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Arts and Entertainment

  • Mesmerizing melodies

    In a handbell choir, the musicians use their hands, mallets and bodies to modify sounds from the single-note instruments, creating a rich tapestry of sounds. 

  • Foothills launches community theater troupe

    South Jeffco residents looking for an entertainment alternative have a new option. And it’s a dramatic one.

    The Foothills Theater Company — the Foothills Parks and Recreation District’s very own community theater — debuted over the weekend at The Ridge Recreation Center. 

    The troupe’s inaugural production, “Trifles and Other Plays,” a collection of three one-act plays dealing with relationships in various forms, is in the middle of a two-week run.  

  • Rimes rocks Clement Park audience

    Maybe we know too much about our stars.
    The price for being successful in the music business often means that every imperfection and mistake will be out in the open for the public to see. The stress of fame, especially when it comes at a young age, can destroy careers and psyches.  

  • Some Rimes and reasons

    It’s been more than 17 years since LeAnn Rimes first made a name for herself as a 13-year-old singer with a voice that sounded like it was channeling country great Patsy Cline. 

  • Sunrise, sunset - in harmony

    When people from different generations discuss music, discord is often the result. It’s a rare teenager that enjoys Lawrence Welk’s version of “Moon River,” and no one bought her grandmother a Jay-Z album for Easter. 

    But an orchestra that has come together for Front Range Christian School’s performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” includes ninth-graders and 50-year-olds, and they are making beautiful music together.

  • Funny business

    Working without a net poses a certain amount of risk — but also can provide a visceral thrill. A class in improv acting at Chatfield High School is teaching 25 students to trust their instincts and the ability to think on their feet.  

    “It’s definitely challenging,” said Wren Schuyler, a Chatfield senior. “You have to have a bunch of ideas flowing through your mind at a million miles a minute at every moment.”

  • Shhhhh! Alamo Drafthouse has arrived

    It’s going to be a whole lot easier now to go out for dinner and a movie in Littleton.

    The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema opened in Aspen Grove this week, marking the Austin, Texas-based company’s first foray into Colorado. And the chain is bringing its unique brand of movie-going experience.

    The concept of the Alamo is simple enough: dinner and a movie all rolled into one. Yet it’s in the execution that Alamo distinguishes itself. 

  • Shredding, and preserving, native culture

    Art is often the truest expression of a culture.

    And just like art, culture is constantly evolving, combining the traditions of the past with new influences, ideas and ways of expression.

    To truly understand a culture, you can’t just look behind at its footprints. You have to look at the trail ahead as well.

  • A tapestry of voices

    Some music fans might think that voices singing alone on stage amount to nothing more than a choir.

     

    But when Mix, an award-winning a capella group at the University of Colorado Denver, performs an Adele cover song, all preconceptions about vocal music go out the window.

    Choir music this ain’t. 

    In the middle of it all is singer-songwriter Vanessa Spear, a 2008 graduate of Chatfield High School.

  • Diamond jubilee: Jefferson Symphony celebrating 60 years

    The Jefferson Symphony Orchestra will soon celebrate its 60th anniversary concert season.

    And while many organizations reach similar milestones, this one is special to JSO, according to longtime violinist and spokeswoman Karen Pring. That’s because — save for a few paid employees — the group is made up solely of volunteers.