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Off the Hook Arts

Inspiring a love of the performing arts through public concerts, education and interdisciplinary collaboration among the arts and sciences.

June 2019

Balsa Wood Violins

June 10 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm MDT
Preston Middle School, 4901 Corbett Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80528 United States
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Balsa Wood Violin Project - SummerFest Academy Program

Are you interested in making music or MAKING INSTRUMENTS? Off the Hook Arts, in collaboration with Poudre School District's STEM Summer Camp Program, presents an instrument building class with support from professional violin luthiers and accomplished woodworkers. Have you ever wanted to build your own musical instrument? Do you like working with your hands using a variety of old world and modern tools?  If so, this hands-on class is the one for you.  Students will construct a violin using traditional…

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Balsa Wood Violins

June 11 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm MDT
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until June 21, 2019

Preston Middle School, 4901 Corbett Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80528 United States
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Balsa Wood Violin Project - SummerFest Academy Program

Are you interested in making music or MAKING INSTRUMENTS? Off the Hook Arts, in collaboration with Poudre School District's STEM Summer Camp Program, presents an instrument building class with support from professional violin luthiers and accomplished woodworkers. Have you ever wanted to build your own musical instrument? Do you like working with your hands using a variety of old world and modern tools?  If so, this hands-on class is the one for you.  Students will construct a violin using traditional…

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Grand Opening: Perception. Deception. Illusion Confusion.

June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $35.00
Grand Opening Event Artists - SummerFest 2019

A taste of Magic, Music, Art and Perception Our Grand Opening event brings a taste of what is to come in SummerFest 2019, with an evening packed full of presentations and performances of magic, music, comedy, cognitive psychology, and visual arts. Featuring an extraordinary lineup of artists including: Petter Kolm, magician/mathematician; Anne Cleary, cognitive psychologist; Bruce Adolphe, artistic director & composer; David Misch, writer/comedian; Arieh Shalev, psychiatrist/photographer; Carlo Grante, pianist. Bruce Adolphe on "The Classical Life"  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg_IqNPZvbU] Before writing…

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Perceptual and Cognitive Illusions

June 18 @ 8:00 am - June 20 @ 5:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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$200.00

Quirks of our Everyday Experience Program: During the first few days of Off the Hook Arts’ SummerFest 2019, a select group of cognitive scientists from around the world will be convening in Fort Collins for a mini-conference on perceptual and cognitive illusions and other oddities of our everyday impressions and experiences. Many of the scientists in attendance are authors of interesting books. In fact, many of the attendees will be contributing chapters to an edited book under contract with Routledge called…

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The Science of Ha!

June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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Free 74 spots left
Viewpoints - SummerFest 2019

A duck, an iguana, and a priest go into a bar to find out how guffaws depend on misdirection, deception, ambiguity and randomness. (Note: Duck, iguana, priest, and bar not included.) Speaker: David Misch Program: David Misch (“Mork and Mindy”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Funny: The Book”, his own comedy courses at UCLA and USC) explores the unexpected congruities between science and comedy. While one shoots for Nobel Prizes and the other for fat guys falling over, the…

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Deceptive Cadences, a concert

June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Concert Series - SummerFest 2019

Speaker: Bruce Adolphe, artistic director/composer Artists: Colin Carr, cello; Marija Stroke, piano. Program: Composers throughout history have used deception as an essential aspect of musical discourse. Deceptive Cadences looks at that tradition with a program of stunning works that expand concepts of musical form, culminating in one of Bach’s masterpieces for solo cello. With Colin Carr, cello, and Marija Stroke, piano. Lieux trouvé: Les champs  - Thomas Ades Louange - Olivier Messiaen Suite for solo cello  -  J. S. Bach…

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Champions of Illusion

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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Free 76 spots left
Viewpoints - SummerFest 2019

Speaker: Stephen Macknik Program: Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde have studied the neuroscience of sensory and cognitive illusions in their laboratories for almost two decades, and promoted them to general audiences as an exciting and spectacular tool to confront our wider misperceptions and sharpen our critical thinking skills in our so called ‘post-truth’ era. In Champions of Illusion, Profs. Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde present a smorgasbord of mystifying images, many selected from their Best Illusion of the Year Contest.…

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Art Show – Image and Illusion

June 19 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until June 29, 2019

Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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Featuring works by artists Arieh Shalev, Haley Hasler, and George Deem, the Carnegie Center for Creativity is a well-known gallery for weekly art exhibits. The main gallery is a backdrop for this summer’s festival theme of Perception. Deception. Illusion. Confusion, and the home of our evening events during the first two week’s of this season’s Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. The gallery is open from 12 - 6pm, Wednesday - Saturday, from June 19 - June 29.

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Mystery for the Mind:

June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Special Events - SummerFest 2019

Making the Impossible Possible Presenter: Petter Kolm, Mathemagician Program: Magic and Math. Certainly, we know the laws of science cannot be defied, right? Yet, sometimes we hear that “you can do anything you set your mind to.” In the engaging and interactive show “Mystery of the Mind,” mathemagician Petter Kolm demonstrates that the boundaries of what is possible can be extended quite far, making the seemingly impossible possible. Join us for an extraordinary experience of mind bewilderment and magic. This evening…

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Balsa Wood Violins

June 20 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm MDT
Preston Middle School, 4901 Corbett Dr
Fort Collins, CO 80528 United States
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Balsa Wood Violin Project - SummerFest Academy Program

Are you interested in making music or MAKING INSTRUMENTS? Off the Hook Arts, in collaboration with Poudre School District's STEM Summer Camp Program, presents an instrument building class with support from professional violin luthiers and accomplished woodworkers. Have you ever wanted to build your own musical instrument? Do you like working with your hands using a variety of old world and modern tools?  If so, this hands-on class is the one for you.  Students will construct a violin using traditional…

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Salient Instances in Trauma and Photography

June 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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Free 219 spots left
Viewpoints - SummerFest 2019

What we see and what we remember Speaker: Arieh Shalev Program: As a presenter in 2016, Dr. Arieh Shalev spoke on PTSD and is back by popular demand. An intense, focused and deeply thoughtful psychiatrist and researcher, Dr. Shalev will address issues related to trauma and his own art form, photography. Dr. Shalev's photographic artworks will be on display during the festival as part of the Art Show at the Carnegie Center for Creativity.   Donate to OtHA  

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Chopin Dreams

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Carlo Grante - SummerFest 2019

Artist: Carlo Grante, piano. Program: Italian virtuoso Carlo Grante plays two famous piano works of Chopin followed by Chopin Dreams, in which Bruce Adolphe reimagines Chopin’s music as if Chopin were alive today, working as a pianist in New York. In closing,  Grante plays two of Ravel’s dazzling keyboard masterpieces. Chopin Dreams                                                        Bruce Adolphe (1955- ) New York Nocturne Jazzurka Piano Popping Brooklyn Ballad Quaalude Hora   Intermission   L’lsle joyeuse                                                                                     Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) Gaspard de la nuit…

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When Your Eyes Deceive You

June 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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Free 78 spots left
Viewpoints - SummerFest 2019

The Science Behind Visual Illusions Speaker: Jessica Witt, CSU Professor of Cognitive Psychology Program: Remember #TheDress?  Some people saw a white and gold dress yet others saw a blue and black dress. People have the impression that they see the world accurately and the same way as everyone else.  We will discuss how #TheDress and other visual illusions challenge this intuition about perception.   Donate to OtHA  

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Art Chat

June 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Art Chat - SummerFest 2019

A discussion with painter Haley Hasler and Bruce Adolphe Artwork: Haley Hasler, Arieh Shalev, George Deem Artist: Zach Brock, jazz violin; Art Lande, jazz piano. Program: Renowned Colorado painter Haley Hasler, whose work will be shown in the Off the Hook art exhibit, discusses how historical images and techniques play a role in her work with Bruce Adolphe, whose music similarly reacts to music of the past. Join us at 5:30pm for this eye opening artist talk, stay for a…

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Chopin Dreams – Lafayette

June 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road
Lafayette, CO 80026 United States
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Carlo Grante - SummerFest 2019

Artist: Carlo Grante, piano. Program: Italian pianist Carlo Grante plays dazzling masterworks of Debussy and Ravel followed by Chopin Dreams, in which Bruce Adolphe reimagines Chopin’s music as if Chopin were alive today, playing in avant-gard jazz clubs in New York City. Chopin Dreams                                                        Bruce Adolphe (1955- ) New York Nocturne Jazzurka Piano Popping Brooklyn Ballad Quaalude Hora   Intermission   L’lsle joyeuse                                                                                     Claude Debussy (1862 - 1918) Gaspard de la nuit                                                                            Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)   Tickets: General Admission: $30; Student: $10…

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What is a Song, Anyway?

June 24 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Dynamics Series - SummerFest 2019

Speakers: Pianist Steven Beck and composer Bruce Adolphe Artist: Nina Berman, soprano; Steven Beck, piano. Program: Pianist Steven Beck and composer Bruce Adolphe discuss the music and personality of the late American master of the avant garde and one of Adolphe’s teachers, Milton Babbitt, before a concert featuring his unique vocal music. The pianist Steven Beck has become (a regular performer on the New York scene) over the last decade and has been heard there in an enormous range of…

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Bistable Perception

June 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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Free 78 spots left
ViewPoint Series - SummerFest 2019

When Change in Awareness is Experienced in the Absence of Changing Stimulation Speaker: Assal Habibi Program:  Did you ever notice what happens when you look at an ambiguous figure? Your perception is unstable, changing spontaneously between two possible interpretations. The fact is perception is an active process wherein the brain seeks to interpret the world around us. When sensory input is ambiguous, perception tends to fluctuate over time and allows for multiple, competing perceptual interpretations- in other words bistable perception.…

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That Sounds Familiar

June 25 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Dynamics Series - SummerFest 2019

Piano Puzzlers and Other Musical Mysteries Speaker: Bruce Adolphe, host; Anne Cleary, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, CSU; Assal Habibi, Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology, University of Southern California. Brain and Creativity Institute. Carol Seger, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, CSU. Artist: Bruce Adolphe, piano. Program: Is that a Chopin waltz or tune by Cole Porter?  If it’s both, it is probably a Piano Puzzler by Bruce Adolphe. Now on public radio’s Performance Today weekly for 17 years (and one of the…

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Haydn’s Humor:

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Dynamics - SummerFest 2019

A talk and concert with the Miami String Quartet Speaker: Bruce Adolphe, artistic director and resident lecturer at The Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center, New York. Artist: Miami String Quartet - Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violins; Scott Lee, viola; Keith Robinson, cello. Program: Haydn was the first composer to write comical music without words. How does instrumental, non-verbal humor happen? In a talk with live musical demonstrations by the Miami String Quartet, Bruce Adolphe investigates the comic…

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A tangled web of perception

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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Free 80 spots left
Viewpoints Series - SummerFest 2019

The neurophysiology of hallucinating our reality and really hallucinating Speaker: Rael Cahn Program: Dr. Rael Cahn will explore ways in which the brain hallucinates our experience of “reality” during everyday consciousness, how the brain reflexively “fills in” perceptual details, the brain’s response to visual illusions while under the influence of psychedelic drugs, and the comparative neural activity during meditation vs. psychedelics and associated mystical and altered states of consciousness.   Donate to OtHA  

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Hearing Double

June 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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$10.00 - $30.00
Dynamics Series - SummerFest 2019

Artist: Miami String Quartet with Matthew Zalkind, cello Program: Two Adolphe works (one by Bruce Adolphe and one by his niece Julia Adolphe) are the center of a concert framed by virtuoso solo violin works. Both Adolphe compositions are inspired by extra-musical thoughts but pursue these poetic ideas in purely musical terms. What is the creative process by which literature and images evolve into music? That question will be explored in the talk before the performance. Featuring the world premiere…

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Art Show – Image and Illusion

June 29 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm MDT
Carnegie Center for Creativity, 200 Mathews Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 US
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Featuring works by artists Arieh Shalev, Haley Hasler, and George Deem, the Carnegie Center for Creativity is a well-known gallery for weekly art exhibits. The main gallery is a backdrop for this summer’s festival theme of Perception. Deception. Illusion. Confusion, and the home of our evening events during the first two week’s of this season’s Off the Hook Arts SummerFest. The gallery is open from 12 - 6pm, Wednesday - Saturday, from June 19 - June 29.

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Miami String Quartet – Master Class

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm MDT
Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 East Stuart Street
Fort Collins, CO 80525 United States
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Free
Master Class with the Miami String Quartet

Open to the public, this invaluable teaching method of focusing on one individual or ensemble performer in front of an audience is a bird’s eye view into the musical process for students of all ages. Work with members of the Miami String Quartet, or just come to observe as a teacher or general arts appreciator, some of the finest musicians and teachers of the day. Artists: Miami String Quartet – Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson, violins, Scott Lee, viola, Keith…

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BrainFest!

June 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm MDT
CSU Nancy Richardson Design Center, 522 West Lake Street- Design Exhange Room
Fort Collins, CO 80523 United States
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Hands-on Science Fair

Kids, families, and curious people of all ages! Join us for BrainFest, a fun-filled day of hands-on activities on how our brains work. We will explore optical illusions, illusions of sound, and demonstrate how our brains can trick us sometimes. Why do these illusions happen? Learn more about attentional blindness, false memories, and the tools that scientists use to study our brains.    Stations will include hands-on activities such as a visual illusion photo booth, a 3D printed human brain, and…

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July 2019

View from New York

July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Timnath Presbyterian Church, 4020 Main St
Timnath, CO 80547 United States
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$10.00 - $30.00
Concert Series - SummerFest 2019

Artists: Shereen Pimentel, soprano; Marija Stroke, piano; Deborah Marshall, clarinet; Bruce Adolphe, host/composer. Program: New Yorkers have a unique perspective on America, as was popularized comically by the famous New Yorker magazine map of the USA. But how does that New York perspective manifest in music? Is there a New York sound? Come listen! Program includes Gershwin, Kern, Copland, and Adolphe. Off the Hook Arts happily welcomes newcomer and winner of the first prize in the 2018 New York Lyric Opera…

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Why Children Reject Loving Parents

July 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Free 79 spots left
Jennifer Harman - SummerFest 2019

Speaker: Jennifer Harman, CSU Associate Professor of Psychology Program: Many children reject or refuse to have a relationship with a loving parent, and it is often hard for people to understand the cause of this rejection. Oftentimes, the parent who is rejected is blamed, as observers assume that they must be abusive or have done something wrong to make the child act that way. This talk will explore form of family violence known as parental alienation, which is when a…

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Breath and Hammer

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Rialto Theatre, 228 E. 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80537 United States
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SummerFest 2019 Concert Series

Artists: David Krakauer, Klezmer clarinet; Kathleen Tagg, piano. Programs: Grammy nominated clarinetist/world music star David Krakauer and acclaimed pianist-composer Kathleen Tagg come together in a passionate, eclectic and highly personal musical journey that they call “Breath and Hammer”. Enhanced by an immersive video feed, this unique collaboration is made up of Krakauer & Tagg’s arrangements of “simple songs” that uses extended techniques, loops and samples in a program ranging from Zorn to Klezmer, along with compositions by the duo and…

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Truth, Lies, and Poetry

July 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
Ginger and Baker, 351-359 Linden St
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Free 73 spots left
Scott Denning - SummerFest 2019

Wrapping Our Heads Around Reality in the Study of Nature Speaker: Scott Denning, CSU Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Program: How can we know what is true about the natural world and our place in it?  Historian Yuval Harari says the modern age began with the “discovery of ignorance,” when we began to doubt what had previously been deemed eternal truths. The formalized skepticism known as the scientific method has transformed us and the world we inhabit, replacing a search for…

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The Bard’s Confession: A Storytelling

July 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
New Belgium Brewing Company, 500 Linden St
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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$10.00

Magical Thinking Host: Mary Roberts We all hold strong beliefs, stronger than what evidence or experience would indicate is true. As kids we believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. As adults, we believe that we will win the lottery or if we wear our lucky shirt to the game, our team will win. All a form of magical thinking. But sometimes magical thinking works. When we tell our personal stories of joy, suffering, laughter and chaos, they reflect our humanity…

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Perception of Impressions

July 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm MDT
Timnath Presbyterian Church, 4020 Main St
Timnath, CO 80547 United States
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$10.00 - $30.00
Dynamic Series - SummerFest 2019

Speaker: Bruce Adolphe Artist: Marija Stroke, piano; Mihai Marica, cello; Kyu-Young Kim, violin Program: In the mid to late 19th century, French composers brought new sensibilities to music, including harmonic sensuality, nuanced instrumental colors, and poetic idea of form. Debussy forever changed the art of music with his floating harmonies, fleeting rhythms, and the conviction that pleasure was the guiding principle of composition. Although she lived to be only 24 years old, the brilliant composer Lili Boulanger, influenced by Debussy…

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Déjà vu and other Strange Memory Experiences

July 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
Wolverine Farm Publick House, 316 Willow Street
Fort Collins, CO 80524 United States
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Free 71 spots left
ViewPoints - SummerFest 2019

Speaker: Anne Cleary, CSU Professor of Cognitive Psychology Program: A strange cognitive phenomena that most people experience at some point in their lives, but that are assumed to be outside the realm of science -- Déjà vu.  That mysterious feeling of having experienced something before despite knowing otherwise—and why it is often associated with the paranormal or with premonition. Join Cognitive Psychologist, Anne Cleary, for a talk focusing on the science of studying déjà vu and other strange memory phenomena.…

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