The Lyric Cinema Cafe has been a staple of local cinematography and the Fort Collins community since its inception.
Relaxed and unique, the Lyric has recently re-introduced another aspect of its locality: the Byllynsgate Ball.
Pronounced â€œBill-ins-gate,â€ this bi-weekly performance-ball of sorts is a collaboration of local
bands, artists and movie producers. Tickets cost $4, and the ball kicks off with live music and painting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a presentation of short films at 8:15 p.m. and closing with another musical performance
Ivory Drive out of Boulder is the headlining band, and Stud Mushroom, a
local Fort Collins band, is closing the event.
â€œWe’ve been around for four or five years now, and I’m just excited to play a show again,â€ said Van Wampler, the vocalist for Ivory Drive. â€œWe haven’t played for a while because we’ve been recording our second album.â€
The Byllynsgate Ball will feature live painting as well, meaning unlike a regular art
show, the painting will be happening as an event right in front of your eyes.
â€œThe ‘live painting’ just means I’ll be working before and partially during the Byllynsgate
Ball,â€ said local artist Zachary Heil. â€œI don’t have a lot of experience doing something like
this, which is partially why I was interested in the first place, though I have painted and assisted in a few different mural projects throughout the years.â€
The Byllynsgate Ball is also geared toward showcasing local artists and their movies.
â€œAny film playing is sure to be some sort of an independent short, and those are always
fun to watch,â€ said Wampler â€“â€“ who is also one of the movie producers.
The Lyric is accepting most submissions, and the limits are
essentially up to your imagination. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
â€œMy film is about two guys just out of college who are out of work, and decide that
kidnapping might be a good way to get some money,â€ Wampler said. â€œThey just suck at
kidnapping. So itâ€™s a comedy.â€
The band following the films, Stud Mushroom, comes from right here in Fort Collins.
â€œI just think that itâ€™s interesting because itâ€™s a lot of local art and music,â€ said Jonah Greene, the drummer of Stud Mushroom. â€œFort Collins is a really cool town for that. I think
it will be cool to see what people around the town are doing art-wise and music-wise and film
Even the beer that the Lyric will serve â€“â€“ which will be discounted â€“â€“ will be local
â€œI think people can enjoy an event like this through the variety of creativity being
showcased, the collaboration involved in the event,â€ Heil said. â€œTo have it happening locally is
great for the community too and brings people together.â€
â€œWho can say no to live music and film in one night?â€ Wampler said. â€œIt’s a very unique,
intimate setting as well. It should be fun.â€
Collegian writer Marcus Moritz can be reached at email@example.com.
What: Byllynsgate Ball
Where: The Lyric Cinema Cafe
When: 7:30 to 11 p.m. tonight
Featuring the bands: Ivory Drive and Stud Mushroom
Sponsored by: community radio station KRFC