Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Denver Art Museum's rad exhibition schedule

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Next year is a big one for the Denver Art Museum. Per a media release sent today, its exhibition schedule features an exciting and current series of shows, including these (dates subject to change):

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective (March 25-July 8, 2012)
Given the excitement and fanfare for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Alexander McQueen exhibit (which looked like a dream, from afar), fashion art shows are the thing. That aside, this 40-year retrospective documents YSL's beginnings at Christian Dior through his final 2002 collection with 200 haute couture garments, drawings, photographs and film. Also, this is the only U.S. stop for this show, which premiered in Paris last year.

Theodore Waddell's Abstract Angus (May 20-Nov. 18, 2012)
We should be proud of this one, since Waddell was part of the exquisite Personal Paradise: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape Painting show at the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center back in 2009. His monumental (and I mean huge) canvases capture the vastness of his home in Montana and redefine our ideas on Western art. Even more interestingly, they embody abstraction and realism at the same time. It's hard to believe, but you'll know it when you see it. Read more about Personal Paradise here.

And of course, Becoming Van Gogh, which we blogged about a few months ago. Be prepared. It opens Oct. 21, 2012 and runs through Jan. 20, 2013.

There's even more, including a show of pins worn by Madeleine Albright, photographs of women by Garry Winogrand, and artist Ed Ruscha's paintings and drawings inspired by Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Read about it in this pdf.


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New painting shop open

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Like the creative outlets of Splash and Paint the Town? Now there's a new player on the scene, Painting With a Twist. Read more about it here:

Local Entrepreneurs Launch Art Entertainment Studio with a ‘Twist’
Starla Steinbach & Heather Fennel Open Painting with a Twist: Area’s First Art & Social Studio

Colorado Springs, CO — Aspiring to bring a new form of art entertainment to Colorado Springs, local entrepreneurs Starla Steinbach and Heather Fennel are about to open Painting with a Twist of Colorado Springs, a new place where friends come together to paint, drink wine and discover their inner artist in a fun atmosphere.


A pioneer in the art entertainment industry, Painting with a Twist located at 2834 Powers Blvd, is part of a growing national franchise that provides guests a unique ‘getaway’ allowing residents the option to get their “twist” (beverage) from the bar while exploring their creative side. Led by local art instructors, Colorado Springs residents paint on bare 16” by 20” canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. During each instructional painting session, guests recreate an existing painting to produce a personal piece of artwork that they can leave the studio with that same day.

Heather and Starla met in the Air Force at a base in Colorado. They have been best friends ever since—traveling overseas, planning events for the Air Force and experiencing all different forms of art. The dynamic duo are opening Colorado’s first location on November 10.

“The studio is designed to provide guests with a fun night out—a chance to escape from reality while stimulating their creativity,” said Steinbach & Fennel. “We are offering lighthearted entertainment that merges creativity and a social gathering where friends come together to create memorable pieces of artwork.”

In keeping with the founders’ fundraising roots, Painting with a Twist of Colorado Springs is passionate about supporting their local community. All franchises sponsor a monthly fundraising class - Painting with a Purpose, where 50 percent of the proceeds are donated to local non-profit agencies.

In addition to supporting the local community, Painting with a Twist of Colorado Springs also offers private parties for corporate outings, bachelorette parties, sorority functions, date nights and special events. The main studio is able to accommodate up to 50 people per gathering, while the party room can hold up to 16 people, making painting accessible for a few friends or a private party.

Painting with a Twist of Colorado Springs is located at 2834 Powers Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO. Studio office hours are Wednesday - Sunday 1-6 pm. Check their online calendar for class times. For more information, please visit http://www.paintingwithatwist.com/coloradosprings.

About Painting with a Twist
Painting with a Twist, based in Mandeville, Louisiana is an art entertainment concept with nearly 50 locations throughout the United States. Founded in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, Painting with a Twist began franchising in 2009 and provides customers with paint, a canvas and brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece of art. For more information about Painting with a Twist, visit www.paintingwithatwist.com.

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Some parting thoughts from a FutureSelf alum

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Even though FutureSelf will shut down its operations by year's end, its legacy will live on in the people it served. When we asked executive director Abby Laine Sienkiewicz last week about the impact FutureSelf had on our community, she referred us to some of the young men and women with whom she worked.

Here are some thoughts from one participant, Michael Diaz-Rivera, supplied by Sienkiewicz:

Tell me about some of the skills you gained through FutureSelf.
Everything. I became a better artist. But in everyday situations, I became a better people person. I became a better leader after I got the supervisor job and worked on my communication. I worked within groups that maybe I’m not comfortable with. What I learned most about, is that everyone has a story. Everyone has something to bring. Everyone has something to offer.

What did FutureSelf provide for you in terms of art education?
I never had art in public school. Now I have so many friends that are in art. I think that if someone would have been there to get me scheduled into an art class, who knows where I would be now. I feel like it’s … in the public schools, it’s a little more stereotypical. If someone is going to be a part of an art program, they’re gonna look for artsy-type people. Me, I looked like just another street kid. I think it was easy for my teachers to not really want to mess with me. So I’ve never had any classes. I felt like it was never reached out to me. I never met anyone who’d give me an interest in art. So FutureSelf picked up that slack.

As far as classes, there was no way I’d have been able to afford the workshops. Everything was always free for me, even the camping trip. I never had to pay for anything. Selling art was another big thing for me that made me feel like I was a legit artist. The first piece I sold was a medicine cabinet. I wish I would have bought it myself. That piece was such as struggle for me. I was new in FutureSelf and I wasn’t sure how I wanted to do it. I feel like a lot of the group was mentoring me through that whole project. There were countless people I asked advice from. And they pushed me in the right way. Even though we’d have the teaching artist here, I feel like I learned more from the students from working with them, working on their projects, and bouncing ideas off each other.

How would you be different without FutureSelf?
I don’t want to get too spiritual about it, but I feel like it was the grace of God that I ran into FutureSelf. If I didn’t, I’d probably still be getting in trouble. Right when I got in, I was having trouble with school. I didn’t know where I was going. I was running with the wrong crowd. By being in FutureSelf, I got new friends to be around. I got new hobbies. I got a new outlook. What FutureSelf did for me, one of my main aspirations is to be able to do that for someone else. I think if they didn’t give me that chance, I wouldn’t be in the same frame of mind that I’m in today.

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Battle Portraits has a website

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:29 PM


Laura BenAmots, the artist behind the Battle Portraits: Wounded Lions Wounded Lambs project we profiled in this year's Fall Arts Preview, has built a website for her endeavor: battleportraits.com.

There, you can order a copy of the book she publishing with the Business of Art Center, see images of the works, and more.

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Rosa in the eye of the storm

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 10:34 AM


Lt. Gen. John Rosa Jr., the former superintendent of the Air Force Academy, is at the eye of a storm at The Citadel military school in Charleston, S.C., over allegations that a counselor showed porn and masturbated in front of young campers in 2007 at the school. The youth camp has since been discontinued.

No one at the school called police when told of the counselor's activities. The man was arrested in late October in connection with the molestation of five boys, according to a report by the Post and Courier in Charleston.

The irony of the whole situation is that Rosa was hand-picked to lead the Air Force Academy in 2003 after the sexual assault scandal broke in January of that year. Rosa was a hard-liner and imposed mandatory sex assault reporting training and ordered cadets prosecuted for assault allegations.

An investigation is underway. Some observers wonder if Rosa didn't call police at the behest of the board of visitors, because it doesn't follow that Rosa has been so militant about sexual assault prosecution and then would turn a blind eye in this situation.

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Checking in with Chris Sedgwick

Posted By on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM

We first spoke with Chris Sedgwick last year, when the oil painter joined Mountain Living Studio. Sedgwick's highly detailed, beautifully executed paintings drew from such inspirations as the Northern Renaissance, Rosicrucianism, Christian mysticism, sacred geometry and the writings of Joseph Campbell.

Sadly for us, Sedgwick is no longer showing around here. He needed all of his works for a traveling show that went through Philadelphia and Asheville, N.C. and he wants to concentrate on showing in Denver. He's now showing at Robischon Gallery there (in the star-studded company of Jessica Stockholder and John McEnroe currently).

But Sedgwick was kind enough to share some of his newer works. The first is on display in Asheville, the second and third at Robischon Gallery. Enjoy:

The Three Mythographers
  • Chris Sedgwick
  • "The Three Mythographers"

The Inner Sunset

The Geometer

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Monday, November 21, 2011

One Memorial bidder withdraws

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 5:27 PM

The city issued this news release about the Memorial Health System bidding process:

Community Health Systems has withdrawn from the process to identify strategic options for Memorial Health System. The remaining bidders are:
· Centura Health;
· HCA — HealthONE LLC;
· Memorial Health System;
· Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System; and
· University of Colorado Hospital Authority.
Next steps:

Until Dec. 1 Quiet Period while Task Force members individually score the bids.

Dec. 1 Task Force members submit score sheets to McDermott, Will & Emery. Bids will be made available to the public.

Dec. 2 Task Force meeting (approximately six hours) open to the public. Bidders will be invited to give a brief summary of their bids and answer questions from the Task Force.

Dec. 7 Moderated Town Hall meeting (approximately six hours). Each bidder will be invited to give a brief summary of their bid with questions from the public following the presentations. This meeting will be in the Council Chambers, televised and designed to give the public a chance to hear from the bidders and ask the bidders questions.

Dec. 9 Task Force open meeting (8-11 A.M.) to begin discussions to reach a consensus on recommendation to Council.

Dec. 14, 16, 19, 27 (8-11 AM)
Task Force meetings to continue consensus discussions.

No later than Dec. 27th
Task Force will reach a consensus on what recommendation to take forward to City Council.

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What's so confusing about NO?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:40 PM

They're at it again. Despite two previous statewide votes that overwhelmingly rejected a personhood ballot measure, anti-abortionists are trying once again to gather signatures for a possible personhood amendment, a group calling itself Personhood Colorado said in a news release.

The announcement immediately drew opposition from Planned Parenthood.


Personhood Colorado reported that it filed language for a proposed amendment with the Secretary of State’s office today. The group said it drew inspiration from a similar effort in Mississippi, which failed earlier this month.

The press release said:

The Colorado Personhood Amendment marks a departure from traditional, one-sentence personhood amendments, which have been among the shortest ballot initiatives in the United States. The new amendment was written by Gualberto Garcia Jones, legal analyst for Personhood USA and a founding member of Personhood Colorado, and Kristi Brown (nèe Burton), sponsor of the 2008 Personhood amendment.

The language of the new Personhood amendment includes the following definitions:



The new Personhood Amendment language also details effects of the amendment. After the amendment is submitted to the Secretary of State’s office today, the sponsors will wait to receive approval from the Secretary of State before beginning the petition process.

Within minutes of that notice going out, Planned Parenthood issued one saying enough is enough.

DENVER — “Colorado voters spoke loud and clear in the 2008 and 2010 elections when they voted down the so called “personhood” amendments by a 3-to-1 margin each time. No means no, yet Personhood USA and Personhood Colorado continue to ignore the wishes of Colorado voters. Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains will for the third time since 2008, work with our over 90 coalition partners to educate Colorado voters about this initiative which aims to ban abortion in all circumstances.

Historically, Colorado has been a state that votes in favor of trusting women and doctors. At the end of the day, Coloradans trust women to make personal, private decisions about their own body with their doctor, their family, their faith and without interference from the courts or lawyers.

We hope Colorado voters will see through this third effort and vote ‘no.’ Colorado needs to stay focused on creating jobs and the economy, not denying and criminalizing women who seek reproductive health care.”

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First look: Debut video from local hip-hop artist Che Bong

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:35 PM

While it was getting pretty cold outside Marmalade on Saturday night, Che Bong got a warm reception during a listening party for his impressive Sleeping While You're Awake debut CD.

The evening included a few low-key performances as well as a screening of the Hussain Sola-directed “Okay” video, which you can watch below.

It was also a family affair, with the hip-hop artist’s mom in attendance and an evening-closing rap number written and performed by Sound Powered Engine label founder Gary Vanderpool’s pre-teen kids.

Next up, look for a full Che Bong album-release show at the Black Sheep on Dec. 18.

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Anonymous drunk messages are coming your way

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

  • Flickr / Andrew_Mc_D

You're going to drunk-dial somebody — it's never a question of if, only when — and it's not gonna be pretty. I mean, is it ever? Have you ever thought "Oh God, I'm fucking hammered! Where's my phone?" and it not meant had it not lead to some over-shared details and more than a few morning cringes?

Of course not.

So Colorado Springs residents Kevin Giger and Heather Stewart are here to help. The pair created calldrunk.com to act as a free receptacle for all those liquid-driven thoughts swirling 'round your head, seeking release.

"The idea is to let people drunk dial and text message us and put that on the site. People will want to hear messages as they are funny," writes GIger in response to an e-mail I sent after their Twitter-follow appeared in my inbox. "I had a drunk dial hotline in St Louis about 5 years ago and took off like crazy. About 5000 recordings and about 2-3 appearances with site traffic of thousands of hits a day."

A recent call exhibits a slurred individual questioning if they've called the right number, because the person in question's "hella drunk."

Profession-wise, GIger offers computer repair at skillednerd.com during the day, while Stewart works as a server. Leaving those jobs to work the new site, which might launch in Denver in the near future, isn't out of the question either.

"The business side once the name and popularity us established would be to have appearances at bars where we put on shows with music and giving away tshirts and prizes," he writes. "So far since launching today we have a few hundred hits and I anticipate response will be good once the word gets out."

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Late-night eviction for OCS

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 12:36 PM

At 11:01 last night, some members of the Colorado Springs Police Department showed up at the corner of Acacia Park with an officer from the city's code enforcement. They brought along with them a letter informing the protesters that Occupy Colorado Springs' 30-day revocable permit was not renewed and expired as of midnight, Nov. 20.

Read the letter here.

The officers gave the protesters a two-hour notice that they would have to remove their tents by 1 a.m., or the city would. An officer asked that people not attach themselves to the structures as was done earlier this month.

Videos from the evening's events are available at AgentOfDoubt's YouTube channel.

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At stake: Reproductive health care

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 11:50 AM


The city of Colorado Springs should be careful which organization it entrusts with Memorial Health System, says the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, MergerWatch and the National Women's Law Center in a letter to City Council issued today.

If the city leases the hospital to a religiously-sponsored health-care system, "this lease could negatively affect access to reproductive health care in Colorado Springs," the letter states.

This is an issue we previously reported here.

The letter cites past instances of what happened in communities with hospital providers that followed religious directives that curtail reproductive health care.

It's a six-page letter that you can access here: CS_City_Council_ltr_112111.pdf

Meantime, former Councilman Sean Paige, who works with Americans for Prosperity, continues to rant about members of the City Council Task Force on Memorial having conflicts of interest. If you want to read about that, you can do that here: AFP_Letter_2_to_City_Attorney_Regarding_Memorial_2011_11_21.pdf

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Bonus CineFiles: Alleged, Frankenhooker and Rio Sex Comedy!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Most weeks, I review more DVDs than the Indy can fit into print. You can look for extra write-ups here, on the IndyBlog.

Alleged (NR) (Blu-Ray)
Image Entertainment

Alleged is a faith-based family film about the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. It being faith-based, I’m sure you can tell which side of the banana it falls on, but, even taking that into consideration, it’s fine little film, mostly thanks to boisterous performances from Brian Dennehy (as lawyer Clarence Darrow) and Colm Meaney (as jerk Baltimore Sun editor H.L. Mencken). At the forefront, however, is a maudlin romance between the town’s small-time newspaper reporter who dreams of bigger things and his long-suffering girlfriend who happens to have a mixed-race sister in a sanitarium who is up for some sort of anti-reproductive surgery thanks to the town’s fascination with Eugenics. That’s two controversial topics in one movie, both handled with the subtlety of a mustachioed villain tying a woman to the railroad tracks. Regardless of what you believe, Alleged is simple, decent movie that preaches to the converted amicably.

Frankenhooker (NR) (Blu-Ray)
Synapse Films

Back in the early ’90s, VHS copies of Frankenhooker were on every rental store’s shelf, and I desperately wanted to watch one. My mom always put her foot down. But now, I am a man of 33, and Mom ain’t here to stop me. Nothing in the world can keep me from watching Frank (Basket Case) Henenlotter’s hilariously horrific “tale of sluts and bolts.” Nothing. Truly one of the best horror movies of the ’90s, James (The Sweet Life) Lorenz is Jeffrey Franken, an eccentric amateur scientist who is devastated when his girlfriend is cut down by a runaway remote-controlled lawnmower. With only her head surviving, he decides to recreate her body with that from a prostitute. However, when a form of super-crack he invented causes the ladies of the night to mass-explode, he puts girlfriend back together using the various pieces. Unfortunately, she now has the mind of a hooker, shambling down 42nd Street, trolling for a date. Frankenhooker is insane brilliance and I love every frame of it.

Rio Sex Comedy (NR)

I don’t know, call me crazy, but if a movie is titled Rio Sex Comedy, don’t you think it should have some sex and comedy? Especially with it being a French and Brazilian co-production — those guys mastered the sex comedy in the ’70s and ’80s — you’d think they’d have tried harder. Instead, we get an unwatchable Robert Altman-esque improvisational mess about how badly the poor are treated in Rio, as if this is some new statement that no one has thought of before. And let’s not forget Fisher Stevens in his underwear — a nightmarish image that anyone who views will never be able to fully shake. Interweaving numerous, shoddy storylines that drag on to the point of offensiveness, there is no point to Rio Sex Comedy. It feels as if the actors and directors wanted a free trip to Rio, but white guilt took hold of them so they tried to make a quick movie to alleviate it a bit.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Mistake? What mistake?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:32 PM

On Thursday, the president of Wesleyan University, Michael Roth, revoked John Hickenlooper's diploma and took part in a protest that dramatized a citizens' arrest of the Colorado governor.

That was the running narrative, anyway, until multiple news reports were altered to better reflect reality.


As was reported by the student-run blog Wesleying, a group of Wesleyan students took time out of their campus Occupy protest Thursday to turn attentions to our governor.

Back outside, we assembled around the marble dais behind Olin for an excoriating speech by Michael Ross Levin ’78, ’15 who proceeded to strip Governor John Hickenlooper ’74 (as portrayed by Dan Fischer ’12) of his diploma, in light of the brutal police tactics Hickenlooper has used in his repeated attempts to quell Occupy Denver.

The local daily, The Middletown (Conn.) Press, reported that Roth was at the protest and took part in the revocation of the diploma. The story traveled quickly and was picked up on by the Denver Post, which based its reporting on the initial coverage.

Here's the thing: Roth wasn't there. And apparently, the "symbolic" part of the diploma revocation was lost somewhere on the web.

In an apology, the Middletown Press has since explained:

An article published last night on The Middletown Press website incorrectly stated that Wesleyan University President Michael Roth revoked Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s degree. That mistake has caused a steady stream of emails and phone calls to the university, and Roth's assurance to Hickenlooper that his degree had not, in fact, been revoked.

In fact, it was a student protester dressed as Roth, and Hickenlooper’s degree was only “symbolically" revoked. The original article was updated to reflect those errors shortly after being published, though the headline remained the same until this morning.


The error occurred when a Middletown Press editor misread a student-issued press release, and posted an edited version of that release.

The Post never reported that the governor's degree had actually been revoked. But it did report that Roth took part in a symbolic revocation, and called for Hickenlooper's arrest. And when it came time to fix those errors, the Post wasn't overly apologetic.

The first version of its story was reported around 10 p.m. Thursday night. The mistake was caught by the reporter, Joey Bunch, and as of 1 a.m. a new version replaced the older one.

Still, as of 3 p.m. today, 14 hours later, the Post, had yet to acknowledge its initial mistakes. When asked about the paper's correction policy for such incidents, Bunch responded by e-mail: "It's correct on our website and in the paper. I interviewed a student last night, and he told me the local paper had it wrong."

In a follow-up e-mail, he said that he was letting his editor know, and that the correction should be up shortly. About a couple hours after being first contacted by this paper, the Post did put up a correction, stating in part that the original story "incorrectly reported that college president Michael Roth himself was at the rally."

At the rally? The story reported that Roth was not only there, but that he wanted his alumnus arrested.


Check out Wesleying for screenshots of the Post's original reporting and the full history of the misreporting.

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Video and concert preview: Pretty Lights, Run D.M.C. and Michal Menert

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

If you read our interview with electronic dance music maven Michal Menert in this week’s Indy, you may already be getting ready to go see him and his Pretty Lights Music label-mate Gramatik at the Black Sheep tonight.

And since Menert co-produced the Denver label namesake's first album, you may even have gone so far as to get your tickets to see Pretty Lights' own headlining dates at the 1stBank Center Dec 30-31. In which case you’ll definitely want to check out this remix of Run D.M.C.’s “It’s Tricky” that Pretty Lights just posted today.

Of course, tonight's Black Sheep show will offer considerably less mega-watt lighting and crowd-surfing Gumbys than you'll find in the "It's Tricky" video, but you can still scroll down a bit further to get a taste of Menert’s highly kinetic performance style.

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