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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

Streetmosphere Stats

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Because we’re so thrilled about starting the 2013 season just one week from tomorrow, we would like to take a moment to look back and see how the program has grown since its inaugural season in 2010.

  • Over 1,100 performances have taken place!
  • This year, there will be 17% youth acts, with a special Poudre School District Elementary School Showcase and a Little Kids Rock Showcase.
  • Public attendance of street performances grew from 60,000 in 2010 to nearly 150,000 in 2012.
  • Approximately 55% of visitors to Old Town come specifically to see Streetmosphere artists and performers (based on in-person surveys)
  • More than 50 local businesses and organizations have provided financial support of the program.
  • The number of qualified applications received grew from 90 the first year to 125 this year.

We look forward to seeing you as a part of this year’s crowd!

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May 2nd, 2013 at 12:00 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

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.

What is a Virtuoso?

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Virtuoso is an Italian based word meaning versed, or skilled. We use it today to describe someone who is particularly skilled in a given field, like music!

The Virtuoso Series Concerts, hosted by the University Center for the Arts, has consistently presented talented musical artists who demonstrate beautiful melodies that allure and entertain audiences. These concerts occur on a regular basis and make for a great opportunity to enjoy a night out as well as appreciate the many various musicians featured.

If a sitter for the children is unavailable, consider taking them as well! With ticket prices for youth (2-17) at $1 a-piece, it would be less expensive to bring them along, not to mention the benefits of exposing young children to the arts. Overall, Virtuoso Series Concerts are great events for families!

The next concert is Thursday, November 5th, featuring Duo Francois (a piano and violin duo).  Make sure to check the UCA website regularly for these amazing concerts.

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November 2nd, 2012 at 10:00 am

The Day After Halloween

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It’s time again for goblins, ghosts, ghouls, and pumpkin guts. It’s Halloween! But, after all the sugar wears off, we are forced back to work and back to reality, with a stomachache. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our lives in between holidays.

Sometimes we all need to take a break from life, step back, and laugh at it. Enjoying a night out with one of Comedy Central’s top-100 comedians of all-time, Sinbad, will help us accomplish just that. Sinbad has experienced nation-wide success exhibiting his ideas on life’s inelegant moments. He bluntly demonstrates obvious flaws in the way we behave towards one another and in general, in a way that captures his audience in relatable hilarity.

The Lincoln Center hosts Sinbad on Thursday, November 1st, at 7:30p.m. Laughter can add years to your life, so don’t miss this opportunity to prolong your lifespan!

For more information, visit the Lincoln Center website.

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October 31st, 2012 at 10:00 am

Spook-tacular Music

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Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor is the ‘unofficial’ theme song of Halloween, and though the name might not be familiar, those few opening notes are unmistakable. The 7th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza couldn’t offer anything less than an amazing night of spooky organ music for all to hear, not to mention costumed musicians.  Joel Bacon, a CSU organ professor and performer at the event, sums it up by saying, “It’s a shame Halloween only comes once a year.”

The Extravaganza will be held appropriately in the Organ Recital Hall at CSU’s University Center of the Arts on Halloween night at seven, nine, and eleven o’clock.

It’s a great opportunity to bring your children or friends, or just to enjoy a night of ghoulish music to celebrate the holiday and the end of National Arts and Humanities Month.  Visit the University Center for the Arts website for more information.

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October 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

The Wild Goose

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The feeling of dancing with a partner whose identity is sealed behind a mask could be described as mysterious and exhilarating. The chance to partake in such an experience is this coming Saturday, October 27th, at The Wild Goose Masquerade Ball! Inhibitions are lowered when we are in disguise, so what a perfect opportunity to waltz, swing, tango, and polka your way to a delightfully elegant and wonderful evening. Live music will be provided by the 50-piece Mostly Strauss Orchestra, which will not only help set the mood for the ball, but offer for a most memorable experience.

The ball will be filled with costumed participants from the most exotic to the tastefully sophisticated; it is up to you what “look” you may focus on. Attire is formal, semi-formal, or ethnic. Friends of Traditional Dance is hosting this elegant event in the CSU Lory Student Center Main Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please visit the website.

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October 24th, 2012 at 9:35 am

Bach and Beer

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Imagine, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Harpsichord Concertos saturating the background during an evening amongst friends; the sophisticated classics offering a more mature environment for those feeling a little under-cultured and overwhelmed with contemporary hits on the radio. What could be better?

How about if those attending had the opportunity to indulge in some of New Belgium’s finest locally crafted brews? Presenting, “Bach and Beer,” an event hosted by The Fort Collins Symphony and, you heard right, New Belgium Brewery.

Listen to Bach while sipping beer with friends, and enjoy “Bach and Beer” on Friday, October 19th, starting at 6:00 p.m. at New Belgium Brewery. Please visit this website for more information.

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October 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am