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click to enlarge On the Road to Bamian on display at UCCS  photojournalist Jeff Myers speaks Thursday - JEFF MYERS
  • Jeff Myers
  • On the Road to Bamian on display at UCCS photojournalist Jeff Myers speaks Thursday

01 Thursday

While the Taliban were being run out of Afghanistan, photojournalist Jeff Myers found himself in the middle of the war, working for Dan Rather and CBS. Myers's show of documentary photography, The Other End of Ground Zero, is currently hanging in the University Center at UCCS, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Tonight at the Center, Myers will discuss his experiences in Afghanistan beginning at 7. Admission is free; call 262-3567 for details. Park for free in lots 1 to 4 during the talk.

02 Friday

The Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium students and faculty have been stretching their calves and practicing their slide in preparation for this week's Scene Stealers, a series of staged, costumed and choreographed scenes from grand opera, operetta and Broadway. Each "act" brings a different collection of performance pieces: Tonight's Act I, which begins at 7, features scenes from Guys & Dolls, Romberg's The Student Prince and Menotti's The Consul and The Old Man and the Thief in Packard Hall, on the southwest corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. The next act takes place on Sunday, followed by performances on Wednesday, Aug. 7, and Friday, Aug. 9. Tickets are $10. Call 389-6607 for details, or check the Listings on page 42 for the complete schedule.

Phototroph Gallery, 218 W. Colorado (under the Colorado Avenue bridge), presents an exhibition of local photographer Tim Davis. Focusing on everyday items and locations -- his big favorite is boxcars -- Davis shoots his subjects way up close, creating an image of vibrant colors and textures completely unassociated with its true existence. Out of Context opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8 and hangs through Aug. 25. Call 442-6995.

03 Saturday

Madcap magician extraordinaire Doc Murdock will be tickling funny bones of all ages in the next installment of the First Saturday program at the Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Tickets to the vaudeville round-up are $8, which includes milk and cookies after the show. Doc takes the stage at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Call 685-1861.

Still at the Business of Art Center: Blues, blues and more blues -- the blues-laden BAC (515 Manitou Ave.) hosts yet another collection of regional talent tonight with the Pikes Peak Blues Guitar Showdown. Springs native John-Alex Mason (of Hipshake), swinging Denverite Easy Bill (of Easy Bill and the Big Beat), and local "Little" Robbie Graham of the Farce perform guitar magic at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 to $6. Call 633-3469 or visit

www.mightyburners.com/showdown.html for details.

04 Sunday

And speaking of musical collections and collectives, the Black Rose Acoustic Society presents their Summer Acoustic Showcase tonight in the Music Room at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St. Cowboy troubadour Gary Knighting, fingerstyle/two-handed tapping guitar percussionist Jaquie Gipson, and singer/songwriter Joleen Bell perform at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $7; call 278-8108.

Blackwood Legacy, one of the most popular southern gospel quartets in America, continues to "minister in music" in the tradition of the Blackwood Brothers today at Harvest Free Will Baptist Church, at Woodmen and Black Forest Roads. The performance takes place at 10:30 a.m. Call 598-4679 for information.

click to enlarge Jaquie Gipson, Gary Knighting and Joleen Bell at the Black Rose Acoustic Society on Sunday night
  • Jaquie Gipson, Gary Knighting and Joleen Bell at the Black Rose Acoustic Society on Sunday night

Based on reports, 56 Hope Road jams easy like Sunday morning. The Midwestern band plays tonight at 8 at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd. Call 268-9951.

07 Wednesday

David Wann wants you readers to buy his book, but only in moderation and after considerable thought. Wann is the co-author of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (you remember the buzz), and is discussing and signing his book this evening at 5:30 at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Get details at 635-1195.

Anybody who combines cosmic porno jazz and Milan Hejduk is OK by me. The Sons of Armageddon provide the hook-up soundtrack at The Ritz, 15 S. Tejon St., tonight at 9:30. Admission is your charm and good looks. Call 635-8484 or check out www.soag.net.

-- Kristen Sherwood

Clayground
Michael Cellan plays with clay

Leave it to artist and teacher Michael Cellan to propagate a rare and relatively new technique of printing.

Cellan's teacherly curiosity seldom leaves him satisfied with any one medium. A plywood herd of cows here and a new form of photo-emulsion transfer there, he just can't seem to sit still in his creative process and he's never content until he's passed his discoveries along. And the new Clayprints show at the Business of Art Center featuring work done by students in Cellan's clayprint workshop exemplifies his spirit of innovation and generosity.

Rewind 30 years to the studio of potter Mitch Lyons. While working with a process that involved pushing colored pigments into clay slabs with a large piece of paper, Lyons made a fateful discovery. When he removed the paper, lo and behold, there was not only a pigment-pregnant slab of clay, but a lovely print as well.

Back to the recent past: When Cellan met Lyons at an arts festival in Denver a few years ago, he decided to study the clayprint technique.

The process involves a "leather hard" slab of clay, several layers of kaolin (the water and clay releasing agent), water-soluble paints and/or sidewalk chalk and textures that can be imbedded in the surface. A piece of polyester interfacing is then laid over the desired image and rolled with a pizza roller and -- voila!

The results are as varied as those employing the technique, though there is a common rough textural look that seems to be indigenous to the medium.

From abstract swathes of single colors, ghostly pop images and flattened takes on the natural world, the medium lends itself to a primitive simplicity that Cellan likes for its "spontaneity, looseness and chance."

Most of the prints on display are first-time prints by artists and teachers who attended Cellan's recent workshop. The efforts of Karla Lee, Stacy Friedman, Mark Byzewski, Jean Gumpper, Deborah Howard and Debra Brewster, among others, are on display.

For those interested in learning the technique, Cellan will be teaching another workshop in August at the BAC.

-- Noel Black

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click to enlarge Get hooked  The 14th annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival happens this weekend in Palmer Lake
  • Get hooked The 14th annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival happens this weekend in Palmer Lake

Clayprints

Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave.

On exhibit through Sept. 6.

Call 685-1861 for more.

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The Art of the Yarn
Weekend weaves tall-tale entertainment with storytelling workshops

Quaint, picturesque Palmer Lake once again plays the genial host to the annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival. Now in its 14th year, the festival brings together some of the best storytellers in the Western United States for a weekend of education and entertainment. Each presenter is selected not only for his or her ability and experience, but because they understand the value of storytelling -- as a way to pass on histories, to communicate ideas, and mostly, to highlight connections between different cultures and experiences.

This year's theme bespeaks another purpose: Story Medicine -- Humor and Healing (the Chicken Soup for the Soul people aren't raking it in over nothing, you know). Storytellers include Colorado native Dennis Freeman, who now lives in Phoenix. A Vietnam combat pilot, award-winning oral historian and former ocean sailor, Freeman tells stories from folklore, fact, fantasy and reality alike.

Also scheduled to perform is author and educator Norma Livo. A western Pennsylvania native who came to Colorado over 40 years ago, Livo is recognized as Colorado foremost patron of the oral and musical storytelling arts.

Other resident performers include Bett Kopit of Lafayette and Cassandra Sewell of Denver. Kopit is an actress and singer who frequently tours the nation with her one-woman storytelling show, while Sewell specializes in the stories of African-American women in the tumultuous South of the 1960s and 1970s.

Aside from story, musical and dance concerts, the weekend also features several workshops in the craft of yarn spinning and fish tales, plus meals and story swaps for adults and children. Most events are held in the Palmer Lake Elementary School. Call 800/484-6963 for details and full schedules.

-- Kristen Sherwood

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14th annual Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival

Opening concert at the Douglas County Events Center, Castle Rock, on Thurs., Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Storytelling workshops (for adults and children ages 9 and up) at the Palmer Lake Elementary School during the day on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 2-3. Call 800/484-6963 or visit http://carbon.cudenver.edu/~jbowles/RMSF.html for times.

Storytelling concerts with featured artists at the Tri-Lakes Center for the Arts on Friday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. and at the Palmer Lake Elementary School on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

Family story and music concert on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m.

All events, except the family concert on Saturday, recommended for children ages 7 and up.

$65 includes all events; admission to single events available at the door.

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