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  • Art at City Hall

    Thu, January 23, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    city hall artcity hall 4city hall 3I went to the opening reception for an art exhibit at City Hall last night.

    There were works by Colorado College and Coronado High School students. The CC works were all pencil drawings in a collection titled “Two Years in Seville.”

    Also cool were the black and white and old as heck photos City Hall staff had just hung on the walls. Go by and check them out sometime.

    Where: City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

  • Who’s singing at the Super Bowl?

    Tue, January 21, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Renee Fleming

    Renee Fleming

    For the first time, an opera singer will perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

    American soprano Renee Fleming will command the microphone at Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2. She’s no slouch either, with four Grammy Awards and a National Medal of Arts tucked nicely under her belt.

    I’m not much of a Super Bowl watcher. The last performers I remember singing the national anthem are Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson. Google tells me that was way back in 2004.

    Looks like halftime performers are alleged to be Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. How do you feel about that? Who have been your favorite performers over the years?

  • For lovers of crossword puzzles

    Thu, January 16, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    I’m no crossword puzzle afficionado, but I think The New York Times Crossword Puzzle Challenge sounds super fun.

    Jim Jenista

    Jim Jenista

    Head to the Ivywild School for a morning of puzzles with Jim Jenista, a local who also loves a good puzzle. He was featured in the documentary, “Wordplay,” which also starred Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for the NYT.

    Only 40 people will be accepted into the challenge, so RSVP quickly. There will be two rounds (20 minutes each) of solving a Monday-Wednesday level NYT puzzle. The two winners from these rounds will advance to a final playoff round, solving a Thursday level NYT puzzle.

    There’ll also be prizes and refreshments. Let me know how you do! jen.mulson@gazette.com

    What: New York Times Crossword Puzzle Challenge
    When: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 25
    Where: Ivywild School, 1604 S. Cascade Ave.
    Cost: Free; 634-1698, ppld.org/whats-new/nyt-crossword-puzzle-challenge

  • Music is blooming at Ivywild School

    Tue, January 14, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    The music of Boulder musician Gregory Alan Isakov lured me to my first Ivywild School concert last Thursday.

    We all crowded into the old school gym and heard opening act Nathaniel Rateliff and singer Julie Davis sing in sweet harmonies that quickly silenced the chatty, friendly crowd.

    Then Isakov walked on stage, and opened with the single, “Amsterdam,” from his new album, “The Weatherman.” Gorgeous music.

    He played for more than an hour, sometimes solo, sometimes with three other guys, including an amazing violin player who made some sweet stringy sounds.

    The crowd skewed younger, and I overheard one woman say, “There are a lot of men with beards here.” True enough.

    For his encore, Isakov brought back Rateliff and Davis for a version of Leonard Cohen’s “Passing Through.” I’d never heard that song before, but it’s a gem. Expect to hear it in a yoga class setlist sometime soon. The gym full of people swayed and sang along to the chorus. Or maybe that was just me, it’s hard to say.

    I enjoyed the evening, though I do have one complaint. There wasn’t any seating, which made for a long time to stand. During the break between acts, I headed across the hall to the restaurant area to sit and relax before Isakov went on.

    And it wasn’t just me. A couple of women, who were kind enough to carve out some floor space by a wall so I could sit down and wait, said the same thing to me. They wished there had been chairs. It’s not just the standing either. I also don’t want to go to a show and worry about tall people squishing to the front and blocking my 5’5″ view.

    With that being said, I’ll still go back for shows. There’s just too much promising music on the roster to stay away!

    You Me and Apollo

    You Me and Apollo

    You Me and Apollo, an indie rock band from Fort Collins, will play Saturday, Jan. 25, $5; and Josiah Johnson (of The Head and the Heart fame) and Carleigh Aikins will play Sunday, Feb. 9, $15-$20.

    The 24-year old lead singer of You Me and Apollo has a voice you’d never expect to come out of such a young guy. I’m going for that alone.

    And The Head and the Heart is a band I somehow found a couple of years ago. Their single, “Lost in My Mind,” from 2011, was on heavy rotation on my iPod for quite awhile.

    Have you seen some awesome live music lately? Send me a few sentences reviewing the show, and I’ll put it up here on the blog.

    Let me know: jen.mulson@gazette.com.

  • Another ticket to the arts

    Thu, January 9, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Warren Epstein

    Warren Epstein

    Warren Epstein, former A&E editor at The Gazette, is now preaching the gospel of our local arts scene in “The Ticket,” a radio show on KVOR 740 AM from 2-3 p.m. Saturdays.
    He’ll talk about what’s new on screens, stages and studios around the Pikes Peak region, along with different guests every week.
    This Saturday, The Gazette’s A&E editor Tracy Mobley-Martinez will be one of them. She’ll be on to talk about the Best of the Springs, and how you can go vote post-haste.
    Here’s a link, just in case you feel compelled to do that right now: http://thebestofthesprings.com/
    Epstein is now the communications director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
  • Spine-tingling moments in music

    Fri, January 3, 2014 by Jen Mulson with no comments

    Do you ever have those moments when you’re at a concert or looking at a piece of art or watching a live theater performance and time stops? When you feel a swell of emotions rush through you, and you almost find yourself in tears?

    I had one of those on New Year’s Eve. I treasure those spine-tingling moments, and try to remember them as frequently as I remember to remember them — if that makes any sense. I want to make concrete memories out of them.

    The Colorado Springs Philharmonic played at the Pikes Peak Center on New Year’s, with three female vocalists: Amy Sue Hardy, Sally Hybl and Jennifer DeDominici. The three sang a mixture of jazz, show tunes and opera.

    And it turns out the one I was looking forward to least was the one that blew me away. I’ve never been to an opera, and honestly, never really wanted to go. But now… now that has all changed.

    Jennifer DeDominici. Courtesy Mother Nature Photography.

    Jennifer DeDominici. Courtesy Mother Nature Photography.

    DeDominici sang Giacomo Puccini’s aria “O mio babbino caro,” and I finally get why people love the opera. I was entranced. Time stopped. My heart stopped, but my emotions soared. I realized when she finished, that I was holding my breath. I let it out with a whoosh, turned to my companion and we both said, “Wow.” Or something to that effect.

    Going to an actual real-life opera is now on my list of things to do as soon as possible.

    What moments like that do you remember? jen.mulson@gazette.com