Local Culture, Arts & Community

A look back—ARISE is the Occasion

BY: JOSHUA J. HORTON  It really is happening.  Community engagement, caring to share, the networking of those willing to reconnect and build upon ancient traditions, and the embodiment of uplifting people from all walks of life through the pure expression of art and music. The ARISE Music Festival 2016 reached its fourth year of manifesting a positive and safe atmosphere for all ages to play, heal and express oneself freely.  The […]

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Mad Decent Block Party- A Celebration of What Exactly?

By: Kaia Femenías Mad Decent Block Party graced the Colorado Electronic Dance Music (EDM) scene for the third time in the last three years, returning for a second year to Red Rocks Amphitheater.  Mad Decent is a Los Angeles record label initiated by world renowned DJ Diplo, with many other accomplished artists such as Dillon Francis, Keys n Krates, Zeds Dead, as well as artists like Ke$ha, proving that Mad […]

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SEPTEMBER 9- DOWNTOWN ARTERY

With a new lineup that includes banjo and keys player Corey Wright, Fort Collins act Places Back Home will release their first EP, Anchored, at the Downtown Artery on September 9. The first formal recording for Places Back Home includes a collection of four new songs and is named after one of the tracks. The EP was recorded at Stateline Studios through Hope and Arrows by Josh Schoenig (Shatterproof) and […]

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LIFE IN THE BIKE LANE: BIKE SEPTEMBER

BIKE SEPTEMBER! By Chris Johnson, FC Bikes   Tour De Fat – Sept 3 Tour de Fat is the mother of all bike rides in Northern Colorado. Part group ride, part Mardi Gras parade, New Belgium’s flagship event is Fort Collins’ favorite beer and bike costume party!     Looking to register or check out the route to make sure you can avoid congestion road blocks? Visit: http://www.newbelgium.com/Events/tour-de-fat/Fort-Collins Wondering about the best route to get downtown via […]

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CREATE PLACES: THE CREATIVE HEART OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

BY: REBECCA LAPOLE How do the arts show up in your life? For most of us, it’s in going to shows, events, festivals, art galleries, etc. For those of us who feel driven to create – in writing, painting, acting, sculpting, dancing, making music – how does this work financially? Create Places is here to help make it work. Formed in 2014, Create Places is an artist-organized economic and workforce […]

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UNDOING PINK: THE RAW EDGE OF PUNK’S ERIN COOKMAN

BY: AVALON CLARE Erin Cookman is punk, and I’m telling everyone. From the various piercings glinting in her face to her blue hair to her patch covered pants and tattered bandanna, it’s quite obvious. She’s the lead vocalist and guitarist in local street punk band Drunk Diggery, where she can be heard screaming her way through songs with names like Punk Riot. Anyone who has heard the grit and anger in her vocals for Drunk Diggery (think […]

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CANNABIS: PUFFY PAINTING

BY: HOLLY HIGHLIFE Let’s be honest. Yours truly is great with words but I suck at art. My artistic skills are generally limited to second grade stick figures. The thought of sipping wine while painting in public makes my palms sweat. I have performance anxiety that no amount of wine can fix. The few times I’ve done these events my “art” has gone home and directly to the trash bin. This is why I perked up when I saw a business […]

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MUSIC: BRIDGEWAY RECORDING—JUST THE RIGHT MIX

By: KRISTIN CURTIS  In late 2015 and early 2016, Kris Smith was a man with a mission as he began meeting with musicians, producers, and influential people in the Fort Collins area. Through many connections, meetings, and the luck of timing, Kris stumbled into a group of guys ready to create something magical. This idea morphed into Bridgeway Recording, a recording studio in Fort Collins powered by four unique individuals: […]

Local Culture, Arts & Community

AMUSE: LYRIC CINEMA CAFE—OUR LOCAL STORYTELLING VENUE

BY: DOUG USHER Ben Mozer opened the Lyric because he wanted a place where he could screen the movies he was making with his friends. Before the Lyric, Fort Collins movie theaters played mostly Hollywood films, which meant local filmmakers, as well as bigger independent Ben Mozer opened the Lyric because he wanted a place where he could screen the movies he was making with his friends. Before the Lyric, […]

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FOOD: SALSA BRAVA, URBAN EGG BRING AWARD-WINNING FLAVORS TO OLD TOWN

As students return to campus this fall, they will notice two new restaurants in residence on the south end of Old Town at 230 S. College Avenue — Salsa Brava Fresh Mexican Grill and Urban Egg, A Daytime Eatery. The award-winning restaurants share one kitchen and one vision: serving fresh, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients in an upscale, casual environment. “We have always maintained the same philosophy in all of our restaurants. We create innovative and fresh menu items using locally sourced ingredients,” said […]