This week from CPR’s Arts Bureau: New jazz club, navigating Denver using poetry and more
This week's in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene from CPR's Arts Bureau:
- The owners of the soon-to-open Nocturne nightclub, located in Denver's River North neighborhood, hope its presence will inspire a resurgence of jazz music in a city once known as the "Harlem of the West." As the club prepares to open its doors, CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones examined the cyclical nature of the Denver's jazz scene.
- From the smoke-filled music joints of Five Points to the swanky hotels of mountain towns, jazz has long been an important part of Colorado's musical landscape. KBCO morning host Bret Saunders spoke with Colorado Matters' Ryan Warner about the state's jazz legacy.
- A University of Colorado Boulder graduate student and poet has come up with an unusual way to navigate the streets, parks and buildings of Denver -- using poetry. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman met up with Aaron Angello to learn about his Denver Poetry Map app.
- The CU Art Museum in Boulder will be the only Colorado stop on the first-ever national touring exhibition of Shakespeare's First Folio, the original collected edition of the Bard's plays. CPR's Stephanie Wolf talked with the museum about the other events and larger exhibition that will coincide with the Folio's stay and commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the playwright's death.
- Colorado is home to hundreds of hot springs. Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Deborah Frazier profiles 44 of them in the third edition of her book, "Colorado's Hot Springs." Frazier shares the stories she unearthed while researching the guidebook, as well as six remote spots she calls "wild" springs.
- Longmont banjo player Jayme Stone collaborated with 14 other musicians to put a spin on folk songs for a new album. CPR's Ryan Warner spoke with Stone about his sampling of the extensive roots music collection of folklorist Alan Lomax.
- The two-day music festival "Gentleman of the Road Tour" could bring as many as 35,000 visitors to Colorado when it makes a stop in Salida in August. While some are excited for the event, others say the small town doesn't have the infrastructure to support the crowds.
- Boulder a cappella group Ars Nova Singers will look skyward this weekend, as it presents four concerts at Boulder's Fiske Planetarium. CPR Classical dives deeper into the programming, which features the music of Arvo Part, Meredith Monk and Philip Glass, accompanied by massive visual elements.
- Colorado musicians Chris Daniels and Freddi Gowdy have joined forces and mixed influences for their new album, "Funky to the Bone." The two sat down with CPR's Ryan Warner to talk about the ups and downs of band life and the funky flashback that fueled their latest tunes.
Arts happenings around Colorado this weekend:
- CPR’s Arts Bureau spotlights this weekend’s Colorado cultural happenings, including a groundbreaking vocal ensemble, a classic Edward Albee play and more.
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