January Jams | LC Staff Picks

Inspired by a new year, we asked The Lincoln Center staff, “What song are you playing on repeat this month?”.

Read about what songs were chosen then check out our Spotify playlist to listen on repeat!

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“Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic

“This song is a banger that never gets old. I like to listen to it as a reminder that amidst all the craziness it’s okay to just let go and dance it out every once in a while.” Rachael | Conference Services Coordinator

“Stand Up” by Joshua Henry

“The song I have on repeat this month is Stand Up by Joshua Henry. I’m a big believer in manifesting positive energy, and this song brings me joy as we look ahead to a brighter new year!” Megan | Box Office Coordinator

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

“Puts me in a positive frame of mind.” Deedee | Facility Services Coordinator

“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

“Let’s me reflect on the good in the world and reminds me that I can be part of it.” Deedee | Facility Services Coordinator
*Deedee noted that in addition to Louis Armstrong’s version, she also enjoys the renditions by Sam Cooke and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

“Defying Gravity” from Wicked

“There may hardly be a time I’m NOT listening to ‘Defying Gravity’ on repeat, but I’ve been playing and singing it in the shower extra this month as I prepare to take on a new year.” Taylor | PR/Marketing Specialist

“Residue” by Tayla Parx

“I had never heard of this artist, but she came up in a playlist in 2020 and I haven’t been able to get her out of my head. She’s stuck to me like glue!” Todd | Visual Arts Assistant

“Bang!” by AJR

“2020 was a rough year for me in soooooo many ways. I’m happy to see it go and I’m excited it see what the future holds. I’ll be playin this on repeat all month cuz to quote the song, ‘Been a hell of a ride, but I’m thinking it’s time to go…Come hang. Let’s go out with a bang. Bang! Bang! Bang!’ AND ON TO BETTER DAYS!” Victoria | Ticketing & Brand Dev. Manager

“Good Kisser” by Lake Street Dive

“Bad Self Portraits” by Lake Street Dive

“I love LSD because of the amazing lead singer and every person in the band is amazingly talented, Bridget rocks the bass! They have such a clean, pure sound, no fancy mixing. I saw them once live and they were great live too, probably won’t get that chance again!” Robin | Scheduling Coordinator

“I’m So Happy I Cry” by Fantastic Negrito feat. Tank & the Bangas

“Aren’t you happy to leave 2020 in the dust?  A new year represents the fabled Tabula Rasa to many and sometimes there’s no better palate cleanser than good old-fashioned American gospel.  The organ swells meet hand claps and foot stomps along with a big call & response gospel chorus can take you to your own musical church.  This Fantastic Negrito track features Tank from Tank & The Bangas who you may have seen at New West Fest a few years ago.  Play loudly for best results.” —Jack | Director

“Brazilian Soul” (Acoustic Bossa Version) by The Knocks feat. Sofi Tukker

“My daughter introduced me to it. I like the song and it makes me happy and laugh because it sounds like there is a turkey gobbling in the background.” Liz | Cultural Services Admin

“Figure It Out” by Blu DeTiger

“I chose this song because it is very catchy and lifts my spirits if I’m feeling down. The message of figuring it out is helpful for me when I’m faced with indecision or stress; this song reminds me that everything is ‘figureoutable!'” Cierra | Box Office Associate

“Stars” by Mark Owen

“With the new year, I find I need some help taking a step back and taking a lay of the land. This song always helps, which is why I have it on repeat.” —Alison | Publicity Marketing Coordinator

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Illuminate Your Event With Pantone’s Colors of the Year

Pop quiz: What do living coral, marsala and emerald all have in common? They have each been named as past Pantone Colors of the Year. Don’t worry, that’s the most difficult and only question I’ll pose for the day. Pantone, the company responsible for predicting color trends that impact numerous industries across the globe, announces their prediction for “Color of the Year” every December. In 2020, they unexpectedly graced us with not one, but two colors for 2021: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray.

The Color of the Year influences dozens of industries, including home furnishings, product packaging, graphic design, fashion and events. For those of you who are wondering how this pertains to you, look no further than Meryl Streep’s iconic monologue in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, where she ruthlessly explains how runway fashion trends trickle down and find their way into the closets of even the most unsuspecting shoppers. Very few can dodge the impact of these color trends, even if they try. Event coordinators aren’t immune to them either, particularly because our clients are most often influenced by the trending colors as a key aspect of designed their event decor. We love to see Pantone’s colors incorporated into wedding and event palettes.   

So, if you’re looking to have a fashion-forward event by incorporating Illuminating and Ultimate Gray in your 2021 wedding, there are plenty of ways to do it. These two colors together create a jovial mood, reminiscent of spotting a golden-leafed aspen on a cloudy day. Since Ultimate Gray is a muted tone, it’s perfect for bigger features, like your guest table linens, overlays, chair covers, or the wedding party’s dresses or suits. This is a subtle way to deviate from traditional white and black without overwhelming your color palette. Integrating the hue Illuminating is where things can get exciting. This striking, sunshiny color is best used as an accent to add a splash of color without being too loud. Napkins, high-heeled shoes, ties or pocket squares, cake toppers, nail polish, the confetti for your sendoff, or draped fabric on your ceremony arbor are great options for incorporating this or any other vivid color. If accenting isn’t enough and you want to take a bolder approach, I recommend dressing your standalone tables, such as the sweetheart table or cake table, in your accent color. That’s a sure way to get noticed without drowning out the rest of your color palette or decorations.

I expect to see the Colors of the Year used by my wedding and event clients throughout this year and beyond. As photos circulate via Pinterest boards and magazine articles across the world, couples will incorporate the same colors for years to come. Little do many know, the colors were hand-picked by Pantone’s color experts. If you personally decide to partake in the forecasted trends of 2021, I look forward to seeing how they will influence upcoming events and the industries around us.

Rachael Russell | The Lincoln Center, Conference Services Coordinator

Art in Public Places Celebrates the Addition of 60 New Art Projects in 2020!

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program (APP) completed over 50 murals throughout Fort Collins. APP hired local artists to create murals on transformer cabinets, pianos, concrete barriers, and walls that inspire the community and kept us connected.

Andy Dufford and Chevo Studios installed In Praise of the Poudre at the northwest corner of Willow and Linden Streets as part of the Willow Streetscape Project. Four hand-carved granite columns feature carvings of the plants, animals, insects, and landforms found around, within, and below the Cache la Poudre River. Each column has an illuminated surface that evokes reflections on the surface of water.

Joe McGrane added five complementary concrete and mosaic benches to his Butterfly Bouquet decorative sculpture located at the Butterfly Pavilion at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The bench mosaics depict native wildflowers and are placed inside the Gardens, near the visitors’ center.

Thanks to the support of the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Downtown Development Authority and other community donors, John Davis installed in the Heritage Gateway sculpture along the Poudre Trail in the Poudre River Whitewater Park. It teaches visitors about the history and importance of the Cache la Poudre River, and its impacts on agriculture, industry and recreation in Fort Collins.

Learn more about Art in Public Places projects: www.fcgov.com/artspublic.