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Community members are divided on how to best move forward with potential Eldo-to-Walker connector trail by Emma Murray
Community members are divided on how to best move forward with potential ‘Eldo-to-Walker’ connector trail by Emma Murray
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Why a 70-percent tax rate on the superrich would be good for America by Jim Hightower
nce upon a time, there was a place where the prevailing ethic of the very richest people was that monetary self-indulgence was tacky and that wealth was a matter of good fortune, carrying with it an obligation to the Common Good. Believe it or not, that place was the U.S.A.! Where did it go? The prevailing ethic of today’s billionaire’s club is one of entitlement, superiority and grandiosity — including flaunting their wealth like the robber barons of old. For example, a ludicrously large “house” is under construction in Florida for one of our modernday barons, boasting 11 kitchens, five I
swimming pools and a 30-car garage. Worse, the billionaire class is asserting its sense of plutocratic privilege by weaponizing their huge fortunes. They’ve been spending massively (and often secretly) to build a culture of inequality across our land. To their dismay, however, America’s workaday majority is rebelling, with newly elected democratic populists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proposing a 70-percent tax rate on incomes above $10 million. “Oh, the horror,” shrieked billionaires like computer magnate Michael Dell: “Name a country where that’s worked,” he demanded dismissively. OK, Michael: How about the FEBRUARY 7, 2019
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United States? Yes, between the end of World War II in 1945 and Ronald Reagan’s start of coddle-the-rich government in 1981, the top tax rate never fell below 70 percent — and that was a period of unparalleled growth and prosperity for America’s middle class. Dell, who lives in a sprawling 33,000-square-foot house with all the charm of a shopping mall, confuses value with money and has no grasp of the essential richness of American egalitarianism. We should not be listening to people like him (much less being governed by them) just because they are rich. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. I
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In a report on Chávez in 2000, the late Venezuelan anthropologist Fernando Coronil was skeptical of the triumphalist celebration of Chávez. He said it was problematic that many believed Venezuela could break from the past with a “revolutionary magic,” which is “rooted in a traditional reliance on a messianic leader which has found in Venezuela’s subsoil a fertile source of inspiration and rich resources with which to pursue it.” Coronil said that ever since Venezuela became a major oil exporter, there have arisen heads of state of different political stripes who “appear as extraordinary figures capable of conjuring up the most fantastic dreams of progress.” Fast forward to today. Alejandro Velasco, associate professor of modern Latin America at New York University and an editor of the leftist NACLA Report on the Americas, notes that the massive improvements in the lives of ordinary people introduced by Chávez have “suffered deep reversals.” He goes on: “Hyperinflation has made wage gains and the currency worthless. Corruption, the target of Chávez’s first election in 1998, exploded during his government as a BOULDER WEEKLY
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in Defense of the Constitution (PCDC) held a press conference at the Central University of Venezuela campus, saying, “No to the parallel state imposed by the United States, the European Union and the Lima Group,” but also declaring its rejection of the “sell-out [entreguista] and unconstitutional regime of Nicolás Maduro.” The statement called for a popular referendum to “renovate all the public powers” in the country. The PCDC is made up of long-time social leaders of the left, including former cabinet ministers under Chávez and followers of the Socialist Tide (Marea Socialista) Party. Venezuelan left intellectual Edgardo Lander, who is active in PCDC, initiated an international declaration by a group of 120 people including academics, writers, lawyers and journalists from Latin America, North America and Europe. Their main demands are: “We reject the authoritarianism of the Maduro government, as well as the government’s repression in the face of growing protests throughout the country, for food, transportation, health, political participation, public services, living wages, among others. The Venezuelan people, who suffer the enormous precariousness and the current repression, have the right to protest without being criminalized for it. “We reject the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó and the creation of a parallel State in the country, which will only lead to greater conflict and does not solve the main problems the country is facing. “We repudiate any anti-democratic political shortcut that does not pay tribute to a peaceful solution decided by the people. “We reject U.S. interventionism, as well as any other form of foreign interference.” This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.
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On the Buzzfeed Trump story
As much as one hates to venture into conspiracy speculation, the evidence of clandestine happenings in media and politics is indisputable, and here the Buzzfeed Cohen/Trump story has all the markings of a Russian counter intelligence program operation intended to discount the credibility of the Mueller investigation. The release of a false story, followed by a predictable official claim of its inaccuracy, is a classic example of an effort to manipulate public opinion. Predictably, conservative talk radio is hot on the trail, decrying, “Fake News! Fake News!” and Trump supporters are eagerly joining the show. Robert Porath/Boulder
On proposed gun ranges
Thanks for the informative article, “On the range.” (Re: News, Jan. 17, 2019). We used to have three outdoor ranges in Boulder County. I like how the need for a public range was fairly presented since the blanket forest restrictions, annexations and those without a brain have absolutely created this problem. Also, the writer was clear that forest restrictions will not affect hunters. This point should be listened to carefully, particularly by those anti-hunters. In effect, the NRA is also a group of anti-hunters, when they spew, “the Second Amendment is not about hunting.” Hunters use their guns enough to hold their firearm responsibilities in high regard versus the average handgun nut that can’t wait until the time to use it. Even so, I should not generalize about handgunners because many shoot safely without question. Where I saw some bias was in the paragraph, “Though it represents a solution to the problem posed by dispersed shooting in the forests, communities near the potential ranges have expressed concern about noise, wildlife disruption and water contamination from spent lead bullets.” I find that almost funny, given the mass influx of humanity that has made things worse for our state in every way, including the three mentioned in this paragraph. If we were truly concerned about that, then forest squatting, mountain bikes on forI
est trails and many other encroachments would be restricted. It’s just that guns are the demon. I always thank the Boulder Rifle Club range officers for keeping this single range open to the public, if even only during 14 days between spring and fall. Thanks and keep up the objective reporting. Michael Ortiz/Lafayette
Re-do 1-percent tax rate math
Dave Anderson’s otherwise fine column “Trickle Up Economics” (Re: Anderson Files, Jan. 24, 2019) fails to point out that the U.S. 70-90 percent tax rates from the 1950s to the 1970s were nominal rates. The effective tax rates paid by the 1 percent were considerably lower as a result of various deductions and widespread use of tax shelters and only partial taxation of capital gains. Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Picketty, two fairly left-leaning economists estimate that the effective tax rate on the 1 percent was about 42 percent, not that much higher that the current 37 percent. I think Boulder Weekly readers deserve a balanced perspective. John Mayer/Boulder
Thanks for Forest Service support
The five-week government shutdown was not like anything we have experienced before. It was a trying time for many Forest Service employees and their families and, yet, we made it through, together. On behalf of the Forest Service employees, I want to thank you, our communities, for your outpouring expressions of care and concern of our federal workforce. It is heartwarming and humbling to know that you saw beyond the “workforce” to see the people and the lives affected, and you reached out to make us one with you. Times like this accentuate the importance of shared stewardship. Our shared commitment to public lands and each other is invaluable. We are well aware and grateful of the partner and community work that kept some of our visitor services functioning. We have great gratitude and respect for our partners, and we are so thankful for those strong partnerships we have in place to help deliver our mission. BOULDER WEEKLY
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During the past five weeks, citizens, partners, elected officials and the media showed up for us. For example, • Private citizens, businesses and providers of all types of services made extraordinary offers toward the feeding, care and well-being of our employees. • The media carried on our conservation conversation on social media, TV and newspapers. • Our partners carried on our shared conservation work. • Volunteer organizations picked up trash at trailheads and campgrounds. • Citizens stocked outdoor restrooms with toilet paper. Across the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service, we have 11 forest and grassland management units. We have over 2,800 Forest Service employees that work and live in communities across the five states of Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. Our communities have a special bond with nature, the magnificent scenery of mountains, rivers, wildlife and plains. National forests and grasslands are an essential element in communities that provide goods and services such as clean water and world-class recreation opportunities. As community members, our shared values connect us and we share in life’s trials and triumphs. We cherish our part in the community connection and strive to be good neighbors and to reciprocate kindness and availability in times of need. We thank you wholeheartedly for the outpouring of support, and we look forward to continuing our conservation mission with you in the future. Brian Ferebee/Rocky Mountain Regional Forester, USDA Forest Service After 20 years of discussion, starts and losses in momentum, the multiuser trail connecting Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch is moving forward. Over the past few years, we’ve seen Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Boulder County and Boulder City work together beautifully to move
toward a solution. They held a public process and heard loud and clear that they hadn’t focused enough on the existing impacts on Eldorado Springs caused by the ever-growing population in the Front Range. They then modified their focus to be the trail alignment and to work on the problems facing the residents of the town, exactly as the process should work. I believe this is how most government projects should function. No single agency lives in a vacuum so working together ensures that CPW can represent the landscape-wide environmental impacts and all the agencies can ensure that trail connections are made in a way that makes sense for the entire area, not just on the land they control. We have to think regionally in the Front Range since thinking locally doesn’t work as our population grows. Unfortunately, at the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC) meeting, the members of POSAC voted to slow the momentum by declaring that the problems of the town need to be solved before construction of the trail can begin. This is lose-lose for both the trail and the town because, as we’ve seen over the past 20 years, when a government loses momentum, things grind to a halt. My fear is that a loss of momentum leads to no trail, no solution to the problems facing the town and possibly the three agencies becoming disinclined to work together. Instead, we should continue to move the trail forward (which will take years) while using the trail opening date as a hard deadline for when the transportation problems of the town need to be mitigated. Everyone functions better with a deadline. I would like the focus to be the recreation community working hand in hand with the Eldorado Springs residents. I’m weary of the overcrowding in the Front Range causing our community to fight out of fear of the problems that crowding cause. We should rise above and work together towards a better overall community. Marcus Popetz/The Indian Peaks Traverse Coalition and the Boulder Mountainbike Alliance
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In search of a path
Community members are divided on how to best move forward with potential ‘Eldo-to-Walker’ connector trail
By Emma Murray
urn west off Highway 93 onto Highway 170 and follow the pavement until the speed limit drops from 45 to 35, 25 to 10 mph. Right around there is where the road turns to dirt, and potholes appear soon after. Ten mph seems about right — you don’t want to fly by the town of Eldorado Springs and the walnut trees Vira Ann Barber planted after arriving from Pennsylvania in 1860, or the ponderosa pines under which Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower might’ve lounged during their honeymoon in 1916, or the eclectic collection of homes that line the dirt road like old friends watching a summerday parade. Wind your way past the potholes, past the Eldorado Springs pool, an area where indigenous tribes like the Ute, Cheyenne and Arapaho used to frequent for health and spiritual renewal, and past the Eldorado Canyon State Park entrance station. Here you enter a 1.6-billion-year “panorama of geologic history,” as Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) describes the canyon’s steep sandstone cliffs, granite flakes and quartzite ridges, which evolved from Earthcore molten magma and compressed sand dunes long ago. For decades, outdoor recreationists — hikers, climbers, mountain bikers, picnickers, dog-walkers, hunters, snowshoers, fly fishers and equestrians — have visited Eldorado Canyon, drawn to its narrow profile, with some walls taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 600-odd-feet apart. Further west, beyond the slot, the terrain climbs higher, into the Rocky Mountains, eventually up and over the Continental Divide, nearly a straight shot to Winter Park. Many outdoor
enthusiasts dream of creating a nonmotorized, multi-use trail that would officially connect Boulder County to Grand County via Eldorado Canyon — providing car-free access to pristine wilderness straight from their front doors. Increasing connectivity and the networking of larger trail systems is, for some, a solution to increasing outdoor recreational demands that come with Front Range population growth. But others who live and breathe the impacts of that, like those who live in Eldorado Springs today, wonder how to protect the remaining integrity of their rural neighborhoods and the health of the environment that surrounds them, while also reckoning with the surge of public desire to access public land. Everyone wants solutions to increasing congestion, but how to create those solutions, and how to prioritize the various public demands, remains up for debate. Since Eldorado Canyon’s designa-
DEBATE OVER AN Eldo-to-Walker connector trail brings intensifying congestion issues in Eldorado Springs front and center.
tion as public land in 1978, CPW has recorded about 200,000 visitors each year. In 2005, 215,339 people visited the park; 2016 welcomed 279,473. But last year, more people than ever made it beyond the pavement, through the potholes, past the town’s colorful homes, around the historic pool, and into the canyon — in 2018, CPW counted 524,668 visitors. From his living room window, Christian Griffith watches it all: cars driving by, day in and day out, sometimes back and forth, again and again, as they search for places to leave their cars when the 220 parking spaces in the canyon are full, which is often before 10 a.m. these days. (To be clear, there is no public parking allowed in town, but people do it anyway.) On busy days, Griffith watches as his 7-year-old daughter darts across the road like she was playing a game of Frogger. On busy days, the dust is so thick he says he can’t open a window. FEBRUARY 7, 2019
“I mean, we’re effectively a oneroad-town,” he says. “When I drive in, rarely are both my hands on the steering wheel because most of the time I’m waving to someone. That’s just how it works out here.” Griffith moved to Eldorado Springs, a town of a few hundred people, from Boulder in 2010, but involved himself in the community before that as a rock climber and property owner. As a single dad, he wanted to raise his daughter, Alaina, in a “community that was more stable,” he says. “I wanted her to have a traditional, classic childhood.” Which is why, in the middle of January, Griffith helped draft and circulate a petition around town. He wanted to get everyone on the same page in their fight against the collective motion of CPW, Boulder County Parks and Open Space (POS), and City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) to recommend to the Boulder County Commissioners that a new, multi-use trail connecting Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch, about three miles west, is indeed feasible. The last thing Griffith and most Eldorado Springs residents want is more people coming and going through town. But the support for a multi-use trail leaving from the back of the canyon and arriving at Walker Ranch (Eldo-to-Walker) is strong among the Boulder County community at large, and has been for a long time. The see ELDO-TO-WALKER Page 12
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original vision for this connector trail was documented as early as 1999, in the County Trails Map of the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan. Since then, the idea has been highlighted in several documents, including former Gov. Hickenlooper’s 2016 project “Colorado the Beautiful,” which identified 16 top-priority trails across the state, this potential connector being one of them. Many trail-runners, bike-packers and through-hikers want an official access point in Eldorado Canyon that would take them to the greater Rocky Mountains, providing an epic opportunity for the extension of non-motorized recreation on the Front Range. “We need to create places for people to experience nature close to where they live,” says Jason Vogel, president of the Indian Peaks Traverse Coalition, a multi-use group advocating for the official designation of a 60-mile patchwork of trails known as the Indian Peaks Traverse, which would lead adventurers from Boulder to Winter Park on foot, bike or horse. The group considers the Eldo-toWalker connector as the traverse’s final “missing link.” “Why not provide that opportunity in a responsible way, and also create an opportunity for people who don’t want to get in a car?” Vogel also serves on the board of the Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance (BMA), which has been advocating for the Eldo-to-Walker connector for years. He currently leads BMA’s Advocacy Committee, which channels volunteer energy into working with local officials, boards and councils to address the needs and concerns of Boulder County’s estimated 25,000 mountain bikers. Hans Preiss, BMA’s OSMP liaison, explains the Eldo-to-Walker connector matters a lot to mountain bikers. “This trail has been talked about for over 20 years, and BMA has been involved because, if you look at Boulder County, we have no trail that connects the Plains with the Foothills,” he says. The only thing that comes close, Preiss says, is Chapman Drive, a trail to the summit of Flagstaff, but it’s only accessible via Boulder Canyon Drive. Once atop Flagstaff, it’s back to roads. “So, you always have to face traffic,” Preiss says. 12
In general, mountain bikers feel they’re often overlooked as a recreation group in Boulder County. Of the 560.8 miles of trails in the County, 60 percent welcome bikes, 74 percent allow horses, while 100 per-
2013 Walker Ranch Management Plan) and the land north of Eldorado Springs (OSMP’s 2011 West Trail Study Area Plan), which both explicitly call for more research and discussions between community groups to
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cent are available to pedestrians. As it stands, some mountain bikers choose to risk riding on private property or trails where bikes aren’t allowed when they descend from popular biking areas around Nederland and elsewhere in the surrounding national forests, because they don’t want to ride alongside cars. On the BCPOSoperated Betasso Preserve trail, bikes aren’t allowed two days each week. “But we are sharing those Betasso trails with everybody else,” Preiss says. “There is no ‘biker only’ day.” Considering the terrain profile, the Eldo-to-Walker connector would be considered an “expert” trail, one of only a few within a reasonable after-work commute for Boulder County folks. “If we’re looking at the South Boulder system, it’s very beginner, a little bit of intermediate,” says Wendy Sweet, BMA president. “There really aren’t a lot of options for advanced bikers.” Over the course of at least the past five years, BMA has been leveraging its advocacy work and volunteer energy to encourage Boulder County to follow through with the recommendations of historic documents and recent updates to management plans involving Walker Ranch (BCPOS’s FEBRUARY 7, 2019
see if a multi-use trail connection from Eldorado Springs to Walker Ranch is even feasible. At the moment, Walker Ranch — a 7.6-mile bike-, pedestrian- and equestrian-friendly loop maintained by BCPOS — is accessible from Eldorado Canyon via foot or horse, though the three-mile Eldorado Canyon Trail is steep and heavily eroded at points. To bike Walker Ranch, the quickest way is a halfhour drive up and over Flagstaff where two trailheads lie. Renovating and adding to the existing trail in order to make it bike-friendly could cut down on car-use and also provide a legal way to access the dozens of trail miles west of Boulder County. A few years ago, to build momentum on the consideration of a new trail, “We were able to get people together to attend meetings at the state park,” Preiss recalls. “We said, ‘Folks, let’s talk about this. What are your concerns? And what can we do to help move this forward, at least to get the study going?’” He adds, “So where we’re at right now is we have a study.” Back in 2014, the three agencies whose land would be involved in a I
new connector trail — CPW, BCPOS and OSMP — decided to conduct official research on its viability. They created a shared plan, hired consultants and initiated the “Eldorado Canyon to Walker Ranch Connection Feasibility Study.” Due to continuing restoration priorities after the 2013 100-year flood and some leadership changes, the study wasn’t completed until the end of 2018. In November the three partner agencies announced, based on their findings, that a multi-use trail along the north side of the canyon is indeed feasible when compared to other options in the area. But the study is just the beginning of the process; to actually break ground on a multi-use trail, several other steps must be completed. It’s supposed to work like this: After listening to public concerns, the state, county and city agencies are tasked with collecting both scientific information and community comments, hence the feasibility study. Based on what they gather, the individual agencies then make an official recommendation about what they think is appropriate action to their respective boards and committees. BCPOS reports to the Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee (POSAC); OSMP reports to the City of Boulder Open Space Board of Trustees (OSBT). POSAC and OSBT then consider the agencies’ recommendations, plus feedback from the community, and make their own recommendations to the Boulder County Commissioners, who ultimately have the power to approve, or prohibit, a new trail. Public input has been important from the start, BCPOS Resource Planner Jeff Moline says, especially “in big issues that the community has a lot of interest in.” So, in August 2018, the partner agencies first notified the public about the feasibility study; anyone interested could submit comments about the project’s timeline and process, the analysis topics that could be used to evaluate route options, and which routes should be considered in the study. They hosted an information open house, and 100 people attended; approximately 475 comments were submitted. Griffith received a postcard about BOULDER WEEKLY
the feasibility study and saw a flyer about the open house posted at the post office. “You know, the same size postcard as you get when your neighbor wants to put an addition on their house or, you know, wants to adjust a lot line,” he recalls. He went to the open house with about 30 other Eldorado Springs residents. Laura Tyson, an Eldorado Springs resident of 30 years, says she doesn’t remember ever getting a postcard. “I found out about the whole thing through a neighbor’s email.” BMA, meanwhile, spread the word through its e-newsletter, social media channels and other community gatherings. After analyzing impacts like environmental and cultural resources, visitor experience, trail construction costs, trail management and maintenance, and interface with Eldorado Canyon State Park, the partner agencies narrowed the possible trails down to three options: a route north of the canyon, one to the south, or “no action,” keeping the current trail as is. At a second open house on Nov. 28, 2018, the partner agencies announced their preliminary recommendation of the north route as it “completes the multi-use trail connection in a way that best balances the conservation and recreation needs of the area.” They assessed parts of the existing Eldorado Canyon Trail could be used, in addition to adding more than two dozen switchbacks in order to ease the terrain for bikers. The partner agencies believe, “Choosing a [route] will strengthen the capacity and momentum for the community and partner agencies to collaborate on providing access, connecting visitors to enjoyable experiences, and addressing transportation issues,” as the study states. Over 120 people attended this meeting; 675 comments were submitted. More than 90 percent of Eldorado Springs residents officially rejected the route. “We are a unanimous voice echoing from this canyon right now,” Griffith says. Even if the partner agencies claim it’s possible to balance recreation and conservation with a new trail, most residents still wonder about the quality of life in town. Most don’t want any more action in the
canyon until the congestion situation is assuredly resolved. Conditions have changed since the publication of the 2011 and 2013 documents that the partner agencies and BMA used to catalyze the feasibility study, both Griffith and Tyson point out. “We need to have our concerns and the impacts on our livelihood and the wellbeing of our homes addressed before you put your little
bike path in,” Griffith says. “For them, it’s another recreational opportunity. For us, this is where we live, right? We are already inundated.” Tyson says, “We were not really invited to the table as a stakeholder in the process. We were invited to comment online, but then what happened was the online system was pretty much overrun by mountain bikers. There are 200 of us in Eldorado
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Springs, thousands of bikers in Boulder, with a well-organized and well-funded organization, and they got lots of people to do the online survey,” she says, and adds, “Now there’s some afterthought of ‘Well, we’ll build a trail and then we’ll come up with a management plan and include people of Eldorado Springs,’ see ELDO-TO-WALKER Page 14
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but that’s really putting the cart before the horse.” “Our comments were lumped into this big melting pot,” Griffith says. “How fair is it to compare the opinions of someone who’s living out of [town] to someone who literally lives at the mouth of the canyon?” Tyson’s not convinced adding more agencies and elements to the solution process will speed anything up or ensure resolutions are found. “As an Eldorado Springs resident, I still feel pretty dismissed and not really included in the process.” Kacey French, OSMP planner, says the partner agencies have considered all input from all stakeholders. “It’s not a vote,” she adds. “We are considering all aspects of the recommendation.” Two months later, on Jan. 24, Marni Ratzel, BCPOS Resource Planner II, presented to POSAC the first official north route recommendation, along with a renewed promise to continue interagency collaboration on congestion solutions at the public hearing in downtown Boulder, where 53 people testified over the course of nearly five hours. Seven-year-old Alaina Griffith, her father, IPTC’s Vogel, BMA’s Sweet and others from all over Boulder County were among them. Most Eldorado Springs residents want discussions of a new trail tabled until tangible congestion solutions are in place and a proper assessment of the environmental impacts of new switchbacks across vulnerable, pristene slopes is completed; most mountain bikers think moving ahead with the planning process will create a stronger collaborative environment in which solutions for Eldorado Springs’ concerns can be created. In the end, POSAC voted 5-1 to approve the partner-agency north route recommendation, but they included an amendment aimed at the people of Eldorado Springs: a motion to ensure “capacity mitigation efforts are identified, funded, and executed, and relevant metrics are met prior to initiating construction of trail.” On Feb. 13, OSMP will make their official recommendation to OSBT and there’ll be another opportunity for public testimony. In March, Boulder County Commissioners will convene, revise the spectrum of input 14
and make a final decision. If approved, the partner agencies state they will continue collaboration with Eldorado Springs residents and will ensure capacity mitigation efforts are in place before opening the trail to bikes. Nevertheless, Tyson and Griffith plan to be at these meetings and to continue speaking up against the recommendations. They want the trail idea tabled until the mitigation efforts are proven and in place. “We haven’t even gotten into the environmental impacts yet,” Tyson says. She worries how construction and more visitors would impact the OSMP Habitat Conservation Area that the new trail would have to pass briefly through. “I’ve never gotten involved in public process like this, never spoken at a meeting. This has lit a fire in me.” BMA, IPTC and the three partner-agencies are well aware of Eldorado Springs’ residents’ concerns, though they see the current momentum that’s building toward a green light as an opportunity to join forces and find solutions to at least the congestion and crowding issue. According to the feasibility study, a new multiuse trail would attract around 60 more people on a peak day. “This can’t be insurmountable,” Preiss says, offering the support of BMA’s volunteer workforce, which amounted to thousands of hours of human-power last year. “It’s actually this conversation about this trail bringing people together and saying, ‘Hey, we have a problem here, what can we do to fix it?’” Preiss says. Sweet adds, “It’s kind of a bummer [the congestion is] coloring their perception of this ... when this is a FEBRUARY 7, 2019
state park, which is a resource for all people in Colorado.” If only there was an obvious solution that appeased everyone. “To be honest, I’m not sure there is a solution,” says Tyson. “As a town, along with the private people who own the road, we’ve been trying for years to figure out solutions.” Part of what makes a solution to the congestion issue so complicated is the variety of stakeholders involved. Highway 170 is owned and operated by Colorado Department of Transportation; the dirt road, Eldorado Springs Drive, is owned by the same private company that owns the pool; then CPW takes care of the section winding through the Canyon, until it turns to Kneale Road, which is privately owned by the handful of historic residences that are situated west of the park. People have tossed around ideas of a reservation system, but not many are keen on the spontaneity-squashing advance requests for visitation days and times. A shuttle system might work, perhaps like the one operated at Nederland’s Hessie Trailhead, but then where would all the parked cars hang out? The nearby lots at the trailheads of Marshall Mesa, Doudy Draw and South Mesa are as jampacked at inside the Canyon on any given fair-weather day. “There’s no one answer at this point,” says CPW public information officer Jason Clay. “We completely understand a lot of the problems existing with congestion. … Through the whole process when the construction starts, we’ll be sure the congestion mitigation efforts will be ongoing and continuing.” As of late, managing Eldorado I
Canyon State Park has been no easy feat. In tandem with tremendous visitation spikes, CPW has also faced budget cuts. As such, CPW recently announced plans to initiate a Visitor Use Management Plan for the canyon as soon as it secures funding, and to continue collaboration with partner agencies, state park visitors and the Eldorado Springs community. Over email, BCPOS’s Ratzel states this effort exemplifies the partner agencies’ commitment to examining and addressing concerns. “The process will include robust public input to seek ideas for possible solutions, to weigh options, and to generate a final plan that will attend to existing capacity issues at the park,” she writes. While Park employees are not allowed to publicly comment on the ongoing debate, Tyson says, “In my conversations with them, [they] are pretty much unanimously opposed. They see it too, it’s not a good fit.” Other Eldorado Residents corroborate this claim. Up at Walker Ranch’s Ethel Harrold trailhead, Vogel points to the back side of the OSMP ridge that sits like a wall between Highway 93 and Walker Ranch — public land on which mountain bikers are not allowed. “This range of mountains always prevents you from getting that final piece of trail in,” he says. “There’s a lot of trail to be had west of here, [but] the only legal ways to get down are roads.” He adds, “You always end up with losing two thousand feet of elevation at the very end of your day, all on a road, and it’s just... it’s just horrible.” Embracing connectivity plays a large role in the way Vogel wrestles with congestion issues, both in the context of collaboration between people with differing perspectives, and in terms of literal trail networks. “The world is dying,” he says. “We need to figure out ways to pull nature into people, or people will lose contact with nature. And that’s just the beginning of the end.” It’s clear a fix for the situation in Eldorado Springs is long past due, whether or not a new trail is built or mountain bikers come through. The question now is if the situation should be fixed before or after consideration of a new trail continues. The answer? Depends on which side you ask. BOULDER WEEKLY
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or 26 years the Earth Guardians have been working to amplify the voices of the world’s youth in the environmental and social justice movements. What started as a single school initiative in Maui, Hawaii, has grown to encompass 44 different countries, inspiring and empowering tens of thousands of young people to stand up for their future, to fight for their planet. Now based in Boulder, this youth-powered nonprofit is educating a new generation of activists approaching climate change as a social justice issue. They’ve sued the Trump administration over the approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, advocated for municipalizing Boulder’s energy grid and even helped establish a moratorium on fracking. Recently, a group of Earth Guardians’ youth plaintiffs sued the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission for failing to consider public health and the environment in its rulemakings. Known as the “Martinez Case,” the lawsuit made it all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court before getting shot down in January 2019. Despite the loss, the Earth Guardians are still forging on, fighting against climate change. And soon they’ll have a techy new environmental tool to spread their message: the EarthTracks app. EarthTracks, the Earth Guardians latest environmental innovation, is set to debut in over 20,000 classrooms across the country this February. It will connect groups of young environmentalists around the world, helping people achieve more sustainable lifestyles and expanding the Earth Guardians’ network of activists. “It’s really the first step that we’ve been able to take to aggregate data to look at our impact,” says Tamara Roske, the visionary director of the Earth Guardians. “[EarthTracks] will allow us to bring peo-
Earth Guardians worked in partnership with Amplifier — an organization that seeks to amplify grassroots movements through iconic visual art — which has worked with campaigns such as March for Our Lives, The Women’s March, We The People and Power to the Polls. The app will supplement a series of lesson plans in the participating classrooms that approach climate change ple together, to give people a through the lens of social justice. These Earth Guardians’ new app, way that they can take action unconventional lesson plans use art, EarthTracks, will help streamline and engage.” storytelling, peer-to-peer engagement environmental activism across the globe and encourage youth to Roske describes the app as and open conversation to inspire cliparticipate in solutions-oriented actions essentially a fitness tracker for mate action and activism and to cultiaround their communities. the planet. It’s a tool designed vate sustainable mindsets. to incentivize sustainable When the app goes live, some halfchoices and encourage environmentally conscious million kids between the sixth and 12th grades will lifestyles in communities, in schools and among embark on their own Earth Guardian adventure, individuals; a means for plotting one’s environmental each school forming its own crew. They will commit impacts and committing to actions to reduce them. to actions to reduce or minimize their environmental “You can set up reminders to take these actions,” footprint — such as eating less meat, using less water says Roske. Reminders will prompt users to bring a or driving less. From there on, the app tracks the travel mug instead of using a paper coffee cup, or crew’s progress, awarding points for sustainable bike instead of drive. “And then it calculates how choices. much of an environmental impact you’re having.” The EarthTracks app also represents a new and Individuals can track their own environmental comprehensive way for Earth Guardians to streamimpacts, and so can Earth Guardian “crews,” which line crew training. It will allow them to compile is one of the most important aspects of the app, data from all their crews around the world, so difaccording to Roske. Earth Guardians has over 250 of ferent groups and individuals can see what kinds of these “youth-led groups of mobilized leaders” spread environmental impacts they’re having on the planet, out across the globe. A crew can be a family, a school, and so that the Earth Guardians can track progress a group of friends, a business or an entire community. toward sustainability. It will allow crews to share They are the activists, artists and musicians that are information more easily than before and to collaboout there driving action, fueling the cultural shift rate with other crews around the world. toward a sustainable future. “The big vision is that we all become Earth “The app is definitely youth-driven,” explains Guardians and we change our relationship with the Roske. It was developed in coordination with young Earth,” says Roske. “And we do it by how we live our people, for young people, she says. It gamifies environlifestyles, how we teach our kids, how we empower mentalism in engaging and exciting ways. For example, each other and our leaders.”
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A day in the life of the Eldora Ski Patrol story and photos by Tom Winter
he morning dawns clear and cold, the eastern sunrise kissing the peaks on the Continental Divide. Up at Eldora ski area, Travis Brock has already been awake for hours. He’s the first cog in the highly professional machine that is one of the most important interfaces between the behind-the-scenes operations that make Eldora run and the more public positions of the resort. If Brock feels the pressure, he doesn’t show it. He’s got a mountain to open and it’s a holiday weekend. Time to rock and roll. Ski areas like Eldora become small cities during the winter, with hundreds of employees and thousands of visitors. The backend employees such as snowmakers, lift mechanics, cat drivers and maintenance workers are bolstered by the “front of the house” staff: the ski instructors, lift operators, bartenders and ticket window cashiers that interact with most skiers and snowboarders. Bridging this gap are the patrollers. These essential employees perform a complex dance that creates the glue that holds ski areas together. Not only is the ski patrol tasked with opening terrain and keeping the mountain safe, they’re also first in line when it comes to tweaked knees, lost children and reckless skiers. It’s a delicate balancing act that involves highly attuned people skills, expert skiing and riding ability, and a true passion for the outdoors and mountains, along with the ability to withstand brutally cold temperatures, ground blizzards, frostbite and pretty much anything else that Mother Nature can throw at you. But for the men and women who make up Eldora’s Ski Patrol, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Ski Patrol Director Brock puts the finishing touches on the plans for the day. Brock has worked at Eldora for 14 years, serving as Patrol Director for the last seven. In the winter he oversees a staff of 31, the team a mix of 14
full-time professional patrollers assisted by 17 volunteers. With constantly changing weather and snow conditions, each day brings different challenges, from opening new terrain to managing early morning race training or other special events.
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lanche updates, the team goes over any special events or other needs. Meetings are open, highly communicative affairs, with plenty of participation and consultation. Employees are also recognized, in this case patroller Zack Ryan, who was named Eldora Employee of the Month for January, and there’s always a review of best practices when it comes to personal injury prevention, including a stretching session prior to heading out for on-snow work on the mountain. While the atmosphere is light, with plenty of good-natured banter and joking, there’s an underlying seriousness and relaxed professionalism that permeates the room.
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With the lifts scheduled to open to the general public, the patrol fans out over the mountain to check ski area boundaries, signage and closures. Here, Brock adjusts a rope closure on the edge of a trail. Brock leads by example and doesn’t shy away from hard work or the more mundane onhill tasks that all patrollers have to do. It’s an approach that has won him unparalleled loyalty from his team and is a reflection of his dedication and passion for patrolling. “It’s always exciting, always changing,” Brock says. “Everyone knows we’re not getting rich doing this job, we’re doing it for the love.”
Charlie Allen is all smiles as he wraps up his morning routes around the mountain prior to opening. Allen, 64, has been a volunteer with the Eldora Ski Patrol for 12 years. “This is my home hill,” says Allen, “and it’s nice to be part of the inner workings.” “I like the people,” he adds. “I get to work with people of all ages and there are new people here every year. I
I’m happy to be part of it.”
“O.B.” holds down the first aid room at the base of the mountain. “It’s an amazing crew,” says O.B. of the Eldora Ski Patrol team. “I like doing patient care and I like to ski, so I get to do all the things I like to do. Plus you have a lot of other outdoorsy people who like to work with people, so it’s a really good environment.”
Ed LeBlanc talks to customers on top of the Corona sector of the mountain. A love of interacting with people is a common theme Eldora ski patrollers use to describe why they like their jobs and stick with it year after year. LeBlanc was seeing if he could connect a lost wallet with its owner. “I’ll find her,” LeBlanc says. “We’re not that big of a mountain so it’s easy to track people down.”
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TOP LEFT: PATROLLERS CAN warm up at the top of Eldora’s Alpenglow lift, but the structure serves as a command center. Bottom left: Ski Patrol Director Travis Brock prepares to brief his team for a day on the mountain.
the weather from the top of the Corona lift. Rapidly changing weather and snow conditions add an extra dimension of responsibility for ski patrollers, as they need to make real-time decisions regarding open terrain and monitor unusual weather events to ensure that mountain operations are not impacted by sudden storms or high winds. The bonus? Knowing when it’s going to snow, how much it’s going to snow and exactly where to find first tracks on a powder day.
“You get a lot of autonomy here.” Assistant ski patrol director Matt Phillips wrangles snow fencing in the Indian Peaks sector of the resort. “We didn’t have these hammers back in the day,” laughs Phillips, “But now the snow fencing isn’t as good!”
Patroller AJ Baeseman works the phone while on duty at patrol dispatch at the top of the Alpenglow lift. From skiers who don’t have lift tickets to missing kids to emergency responses dispatch oversees the day’s patrolling ecosystem. “I love that it’s a small patrol here and you get to do everything,” says Baeseman, who oversees dispatch one to two days each week. BOULDER WEEKLY
As an afternoon storm blows in, patrollers have a room with a view at the top of Eldora’s Alpenglow lift. The structures serve as a private warming hut, command center and a place to resupply with boundary ropes, bamboo, signs and other tools of the trade.
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With the mountain shuttered for the day and the storm gathering strength, it’s time for a sweep and one last look to make sure that everyone is off the mountain safely. Ed LeBlanc surveys the landscape before heading down to wrap up his day. “You sometimes find people out here when it’s all closed,” he says. “They have a flask of whiskey or something and they’re just enjoying the moment, the quiet.” According to Brock, Eldora usually has a few openings each winter. “You need to be a hard worker, have a great sense of humor and be an expert skier,” Brock says. Along with those traits, EMT or Outdoor Emergency Care certification is required. Additional courses such as Avalanche I training can help a candidate move to the front of the line. Eldora usually holds on-snow tryouts in late March, with positions commencing when the ski area opens in November.
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Flaming Lips to play ‘The Soft Bulletin’ with Colorado Symphony, again
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n 1969, thousands of people crammed into the Royal Albert Hall in London to watch Deep Purple perform their Concerto for Group and Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The band’s long hair and unbuttoned shirts were juxtaposed with the tux-wearing and neatly groomed orchestra players. The concerto begins almost as a battle of the bands, the orchestra pitted against Deep Purple, competing for preeminence of the musical realms. By the end, the two integrate seamlessly, unified in both sound and performance. The crowd was likewise bifurcated. Some observers sat still in their seats, heads maybe cocked to one side or the other, a few lit cigarettes dotted the crowd. Others, however, were on their feet dancing, headbanging to the combination of electric guitars and cellos, synthesizers and horns, a classic rock drum kit and orchestral percussion. At the end, the entire audience gave a standing ovation, clapping, cheering and waving British flags as Jon Lord of Deep Purple stood to shake conductor Malcom Arnold’s hand, a formality not often seen at rock concerts. It’s the performance credited with starting the trend of classical orchestras collaborating with contemporary rock bands — from Roger Waters playing with the The Military Orchestra of the Soviet Army on The Wall — Live in Berlin to Arcade Fire jamming with the Manchester Orchestra at Summerfest and everything in between. It’s the genesis of uniting seemingly disparate groups, audiences and musicians alike, an effort to bring new audiences into the symphony, to preserve and appreciate a classical art form while remaining relevant. “All orchestras really, all around the world, have been quite smart about this idea that if you get a new, younger audience in there, and have their minds blown by this sound, and it’s really mindblowing, it’s a great experience,” says Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips, who are set to revisit their 2016 Red Rocks performance of The Soft Bulletin with the Colorado Symphony Feb. 22 at the Boettcher Concert Hall in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary. It’s “us playing to a slightly different audience, playing something in a slightly different atmosphere, but also bringing something see THE SOFT BULLETIN Page 24
IN 2016, The Flaming Lips performed their seminal album ‘The Soft Bulletin’ with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks.
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different to the symphony.” It’s hard for Coyne to believe what’s often described as the band’s seminal record was released two decades ago. The band has been playing and recording together since 1983, and time seems almost irrelevant to him now. “We don’t really remember how we made it, but we know we did,” Coyne says about the album. Created over the few years preceding its 1999 release, The Soft Bulletin utilized emerging technology to create a record rich in orchestration without the use of an actual orchestra. The entire album displays dense instrumentation, distorted drumbeats and piano riffs with overlays of synthesized string parts and vocal harmonies. The middle track, “The Observer,” is perhaps the pinnacle of such electronic orchestration, a sweeping instrumental piece with an angelic chorus of heavenly voices. “We’re not symphonic composers and all that, but in making it our own way, it sounds like that,” Coyne says. “We just went about it like we knew what we were doing, but we don’t really know what we’re doing.” “We’re the sun and we’re the clouds but if you want to see the sunset, you can’t be the sun and clouds,” he expounds a few minutes later. “You have to be standing away from it. And I think it’s a little bit like that, this stuff that we made, when you stand away from it, it does have this great effect, but when you’re in the middle of making it, you don’t know what it is.” When The Soft Bulletin first came out, Coyne says the band was excited by the new material, playing to audiences who may not have had any idea what to 24
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Christopher Dragon, conductor of the Colorado Symphony.
expect, but nevertheless were accustomed to the Lips’ experimental and out-of-thebox tendencies. As time went on, however, it became clear the album had broader appeal than the group originally realized. “After a couple of years of playing it, we noticed it was attracting more normal people,” Coyne says. “It wouldn’t be our typical Flaming Lips, weirdo, freak-flagflying people in the audience. And that part of it was kind of a new experience for us.” While the band has played songs from the album, or the whole album at once, for years, sometimes even projecting images of the great American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein while doing so, it wasn’t until 2016, at Red Rocks, that they played it backed by a full symphony orchestra. “The Soft Bulletin album, if you give it a listen, there’s portions of the record where there’s clearly a chorus involved, there’s portions of the album where you can hear its horns, and strings and harp,” says Anthony Pierce, chief artistic officer of the Colorado Symphony. “I just knew they (The Flaming Lips) would lend themselves well to this.” The Colorado Symphony has been working with contemporary musicians for years, performing and recording with the likes of Denver’s own DeVotchka and folk icon Gregory Alan Isakov, among others. So when Pierce got longtime Lips manager Scott Booker’s business card, he BOULDER WEEKLY
saw it as an opportunity to create somethe live album is anticipated later this thing spectacular with the band. He year, giving Coyne and the Lips yet enlisted the help of Todd Hagerman from another reason to revisit The Soft Bulletin DeVotchka to write the orchestral charts and play with the Colorado Symphony and the two flew down to the Lips’ home- again, this time with conductor base in Oklahoma City for a day. They Christopher Dragon. met at Academy of Contemporary Music “We would have always been drawn at the University to stuff by GEORGE SALISBURY of Central Stravinsky or Oklahoma, the famous which was piece from founded a 2001: A Space decade ago by Odyssey. Any Booker and the musician hears Lips’ multithose and you instrumentalist go, ‘Oh man, Steven Drozd. that’s just too “We kind of great.’ But it’s just played quite a leap to through the make music like record on the that,” Coyne piano, Steven says. “I think it just laid out all was part of our the chord prodesire to make gressions. He’s emotional music one of these that has that ON THE BILL: The Flaming Lips guys who can get perform ‘The Soft Bulletin’ with kind of impact, that kind of the Colorado Symphony. 7:30 at the keyboard drama to it.” p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, Boettcher and play anything With The Soft Bulletin, Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, he wants. It blows the Lips achieved just coloradosymphony.org/tickets. your mind how that. Not only in its elecphenomenally taltronic orchestration, but ented this guy is,” with Coyne’s lyrics, full of Pierce says. “He scribbled out the haranguish, existential dread and grief, monic progression for each song on a rounded out with the Lips’ quintessential piece of paper ... because I don’t know ethereal optimism. that anyone had really transcribed The “I think it’s saying life is brutal but it’s Soft Bulletin.” also beautiful,” Coyne says. “To be only Hagerman then took that and wrote optimistic and not understand the brutality the music for the Colorado Symphony, and the pain in the world, that doesn’t some 70 members playing music usually really work. And I think that’s what The performed live solely by the seven memSoft Bulletin is saying, that pain, and bers of the Lips, plus the Colorado those dilemmas, and how ugly and how Symphony Chorus, a group of 180 or so unfixable some things are and yet it still volunteer singers from across the state. sings about the sun and things that are “We need to show people new applica- going to work and things that are going to tions of what we can do,” Pierce says. “And make you happy.” Even now, he says, just as much as this is one of the mechanisms to do that.” when the record came out, the band Coyne defers a lot of the success of often runs into people who express deep the show to the expertise of the symphoemotional connection to the songs, prony orchestra musicians. “It’s a lot of intrifound experiences tied to the music. It’s cate, dynamic music and every instruwhat’s brought people to live performancment up there matters,” he says. “I’m not es, whether classical or rock, for hunreally a musician, I’m just making up my dreds of years. own stuff and hoping it works.” In 1969, when Deep Purple and the It rained the night of the 2016 Red Royal Philharmonic collaborated to create Rocks show, as guest conductor Andre their genre-bending spectacle Concerto de Ridder led the symphony through the for Group and Orchestra, British TV later entirety of The Soft Bulletin, plus a few broadcast it as “The Best of Both encores of other Lips hits like “Yoshimi Worlds.” The same sense of fusion Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1” and “Do serves The Soft Bulletin well, decades You Realize??” Coyne stood on a tall podium adorned in a robe of lights, beach after it was first released. “It’s mysterious in a wonderful, wonballs bouncing through the crowd, blastderful way,” Coyne says. “It’s a long, ing confetti cannons to finish out the show. The entire night was recorded, and weird, but wonderful thing.” BOULDER WEEKLY
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Ditching the smoke machines
Japanese psych rockers Kikagaku Moyo have come a long way
by Caitlin Rockett
he live music scene in Tokyo (but not so much in smaller cities in Japan) works a little differently than it does here in the States. When a band wants to play a socalled “live house” in Tokyo, they essentially have to rent the room and pay for the cost through ticket sales. If sales are under quota, the band picks up the tab — in cash — at the end of the night, usually between $200 and $500. It’s called noruma, and as you can imagine, Japanese musicians have lots of feelings about it. It’s a heavy burden for an up-and-coming band, as the members of Tokyo psych rock outfit Kikagaku Moyo can attest. In an interview with The Japan Times in 2017, drummer and spokesperson Go Kurasawa relayed the band’s shock after an early gig at a traditional venue circa 2013. “After we played, the venue person was like, ‘Oh, you guys did a really good job. That’s gonna be ¥30,000.’ We were like, ‘Fuck, yeah!’ and they were like, ‘No, you have to pay.’” The difficulties didn’t stop there for the five-piece. They found themselves banned from one venue after an attempt at creating a bit of “mystery” led to the local fire department showing up. “That was like our second show and it was at a venue in Koenji,” Kurasawa tells Boulder Weekly. “We were using two smoke machines to cover up the fact that we couldn’t play the songs. At the time we only had one song and all of the other songs were just a heavy jam.” Musical proficiency was never a central concern for the band as it formed loosely in 2012 from a collection of likeminded individuals, led by Kurasawa and guitarist/vocalist Tomo Katsurada. “We started out busking in Tokyo, so it was always a free improv with anyone who happened to be there,” Kurasawa says. “Also, we wanted to have people who don’t play or never played music before but shared similar taste in art, film, et cetera.” The band’s lineup firmed up over the course of a year, eventually including guitarist Daoud Popal and bassist Kotsu Guy, who Kurasawa and Katsurada met
on the streets of Tokyo recording vending machine sounds for a noise project. The lone exception to this free-wheeling group of self-taught rockers is Go’s brother Ryu, who has traveled to India yearly over the course of the last several years to study sitar with the renowned Manilal Nag. (Ryu even takes lessons from Nag via Skype between visits.) Determined to create a space for themselves in Tokyo, Kikagoku Moyo hosted the monthly Tokyo Psych Fest for a year, bringing together a number of underground bands from across Asia, such as Taiwanese alt rockers Scattered Purgatory or Japanese Krautrockers Minami Deutsch. Kikagaku Moyo dug in and shoveled out earthy folk-rock sounds for their eponymous debut record in 2013. The album — initially released via Bandcamp before Greek label Cosmic Eye Records picked it up and ordered up a vinyl pressing — generated enough buzz overseas to score the band a two-week tour of Australia that year, and paved the way for its American debut the following year. Over the course of the past seven years, Kikagaku Moyo — which translates as geometric patterns — has continued to explore the far reaches of the
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psych rock galaxy via four full-length albums. Their most recent effort, Masana Temples, is their slickest production to date, employing the help of Portuguese guitarist and producer Bruno Pernadas (who Kurasawa cold-emailed after stumbling onto Pernadas’ music online). A jazz musician by education, it’s easy to hear Pernadas’ influence in the delicate xylophone cameo on “Orange Peel.” But even with a brand new sheen, the band stays true to their roots, opening the record with the ineffable wanderings of Ryu Kurasawa’s sitar before descending into the nearly eight-minute psychedelic roundabout that is “Dripping Sun.” In the band’s never-ending effort to steer clear of constraints, they mostly eschew using real language in their songs, opting for made-up language that keeps the band “free,” as Go Kurasawa puts it. And while the band does play shows in their native land, Kikagoku Moyo has built its following on heavy touring through North America and Europe. The band has developed some business acumen over the years, forming a record label, Guruguru Brain, populated by the bands who played Tokyo Psych Fest. In 2017, Go Kurasawa and Tomo Katsurada moved to Amsterdam, where they basically operate as a hub for not only Kikagaku Moyo, but also other bands on Guruguru Brain. And they ditched the smoke machines. FEBRUARY 7, 2019
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‘The Baayfalls’ presents a man and a woman selling jewelry on the street in Harlem. Casteel often incorporates words into her paintings as a way to slow viewers down.
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To see and be seen
Jordan Casteel hopes to change the culture of viewing art with ‘Returning the Gaze’
by Caitlin Rockett
t’s 10 a.m. on a recent Thursday and Jordan Casteel has been up since 5, but she’s fresh, bright-eyed, no signs of fatigue. The Denver-born, now Harlem-based artist could barely sleep the night before, excited about this particular homecoming.
In oversize black-framed glasses and effortlessly cool khaki coveralls, Casteel is every inch an artist physically, but metaphysically she may as well be the Sun, radiating light, drawing people closer to her warmth as she stands in front of the glass doors of the Gallagher Gallery at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). She is home, literally and figuratively. This is Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, Returning the Gaze, a collection of 29 large-scale portraits of the black people who populate her world: friends, family, lovers, strangers she meets on the streets of Harlem (though no one’s a stranger for long with Casteel). Of course she’s excited about seeing the exhibition itself — Casteel spent summer evenings as a child making art at overnight events at DAM in the early ’90s, adding a layer of nostalgia and meaning to this show — but it’s the I
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people, the subjects of her paintings, that fuel her emotional fire today. “These stories are of me,” she says of her paintings before leading a tour of the exhibit. “All of these people are alive and well, and some of them are arriving soon to see these paintings in person for the first time. “I look forward to you getting to know these people.” Here is the essence of Casteel’s vision as an artist: To capture the human desire to be known, to be understood, to be seen. Returning the Gaze turns the viewer into the viewed — Casteel’s see GAZE Page 30
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subjects staring sweetly at you as you size them up — exploring what it means to see and been seen, particularly as a person of color in America. Like famed African American artists Charles Alston, Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight before her, Casteel uses portraiture to call attention to black identities. Her earliest works in Returning the Gaze focus on black men, stripping them of their clothes but hiding their genitals. The works allude to the hypersexualization of the male black body, so often portrayed in mainstream culture as simultaneously erotic and terrifying. Casteel presents them as vulnerable, posed in the comfort of their own homes on thrift store-chic floral couches (a phenomenon Casteel attributes to the fact that the men in these early works were theater students at Yale, where Casteel received her master’s in fine art in 2014). There are no black tropes in Casteel’s work, no scary black men or soul brothers, only young men politely returning your gaze. “I felt that the world didn’t see and know them as I see and know them: as my brothers, as my father, as friends, as lovers,” Casteel wrote in an artist’s statement. “I felt I had access to a kind of intimacy that I could give other people access to through painting.” But Casteel’s message with these paintings is layered; her 2014 piece “Galen 2” depicts a strapping young man sitting on a folding chair in a kitchen, the familiar checkered pattern of the floor reflected in the appliances surrounding him. He’s obviously black, and yet he’s not; he’s quite obviously green. “I was thinking about how we approach people with assumptions,” Casteel says. “Black families are so diverse, so what does it mean to be a person of color?” Casteel’s work forces the viewer to slow down, to look again and re-evalu-
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TOP, LEFT TO RIGHT: “Yvonne and James,” 2017 “Benyam,” 2018 “Marcus and Jace,” 2015 LEFT: “Jireh,” 2015 The people in Casteel’s paintings often become her friends.
ate. Text often finds its way into her paintings organically, appearing on walls and signs and T-shirts. In her 2017 piece “The Baayfalls,” a woman and man in Harlem sit by their streetside stand of African jewelry. The woman’s shirt reads, “I am not interested in competing with anyone. I hope we all make it.” The subject of Casteel’s work “Timothy” wears a shirt that simply reads, “Black is beautiful.” For Casteel, these powerful statements on clothing not only give the viewer an inside look at the subject’s personality, they act like shields for the subject, invisibly fighting off negative attitudes and stereotypes about black Americans. Like Alston, Lawrence, Knight and many other iconic black artists, Casteel has found a home for herself in Harlem; she liked “the entrepreneurship” she found there, “how people found space on the street to call their own.” I
In Harlem, Casteel has found space of her own, a respite from the hectic existence she’d lived in other parts of New York City, and a neighborhood bursting with culture and resilience. But there are pieces of her Denver roots spread throughout the exhibit. In “Marcus and Jace,” Casteel offers a glimpse inside her personal life. Marcus Pope, a barber at House of Hair in Denver, has been a friend of the Casteel family for more than a decade. He cut Casteel’s hair just a few days ago, and today, during the preview of the exhibition, he’ll see the piece Casteel painted of him and his son Jace for the first time. “Putting aside Jordan’s skills as an oil painter,” Pope wrote in a statement, “I think her gift is to capture these moments and send a message to the world that even the common Joe at the barbershop, the common barber, the common individual in the community, [at] the bus stop, is worthy of being celebrated.” But Returning the Gaze is about more than just representing black identities; it’s about including them in spaces where they are often absent. Like art galleries. “I hope to change the culture of viewing art,” Casteel says, her voice catching in her throat. “Encouraging people of color to feel welcome in art, seeing yourself represented in an art museum...” She pauses to take a breath and fight back the tears. “It can open doors.” It takes artists like Casteel to open those doors. BOULDER WEEKLY
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DANIEL RODRIQUEZ (OF ELEPHANT REVIVAL) ALBUM RELEASE PARTY — with Mimi Naja
and Jay Cobb Anderson (of Fruition) performing the music of Gillian Welch. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets are $15.
Daniel Rodriguez, a founding member and lead songwriter of Colorado transcendental folk band Elephant Revival, turns to his acoustic guitar for memorable, melodic hooks to accompany his poetic and contemplative folk songs.
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events BACKCOUNTRY FILM FEST AND SNOWBALL 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland, 303-258-0495. It seems only fitting that Wild Bear Nature Center, a nonprofit open year-round that teaches kids about nature, has teamed up with Winter Wildlands Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving winter wildlands, to do some good and have some fun. On Feb. 7, head to the Caribou Room for a fundraising event to benefit Wild Bear and the Winter Wildlands Alliance SNOWSCHOOL, a winter ecology program for kids. There will be live music by The Railsplitters, a silent auction and a showing of feature films from the Backcountry Film Fest. Tickets at wildbear.org/snowball.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL: A VALENTINES BURLESQUE SHOW. 8 p.m. Feb. 8-10, Wesley Foundation Chapel, 1290 Folsom, Boulder, boulderburlesque.com Boulder Burlesque invites you to stay at the Heartbreak Hotel as they showcase seven new performers and a select group of favorite advanced dancers in a display of classic burlesque, neo-burlesque, theatrics, heartache, love, follies and plenty of surprises. Come get lost in corridors of desire this Valentine’s Day. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of show ($5 off for students). SWAY PHOTOGRAPHY
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CARMEN SANDIM 7 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-499-2985. MARC DALIO
Over the past few decades, Carmen Sandim’s eclectic musical aesthetics have drawn her in many directions: classical piano studies, jazz composition and performance, film scoring and a long-lasting commitment to improvised music pedagogy. From piano lessons as a little girl in Brazil, to composing for her jazz septet in Denver, Carmen Sandim has found a lifelong adventure and purpose in music. She recently signed a record deal with Ropeadope Records, home of Grammywinning jazz-funk collective Snarky Puppy. You can also witness the live recording of Sandim’s third album on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver (5235 E 38th Ave.), or catch her on Feb. 7 at Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club (1330 27th St., Denver) at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
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OMAR KAHEEL GWENDALYNN CARLENE ROEBKE is a third-year student at CU Boulder who happens to be a poet only because they couldn’t find any other way to be. Their upcoming reading, ‘Of Thick Skin and Thin Blood: Learning to Speak with Shadows,’ is their first solo poetry event and promises to be filled with previously unshared poems as well as a healthy serving of their new material. Catch Roebke’s reading at Innisfree on Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.
JuliAnne Murphy — Dream Job. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver. Open Improv: Long Form. 7 p.m. Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder, 303-443-3934. Jessica Hartung — The Conscious Professional. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Friday, Feb. 8
Mary Robertson — Growing Up Queer. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver. Open Poetry Reading. 10 p.m. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Tattered Tales Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver. Minor Disturbance Weekly Workshop + Open Mic. 1 p.m. Prodigy Coffeehouse, 3801 E. 40th Ave., Denver.
Sunday, Feb. 10
BAFS Second Sundays Poetry Workshop. 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Courtney Peppernell — Pillow Thoughts II. 5 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Sunday Night Poetry Slam. 7 p.m. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver.
Monday, Feb. 11
Mesa de Português. 4 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Book-
Talonya Geary — #goDo: How to Live on Purpose. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
store & Cafe,1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Winter Bookclub Night. 7 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Wednesday, Feb. 13
So, You’re a Poet. 8:45 p.m. Wesley Theater, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Tattered Tales Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Gwendalynn Carlene Roebke — Of Thick Skin and Thin Blood: Learning to Speak with Shadows. 6 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Weekly Open Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder.
Asbury Elementary. 10 a.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Whitney Scharer — The Age of Light. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Jill Santopolo — More Than Words. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver. Emma Izquierdo — How to be a Bipolar College Student. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
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Thursday, February 7
Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914.
A Light Among Many. 8:30 p.m. Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230.
African Songs of Life. 7:30 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St., Boulder, 303-219-3005. Bluffett: A Tribute to Jimmy Buffett. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s, 2675 Northpark Drive, Lafayette, 303-665-2757. Boulder Drum Circle. 7 p.m. The Root Kava Bar, 1641 28th St., Boulder, 707-599-1908. Boulder Phil Event of Note: Mary Wilson, American Soprano. 7 p.m. The Academy, 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder, 303-938-1920. The Commonheart. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Danger. 11 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Guster. 7 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Hunny, Hockey Dad. 9 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. IIVX. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Jack Cloonan Band featuring Silas Herman and Matt Flaherty Band (Late Set) — with Bones Jugs. 7:30 p.m. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Jantsen and Digital Ethos — with Tvboo, Trixx. 9 p.m. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Jon Pickett. 6 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800
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Michael Bellmont. 7 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064. Milo. 7 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111.
Jim Nowak: 20 Years of Transforming Lives in Nepal. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666. Natasha Leggero. 8 p.m. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303-595-3637. More performances at comedyworks.com.
paris_monster. 9 p.m. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Out Boulder County Gender Support Group Boulder. 7 p.m. Boulder Pride House, 2132 14th St., Boulder.
Swing Night with Chez Coucou. 8 p.m. The Waterloo, 817 Main St., Louisville, 303-522-6162.
Partner Pattern Line Dancing. 6:30 p.m. Manhattan School of the Arts, 290 Manhattan Drive, Boulder, 720-561-5968.
Take Down The Door. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Shoplifters. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org.
Turkeyfoot Bluegrass. 7:30 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Events Birds of Prey Slide Program. 6 p.m. Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-5200. Denver Jewish Film Festival. 5:30 p.m. JCC Mizel Arts And Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver, 303-316-6360. Through Feb. 18. An Evening in Oz Gala. 5:30 p.m. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th St., Denver, 720-865-4220.
Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain. 4:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Views & Brews American Landscape Film Series: Valley Uprising. 7 p.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374.
Friday, February 8 Music
Jeffersonian Dessert Party. 7 p.m. Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave. Boulder 80303, Boulder.
Billy Shaddox. 6:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064.
Jessica Lang Dance. 7:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-7720.
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers. 9 p.m. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Cantabile Sings — A Musical Life: Child-
arts All Aboard! Railroads in Lyons. Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., Lyons.
BOULDER ARTISTS SUE WALLINGFORD AND JOY REDSTONE are professional therapists who use found and discarded objects to create artwork that expresses feelings of loss, trauma and renewal. Their thought-provoking artworks bring a sense of equanimity to life’s struggles and triumphs. Wallingford and Redstone’s works can be seen in ‘Expressions of the Aftermath,’ now showing at Bricolage Gallery in Boulder through Feb. 15.
Ansel Adams: Early works exhibit. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Through May 26. Assemblage/Mixed Media/Sculpture — by Michelle Lamb. NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through March 1. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine. Norlin Library, STEAM Gallery, Second floor southwest, 1157 18th St., Boulder. Colorado’s Most Significant Artifacts. Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., Lyons. Ongoing exhibit. Creativity in Action — by Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel. Nalanda and Cube galleries, 6287 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Through March 15. Don Coen: The Migrant Series. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through May 27. Dinosaurs: Land Of Fire and Ice. Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Opens Feb. 9. Through May 12. DIOR: From Paris to the World. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through March 17. Documenting Change: Our Climate, the Rockies. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through May 2019. Expressions of the Aftermath — featuring Joy Redstone and Sue Wallingford. Art Parts Creative Reuse Center, Bricolage Gallery, 2860 Bluff St., Boulder. Through Feb. 15. Fossils: Clues to the Past. University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall, 15th and Broadway Boulder. Ongoing exhibit.
hood to Today. 7:30 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder, 720-204-8806. Second performance on Feb. 10. Dave Tamkin, Klone Manor. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Delta Sonics Duo. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Tap Room, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-776-1914. Espresso! Gypsy Jazz. 7 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-875-7514. Firehouse. 7 p.m. Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-777-5840. The Greyboy Allstars. 9 p.m. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Gun Street Ghost. 8:30 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Integral Steps. 1 p.m. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303604-2424. JJ Grey & Mofro. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Little Twist. 6 p.m. Bluff Street Bar & Billiards, 2690 28th St., Boulder, 720-266-8300. Nice Work Jazz Combo. 5:30 p.m. Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th St., Boulder, 303-442-4344. Phil Coulter — with Geraldine Branagan. 7 p.m. Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214. Phil Wiggins, George Kilby Jr.. 8 p.m.
Front Range Rising. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Permanent exhibit. Google Garage. Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Ongoing, but activities change. The Incubation Effect. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Sept. 9. Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Aug. 18. Karen Kitchel: Grasslands. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through April 21. Living with Wolves. Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Through May 20. Matthew Pevear: Mastering the Art of French Cooking. BMoCA at Macky, Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado Boulder, 1595 Pleasant St., Unit 104, Boulder. Through May 5. Mixed Media — by Tabitha Aaron. NCAR’s Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through March 1.
Pard Morrison: Heartmouth. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through Sept. 1. Roberta Restaino — Giardino Surreale: Recoding Natural History. Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Through March 2. The Silhouette Project: Stories of Immigrants, Refugees, and Dreamers. Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Through Feb. 27.
Touch: Breaking the barrier between art and viewer. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through March. 3. Vance Brand: Ambassador of Exploration. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Permanent exhibit. Water Flow: Under the Colorado River. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Through May 26. World War II Diary Transcribed at the Museum. Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High St., Lyons. Ongoing exhibit.
Laser Queen. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002.
Public Safety. 9 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007.
Spirited Away. 8:45 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org.
SubDocta. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Summer Camp: On The Road Tour ’19. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303447-0095. Symphonic Tribute to Comic Con. 7:30 p.m. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, 720-865-4220.
Events Burning Man Film Shorts with Q&A. 6 p.m. The Collective, 201 N. Public Road, Lafayette. Comedian Jerry Rocha. 7:30 p.m. Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Ave., Denver, 303-3071777. More performances at comedyworks. com. Contrapasso: A Circus Theatre Show. 8:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Film/STILL: The Price Of Everything with Nathaniel Kahn. 7 p.m. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880. Heartbreak Hotel: A Valentines Burlesque Show. 8 p.m. Wesley Foundation Chapel, 1290 Folsom, Boulder.
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Upcoming Events & Entertainment Thursday February 7 BOULDER WEEKLY PRESENTS
‘A TRIBUTE TO JIMMY BUFFETT’ “Tribute”
Storytellers. Abend Gallery, 1412 Wazee St., Denver. Through Feb. 23.
Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
Strangebyrds. 5 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914.
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Visions of Love: A Valentines Wine and Chocolate Tasting Benefit. 6 p.m. Anchor Center for Blind Children, 2550 Roslyn St., Denver, 303-377-9732.
Saturday, February 9 Music
Friday February 8
THAT EIGHTIES BAND “80s Pop/Dance”
Saturday February 9
Wednesday February 13
BOURBON & BLUES EEF & THE BLUES EXPRESS “Blues” FREE ADMISSION Thursday February 14 VALENTINE’S NIGHT
ROBERT JOHNSON & THE MARK DIAMOND TRIO “Dinner & Dance”
Friday February 15 Ladies Rock The Blues
KERRY PASTINE & THE CRIME SCENE & CASS CLAYTON BAND “Blues/Rock”
Audien. 9 p.m. Temple Nightclub, 1136 Broadway, Denver, 303-309-2144. Ben Hammond. 6 p.m. Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder, 720-885-1234. Born Of Osiris. 6 p.m. Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, 303-487-0111. Colorado Pops Orchestra presents: Carnival of the Animals Peter and the Wolf. 4 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Colorado Wind Ensemble: A Tribute to John Philip Sousa. 7:30 p.m. King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, Denver, 303-556-2296. Cory M. Wells. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. The Custom Shop. 10 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-328-8328. see EVENTS Page 36
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Alice in Wonderland. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Through March 9. Almost, Maine. University Theatre, Loft Theatre, 1515 Central Campus Mall, Boulder. Through Feb. 10. Anna Karenina. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through Feb. 24.
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Bat Out Of Hell, The Musical. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver. Through Feb. 17. Betrayal. Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Through Feb. 17. The Diary of Anne Frank. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humantiies, Black Box Theatre, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada. Through May 17. Disenchanted!. BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Through March 31. Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies. Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave., Aurora. Through Feb. 10. Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Through April 14.
A Little Night Music — presented by Cherry Creek Theatre Company. Mizel Arts and Culture Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver. Through Feb. 17. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — presented by Equinox Theatre Company. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. Through Feb. 16. Lost in Yonkers. Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Through March 3. Magnets on the Fridge. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. Shows the first Wednesday of the month from February-June.
Nunsense. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. Through March 3. The Wizard of Oz. Ellie Caulkins Opera House, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through Feb. 10. Xanadu. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through March 31. Young Frankenstein. The Longmont Theatre Company, 513 Main St., Longmont. Through Feb. 16.
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Dakota Blonde. 8 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003.
gar Yoga Center of Denver, 770 S. Broadway, Denver.
Insomniac CRUSH. 6 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360.
Dead Floyd. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Sondheim & Lloyd Webber Showcase. 7:30 p.m. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, 720-865-4220.
Kids Valentines DIY Gift Making. 1:30 p.m. MoonDance Botanicals, 601 Corona St., Denver, 303-263-7275.
Soohan — with Anna Morgan, Gangsterish. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095.
Saturday Morning Groove. 10:30 a.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299.
South to Cedars. 4:30 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914.
Spanish/English Storytime: Read and Play in Spanish. 10:15 a.m. NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway, Boulder, 303-441-4250.
Dear Jon & the Whale Riders. 6 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186. Don Chicharrón. 9 p.m. Hi-Dive Denver, 7 S. Broadway, Denver, 303-733-0230. An Evening With The Nels Cline 4. 9 p.m. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St., Denver, 303-993-8023. Finn O’Sullivan. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Guilty as Charged, Miros. 7 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 720-297-6397. Jesse DeVelis. 10 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Kiltro, Verses The Inevitable. 9 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Last Year’s Model. 7:30 p.m. Dannik’s Gunbarrel Corner Bar, 6525 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303-530-7423. Lionel Young Band. 8 p.m. Oskar Blues Tap Room, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-776-1914. Liquid Sky Journey. 9 p.m. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002. The Martin Gilmore Trio, Wood Belly. 8 p.m. Rogers Hall, 400 High St., Lyons. Moonlight and Ukuleles. 6:30 p.m. Historic Grant Avenue Community Center, 216 S. Grant St., Denver. Nathan Yip Foundation’s Chinese New Year Party. 5:30 p.m. Grand Hyatt, 1750 Welton St., Denver, 303-817-8400. Sock Hop and Dance Lessons. 7 p.m. Iyen-
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String Jam featuring Bill Nershi (The String Cheese Incident), Neal Evans (Dopapod), Joel Searls (Genetics), Josh Shilling. 9 p.m. Cervantes’ Other Side, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772. Unwritten Law (Playing The Black Album in Full). 7 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111.
Events Comedian Jerry Rocha. 7:30 p.m. Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Ave., Denver, 303-3071777. More performances at comedyworks. com.
Valentine’s Tantra Speed Date. 5:30 p.m. Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St., Boulder, 303-449-4410. Vintage Valentines Make + Take. 2 p.m. Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid Ave., Boulder, 303-449-3464. Western Views Book Club. 10 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Sunday, February 10 Music
Denver Brass: En Fuego! 7:30 p.m. Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, 303-871-7720. More performances through Feb. 10.
Blooming Method. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Double Feature: We Are Stars / Perseus & Andromeda. 1 p.m. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002. More show times at colorado.edu/fiske.
Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Father Daughter Dance. 4:30 p.m. First Pres Boulder, 1820 15th St., Boulder, 303-402-6400. Full STEAM Ahead: Engineering Endeavors with CU Science Discovery. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. Harry Potter Inspired Beer Festival. 5:30 p.m. The Church, 1160 Lincoln St., Denver, 303-832-2383.
Lucas Wolf. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Music in the Galleries: The Council. 1 p.m. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver, 720-354-4880. Ophelia’s Sunday Peep Show (Valentines Edition), hosted by Kitty Crimson. 8 p.m. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St., Denver, 303-993-8023. Tyler Thompson. 3 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, see EVENTS Page 38
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Valdez. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007.
Monday Night Belly Dance Classes. 6 p.m. Tribe Nawaar Marketplace & Classes, Boulder, 303-859-5599.
Wah! Healing Concert. 7 p.m. Fiske Planetarium, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder, 303-492-5002.
Monday Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Events Adam Cayton-Holland. 7 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111. Boulder Comedy Show. 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-767-2863. Exhibition on Screen: Young Picasso. 1 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org. Go Club for Kids & Teens. 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Joni 75. 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. More show times at thedairy.org.
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Bring Me The Horizon — with Thrice, Fever 333. 7 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360. Gang Of Four. 9:30 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Lauren Joy. 10 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
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Reid Anderson. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Speed Rack Charity Female Bartending Competition. 6 p.m. Cervantes Masterpiece, 2637 Welton St., Denver, 303-297-1772.
Events Mis Pininos/Spanish Conversation for Kids. 4:15 p.m. NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway, Boulder, 303-441-4250. All Ages Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Brushes and Beverages @ MAIN. 4:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Chess Club. 6:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Citizenship Classes. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Conversations in English Mondays. 10:30 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
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Toddler Time. 9:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Music CU Symphony Orchestra: February 2019. 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder, 303-492-8423. Denver East High School Honors Choir. Noon. Saint John’s Episcopal Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver, 303-831-7115.
Groovement. 9 p.m. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
The March Divide. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
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Reading Buddies. 4:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
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Hawaiian Hula Classes. 5 p.m. A Place to B, 1750 30th St., Unit 64, Boulder, 303-440-8007.
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Movement Mondays. 7 p.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299.
Drop In Aerial Foundations. 5:45 p.m. Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance, 3022 E. Sterling Circle, Suite 150, Boulder, 303-245-8272. Graphic Design Certificate Program. 9 a.m. Boulder Digital Arts, 1600 Range St., Boulder,
TV Girl with Special Guest George Clanton. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Valentine’s Salsa/Bachata Class Potluck Dinner & Dance!! 7:30 p.m. Highlands Masonic Events Center, 3550 Federal Blvd., Denver.
Events All Ages Storytime. 10:15 a.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120; NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway, Boulder, 303-441-4250. Around the World Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Becoming American. 6 p.m. Museum of Boulder at the Tebo Center, 2205 Broadway St., Boulder, 303-449-3464. Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group. 10 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Conscious Dance. 8 p.m. Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St., Boulder, 303-931-1500. Conversations in English Tuesdays. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. GED Preparation Class. 10 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Kiwi Practices Empathy. 10:30 a.m. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424. Out Boulder County Gender Support Group Longmont. 6:30 a.m. Out Boulder County, 630 Main St., Longmont, 303-499-5777. Reynolds Reading Pals. 4:30 p.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120.
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Getting Real with Global Entrepreneurship: Lessons from International Entrepreneurs Who Have Successfully Launched Around the World. 5:30 p.m. Wolf Law, Wittemyer Courtroom, 2450 Kittredge Loop Drive, Boulder.
Takács Quartet: Barber, Rorem, Bartók and Grieg. 4 p.m. Grusin Music Hall, 1020 18th St., Boulder. A second performance takes place on Feb. 11.
Climate Change in our Backyard: The Plastic Problem. 7 p.m. Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder. Catapult: A BFA dance concert. 7:30 p.m. University Theatre, Charlotte York Irey Theatre, 1515 Central Campus Mall, Boulder. More dates and times through Feb. 10.
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Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? The 12th Annual Great Debate. 7 p.m. Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry, 140, 1606 Central Campus Mall, Boulder.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9
CU Museum Family Day: Timeless Trees, Rooted in Evolution. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum of Natural History (Henderson), 1035 Broadway, Boulder. Boulder Philharmonic: The Heavenly Life. 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder.
MONDAY, FEB. 11 Guest Master Class: Warren Jones, piano. 4 p.m. Imig Music, Grusin Music Hall, 1020 18th St., Boulder. A second master class takes place at 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. Fundamentals of HPC: Introduction to Bash Shell Scripting. 3 p.m. Norlin Library, E206, 1157 18th St., Boulder.
TUESDAY, FEB. 12 Visiting Artist Lecture: Kathryn Polk. 6:30 p.m. Visual Arts Complex, Art & Art History Building Auditorium 1B20, 1085 18th St., Boulder. CU Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13 Rocket League (PS4) Video Game Tournament. 6 p.m. University Memorial Center (UMC), The Connection, first floor UMC, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder. AIA Lecture Examines Ancient Greek and Roman Sanctuaries. 7 p.m. Hale Science, 270, 1350 Pleasant Drive, Boulder. Heather Mac Donald: The Diversity Delusion. 7 p.m. University Memorial Center (UMC), 235, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder.
Youth Maker Hangout. 4 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Genesis 2.0. 7 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.
Wednesday, February 13 Music
Indigenous Film Series. 6 p.m. Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, 303-370-6000.
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals. 7 p.m. Fillmore Auditorium, 1510 Clarkson St., Denver, 303-837-0360. Richard Thompson Electric Trio. 7 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Backcountry Film Festival. 7 p.m. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, 720-4200030. BeeChicas: Native Pollinators! 4 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Conversations in English Wednesdays. 10:30 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Cosmology and Modern Physics. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Galentine’s Pop-Up Bazaar. 6 p.m. Fort Greene, 321 E. 45th Ave., Denver, 814-404-2289. BOULDER WEEKLY
Lafayette Sustainable Film Series: The E-Waste Tragedy. 6:30 p.m. Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette, 303-229-1127. Lafayette Sustainable Film Series- Minimalism. 6:30 p.m. Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette, 303-229-1127.
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Life and Nothing More. 4:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.
Truth, Politics, and the Press: A Panel Discussion. 5:30 p.m. Hale Science, 270, 1350 Pleasant Drive, Boulder.
SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss. 1:30 p.m. Museum of Natural History (Henderson), TreeSpace Gallery, 1035 Broadway, Boulder.
Midday Music Meditation. 12 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Open Movement Collective. 6 p.m. Boulder Shambhala Center, 1345 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-444-0190.
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Athearn Lecture: ‘The Other Slavery’— Andrés Reséndez, UC Davis. 5 p.m. Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.
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Since the age of 12 Derek Brown has been writing songs, short stories and poems. He gets his inspiration from traveling all over the U.S. and talking with all types of people. He now resides in Broomfield.
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Big emotions in small packages
2019 Oscar-nominated short films to play area art houses
by Michael J. Casey
ll the best movies elicit our emotions — Roger Ebert famously called these movies “empathy machines” — but there is a fine line between an emotion earned and an emotion provoked. Movies that hopscotch across this line are what many dub “Oscar-bait” and the 2019 nominees are no exception, particularly in the short film categories: animation, documentary and live action. Take the five up for Best Animated Short Film: Animal Behavior, Bao, Late Afternoon, One Small Step and Weekends. Four marinate in melancholy — the one that doesn’t is also the lone dud — specifically about the loss of time between parent and child. The best of the bunch, Bao, is Pixar’s offering and very quickly, and playfully, establishes the pain a mother feels when their child grows up and heads off into the world. The reverse happens in Late Afternoon, an Irish short full of wispy lines illustrating the threads of memory the main character, an aging mother, desperately holds on to as they fray before her very eyes while trying to recall the daughter standing before her. Both shorts play the audience like a piano, but they work because they elicit heartfelt emotions. The five nominated for Best Documentary — Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat, A Night at the Garden and PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE — aim for the same but don’t always get there. Of the five, Night at the Garden bubbles up feelings of appall and fury with footage from Feb. 20, 1939, the night the German American Bund (German Americans promoting the rise of the Nazi Party) held a rally of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden. Director Marshall Curry allows the footage to speak for itself rather than provide commentary — an effective trick because it reminds us that this country has more than flirted with anti-Semitism. But it’s also a dirty trick because Curry provides so little context that there is nothing to complicate our emotions. Then there are the Best Live Action nominees — Detainment, Fauve, Marguerite, Madre and Skin — a group of films so bleak they ought to come with a Surgeon General warning. The standout here is Detainment, which also happens to be the darkest of the lot, partly because it is based on a true event — the abduction and murder of a 2-year-old by two 10-year-olds — and partly because of what the short withholds. Working from a script based on the actual audio recordings from the 1993 police interrogations, Detained wrenches the truth out of the gnarled fingers of abject evil. Thankfully, director Vincent Lambe spares the audience from visually reconstructing the sordid details of the crime, but the mind reels without them. Lambe’s goal seems to want to focus the audience’s attention less on the act, and more on the young boys who perpetrated it (and the parents who sit dumbfounded beside them) and wonder what could have ever led them to this moment. If there is an answer, it is not an easy one. That makes the truth of it all the more devastating.
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erde’s Louisville location is expansive, with large windows filling the restaurant with natural light even on these winter days. Served with a bit of tropical flare, the fish tacos were just PHOTOS BY STAFF as bright. The light and airy meat is perfectly grilled (not fried!), placed in a corn tortilla atop a dollop of guacamole and drizzled with roasted garlicjalapeño crema that adds just a little bit of bite. A garnish of crisp cabbage gives each bite a bit of crunch, while the toasted coconut sprinkled on top adds a bit of sweetness. $4.75.
alk through the doors of 95a Bistro & Sushi in Lafayette on any night of the week, and you’ll immediately be drawn in by the robust crowd of beer sippers and sushi eaters having a good time in the bar and dining room. There’s plenty of things to order on 95a’s menu, but we recently picked off the specialty sushi roll menu and were blown away by the hamarrano crunch roll. Tempura Serrano peppers, asparagus and avocado are rolled and topped with hamachi, yuzu aioli, chive and crispy garlic sticks. The hamachi is buttery, the asparagus is earthy, the yuzu aioli is bright and the tempura peppers provide great texture. $16.
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ou’ll be tempted by all the pizza options at Lafayette’s Martino’s Pizzeria, but for our money, it’s hard to pass up what the shop calls its most popular pizza: the primo. The primo is loaded with Martino’s natural Italian sausage, freshly chopped mushrooms, onion, green peppers and pepperoni. All that is served on a thin, sturdy crust. It’s a supreme pizza worth seeking out — the fresh ingredients and the flavorful tomato sauce elevate it above others. $18-$26.
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efore we discuss the mouthwateringly delicious food at Duo Restaurant in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood, we need to discuss the eatery’s heartwarming business model, which implements a 2 percent “kitchen livable wage” surcharge to the bill in order to make sure that kitchen staff and waitstaff are paid equally for their time and effort. Other eateries take note! Now that that’s out of the way, we can focus on the food, specifically the grilled red trout. Piled high with squash caponata (a variation on the Sicilian dish, composed of onions, tomatoes, olives, pine nuts, capers and vinegar, usually served as a side dish), roasted cabbage and a creamy, earthy sage béarnaise, it was impossible to stop eating the tender, juicy fish. $25.
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BABY KALE? KIDS SUFFER AS
HIPSTER PARENTS NAME THEM AFTER TRENDY FOODS
by John Lehndorff
am so over kale. I’m weary of it in smoothies. I don’t like the leafy green vegetable (and former garnish) as a juice. Kale — in its chewy adult and baby forms — has jumped the shark and is in too many salads and saute dishes. There are dozens, if not hundreds of other leafy veggies that taste better and deserve being discovered. However, that is not why I am opposed to “Kale” being used as a name. I just think it’s a bad idea to inflict a weird name on a baby that will plague them for their entire life. I didn’t realize that naming children after vegetables was a thing until I saw a release from BabyCenter.com noting that “more new parents are choosing baby names that reflect their love of healthy foods.” Apparently trendy, fast-rising girls’ names in 2018 included Kale, Kiwi, Maple, Clementine, Saffron, Rosemary and, for boys, Sage. Surprisingly, “Turmeric” doesn’t appear to be on the list. For one thing, people won’t pronounce “Kale” “KayLee.” It will be “Kail,” and probably with a slight drawl. Heaven help young Kale if she is seen scarfing down Twinkies and Coke.
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I do not know how common this trend is in Boulder County, but I do know that naming your progeny after a seedless citrus fruit won’t make them grow up the healthy, fit and wholesome. In my case, being named after Saint John did not make me mature into a holy man. Names like these tend not to hold up well over the decades. Just ask the now-grownups who were named “Moonbeam” by hippie parents in the late 1960s. There have been studies over the years that gauged the negative impact odd naming can have on school grades, careers, earning potential and quality of life. There are exceptions like NBA star Kobe Bryant who was named after a steakhouse that served fat-marbled Kobe beef. (Don’t get cocky about your “normal” name. In 1954 “John” was the No. 4 boys name is the U.S, according to Social Security Administration. By 2017, John had fallen to 27th place.) By the way, Colorado’s top baby names in 2017 were, for girls, Emma, Olivia, Charlotte, Evelyn and Isabella, and for boys: Liam, Oliver, William, Noah and Benjamin. Olivia and Oliver are fruit-derived names but I don’t automatically think about Kalamatas or extra virgin oil. Your name is all about your parents, not you. Giving a kid a one-of-a-kind name is OK as long as you think about the long-term implications and are aware that some names have unpleasant meanings in other cultures. I love the taste of licorice-y anise seeds in see NIBBLES Page 46
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certain foods and beverages, but you would have to be bold to name your boy “Anise,” as suggested by one online source. It ignores a cardinal naming principle: Make sure the name can’t be turned into an insult and used for bullying. Imagine what the other kids at school would do with a name like “Anise.” Please don’t name your child after the alcoholic beverage you consumed the night COURTESY OF DAZED AND CONFUZED
like: “So, Absinthe, how would you handle a project like this?” So, maybe skip “Quinoa” and “Chai” and go with “Rosemary” or “Madeleine” if you want your child to be thought of as edible. These food-centric birth certificate names are a different bowl of beans from our favorite food-related terms of endearment including “Honey,” “Sugar Pie” and “Sweetie.” Those are personal, not permanent. My son’s mom and I finally named him “Hans” a week after he was born after lengthy and hilarious deliberations. The name turned out to be unusual but at least easy to spell. The problem is that the only people named “Hans” in popular culture are actors playing German terrorists in films. However, we all feel it is a definite improvement over his in-utero nickname: “Bubba.”
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t takes effort to grow a grossen bart. That’s German for big beard. It takes commitment. Humility. It’ll itch, and look terrible for a while. You’ll have to be OK with spurning potential employers and lovers. People will say, “Growing a beard, huh?” and it’ll sound like “You should stop growing that beard. It looks bad. You look bad.” But if you can see the forest for the trees — the rogue wisps and bare splotches for what will one day become a well-integrated, full, incredible grossen bart — you can cast aside all naysayers and grow a chin forest that rivals the likes of Whitman, Darwin and Rasputin. Taylor Wise has made such a journey. His grossen bart is comprised of carefully tended-to straw hairs, matted, stretched and groomed like colonial thread into a plump hammock of dark hair. As it turns out, the qualities it took to grow that big beard are the same it took to grow Grossen Bart, his aptly named Longmont brewery. I
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Wise spent years finding odd jobs to make ends meet — from aviation repair to painting houses to insurance sales — “found out, it’s not the greatest thing on the planet,” he says. But now he’s found his footing (and his calling) running a brewery. It’s the culmination of years of trying to work for himself, whether he realized it along the way or not. “Actually, that’s a good way to put it,” Wise says when I offer that theory to him. “My grandfather had a furniture business. My dad grew up around it. I’d do some work there, but I guess it never stood out until later the freedom that they had. It doesn’t mean they were never there; until he was dead [my grandfather] worked there every day.” But from a young age, working alongside his father and grandfather, Wise saw the benefits of being a free agent in the world — doing what you love, making your own hours, going on vacations, etc., etc. Now, in his own brewery, he’s beginning to realize all those benefits firsthand. “I don’t think of it as I wake up, ‘Fuck, I gotta go to work.’ I don’t ever think of that. You find that thing you love TAYLOR WISE pours beer from the Grossen Bart taps in the brewery’s Longmont taproom.
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to do and it’s not really work anymore,” Wise says. Grossen Bart has always been a labor of love. Wise moved to Colorado from Arizona in 2011, and hooked up with a homebrewer in Frederick, where they got a license to brew out of a residential garage and sell about a barrel a week into two or three nearby restaurants. Partners came and went, but the drive to brew beer stayed with Wise, and a few years later, he found a spot way off Main Street in Longmont, tucked behind a grocery store to make his own.
When it came time to hire a head brewer, he couldn’t have found a better person than Walter Bourque, who had weed-whacked his own way through a career. A microbiology major, Bourque saw the writing on the wall in the research field when his father got laid off after 15 years as a researcher. “It kind of hit me there was no job security so I wanted to find a field that did have that, and that was alcohol,” Bourque says. “When times are good, people are drinking. When times are bad, people are drinking more.”
Bourque got his start brewing professionally — he had been homebrewing for a while — for a small brewery in the high desert of Eastern Oregon before moving to Colorado to work for Fort Collins Brewery. He went to Europe to work for a brewery chain there before coming back to Colorado and meeting Wise. What appealed to him about the opportunity at what would become Grossen Bart was the freedom to create — to have misses and splotches and wispy offshoots in the overall process of brewing great, unique beer.
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“I got to do whatever I wanted,” Bourque says. “There was no excuse not to make good beer. Ingredients, cost, whatever; whatever you do, make sure it doesn’t suck.” That freedom has allowed Wise and Bourque to develop exciting beer creations. They have a selection of aged barleywines that currently goes back four years. They have an oat wine — brewed like barleywine, but with oat — aged in barrels for four years that tastes like a luscious raisin reduction. There’s an oatmeal stout made with toasted oats, which give it a baked cookie essence. They put sweet aji Amarillo chilies on a brown ale. And, Bourque says, they’re getting ready to brew a “baseball beer,” a lager made with malted sunflower seeds aged over unfinished Louisville Slugger maplewood baseball bats. It all aligns with Groseen Bart’s unique approach to brewing — to make beer that feels familiar but tastes different from everything else. “I’m not one to throw the left side of the spice cabinet in a beer,” Bourque says. “You’re just taking a hike, you’re not doing a 14er here,” Wise adds. All this creation can be sampled inside Grossen Bart’s cozy taproom, which Wise designed, painted and renovated by hand. The idea was to create an environment that didn’t feel sterile; one that allowed people to let their hair, or beard, down and relax. “I didn’t want that whole nice, shiny, over-the-top, ‘maybe I shouldn’t touch this’ feel,” Wise says. “I want people to come in here and feel like they’re in their backyard, dude den, man cave, whatever you call it... she shed. I want people to come and hang out as long as they want.” So far, Bourque’s creations and Wise’s hospitality have worked. Wise says if you taste a Grossen Bart beer anywhere (from a can or a tap), it’s likely no older than a month old. In only a few years, they’ve brewed about 80 different beers, with plenty more on the horizon — Bourke says the brewery’s first Baltic Porter is up next, and he’s constantly experimenting with new ingredients, collaborations, methods and innovations, like adding lager yeast to ales, and vice versa. Still, Wise is proud that the flagship beers (something he says is going out of style) that Grossen Bart brewed when it first launched taste the same today as they did back then. Consistency, like a high-quality grossen bart, never goes out of style, and that, more than the unique creations Bourque and Wise develop, is what’s driving Grossen Bart to succeed. BOULDER WEEKLY
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or those of you who participated in “Dry January,” welcome back to flavor country. Beer’s been brewing while you were away; here’s a few you ought to check out. Located down in Olde Town Arvada, New Image Brewing — easily one of best new breweries around — has a line of kombucha-inspired sour ales they call “Dyad,” and they are well worth the trip. Fresh, tart, funky and relatively strong, Dyad comes in an array of fruit variants — Strawberry Lemonade, Piña Rita, Blackberries and Cream, etc. — and most clock in around 7.5 percent alcohol by volume, quite a bit more than your average kombucha or sour. Their latest, Cran Cherry Crumble Dyad, pushes the fruit and funk to a whole new level of pastry creation. Brewed with lactose, cranberries, cherries, vanilla and cinnamon, Cran Cherry Crumble sports a turbid peach color, a tart cherry nose and a sweet, bubbly and chewy mouth that delivers precisely what the name promises. You could serve it with dessert, but this beer practically is dessert. Boulder Beer Company — Courtesy of Boulder Beer Colorado’s first craft brewery — continues their rollout of new can art with an old staple: Hazed & Infused. But, there’s a twist: when this dry-hopped ale hit taps back in 2001 as a pilot brew, it came to customers as an amber ale, the staple of the Colorado brewing scene. Then, in 2014, Hazed & Infused became just Hazed, a hoppy session ale. Though nothing in the recipe changed, customer tastes did, and amber ales were pushed from the limelight in favor of hoppier India pale ales. Now, Boulder Beer has brought back the full name but tweaked the recipe to produce a dry-hopped pale ale with a four-hop blend of Nugget, Glacier, Simcoe and Centennial hops. Golden in color with a good deal of glowing haze, Hazed & Infused 2.0 sports a thick, rocky head of foam crackling with carbonation. Hops highlight the nose and the mouth while the malt plays backup to the pine, citrus and spice dominating the brew. It’s a refreshing and enjoyable beer, the kind that plays nicely with deep-fried vegetables or syrupy sweet brunches. But for those who crave a little more heft in their brew, Boulder Beer has also released Spaceman, a honey-hued double IPA that highlights full-body malt (Pale, Caramel, Wheat) alongside a potent combination of Simcoe, Mosaic, Amarillo and Centennial hops. Trouble sleeping? Down it with a heaping bowl of macaroni and cheese and you’ll be out in no time. Need to wake up? Boulder Beer just released their January–February seasonal: Irish Blessing Oak-Aged Coffee Stout. Dark in color with a thick, foamy head reminiscent of a latte, Irish Blessing has OZO coffee on the nose, OZO coffee in the mouth and plenty of that roasty, toasty stout goodness that has come to define Boulder County in February. Yes, Stout Month is here; more on those delicious dark brews next week. BOULDER WEEKLY
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Glover uses the name of Childish Gambino when he performs his music. How did he select that alias? He used an online random name generator created by the rap group Wu-Tang Clan. I tried the same generator and got “Fearless Warlock” as my new moniker. You might want to try it yourself, Libra. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to add layers to your identity and expand your persona and mutate your self-image. The generator is here: tinyurl. com/yournewname. (P.S.: If you don’t like the first one you’re offered, keep trying until you get one you like.)
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Mundi” sold for $450 million in 2017. Just 12 years earlier, an art collector had bought it for $10,000. Why did its value increase so extravagantly? Because in 2005, no one was sure it was an authentic da Vinci painting. It was damaged and had been covered with other layers of paint that hid the original image. After extensive efforts at restoration, the truth about it emerged. I foresee the possibility of a comparable, if less dramatic, development in your life during the next ten months, Scorpio. Your work to rehabilitate or renovate an underestimated resource could bring big dividends.
NOV. 22-DEC. 21: We can behold colors because of specialized cells in our eyes called cones. Most of us have three types of cones, but a few rare people have four. This enables them to see far more hues than the rest of us. Are you a tetrachromat, a person with super-vision? Whether you are or not, I suspect you will have extra powerful perceptual capacities in the coming weeks. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will be able to see more than you usually do. The world will seem brighter and deeper and more vivid. I urge you to deploy your temporary superpower to maximum advantage.
tasks. One is when you’re attending to a detail that’s not in service to a higher purpose; the other is when you’re attending to a detail that is a crucial step in the process of fulfilling an important goal. An example of the first might be when you try in vain to scour a permanent stain on a part of the kitchen counter that no one ever sees. An example of the second is when you download an update for an existing piece of software so your computer works better and you can raise your efficiency levels as you pursue a pet project. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to keep this distinction in mind as you focus on the minor, boring little tasks that are crucial steps in the process of eventually fulfilling an important goal.
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people can. It requires great flexibility. Before comedian Robin Williams was famous, he spontaneously did just that when he auditioned for the role of the extraterrestrial immigrant Mork, the hero of the TV sitcom Mork and Mindy. The casting director was impressed with Williams’ odd but amusing gesture, and hired him immediately. If you’re presented with an opportunity sometime soon, I encourage you to be inspired by the comedian’s ingenuity. What might you do to cinch your audition, to make a splashy first impression, to convince interested parties that you’re the right person?
scrapers in Mexico City. When workers finished its construction in 2003, it was one of the world’s most earthquake-proof buildings, designed to hold steady during an 8.5-level temblor. Over the course of 2019, Virgo, I’d love to see you erect the metaphorical equivalent of that unshakable structure in your own life. The astrological omens suggest that doing so is quite possible. And the coming weeks will be an excellent time to launch that project or intensify your efforts to manifest it.
us, “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assho--s.” That’s wise counsel for you to keep in mind during the next three weeks. Let me add a few corollaries. First, stave off any temptation you might have to believe that others know what’s good for you better than you do. Second, figure out what everyone thinks of you and aggressively liberate yourself from their opinions. Third, if anyone even hints at not giving you the respect you deserve, banish them for at least three weeks.
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falls at the same time. The meteorological name for the phenomenon is “sunshower,” but folklore provides other terms. Hawaiians may call it “liquid sunshine” or “ghost rain.” Speakers of the Tangkhul language in India imagine it as “the wedding of a human and spirit.” Some Russians refer to it as “mushroom rain,” since it’s thought to encourage the growth of mushrooms. Whatever you might prefer to call it, Cancerian, I suspect that the foreseeable future will bring you delightful paradoxes in a similar vein. And in my opinion, that will be very lucky for you, since you’ll be in the right frame of mind and spirit to thrive amidst just such situations.
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Magic mushrooms coming soon? by Sidni West
ast year, I wrote about how Denver could become the first U.S. city to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms and now it looks like it might actually be happening. On Feb. 1, the Denver Elections Division announced that Decriminalize Denver, the group dedicated to creating a state-level framework for the measure, gathered the 4,726 signatures required to place their initiative on the ballot for the May 7, 2019 municipal election. According to Decriminalize Denver, the group collected 8,524. Denver Elections verified 5,559. Denver voters also decriminalized weed years before the state took the same step in 2012. The current measure, containing language based on a 2007 effort that decriminalized recreational cannabis in Denver, would not outright legalize hallucinogenic mushrooms, which contain psilocybin (sy-loh-SY’-bin) as an active ingredient, but it would make the use and possession of psilocybin by people above age 21 the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority” and “prohibit the city from spending resources to impose criminal penalties.” Decriminalize Denver, a grassroots volunteer group comprised of about 50 people, has four months to fundraise, execute a multi-faceted education campaign, and solidify endorsements and organizational collaborations. Like pot, psilocybin is a Schedule I drug, a category for substances with no known medical benefit. While the measure would not change the drug’s classification, it would impact how city officials view psilocybin and law enforcement would no longer be able to prosecute cases related to psilocybin if the measure passes in May. Many Americans have shifted their opinions on cannabis in recent years, and scientists are now reassessing the effects of
psychedelics. A growing number of recent studies have shown that psilocybin could help reduce anxiety in people with cancer and could be used as a treatment for anxiety, depression and alcoholism. Earlier this year, researchers at Johns Hopkins University made headlines when they said psilocybin should instead be labeled a Schedule IV drug, a category that includes Xanax and prescription sleeping pills. They also noted that the use of psilocybin should still be strictly controlled, since people with psychotic disorders and those who take high doses are at risk. Combined use with alcohol or taking them in unfamiliar settings can also put people at risk for a bad trip, which can include anxiety, panic and short-lived confusion. While there is always a risk to putting substances in your body, magic mushrooms are one of the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally. According to the Global Drug Survey, of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2 percent of them needed emergency medical treatment, a rate at least five times lower than that for MDMA, LSD and cocaine. Even bad trips can have positive outcomes. Two professors at Johns Hopkins surveyed almost 2,000 individuals about their single most psychologically difficult or challenging experience with magic mushrooms. Of that group, 2.7 percent received medical help and 7.6 percent sought treatment for enduring psychological symptoms. Nevertheless 84 percent of those surveyed said they benefited from the experience. It could take at least five years for the Food and Drug Administration to reclassify psilocybin because it would need to undergo a series of tests. Denverites may not be the only ones voting on psilocybin decriminalization in the near future. An effort to change the laws is also underway in the Pacific northwest, but it goes a step further toward legalization. A group of activists in Oregon are preparing a measure for the 2020 ballot that would allow adults to use psilocybin if they receive approval from a doctor and participate in at least one session of physician-supervised consumption. If the measure passes, the state would allow hallucinogenic mushrooms to be manufactured for medical use under a license.
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Two U.S. Senators on pot by Paul Danish
.S. Senators Dick Durban (D-IL) The book has also generated plenty and Richard Burr (R-NC) staged of robust push-back. Vox reviewer a Dumb and Dumber act last German Lopez investigated and found week over why marijuana should Berenson cherry-picked the studies he stay illegal. used, in some cases misrepresented their They might have been better off if findings, and ignored studies reaching they had inhaled before popping off. opposite conclusions. Lopez called the According to the Marijuana Moment book “Reefer Madness 2.0.” website, Durban, who is also the Senate Michael Liszewski, of the cannabisMinority Whip, said criminalizing marijuafocused lobbying firm The Enact Group, na and subjecting users to WIKIMEDIA COMMONS punative treatment for consuming marijuana is “extreme,” but “now we’ve got to take care that we don’t go to the other extreme,” by legalizing marijuana, which he claimed can lead to “an increase in traffic accidents.” More sinister, he also claimed that “certain mental health conditions seem to be more prevalent in those states” that have legalized pot — like, you know, Colorado. Durban recommended reading a New Yorker article, which was said if Durban “took a comprehensive based on the anti-pot legalization book look at the data, he’d realize that crime Tell Your Children: The Truth About and teen use typically fall with legalizaMarijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence tion.” by Alex Berenson. “Reports of increases of marijuana The book has generated a lot of buzz being associated with traffic accidents among pot prohibitionist dead-enders. have more to do with data collection Sample passage: “The black tide of psyaround marijuana post-legalization, as chosis and the red tide of violence are evidencd by highway fatalities generally rising together on a green wave, slow holding steady,” he said. “These are and steady and certain.” things Senator Durbin would know if he
took a harder look at the facts.” While Liszewski was lamenting Senator Durbin’s limited reading list, North Carolina’s Senator Richard Burr took to the Senate floor to promulgate a bizarre conspiracy theory — that the Food and Drug Administration’s move to ban menthol cigarettes was the, uh, gateway act in a scheme to eventually legalize marijuana at the federal level. Canada first banned menthol cigarettes as a way of deterring juveniles from smoking, he said, and then, Bam! the next thing you knew it legalized pot. Burr characterized this as “a bait-and-switch” move, and he suspects the FDA may be contemplating doing the same thing. “This is eerily similar to Canada a few years ago when they banned menthol products,” Burr said. “How did they follow that up? This year, they legalized cannabis. Maybe that is the route we are on.” He said that what the FDA is proposing to do “to a legal consumer product” (tobacco) stands in contrast to it “beginning to review products that were derived from cannabis — oils and other things that they could safely approve for use in the United States.” “Well, Mr. Commissioner, you are only fueling my fears that you are follow-
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ing the roadmap Canada followed — that this is all a bait-and-switch situation.” You can’t make this stuff up. Cannabis has “the same combustible concerns we have with tobacco products,” he said, the only difference being that tobacco is legal in federal law and pot isn’t. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. Dr. Donald Tashkin of UCLA spent a lifetime trying to prove that marijuana causes lung cancer (because marijuana contains more cancer-causing tars than tobacco), but eventually announced that he could find no link. A number of studies in recent years have found evidence that marijuana may actually slow or prevent a number of types of cancer. (Google marijuana and cancer for more on this.) As for tobacco, the link between smoking tobacco cigarettes and cancer is about as much a matter of “settled science” as anything can be. North Carolina is the country’s largest producer of tobacco, so maybe it’s not surprising that Burr is exercised by the prospect of the FDA banning a popular tobacco product and legalizing a potential competitor. But fortunately there is a way that tobacco use can be restricted without threatening the livelihoods of thousands of Senator Burr’s constituents, one that’s been used extensively in a number of foreign countries, in fact. It’s called crop substitution.
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