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For easygoing Jack Johnson, it’s easy being green | Arts & Entertainment
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For easygoing Jack Johnson, it’s easy being green | Arts & Entertainment

Video directed by Morgan Maassen When Jack Johnson first decided to find out whether his band had a post-college life outside of Santa Barbara, the famously chill Hawaiian surfer dude came to Colorado, where he got his emphatic answer. Fast-forward 20-plus years and he’s living his very best life: Making his soothing, blue-eyed singalong soul with the same four buddies he started with, touring the c...
John Moore | Land acknowledgments are suddenly landing a punch | Arts & Entertainment
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John Moore | Land acknowledgments are suddenly landing a punch | Arts & Entertainment

“Indigenous people have suffered from injustice and broken treaties which have left us with broken promises; bad health conditions; limited resources and land; and high rates of alcoholism, substance use and suicide. Acknowledging this and making a commitment to make changes … is very important for the future of Indigenous peoples’ existence – and we are all part of that.” –Trennie BurchLand acknowledgements are getting real.The custom dates back for centuries. But in Denver, they started up in earnest last year as a response to growing calls for all institutions to publicly recognize that this land was not, in fact, made for you and me. Unless you happen to b...
‘Better Call Saul’ better than ‘Breaking Bad’ | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment
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‘Better Call Saul’ better than ‘Breaking Bad’ | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment

Editor’s note: The following column contains “Better Call Saul spoilers up to but not including the series finale, airing Monday night (Aug. 15) on AMC:In 2013, fans didn’t just crowd around their brand-new 48-inch, 200-pound Panasonic Plasma TV screens to watch the final few episodes of “Breaking Bad.” They gathered at cinemas to watch their antihero go down in an unapologetic symphony of gunfire and Badfinger's "Baby Blue” on a (real) big screen alongside dozens of other newly converted meth sympathizers.The “Breaking Bad” capper was the third most-watched series finale in cable history, behind only “The Sopranos” and “Sex & The City.” A one-hour “Talkin...
Snake attack: Eight Henry Awards for ‘Rattlesnake Kate’ | Arts & Entertainment
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Snake attack: Eight Henry Awards for ‘Rattlesnake Kate’ | Arts & Entertainment

As expected, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts took the biggest bite out of the 16th Henry Awards on Monday, largely on the strength of its world-premiere musical “Rattlesnake Kate.” But most everything else about the annual gala felt like a new day in the Colorado theater community.The awards, named after legendary producer Henry Lowenstein, honor outstanding achievement among the Colorado Theatre Guild’s member companies. This year, directors Alicia Young and Jerry McCauley made an intentional programming statement acknowledging rapid changes that are happening within the Colorado theater community by having all 66 awards presenters be members of tra...
Yolanda Ortega is still in the race | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment
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Yolanda Ortega is still in the race | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment

Yolanda Ortega does not know how to quit. (Seriously, she has tried three times.)Instead, the 50-year veteran of higher-education administration – and the 48-year grand dame of Denver’s Chicano theater community – is running to become the first member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents to represent the newly created 8th congressional district.“I am just not ready to stop serving,” said Ortega, who is running for political office for the first time at an age she will only say starts with a 7.Ortega won 56% of the District 8 Democratic vote in the June 28 primary to win the first campaign of her life. She now advances to face Republican Mark VanDrie...
UCCS to welcome award-winning Australian artist Jo Bertini | Arts & Entertainment
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UCCS to welcome award-winning Australian artist Jo Bertini | Arts & Entertainment

The “Deep in Land” exhibition in the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery at the UCCS Ent Center for the Arts runs through July 14. The show presents paintings by award-winning Australian artist Jo Bertini with accompanying audio-visual imagery courtesy of musician-composer Thomas Studer.The exhibition is the product of a collaboration between the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art and the Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, both of which welcome Bertini on Thursday for an artist’s reception and a Visiting Artists & Critics Series lecture.Bertini’s work is a joyous, highly meditated explosion of color. ...
Do you have a friend in ‘Friends’? | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment
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Do you have a friend in ‘Friends’? | John Moore | Arts & Entertainment

I’d like to believe I’ve been dancing a fairly friendly two-step with the inevitability of aging. I accept that there comes a time when hair stops growing where you want it to and suddenly starts to grow where you don’t. I have taken to filling my car with gas when I’m down to half a tank. I’m cool with it.Well, I was. Until I mentioned to my college theater students that “Jagged Little Pill” recently turned 25 years old. Blank faces. So I tried again.“You know, 25 years of bastardizing the word ‘ironic?’ ” Crickets.So I flat-out asked for a show of hands how many of my students had even heard of Alanis Morissette. Two dozen hands stayed down. Two dozen mouths...
Shakespeare festival to take over Westcliffe this summer | Arts & Entertainment
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Shakespeare festival to take over Westcliffe this summer | Arts & Entertainment

Elliott Jackson was a new Westcliffe resident when she overheard an eyebrow-raising conversation at a town bar.A Westcliffe Center for the Performing Arts director was talking Shakespeare, as in “King Lear. “I said wait, what? You’re thinking about doing ‘King Lear’ in this cow town?” Jackson said. “I was vaguely aware of the theater. I thought how good can it be?” Six months later, she found herself starring in the tiny town’s 2016 “Shakespeare in the Sangres” annual festival, performing her first Shakespeare roles: The Fool in the aforementioned “King Lear” and Jacquanetta in “Love’s Labours Lost.”“We’re pretty darned good,” said Jackson, program manager for...