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Canyon Concert Ballet Returns to Streetmosphere

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The Canyon Concert Ballet was a part of Streetmosphere’s first year when their traditional venue, the Lincoln Center was under renovation. After two years off, the ballet decided to audition again this year because they so enjoyed reaching the community in this unique way.  As Executive Director Kim Lang states, “Streetmosphere is a great program to expose all kinds of arts to all kinds of people.  It doesn’t take long for someone passing by to be drawn in to the beauty of art.”

The Canyon Concert Ballet has grown over the past 33 years to a company of nearly 20 dancers and instructors. It is also the leading dance school in Northern Colorado, with over 400 students in two locations. On Saturday afternoon, the ballet will present three performing groups: The Canyon Concert Youth Ensemble with students 6-15, the competition troupe of teenage, advanced students, and the Canyon Concert Ballet Company itself. We look forward to their return.

Canyon Concert Ballet Performing at Streetmosphere

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June 13th, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Performer Profile: The Black Dogs – Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson

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Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson performed at Streetmosphere last Sunday. The two musicians, who have been friends for over 25 years, will be performing songs from diverse traditions and styles including folk, blues, rock, singer-songwriter and Americana.

Russ notes, “We are both singers, song-writers and multi-instrumentalists, and we both share a taste for good tunes, no matter what the source.” The two musicians have worked together for years, Russ producing Pamela’s solo records when he worked at Kiva records and Pamela making appearances on his solo records as well. Russ notes, “We share a love of indigenous culture and music. We have a musical connection that makes performing together a lot of fun.”

Russ notes, “We enjoy making music in public spaces… Streetmosphere is an amazing way to showcase the artistic talent in our midst, and in a interactive, community building way.” He adds that, “When a community values and honors it’s artists I believe the community broadens and deepens in its cultural experience.”

Russ Hopkins and Pamela Robinson

You can read more at: www.russhopkins.com

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June 6th, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Improvisation: From Comedy Brewers to Northern Colorado Writers

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As the Bas Bleu theatre website notes, “an evening of Comedy Brewers combines the fast pace of hilarious short-form improv games along with long-form style that collaboratively tells a story. From comedy to drama, short scenes to full-length epics, The Comedy Brewers will engage and entertain audiences with rich characters and relationships.”

The Comedy Brewers are taking their improv act to the corner of Mountain and College this Saturday from 4:30 – 7:30pm. Their performance will change depending on the audience and whatever mood may strike! Whatever they come up with, it is sure to be hilarious.

We will also see a form of improv in the written word this weekend from Northern Colorado Writers. This collective of writers will be in Oak Street plaza on Saturday from 12:30-3:30pm doing readings of their work, but also getting the public involved in writing a progressive community story.

View the Northern Colorado Writers’ facebook event to see the full list of members who will be doing readings, and visit them in person this Saturday afternoon to contribute a line of writing to the story written by the Streetmosphere audience!

Comedy Brewers

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June 6th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Returning Favorites and Newcomers!

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To highlight the range of performers we have this year, we chose one returning favorite and one newcomer from last weekend to feature:

New to Streetmosphere: Br’er Fox’s One Man Band had crowds of 50-100 people clapping and dancing and singing. Steve Jones is the talented musician behind the name and he works his foot drum, harmonica, megaphone and more, all at the same time. Steve also had a basket of instruments that he left out with an open invitation for the public to pick them up and play. His one-man operation quickly turned into an ensemble, with kids and adults alike experimenting with sounds they had never made before.

Br'er Fox entertaining at Streetmosphere

Returning: The Fort Collins Marimba Student Ensemble is a group of all ages, which embodies a sense of community in the performance itself. African-style marimba music is excellent for developing musical ability and a spirit of cooperation in kids and the group generated roaring applause in Old Town Square from crowds of over 100.

Fort Collins Marimba Ensemble

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May 17th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Opportunities for Artists!

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There are so many opportunities coming up to share your art in Fort Collins, that we decided to list all the calls for entry, open auditions, contests and classes that we could find. Please let us know if there is anything else you know of that should be on this list! You can post opportunities for yourself at the AIR Opportunity Center if you are a free or paid member, and you can always get in touch with us through the Beet Street Facebook page!

The Center of Fine Art Photography Exhibition Entries due January 23, 11:59pm:

Explore stories, memories and histories through personal, familial, cultural and/or universal imagery.

More information 

The Center of Fine Art Photography Classes:

The Business of Photography – February 16

Lighting with Flash – February 17.

Learn More 

Streetmosphere 

Audition deadline January 28, 5pm:

Get paid to share your art on the streets of Fort Collins!  Beet Street is seeking a wide-variety of talent to perform as part of this year’s Streetmosphere program scheduled for May 10 – September 1, 2013.

More information

Battle of the Bards Poetry Contest

Entries accepted February 1 – 15:

This contest for both teens and adults is sponsored by the Poudre River Public Library District.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in both categories.

More information

2013 Transformer Cabinet Mural Project,  Proposals Due February 12, 5pm:

The City of Fort Collins, Art in Public Places Program is seeking local artists, teams, or non-profit organizations to develop and paint murals on electrical transformer cabinets around Fort Collins. The murals are intended to help mitigate graffiti, as well as add art to the community.

Learn More

Rigden Farm Call for Entries by February 15:

An inter-generational art show that will be presented on February 20th.

Artists young and old are encouraged to display their work.

Contact Rigden Farm

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January 17th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

AIR Tour

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Our recently launched website, Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR), has been growing rapidly—now incorporating almost 600 members. The website includes a variety of great resources designed for all artists and art-based organizations, not only for inspiration and motivation, but also for connecting and succeeding. This regional arts incubator is a wonderful opportunity for artists to utilize many tools in one convenient website.

Recently, we have added a helpful and comprehensive website tour to the homepage. This tour, guided by our own Executive Director, Beth Flowers, walks viewers through the website features and functionality. If you have never visited the website before, have casually browsed it, or have recently become a member, this tour is the perfect chance to learn the power of the website and how to use it.

We are still in the midst of our membership drive and are recruiting as many people as possible. There is no force to commit. Though paid members have access to more features and benefits, free memberships still include a great base of available resources. So please, visit the website, and take the tour to help get you immersed in AIR.

Holidays of the Arts

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The holiday season is upon us once again. The cold weather has finally come out of hiding, helping the transition into the winter months. Old Town is glimmering with a mass of glowing lights, familiar holiday drinks have returned to menus across town, and often, this cold time of the year brings warmth through traditions and the spirit of the season.

As many people are building our local economy by shopping at local stores, may we not forget about our wonderful arts scene, which can be a wonderful option to indulge in the spirit of the holidays. Many arts organizations feature holiday shows, including the CSU University Center for the Arts’ production A Christmas Story, Canyon Concert Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Bas Bleu Theatre’s Almost Maine, and Opera Fort CollinsGift of the Magi. The opportunity to enjoy and support the arts during this holiday season is invaluable.

Sharing time with friends and family is a large part of many people’s traditions and what better occasion to create memories than attending the multitude of fantastic, spirit boosting, arts events in Fort Collins.

No Talking

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Silent films once captivated audiences when the invention of the motion picture was just getting started. The ability to record synchronized sound was not yet available, and the films often featured subtitles and an accompanying score of music. Actors, such as the famous, Charlie Chaplin, were forced to act in a way that would tell a story through action and body language rather than dialogue. Silent films were around from 1894 through the 1920s, until they were replaced with “talkies,” or films produced with recorded sound.

In the beginning of the film era, the silent film was the foundation of our modern flick and deserves to be remembered on occasion. The first filmmakers were true innovators, because movies had yet to exist before, and plots were completely original.

The event, “4 Funny Films,” presents the opportunity to view some of these films in their true comedic mastery. The films are being featured at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, are sponsored by the Fort Collins Symphony—and they are showing Friday, November 16th, at 7:00 p.m.  For more information visit their website.

If, however, you happen to miss this event, do not hesitate to seek out these films in libraries, online, or in video shops; they are worth any time it takes to find them.

Key to the Future

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Creativity is one of those traits everyone wants a little more of and you can never have enough of. It is a characteristic pursued in both the art and the business world. According to the Americans for the Arts, “… creativity is among the top 5 applied skills sought by business leaders…the arts—music, creative writing, drawing, dance—provide skills sought by employers of the 3rd millennium.”

Innovation becomes more important as we experience current challenges and attempt to predict problems of subsequent years. It is important to examine creativity as an entity in our lives and the role it plays in shaping our future.

To look at how we can encourage it in our children, inspire it in our daily lives, enhance it in our workplace, and take the steps necessary to grow creativity in our communities.

Resources to expand knowledge on the nature of creativity are abundant. Local creatives and artists, books, magazines, and especially the Internet, – information on creativity is everywhere. A great place to search for them online is our AIR (Arts Incubator of the Rockies) website. The Knowledge Center is full of videos, articles, and more on creative topics.

Fresh AIR

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The Arts Incubator of the Rockies (AIR) is a new program created in collaboration with Beet Street, Colorado State University, and the City of Fort Collins. But, instead of just Colorado based, it is a 10 state regional arts incubator program with a beautifully crafted website as its foundation.

The AIR website provides a place where artists can share and get feedback on their work, collaborate with other artists, look for job opportunities in the Opportunity Center, watch inspirational videos, and read helpful articles in the Knowledge Center. Also offered, are the Shift and Evolve workshops, which were generated to develop and expand individuals’ confidence and success in their professional journeys. Overall, It is an amazing site centered around and specifically constructed for all kinds of artists and art organizations.

There is an option to be a free or paid member (added benefits and features for paid members), and with paid memberships starting at $50 annually, the benefits outweigh the cost. AIR combines marketing opportunity, a constructive artist community, and the convenience of multiple tools for artists in one place.

The more members who join AIR, the deeper the benefits and the higher the quality the website becomes. If you haven’t already, check out the website and all its amazing features, become a member, and tell all your friends.