Stacy Nick

Arts, Culture & Music Reporter

Despite being KUNC's resident arts, culture and music expert, I have to admit I couldn't carry a tune in a bucket with a handle. However, I have a deep appreciation for those who do have musical talent, as well as anyone who dances, acts, paints, or otherwise utilizes the creative process.

That's why I've been covering the arts in Colorado for almost two decades. My first big interview was Eagles bassist Randy Meisner and his mom about his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I love finding out the backstory behind why artists do what they do and getting to see the process up close. At heart, I'm just a fan.

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It might seem like a gamble, but brothers Tyler and Jeremy Fey are betting that Central City is ready to become an arts hub.

A tourist town in the 1970s and ‘80s, the city of about 700 embraced legalized gambling in the ‘90s. In the last few years, business has dwindled, and commercial vacancies have increased.

It’s sad for Jeremy, who remembered visiting the town often growing up.

Photo by Holly Andres

Eighties act Blondie and indie-rockers The Decemberists will headline Fort Collins’ Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest in August.

The annual music festival is put on by the nonprofit Bohemian Nights and the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association to celebrate local music and artists.

Courtesy of CSU

A new safety campaign from Colorado State University’s communications and natural resources departments is teaching national park visitors about safe selfies.

The Safe Wildlife Distance program includes educational materials for park staff, as well as ads and social media campaigns explaining how to get a good photo of wild animals without putting yourself -- or the animal -- at risk.

“Potentially people didn’t know what a safe distance was,” said Katie Abrams, an assistant professor in CSU’s Department of Journalism and Media Communication. “So, they would look to try to read the cues of the wildlife and see if they could make a determination or they would approach the wildlife to a distance that felt safe to them.”

Courtesy of of Art Fort Collins

Have you ever wanted to highlight the more cringeworthy moments that have happened in your life? Like when you thought getting a portrait taken with your pet snake would be really cool, or that time you and your mom had matching haircuts.

The Awkward Family Photos exhibition does just that.

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For the last five weeks, Jacqueline Van Meter and the rest of the StoryCorps MobileBooth Tour team have been parked in a converted Airstream trailer outside New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins.

“It is cozy,” Van Meter noted of their office. “That’s kind of the idea. Dim lighting, blankets -- just in case. The goal is really so that, despite what folks have been dealing with out in their day, in the parking lot, on the highway getting here -- once they step in here they can just kind of disconnect and focus on each other.”

Courtesy of Bohemian Foundation

While their sound may be synonymous with summer in Fort Collins, the outdoor pianos that are part of the city’s Pianos About Town program actually got its start in the middle of winter.

Eight years ago, it was created as way to engage people in a little spontaneous art and music, said Mary Timby, communications manager for the program’s co-sponsor Bohemian Foundation.

The upright pianos were an instant hit, Timby said.

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Colorado State University’s Moving Through Parkinson’s class isn’t like other movement therapy classes. Yes, they use many of the same exercises to increase balance and range of motion. And yes, they use music to help participants keep the beat to those exercises.

But unlike most programs, the class’s soundtrack isn’t playing on a laptop or a stereo. It’s coming from a group of music therapy students playing instruments in a corner of the room.

This movement therapy class comes with a live band.

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For 10 years, the Fort Collins Music eXperiment has celebrated the music that makes Colorado special. But with more than 300 acts at 30 venues over only two days, deciding who to see can be a challenge.

We’ve put together a guide to help fans of all kinds plan their FoCoMX experience.

Courtesy of CSU

Colorado State University has announced a 15-year, $37.7 million deal with Public Service Credit Union for the naming rights to university’s new, on-campus stadium. So -- what do you need to know?

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A new, state-of-the-art indoor music venue is coming to Denver’s rapidly growing River North District, or RiNo. The Mission Ballroom will anchor the new mixed-use North Wynkoop development along Brighton Boulevard.

The new venture is part of a partnership between music promoter AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and real estate developer Westfield Company. The project was announced with a promotional video featuring a virtual tour of the venue, as well as an overview of the plans for North Wynkoop.