Fine Arts

Mar 032004
Authors: Amy Tolley

Irish humor, line dancing and acrobatic entertainment are all on

the fine arts stage for the upcoming week.

From Fort Collins to Greeley, the variety of arts performances

available ranges from a showcase of the top performers from CSU’s

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance to an acrobatic, and silent,

act similar to that of the popular Blue Man Group.

About 20 galleries will keep their doors open from 6 p.m. to 9

p.m., for the Friday Old Town Gallery Walk.

The galleries schedule the opening of new shows, special

exhibits and featured artists to coincide with the first Friday of

the month. This is a great way to see the art that Fort Collins has

to offer and to get a chance to meet the artists and to be the

first to see and purchase new artwork.

Rowdiness and Irish humor are the primary sources of laughter in

the play, “A Couple of Blaguards.” Blaguards has become an

affectionate term for the rowdy outgoing, and sometimes drinking,

sort of boys.

This play is a two-character comedy about the experiences of

growing up in Ireland and an escape to America. The performance

will be on Friday at the Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and

$16-$20 for adults.

It has been called an artistic highlight for the city of Fort


In this culmination, top musicians, actors and dancers from the

Department of Music, Theatre and Dance will provide a colorful

array of artistic talent for their audience’s enjoyment. CSU is

presenting its third Annual Grand Gala, Polyphonies on


This year’s gala will be on stage at the Lincoln Center in Old

Town Fort Collins.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and ticket prices start at $5.

The Tweaksters mingle acrobatic dance and artistic juggling to

create a rhythmic, whimsical performance designed to tweak and

delight audiences of all ages. From ping-pong air raids to

glow-in-the-dark illusions to skillful feats of strength and

balance, this hour long, pulse-quickening adventure keeps audiences

entertained. It’s dynamic, original and fun, all without words.

They have been called the Blue Man Group without the face paint

and Cirque du Soleil without the high ticket prices.

There is one show only at the Union Colony Civic Center on

Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are only $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for


Color within the lines with the Friends of Traditional Dance.

The group is putting on a Contra Dance at the City Park Center

Saturday night from 8 p.m. to 11p.m.

Contra dance moves are similar to square dance moves, but the

sets of couples dance in lines. In the course of a dance, each

couple dances with every other couple in the set, making this a

great opportunity to make some new “square” friends. Each dance is

taught by the caller, who cues the dancers through the moves in the


The event will have live music by the Boulder Bogtrotters.

For those who are new to contra dancing, a free one-hour lesson

is offered before the dance from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is



Old Town Gallery Walk

(970) 482-2232

Union Colony Civic Center

(970) 356-5000

Friends of Traditional Dance Hotline

(970) 493-8277

Lincoln Center

(970) 221-6733

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