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ARTS AND CULTURE


History professor Stephen Leonard

"Con men, scoundrels and others of various ilk"

From saints to the 20th-century rise of (and resistance to) the Ku Klux Klan, Steve Leonard dishes on Denver's history.

The City and County of Denver, along with community partners like MSU Denver, is collecting stories from residents as part of the I Am Denver storytelling project.

"I am Denver"

VIDEO: The Mile High City is engaging and giving voice to underrepresented residents with its new multimedia storytelling project.

The zigzaggy road to Springfield

“The Simpsons’” Rebecca Totman uses her arts education to keep the famed nuclear family drawn together.

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Into the trenches of WWI

Technology made Peter Jackson’s documentary “They Shall Not Grow Old” possible. Its subjects make it unlike any film that has come before.

Denver Union Station Holiday Lights

10 ways to celebrate the holiday season in Denver

Everything you need to deck the halls.

Samuel M. Jay, PhD  Associate Director of Honors  Associate Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

15 podcasts to enlighten your quarantine

Need to tune out COVID-19 news? Listen to communication studies Professor Sam Jay’s podcast picks for comedy, pop culture and beer.

Tanairi Ochoa-Magellanes, right, marching in the 2018 Denver PrideFest Parade. Ochoa-Magellanes is a student employee in the LGBTQ Student Resource Center. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

25 years of pride

How Colorado’s first on-campus LGBTQ support organization was formed, how it has made a difference and what’s next

Soldier laying on ground in gear with gun in-front of him shouting over his shoulder

5 photos from the frontline

From firefights in Afghanistan to funerals in Colorado, this student-veteran and combat photographer captures moments in military life.

Ellen Watson a.k.a Cattle Kate Taken in the 1880s or earlier

6 Great Colorado Women

During Women’s History Month, history professor Meg Frisbee nominates some of the outstanding female pioneers who helped shaped our state.

MSU Denver student Sara Chen plays the trombone in her secondary instrument band class. The students practiced instruments that they just recently started playing. Photo by Alyson McClaran

6 ways to improve performance

From music to sports or anything else, here are top bets to help you better the practice … of practice

Statuette of a character from Guillermo del Toro

8 fictional characters to scare you on Halloween

English professor (and fright fanatic) Christina Angel names some ghoulish dudes you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.

Buffalo Bill with rifle

8 reasons why Buffalo Bill was the original branding genius

Yeeeee-haa! To mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary frontiersman’s death, marketing professor Darrin Duber-Smith looks at the man behind the legend.

Student art hanging in the office of Colorado Speaker of the House of Representatives, Crisanta Duran. Left: Namuun Baatarjav’s “Broncos Lose;” right: Amanda Gilleland

A gallery show unlike any other

For Roadrunner artists, the chance to display their work for legislative leadership is a Capitol achievement.

Access Gallery Executive Director Damon McLeese, center, works with artists Nicole Vanston and A.J. Kiel  in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. Photo: Alyson McClaran.

Creative solutions enhance lives

Access Gallery’s Damon McLeese is thinking creatively about using art to change the lives of Coloradans with disabilities.

Actor Bob Ari, left, and MSU Denver head basketball coach Michael Bahl, right, on the set of The Great Leap at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Bob Ari "Coach Saul" spoke with coach Bahl about what it

Acting head coach: Bahl lends expertise to theater

MSU Denver coach Michael Bahl consults on basketball-themed play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Egyptian professor Amany Bassyouny visits MSU Denver from Cairo. Photo by Mark Stahl

All about perspective

Almost seven thousand miles from home, Egyptian professor Amany Bassyouny visited MSU Denver to teach, learn and share stories about her life.

The rescue effort gets underway in Nepal city center.

All roads lead to Nepal

A teacher and a student felt exactly the same impulse when an earthquake struck Nepal in 2015: Do something, now.

Cat figurine in alley. Photo by Kylie Henson.

Don't avoid these alleys

Neglected urban spaces get a splash of color thanks to surprising and inviting art installations

An audience watches a band perform. (CC0 Public Domain image license)

Amplified through song

We asked the chair of the music department to give some context on the convergence of music and politics.

A tattooed arm spray painting a mural

Art is working

Culture and creativity are important drivers in Denver’s growing economy – to the tune of nearly $2B.

Yajaira Mora-Rivera playing bass at Youth on Record; there

Creative agency

Applied-arts internships for high-schoolers are building pathways to college and empowering communities.

Provost Award-winner Becky Alter

A sustained ability to reinvent

Becky Alter toured much of the world as a musician. Her next gig is preserving it for generations to come.

Santa Claus eating popcorn

6 Christmas movies Yule be talking about

Skip the same old holiday flicks for these fun – and provocative – picks from the past.

Neyla Pekarek of the Lumineers smiling and holding a cello

The best Denver music of 2019 with Neyla Pekarek

The former Lumineers cellist picks six of the Mile High City’s top releases of the year and dishes on her latest project, "Rattlesnake."

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.

'Northside' story

Bobby LeFebre’s passion for Denver and diversity will be front and center in his new role as Colorado’s first Latino poet laureate.

Symone Sanders is the 2018 MSU Denver Bridge Speaker; her address is free and open the community, at 11 a.m. March 1 in St. Cajetan’s.

Bridges, Bernie and building community

At 25, Symone Sanders became the youngest presidential campaign press secretary on record. Catch her on campus March 1.

Juan Palacios, right, being honored by Mayor Michael B. Hancock, left, at an event recognized 25 community leaders in Denver for their work with young men of color. Photo courtesy of Michael Simmons, My Brother

Brother to Brother peer leader honored by mayor

Juan Palacios was the only student among 25 community leaders recognized for their work with young men of color in Denver.

Let's talk about cancel culture

Is the social-media phenomenon a way to hold power to account or a mob stifling free speech? And is it actually advancing social justice? Here's where the dialogue starts.

Fine print

“In Process,” the new exhibition at the Center for Visual Art, features the work of top Colorado printmakers, including sisters Mandi and Molly Quinn.

Student Liam Price interviews a Ch

Reconnecting with Ch'orti'

Colorado linguists, anthropologists and college students are working with Central American communities to revitalize an endangered language that is a descendant of classical Mayan.

Award-winning author Claudia Rankine joins Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for conversation on race as part of Denver Talks initiative Nov. 16.

Claudia Rankine to talk race in Denver this week

Award-winning author joins Mayor Hancock for conversation on race as part of Denver Talks initiative.

Denver Gift Guide Hero

9 cool Colorado holiday gifts

Find a locally made gift celebrating the Centennial State.

The office of English Professor Christina Angel is festooned with comic images and pop-culture items. She uses pop culture as a way to introduce students to classic literature.

Comic Consummate pro

English Professor Christina Angel turns her hobby into a national success story.

A stack of newspapers with the digital Colorado Sun on a tablet in the foreground

Making the case for local journalism

Colorado news outlets face unprecedented challenges but press forward with innovative approaches.

MSU Denver

Dancer in the dark

How a dance student turned the tragedy that left him blind into a haunting and beautiful ballet performance.

Lifting up a Lakota leader

A new children’s book by Native American scholar David Weiden introduces young readers to the legendary Lakota Chief Spotted Tail.

People take in the Monet exhibit at the Denver Art Museum.

Must-see Monet

Time's running out to catch "Claude Monet: The Truth of Nature" at the Denver Art Museum. Here's your primer to the largest exhibition of the French Impressionist's work in more than 20 years.

The south side of the Curious Theater Building on W. 11th Ave. and Acoma St., painted in 2018. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

PHOTOS: Denver murals by Carlos Frésquez and his students

Check out these pics and then use this map to see them for yourself.

Denver artist Carlos Frésquez adapts his MSU Denver Community Painting class for COVID-19 concerns. Photo by Amanda Schwengel

Denver murals and street art: ‘walls with tongues’

WATCH: As artist Carlos Frésquez adapts his Community Painting class for COVID-19 concerns, he reflects on the power of murals from the paleolithic to the Renaissance to Colorado’s Chicano Movement and beyond.

Remembering Denver’s deadliest riots a century later

Historian Steve Leonard explains why the August 1920 Denver Tramway strike remains relevant today. PLUS: Archival images show how the protests brought the city to a standstill.

Band Tyto Alba playing on stage at 2018 UMS

UMS? Yes!

Here’s how this weekend’s Underground Music Showcase reflects the boom in Denver’s creative community.

Student musician performing in front of a DIME Denver banner.

Chart topper

DIME Group rocks Billboard’s 2019 list of top music business schools.

DIME student Devyn Rae performing at the new DIME Denver building.

Backstage classes

Chart-topper Tom Odell — and rising stars such as Denver's Devyn Rae — show the value of the music education pioneered by DIME Group.

Dustin Nyhus and his wife, Kim, launched Deny Designs – a company that brings the art world into people’s living spaces by blinging up everyday home furnishings and accessories with original artwork. Photo by Aly McClaran

Bringing art home

How industrial designer Dustin Nyhus turned his love of furniture and art into a winning combination.

Members of Huitzilopotchli Aztec Dancers and Procession put on a performance Oct. 31 during the Tri-institutional Annual Dia De Los Muertos at St. Cajetan

Día de los Muertos: Inviting loved ones back

Halloween is often the day most closely associated with the dead, but another celebration has a much deeper meaning.

Gary Striewski in front of a SportsCenter logo

So you want to host SportsCenter?

ESPN's Gary Striewski shares his strategy for capitalizing on opportunity before it’s back-back-back ... gone.

MilSpeak Foundation On Point women Warriors Writing Workshops

Female veterans find their voice

The MilSpeak Foundation’s On Point Women Warriors Writing Workshops help female veterans tell their personal stories of service and life after leaving the military.

A staple on Santa Fe Drive for community and contemporary art, the CVA is adorned with murals and is a collaborative work itself. Exterior works shown here are by Denver-based Jaime Molina (right) and Sandra Fittings (above center).

Finding presence on Santa Fe

Through experiential opportunities in a contemporary arts community, the CVA proves curation is an art in itself.

More than 20,000 youth emancipate from (age out of) foster care every year in the United States, and most studies suggest the percentage that obtain a bachelor’s degree is somewhere between 2 and 10 percent. Photo by Alyson McClaran

From foster care to Fostering Success in college

Alumna of foster care system serves as coordinator of student support organization.

American Flags planted in the foreground on the Auraria campus with the Denver skyline behind them

The G.I. Bill at 75

The legislation transformed America and higher education. Here's how it continues to provide opportunity for generations of vets and their families.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Courtesy of HBO

How "Game of Thrones" took over the world

Spoiler alert: 'GoT' is awesome. Here's how the HBO fantasy drama became a global obsession — and the focus of a new class.

Professor Cynthia Kuhn with two of her novels.

Give her an ‘A’ for murder

English Professor Cynthia Kuhn just released her latest mystery novel; her debut was recently nominated for a major award.

Ernest Ebell writing sheet music on his piano photo by Alyson McClaran

Give his regards to MSU Denver

From Broadway and Sondheim to receiving his diploma, this graduate is crossing stages to great acclaim.

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8 scary movies for a horrifying Halloween

Our movie buffs pick 2019's most frightful new flicks.

Juul Gooren will be living in MSU Denver

Handelsplaatsen! (That’s Dutch for trading places)

Two criminology professors from Denver and Holland are going all in on their teaching exchange – and even moving into each other’s homes.

Toby Yount, right foreground, performs in "Dreamprov," a show he

How can you succeed? Improvise

Theatre grad excels at comedy and acting, uses those skills in daily life.

Alumus Jeff Daniels wasn

How to change a life

Alumnus taps inner strength to overcome guidance counselor’s snub.

A basic guideline for visual arts is the division of an image into three equal parts horizontally and vertically, creating nine equal sub-segments that can be more visually interesting than simply centering a shot.

7 tips for snapping great smartphone photos

Use these easy how-tos to make sure this year’s holiday photos are brilliant – not bah-humbug.

Fabio Fina is working on his master

Immigrant at home helping others

Student taps personal experiences to guide refugees into their new lives.

Recent MSU Denver graduate Emily Zimmermann has overcome setbacks and hardships, all with a positive attitude. She

Insightful design, one page at a time

Emily Zimmermann’s vision is to speak to the heart of access – for blind-friendly websites, and beyond.

VIDEO: From aviator to artist

Ivan Schlutz was born to fly planes, but a brain injury altered his flight path. Here's how he overcame tragedy to become an acclaimed sculptor.

Catching up with ‘Sabrina & Corina’ author Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Fresh off another award for her debut short-story collection, the Denverite dishes on international acclaim, pandemic writing and supporting her Colorado community.

Gary Hart by Kenn Bisio

From dark horse to "The Front Runner"

As a new film on Gary Hart hits theatres, photojournalist Kenn Bisio shares pictures of the Colorado senator’s presidential campaigns.

New identity

Gender-studies Professor Mary Robertson’s scholarship shines a light on the new reality of LGBTQ youth in America.

Another story to tell

Emmy Award-winning pianist Lisa Downing scores the soundtrack of human experience.

Professor Cynthia Kuhn with two of her novels.

Look whodunit

English Professor Cynthia Kuhn won an Agatha Award this year for her first mystery novel, ‘The Semester of our Discontent.’

Julie and David Sandusky found love and founded a business, creating stationery and handmade gifts. Photo by Mark Stahl

Made with love and a letterpress

How this couple found love and founded a business, creating stationery and handmade gifts.

Alejandra Solis sings with Mariachi Los Correcaminos de MSU Denver during a performance on Feb. 15, 2020. Photo by Sara Hertwig.

¡Viva mariachi!

WATCH: The Mexican tradition is experiencing a renaissance as new generations discover the music's joy and passion.

Star Wars Rise of Skywalker May the Fourth. Photo courtesy of Disney Plus

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ lands early for May the Fourth

Disney Plus unites all nine chapters of the Skywalker Saga films in one place for the first time, and Denver Pop Culture Con Director Christina Angel is psyched.

Ron Miles playing a coronet.

Music and the Movement

Jazz luminary Ron Miles provides the soundtrack to a multisensory celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

"Molly of Denali" premiered on PBS in July and airs at 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday on Rocky Mountain PBS. Photo courtesy of PBS.

PBS Kids’ new star: Indigenous inclusion

‘Molly of Denali’ is the first children’s TV show to feature a Native American lead character.

Fall 2019 President

A song to share

Through a passion for music education, MSU Denver President's Award-winner Michaela Rael graduates having helped countless children in Denver and beyond find their voice.

New Bojaira plays jazz in a dimly lit club

Flamenco fusion

What happens when two rich musical styles merge? New Bojaira's unique flamenco-jazz sound. Here's how the interdisciplinary magic happens – and where you can hear them in Denver.

Word cloud of words recently added to the dictionary.

Vocabulary builder

ICYMI, a bunch of new words were just added to the dictionary. Here's your guide to the latest buzzwords.

Marialuisa Burgos, on a camel in front of one of the pyramids in Egypt.

Not just a local act – alum shines on international stage

For Marialuisa Burgos, harnessing the power of community-based performance has opened a window to the world.

An image of HAL 9000 from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Image credit: René Spitz, https://www.flickr.com/photos/renespitz/6085714636 [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)]

Out of this world

Sci-fi film series explores the science of how imagination takes flight into other dimensions.

Alumna Veronica Barela, standing on the sidewalk outside of the building on 10th and Santa Fe Dr. that houses the NEWSED offices.

Paving the road home

Veronica Barela is tough. She’s determined. And as a savvy community-builder, she knows how to get things done.

Chadwick Boseman in "Black Panther." Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

From #OscarsSoWhite to "Black Panther"

An influx of films by and featuring people of color shows Hollywood is beginning to understand the importance of diversity on screen — but much work remains.

Pixar Toy Story 4 Woody, Buzz Lightyear and more

Pixar perfect

Here's how technology and storytelling combine to give our favorite animated films their Buzz.

MSU Denver Carlos Frésquez portrait

Playing with the magic of color

40 years of painting the Denver community has taken Carlos Frésquez around the globe – and he’s just getting started.

David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an associate professor of political science and Native American studies, observes the activities at the Denver March Powwow. Weiden was awarded a fellowship to the renowned MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire this summer.

Professor wins major fellowship

At the MacDowell Colony this summer, David Weiden will work on his Native American crime novel.

Local musicians came together Saturday, June 27, in City Center Park in Aurora for a violin vigil in honor of Elijah McClain. Photo by Sara Hertwig

Songs to sustain a movement

The violin vigil for Elijah McClain brought voices together in a common refrain for justice. Here’s how Denver saxophonist Anisha Rush hears music’s potential to advance social change. PLUS: Protest playlist picks from across decades and genres.

Get loose with Ranky Tanky

WATCH: Lowcountry band Ranky Tanky stops in the Mile High City for a celebration of their Gullah Geechee culture and community.

The Water Wise troupe brings theatre for social change to life, gathered here at the recent Colorado Water Congress.

Rising curtains, rising tides

In observance of Earth Day, we spotlight an MSU Denver theatre ensemble changing lives, one drop at a time.

MSU Denver alumna Jessie de la Cruz (center), holding a donated work by artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy and Art & Humanities Librarian at CU Boulder, Alex Watkins.

Saving Colorado's creative voices

Two Roadrunner grads are on a mission to preserve our other natural resources: community stories.

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Under the surface of sci-fi

Film series explores xenophobia, sexism and other social issues through fantasy

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Double-major role model

MSU Denver’s Individualized Degree and Honors programs helped chart Shayla Bischoff’s path through college. Her daughter inspired her to succeed.

Smoky Hill students (L-R) Natasha Vasquez Turcios, Martha Martinez, Luis Tapia and Evelyn Rivera discuss the importance of the Intro to Chicana/o Studies concurrent enrollment course they

The fight continues for inclusion in the classroom

Students at Smoky Hill High School are studying Chicana/o history for the first time – and earning college credit in the process.

Molly Bounds

Spread it all over town

Molly Bounds and several other alumni create an indelible imprint on the art community of metro Denver and the Front Range.

William Anderson speaks during a TEDx event at MSU Denver on Sept. 12, 2019. Photo by Olga Sago.

The talk of TEDx

WATCH: Colorado thought leaders reimagined possible at TEDx MSU Denver 2019. Here are the big ideas they shared.

William Anderson speaks during a TEDx event at MSU Denver on Sept. 12, 2019. Photo by Olga Sago.

TEDx MSU Denver: What do tattoos and long hair got to do with it?

WATCH: William Anderson, teacher at Manual High School, reimagines how radicals can apply passion and innovation to change business for the better.

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Tending to the light of the world

How do you study to become a nun? For this student, the road to grace runs through MSU Denver – and beyond.

Former MSU Denver student Jessica Filipeli helps Assistant Professor Christine Pink exhume the grave of Julia Greeley in May 2017. Photo by Anya Semenoff.

The case of Denver's angel of charity

As a forensic anthropologist, Christine Pink helps build cases against the accused. Her recent work, however, could help build a case for sainthood.

Comedian Troy Walker standing in front of the Denver skyline. From the Five Points neighborhood originally, Walker now lives in Los Angeles as a stand-up comic. Catch him Aug. 30 at Comedy Works Downtown, and use promo code ROADRUNNER for 50% off a ticket.

The fall – and meteoric rise – of Troy

How did Troy Walker go from a 1.9 GPA to law school and a break-out career in comedy? He stopped by for a Coffee Break to clue us in.

Collage featuring Gullah basket, an exterior shot of the Penn Center, and MSU Denver students From left: Sitina Sado, Charlie Morris, Korpo Kendee, Charlene West, Malaya King.

Lessons from Lowcountry

To get the full Gullah Experience, this professor moves her classroom from the Auraria Campus to the South Carolina Coast.

Schoolchildren sit in a Ford Model T at the History Colorado Center as MSU Denver student Maggie Schieffelin, right, looks on. Photo by Alyson McClaran

The Roadrunners rewriting history … lesson plans

Museum partnership provides School of Education new avenues for field experience and research at History Colorado Center.

essica Thummel won the prestigious 2016 Dundee International Book Prize for her debut novel, “The Cure for Lonely,” which tells the coming-of-age story of Sam, a transgender man who moves to San Francisco amid the 1980s AIDS epidemic.

The writing on the wall

How do you win an international award for a debut novel? Here's alumna Jessica Thummel's success story.

laying on the beach looking at the water

Top 6 summer beach reads

Looking for some great books for the season? We’ve got you covered with these picks from one of our English department experts.

As a member of the design team at Kidrobot, Sharon Park dreams up, draws up and develops toys for today’s vinyl-art collectors. She even gets to play in the worlds of other creators, designing toys based on TV shows such as “The Simpsons” and “South Park.”  Photo by Mark Woolcott

Toymaker. Joy bringer. Roadrunner.

Alumna Sharon Park has the coolest job in the world – making people smile.

The Guestlist performed July 29 at Sesh Stage presented by Two Parts during the 18th annual Underground Music Showcase in Denver. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Two Parts’ harmonies

What went into making this year’s Underground Music Showcase rock? For Tobias Krause, it’s all in the details – and the community.

Luis Urrea next to an image of his book, "The Devil

“Wherever you are is sacred because you’re there”

Best-selling author Luís Alberto Urrea talks immigration and storytelling in advance of his upcoming visit.

Students wearing fangs sitting in a darkened movie theatre with illustrated blood dripping from the top of the screen.

6 vampire movies that don’t suck

Thirsty for some bloody good Halloween fun? Sink your teeth into these under-the-radar vampire flicks.

Vic Vela Colorado Public Radio

The man behind the mic

Vic Vela is a recognizable voice on Colorado Public Radio — he's also a voice of hope for recovering addicts.

Cooped up from COVID-19? Film faculty Vincent Piturro provides 22 picks from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video to keep you entertained.

22 movies and shows to stream now

Stay inside and flatten the curve with these streaming picks from MSU Denver film aficionado Vincent Piturro.

Randi Smith, professor of psychology at Metropolitan State University of Denver, says people give up on resolutions too easily.

Why our New Year’s resolutions fail

Easy to make and almost impossible to keep. Why do we struggle with this popular tradition?

Dave Weiden "Winter Counts"

The broken promises behind ‘Winter Counts’

New crime novel by Lakota author David Heska Wanbli Weiden and a recent Supreme Court decision explore the same issue: federal law enforcement – or lack thereof – on Native lands.

Environmentalism’s new beat

Generation Z is raising its voice to fight for the environment. Here’s how 19-year-old activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is using hip-hop as a catalyst for climate advocacy.

Cornel West addresses a crowd in the Tivoli Turnhalle as part of a D-phi event on race, democracy and the humanities.

“D-phi”-ing conventional education

An engine for the city’s creative life, the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry redefines applied interdisciplinary work.

'An act of narrative preservation'

Kali Fajardo-Anstine's 'Sabrina & Corina' is shortlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for fiction. Here's what you need to know about the Denver author and the role community plays in her storytelling.

MSU Denver faculty and co-director of Jazz Studies, Ron Miles.

“You have to not be afraid to fail”

Longtime professor and co-director of Jazz Studies Ron Miles on creativity, community – and Kendrick Lamar.