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Comment Archives: stories: Culture

Re: “In detail

It is true that successful artists throughout history have operated Ford-type factories in the production of their art. Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens. Hirst, Koons, Warhol. It is also true that the definition of art remains confused with soap carving & pinstriping. Today, we can & often do confuse craft with art. Everyone is impressed by a well-rendered drawing. Everyone is impressed by a flawless athletic feat. It's like magic. It's its own justification. "I wish I could do that". But art isn't a synonym for technique. There are flawless craftsmen in every industry. All of our flawless commodities don't build themselves. Why are all the factory workers of the world not considered artists? Why aren't all of Rodin's technically adept manual workers considered artists? Most artists dodge their obsessive struggle with craft by passing it off as "art". They usually do this by making objects that suggest some vague-yet-profound meaning. This is easier to do then you might think. Really, they just like to carve soap. & you, the general public, like pretty carved soap. So everyone's happy with this state of affairs. But Rubens wasn't merely a flawess craftsman. Chihuly, on the other hand, is nothing but a flawless craftsman.

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Posted by Jeff Often on 05/11/2014 at 9:00 AM

Re: “¿Hablas Mango?

You did mentioned it in the post.. that's cool!! nice way to bring all in together.. cheers!
http://www.agileinfoways.com

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Posted by agileinfoways.com on 05/05/2014 at 5:50 AM

Re: “The FAC unveils yet another Chihuly show, reinforcing a decade of glass obsession

Chihuly makes high-end decorative art. For most people, "art" is precisely that: ribbon candy on a pedestal. The general public generally likes Chihuly's art. "You don't need an art degree to appreciate it". So true. In fact, your appreciation of Chihuly will likely diminish the higher your education. That's why the FAC is going to show him as often as their budget & good taste will allow. Despite what Blake Milteer says, there's nothing to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art. Or, there's as much to be found beneath the surface of Chihuly's art as can be detected beneath the surface of any object - particularly those to be found on the shelves of any high-end retailer's kitschen & dining department. Every artist knows that a Chihuly show is naked pandering to an indifferent public & Milteer knows that a Chihuly show will generate much needed revenue for the FAC. Never-the-less, once the tourists leave town & Chihuly is sent back to the FAC basement, I predict that the FAC & its utterly middlebrow board of directors will make good with the regional art community by exhibiting a couple of serious-yet-well-crafted-yet-cheap art shows.

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Posted by White Debbie on 05/03/2014 at 10:17 AM

Re: “Venice meets SoCal in a revamped Italian classic at TheatreWorks

Brilliant production. All of the actors and actresses were absolutely brilliant!

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Posted by Pegi Haggerty-Schlis on 04/29/2014 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Bears doesn't break new ground, but that which it treads sure is cute

"Not to mention insanely cute, humanized-without-being-anthropomorphized baby animals." Love it! Love the description of John C. Reilly, as well. Thanks for this review :)

Posted by Judith Posch on 04/19/2014 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Nicolas Cage moves toward a McConaughey-like rebirth with Joe

That same photo of Cage has been going around on FB for a while now with the caption, "Only Nicolas Cage could make a real beard look fake!"

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Posted by Dave H on 04/16/2014 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Jack-of-all trades artist morphs into local scene

Who is this beautiful being!!

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Posted by Tarzan Mann on 04/02/2014 at 7:01 PM
Posted by Bill W. on 03/24/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Two tortured everymen enliven stage stories from other eras

Nobody in our town's theater community could have more respect for Christian O'Shaughnessy, with whom I've had the pleasure to work, Ashley Crockett, my theater pal of many productions, and others of this fine cast and crew who have given themselves so professionally to this project. But there has come a time in my life, like now, where the heat and fires of my once young self have cooled. And now, I do not need nor want to be "...led on a spree of choreographed violence." I will give this production a miss, not for any lack of respect for those involved, but to find fewer assaults on my senses of horror, violence, and anarchy.

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Posted by Christopher Lowell on 03/12/2014 at 2:16 PM

Re: “The pointless new Robocop reboot slanders Verhoeven's masterpiece

Get off Verhoven's ****! The originals, while I loved them too, are terrible films. They were filled with unforgivably bad acting, excessive violence and as much pointless action as any modern cash-grab. They would have been better had they NOT been satire. When I think back to the originals, I don't think "that was a great satire film" I think, that was a fun action movie I liked as a kid that I am now embarrassed to be caught watching now.

The new movie chooses not to make a bad joke out of the story of a man struggling to maintain/reclaim his humanity after being turned into a cyborg cop by a greedy corporation and still manages to be an awesome but more intelligent action movie.

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Posted by Thomas Junck on 02/15/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Gary Jensen's art has deflected loneliness, stagnation and easy answers

Terrible art show. I saw this crap last Sat because I wrongly assumed that your article had separated the wheat from the chaff event-wise. Aspire to being Westword at the very least, for everyone's sake. Focus your coverage on the good art shows in town, please.

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Posted by Pike on 02/01/2014 at 12:38 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

We can alway comment on the negative. Regardless if he was a saint or not. .right is right and wrong is wrong. Sometimes I feel the people that make silly comments as above no not actually know what it feel like to go through some type of discrimination. Your imagination can take you places that you never imagined going...so take a moment and just imagine the shoes being on the other foot...

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Posted by l.clarke on 01/16/2014 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Springs baker pioneers a home for ‘makers’ with Colorado Collective

Kirsten, thanks for the update. I stand corrected. Glad they're still here.
I went to their website yesterday and it had the word "CLOSED" across the top.
Today their website has the word "OPEN" across the top.

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Posted by OldCrank on 01/09/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Springs baker pioneers a home for ‘makers’ with Colorado Collective

Just talked with Sabrina at Stir. They ARE open for business. Here are their hours:
Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm; Sun: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thanks, Kirsten (this story's writer)

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Posted by Kirsten Akens on 01/09/2014 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Springs baker pioneers a home for ‘makers’ with Colorado Collective

Isn't the STIR coffee shop located by ENT credit union at Jackson and Wahsatch?
I was down there a few weeks ago and it appears STIR has gone out of business.

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Posted by OldCrank on 01/08/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

I knew I would find one of these condescending ass articles... It never fails when a Black Male is murdered... Like Michael B. Jordan said... Black Men are Americas Pit bulls... White folks are so fucking pathetic...

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Posted by Tiffany Tmiwitw Briscoe on 01/06/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

I'm a liberal, a minority, and a feminist---and I loved the movie. The female character in the film who is "treated like a prey animal" according to the reviewer, was NOT "annoying but harmless." Lucy (not Gru) shoots her with a dart because the woman was about to pull Gru's hairpiece off in front of an entire restaurant. It was a bit of comedy and it would be a fair bit of exaggeration to call this evidence of some sexist worldview.

Yes, lighten up.....including Mr. Liberal Basher up there.

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Posted by GePaloma on 12/30/2013 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Review: It's a Wonderful Life at TheatreWorks goes sweet and sanitized

To the writer:

I can't comment on the main body of this review since I haven't seen this show, but I am uniquely qualified to comment on the last paragraph. I'm the communications director at our town's largest performing arts organization. The administrative folks at TheatreWorks are probably too polite to respond, so I'll attempt to offer a thought here.

The entire business of theatre, and indeed, performing arts in general, is based on a public-private partnership, wherein sponsors provide support in order to make the cost of tickets more accessible and make the art produced on the stage possible. Disparaging TheatreWorks' method of recognizing that sponsorship (and possibly causing the sponsor to feel alienated) demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the performance arts industry and the sources of funding for our efforts. Like it or not, both corporate and individual sponsors play a vital role in the quality, frequency, and accessibility of arts throughout the United States. This is particularly true in Colorado Springs, where public funding is extremely limited. Using this public forum as an artistic reviewer to complain about that system is highly questionable since administrative decisions don't usually fall within the scope of a critic's responsibility.

There is a point at which sponsor recognition can be overbearing and obtrusive, but it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which TheatreWorks, with their artistic sensibilities, would be prone to that level of promotion for the sponsor.

Finally, I'll just mention that it's especially odd to have that final paragraph, given that this very publication, the Independent, is a primary supporter of arts throughout our region, including TheatreWorks. I can imagine that the Indy genuinely appreciates the recognition that it receives for its support of the performing arts, and it's perplexing that you would disparage TheatreWorks' efforts in this regard.

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Posted by natec16 on 12/17/2013 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Review: It's a Wonderful Life at TheatreWorks goes sweet and sanitized

Just about all of the big movies of the 40s were also performed on the radio by the starring actors, often introduced by the movies' directors. If a movie turned into a hit it was performed again using other actors in the lead roles. The radio plays never ran more than an hour, so material was always cut. There was more than one version of The Maltese Falcon broadcast over the airwaves, including a version that runs only 30 minutes long.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/12/2013 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Review: It's a Wonderful Life at TheatreWorks goes sweet and sanitized

The production isn't trying to rival the movie. What theatrical production could?? A radio production of this was performed the year the movie came out; Stewart and Reed both reprised their roles in said broadcast. Do you think THAT production rivaled the movie? That's not the purpose. It's to use the radio genre to give a different twist to the story. Both can be enjoyed without detracting from either's merits. Different isn't bad, it's just different.

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Posted by USOgirl on 12/12/2013 at 7:02 AM

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