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JULY 2022 

Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox Opens New Gallery  

Hoping to further ignite imaginations in their Broomfield neighborhood, Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox founders Arlo and Kim Kennedy White are opening a second mini art gallery later this month. 

Hoping to further ignite imaginations in their Broomfield neighborhood, Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox founders Arlo and Kim Kennedy White are opening a second mini art gallery later this month. 

“My wife and I formed this as an art collaborative,” Arlo White said.  

The first miniaturized exhibit for the newest DreamBox is “Perspectives” by Colorado artist Kristin Aslan, with an opening reception on July 29 from 7-11 p.m. at 115 Garnet St. Musician Victoria Lundy will perform at 9 p.m. on the theremin, an electronic music instrument played without making physical contact. 

The couple first built a shadow box display in August 2019, which mimicked an existing Free Little Library outside their home. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19 the following spring, White said the “box of magic and art” took on added importance.  

“It gave our neighborhood something to walk by every day,” he said. 

The creative couple were inspired to create the site after discovering the Morrison Street Minigallery while vacationing in Portland in 2017. 

“We were just kind of blown away,” he said.  

The concept has gained in popularity since that time, White said. 

“Little galleries are everywhere and they're popping,” he said. “It’s a great little way to be creative in your community.” 

While the initial DreamBox was intended to house rotating displays, after COVID struck the idea was put on hold. 

“That's going to kind of be the standard-bearer box,” he said.  

In addition to White’s earlier “Science Fiction” exhibit, the new DreamBox features work by Aslan with subsequent creations forthcoming. 

White, who has produced the weekly Hypnotic Turtle Radio broadcast since 2004, has also included audio elements with the DreamBox exhibits. 

“I have a radio transmitter that you can come by the box and turn your car radio to 90.7 and hear the sound from inside the box,” he said. 

The multi-pronged creative ventures fall under a single banner, White said. 

“I am hypnotic turtle,” he said. “There is a connecting aesthetic to everything and obviously, they blend together because it's me and my mind." 

by Greg Ellison, Broomfield Leader, July 11, 2022

2020 

JUNE 2020 

Meet Arlo White of Hypnotic Turtle in Broomfield 

~ Voyage Denver, June 10, 2020

2019 

NOVEMBER 2019 

The 21 Best Events in Denver This Week, November 18 to 24, 2019  

"Go on a Saturday night trip this weekend when burlesque mover and shimmy-shaker Honey Touche teams up with Arlo White of Hypnotic Turtle for Psychedelic Burlesque Jungle. The tiki-and-acid-themed evening of ’60s pop culture will deliver an all-star cast of vivacious local ladies and retro tunes courtesy of Tammy Shine and DJ Alf. You’ll find it all at the Broadway Roxy, 554 South Broadway, on Saturday, November 23, from 8 p.m. to midnight; admission is $15 in advance ($20 day of show) at brownpapertickets.com.”   

— Westword , November 18 to 24, 2019

OCTOBER 2019 

WESTWORD'S COLORADO CREATIVES -- ARLO WHITE 

"Arlo White’s bizarre radar for weird music and art mixes defies categorization — or falls, perhaps, into a category all his own: He’s an artist; a concert promoter; a musician in such bands as Deadbubbles, Sparkle Jetts and the Buckingham Squares; and, notably, the host of Radio 1190’s Hypnotic Turtle Radio as his alter-ego Diablo Montalban. He’s the kind of guy who rips off the little library model and instead installs an art installation in a DreamBox in his front yard — and then throws a party. He’s simply Arlo White.  

What drives White’s peripatetic DIY practice and point of view? Get an inkling via his answers to the Colorado Creatives questionnaire.  

Westword: What (or who) is your creative muse?  

Arlo White: Love, anger and rock and roll!  

Love: Everything I do is for my wife and two children. I'm in awe of each of them, and the support they give is immeasurable! Just trying to give them something to be proud of.  

Anger: The same feelings that kept me from creating in my late teens and early twenties are the same ones that won't let me stop today. I can't explain how and when the change happened — maybe it was spiritual, maybe drug-induced. One day a door opened, and I ran screaming through it, and I'm trying very hard not to look back. Where once my anger was focused inward, I'm now able to project it creatively. There's no shortage of things to be enraged about for even a semi-conscious being.  

Rock and roll: Amazing art and music have been around since the dawn of time, but as far as I’m concerned, the history of rock and roll in America is everything. Rock and roll helped blow open the floodgates in a lot of people's minds. Societal norms came crashing down and opened arenas for self-expression on a mass scale, especially around things like sexuality, gender and race/ethnicity. We needed to shake things up! “Fuck You” never sounded so good!  

Which three people, dead or alive, would you like to invite to your next party and why?  

Three people off the top of my head: Patti Smith, John Waters and Screamin' Jay Hawkins.  

This IS a party right? They all might be a little stiff at first, but I think after a couple drinks, it would be nothing but fun! And they all know rock and roll!  

What’s the best thing about the local creative community in your field — and the worst?  

The best thing is that we have so many opportunities for creativity here; maybe not as many as there used to be, but they still exist. It’s about finding them. Several clubs in Denver will book a band or performer’s first show. Community radio stations around the state have many opportunities to get involved. Hundreds of calls for artists are posted each year, many of which don't charge fees. If you’re willing to hustle, you can get your name out there, and in the process, you're gonna meet some of the most amazing, talented and beautiful humans you could ever imagine. They're here!  

On the other hand, the worst thing is the continued undervaluing of the arts and artists. It’s not a problem exclusive to Colorado. Artists should be recognized, celebrated and fairly compensated; artists make life livable! Art is in everything and everywhere. Everybody loves art, whether they know it or not!  

What is the Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox?  

Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, an idea created and curated by my wife, Kim Kennedy White, and I, is a box of magic and art hidden in the suburbs of Broomfield. The DreamBox was born out of a desire to foster imagination through creativity and inspire a sense of wonder in our local community and beyond.  

Essentially, it's a Little Art Gallery (for a visual, think of a lending library; instead of books, it's an art display). For the first DreamBox, I created a miniature immersive piece called “Science Fiction.” I was the first test subject for this social experiment! We plan to curate future installations with local artists who might transform the space into a miniature museum with itty bitty canvases or create a sculpture, or...  

What’s your dream project?  

One of them would be Turtle Spawn! I think of my radio show, Hypnotic Turtle Radio, as live radio art. I want to expand my little world inside the air studio and bring it to life on a larger scale. I would have several performance stages conducted and mixed live by our resident DJ Diablo Montalban — my alter ego — in a beautifully demented installation piece. Rock bands, free jazz, performance art and flash mobs would all come together into a symphony.  

If you died tomorrow, what or whom would you come back as?  

Ugh. I have to come back? Probably as some aerial creature. Assuming I survive adolescence, I would love to fly on my own! Done it a few times in my dreams, and it's magic! Or come back as John Coltrane's biggest fan who followed him around or follow the Velvet Underground like Jonathan Richman. Yeah, I'd come back as Jonathan Richman!   

Denver (or Colorado), love it or leave it? What keeps you here — or makes you want to leave?  

Still love, but hard not to be confused and angry, especially in Five Points or the ever-expanding RiNo district. The high cost of living and pushing fellow humans out of Denver at an alarming rate is heartbreaking and disgusting. Politics aside (if that’s a thing), the artists and musicians who are hanging in there are doing incredible work and lots of it. There is so much happening here!  

Who is your favorite Colorado Creative?   

Little Fyodor: possibly one of the most important people in the Hypnotic Turtle story. His radio show of thirty years, Under the Floorboards, aired after an equally influential show, Smash It Up, on KGNU; they were an amazing one-two punch to my consciousness. Through UTF, I was exposed to a dizzying variety of found-sound, plunderphonics, noise and self-made-cassette-driven art. He introduced me to Negativland (the biggest influence of Hypnotic Turtle Radio) and hundreds of artists/people (assumingly) like myself, with nothing but hand-held tape recorders, making any sorts of primitive noise, telling stories, or just walking through leaves and gravel.  

So much genius.  

What's on your agenda in the coming year?  

Several band projects that I can't talk about yet. One I can hint at is a tribute band that should be ready by Halloween. If the names Lux and Ivy ring any bells, you know where we're heading.  

Overdue episodes of our web series, Denver Rock City.  

Lure in some of our favorite local artists for the DreamBox.  

Promote more events: Currently, we’re co-promoting Claudio Simonetti's Goblin performing the live score to Deep Red on October 7, with Anchors Aweigh, both at the Oriental Theater.  

We’ve also been fortunate to partner on some amazing events this year with the Gorehound's Playground in Fort Collins and CritterHype. We're always looking to expand on what’s possible with the radio show (guests, collaborations, etc.).  

Who do you think will (or should) get noticed in the local arts community in the coming year?   

40 West Arts District is about to blow up. We always love what Betsy Rudolph and everyone at Next Gallery has going on! Love the work of Kim Anderson and Valerie Savarie from Valkarie Gallery. I'm always jealous of the stuff the Mad Tatters do and love to see Karl Christian Krumpholz continue to reach a national audience with his comics and illustrations. We are always excited to see what Maureen Hearty will do next with her amazing sculptures and community work, both in Denver and out on the eastern plains. Also, the person who scrawled "I Tried My Best" on the back of a street sign I passed a couple months ago — it still haunts me. That's great art!  

Follow Arlo White and Hypnotic Turtle at the website, on Instagram and on Facebook.”  

— Susan Froyd, Westword, October 7, 2019

AUGUST 2019 

BEST SHOWS IN DENVER 8/29/19-9/4/2019  

"What: Weird Wednesday: Gothsta, Dorian, Hypnotic Turtle Radio DJ, Cabal Art When : Wednesday, 09.04, 9 p.m. Where: Bowman’s Vinyl and Lounge Why: Weird Wednesday is the monthly musical showcase that lives up to its name and curated by Claudia Woodman. This time she will be performing in her persona of Gothsta and for this performance she says, “Gothsta covers goth songs on the melodica that have some link to climate change-related themes, because Gothsta is depressed about global warming. Gothsta will have some extra special content that has to do with the Amazon burning and will be joined by Hypnotic Turtle’s Diablo Montalban for dueling melodicas/improv along with noise loops generated for this performance.” It’s rare that anything lives up to hype like that but this show probably will.”   

— Queen City Sounds and Art, August 29, 2019

AUGUST 2019 

Art Attack: Thirteen of the Best Things for Gallery Lovers to Do in Denver This Week  

"Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox Grand Opening, and Arlo White, Science FictionB roomfield (address TBA) Opening Reception: Friday, August 16, 2019 7 to 11 p.m. The tiny collective empire of Hypnotic Turtle founders Arlo and Kim Kennedy White has spawned a radio show on 1190, a record label, an art factory and now, the Hypnotic Turtle DreamBox, a gallery and performance space located somewhere in Broomfield. For the grand opening, the group will be putting out lots of live music, including sets by Tammy Shine and John Fuzz of Dressy Bessy, Dead Orchids and Victoria Lundy, along with Science Fiction, an exhibition of works by Arlo White. Tune in to the Facebook page for the latest info.”  

— Susan Froyd , Westword, August 14, 2019

2016 

JULY 2016 

Sparkle Jetts Stargasm Review  

"The huge floor tom and fat bass line that kicks off Stargasm launches Sparkle Jett’s new album into the stratosphere with classic punk bluster. But the “Denver Rock City” quartet Sparkle Jetts continue on to show rock and soul that seems as if it came straight from MC5 and Patti Smith. Sparkle Jetts — a supergroup of sorts — is anchored by Whitney Rehr (of Gata Negra and I’m a Boy) and Arlo White (of Deadbubbles, The Pretty Sure and The Buckingham Squares) who are joined on the album by half of the group’s original line up, Hope Hinkson (of the Blackouts) and Chris Kieft (of the Dirty Lookers), who have since left the band. They’ve both been replaced, but the new musicians (Arnie and AJ Beckman of Choosey Mothers) don’t appear on this raucous album that sounds as if it was recorded decades ago instead of this year. Monumentally hook-laden with a simple punk rhythm that makes Stargasm a crotch-driven, sexy affair, the album skids and drifts with a magnetic hot-rodded garage rock sound and powerful stadium rock posturing.”   

— Marquee Magazine, July 31, 2016

OCTOBER 2015 

“[Arlo's band The Buckingham Squares played this show 10/10/2015] SCENES FROM A DENVER PUNK REUNION AT MUTINY INFORMATION CAFE   

Saturday's release party for Bob Rob Medina's illustrated memoir chronicling the '80s Denver punk scene, Denvoid and the Cowtown Punks, packed Mutiny Information Cafe — and that was before most attendees found out that the Frantix were going to play.  The Frantix, who played their last show in 1983, said they got in a mere two practices before Saturday's mini-reunion. But you'd never know it by the reaction of the 100-strong crowd packed into the tiny coffee shop/record store on Broadway. Medina signed copies of the book and sold original illustrations for a mere $50 each. In attendance was a who's who of the Denver punk elite, past and present. It was the place to be Saturday, but if you missed it, the books are still available at Mutiny and at Albums on the Hill in Boulder, among other places. Check out a few photo highlights below.   ” - Oakland L. Childers  

— Westword, October 15, 2015

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