Continuing Education Returns to Metro with New LearnOn Program

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Wine and Beer Tasting 101 is one of the twelve classes offered by LearnOn.
Do you want to learn something new, but don't have time for a full-semester course? Or simply can't afford what a school is charging? Metropolitan State University of Denver's new LearnOn program is offering twelve affordable, short-term classes that make it easy for anyone to continue their education.

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Jad Abumrad on "Embracing the Gut Churn," Inspiration and Creativity

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Jad Abumrad talks about what you should embrace.
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad -- who was awarded a MacArthur fellowship in 2011 -- is just as affable and eloquent on the phone as he sounds on the radio, with a dash of vulnerability revealed when he worries about fucking up the answer to a question. Yes, he actually said that -- with a measure of anxiety in his voice -- but he nailed it.

That's the level of intimacy you could get from Abumrad when he brings his live-performance show, "Embracing the Gut Churn," to Colorado. He'll be at Colorado College in Colorado Springs on Monday, October 13; at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins on Tuesday, October 14; and at the Boulder Theater in Boulder on Wednesday, October 15. In advance of his Colorado run, we talked to Abumrad about the genesis of "Embracing the Gut Churn" and what audience members can expect from the show.

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Cabal Takes Over the Concoctory This Weekend

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The cabal, possibly plotting world domination
"The mindset of punk rockers, artists, hackers -- it all boils down to the same thing: Critical thinking," says Concoctory founder Mar Williams. Her hackerspace recently fused with Cabal Enterprises, a nine-person art cooperative supplying South Broadway with hyper-local art, creativity, and DIY, which is more than a mere hobby. "It's an ethic," Williams says.

Cabal officially takes over 1875 South Broadway Friday, October 3 at 6 p.m., and the members are throwing down for art lovers with a free exhibit featuring live music and comedy by Chris Charpentier and Greg Baumhauer. Sons of Scullery, that beloved gourmet BBQ truck, will be serving up fresh-smoked goodness.

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George Saunders on Dream Images and Steering Toward the Rapids

George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short-story writers, winner of both the Folio prize and a National Book Award finalist, as well as a MacArthur fellowship. Since 1996, he's been a professor at Syracuse, itself an incubator for some of the best authors of his generation. Saunders returns to town this week (he went to the Colorado School of Mines) for the Writer's Studio at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, both to participate in a reading and signing event for fans and to conduct a more focused writers' studio.

Westword caught up with Saunders in advance of his trip to Denver, to talk about finding out which literature is bullshit, writing stories based on dream images, and how, creatively, it's always best to steer toward the rapids.

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Artist Jon Zahourek's anatomy lessons find a home in south Denver

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One of Zahourek's hand models for the Anatomy in Clay Center workshop.
Artist Jon Zahourek teaches anatomy from the inside out, creating model skeletons from clay. And with the Studios at Overland Crossing, just off Santa Fe and Evans, he's also built a community center from the inside out, taking a former pottery factory and turning it into a space for art classes, events and his own studio.

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Writing Dates: Writing With Friends motivates writers at The Cartel Studios tomorrow

Photo courtesy of Norah Charles
Since April, every month Norah Charles has picked a location in Boulder or Denver to host people who want to share in the writing process. She invites writers of all genres to show up with their laptops, journals or tablets, and then write together. Keep reading to learn more about this way of connecting with other local writers -- while getting a few words on the page at the same time.

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Arts Street pays teens to go to class -- and learn real-life skills

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Student-made mural outside the Arts Street entrance.
Arts Street has implemented the dream plan of generations of public school students: getting paid to go to class. Thanks to the Adolph Coors Foundation, NOFA and Xcel Energy, the educational nonprofit has received new funding to not just offer local teenagers classe instruction in real-life skills, but a stipend for their time in the weekend classes.

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Metro professor offers free course on psychedelics and liberalism at Deer Pile

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Denver musician and Metro professor Roger Green.
Known in the Denver music scene as a former guitarist of The Czars and record producer for Joe Sampson and Esme Patterson, Metro State University of Denver professor Roger Green will be teaching "Psychedelic Aesthetics, Literature, and the Crisis in Liberalism," a donation-based, seven-week course at Deer Pile beginning Sunday, June 8. The class is derived from Green's doctoral dissertation, "Beware of Mad John: Psychedelic Aesthetics, Political Theology and Literature," which inspired his 2013 presentation at Oxford University titled "Pacifism as Practical Mysticism in Aldous Huxley's Eyeless in Gaza"; the sessions will offer an eclectic mix of religion, economics, politics, mythology, literature and psychedelic drugs united by a common theme. Westword recently spoke with Green about the long, strange trip of this high-brow adventure.

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DEAD Academy announces winners of first high school art contest at school celebration

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A 3D illustration done by several of the DEAD Academy's students.
Zak Hennessey stood on a dusty stage that would not look out of place at an underground punk show. A collection of multipurpose spotlights illuminated his excitement as he ran through the story of Denver Entertainment Art and Design Academy -- for at least the third time that day.

This Hennessey's brainchild, born after he returned to Colorado from art school in Los Angeles and was disappointed with the lack of educational opportunities for thinkers and creators here. He started the school to create such opportunities, including the first annual high school art contest whose winners were announced Friday.

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Celebrate "Colorado Craftsy Day" with free classes on today

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A look inside the Craftsy studio.
In the social network age, it's easier than ever to take on new hobbies, thanks in part to online communities like Colorado-based, which offers streamlined instructions on the web. To celebrate its third anniversary, today the website is giving away all the lessons it typically charges for today.

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