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Broadway Businesses Lost $1.5M During Water Main Work: Chamber of Commerce

It has been almost a year since water main construction began on Broadway, and although businesses are welcoming the news that major work will be finished this week, it's hard for them to be totally happy.

"The good news is you don't have to do a water main for another 100 years," said Maureen Martino, executive director of the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce. "The bad news is some of our businesses are really suffering. They're hoping the community comes out and supports them, moving forward, so they can try to recuperate some of their losses."

The chamber is organizing an event from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 called "Come Back to Broadway" in an effort to encourage shoppers deterred by the construction to support Broadway businesses.

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Beginning of Exploration: Bruce Cochrane

From the moment he pinched his first bowl more than 40 years ago, Bruce Cochrane has been enamored with functional pottery, and particularly with the wheel. But during a trip to Italy in the 1980s, Cochrane saw 18th-century tablewares that inspired him to view pots as more than just utilitarian wares.

The pieces he saw in Italy were over the top, elaborate, and intended for the upper class. They were visions of excess and exclusivity. Once a month or so, the tablewares would be used to elevate a meal, and afterward, they would go back on their shelves to be admired as pieces of art. “That notion of the role of the pot being functional and then decorative as well, that intrigued me,” Cochrane says.

Before that exchange with those decorative wares, Cochrane was throwing unaltered pieces based on folk pottery. Afterward, he began exploring the altered thrown form, adding structural elements, texture, carvings, and other decorative touches to his work.

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Southport Lanes & Billiards Celebrates 95th Anniversary With 1920s Prices

On the Southport Corridor — amid the Gap, Amazon Books and a cafe operated by a bank — stands Southport Lanes & Billiards, a neighborhood bar and bowling alley whose walls, if they could talk, would tell a quintessential old Chicago tale of Prohibition-era debauchery, a younger and faster Lakeview and the Southport Corridor culture of today.

The team at Southport Lanes feels that kind of history housed in one space is worth celebrating.

Southport Lanes & Billiards, 3325 N. Southport Ave., will throw a 95th anniversary party from 6 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday. The evening will have a 1920s theme in reference to the bowling alley's opening in 1922, and it will feature games priced at 5 cents per person, $1 pints, $5 cocktails and more.

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Raising the barre: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet reflects on 20 years of contemporary dance

When Aspen Santa Fe Ballet executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty and artistic director Tom Mossbrucker sat down to decide the program for the company’s current 20th anniversary season, they considered a retrospective — but only briefly.

Instead, the forward-looking company commissioned even more works than usual. The directors invited back several choreographers with whom they have developed a relationship over the years, as well as extended a first-time invitation to rising star Fernando Melo. Also incorporating existing pieces, including a recent work by contemporary dance master Jiří Kylián, this season’s programming captures ASFB’s essence: fresh, challenging, physical and diverse.

That essence is due largely to Malaty and Mossbrucker, who have been with the company since the beginning. In 1995, as dancers with New York City’s Joffrey Ballet, the two came to Vail for a dance festival. There they met Bebe Schweppe, who had just founded the Aspen Ballet Company and School but didn’t actually have a company—yet.

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Art community grows in western GarCo

In the past month, Rifle and Silt have played host to live music nights in coffee shops, a street art competition, a summer concert series, a Last Friday art celebration, an annual block party and more.

Despite what the upvalley folks might tell you (and what some western Garfield County residents might wish), Silt and Rifle aren’t what they used to be.

For a variety of reasons — including the more reasonable cost of living, the scenery and the overall atmosphere — young, emerging artists are flocking to Silt and Rifle, and the area’s art veterans don’t seem to be going anywhere.

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In the loop: Norwegian sax player Hakon Kornstad combines jazz, electronics, opera

A saxophone ensemble, a percussionist and an opera singer walk on stage. Layers of experimental jazz gradually build to form a foundation for the singer, whose rich, young tenor at last fills the room.

The thing is, only one person is responsible for all those sounds.

Norwegian up-and-comer Hakon Kornstad uses a looping machine to layer his music live. He records one bit of music and plays it back on a loop before adding more layers to his creation - and he does it all in front of the audience.

He slams down the keys and slap tongues on his tenor saxophone, producing a popping sound on the mouthpiece, to emulate percussion instruments. He fades tracks in and out or cuts them abruptly as he so chooses. And then, a trained operatic tenor, he sings on top of his compositions.

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