Monday, August 31, 2009

Celebrate the Life of Ellen Maslow

It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of Ellen Maslow on Saturday, August 29, 2009.

A public memorial service will be held at the Boulder Theater on Thursday, September 3 from 5-9pm. There will also be a second memorial service held in New York City on October 4, details to be announced.

For the last 7 years Ellen Maslow has directed Present Tense: films and discussion. Joined by a distinguished panel of volunteers and community leaders, Present Tense has managed an extraordinary range of quality programming. From established film classics like Dr. Strangelove to Iranian independent films like Turtles Can Fly, audiences have been treated to life changing images and thought provoking discussions. Ellen's primary vision for Present Tense remains its genius today. Present Tense: films and discussion has established a broad based and growing reputation for its unique blend of art, social relevance and a collective call to action.

Though her life was cut short by cancer, her vitality and forceful witness to social action, awareness and deep solidarity with those who suffer calls all who knew her–and the thousands over the years who have attended Present Tense programs–to press on inspired, by the vast legacy she leaves.

Present Tense
is working to create a tribute to Ellen's years of commitment and inspiration. If you would like to volunteer or be involved in future programming, please contact Brenda Fox at brendainboulder @

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Boulder homeless shelter in the name of Ellen Maslow. Details can be found online at

Friday, August 28, 2009

LoLa Images: impermanence. Ethereal beauty at the Dairy's In Focus Gallery

A resident of Boulder since 1971, Lois LaFond is a singer/songwriter and the creator of Lois LaFond & the Rockadiles, the well-known band for Children and their Families since 1984.

For over two years, under the moniker LoLa Images, she has been working with a process of shooting photographs which has resulted in a fascinating series of pictures that are showing at the Dairy Center for the Arts.

impermanence features 26 giclees. The unmanipulated digital images have an unusual sense of musicality which often creates pictures that resemble paintings in their color, contrast and movement. The show hangs in the Dairy’s In Focus Gallery and will run through September 18. In October, LoLa Images will be a featured artist in Open Studios.

Through September 18. Free. Open daily.

See more images on the Boulder Magazine Facebook page.

In Focus Gallery
Dairy Center for the Arts
26th & Walnut, Boulder

What people are saying:

"Lois Lafond is finding her voice in the movement, color and layering of realities vibrating in her photos. They are fun, vivacious and thoughtful reflecting the artist herself."
~ Michael Wojczuk, artist and elementary school art teacher.


“I don’t have the vocabulary for what I’m seeing.”

“How do you do it?”

“Spectacular images.”
“They really make me think.”

Pictured: Tell Me Where She Dances, Copyright 2009, Lois LaFond. See more photos on the Boulder Magazine Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Beat It" Down to the Hotel Boulderado!

Benefit for “Make-A-Wish” Foundation® of Colorado
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Boulderado Ballroom

$19 per person ~ Proceeds to benefit “Make-A-Wish” Foundation®
($15 of every ticket goes to the Foundation)

Be a part of history! Join the Hotel Boulderado as they host their 1st Annual Michael Jackson Dance Party,” a fundraiser benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On August 29th, Michael Jackson’s birth date, “Beat It” down to the Boulderado’s Ballroom for dancing, plentiful hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and “One More Chance” to celebrate the life, music, and contributions made by Jackson, the original moonwalker.

Featuring DJ Chris, special lighting effects from Lighting and Design by Scott, and break-dance performances, this dance party will surely be the “Thriller” of the season. Costumes are optional – but encouraged!

A raffle will be held with prizes from the Hotel Boulderado and other local businesses to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation®.

Dance Performances by Streetside Studios, Casablanca Dance Studio, Break EFX

Even if you can’t get “Billie Jean” for a date, “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough” dancing done in one night to last a lifetime. Whether you’re “Black or White,” a “Man in the Mirror,” or “Dirty Diana,” you will dance your white socks right out of your black shoes for a great cause!

For reservations, call (303) 440-2880 or book online.

Read the Story Behind the Mission, see a list of some of the fabulous prizes, and get more information. Go to Michael Jackson Dance Party on the Hotel Boulderado website.

Follow the Historic Hotel Boulderado your favorite way:

Hotel Boulderado
2115 Thirteenth St.
Boulder, Colorado 80302

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fringe Encore! Performances Announced

Congratulations to all the artists who were called back for "MORE, MORE, MORE!"

Haven't had your fill of Fringe? Just waiting to the last day to see the best of the best? Here's your schedule for the day...


The Hill Flea
10:00 AM The Hill Flea

Naropa Lincoln Studio
10:30 AM, Workshop! - Going Solo: Creating Your One-Person Show

Naropa Nalanda Campus, Room 9190
12:30 PM, Workshop! - A Splendid Moment

FUMC Labyrinth
1:00 PM, Fringe Encore! Show - Gregg Tobo's Astonishing Magic Show

Dairy Carsen Theatre
2:00 PM, Red Light Winter

Community Dance Collective (CDC)
2:30 PM, Fringe Encore! Show - Pick Your Own Path

CU Museum of Natural History
3:45 PM, Fringe Encore! Show - River Story

Naropa PAC (Performing Arts Center)
5:00 PM, Fringe Encore! Show - Small Moment of Sky

BMoCA (Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art)
6:30 PM, Fringe Encore! Show - Good Girls Don't But I Do

Joyful Furniture
7:00 PM, Spinning Jenny

Trident Booksellers & Cafe
7:45 PM CANCELED Fringe Encore! Show

The Laughing Goat Coffee House
9:00 PM, Fringe Encore! Show - Piano, Poetry and Passion

Scotch Corner Pub
10:00 PM The Daily C.R.A.B.
and Closing Night Party

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fringe Buzz: Last Day to Fringe It Up!

Today is your last day to Fringe–make the most of it! We've had our ear to the ground and have some staff recommendations from the Fringe buzz. If you plan it right, you can catch at least six shows today!

Death Wore Elevator Shoes, 2:30pm, FUMC Labyrinth (First United Methodist Church), 1421 Spruce St.
The Secret Lives of the Divine, 4pm, BMoCA, 1750 13th St.
Gregg Tobo's Astonishing Magic Show, 4:30pm, FUMC Labyrinth (First United Methodist Church), 1421 Spruce St.
A Murder One Less, 5:30pm, BMoCA, 1750 13th St.
Like a Virgin, 6pm, CU Museum of Natural History, Henderson Building, CU Campus
Light As Air, Heavy As Sound, 7pm, Naropa PAC, 2130 Arapahoe Ave.
Bonne Nuit Poo Poo, 7pm, Community Dance Collective 2020 21st St, Unit B
Evolution of Soul 685, 8:30pm, Naropa PAC, 2130 Arapahoe Ave.
The Last Straight Man in the Theatre, 8:30pm, BMoCA, 1750 13th St.
Good Girls Don't, But I Do, 10pm, BMoCA, 1750 13th St.

Check out the Fringe website for more shows with their final runs today and tomorrow. Plus, don't miss Fringe Encore! featuring the best-selling show in each venue.

Boulder International Fringe Festival
Through August 24
Box Office: 720-563-9950

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Last of the Wild West Cowgirls

Author Kay Turnbaugh will read from and sign copies of her new book Last of the Wild West Cowgirls about Goldie Griffith, a cowgirl who worked as a bronco buster for Buffalo Bill and lived in Nederland, on Thursday, August 13, at 7 p.m. at the Nederland Library.

A well-written, well-researched, fun and lively read, Last of the Wild West Cowgirls brings to life the colorful story of local legend and national celebrity Goldie Griffith.

Goldie started her career as one of the country’s first professional female athletes when she was a teenager. She worked with a traveling troupe of lady athletes. She boxed, fenced, and wrestled. But then she met a handsome cowboy, and decided to become a bronco buster and cowgirl—at a time in America when women were thought too delicate to exercise.

Married in Madison Square Garden, with the world-famous Buffalo Bill Cody himself giving her away and 8,000 adoring fans in attendance, Goldie’s wedding had fairy-tale written all over it. But all wasn’t as it seemed. She soon found out that her dashing new cowboy husband had a dark past—he was wanted for murder in Texas. In fact, he’d been tried six times, but never convicted, before he jumped bail to travel with the Wild Wests. And she discovered he was a bigamist. What more could possibly go wrong? For starters, Buffalo Bill’s show went broke in Denver, and Goldie was soon sleeping on hay bales with the stock.

Goldie survived all these trials and more and went on to ranch and become one of the first women entrepreneurs of her time in the small mountain town of Nederland, Colorado. She raised a son and trained dogs for the War Dog effort. She was the first woman to apply for a job as a police officer in San Francisco, helping to open the door for the policewomen of today.

Kay Turnbaugh owned a weekly newspaper in Nederland, Colorado, for 27 years. She spent four years researching and writing this biography of Goldie Griffith. Book sales at Thursday's event will benefit Nederland's new library.

Get the scoop:

Book signing: Last of the Wild West Cowgirls, by Kay Turnbaugh
Thursday, August 13, 7pm
Nederland Library

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Art Explodes Across Boulder! 5th Annual Boulder International Fringe Festival Opens August 12

Art explodes across downtown Boulder during the fifth Boulder International Fringe Festival, with live theater, dance, visual and narrative art, puppetry and workshops. The 12-day cultural event takes place from Aug. 12-23 across 14 locations, including theaters, restaurants, stores, coffee shops and parks. Selected randomly by lottery, artists come from Bulgaria, Tokyo and Brooklyn to complement local talent.


Gregg Tobo's Astonishing Magic Show. An old-time magic show exploring the power of Belief and the origins of Destiny. Eye-popping magic to awaken your sense of wonder. Prepare to be astonished! Opens Fri Aug 14 - 8:30 PM at FUMC Labyrinth (First United Methodist Church). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated G.

Theatre Reverb's "Bonne Nuit Poo Poo".
Max, Maxi and the Operator hunt for a living seed in this action-packed collage of pop-culture and apocalyptic fantasy film featuring video, text, movement, dance, and stream-of-consciousness comedy. The production was created by Theatre Reverb, a young independent group of Brooklyn-based theatre artists. Opens Aug 13 - 8:30 PM at Community Dance Collective (CDC). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated R.

BAGS: Obsessions of a Hoardaholic. Glimpses of an obsessive personality and some of his adventures as he attempts to cling onto objects that he thinks will help him navigate through life. Written by Lee Michael Buckman, New York, NY. Opens August 13 at 7:30pm, CU Museum of Natural History. See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated R.

"Good Girls Don't, But I Do".
Are there “rules” for meeting Mr. Right? Incorporates both original and culled texts, movement, and song in an exploration of what it means to be a woman in contemporary society. Opens Aug 13, 7:00 PM at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated PG-13.

Cindy Marvell's "A Juggling Journey". Cindy Marvell, Artistic Director of the Boulder Circus Center, turns gravity on its head in this tour-du-frenzy of the new vaudeville world as seen through the eyes of a juggler. Audience participation for kids. Opens Fri Aug 14 - 8:30 PM at Community Dance Collective (CDC). See details and complete schedule of performances. Rated PG.

See complete schedule of Theater performances


Dreaming Machines. Created by Kurt Bauer & Arnie Swenson. Dreaming Machine performances are approached through improvisation with instruments played from all over the world along with bamboo, marbles and an occasional industrial drill-bit, and more. The audience will experience Chinese hillbilly swing, twisted spirituals, maybe a cover by Townes Van Zandt or Tony Bennett, and subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, musical performance art. Thu Aug 20 ONLY - 8:30 PM at The Laughing Goat Coffee House. Read more... Rated R.

The Gift. Created by Created by experimental musical troupe 100 Camels in the Courtyard. Paul Bowle's short story, The Garden, is the point of origin for musical improvisations of controlled chaos that build and crescendo in one single 45-minute sonic movement. Besides Bowles, influences include the iconoclastic The Gift (1968), a song by the Velvet Underground and the Canadian post-punk avant-gardists Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Aug 16 ONLY - 8:30 PM at The Laughing Goat Coffee House. Read more... Rated G.

See complete schedule of Music performances


Light as Air, Heavy as Sound. Present by DeXdance/T-Lion Body Stories. Two choreographers stir a smattering of concoctions exploring, investigating, provoking, pushing, and entertaining human ideas of boundary, memoir, and crossings. Eight women dancing an unexpected melange of precision and abandon, lusciousness and drama.... Open Aug 13 - 8:30 PM at Naropa University - Performing Arts Center. Details and complete schedule... Rated G.

See complete schedule of Dance performances


Orchestra of Creation Song: Children's Instrument Making Workshop. Taught by Joey Medicinehorse. Children will construct handmade instruments ranging from simple drums, shakers, rubber band plucking boxes, bowls and others for the purpose to perform in CREATION SONG: The Children's Musical Extravaganza! Offered Aug 15, 19 and 20. Read more...

Going Solo: Creating Your One-Person Show
Taught by Jimmy Hogg. Solo show boot camp for those who’ve always wanted to create their own show but have no idea where to begin. Fri, Sat & Sun Aug 21-23. Read more...

Stage Combat: The Basics. Taught by Jenn Zuko Boughn. Learn the basics of unarmed theatrical combat: how to look like an action star and yet stay safe! Aug 15 (Ages 14 and up). Read more...

See complete schedule of Workshop offerings


2009 Opening Night Party featuring the “All You Can Artist Buffet” with Jimmy Hogg, August 12. The kick-off of the 5th annual Boulder International Fringe Festival, each Fringe artist gets 1 minute to preview their show, preparing Boulder audiences for the maelstrom of creative expression that is the Boulder International Fringe Festival.

A huge hit every year, the opening night “All You Can Artist Buffet” is a high-energy kickoff to Fringe’s ’12 days of Art, Madness, and Beauty’. At Naropa University's PAC, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., from 7pm-12am. Rated PG-13 for Experimental Content, Adult Language.

The Daily C.R.A.B. at Scotch Corner Pub, free! Every night after Fringe shows, audiences, artists and crew kick back, relax and unwind with a drink in one hand and a CRAB in the other. Hosted by the zany (and yet charming) Jimmy Hogg (playwright/performer and comic), The Daily C.R.A.B. is not only an unpredictable, off-the-wall variety show, but provides audiences with the perfect opportunity to sample the Fringe’s offerings with live performances by different Fringe artists every night as well as exclusive, behind-the-scenes interviews. Daily from 10-11pm at the Scotch Corner Pub, 1800 Broadway, #150. Rated R for Adult Language.

Fringe Encore! 2009, August 23. The Fringe Encore! 2009 is a unique way to honor the artists that had the best audience response and to give their fans one last chance to see who the patrons couldn't get enough of. The show that sells the most tickets in each venue will be given the opportunity to perform a special Encore show on the last Sunday of the festival (August 23rd). Fringe Encore performers will be announced at the Daily C.R.A.B. on Saturday, August 22nd. Locations and times...

Fast Forward Fringe – Program A. Aug 18 7:30 PM, CU Atlas Building - Room 102. Featuring stop frame animations and live musical accompaniment by Laura Goldhamer of Dovekins. Read more...

Fast Forward Fringe – Program B. Aug 19 7:30 PM, CU Atlas Building - Room 102. Featuring stop frame animations and live musical accompaniment by Laura Goldhamer of Dovekins. Read more...

The Hill Flea - Flea Market/Kids Event! Boulder Fringe Festival and XO join forces to kick off a new community program on the last day of the Festival 2009: Sunday, August 23rd from 10am-5pm. As the best of the fest begins its encore in every venue, artists come out to celebrate the beginning of a new event on the hill. Performances on the Fringe Stage for the whole community - street theater, site-specific dance, music and spontaneous happenings throughout the market. In addition, the KidsFringe from 10:30am to 12:30pm will showcase art by and for kids of all ages. Sun Aug 23 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at Pennsylvania Ave, Between 13th and 12th – University Hill. Rated G. Read more...

See the complete listing of Special Events


Boulder International Fringe Festival
August 12-23, 2009
Various locations throughout Boulder
View the complete schedule online


Have you seen a Fringe production? Post your comments and reviews here. Because Fringe performers are picked via lottery rather juries, they rely on audience feedback to find out what works, what can be improved, what to drop, what to explore further. Your feedback is vital to the growth of these artists. Post your comments below, or email reviews to

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Bicycle Film Festival Rolls Into Boulder

This summer, The Bicycle Film Festival, presented by 42BELOW, rolls through Boulder for ONE NIGHT to present a cultural phenomenon like no other. Originating in New York City, the festival is a voice for the most powerful and culturally relevant movement of the past decade: the urban bike movement. The BFF brings together many creative communities, including fashion, music and art as well as various bicycling communities – including fixed gear, BMX, and road cycling - over a shared passion for bike riding.

Coming to Boulder for the first time in its nine-year history, The Bicycle Film Festival presents one night – August 13 – of bike films at Old Main Theater on the CU Campus (Pleasant Street & Old Main, see CU Campus Map). They will be showing two programs at 7pm and 9pm featuring various shorts and one feature film.

At 7pm, the feature film is Where Are You Go directed by Benny Zenga and Brian Vernor. Documenting four months on a bicycle between Cairo, Egypt and Cape Town, South Africa en route with the Tour d' Afrique, the world's longest bicycle race and expedition, BFF Alumni the Zenga Bros. and Brian Vernor share a universal love of the bicycle with Africa's roadside mechanics, sporting racers and curious strangers. Traveling more than 70 miles per day, 50 racers and expedition riders experienced the boundless Nubian desert of Sudan, the great majesty of Victoria Falls, and finally the cold rush of the Atlantic Ocean. The 7,000 mile expedition is a constant adventure full of playfulness and mysterious beauty, and is a testament to the endurance of human curiosity.

Later at 9pm, see various Fun Bike Shorts including Made in Queens, directed by Joe Stevens and Nicholas Randall. In Queens, a group of teens from Trinidad attached speakers to their bikes. The music was never quite loud enough and they had to go bigger and bigger with the sound systems.

Also showing is Anima D’Acciaio (Soul of Steel) – a portrait of the legendary Italian Frame Builder Giovanni Pelizzoli aka "Ciocc." Ciocc shares his wisdom and life story while hand building a revolutionary new frame for urban fixed gear cycling. Ciocc demonstrates that the tradition and craft of frame building’s Golden age can be re-born and push the technical frontier of Cycling's future. Also features Ed "Wonka" La Forte and Antonio Colombo with an original soundtrack by Blonde Redhead.

Directly following the second program, movie-goers are invited to the after party to close the Festival. To purchase tickets and see a full list of events in Boulder for the Bicycle Film Festival, please visit Bicycle Film Festival website.

Tweet Your Support!

As a special part of the Bicycle Film Festival, 42BELOW Vodka is putting out a call to action to take part in supporting the Alliance for Biking & Walking by encouraging tweeters to follow the ride on Twitter ( If 20,000 people follow the ride on Twitter, 42BELOW will make a $42K donation to the Alliance.

About the Bicycle Film Festival

In 2001, Brendt Barbur, Founder and Director, was compelled to start the Bicycle Film Festival after being hit by a bus while riding his bike in New York City. Instead of being deterred by this experience, it inspired him to create a festival that celebrates the bicycle through music, art, and film. Now in its ninth year the festival is held in 39 cities worldwide. 250,000 people are expected to attend this year.

The 9th annual Bicycle Film Festival North American Tour is presented by 42 BELOW Vodka.

9th Annual Bicycle Film Festival
August 13, 7 and 9pm
Old Main Theater, CU Campus
Schedule and tickets: Bicycle Film Festival website

Thursday, August 6, 2009

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to Visit Colorado

First Annual DHM Summer Block Party Features Bus, Plus All-Day Music, Free Lessons

Dog House Music (Lafayette, CO) has partnered with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus to create a day-long event highlighting the importance of music in the community.

Local teen and adult bands will play on an outdoor stage throughout the day, headlined by Lost Point, and featuring a special guest performance by Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi) and his son, Silas.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a non-profit mobile recording and multimedia studio, will host free public tours, and attendees can check out the one-of-a-kind Lennon Bus where the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Mos Def and The Pussycat Dolls have laid tracks.

Attendees can also register to win giveaways, including a pair of Mackie MR5 studio monitors and a spot in DHM’s Fall Teen Band Workshop. Dog House Music will provide free guitar, bass and drum lessons, and tours of its studios, including its luxury video-gaming suite.

August 10, 10am-9pm
Dog House Music
525 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO 80026

About Dog House Music

Dog House Music is a state-of-the-art rehearsal and recording studio located in Lafayette, CO. It caters to national and international touring bands, as well as to local musicians. Its summer Rock & Roll Camp attracts students from all over the country, teaching beginners and advanced students technique and songwriting. Special programs during the year provide band coaching to teens and adults, and launch several new teen bands each year.

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
is a non-profit 501(c)(3) mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. Since 1998, the Bus has provided free hands-on programs to hundreds of high schools, colleges, Boys and Girls Clubs, music festivals, concerts, conventions and community organizations. Working together with some of the biggest names in music, including the Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Wyclef Jean and Natasha Bedingfield, the Lennon Bus encourages students to play music, write songs, engineer recording sessions and produce video projects using the latest audio, video, and live sound equipment. Students write an original composition, record it and create a broadcast quality music video of their song which they take home on a Maxell DVD – all in one day!

The Bus is made possible through the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Maxell Corporation, NAMM, Rock Band 2, Roland, Sibelius, Sonicbids, Godin Guitars, Disc Makers, Edirol by Roland, Mackie, Crate, Ampeg, Boss, Digital Media Academy, The Betsy Hotel, Aphex Systems, Audio-Technica, Glyph Technologies, Neutrik, Music Player Network, Propellerhead, Musician’s Friend, Ableton, Digidesign, Apogee, Sony, Abaltat, Litepanels, McDSP, IK Multimedia, Native Instruments, Gretsch Drums, Bogen Imaging, Noise Industries, The Plutzik Goldwasser Family Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality

On Saturday, August 8, Tanya Mirchandani and Andrew Tarr will give a free presentation of Anat Baniel's life-changing book "Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality".

Mirchandani and Tarr will be talking about how the lessons in this book can be applied to anyone's life, and will do some simple exercises with the group.

Anat Baniel's approach is based on her close study with Dr. Feldenkrais and in clinical psychology. It presents a method to "experience renewed, intensified vitality–greater flexibility, strength, sensuality, clarity of mind, and enthusiasm–no matter what your age or physical condition."

Tanya Mirchandani, Certified Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Practitioner has trained with Baniel for three years. Andrew Tarr is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and ABM Practitioner for Children.

"Anat's work is life changing and so is this book." –Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles

"This book puts the living back into life." –Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

At Borders Books, 29th Street Shopping District, Boulder. 2-3pm.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

“futureLOVER” with French artist, Ben Evans at BMoCA, Friday, August 7

Friday, August 7, 7pm
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street, Boulder
$5 for non-members and free entry to all BMoCA members

“futureLOVER is a performance about the exploration of a modern man: fragile, vulgar, nostalgic. It is a dance of objects and memory, confession and solitude…events in search of masculine codes that are rarely found. Make your own. DIY.”

In describing his work French artist, Ben Evans, states:

“My work situates itself between performance and installation. I call it performance because it is not easily defined as theater nor simply labeled as dance. Collaborative by nature, I seek to work alongside other artists, and am deeply influenced by other mediums, notably architecture, sculpture, and photography. A recurrent theme in my work is a search for the incorporation and co-operation of these mediums. In this way, there often exists a direct rapport with the space in which I perform (oftentimes a non-theatrical venue) and the architecture and objects therein. The process of making work fascinates me, and so the personal experience of being in this process often finds its way into the performance itself. While I don’t always focus on identity as a theme, inevitably the work is often emotional and tends to reflect a certain sense of self, and a quiet experience of the live moment.”

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is a dynamic venue dedicated to the presentation of significant art of our time. Through an innovative program of regional, national and international exhibition and performance, the museum inspires and educates its community and visitors from around the world to explore the forefront and evolution of contemporary art.

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1750 13th Street in downtown Boulder, Colorado. The museum’s summer hours (through October) are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am to 5pm; Wednesday, 11am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 4pm; Sunday, noon to 3pm; closed Monday. Regular museum admission is $4 for adults; $3 for students, seniors, and educators. Free admission to the museum is offered to members, children under 12, and during the Boulder County Farmers’ Market—Saturdays from 9am-4:00pm and Wednesdays from 4:00-8:00pm—generously sponsored by CHASE and Xcel Energy.

Kirsten Gerdes Stoltz
Associate Curator
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Sunday, August 2, 2009

English Retreads: Truck Stop Chic

When it comes to purses, you can go Gucci, you can go Prada, or you can go rubber. Actually, that last brand name is English Retreads, a line of purses, clutches and wallets made from recycled inner tubes collected from Boulder-area truck stops.

Designer Heather English says she got the idea for her company in 2001 while floating down Boulder Creek in an inner tube. “I needed a new handbag, but I was a hard-core vegetarian. I wanted something that was fashionable and invincible—but not made from leather,” she says.

Featured in newspapers and magazines, English Retreads bags start at about $45 and are available at many area stores and online at
—Michael Whiteman-Jones