Think Green, Act Green

The Lincoln Center (LC) underwent a massive retrofit and expansion in 2010/11. During the remodel, a green initiative was put in place ensuring the use of sustainable building practices.

That initiative resulted in the LC becoming a LEED Gold certified building, which, at the time, was one of only three performance venues in the country to hold the prestigious designation. LEED is an internationally recognized building certification that stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The 2010 Lincoln Center renovations “set the stage” for an 80–85% waste reduction, and new standards in energy efficiency and green operations.

The Green Seal, U.S. EPA Energy Star, and the Rocky Mountain Green Venue Partnerships are other organizations and certifications that the LC is involved with and committed to.

Here are few ways the Lincoln Center conserves:

• Energy-saving lighting design — windows provide much of the daytime lighting, reducing energy consumption by 22%

• Water-conserving toilets that reduce water usage by 43.9%

• Through PrintReleaf membership, a reforestation project, 261 trees have been planted to offset paper consumption from brochures and posters

• All in-office printing is done on 30% post-consumer recycled paper

• Only Green Seal approved cleaning products used building-wide to reduce the number of chemicals introduced to the water system

• Single-stream recycling and composting are utilized throughout the facility

• All grass clippings are collected and composted through the City of Fort Collins compost facility

• Caterers are contractually obligated to participate in recycling and compost programs

• All batteries ad lightbulbs are collected and recycled.

• There are bike rack locations at all entrances and reserved parking spaces for low-emitting vehicles.

• To preserve air quality, smoking is not permitted on the grounds, and the LC supports the City of Fort Collins’ Breathe Easy anti-idling campaign by encouraging vendors to turn off their engines when loading and unloading.

• Flooring free of volatile organic compounds; the carpeting meets the Green Label Plus program.

Here at the Lincoln Center, we “Think Green, Act Green” every day in both big and small ways. Guess we could say, “green suits us.”

For more information on sustainability efforts in the City of Fort Collins, please visit their website here.

Contemporary Collage in the Gallery

Stop by the Lincoln Center Gallery now through January 6 to see the new exhibition, Contemporary Collage. This exhibit showcases work by six artists from around the country, each exploring different collage techniques. By cutting and pasting photographs, prints, and other types of paper, these artists combine the composite parts to construct new and exciting images.

Some artists, like Cecelia Feld, solely focus on the texture, color, and line. She creates these by joining and overlapping cutouts from her photographs, prints, and found maps.

Others, such as E.K. Wimmer, tell a specific story. By recycling the images from early 19th century encyclopedias, Wimmer provides a visual revisionist history, critiquing how history has been represented in the past.

Ashley Nason uses ample negative space, pulling the viewer in for a closer look. From a distance, what appears to be an abstract collage clearly becomes cutouts of cabinets from an Ikea catalog upon closer inspection.

Painting directly onto his collage, Christian Duran uses textured paper and organic shapes to produce large-scale representations of coral reefs.

Christian Duran, 2016,"Reef Chronicle, Purulent Exudate."
Christian Duran, 2016,”Reef Chronicle, Purulent Exudate.”


H. Jennings Sheffield employs a digital collage technique, using dozens of small photographs supplied by a group of strangers and combines them together to create a collective image.

Lastly, Amelia Furman manipulates historical documents and layers them under her landscape paintings to show the connection between place and object.

From digital collage to photomontage, Contemporary Collage highlights the various ways artists choose to incorporate 2D assemblage into the artistic process.

Always free.

Tuesdays-Saturdays | 12-6 p.m.
(Galleries are also open most evenings during performances.)

The LC’s Favorite Holiday Songs

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”


Jill: The lines in this song seem to cause reflection in the sometimes stressful moments of the season. Let Your Heart Be light….Through the years we all will be together…Hang a Shining Star upon the highest bough…

Plus — it’s in my vocal range so I can drive around the crazy parking lots belting it out in my car!

I’m no Judy Garland through mind you!


“Christmas Carol” by The Oak Ridge Boys

Mikala: My favorite holiday song is “Christmas Carol,” by The Oak Ridge Boys – best served up Christmas morning on 1980s garage sale vinyl with a platter of pigs in a blanket and a cup of black coffee. It’s a catchy tune about an old lady named Carol Johnson who is basically a local busker, and walks around singing Christmas music all year long. Everyone in town thinks she’s crazy, but they all admittedly love to stop and listen to Carol, “with her snow-white hair and her beat-up tambourine.”


“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” by Rascal Flatts

Stacie: My favorite song is “I’ll be Home for Christmas” because it just reminds me of family and the real reason for the holidays is to be thankful to all be together.  Rascal Flatts does a great acapella version.


“Don’t Let the Bells End” by The

Alison: Hair metal always makes everything better, including the holidays.


“Christmastime is Here” from A Charlie
Brown Christmas

Eddie: If I had to pick a holiday song that sums up my love for Christmas the yuletide season, it would definitely have to be “Christmastime is Here” from the Peanut’s holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I have loved Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanut’s gang since as far back as I can remember and nothing brings me more cheer than hearing this song! I have an original vinyl edition of the Vince Guaraldi soundtrack and I listen to it multiple times every season. It reminds me not just of the joy of my childhood, but the hope for tomorrow!


“A Marshmallow World” by Dean Martin
& Frank Sinatra

Rachael: My Christmas playlist always includes the Rat Pack, and I love this song because it’s just so fun and silly, and not necessarily just about Christmastime, but more the joys of winter.


“Together at Christmas” by moe.

Jack: Before starting a family of our own, Francesca and I’s annual Christmas ritual started with the closing performance of whatever holiday show I was working on at the time.  After the show, we’d pack the car and drive up the East Coast to spend the Christmas holiday with our families and our friends.  This song always reminds me of those long moments spent between Atlanta and Pennsylvania, my grandparents and her sister’s, and of course, the annual pilgrimage to NYC to see all of our friends in the week between Christmas and New Years.  We actually lost our wipers once too-just like the narrator,  leaving New York City on New Year’s Day with the whole Eastern Seaboard blanketed in rain.


“Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me” by Elvis

Victoria: I love Christmas music so it is really hard to pick a “favorite” song. There may actually be a three or four-way tie for my favorite holiday tune, but I chose this one because it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas time. We used to decorate my grandparents Christmas tree as an extended family and there were always Christmas records spinning as we worked. Memories of Nat King Cole, Burl Ives and Bing Crosby belting out Christmas classics dance in my head, but when Elvis would come on, my cousins and I would pretty much spaz out. I remember rockin’ out with my cousins to this song and dancing around and giggling until we were out of breath.

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Four New Shows Announced for 2018

The Lincoln Center has announced the addition of four new performances to its 2018 lineup. The four new shows include:

Christopher Cross

Friday, February 23 | 7:30 p.m.
One of the most successful adult contemporary artists of all time, Christopher Cross is known for his incredible vocal range and energetic live performances. This 5X Grammy Award-winning artist’s greatest hits include “Sailing,” “Ride Like the Wind,” “Think of Laura,” “Never Be The Same,” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).”

Regular tickets are $36–$55+, Big Deal tickets are $20.

Menopause The Musical

Saturday, February 24 | 7:30 p.m.
Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra, memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats and more. This hilarious celebration of women and the change is a musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

Regular tickets are $40+, Big Deal tickets are $20.

Let It Be

Wednesday, March 28 | 7:30 p.m.
Imagine the reunion that never was… Turn back the clock to what would have been John Lennon’s 40th Birthday – October 9, 1980. For one night, the fab four come together again on stage after a decade apart performing other hits like “Back in the USSR,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude” and more hits you never got to see performed live.

Regular tickets are $33-$56+, Big Deal tickets are $20.

Branford Marsalis

Wednesday, April 18 | 7:30 p.m.
Led by jazz master Branford Marsalis, the renowned Grammy Award‐winning saxophonist, Tony Award-nominee and former Tonight Show with Jay Leno bandleader, this innovative quartet is one of the finest and most forward-thinking jazz ensembles around today.

Regular tickets are $29-$50+, Big Deal tickets are $15.

Tickets for all four newly-announced shows are available at