At the risk of sounding unsophisticated, I'll admit that when I think of composers, the European ones are usually first to come to mind. Perhaps my childhood piano lessons, during which my teacher and I discussed Bach (German), Chopin (Polish), and Beethoven (also German), overshadowed the names of...
October 30 2014, 2:30 PM
Courtesy of "Touch The Wall"
Five hundred and ninety-three days before the Olympic Trials for the 2012 London Olympics. That's when we meet then 14-year-old Missy Franklin in Touch the Wall, a documentary premiering next month at the 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival (November 12–23). We watch Missy...
October 23 2014, 1:30 PM
—Image courtesy of Mizel Arts and Culture Center
It's a mouthful of a name—which is appropriate for the seventh annual Neustadt JAAMM (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music) Fest, as it brings a mélange of cultural offerings to the Mile High City for two weeks (October 22 to November 9). In the interest of saving you a bit of...
October 17 2014, 11:00 AM
—Image courtesy of Daniel Sprick
Daniel Sprick's paintings aren't ones a viewer simply dabbles in. Instead, the works pull you in, until you feel like an art student studying them for a make-or-break class assignment. Perhaps it's their existence on just the other side of realism—realism that's been abstracted through the artist's...
October 16 2014, 1:00 PM
An airplane, a truck, a handful of workers, 1,000 pounds of Cascade hops, and a ticking clock: All of these ingredients are necessary for Left Hand Brewing Company to concoct its only fresh hop beer, Warrior IPA. Left Hand produces more than 30 year-round, seasonal, and limited-edition...
October 16 2014, 11:00 AM
"Over The River" life-size test. (Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Volz. © Christo 1999)
Last month, Christo—the infamous artist behind the still-tied-up-in-legal-proceedings "Over the River" public art installation planned for the Arkansas River—visited Colorado to give a few lectures and take a leisurely rafting trip down Bighorn Sheep Canyon where his two-week art project will...
October 9 2014, 10:00 AM
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Whether your first concert was with your parents or your friends, it’s an experience no one forgets. We asked the 5280 editorial staff about their first concerts. The list below is as varied as it is embarrassing.
Jessica Farmwald, copy chief
John Mayer and Maroon 5 in Indianapolis...
October 7 2014, 11:10 AM
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Anyone who's constantly on the lookout for interesting new musical acts—whether they hail from along the Front Range or beyond—will be juiced by some recent developments.
From Wednesday-Friday, October 1-3 in Denver and Friday-Sunday, October 3-5 in Fort Collins, BandSwap 2014 will be...
October 2 2014, 12:45 PM