Five Must-See Boulder Fringe Fest Performances

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Gemma Wilcox
The Boulder International Fringe Festival is one of many fringe fests around the world where cultural gatekeepers have opened the dam and flooded audiences with playwrights, filmmakers, dancers, artists and curators showing off their works without censorship. Nobody gets turned away. Anything goes.

The joy and trouble for audiences is that we have to figure out how to navigate so much creativity. The festival opens tonight with an All-You-Can-Artist buffet, at the Dairy Center, where presenters will show off snippets of their work to the crowd. But what if you miss opening night? What's a festival-goer to do?

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Tell Your Story at the Moth Mainstage in Denver This Month

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Photo by Sarah Stacke
The Moth is coming to Denver! The internationally beloved, true-stories-told-live-on-stage-without-notes series will host a Moth Mainstage event (the theme is "When Worlds Collide") on Tuesday, September 30, at the Paramount Theatre. And it needs one more storyteller -- a local one -- to join the four others who'll be standing up to share pieces of their lives.

See also: Kelly Shortandqueer on zines, storytelling and his transgender insurance-claim victory

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Review: In All the Rage, Martin Moran Explores Anger and Forgiveness

Categories: Theater

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Martin Moran in All the Rage.
All the Rage is a sequel to Martin Moran's first one-man play, The Tricky Part, which told the story of his molestation by a counselor at Colorado's Camp St. Malo when he was twelve -- a relationship that continued over three conflicted years. Moran, who'd grown up in Denver and graduated from George Washington High School in 1978, subsequently wrote a book based on the play, and it was a review of that book by John Moore, then of the Denver Post, questioning Moran's apparent lack of anger, that sparked this new work: All the Rage is an exploration of anger and forgiveness.

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Grounded Is Right on Target in BETC's Powerful Production

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Imaginative Artists Find New Ways to Deal With the Western Landscape Tradition

Categories: Art reviews

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Goodwin Fine Art
Beau Carey, Batholith
The landscape has long fascinated artists, particularly in the American West, with those interested in the form today falling into two broad categories. There are artists who re-create the high points of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century realism and impressionism. And there are those who try to introduce new ways of dealing with the old warhorse. I'm not much interested in the former, though I can appreciate the skill it takes. But the latter has long captivated me, because in addition to skill, it also takes a lot of imagination to pull off something fresh in the staid genre.

The current duet at Goodwin Fine Art, Far North & Outer Space, features new takes on the landscape by Beau Carey, a onetime Denver artist who now lives in Albuquerque, and Denver's Lanny DeVuono.

See also: Ronald Otsuka, Who Built the DAM's Asian Art Department, Retires After 41 Years

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Dr. Drew Talks About Addiction, Childhood Trauma and Why He Believes in Twelve Steps

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Dr. Drew Pinsky -- better known as just Dr. Drew -- has been a prominent voice of the medical profession in popular culture for more than two decades, dispensing advice on both radio and television and working with everyone from actors and musicians to everyday folks as an addiction specialist. This Thursday, September 18, Dr. Drew will be in the Seawell Ballroom as the guest speaker at this year's fundraiser for Arapahoe House, a local non-profit with more than a dozen rehabilitation facilities and twenty treatment programs operating across Colorado. In advance of this appearance, Dr. Drew took the time to speak with Westword about his work and how he views the state of addiction in 2014.

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Joe Hutchison, Colorado's New Poet Laureate, Tells the Story of Silas Soule

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Denver Public Library
Silas Soule was killed in Denver two months after testifying about Sand Creek.
Joseph Hutchison didn't set out to write a poem about Silas Soule. But he'd been thinking for a while about the Sand Creek Massacre -- a dark chapter in Colorado's past that he'd never learned about when he was a student at Skinner Junior High, writing his first poem. He'd never heard how Colonel John Chivington, a Methodist minister, and his hundred-day volunteer unit slaughtered more than 150 elderly men, women and children, all Arapaho and Cheyenne, camped peacefully on the banks of Sand Creek on November 29, 1864. He didn't learn about that until he was in college, at the University of Northern Colorado, where he picked up a love of poetry after coming from a home that was "not so book-friendly" -- and even then, it was just part of a survey course, one that talked about gold-panners and railroads and Manifest Destiny.


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Review: Grounded Is Right on Target in BETC's Powerful Production

Categories: Theater

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Daniel Leonard
Laura Norman in Grounded.

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said J. Robert Oppenheimer of his work on the atomic bomb, quoting the Bhagavad Gita. There's grief and guilt in the statement, as well a daunting realization of just what he's unleashed on the world. But as you think about it, you also catch a note of megalomaniacal power.

We hear the same power in the voice of The Pilot, protagonist of George Brant's brain-searing, one-woman play Grounded, now receiving its regional premiere courtesy of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company.

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George Saunders on Dream Images and Steering Toward the Rapids

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George Saunders is one of America's most celebrated short-story writers, winner of both the Folio and Pulitzer prizes 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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Why the Highland Vs. Northside Debate Is All About Gentrification

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Westword.com
Longo's Subway Tavern, a former northside staple.
Back in August, I wrote a love letter to Denver, the city I used to know. Though my intention was to remember the good things about my city that are gone now, it was also, perhaps, a thinly veiled criticism of the way progress is going in Denver. Recently, there was a "blog" (I say that in quotation marks because the person who runs the site identifies as a real-estate agent on Twitter) floating around Facebook about the debate over whether the north section of our city is called Highland or Northside. While this enraged me and many other natives for a lot of reasons, the biggest issue raised in the online conversation was this: The name game in Denver isn't about our written history. It's about gentrification.

See also: A Love Letter to Denver, the City I'm Getting to Know


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Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Alvin Gregorio and Petra Sertic

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Ken Hamel, denverarts.org.
Tobias Fike, "Age Spots." Launch Pad 003: Land, 2013.
#56: Alvin Gregorio and Petra Sertic

Petra Sertic is a curator with more than fifty exhibitions under her belt; Alvin Gregorio is an artist and CU professor whose own exhibitions have circled the globe. Together, they founded Launch Pad in 2012, a flexible forum bringing together artists and art-loving audiences together in public and private spaces. Last summer's Launch Pad 002 gathered more than forty artists together to create outdoor works -- installation to performance-based and everywhere in between -- on private property in the Boulder foothills; currently, they are putting the finishing touches on the mysterious Launch Pad 003: Secrets and Herbs, and looking forward to their fourth project in the coming year. We asked the world-wise pair what makes them tick; keep reading for their answers to the 100CC questionnaire.

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