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Arts and Entertainment

  • Milan’s art infused with spirit of the Southwest

    Spend any time in the Southwest, and you will become enamored with the bold colors that surround and envelop you. A trip to New Mexico overflows with bursts of turquoise, the rich hues of a sun-streaked sky, or the audacious adornments of Native American festival garb. Perhaps it was these rainbows of color that inspired Steve and Jenni Sonnen to surround themselves with Southwestern art when they opened the doors of Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills. Perhaps it was the work of contemporary painter Pablo Milan.

  • ‘Lucky Stiff’ livens up the stage with laughs

    The term “lucky stiff” seems a bit of an oxymoron. In casual conversation, most people wouldn’t refer to the person who happens to be the dead body as “lucky.” However, in the case of StageDoor Theatre’s upcoming production of “Lucky Stiff,” the Evergreen/Conifer area will have not one, but six, “lucky stiffs” and some lucky charities that will benefit from the celebrity stiffs’ farcical demise.

  • ‘Sound of Music’ brings our hills to life

    2012 is a banner year for the Evergreen Chorale. The 90-person, award-winning choral group has been an “up-the-hill” institution for more than four decades. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Chorale is kicking off its season by bringing our “up-the-hill” hills alive with “The Sound of Music.”

  • Full tummies will jiggle at Players’ improv show

    The nature of improvisational comedy means that it’s always fresh and new. After several successful seasons of comedy in the mountains, the Evergreen Players Improv Comedy troupe, EPiC, is working to keep not only its comedy fresh, but the format of its shows as well. For the first time, the talented actors of EPiC will be complemented by local musicians and on-site food service. Audiences will leave after a side-splitting, stomach-busting, ear-tickling good time.

  • Warehouse Gang exhibit a study in gestalt

    Bantering about the term “gestalt” at cocktail parties is a good way to send people running for the hills. The word stems from studies conducted in 1920s Germany, and in its most complex form, gestalt is a form of psychology that is interested in higher-order cognitive process relative to behaviorism. When boiled down to its essence, gestalt theory holds that the whole is more than the sum of its parts.

  • ‘Hair’ pushes boundaries of community theater

    The Evergreen Players have been honored in recent years for their authenticity in acting, directorial innovation and willingness to push the boundaries of contemporary community theater. In 1967 when “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” debuted off-Broadway, the show was lauded for similar risk-taking and cultural significance. What better combination than a groundbreaking theater group presenting the musical that broke new ground in musical theater?

  • Teen comedy troupe blends laughs, learning

    Live from Evergreen … it’s Friday night! On June 1, a select group of teen drama students will follow in the footsteps of sketch-comedy legends to create their own version of “Saturday Night Live” at Center/Stage Theatre. This improvisational comedy troupe, known as The Tribe, is now in its fourth summer of performance, and audiences are sure to be delighted by their quick-wit and unique brand of humor that only a Colorado teenager can conjure.

    The Tribe was born from a musical theater summer camp offered by the Evergreen Players.

  • EAA scholarship supports art students

    The Evergreen Artists Association is known throughout our mountain community as an organization that promotes the visual arts by supporting working artists. What many people don’t know is that EAA also supports emerging art students with its Youth Scholarship. Funds raised from donations throughout the year are used to support this merit-based scholarship, which is applied toward college tuition for one high school senior. This year’s first-place scholarship was awarded to Conifer High School senior Caitlyn Maloney.

  • Children’s Theatre re-creates classic tale

    “Beauty and the Beast”is a “tale as old as time.” Based on a French fairy tale, the Disney version of this classic has been a choice for children’s theaters ever since the animated Disney movie became popular in 1991. Colorado Children’s Theatre, a mainstay of theatrical and music education in the mountain area, invites you to “be its guest” at the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • Renowned Evergreen artist Baird will have exhibit at Mirada

    Critics are quick to make comparisons in the world of art. It’s often easier to define an artist’s body of work by what it resembles rather than by what it is. Many critics have compared artist Andrew Baird’s work to that of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock. However, this comparison is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Baird’s signature style and densely layered paintings. One must see Baird’s work in person to grasp the depth of this Evergreen artist’s technique.