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Arts and Entertainment

  • Artist’s high-end murals capture the intangible

    Painting human beings is a skill that every artist is required to learn. During their training years, artists may spend hours in front of live models capturing every shape and subtlety of human expression. However, capturing the human soul in a painting is a skill that can’t be taught. Kathryn Petroff, a fine artist and muralist, is skilled at creating portraits that not only bring people to life on canvas but capture the nuances of the human spirit in the process.

  • Orchestral workshop could have life-changing sounds

    As a middle-school clarinetist, I remember setting a timer for my practice sessions. Tooting out squeaky versions of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean,” it seemed to take 90 minutes for those 30 minutes of rehearsal to be complete.

  • Epic production comes to StageDoor

    “Les Miserables” is an epic theatrical production. A grand story that recounts a struggle against adversity in 19th-century France, it has a soaring musical score with some of the most famous songs to come from the stage in the last 30 years. It has an astounding history — the national tour was one of the longest-running musicals of all time. How is it possible to capture all of this epic-ness in the intimate setting of a mountain theater? StageDoor Theatre in Aspen Park is about to show the theater community how.

  • EAA show offers many points of view

    All artists have point of view. Whether expressed with paint, in collage or with the use of clay, this perspective is the unique way in which each artist sees the world through her creative mind’s eye. For this reason, the upcoming Evergreen Artists Association fall show opening on Oct. 30 is aptly named “Points of View.”

  • The art of public service: Sculptor Tom Ware concludes 30 years on board of Evergreen Metro District

    After 30 years on the board of directors of the Evergreen Metro District, the area water provider, Tom Ware has decided to turn in his badge.

    “I just thought 30 was a good, round number,” he explained. Ware was also president of the board for 15 years and spent countless hours researching and negotiating deals to secure lasting water rights for Evergreen water users.

  • ‘Picnic’ gives insight into small towns

    It was once said that, “A small town is one where even a haircut changes the appearance of the whole community.”

    In the case of the Evergreen Players upcoming production of “Picnic,” it isn’t a haircut but the appearance of a stranger that forces a community to question everything it thought was true.

  • Five sisters make ‘Nunsense’ a divine comedy

    What do you get when you take five women who can all sing, dance and act, and dress them up in nuns’ habits? Sounds like the beginning of a joke. And, in fact, it is. Except, instead of these nuns walking into a bar, they are walking into a theater. StageDoor Theatre in Conifer, to be exact. And the joke is on us, because this is precisely the comedic combination that will leave audiences rolling in the aisle when “Nunsense” opens on Sept. 26.

  • Bra art exhibit supports double-threat fund-raiser

    “Psst…your bra strap is showing,” you whisper to your neighbor. Then you realize, that’s not an ordinary bra strap.

    You finally find the nerve to ask your friend why she has a black feather boa holding up her over-the-shoulder boulder holder. “Why, it’s to support my Purr-fect Pair,” she replies with a wink.

  • StageDoor will move to larger facility in January

    The curtain is going up on Conifer’s StageDoor Theatre, with a move to a bigger and better venue set to open in January.

    The new location, which is two doors down from its current spot in the Aspen Park Village shopping center, will have a larger stage, more seats and more productions, said Allan Van Horne, a spokesman and volunteer with StageDoor.

    The theater has busted its costumed buttons in the current space. The new space will occupy 5,000 square feet, double what it has now. It will have 125 seats and additional rehearsal space.

  • Kid-friendly concert is a classic

    Do you ever wish that your children could experience up close and personal the wonder of orchestral music? All too frequently, symphonic and chamber works are set in a stuffy, silent, straight-laced setting that isn’t conducive to the often restless and curious nature of children. The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra has changed all of that with its upcoming Children’s Music Hour.

    On Sunday, Sept. 27, 13 members of the esteemed mountain orchestra will open the doors to music for children of all ages in a concert at the Center for the Arts Evergreen.