burns night abridged

Monday, January 25

6 – 7:30 p.m. $45-$50.

Join a group of professional actors for a lively evening of whiskey tasting, appetizers, and performances of classic and contemporary Scottish poetry, including beloved pieces from the bard himself, Robert Burns.

Tickets include a flight of Scottish whiskeys curated by Mountain Spirits sommelier, Aaron Tomcak, Scottish appetizers, and loads of craic!

Readers: Scott Palmer, Steven Cole Hughes, Heather Nicholson Hughes & Jillian Liebl.

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Literary Arts & Lecture Series: Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby Lefebre

jan 28, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcoming celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to engage our community in thoughtful dialogue in the Center’s stunning Steddy Theater.

Discussion and reading with Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre

Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker fusing a non-traditional multi-hyphenated professional identity to imagine new realities, empower communities, advance arts and culture, and serve as an agent of provocation, transformation, equity and social change. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Guardian, American Theater Magazine, NPR, and Poets.Org. In 2019, LeFebre was named Colorado’s 8th Poet Laureate, making him the youngest and first person of color to be appointed to the position in its 100 year history. LeFebre holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Metropolitan University of Denver and a master’s degree in Art, Literature and Culture from the University of Denver.

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Watercolor + Wine

4:30 – 7:00 p.m. $55.

Join local watercolor artist, Karen Hill, for a step-by-step painting class of winter scenes.

Karen guides the group through a watercolor painting from start to finish, giving instruction on setting up to paint, wash and watercolor painting techniques, composition, and more.

Wine and spritzers are provided to participants 21 and older, so you can relax and create!

All watercolor supplies and your drinks are included. Absolutely no watercolor experience is necessary! 

This class is limited to 10 students to allow for social distancing in the Center's King Community Room. Masks are required at all times.

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“the art of the hook” writing workshop with Alan Bissett

Sunday, January 31, 2021

10 am – 12 pm $35

Join us for a very special virtual writing workshop with best-selling Scottish author, Alan Bissett. Learn how to 'hook' the reader from the start of a short story, pulling them in and keeping them there, and how to develop your story in such a way that it flows and is engaging. Structure is often overlooked in story writing, but it is crucial, and this fun and absorbing session will help you think a bit more about what your narrative needs to cast a spell over the reader. Scholarships available.

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Black Stories Film Series

Feb. 5 – Black Panther

Directed by Ryan Coogler. PG-13


Other Films in this Series

Feb. 12 – Get Out Directed by Jordan Peele. R. tickets

Feb. 21 – Moonlight Directed by Barry Jenkins. R. tickets

Feb. 26 – Hidden Figures Directed by Theodore Melfi. PG. tickets

Join us in the Grace Atrium Lobby starting 30 minutes before the movie for drinks and distanced socializing.

Masks required. To allow adequate social distancing in the 6,000 square-foot Steddy Theater, each screening will be limited to 25 guests.

Tickets reserved via donation at crestedbuttearts.org. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Mountain Melanin Project.

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"Applying Film Techniques to Writing" with Steven Dunn

Saturday, February 6, 2021

10 – 11 a.m. $35

Film uses space and lighting to evoke certain emotions. We will look at ways to make sentences and paragraphs function like how cameras zoom, pan, tilt, etc. We’ll consider what is in the visual frame — the composition of a scene. We’ll discuss high-key and low-key lighting and what effects those produce.

We’ll also view a short video that summarizes camera angles, as well as read and examine passages with a filmic quality.

Think of some of your favorite films and we’ll also discuss some of the techniques and try to transfer them to writing. At the Center.

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Literary Arts & Lecture Series: Steven Dunn

feb 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcoming celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to engage our community in thoughtful dialogue in the Center’s stunning Steddy Theater.

Discussion and reading with celebrated poet and essayist, Steven Dunn.

Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and water & power (Tarpaulin Sky 2018)

He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. He teaches Creative Writing at Regis University’s Mile High MFA.

Some of his work can be found in Columbia Journal, Granta Magazine, and Best Small Fictions 2018

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Black Stories Film Series

Feb. 12 – Get Out

Directed by Jordan Peele. R


Other Films in this Series

Feb. 5 – Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler. PG-13. tickets

Feb. 21 – Moonlight Directed by Barry Jenkins. R. tickets

Feb. 26 – Hidden Figures Directed by Theodore Melfi. PG. tickets

Join us in the Grace Atrium Lobby starting 30 minutes before the movie for drinks and distanced socializing.

Masks required. To allow adequate social distancing in the 6,000 square-foot Steddy Theater, each screening will be limited to 25 guests.

Tickets reserved via donation at crestedbuttearts.org. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Mountain Melanin Project.

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"Writing Erotica 101" with Brian Palmer

Saturday, February 13, 2021

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. $75

Why has erotica been so popular throughout the last 400 years? What makes an erotic story compelling? How do you take your hottest fantasies and turn them into art that readers will devour?

Brian Palmer’s erotica workshop explores structure and strategy in the art of erotica to help workshop-goers learn to tell a compelling, sexy story that will delight and titillate readers.

Learn the four essential story beats to an erotic story, how to create tension that will keep readers hooked on the page and, for those hoping to publish erotic stories, how to find your audience by identifying the key marketing elements of any story. Students will leave the workshop ready to write their first stories and market them effectively to a target audience.

Brian Palmer is an independent author and ghostwriter who has written nearly 100 novels and over 30 short stories in the erotica, romance, fantasy, cozy mystery and domestic thriller genres. The only thing he loves more than writing for a living is teaching others to access their creativity and bring their stories to life.

At the Center.

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Black Stories Film Series

Feb. 21 – Moonlight

Directed by Barry Jenkins. R


Other Films in this Series

Feb. 5 – Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler. PG-13. tickets

Feb. 12 – Get Out Directed by Jordan Peele. R. tickets

Feb. 26 – Hidden Figures Directed by Theodore Melfi. PG. tickets

Join us in the Grace Atrium Lobby starting 30 minutes before the movie for drinks and distanced socializing.

Masks required. To allow adequate social distancing in the 6,000 square-foot Steddy Theater, each screening will be limited to 25 guests.

Tickets reserved via donation at crestedbuttearts.org. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Mountain Melanin Project.

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Black Stories Film Series

Feb. 26 – Hidden Figures

Directed by Theodore Melfi. PG


Other Films in this Series

Feb. 5 – Black Panther Directed by Ryan Coogler. PG-13. tickets

Feb. 12 – Get Out Directed by Jordan Peele. R. tickets

Feb. 21 – Moonlight Directed by Barry Jenkins. R. tickets

Join us in the Grace Atrium Lobby starting 30 minutes before the movie for drinks and distanced socializing.

Masks required. To allow adequate social distancing in the 6,000 square-foot Steddy Theater, each screening will be limited to 25 guests.

Tickets reserved via donation at crestedbuttearts.org. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Mountain Melanin Project.

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“the physical stuff of your life” writing workshop with Pam Houston

Saturday, March 6, 2021

10 – 12 p.m. $35

In this generative workshop we will focus on all the ways the sensory details that surround us—the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures—can give us access to that much more elusive interior landscape we are always trying to access when we write. If we write those details all the way down to the bone.

At the Center.

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Literary Arts & Lecture Series: Pam Houston

march 6, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Welcoming celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to engage our community in thoughtful dialogue in the Center’s stunning Steddy Theater.

Discussion and reading with award-winning Colorado author, Pam Houston

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country, which won the 2019 Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award and the ReadingThe West Advocacy Award and even more recently, Air Mail: Letters of Politics Pandemics and Place coauthored with Amy Irvine.  She is also the author of Cowboys Are My Weakness as well as five other books of fiction and nonfiction, all published by W.W. Norton.

She lives at 9,000 feet above sea level on a 120-acre homestead near the headwaters of the Rio Grande and teaches at UC Davis and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is co-founder and creative director of the literary nonprofit Writing by Writers and the fiction editor at the Environmental Arts Journal Terrain.org.

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