‘Blissfest’ boosts arts, charity

       The Westside is home this month to about a third of the events in a privately organized, artistically geared citywide series called Blissfest5.
       The leader of the effort is Michael Bliss, an area resident who began his annual festivals five years ago, with proceeds or donations going to a different cause each year. This year's recipient is Angel Eyes (formerly the Colorado SIDS program), a non-profit organization that offers help to families whose babies have died.
       His website (blissfest333.com) lists the full schedule, explains that the festival is “about community and the arts” and emphasizes that anyone is welcome. He started Blissfests initially in memory of a friend who died when he had a studio in Austin, Texas and now, Bliss said in a recent interview, he'd like them to help “get the arts community going.”
       Westside events for Blissfest5 started Aug. 1 with live music and an art opening by K. E. Peace in the upstairs gallery of the the Firehouse, 817 W. Colorado Ave.
       Other Westside events on the schedule are as follows:
  • Aug. 12 and 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. - youth programs in the library's downstairs Community Room, including art, a magic show and a treasure hunt, directed by Bliss' 14-year-old daughter, Taylor Mueller.
  • Aug. 13, 7 p.m., The Loft, 2502 W. Colorado Ave. #301 - event featuring Bobby Long and Marcus Foster, songwriters of “Let me Sign,” from the movie “Twilight.”
  • Aug. 14, 6 p.m., the Firehouse - live music by Jason Bennett.
  • Aug. 21, 6 p.m., the Firehouse - live music by the One Way band and poetry festival with reading/book signing by Mary Martina Dockter.

    Westside Pioneer/press release