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This week from CPR’s Arts Bureau: Mural painting, songs from nature and more
Colorado Public Radio

January 9, 2015

Blackbird and the Storm at CPR (Photo: Michael Hughes)

This week's in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene from CPR's Arts Bureau. Read more and listen online here.

After presenting classical, jazz and world music concerts at Denver clubs and cabarets for years, music promoter Jim Bailey is bringing his unconventional programming to Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman spoke with Bailey about his passion for unusual sounds and rarely-heard works.

A federal judge did not halt a plan by world-famous artist Christo to hang nearly six miles of fabric over the Arkansas River. Now, members of Rags Over the River (ROAR), a nonprofit opposing the project, say they are considering an appeal.

Colorado Springs 98-year-old muralist Eric Bransby shows no signs of slowing down, as he works on a new project he hopes to install at Colorado College in time for his 100th birthday. CPR’s Chloe Veltman examined Bransby’s extensive career and dogged determination to pursue his art.

The melodies and rhythms of birds are both the inspiration and instrumentation for Boulder band Blackbird and The Storm’s latest album, “The Water is Rising.” Lead vocalist Marie-Juliette Bird talks with CPR’s Chloe Veltman about what makes her songs distinct from other compositions motivated by birdsong.

Following the closing of its blockbuster Dale Chihuly exhibition, the Denver Botanic Gardens unveiled a new permanent sculpture by the famed glass artist Tuesday. On Jan. 13, Denver art enthusiasts will get the chance to experience a movie version of an exhibition currently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman explores this emerging trend and if the Denver Art Museum intends to take part in it.

On Saturday, Colorado-based Americana troupe the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. CPR’s Ryan Warner spoke with founding member John McEuen about why the band made its home here.

Denver presented new noise regulations for Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, including restricted sound levels during the full length of shows, in response to residents’ continued complaints. CPR arts reporter Stephanie Wolf examined the key changes laid out by the city.

The Nevada-based Western Folklife Center announced the winners of its YouTube cowboy poetry competition on Tuesday. Watch videos of the emerging young poets carrying on cattlemen’s tradition of verse.

Arts happenings around Colorado this weekend: CPR’s Arts Bureau spotlights this weekend’s Colorado cultural events, including a play starring a near-life-size puppet of Hollywood actor Tommy Lee Jones and an ice-climbing gathering in Ouray.

Coverage from CPR's arts bureau is now also available as a weekly podcast via iTunes and the NPR podcast directory.

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