This week's in-depth coverage of the Colorado culture scene from CPR's Arts Bureau:
- CPR’s Arts Bureau joined Colorado Gov. John Hicklenlooper, who recently received the National Award for State Arts Leadership, at the State Capitol to ask him about his plans for the Colorado arts and culture scene in 2015. He tells CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman he intends to up the strategy rather than funding.
- As property values rise and activity booms in Denver's River North Arts District, artists are struggling to stay in the neighborhood they helped build. CPR arts reporter Corey H. Jones investigates how the city intends to keep the area affordable for artists.
- Journalist-turned-dramatist Rick Padden’s play “Beets” is inspired by the real-life events that occurred on northern Colorado sugar beet farms during World War II. Padden speaks with CPR’s Chloe Veltman about how he adapted these stories for the stage.
- In this week’s Book Club segment, three award-winning Colorado authors -- Peter Heller, Helen Thorpe and Lisa Jones -- discuss some of their favorite South Asian authors.
- Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR), a group devoting to derailing world-famous artist Christo’s project titled “Over the River,” filed a notice to appeal a federal court’s ruling that allowed the installation over the Arkansas River to move forward.
- With help from Make-A-Wish Colorado, 14-year-old leukemia patient Gianella Falcon Escobedo will fulfill her musical aspirations and perform with the Colorado Symphony at Boettcher Concert Hall Friday night.
- Denver's annual Kohaku Uta Gassen, a 40-year-old Japanese singing competition, pits two teams of men and women vocalists against each other. CPR’s Chloe Veltman examines the innovations the contest organizers are implementing to keep it going.
- Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum appointed visual artist and former DEVO band member Mark Mothersbaugh as its first-ever guest curator.
Arts happenings around Colorado this weekend:
- CPR’s Arts Bureau spotlights this weekend’s Colorado cultural happenings, including a Western Slope folk ensemble performing in Ridgway and two one-act plays by South Asian-born Denver playwrights.
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