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Eighteen months on the pandemic roller coaster have brought on all sorts of pent-up demand — the almost frantic need for in-the-flesh contact with people outside our pods and the connection to the human spirit that we get from the arts. Welcome to the Indy’s fall state-of-the-arts update, wh…

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Family, expression, love and optimism are all words that come to mind when listening to the music of Zeta. Zeta is an eclectic group that started in 2003 in Venezuela thanks to founding members Juan Chi and Dani Debuto. The band blends traditional Latin rhythms and psychedelic rock with a DI…

Autumn Equinox occurs today, Sept. 22, at 1:21 p.m. our time, ushering in a season of crunchy leaf hikes, Halloween prep and the dreaded pumpkin spice. Curious minds will find the science behind the event at EarthSky (tinyurl.com/E-Sky21), but those who are just determined to do some serious…

There are so many powerful descriptors that could precede Ashley Cornelius’ name — award-winning spoken word poet, therapist who uses poetry for healing, member of Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Rising Star Class of 2021, Best Artist winner in the Indy’s 2019 Best Of competition, co-dir…

Solitary wordsmiths stayed busy during the pandemic, but many of the region’s literary group activities got pushed to Zoom. Good news, though — there’s a roster of face-to-face events scheduled for fall. (Find more writers at tinyurl.com/ppld-wri-group.)

In August, Colorado Ballet Society welcomed Dex Honea as its new executive director and Kate Walsh Honea as its new artistic director. Both are instructors and former professional dancers. 

It’s jarring to no longer see the Rocco’s Italian Restaurant sign when we drive north on Academy Boulevard, but 37 years was a hell of a run, and its replacement in the Maizeland Moors Shopping Center gives us much to celebrate.

If you were to stand on the corner of Nevada Avenue and Costilla Street, looking at the former Iron Bird Brewing Co. and wondering what kind of business had moved in, you would have to make some guesses.

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The past year (going on two years now, actually?) has been a transformative time for us all. Some good, some not. But this time has given many an opportunity to learn more about themselves and the world. For some, music is a great way to express or deal with what they’re feeling in the momen…

For Durand Jones & The Indications, the past two weeks should have been cause for celebration. With a two-month headlining tour on the horizon, the Bloomington, Indiana-based soul revivalists were busy rehearsing songs from their new album Private Space and fielding interviews from criti…

Located on the property of Nano 108, this truck isn’t always open, instead taking a few days a week in turn with a variety of other local trucks. Their social media frequently promotes specials, including guest chefs and specialty plates. There are none when we visit, so we order a smothered…

New works from four well-known Americana artists — James McMurtry, Son Volt, Jackson Browne and I See Hawks in L.A. — arrived at summer’s end, and McMurtry’s The Horses and the Hounds (New West Records) clearly leads on several fronts.

While triple fiddles are popular in the Western Swing world, the combination is exceedingly rare in other genres. But that hasn’t stopped the Quebe Sisters from using them to create a body of work that draws upon jazz, pop, doowop and, yes, Western Swing.

Everybody loves songs about weasel pot pies and meat raining down from the sky, particularly when they’re performed on a homemade 7-foot-tall instrument called The Magic Pipe and delivered in a style that recalls Frank Zappa, Les Claypool and Captain Beefheart. OK, maybe not everybody, but e…

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 In my last blog, I wrote about hemp and how it could be used to help us with our environmental woes. Wanting to continue that environmental focus, it's time to shine the light on a problem very few in the cannabis industry are admitting — the cannabis industry is not as green as one would think.

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A key element to music is dancing — whether that’s swing dancing as a couple, swaying by yourself, or even thrashing in a mosh pit. The rhythmic movement to a song can send feelings of joy through your soul. There is a real art to dance, and many different styles and forms can be found acros…

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One of my friends who recently relocated to Texas once recommended I check out The Epic Remedy, her dispensary of choice during her time in Colorado, and I remember following up on her recommendation and darkening their doors once upon a time.