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Ross Harada

Besides being like the El Manzano coffee from El Salvador, I like Ross Harada because he’s managed to master something that many people aspire for but never achieve: work-life balance.

His nursing skills do more than pay the bills. They help Land Lines (the band he’s the drummer for) to produce records. As Denverites excitedly await the release of Land Lines’ first full length album, Ross keeps busy with a roommate bromance and saving lives—or at least educating patients about why overdosing on cocaine twice in one month is not okay.

Matt Zambrano, Amy Kersten, Steve Jones and Courtney Esser

The final class of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ National Theatre Conservatory masters program opens two shows this week: Charlie’s Aunt and Fahrenheit 451.

The NTC began in 1984 and was one of the only MFA programs in the nation that paid every student’s tuition (about $100,000) in full. Sadly, the program is being discontinued. I recently had the opportunity to speak with four of the eight graduates of 2012 (originally selected from about 600 applicants).

I know Matt Zambrano from his tRUNks days at Buntport Theater and from when he used to perform his poetry at the monthly readings I organized for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. Although, I was most recently impressed by his ability to play every role in a single scene from Lord of the Rings at a First Friday party at Denver Open Media.

Joining Matt was creator of the Hot Mess web series, Amy Kersten. She seemed to be the most coffee driven of the group and shared an incredible nugget of information with me about editing in iMovie that blew my mind to bits and pieces (I’ve since picked up the pieces and applied her insight to the video in this post).

Courtney Esser and Steve Jones were also kind enough to talk coffee with me (Steve doesn’t even drink coffee and is the second non-caffeinated interviewee—the first was Bop Skizzum co-founder Andy Guerrero) and demonstrate some of their trapeze skills. Yes! TRAPEZE SKILLS.

Like the Four Leftys blend of coffee, this group has a full body (of work!) and is slightly nutty.

Event: Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop

On January 29th, Bean Again and Poesy & Praxis hosted the Mid-Winter Woolly Repair Shop at Novo Coffee’s roasting facility in Denver. We extended the lifespan of clothing items by patching up moth-eaten, torn and over loved woolly goods. It was a great day, and the first of many social design events that Poesy & Praxis will present—we’re excited for future collaborative projects!