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by Andy Koen
Luminaria to Light Southwestern Celebration at UCCS

Students at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs will notice luminaria lighting the pathways around the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities next weekend as the campus celebrates the holiday traditions of the San Luis Valley. Stitches and Stories: A San Luis Valley Christmas is a two day event filled with workshops, story telling and a warm Posole supper.

The activities begin on Friday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. with the lighting of the luminaria and the Posole supper. Posole is a corn based soup or stew that is popular throughout the Southwest. Storytellers Rick Manzanares of the Fort Garland Museum, poets Maria Melendez and Juan Morales and UCCS faculty members Janice Gould and Mary Jane Sullivan will share stories, poems and a short film featuring culture of the San Luis Valley.

Then Josie Lobato will host a stitching workshop inspired by the Spanish Colonial embroidery technique known as Colcha on Saturday, December 8 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Her husband Eugene will share stories based on local legends, family memories, and cultural observances during the workshop.

The events are free and open to the public. However, reservations are required. To attend, call Perrin Cunningham at 719-330-3463 or email by Dec. 5.

When emailing, please use "stitching resv" in the subject line and include your name and contact information in the body of the email.

Stitches and Stories is sponsored by the President's Fund for the Humanities, the UCCS Office of the Chancellor, the UCCS Department of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities. (published on Nov. 29, 2012) 

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11/12 - 11/18

Premiere Avant-Garde Artist Leeny Sack to Perform at Heller Center

Theater students from the Department of Visual and Performing Arts will present (formerly)twobedtwobath in conjunction with avant-garde artist Leeny Sack Nov. 12-18 at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities. Performances begin at 8 p.m. nightly and will vary.

(formerly)twobedtwobath is a performance art piece that focuses on sensory experience and perception of the world of the Heller Center. Spectators will walk from location to location and assess their relationship to the performance and the history of the location, according to event organizers. Flashlights will be provided for the outdoor event. Attendees are encouraged to dress warmly. Visitors will have the opportunity to view a performance, to be inside a performance, and to watch a legend of experimental theatre working with talented students. A prologue series discussion of the performance is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theatre in University Hall. Sack will lead the discussion and share details of her career in New York theater.

Sack was a founding member of the famous The Performance Group in New York City and is a creator of original works and dreamscapes. She will be in residency for the entire month of November at UCCS and will help students create a new piece about interrogation and identity.

Tickets for both events are FREE but reservations are required. To reserve a seat for either event, visit

The public is invited Nov. 26-30 to view the process through various frames and scales. "Reincarnated" elements from the Heller's original greenhouse will link ideas of past, present and future artistic relationships UCCS students are performers, creators and dreamers of the work.