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rump’s White House seems to be both spooked... and spooky. Check out a 72-page “spookinomics” report issued right before Halloween by his Council of Economic Advisors. It reads like an endless Trump tweet, focused on his perceived political enemies and riddled with fantasies, lies and paranoia about the policies of progressives. À la Joe McCarthy, Trump’s economic advisors spew conspiracy theories about the proposals of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other democratic populists, frantically linking them with “failed socialist policies” of
Lenin, Stalin, Mao and other communist dictators. Bernie’s commonsense ideas of Medicare for all and free college education, for example, are hysterically decried as totalitarian designs from China and the U.S.S.R. Likewise, the report compares Warren’s assertion that corporate giants are dodging their tax obligations to Lenin’s demonization and killing of yeoman farmers. In this ludicrous, right-ring political screed — paid for by us taxpayers — the fraidy-cat Trump scaremongers toss in the supposedly spooky word “socialism” 144 times — an average of twice per page! Among the horrors that the
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Trumpistas cite is that Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have stated that “large corporations ... exploit human misery and insecurity, and turn them into huge profits,” and “giant corporations ... exploit workers just to boost their own profits.” Excuse me, learned scholars, but all of that happens to be true, as the great majority of Americans know from experience. Trump’s economists also inform us that if the U.S. adopted Venezuelan policies our economy would shrink by 40 percent. Well, perhaps, but here’s the thing: No one is proposing we do that. What’s really spooky is that these know-nothing ideologues are actually advisors to a president of the United States. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. November 8 , 2018 5
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he Washington press corps is shocked, shocked that Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman (aka MBS) may have ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist (among other things) whose work appeared in the Washington Post. It shouldn’t be. MBS is a prince. If you want to know what makes princes tick, read the instruction manual. It was written by a guy named Niccolo Machiavelli in 1513, and it is as on point today as it was when it was written. Unlike most contemporary princes, Brits William and Harry for instance, MBS is actually running a country — a country whose political and social maturity arguably more closely resembles that of 16th century Italy than 21st century Britain, at that. Unlike William and Harry, MBS is playing for keeps. The game he’s playing is A) bringing Saudi Arabia’s economic, social and political institutions into the 21st century, and B) personal survival. Not necessarily in that order. In other words he’s exactly the sort of guy for whom Machiavelli said he was writing his book: “a new ruler who will need to establish himself in defiance of custom.” Early on, Machiavelli tells you how exquisitely dangerous this game is and why: “And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.” (Chapter 3) Economically, Saudi Arabia is essentially a one-commodity economy — oil (or oil, natural gas and petrochemicals if you want to be picky about it). The Kingdom is not in any danger of running out of oil anytime soon, but it is in danger of seeing demand for its oil peak and start to decline as fossil fuel energy is supplanted by renewables and nuclear power, and by the explosive growth of petroleum production elsewhere thanks to horizontal drilling and fracking. That poses an existential threat to the Saudi political and social structures, both of which are based on buying loyalty with oil revenues. Machiavelli would view this strategy as an example of buying the love of the country’s population. He would also
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consider it potentially ruinous, because (from Chapter 17): “... friendships that are obtained by payments ... are not secured, and in time of need cannot be relied upon; and men have less scruple in offending one who is beloved than one who is feared ... but fear preserves you by a dread of punishment which never fails.” This follows from the most famous, and infamous, question Machiavelli addresses in The Prince, “whether it be better to be loved than feared or feared than loved?”: “It may be answered that one should wish to be both, but because it is difficult to unite them in one person, it is much safer to be feared than loved, when, of the two, either must be dispensed with.” (Chapter 17) However, while Machiavelli comes down on the side of fear rather than love, he reaches that conclusion with a couple of important caveats: First: “[A prince] ought to examine closely into all those injuries which it is necessary for him to inflict, and to do them all at one stroke ... injuries ought to be done all at one time, so that, being tasted less, they offend less...” (Chapter 8) And second: “Nevertheless a prince ought to inspire fear in such a way that, if he does not win love, he avoids hatred; because he can endure very well being feared whilst he is not hated, which will always be as long as he abstains from the property of his citizens and subjects and from their women. But when it is necessary for him to proceed against the life of someone, he must do it on proper justification and for manifest cause, but above all things he must keep his hands off the property of others, because men more quickly forget the death of their father than the loss of their patrimony...” (Chapter 17) Shortly after being named crown prince, MBS ordered the arrest of dozens of rival princes within the royal family who had profited from the corruption endemic within the Kingdom (proper justification and manifest cause), imprisoned them in a five-star hotel, and demanded they return at least some of their ill-gotten gains or else. Most have paid up. This much was straight out of The Prince: The injuries were done in one stroke; they were severe enough to inspire fear but (probably) not hatred because he did not take their royal titles and inherited wealth — their patrimony — only their ill-gotten gains. So far so good.
But for MBS peril remains, because in inflicting the stroke he ignored another of Machiavelli’s rules: “If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.” (Chapter 2) MBS may have succeeded in making himself feared (but not genuinely hated) by his rival princes, but he has not done them the sort of injury that would keep them from plotting against him and seeking revenge. Chances are the rival princes in royal family are currently seething with intrigue and conspiracy. And the princes of the palace aren’t even MBS’s most dangerous enemies. That honor goes to the princes of the mosque. MBS’s reform campaign poses an existential threat to the country’s Wahabi Islamists. The reforms threaten their titles and place in Saudi society — their patrimony. (For that matter, for Saudi religious and social conservatives, MBS’ steps toward liberating Saudi women is a case of the prince taking “their” women — and in a breathtakingly more sweeping way than Machiavelli might ever have imagined.) But why would MBS want to take out Khashoggi? Chances are MBS wouldn’t deploy a 15-man hit team over something Khashoggi wrote in the Washington Post. A more likely reason is that Khashoggi has long-standing ties to Saudi Arabia’s Islamic militants — starting with Osama bin Laden, who was an old high school buddy of his. His big breakthrough into journalism was scoring some fawning interviews with bin Laden while the latter was fighting the Russians in Afghanistan. Throughout his career he advocated the creation of Islamic republics throughout the Muslim world. He was also an advisor to Saudi Prince Turki bin Faisal, the former head of Saudi Arabia’s General Intelligence Directorate. And he was the nephew of Adnan Khashoggi, a multi-billionaire Saudi arms dealer best known in the U.S. for his part in the Iran-Contra scandal during the Reagan administration. In short, Khashoggi had the connections and the motives to be at the nexus of a plot against the prince, or at least to have extensive knowledge of one. Don’t be surprised if the next turn in the case is that the Saudi government announces the discovery of a plot against the crown to which Khashoggi was a party. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. Boulder Weekly
n his latest assault on our federal immigration policy in the lead-up to the midterm elections, President Trump proposed abolishing “birthright” citizenship, whereby children born on American soil are automatically granted citizenship status. In legal terms this form of citizenship conferral is known as jus soli, or the right of soil, and it is practiced in 36 countries, in addition to another 24 countries that practice a modified form. In the United States, jus soli was sanctified in the 14th Amendment in 1868, correcting a historic injustice whereby the children of slaves were denied citizenship. As a researcher of migration and citizenship policies in the Middle East and North Africa where citizenship is primarily conferred through jus sanguinis (“the right of blood”) rather than jus soli, I have seen firsthand the consequences of exclusionary citizenship policies that deny membership to children born on a territory. The result is denizenship, whereby children are unable to participate in formal education or have access to basic services, and later are unable to attend university or participate in the workforce. Some children are also left stateless if their parents’ home country does not allow for citizenship to be easily conferred from abroad or through only one parent. Jus soli as practiced in the United States ensures that children who are born here, whether to parents who have arrived legally or illegally, are able to participate and contribute as members of our society. They are given equal opportunities as equal citizens and are not automatically relegated to a denizen status at birth. If the 14th Amendment or its interpretation were changed, the result would be generations of individuals who are unable to obtain a legal status in the United States and who in some cases would be rendered stateless. Looking specifically at the implications for children born to unauthorized parents, a recent study by the Migration Policy Institute in Washington D.C. found that changing the 14th Amendment would increase the size of the unauthorized immigrant population in the United States from 11 million today to 16 million by 2050. Trump and his supporters argue that jus soli allows for abuse of the immigration system, whereby foreign nationals come to the United States with the explicit purpose of giving birth to children who will obtain citizenship, socalled “anchor babies.” In actuality, children who acquire citizenship through jus Boulder Weekly
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by Kelsey P. Norman soli must wait until they are 21 years of age to sponsor parents. The number who do is also quite small. According to the Pew Research Center, the number of births to unauthorized immigrants reached a peak in 2006 at 370,000, but then declined following the 2008 recession. Trump announced on Tuesday, Oct.
30, that he is able to abolish jus soli through an executive order, even though the Constitution cannot be changed in this manner. Some conservative political commentators who favor abolishing jus soli argue that the existing amendment holds room for interpretation, specifically the term, “subject to the jurisdiction.” Yet the Supreme Court has affirmed that the
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letters On Trump voters Trump voters, I am starting to understand your viewpoints. I know most of you are well-meaning people and I respect many of your viewpoints and feel that even though there are disparities in your camp that you feel satisfied with your choice for president. Firstly, one faction votes for traditional GOP principles like the economy and reduced regulations concerning business, Wall Street and the environment. They also favor allowing undocumented immigrants to work in their hotels, factories and on their farms as long as they can’t vote. The second group, the hard core right, would be perfectly happy to not deal with the complexities of providing basic needs and opportunities for all 350-plus million Americans. These white xenophobic-leaning people feel that destroying our government with our laws and constitutional protections is OK no matter how it is done as long as their own rights and wishes are protected. Unfortunately, it is becoming
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another wedge issue that Trump and his advisors used to try and divide voters. Much like the migrant “caravan” of merely 7,000 people, whose claims for asylum United States border officials certainly have the capacity to process, the issue of “birthright” citizenship was meant to amplify nativist fears and distract from other more pressing issues. Now that the elections are over and the Democrats have taken control of the House, it is critical that we focus
on needed reforms in other policy areas and not allow ourselves to be diverted by false claims and empty threats. Kelsey P. Norman is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia where she researches migration, refugee, and citizenship policies in the Middle East and North Africa. She is also a Denver resident. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. Boulder Weekly
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et’s start with something positive on the national front — hope lives. We are better off today than we were on Nov. 5. And while it may not have been the blue tsunami many hoped for, it was a blue wave large enough for a good number of Democrats to surf into office. From the East Coast to Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada and the Rust Belt, Democrats and progressives turned out in record numbers. But unfortunately, so did the members of Trump’s white nationalist party. And while that reality is cause for great concern moving forward, the flipping of the U.S. House of Representatives will now provide a check on what had been virtually unbridled presidential power, and that is a very positive development. We owe this House victory largely to women, both the candidates and the voters who turned out in unprecedented numbers to support those candidates. The silver lining to this election is not only Democrats taking back the House, but doing so by electing to Congress the first Native American women, the first Muslim women and a whole host of other men and woman who have actually fought and served in the wars we have now been waging for nearly two decades. This last point is important because the perspective of modern veterans has been clearly lacking in Congressional leadership. This new crop of House members is younger, more idealistic and presumably far less jaded than the members of the ancient, wrinkled ruling class they will be joining. At least for a short while, we can assume this new generation of political leadership will be more concerned with helping our nation move forward than they are with fundraising, clinging to personal power and the rabid pursuit of the status quo for the benefit of the 1 percent and corporate America. These new Dems ran on health care and improving the economic outlook for the middle class. Let’s hope, now that they’ve won, they will remember that the health care voters demand is not the continuation of prohibitively expensive Obamacare, but rather Medicare for all or some other form of single-payer system. It won’t be easy and it will likely take a blue Senate to get there, but the process needs to begin now. As for the check on Trump, the priority should be to protect the Mueller investigation. It’s fine to finish the work Devin Nunes blocked on the House Intelligence Committee, but again, let the special prosecutor do his job and everything else will likely take care of itself. Democrats were elected to govern, not spend every day trying to punish Trump and the house minority. The downside nationally: Trump’s absolutely racist anti-immigrant strategy worked well in several swing states and grew the Republican majority in the Senate. Sadly, this means Trump will be doubling down on this racist strategy to divide the nation and the violence and hate will likely be getting worse before it gets better. The House can check Trump policy, but nothing can protect us from his insane followers who say things like, “I’d shoot my sister if the president asked me too,” especially when we have a president who just might ask such a thing if he needed a distraction from his own criminal activity. There are many potholes in the road ahead,
so be ready. In Colorado, Dems now control everything, the State House and governor’s mansion. The billionaire architects of the blueprint developed back in 2002 are still hard at work in our state and have now put one of their own into the governor’s mansion in the form of Jared Polis. Unfortunately, as part of this ongoing blueprint, that means the oil and gas industry will still be allowed to do any- and everything it wants in our state. That has always been the blueprint tradeoff — think Hickenlooper coming out with his talk of a special session to undo Proposition 112 if it had passed, just in time to suppress this year’s vote on the setback measure. That was the blueprint in action as was Polis’ refusal to endorse 112. (For a full understanding of the blueprint see Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer’s book The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care) and Boulder Weekly’s “Who killed the vote on fracking,” Oct. 2, 2014.) Sadly, the blueprint is still a very misguided, flawed and unnecessary political ploy. The very quick version: The deal cut by blueprint Democrats with the oil industry was out of the fear that if the oil industry was challenged, it would spend tens of millions of dollars to defend itself and that effort would bring out Republicans in greater numbers causing Colorado to turn red. That theory was always wrong. In truth, having Prop 112 on the ballot turned out progressives and young voters — people concerned with the fact we only have a decade left to save the planet — in great numbers, which is why the state is now blue again despite the $40 million spent by the oil industry to defeat Prop 112. Think of it this way: If Mark Udall, his wife Maggie Fox and the Big Greens had demanded Polis turn in the more than quarter of a million signatures that had been collected in 2014 for community control and setbacks — instead of joyfully watching him throw them in the trash as part of a supposed compromise with Hickenlooper designed to thwart Republicans — Udall very likely would still be Colorado’s Senator. Maybe now that the oil and gas emperor has finally been proven to have no clothes — $40 million and the state went bluer than ever — the misguided blueprint billionaires will alter their political plans and actually encourage another setback amendment on the 2020 ballot. Why not? They now have proof that such a measure increases Democratic participation more than oil money increases Republican participation. Perhaps they will even fund the next effort now that they have been proven wrong and we only have 10 years left to save the planet. Or maybe they’ll just sit back and enjoy their narrow social justice agenda victory while the planet burns. We should all agree with their agenda, just not what they are trading away to get it. With that, I’d like to say thanks to all the amazing people who worked their rears off to get Prop 112 on the ballot and to take it incredibly far considering they had to fight the oil industry’s money, the Republicans and the most powerful and influential Democrats in the state. Losing by only 15 points under those circumstances, with no money to speak of on your side, makes every one of you a hero. I know that you are hurting and that many of you have given the last five or six years of your lives to this effort. It would be unfair to ask you not to give up, but that is the hope and the prayer of the 800,000 of us who voted with you. All of us need you now more than ever and we are out of time. Please keep up the fight... after you rest up for a while. November 8, 2018 11
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New housing vouchers represent a fresh start for 20 of Boulder County’s most vulnerable residents by Will Brendza
elp homeless people into homes, and everybody seems to win. It’s one of those rare solutions that is as obvious as it is difficult to accomplish. But it’s also one that can be fundamentally life changing, if done correctly. Recently, Boulder County received state funds to do exactly that — get people experiencing homelessness into housing. And they’re taking the best evidence-based approach to do it. In October, Homeless Solutions for Boulder County (HSBC) was awarded a grant by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for 20 housing vouchers, representing roughly $1 million dollars in housing funds over the next four years. The vouchers will provide rental assistance and support services for 20 of Boulder County’s most vulnerable, chronically homeless residents. The Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) model is a Housing First-based approach to homelessness, says Jennifer Biess, the homeless services systems manager for Boulder County. On its surface, the idea seems simple: People require basic necessities like shelter and food before they can sort out other problems like unemployment, substance abuse and inability to
properly budget resources. Getting folks into housing first and then manHomeless Solutions for aging everything else is a formula that Boulder County was recently awarded 20 has proven effective. Studies have housing vouchers to found such a model has a 98 percent provide rental assistance and long-term housing retention rate while support services for improving perceived levels of autonosome of Boulder County’s chronically my among clients. homeless residents. “Permanent supportive housing has been demonstrated to have better outcomes in terms of housing stability than any other approach for this chronically homeless population,” Biess says. It is one of the most effective solutions for homelessness, which, after all, is fundamentally a housing issue, no matter how you slice it. Once housed, people formerly experiencing homelessness have a secure platform from which they can go about their lives. They’re safer. They aren’t “camping out,” covering themselves with sleeping bags and blankets or cycling through different shelters. See HOUSING Page 14
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Typically, funding for this kind of housing comes from federal or local government sources. However, these vouchers are unique in that they are coming from the State of Colorado. The Boulder County Community Services Department spearheaded a two-month-long application effort for this grant, a collaborative effort by myriad service providers and nonprofits working with the homeless in Boulder County. “Every agency and organization that is part of Homeless Solutions for Boulder County is now working in close coordination, and this award is testament to our collaborative approach,” Biess said in the press release announcing the vouchers. Of the 20 units that HSBC is attaching these housing vouchers to, eight are owned by the Inn Between of Longmont, the other 12 by the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. And, while rental assistance is an essential aspect of these vouchers, they also provide far more than that. Inherent to the PSH model are supportive services, designed to help clients work toward autonomy and better-maintain stable housing — be it psychological, medical or civil assistance. “Each client will get assigned a case manager and it’s that person’s responsibility to get that client the resources they need to stay housed,” explains Greg Harms, CEO of the Boulder Shelter. “If it’s that they need help getting to the food bank every week, that’s what we’ll do. If they need help with their social security application, that’s what we’ll do. If they need physical health resources, we’ll get them over to the clinic. It will be the responsibility of the case manager to bring the resources to bear for that person.” The 12 apartments in Boulder, owned by the Boulder Shelter at Remington Post in North Boulder, were previously designated for “transitional housing,” Harms explains. He says, the clients were always employed, they could pay some rent, but not market rent, and their time in those apartments was very limited. The new clients moving into those apartments, by contrast, are on the other end of the spectrum. “We’re moving from offering these units to the people who are least vulnerable, to the people who are most vulnerable,” Harms says. Meaning that the clients who fill them will, in all likelihood, be staying for the foreseeable future. And truly, when it comes to PSH, that’s the real measure of success — the longer you can keep clients housed and supported, the more effective your efforts will have been. “The intention is that this is a permanent resource,” Biess says. “There is a recertification process periodically, but typically these types of permanent housing programs are intended to be long-term.” To be eligible for these housing vouchers in the first place (or for any homeless services in Boulder, for that matter), requires a person go through Boulder’s Coordinated Entry process. Single individuals seeking services like permanent housing, or even shelter for the night, must go through a short screening process to assess their vulnerability and needs. Clients with the highest levels of vulnerability will be referred to BSHC by the regional OneHome system, and then if all goes right, they’ll soon be set up in a new, permanent home. Currently, though, these 12 apartments are still occupied by the Shelter’s transitional housing clients. So, it can’t open up all of them right away. Instead, the units are slowly rolling over into these new vouchers, phasing out the transitional housing clients and filling their vacancies with PSH clients. By December, Harms says, the first voucher recipient will be moving into their new home. Then, hopefully, it’s all downhill from there. “Clients will contribute about a third of their income towards their housing, that’s generally what’s considered affordable,” Biess explains. “And these vouchers make up the difference between what that client can afford and what the standard market price is on that unit, what the landlord would normally charge for it.” But, she clarifies, having an income at all is not a requirement for eligibility. If a client has absolutely no income whatsoever, then the voucher would still make up that entire difference, she says. “But then, as part of their support services we’d be looking at what other sources of income we could help them find.” In fact, the only requirement is the initial coordinated entry screening process. Beyond that, it’s just about having a real and serious need for housing. “There’s no requirement,” Harm affirms. “We don’t force anything on people because we’ve found it just doesn’t work. Our number one goal is just to keep people housed.” Beyond that, the Housing First model is also a cost-effective measure for the 14 November 8, 2018
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n Oct. 30, NASA finally retired the Kepler space The Kepler space telescope found thousands telescope, the prolific of planets before runplanet-hunter that has ning out of fuel and retiring in late October. been scanning the skies for the past nine years. If you’ve been following the mission over the last several months, you might recall that the spacecraft was put to sleep and brought back into service a few times as it was slowly running out of fuel. What you may not realize is that much of this drama was unfolding locally, from a control room at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) on the east campus of the University of Colorado. The Kepler spacecraft was built in Boulder by Ball Aerospace, and launched from Cape Canaveral in March 2009. Its original four-year mission was designed to learn how common planets like the Earth are around other stars in our galaxy. To accomplish this goal, the telescope stared at a patch of the summer Milky Way about the size of your fist at arms length. With few interruptions over four years, it carefully measured the brightness of 200,000 stars every 30 minutes, waiting for the shadow of a planet to pass. The idea behind this galactic census was simple. Some fraction of the carefully selected target stars would have planets. If the planets were randomly oriented in space, then a few percent would pass directly in front of their star from Kepler’s vantage point. The amount of light that went missing for several hours during these mini-eclipses would reveal the size of the planet compared to the star. The interval between eclipses was the orbital period of the planet, shorter for those that are close to their star and longer for those farther away. The results of Kepler’s survey are astounding. It revealed that nearly every star in the sky probably has at least one orbiting world, and the most common planets in the galaxy are two or three times larger than the Earth. In the 20 years prior to Kepler, astronomers had discovered about 400 planets around other stars. During its lifetime, Kepler found 2,700 confirmed planets and identified another 2,900 suspected worlds that are still waiting to be verified. Several hundred of these are at just the right distance from their star where liquid water could possibly exist. “Kepler has captured the public imagination,” says Lee Reedy, Kepler Flight Director in Mission Operations at LASP. “It’s been really inspiring to see people, amateur astronomers and even kids, combing through the data and finding new and exciting things.” Boulder Weekly
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Reedy moved to Boulder from Colorado Springs in 2012. He was working at LASP when the original Kepler mission ended in 2013, and has managed ground operations during the extended mission that just finished, known as K2. In 2013, a critical hardware failure left Kepler unable to continue pointing at its original targets. Engineers at Ball Aerospace devised a clever fix that allowed the telescope to continue searching for planets during shorter campaigns in other parts of the sky. The team at LASP was responsible for implementing the new strategy. For the past five years, the K2 mission has pointed at a series of positions all around the sky, monitoring new targets for about 80 days at a time. The shorter duration meant that K2 could only find planets that were relatively close to their star, moving around quickly enough for K2 to see more than one eclipse in 80 days. But the flexibility of moving to new regions of the sky meant that K2 could do much more than just find planets, it could also do a broad range of interesting science. The first indications that K2 was running out of fuel came in early July, so NASA placed the spacecraft in sleep mode until August. At that point they brought it back up, downloaded the data from the most recent observations, and pointed the telescope at the next set of targets. In late September, NASA put K2 back to sleep until mid-October when they downloaded the final set of data. Last week, when they tried to move to the next set of targets, the spacecraft finally ran out of fuel. “Throughout all of it, we have used students to command Kepler and do engineering analysis on various subsystems,” Reedy mentions. He explains that LASP hires students every year, and puts them through a summer training program where they learn about all of the missions that LASP is currently operating. Kepler was one of five or six. At the end of the summer, the students get certified to be command controllers. Using remote radio dishes in the Deep Space Network, which are large enough to cover a football stadium, they send commands to the spacecraft to download the data and point the telescope to the next position in the sky. “I really feel like over the past few years I’ve grown up with Kepler in the aerospace department,” says Reidar Larsen, a student at CU who works as a command controller. “Everything that I have learned in class, I walk over to LASP and I see it in action.” Like the rest of us, the students at LASP will undoubtedly miss the steady stream of observations coming from Kepler and K2. But even though they will no longer be collecting new data, these historic missions have gathered enough information over the past decade to keep astronomers busy for many years to come. The missions may be over, but the discoveries will certainly continue. Travis Metcalfe, Ph.D., is a researcher and science communicator based in Boulder. The Lab Notes series is made possible in part by a research grant from the National Science Foundation. Boulder Weekly
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’m swinging from the top of the tallest route at the brand-new Earth Treks Englewood facility, my camera in tow. Looking down at the emergence of Colorado’s newest climbing community, I snap pictures as folks pull down on brightly colored plastic holds and smear their feet against the textured walls, smiling while fighting against the pull of gravity. Both green rock enthusiasts and seasoned vets alike are exchanging grunts and encouraging exclamations as they pass tough moves or cling for dear life, trying to figure out the next place to go on the gym’s 65-foot-high artificial climbing walls — which are now the tallest you can find anywhere in Colorado. The 53,000-square-foot Earth Treks climbing facility in Englewood, Colorado, opened in early September, and it’s the largest of its kind in North America. With more than 250 roped-climbing routes, 200 feet of crack climbing and 230 bouldering routes, this is a monumental amount of climbing under one roof. Even dangling from above, I feel the excitement buzzing down below. Have you seen those flashy photos flood your Instagram feed lately — you know, the ones with climbers hanging effortlessly from a precarious piece Boulder Weekly
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you learn to properly fall on lead and your belayer Earth Trek’s newest gym expansion and its inclusion learns safe catchof new climbing styles and ing techniques. education tactics symbolize a new age in the sport. Slowly I developed into the high-alpine, multipitch climber I am today. Earth Trek’s new climbing gym responds to the demand for more indoor climbing opportunities here in Colorado. Since the second half of the 20th century, professional climbers and amateurs alike have used gyms to train for their outdoor pursuits. But with the twin influences of a booming fitness industry, population increases in Colorado and the announcement that climbing will join the Olympic Games in 2020, gym climbing has skyrocketed in the U.S. In 2017, 43 new gyms opened (that’s almost one per state) and climbing for fitness skyrocketed a whopping 10 percent last year. It’s no longer unusual for people to climb only indoors. see EARTH TREKS Page 20
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There’s one route in particular that stands out in the Englewood facility: the brand-new, full-sized, regulation speed wall. Speed climbing — an indoor climbing discipline where competitors race up a standardized 10- or 15-meter route on top rope — has long been considered a distant practice among U.S. climbing communities. But now that it’s been bundled with lead climbing and bouldering in the Olympic games, elite climbers who want to wear the U.S. colors must also train for indoor speed. Before Englewood’s facility opened, speed climbers living on the Front Range would have to travel hundreds of miles just to find a 15-meter standardized wall on which to practice. I caught up with Carlo Kopf, a long-time climber at Earth Treks and dad of world-class youth climber Sienna Kopf. Sienna Kopf, 16, placed third in the Speed Climbing National competition in her age group and 10th this year in the World Speed Competition for Youths. The Kopfs used to drive seven and a half hours to Utah in order to train on a full-sized speed wall. Earth Treks included the 15-meter course, complete with auto-belay and timer. “We are pretty excited to have a full-sized speed wall in our backyard,” Kopf says. Sienna doesn’t have to worry about fatigue from travel and envisions her climbing career blossoming even further with the new accessibility. During Earth Treks opening week, I chatted with several climbers who came from the original Golden facility to check out the new digs. In the busy bouldering area, climbers of varying skill levels were monkeying about in the caves, chatting about the excitement of “sick new holds” and the creative terrain. One climber I talked to couldn’t wait to bring his wife to the new facility. She’d been hesitant to join him bouldering, since the drops from the tops of the rope-less walls were often daunting in height. Earth Treks Englewood installed a ladder on one of the bouldering walls to help climbers safely reach the ground again. As though anticipating new climbers flocking to the walls, eager to learn the sport, there’s a dedicated area to education, with the ability to create two classrooms on shorter walls for climbers to hone their skills. The lead wall offers more seasoned climbers an opportunity to get their pump on with its completely overhung terrain from start to finish. The climbing wall design firm Walltopia worked directly with Earth Treks to respond to the needs and wants of their climbers: varied features, overhangs, creative problem solving. Looking at the heartbreak wall, you see a large crack running through the middle of a threedimensional heart shape. “We are excited to introduce new people to the amazing sport of climbing and get more people included in the best community around,” says Tori Barnett, marketing manager at Earth Treks. I’ve felt the powerful uplift that climbing communities provide. Newer climbers often learn techniques from more seasoned vets, developing mentor/mentee relationships. Since outdoor climbing gear is expensive, climbing partnerships develop in order to share gear and at the crag (outdoor climbing area) and it isn’t uncommon for fellow climbers to shout words of encouragement as someone attempts to pull a difficult move. Earth Treks wants to serve as the go-to gym for facilitating mentorship and positive-minded climbing, so with its opening, the gym rolled out a new program to make climbing more accessible. You can take a one-hour belay class where a newbie climber can learn the ropes (literally) and safely learn how to top rope. The best part? If you’re a member of the gym, you can gift these courses for free to friends and loved ones. The belay course enables climbers to learn the basic safety of climbing in a controlled environment. The course includes a full-day of access to the gym, all classes and workout facilities so you can practice what you learn. “We want to further foster that climbing community. We integrated hangout spaces and lounge areas because people come spend the day here,” Barnett explains. Englewood’s expansion and inclusion of new climbing styles and approaches to climbing education symbolizes a new age in the sport. And as I get lowered down from the top of the 65-foot route, camera in hand, I let the buzz in the gym settle in. The excitement makes me smile — it’s a great time to be a climber. All around me there are people from every walk of life getting excited to push their own boundaries and jump into the sport. Boulder Weekly
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Staying human with Michael Franti The musician and human rights activist’s new documentary, ‘Stay Human,’ avoids partisan politics to be the call to action this world needs now
t’s Election Day, Nov. 6, 2018, and it feels serendipitous to get the chance to talk with Michael Franti about his new documentary, Stay Human. Here we are on what feels like a day of reckoning in America after two years (three? 242?) of soulcrushing division, violence, conspiracy theories and identity politics, talking about a film that directly addresses our collective pain without directly addressing the politics that seem to cause it. Stay Human introduces you to some of the people Franti has met on his journey as a musician and human rights activist, from Atlanta to the Philippines to South Africa to Bali. These are people who have inspired Franti, shown him what courage looks like in the face of real adversity, how love outshines the darkness of terminal illness, how individual ingenuity can outsmart corporate greed. These are people who have shown Franti what it means to stay human when everything that makes you feel human has been taken away: your home, your health, your livelihood. And while humanity deals with these injustices via the maddeningly imperfect mechanisms of civilian government, Franti wanted to avoid the “trap of political tribalism” in his film. “What I want is for people to feel what is happening out there, to feel what it’s like to be someone
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who’s been affected by a hurricane and is ready to have a baby and your home has been demolished,” Franti says. “I don’t know if it’s because of the anonymity of the internet and people feel like they can do whatever they want from behind their keyboard, or if it’s because we have a president that’s doing that kind of bullying from the head office down, or if it’s because we have a climate in our country where that kind of politicking is OK and we can elect a president like that — I don’t know what came first,” he says, “but we are living in a time when there is so much meanness, hatred, racism, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, there’s so much put out everyday. How do we combat that with being able to connect with each other as
human beings and being able to see each other as the imperfect people that we are? We can embrace that, we can have these conversations without attacking each other. That’s what I wanted. The movie is inspired by these times we’re living in, but I felt like there were so many films out there that are just hit pieces against one political perspective or another and that’s not what I wanted.” Stay Human addresses the exact topics that sent many of us to the polls this year — environmental justice and sustainability, access to healthcare, mental healthcare and education — but it places the focus directly on the human experience. That’s kind of Franti’s modus operandi; he’s been exploring the concept of what it means to be human his whole life, starting as an emotional multi-racial kid raised in a mixed adopted family who bottled up their emotions. “I think my greatest struggle [in life] has been to be my authentic self,” Franti says. “I never really felt like I fit in the neighborhood or the family or at see STAY HUMAN Page 24
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wo black holes circling each other deep in space, going round and round until they finally collide. The impact sends waves rippling out into the universe, gravitational radiation warping space and time. Undetectable until just a few years ago, Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity first predicted the existence of gravitational waves in 1916, sending scientists on a century long journey of discovery — a search to record and observe the effects of massive, violent cosmic collisions and explosions. Zimmer’s dad was one of those scientists, and the Parisian DJ and producer’s first single, Landing, off his forthcoming album is a tribute to the years of work that culminated in the scientific discovery. “I wrote the track in one afternoon,” Zimmer says from his apartment (and studio) in Paris. “I felt this sensation... after awhile I realized it was the exact same feeling I had when my dad told me he had discovered gravitational waves. It’s all based on that feeling of looking for something for a very long time and it finally coming together.” Like the gravitational waves that break through the space time continuum, rippling through the universe at almost undetectable speeds, the different elements of Zimmer’s music bump up against each other creating entire worlds as they interact. Tropical drumbeats run into synthesized melodies, torn in two by gently plucked piano and blaring trumpet notes. Almost impalpable laser sounds layer in the background, occasionally breaking into center focus with hypnotic capability. While potentially chaotic, the end result is anything but; what it’s saying is up to the listener. The musician began his career about a decade ago, inspired by the nu-disco and related French Touch movements, a mixture of 1970s disco, ’80s dance and ’90s house music, popularized internationally by art-
says, replete with fog machines and an intricately constructed light show. “It’s kind of weird because there is no formula for it,” Zimmer says, excited by the prospect. Like traditional rock bands with various members playing individual instruments, Zimmer has broken down the different elements of each track into different instrumental aspects and will use synths and a variety of machines to mix live. “I’ll be there with basiON THE BILL: cally all my songs cut down Zimmer. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, like a band, with the drums Larimer Lounge, 2721 and the bass and I can interLarimer St., Denver. act with each element,” he says. “And sometimes I’ll play the melodies or the bass depending on each crowd and then I can kind of mix up everything together and create new parts by combining different parts of different songs.” ists like St. Germain and the duo Daft Punk. Zimmer describes a cerFor the album, Zimmer spent 18 months in the tain sense of mystery that encompasses the French studio, immersed in memories that influence each electronic scene he’s establishing himself in; it “works track. His apartment building in Paris is taller than both in the underground and in the mainstream withmost others around, with large windows overlooking out ever being cheesy,” he says. It’s “pretty underhalf of the city, creating an airy, floating sensation ground and danceable, and at the same time pop in a Zimmer encapsulates in his music. good way, in a listenable way.” “I basically just sit here all day watching through And yet, he says, the dreamy, California aesthetic the window and watching the colors change, I can see he experienced as a young kid plays an even greater the sky, and everything is moving,” he says. “And I role in his music than the clubs of Paris, as he spent feel like I’m in a little cloud, and that’s influenced a his childhood living in both France and Los Angeles, lot of tracks on the record.” where his dad worked on detecting gravitational waves He’s made a name for himself in the DJ world, at CalTech. comfortable performing behind a CD turntable and “Knowing there’s something else than where you’re mixer, somewhat separate from crowds, whether it’s at living as a kid, I think it made me more curious and a dark night club or a tent at Coachella. But, for his open,” he says. This curiosity is the essential fabric of current U.S. tour, Zimmer will forgo the DJ booth Zimmer’s music, a universal curiosity that can lead and perform live, alone on stage. both to scientific discovery and artistic expression. “It’s kind of exciting and scary for a French kid, “That discovery made me who I am today,” he but it’s awesome at the same time,” he says. He’s says. “Without that search for gravitational waves, my thrilled by the freedom of a live show, to play off the dad would not have gone to the U.S. and I would audience, switch up the tempo, skip tracks, throw out have not gone to the U.S. and I probably wouldn’t be the set list entirely. It’s an immersive experience, he making music today.”
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onductor Zachary Carrettin and the Boulder Bach Festival return to one of J.S. Bach’s masterworks of their repertoire on Sunday (Nov. 11), the Mass in B minor. But if you heard it the last time they performed the same work, in 2015, you should know this time will be different. Then it was performed in intimate settings in Boulder and Denver; now it will be performed in any well-thought and well-executed Macky Auditorium. Then it was perapproach can have depth [and] substance formed by a small chorus and orchestra; and be a memorable concert.” now the numbers will be greater. Then Concert is the correct word, there were period instruments; now Carrettin says, even though the text is there are not. Then the soloists were that of the Latin Mass. “We’re presentearly-music specialists; now they include ing this as a concert work, and that is operatic voices. what it has become in the last two cenIn fact, this will be very much a turies,” he says. “modern” performance, with no selfIn fact, the entire B-minor Mass consciously historical was probably never perperformance practices. formed in Bach’s lifeDoing a deliberately time, and even then ON THE BILL: Dance of Life: non-historical perforwould not have been Mass in B Minor, by Johann mance seems unusual suitable for a service in Sebastian Bach, performed by for an organization Bach’s church. It Boulder Bach Festival. 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, Macky devoted to early includes music written Auditorium, CU Campus, music, but that deciover 35 years of the Boulder. Tickets to this event sion was influenced composer’s lifetime, and more BBF events at boulderbachfestival.org both by the large conassembled and recert hall where it will appropriated into a final be presented and by form dictated by the Carrettin’s own philosophy. structure of the Catholic Mass — by a “I firmly believe that the acoustic resolutely Lutheran composer. environment, the ensemble size, and the That is part of the mystery and the approach that we take with phrasing fascination of the piece, that it includes and tone production and balance should powerful religious symbolism at the change from concert to concert,” he same time that it functions so well as a says. “I hope that what our audiences concert experience. “Of course there is have come to expect and appreciate is text painting, and of course there are that each time we perform music of the intersections of the liturgy and the 18th century, there’s something a little music, of course there is a Trinitarian different from the last time they attend- structure to the work with multiples of ed a concert. three, culminating in 27 movements,” “In fact, this idea of performance Carrettin says. practices does not need to be limited to “We could look at all of that, but I the practices of the time of the composthink that there’s a place where the theer. I am probably in a very small group oretical, and the presentation of a conof early music specialists who believe that cert work, need to come to terms with
one another. The numerology and the painting of the image of a cross in musical notation and many of these inspired details in the score are wonderful to read about and to study, but ultimately we want to have a riveting concert experience.” The B-minor Mass is broad enough and deep enough, Carrettin believes, that it will speak on many different levels, depending on the religious beliefs of individual listeners. “We are presenting it as a concert work but there are spiritual or religious aspects in our presentation that can be interpreted freely by the audience,” he says. One added layer of meaning that Carrettin finds particularly significant is that the performance falls on Nov. 11 — Veterans Day in the U.S. and Remembrance Day in the British Commonwealth, a holiday that began as a celebration of the end of World War I exactly 100 years ago. “However one wants to look at this magical piece of music, by programming this concert on Veterans Day we seek to engage the deeper aspects of this musical work regardless of what they mean to each audience member,” he says. “As audience members enter the space they will be given a flower and asked to remember a loved one that they have lost, and to place the flower on the stage.” While the performing forces are larger than most BBF performances, the B-Minor Mass clearly fits into the festival’s overall mission. “Some audience members love to hear what they’ve never heard before, some love to hear their favorite pieces of music in a live performance,” Carrettin says. “We offer performances of works that have never been played in 200 years, and we offer repetitions of masterworks that we perform every four or five years.” The B-Minor Mass is an opportunity, he says, “to be part of an experience, from J.S. Bach to the present, that seeks to connect with our humanity.” Boulder Weekly
a r t s & culture Punketry versus Jazzetry: A poetic battle for the ages by Sarah Haas
unketry versus Jazzetry. receive a formal complaint,” he says, Von Disco provides a musical stage on Either you know what it is or proudly. “And I think there’s a need for which the poets perform while Black you don’t. If you do, you’re music like that that brings out the Market Translation plays what they will, probably a poet — and not uncomfortable emotional side of poetry. asking the poet to bend to their musijust any kind of poet, but the I like that our music can let people be cal landscape instead. kind that doesn’t hide their words in angry and loud; it’s a dynamic that can “At Jazzetry, you will see Von Disco books, the kind that doesn’t think poems set poets free from their own expectaasking the poets for cues to help set the should be read on the page, the kind that tions of what poetry is supposed to be.” tone and tempo. Mid-set they will call out believes words have a life of their own. Meanwhile, Jazzetry’s Von Disco trio notes to each other in a very organized If you don’t know what it means, was probably off studying music and version of improv,” she says. “At Punketry, you’re in luck because both Punketry and practicing sophisticated progressions in a the band doesn’t make eye contact with Jazzetry are rather self-explan- Courtesy of ALOC Media anyone, not each other, not atory. The former is an improv even the poet. They just performance of punk and play their hearts out.” poetry, the later an improv Differences aside, the performance of jazz and poettwo events do have a ry. The former is a monthly common goal: to empowevent at the Mutiny Cafe in er poets and poetry. Denver, the later a monthly Boulder and Denver, both event at The Laughing Goat rich with poetic history in Boulder. Established just six and both strongly months apart, they both came rooted in the Beat to fruition in 2016 and each is tradition, boast ON THE BILL: a brain child of a band and a scenes that have Punketry versus Jazzetry. poetry publication from their almost always 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. respective hometowns. The viewed poetry as 15, Tennyson’s Tap, 4335 W. 38th Ave., Denver. two events have existed, sepamusical and as a livrately, for the past two years, ing, breathing form but on Nov. 15 they will conof art. verge, in a competition of “Jazzetry will evoke sorts, at Tennyson’s Tap in Denver. diversity of musical traditions. As lifethat tradition very intentionally,” says Punketry might be listed first on the long music students turned music educa- Matt Diss, owner of Boulder’s ALOC bill, but that’s probably just because its tors, the group is refined, versatile and, Media, the producer of Jazzetry. “It has a people, Punch Drunk Press and punk as far as they know, haven’t received any very Kerouac vibe, the feel of being in a group Black Market Translation (BMT), formal complaints since coming together coffee shop and giving everyone snaps. made the flyers. But Punketry is just a nearly 10 years ago. It’s very calm and cool. Punketry is more little bit younger, coming into being six “The difference between us and of a departure, some might say an evolumonths after Jazzetry first hit the stage. Black Market Translation is simple,” says tion. It’s creepy and raw and totally Some call them copy cats. The founders Von Disco key player Tyson Bennett. authentic. But you know, they’re both say it’s an idea that existed long before “They basically play the same three really beautiful. anyone ever thought of it. chords over again and again. We are “As a media company, it’s important “It was already a concept before any much more sophisticated.” for us to support artists. We want to of us caught on, although it took us a Guitarist Jesse Ryan Hunter intergive them a stage, we want to bring while to come around. Not surprisingly, rupts: “He’s joking of course. But we publishers to carefully curated shows. the Jazzetry folks had their shit together really are much snobbier. We’ve studied We want to give poets not just a stage more than we did and so they got to it music our whole lives and at Jazzetry we to perform on, but a musical backfirst,” poet Matt Clifford says. always try to explore as much sonic terground to inspire improvisation — one Looking back, he thinks Punketry’s rain as possible.” that can change the game for a poet. So entrance into this world happened acciUnlike other battles of the bands, the far, the outcome has always been true dentally, at a 2011 Fringe Festival in winner of Punketry versus Jazzetry isn’t joy. You can see it on their face, in the Boulder, back when they invited poets to determined by who was first or which is way they smile.” perform. Clifford was invited to read and, better. In fact, it isn’t determined at all. Traditional poetry, often seen as a on a whim, brought his improv psycheBut if it were, it would be judged by who mousy art form, may be used to living in delic punk band with him. They set up best supports their poets and how. And, the quiet pages of books, but Punketry on the stage behind Trident Booksellers with each band taking such different versus Jazzetry is an event begging it to and Cafe and performed the yet-to-be approaches, there’s really no way to come out of the shadows. Not just named Punketry for the first time, his determine a victor, only to recognize because poetry matters and not just words barely audible above the music, or the difference in philosophies. because it deserves a different presence “noise,” depending on who you talk to. Sarah Rodriguez, editor-in-chief of in our society, but because, as Clifford “We were the first act to get kicked Punketry’s presenting Punch Drunk says, “poets are rock stars. It’s time for out of Fringe Fest, the first people to Press, distinguishes the two, saying that that metaphor to become a fact.” Boulder Weekly
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TAUK. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095.
‘HAPPENING: A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION.’ 7 P.M. FRIDAY, NOV. 9, CHAUTAUQUA COMMUNITY HOUSE, 900 BASELINE ROAD, BOULDER, 303-440-7666. Filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier across the United States. Unlikely entrepreneurs in communities from Georgetown, Texas, to Buffalo, New York, reveal pioneering clean energy solutions while Redford’s discovery of how clean energy works, and what it means at a personal level, becomes the audiences’ discovery too. Reaching well beyond a great story of technology and innovation, Happening explores issues of human resilience, social justice, embracing the future, and finding hope for our survival. Tickets are $12 ($9 for concert members).
On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New Yorkbred band TAUK offer an unsettling but exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world, delivered via their blend of progressive rock, hip-hop and jazz.
see EVENTS Page 32
OH MY GEODE! SILENT AUCTION TO BENEFIT CANINES FOR DISABLED KIDS. 1 P.M. SUNDAY, NOV. 11, CRYSTAL SPRINGS BREWERY, 657 S. TAYLOR AVE., UNIT E, LOUISVILLE, 303-665-8888. On Nov. 11, from 1-4 p.m., you can head to Crystal Springs Brewery and peruse all sorts of rare and beautiful rocks, crystals, gems, geodes, minerals, handmade jewelry and more, all contributed by local businesses, artists and enthusiasts, and all to benefit Canines for Disabled Kids, a nonprofit that works to increase independence for children with disabilities and their families by promoting service dog partnerships. There will be more than 100 items and everything will be 40-75 percent off retail price, with minimum bids starting at only $5. Support a great cause and enjoy fun, food and beers — Crystal Springs Brewery has even committed to donating $1 for every beer purchased.
SHARING TRANSGENDER STORIES: Q&A PANEL. 6:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, OUT BOULDER COUNTY, 630 MAIN ST., LONGMONT, 303-499-5777. From Nov. 12–19, individuals and organizations around the country will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, and address the issues the community faces. Celebrate Trans Awareness Week with Out Boulder County for an evening of inspiring storytelling. Learn about trans experiences, have an opportunity to have your questions answered and learn how to be a better ally.
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events Courtesy of Damien Echols
At age 18, Damien Echols was sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. He spent his years in prison training to be a magician. With his book ‘High Magick,’ Echols shares his first teaching book on the spiritual techniques that helped him survive and transcend his ordeal on death row. Echols will speak about and sign his new book, ‘High Magick: A Guide to the Spiritual Practices That Saved My Life on Death Row,’ on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Boulder Book Store.
Thursday, Nov. 8 Diane Bell — Shoot from the Heart. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Innisfree Weekly Open Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder.
Laurence MacNaughton — No Sleep Til Doomsday. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Jeffery B. Miller — WWI Crusaders. 2 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Wednesday, Nov. 14
Saturday, Nov. 10
Mile High Stories: 25 Years of Our Best Writing. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
The Nutcracker Storytime — with Boulder Ballet. 10:30 a.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Monday, Nov. 12
Kelly Notaras — The Book You Were Born to Write. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
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As I Lay Dying. 8 p.m. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, 720-420-0030. Ian Ethan Case. 7 p.m. The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214.
Happy Hour — with #NoPhilter. 5:30 p.m. Boulder Marriott, 2660 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303-443-0542.
Lindsey Saunders. 6 p.m. Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 Hover St., Longmont, 303-4859400.
Hard Rock: Archeologist Brings Prehistoric Musical Instruments to FRCC. 11:30 a.m. Front Range Community College, Community Room, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont, 303-678-3722.
Low Cut Connie. 9:30 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003.
Ice Cube. 8 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360.
DU Lamont Chorale, Lamont Women’s Chorus, Lamont Men’s Choir. 7:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-6499.
Ladies Of LCD Soundsystem Tour — with Nancy Whang, Gavin Rayna Russom. 9 p.m. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St., Denver, 303-993-8023.
Courtesy of CU Presents
Years of violence and war have stripped Hecuba, Queen of Troy, of all she holds dear. After her son’s dead body washes ashore and her daughter is sacrificed to the gods, Hecuba — held captive, unsure of her fate and with nothing left to lose — works with the women around her to exact her revenge on the men who wronged her family. CU Theatre & Dance presents a world premiere translation of Euripides’ ‘Hecuba’ through Nov. 11.
Aloha: Postcards from Polynesia. The BiTSY Stage, 1137 South Huron St., Denver. Through Nov. 18.
Boston Marriage. Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Through Nov. 11.
Atomic. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. Through Nov. 23.
Bite-Size. DCPA Off Center, Book Bar, 4280 Tennyson St., Denver. Through Nov. 18.
Avenue Q — A CenterStage Theatre Company Production. CenterStage Theatre at Koko Plaza, 901 Front St., Louisville. Through Nov. 18.
The Dining Room — presented by Evergreen Players. Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. Through Nov. 11.
The Adventures of Dracula. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Through Nov. 24.
Educating Rita. Arvada Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theatre, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Through Nov. 11.
Annie Get Your Gun. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Through Nov. 25.
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Damien Echols — High Magick. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Timothy DeNevi — Freak Kingdom. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver.
SUNDAY, NOV. 11 NOON SENIOR DAY
Active Minds Lecture: The Legacy of World War I. 12:30 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
BAFS Second Sundays Poetry Workshop. 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.
Thursday, November 8
Tuesday, Nov. 13
Molly Tanzer — Creatures of Want and Ruin. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Friday, Nov. 9
SATURDAY, NOV. 10 1:30 PM
So, You’re a Poet. 9 p.m. Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Laura Weaver — Luminous. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9 7:00 PM POST-MATCH AUTOGRAPHS
Minor Disturbance Weekly Workshop + Open Mic. 1 p.m. Prodigy Coffeehouse, 3801 E. 40th Ave., Denver.
The Nobel Lecture Series Fall 2018 November Lecture. 7 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
N.E.D. Rock Concert Benefit for Women’s Cancer. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-506-7014. The Orb. 8 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111. see EVENTS Page 33
Harvey — presented by Phamaly Theatre. The Olin Hotel, 1420 Logan St., Denver. Through Nov. 11. Hecuba — presented by CU Theatre & Dance. University Theatre, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. Through Nov. 11. Love Alone — presented by Firehouse Theater Company. The John Hand Theater, CFU Lowry Campus, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. Through Nov. 10. Mary Poppins. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. Through Nov. 11. My Name is Asher Lev— presented by Cherry Creek Theater Company. Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia, Denver. Through Nov. 11. Over the River and Through The Woods — presented by Coal Creek Theater of Louisville. Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Through. Nov. 10. Still Life with Iris. MSU Denver Studio Theatre, King Center, Auraria Campus, Denver. Through Nov. 18. The Wolves — presented by Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company. Dairy Arts Center, Carson Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Nov. 18. Xanadu. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through March 31.
Courtesy of NCAR/Tiffany Miller Russell
Tiffany Miller Russell’s paper sculptures create inviting glimpses of familiar worlds that display a heightened sense of reality. These works are created from specialty art papers, which are cut flat and then shaped by hand, with an intent to create sculpture that resembles painting. Russell’s work is showing at NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory through Jan. 4.
All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons. Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., Lyons. Anthrome: A Survey of Jason DeMarte’s Work. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through Nov. 18. Clas Oldenburg with Coosje Van Bruggen. Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building (Level 2), 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Jan. 6. Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts. Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., Lyons. Ongoing exhibit. Cut Paper Wildlife Sculptures — by Tiffany Russell. NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through Jan. 4. Daisy Patton: This Is Not Goodbye. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through Nov. 17. Documenting Change: Our Climate, the Rockies. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through May 2019.
EYES ON Julie Buffalohead. Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building (Level 4), 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Feb. 3. EYES ON Shimabuku. Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building (Level 4), 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Feb. 3. Fossils: Clues to the Past. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall, 15th and Broadway Boulder. Ongoing exhibit. Hungry Birds: The Photography of David Leatherman. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, 15th and Broadway Boulder. Through Dec. 1. Is It Photography? — Fu Wenjun. Dairy Arts Center, Hand-Rudy & MacMillon Family Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Nov. 25.
REMBRANDT: Painter as Printmaker. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Jan. 6. Small Wood Sculptures — by Charles Counter. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Through Jan. 6. So authentic, it hurts — by Amber St Lucia. Dairy Arts Center, Polly Addison Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Nov. 25. Someday, Everything — Dave Rowe. Dairy Arts Center, McMahon Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Nov. 25. Strong Women in Bloom — by Stephen Parlato. Naropa University, Arapahoe Campus, Lincoln Gallery, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Through Dec. 15. Tara Donovan: Fieldwork. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through Jan. 27. Watercolor — by Nancy Sullo. NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through Jan. 4. Worlds Suspended in Reality. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through Jan. 20. World War II Diary Transcribed at the Museum. Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., Lyons. Ongoing exhibit.
EVENTS from Page 32
Paper Moonshine. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Perception as Seed of Poetry — with Reed Bye and Anne Waldman. 7 p.m. Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-444-0202. Perpetual Groove, Kung Fu. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. 8 p.m. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666. Sal and The Swing Shift Band. 5 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186. Events Brewmaster. 7 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Cinema Program screening: Persona. 7 p.m. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Sean Patton. 8 p.m. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303-595-3637. More show times at comedyworks.com. Tea With the Dames. 2:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Warren Miller’s Face of Winter. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Through Nov. 11. Friday, November 9 Music Artist Opening Reception: Uncommon Threads, Perhaps More — with music by Shawn Cunnane. 6 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064. Cantabile Celebrates 30 Years and Counting. 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder, 720-204-8806.
Jeff Lambert, J.C. McKim. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Dance Party. 9 p.m. Lion’s Lair Lounge, 2022 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-320-9200. Through Nov. 10. Judo Chop, Flash Mountain Flood. 7:30 p.m. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland, 303-258-3637. Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene, Mojomama. 7 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397. Late Night Radio (Album Release Party) — with Daily Bread, Recess, Derlee. 9 p.m. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Lowfive. 7 p.m. Stein Brewing Company, 2516 49th St., Unit 5, Boulder, 720-739-2739. Mark Battles. 7 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 2549 Welton St., Denver, 720-242-9782.
Chris Dismuke. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Tap Room, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-776-1914.
The Matt Skellenger Group. 8 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Cinema Program screening: La Roue (The Wheel). 7 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Music and Dance of India & Indonesia. 7:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-6499.
Mike Shinoda. 8 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360.
Day of the Dead: Altars on Display. Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-5200. Through Nov. 9.
Covenhoven. 8 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
The Great Indian Novel. 4:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Knit-Crochet Clinic. 2:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Madeline’s Madeline. 4:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Military LGBT History Celebration. 6 p.m. Boulder Impact Hub, 1877 Broadway, Boulder, 303-629-2899.
Death From Above. 7:30 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111. Erik Boa Duo. 7 p.m. Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 Hover St., Longmont, 303-485-9400. eTown presents: An Evening with Gretchen Peters. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-443-8696. Hillbilly Hellcats. 5 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Jason Ricci, Chuck Campbell: Otis Taylor’s Trance Blues Fest Pre-Show. 7:30 p.m. Dannik’s Gunbarrel Corner Bar, 6525 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303-530-7423.
Oregonia. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 720-352-4327. Purple State — with Members of Elephant Revival. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Grill and Brew, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Satsang — with Special Guests Tim and Chitty (of Nahko & Medicine for the People). 9 p.m. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Seicento Baroque Ensemble presents Baroque Pairings: Voices and Violins. 7:30 p.m. First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 805 Third Ave., Longmont, 720-772-1610. see EVENTS Page 34
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“Differentiated citizenship” and the persistence of informal rural credit systems in Amazonia. 3:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOV. 8 Guest Master Class: Francisco Bernier, classical guitar. 4:30
p.m. Chamber Hall, 1020 18th St., Boulder, 303-492-6352.
Guggenheim Geography, 205, 1475 Central Campus Mall, Boulder.
Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People featuring Oakleigh Thorne. 5:30 p.m.
CrossBorder: Panels, readings, screenings and discussions on immigration, migration and the U.S./
Museum of Boulder, Tebo Center 2205 Broadway St., Boulder.
Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land — A book release event with Stephen Strom and Rebecca Robinson. 6:30 p.m. Eaton Humanities, 150, 1610 Pleasant St., Boulder.
Ascending Through Time: A Brief History of Climbing in Boulder. 7 p.m. Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall, 1035 Broadway, Boulder.
Free Concert: Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird. 7 p.m. Old Main Theater, 1600 Pleasant St., Boulder.
Provenance: An MFA dance concert. 7:30 p.m. University Theatre, Boulder, 303-492-8181. More dates through Nov. 11.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9 2018 Pollinator Summit. 8 a.m. Denver
Botanic Gardens 1007 York St., Denver
Veterans Day Ceremony. 11 a.m. University
Mexico Border. 3:45 p.m. Norlin Library, M549, Center for British and Irish Studies, 1157 18th St., Boulder. More dates through Nov. 10.
Getches-Wilkinson Center: Inaugural Ruth Wright Distinguished Lecture in Natural Resources. 5:30 p.m. Wolf Law,
Wittemyer Courtroom, 2450 Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder.
Double Feature: Life of Trees & Perseus and Andromeda. Noon. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002.
MONDAY, NOV. 12 Accessing Higher Ground Conference. 10:30 a.m. Westin Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster. Through Nov. 16.
Chamber Music Showcase. 4:30 p.m. University of Colorado Boulder, Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder.
Thompson Jazz Studies Combos. 7:30 p.m. Old Main Theater, 1600 Pleasant St., Boulder.
Vocal Jazz and Madrigal Singers. 7:30 p.m. Grusin Music Hall, 1020 18th St., Boulder, 303-492-8008.
TUESDAY, NOV. 13 Mini Law School. 6 p.m. University of Colorado Law School and via Livestream, Wittemyer Courtroom 2450, Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder.
Students’ Stories of Community Impact. 5 p.m. Museum of Natural History (Henderson), Paleontology Hall, 1035 Broadway, Boulder.
Mystery Science Theater 3000. 7:30 p.m.
The Judge: Documentary Screening.
Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder.
Laser Queen. 9 p.m. Fiske Planetarium, 2414
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 Visiting Scholar: Nicholas Mirzoeff — A public lecture by Professor of media, culture & communication at New York University. 5:30 p.m. Norlin Library, British Stud-
6:15 p.m. Museum of Boulder, Tebo Center 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002.
SUNDAY, NOV. 11 Ekstrand Memorial Graduate Student Competition. 2 p.m. Grusin Music Hall, 1020
18th St., Boulder, 303-492-8008.
A Journey Through Space with Cygnus. 8 p.m. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002.
ies Room (CBIS), 5th Floor, 1157 18th St., Boulder.
Theodore Van Alst Fiction Reading. 7 p.m. Location TBA.
Symphonic Band. 7:30 p.m. Macky Audito-
rium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder, 303-492-8423.
Source: Live in Concert. 8 p.m. Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder.
Memorial Center (UMC), Glenn Miller Ballroom, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder.
EVENTS from Page 33
The Silent Bear Trio. 8 p.m. Tandoori Grill South, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-5437339. Starfish: Italo Disco — with Garth Wicked Crew. 9 p.m. Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230.
International Gem and Jewelry Show. Noon. Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, 303-292-6278. Through Nov. 11.
TAUK. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095.
Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution. 7 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666.
Thomas Trotter, organ. 7:30 p.m. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver, 303-831-7115.
Let the Right One In. 8:45 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.
Verdi’s La Traviata. 7:30 p.m. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th St., Denver, 720-865-4220.
The Messy Hour: Denver’s Drag Talk Show. 11 p.m. Dangerous Theatre, 2620 W. Second Ave., Suite 1, Denver, 720-989-3283.
The Weird. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Zeta June. 9 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Events Chaos Theory (as it relates to family). 7:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at the dairy.org. Conrad Anker: Exploring the Himalayas. 7 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666.
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Free Legal Clinic. 3 p.m. Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-5200.
Reduce Winter Colds. 1:30 p.m. Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-774-4752. Setting in Stone Nablus and Boulder as Sisters! 5 p.m. Boulder’s Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway, Boulder, 303-506-7889. Saturday, November 10 Music Augustus, Foxfeather. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095.
Hindsight Classic Rock. 8 p.m. The Wild Game Entertainment Experience, 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont, 720-600-4875. Cloud Catcher. 9:30 p.m. Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230. Dub Haiku. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Grill and Brew, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Expeditions with Tom Weisner. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 720-352-4327. Flamenco Denver presents: Recital De Otoño. 7:30 p.m. Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, 303-296-0219. Frank Moore. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Get Twisted: A Night out with PEN and Klone Monor. 5 p.m. Twisted Pine Brewing Company, 3201 Walnut St., Boulder, 303880-6030. Healing Our Heroes Tribute Dinner (Rocky Mountain Hyperbaric Association). 6 p.m. The Dove House (@Lionsgate Event Center), 1055 S. 112th St., Lafayette, 303-442-4124. see EVENTS Page 36
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Left Hand Brewery Nitrofest. 4 p.m. Left Hand Brewing, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-772-0258. Lettuce — with the Colorado Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, 720-865-4220.
S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, 303-396-1898. Makers Holiday PopUp. 1 p.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-690-0877. Veterans Day Chili Cook Off. 11 a.m. Sellstate Peak Realty, 3601 Stagecoach Road, Unit 201, 201, Longmont, 720-204-6776. Western Views Book Club. 10 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Sunday, November 11 Music
Longmont Symphony: A Cultural Affair. 7:30 p.m. Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont, 303-772-5796.
Baroque Pairings: Voices and Violins. 3 p.m. The Studios at Overland Crossing, 2205 S. Delaware St., Denver, 720-206-7657.
The Menzingers. 7 p.m. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666.
Cro-Mags, EyeHateGod. 7 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111.
Perpetual Groove — with Kung Fu. 8 p.m. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, 303-487-0111.
Dance of Life: The B-Minor Mass by J.S. Bach. 2 p.m. Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder, 303-492-8423.
Richard Shindell, Gretchen Peters. 8 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Darrell Scott. 8 p.m. The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214.
A Rite of Remembrance. 7:30 p.m. Wash Park Center for Music & Arts, 400 S. Williams St., Denver, 303-722-7465. Rozwell Kid. 7 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111. Rüfüs Du Sol. 9 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 N. Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360. Seicento Baroque Ensemble presents Baroque Pairings: Voices and Violins. 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, 720-772-1610. Sonic Blossom featuring LSDREAM, Whitebear, Bogtrotter, Lusine, Janover, Cualli and More TBA! 9 p.m. Cervantes’ and The Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Tyler Childers. 8 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. The Weld County Ramblers. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Dem Atlas — with DJ Keezy. 8 p.m. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Drum Circle. 7 p.m. Unity of Boulder Spiritual Center, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303-442-1411. Fullscreen Live Presents: Trisha Live! 11:30 a.m. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, 303-487-0111. Gabrielle Louise. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 East South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 720-352-4327. Invisible Audience Presents: David Burchfield. 7:30 p.m. Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0599. Jeremy Dion’s (Album Release Party). 4 p.m. Shine, 2408 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 303-449-0120. Like Moths To Flames. 7 p.m. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, 720-420-0030.
Lucas Wolf (Album Release Show). 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
10K and/or 2 Mile Turkey Trot. 9 a.m. 4600 Clover Basin, Longmont.
Magic Mike Tour. 8:30 p.m. The Venue, 1451 Cortez St., Denver, 303-428-3339.
Art Stop. 10 a.m. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-2122.
Music in the Galleries: Sharon Park and Zachary Reaves. 1 p.m. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880.
Aspen Santa Fe Ballet — with Joyce Yang. 7:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-7720.
Old Wounds. 7 p.m. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, 303-487-0111.
Boulder Mountain Handmade Market. 10 a.m. Boulder Elk Lodge, 3975 28th St., Boulder, 303-997-8319.
Outlaw Country Jamboree. 1 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186.
Dancing With The Silver Creek Stars. 5 p.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-845-2290.
Swing Dance Plus — with the El Jebel 18-piece Swing Band. 2 p.m. Clarion Hotel Ballroom, 200 W. 48th St., Denver, 303-617-4166.
Deck the Mall on the Pearl Street Mall. 10 a.m. Pearl Street Mall, Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, 720-272-7467.
Thoughtful Endings. 1 p.m. Valmont Community Presbyterian Church, 3262 63rd. St., Boulder, 720-205-3173.
Denver Veterans Day Parade And Festival. 10 a.m. Civic Center Park, 101 E. 14th Ave., Denver, 303-777-6887.
Traditional Irish Music. 7:30 p.m. Boulderado Hotel License No. 1, 2115 13th St., Boulder, 303-442-4560.
Family Creative Learning Workshop Final Showcase. 1:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Turner Jackson. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007.
Flight Behavior, Ancient Lovers and Darshan Dance Tribe. 8 p.m. Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery, 800 E. 73rd Ave., Denver, 303-568-9406. International Gem and Jewelry Show. 10 a.m. Denver Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave., Denver, 303-292-6278. Howdown Showdown Fun’d Raiser. 7 p.m. Cardinal Farms, 10531 Mineral Road, Longmont. Holiday Pop-Up Market at Upslope. 2 p.m. Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park), 1898
Tyler Childers. 8 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Vienna Boys Choir. 2:30 p.m. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, 720-865-4220. Voodoo Dead. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Events Aspen Santa Fe Ballet — with Joyce Yang. 2 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-7720.
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events Athena Festival. 11 a.m. Ramada Plaza, 10 E. 120th Ave., Denver, 303-452-4100.
Zimmer. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007.
Boulder Comedy Show (2 shows). 7 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-767-2863.
Boulder Mountain Handmade Market. 10 a.m. Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28 St., Boulder, 303-442-5003. Degas: A Passion for Perfection. 1 p.m. Dairy Arts, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Forty-First Denver Film Festival. Sie FilmCenter, 2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 720-381-0813. NIA 52 Moves. 2 p.m. Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-774-4752. Sugarloaf Annual Holiday Craft Fair. 10 a.m. Sugarolaf Fire Station No. 2, 1360 Sugarloaf Road, Boulder, 303-908-6557. Three Siblings Movie Screening. 3:30 p.m. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Unity: Columbine Spiritual Center 25th Anniversary. 9 a.m. Unity: Colulmbine Spiritual Center, 8900 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 303-546-0114. Monday, November 12 Music African Drumming Fundamentals Class. 6:30 p.m. Unity of Boulder Church, 2855 Folsom St., Boulder, 303-442-1411. Boulder Bach Festival. 11 a.m. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424. DU Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-6499. Jon McLaughlin and Matt Wertz. 8 p.m. The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214. Michael Franti: Stay Human Film Tour. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Wavves. 8 p.m. Oriental Theater, 4335 W 44th Ave., Denver, 720-420-0030. YBN Takeover Tour. 7:30 p.m. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, 303-487-0111. Events Let’s Dance (Documentary Movie) — 11th Annual Neustadt JAAMM Festival. 6:30 p.m. Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-316-6360. Monday Night Movie: Harry Potter Month. 6:30 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397. Tuesday, November 13 Music AJR. 7 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360. Behemoth. 7:30 p.m. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Boys of Fall. 8 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express. 9 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Elliot and Greene. 2 p.m. Center for Musical Arts, 200 E. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0599. Jeri Jorgensen, violin and Cullan Bryant, piano. 12 p.m. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver, 303-831-7115. Punketry! 7 p.m. Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S. Broadway, Denver, 201-873-6728. Pusha T. 7 p.m. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, 303-487-0111.
A Day Without A Mexican — Movie Screening presented by Free Speech TV. 6:30 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse, Sloans Lake, 4255 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 720-577-4720. Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group. 10 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger. 7 p.m. Dairy Art Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Out Boulder County Gender Support Group. 6:30 a.m. Out Boulder County, 630 Main St., Longmont, 303-499-5777. Youth Maker Hangout. 4 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Wednesday, November 14 Music DevilDriver. 6:30 p.m. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, 720-420-0030. A Dual Ski Movie Premiere: Strictly Business/Banged Up. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Em Possible (Album Release). 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Good Charlotte. 7 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Midday Music Meditation. Noon. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. MoJazz Duo. 6:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064. Neil Gaiman. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Denver, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, 303-623-0106,.
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The Puscie Jones Revue. 9 p.m. Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230. Rabblefish. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. RE:Search featuring Plastician and Wick-It The Instigator — with Mikey Thunder, Jordan Polovina and Special Guests. 8:30 p.m. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Ruston Kelly. 8 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Events Birds of Prey Slide Program. 7 p.m. Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave., Longmont, 303-651-8470. First Aid Products from the Hive — with the BeeChicas. 4 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. HOPE Lights of Night — Remembering Those Lost to Us by Suicide. 7 p.m. Community United Church of Christ, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Inventing Tomorrow. 7 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Mademoiselle Paradis. 4:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at the dairy.org. Marc Bekoff: Canine Confidential. 7 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666.
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Scary things, scary things The things that have created me All come back, so haunting Surrounded now, I can not breathe.
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The world comes to DFF: The sequel
Highlights from weekend two at the Denver Film Festival by Michael J. Casey
ontinuing until Nov. 11, the 41st Denver Film Festival holds plenty of ON THE BILL: 41st treats in store for intrepid moviegoers, Denver Film Festival. Oct. 31–Nov. 11 particularly those with an eye beyond Multiple locations, U.S. borders. denverfilmfestival. Take the French film, Non-Fiction (Nov. 9 and denverfilm.org Nov. 11); it’s a talky movie, possibly the talkiest movie at the festival, but these discussions have the familiarity and warmth of an old cardigan. Focusing on the publishing industry, Non-Fiction revolves around a half-dozen friends, co-workers, lovers and adulterers and myriad conversations on literature, social-media, love, sex, fidelity and truth. It all sounds well and good (hell, you might agree with most of it), but writer/director Olivier Assayas cleverly juxtaposes scenes to shows how everyday actions undermine beautiful words. Affairs abound, façades are a way of life and the savvy mine these moments for artistic and capitalistic gains. And the best part, Assayas presents these characters so simply and matterof-factly that it’s impossible not to find familiarity among this motley crew. Non-Fiction might not be the sexiest, loudest thing you can see this weekend, but it sticks to the ribs better than most. Plus, it’s pretty funny. Keeping with the comedic vein, Iceland’s Woman Initially banned in Kenya, Rafiki explores at War (Nov. 8–9) follows Halla (Halldóra the connection beGeirharðsdóttir), a middle-aged choir conductor trytween two young girls in love in a place that ing to adopt a little girl from war-torn Ukraine. But has no interest in seeHalla also moonlights as an eco-terrorist, and with ing a happy samesex couple. the Icelandic government hot on her heels, Halla must use all her resources to stay one step ahead of the police, the adoption agency and her twin sister. Heartwarming, quirky, humorous and delightfully playful, Woman at War breaks with filmmaking convention just enough to remind us that the faces we see on screen, and these lives we spy on, are both a product of our world while remaining a construct for our entertainment. Embodying both, Rafiki (Nov. 9–11), the second film from Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu, is an expressive movie full of vibrant pinks, deep purples and neon greens; a stark contrast to the lack of warmth offered by the community it depicts. Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) are two young girls in love, but neither their friends nor their family have any interest in seeing a happy same-sex couple. Not too mention, both are daughters of rival politicians campaigning for votes. Initially banned in Kenya, Rafiki remains buoyant amid turbulent seas, at home and abroad. Rafiki may not come with a Hollywood ending, but, before we get to it, there is the delightful connection between two young girls clearly enjoying their first love. And then there’s Panic Attack (Nov. 8–10), a grim Polish comedy that opens with a grisly suicide and gets more cringe-worthy from there. Deftly hopscotching between seven intertwining stories, Panic Attack revels in watching someone’s day go to hell in a handbasket. Maybe not for the easily embarrassed, but for those having a particularly bad day, Panic Attack carries a fair amount of catharsis. Or, at the very least, the notion that things could be a lot worse. Boulder Weekly
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t’s that time of year when the thought of fine dining in a warm, fireplaceheated room with a view of the snow or last falling leaves is just too inviting to ignore. If you feel the same way, we suggest you make your way over to the always-enjoyable Greenbriar Inn. And while we’re making suggestions, on a recent visit we found the pan seared diver scallops to be the perfect dish for the season. Sautéed petite squash atop a layer of parsnip-horseradish purée was the perfect side for the scallops, which were served in an earthy, squid ink sabayon and topped with hackleback roe and smoked beet curls. Perfection. $40.
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e’re suckers for fall menu items, and Treat Snack House in Longmont has no shortage of options to match the season. Made from the freshest of ingredients, everything on the sweet treat menu is worth a try, and most are made in single serving miniatures. The mini apple gallette had a perfectly formed and flaky crust surrounding a tart apple filling sprinkled with all the best fall spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Paired with a hot tea, it’s the perfect treat for a chilly fall afternoon. $3.50.
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he lunch buffet at Tandoori Grill always surprises with its rotating options of curry, masalas, vindaloo and korma dishes. The recent standout was a vegan mushroom curry. Spongey mushrooms and green peas were doused in a rich curry sauce made with a base of onions, garlic and ginger with herbs and spices. Mixed with traditional rice and scooped up by fresh, hot naan, we couldn’t help going back for more. $10.79 for lunch buffet.
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YOU NEVER FORGET your first kiss and the first time people laughed at your jokes. I also remember my very first taste of certain BY JOHN LEHNDORFF dishes.
I have a crystal clear memory of the place and the taste of my first egg yolkfilled ravioli with brown butter and sage. I can recall my first taste of quail egg and flying fish roe sushi, my first real macaron in Paris and my first smoked ribs with chile verde. Sigh and yum. In each case, the first contact with my lips never would have happened if I hadn’t stepped outside various comfort zones. Even now it’s easy to slip into a dining rut where you order the same 10 dishes at the same 10 Boulder County restaurants, but you know that see NIBBLES Page 44
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there must be more to eat. First Bite makes it simple to step out and explore the boundaries of your comfort zone, and makes it affordable to try new places that might seem beyond your dining budget. First Bite Boulder County Restaurant Week (Nov. 9-17) offers special three-course $34 dinners at about 50 local eateries ranging from new places like Chimera, to classics such as Boulder Cork and the Greenbriar Inn, and local favorites like Cafe Aion, River & Woods, Leaf, Shine and Blooming Beets. Some places offer wine and beverage pairings for an add-on cost. You make First Bite reservations with the individual dining spots. Looking through the prix fixe menu choices for First Bite, I immediately knew which three dishes I would want to order. At Bacco Trattoria, I’d definitely start with a creamy burrata cheese plate with grilled vegetables, followed by the surf-and-turf combo of a petite sirloin steak and a lobster tail with penne arrabbiata, and then the finale: sweet tiramisu. Seasonal ingredients make me hungry looking at the menu for Sugarbeet in Longmont. I’d absolutely opt for butternut squash soup, with an entrée of meaty king trumpet mushroom “scallops” with stuffed peppers, forbidden black rice, English peas and yellow curry. An apple tart tatin with vanilla ice cream would finish a meal flavored for autumn. For First Bite at Boulder’s Salt Bistro, I’d begin with grilled pear and polenta and bleu cheese fondue. Comfort rules the entrée choice of beef
bourguignon with potato puree, garlicseared rainbow chard and crispy onions. I’d finish with a salt-dusted caramel tart. Wouldn’t that be nice? Founded in 2005 by Kate LeCroix, First Bite has steadily grown to include eateries across Boulder County including Lafayette (Acreage), Gunbarrel (Avery Brewing Co), Longmont (Samples) and Erie (INJOY ). Most participating restaurants offer several appetizer, entrée and dessert choices. The largest First Bite menu may be at Louisville’s 740 Front, featuring four appetizers, seven entrees, or — instead of a starter — you can choose panna cotta, chocolate crème brûlée or cherry pie. This year, First Bite has also expanded the reach of the week beyond the bistros, cafes and fancier places to include some great $19 tasting menus. The West End Tavern’s $19 tasting menu can include KC barbecue burnt ends as an hors d’oevre, then a palatecleansing spinach salad with pork belly, apples and blue cheese followed by a pulled pork platter with cornbread, slaw and pickles. Even Boulder-born Snarf ’s Sandwiches gets aboard this year with a down-to-Earth $19 (for two) spread: two 7-inch toasted sandwiches (like eggplant Parmesan or the Italian layered with salami, pepperoni, capicola, mortadella, provolone and toppings), plus chips, drinks and cookies. (More menus: firstbiteboulder.com)
Another Kimchi Roadside Attraction
Driving the rural roads of Boulder County, a lot of food-related signs,
usually handmade, catch my eye including “fresh eggs” and “honey.” Beyond the ones for roadside farm stands, I often see “jerky” signs by the side of mountain highways as if the altitude, distances and dry air cannot be survived without chewing on dry, salty elk. But for all the decades I’ve been traveling these byways I had never, ever seen a sign advertising a “kimchi stand.” Yet there it was on the east side of South Boulder Road in unincorporated Boulder County between Boulder and Louisville. The kimchi roadside stand is situated at Friar Farms, 6405 S. Boulder Road. Follow the signs, park and look for a tarpcovered spot with wooden boxes of various bottled kimchis and a self-pay jar for the cash. Kimchi Colorado is the brainchild of Zach Saipe, whose interest in healthier farming and building living soil led him to develop his kimchi business under Colorado’s cool cottage foods law. The main ingredients in his fermentation are organic napa and Chinese cabbage, carrots and daikon radish. Zaipe said that mustard greens, kale and bok choy also make it into the mix along with garlic, ginger, green onions and various hot chilies. The kimchi comes in three intensities: mild, medium and spicy. While I’m still having a hard time imagining people chomping on kimchi while driving across the state’s expanses, I’m open to the probiotic possibility.
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It started with me frying some slices of uncured smoked bacon that needed to be cooked. As they slowly sizzled, it seemed like something needed to be cooking in the fat being rendered, so I added half a yellow onion, finely sliced. I had a baked red garnet sweet potato so I cut it in cubes and added it to the pan. That led naturally to adding two ripe avocado halves. All of that cooked until crispy when I added two eggs, some chevre cheese and a generous pour of Picaflor hot sauce. The end result was a brunch that couldn’t be beat.
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ew breweries throw a party quite like Left Hand Brewing. Not only has the ON TAP: Left Hand Brewing’s Fifth Annual Nitro Longmont staple consistently put out Fest. 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. top-shelf beer for the past 25 years; its 10, Left Hand Brewing slate of festivals and charity events Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Tickets remain iconic. And for the past five years, the best start at $75; visit lhbfoundaby far celebrates the velvety side of brew: Nitro tion.org/nitro-fest for more Fest, benefiting the Left Hand Brewing details Foundation. Held the second Saturday in November — be it snow, bone-chilling cold or a perfectly pleasant autumn evening — Nitro Fest brings together 30 breweries pouring over 100 beers, all of them nitrogenated, under a big circus tent populated with fire dancers, aerialist and more. The dress request is Voodoo Masquerade — think Mardi Gras meets Day of the Dead — and amid the din of costumed drinkers and circus acts, Marchfourth and Big Something will take the stage to pound out the seductive rhythms of rock, pop and funk. As Joshua Goldberg, Left Hand’s former community and events manager, once said, “It’s not just another beer fest.” Unlike so many other beer festivals, Nitro Fest is soaked in identity. Not only is it America’s sole nitrogenated beer festival, but the invite-only pour list also looks beyond America’s borders, welcoming brewers far and wide. Last year’s festival saw the addition of DevilCraft, Magpie Brewing Co. and Metalman Brewing Co., hailing from Japan, South Korea and Ireland respectively. The international trend continues this year with the return of DevilCraft and Magpie, along with seven more: Great Leap Brewing and No. 18 Brewing, both from China, Croatia’s LAB Split Craft Brewery, Hong Kong’s Young Masters Brewery, Hungary’s Reketye Brewery, Italy’s Birrifico Italiano and UK’s Magic Rock Brewing. It would take more space than allotted here to understand how nitro beers perform in foreign markets, but the inclusion of these international brewers speaks to the continued expansion of the beer market. Yes, traditional methods and local styles still have a massive foothold, but Nitro Fest shows that brewers are open to new possibilities and new techniques. But enough about what this all means on a bigger scale, you came here to find out what to drink. Well, you have options and plenty of them. Naturally, the host brewery has multiple taps of the silky smooth stuff to quaff: Sawtooth Amber, Chia Milk Stout and the beastly Wake Up Dead Russian Imperial Stout. Washington’s Fremont Brewing returns, bringing two bourbon barrel-aged stouts, one coffee and one spice; as does Fort Collin’s Horse & Dragon Brewing Co., with its chocolate stout, Red & Black Lumberjack, in tow. The list goes on: 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. from Wisconsin, Cape Mary Brewing Co. from New Jersey, MadTree Brewing Co. from Ohio; as well as all those Boulder County favorites: Boulder Beer, Mountain Sun, Liquid Mechanics, Wibby and more. There’s just too many list. Besides, it’s much more fun to drink them. See you in the tent. Boulder Weekly
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Roasted spud perfection by Ari LeVaux
he technique is an open secret among those who have the most to gain or lose from the optimization of food. Food professionals like chefs and caterers know it, because flavor is money. Savvy home economists, who make it their business to satisfy demanding palates on the cheap, know it too. I learned the technique from a farmer, who learned it from a farmer — the kind of farmers that make it their pleasure to enjoy their harvest prepared in a way that celebrates the local terroir. Ukrainian food bloggers know it, because Ukraine could be a euphemism for “cold weather potatoes,” and this technique will change your potatoes forever. I can only hope my Ukrainian ancestors knew it. Of course they did. They probably invented it. When my thoughts turn to roasted roots, it means I’ve officially given up on summer, which is not something I do easily. And by summer I mean the food of summer. The tomato plants are dead. The hens are getting lazy. I’m racing to get my garlic in the ground before it freezes. My furnace still isn’t getting any action, though, because my oven is heating up the house. The heat produced by a load of roasting roots is a dry heat, much different from the steam bath of the simmering soup pot. If all goes well, that dry heat 48 November 8 , 2018
helps create a crispy brown exterior. Inside, we want more of a fluffy heat, if we are thinking deeply about what we want inside a roasted root. We want a roasted root to taste like a perfectly roasted potato. That’s a tall order, since most cooks can’t even properly roast a potato. Most recipes for roasted potatoes (and roots) direct the cook to heat them until brown, but that’s not enough. How it browns matters. Many suggest stirring, or solving every problem with more oil. Even if they are brown and crispy on the outside, the interiors may be gooey, or chewy, or bland like a steak house baked potato. They may be dry, or mushy like a mashed potato. They all have the same thing in common: the technique was not employed. The potatoes must be soaked or parboiled before roasting. This washes away excess starch and allows them to cook perfectly. Given how foolproof a pathway it may be to carbo-liscious bliss, I’m baffled at how few cooks do the pre-soak. Google roasted roots and peruse the first page of results, recipes from the likes of Epicurious, Genius Kitchen, Food Network, Eating Well and the New York Times. Not a single recipe mentions the presoak. (And many of them seem coincidentally quite similar). If you Google roasted potatoes it’s the same: zero mention of soaking the spuds after cutting them. There are variations to the soak. Some cooks do a parboil instead, so the potatoes will cook more quickly in the oven. After a parboil with salt and vinegar,
Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats advises to When it comes to choosing roots to roast, rough up the potatoes the earth is the limit. so they are coated with Carrots, yams, sweet potato, parsnip and a starchy foam, which celeriac are all good browns into something choices. of a cross between a Pringle potato chip and the skin of a perfect piece of fried chicken. But for all of the gains he makes in the skin department, the insides end up a bit overworked, if only compared to when soaked in cold water. So cooks must choose between perfect insides or perfect skins. Most would probably choose the crust with nooks and crannies that break into a million golden pieces when you bite, even if the inside has lost a certain integrity. When I have a big assortment of roots, I parboil, because when they are all cooked together, it creates a starchy mix of all of the constituents, as if they had all been mashed together. This mishmash’s veneer absorbs the oil and spices, coats the pieces, and cooks into a tasty crust. But if I’m doing potatoes alone, especially purples, golds and russets, I do a pre-soak in cold water. The recipe below details the parboiling of myriad roots, but includes directions for the potato soaking options.
Roots that rock
Each type of root is different. Within the potato category alone, starchy ones like russets or Yukon golds will outperform waxy types, like fingerlings or reds. My favorite potatoes to use, in both soaking and parboiling contexts, are purples, the starchiest of all. When soaked, they blow up the fattest, coming closest to erasing all the angled cuts, like an ankle so Boulder Weekly
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swollen you can’t see the bones. When it comes to choosing roots, the earth is the limit. Use whatever you like, though be advised some Pre-soaking and parboiling roots can be problematic. I avoid roots that are too watery, before roasting like onion, or roots that are bitter, like garlic or rutabahelps wash away excess starch, ga, as the bitterness can intensify. I avoid red beets, allowing them to which will stain the entire tray, even if you don’t mix cook perfectly. them together. As for squash, honorary root, I like ’em starchy, like my spuds. Kabocha and Sunshine and Buttercup varieties are my favorites. Carrots, yams, sweet potato, parsnip and celeriac are all good choices, although many of these will stay moist inside and won’t crisp up. Ditto for kohlrabi, another honorary root.
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Ingredients 2 lbs roots, peeled and cut to roughly the same size 3 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 tablespoon black pepper 1-2 teaspoon ground cumin 4 tablespoons olive oil Optional: fresh garlic and butter for dressing; ketchup, mayo and hot chile flakes for dipping. Add 2 tablespoons salt and the baking soda to a gallon of water and bring to a boil. Add the roots and boil for 10 minutes. Drain the roots, and allow to steam for a minute. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees, along with a tray. Mix the cumin, black pepper, garlic powder and 1 tablespoon salt, and add two tablespoons of this mixture to the still-warm roots, and stir them around roughly, to help disintegrate the soft, starchy exteriors. Add the olive oil and stir again. Spread the roots upon the hot tray and hear them sizzle. Put as many pieces on the tray as possible without letting any of them touch. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the tray and inspect. Turn each piece so a different side faces down, and bake again, removing pieces periodically and testing them, until you decide they are done. Serve with some kind of tangy sauce or dip. I like a mix of ketchup and mayo. If I really want to impress, I melt some butter and a pan and saute fresh garlic and green herbs, like parsley, sage, rosemary and/or thyme. Toss the roots in the garlic herb butter, and serve.
Don’t peel the roots, but do peel squash, if using. Soak them in a gallon of water with the same amount of salt and baking soda. Cook until they whistle with the sound of 100 little blimps with pinpricks. Serve with garlic herb butter or ketchup mayo, and your finest white wine. Boulder Weekly
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SEPT. 23-OCT. 22: Artist David Hockney is proud of how undemanding he is toward his friends and associates. “People tell me they open my e-mails first,” he says, “because they aren’t demands and you don’t need to reply. They’re simply for pleasure.” He also enjoys giving regular small gifts. “I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms.” Hockney seems to share the perspective expressed by author Gail Godwin, who writes, “How easy it was to make people happy, when you didn’t want or need anything from them.” In accordance with astrological omens, Libra, I suggest you have fun employing these approaches in the coming weeks.
asked readers to write about “the most underrated feeling of all time.” One person said, “When you change the sheets on your bed.” Another extolled “the feeling that comes when you pay all your bills and you’ve still got money in the bank.” Others said, “dancing under the rain,” “physical contact like a pat on the back when you’re really touch starved,” and “listening to a song for the first time and it’s so good you just can’t stop smiling.” I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because I suspect that the next two weeks will bring you a flood of these pleasurable underrated feelings.
OCT. 23-NOV. 21: I am not currently a wanderer or voyager or entrepreneur or swashbuckler. But at other times in my life, I have had extensive experience with those roles. So I know secrets about how and why to be a wanderer and voyager and entrepreneur and swashbuckler. And it’s clear to me that in the coming weeks you could benefit in unforeseen ways from researching and embodying the roles of curious wanderer and brave voyager and savvy entrepreneur and prudent swashbuckler.
ought to feel without beer,” wrote Gemini author Henry Lawson. Do you have any methods for making yourself feel like you’ve drunk a few beers that don’t involve drinking a few beers? If not, I highly recommend that you find at least one. It will be especially important in the coming weeks for you to have a way to alter, expand or purify your consciousness without relying on literal intoxicants or drugs. The goal: to leave your groove before it devolves into a rut.
it is raining is let it rain.” That brilliant formulation came from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Does it seem so obvious as to not need mentioning? Bear with me while I draw further meaning from it, and suggest you use it as an inspiring metaphor in the coming weeks. When it rains, Sagittarius, let it rain; don’t waste time and emotional energy complaining about the rain. Don’t indulge in fruitless fantasizing about how you might stop the rain and how you’d love to stop the rain. In fact, please refrain from defining the rain as a negative event, because after all, it is perfectly natural, and is in fact crucial for making the crops grow and replenishing our water supply. (P.S.: Your metaphorical “rain” will be equally useful.)
MAY 21-JUNE 20: “Beer makes you feel the way you
JUNE 21-JULY 22: Study the following five failed predic-
tions. 1) “There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.” —Robert Miliham, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1923. 2) “This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” —Western Union internal memo, 1876. 3) “Rail travel at high speeds is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” –Dionysius Lardner, scientist, 1830. 4) “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” —Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977. 5) “Most Cancerians will never overcome their tendencies toward hypersensitivity, procrastination and fear of success.” —Lanira Kentsler, astrologer, 2018. (P.S.: What you do in the next 12 months could go a long way toward permanently refuting the last prediction.)
NOV. 22-DEC. 21: “The best thing one can do when
DEC. 22-JAN. 19: “Every true love and friendship is
a story of unexpected transformation,” writes activist and author Elif Shafak. “If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” I bring this to your attention because you’re in a phase when your close alliances should be activating healing changes in your life. If for some reason your alliances are not yet awash in the exciting emotions of redemption and reinvention, get started on instigating experimental acts of intimacy.
ar implants for gerbils that have been genetically modified, enabling the creatures to “listen” to light. The researchers’ work is ultimately dedicated to finding ways to improve the lives of people with hearing impairments. What might be the equivalent of you gaining the power to “hear light”? I understand that you might resist thinking this way. “That makes no sense,” you may protest, or “There’s no practical value in fantasizing about such an impossibility.” But I hope you’ll make the effort anyway. In my view, stretching your imagination past its limits is the healing you need most right now. I also think that doing so will turn out to be unexpectedly practical.
JAN. 20-FEB. 18: I suspect you will be an especially arousing influence in the coming weeks. You may also be inspiring and disorienting, with unpredictable results. How many transformations will you unleash? How many expectations will you dismantle? How many creative disruptions will you induce in the midst of the daily grind? I hesitate to underestimate the messy beauty you’ll stir up or the rambunctious gossip you’ll provoke. In any case, I plan to be richly amused by your exploits, and I hope everyone else will be, as well. For best results, I will pray to the Goddess of Productive Fun, begging Her to ensure that the commotions and uproars you catalyze will be in service to love and kindness.
JULY 23-AUG. 22: German scientists have created cochle-
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poet Rumi. “Our defects are the ways that glory gets manifested,” he said. “Keep looking at the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.” Playwright Harrison David Rivers interprets Rumi’s words to mean, “Don’t look away from your pain, don’t disengage from it, because that pain is the source of your power.” I think these perspectives are just what you need to meditate on, Virgo. To promote even more healing in you, I’ll add a further clue from poet Anna Kamienska: “Where your pain is, there your heart lies also.” (P.S.: Rumi is translated by Coleman Barks; Kamienska by Clare Cavanagh.)
FEB. 19-MARCH 20: Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson wasn’t always a wild and crazy writer. Early in his career he made an effort to compose respectable, measured prose. When he finally gave up on that project and decided he could “get away with” a more uninhibited style, he described it as being “like falling down an elevator shaft and landing in a pool full of mermaids.” I foresee a metaphorically comparable development in your future, Pisces.
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Dear Dan: I’ve been spending a lot of time lately thinking about myself and my sexuality and my romantic self. I can log on and easily find someone to fuck. I’m a bearbuilt top guy. There are ladies in my life who choose to share their beds with me. I can find subs to tie up and torture. (I’m kinky and bi.) What I can’t find is a longterm partner. The problem is that after I fuck/sleep with/torture someone, my brain stops seeing them as sexual and moves them into the friend category. I have friends that I used to fuck regularly, that now it’s a chore to get it up for. Sure, the sex still feels good, but it’s not passionate. And when it’s all said and done, they’re still in the “friend” category in my brain. Some of them have suggested being more, but I’ve recoiled. There’s nothing wrong with them, but they’re friends, not potential partners. I’m 32, and my siblings are married and having kids, and the people I grew up with are married and having kids. And here I am not able to find a long-term significant other. Am I broken? Should I just accept that, at least for me, sexual partners and domestic/romantic partners will always be separate categories? —Always Alone Dear AA: What if you’re not like most everyone else? What if this is
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just how your sexuality works? What if you’re wired — emotionally, romantically, sexually — for intense but brief sexual connections that blossom into wonderful friendships? And what if you’ve been tricked into thinking you’re broken because the kind of successful long-term relationships your siblings and friends have are celebrated and the kind of successful shortterm relationships you have are stigmatized? If your siblings and friends want to have the kinds of relationships they’re having — and it’s possible some do not — they will feel no inner conflict about their choices while simultaneously being showered with praise for their choices. But what are they really doing? They’re doing what they want, they’re doing what makes them happy, they’re doing what works for them romantically, emotionally and sexually. And what are you doing? Maybe you’re doing what you want, AA, maybe you’re doing what could make you happy. So why doesn’t it make you happy? Maybe because
you’ve been made to feel broken by a culture that holds up one relationship model — the partnered and preferably monogamous pair — and insists that this model is the only healthy and whole option, and that anyone who goes a different way, fucks a different way, or relates a different way is broken. Now, it’s possible you are broken, of course, but anyone could be broken. You could be broken, I could be broken, your married siblings and friends could be broken. (Regarding your siblings and friends: Not everyone who marries and has kids wanted marriage and kids. Some no doubt wanted it, AA, but others succumbed to what was expected of them.) But here’s a suggestion for something I want you to try, something that might make you feel better because it could very well be true: Try to accept that, for you, sexual partners and domestic/ romantic partners might always be separate, and that doesn’t mean you’re broken. If that self-acceptance makes you feel whole, AA, then you have
your answer. I might make a different suggestion if your brief-but-intense sexual encounters left a lot of hurt feelings in their wake. But that’s not the case. You hook up with someone a few times, you share an intense sexual experience and you feel a brief romantic connection to them. And when those sexual and romantic feelings subside, you’re not left with a string of bitter exes and enemies, but with a large and growing circle of good friends. Which leads me to believe that even if you aren’t doing what everyone else is doing, AA, you’re clearly doing something right. P.S.: Another option if you do want to get married someday: a companionate marriage to one of your most intimate friends — someone like you, AA, who also sees potential life partners and potential sex partners as two distinct categories with no overlap — and all the Grindr hookups and BDSM sessions you like with one-offs who become good friends. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, follow @fakedansavage on Twitter and visit ITMFA.org.
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lot of people are surprised to learn this because nothing about my personality suggests this, but I was a sorority girl in college. We organized themed socials where we would dress up to drink cheap beer in a dirty frat house basement. Today, as an almost-30-year-old who has no desire to drink alcohol or hang out in spaces where I have to ask someone to watch my drink when I go to the bathroom, that sounds like my literal worst nightmare. However, I do miss the costume parties with my girlfriends and wish there were more opportunities to do stuff like that for adults who favor cannabis over alcohol. That’s where Tokeativity comes in. Tokeativity is a movement that started in Portland in 2016 with an intention to nurture a safe space for women to connect, learn and create meaningful experiences around cannabis. They connect women of all ages by hosting events and curating focused experiences such as cannabis socials, workshops, networking, panels, films, guest artists and more. They have chapters all over the world, including one that began in Denver last month. In the past, the closest I’ve come to an organized weed social is watching The Bachelor with my best friend on Monday nights, which usually consists of us getting stoned and hanging out on our phones together. Then I attended my first Tokeativity event in October, and I was so excited about it that I decided to chat with one of the founders, Lisa Snyder, to learn more. What inspired you to start this? “I went to a women’s festival and saw what life was like when you took the patriarchy out
of the equation. It was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I became incredibly determined to teach other women what women’s space felt like and how women could change their lives personally and professionally just by taking a break from patriarchal values. In women’s space, you can take off a couple onion layers you don’t even realize you have. Women at Tokeativity don’t have to think about someone spiking their drink or grabbing their ass. Who can you be when you don’t have to worry about those things?” How did you grow from an event into a movement? “Women on Instagram were asking us how they could do this where they lived. That was the catalyst for me building Toketivity Connect, our online membership platform that helps everyone stay connected about events and classes. Even if we’re not in a place physically, we can still connect online in a meaningful way. It allows for women who may not be out of the green closet to be anonymous if they’re scared about their job or having their children taken away. When I was building out the website, I put out a call asking if anyone wanted to start a chapter where they lived, so it kinda came to us. We now have 95 women who are wanting to start chapters across the country.” Are you excited about the new Denver chapter? “Yes, our first social was incredible and we were met with open arms by the community. As of now, all our events in Denver are private, but that could change in the future if we work with a consumption lounge.” What does success look like to you?
“We’re actually making a meaningful difference in someone’s life and we see it unravel itself in front of use. Everything from women being like, ‘OMG this is one of the coolest events I’ve ever been to,’ to, ‘I just met my business partner or best friend.’ I feel like we’re here to really enjoy our lives and I want other people to find the blockages and to move through them. I feel like that’s part of my spiritual job here as a human — to help people move behind barriers. Success to me long-term looks like having chapters across the world and making an active difference, like there’s more women in cannabis because of Tokeativity or there’s more women in leadership roles because we’ve helped to build self-confidence just by showing up. It’s what brings me joy. I like seeing joy in other people and I like helping other people grow. I think when you find your path, you’re a happier person and I like participating in that kind of energy in that life.” How do you get involved? “No matter where women live, they can connect with others on our online social network, Tokeativity Connect. Whether you’re a curious first timer or daily consumer, all women are welcome to join in our community in person or online. You can also follow @tokeativity on Instagram.” When is the next Denver Social? “Dec. 15. We’re getting into the holiday spirit with the theme ‘Glitter and Gold.’ There will be food and crafts, like a CBD creation station for making holiday gifts. The first 25 women to register will receive a free gift at the door. If you would like to request an invitation, please email connect@ tokeativity.com”
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by Paul Danish
The Mexican supreme court legalizes marijuana!
ow! This is huge. The possession and use of marijuana is now legal throughout Mexico. Bang, dead, just like that. On Oct. 26, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that the country’s ban on consuming marijuana was unconstitutional. As a result, marijuana possession and consumption is now legal in the only two countries that share common borders with the United States. And due to pot legalization in Alaska, Washington state, Oregon and California, it is now possible to drive from the Arctic Circle to the MexicoGuatemala border without being in a place where you can’t legally inhale. As a result of the ruling, the Mexican government must now amend policies that contradict the court’s constitutional interpretation. Within days officials with the incoming administration of President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, which will take power on Dec. 1, said their government will do just that. According to a story by Tom Angell at Marijuana Moment, the first step will be for the Mexican Congress to repeal the now-invalidated criminal statutes against pot. After that, according to Senator Olga Sanchez Cordero, “we are going to take a step forward in the
regulation that may already involve the production, marketing and distribution of marijuana.” Sen. Sanchez Cordero is expected to become interior secretary in the incoming government. Mario Delgado, a leader of Lopez Obrador’s party in the country’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, said that he would support the marijuana reform legislation. Under the Mexican constitution, a law can’t be declared unconstitutional until the Supreme Court has struck it down in five separate cases. On Oct. 26, the court ruled in the fourth and fifth cases. It then issued a “jurisprudential thesis” that makes the rulings the supreme law of the land and binding on all lower courts. The court declared Mexico’s anti-pot laws unconstitutional on grounds that they violated a person’s right to “the free development of personality.” It didn’t just pull the concept out of thin air. The right to the “free development of personality” is found in the Mexican constitution. It also appears in the U.N.’s Declaration of Human Rights. No such right appears in the U.S. Constitution. The closest the founders came to considering such a right was the right to the “pursuit of happiness,” which is found in the Declaration of Independence.
However, the Constitutional Convention considered the concept too radical for inclusion in the Bill of Rights. That’s why the Fifth Amendment guarantees that no one will be “deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law” instead of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...” According to Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House Communications Director, President Trump will push for marijuana legalization next year. “I think he’s going to legalize marijuana,” Scaramucci said in an interview last week. “I think he’s waiting until after the midterms. I think he’s on the side of legalization.” Scaramucci isn’t exactly a member of Trump’s inner circle currently — he served as communications director for 10 glorious days in 2017 — but he claims to still talk to the president from time to time, so maybe he picked up on something. Trump has said that he will support the bill sponsored by Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) to let the states legalize pot without federal interference. Existing law gives Trump the power to remove marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act list of banned drugs without further action by Congress. Although it’s unlikely to happen, the United States should give serious consideration to adding Mexico’s “free development of personality” clause to the U.S. Constitution, and not just to create a pathway to end the war on drugs. Over the past two centuries, prohibitionists of many stripes have savaged the liberty and privacy of Americans. Arguably “prohibitionists” have done more lasting damage to American freedom and privacy than any foreign or domestic enemies of liberty. Adding a “free development of personality” amendment to the Bill of Rights (along with a right to privacy amendment) would provide a way curb the country’s worst authoritarian instincts.
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