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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 Flavor of Water

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Run down to the local store and you’ll find bubbly, bottled water in a variety of flavors, but the stuff running from your faucet is just, well, water flavored, right?

Dr. Pinar Omur-Ozbek takes a sniff. (Courtesy photo)

Not necessarily, according to Dr. Pinar Omur-Ozbek.

This week’s Science Cafe, presented by the CSU professor, promises to be a refreshing program explaining the science behind, in, and around your average glass of water here in Northern Colorado.

Dr. Omur-Ozbek is originally from Ankara, Turkey where she received her B.S. in environmental engineering. After working with a construction company there, and learning more about the infrastructure behind the distribution of water, she continued her studies and eventually her Ph.D., here in the states at Virginia Tech.

Through her research, Pilar became more intrigued with the growing environmental concerns of drinking water, and even our perception of it based on taste and smell. She went on to develop an international standard for flavor and odor analysis.

When a dual academic situation became available, the professor and her husband relocated to this area to teach at CSU two and a half years ago. They fell in love with the area, the sunshine, and undoubtedly the water.

I’m not much of a connoisseur of drinking water myself, but my refrigerator was stocked with bottled water when I lived in Southern California years ago. Although perfectly safe, the tap water in my town there was horrible. It was a pleasant surprise – and cheaper – to discover Northern Colorado’s supply to be refreshing and tasty straight from the faucet.

It’s probably something most of us take for granted, but Pinar explains – with enthusiasm and in terms easy to understand – the many factors going into that life sustaining fluid. Metals, algae, treatment or disinfection, age, and even the materials used in the pipes can all contribute to not just the quality, but the flavor of our drinking water.

The second half of her discussion will address the human perceptions of that glass of water. If it’s cloudy or green, we’re going to assume it tastes horrible, right? Also, a fun test by the good professor will demonstrate the differences between smell and taste.

Whether you take that tall drink of water with nary a thought, or you’re part of the growing faction interested in the ecologic and environmental impact on our drinking supply, Dr. Omur-Ozbek’s presentation is sure to quench your thirst.


The free Science Cafe starts at 5:30, Wednesday, June 8, at Avogodro’s Number in Ft. Collins, where you can test the flavors of their food and drinks as well.

What about you? Do you also love our Rocky Mountain tap water or swear by bottled and filtered only? And why doesn’t it taste more like Chardonnay? Eight glasses a day would be more fun, right? Inquiring minds…

Written by Susan Richards

June 8th, 2011 at 6:20 am

Can’t we all just get along?

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I admit I was a little intimidated by this month’s Science Cafe subject. There are a lot of big words in the synopsis and I had to take more than one breath just to say the title of Wednesday night’s program: Conservation Development Global Challenges Research Team. *whew*

Dr. Liba Pejchar

Fortunately, a conversation with Dr. Liba Pejchar, assistant professor at CSU, cleared the fog that threatened to ground all flights in and out of my right brain. I learned that the crux of her studies and teachings centers around conserving the environment, maintaining economical livelihood, and keeping all the neighbors happy.

Piece of cake, right?

If you have even a passing awareness of environmental news – nationally or globally – you’ll know this is a colossal challenge. One that Dr. Pejchar has been passionate about for the past five years. After receiving her PhD in environmental studies at the University of California Santa Cruz she completed a fellowship at Stanford University. She’s also participated in several field studies around the world, but it was in Hawaii where she began to work with ranchers as well as the native wildlife, seeking a win-win solution for all involved.

Biodiversity (one of those big words I tripped over) essentially refers to all life on earth: plants, animals, people. It can also concern a specific region, such as Northern Colorado. When there was an opening at CSU’s Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, it was a good fit for Pejchar’s research and she signed on two-and-a-half years ago.

The challenge of conservation development is to address the obvious environmental problems facing our region, while acknowledging the fiscal needs of private landowners.

It’s about “recognizing progress, while finding ways to harness it,” explained Dr. Pejchar. There’s also a social component. “Is this (development) good for creating communities and neighborhoods?”

In a perfect world, these seemingly opposing factors are equally respected and everyone is happy. It’s a challenge that transcends the politics of “green” — as in ecology and economy. Head on down to Avo’s this Wednesday at 5:30 where Dr. Pejchar will share her knowledge on this significant and timely topic, employing words of all sizes as well as photographs and maps.

What do you think – can we protect the planet and the pocketbook?

Written by Susan Richards

March 8th, 2011 at 2:47 am

Climate and Culture: More correlations than you would think

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This month’s Science Café, Climate Change, Art and Literature, is timely indeed, as we emerge from a week of record-breaking, sub-zero temperatures here in Colorado. The Al Gore jokes were flying around my office like bitter, errant snowflakes. So what do a couple of English professors from CSU – each with several published books and countless articles between them – have to say about global warming and the arts?

Believe it or not, plenty.

SueEllen Campbell

John Calderazzo

Professor John Calderazzo and Dr. SueEllen Campbell – colleagues in education and marriage – have taught English in Northern Colorado for more than twenty years, bringing not only their literary credentials but also a life-long passion for nature, ecology and the world we were gifted.

“We were always interested in the way nature and culture interact,” said Calderazzo of his and Campbell’s career evolution. Campbell’s course studies include nature and environmental literature, while her husband’s focus is non-fiction creative writing. “Climate change came to our attention and it wasn’t that large of a leap,” he went on to explain.

The couple has written articles for such magazines and periodicals as Audubon and Orion, and both have authored books in their field of interest, including Rising Fire: Volcanoes and our Inner Lives by Calderazzo and Even Mountains Vanish: Searching for Solace in an Age of Extinction by Campbell.

Then three years ago, the couple decided to reach out to all the departments at CSU that were involved in the research of climate change. This hotbed subject was and is a source of interest to many disciplines – science, politics, sociology and yes, English.

“The core of the word ‘university’ is universe,” said Calderazzo. A lively series of talks followed the creation of Changing Climates at CSU, and continues today with the professors co-directing.

Global warming: It's not a pretty picture.

This Wednesday’s Science Café promises to be as interesting as the weather in Colorado. The colleagues are popular at the university and enthusiastic about their subject. Rather than a dry dissertation on the perils of melting polar caps, the pair will take a literary and visual look at the effects of changing climates on writing and the arts. They’ll present artwork by children, speculative photography of our changing world and even poetry.

So, get to Avo’s this Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 5:30, order a cold drink and warm up to a thought-provoking topic from a refreshing angle. What about you creative types? Do you find yourself inspired by a change in the weather?

A New Way of Looking at Climate Change

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It seems that our lives are full of information on climate change these days. Commercials tell us what cars have the smallest carbon footprint, and there are reusable bags for sale at every store from Whole Foods to Old Navy. We listen to our nation’s leaders on the news, on the radio, on Oprah, as we are given the latest information on how the world is being changed by global warming.

And it is great to be informed. I remember as a kid being told to plant a tree or recycle my soda cans on Earth Day, and the discussion was over. Americans today seemed more in tune to the latest advancements than ever before. At the same time, though, how much do we really understand about climate change? Just think about the images we see and the words we hear: polar ice caps, solar and wind technology, clean coal. Some scientists talk about the climate change process in terms of decades rather than years. Unless you are an environmental engineer, you may wonder (as I do) how exactly individual lives, right now, are being affected by all this. We have heard the big words and topical arguments in the media, but how much do we really know about what climate change is doing to the lives of others?

The movie Climate Refugees looks at the issue of global warming in a whole new way. Utilizing experts and politicians as well as real people around the globe, this film shows how people are living with climate change. As I did a little research on this documentary, I was amazed to find that many people today are losing their homes, as their land becomes completely unlivable in a changing climate.

“We are putting a human face to climate change,” said director Michael Nash. “We traveled around the world, from the islands of the South Pacific to the coast of Alaska interviewing refugees on the run. Our interviews with refugees, scholars, and politicians describe the collision of overpopulation, lack of resources and our changing climate that is creating what is quickly becoming humankind’s greatest challenge.”

According to the makers of the film, the U.N. has now reported that more people have been displaced due to environmental disasters than from war. With no current action in place to offer aid to refugees, millions are left looking for new homes.

Luckily, word is spreading is about this problem. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change commissioned Nash and others to create a film that represents the individuals who have experienced the worst of the climate change crisis. Climate Refugees will be shown at the Convention later this year in Copenhagen, but an exclusive university screening of this film will be held at Colorado State University this week.

The viewing of this film will be held at Lory Student Center Theatre on the CSU campus this Sunday, November 15, at 6pm. Tickets are free and open to the public, and can only be picked up at the CSU Box Office, located in the Lory Student Center.

This will be a test screening of the film before it is shown in Copenhagen. “The film is designed to spur discussion and debate about the effects of climate change on our planet,” said Patrick McConathy, the executive producer of Climate Refugees. “Colorado State is the perfect place to debut the film.”

The personal challenges faced by individuals today in the face of climate change is something that we all should be aware of. Knowing that this is happening now, not decades in the future, shows us in a new light the significance of the issue. The fact that CSU, a national leader in environmental studies, has been chosen to present this film is something to be proud of, and we should take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more.

For another opportunity to learn about climate change this week, check out our Science Cafe tomorrow night with Dr. Diana H. Wall, director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU.  She will be discussing  ‘The Dry Valleys of Antarctica: Soils and Climate Change’ on Wednesday, 11/11 at 6:00pm (arrive at 5:30), at Dempsey’s on 160 W. Oak St.  This is a free event where you can grab a drink, have a snack and get smarter.  All in about an hour.

Key Concepts : Art is Ordinary

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The United Kingdom’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport, defines culture as an economic resource. Their position is that human creativity is essential, in contrast to the old world view that science, industry and culture are considered distinct. In fact, continuing to categorize human creativity is considered a serious barrier to progress in business, social regeneration and in the arts. “In the era of creative economy, art is ordinary, and there is essentially no difference between the creativity of the entrepreneur, the scientist and the artist” ( This means that creative individuals must work to unleash their creative pursuits by rejecting existing categories and paradigms to pursue new ways of thinking and working. In this model, entrepreneurial and technical skills become essential in the arts and traditional arts skills become critical in business.

“All this means that the role of the artist is changing. The artist is no longer a peculiar outsider, with a magical gift that the state or the rich must protect. Artistic creativity is an ordinary human activity. Playing a musical instrument, writing, making a film—these are specialisms and as with any specialism it’s hard work and some people will be better than others. But creative skill is not magic. It can be taught and learnt.”


Do you think art is ordinary? Right now in Fort Collins (through September 25), you have a great opportunity to contemplate this question! In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, CSU’s University Art Museum received a gift of photographs by the legendary Pop artist Andy Warhol and you can see them along with borrowed examples of his Flower paintings (based on photographs of hibiscus blossoms). Andy Warhol’s art has become such a big part of US visual culture, that today it is easy to ignore how “out of the ordinary” it would have looked when he first created it. Did you know that Warhol used commercial fluorescent paints—not the oil paints that artists were “supposed” to use? His images and ways of making ordinary objects into graphic statements have become so much a part of our visual language that knock-off examples surround us in stores, advertising and interiors. For example, for a price online, you can upload your own photo image, have it transformed into a punchy, brightly colored, Warhol-like canvas, and hang it in your home.

Andy Warhol signing soup can in Fort Collins, 1981, Photo from CSU Library

Andy Warhol signing soup can in Fort Collins, 1981, Photo from CSU Library

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was born “Andrew Warhola,” to Slovakian immigrant parents. He was good at drawing and painting when he was young and later studied at what is now Carnegie Mellon University, continuing onto a career in magazine illustration and advertising. His sensibility for repetition and photo images grew out of mimicking mass advertising.

In the 1960s, when “fine art” and “commercial art” were still considered absolutely distinct categories in a hierarchy of creative expression, Warhol made paintings of famous American products like Campbell’s soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles. Later, he made silkscreen prints of products in order to not only make art about mass produced items but to actually mass produce art. He hired and supervised “art workers” to make prints, shoes, films, and other items at his studio, The Factory in New York City, which became the meeting place for a wide range of artists. Think Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Truman Capote, Debbie Harry and The Velvet Underground for example. Warhol and other Pop artists challenged established ideas of art—including whether “fine art” could be mechanically reproduced. Ironically, Warhol’s work is now housed in established museums and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is the largest American art museum dedicated to a single artist! Do you think that debate has been won?

Moreover, long before the “Superstar,” reality television and internet fame possibilities of today, Warhol believed that the media could make any person famous in a cycle of disposable celebrity. He was especially drawn to the images of people in publicity stills and newspapers and to their stories of personal tragedy. He modified photo images to create iconic paintings of Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and others. However, when he “sampled” a photograph from Modern Photography Magazine, the photographer sued. After that, Warhol took thousands of his own photographs, becoming a prolific photographer to create his own source material, although evidence of this process has not been widely exhibited. Did you know that Warhol often used an ordinary Polaroid camera to photograph friends, who like him, were also celebrities? Don’t miss your opportunity to see examples of how art is ordinary and learn more about Warhol right here in Fort Collins, at CSU’s University Art Museum.

While you are there, think about the relationships between photographer, model, and image. Our understandings of these 3 components of photography reveal much about our cultural definitions of art, artist, and creativity. Is art really ordinary? If art is ordinary, is art education basic to being educated? Where do art and process connect/disconnect? Should art be integrated into life, and everyday life into art?

Who gets to make art? What do you think? We look forward to hearing from you!

Read about Denver-based photographer Mark Sink’s relationship to Warhol—Andy Warhol was his hero.

Read about Warhol’s visit to Fort Collins in 1981.

Read memories of Warhol’s visit to Fort Collins.

The Fort Collins Museum and More Meetup Group

Thanks for the photo estaticist!

Art for all!

Deborah Lombard

Landscapes and Living

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“The boy lay with his eyes wide open. He saw before him a long stream of people, a great dark multitude, that moved in one direction; then they came to the dark edge of the world and went over. He saw them passing on before him, and there was nothing that could stop them. He thought of how that stream had rolled on through all the long ages of the past–how the old Greeks and Romans had gone over; the countless millions of China and India, they were going over now. Since he had come to bed, how many had gone! “

excerpt from The Story of an African Farm by Olive Schreiner

The insightful comments in response to my last post have kept me thinking about humans interacting with and within the landscape.  If there’s one book that has most influenced me it’s The Story of an African Farm, written by Ralph Iron, Olive Schreiner’s pseudonym.  I read the book as a young child and it has been a touchstone throughout my life, including the source of my daughter’s name!  As a South African, Victorian, and woman, Schreiner wrote to define her sense of place literally and culturally within an unforgiving landscape.  She wrote against the confines of the hypocritical social expectations for women of her times and she paid intense attention to the harsh beauty of the semi-arid landscape she and her characters inhabited–a landscape that humans had wrestled with for eons.  The political, social, and environmental struggles of her times are echoed in the challenges of the physical geography that Schreiner loved so deeply.  Schreiner writes about a country fraught with the conditions of colonization–expansion and exploitation–in her version of an ” African Western.

Schreiner's Karoo landscape, South Africa

Several archaeological sites are a part of Soapstone Prairie.  The Lindenmeier site was excavated by the Smithsonian Institute in the 1930s when artifacts from the Folsom culture (along with the unique fluted point called the Folsom Point) were uncovered.  CSU archaeology professor Jason LaBelle says that the site contained “the best and earliest decorated beads in North America.” These beads are considered some of the earliest examples of objects decorated by humans in North America–very early signs of art making.  Northern Coloradoans can claim to have been making art for the longest time in North America! You can learn more of this layered history from the Fort Collins Museum’s Soapstone Prairie Oral History Project–where collected stories illuminate the tale.

City Channel 14 Soapstone Prairie Oral History Project VIDEO

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

As of June 6, 2009, Soapstone Prairie and Red Mountain Open Space is open to the public and the adjoining areas are a magnificent place to contemplate the expansive time of human aspiration in our area.  The space is also a Laramie Mountains to Plains conservation effort, where a corridor of protected lands links plains to the mountains.  Fort Collins and Larimer County dedicated open space sales taxes, while Great Outdoors Colorado, The Nature Conservancy, Legacy Land Trust and private landowners provided funding to make preservation and access possible.  The area is also habitat for numerous threatened plants and wildlife species, including pronghorn, elk, swift fox, burrowing owls, and golden eagles.  Red Mountain provides 8 miles of trails for hikers, bikers and equestrians which connect to another 35+ miles of trail on the adjacent Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.  Hours are dawn to dusk, March through November. To protect the fragile wildlife, dogs are not allowed (not even in cars).  The cultural heritage at Soapstone Prairie is of world importance, especially since excavations provided broader understanding of the ancient lives of PaleoIndians who up until then weren’t considered very complex.  To respect and preserve that heritage, all visitors must stay on designated paths at all times.

What an amazing cultural treasures and resources right in our “neighborhood!”  I hope visits to Soapstone Prairie will help instill my children with the same sense of time and respect for humanity that Olive Schreiner wrote about.  I’ve heard that there’s some possibility that Soapstone Prairie could be designated a World Heritage site in their lifetime–as they make their journey to the edge of their world!

Soapstone Prairie is 25 miles north of Fort Collins.  From Fort Collins, take Hwy 1/Terry Lake Road to County Road 15 north (towards Waverly).  From CR 15, turn north onto Rawhide Flats Road and continue north to the entrance station.  When travelling on gravel roads, observing the speed limit will prevent dust!

Everything is connected!

Thank you for the great Karoo photo Jomilo75

Deborah Lombard

The Politics of Open and Shut: Immigrant Tales.

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There is much talk in globalization circles that we are moving closer and closer to the eradication of the nation-state and the rise of a global society and world system. It would be easy to say that those who propose such ideas are fantasists, yet there is no doubt that the world faces global issues, on a global scale, with no easy global solutions at hand. Many of these global issues have been wrought by the movements of people, their belongings, their cultures, their food and their homes. It’s funny what kinds of cultural diversity we celebrate and which ones we deem catastrophic. The Politics of Open and Shut.

Last year, as I tended to my garden at the University Village, my Indian neighbor was educating me on what he was growing in his plot. I asked him where he got the seeds to grow the spices and vegetables fundamental to his native cuisine. He said, “oh you know, my friend’s cousin sent them from India and we all shared them around.” He then told me how to cook them, what they are used with in the cuisine of Goa where he was from and later that afternoon, I went home and wrote my Indian colleague in New Zealand to learn some more. The Politics of OPEN.

This weekend, my colleague shared a story with me about a scholar who had lived in the Village for several years with his family (3 children, one an infant), and who at the end of his stay had tried to return to his home in Gaza, only to arrive in Egypt to find he did not have appropriate documentation and the border was closed under current circumstances. The family was then sent to Austria who did not know what to do and sent them to Jordan where they remain in a refugee camp and hope to return home one day. The Politics of SHUT.

Seeds travel. Stories travel. Images travel. People travel. Homes travel and sometimes unravel. My thesis research was conducted on the border of Arizona and Mexico, in a small town called Douglas on the US side and Agua Prieta on the Mexican side. Every day I would conduct fieldwork at the local high school, the soup kitchen and the post office (amongst other places). I watched people come across that border to get their mail, do their shopping, get something to eat and go to school. Then I saw them go home. My friends would tell me of the tunnel that ran under the border where drugs ran both ways. Holes you could drive a truck through. Packages of food and clothes left by charitable folks on either side for those who risk their lives to cross. They would also tell me of shootings in the alleys and disappearances; always calm, always matter of fact. This is what it means to live on the border, they would say. Borders. Outer edges. Lines. La Frontera…where you walk the line between life and death, figuratively and literally.

I would get on a bus to travel back to Tempe to see my advisor. “Make sure you carry your documents”, she would say. See, I’m an immigrant too. At Bisbee, or before, the bus would stop for a siren. Armed men would get on the bus, we would all produce our tickets and our papers; those of us who had them, that is. Every time, 3 or 4 people would leave the bus and get into a van, arms handcuffed behind their backs. I would watch them from my window as we drove away. Me, with my white face, shaking like a leaf.

Immigrant tales. They are as diverse as the people from whose tongues they roll. I admire people who have a clear position on immigration because my immigrant life has no clear position. That’s what makes discussing immigration difficult. But on Tuesday, April 21, at 7pm at the Lincoln Center, we hope to try and hear diverse voices on this most human and global of topics — the Politics of Open and Shut. Frank Sharry, of America’s Voice,  a nonprofit communications organization dedicated to winning immigration reform and previously of the National Immigration Forum of Washington DC, one of the nation’s leading immigration policy organizations will engage our community in a lively dialogue on fresh perspectives on immigration as the 5th presenter in Beet Street’s Thought Leader series. Frank Sharry, himself, while pro-immigration reform, is the first to admit there is no easy answer to the country’s immigration challenges and he is accustomed to his views being contested. Described by some as a common sense voice of reason and by others as a controversial radical, we hope you will join us to entertain your brain and make up your own mind about this extraordinary speaker and topic. For more information about Frank Sharry and other Finding Home events, visit Beet Street.

We would love to hear what you think of the event afterwards! Just post a comment below…:)

With thanks to Omar Omar, dlemieux, nathangibbs and _fleMma_ for their wonderful images!

Home is where they understand you.

Kirsten Broadfoot

Herstory: Celebrating Women in March!

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They use 20,000 words a day, represent 70% of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, and own only 1% of the world’s assets. They control $14 trillion in assets but one year out of college, earn 20% less than their colleagues. They do 2/3 of the world’s work and receive only 10% of the world’s income and represent 1/3 of working journalists. Who are they?

March is Women’s History Month and on March 8 in particular, the global community celebrates International Women’s Day. In the US alone, there will be over 150 events celebrating women and in China, Russia and Bulgaria, March 8 is a public holiday. How will you celebrate the women of your family and community this weekend and over the month?

At CSU, on Friday March 6 the celebration of International Women’s Day begins at 9am in the Duhesa Lounge in the Lory Student Center with a Women’s Art and Culture Fair with displays of artifacts, art pieces and clothing from all over the world. Come and decorate or write a postcard to thank a woman in your own life that has inspired or changed you as well as learn about famous international women and their inspiring causes around the planet.

The Fair lasts until 3pm and then later on that evening at 7pm, also in the Lory Student Center there will be a film screening of Inch’ Allah Dimanche, a film on the experiences of a North-African immigrant family in France. This film incorporates issues of gender inequality, domestic violence, immigration experience, and xenophobic prejudice. A brief introduction about the film will be included to give an educational reference to the film. There will also be an optional discussion will follow the movie.The movie is free and open to all ages, genders and cultures in the community!

Over at Bas Bleu on Pine Street, the entire month will showcase women’s impact on the world beginning with “Dancing in Combat Boots: Women of World War 2 Speak Out”. Excerpts and anecdotes from this award winning book by Teresa Funke will be read by CSU Theatre students under the direction of Bas Bleu Artistic Director Wendy Ishii and Colorado State University Theatre Instructor, Amy Scholl.The show starts at 730pm on March 10 and tickets are $10 adult and $7 student/senior.

Later on in the month, from March 20 to 22, Bas Bleu will also present “Cups” a supportive one woman show from Joni Sheram, revealing the history of women through their undergarments. Shows start at 7:30pm and tickets are $16 adults and $13 students/seniors with the Sunday matinee at 2:30pm and $13!

Finally, on March 29 at 2:30pm renowned local director Morris Burns brings a panel of ladies “of a certain age” to the stage for a journey through 80 years of women’s history (boys, toys, jobs, education, technology, marriage, war and politics etc). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students/seniors  for “Life begins at 80-Ladies Day”.

And just in case you would like a “be our guest spring special”, answer the following questions correctly by Noon on Friday March 6th (that’s tomorrow!) and you could win a ticket package to one of these shows. The questions are as follows:

1. What is the name of one of Teresa Funke’s other books?

2. What city is Joni Sheram’s comedy act based out of?

3. What was the name of Morris Burns’ other production at Bas Bleu?

Answer all three for your ticket package for Bas Bleu’s performances. E-mail your winning answers (with your telephone number!) to info [at] by NOON on Friday March 6, 2009. Winner will be notified via email by 3pm. GOOD LUCK!

Ticket packages for all three shows are available for $30 & $20 student/seniors. Group packages and single tickets are available online!

Remembering her-stories!

Kirsten Broadfoot



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Do something unexpected in the next 2 weeks! (aka Be Creative!)

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“All creative people want is to do the unexpected” – Hedy Lamarr

As mentioned earlier this week on our blog on the connections between art, place and identity, we thought we would draw your attention to some of the creative community programs and events coming up between now and the middle of March which might just encourage your own creativity!

First, the annual Great Plates series comes to town, running March 1-14, and this year is dedicated to the Food Bank for Larimer County. Great Plates participants will be encouraged to “leave their change” after enjoying great dinner specials downtown. In case you were wondering, the Food Bank for Larimer County can provide a meal for a member of our community for as little as 25 cents. A $10 donation will provide 40 meals for our community!

Then, on March 10, the very creative chameleon and master of multiple identities, Frank Abagnale, on whose life the movie ‘Catch Me If You Can’ was based, will be in town at the Lincoln Center discussing just how our identities, once disconnected from space and place as well as communities, can become highly malleable and put to not so industrious or legal ends.

Finally, Beet Street, the Northside Aztlan Community Center and the Cinco de Mayo Committee in line with getting in touch with our collective stories and immigrant lives encourage all members of the Fort Collins Community to create a square for the community quilt and art project which will be on display through April and May coinciding with our series on ‘Finding Home’. The quilt is open to everyone, of all ages and we hope will become an artistic manifestation of our rich, diverse, interwoven lives. Quilting is a traditional art, still practiced today and something that lies at the heart of family life. We hope you will join us in this endeavor. Blank quilting squares can be found at  El Centro, (in Lory Student Center), CSU; FCMOCA at 201 South Collage Avenue; Fort Collins Senior Center at 1200 Raintree Drive; Harmony Library Branch at 4616 S. Shields; the Main Library Branch at 201 Peterson Street; the Museo de las Tres Colonias at 425 10th Street and Northside Aztlan Community Center at 112 Willow Street. Please deliver your completed quilt square to one of the aforementioned locations by March 13 to be a part of this exciting community project!

So, as you can see, the next 2 weeks are full of creative ways to celebrate people, place and identity through engaging in good causes, good food and good stories. If we’re lucky we’ll also continue with the good weather!

As Jon Kabat-Zinn once said, “wherever you go, there you are!”

Kirsten Broadfoot