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Highroad Why we should reach across borders, not close them by Jim Hightower


nation’s border is nothing in and of itself. It’s just an inanimate line that has no philosophy, personality, feelings or meaning — beyond what people on either side attribute to it. Unfortunately, thanks to Donnie Trump’s xenophobic demagoguery in this presidential election, America finds itself in a destructive border war — not with Mexico, but with itself. In his ral-

lies, Trump led his true believers in angry chants of “Build that wall!” He demanded that our Southwestern border with Mexico be turned into a hostile barrier of national, cultural and racial separation that will physically scream at Latino people: “KEEP OUT!” You can see it for yourself, for about a third of that 2,000-mile frontier already has a massive metal wall, thrusting up to 30 feet high. It scowls at Mexico with pole-mounted cameras, 24-hour radar, vibration sensors, all-seeing drones, surveillance balloons and Blackhawk helicopters. It has made the border mean, yet — get this — it doesn’t work! Migrants and traffickers continually overcome it. “The wall is a fantasy,” says an Arizona border sheriff. Also a rancher who’s a diehard Trump supporter dismisses Donnie’s barrier scheme as a “farce.” Worse, the existing wall and Trump’s extension of it is a perversion

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of what this border has been for centuries: An enriching connection point for people on either side. In fact, there were no sides — festivals paraded from Mexico into the U.S. and back again, businesses were totally bi-national, families extended across the so-called line, and the community was an organic whole. Trump’s wall won’t keep undocumented migrants out, but it will lock out America’s egalitarian ideal of crossculturalism. Rather than walling-off borders, our true national security requires that we reach across them. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. December 1, 2016 5

the anderson files Is this an extinction-level event for American labor? by Dave Anderson


he labor movement has been Clinton. They neglected traditional reviving in recent years but Democratic constituencies such as now it faces stormy weather African Americans and the white workwith the presidency, the ing class. Congress and the Supreme As a result, Clinton underperformed Court under Republican control. Obama among both groups. It seems Workers won victories under the the campaign inadvertently ended up Obama presidency as a result of execuurging Trump supporters to vote. A tive orders and departmental regulaunion staffer told Parenti that the tions. There’s the new overtime rule Clinton campaigners were computerthat will double the salary threshold obsessed and didn’t have too much realand give millions more workers access world experience or street sense: to overtime pay in December, although “What they seem to have missed is a federal judge in Texas temporarily that the way to reach blacks, Latinos, blocked the rule and women is the with a preliminary same way you reach injunction on Nov. the white working 22. class: progressive economics, and Obama’s knock on their National Labor populism, doors. And guess Relations Board emptied it of real class what? The allegedproduced many politics, reduced it to a ly ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ game-changing decisions, such as jumble of affective associ- white working class is cool with a mulgranting graduate ations, and used it to ticultural coalition students the right beat-up the smug liberals as long as you give to form unions. them the progresTrump can easily of the professional manasive economics. On reverse all of these gerial class. It worked.” advances. The the other hand, it — Christian Parenti unions spent over turns out that $100 million to downplaying the elect Clinton. But progressive ecoshe won only 51 nomics loses everypercent among voters from one except the skilled professionals.” union households, according to exit Parenti spent hours watching many polls. She received 49 percent of the full-length Trump speeches on vote among that group in Ohio. YouTube. He agrees with other proChristian Parenti, reporting in gressives that Trump is a racist, misogyJacobin, has a sour view of the Clinton nist, confessed sexual predator and dancampaign, which he says had been gerous authoritarian. “under-resourced and poorly executed.” However, he says that while Trump They had a flawed political strategy did talk of “walls, immigration bans, that they could ignore the white workand deportations,” his main message ing class and concentrate on an emergwas a phony economic populism as well ing Democratic majority of women, as an overlooked anti-war sentiment. Latinos, blacks and skilled professionParenti says Trump has a charisma als. that is “a mix of almost comic self-confiIn July, Senator Chuck Schumer of dence, emotional intelligence, a common New York said: “For every blue-collar touch, but also at times slight vulnerabilDemocrat we lose in western ity.” By contrast, Clinton, “constrained Pennsylvania, we will pick up two mod- by sexist double standards and lawyerly erate Republicans in the suburbs in calculation, too often came across as Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in bloodless ... like a scripted and dissemOhio and Illinois and Wisconsin.” bling Human Resources manager.” Clinton’s early get-out-the-vote Liberal commentators didn’t effort focused on suburban Republicans understand what Trump was saying because they mistakenly believed that a see ANDERSON FILES Page 8 large portion of them might support


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letters Watch out for Tom Harris

The letter by Tom Harris recently published in the Weekly was part of a misinformation campaign organized by the right wing Heartland Institute, which in turn is supported by the coal industry, ALEC, the Koch brothers and others. Their purpose is to cast doubt on the climate disruptions that we are now experiencing. The rest of the world knows very well that climate change is real and that it poses a major threat; the U.S. is the only country where there remains confusion and doubt, thanks to the right-wing climate denial campaign. In his letter, Harris praises Trump for his dismissal of climate change, and cites Heartland Institute’s “Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC).” This is a fake organization meant to imitate IPCC, a legitimate international body. I Googled his name, and found a long list of similar letters that appeared in newspapers in the U.S., Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Sydney, New Zealand, Argentina and elsewhere. He sends out a constant stream of these climate denial letters, sometimes claiming a bogus Ph.D. So keep this in mind when you come across climate denial material such as Harris’. Arden Buck/Nederland

Man-made climate change is real The letter from Tom Harris, “ A Climate Realist” (Nov. 17) praises Trump’s do-nothing approach to climate change and says, “The NIPCC shows that much of what we thought we knew about climate is either mis-

taken or highly debatable.” What’s the NIPCC? It’s a front for the fossil fuel industry that’s named so that it sounds like the IPCC, the world’s most highly respected authority of climate change, which says anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is real and an existential threat. Harris is a paid spokesperson for the fossil fuel industry. He’s a “co-sponsor” of The Heartland Institute which receives millions from the largest fossil fuel corporations in the U.S. and their “co-sponsors” have collectively received over $67 million from the Koch brothers and ExxonMobil, according to DeSmog Blog. There is now 100 percent scientific consensus on AGW according a Harvard study. Another study from the National Physical Sciences Consortium, published earlier this year, shows that out of all the peer-reviewed climate science papers published in the past two years, over 24,000 of them, there is over 99.9 percent scientific consensus on AGW. Harris has no scientific training and is not a scientist, much less a climate scientist. He’s a mechanical engineer turned PR man for the fossil fuel industry. His main job to pretend he is the “executive director” of a scientific institute, the impressive-sounding International Climate Science Coalition (which is non existent) and to write letters to the editor from Canada to papers all over the U.S. casting doubt on climate science. He regularly attacks the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nationwide, nonprofit grassroots organization that is working to see LETTERS Page 8

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Miracle of the Caribbean

When Fidel Castro overthrew the corrupt Batista dictatorship that had impoverished the Cuban people, he was hailed as a modern hero by the media. As it became apparent that he intended to build an egalitarian society that directed the labor and resources of the island for the benefit of all Cubans rather than for the profit of an elitist few, this initial praise turned into alarm. American sugar conglomerates, oil refineries and mob-run casinos no longer had open access. This was clearly an un-American, Marxist development in the Western Hemisphere, which could not be tolerated. For nearly 60 years,

against all odds, the Castro government has survived trade embargoes, assassination attempts, a bungled CIA-backed military invasion and the collapse of support from the Soviet Union and Venezuelan oil. It has not been a bed of roses for Cuba. Mankind has never shown itself to be more than marginally able to manage its darker impulses, which brings up two intriguing questions: Will Donald Trump, riding in on a wave of populist anger and promising law and order, greater prosperity and radical institutional change, turn out to be America’s Fidel Castro? And will conservatives finally see the establishment of their libertarian paradise? Robert Porath/Boulder

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to his audience, Parenti says. After his win in the Nevada Caucus, Trump said: “We won with highly-educated, we won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated! We’re the smartest people, we’re the most loyal people.” Parenti notes, “Liberals lampooned him, assuming that he had insulted part of his base.” Parenti argues that people in the audience translated Trump’s comments as “Trump understands that it’s not all my fault that I couldn’t get an education. He understands that even people who don’t have advanced degrees can make good decisions and are worthy of respect.” The Democratic Party establishment made a big mistake spurning Bernie Sanders’ “class message, ” Parenti says, adding, “Trump took the Berniestyle populism, emptied it of real class politics, reduced it to a jumble of affec-

tive associations, and used it to beat-up the smug liberals of the professional managerial class. It worked.” The labor movement is in big trouble. This should concern all progressives since unions are the strongest force against today’s obscene economic inequality. Labor reporter Harold Meyerson points out that unions are also “the nation’s only multiracial mass organizations” and “they have more resources than any other progressive organizations.” If they disappear, progressive politics is also in trouble. A veteran union staff member told Meyerson that Trump’s victory was “an extinction-level event for American labor.” We have to ask the Democratic Party establishment, “Which side are you on?” This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. Boulder Weekly

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Forced pooling is not mandatory swim practice Colorado law compels communities that own their mineral rights to lease them against their will

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hen James Sines shopped for homes in 2007, he thought he knew how to pick a neighborhood that would never be drilled for oil or gas. His nephew, a geologist, told Sines to ask the real estate agent showing a house in Broomfield’s Anthem development whether the deed included sub-surface mineral rights. The real estate agent’s answer was vague. Sines pressed the agent, and learned that the mineral rights beneath the otherwise spacious floor plan would not belong to him. Sines crossed the highway to the Wildgrass development’s orderly rows of executive homes under construction. “The first question I asked was, ‘Do I own the mineral rights?’” recalled Sines. The answer was yes, and he bought the house. Nearly a decade later, Sines, a manufacturing consultant, learned that in Colorado, owning your mineral rights doesn’t necessarily protect you from drilling. An arcane provision in Colorado law allows energy companies to drill under residential communities even when homeowners own their mineral rights but don’t want to lease them. It’s called “forced pooling.” Forced pooling, Sines and his 509 Wildgrass neighbors learned, gives oil and gas companies the right to drill under their property, as long as the company makes a “reasonable” offer to mineral rights owners and at least one homeowner signs a lease. Even if the rest of the community opposes the development and declines to lease their rights, an energy company can apply to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for a forced pooling order, and the COGCC will almost certainly approve it. Forced pooling came to Wildgrass in the form of Extraction Oil and Gas, an operator specializing in developing wells in the midst of Colorado

housing developments — and generating conflict in its wake. Wildgrass residents first heard about Extraction in a letter from High West Resources, Ltd. dated June 24, 2016. The land resource company, which represented Extraction Oil and Gas, LLC, offered to purchase each homeowner’s mineral rights in exchange for a $500 signing bonus and a 15 percent royalty on an undisclosed amount of potential oil and gas revenue. The letter ended with this pressure-infused sentence, in bold. “This offer to lease is valid for fifteen (15) days from the date of this letter.” Some Wildgrass residents assumed the letter was a Front Range version of a Nigerian get-rich scheme and tossed it. Others knew they owned mineral rights under their homes and had no intention of leasing them to High West, Extraction or anybody else. Some say they never received the notice at all. A handful signed the lease. Still others were worried, even panicked, especially when they found out that Extraction was threatening Wildgrass residents with forced pooling if they didn’t sign. For Sines, it was a sign he’d better sell. “It can’t be good for property values,” he said, a “For Sale” sign planted near his curb on an early fall day. “There can’t be a return from this leasing that’s more than the impacts on the community’s property values.” He said he has too much sunk into the house to watch his equity disappear, and doesn’t believe that any politician, state regulator or lawyer is going to ride in on a white horse to help. “We’re definitely getting bent over,” said Sines. “I’m outta here.” Wildgrass residents gather at a community playground to demonstrate their resistance to the planned forced pooling action by Extraction Oil and Gas.

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For many others in Wildgrass, however, it was time to fight back.

1889, meet 2016 The Pennsylvania Supreme Court established the “rule of capture” in 1889 during the heady early days of the oil explosion, differentiating an underground mineral right from a surface landowner’s right. The idea, put simply, was “drillers keepers.” Whoever stuck a straw into the ground and sucked oil to the surface could keep it, even if the oil flowed from under your neighbor’s property. That didn’t work so well. (Remember the Daniel Day Lewis line, “I drink your milkshake” from the film, There Will Be Blood?) The law evolved, recognizing that oil and gas deposits didn’t follow property lines. One upshot was to codify the notion of “split estates,” where one person could own surface property, but another person (or corporation) could own the mineral rights below. As oil companies launched their 20th century catapult to become one of the most profitable businesses in the history of humanity, they hired sophisticated lawyers and lobbyists to write legislation that favored their industry. They ensured those laws would pass by using brute political force and slick public relations campaigns. Ensuing laws gave mineral owners preferential rights to force surface owners to accommodate their rigs, often with disastrous consequences to the surface owner’s domestic tranquility, not to mention their water quality and health. (The industry recently spent millions of dollars in Colorado to prevent two initiatives from getting on the ballot that would have placed some limits on oil and gas development, and spent millions more to pass the “Raise the Bar” initiative that will make future citizen led ballot issues even more difficult to pass.) Later, the concept of “compulsory pooling” surfaced, giving oil and gas companies the right to access underground hydrocarbons even when they didn’t own them or acquire the rights to lease them. The idea, said University of Colorado Boulder Law School Thomson Visiting Law Professor Bruce Kramer, was to ensure that a homeowner who didn’t want oil and gas rigs on their property “cannot deprive their neighbor the right to develop them.” Boulder Weekly

Ironically, when two cities in Kansas passed the first “compulsory pooling” laws in 1927, according to Kramer’s analysis in a University of Colorado Law School symposium, they aimed to limit the number of urban drilling rigs. At the time, Kramer said, “thousands and thousands of wells were being drilled,” since a mineral owner risked having a neighbor drink the mineral owner’s milkshake if they didn’t sink a well themselves. Forced pooling, Kramer said, allowed multiple mineral owners to share the financial benefits of drilling without creating an inefficient mess — or being held hostage by holdouts. Fast forward to the drilling boom of the last decade, where a combination of new, horizontal drilling technology and more sophisticated hydraulic fracturing (fracking) techniques opened up vast frontiers of previously unrecoverable deposits of oil and gas. Oil and gas companies received exemptions from complying with provisions of federal environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act, as famously happened in 2005 when then-Vice President Dick Cheney’s controversial “Energy Task Force” allowed energy companies to withhold information about the toxic chemicals they used for fracking. States like Colorado also legislated that oil and gas companies would receive preferential treatment on multiple fronts. The laws allowed energy companies to create larger and larger milkshake pools and to snake their straws for miles to access almost anywhere they wanted, including near schools, water sources — and under residential communities like Wildgrass. Over the past decade, residents, cities and counties facing oil and gas development in their backyards have objected. In case after case around the state, they have been systematically overridden: by state law, COGCC regulations and the courts — all interpreting laws that the industry essentially wrote. In May 2016, the state Supreme Court also ruled in favor of the industry by invalidating voter-approved restrictions on new oil and gas developments in Fort Collins and Longmont, with repercussions for Lafayette, Boulder County — and Broomfield. “The government is not supposed to

Top: In a community poll, 300 of 500 residents responded, and 75 percent of those firmly opposed drilling in their neighborhood. Many others simply didn’t think they could win the fight. Left: Current Extraction Oil and Gas well in the open space west of Wildgrass, on the Boulder County Parks and Open Space boundary. Extraction says they will shut down this well.

pick favorites,” said attorney Matthew Sura, who represents Wildgrass and other communities facing forced pooling and neighborhood drilling. “But the oil and gas industry is clearly their favorite here in Colorado.” With the support of the COGCC’s interpretation of its statutes, operators in the state are increasingly using forced pooling as a tool to work in more densely populated areas. Extraction Oil and Gas has 20 pooling applications on the COGCC’s Dec. 12 docket, many of them in and around the city of Greeley. A conservative estimate indicates there are at least 15,000 potentially affected mineral owners in those applications alone (including family estates and corporate owners). Statewide, according to COGCC Director Matthew Lepore, the Commission issued about 540 orders per year between 2012 and 2015. About 40 percent of those were pooling orders. The COGCC does not track how many owners voluntarily signed leases, and how many were “force pooled.” In an email response to questions, Lepore wrote that the Commission has not yet encountered a situation where “all or nearly all” of a large number of mineral owners in a spacing unit “are united in opposition to leasing their minerals,” and companies may not be keen to proceed if there is significant opposition. “The accounting required to compensate a large number of non-consenting interest owners with very small ownership percentages presents significant administrative costs for the operator,” Lepore wrote. Mike Freeman, an attorney with Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization, said that forced pooling laws were written long before “unconventional” gas plays allowed operators to access minerals from miles away. “The mechanism they’re using has really outlived its usefulness,” he said.

Law professor Kramer agrees that most legislation around the country has not been updated to consider new technologies and human settlement patterns. “Most pooling clauses contained in oil and gas leases were drafted with vertical well drilling in mind,” Kramer wrote in his analysis. In a phone interview, Kramer said that some states have altered their laws to give more weight to the property rights of surface owners. Compulsory pooling laws are still prevalent around the country, he said, but are not inviolate. “If a legislature wants to redraw the balance given to people who don’t want to develop their rights,” Kramer said, “the legislature is free to do so.” COGCC Director Lepore said that at present, “the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act does not contain a minimum leased or participating acreage percentage requirement for a pooling order to be entered (thus, in theory, a 1 percent mineral owner could pool the other 99 percent owners).” If the COGCC ascertains that the spacing is appropriate and the operator meets a couple stipulations, it normally grants such requests. Even homeowners who own their mineral rights have very few legal options to fight a company that wants to drill. “Essentially, an unleased mineral owner can object on grounds that the applicant failed to offer the mineral owner reasonable lease terms,” Lepore wrote, or if the lease didn’t allow homeowners to receive their fair share of the proceeds. In other words, simply not wanting it to happen in your backyard — even if you own the mineral rights — is not a valid legal reason to object. Extraction spokesman Brian Cain sent a statement to the media regarding their Broomfield plans, stating that they chose their locations “to be as far as possible from residential housing,” promised to provide “professionally design See FORCED POOLING Page 12

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(sic) landscaping, at each site before commencing activities to address visual impacts of these operations. The landscaping will involve rolling berms covered with natural grasses and trees inspired by Colorado’s flowing landscapes and vistas.” According to Cain’s statement, the company also planned “Best Management Practices and latest development technology” to “deliver the safest, cleanest, and best project to the community.” Cain did not respond to several emailed requests for further comment for this article, and his voice mailbox was full. For many people living in residential enclaves like Wildgrass, applying the forced pooling provision in 2016 to a densely inhabited residential development where the vast majority of residents don’t want oil and gas drillers is

unfathomable. “We didn’t even think it was possible to frack a neighborhood,” said Wildgrass resident Bernie McKibben, expressing a sentiment shared by a rapidly growing number of urban and suburban residents around the state. The forced pooling news hit Wildgrass residents like a cannonball. “At first I really thought the High West letter was a joke,” said Stephen Uhlhorn, an engineer who bought a house in Wildgrass when he moved here from Florida three years ago with his wife, a physician, and their two children. Like many of his neighbors, when Uhlhorn started looking into Extraction’s forced pooling plans, he went from disbelief to anger and defiance. “This is suburbia!” he said. “You don’t expect oil rigs in suburbia.” Uhlhorn is bewildered by the state’s willingness to allow industrial facilities in neighborhoods where it would be tough to get approval to build a new Walmart. “What’s next?” he wondered. “Are they going to drill under the 16th 12 December 1, 2016

Street Mall? Apparently, there’s nobody that’s going to stop them.” As Coloradans continue to debate local control over oil and gas development, how far well pads should be set back from schools and water sources, and what limits, if any, should be placed on the fossil fuel extraction industry in residential neighborhoods, the Wildgrass case study stands as a sentinel and a warning: If state-sanctioned drilling can happen here, it can happen in any neighborhood in the state that sits atop viable quantities of hydrocarbons. Apparently, that could occur in every Colorado county except one. (Hint: Answer at the end of the article.) • • • • Welcome to Broomfield: “A great place to live, work, and play!” To understand Wildgrass residents’

Scientists have documented undetected leaks and inadequate methods of determining the scope of toxic releases. Researchers have documented multiple health impacts on people who live in close proximity to oil and gas operations around the country. Nonetheless, Colorado state health officials still insist there is insufficient evidence to link exposures from neighborhood drilling to public health impacts in the state. Dr. Larry Wolk, the executive director and chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), recently told The Colorado Independent, “We don’t see anything to be concerned with at this point in time.” • • • • Broomfield, Colorado (population 65,065) is almost equidistant from where the Broncos play in Denver Ted Wood/The Story Group (15 miles) and the Colorado Buffaloes play in Boulder (10 miles). It has easy access to the Boulder-Denver turnpike, is about a 40-minute drive to Denver International Airport, and is home to consultants, professionals, and businesspeople who are attracted to live in this Front Range playground where they can ski on the weekends, send their kids to good schools, enjoy open spaces and views of the Continental Divide from their bedroom windows. A Google-Earth-eye view of the Wildgrass development shows it as part of the swelling Denver metropolitan organism, with contiguous communities like concerns about Broomfield, Westminster and Wildgrass homes turning their tranNorthglenn inexorably infilling the viewed from the quil suburban remaining open spaces with tract open space to their west. community into homes and national chain strip an industrial zone, malls. Broomfield itself has grown one only has to by almost 60 percent since the 2000 drive north along county roads on the Census — three times the statewide east side of I-25 out of Denver. average. Interspersed among large, new housing Entering Wildgrass (with 2-beddevelopments built by the biggest devel- room townhouses from the low $400s, opers in the country such as Lennar and and five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot KB Homes are clusters of mini-refinerhomes that fetch $1 million), a visitor ies barely hidden by hay-bale walls and drives past laser-carved sandstone that camouflaged tan barriers the thickness marks the neighborhood as distinct of corduroy. There, oil and gas compafrom the nearby laser-carved enclave, nies have built multiple wellheads and Silverleaf. You pass the Holy Family dehydrators, separators, compressors, High School, owned and operated by pipelines, and storage tanks within a the Archdiocese of Denver (more on stone’s throw of suburban backyard bar- that later), which many Wildgrass chilbecues, swing sets and elementary dren attend. On an early fall afternoon, schools. All these industrial sites are Latino gardeners with leaf blowers vulnerable to leaks, spills and explosions, patrol the yards, delivery vans unload and emit an array of pollutants, includnew refrigerators and residents walk ing benzene, ethlyene and methane. Labradors on leashes. It’s an unlikely State regulators have only the barest spot for yet another new battlefront in grasp of the kind and amount of emisthe state’s fracking wars. sions that escape these facilities. After Extraction’s sign-in-15-days-

or-else letter circulated, a few upset residents wanted to know if they were alone in their outrage. They decided to take Wildgrass’s temperature, which is harder than you might think in a typical American exurban enclave, where people drive their Lexuses and Audis (and Priuses and Leafs) into garages adjacent to their homes, and rarely socialize as a community. One resident, Bill Young, is an IT consultant who created an informational website, then conducted an online poll. About 300 of the 510 homeowners responded, he said, with 75 percent opposed to any oil and gas development and ready to fight. Among the remaining 25 percent, most of them said they felt like the deck was so stacked against them that resistance would be futile ¬— and expensive. A handful of residents happily signed on to Extraction’s plans. Ryan Nygard, who moved here from Canada two years ago and who’s been working in the oil and gas industry for 12 years, said that many of his neighbors’ concerns about health and safety are overblown. “I have no problem with it,” he said, adding that he doesn’t dispute that a majority of his neighbors oppose Extraction’s plans. Nygard says that there’s a bit of a hypocrisy factor at play here as well, since most Wildgrass residents take hot showers and heat their homes using natural gas and drive their cars to the mountains to ski. Nygard also believes that there is more support for his position than has been expressed publicly — what he called the “Trump factor.” Nygard said he signed the proffered lease with Extraction — after he made sure it wasn’t a hoax. A few Wildgrass residents hoped they’d receive six-figure annual payouts that nobody thinks is even in the same ballpark — or even the same sport — that Extraction is playing. (Best estimates are that an average Wildgrass homeowner with a quarter-acre lot might receive about $3,000 over the first four years and $100 a year after that, according to information from Extraction provided to Wildgrass resident Young. In any case, it’s hardly Beverly Hillbillies money.) Among those who became part of the de facto organizing committee were Linda and Bernie McKibben. The couple had moved to Wildgrass from Phoenix about ten years ago with their two children. Bernie is an electrical engineer who’s worked in the mobile phone sector, and Linda is a 30-year veteran nurse who’s worked in many different health care settings, from carSee FORCED POOLING Page 14

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diac care to home health. Neither of them self-identify as environmental activists, and they are dumbfounded by the energy industry’s television ads that paint outraged suburbanites as “fracktivists.” Linda notes that Wildgrass’s own covenants, codes and restrictions include a host of limitations of what residents can do with their property, from where they can park to what color they can paint their mailboxes. “There are all kinds of restrictions on what you can do here,” she said, “apparently unless oil and gas companies want to do it.” The community sought legal advice. They couldn’t find a lawyer to take the case at first, either because the lawyers they consulted worked with oil and gas companies, or because even sympathetic lawyers said the law allowed forced pooling of non-consenting mineral owners, no matter how crazy it sounded to some Wildgrass residents. They hired attorney Matthew Sura to give them a Forced Pooling 101 tutorial. He wasn’t optimistic, either. According to the documents Extraction had filed, the company wanted to drill up to 42 wells on the Lowell Pad that was north of Wildgrass but not technically on neighborhood property. The area to be horizontally drilled included heading towards the Anthem development to the north (where homebuyer James Sines had declined to buy), as well as land owned by the City of Broomfield and the Archdiocese of Denver to the south. Extraction had gained the surface rights to drill from four spots along the Northwest Parkway corridor; the closest is a half a mile from Wildgrass but other locations will be less than 600 feet from the nearest Anthem house, across the highway. In their application to the COGCC for the Wildgrass development, Extraction listed ten pages of “unleased mineral owners.” Extraction had already received provisional support from Broomfield (which is both a city and a county) elected officials, even though its citizens had narrowly voted to institute a five-year fracking ban in 2014 that was annulled by the state Supreme Court in May. The upshot, attorney Sura told Wildgrass residents, was that “there was no statutory way to fight this,” and suggested using lease negotiations to limit the impacts on the community. Wildgrass residents said they needed some time to digest all of this and organize. They successfully lobbied the Broomfield council to support their request to postpone a “spacing hearing” that was originally scheduled for August 29. The COGCC agreed, and the hear14 December 1, 2016

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ing was rescheduled for Dec. 12. On Monday Nov. 28, the hearing was rescheduled again, for Jan. 30, 2017. If the spacing is approved, as expected, a forced pooling application will likely follow. In a phone interview, Broomfield Mayor Randy Ahrens, who describes himself as “an oil and gas guy” from his years as an engineer in the industry, said he is “appalled” at Extraction’s plans on several counts. First, Broomfield purchased the mineral rights near their reservoir from Noble Energy years ago because “we didn’t want to worry about oil wells” close to their water source. “We didn’t buy them so somebody else could force pool them,” Ahrens said. Second, in Extraction’s initial negotiations with the city, they offered to consolidate several dozen well pads down to four, with a total of 40-50 wells. Now it appears that Extraction is planning 40 or more wells from some pads. “I’m appalled at the size of the operation,” said Ahrens, which would create a “major industrial site” that doesn’t fit with the nearby residential neighborhoods, including Wildgrass and Anthem. Ahrens said he doesn’t hold out hope that the COGCC will intervene, since “they’re going to rubber stamp anything.” Broomfield is exploring its options, Ahrens said.

Making a Power Point When Extraction heard that Wildgrass residents were going to speak with attorney Sura in July, they tried to invite themselves to the meeting. Instead, residents agreed to arrange a separate meeting with Extraction representatives. By the time Extraction presented to the Wildgrass residents at the Broomfield Rec Center on July 25, many residents were still seething over the strong-arm tactics of the initial High West letter. Others were frustrated that they had to deal with this at all and wished Extraction and the horse they rode in on would just go away. About 80 residents milled about before the meeting, sampling pastries and coffee provided by Extraction.

Casually dressed (pressed khakis and white shirts, no ties) men from Extraction stood around posters with maps of Wildgrass and the proposed drilling sites, answering questions. The 7 p.m. start time came and went, and the crowd grew restless as the main presenter, Boyd McMaster, fiddled with a recalcitrant Power Point presentation. About 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour presentation, the presentation sprung to the screen. This was not a good sign to many of the attendees, who texted incredulous remarks to each other. “This is the company we’re supposed to trust with drilling under our bedrooms?” wondered IT consultant Young. McMaster affably laid out Extraction’s plans to the skeptical audience, promising a question-and-answer session at the end. He said that many of Extraction’s employees lived in the area, and he understood there were concerns. “We’re not in the middle of the prairie here,” he said. “We’re in the middle of your community.” McMaster said that he and his team would always be available to answer questions, and shared contact information with the crowd. He described how they would use horizontal drilling methods to minimize the number of well pads. They would cap several older wells scattered around the county. They would build tall sound walls during construction and would follow the letter of the law. “Colorado has the strictest regulations of this industry than any place in the world,” he said, parroting the industry’s stay-onmessage message. Then he took on the “F-word,” fracking, by calling it “hydraulic stimulation,” and said that they industry has being doing it for 60 years. This white lie implies that nothing is different between what drillers did when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president and the recent technology revolution that allows companies to unlock mile-deep “tightsands” reservoirs of hydrocarbons using millions of gallons of water mixed with chemicals and biocides. If the industry has been fracking this way for 60 years, then the Dodgers are still playing in

Brooklyn. This new technology has driven an unprecedented oil and gas boom (and bust) over the past decade — in Colorado and around the world. The boom slowed recently after a precipitous drop in oil prices (oil plummeted from more than $100 a barrel in April 2015 to less than $30 a barrel early this year before rebounding to around $50 recently), but has not halted companies like Extraction from preparing for a further price rebound. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Extraction Oil and Gas held an initial public offering of 33.3 million shares of its stock on Wall Street. The estimated value of the company exceeded $3 billion. In the taxonomy of oil and gas companies, mid-sized operators like Extraction fill a niche that investors might characterize as bold, but others call inherently antagonistic. “They take toxic assets that other people have walked away from and develop them,” said an independent operator who declines to be named because he works with one of Extraction’s shareholders and yet still thinks Extraction is being overly aggressive in residential communities. When it became clear that Extraction’s presentation was going to continue until the attendees’ babysitters would expect to be spelled, one resident asked about the promised question-andanswer portion of the show. McMaster started riffing through frequently asked questions he had written down before the meeting. When a resident insisted that Extraction take questions from the live audience, McMaster did. One resident wondered where Extraction would get the water to do the fracking and where the produced water would go, referring to the byproduct of fracking that includes millions of gallons of hydrocarbon- and chemical-laced water that needs disposal. Would Extraction pipe it or truck it to injection wells? Where were those? Weren’t injection wells the cause of earthquakes, like what was happening in Oklahoma? The vague answers McMasters gave were disconcerting. The produced water, he said, would be taken to an injection well in Weld County, at least 12 miles away. That didn’t help much, said Sally Kaplan, a Wildgrass owner who attended the meeting. “They didn’t tell us where they were going to get the water from, or where the wastewater was going to be stored.” Just because it wasn’t going to be dumped in their backyard, Kaplan said, “doesn’t mean we don’t care about it.” Others wanted to know about the Boulder Weekly

news project’s timing. Although it only takes a few weeks to drill each well, McMaster told them, there would be quite a number of wells drilled from the pads, and construction would probably take about two years. That only made some residents even more nervous about their home prices and peace of mind. Sitting on a table along with Extraction’s brochures was a letter addressed to the Broomfield City Council and signed by six “concerned realtors.” The letter stated that the proposed oil and gas operations “will have a profound impact on the surrounding property values and the quality of life for Broomfield residents.” The Extraction meeting didn’t allay many Wildgrass residents’ concerns about safety, nuisance, stress, health complaints, air quality issues, impacts to water quality and availability, and effects on their children and property values. “We were supposed to say, ‘We’re the 1 percent, we love hydraulic stimulation and we love America,’” said one homeowner, who declined to be named because of the sensitive nature of their job. “That’s not gonna happen.” Not only that, but it didn’t take long for residents to take McMaster up on his offer, and sent along a growing list of questions. At least five residents said they never received replies. “Nothing but radio silence,” said Uhlhorn, the engineer who moved from Florida.

Moving to “Doomfield” At Wildgrass, resistance to forced pooling doesn’t seem to follow partisan lines. Unlike Boulder County, Broomfield’s enduringly liberal Democratic enclave to the west, Broomfield has more unaffiliated voters (16,250) than registered Democrats (13,020) or Republicans (12,550). Issues like local control, property rights, and government bullying resonate pretty strongly among Republicans, and issues like environmental protection and climate change are trademark Democratic issues. Wildgrass residents fanned out to gather information, employing an array of bipartisan talents, including lawyers, accountants, financial analysts, health care professionals, engineers and others. Many are reluctant conscripts, like IT security consultant Young, who has lived in Wildgrass since 2010. “It took it landing in my backyard for me to get involved,” he said. However grudgingly it happened, Young joined the fray and started researching. He noted that in the Extraction presentation, “There was not a single slide about surface spills.” So he Boulder Weekly

conducted his own search and discovered seven reported surface leaks in Broomfield in the past five years from other operators. Perhaps even more disturbing for Young, the city of Broomfield’s Public Health and Environment Division had documented that 22 out of the 38 active oil and gas sites in Broomfield had leaked. Neither the COGCC nor the CDPHE had detected the leaks. Extraction, Young also discovered, had 17 documented spills and releases around the state, several of them due to “human error.” According to the COGCC website, he also learned that there had been 66 complaints filed against Extraction, for everything from noise and odor to increased traffic from trucks carrying equipment to and from drill sites. Others started digging into water issues. Fracking requires large amounts of water, and also “produces” water that comes up co-mingled with the miledeep oil and gas. One new well pad would be located between an existing reservoir and a planned reservoir, meant for recreation as well as for city drinking water storage. Wildgrass residents also reached out to the Archdiocese of Denver, which owns land and mineral rights adjacent to Wildgrass under Holy Family High School. Since Pope Francis expressed concern about climate change and environmental stewardship in his encyclical in May 2015, Wildgrass residents thought there might be some opening to find an ally in the Church. Initial outreach to the Archdiocese was met with a cool response, so Wildgrass residents printed up a subtle flier with the headline in red, bold caps: FRACKING UNDER HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL and distributed it to parents. Wildgrass resident Jean Lim, a professor at Regis University, a Jesuit institution, who relocated to Colorado from Cincinnati with her tech-industry husband two and a half years ago, says that the impacts on her family worry her, but that there are also larger issues to consider. “The Pope’s encyclical was a strong statement of environmental concerns on a global scale,” Lim said. “It should have the serious attention of all Catholics.” Lim said she has contacted the Archdiocese, and expressed an interest in arranging a meeting to discuss ways to work together to “secure health and safety protections for its high school students and the Catholic residents of Wildgrass.” Lim has not received a reply. See FORCED POOLING Page 16

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council to protect them. The scale of Extraction’s plans was unprecedented, former oil and gas worker Lara HillPavlik told the commissioners, and had ballooned to 140 wells. “I am unaware of a single project of this magnitude which has been implemented in such close proximity to schools and residents,” she said. “And I lived in Houston.” After the meeting, Michael Kohut, an Anthem resident, said, “We’d like to set a different precedent: saying no to drilling in residential neighborhoods.” Patricia Romero-Trustle, who told council members that she recently moved from Los Angeles for a better quality of life, stood in the municipal building lobby after the meeting, completely disillusioned. “I told my husband, ‘We’ve moved to Doomfield,’” she said. Broomfield City Councilman Kevin Kreeger heard the Anthem residents’ presentation, and is outraged at the whole concept of forced pooling — as well as the way Extraction has played its pooling card. “Forced pooling is big government and big business at their absolute worst,” Kreeger said, since it grants the state government the right to take one person’s property and give it to a company, even when “there is no social benefit of any kind.” He said that “Extraction has not operated with integrity or respect for our community,” and is disturbed that the company keeps changing the number of wells it intends to drill. Originally, the plan was to drill 24 new ones after plugging and abandoning 26 old ones, Kreeger said. Now, Extraction has applied to drill 149 wells, all of them near homes and schools. “That many wells means 24-hour drilling for years,” he said.

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ahead with fossil fuel development — even when there’s a gas glut and overwhelming evidence that humancaused climate change is already affecting Colorado in multiple ways. If our country’s energy independence and state economy relies on drilling in neighborhoods like Wildgrass, the engineer Uhlhorn said, “We are way on the wrong track.” Not all Wildgrass residents are convinced they can beat Extraction or want to fight the COGCC. Even those who do not support Extraction’s efforts worry that community members are spending time and treasure on a losing battle. Peter Pacek, a health care executive and nine-year resident of Wildgrass, said he’s concerned that there is “very little that an average citizen can do to hold them back because of the way the laws are written.” Still, Pacek said, he didn’t sign a lease either. Residents will soon hear what the COGCC has to say about the next step, when the Extraction faces a usually pro forma “spacing hearing” now scheduled for Jan. 30, 2017. For the time being, the discerning homebuyer James Sines said this week, he’s pulled his house from the market, waiting for the next shoe to drop. Despite the COGCC’s nearly unblemished record of accommodating the industry, Wildgrass residents now know they are not alone: Their Anthem neighbors, as well as people in Greeley and Boulder and Fort Collins and El Paso County and Battlement Mesa and Pueblo and Thornton and Longmont and Lafayette and Westminster and dozens of other communities around the state are all struggling to keep this rising residential hydrocarbon tide from swamping their neighborhoods. “We know that if we’re going to have any hope, we have to act as a group,” said Bernie. The group is likely to get bigger. When several Wildgrass residents met with COGCC Director Lepore recently, they asked him plaintively where they could move in Colorado to avoid having to fight oil and gas development. His reply: “Summit County.”

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n Friday, Nov. 25, Colonel John Henderson, district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, sent an eviction notice to several thousand people who are currently living in the Oceti Sakowin Camp just north of the Cannonball River in North Dakota. The protesters, who established the camp and call themselves “water protectors,” are living in the camp as part of their efforts to stop the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) as well as to strengthen the Greater Sioux Nation’s ownership claims on the lands north of the river as granted under the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie. Ownership of the 1851 Treaty lands under the Oceti Sakowin Camp — which currently covers approximately 137 acres — is also claimed by the federal government via the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In his day-after-Thanksgiving eviction notice, Henderson offered a multi-pronged reason for ordering the protesters out of the camp they have now been living in for months. “This decision is necessary to protect the general public from the violent confrontations between protesters and law enforcement officials that have occurred in this area, and to prevent death, illness, or serious injury to inhabitants of encampments due to the harsh North Dakota winter conditions. The necessary emergency, medical, and fire response services, law enforcement, or sustainable facilities to protect people from these conditions on this property cannot be provided. I do not take this action lightly, but have decided that it is required due to the concern for public safety and the fact that much of this land is leased to private persons for grazing and/or haying purposes as part of the Corps’ land management practices.” The notice gave those in the camp until Monday, Dec. 5, to clear out. As if drawing this federal eviction line in the sand wasn’t enough cause for concern, state officials and local law enforcement are also piling on in this dispute that has become increasingly volatile and dangerous due to the heavily militarized police force that has been assembled to stop the protesters from stopping the pipeline. Riot-gear clad officers from several states and agencies, along with mercenaries, are increasingly using violent tactics and a protester-busting arseBoulder Weekly

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nal that includes rubber bulFlood lights along the lets, concussion grenades, DAPL light the Oceti mace, teargas, armored vehiSakowin camp before dawn. The Army Corps cles and water hoses in freezof Engineers, state ing winter conditions. government and law enforcement are North Dakota Governor working hard to evict Jack Dalrymple is also orderthe protesters from this camp. ing protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin Camp immediately, citing the state’s harsh winter conditions for his demands. In his order to vacate the camp, Gov. Dalrymple repeated what local Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has been saying for weeks. The wooden structures that protesters are building to get them through the winter are not up to local building codes and have not been inspected or properly licensed and are therefore a serious threat to public safety. The governor added that protesters should also leave because first responders will no longer be providing emergency services to anyone who stays in the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Gov. Dalrymple says that he has the power to take such actions on federal property by way of the North Dakota Disaster Act of 1985, which lets him jump in where he sees fit in order to serve the best interest of public safety. In addition, the governor and local law enforcement have decided that in order to protect the protesters, they will be issuing $1,000 fines to anyone bringing food, warm clothing or winterizing materials into the camp. It seems that all this governmental concern for the protester’s safety may well be the thing that finally causes some in the camps to be injured or even die in the not too distant future of this indigenous/environmental showdown on the plains. All this eviction talk and cut off of supplies and emergency responders seems a bit counter intuitive unless it’s viewed through the lens of military tactics, in which case this whole eviction deadline starts to make perfect sense. Consider what the Corps is offering as a carrot to get people to leave the camp. Its eviction notice included this: See DAPL Page 20

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“The Corps of Engineers has established a free speech zone on land south of the Cannonball River for anyone wishing to peaceably protest the Dakota Access Pipeline project.” Think about it. The Corps says it can no longer tolerate a camp on its claimed lands north of the Cannonball River but is offering up Corps lands for essentially the same purposes a few hundred yards away just south of the Cannonball River. Now consider that the Corps, the Governor and local law enforcement have all made the claim that first responders, including ambulance and fire, will no longer be able to serve those who remain north of the river. But for some reason it is implied that first responders will still get to those south of the river. If you read between the lines, it seems that all of this sudden eviction pressure is really about one thing, the bridge. There is a bridge on Highway 1806 over the Cannonball River, which sits at the southwest corner of the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Why a bridge? We saw the value of a bridge, militarily speaking, on Sunday, Nov. 20 when police in riot gear were able to stop protesters at another bridge on 1806 about three-quarters or a mile north of the Oceti Sakowin Camp. The bridge that night created a choke point that allowed the militarized law enforcement presence to halt the protesters forward progress with water, rubber bullets, mace, teargas and reportedly concussion grenades. Those at the front of the action became more or less trapped by the crowd behind them on the bridge, unable to retreat or move forward. It was extremely dangerous for the people on the bridge and very opportunistic for law enforcement’s purposes. This became the most violent clash of the DAPL protest thus far, with one tribal elder suffering a heart attack and one woman from New York, 21-year-old Sophia Wilansky, having her arm nearly blown off by what witnesses say was a concussion grenade thrown directly at her. By the end of the night, dozens were hospitalized and nearly 200 were injured. That is what a bridge can do, militarily speaking, and that is the proper term. Law enforcement’s DAPL response looks and acts like a military response because it is a military response, at least a military-for-hire response. The owner of the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has reportedly hired an organization called TigerSwan to oversee its intelligence and security operations. TigerSwan is run by former Delta Force members and — according to an interview in Truthout with Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill, who has spent years investigating security contractors like TigerSwan — “has links to the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater.” Blackwater is best know for its slaughter of Iraqi civilians in the infamous Nisour Square massacre in 2007. TigerSwan contracts with the federal government for work in war zones such as Afghanistan and Iraq. And as incredible as it sounds, they are now deploying their military expertise in North Dakota to combat DAPL protesters and Native Americans making claim to their 1851 Treaty lands. If one bridge is good, then two bridges must be better, militarily speaking. Two bridges might just be enough to hold back protesters during the impending final push to lay the pipeline under the Missouri River. But at what cost? For now, it appears that no one is going anywhere, at least not voluntarily. In a letter of response to the Corps’ eviction threat, Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman Dave Archambault released a statement saying the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is “deeply disappointed in this decision by the United States, but our resolve to protect our water is stronger than ever... The best way to protect people during the winter, and reduce the risk of conflict between water protectors and militarized police, is to deny the easement for the Oahe [DAPL] crossing, and deny it now. We ask that everyone who can appeal to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the future of our people and rescind all permits, and deny the easement to cross the Missouri River just north of our Reservation and straight through our treaty lands… Although the news is saddening, it is not at all surprising given the last 500 years of the mistreatment of our people. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe stands united with more than 300 tribal nations and the water protectors who are here peacefully protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline to bolster indigenous people’s rights. We continue to fight for these rights, which continue to be eroded. Although we have suffered much, we still have hope that the President will act on his commitment to close the chapter of broken promises to our people and especially our children.” Boulder Weekly

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nergy conservation and efficiency programs tend to benefit people who own their homes. But a new program in Boulder aims to make home energy efficiency available to more renters as well, especially low-income

renters. “We were concerned that there were thousands of people who rent a home who were being left out of the equation,” says Neal Lurie, president of the Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC), a decadesold institution in Boulder’s nonprofit community. That’s in part because, Lurie says, low-income families tend to spend a higher percentage of their income on utility costs than higher income families do. And while groups like CRC can do little to address rising rents in Colorado, they can work to reduce utility bills for those most impacted by high costs while saving energy and water in the process. CRC’s newest program, Conservation for All, is designed to do just that. At its heart, Conservation for All is essentially a mechanism for crowdsourcing donations to fund energy efficiency upgrades, which are carried out with a number of partner organizations. Donors can fund any of the program’s four areas, each one targeting a specific upgrade: swapping old light bulbs for LEDs, replacing old toilets with new low-flow versions, retrofitting an entire room with reclaimed and energyefficient materials, even investing in solar. “This is something that really empowers the community to help be part of the solution, to upgrade the thousands and thousands of homes in the area that are still using really inefficient appliances,” Lurie says. “Tenants tend to say, ‘Why should I make any energy upgrades if I don’t own the property?’ With Conservation For All, we’ve set a goal to help lowincome communities save $5 million through these utility upgrades, and in the process we can save massive amounts of water and energy.” With a donation of $170 to Conservation for

All, for example, CRC will work with affiliates like Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) to replace all old incandescent lightbulbs in a home with high-efficiency LED bulbs, saving its occupants up to 42,000 kilowatt hours of energy in a year. For $230, CRC on its Conservation for All program helps Retrofitting rentals with the program will work the housing authority serve those who need it reclaimed and energy-effiwith BHP and Denver most, says BHP director of sustainable commucient materials helps lower utility costs while saving Housing Authority nities Tim Beale. energy in the process. (DHA) to put a new “It’s almost too simple,” he says. “And it has low-flow toilet in a multiple impacts, environmental, economic and low-income rental social.” property that needs it, saving up to 40,000 gallons On a state level, the Colorado Energy Office of water per year. With the room retrofit program, (CEO) director of low-income energy services Joe $350 funds the purchase of materials through Periera says need greatly exceeds available resources CRC’s ReSource facility, which sells donated usable for income-based energy efficiency programs. Statebuilding materials at deep discounts, to upgrade an run low-income energy efficiency programs that perentire room to be more energy efficient. For the form upgrades similar to Conservation for All reach solar program, a gift of $1,400 goes toward a somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 Colorado homes 10-panel rooftop solar installation through a partstatewide each year. CEO estimates more than 1 milnership with Boulder’s Namaste Solar. And the pro- lion households have need for them. gram’s housing partners identify the beneficiaries. “We know we’re limited in our scope, but if we “What we’ve been hearing from community mem- really want to effectively deal with the problem we bers for years, is they want to support conservation need these types of partnerships,” Periera says. CEO programs, but they want to know that it’s making an does not contribute funds to Conservation for All, but impact,” Lurie says. “These are direct, measurable supports the initiative. “We’re taking the stance that impacts for families in need and directly lowers utility any partnership that develops to take on these chalbills.” lenges are wins.” And it helps do the work that others have targetLurie agrees. And with Colorado’s population ed, but don’t have enough resources to carry out. growing at a clip, he says CRC’s ability to leverage Partners like BHP, for example, systematically identify partnerships like this to conserve energy and water is tenants across 30 sites and 1,200 housing units who more critical than ever. “It all starts with building on everyone’s strengths,” make good candidates for energy upgrades and retrofits — but they can’t fund all of them. Partnering with he says.





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Top: Scott MackenzieLow has been using his camera on the front lines of the DAPL protest. Below: Mackenzie-Low, with his bike

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s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota has grown throughout the year, Scott Mackenzie-Low felt the personal call to join the protest growing too loud to ignore. An activist, artist and avid cyclist (and seasoned pedicab driver) who once biked from Colorado to Canada, Mackenzie-Low decided to join the DAPL protests by riding his bike from Denver, Colorado, to Cannon Ball, North Dakota. The message he would send out to the world from the anti-DAPL camps on and near the Standing Rock Reservation would be simple: “If I can ride my bike to Standing Rock, you can ride your bike to the grocery store,” he says. This would be no afternoon ride for charity; this is a more than 700mile journey to support a movement. Mackenzie-Low would pedal to the heart of the pipeline resistance, which has grown from just a few tents this past April to an international gathering of thousands, to show that there are alternatives to our fossil-fuel-driven lifestyle — and that it’s worth thinking twice before filling up the gas tank, especially if society’s desire for more and more oil puts tribal lands and indigenous people in serious danger. If completed, the controversial DAPL would weave more than 1,100 total miles through four states, transporting up to 570,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota to a storage facility at a river port in Illinois. Where a short section of it winds under the Missouri River north of Cannon Ball, DAPL would threaten the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe perhaps more than anyone else along the pipeline’s path, passing under the tribe’s sole water supply and putting it at risk of contamination. So on Oct. 10 — Indigenous Peoples’ Day, otherwise and less progressively known as Columbus Day — Mackenzie-Low symbolically began his cycling journey, with a wheeled trailer in tow. He started by heading south to Manitou Springs, where he collected mineral water from the sacred springs to offer to the elders at Standing Rock, before pedaling back up north through Denver, Greeley and other Colorado towns. Mackenzie-Low stayed and dined with friends — he only had to sleep on the side of the road once in Colorado, he says. Pushing north into Wyoming, he spent a memorable night at a rest stop, sleeping on the floor in an out-of-service bathroom. A few nights later in Nebraska, one of his trailer tires went flat just as a heavy rain began to fall, and he see PEDALING Page 26

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on his journey, after three more flat tires and Above: Mackenzie-Low several breakdowns, Mackenzie-Low’s mom planned for his ride to bought him a hotel room for a night to boost Standing Rock to take 13 days, but hiccups along his flagging spirits. the way made for a 17Up through Nebraska and into South day journey. Dakota, town names get hazy in his memory. There was Scottsbluff and Chadron; Rapid City, New Underwood and Union Center; and finally, the crossing into North Dakota. The ride was longer and more difficult than he’d bargained for. “I thought I’d be going basically downhill all the way to Cannon Ball,” he says. “But there were ups and downs. I was facing a headwind most of the time, and if it wasn’t in my face, it was blowing at my side trying to tip me over.” But at long last and after nearly three weeks of pedaling, he arrived at Standing Rock and set up camp. The next morning, a bongo drum strapped to his handlebars, he rode up to the front lines of the protest action that was starting and began drumming. That was nearly one month ago. Mackenzie-Low originally planned to stay just a week or two, but he’s still at camp, still actively supporting the protest movement daily. “I’ve decided to leave my comfort zone,” he says. “The indigenous people, they need people to stand with them and make sure their rights are protected. I felt a lot of compassion for what they’re going through. And compassion can be through action.” Mackenzie-Low has taken film and photographs every day along his journey. He now spends a lot of time up on what protesters call “Facebook Hill” in the Oceti Sakowin Camp, he says. From the hill, he’s sharing the story of his journey through film and photos, and promoting different forms of activism to support the DAPL protest efforts. “That’s also where we all go to tell our families we’re not dead or arrested,” he adds. It’s far from clear what the DAPL outcome will be, how successful the antiDAPL movement or the accompanying federal lawsuits will be — and now, he says, “things are getting crazy down here.” One night last week, he says, “the cops were hosing us down in freezing temperatures, shooting rubber bullets at unarmed protesters, and throwing flash bangs,” despite protestors remaining non-aggressive. And at the very least, a quick perusal of his Facebook page suggests at least one friend back home has decided to ride his bike to the grocery store. 26 December 1, 2016

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here is a special kind of joy that accompanies revisiting a favorite movie time and time again. We see ourselves in the faces of those on screen, their problems as ours and no matter how long ago the movie was made it still speaks to our everyday lives. But these movies are also products of their own era and should function as reminders that we are not all born into the same box of time and space. That is the aim of the Sie Film Center’s newest monthly series, Classics in Context. “We can see any of these classic films anytime we choose,” says Randall Harper, technical director at Sie. “But the world that they reside in is sort of unto itself. The only glimmer of the actual society and environment is inside that film. “The idea is to take that and try to get a semblance of what it was actually like, what people were going through at the time. ... And then watch the film from that perspective.” The Sie already offers a slew of specialized programming — Women+Film, CineLatino, CinemaQ — but Harper’s Classics in Context will add a repertory of picks that show history isn’t just a string of events but a series of tangents that inform the world around us. As Harper explains, the idea of Classics in Context came while he was looking through a box of 1970s comedy records and found a newspaper stuffed inside one of the albums. “The headline was FDR’s funeral,” Harper recalls. “April 14, 1945.” Why the owner chose this particular album to store the paper from the 32nd president’s funeral is a mystery, but it wasn’t one Harper wanted to solve. He was interested in what movies were playing that week. “The Big Sleep was playing,” Harper says. “That was the germ of the idea.” There is nothing in The Big Sleep (1945) that has anything to do with Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s passing, but that would have been on audience’s minds while they watched the movie. Much in the same way that audiences this July retreated into blockbusters with thoughts of the Orlando nightclub shooting or the Nice terrorist attacks weighing on them. We may go to the movies to escape reality, but that doesn’t mean we don’t bring that baggage into the theater. “There is history outside of the context of the film you are going to go watch,” Harper says. “And I think it’s most pronounced when you are watching complete escapism.” Take Classics in Context’s kick-off film, Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life,

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buzz which opened in New York City on December 21, 1946. It follows the life and times of one of the cinema’s most personable heroes, George Bailey ( Jimmy Stewart), as he fails to shake off the dust of Bedford Falls and gives the town everything he’s got. First by taking over his father’s building and loan business, then by trying to keep the town out of the iron grip of Bedford Falls’ slumlord, Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore). When It’s a Wonderful Life was released, New York Times film critic Bosley Crowther dinged the movie for the “sentimentality of it — its illusory concept of life.” Sure, It’s A Wonderful Life is sentimental. It’s small town charm, innocent romance and moments of cheer — it’s hard not to get choked up when Mrs. Davis (Ellen Corby) asks Bailey for the measly loan of $17.50 during a run on the bank. Though it has a sentimental hue, it was not made during sentimental times. It’s A Wonderful Life was Capra and Stewart’s first film following their service in World War II — Capra made the seven-part Why We Fight series for the Army and won the Distinguished Service Medal while Stewart flew combat missions for the Army Air Force and received the Distinguished Flying Cross — and Capra wanted it to be a special movie that celebrated ordinary American citizens. Writing decades later in his autobiography, The Name Above the Title, Capra explains: “I wanted to shout to the abandoned grandfathers staring vacantly in nursing homes, to the always-interviewed but seldom-adopted half-breed orphans, to the paupers who refuse to die while medical vultures wait to snatch their hearts and livers, and to those who take cobalt treatments and whistle — I wanted to shout, ‘You are the salt of the There’s more to It’s earth. And It’s A Wonderful Life is my memorial to you!’” a Wonderful Life than holiday seaIt was that world, not the yearly Christmas broadcast, son sentimentality in which It’s A Wonderful Life debuted. It’s one that — it’s an homage to the struggle of Harper plans to reconstruct by using a collection of preeveryday people. show elements to place audience members back in the same mindset that audiences would have been when they first saw the film in 1946. “What I try to do is get the newsreels specifically to what would have been playing that week, as well as any theater ads and a short or a serial that would have, or easily could have, been playing alongside [the film],” Harper says. “The idea is to create the closest approximation for the entire run of a show that you would have, had you been seeing it on that day.” Harper expects this preshow collection of newsreels, shorts and ads will comprise 20–25 minutes of material. “I find it interesting, personally, to see the world that this was coming out in, but it can also help me with the appreciation of the film itself,” Harper says. “Some of the reasons that these classic films are still classics are because they still contain enough of the social mores that we respect now.” But Harper also admits that some of the material he is uncovering is abhorrent by today’s standards of morality, social constructs and depictions of race. “There will be certain points in serials that will come along and we’ll definitely have to give a disclaimer for these,” Harper says. “But I think it’s actually important to see those things as they’re going on. So that when you get to the film, you can understand why it’s still around today but also what was happening at the time. Why certain things were on screen as they are.” Going forward, Classics in Context will play the second Sunday of every month. Harper already has a tentative schedule of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator for January, followed by the wartime classic Casablanca in February, Howard Hawks’s rapid-fire comedy His Girl Friday in March, Hepburn and Tracy squaring off in Woman of the Year in April and the ever-enchanting Wizard of Oz for May. For most, these movies are familiar. But you probably haven’t seen them like this. The preshow of newsreels, ads and serials that Harper is curating for each program isn’t just an added incentive to watch these movies in a theater, they present the opportunity to travel back in time and watch an old favorite like you are experiencing it for the first time. Boulder Weekly

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It is what it is EOTO drummer Jason Hann on the electronica duo’s steadfast and slightly precarious musical ethic by Dave Kirby


hifting gears” is one of those colloquialisms that, once hatched as an automotive term, has slithered its way into the irretrievably tainted waters of everyday speech. But it also aptly applies to musicians like Jason Hann, who glides effortlessly — enthusiastically — from the world of string-jam to world fusion to unbounded duo electronica, as well as on-demand guest appearances when the calls come and the schedule permits.

Any working drummer will tell you that it’s better to have work than not have it. And bringing EOTO back to its Colorado roots for a three-day run through Boulder, Denver and Aspen is a nice cap to a year of a few EOTO festival gigs, some String Cheese activity (including a three-night stand in Broomfield leading up to and including this New Year’s Eve) and a few scattered dates with his other-other side project Rhythmatronix, with Oteil Burbridge. Hann and his EOTO partner Michael Travis, of course, are both members of String Cheese Incident (SCI), and the inevitable question asks itself: Is slipping between the highly evolved string jam band gestalt of SCI and the rigorously unpredictable ethic driving EOTO ever a challenge? Hann laughs. “We get that question a lot. I think if you’ve played music for a while and you have lots of different interests, the way see EOTO Page 32

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arts & culture Boulder Bach Festival shines a light on a musical ‘blind spot’ in Vienna by Peter Alexander


ienna’s rich musical heritage of the time it was a birthday gift or a nameON THE BILL: Journey to the Classic-Romantic periods day gift, or a gift for a wedding, and of Vienna — presented by Boulder is very familiar to audiences. course you can’t give a gift twice. It’s Bach Festival. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, Grace Lutheran But for a full century before almost never that an opera was re-perChurch, 1001 13th St., Boulder Haydn or Mozart ever set foot formed.” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 Stewart Auditorium, 400 Quail in Vienna, the Austrian capital had a Because the music was forgotten Road, Longmont, Tickets: 720musical culture that scholar/performer almost as soon as the performances were 507-5052, boulderbachfestival. org. Mario Aschauer calls “a phenomenon over, the parts were not kept. However, unique in music history.” formal scores were presented to the Between 1637 and emperor, because each in 1740, four consecutive turn wanted to read the Courtesy of Boulder Bach Festival Hapsburg emperors were music during the perfortrained musicians and commances, and these were posers. “They had an kept. This is part of the amazing court (music material that Aschauer disestablishment),” Aschauer covered, and it’s from explains. “They had interwhich the program has national personnel and probeen collected for the duced an unspeakable upcoming concerts. amount of music in pretty The works are much every genre that was arranged in two groups or popular at the time.” “suites” — the second speTo open the door on cifically called that in the these riches of the Baroque printed program. They era, the Boulder Bach include music by one of Festival has invited the emperors and court Aschauer to present “A composers of different Journey to Vienna with generations. There are pieces for keyboard alone, a sonata Mario Aschauer,” a concert for violin and keyboard, and several arias with an obbligato Scholar/performer Mario Aschauer of music from the Austrian instrument — an instrument that becomes a duet partner uncovers the forgotcourt, to be presented with the singer. This type of aria was a particular specialty ten music of Vienna. Thursday, Dec. 8 in Boulder in Vienna. and Saturday, Dec. 10 in “Viennese Baroque opera requires a huge ensemble of Longmont. The program different instruments but these instruments never play features both operatic and instrumental selections, performed together,” Aschauer says. “There are arias with violin solo by Aschauer on harpsichord; the Bach Festival’s director, and arias with cello solo and recorder solo and bassoon solo, Zachary Carrettin, on Baroque violin and his recently revived and even with harpsichord solo. These special instruments cello da spalla; and by soprano Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson, who keep the operas acoustically more interesting.” performed with the Bach Festival in last season’s performance The Dec. 8 and 10 concerts will feature arias for soprano of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. with harpsichord alone as the obbligato instrument, with vioThe collaboration between Carrettin and Aschauer is a lin, and with cello. Carrettin will play the last of these on his bit of a happy accident. Carrettin came to Boulder and the cello da spalla, a smaller version of the standard cello that is Bach Festival from Sam Houston State University in Texas, designed to be held on the shoulder and played like a cross where Aschauer was his replacement on the faculty. The two between a violin and a guitar. had never met, but Aschauer kept hearing from his students He and Aschauer will also play a Sonata for violin and how much they had in common. “After a while, I just gave in harpsichord by George Muffatt, one of the court composers. and said, ‘OK, I’ll call him,’” Aschauer says “This work is shocking at every turn,” Carrettin says. “I “We had so many interests in common that we had a would say it’s the most harmonically exploratory work I’ve hard time getting off the phone,” Carrettin recalls. “I realized encountered from the 18th century, with beautiful arioso that not only is this someone with whom I’d like to collabomelodies but harmonic motion that is so shocking and ahead rate musically, but someone who can bring us repertoire that of its time.” none of us knows, yet.” Aschauer says the music from the Viennese Baroque Aschauer was working in the archives of the Imperial court is “like a blind spot on the historical map of music hisCourt in Vienna, where he had found both harpsichord tory that is incredibly exciting to explore. And the program is music by some of the six keyboard players employed there, almost a 3-D model of musical culture at the court. and operas that had been written for court occasions, most of “When you come to the concert, imagine you’re in them performed once and then forgotten. Vienna in 1700, and you’re entering the castle in the old city “The Hapsburgs understood that opera was extraordiof Vienna. You’re eavesdropping on some music making narily suited for political propaganda,” he says. “For any going on in the castle that night, and just let yourself be surmajor occasion at the court, an opera was composed. Most of prised.”

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Xilinx Summit Retreat 3100 Logic Dr. Longmont, CO Sunday, Dec. 11th, 2016 • 6:00pm The Boulder County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, and international self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child will sponsor this candle lighting service. The lighting of luminaries will start at 6:00 pm. The service will start at 6:45 pm and the candle lighting at 7:00 pm featuring music, poetry and the reading of names. The event is now in its twentieth year, with each observance larger than the last.

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me and Travis do, going back and forth, you just ON THE BILL: EOTO sort of gear yourself up for a different frame of with Mr. Bill Live & Circuit mind,” Hann says. Bent. 9 p.m. Saturday, “String Cheese is all six of us collaborating and Dec. 3, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303jumping in. To this day, neither me nor Travis 786-7030. $25 general have ever been the guys who said, ‘Let’s try an admission. electronic piece.’ Y’know, try to force the electronic vibe.” EOTO was quietly, and for some diehard SCI fans almost scandalously, birthed as a why-not kind of side project for Hann and Travis at the 2006 Sonic Bloom festival. SCI was already deeply cherished institution by then, and the duo’s foray into electronica, a movement just starting to burble past its club and fringe festival adolescence, raised a few eyebrows. But while EOTO’s relationship with the String Cheese fan base continues to evolve and embrace (or ignore) its genre-defying paradoxes, it may be the duo’s relationship with the electronica fan base that is most compelling. The pair’s enduring ethic of improvising virtually every show, literally going on stage without a plan at all, places them in a slightly precarious and sparsely populated corner of the digital circuitry playing field. Hann, of course, makes no apology for the band’s rigorous spontaneity, but concedes that much of the scene has outgrown its expectations and has become a lot of different things. “I thought when Skrillex first started taking over the universe that there’d be a couple of years of that, and then [it’d] gradually disappear. But then dubstep latched on to being like rave music, really, and eventually all the big festivals you’ll see dubstep DJs headlining as much as any of the other techno stalwarts,” he says. “And with that popularity always comes a sort of commercially driven aspect of it, which loses all the characteristics that made it such great underground music. It got to be just a competition of who sounded most like a drill... I mean, there was all this amazing and great production and sound design where it kind of went the way of drum ‘n’ bass, where it became who had the gnarlier sound, and then it caught on with people doing all these singer remixes with pop stars, it got more popular.” And thus, a little less spontaneous. “I’d completely agree,” Hann says. “If you were going to go that direction, you weren’t going to see a lot of variety, because people expected to hear this one thing. Again, it’s sort of like it crossed this area of being a cool, underground to something that is, for lack of a better word, more commercial. But I think that’s the evolution of any popular music. It happened to rock ‘n’ roll. Everything goes through that.” So as the scene started to hoist its biggest and most heavily produced acts into the mega-fest thin air, EOTO actually further retreated into their own improv ethic, tempering some of their growing projection and audiovisual glitter, and stiffening their resolve to keep the approach purely and uncompromisingly a product of the moment and the congregation. “There was a while, when we just wanted to be so good at what we do, that people couldn’t tell whether it was a DJ dropping tracks or we were dropping prerecorded music. And after a while, after we got all our projection and we had a big production going, where people couldn’t see what we were doing, we found out that like 80 percent of our audience really didn’t know what we were doing,” he says. “So, probably over the last three years, Travis has been saying before every show that, no, we’re actually making everything up, playing all the music in front of you, and the thing that makes it go is that we’re totally keying off the audience’s vibe, and everything is in the moment.” For his part, Hann is grateful to have limited non-playing time, but he does have a couple of hobbies on the side — politics (and yeah, he had some thoughts about the election, something about a wall and cranial impacts), and the other a bit more physical. “So, yeah, when I’m not hitting something, I’m actually hitting something. For the last four years, I’ve been doing a lot of boxing. I love it, it’s a whole other thing, but it definitely taps into a lot of the same skills as drumming, as far as timing and pacing,” he says. “I nerd out really strong on it.” Boulder Weekly

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Inappropriate laughter

Tig Notaro is still making jokes about stuff that sucks by Caitlin Rockett


he pilot of Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical She’s honest that she’s got no aspirations to top that magiAmazon Prime series One Mississippi wastes no cal accident at Largo; she just wants to enjoy herself and keep time setting up the darkness that is — in all its doing what she does best, which is being Tig. One Mississippi, uncomfortable glory — the foundation for the which enters its second season next year, is a caricature of show’s humor. Notaro’s real life, a distortion that allows her to be herself Notaro’s character (also called Tig) flies to her hometown while creating ample space to riff on the dark realities of the in Mississippi to be with her mother as she’s taken off life sup- human condition. port. It’s an unexpected loss, much like the death of Notaro’s “Whether I’ve been totally sticking to the [real] story in real mother in 2012. Fictionalized Tig is sick, recovering from stand up or a documentary or fictionalizing my life in televia bilateral mastectomy for invasive cancer and still in the sion, all of it’s cathartic and therapeutic,” Notaro says. “I think throes of a severe intestinal infection, all of which was true for the TV show has allowed me to see other people’s perspectives, the real Notaro in 2012. family members that were going through the same time periHer character deals with a cold stepfather and a kind-butod. I think it gave me a lot more insight, and I think there’s a oblivious brother, who find it perfectly acceptable to leave the lot of healing that comes through having new insights.” hospital to feed an elderly house cat, leaving Tig alone to listen There’s certainly been a lot of healing for Notaro since her to her mother’s labored last breaths for hours. annus horribilis in 2012. For starters, she and her wife It would be brutal to watch, but Notaro inserts blunt levity Stephanie have 5-month-old twins, Finn and Max. with surgical precision. The couple is taking a note from Notaro’s mother, who “Tig, you’ll stay here?” her TV brother asks with unmistak- lovingly allowed Tig to be the self-described tomboy she is. able innocence. They’ve opted for outer space and animal “Are you sure we all three don’t need to go themes in the twins’ bedroom, avoiding what home and feed Bonkers?” her character Notaro once called “that sickening pink and responds with Notaro’s notoriously dry delivblue, boy and girl stuff.” ON THE BILL: Tig Notaro. 7 p.m. Sunday, ery. “Yeah, of course I’m gonna stay here.” Notaro plans to let her children “tell us Dec. 11, Boulder Theater, From the timing to the content, Notaro who they are and what they are into.” For 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303taps into exactly what makes dark comedy someone like Notaro, that could mean not 786-7030. work: Sometimes life is dark and scary and forcing her kids to conform to the restrictions merciless, and there’s nothing left to do but of traditional classroom learning. After failing crack a joke. three grades, Notaro dropped out of high school — a smart Comedy like One Mississippi — a traumedy if you will — but bored kid, there was just no point in sitting through allows viewers to examine their own fears and reactions in a another day of detention. She went on to get her GED and safe way: Who would we be in such a situation? Are we capafind meaningful work, some of which occurred in Denver’s ble of listening to our loved one slowly dying, or do we need music scene in the mid-’90s. the mundane tasks of life to help us cope? “I think I thought it was my age, and then I went to take a One Mississippi reminds us there’s no wrong answer. motorcycle class to get my license and I found that I hated For those in the midst or wake of loss or illness, dark that class as well,” she says. “I just don’t like classroom situahumor gives us permission to laugh at the absurdity of it all — tions. I like learning. I like it more on my terms. I do feel like the many trips an intestinal infection forces you to make to an I am a curious, interested person, but definitely that environairport restroom, or a stepparent’s painful observation that you ment doesn’t speak to me.” are no longer legally related — because, in the end, ain’t She’s taking things pretty easy these days, “just” working on nobody gettin’ out of here alive, so yuck it up while you can. It One Mississippi and a little bit of stand up when she’s in the doesn’t mean you don’t care, it just means you dare to smile at mood. Filming the television shows takes about six months of the edge of the abyss. each year, with pre-production, writing, casting, filming and It’s exactly what Notaro chose to do when things got hairy post-production work, all of which Notaro is an essential part of. for her in 2012 — she got up in front of a crowd at Largo She’s content, and now seems like a great time for Notaro nightclub in Los Angeles, a day after her stage 2 cancer diagto slow down just a bit and enjoy being on the other side of nosis, and made jokes about having cancer... in her boobs. It tragedy. was a success and a turning point in Notaro’s career, not that “I’m really just every day and night with the babies, and she really ever thought about it that way. that’s about all I can be into, you know?” “I never saw that moment as something that was going to Sounds pretty great. push me over the top and so it always felt like a weird fluke “Yeah... yeah,” she says in that straightforward, dreamy way that happened,” she says in a phone interview. she has. “It’s not too shabby.” Boulder Weekly

performers speakers events Shadows & Light Book Release Party Theory, Research and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology 6:00—7:00 p.m. Social and Networking hosted by: • Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychology Association • Colorado Group Psychotherapy Association • Boulder Art Therapy Collective

7:00—8:30 p.m. Reading and Question & Answers by Shadow & Light contributors including many senior faculty of Naropa and the Colorado Community discussing: • Compassion • Ritual • Relationship (with self, others, and the larger world) • Sustainability • Diversity & Inclusion • Contemplative Education • Spirituality & Psychology

8:30—10:00 p.m. Party with live music by Home Groove and Mark Miller.

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4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder, 303-492-8423.

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Music 80s Dance Party. 8 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-328-8328. Bluegrass Jam. 7 p.m. Front Range Brewing, 400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 303-339-0767. Chris Anderson. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Chris Sheldon and Friends. 8 p.m. Jamestown Mercantile Cafe, 108 Main St., Jamestown, 303-442-5847. Christmas with The Mrs. Featuring Bryce & Bethany Merritt. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat

Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628.

Henry Rollins. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.

Constant Kettles. 9:30 p.m. No-Name Bar, 1325 Broadway, Boulder, 303-447-3278.

Jubilingo. 10 p.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355.

Early Onset. 7 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-499-2985.

Kort McCumber. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696.

The Farmer Sisters. 6 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 1800 Pikes Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-823-6685.

The Movers & The Shakers. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757.

The Farmer Sisters. 6 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400.

Open Jam. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733.

Goatz. 5 p.m. Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-776-1914.

Open Mic. 6:30 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397. see EVENTS Page 38

1940s White Christmas Ball. 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, 11755 Airport Way, Broomfield, 303-271-4850. Courtesy of White Christmas Ball

Romanian National Day Celebration. 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.

For those missing the Boulder County Farmers Market, don’t fret. The 10th annual Winter Market is taking over the Boulder County Fairgrounds this weekend, with more than 70 vendors selling fresh food of all varieties, including produce, meats, baked goods, preserves, wines and cheeses. Local artists will also be at the Winter Market, selling works artwork, jewelry, ornaments, clothing, kitchenware, home goods and more. Furthermore, the weekend event will include children’s activities, gift-wrapping, yoga, vegetable tasting and live music. — Zach Evens

Guests attending the 1940s White Christmas Ball can expect an evening filled with live big band music, dancing, costumes, food, drink and reenactments of classic holiday films. The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport will be decorated to look like a scene out of the musical White Christmas, with World War II era props, like classic cars, planes and other items from old movie sets. Since its beginning in 2008, the charity event has raised over $68,000 for charities like the Colorado 10th Mountain Division and the Commemorative Airforce. — Zach Evens

Monto Celebrate Romania’s national holiday this weekend at The Dairy. The event is organized by the Romanian America Freedom Alliance (RAFA), which looks to help children and families in Romania, as well as to provide medical supplies and equipment to Romanian hospitals. The celebration will feature cultural presentations, traditional Romanian folk dances performed by the dance groups Hora Romaneasca, Storm Mountain and Balkanica, as well as live folk music from the Romanian choir Doina. Proceeds from this event will be used to benefit families in need in Romania. — Zach Evens

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Winter Market. 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 3-Sunday, Dec. 4, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235.

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Boulder Weekly Celebrates

Best of Boulder East County 2016

Row 1 (left to right): Karis Harmon of Longmont’s Bank of Colorado shows off a great spread of products and services; Magical emcee Erica Sodos; BW associate publisher Fran Zankowski and Erica Sodos; The lovely and brilliant Julia Sallo with her dad, aka the guy who owns the paper, aka Stewart Sallo; BW party squad members Jason Myers, Mrs. Boulder Weekly, aka Mari Nevar, and Allen Carmichael.

Row 2 (left to right): The incredibly talented members of Shamwari Tamba!; Shamwari Tamba!’s Jaden Rosard in action (they were amazing); Julia Sallo, our choice for “Best Awards Presenter;” Clarissa Edelen (bottom right) and the always-fun gang from Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment; Leslie Loomis (second from Left) and her Lucky Pie entourage. Row 3 (left to right): Patrick Walsh of Bittersweet Cafe & Confections fame; BW publisher Stewart Sallo and editor Joel Dyer doing some investigative reporting from the Dickens Opera House bar; Nissi’s owner Marc Gitlin and fiancé Stacy Davenport showing off the proof that Nissi’s won the “Best Place to Dance” among other awards; Jamie Martin (right) and family of Coal Creek Barbers who won for “Best Barber Shop” in Lafayette; and finally, Best of Boulder East County party host Stewart Sallo takes one for the team, make that drinks one for the team.

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Boulder Weekly Celebrates

Best of Boulder East County 2016

Row 1 (left to right): Karis Harmon of Longmont’s Bank of Colorado shows off a great spread of products and services; Magical emcee Erica Sodos; BW associate publisher Fran Zankowski and Erica Sodos; The lovely and brilliant Julia Sallo with her dad, aka the guy who owns the paper, aka Stewart Sallo; BW party squad members Jason Myers, Mrs. Boulder Weekly, aka Mari Nevar, and Allen Carmichael.

Row 2 (left to right): The incredibly talented members of Shamwari Tamba!; Shamwari Tamba!’s Jaden Rosard in action (they were amazing); Julia Sallo, our choice for “Best Awards Presenter;” Clarissa Edelen (bottom right) and the always-fun gang from Fabulous Finds Upscale Consignment; Leslie Loomis (second from Left) and her Lucky Pie entourage. Row 3 (left to right): Patrick Walsh of Bittersweet Cafe & Confections fame; BW publisher Stewart Sallo and editor Joel Dyer doing some investigative reporting from the Dickens Opera House bar; Nissi’s owner Marc Gitlin and fiancé Stacy Davenport showing off the proof that Nissi’s won the “Best Place to Dance” among other awards; Jamie Martin (right) and family of Coal Creek Barbers who won for “Best Barber Shop” in Lafayette; and finally, Best of Boulder East County party host Stewart Sallo takes one for the team, make that drinks one for the team.

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Open Mic. 7 p.m. Tilt Pinball, 544 County Road, Louisville, 303-665-8770. The Prairie Scholars. 6 p.m. Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont, 303-776-4594. Wendy Woo, Logo Ligi, Desi Caliente and Foggy Top. 7 p.m. Shine Restaurant & Gathering Place, 2027 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-0120.

Bodacioussss. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554. Through Jan. 29.

Events Acrylics 2. 6:30 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902.

Colorado Lowriders. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374. Through May 31.

Charly Heavenrich: Grand Canyon Experience. 7 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, 303-442-3282.

Glory of Venice. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through Feb. 12.

DJ Petey. 8 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-443-8600.

HOVAB: Evolving Visions of Land and Landscape. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., 303-443-2122. Through Jan. 5.

DJ Tip Top. 10 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Open Access for Painters & Potters. 6:30 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902.

Mixed Media Art by Nathan Abels. Community Art Program Gallery, NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-497-1174. Through Dec 2. Mysterium Tremendum: collecting curiosity. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder, 303-492-8300. Through Dec. 17. Of Earth: Boulder Potters’ Guild. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Jan. 8. On Desert Time. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through Jan. 8.

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Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder, 18981950. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder, 303-492-8300. Through Feb. 4.

Photography/Photoshop/Lightroom OneOn-One Consulting. 10 a.m. Boulder Digital Arts, 1600 Range St., Suite 100, Boulder, 303-800-4647.

Uncommon Clay. The Arts Longmont Gallery, 356 Main St., Longmont, 303-678-7869. Through Dec. 23. Shockwave. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through May 28.

Preparing For Divorce: What You Need To Know. 7 p.m. Iris Office Park, 3775 Iris Avenue, Suite 5, Boulder, 303-442-5155. UCAR Community Art Program. 8 a.m. NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-497-1000.

Ladies and Gentlemen Meet the Dramastics — Nathan Carter. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554. Through Jan. 29.

Star Wars and the Power of Costume. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through April 2. Take a peak into Japanese fashion in Shockwave, showing at the Denver Art Museum through May 28.

Friday, December 2 Music Arena Rock Allstars. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. The Aristocats Band. 7 p.m. SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698. Bonnie and Taylor Sims. 4:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Broccoli Samurai and Mister F. 10 p.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355. Caribou Mountain Collective. 9 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder, 303-443-6461. Chicos Malos. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Contraband. 10 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-328-8328. Dead Phelps. 7 p.m. La Vita Bella Coffeehouse, 475 Main St., Longmont, 720-204-6298. Dear Landlords. 5 p.m. Pearl Street Pub, 1108 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-777-6768. Dechen Hawk. 8 p.m. Rocky Mountain Oyster Bar, 35 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-1100. DJ Abilities Bus Party. 9 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 303-543-1411. Eco-Wakening Video Premier With Dango Rose. 7 p.m. Green Eyed Motors, 2907 55th St., Boulder, 720-310-5095. Foxfeather. 8:30 p.m. The Roost, 526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380. Hillbilly Chiminea with Annie Savage & Paul Sullivan. 7:30 p.m. Cannon Mine Coffee, 210 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0625. Jenn Cleary Solo Acoustic. 6 p.m. Bookcliff Vineyards, 1501 Lee Hill Road, Suite 17, Boulder, 303-449-9463. Kevin Dooley. 6 p.m. Jamestown Mercantile Cafe,

HOVAB @ The Dairy Arts Center; Criss-Cross Collective; Front Range Women in the Visual Arts Founders. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Nov. 27.

108 Main St., Jamestown, 303-442-5847. Lindsay Saunders. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues CyclHOPS, 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, 303-776BIKE. The Littlest Birds. 6 p.m. Upslope Brewing Company (Lee Hill), 1501 Lee Hill Road, Suite 20, Boulder, 508-873-9185. Mitch Barrett. 8 p.m. Little Tree Acoustic House Concert Series, Lafayette. Mojo Medicine Show. 6 p.m. Grossen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 214-770-9847. New Family Dog. 10 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Nice Work Jazz Combo. 7 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-499-2985. One Flew West with The Social Animals. 8:30 p.m. Club 156, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303-4927704. Ramaya & The Troubadours. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-4404628. Ravin’ Wolf. 6 p.m. Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112, Nederland, 303-258-3770. The Record Company, Marcus King Band. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467. Tenth Mountain Division with Guerrilla Fanfare. 8 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-443-8600. Tiffany Christopher. 6:30 p.m. Salto Coffeeworks, 112 E. Second St., Nederland, 303-258-3537.

States of Men — George Strasburger. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Jan. 15. Tactile Art by Ann Cunningham. Community Art Program Gallery, NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-497-1174. Through Dec 2. Words are Leaves — Kim Dickey. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver, 303-298-7554. Through Jan. 29.

Western Skyline. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. The Wild Road Band. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. Events Couture Chez Vous Pop-up Boutique. 11 a.m. Flatirons Terrace, 930 28th St., Boulder, 303-9390898. Exhibition Reception for Of Earth & States of Men. 5 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328. First Friday Guest Artist: David Moore. 6 p.m. Settembre Cellars, 1501 Lee Hill, Suite 16, Boulder, 303-532-1892. Holiday Open House & Music Performance. 3 p.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-335-4849. New Works By Oil Painter Craig Mooney. 2 p.m. Smithklein Gallery, 1116 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-7200. UCAR Community Art Program. All day. NCAR, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-497-1000. Saturday, December 3 Music The 89s. 8 p.m. Spirit Hound Distillery, 4196 Ute Highway, Lyons, 303-823-5696. see EVENTS Page 40

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Antonio Lopez. 10 a.m. The Stone Cup, 442 High St., Lyons, 303-823-2345. Ben Hammond Live-Looped. 6:30 p.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-885-1234. Cat Jerky. 8:30 p.m. The Roost, 526 Main St., Longmont, 303-827-3380. Charlie Brown Goes To The Nutcracker. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696.

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Cowboy Christmas Concert. 7 p.m. Barn A, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-678-6235. Craig Cornett & The Phast and Wreckless. 8 p.m. Liquid Mechanics Brewing Company, 297 U.S. 287, Lafayette, 720-550-7813. Dave Tamkin, Brad Huffman. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. DJ Knives. 8 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-443-8600. EOTO, Mr Bill. Live, Circuit Bent. 9 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Finders & Schochet. 5 p.m. Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Tap Room, 1800 Pike Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Francis and the Wolf. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-4404628. Glovebox Money. 10 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Happy Hour Live Jazz. 5:30 p.m. Tandoori Grill South, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-543-7339. Hometown Honkytonk Band. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Jack Colonna. 6 p.m. Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112, Nederland, 303-2583770. Jeff Austin Band with Grant Farm. 7:30 p.m. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland, 303-258-3637. Jill & Stew. 7:30 p.m. Cannon Mine Coffee, 210 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0625. Jus Sayin. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. Kyle Donova. 7 p.m. SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698. Lindsey Saunders. 7:30 p.m. Odd13 Brewing, 301 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 303-997-4164. Los Bichos. 7 p.m. Grossen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 214-770-9847. Many Mountains. 5 p.m. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-772-0258. Marcus Lucas Show. 9 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-328-8328. Mark DeVere and Friends. 6 p.m. Front Range Brewing, 400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 303-339-0767. Marks Midnight Carnival Show. 8 p.m. Jamestown Mercantile Cafe, 108 Main St., Jamestown, 303-442-5847. Michael Kirkpatrick at Jensen Guitars Live! 7 p.m. Jensen Guitars, 350 Main St., Longmont, 303827-3163. MojoMama. 8:30 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. The Ned Trio. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Pete Laffin & The Mandells. 9 p.m. Johnny’s Cigar Bar, 1801 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-0884. The Prairie Scholars. 7 p.m. Longs Peak Pub & Taphopuse, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303651-7886.


Courtesy of Boulder Book Store

Thursday, Dec. 1 Daniel Klawitter. 7 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074. Monday, Dec. 5 Nobel Lecture Series: Mario Vargas Llosa. 7 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074. “So, You’re a Poet” Open Poetry Reading. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Tuesday, Dec. 6 Innisfree Weekly Open Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303-495-3303.

Roger Pielke Jr. stops by the Boulder Book Store with his new book that explores the dark world of sports, The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sport.

Jane Sobel — Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074. Wednesday, Dec. 7

Post-Election Reading. 7 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074.

Roger Pielke Jr. — The Edge. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074.

All day. Colorado Horse Rescue, 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont, 720-494-1414.

St., Boulder, 303-499-2985. Soul School. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Story of Two. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues CyclHOPS, 600 S. Airport Road, Longmont, 303-776-BIKE. Weston Smith. 9:30 p.m. The Dark Horse, 2922 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-8162. Events

Holiday Alternative Gift Market. 10 a.m. Community UCC, 2650 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-449-9119. Holiday Herbal Faire. 12 p.m. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalsim, 2900 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-406-8609.

Annual Holiday Warehouse Sale. 10 a.m. Icelandic Design, 473 Main St., Suite 100, Longmont, 303-651-3334. Asher Brewing 7th Anniversary Celebration. 6 p.m. Asher Brewing Company, 4699 Nautilus Court, Boulder, 303-530-1381. Colorado Horse Rescue Holiday Open House.

GWS ELKS 2016 Holiday Craft Fair. 9 a.m. Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St. Boulder Colorado, Boulder, 303-527-888.

Holiday Mountain Market and Silent Auction. 10 a.m. Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72, Nederland, 303-258-9721. see EVENTS Page 42

theater Courtesy of The Dairy

A Christmas Carol. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa St., Denver, 720-865-4239. Through Dec. 24. A Christmas Carol. Miner’s Alley Theatre, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden, 303-935-3044. Through Dec. 23. An Act of God. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa St., Denver, 720-865-4239. Through March 12. Conviction — presented by Dairy Arts Center and Maya Productions. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Through Dec. 4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa St., Denver, 720-865-4239. Through Dec. 11. The SantaLand Diaries. Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1345 Champa St., Denver, 720-865-4239. Through Dec. 24. Thoroughly Modern Millie. BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-6000. Through Feb. 25.

Based on an original Spanish Inquisition document, Conviction explores the realities of staying devout to a faith under extreme oppression. Playing at The Dairy through Dec. 4.

Second Acts. 7 p.m. Caffe Sole, 637R S. Broadway

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Psychic Fair. 1 p.m. Boulder Psychic Institute, 1332 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-530-0920. Saturday Morning Groove. 10:30 a.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299. Sunday, December 4 Music Acoustic Jam. 3 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Amy Francis. 10 a.m. The Stone Cup, 442 High St., Lyons, 303-823-2345. Bluegrass Pick. 12 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. The CBDs Trio. 1 p.m. Nederland Community Center, 200 Colorado 72, Nederland, 303-258-9721. Dan Martin. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Flynn & Co. 4 p.m. Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Unit 112, Nederland, 303-258-3770. The Jeffrey James Show. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. KC Groves Duo. 5 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder, 303-443-6461. Masontown. 7:30 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder, 303-443-6461. Open Jam. 10 p.m. The Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-3355. Samba De Fogueira. 4:30 p.m. Left Hand Brewing Company, 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-772-0258. Skanson & Hansen Holiday Show. 7 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Timber. 10 p.m. Mountain Sun Pub, 1535 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-546-0886. Events Annual Holiday Warehouse Sale. 11 a.m. Icelandic Design, 473 Main St., Suite 100, Longmont, 303-651-3334. Hawaiian Hula Classes. 5 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-447-9772. Holiday Festival 2016. 4 p.m. Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder, 303-492-8423. Holiday Herbal Faire. 12 p.m. Colorado School of Clinical Herbalsim, 2900 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-406-8609. Holiday Mountain Market and Silent Auction. 10 a.m. Nederland Community Center, 750 Highway 72, Nederland, 303-258-9721. Monday, December 5 Music I & The Many. 7 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. The Jet Set. 6 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. Potluck Bluegrass. 7 p.m. La Vita Bella Coffeehouse, 475 Main St., Longmont, 720-204-6298. Sasha Raskin Duo. 9 p.m. Pearl Street Pub, 1108 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-777-6768. Skanson & Hansen Holiday Show. 7 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Events Annual Holiday Warehouse Sale. 10 a.m. Icelandic Design, 473 Main St., Suite 100, Longmont, 303-651-3334. Movement Mondays. 7 p.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299. Tuesday, December 6 Music

Pikes Road, Unit B, Longmont, 303-823-6685. Face Holiday Show. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. The Matt Human Trio. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. Mezzo Mestizo. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Open Mic. 7 p.m. Front Range Brewing, 400 W. South Boulder Road, Suite 1650, Lafayette, 303-339-0767. Open Mic. 9 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Open Mic Hosted By Brian Rezac. 8 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. Open Mic Hosted by Danny Shafer. 8 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Open Mic with The Prairie Scholars. 6 p.m. SKEYE Brewing, 900 S. Hover St., Unit D, Longmont, 303-774-7698. Thunder and Rain. 6 p.m. Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park), 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, 508-873-9185. Events Life Drawing. 6:30 p.m. Tinker Art Studio, 1300 Yellow Pine Ave., Suite B, Boulder, 303-503-1902. Lowriders: Cars & Culture — Curator Conversations. 12 p.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374. Out Boulder Holiday Party. 5:30 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Wednesday, December 7 Music Acoustic Eidolon. 2 p.m. The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-444-7328. Blues Night. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Dave Tamkin. 6 p.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-885-1234. Fairview High School Orchestra — Winter Concert. 6:30 p.m. Fairview High School Auditorium, 1515 Greenbriar Blvd., Boulder, 720-561-3100. Lyons High School Jazz Band. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Brewery, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Mojo Medicine Show. 7 p.m. Rosalee’s Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont, 303-485-5020. Open Bluegrass Pick. 7 p.m. Longs Peak Pub & Taphopuse, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, 303-651-7886. Open Bluegrass Pick hosted by Kyle Ussery. 8:30 p.m. Conor O’Neill’s, 1922 13th St., Boulder, 303-449-1922. Open Mic. 6:30 p.m. Cannon Mine Coffee, 210 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 303-665-0625. Open Stage. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 303-485-9400. Purple Squirrel. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-4628. The Revivalists. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467. Sky Choice. 7 p.m. La Vita Bella Coffeehouse, 475 Main St., Longmont, 720-204-6298. Tilia Americana. 6 p.m. St. Vrain Cidery, 3525 State Highway 119, Longmont, 303-678-9402. Trio Con Brio Tango. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Events Sierra Club Dinner, Alan Apt Slideshow of Snowshoe and Ski trails. 6 p.m. UnitarianUniversalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder, 303-494-0195.

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by Dana Gioia Echo of the clocktower, footstep in the alleyway, sweep of the wind sifting the leaves.

DECEMBER All Beethoven Featuring Symphony No. 7

DEC 2-4


FRI-SAT 7:30 Q SUN 1:00

Jeweller of the spiderweb, connoisseur of autumn’s opulence, blade of lightning harvesting the sky.

David Danzmayr, conductor Stephen Hough, piano BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62 BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 37 BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Keeper of the small gate, choreographer of entrances and exits, midnight whisper traveling the wires.

A Colorado Christmas

Seducer, healer, deity or thief, I will see you soon enough— in the shadow of the rainfall,

Handel’s Messiah

in the brief violet darkening a sunset— but until then I pray watch over him as a mountain guards its covert ore

Holiday Brass at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church

and the harsh falcon its flightless young.

Handel’s Messiah Sing Along

American Life in Poetry: Column 607: Dana Gioia is the Poet Laureate of California. For six years he served the nation as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. His new book, 99 Poems: New & Selected, has just been published by Graywolf Press. This beautiful poem remembers his first son, Michael Jasper, whom Gioia and his wife Mary lost in infancy. — Ted Kooser, U.S. Poet Laureate

Colorado Symphony Chorus, Mary Louise Burke, associate director Concert performance includes full screening of the live action feature film! HOLIDAY

Christopher Dragon, conductor Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director Colorado Children’s Chorale, Deborah DeSantis, artistic director HOLIDAY

DEC 16-17 FRI-SAT 7:30

Nicholas Kraemer, conductor Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director HANDEL Messiah HOLIDAY


SUN 4:00

Duain Wolfe, conductor Colorado Symphony Chorus, Duain Wolfe, director HANDEL Messiah

DEC 21



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DEC 31

Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony: Reunion


Christopher Dragon, conductor

A Night of Pops: Tribute to Leroy Anderson


SAT 7:30

Symphonic Firsts Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth


JAN 20-21 FRI-SAT 7:30

Mark Wigglesworth, conductor MOZART Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16 SCHUBERT Symphony No. 1 in D major, D. 82 BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

JAN 22


SUN 1:00

Christopher Dragon, conductor SPECIAL


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JAN 10

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FeaT docTor P, FunTcase & diskord

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The circus records Tour Friday december 9

PaPadosio (live Pa seT) w/ TemPlo

saTurday december 10

The Travelin’ mccoury’s w/ PerT near sandsTone

sunday december 11

10Th annual how The grinch sTole chrisTmas Tour

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Jans ingber’s Funk FellowshiP

FeaT isaiah sharkey (anderson. Paak), sharay reed (areTha Franklin, chaka khan), sTeveland swaTkins (allen sTone), Jarrod lawson, alvin Ford Jr (PreTTy lighTs live band, dumPsTaPhunk), lyle divinksy & gabe mervine (The moTeT)

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sTarT making sense (ulTimaTe Talking heads TribuTe)

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“a very sPecial dmxmas show”

Friday & saTurday december 30-31

sTick Figure w/ The movemenT 12/30: TaTanka

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naPPy rooTs w/ dassaro x JeraFF, daPPer & J.o.b.

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wednesday January 11


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wednesday January 18

Felly FeaT gyyPs w/ yonas, healy & songbyh

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Jazz is Phish w/ Talking dreads

Friday January 27

moon Taxi w/ Joey PorTer’s shady business FeaT dominic lalli (big giganTic), Jen & naTalie (Trey band), nick cassino (nTh Power), Joey PorTer & garreTT sayers (The moTeT) & sPuT (snarky PuPPy) 12/2: maddy o’neal FeaT colby buckler (emanciPaTor) 12/3: analog son & cold river ciTy

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dead seT yoga (yoga & The graTeFul dead)

monday december 5

monday nighT menagerie Friday december 9

broccoli samurai w/ The runnikine & misTer F

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cornmeal & henhouse Prowlers monday december 12

monday nighT menagerie wednesday december 14

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disco Floyd w/ honey Puddle (laTe seT) & sTella luce as The cure

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my blue sky Friday & saTurday december 30-31

deadPhish orchesTra 12/30: 40oz To Freedom 12/31: cycles

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ug. 1, 1966: U.S. Marine and University of Texas at Austin engineering student Charles Whitman entered the UT tower, climbed to the 28th floor, took his position and opened fire on the campus. For the next 96 minutes, Whitman shot 49 people, killing 11 from his sniper perch. It was later discovered that Whitman also killed three people inside the tower, and his wife and mother earlier that morning. But 50 years later, the story of the “Texas Tower Sniper” and the heroic acts that took place during that slaughter are not well known, which is why Keith Maitland’s latest documentary, Tower, is a necessary and revelatory piece of work. One that was born out of Maitland’s own encounters with a lack of information. “The first time I connected with the Tower story at all was when I was 12 years old,” Maitland tells Boulder Weekly. “It wasn’t taught in the history class curriculum, but it was taught because my history teacher was there that day. So the very first connection I had to this story was a first-person perspective, and it was a very similar story to the one that ended up in the film. She was a witness that day and learned about the shooting as it was unfolding in front of her eyes.” Tower reconstructs those 96 minutes by using eyewitness testimony performed by actors for Maitland’s camera, which was then rotoscoped — a technique that traces live action footage and replaces it with animated drawings. The effect is jarring, but it allows Maitland to create believable recreations of memories that have the immediacy of the present tense. “For Tower, it made perfect sense to me that the animation also works as a way to relay memory — and the fuzzy nature of 50-year-old memories,” Maitland explains. “Through that kind of disarming quality, this animation actually offers an opportunity for intimacy where audiences can connect to these stories and these characters in a real direct and unique way.” Maitland also connects these stories directly to the audience by narrowing his focus from a third-person omniscient story, a standard construct in documentary storytelling, to a more grounded, personal approach. “The aim the whole way through was telling a first-person story,” Maitland explains. “Because I knew from the very beginning it was going to be a mostly animated film, I realized that would put it under a microscope as far as what’s truth and what’s reality. I wanted to be in a position where I could stand by every frame of the film as being as authentic as possible, and the only way that I felt comfortable doing that was relying Boulder Weekly

film solely on first-hand accounts.” Since the dead cannot give a first-hand account, ON THE BILL: Tower with director Keith Maitland in perMaitland stuck with the survivors. That choice son. International Film Series. meant reducing the sniper’s screen presence as well. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, “As a documentary filmmaker, one of my Muenzinger Auditorium, 1905 Colorado Ave., Boulder, 303favorite parts of this whole process is the research,” 492-1531, internationalfilmseries. Maitland says. “I started out researching the subcom. ject of the Tower shooting, but what I discovered is literally hundreds, if not thousands, of opportunities online, in libraries and newspapers to learn about the sniper. His story had been explored from every possible angle. I learned all about his childhood. I learned all about his relationships. I learned about the days leading up to the shooting, all kinds of innuendo — fact and fiction about his life — but through none of that could I answer the number one question about what plagued me about him, which is why. “There was almost nothing Courtesy of Keith Maitland asking what I think is a much more important question, which is how,” Maitland continues. “How do you survive this? How do you live with this for 50 years, or for the rest of your life? And that hadn’t been asked anywhere. These people, there were dozens of people directly impacted by the sniper, hundreds of people that were right there, thousands of eyewitness — their story hadn’t been explored and hadn’t been told. ... We made a decision fairly early on in the process to focus on them, and to exclude the story of the sniper, and to leave that for another investigation. As frustrating as that will be, because, again, the question of why I don’t think we’ll be able to answer.” But even if we cannot answer Director Keith Maitland heads to IFS with his latest documentary, Tower, on Dec. 2. the question of why, Tower can still be a part of the healing process — a process that now comes standard with each mass shootings, but wasn’t given much thought 50 years ago. “They came from a world and a time when nobody was talking about this,” Maitland says. “The idea of exploring your feelings wasn’t front and center, there wasn’t counseling, there wasn’t support groups.” Unfortunately, the shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, is far from being an aberration. Which is why Tower rings true in 2016. It’s a documentary about the past that feels as fresh as today’s headlines. “What we did with Tower, we felt like we were telling the story of these very specific people, this very specific moment, but we were also telling the story of Columbine, of Newtown, of Orlando, and beyond American school shootings, the story of Nice where the man drove the truck into the crowded promenade,” Maitland says. “At each one of those situations, there is somebody that is injured and needs help. There is somebody that is scared but risks everything to help them. There are police officers who are trying to figure out what to do and there are press who are trying to figure out how to report. “Where Tower differs, and where we had a real opportunity here in making this film, is by focusing on the 50-years perspective,” Maitland continues. “[That’s] where the Tower story differentiates itself from these others,” Maitland says. “We can see how an event like this affects people, how it affects society and how little can change in that amount of time.”

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nce, as I was walking across the intersection of 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue, a carload of tourists at a stoplight asked me for a great place to eat in Boulder. My answer was a favorite little joint in a shopping center right nearby, an intimate place with great wine and equally fabulous food. The tourists were visibly put off by the location — a shopping center, they echoed? No, they wanted something “nicer” than that. I repeated that the restaurant was one of my favorites in town, but also gave them the name of a different, well-known upscale eatery, which they found much more acceptable. They thanked me, and I was happy to oblige knowing they would truly enjoy their choice. But I walked home thinking that some of Boulder’s best eats can be found tucked inside shopping centers throughout town. Kalita Grill Greek Cafe is yet another example. Along the perimeter of the Arapahoe Village Shopping Center (also home to Tiffins, another shopping center gem of Boulder) is Kalita, a straightforward café serving up some of the tastiest Greek food in town. Kalita means beautiful in Greek, which is the adjective the family owners of the restaurant want patrons to use to describe their dining experience. Beautiful is an apt descriptor, but I would also use scrumptious, casual, quick, simple and pleasing to express my thoughts on grabbing a bit to eat at Kalita. It’s a classic café, as all of the eatery’s in that shop-

ping center are: Order at the counter, grab a drink from the cooler or the soda fountain, pick up some silverware and napkins, and then snag a seat and wait — but not very long — for your order. It’s brightly lit, with perhaps a dozen tables. There are sometimes students quietly munching on spanokopita and dolmas while they read or work on their laptops, and folks wander in and back out to pick up to-go orders. Kalita serves an array of traditional Greek dishes: gyros, beef shawarma, falafel, babaganush, hummus, tabule salad, avgalemono and lentil soups, and of course, the aforementioned spanakopita and dolmas (meat or veggie). If your fancy is to get a little taste of everything, I suggest grabbing a combo plate, either veggie or meat. A sucker for falafel, I went with the veggie combo plate, which serves up healthy scoops of hummus and babaganush, tabule, a couple of falafel balls, warm pita bread, a tiny Greek salad with tzatziki dressing and two veggie dolmas (often called stuffed grape leaves or dolmades). This is a plate that begs to be licked clean. It delivers on each individual item, but the most telling dish at a Greek restaurant, for me, is the falafel. Falafel can be a tough dish to get just right; chickpeas blended with onion, parsley, garlic and various

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MARCH 21-APRIL 19: Normally I cheer you on when you

devote single-minded attention to pressing concerns, even if you become a bit obsessive. But right now, in accordance with astrological omens, I invite you to run wild and free as you sample lavish variety. It’s prime time to survey a spectrum of spicy, shiny and feisty possibilities ... to entertain a host of ticklish riddles rather than to insist on prosaic answers. You have been authorized by the cosmos to fabricate your own temporary religion of playing around and messing around and fooling around.


APRIL 20-MAY 20: Taurus poet Adrienne Rich described “an

honorable human relationship” as “one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love.’” How is that right earned? How is such a bond nurtured? Rich said it was “often terrifying to both persons involved,” because it’s “a process of refining the truths they can tell each other.” I bring this to your attention, Taurus, because you’re in a favorable phase to become an even more honorable lover, friend, and ally than you already are. To take advantage of the opportunity, explore this question: How can you supercharge and purify your ability to speak and hear the truth?

few of them recently. One of awesome splendor gives is “monachopsis,” defined way to a surge of really big as “the subtle but persischunks. According to my tent feeling of being out astrological analysis, that’s of place.” Then there’s either already happening “altschmerz,” meaning for you, or else is about to “weariness with the same happen. Can you handle it? old issues you’ve always I’m sure you’ve noticed that Go to to check out had.” Another obscure sorsome people are unskilled at Rob Brezsny’s EXPANDED WEEKLY AUDIO row you might recognize welcoming such glory; they HOROSCOPES and DAILY TEXT MESSAGE is “nodus tollens,” or “the prefer to keep their lives tidy HOROSCOPES. The audio horoscopes realization that the plot of and tiny. They may even get are also available by phone at your life doesn’t make sense stressed out by their good 1-877-873-4888 or 1-900-950-7700. anymore.” Now I’ll tell you fortune. I trust you’re not one two of Koenig’s more upliftof these fainthearted souls. I ing terms, which I bet you’ll hope you will summon the feel as you claw your way free of the morass. First, there’s “libergrace you’ll need to make spirited use of the onslaught of osis”: caring less about unimportant things; relaxing your grip magnificence. so you can hold your life loosely and playfully. Second, there’s “flashover,” that moment when conversations become “real and CAPRICORN DEC. 22-JAN. 19: In his book The Dictionary of Obscure alive, which occurs when a spark of trust shorts out the delicate circuits you keep insulated under layers of irony.” Sorrows, John Koenig coins words to describe previously unnamed feelings. I suspect you may have experienced a




JAN. 20-FEB. 18: In 1983, two Australian blokes launched

a quest to tip a drink at every pub in Melbourne. Thirty-two years later, Mick Stevens and Stuart MacArthur finally accomplished their goal when they sipped beers at The Clyde. It was the 476th establishment on their list. The coming weeks will be a highly favorable time to plan an epic adventure of your own, Aquarius. I hope and pray, though, that you will make it more sacred and meaningful than Stevens’ and MacArthur’s trivial mission.


FEB. 19-MARCH 20: For three seasons of the year —

spring, summer, and fall — a certain weasel species has brown fur. During that time, it’s known as a stoat. When winter arrives, the creature’s coat turns to white. Its name changes, too. We call it an ermine. The next spring, it once again becomes a stoat. Given the nature of the astrological omens, Pisces, I think it would make poetic sense for you to borrow this strategy. What would you like your nickname to be during the next three months? Here are a few suggestions: Sweet Sorcerer; Secret Freedom-Seeker; Lost-and-Found Specialist; Mystery Maker; Resurrector.

MAY 21-JUNE 20: In Goethe’s play Faust, the hero bemoans

his lack of inner unity. Two different souls live within him, he says, and they don’t cooperate. Even worse, they each try to rule him without consulting the other. I’m guessing you’ve experienced a more manageable version of that split during the course of your life. Lately, though, it may have grown more intense and divisive. If that’s true, I think it’s a good sign. It portends the possibility that healing is in the works ... that energy is building for a novel synthesis. To help make it happen, identify and celebrate what your two sides have in common.


JUNE 21-JULY 22: The poet Dick Allen described Zen

Buddhism as being “so filled with paradoxes that it jumps through hoops that aren’t even there.” I’m tempted to apply this description to the way you’ve been living your life recently. While I can see how it may have entertained you to engage in such glamorous intrigue, I’m hoping you will stop. There is no longer anything to be gained by the complicated hocus-pocus. But it’s fine for you to jump through actual hoops if doing so yields concrete benefits.



JULY 23-AUG. 22: For decades, numerous self-help authors

have claimed that humans use 10 percent or less of their brain’s potential. But the truth is that our gray matter is far more active than that. The scientific evidence is now abundant. (See a summary here: I hope this helps spur you to destroy any limited assumptions you might have about your own brainpower, Leo. According to my astrological analysis, you could and should become significantly smarter in the next nine months — and wiser, too!


AUG. 23-SEPT. 22: Born under the sign of Virgo, Mary

Oliver is America’s best-selling poet. She wasn’t an overnight sensation, but she did win a Pulitzer Prize when she was 49. “What I loved in the beginning, I think, was mostly myself,” she confesses in one poem. “Never mind that I had to, since somebody had to. That was many years ago.” I bet that even at her current age of 81, Oliver is still refining and deepening her self-love. Neither she nor you will ever be finished with this grand and grueling project. Luckily for you both, now is a time when Virgos can and should make plucky progress in the ongoing work. (P.S.: And this is an essential practice if you want to keep refining and deepening your love for others.)


SEPT. 23-OCT. 22: Most high-quality suits worn by men

are made from the wool of merino sheep raised in Australia. So says Nicholas Antongiavanni in his book The Suit: A Machiavellian Approach to Men’s Style. There are now more than 100 million members of this breed, but they are all descendants of just two rams and four ewes from 18th-century Spain. How did that happen? It’s a long story. (Read about it here: For the oracular purposes of this horoscope, I’ll simply say that in the next nine months you’ll also have the potential to germinate a few choice seeds that could ultimately yield enormous, enduring results. Choose well!


OCT. 23-NOV. 21: Five of my Scorpio acquaintances and

17 of my Scorpio readers have let me know that they’re actively seeking to make new alliances and strengthen their existing alliances. Does this mean that Scorpios everywhere are engaged in similar quests? I hope so. I would love to see you expand your network of like-minded souls. I would love for you to be ardent about recruiting more help and support. Happily, the current astrological omens favor such efforts. Hot tip: For best results, be receptive, inviting, and forthright.


NOV. 22-DEC. 21: “The awesome splendor of the universe

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rom a culture standpoint, there is a bit of a mixed message about whether marijuana is OK or not for youth,” says Odette Edbrook, director of health and culture for Boulder Valley School District. “That is probably the biggest challenge educators face with marijuana — delivering the message that there are associated health risks for youth, especially when it can feel to them like the bigger culture is saying marijuana use is not a big deal, as they see their parents or other adults use it recreationally and medically.” Wikimedia Commons In the midst of legalization, teachers and administrators across the state and country are facing a new problem of how to best approach youth marijuana prevention as attitudes about adult use relax. While marijuana can be OK or even beneficial for adults, it can have seriously detrimental impacts on youth, physiologically, mentally and legally. Students, parents and educators are all coming forward with questions about these nuances and the schools are being asked to navigate uncharted waters. The drug prevention curriculum that has been used for decades is ineffective, if not irrelevant, in a post prohibition environment. Because it originates at the federal level, where marijuana is listed as an illegal drug, cannabis is grouped in with other Schedule 1 drugs like cocaine, heroin and ecstasy and all are broadly discouraged. And, despite being proven an ineffective approach, abstinence is often the only tactic offered to students. “The problem with that approach is that it demonizes something that is legal,” says Sarah Grippa, co-founder of the Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI). “A lot of these students have parents who use marijuana, recre-





ationally or medically, and, because of Jack’s Law (which allows use of medicinal marijuana in schools), some students are using marijuana, too. We really don’t want to alienate anyone, but it is really important to get the right information out there.” A teacher herself, Grippa thought it important to meet the thoughtful questions she was getting from students and parents with thoughtful answers, but the information was hard to come by. So she founded MEI and set out to develop a new wave of marijuana curriculum for use in Colorado schools. In collaboration with doctors, neurologists and endocannabinists, MEI came up with a scientifically accurate set of lesson plans that are now in use all over Colorado. “Colorado was the leader in marijuana legislation and reform, and we also saw that Colorado has the opportunity and should be the leader in reforming educational practices around marijuana,” Grippa says. “And it turns out we weren’t the only educators wanting for a resource like this. “And guess what?” Grippa asks. “It’s working.” According to MEI surveys, students who go through their program experience an increase in the perception of harm of marijuana (opposite to the general trend for youth in Colorado since legalization) and decrease their use or desire to use marijuana. This is important for a variety of major reasons. For one, the success of legalization depends on the maintenance of public health, especially when it comes to youth, for whom marijuana use is still illegal. “The program talks specifically about the difference between adult use and adolescent use by going into brain development and where adolescents are in that stage of




development,” Grippa says. “The prefrontal cortex of the brain is developing during that time, and use during adolescence may increase premature dependence and seriously affect development of the brain’s structure, cognitive function, and mental health into adulthood.” This message seems to hit home with students, she says, and she thinks it is because it uses what she calls a “reality-based” program that appeals to the inquiring minds of adolescents. It also happens to be in line with the predominant objective of national and international political bodies striving to develop “evidenced based approaches” as the end of marijuana prohibition approaches. To get to this point, MEI did something unprecedented in the U.S. school system by teaching an in-depth lesson about the endocannabinoid system, a physiologic system involved in establishing and maintaining human health. “It’s on the pioneering side of things,” Grippa says. “I do not know of any curriculum out there, I’m pretty sure this is the only one. But I don’t really know that you can talk honestly about marijuana if you don’t talk about the endocannabinoid system.” Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the human body, in the brain, organs, connective tissue, glands and immune cells. In each, they perform a variety of different tasks but the goal is always the same: homeostasis, or the maintenance of a stable internal environment despite external fluctuation. Endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies naturally make to stimulate these receptors and these are also found in cannabis in the form of THC, CBD, CBN and more. At the end of the day, Grippa says, this is about informing students so they can make a mindful choice when it comes to using marijuana. “As educators our goal is to empower our students by providing them with the best information possible and to help them make a healthy choice,” she says. A slide from one of MEI’s lessons shows two images of youth brains, one with and one without exposure to marijuana consumption, the former with sporadic holes in the tissue, the other completely intact. The caption: “What brain would you choose?” (303) 954-8402


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couple days ago Rolling Stone published its exit interview with President Obama, during which he unburdened himself of the following thoughts about marijuana legalization and its recent successes at the bal-

lot box: “I am not somebody who believes that legalization is a panacea. But I do believe that treating this as a public-health issue, the same way we do with cigarettes or alcohol, is a much smarter way to deal with it ... [I]n light of these referenda passing, including in California ... it is untenable over the long term for the Justice Department or the DEA to be enforcing a patchwork of laws, where something that’s legal in one state could get you a 20-year prison sentence in another.” Well thanks a freaking lot, Mr. President. So you believe that treating marijuana the same way we treat cigarettes or alcohol is “a much smarter way” of dealing with it? I’m sure this information will be of great comfort to the 5 to 6 million Americans who were arrested on marijuana charges during your watch — who were disproportionately black, brown and young, and who disproportionately voted for you. At the very least, you owe them an explanation as to why you didn’t deal with pot in a smarter way during the eight years when you had the authority to do something about it. Oh, never mind, I see you did offer them an explanation in the Rolling Stone interview: “Typically how these classifications are changed are not done by presidential edict but are done either legislatively or through the DEA. As you might imagine, the DEA, whose job it is historically to enforce drug laws, is not always going to be on the

cutting edge about these issues...” Well that is indeed how classifications of drugs in the Controlled Substances Act typically have been changed — or not changed as the case may be. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Controlled Substances Act sets out a procedure by which the classification of drugs can be changed by executive action. The law gave Obama more than enough authority to use his pen and his phone to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I Controlled Substance (like heroin) to something more in keeping with reality — or even to de-list it from the act, which would put it in the same class as alcohol and tobacco. But instead of kicking butt at the DEA to recommend rescheduling after years of deliberate delay on its part, Obama sat on his and allowed the DEA to continue to stonewall. At some point during the last eight years, Obama might have used the presidential “Bully Pulpit” to suggest to Congress that treating marijuana like alcohol and cigarettes is a much smarter way of dealing with pot than treating it like heroin. A few lines in a State of the Union address could have gone a long way toward breaking the ice. OK, Obama told the Rolling Stone that he thought the debate over pot legalization “is a debate that is

now ripe, much in the same way that we ended up making progress on samesex marriage.” True, but by the time the debate over same-sex marriage got under way, people weren’t being arrested for being gay anymore. During Obama’s entire administration people were (and are) getting arrested for pot. That difference alone says marijuana legalization merited a real sense of urgency on his part instead of his eight years of studied indifference. Obama also told Rolling Stone that “There’s something to this whole states-being-laboratories-ofdemocracy and an evolutionary approach.” Which presumably was the reason he ultimately decided not to go after Colorado and Washington in 2012 after they went rogue and legalized pot. But why didn’t he then follow up by asking Congress to declare that the legalization and regulation of marijuana will be left to the states, as is the case with the regulation of alcohol? Why, indeed. Actually, Obama’s approach to pot is easy to explain. It’s a perfect example of President Leadfrom-Behind leading from behind.

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WHEN YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, LEAVE ‘EM Despite the persistent rumor (or poorly written screenplay) that California will one day separate from the mainland after a gargantuan earthquake rips through the San Andreas Fault, the state will not in fact become an island, scientists say. It may become it’s own country however. The Yes California Independence Campaign announced this week its intention to place a citizen’s initiative on the 2018 ballot that will trigger a referendum vote in the spring of 2019 to peacefully secede from the Union, and become a nation of its own. This will then trigger some sort of national campaign to get the rest of the country on board, followed by an international acceptance vote, then an intergalactic treaty to really just seal the deal and affirm that California is in fact at the center of the universe. Dubbing itself #CalExit after the widely popular, completely truthful and wholly un-messy #Brexit campaign of 2016, the organizers behind Yes California have a different agenda than our friends across the pond, however. Rather than leave the “international community” they want California to join it, seeing as being a U.S. state is “no longer in California’s best interests.” Although they do employ the same arrogance as Brexit voters. They believe that “California exerts a positive influence on the rest of the world” and “California could do more good as an independent country than it is able to do as a just a U.S. state.” This new campaign follows last year’s attempt to have California voters create six new states by splitting up the Sunshine state. Next thing you know, Californians will be voting on whether to purposefully trigger the inevitable earthquake, thus becoming an island, thus finally separating itself from the U.S., thus pretending like it never was a part of the U.S., just like your cold, heartless ex-girlfriend. Not cool, Cali.

YOU’RE KINDA MISSING THE POINT, TILDA It’s been two weeks since Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hit theaters. The latest Harry Potter cash grab — um, sorry, we mean movie — has already grossed $500 million worldwide, according to Forbes. Wikimedia Commons With all that money in bank, and more Fantastic Beast sequels to come, it seems like everyone in the world is a Potterhead. Well, not everyone. J.K. Rowling might as well cross Tilda Swinton’s name off her Christmas party guest list because Swinton’s got some critiques, specifically about Hogwarts as a boarding school. “I think [boarding schools] are a very cruel setting in which to grow up and I don’t feel children benefit from that type of education,” Swinton told The Scots Magazine. “Children need their parents. That’s why I dislike films like Harry Potter, which tend to romanticize such places.” Swinton herself attended West Heath Girls’ School, and we’re guessing that it wasn’t that pleasant of an experience. Maybe what would have have made Swinton’s experience better would have been the one thing that makes Hogwarts stand out from other “boarding schools.” And that’s magic. It’s a MAGIC school. Somehow Swinton seems to be overlooking that fact. In other news, Swinton also denounced the Wizard of Oz for romanticizing high heels, Mary Poppins for romanticizing big words, Hunger Games for romanticizing competition, Star Wars for romanticizing laser pointers and Hocus Pocus for romanticizing Bette Midler. We’re not sure if she understands the magic of fiction. Boulder Weekly

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Boulderlamp, Inc. 555 Aspen Ridge Drive, Unit D, Lafayette, CO 80026 303-444-4852

Production x 60%




12 1 16 boulder weekly  
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