true, but it happened to be the case Friday night, which was highly confusing to the people on the streets of Fort Collins. The Four Tuba Quartet played for three hours with only three tubas… a trio, according to most dictionaries. Their fourth band member had prior commitments, but that didn’t prevent the three remaining tuba players from pouring their heart and soul into their performance.
Streetmosphere was welcomed by Front Range Village staff during their second week of operation. Stage Manager Jan paused for a photo-op on the vehicle used by the Front RangeVillage’s security team.
Streetmosphere has expanded to the shopping mall at Front Range Village, located on Harmony and Ziegler. You can find lots of different shops and places to eat, but if eating and shopping isn’t your thing, you can check out a book at the public library!
Through the weekend of August 19th, Streetmosphere will be operating both at Front Range Village and in Old Town! Hours do differ a little between FRV and Old Town, so be sure to check out the hours below, or you can check out or website for a more detailed schedule!
The motto for Streetmosphere is, “Expect surprise around every corner,” and the group, Viewsic Art, represents that to a T. Viewsic combines beautiful music and singing, with the artistic stylings of Streetmosphere solo artist, Chris Bates, for an overall unique performance.
Set up in Old Town Square this past Sunday, Viewsic Art drew in a crowd of curious bystanders. Some members of the crowd danced, clapped or sang along to the music, while others stopped to admire Chris’ artwork. Whatever they did, the audience as a whole was completely captivated by the performance.
All of Streetmosphere’s performers are impressive. The musicians invoke spontaneous dancing by people walking past. The dancers draw huge crowds of people to watch and participate. But the visual artists often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. They sit quietly in front of their project for hours, painting, drawing, carving or sewing, and occasionally stop to chat with a passerby. Their craft doesn’t gather as much attention as the noisy musicians or the lively dancers, but the visual artists are just as important to Streetmosphere’s success as any.
Among the performers of this past weekend, some notable visual artists deserve some attention. These visual artists include HalfMoon Arts, Art on Mountain, and Chris Bates.
HalfMoon Arts is an arts apprenticeship program for youth ages 13 to 21. The youth who participate in Streetmosphere all design, carve, and paint totem poles in Oak Street Plaza. They begin with a log that has been flattened on one side. The artists must first shave down the surface of the log until it becomes smooth. Then they draw out their design in pencil on the log and begin carving into the wood. Once it has been carved to their liking, they paint it, mount it, and add any additional features—one of the artists added a tiny strand of lights to her totem pole. The artists can then opt to sell their work to the public and generate a small income.
There is just something about old-timey music that makes people want to dance, and Sawmill’s music is no different. The duo set up on the corner of Mountain and College, in front of Cache Bank, last Saturday night where they were met with an enthusiastic crowd who, you guessed it, couldn’t help but stop and dance.
The banjo and fiddle pair consists of Beth and Eric, who have casually been playing music together for three years, but only formed Sawmill about a year ago. In previous years, Beth and Eric attended Streetmosphere as spectators, but decided this year it would be fun to audition and here they are!
Sawmill draws in crowds with a fun, relaxed set, encouraging people to interact and dance along. The duo’s laidback attitude helps to create a carefree performance environment where people can just enjoy themselves and have a good time.
Sawmill will be performing at both the downtown and south locations of Streetmosphere all summer long. For more information about the band, including a schedule of their upcoming performances, check out their website.
To find out more about the Streetmosphere artists and schedules, be sure to check out our Facebook page or our website. While you’re there, be sure to take our survey to let us know what you think for a chance to win a prize! And don’t forget, while you’re at next week’s event, pick up a guidebook to learn more about the sponsors that make Streetmosphere possible!
Tim Van Schmidt is a craftsman, and a freelance writer and photographer. He specializes in writing about contemporary music on the local and national level. An experienced writer, Van Schmidt wrote for The Coloradoan as the music columnist, for the Fort Collins Forum as the entertainment columnist, as well as edited for Scene Magazine, of which he is a co-founder. Since then, Van Schmidt has been publishing his writing and photographs online.
Van Schmidt’s photography career really blossomed because of his writing. When attending concerts to write a review, he was always asked, “Do you also want a photo pass?” Since then, he has photographed many artists, such as Clapton, Springsteen, U2 – and of course our Streetmosphere performers!
Tim followed the end of the 2011 Streetmosphere program and photographed eight of the performers in Old Town. This year, Van Schmidt says that “checking up on Streetmosphere is a regular part of my summer!!” He has photographed twenty-two of our artists so far in both our downtown and Front Range Village locations.
Live music is what keeps Van Schmidt ticking, and Fort Collins doesn’t disappoint. Out of the hundreds of cities he has visited, he says that “Fort Collins has gone way beyond the average city.” Our city provides programs like Noontime Notes in Oak Street Plaza, concerts in Old Town square, FOCOMX, Bohemian Nights at New West Fest, and of course Streetmosphere to promote live music and its native artists.
Van Schmidt enjoys the diversity and accessibility Streetmosphere offers and says that “it would be a crime not to take advantage of what is offered in so much abundance.”
Despite construction closures and tremendous traffic jams, people came out to the streets Friday night to hear a variety of Streetmosphere musicians. This was the first weekend of the summer where the majority of performers have been musical, with Susan K. Dailey being the only visual artist on the lineup.
People loved the unique sounds of the four musical groups: MDT 3, the Steve Johnson Group, the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet, and the String Quartet Con Brio.
I’ve already written about the Fort Collins Four Tuba Quartet and the Steve Johnson Group, but MDT 3 and the String Quartet Con Brio deserve some attention.
This past weekend, New West Fest brought crowds into Downtown Fort Collins, spilling out over the festival area, enjoying music, art, and the wonderful atmosphere. There was a true sense of community this week, with people coming together to celebrate and enjoy the festivities together. But not just Downtown! At Front Range Village, Streetmosphere was building community as well, encouraging patrons of the shopping center to stop and have a listen. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting in the grass, listening to music on a warm weekend afternoon. I had the opportunity to do this three times this past weekend—twice listening to the jazzy beats of the Steve Johnson Group and once enjoying the softer melodies of the Seers. I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.
The Steve Johnson Group is a Streetmosphere regular. They wedge themselves into the back corner of Oak Street Plaza, fitting at least five people and more than five instruments, plus a water cooler, amps and speakers, and all sorts of other equipment under a big, blue tent. They may be located way in the back, but their music can be heard from all around the plaza and beyond. They play old favorites, such as Steely Dan, as well as non-lyrical jazz tunes.
This week we are celebrating Fort Collins native, DeWain Valentine. Valentine is a California artist who has built a reputation on his large, vibrant, polished cast-resin sculptures that have been exhibited across the nation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Spectators of his work will be taken on a journey through minimalist forms that are both captivating and awe provoking, with high gloss and brilliant color.
Starting October 1st, Valentine will have his art on display at the Colorado State University Art Museum located in the University Center for the Arts, which happens to be the the old Fort Collins High School that DeWain attended. Also on October 1st, he will present a lecture about his process and his work starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall. A reception will follow from 6:00- 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit http://artmuseum.colostate.edu/.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month. The arts are a significant entity in our families, community, and hearts. Not only do the arts entertain us, they inspire us and make the world a brighter, more vibrant place. Art is a vast presence in our daily lives, and deserves the appreciation of its many supporters. Many of us are hobbyists, enthusiasts, or even artists, and we can agree that the arts play a unique role in shaping our community.
This month-long event gives us an excuse to add some extra events to our list of those to attend this month. However, celebrating doesn’t have to mean going to events. It can be as easy being a regular advocate by spreading general love of the arts to others, or even enjoying art related activities with your family, like listening to music, reading, dancing, or drawing. The degree and nature of our celebration is up to each individual, but regardless, let us take the time to commemorate and explore our arts culture in October.
Frank Wedekind’s theatre performance, “Spring Awakening,” opens on October 4th. The performance captures the essence of teenage life in the early 20th century. The impudently direct content inspired avant-garde playwrights of future eras, and was subject to censorship for the first sixty-three years of production. The themes depicted in the performance— adolescence struggle, anxiety, and sexual awakening— are eerily familiar, even premiering a century prior, to modern times.
This performance, which first premiered in 1906, is being held in the University Center for the Arts in the Studio Theatre, starting October 4th at 7:30 p.m. “Spring Awakening” is part of the CSU Theatre Guest Artist Initiative with Denver Center Theatre’s Douglas Langworthy’s new translation.
The uncensored content in “Spring Awakening” is “R-rated.” Admission is for 18 years of age and up only. For more information, please visit their website.
Salsa dancing at the Rio has been a local tradition for folks looking to spice up their Tuesday night, and for those who haven’t attended one of these sessions, you’re missing out! Each session of Salsa dancing, hosted by The Rhythm Company, begins with a mini lesson, starting at 7:30 p.m., with some of the basics to help get participants dancing in no time.
The comfortable and fun atmosphere makes for an exciting night of dancing. You can bring a someone with you but there are usually plenty of willing partners to dance with if you come on your own.
After attending the mini lesson or if you are already an expert in Salsa, a DJ plays a variety of zesty melodies to dance to, from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m., so you can show off your new moves.
The Rhythm Company also hosts Swing dancing at Old Town Yoga every Saturday evening! For more information, please visit their website.
Imaginative imagery illustrates a working mother juxtaposed by “two distinctly different worlds” who is “hoping to navigate them both successfully.” “Observations” by Assistant Professor of Studio Arts at Brigham Young University and mother, Sunny Belliston Taylor, explores these beautiful opposites in blissful complexity that makes you want to stare at each piece for hours. The endless layers, overlapping patterns, and visual texture contributes to an intimate setting in this wonderful, must-see collection of works.
“Observations” currently resides in the Clara Hatton Gallery in the CSU Visual Arts Building. As a free exhibition, there is no excuse to miss this event and is worth dodging the multitude of students on campus to get there. The show will run through November 16th.
For more information, please visit their website.
Jennifer Angus’s exhibition “Memory Game” depicts an interconnected world of insects and humans. Angus’s work incorporates various patterns and beautifully organized arrangements of bugs that are displayed on the wall. The installation was partially inspired by the Ray and Charles Eames Memory Game the artist experiences in her childhood.
A wall full of bugs might not sound the most appealing to some, but Jennifer Angus redefines the nature and conception of insects in a precise and wonderful manner. Seeing this installation will not only surprise viewers, but also get them thinking about bugs and art in a new way.
In addition to the regular exhibition, CSU Professor of Entomology, Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, is presenting a gallery talk this Thursday, October 18th, at 6:30 p.m. on “Colorado’s Big Bugs.” This exhibition is currently featured in the Lincoln Center and will run through November 3rd. For more information, please visit this website.
Imagine, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos saturating the background during an evening amongst friends; the sophisticated classics offering a more mature environment for those feeling a little under-cultured and overwhelmed with contemporary hits on the radio. What could be better?
How about if those attending had the opportunity to indulge in some of New Belgium’s finest locally crafted brews? Presenting, “Bach and Beer,” an event hosted by The Fort Collins Symphony and, you heard right, New Belgium Brewery.
Listen to Bach while sipping beer with friends, and enjoy “Bach and Beer” on Friday, October 19th, starting at 6:00 p.m. at New Belgium Brewery. Please visit this website for more information.
The feeling of dancing with a partner whose identity is sealed behind a mask could be described as mysterious and exhilarating. The chance to partake in such an experience is this coming Saturday, October 27th, at The Wild Goose Masquerade Ball! Inhibitions are lowered when we are in disguise, so what a perfect opportunity to waltz, swing, tango, and polka your way to a delightfully elegant and wonderful evening. Live music will be provided by the 50-piece Mostly Strauss Orchestra, which will not only help set the mood for the ball, but offer for a most memorable experience.
The ball will be filled with costumed participants from the most exotic to the tastefully sophisticated; it is up to you what “look” you may focus on. Attire is formal, semi-formal, or ethnic. Friends of Traditional Dance is hosting this elegant event in the CSU Lory Student Center Main Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the website.
Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor is the ‘unofficial’ theme song of Halloween, and though the name might not be familiar, those few opening notes are unmistakable. The 7th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza couldn’t offer anything less than an amazing night of spooky organ music for all to hear, not to mention costumed musicians. Joel Bacon, a CSU organ professor and performer at the event, sums it up by saying, “It’s a shame Halloween only comes once a year.”
The Extravaganza will be held appropriately in the Organ Recital Hall at CSU’s University Center of the Arts on Halloween night at seven, nine, and eleven o’clock.
It’s a great opportunity to bring your children or friends, or just to enjoy a night of ghoulish music to celebrate the holiday and the end of National Arts and Humanities Month. Visit the University Center for the Arts website for more information.
It’s time again for goblins, ghosts, ghouls, and pumpkin guts. It’s Halloween! But, after all the sugar wears off, we are forced back to work and back to reality, with a stomachache. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our lives in between holidays.
Sometimes we all need to take a break from life, step back, and laugh at it. Enjoying a night out with one of Comedy Central’s top-100 comedians of all-time, Sinbad, will help us accomplish just that. Sinbad has experienced nation-wide success exhibiting his ideas on life’s inelegant moments. He bluntly demonstrates obvious flaws in the way we behave towards one another and in general, in a way that captures his audience in relatable hilarity.
The Lincoln Center hosts Sinbad on Thursday, November 1st, at 7:30p.m. Laughter can add years to your life, so don’t miss this opportunity to prolong your lifespan!
For more information, visit the Lincoln Center website.
Virtuoso is an Italian based word meaning versed, or skilled. We use it today to describe someone who is particularly skilled in a given field, like music!
The Virtuoso Series Concerts, hosted by the University Center for the Arts, has consistently presented talented musical artists who demonstrate beautiful melodies that allure and entertain audiences. These concerts occur on a regular basis and make for a great opportunity to enjoy a night out as well as appreciate the many various musicians featured.
If a sitter for the children is unavailable, consider taking them as well! With ticket prices for youth (2-17) at $1 a-piece, it would be less expensive to bring them along, not to mention the benefits of exposing young children to the arts. Overall, Virtuoso Series Concerts are great events for families!
Post election, we should be proud that we performed our duty as citizens, exercising our right to vote. We voted for national leaders, local leaders, judges, referendums, amendments, statutes, ordinances, and more—but the important thing is that we were able to vote.
The ability to vote reminds us of the freedoms that we enjoy everyday in this wonderful country, that of which were preserved through the sacrifice of our people. Our current servicemen/servicewomen and veterans are true heroes.
The experiences and thoughts of a soldier are difficult to describe in words. Art offers an opportunity to express opinions in a universal language. Poudre Studio Artists & Galleries is featuring art by veterans and about our military and country in their exhibition, “Freedom Isn’t Free.”
The show honors those who serve or have served, and gives tribute to the very ideal they fought for. Veterans day is on November 11th, but we must not limit our appreciation and memorial to a single day. Remember our veterans and celebrate them in every way possible.
Creativity is one of those traits everyone wants a little more of and you can never have enough of. It is a characteristic pursued in both the art and the business world. According to the Americans for the Arts, “… creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders…the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.”
Innovation becomes more important as we experience current challenges and attempt to predict problems of subsequent years. It is important to examine creativity as an entity in our lives and the role it plays in shaping our future.
To look at how we can encourage it in our children, inspire it in our daily lives, enhance it in our workplace, and take the steps necessary to grow creativity in our communities.
Resources to expand knowledge on the nature of creativity are abundant. Local creatives and artists, books, magazines, and especially the Internet, – information on creativity is everywhere. A great place to search for them online is our AIR (Arts Incubator of the Rockies) website. The Knowledge Center is full of videos, articles, and more on creative topics.
The Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) is a new program created in collaboration with Beet Street, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins. But, instead of just Colorado based, it is a 10 state regional arts incubator program with a beautifully crafted website as its foundation.
The AIR website provides a place where artists can share and get feedback on their work, collaborate with other artists, look for job opportunities in the Opportunity Center, watch inspirational videos, and read helpful articles in the Knowledge Center. Also offered, are the Shift and Evolve workshops, which were generated to develop and expand individuals’ confidence and success in their professional journeys. Overall, It is an amazing site centered around and specifically constructed for all kinds of artists and art organizations.
There is an option to be a free or paid member (added benefits and features for paid members), and with paid memberships starting at $50 annually, the benefits outweigh the cost. AIR combines marketing opportunity, a constructive artist community, and the convenience of multiple tools for artists in one place.
The more members who join AIR, the deeper the benefits and the higher the quality the website becomes. If you haven’t already, check out the website and all its amazing features, become a member, and tell all your friends.
Silent films once captivated audiences when the invention of the motion picture was just getting started. The ability to record synchronized sound was not yet available, and the films often featured subtitles and an accompanying score of music. Actors, such as the famous, Charlie Chaplin, were forced to act in a way that would tell a story through action and body language rather than dialogue. Silent films were around from 1894 through the 1920s, until they were replaced with “talkies,” or films produced with recorded sound.
In the beginning of the film era, the silent film was the foundation of our modern flick and deserves to be remembered on occasion. The first filmmakers were true innovators, because movies had yet to exist before, and plots were completely original.
The event, “4 Funny Films,” presents the opportunity to view some of these films in their true comedic mastery. The films are being featured at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, are sponsored by the Fort Collins Symphony—and they are showing Friday, November 16th, at 7:00 p.m. For more information visit their website.
If, however, you happen to miss this event, do not hesitate to seek out these films in libraries, online, or in video shops; they are worth any time it takes to find them.
The holiday season is upon us once again. The cold weather has finally come out of hiding, helping the transition into the winter months. Old Town is glimmering with a mass of glowing lights, familiar holiday drinks have returned to menus across town, and often, this cold time of the year brings warmth through traditions and the spirit of the season.
As many people are building our local economy by shopping at local stores, may we not forget about our wonderful arts scene, which can be a wonderful option to indulge in the spirit of the holidays. Many arts organizations feature holiday shows, including the CSU University Center for the Arts’ production A Christmas Story, Canyon Concert Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Bas Bleu Theatre’s Almost Maine, and Opera Fort Collins’ Gift of the Magi. The opportunity to enjoy and support the arts during this holiday season is invaluable.
Sharing time with friends and family is a large part of many people’s traditions and what better occasion to create memories than attending the multitude of fantastic, spirit boosting, arts events in Fort Collins.
Our recently launched website, Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR), has been growing rapidly—now incorporating almost 600 members. The website includes a variety of great resources designed for all artists and art-based organizations, not only for inspiration and motivation, but also for connecting and succeeding. This regional arts incubator is a wonderful opportunity for artists to utilize many tools in one convenient website.
Recently, we have added a helpful and comprehensive website tour to the homepage. This tour, guided by our own Executive Director, Beth Flowers, walks viewers through the website features and functionality. If you have never visited the website before, have casually browsed it, or have recently become a member, this tour is the perfect chance to learn the power of the website and how to use it.
We are still in the midst of our membership drive and are recruiting as many people as possible. There is no force to commit. Though paid members have access to more features and benefits, free memberships still include a great base of available resources. So please, visit the website, and take the tour to help get you immersed in AIR.
There are so many opportunities coming up to share your art in Fort Collins, that we decided to list all the calls for entry, open auditions, contests and classes that we could find. Please let us know if there is anything else you know of that should be on this list! You can post opportunities for yourself at the AIR Opportunity Center if you are a free or paid member, and you can always get in touch with us through the Beet Street Facebook page!
The Center of Fine Art Photography Exhibition Entries due January 23, 11:59pm:
Explore stories, memories and histories through personal, familial, cultural and/or universal imagery.
The Center of Fine Art Photography Classes:
The Business of Photography – February 16
Lighting with Flash – February 17.
Audition deadline January 28, 5pm:
Get paid to share your art on the streets of Fort Collins! Beet Street is seeking a wide-variety of talent to perform as part of this year’s Streetmosphere program scheduled for May 10 – September 1, 2013.
Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest
Entries accepted February 1 – 15:
This contest for both teens and adults is sponsored by the Poudre River Public Library District.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in both categories.
2013 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project, Proposals Due February 12, 5pm:
The City of Fort Collins, Art in Public Places Program is seeking local artists, teams, or non-profit organizations to develop and paint murals on electrical transformer cabinets around Fort Collins. The murals are intended to help mitigate graffiti, as well as add art to the community.
Rigden Farm Call for Entries by February 15:
An inter-generational art show that will be presented on February 20th.
Artists young and old are encouraged to display their work.
Even though there is still snow on the ground, here at Beet Street, we’ve got Streetmosphere on our minds. This year’s season begins on Mother’s Day weekend, and May 10 will be here before we know it. We will be back in Old Town every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. We will also be back at Front Range Village in South Fort Collins July 5 – August 3, with Friday night performances and a NEW Saturday evening concert series!
We are very pleased to announce that we will bring over 90 acts to the streets of Fort Collins this season! That is a 48% increase from last year, allowing us to support more performers and provide a greater variety of entertainment. It was wonderful to see over 120 talented acts apply this year – thanks to all of you.
These increases say a lot about the program. First, that the word about Streetmosphere is spreading, not only in Fort Collins, but throughout Colorado. We are proud to see how far Streetmosphere has come in just three years, helping to put Fort Collins on the map as an arts and culture destination. There are also several cities that are interested in starting a similar program, and we are working with them to discover how they might bring Streetmosphere to their own communities.
Because we’re so thrilled about starting the 2013 season just one week from tomorrow, we would like to take a moment to look back and see how the program has grown since its inaugural season in 2010.
- Over 1,100 performances have taken place!
- This year, there will be 17% youth acts, with a special Poudre School District Elementary School Showcase and a Little Kids Rock Showcase.
- Public attendance of street performances grew from 60,000 in 2010 to nearly 150,000 in 2012.
- Approximately 55% of visitors to Old Town come specifically to see Streetmosphere artists and performers (based on in-person surveys)
- More than 50 local businesses and organizations have provided financial support of the program.
- The number of qualified applications received grew from 90 the first year to 125 this year.
We look forward to seeing you as a part of this year’s crowd!
Downtown can’t have all the fun. Get ready for Streetmosphere South, which is starting July 5 and runs for 5 weekends through August 3.
Streetmosphere expanded last year to Front Range Village, which is the shopping area near Harmony Rd. and Corbett Dr. This year brings an exciting new addition to spice things up a little more – a Saturday Concert Series! And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the lineup:
- July 6 – The Holler! A quartet with a bluegrassy sound, rock n’ roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation.
- July 13 – Liz Barnez and Streetmosphere Friends A wonderfully eclectic singer/songwriter joined by several Streetmosphere favorites.
- July 20 – Danielle Ate the Sandwich Nationally-recognized independent folk musician and songwriter from Fort Collins
- July 27 – Manabí Salsa Band The first salsa band in town, playing pure Latin salsa that is perfect for both families and dancing crowds.
- August 3 – Kenny Cordova & the Olde Rock Band Presenting the greatest rock and roll, motown, and country music hits.
The concerts will be Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm. On Fridays during those 5 weeks there will be a more traditional Streetmosphere experience in Front Range Village, with multiple performances at once from 6-9pm including Opera Fort Collins, The Honey Gitters and the Escape Goats.
We are excited to see you down there!
July 5-August 3, 2013
Fridays 6-9pm and Saturday Concert Series 6:30-8:30pm
Downtown will still be running as well! Saturdays 12:30-8:30pm and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm
The band members of Rich With Friends hail from all over the United States, coming together to create a unique sound with great energy. Acoustic guitarist and lead singer Rich Center describes their music as “A blend of Bluegrass/Americana/Folk,” and notes, “We have a stellar time… Playing in front of a live audience only feeds the fire and sometimes we even dance ourselves off stage.”
Rich is joined by his friends Kenny (bassist), Brian (electric guitartist), and Emily (mandolinist) who are excited to perform at Streetmosphere this summer. “Streetmosphere provides the stage for people to interact through the medium of music,” says Rich, adding, “the bottom line is that music and arts bring community together… to be a part of that is amazing.” See Rich with Friends perform at Streetmosphere this Saturday evening in Old Town Square. You might even hear Brian playing the electric guitar and kazoo at the same time, or the catch the infamous song “String Break”, written in honor of Rich’s tendency to break guitar strings during his wild performances.
You can also read more about the band at www.richwithfriends.com, and follow them on Facebook.
The Canyon Concert Ballet was a part of Streetmosphere’s first year when their traditional venue, the Lincoln Center was under renovation. After two years off, the ballet decided to audition again this year because they so enjoyed reaching the community in this unique way. As Executive Director Kim Lang states, “Streetmosphere is a great program to expose all kinds of arts to all kinds of people. It doesn’t take long for someone passing by to be drawn in to the beauty of art.”
The Canyon Concert Ballet has grown over the past 33 years to a company of nearly 20 dancers and instructors. It is also the leading dance school in Northern Colorado, with over 400 students in two locations. On Saturday afternoon, the ballet will present three performing groups: The Canyon Concert Youth Ensemble with students 6-15, the competition troupe of teenage, advanced students, and the Canyon Concert Ballet Company itself. We look forward to their return.
As the Bas Bleu theatre website notes, “an evening of Comedy Brewers combines the fast pace of hilarious short-form improv games along with long-form style that collaboratively tells a story. From comedy to drama, short scenes to full-length epics, The Comedy Brewers will engage and entertain audiences with rich characters and relationships.”
The Comedy Brewers are taking their improv act to the corner of Mountain and College this Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Their performance will change depending on the audience and whatever mood may strike! Whatever they come up with, it is sure to be hilarious.
We will also see a form of improv in the written word this weekend from Northern Colorado Writers. This collective of writers will be in Oak Street plaza on Saturday from 12:30-3:30pm doing readings of their work, but also getting the public involved in writing a progressive community story.
View the Northern Colorado Writers’ facebook event to see the full list of members who will be doing readings, and visit them in person this Saturday afternoon to contribute a line of writing to the story written by the Streetmosphere audience!
Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson performed at Streetmosphere last Sunday. The two musicians, who have been friends for over 25 years, will be performing songs from diverse traditions and styles including folk, blues, rock, singer-songwriter and Americana.
Russ notes, “We are both singers, song-writers and multi-instrumentalists, and we both share a taste for good tunes, no matter what the source.” The two musicians have worked together for years, Russ producing Pamela’s solo records when he worked at Kiva records and Pamela making appearances on his solo records as well. Russ notes, “We share a love of indigenous culture and music. We have a musical connection that makes performing together a lot of fun.”
Russ notes, “We enjoy making music in public spaces… Streetmosphere is an amazing way to showcase the artistic talent in our midst, and in a interactive, community building way.” He adds that, “When a community values and honors it’s artists I believe the community broadens and deepens in its cultural experience.”
You can read more at: www.russhopkins.com
To highlight the range of performers we have this year, we chose one returning favorite and one newcomer from last weekend to feature:
New to Streetmosphere: Br’er Fox’s One Man Band had crowds of 50-100 people clapping and dancing and singing. Steve Jones is the talented musician behind the name and he works his foot drum, harmonica, megaphone and more, all at the same time. Steve also had a basket of instruments that he left out with an open invitation for the public to pick them up and play. His one-man operation quickly turned into an ensemble, with kids and adults alike experimenting with sounds they had never made before.
Returning: The Fort Collins Marimba Student Ensemble is a group of all ages, which embodies a sense of community in the performance itself. African-style marimba music is excellent for developing musical ability and a spirit of cooperation in kids and the group generated roaring applause in Old Town Square from crowds of over 100.
Streetmosphere will also be making a special Fourth of July Streetmosphere appearance this Thursday at the Avery House. From 10:00am-3:00pm audiences will enjoy several unique performances.
10:00am-11:30am Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association
12:00pm-1:30pm American Tapestry
Central Rockies Old-Time Music Association is a group of musicians committed to preserving, promoting, and presenting old-time music in the Central Rocky Mountain region.
American Tapestry is a singing group that specializes in “History Through Entertainment”. American Tapestry brings their program to life by dressing in period costumes, playing the roles of historical figures, and by singing and choreographing songs of America’s past – a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!
And d’ACCORDion is exactly what it sounds like – musical stylings from accordian player Martin Limbird.
This weekend is also the launch of Streetmosphere South with multiple performances Friday from 6:00-9:00pm and The Holler! as the first Saturday Concert.
There will of course also be Streetmosphere performances downtown, which will run Saturday from 12:30-8:30pm and Sunday from 12:30-4:30pm.
So much going on! We look forward to seeing you!
Beet Street is hosting a weekend workshop September 20-22 for anyone who wants to boost their career or build their community.
One of the most unique aspects of the AIR Shift Workshop is that it brings something different to everyone by connecting creativity and business in innovative ways. If you are a visual artist, musician, writer or performer you will learn how to bring business tools into your creative practice and how to find partners and funders. If you are an accountant, lawyer, teacher, or business owner you will learn how you can benefit from working with artists and how you can bring more creativity to your day job. You may even find the inspiration and skills to begin a new venture or career change.
During the three day workshop you will discover new opportunities in the new economy of innovation and art, learn design thinking and business planning in a hands-on process, develop new relationships with people of diverse backgrounds, imagine new career paths, and develop your own personal action plan.
High School Science teacher Jan Harrison said, “I was ready for a change and AIR Shift gave me a place to start. I now have the confidence and practical skills to begin a new creative venture and will also bring this inspiration to my current job.” Jan went on to take the AIR Evolve Program which guides participants through launching their own creative venture over 6 months. Now she says, “My business isn’t just a dream any more, it is a real venture in process, and I owe it all to the Arts Incubator of the Rockies’ Shift and Evolve lessons and tools, as well as the instructors, coaches, and fellow artists I met through these programs”
Join the participants who are already registered for the September AIR Shift Workshop from New York, Utah, and all over Colorado. The $225 workshop fee includes meals and happy hours during the weekend and a year-long membership to the Arts Incubator of the Rockies, which brings many benefits of its own.
If you are ready to develop and launch your own venture, the AIR Shift Workshop is also a prerequisite for the six month AIR Evolve Program which begins in October. The $900 AIR Evolve Program (monthly payment plans available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org) includes nine specialized classes to focus on practical business tools and six executive coaching sessions to provide individualized feedback and motivation for your project. You will use design thinking, the AIR Venture Canvas, and Lean Startup principles to refine your venture and make it a reality.
All AIR programs are designed to serve and connect creatives, businesses, and the larger community. Only you can say where that might lead you. Learn More and Register Today.