This week from CPR’s Arts Bureau: Global ‘Silent Night,’ inspiration for atheists and more

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<p>DU&#039;s carillon &#8212; located in the school&#039;s Williams Tower &#8212; features 65 bells.</p>
Photo: DU instructor and carillon player Carol Jickling Lens
DU Lamont School of Music adjunct instructor Carol Jickling Lens sits at the carillon housed inside the university's Williams Tower.

This week's in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene from CPR's Arts Bureau:

  • On Christmas Eve, “Silent Night” and other holiday hymns rang from the Williams Tower at the University of Denver (DU) as part of a worldwide performance to honor the Great War’s Christmas Truce. In anticipation of the commemorative event, CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman spoke with DU adjunct instructor and carillon player Carol Jickling Lens.
  • Boulder author Buzzy Jackson’s new book, “The Inspirational Atheist,” is a collection of motivational quotes for humanists, atheists, skeptics, agnostics and the spiritual-but-not-religious. She talked with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner about why she felt compelled to create such a book.
  • Denver screenwriter Rick Ramage’s latest film, “Christmastime,” harkens back to the feel-good holiday flicks of the 1940s. The movie is in stark contrast to Ramage's previous horror and thriller scripts. CPR’s Chloe Veltman asked Ramage about what inspired him to forego his darker cinematic past and make a film with uplifting themes.
  • CPR remembered famous singer-songer Joe Cocker, who died Monday at his ranch in western Colorado. He was 70.

Arts happenings around Colorado this weekend:

  • CPR’s Arts Bureau spotlighted this weekend’s Colorado cultural events, including an exhibition with artwork inspired by literature, a magic show with a touch of romance and comedy in Lone Tree and more.

Coverage from CPR's arts bureau is now also available as a weekly podcast via iTunes and the NPR podcast directory.