Arts Briefs for Sept. 6

‘Rocky Horror Show’ auditions this weekend

Auditions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday for the Henry Strater Theatre’s sixth annual production of Richard O’Brien’s “Rocky Horror Show – Live On Stage.”

Auditions will be held in the theater, which is inside the Strater Hotel at 699 Main Ave. Performances will be Oct. 24, 25 and 26.

Actors auditioning will need to:

Prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo song (contemporary or rock ’n’ roll genre preferred).

Prepare 90 seconds of comedic monologue.

Provide their own sheet music. (If you do not have sheet music, be prepared to sing a selection from the “Rocky Horror Show” chosen by the director.)

Cold readings will be provided.

For more information, call Emily Flood at 375-7135 or email

Ignacio gallery to host father-son artists

Native American artists Sam English and Sam English Jr. will open a joint exhibit of their works from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center in Ignacio.

Sam English has painted numerous works for events, human services organizations and public awareness including pieces for the National Indian Justice Center and the U.S. Presidential Committee.

Sam English Jr. began following in his father’s artistic footsteps in 1989, inspired by the dancers and drummers from powwows of the Northern tribes.

Works by Southwest Colorado artist Joe Toledo also will be included in the exhibit, which will be on display through Sept. 28.

Also this week at Dancing Spirit:

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Lois Burbach, owner of Navajo Lake Alpacas, will offer a “Felt Your Own Scarf” class. Burbach will teach the process of Nuno felting in which fine alpaca fiber is laminated with fabric such as silk and novelty yarns to make a decorative scarf. The cost is $90. Call the Arts Center at 563-4600 to register.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Trisha Dolan will give private readings and group classes. Dolan has been a professional medium for more than 20 years and believes that everyone has the “gift,” and like any muscle in the body, it can be developed to become more dependable. Call the Arts Center for more details and to schedule a reading. Learn more about Trisha at

The Dancing Spirit Community Arts Center is at 755 Goddard Ave.

For more information, call 563-4600 or visit

Art and science merge in ‘Aldo & Leonardo’

Three artists will join scientists in a partnership among Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, the Colorado Art Ranch and the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. The artists will introduce themselves to interested locals in a “Meet and Greet” at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Anasazi Heritage Center.

The project, titled “Aldo & Leonardo,” is inspired by the visions of Leonardo da Vinci and wilderness advocate Aldo Leopold. Artists will collaborate with scientists to illustrate the value of wild areas and honor scientific efforts to preserve wilderness. The project will celebrate the lands, resources and opportunities protected by the Wilderness Act, which will mark its 50th anniversary next year.

The public is invited to meet these artists:

Esther Rogers, a cellist, collaborator, composer and teacher who graduated with honors from the University of Hartford, where she worked with dancers, actors and writers on a journey of exploration in integrated arts. She teaches cello and improvisation and recently directed a performance at the Rochester Fringe Festival.

Ben McCarthy, a ceramicist focusing on ceramic sculpture, as well as ecology and ancient culture.

Leslie Sobel, a full-time painter, member of the Michigan Arts Alliance board and co-founder of the “Art Alchemists,” an artists’ collective using digital tools to make art.

For more information, call 882-5600 or visit

Poetry contest mark’s Ignacio’s 100th birthday

Ignacio is celebrating its 100th year this month, and Ignacio Community Library will celebrate the anniversary with a writing contest.

Write a short essay and submit it to the library, 470 Goddard Ave., by Sept. 20. Essays must be 100 words exactly on the topic “Celebrate Ignacio.” One entry per person is allowed. Put your name and phone number on your submission. People of all ages are encouraged to submit an entry.

For more information, call 563-9287.

Herald Staff

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