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The Colorado Art Report: Historic opera house revitalized, roller coaster memories and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 29, 2014

Tabor Opera House in its early years
(Photo: Courtesy of Lake County Public Library Colorado Mountain History Collection)


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 Tabor Opera House’s new owner hopes $5 million in renovations will keep the theater open year-round as a venue for the performing arts. As the sale moves towards completion, CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman tours the historic building with its current owner Sharon Furman Bland and unearths a rich history.

Little Free Libraries -- small lending libraries that anyone can set up in their yard -- are popping up all over Colorado. In this week’s Book Club segment, three Colorado authors visit their closest birdhouse-sized neighborhood libraries and find some unexpected literary treasures.

For more than a hundred summers, Denverites have flocked to the Lakeside amusement park. CPR reporter Megan Verlee recently visited the park and chatted with the owner, employees and visitors about its storied past and what’s to come.

The CPR Arts Bureau continues its “Radio Dances” series with a piece choreographed specifically for the airwaves by Denver-based Life/Art Dance Ensemble. “Paper Thoughts” is inspired by the contemporary dance troupe’s upcoming performance, “Error Message.” ​

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: An ancient tree’s epic journey, Durango train culture and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 22, 2014

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science's petrified tree
(Photo: Graham Sutton) 



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:

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War. With the Great War’s centennial at hand, Chloe Veltman revisits her conversation with Jamie Melissa Wilms, education director at the Molly Brown House in Denver, about a current photography exhibition that highlights Margaret Brown’s post-WWI relief efforts in France.

A 160 million-year-old petrified tree on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science traveled halfway across the globe from China to Colorado. CPR reporter Leslie McClurg follows the tree’s global trek and unlocks secrets from ancient times.

Following Denver’s launch of the Imagine 2020 plan, Boulder is set to debut its own cultural initiative. In light of these recent developments, Chloe Veltman looks back on her interview with Denver Arts and Venues executive director Kent Rice and Charles Landry, an expert on the relationship between cities and creativity.

CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones heads up to Durango to capture the sights and sounds of one of the city’s top tourist attractions, the Durango Blues Train. There, he discovers how the city is expanding its cultural offerings beyond the railroad.

More than 200 barbershop singers will blend harmonies this weekend for the 65th annual Barbershop Harmony Festival at Chautauqua Auditorium. Premium Blend, a Boulder-based vocal quartet, shared one of its popular tunes with CPR in anticipation of the festival. ​

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: Heritage camps for adopted kids, public input on public art and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 15, 2014

Drum circle at a Colorado Heritage Camp (Photo: 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.

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On this week's show:

A new public art piece in Durango has residents divided, and some critics are upset the community didn’t have more input before a committee selected the sculpture. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman speaks with Jack Becker, a St. Paul-based public art consultant and national expert on public art legislation, about how much the public should be involved in this process.

CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones investigates summer camps in Colorado that use arts and culture to connect adopted children to the heritage of their birthplaces.

A new exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art takes a reflective and somewhat critical look at sports in the 21st century. Chloe Veltman views the collection with Associated Press sports writer Pat Graham.

In this week’s “Random Acts of Culture” segment, Colorado author, organic farmer and old-time musician Kayann Short shares her artistic transformation in the wake of an unforeseen storm. ​

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: A museum crowdsources exhibitions, a bagpiping rockstar and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 8, 2014

An exhibition prototype at the History Colorado Center (Photo: Pat Mack)


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: Aspen Art Museum’s reopens this weekend after undergoing $45 million in renovations. Aspen Public Radio news director Roger Adams reports on how the museum’s new structure is drawing criticism from some residents. CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones also looks into an upcoming exhibition at the museum that’s already stirring up controversy.

The Aspen Music Festival mostly brings in A-list talent from out-of-state. But the Colorado Symphony Chorus (CSC) is the rare exception. Host Chloe Veltman speaks with CSC conductor and founder, Duain Wolfe, about preparing 180 singers to sing three different renditions of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9” for its 30th anniversary season.

History Colorado, the state’s preservation agency, has a new program that invites the public to help develop its exhibitions. CPR’s Pat Mack investigates how the organization is one of the few major cultural institutions in the country to involve visitors this way.

The Colorado Scottish Festival kicks off this weekend at the Highlands Heritage Park in Highlands Ranch with a virtuoso bagpiper as the headliner. But the musician isn’t Scottish -- he’s Spanish. Award-winning piper Carlos Núñez shares one of his Celtic tunes with CPR in anticipation of the festival.

Chloe Veltman catches up with Erika Randall, who received a special prize from “This American Life” host Ira Glass earlier this year after she choreographed and performed 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: Star-studded arts festivals in Colo., summer reading and more
Colorado Public Radio

August 1, 2014

Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman
performs at the 2013 Aspen Music Festival
(Photo: Alex Irvin)


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:

Three world-renowned arts festivals -- the Aspen Music Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Vail International Dance Festival -- have made their homes in Colorado mountains towns. CPR’s Stephanie Wolf examines how these events are connected to their surrounding communities.

Chloe Veltman talks with the founders of “Mixed Taste” and Warm Cookies of the Revolution about how they hope to expand people’s horizons through their unusual cultural programming.

The Denver Botanic Gardens has set a new attendance record thanks to a current exhibition featuring the work of celebrated glass artist Dale Chihuly. CPR arts reporter Corey Jones investigates how the artwork gets from Tacoma, Washington to Denver in one piece.

In this week’s Book Club segment, three Colorado authors talk about the books they’ve been reading for fun over the summer months and the difference between entertainment and literature.

Brazilians use music, dance and food to express their passion for their country. This weekend, the Colorado Brazil Fest takes the same directive. Boulder musical ensemble Ginga shares a traditional samba song with CPR in anticipation of the event. ​

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 anytime.

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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.

Listen online here.

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.

Listen online here.

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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