Blue Agave Grill

Transforming the previous labyrinth of hallways into an open, ambient space, owners and power couple, Richard and Brenda Lucio, introduce the premiere southwestern hot-spot to the Fort Collins community. As of April 1, spice enthusiasts and margarita fanatics need look no further than below the Fort Collins Museum of Art. While an unlikely location, the originality of the idea is quite the opposite and one that only true entrepreneurs would […]

Eccher Fine Art

Award-winning oil painter, Clint Eccher, displays 25 original works of art consisting of more than 70 paintings during his April 28-May 4 exhibition at the Community Creative Center in the historic Carnegie building. His work includes a series of fields, various abstracts, historic ski jumping and downtown Denver scenes. Some highlights include two pieces created by Eccher’s preschool art students, a large scale abstract consisting of 24 6”x6” paintings, Red […]

Pianoathon!

Have you ever played on a 9-foot grand piano? It’s an experience you don’t want to miss, and this time, it’s the same piano that world-renowned Anne-Marie McDermott played just the night before! Project Youth and Chamber Music (PYCH) is hosting a pay-what-you-can to play-what-you-can as part of their Off the Hook Summer Chamber Music Festival to raise money for two inspiring organizations, FoCo Cafe and Respite Care, on Saturday, June 21. All ages, skill-levels, […]

Compass Cider

Fort Collins’ newest cider establishment is now open at 216 North College Ave. After nearly a year in the works, the relaxed new cider lounge celebrated their grand opening on Valentine’s Day and is now in full swing serving world-class artisan ciders, paired with carefully designed plates by executive chef David Daggett. Compass and their sister company, Blossomwood Cider and Orchard of Cedaredge, CO., have created a distinct menu of […]

Wool Hat

Industrial vintage, up-cycled, reclaimed and local. Wool Hat is a one-of-a-kind furniture store tucked away at 119 East Lincoln that takes old things apart to create new things. Owners Matthew and Danelle Britt know the history of everything in the store and are proud of the fact that their entire inventory is made, sourced or found within one hundred miles. Danelle is an expert at inspiring people to look at […]

Get Real Music Studio

The mission of Get Real Music Studio is to foster its students’ love for music and to help them reach a level of excellence in musicianship. Cheri Lamperes is a vocal coach and piano teacher with a music degree from CSU and certification in the European Costal Method of vocal pedagogy at the Colorado Academy of the Arts in Denver. Get Real Music Studio doesn’t conform to one specific genre. […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

Rabble-Rouser: Let’s Stir Things Up…

by KELLEY GILBERT Where impact lacks, you’ll find the MAX. Indeed, in fact, it rhymes with tax. Relax, you’ll see. The facts don’t lie. It only took 87 million stacks to buy. It is no secret that Fort Collins loves to spend money. From investing into a brand new football stadium when the current one is both intact and preferred among the community to spending millions in taxpayer’s dollars in […]

Charlie Parr – Hollandale

5 stars out of 5 Though he isn’t quite a local musician, Charlie Parr deserves some recognition. Alongside Alan Sparhawk, Parr’s instrumental release, Hollandale, is nothing less than incredible. The guitar is simply a pen, crafting wordless, primal tales of journey and the validity of man. This is the sound that defines solitude as a savage desire, the absolute and necessary drive to step the rope and continue onward. This […]

Birch Street – Birch Street

3.5 stars out of 5 While the Rocky Mountains don the cover of Birch Street’s self-titled release, the sound seems more derivative of the South. The Denver-based band’s debut studio LP emanates whiskey blues and country soul, fraught with gritty electric guitar and rolling keys. With undoubtable influence from such artists as The Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers Band, Birch Street finds their high note in the […]