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

Marco Antonio.
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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Remembering Ludlow: A roundup of commemorative events

The Ludlow Memorial.
A century ago this week, a long-simmering conflict between miners on strike in the southern Colorado coalfields and troops of the Colorado National Guard erupted into the deadliest labor war in American history. A raging gun battle on April 20, 1914, resulted in the destruction of the strikers' Ludlow tent colony and the deaths of nearly two dozen people -- most of them women and children who'd sought refuge from the shooting in a small cellar under one of the tents. The Ludlow Massacre, as it became known, is one of the darkest yet most neglected chapters of state history -- but a slew of commemorative events planned to mark its hundredth anniversary could help change that.

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DAM's Lindsey Housel leads "Rebel" discussion at CreativeMornings tomorrow

Lindsey Housel next to a David Choe mural at 13th and Champa streets.
"I kind of think of myself as maybe an in-activist -- I'm not a rebel. I don't create art," explains Lindsey Housel, guest speaker at "Rebel," the February edition of CreativeMornings, a lecture and discussion program that has been described as "TED for design wonks." Taking place in more than thirty cities around the globe, the satellite series aims to use the informal environment of a breakfast meet-up as a way to dive into broad themes like childhood, food, space and the future. This month's Denver edition goes down at 8:30 a.m. this Friday, February 7 in the Sharp Auditorium of the DAM's Hamilton building.

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"How Can That Be Historic?" lecture highlights Aurora's mid-century modern architecture

Courtesy of the Aurora History Museum.
Big Top Store at 112 Del Mar Circle, c. 1967.
Though Aurora is a relatively new city in the West, it still has a rich history to share. This Thursday, February 6, at the Aurora Fox Arts Center, architectural historian Adam Thomas will take a look at the city's story through a mid-century modern lens. The lecture is part of Aurora's Historic Sites & Preservation Office's effort to educate the public on current and future preservation projects around the city.

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Artist Mark Newport on beaded football players and knitted superhero costumes

Categories: Art, Lectures

Mark Newport
Heroes Past: Lyle Alzado, 1995, beads and trading cards.
From beaded football players to knitted superhero costumes, artist Mark Newport's work combines textiles and traditionally female-associated art forms with masculine pop iconography to subvert ideas of gender. His art is part of the Innovators & Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber exhibition up through April 4 at the CSU University Center for the Arts in Fort Collins, and at 5 p.m. Monday, February 3, he'll give a free lecture entitled "Superheroes, Scars and Rock & Roll" at the Griffin Concert Hall. In advance of his residency, we spoke with Newport, also the head of fibers at the Cranbrook Institute of Arts, about knitting, pop culture and gender.

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Americas Latino Festival debuts this weekend in Denver and Boulder

Courtesy of Americas Latino Festival
It's not every weekend that a handful of Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize-winners and international artists converge on the area. But this weekend the Americas for Conservation and the Arts will present the inaugural Americas Latino Festival of Colorado, a green event celebrating the nation's largest and fastest-growing minority population and presenting a whirlwind of activities today through Sunday, most of them free.

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University of Colorado Denver hosts a free Mini School for the Humanities, starting tonight

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Professor Chad Kautzer will lecture on justice.
College is expensive -- we all know that -- but we also know there's an exception to every rule. And this exception is indeed exceptional: The University of Colorado Denver, in association with the Anschutz Medical Campus Graduate School, will be hosting a Mini School for the Humanities today through November 20, with free classes every Wednesday. It's a variation on UCD's award-winning Mini Med School.
The goal of this new mini-school is "to make people aware of the humanities and their importance," says Inge Wefes, associate dean of CU Denver/Anschutz Graduate School. The program has generated a lot of interest in high schools and among undergraduates, she notes, as well as with senior citizens.

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Denver Death Cafe launches at Wystone's this weekend

Categories: Events, Lectures

Courtesy of deathcafe.com.
To understand what a Death Cafe is, you need to know what a Death Cafe isn't. It's not a grief-support group for those who have lost loved ones. It's not a morbid event where people draped in black talk about the meaningless void that death symbolizes for some. And it's definitely not a religious event of any kind.

"I try to tell people when they call to RSVP that it is not morbid or gloomy, it is not sad, it is not a workshop of any kind, and we don't try to lead the participants into any form of ideology or anything," says organizer Anita Larson.

So then, what is a Death Cafe?

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MCA Denver's Sarah Kate Baie on Casa Bonita, the fiscal cliff and nine years of Mixed Taste

Sarah Kate Baie has seen Mixed Taste -- the recurring lecture series kicking off tomorrow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver -- grow exponentially over the last nine years, from its early days at Belmar to its current, summer-season mainstay status at the MCA. Programming curator Baie and her staff spend the year creating ths program that brings often uncommon but always entertaining topics together for parallel conversations.

This year's lineup sees specialists on Sandhill cranes and performance-enhancing drugs come to the stage together, while Tyrannosaurus Rex and Lucha Libre experts will also battle it out (conversationally speaking) in front of a live audience. In advance of the first Mixed Taste of 2013 -- zombies and raw milk cheese -- we spoke with Baie about how, exactly, something like the fiscal cliff wound up paired with Denver's famous Casa Bonita cliff divers.

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Artist Eduardo Sarabia talks marijuana, magic, tacos and contemporary art at Huevos Revueltos

"Happy," Eduardo Sarabia.
In Tainted, Guadalajara-based artist Eduardo Sarabia manipulates reality through a combination of paint and photography. Tapped to curate the Huevos Revueltos series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Sarabia has invited invites artists, spiritual and legislative experts, and writers to discuss the cross-pollinating of contemporary art, politics and culture in Mexico over the next three Thursdays.

In advance of tonight's program, Sarabia spoke with Westword about how he chose the topics for Huevos Revueltos, what he hopes to bring out in conversations about marijuana legislation and shamanism, and how each ties into the contemporary art of Mexico.

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