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Grants available for Colorado artists and organizations

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The Colorado Council on the Arts (CCA) announces that applications are now available for the 2007 grants to artists and organizations. The deadline for submitting grant applications is March 1.The purpose of grants, CCA’S largest program, is to support arts and cultural activities. A key requirement of the program is that applicants must have matching funding support from local, regional or national sources. Grant proposals may be submitted by Colorado artists, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and municipalities. Grants to artists and organizations are awarded annually on a competitive basis. Grant requests are reviewed by peer panelists who make funding recommendations to the council. In addition to addressing one or more of the council’s goal areas, applicants must demonstrate:- Artistic excellence and merit of proposed activities- Community involvement and benefit from proposed activities- Implementation capacity, such as effective planning, management and budgeting of the project.Only online submissions will be accepted. To read the grant guidelines, register as an applicant and complete the application forms, go to http://www.coloarts.org.Backstage Theatre announces auditions for ‘Enchanted April’BRECKENRIDGE – The Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge is seeking five women and three men for their upcoming regional premiere of “Enchanted April,” adapted by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim. Auditions for the Backstage Theatre production will be held at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 South Ridge Street, on Sunday, Jan. 8 from 1-3 p.m. and Jan. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Call 970-453-0199 to make an appointment.Spa at the Brown Palace now openDENVER – The $2 million Spa at the Brown Palace has opened its doors and is taking reservations for skin care, massage therapy and hair and nail services for women and men. The new Spa located inside the Brown Palace Hotel was constructed in an area that once housed Turkish baths and chiropodist parlors at the turn of the century. Comprising two floors, the 5,200-square-foot spa features a new elevator, separate street and lobby entrances, a private couples’ and celebrity suite with dual reclining hydrotherapy tub, separate hair and nail salon, six massage and skin treatment rooms and separate men’s and women’s locker rooms with relaxation areas, Swiss showers and steam rooms with aromatherapy. The gentlemen’s area features a private treatment room, as well as a flat screen television. The décor throughout the spa incorporates waterfalls, owing to the fact the Brown Palace has relied on its own artesian well with natural spring water since it opened in 1892. Artwork from the hotel’s 113-year-old archives graces the walls. For reservations, call 303-297-3111 ext. 3388. Fourth annual folk music series opens Jan. 19 at Broomfield auditoriumBROOMFIELD – Colorado’s own bluegrass boys Southern Exposure return to open the fourth annual winter folk music series at the Broomfield Auditorium Jan. 19 General admission tickets ranging from $7-18 for the series, which continues on until Feb. 16 with Runaway Express and on March 23 with Colcannon, can be purchased in advance at TicketsWest.com, or by calling 1-866-464-2626. King Soopers stores sell tickets, as well as the Broomfield Community Center at 280 Lamar in Broomfield. The series features three folk music concerts on Thursdays at 7 p.m., showcasing musicians with roots in Colorado and beyond. For more information, visit http://www.broomfieldauditorium.comJohn Evans Band to perform in SteamboatSTEAMBOAT – The John Evans Band performs at Steamboat’s Music Fest from Jan. 4-9.John Evans Band is known throughout the Texas music scene as playing “hot-rod” rockabilly. With country roots intact, Evans and company take a detour to the back streets of rock and punk with a new sound reminiscent of The Old 97’s and The Cramps. They will play multiple performances at the festival in support of the group’s newest release, “Circling the Drain.” The group will also perform at the Foundry in Boulder Jan. 13.For more information, visit http://www.themusicfest.com or http://www.foundryboulder.com.Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art features local artistsBOULDER – Four Boulder artists will be featured in the Winter/Spring 2006 exhibition series at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. New works by painter Patricia Bramsen, a retrospective of works by Virginia Maitland, paintings and monotype/drawings by John Matlack and an installation by Martha Russo will be on view in the museum’s galleries Jan. 13 -April 15. The public opening reception is Jan. 13 from 6:30-9 p.m. and is free of charge. There will also be a museum member’s preview reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in which the artists will give a short gallery tour. The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 1750 13th Street in downtown Boulder. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. Free to museum members and children under 12. For public information call 303-443-2122 or visit http://www.bmoca.org.2006 Winter Ska Brawl Tour stops in Denver this February DENVER – The Toasters, America’s longest running Ska band, are embarking on another nonstop 50-city swing through the USA and Canada for the 2006 Winter Ska Brawl Tour. Several stops on the Ska Brawl Tour will feature guest performances from national acts such as Go Jimmy Go, Satori (ex- RX Bandits), Westbound Train and Mustard Plug. Unlike most touring acts, there’s no rest while on the road with The Toasters. The band is currently in the studio in Valencia (Spain) laying down tracks for the “You’re Gonna Pay” single, which will be out early in 2006 on the Megalith and Moonska World labels. They will then head immediately to the states where they’ll be playing every day from Jan.18-March 11. Winter Ska Brawl Tour will hit the Bluebird Theater in Denver Feb. 19.And the envelope please?ASPEN – Aspen hosts the 15th annual Aspen Filmfest Academy Screenings from Dec. 19-Jan. 1 at Harris Concert Hall. This “festival of a film series” offers a sneak peek at features, documentaries and top talent that will have everyone talking come Academy Awards time.Many of the 21 films in this year’s Aspen Filmfest Academy Screenings series have already garnered critic attention as well as significant Oscar buzz. Highlights include releases like “Memoirs of a Geisha,” (based on Arthur Golden’s internationally acclaimed novel); “Terrence Malick’s The New World,” starring Colin Farrell; and the latest “Merchant Ivory” collaboration; “The White Countess” with Ralph Fiennes and Natasha Richardson. Western film lovers should also keep an eye out for Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” in which he also stars.For more information and a complete Aspen Filmfest Academy Screenings program, visit http://www.aspenfilm.org. Tickets go on sale Dec. 12 through the Wheeler Box Office. Blossoms of light at Denver Botanic Gardens DENVER – One million sparkling lights draped in designs will illuminate the plants and hardscape features throughout more than 17 acres of Denver Botanic Gardens. Each night includes special seasonal entertainment, and hot beverages and snacks will be sold. New HoloSpex 3-D glasses will be available for $1, which transform the dazzling lights into shimmering snowflakes. Exhibit runs until Jan. 22 from 6-9 p.m. It’s $8 for adults, $6 for member adults, $4 for senior members and youth members, free for children 3 and younger. Denver Botanic Gardens is located at 1005 York St. The Arvada Center presents the 17th annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry GatheringARVADA – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities presents the 17th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering Jan. 12 through Jan. 15. This four-day event features a line-up of 38 performing groups from 15 states, Canada and Australia who capture the spirit and lifestyle of their western heritage through poetry, song and verse. During the gathering, cowboy poets, western balladeers and yodelers bring to life the joys and hardships of modern ranch life, from driving cattle during the 1880s to waiting behind the chutes at the rodeo. International performers at this year’s gathering include Milton Taylor, who is considered the premier “bush poet” in his native Australia, and Academy of Western Artists honoree Doris Daley, a cowgirl poet from Canada. This year’s gathering will also feature instrumentalist, singer and recording artist Skip Gorman, making his Arvada Center debut. Closer to home, seventh-generation Coloradoan Jon Chandler, cowboy singer Bill Barwick and singer/guitarist/yodeler Liz Masterson, will perform during the weekend.The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Tickets for the cowboy gathering range from $12-$26. For more information, call 720-898-7200 or http://www.arvadacenter.org/cowboy. Plum TV and Aspen Filmfest present Local Filmmakers ShowcaseASPEN – Aspen Filmfest and Plum TV announce an exciting new partnership to present the fifth annual Local Filmmakers Showcase leading up to Aspen Shortsfest in early April. Sporting new categories, prizes totaling more than $3,000, a free community screening, TV exposure and more, this season’s competition offers local filmmakers an opportunity to showcase their cinematic chops and reach for the big ring – a chance to The only limits to the creativity are running time and residency. Films must be 10 minutes or less, including credits, and filmmakers must be current local residents of Pitkin, Eagle, or Garfield counties. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14. Finalists will be selected for a special public presentation at the Wheeler Opera House in early April, prior to the 15th annual Aspen Shortsfest (April 5-9). The jury will announce this year’s winners at this presentation.To submit your film, visit http://www.aspenfilm.org or http://www.plumtv.com for complete guidelines and an official entry form. For more information or questions, call Aspen Filmfest at 970-925-6882 ext. 106.Vail, Colorado


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