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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

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

Streetmosphere is Just Around the Corner

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Even though there is still snow on the ground, here at Beet Street, we’ve got Streetmosphere on our minds. This year’s season begins on Mother’s Day weekend, and May 10 will be here before we know it. We will be back in Old Town every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day weekend. We will also be back at Front Range Village in South Fort Collins July 5 – August 3, with Friday night performances and a NEW Saturday evening concert series!

We are very pleased to announce that we will bring over 90 acts to the streets of Fort Collins this season! That is a 48% increase from last year, allowing us to support more performers and provide a greater variety of entertainment. It was wonderful to see over 120 talented acts apply this year – thanks to all of you.

These increases say a lot about the program. First, that the word about Streetmosphere is spreading, not only in Fort Collins, but throughout Colorado. We are proud to see how far Streetmosphere has come in just three years, helping to put Fort Collins on the map as an arts and culture destination. There are also several cities that are  interested in starting a similar program, and we are working with them to discover how they might bring Streetmosphere to their own communities.

You can keep up to date with with Streetmosphere by liking Beet Street and Streetmosphere on Facebook, and following Beet Street on Twitter. We’ll keep you posted!

ArtBeetFC inspires your summertime calendar

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As we run headlong into the busy summer months there will be non-stop events and festivals. As the Mayor of HeidiTown.com, a blog about events and festivals, this is my busiest and most exciting season.

It’s an exciting time for art and culture lovers too, but with all the family vacations, weekend festivals and other summertime fun, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on in the artistic world in Northern Colorado.

However, Beet Street has your covered with their ArtBeetFC Calendar. Looking for opera? Theater? Live music? An art opening? ArtBeetFC will be your source for keeping culture top-of-mind this summer.

Can’t remember to check the calendar every week? Sign up for the ArtBeet newsletter here.  It’s the easiest way to stays culturally informed.

And don’t forget Streetmosphere. This twenty-weekend event kicks off on May 13, and this year’s lineup is packed with local talent. From magicians to acting troupes, from comedians to dancers and painters, these performances have become a popular and lively part of the downtown scene.

During Streetmosphere up to five different performances will be held in various locations around downtown Fort Collins. Performances are Friday through Sunday through September 4, 2011. Here’s a MAP of the Streetmosphere locations.

Here’s looking forward to a grand and culturally inspired summer!

~Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer is a writer from Northern Colorado and Mayor of HeidiTown.com.

Written by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer

April 20th, 2011 at 8:31 am

Expect the Streets of Old Town to Come Alive: Streetmosphere Starts Friday

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I’m so excited it’s finally here – Streetmosphere starts this weekend! A few months ago I was fortunate to see many of the auditions and can’t wait to see it come to life on the streets of

Streetmosphere juggler and magician, Dan Jaspersen

Streetmosphere juggler and magician, Dan Jaspersen

 Old Town Fort Collins. Where else can you see a mime, a family band, a painter, dancers and a magician who also juggles – all a few blocks from each other? There will be more than 3,000 performances in Old Town on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays over the next five months.

The Talent

The talents of these performers are just part of the magic –they all have interesting stories to tell, so expect a lot of interaction. Dan Jaspersen is a magician and juggler who taught himself how to juggle one-handed after he broke his arm trying to impress a girl when he was 11. A juggler visited his school while he was being mended and everyone was talking about it, so he decided to teach himself. He speaks three foreign languages (Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese) and up until last summer was working in Japan. Dan said it’s been years since he street performed, but he couldn’t pass it up because “Streetmosphere offered me the chance to meet and work with hundreds of people a day.” Catch Dan’s first performance between noon and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Amber Waves Band

Amber Waves Band

Amber Waves is a charming family band that even moved some of the judges to tears (I saw it Kari, you can’t deny it). Don’t be fooled however, while they’ll pull at your heart strings, they can also really jam. Members of the band include 16 year old identical twins Alex and Katie who have beautiful voices and play guitar and banjo, 10 year old Sean who has some mad fiddle skills and five year-old Mary who will win you over with her fearlessness and sweet singing of America the Beautiful. Mom and Dad (Cheryl and Michael) also join in to sing and play bass and mandolin. Sean, the fiddler turns 10 this week, so be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday! You can hear Amber Waves playing from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  

Live painter Chris Bates and musician Dave Clapsaddle of ViewSic were inspired early in life – they were both raised by bands of traveling street performers, but on opposite ends of the globe. At Streetmosphere they’ll entertain with a combination of saxophone and live painting.  Dave and Chris describe their act as “one part improv, one part music, one part paint and all fun.”  See them from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday

Robin Walker

Robin Walker

Musician Robin Walker has played the piano since age three and taught herself how to play the ukulele. While she is only 4’10, Robin has a huge personality. During her audition, I could tell the judges were hoping for an encore. Robin said becoming a performer seemed only natural. “My mom is a classical musician, her mom is a ragtime player and HER mom was a silent movie accompanist.” See Robin on Saturday between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Bryan Connolly who is the co-founder of the CSU Circus Club, said “I love performing, especially on the street because the interaction between audience and performer is more raw and spontaneous.” Be sure to show Bryan your appreciation because he describes himself as a narcissist. “I love the applause and the ability to strike people dumb or make them gasp,” he said. Bryan juggles five balls in an elevated split between two chairs and has even juggled hanging upside down from a tree. You can see Bryan’s first Streetmosphere performance on Friday between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. He can also be seen on stage in CSU’s summer productions of Romeo and Juliet and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

In the Beginning

The reasons the performers started their craft are as diverse as the acts. Dan was inspired by Mike Davis who performed for three presidents and the queen of England. Dan recalls a night when Mike invited him to help with a show. “That night was the first and only time I’ve juggled a loaf of bread (no bag), a tub of margarine (minus the tub) and a whole raw chicken.”

For Amber Waves, the twins were playing trumpet and clarinet in the band, but they wanted to sing and their parents’ suggested they might enjoy the accompaniment of stringed instruments. Katie, looking more for a reaction from her parents said she wanted to play the banjo (she was familiar with the instrument only from Steve Martin skits). It turns out she liked it and when Alex started playing guitar and Sean violin, they realized they had the makings of a family band. “The parents, with music degrees needing some dusting off, jumped in a year later on instruments to fill out the sound,” said the group.

Supporting Local Artists

While Streetmosphere creates a fun and engaging environment for residents and visitors, it also gives back to the performers, who are not only paid, but benefit from the exposure. “This town has so many talented people who need outlets and ways to make a living doing what they love,” said the ViewSic group. “Over time those people will seek places to fulfill their dreams if they cannot be fulfilled here. We need to find ways to keep our town vibrant and full of fresh ideas.”

Steve Eulberg who plays mountain and hammered dulcimers and guitar said, “As a performer I am always looking to build and broaden my audience and ‘accidental’ exposure to people is a marvelous way to do that. It also helps me continue to hone and deepen my skills in the craft as a musical performer/storyteller.”

For Amber Waves, one of the main draws was the group’s own entertainment. “We were very excited to find a place offering an enjoyable, relaxed performing opportunity over the summer. The Beet Street (Streetmosphere) atmosphere is the kind of place we’d like to just go hang out, with performing a bonus. The band will have an opportunity to meet with a local audience, so they can join in on our fun.”

We want to hear about your experiences with Streetmosphere and the performers this summer. Please post your impressions on the blog, our Facebook page and on Twitter! Also look for opportunities to win CDs and other giveaways from Streetmosphere artists.

Written by TanyaFlynn

June 2nd, 2010 at 3:16 am

Taking Local Talent to the Streets: Streetmosphere Auditions Get Underway

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Applications due by 4:00 p.m. today

Have you ever seen someone truly talented and wondered “why wasn’t I born with that gift” or “why don’t I have that amount of discipline?” Saturday was one of those days for me, but it didn’t happen just once – nearly 20 times. I was fortunate enough to watch the first round of Beet Street’s Streetmosphere auditions. I was very impressed by the quality and diversity of the talent.

Bekah Smith auditions for Streetmosphere

Bekah Smith auditions for Streetmosphere

So what is Streetmosphere? This summer, Old Town will be transformed into a scene right out of a European movie. All types of street performers – singers, dancers, jugglers, magicians, comedians – will descend on the streets of Fort Collins to entertain visitors and residents and showcase the rich arts and entertainment culture in this region.

Performers can still submit Streetmosphere applications until 4:00 today and auditions will take place throughout the month of April. Streetmosphere is inspired by busker culture, but (instead of tips) all performers will be paid between $100 and $225 per performance for up to 20 performances.

Liz Masterson and Cinnamon Sue at Streetmosphere auditions

Liz Masterson and Cinnamon Sue at Streetmosphere auditions

On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through October, a variety of performers will entertain from at least eight different locations in Old Town. The intention is to create a fun, engaging environment in Old Town, and at the same time, support local artists and entertainers.

WadiRum auditioning at the Armory for Streetmosphere

WadiRum auditions at the Armory for Streetmosphere

If you watch American Idol, you know typically you have to weed through a lot of the bad to get to the good. Not so for these auditions – the talents was top notch. The first round auditions saw a variety of acts including a string quartet, a mime, some solo crooners, unique jugglers, an Irish band, a father and son who harmonize on guitars, a magician and even a local singing legend.

The first audition day was impressive, made even more so by the venue – the recently renovated Armory, which can now be rented for events. The space is wide open, and gorgeous with exposed brick, original wood floors and high ceilings. There are some great pictures of the space on the Lost Fort Collins Blog.

Cheza String Quartet auditions at the Armory

Cheza String Quartet auditions at the Armory

Whether you’re a participating performer or a visitor to Old Town this summer, Streetmosphere is sure to bring even more energy to the community. For a newbie like me, it’s an exciting time to be in Fort Collins. Stay tuned for updates and profiles of the talent selected for Streetmosphere.

Bryan Connolly

Bryan Connolly

The Details

  • Applications are due today by 4:00 p.m.
  • Auditions occur throughout the month of April
  • Talent will be notified of selection by May 7, 2010
  • Performances take place between June 4 and October 17, 2010
  • Compensation: For each performance block (up to 20), performers will be paid $100 solo, $150 duo, $225 trio or larger

For more information: http://beetstreet.org/streetmosphere

Written by TanyaFlynn

March 31st, 2010 at 8:55 am