For the latest on the construction of the transit infrastructure, our good friend Rick has another update, including, and you can click through to see this, a cool picture from inside the bus terminal.
Every story is different, every story is individual. But one thing is the same…a longing, and deep personal tales of hurt.
“I am what I say I am, I am what everybody doesn’t know”
“I tell them its ok whenever I cry, but truly deep down I know it’s a lie”
“Invisible, a lost soul and a broken heart holds you back from success”
“My best friend was never coming home again”
I try to hide behind the lyrics of my favorite song - hoping that as long as I stay here my words will stay strong”
One after one, the students that joined the latest artist in residence, Andrea Moore, came up and performed their deeply personal stories in front of one of the largest crowds I’ve seen at PlatteForum. And to raves, screams, and roaring applause. Standing ovations.
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It is rare, in my experience, that there are openings two nights in a row at PlatteForum. And I just have to tell you about this one…it moved me in such a profound way. The current artist in residence, Andrea Moore, is a poet, performance artist and photographer, and she believes that active participation – in her community and beyond – is critical. That led her to apply for a creative residency at PlatteForum, and the gift that she gave over the course of the last 8 weeks in residence was extraordinary.
Andrea worked with a group of 10 students from the Third Way Center at the Joan Farley Academy, a residential treatment and education center for troubled teens and families.
The result was heartfelt and mind-blowing. And you are in luck – there is one more performance tonight. So get yourself over to PlatteForum, right here in our own Riverfront Park, 1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 135 (in the back of Park Place) at 6:00 to get a seat – it was standing room only last night – and see the future. And crack open a little place in your heart you might not have even known was there.
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If you’re not in a place to listen to the whole story, you can read it here. A little taste:
It’s hard to find a city in America that isn’t planning, proposing, studying or actually building a light rail system. Cities as diverse as Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., all see light rail as part of their future — a way to reshape their development. There are 35 light rail systems operating in the U.S. today. At least 13 metro areas are currently building others. Many more are being planned. Perhaps the most ambitious light rail project in the country is being built in Denver. Downtown, behind Union Station, lies a cityscape that doesn’t quite exist yet. Much of the area is empty, fenced off. Construction crews are digging a huge hole in the ground in preparation for some of the final stages of a multiyear transportation project that is already changing the city.
Hey, you clicked through. Your prize? Getting a chance to watch this awesomely strange musical performance.