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  • New name and logo for Manitou’s Business of Art Center

    Tue, October 29, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    manitou art centerThe new name of the Business of Art Center? Wait for it. Wait for it…

    Manitou Art Center.

    It’s been one year in the making, said Natalie Johnson, executive director at the Manitou Art Center, with 185 suggested names rolling in.

    Warren Epstein, former GO! editor at The Gazette, is the man behind the winning name.

    “It took me three years after I moved here to go in the Business of Art Center,” says Natalie Johnson, executive director of the Manitou Art Center. “Reading the name, I always thought it was a school of business for artists. It never occurred to me it was open to the public. … When we came up with a name, it wasn’t exciting, but it’s exactly what we are. I love that we might not have to explain ourselves as much.”

  • Wild for Ivy

    Mon, October 28, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    IvyI attended the Wild for Ivy Masquerade Ball at the Millibo Art Theatre on Saturday night. The fundraiser was held at the theater’s new location near the popular Ivywild School.

    A wonderful time was had by all, or so it appeared to my completely non-objective eyes. There were delicious morsels, flowing beverages and dancing to music, care of Benjamin Pratt, the sound and light technician at the MAT, who played DJ. There was also an auction reigned over by Babette and Jim Jackson, interspersed with performances by local belly dance troupe Mizmar Madness, singers Judeth Shay Burns, Super Dave Hale and others.

    The ivy-themed costumes were inventive, including a couple dressed as though they were from an Ivy League school. I particularly enjoyed the man with a shrub on his head.

    The next show at the MAT is this weekend. Buntport Theater Company from Denver presents “Yesterado: Stories of Colorado When it Was Young,” a Kids First production. Details at themat.org.

  • Men + microphones = Straight No Chaser

    Wed, October 16, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Straight No Chaser

    Straight No Chaser

    I’m a sucker for harmonies.

    “Hallelujah” by Straight No Chaser

    Give me a group of 10 guys singing a cappella on stage — think songs like Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” — and I’m a happy girl.

    Straight No Chaser is just such a group, and earlier today I talked to member Don Nottingham for a preview story. I asked him why people love a cappella, or at least, why do I?

    “There’s so much music out there,  and with all this great technology,” he said. “It’s a double-edged sword. It’s so easy to make music, but it’s so easy to make music. Anybody can do it, but you come to the show, and it feels more pure. What we do is straight up. Ten guys, microphones, nothing else to it, no backing tracks. People feel like it’s the sort of music they could create. It’s more relatable in that way. It’s more of what you think of as music historically – people singing, as opposed to the other beat-driven, loop and computer-driven stuff on the radio.”



  • McGrath leaving Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region

    Thu, October 10, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Christina McGrath

    Christina McGrath

    The Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region is on the hunt for a new executive director.

    Christina McGrath is moving to Oxford, England in mid-January to be with her fiancee. She started at COPPeR in January 2011, and has learned quite a bit in the nearly three years on the job.

    “At first, I was overwhelmed,” she said. “It’s easy to feel like you’re doing it alone. But in three years you realize you have support from the whole community, and you only need to ask. That is something our whole community could take a lesson from. We need to help each other out and feel comfortable asking for help when we need it.”

    COPPeR is accepting applications now through Oct. 23; coppercolo.org/2013/10/executive-director-transition.


  • Jimmy cracked corn on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and won

    Fri, October 4, 2013 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Winner Kenichi Ebina with host Nick Cannon.

    Winner Kenichi Ebina with host Nick Cannon.

    Who watched “America’s Got Talent” this summer? Hands high? Who were you pulling for?

    The tour, with the top six finalists and the competition winner – Kenichi Ebina, will be in town at the Pikes Peak Center on Oct. 15.

    On Monday morning, I’m interviewing Jimmy Rose, the Iraq War veteran and country singer who came in third place.

    Do you have any questions for him? About the competition, his military service, his future, hopes, dreams, favorite cereal?

    Post them in the comments or email me: jen.mulson@gazette.com.