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The Colorado Art Report: The Colorado Art Report: Making movies with drones, Union Station facelift and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 25, 2014

"Sceena Deer" by Mai Wyn Schantz,
print on aluminum (Photo: Courtesy of the artist)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show:

Denver's newly renovated Union Station houses 600 works of art by Colorado artists as well as historic relics. Chloe Veltman met up with the founders of Nine dot Arts, who curated the collection, to learn about the inspiration behind the project.

Arts reporter Corey H. Jones investigates how Colorado filmmakers are using specialized drones to shoot scenes for their movies without permission from lawmakers.

A pair of current exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs find parallels between Japanese and Colorado cultures. Chloe Veltman tours the show at DAM with its curator, Ron Y. Otsuka.

Su Teatro Performing Arts and Cultural Center is shifting from theater to music this weekend to celebrate Mexican-American culture with its Chicano Music Festival. Denver singing duo Yolanda Ortega and Debra Gallegos share a haunting folk song with CPR. ​

CPR's Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: Carbondale’s cultural vitality, spam sushi and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 18, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy of the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show:

The Colorado Symphony is one step closer to getting financial relief from the city. Arts reporter Corey Jones attended a Denver City Council Committee earlier this week where the City agreed the Symphony’s rent at the Boettcher Concert Hall should be $1 for the 2014-2015 season.

Colorado is working on growing its creative economy, and the western town of Carbondale is part of these efforts. Marci Krivonen of NPR member station Aspen Public Radio has more on Carbondale’s push to become a creative district.

Your taste buds may be the best way to experience the many cultures represented at the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival this weekend. Chloe Veltman joins Filipina chef Leah Eveleigh and the Festival’s executive director, Erin Yoshimura, in the kitchen to talk about the Festival’s new foodie event, the Culinary Dojo.

An audit of History Colorado revealed a significant drop in funding levels for preservation projects. But History Colorado chief Ed Nichols says that the funding situation will soon bounce back.

At this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, Colorado lion dancers will compete for audience votes to win the first ever “Lion Dance Extravaganza.” In anticipation of the showdown, we asked one of the competing ensembles to record a lion dance routine for CPR’s airwaves. ​CPR's "Colorado Art Report" airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.

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The Colorado Art Report: Riot Fest’s unknown future, burlesque renaissance and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 11, 2014

Burlesque dancers Midnite Martini, aka Kim Townsend, left,
and Gail Winns (Photo: Chloe Veltman)

Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

Listen online here.

On this week's show:

Residents of Byers are debating whether or not Riot Fest, a three-day rock music festival, should return to the tiny eastern Colorado town for its second year. Chloe Veltman speaks with John Pettit, organizer of the South Park Music Festival in Fairplay, to hear how the producer of a similar event tackles community concerns.

Denver is gaining notoriety as a hotbed for burlesque dancing and, this weekend, the city hosts the 5th annual Colorado Burlesque Festival. Midnite Martini and Gail Winns, two celebrated, Denver-based burlesquers, talk about why the art form is flourishing in Colorado and how men are starting to step into the spotlight.

The human voice is a powerful sales tool. In this episode of VoiceBox, Chloe Veltman and reporter Alyssa Kapnik examine how auctioneering has become a vocal sport.

Crooner is a term typically associated with male vocalists. But that hasn’t stopped Denver entertainer Lannie Garrett from taking on the tunes of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. In anticipation of her show “The Chick Sings Frank,” opening this weekend, Garrett shares a Sinatra jazz standard with the CPR airwaves. ​

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: American women rebuild war-torn France, street art moves indoors and more
Colorado Public Radio

July 4, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy of American Friends of Blerancourt)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show: While Denver socialite and philanthropist Margaret Brown is most famous for surviving the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, a new photography exhibition at the Molly Brown House in Denver delves into her humanitarian efforts in France after World War 1. The Museum’s director of education, Jamie Melissa Wilms, talks to Chloe Veltman about the narratives behind these images.

A new exhibition at Museo de las Americas takes the work of street artists from the urban setting to museum walls. Arts reporter Corey H. Jones explores whether institutionalizing street art diminishes its purpose.

In this week’s Book Club segment, three Colorado authors talk about the books their parents read to them when they were young.

Umoja Dance Company, a West African drumming and dance collective in Denver, brings its driving rhythms and high-energy dances to the Colorado Black Arts Festival next weekend. The troupe gave CPR an exclusive preview of a song and dance that highlights how the performers use their instruments to speak to each.

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: Future of libraries, resume narratives and more
Colorado Public Radio

June 27, 2014

(Photo: CPR/Megan Verlee)

Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

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On this week's show:

As two poets get ready to take off on a 30-day journey from Boulder to Beloit, Wisconsin, making stops along the way to build Little Free Libraries, Chloe Veltman talks to library director Pam Smith about the many ways libraries are evolving.

Laura Palmisano, a reporter at NPR member station KVNF in Paonia, takes a look at an outdoor mural in the town of Hotchkiss that is grabbing the attention of residents and passersby -- leaving people in wonder about how the artist created the work.

In the latest installment of CPR’s series about storytelling, “Second Listen,” expert storytellers Andrew Orvedahl and Robert Rutherford explore how we represent ourselves and our personal narratives through our resumes.

Eight young playwrights sponsored by some of the top regional theater companies in the country are in Denver this week for The Curious New Voices National Collective, a week-long writing workshop hosted by Curious Theatre in Denver. CPR visited the workshop on Wednesday to obtain an exclusive preview of a scene from a new play by one of the participating dramatists. ​

Have you seen Little Free Libraries springing up in your neighborhood? Share photos of the tiny libraries in your community with us at arts@cpr.org. 

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: Video games in downtown Denver, ballet ‘Olympics’ and more
Colorado Public Radio

June 20, 2014

Colorado Ballet dancer Emily Speed (Photo: Ed Flores)


Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

Listen online here.

On this week's show:

Known as the “Olympics” of ballet, the USA International Ballet Competition is currently underway in Jackson, Mississippi and three Colorado dancers are competing. Chloe Veltman chats with Colorado Ballet artistic director Gil Boggs about Colorado’s showing at the event and the role of dance competitions.

Last week, Daniel Ritchie, Chairman and CEO of Denver Center of the Performing Arts (DCPA) announced he will retire as soon as his successor is found. He speaks with Chloe Veltman about his career and what’s next for DCPA.

Grammy Award-winning banjoist Bela Fleck insists that the Colorado Symphony plays the “Jupiter” Symphony at the 41st Telluride Bluegrass Festival this weekend. Fleck explains why to arts producer Stephanie Wolf.

Arts reporter Corey H. Jones explores Oh Heck Yeah, a street arcade in downtown Denver that invites the public to play outdoor video games throughout the summer.

Desert Dearly, a tribal fusion/Middle Eastern belly dance troupe in Pueblo, performs a radio dance for the CPR airwaves.

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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The Colorado Art Report: Glass art shipping, writer’s block and more
Colorado Public Radio

June 13, 2014

Installing Dale Chihuly's art at the Denver Botanic Gardens (CPR/Corey Jones)

Tune in to the Colorado Art Report, CPR's weekly arts show hosted by Chloe Veltman, for in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene.

 Listen online here.

On this week's show:

A discovery of 20th century actor John Barrymore memboralia at CU Boulder’s Norlin Library is helping to shape the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming production “I Hate Hamlet.” CPR’s Arts Bureau talks with the grad student who unearthed the forgotten stash as well as the actor who plays the ghost of Barrymore in the show.

Dale Chihuly is one of the best known artists in glass sculpting and, starting this weekend, 14 of his works will be on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens. The fragile pieces traveled some 1,300 miles from Tacoma to Denver. Arts reporter Corey Jones explores how the artist and his staff protect the work.

With the ninth annual Lit Fest underway at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, arts reporter Corey Jones talks to some of the Lit Fest instructors and attendees about how they beat writer’s block.

We also want to hear the tactics you use to keep your creativity flowing when you feel stuck. Share your writer’s blocks tips with us at arts@cpr.org.

CPR's the Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access online at any time.

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