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The Colorado Art Report: Taking a cultural gamble, state of music videos and more
Colorado Public Radio

October 17, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy of Gwen Phillips/Newman Center for the Performing Arts)

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 study recently released by University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts shows competing trends in ticket buyers’ attitudes towards new or unfamiliar work. The research prompted CPR’s Arts Bureau to start its own investigation. Take our survey and tell us how adventurous you are when it comes to “risky” cultural experiences.

With Halloween lurking around the corner, we revisit a story by CPR reporter Megan Verlee, who goes behind the scenes at an elaborate haunted attraction in north Denver. There, she discovers that good scaring requires good acting. ​

A new music video for the song “Amsterdam” by Colorado singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov lasts only three minutes and 20 seconds. But it took nearly two months to create. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman speaks with Isakov and artist Laura Goldhamer, who directed the video, about why they invested so much time into the project when digital technology is challenging the format’s reach and relevance. ​

CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones and digital videographer Irvin Coffee take a helicopter ride with photographer Evan Anderman as he captures aerial views of Colorado’s eastern plains for an exhibition at the Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver’s RiNo Art District. The collection can also be viewed in the Airport Office Building lobby gallery at Denver International Airport through March 2015. ​

Denver youth and elders talk about the importance of standing up for themselves in a storytelling/activism project called “If Not Us.” Participant Marley Aiu, a 16-year-old high school student, shares a powerful story with CPR’s airwaves about a time she felt discriminated against by a stranger because of her sexuality. ​

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. The weekly show is now also available as a podcast via iTunes and the NPR podcast directory.

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The Colorado Art Report: Theater luminary dies, world's biggest mural and more
Colorado Public Radio

October 10, 2014

(Photo: Courtesy Cyrus McCrimmon, The Denver Post)

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 world’s largest mural, located in Pueblo, will be razed later this year due to plans to refurbish the levee it’s painted on. CPR contributor Shanna Lewis talks with artists and community leaders working to preserve portions of the nearly three-mile long mural before its demolition.

Denver-based director, designer and producer Henry Lowenstein died Tuesday morning at 89. Chloe Veltman speaks with Denver filmmaker Donnie Betts, who has been working on a documentary about Lowenstein. Betts shares stories and memories of the late performing arts impresario.

The Denver theater community also mourns the loss of Randy Weeks, executive director of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts' touring division, Denver Center Attractions. Weeks died unexpectedly Thursday while on a business trip to London. He was 59.

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. The weekly show is now also available as a podcast via iTunes and the NPR podcast directory.

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The Colorado Art Report: Making art ‘over the river’ in Salida, pot reality series and more
Colorado Public Radio

October 3, 2014

Christo with CPR's Chloe Veltman (left) and Sadie Babits
on the banks of the Arkansas River

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:

In a meeting last week, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), which oversees public funding for hundreds of metro area cultural institutions, disclosed an operating budget deficit that could affect the reauthorization of this tax in 2016. CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones investigates how the SCFD intends to address the issue.

Arts editor Chloe Veltman and news director Sadie Babits meet up with acclaimed artist Christo in Salida. For more than 20 years, the artist has been developing a project to suspend miles of fabric over the Arkansas River. He speaks at length about the logistical and legal challenges that have arisen during the process so far.

As retail cannabis sales continue to grow in Colorado, “The Marijuana Show,” a web-based reality series being filmed in Denver this month is searching for promising marijuana-related business ideas. CPR Arts Bureau contributor Jeremy Brieske stops by the show’s auditions to see if he can spot the next “ganjapreneur.”

In live theater, actors typically take center stage. But for Maggie Stillman, founder of the Byers-Evans House Theatre Company in Denver, the building kept stealing the spotlight. Chloe Veltman speaks with Stillman about splitting from the museum, rebranding her company and why the ensemble waited a year to debut its first production.

Both brews and beats are on tap this weekend in Fort Collins for the first-ever “Hip Hops: A Brew Tour.” As the event gets underway, Colorado rapper and festival organizer Qbala shares an exclusive track from her yet-to-be-released CD.

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. The weekly show is now also available as a podcast via iTunes and the NPR podcast directory.

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The Colorado Art Report: Sound challenges at Red Rocks, Hispanic Heritage Month and more
Colorado Public Radio

September 26, 2014

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Photo: Colorado Symphony)


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:

Portrait painters Jenny Morgan and Daniel Sprick talk about their concurrent exhibitions in Denver, the similarities and differences in their work, and the benefits and challenges of painting strangers versus family and friends.

With Hispanic Heritage Month underway nationwide, Denver Mayor’s Office communications director Rowena Alegría and Su Teatro artistic director Tony Garcia discuss the merits and drawbacks of highlighting Latino culture and history during one specific month.

The Colorado Symphony is retreating indoors for the winter season after a summer of playing backup to pop bands at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. CPR junior arts reporter Stephanie Wolf examines factors that pose serious challenges to the sound quality at the famed outdoor venue near Denver.

Colorado poet Suzanne Bronson became fascinated by the connection between a ballerina and her pointe shoes after coming across a collection of autographed ballet slippers. The autographed pointe shoes inspired Bronson to write a poem called “En Pointe” that she shared with CPR.

The Colorado Art Report airs on Fridays at 10.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. Tune in live or access the program online at any time. The weekly show is now also available as a podcast via iTunes and the NPR podcast directory.

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The Colorado Art Report: Bird’s-eye view of Colo. eastern plains, new poet laureate and more
Colorado Public Radio

September 12, 2014

Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison (Photo: Stephanie Wolf)

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:

CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones and digital videographer Irvin Coffee take a ride in a six-seat Cessna airplane with landscape photographer Evan Anderman as he captures aerial views of Colorado’s eastern plains for his exhibition at the Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver’s RiNo Art District.

With “Kids Music Week” underway, arts editor Chloe Veltman checks back in with Nick Forster, the founder of the Boulder-based media and music organization eTown Hall, and musician and student Avi Kolbrener. She finds out what the teen songwriter has been up to since he won eTown’s Handmade Songs contest in April and recorded his first professional-quality track.

CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones explores “Outside In 303,” a street art exhibition at Museo de las Americas and examines if institutionalizing urban art diminishes its purpose.

Denver native Joseph Hutchinson is Colorado’s newly-appointed poet laureate. CPR’s Arts Bureau commissioned Hutchinson to craft verse around some of Colorado’s upcoming fall arts and culture happenings. Hutchison chats about his work with Chloe Veltman and recites his latest poem. ​

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: DIY theater, creating a ‘lovable’ city and more
Colorado Public Radio

September 5, 2014

Peter Kageyama at Boulder Public Library (Photo: CPR/Michael Hughes)

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:

Colorado playwrights say they are struggling to get their work produced by regional theater companies. CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones examines how dramatists are creating their own opportunities and how theater organizations are serving the Colorado playwriting community.

CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman interviewed Peter Kageyama, author of the 2011 book “For the Love of Cities,” last week. Kageyama, who was in town to help launch Boulder’s new cultural plan, talked about what makes cities both livable -- and lovable.

The Colorado Symphony is trying to update the concert-going experience. The institution’s senior vice president, Anthony Pierce, talks to CPR about how the symphony is ditching the tuxedos, offering new programming and allowing alcohol into the concert hall to appeal to modern-day audiences.

CPR’s Stephanie Wolf and Irvin Coffee take a tour of the Colorado Ballet’s new building. Watch an exclusive video here.

Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves and the Bennie L. Williams Spiritual Voices choir honor the late civil rights leader Vincent Harding in a concert this weekend in Denver. As the choir singers and Reeves prepare for the tribute, they share a spiritual 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 listen online at any time.

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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.

Listen online here.

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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