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Highroad Smedley Darlington Butler and why he’s important by Jim Hightower
any Americans can’t believe that political coups are part of our country’s history, but consider the “Wall Street Putsch” of 1933. Never heard of it? It was a corporate conspiracy to oust Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had just been elected president. With the Great Depression raging and millions of families financially devastated, FDR had launched
several economic recovery programs to help people get back on their feet. To pay for this crucial effort, he had the audacity to raise taxes on the wealthy, and this enraged a group of Wall Street multimillionaires. Wailing that their “liberty” to grab as much wealth as possible was being shackled, they accused the president of mounting a Class War. To pull off their coup, they plotted to enlist a private military force made up of destitute World War I vets who were upset at not receiving promised federal bonus payments. One of the multimillionaires’ lackeys reached out to a wellrespected advocate for veterans: retired Marine General Smedley Darlington Butler. They wanted him to lead 500,000 veterans in a march on Washington to force FDR from the White House.
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They chose the wrong general. Butler was a patriot and lifelong soldier for democracy, who, in his later years, was critical of corporate war profiteering, and he was repulsed by the hubris and treachery of these Wall Street aristocrats. He reached out to a reporter, and together, they gathered proof to take to Congress. A special congressional committee investigated and found Butler’s story “alarmingly true,” leading to public hearings, with Butler giving detailed testimony. By exposing the traitors, this courageous patriot nipped their coup in the bud. But their sense of entitlement reveals that we must be aware of the concentrated wealth of the imperious rich, for it poses an ever-present danger to majority rule. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. May 17 , 2018 5
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he Republican Party is “the most dangerous organization in world history,” argues Noam Chomsky. The GOP controls the entire national government — executive, legislative and judicial branches — of the most powerful country while being the only governing political party on the planet which denies the existence of climate change. Chomsky says the Republicans are “dedicated to the destruction of organized human life on Earth,” because they want to “maximize the use of fossil fuels.” This sounds hyperbolic but he is being quite reasonable. Time is running out. There are literally millions of lives at stake. Extreme weather events are getting fiercer and more common. Polar regions are melting as global warming accelerates. The wildfire season is longer every year. In an ominous development, Donald Trump announced last year that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Recently, a new report found that during Trump’s first year in office, major
banks increased their investment in the dirtiest fossil fuel projects such as tar sands, coal, Arctic and deepwater oil, and liquefied natural gas. The report, entitled Banking on Climate Change, was released by Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Sierra Club and Honor The Earth. The report also documented how these projects are destructive of human rights, Indigenous rights, and community health and wellbeing. U.S. and Canadian banks were the worst offenders. Rainforest Action Network Spokeswoman Alison Kirsch, accused banks such as JPMorgan Chase of “moving backwards in lockstep with their wrongheaded political leaders.” Stephen Kretzmann of Oil Change International said, “Every single dollar that these banks provide for the expansion of the fossil fuel industry is a dollar going to increase the climate crisis.” This alliance of environmental groups has issued reports annually for
THE REPUBLICANS are “dedicated to the destruction of organized human life on Earth.” — Noam Chomsky
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nine years. This new report noted, “The first year after the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement, was a year of progress. 2017 was a year of backsliding.” Financing for the dirtiest fossil fuel projects by the big banks increased 11 percent, from $104 billion in 2016 to $115 billion in 2017. If Trump has his way, this backsliding will speed up. Trump is deploying a strategy of “maximal extraction” of fossil fuels to ensure U.S. global dominance, according to Michael T. Klare, a professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College. Klare says, “Donald Trump has made it clear that cheap and abundant domestic energy derived from fossil fuels was going to be the crucial factor in his total-mobilization approach to global engagement. In his view and that of his advisers, it’s the essential element in ensuring national economic vitality, military strength and geopolitical clout, whatever damage it might cause to American life, the global environment or even the future of human life on this planet. The exploitation and wielding of fossil fuels now sits at the very heart of the Trumpian definition of national security, as the recently released NSS [National Security Strategy] makes all too clear.” Trump proposes to “unleash” America’s energy resources by wiping out environmental regulations and constructing a massive infrastructure (such as pipelines) to market the resources to the world. “After all, “ Klare points out, “America possesses some of the largest reservoirs of oil, coal and natural gas on the planet.” Trump promised vast changes in U.S. environmental policies. Unlike his many other promises, he is keeping his word. It is horrifying. National Geographic is tracking those changes at tinyurl.com/ y7qj6qlu. We have marched, called members of Congress, written letters to the editor, and protested at town halls and community meetings. Since Republicans control all of the federal government, there are limits to what we can do. To get any progress, we have to vote them out of office in 2018 and 2020. There are also important battles being waged within the Democratic Party over enacting truly progressive environmental policies. But significant change starts at the grassroots among the people. The antifracking movement has grown by leaps and bounds. Cities and counties have struggled to regulate and/or ban fracking but this can only be done on a statewide or national level. New York State has shown that it Boulder Weekly
can be done. Governor Andrew Cuomo is a centrist Democrat like John Hickenlooper, but he has banned fracking. He ignored and ridiculed the fracktivists for quite awhile but ultimately he did the right thing. Local groups in New York fought fracking in their communities. Some 180 municipal bans and moratoria were passed across the state. There was a statewide grassroots coalition formed of 250
organizations, which created networks of fracking opponents among health professionals, businesses, local elected officials, chefs and faith leaders. Everywhere Cuomo went, he was birddogged by fracktivists who peppered him with questions and chants. Then when he ran for re-election, he was challenged in the Democratic primary by law professor Zephyr Teachout, who ran on a strong anti-
fracking platform. She received more than a third of the votes. The coalition wouldn’t accept any fracking regulations. “Not one well!” was their chant. They demanded a ban. Unfortunately, the political climate is much less hospitable in Colorado than it is in New York. It will be a tougher fight but we can win. Si se puede!. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.
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The callousness of Alden Global Capital for their bottom line has been a blow to journalism. As a subscriber to the Denver Post since we moved here almost five years ago, I have accepted the almost double cost of the newspaper because I want to be well-informed. The local news and sports is a big reason (we don’t watch local news on TV) but the firing of 30 percent of the staff is way too much. We get Boulder Weekly for county news and subscribe to the Lyons Recorder for the local news. The statewide perspective comes from the Post. Now, reading of the Boulder Daily Camera and Longmont Times-Call being downsized by the same owners is a blow to journalistic integrity. I don’t subscribe to either paper but as a journalism major in college and former editor of our newspaper, I recognize that the sanctity of the “fourth estate” is paramount to our keeping the leaders/government in check (or being honest). I know that we need to contribute to public radio and television to keep us ad-free or pay for content in the form of paying for the Washington Post or New York Times is necessary, and I’m willing to do that to provide good journalism. I’m in a dilemma. Should I protest the cuts to the staff of the Denver Post by cancelling my subscription? The Post provides state news (I get the Washington Post online with my subscription but I would be willing to pay for that or the New York Times for national/international coverage if I cancel my Denver Post subscription). It appears that the endgame for the Alden group is to maximize profits despite the human cost and honest journalism and unless a Jeff Bezos comes through with purchasing the depleted Denver Post in a fire sale, (which maybe needs to happen) what can we as consumers do? Thankfully, Boulder Weekly is independent and hopefully will remain free of the hedge funds and oil/gas industry. Ken Singer/Lyons
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On Tuesday night, I witnessed the Longmont City Council subvert their citizens’ repeated requests to keep fracking out of Longmont and Boulder County. Nineteen of the 20 speakers protested the fracking measure, which allows open space surrounding the Union Reservoir to be fracked by approximately 80 wells. The fracking plan actually includes drilling under
Union Reservoir — a secondary water supply to the city and a popular recreation area. Citizens requested a public forum be held and asked for additional time to review the measure (it had only been released to the public last Thursday). Limited to 3 minutes of testimony each and without being able to ask questions, council heard pleas from nurses, parents, students and others, who cited health and safety concerns as well as the impact of pollution and worsening climate change. Ignoring its constituents, council sided with oil and gas interests in an underhanded move. To appease the public, council pulled the measure off the regular “Consent Agenda.” But after most citizens left the meeting, council brought the measure back and legalized fracking with a unanimous vote. Many cited that “it was the best deal they could get,” but Longmont mayor Brian Bagley and the entire council ignored the fact that as of March 2017, the Martinez case was upheld by the Colorado Court of Appeals. That case began in November 2013 when Martinez and a group of other teenagers asked that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission not issue new permits “unless the best available science demonstrates, and an independent third party organization confirms, that drilling can occur in a manner that does not cumulatively, with other actions, impair Colorado’s atmosphere, water, wildlife and land resources, does not adversely impact human health and does not contribute to climate change.” Of course the case is being appealed by oil and gas interests at the Colorado Supreme Court — but unless they win, our government should not have to allow fracking into our state without meeting these requirements. Fracking is not “proven safe.” In Weld County (home to 50,000 oil wells), the infant mortality rate is twice as high as Larimer and Boulder Counties. In July 2017, the Denver Post calculated that in the previous four years the oil and gas industry has spent $80 million “to influence elections and policy in the state.” Our elected officials are submitting to the oil and gas industry without a fight. Lafayette City Council is poised to legalize fracking in June. There are currently 1,800 wells already planned in Boulder County. If you are interested in seeing where these wells are proposed, go to www.eastbocounited.org. It is time to get educated and do our part to slow climate change. Eric Tussey/Boulder Boulder Weekly
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guest column It’s not the answer that’s blowing in the wind by Rod Brueske
here’s an old saying that history will repeat itself, which is why I encourage folks to visit the Colorado History Museum and check out the Dust Bowl experience room. So let’s dust over a brief history lesson. Over the 40-year history of the Boulder County open space program, we have acquired 20,000 acres of farmland in eastern Boulder County. These distressed and degraded lands are the home of extractive industrial agriculture (EIA). The widespread practices of EIA have brought us dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, blue baby syndrome in the
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Open space lands in East Boulder County are looking increasingly like they did during the Dust Bowl days thanks to Extractive Industrial Agriculture (EIA) practices and its dependence on GMO crops.
Midwest, and desertification right here in Boulder County. In 2009, County Commissioners, with the encouragement of Colorado State University, wanted to expand the use of GMO crops. Important side note: CSU’s agriculture department gets a fair share of its money from Monsanto and other big corporations pushing EIA. The praises of GMOs come from the same corporate propaganda think-tanks that bring us, “Fracking is good for you!” But back to our history lesson. In 2011 there was a 10-hour public comment period at a Commissioners hearing regarding GMOs. As a result of that and other public outcry, the Commissioners decided to limit GMO crops, gather soil health data and report back to the public in a few years. Another note: At the time of this promise, former County Commissioner Ron Stewart was the head of Boulder County’s Parks and Open Space department. Turns out this assurance of collecting data and reporting back was only a half-filled promise. Oops, no soil data. Five years later in 2016, Stewart retired and Elise Jones
and Deb Gardner ran for re-election campaigns based on the promise to phase out GMO crops on our open space lands. But then they awarded CSU the responsibility of leading the transition plan. In October 2017, after our tax dollars were squandered, the program was scrapped. Also, as you’ll recall in June 2017, the Commissioners adopted a resolution to adhere to or exceed the provisions of the Paris Climate Agreement. In a statement on that promise, Jones said, “If we value leaving a livable planet for our children and future generations, then we must act now.” Perhaps moving away from EIA on open space would be a good place to start. But alas, the latest folly is explained in the April 12 edition of Boulder Weekly (Re: “With new Carbon farming project, Boulder County could become massive greenhouse gas sponge”) in the form of a feasibility study regarding planting crops for carbon sequestration as opposed to continuing EIA. And you guessed it: it’s being led by CSU. The last seven years of failed policies have pushed us not to the point of feasibility, but necessity. Let’s distill the last paragraph of BW’s April 12 article. Better yet, I’ll translate it. CSU will gladly squander for the next five years our tax dollars on incremental changes. As you can see, the old game of kick the can down the road has a history here in Boulder County. If this new five-yearlong study is adopted, the problem will be passed to the next Board of Commissioners. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here’s a commonsense solution: 1. No five-year bleeding of our tax dollars by CSU. 2. Use the already voter-approved sustainability tax money to financially assist the EIA farmers as they transition. Teach them to use cover crops and other regenerative practices that restore soil health and sequester carbon. We cannot do it without them. 3. Hire someone locally who is not affiliated with CSU to spearhead this operation. I can think of several locals that would bring a fresh perspective. 4. None of this will happen unless, all you Flatironhiking, mountain-bike-riding stakeholders don’t hold our elected public servants accountable. Take 5 minutes to email Commissioner Elise Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org and current Parks and Open Space Director Eric Lane at email@example.com. Tell them — unlike fracking in Boulder County — growing cover crops, sequestering carbon and preventing another Dust Bowl are not preempted by the State of Colorado. So what’s the holdup? Stop blowing dust up our butts. We don’t need empty words about climate change. We demand action now. Tick tock. Rod Brueske and his family grow things out east and are on the receiving end of dust storms and poor soil thanks to EIA and a lack of action by Boulder County. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. May 17 , 2018 11
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t’s good to see spring. We’ve made it through another winter,” Marjorie Wheelock says, sitting at her kitchen table, stacks of tribal documents, newspaper clippings and family photographs splayed out in front of her. With spring comes another birthday for Marjorie, a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, who turned 90 in April. “In the winter time, it got dark early and they would make a big fire. I can’t imagine how cold it must have been, but that was a time that they sat around and told stories,” she says about her ancestors, who called themselves the Lenape, translated as “the common people” and also “first man.” This penchant for storytelling is a trait Marjorie seems to have inherited from the generations that came before her. As is her humor, which often causes her to chuckle at the stories she tells. “To start with the history of my tribe we have to go back to the Eastern Coast,” Marjorie says. “We were eastern woodland people. We were on the shore when the first traders came. And that’s where people say we made a mistake by saying, ‘Welcome.’” Originally from the Delaware River Valley, the Lenape were the first tribe to sign a treaty with the fledgling government of the new United States of America in 1778, but they were continually pushed westward, the promises of their treaties continuously broken. First they were moved into Ohio, with a small group moving north from there into Canada with the Iroquois, while another went south to Missouri, each step of the way settling near large rivers, always controlled by the new American government. Marjorie can trace her ancestry back to Kansas, where the Delaware lived before being pushed into Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma) after the Civil War. “In those days they made rolls of the Indians. They didn’t have it correctly and they gave us English names when we moved from Kansas,” she says. “People [ask about] my maiden name and people think it was Running Fox or something like that, but it’s Newcomb. And they say, ‘That’s not an Indian name,’ and my only response is, ‘Well, the government gave it to us.’” A strong maternalistic culture, she follows her mother’s lineage: Her maternal grandparents both migrated to the area around Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where what is now known as the Delaware Tribe of Indians has its headquarters. It’s also where Marjorie grew up.
SO THE STORY GOES
Local Lenape woman reflects on personal and tribal history by Angela K. Evans
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“My ancestors, that’s why I am who I am today,” she says, before diving into her own history. Marjorie was born in a home delivery on the family farm in 1928, just a few years after American Indians were granted U.S. citizenship. Her mother called for her maternal grandmother, a known herbalist in the area, who had attended to multiple births. Her father went to get the area’s single doctor. “Our baby has a twisted foot,” her grandmother told the white doctor. “Well, we’ll have to watch that,” he responded, so the story goes. But this wasn’t a satisfactory response, and the next morning Marjorie’s grandmother brought a little pan of herbs that she heated on the wood stove before massaging them into the baby’s foot. Then she wrapped it and waited. “I don’t know how long it took, but it straightened out,” Marjorie says, who to this day doesn’t know which foot was affected. When she was older, and heard the story from her sister, Marjorie asked her mother about it, who responded, “I’m not going to tell you because
you’ll soon be saying, ‘Oh, my foot hurts.’” Her maternal grandparents both passed away when Marjorie was three, but she still remembers visiting her grandmother and being offered chocolates from a box, leaving a young Marjorie unsure of what to do with the paper wrapper. “Those funny things are in my mind, and there’s these memories that bring back all these things that happened all those years ago,” she says. Her family lived on a farm with two gardens during the Great Depression, World War II and the years that followed. “I can see my mother yet putting on this big old straw hat and going down to the gardens and picking vegetables. And then she’d do a lot of canning and we always had food,” she says. “It was a good time, we always lived off of the land.” When Marjorie wished for store-bought bread, her mother baked it at home instead. When her mother sent the boys out to fish for dinner, she’d remind them Boulder Weekly
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to catch a frog for young Marjorie so she wouldn’t choke on fish bones. At dinner, “I’d say, ‘Pass the fish’ but I didn’t know the difference and they’d pass me another frog leg,” she says. “It’s considered a delicacy, but I didn’t know that.” It’s no wonder Marjorie says her mother was the most influential person in her life. The family always had enough leftovers to feed people traveling across the country by train; the Newcomb house marked a safe place to stop. “I think they used to call them hobos,” Marjorie says. “And they would just sit down on the porch and she’d bring out some food. That’s just the way it was in those days, you know.” Growing up, Marjorie’s parents spoke primarily in English, a language her mother didn’t learn until the age of seven, when white people began moving to the area. By the time Marjorie went to school, she was the only Indian in her small class of 17. Her parents used their native language rarely, mostly when they didn’t want the children to understand what they were saying. “I’ve heard that if you lose your language, you lose some of your culture, and I believe that,” she says. “I used to say if I wanted to see an Indian, I’d look in the mirror.” Still, she says, her Indian culture is innate, something she never questioned growing up.“It’s just in our hearts,” she says. It was at Haskell, a longstanding Indian Angela K. Evans school in Lawrence, Kansas, that is now Haskell Indian Nations University, where Marjorie first encountered people from other tribes and dove deeper into her own history. “As I became an adult, then I began to become more interested in what was happening in the tribe,” she says. For centuries, the tribe’s status with the federal government has been anything but stable. Their forced migration from the East Coast lasted generations, as they were continually forced to give up their lands. In Indian Territory, the tribe lived among the Cherokee Nation, and for the last half of the 20th century did not have their own federal tribal recognition. Moving back to Bartlesville, Marjorie joined the Delaware Tribal Business Committee, where everything had to be approved by the Cherokee. “We acted like we were independent, but we did have to run everything through the Cherokee,” Marjorie says. “Everything had to go through them, and I don’t think there was a big problem with them saying no, it was more the government telling us, ‘This is how it’s set up.’” She met her husband, Charles Wheelock, while working at Phillips Petroleum Company — he in the research department, she in personnel. From a dairy farming family in upstate New York, Charles, “would say he took a job in Oklahoma and was captured by the Delaware,” Marjorie says, chuckling. “We kinda laugh about that in our family.” The couple was married almost 50 years before he passed away in 2005. They moved to Boulder in 1967, after Charles got a job at IBM, and the couple raised their four kids here. Boulder Weekly
Geographic, and several of his artifacts are held at the Cultural Resource Center at the National American Indian Museum in Washington D.C., which Marjorie visited a few years ago. “The young woman [at the museum], she was so delighted that she met someone of his family because she had all of these things. She pulled out these drawers...” Marjorie says. “They gave me gloves to wear, and I actually got to hold that peace pipe, and I was so delighted. I felt like I was holding history, so to speak.” She explains the Lenape seal, which is circled by 12 prayer sticks, symbolizing the 12-day tribal meeting, with a mask in the middle, a cross, peace pipe and fire starter next to it, representing traditional spirituality as well as the significance the Christian religion came to have in the tribe. There’s also a wolf paw, turtle and turkey claw to represent the tribe’s three clans. Marjorie proudly says she’s of the turtle clan, often wearing turtle earrings and displaying turtle souvenirs around her home. “Not too long ago, kids were calling each other turkey, and my kids would tell me, ‘I’m so glad we’re not of the turkey clan,’” Marjorie says with another laugh. After leaving Oklahoma, Marjorie continued to represent her tribe as part of the Native American Consulting Committee for the Presbyterian Church. She traveled across the country with members of other tribes, sharing Delaware history, participating in reconciliation ceremonies. As a tribal member, she keeps up with what’s happening back home, and she voted remotely to adopt the Tribal Constitution in 2009, which restored the Delaware as a federally recognized tribe. “It was very long coming, so people were happy to be recognized formally by the government again,” she says. “We were always under the government’s thumb. ... The Indians, since the first explorers came, we haven’t had it easy, and we’re not having it easy yet today.” Although she couldn’t go herself, Marjorie supported her daughter who took part in the Dakota Access pipeline protest at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. This year, her 90th birthday came and went without much fanfare; a small gathering of friends shared their personal histories and the stories of their ancestors around the table. “If you want to say I’m an elder, well, I’m an elder’s elder,” Marjorie says with yet another signature chuckle. She’s the last surviving family member of her generation, and relishes the time spent laughing with her family, retelling their shared story. Recently they went to the mountains together and held a ceremony where everyone was given a Delaware name. It’s something Marjorie didn’t receive until later in life, when her aunt named her We` ti lah’ qua, — bird who flies with other or all birds. Opposite: Marjorie at age 24 and today. This page: Marjorie in her living room filled with ancestral items.
“Our children were the center of our lives. So dear to us,” Marjorie says. A proud mother and grandmother, she easily brags about the accomplishments of her kids and three grandsons. “Everything has a story behind it,” Marjorie says, walking around her living room. There are family photographs, ancestors dressed in tribal wear, her husband’s patents, the framed sketches one of her grandsons drew. Plus, a plethora of Indian artwork — rugs, landscapes, beadwork, a dreamcatcher. The traditional tribal mask hanging above her fireplace came from an auction. As did the painting of Tishcohon, a Delaware chief from the early 18th century. An embroidered purple dancing shawl hangs nearby. A large photo of Tom Hill hangs above the TV, the famed scout holding a peace pipe. “He was Delaware and he was my great-great, well I don’t know how many greats, grandfather,” Marjorie says, smiling. The photo was featured in a 1977 National
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n July 14, 2015, the interplanetary space probe known as New Horizons flew past Grinspoon and Stern’s book dives Pluto and gave humans the first up-close behind the scenes view of the dwarf planet. Back on planet into what it takes to send a space probe Earth, the people behind New Horizons to Pluto. celebrated their long-held dream finally coming true. “It was like you might expect, almost like in a movie,” says Alan Stern, the head of the New Horizons mission. When constructing New Horizons, the team created a “People were fist-bumping and high-fiving each other, small, lightweight spacecraft that would be able to traverse and some were crying and some were jumping up and the solar system. down. It was an amazing feeling for everyone on the “This journey is 12,000 times as far away as the [2,500-person] team.” Earth’s moon,” Stern says. “We were travelling almost a The journey from conception to realization is chronimillion miles a day, every day, seven days a week, 52 weeks cled in the new book Chasing New Horizons, written by a year, at record speed, and it took us nine and a half years Stern and astrobiologist David Grinspoon. to travel the distance.” On May 19, Grinspoon and Stern willThere was also a tight deadline. The stop by the Boulder Book Store to talk probe needed to launch by 2006 because ON THE BILL: Chasing New Horizons — Alan more about their book and the mission to there was a short window of time where Stern and David Pluto. Jupiter would be in the right place to Grinspoon. Saturday, May 19, 5 p.m. Boulder The early inklings of a trip to Pluto slingshot New Horizons into Pluto’s orbit. Book Store, 1107 Pearl came about in the late ’80s. But it wasn’t “There was tremendous pressure to St., Boulder. until 2001 that Stern and his team were get everything built and approved and selected. Throughout the process, the New working and tested,” Grinspoon says. Horizons project was cancelled, put on hold, and even had “They couldn’t delay or there wouldn’t have a mission.” a computer malfunction only days before it was scheduled To get funding for any space exploration is a feat in to encounter Pluto. itself, especially considering the number of projects vying Involved with the probe peripherally, Grinspoon says for the limited amount of resources at NASA’s disposal. he was always a longtime fan and cheerleader. He hopes And Grinspoon says the project was met with skepticism. the book provides insights into the reality of space explo“Pluto was not that popular,” he says. “Why should we ration. go all that way to study a place if we don’t even know if it’s “A lot of people think space flight is cool, which it is, going be that interesting?” and they’ve seen the pictures and they know we got to Thankfully, Pluto provided a wealth of new informaPluto,” Grinspoon says. “But they don’t know what it tion, even more than expected. takes, the years and, in this case decades, of struggle to get “Pluto did its part, if you know what I’m saying,” Stern [a project] to that point where it has the support to build says with a laugh. “When we got there, it didn’t turn out to and fly a spacecraft.” be one of the typical, run-of-the-mill places of the solar sysPluto is approximately 4.67 billion miles from Earth. tem. It turned out to be a spectacular scientific wonderland.”
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piece of paper. “You got a request for Tom Waits,” Makau says. Glowniak laughs. “Is that the same guy who requested Tom Waits during my African roots show?” Maybe he’ll work it in. Probably not. “Tom Waits is great, I’ve just got a lot of music I want to play,” Glowniak says. Even though he’s been helming a couple of KGNU’s music shows every month for the past two years, Glowniak still gets nervous before he goes live.
Left: Maeve Conrad, KGNU news director, has been with the station for 11 years. Above: Dennis Glowniak has volunteered with KGNU for more than a decade, DJing for the last two.
a decade, one of the hundreds of volunteers that make the local radio station run 24/7/365. Glowniak is a part of the community radio station’s 40-year legacy that began in a cottage near the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder on May 22, 1978. In four decades the station has grown, moved, expanded programming and even picked up a sister station in Denver. The station has lessened its reliance on syndicated programming little by little as more and more volunteers create original programming, and it now boasts a staff of nine (pretty robust considering the station had one paid position for many of those early years). Fergus Stone has been with KGNU from the very beginning. Well, he’s always been “nearby.” Stone is a musician and audio engineer who’s called Boulder home for nearly 50 years. He’s a storyteller by nature — or perhaps by way of growing up an Army brat— with a commanding voice in the lower register that reminds of the radio greats like George Feniman or John Fasenda. Stone is built for radio. But in the mid-’70s, Boulder didn’t have a true community radio station. There was a Chamber of Commerce station, KBOL, “and their really polite, calm FM side called KBVL that played classical music,” Stone explains. Then there was KRNW, named after the former FCC lawyer Robert Wilkinson who founded the station, which, despite starting as a classical station in the ’50s, by the ’70s had evolved into a rock station playing the big arena albums of the day. “Against all that there was a general feeling around town, of people who cared about radio at all, or people who wanted to hear better music on the radio, that the university was eventually going to come around and have a non-commercial FM station,” Stone says. “Every other college had one ... but in about ’74 we learned that CU had received a con-
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KGNU celebrates its 40th anniversary by Caitlin Rockett “Especially in the mornings; I never know if my voice will work or not,” he says from across the control board in KGNU’s Red Studio one recent Thursday morning. He’s got a song by Californiagrown jazz drummer Jamel Ramirez playing as he prepares to launch his shift on the Morning Sound Alternative show. He’s not far into the program when the studio phone lights up, and no, he says to the person on the other end, he won’t play Tom Waits this morning. An accountant in his previous life, Glowniak has always been a music aficionado, a sonic explorer with a home collection of more than 7,000 albums, by his account. He’s been volunteering at KGNU for around Boulder Weekly
struction permit to build a radio station... and had turned it down. They were the first college ever to turn down a construction permit for a radio station.” The reason, Stone explains, was the president of the university, “a man named Frederick P. Thieme, age 53, didn’t want it because he was worried the United American Mexican students would use it as some sort of power base, that they would get on it and talk about their concerns.” Across America in the 1960s and ’70s, the Chicano Movement was working to extend MexicanAmerican civil rights, whether that was in the form of restoration of land grants, farm workers’ rights, enhanced education, voting rights, or simply awareness of cultural history. In May of 1974, six young Latino activists were killed in two carbombing incidents in Boulder. Their deaths still stand as Boulder’s most important and controversial unsolved crime. “The ’60s had happened and they hadn’t altogether happened in Boulder... or at least they hadn’t at CU, which prided itself on being liberal — it really wasn’t,” Stone says. “The regents were Republicans and the university was under the watchful eye of the Rocky Mountain News, who were always calling teachers out for being Communists.” At the time, Stone’s wife worked for Boulder’s Community Free School, a kind of alternative education system where community members got to teach other community members. In unused classrooms at CU, the Free School taught everything from guitar to Spanish to hypnosis and weaving, with no pre-reqs or grades and for very nominal fees. It was a man named Steve Elliott, who Stone calls the Free School’s “idea man,” who helped set the wheels in motion for KGNU. Elliott was a tech guy, the founder of the Alpha Micro Users Society and later on the owner of Boulder’s first virtual reality parlor down on 14th by the Boulder Theater. “He was a gadfly in the community who does good things and has fun making the world a better place,” Stone says. “So he studied up on what it would take to make a radio station and offered a class see KGNU Page 18
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that came out in the next Free School to turn KGNU off. catalog: ‘A desperate attempt to start a The GM apparently took a vacanoncommercial radio station in tion to England immediately after that. Boulder.’” “Most of us didn’t see that as the For four years a handful of people kind of leadership we wanted or [the — Stone not among them — sat type of ] board of directors [we wantthrough classes and had meetings, ed], for that matter,” Stone says. “The filled out forms and made the occastation hadn’t been on the air for three sional trip to Washington, D.C., to “sit years yet, after four years of getting it with stuffed shirts in their sixth floor on air. Three years and it was done like chilly offices on a 90-degree day” to get that.” a community radio station up and runWith the station flatlining, volunning in Boulder by the spring of ’78. teers began lifesaving measures. They They secured grants and bought equip- did community canvassing and even ment. They worked some door-to-door with the university work asking for and city. donations. They ON THE BILL: KGNU 40th “We even had a called a board Anniversary Events: tower and a transmeeting and fired May 19: Dining on Air mitter and had the members who June 3: Plant Sale June 30: Alamo Drafthouse + KGNU done a couple of voted to go off-air July 22: The Charles tests by the time I and refilled those Sept. 2: CD & Record Sale positions with volactually signed on,” Sept. 7: Denver Anniversary Sept. 15: KGNU Shining Stars 40th unteers who knew Stone says. Anniversary Celebration — with how the station He quickly keynote speakers Amy Goodman actually ran became an integral and Jim Hightower For more info on events, visit kgnu. (Alternative Radio part of the team, org. To get involved with events, host David doing two or three email Sean at promotions@kgnu. Barsamian was one shows a week, org of those new board including his beloved bluegrass members). and storytelling programs. And Stone took the helm of one of He stuck with KGNU through the more challenging obstacles to gethard times in 1980 when the station ting the station back up and running: actually went dark for a period of time. finding a new place to house it. The board of directors had been taken “It had been the Scientology headover by a man from Minnesota Public quarters, above The Music Store,” Stone Radio and suddenly a top-down style says of the place he found that became of management began to take hold. A KGNU’s second location. “It was not in newly hired general manager wore a the least wheelchair accessible. The hallsuit and tie to the station every day. way was right above the 55-gallon No one had ever worn a suit and tie grease drums from The Aristocrat at KGNU. Greek restaurant that was right around Funding dwindled and eventually the corner. That was where all of the the GM called an emergency meeting working musicians had breakfast — the of the board of directors to say that it ‘Crat,’ they called it. was time to pull the plug on KGNU. “There was a low hum on tapes Only five of the 15-member board from that period,” Stone says. “It’s not showed up, Stone says, and they voted the electronics of the station. The
building was humming from the exhaust fan from The Aristocrat. There was a thin film of grease all through the building. It was that kind of place. Probably all our records and tapes from the time had grease on them.” Maybe it was because he helped with the move, or maybe it was because his bluegrass and blues shows helped KGNU finally register on Denver’s arbitron (Radio Station Information Profiles), or because he helped raise money to keep the station going or because he lived close by and had a four-wheel drive pick-up truck with stock fences around the side, but in 1981, Stone became the “one paid guy” at KGNU. He was the program coordinator there for two years, working 60 hours a week until he burned out and decided it was time to pass the torch on to someone else. “I knew if I stayed any longer I wouldn’t want to come back as a volunteer, and I started out as a volunteer,” he says. “Now, 35 years later, I’m still a volunteer.” KGNU has that kind of effect on folks, much like Boulder itself. It’s got a radio version of Niwot’s Curse; you can leave, but you’re going to come back. Membership director Nikki Kayser had her first KGNU experience, so to speak, in 1979 when she was interviewed about her involvement with protests against the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons facility. “I was blown away by the fact that we could say anything,” Kayser says. “Short of a few FCC swear words, conceptually nothing was off the table. I was amazed at that. I had to be reminded by the person interviewing me that that was the case when we took a break because they could see I was tying to hedge what I was saying. ‘All points of view are welcome,’ they told me. And I thought, all points of view? Really? I always remem-
bered that.” The feeling stuck with Kayser everywhere she went, from living in Central America to Maine. “After years I came back to this area, in ’04, in part, I would say, because of KGNU,” Kayser says. “I remembered how outstanding it was and the level of people that were involved with KGNU, the level of intellectual curiosity and commitment that people had to various causes that were near and dear to their hearts.” Kayser volunteered until 2010, when she became the membership director. She co-produces Hemispheres, an hour-long deep dive into matters of international policy and current events, and Dot Org, a show devoted to the work of local not-for-profits. Dot Org serves as a training ground for new KGNU volunteers, which, by the way, Kayser says you can become at anytime you want. There are trainings at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every odd month, but if you show up outside of that time, she’ll probably find a way to work in some training for you. And that’s the beauty of KGNU — it’s about the community, not about shareholders. It’s founded on the radical notion that independent media is actually a conduit for peace, a concept that took hold when the BBC formed after the outbreak of World War II. News director Meave Conrad calls KGNU a “sanctuary for people.” “You literally and figuratively give people a voice when you give them a mic,” she says. “Particularly people who have had their stories ignored or mistold. “It’s a crucial time in journalism,” Conrad says. “We can see what local media can look like when control is taken away from the community. Maybe we can see that we don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to look at the wheels that are already there.”
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he first thing you’ll see when you walk in the door of the Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Gallery is a fluorescent-red, wall-sized image of a muddy wasteland with two identical figures in glowing yellow hazmat suits tending to steel barrels. If you were hoping for impressionistic daisies or elegant nudes, you’ve come to the wrong gallery. Welcome to Facing Rocky Flats, a group exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography and multimedia art focusing on the dark side of Rocky Flats, the former nuclear weapons facility 10 miles south of Boulder.
lands surrounding the former facility site ceded to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2007. As you wander around the gallery, you’ll soon be drawn to a pile of trash bordered by red and yellow caution tape. As you inspect it, you’ll see the face of Charles Manson peeking out at you from the cover of Life magazine, an empty, pull-tab can of Coors, a Woodstock poster, a rusty steel barrel, and countless other bits and pieces of refuse topped with a globe, like a cherry on a hot fudge sundae. Next to the pile, a child’s phonograph sits atop another steel barrel.
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Curated by local artist Jeff Gipe, the installation “uses art and oral history to explore the past, present and future of this contentious site,” which from 1951 to 1989 manufactured an estimated 70,000 plutonium “triggers” for nearly all of the nuclear weapons in the U.S. arsenal. The facility shut down after a raid from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for environmental contamination, and underwent a 10-year, $7 billion cleanup, which ended in 2006. Facing Rocky Flats will run until June 10, in advance of the planned public opening of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, 5,237 acres of grass-
When you set the needle on the record and slip the headphones over your ears, you’ll hear 1960s country star Brenda Lee cooing out her sappy hit, “I’m Sorry.” This is artist Amy O’Brien’s “I’ll Cry Tomorrow,” a time capsule-like work serving as a reminder of the 1969 Mother’s Day fire at Rocky Flats, which sent unknown quantities of plutonium into the air, downwind and off-site. A little over a decade after the fire, Gipe’s father started work at the plant as a maintenance supervisor. Though Gipe grew up in Arvada, only a few miles from the facility, due to the secrecy shrouding Rocky Flats, he says didn’t know much about it other than “they
Facing Rocky Flats focuses on the dark side of Rocky Flats. In “I’ll Cry Tomorrow,” Amy O’Brien creates a time capsule as a reminder of the 1969 Mother’s Day fire at the nuclear weapons facility.
did something nuclear out there.” It wasn’t until he moved away to earn his MFA from the New York Academy of Art that he began to delve into the issue. Part of what he learned was the history of protest, including the occupation that lasted from April 28, 1978 through April 29, 1979. Memorializing this historic upsurge of anti-nuclear sentiment, Facing Rocky Flats presents several of Joseph Daniel’s riveting black and white photographs from his book, A Year of Disobedience. Standouts include a smiling middle-aged woman holding an American flag and “We Want Truth” sign while standing behind a barbed wire fence with a placard reading, “US Property No Trespassing,” and a dozen protesters huddled together on snowcovered railroad tracks as a phalanx of helmeted police rush toward them. While Rocky Flats hasn’t seen an occupation in nearly 40 years, opposition has been steady and fierce over the decades, including: accusations of a Justice Department cover-up (detailed in the book, The Ambushed Grand Jury); a critique of what some call a “compromised” cleanup; pushback against a prescribed burn proposed (and later canceled) by the USFWS for the Refuge in Boulder Weekly
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2015; and, most recently on May 1, denses them into this object, that then legal action by a coalition of local envigives us all these connotations about ronmental groups against the construcwhat it could mean.” tion of a visitor center and recreation Another way to make sense of Rocky Flats is by listening to individuals trails. tell their personal stories. That’s the As you continue along the wall, purpose of the Living Library compoyou’ll spy an oil painting depicting a nent of Facing Rocky Flats, where indibird’s-eye view of a vast ochre-yellow viduals connected to the site will make grassland with the Flatirons in the background: an up-to-date representa- themselves available as “books” that can be “checked out” for 15 minutes at a tion of the Rocky Flats site and time. Refuge lands. But this isn’t your typiFuture “books” include Patricia cal landscape painting, as dozens of stark white rectangles and polygons Mellen, one of the attorneys currently scar the foreground, literally sliced out suing to prevent trail construction at the of the painting. You’re looking at Refuge, on May 17; activists Bonnie “Gipe’s Impression,” painted on Dow Graham-Reed and Marian Whitney Chemical Styrofoam from Rocky Flats Right (Dow was the first to Know and Dorothy Rocky Flats contracCiarlo, Rocky Flats Oral ON THE BILL: Facing tor), which he says is Historian, on May 24; Rocky Flats. Canyon about “the loss of Tiffany Hansen, coGallery, Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe memory and knowlfounder of Rocky Flats Ave., Boulder, boulderliedge of what went on Downwinders and brary.org. Through June [at Rocky Flats] and peace-activist Judith 10. what it means.” Mohling on May 31; This isn’t the first and Jon Lipsky, the fortime Rocky Flats has served as Gipe’s mer FBI Agent who led the 1989 raid muse. In 2015, he created the “Cold on Rocky Flats, on June 7. War Horse,” a life-sized sculpture of a Since Facing Rocky Flats takes a pristallion in a red hazmat suit and respira- marily critical view of the former nucletor on permanent display off Highway ar weapons facility, those hoping for 72 near the outskirts of the facility. And more supportive takes might do well to for the past year and a half he’s been look elsewhere. working on The Half Life of Memory: To his credit, though, Gipe did recRocky Flats and the Nuclear Trigger, a ommend David Lucas, manager of the documentary film he plans to release Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, this summer. as one of the Living Library “books.” Due to the complexity of the topic, While the Boulder Library contacted Gipe says it’s hard to communicate to Lucas in February inviting him to parthe average person what went on — and ticipate, and he agreed to do so, staff some say, is ongoing — at Rocky Flats. never followed up with him for schedulArt, however, he says, “takes these huge ing, according to emails Lucas provided ideas that really are almost impossible to to Boulder Weekly. As of press time, put together in your mind [and] conBoulder Library staff didn’t return calls Boulder Weekly
or emails asking them to clarify the situation. While Gipe doesn’t hide his public health and environmental concerns, he wants people to come to their own conclusions about Rocky Flats. He just doesn’t think an informed choice is possible without taking into account the “accidents that happened there, that there is plutonium left in the ground, that there was a compromised cleanup, that there’s all of this history.” While many of the Facing Rocky Flats pieces are disconcerting, one borders on alarming. Sitting on top of a pedestal is a square-foot, bolt-studded, black metal box fitted with a circular window, which you can peer through to see what looks like a rough silver hockey puck. The attached label reads “Pu-239: Plutonium Button (encased),” and artist Gregg Schlanger goes on to describe how Rocky Flats triggers were manufactured out of plutonium “buttons” such as these, originally extracted from fuel rods from the Hanford Site, a nowdecommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington State. Your breath catches as you notice the fluorescent yellow sticker warning of radiation attached to the pedestal. Surely, that’s not actual plutonium, you think, as you take an involuntary step back. After all, the library wouldn’t allow anything potentially dangerous to be put on display, unguarded, behind a few fragile millimeters of glass, would it? It goes without saying that if public health were at risk, one governmental body or another would step in and shut the exhibit down. Right? The answer, as with all works of art, is up to interpretation.
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The Cotton Club Goes to Church
Duke Ellington considered his three Sacred Concerts “the most important thing I have ever done.” The Boulder Chorale presents music from these historic performances in a new arrangement for jazz sextet with guest vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel and tap dancer Dr. David Sharp.
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Tommy, can you hear me? ‘The Who’s Tommy’ is a sensation at DCPA by Amanda Moutinho
or some, childhood is filled with wonder and day of rock operas, shows happy memories. For others it’s riddled with that are all music with no real-life nightmares and family secrets. For dialogue like Hair (1968), Tommy Walker, it’s the latter. Rocky Horror Show (1973) The Who’s Tommy tells the story of and Jesus Christ Superstar Tommy, who becomes deaf, blind and mute after wit(1970). Like those musinessing his presumed-dead father murder his mother’s cals, Tommy’s soundtrack lover. He then suffers more trauma as his family is dynamic, with scorchmembers either attempt to rouse him from his waking ing guitar riffs, imaginaslumber or take advantage of it. When Tommy distive keyboard melodies covers a gift for pinball it brings him fame, even more and heart-pounding drum so after he regains his senses, and it creates an almost beats. Hearing it in a themessianic following. ater atmosphere as the The musical is based on The Who’s rock opera production comes alive on Tommy, loosely inspired by lead singer Pete Townsend’s a stage is a magical expeearly life and family. The album came out in 1969, rience. with a subsequent film in 1975. The Besides being instrumentally awestage production premiered on some, the songs and lyrics themselves Broadway in 1993 and won five Tonys are exceptional. The soundtrack has ON THE BILL: The for direction, choreography, scenic some of the most treacherous songs for Who’s Tommy. Stage design, lighting design and original villainous characters, like “The Acid Theatre at Denver Center score by Townsend. Queen,” sung by a drug-peddling prosfor the Performing Arts, 1101 13th St., Denver. The Who’s Tommy is a revelation. titute hired by Tommy’s father to save Through May 27. It’s playful, serious, avant-garde, the boy and bring back his senses. weird, surreal, abstract and wonderNotably, “Fiddle” is an unfortunately fully unique. And somehow, several catchy song that can really only be decades after its release, the story still feels fresh and described as an anthem for child molesters. It’s soon magnetic. followed by “Cousin Kevin,” which puts to music the The show explores how our childhood experiences taunts of a bully. influence the adults we become. Three actors portray “Maybe a cigarette burn on your arm would Tommy at ages 4, 10 and young adult, frequently change your expression to one of alarm,” sings interacting onstage with one another. Tommy’s cousin. “I’ll drag you around by a lock of Adult Tommy serves as narrator of the show, your hair or give you a push at the top of the stairs.” highlighting defining moments in his childhood. While it’s distressing to see Tommy victimized by Tommy is the sum of the experiences that happened so many monsters, the songs are just despicably good. to him, whether that’s discovering his pinball talent or Thankfully, the evil songs are matched with more witnessing a traumatic event that shaped the rest of triumphant ones. “I’m a Sensation” gives Tommy a his life. chance to rejoice in his brilliance, and the classic Tommy’s initial conception came during the hey“Pinball Wizard” is a fantastical thrill ride.
The musical is rich on its own, and Denver Center for the Performing Art’s production capitalizes on all that’s there while adding its own flavor in the mix. The set, props, video screen, choreography and staging all come together to make the show feel like a living art exhibit. There are several moments that, if the show was paused, would look like works of art. Each staging decision feels intentional and meaningful, inviting the audience to think about what it adds to the production. It is a glorious feat pulled off by scenic designer Jason Sherwood. The show was also delivered by an excellent cast, with Betsy Morgan, Charl Brown, Carson Elrod, Lulu Fall, Radley Wright, Owen Zitek and Andy Mientus. And those rocking performances below stage are also important to mention: Angela Steiner, Dan Graeber, David DeVine, Daniel Schwindt, Jason Tyler Vaughn and Shawn King. The Who’s Tommy is unlike other rock operas, carving out its own path. It’s a gorgeous show to watch, a pleasure to listen to, and substantive. Hitting the three most important nails of musical theater on the head, Tommy is one of the greats.
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Boulder Chorale will present Ellington’s ‘Sacred Concerts’ by Peter Alexander
ON THE BILL: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts —presented by Boulder Chorale. Vicki Burrichter, director, with Joslyn FordKeel, vocalist, and David Sharp, tap dancer. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder. Tickets: app.arts-people.com/index. php?show=79271
uke Ellington, jazz legend, pianist and band leader, spent the last decade of his life creating and presenting “sacred concerts.” Described by one critic as “bringing the Cotton Club to church,” Ellington considered them “the most important thing I have ever done.” Now conductor Vicki Burrichter and the Boulder Chorale are bringing the Ellington Sacred Concerts to Boulder. Joining Burrichter and the Chorale will be vocalist Joslyn Ford-Keel and tap dancer — a performer specified in the score — David Sharp. Bringing the Sacred Concerts to performance is not simple. Ellington gave three performances that were recorded — the first in 1965 for the opening of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the second in 1968 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, and the third in 1973 at Westminster Abbey in London. These are known as the First, Second and Third Sacred Concerts. Each performance had different personnel and different content, and each was closely tailored to the specific performers on that date. To make the music more accessible, Swedish musicians John Høybe and Peder Pedersen produced a score of music from all three of Ellington’s concerts, arranged for choir and jazz big band, with soloists. The version Boulder Chorale will perform is an arrangement of that version, replacing the big band with a jazz sextet. It was created first by James Elsberry and then completed by Adam Waite, the minister of music at Denver’s Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church. Most of the music is known through the context
of the Sacred Concerts, but one movement in particular has achieved status as an Ellington classic: “Come Sunday,” which has become a staple of church choir performances throughout the country. Burrichter lists several reasons to perform the Sacred Concerts. “First of all, I love Ellington,” she says. “I think he was the greatest genius of jazz, as a composer certainly. And I always look for jazz masterworks for chorus. There aren’t that many of them, so when I find something by a composer as elevated by Ellington. It needs to be shared in the community.” After performing Dave Brubeck’s “Mass” two years ago, Burrichter hoped to repeat the success of those performances. “I was looking for a way to work with some of the best jazz musicians in Colorado again,” she says. “I wanted to have Joslyn Ford-Keel, who was a very big hit with audiences, come back, and this seemed like a perfect piece.” Another reason is that she finds the texts relevant today. “This piece speaks to what’s going on right now,” she says. “There’s a set near the beginning that is about freedom — eight short movements that repeat the word freedom in different contexts. Of course Ellington is talking about it in terms to the African-American experience.” To heighten the relevance in today’s world, Burrichter has imported one piece from the Second
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Sacred Concert that was not included in the Høybe/Pedersen version, “Father Forgive.” Burrichter explains that she chose that song for its “beautiful narration. The choir repeats over and over again in different harmonic progressions, ‘Father, Forgive,’ and the soloist, who will be Joselyn, says things like ‘The hatred which divides nation from nation, race from race, class from class,’ and ‘our indifference to the plight of the homeless and the refugee.’” While the texts draw very clearly on Christian imagery, the pieces are not intended to be liturgical. “Ellington was a very spiritual man,” Burrichter says, “but he was much more about connecting all of humanity to the divine.” In his autobiography, she points out, he wrote “Every man prays in his own language, and there is no language that God does not understand” — a text that Ellington used in the Third Sacred Concert. Another part of the Sacred Concerts’ appeal is that it is a serious piece without being solemn. For example, Burrichter points to the movement that calls for a tap dancer. “There is a really fun movement called ‘David Danced before the Lord,’” she says. Sharp, the tap dancer Burrichter engaged for that movement, is a perfect fit for the role. Sometimes called “the tap-dancing preacher,” he is an ordained minister who has danced on Broadway. “I love that part of it,” Burrichter says. “The exquisite intricacy of the tap dancing is something I think audiences are going to be thrilled by. “When you combine the greatest genius of American music with the sheer joy and beauty of the piece, seeing a tap dancer at a choral concert, and hearing these wonderful musicians improvise, it’s going to be a really thrilling event.”
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www.lumaxart.com The Awakening the Dreamer Symposium, sponsored by Pachamama Alliance, is designed to help participants wake up to their role in transforming humanity’s future and tap into personal potential to create an equitable world. Attendees at this half-day interactive workshop will learn from the work of influencers such as Van Jones, Bishop Desmond Tutu and Julia Butterfly Hill. The event is free, but donations of $10-$20 to the Boulder Center for Conscious Community or Pachamama Alliance are encouraged. Light snacks, drinks and a small gift will be provided at the end of program. For more information, visit www.pachamama.org/ engage/awakening-the-dreamer. —Charlotte Burger
If you live with multiple sclerosis or know someone who does, you know how important research and access to technology is for improving quality of life. Since 1998, Walk MS has worked to improve the lives of those living with the chronic disease. Team up with friends and family on May 19 and help fundraise for a good cause, one step at a time. It is expected that around 500 people will attend Walk MS: Boulder, hopefully raising more than $90,000, which will go directly to funding research and support groups. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Trained volunteers are available if any assistance is needed. —Charlotte Burger
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Thursday, May 17 Music 303 Music Fest. 7 p.m. The Church, 1160 Lincoln St., Denver, 303-832-2383. Ali Grayson & Beth Wilberger. 6 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Backtrack “Bad To My World” Tour. 7 p.m. Marquis Theatre, 2009 Larimer St., Denver, 303-487-0111. The Ghandarva Concert Experience and Workshop Preview. 7 p.m. The Caritas Center, 5723 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-449-3066. Harry Tuft. 7 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, Quinlan Cafe, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver, 303-777-1003. Kodachrome: A Paul Simon Tribute Concert. 7 p.m. Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, 720-749-2530. The Mighty Pines — with Part & Parcel, Timber. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467. Nice Work Jazz Combo — with Heidi Schmidt. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Open Bluegrass Jam. 7 p.m. West Flanders Brewing, 1125 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-444-4093. Ruby Force. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Three Dog Night. 8 p.m. Paramount Denver, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, 303-623-0106. Tropidelic. 9:30 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. Youth Pop A Capella (Ages 7 to 12). 4 p.m. Harmony Music House, 2525 Broadway, Boulder, 303-444-7444. Events Barley-Har-Har Comedy Open Mic Night. 7 p.m. 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Unit C, Longmont, 720-442-8292. BoulderReads Tutor Training. 5 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Comedy Night. 8:30 p.m. Vision Quest Brewing, 2510 47th St., Boulder, 970-302-7130. Conversations in English Thursdays. 10:30 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Cult Classics and Cocktails: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. 7 p.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374. Ecstatic Dance. 7 p.m. The StarHouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon, Boulder, 303-245-8452. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. 4:30 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story. 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Old School Film School New School Film School. 9 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Third Thursday Improv Show. 7 p.m. Wesley Foundation Theater, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder, 303588-0550. Friday, May 18 Music Blind Tiger: Cabaret Style Evening of Music and Mayhem. 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. The Constellation Collective. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
CU BOULDER EVENTS For more information on any event, visit calendar.colorado.edu. THURSDAY, MAY 17
Join us for our upcoming Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS) Year of Data Event. Leah Wasser from Earth Lab will be discussing a new data training program implemented within her group at CU.
50 Years of Moore’s Law. Engineering, Math & Physics Library, 135, 2300 Colorado Ave., Boulder. Come to the Gemmill Engineering, Math & Physics Library to see our exhibit detailing important events in the creation of the modern computer, as well as selections from our collection about the history of the computer, Silicon Valley and the future of microprocessor design. More dates through May 23.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
MahlerFest XXXI comes to CU May 19-20.
Archive Transformed. 6 p.m. Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. *No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers: (Mason, Beahm, Steuernagel, Kootin) aims to perform, document, preserve and disseminate dances by 10 prominent and influential African American choreographers. *LA Archivera: The Sonic Archive of Emily Sene: (Eisenberg & Lockwood) documents and illuminates the experience of Sephardic Jewish immigrants to California through music. *The Beregovski Archive: (Malin & Svigals) utilizes the recordings and transcriptions of M. Beregovski, made in Ukraine from 1929-49, in an effort to understand the music of Jewish Eastern Europe in the centuries leading up to World War II. *America’s Chosen Spirit: (Waldman & Fernheimer) is a transmedia project that raises awareness of the longtime presence and participation of outsiders like women, Jews, African Americans and immigrants in the development of Kentucky’s bourbon heritage. RSVP at https://goo.gl/iUQtJu
A Closer Look: Astrobiology The Toolbox in Search for Life. 7 p.m. Fiske Planetarium and Science Center, 2414 Regent Drive, Boulder. How do we know what to look for when searching for life elsewhere? Can we use science and technology to determine whether we’re just one incident of life in the universe? Perhaps cosmic neighbors are much closer than we think.
FRIDAY, MAY 18 Ninth Annual GoldLab Symposium. 8:30 a.m. Munzinger Auditorium, 1905 Colorado Ave., Boulder. Annual GoldLab Symposium convenes to ignite discussions on medical research, public policy and lifestyle advancements that affect health care and healthy living. More dates through May 19.
CRDDS Year of Data Event: Lower the Barrier to Teaching Core Data Skills. 2 p.m. Norlin Library, E206 (CRDDS), 1157 18th St., Boulder.
MahlerFest XXXI: ‘Das Lied von der Erde.’ Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder.
Maestro Kenneth Woods conducts the Colorado MahlerFest Orchestra in the Sibelius Symphony No. 7 in C, Op. 105 and in Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde. See mahlerfest.org for complete details. More dates through May 20.
SUNDAY, MAY 20 Closing May 20! Last Chance to see Cannabis: A Visual Perspective. Museum of Natural History (Henderson), BioLounge, 1035 Broadway, Boulder. Don’t miss the juried selection of botanical illustrations presented by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (RMSBA), rendered in watercolor, colored pencil, print and mixed media. This exhibit, the first of its kind in the nation, explores the diversity of the genus Cannabis and spotlights the groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder to expand our knowledge of this group of flowering plants.
TUESDAY, MAY 22 Spring Color Tree Walk. 5 p.m. Museum of Natural History (Henderson), The tour will meet at the south entrance of the CU Museum of Natural History, 1035 Broadway, Boulder. The CU Museum of Natural History and CU Facilities Management — Outdoor Services will be hosting their annual Spring Color Tree Walk led by Facilities Operations Arborist Vince Aquino, and Alan Nelson, retired Outdoor Services Director. The tour is free and open to the public. While guests experience the beauty of the trees, Mr. Aquino will share the distinctive characteristics, and historical significance of the trees on CU’s campus.
Ed Talks 2018. 7 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Join the CU Boulder School of Education on Tuesday, May 22 for a series of short, engaging Ed Talks led by CU Boulder education professors. Inspired by TED Talks, these presentations will feature the latest research about some of today’s most pressing issues in education. The event will be at 7 p.m. at the Dairy Arts Center’s Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut Street, and it’s free and open to the public. Featuring Allison Atteberry, Michelle Moses, Kathy Schultz, Kevin Welner and Terrenda White.
Dale Cisek Band. 6 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186.
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arts Act On It: Exhibit on CU Student Activism. Norlin Library, STEAM Gallery, 1157 18th St., Boulder. Through Aug. 15. Cleon Peterson: Shadow Of Men. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through May 27. Degas: A Passion for Perfection. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through May 20.
Speak one-on-one with people who had direct experience with the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant, at the Rocky Flats Living Library, on Thursdays at Boulder Public Library at 1:15 p.m. from now through June 7. Registration is required: boulderlibrary.org The speaker series is accompanied by the Facing Rocky Flats exhibit now on display through June 10. For a review of the show see page 20.
Drawn To Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard. Denver Art Museum. 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through July 22. Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie. Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through July 8. Ganesha: The Playful Protector. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through October. Highlights from the Collection. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver. Through Sept. 19. A Light of His Own: Clyfford Still at Yaddo. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver. Through Sept. 19. Like a Hammer — by Jeffrey Gibson. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through August 12.
Melting — by Marietta Patricia Leis. Dairy Arts Center, MacMillan Family Lobby & Polly Addison Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through June 17. Millie Chen: Four Recollections. University of Colorado Art Museum, Visual Arts Complex, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through July 21. Mixed Media Drawing and Watercolor — by Ileana Barbu. NCAR Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through June 29.
Live Entertainment Nightly at our 1709 Pearl St location Through Oct. 28. Processing — by Roberto Juarez. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through Sept. 16. Resounding Roar — Charles E. Burchfield. Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. Through July 29. Facing Rocky Flats. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Through June 10.
Mixed Media Painting — by Frederick Pichon. NCAR Mesa Laboratory, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through June 29.
Stampede: Animals in Art. Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through May 19.
Nathan Abels: History of the Future. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through May 28.
Wood & Stone, Substance & Spirit — by Rebecca Davis and Roger Asay. Dairy Arts Center, McMahon Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Opens May 11. Through June 17.
One End of the Forest — by David Bahr. Dairy Arts Center, Hand-Rudy Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through June 17. Past the Tangled Present. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver.
Wopo Holup: Endless Places, Present. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St. Through May 28.
THURSDAY MAY 17
RUBY FORCE 8PM VINEGAR CREEK CONSTITUENCY 9PM FRIDAY MAY 18 8PM
THE CONSTELLATION COLLECTIVE SATURDAY MAY 19 8PM
WOMEN IN SONG HOSTED BY SHANNA IN A DRESS SUNDAY MAY 20 8PM
Daphne Willis and Dave Tamkin. 6 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-443-8696.
Dale’s Piano Playhouse. 2 p.m. Longs Peak United Methodist Church, 1421 Elmhurst Drive, Longmont, 720-545-7666.
Defunkt Railroad. 8 p.m. Bluff Street Bar & Billiards, 2690 28th St., Boulder.
2018 Colorado Independent Women of Film Festival. 8 p.m. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver, 303-477-5977.
Erik Boa Duo. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Tap Room, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-776-1914.
Blue My Mind. 8:45 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.
Erik Yates. 6:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064.
Comedian Sommore. 9:45 p.m. Denver Improv, 8246 Northfield Ave., Denver, 303-307-1777.
Espresso. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685.
Giselle. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Ballet, 2590 Walnut St., Suite 10, Boulder.
Evanoff — with Megan Hamilton, Nobide, mxxnwatchers. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095.
Shamanic Exploration Group. 7 p.m. Edie Stone’s Office, 2027 Broadway, Suite H, Boulder, 303-931-9806.
Gasoline Lollipops. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666.
Singing Bowl Meditation: Breathe and Relax. 7 p.m. Mayu Sanctuary, 1804 S. Pearl St., Denver.
Isobar. 9 p.m. KCP Art Bar, 364 Main St., Longmont, 540-239-7861.
Hey, Lady!, Sonic Arcade. 7 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9384.
Saturday, May 19
Kerry Pastine ane the Crime Scene. 8:30 p.m. Home mMade Liquids and Solids, 1555 Hover St., Longmont, 303-485-9400.
Ja Rule. 8 p.m. Bellco Theatre, 700 14th St., Denver, 303-228-8000. Mojomamma Acoustic. 5 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Motion Trap, All Chiefs. 9 p.m. Lost Lake, 3602 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-296-1003. Ravin Wolf. 6 p.m. Chuburger, 3490 Larimer St., Denver, (720) 668-9167, Longmont, 303-485-2482. Sambadendê. 6:30 p.m. St Julien Hotel, 900 Walnut St., Boulder, 720-406-9696. Songwriter Showcase — with David Coile, John Bunzli, Kirk Bennett. 6 p.m. Very Nice Brewing Company, 20 Lakeview Drive, Nederland, 303-258-3770. Two Irons in the Fire. 7 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 Hover St., Longmont, 303-485-9400.
Music Fifth Annual Upslope Get Down. 2 p.m. Upslope Brewing Company (Flatiron Park), 1898 S. Flatiron Court, Boulder, 303-396-1898. Arthur Lee Land’s Twang is Dead. 7 p.m. Gunbarrel Brewing Company, 7088 Winchester Circle, Boulder, 800-803-5732. Blind Tiger: Cabaret Style Evening of Music and Mayhem. 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Bonnie and Taylor Sims. 4:30 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Boulder Chorale: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. 7:30 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-554-7692. Clay Rose and Adam Perry. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685.
Defunkt Railroad. 10 p.m. World Famous Dark Horse, 2922 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-442-8162. Festival of Faerie. 8 a.m. Festival Plaza, 311 S. Public Road, Lafayette, 720-493-0793. Five Points Jazz Festival. 9 a.m. Five Points Area, Welton Street between 23rd and 28th streets, Denver. Godspeed You! Black Emperor. 9 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Harmonia A Cappella Concert. 7 p.m. Concert Hall at The Academy, 970 Aurora Ave., Boulder.
Performances: Sound of Ceres (NYC) — with members of the Boulder Symphony, Nullsleep (NYC). 7:30 p.m. Atlas Blackbox Theater, 1125 18th St., Boulder, 303-735-4577. Peter Stoltzman/Gabriel Santiago Brazilian Jazz CD Release Concert. 7 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-499-2985. Rock De Mayo — with iZCALLi. 8 p.m. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666. Rock On! — with the Colorado Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, 720-865-4220. Smokepurpp. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. see EVENTS Page 30
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Inspired by The Who’s iconic 1969 rock album, the Tony Awardwinning musical The Who’s Tommy delves into the resilience of the human spirit when all hope seems lost. Trapped in a world of darkness and silence after a traumatic incident, the title character Tommy develops an unusual talent for pinball, which brings him fame and fortune. Through the cast and innovative set design, the musical is a fresh take on The Who’s classic rock album’s message of the joys of being alive. It’s playing at the Denver Center for Performing Arts Stage Theatre now through May 27th.
5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche — presented by Theater Company of Lafayette. The Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette. Through June 2. Thank You Boulder!
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Annie. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Through July 8. Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical. Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Through May 27. District Merchants. Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Through June 24. Gypsy — presented by Longmont Theatre Company. Longmont Performing Arts Center, 513 Main St., Longmont. Through May 20. Incorruptible — presented by Coal Creek Theater of Louisville. Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Through May 19.
Macbeth. 7:30 p.m. Denver’s Dangerous Theatre, 2620 W. Second Ave., Suite 1, Denver. Through May 27.
Man of La Mancha. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse,4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. Through June 17. Remembering a Knight to Remember. Buntport Theater, 717 Lipan St., Denver. Through May 19. The Who’s Tommy. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Stage Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through May 27.
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Southern Culture On The Skids. 9:30 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003.
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Strangebyrds: Star Crossed Lovers Album Release Party. 6:30 p.m. The Post Brewing Company, Velvet Elk Lounge, 2027 13th St., Boulder, 303-593-2066.
Rise Up Like Lions is a discussion about democracy, specifically how to put it back in the hands of regular citizens. The hourlong discussion, hosting by Sean Scalan, will be divided into three sections: Scanlan will read from works on non-violence and social philosophy, then lead a discussion on Mark Williams’ campaign for Congress, and end with an open mic for attendees to ask questions or present ideas. The event takes place at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe on Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m.
Women in Song — hosted by Shanna in a Dress. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Wookiefoot. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 720-645-2467. Events The Sixth Annual Whiskey Throwdown and Doughnut Showdown. 2 p.m. Denver Rock Drill, 1717 E. 39th Ave., Denver, 720-500-3409. ArtWalk Longmont 2018. 4 p.m. Downtown Longmont, Fourth Street between Main and Emery streets, Longmont. Denver Spring Tequila Festival. 4 p.m. Blake Street Tavern, 2301 Blake St., Denver, 303-675-0505.
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Thursday, May 17 Leah Gilbert — A Couch for Llama. 5:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Saturday, May 19
Jackalope Indie Artisan Fair. 10 a.m. McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 323-989-2278. Through May 19.
Alan Stern & David Grinspoon — Chasing New Horizons. 5 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Learning Dog Dance: A Dance Workshop. 1 p.m. Boulder Circus Center, 4747 N. 26th St., Boulder, 303-444-8110.
Frank Shorter & Steve Bosley — 40 Years Bold. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder.
Longmont Renewable Energy Fair. 12 p.m. Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont.
Monday, May 21
Off The Chain Comedy Showcase. 8 p.m. Endo Brewing Company, 2755 Dagny Way, Suite 101, Boulder, 303-552-6693.
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Ribbon Cutting + Block Party. 1 p.m. Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Sacred Sounds: Tibetan Bowl and Gong Sound Meditation. 7 p.m. Left Hand Yoga Studio, 1811 Hover St., Suite H, Longmont, 970-480-7702. Strawberry Festival: Vintage & Antique Market. 10 a.m. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-776-1870. Through May 19. Summer of Discovery: Volunteer Training at Meadows. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100.
So, You’re a Poet. 9 p.m. Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder.
Sunset Plein Air Paint Session. 5:30 a.m. Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway, Longmont, 303-776-8688. Thunder From Down Under. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Denver, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, 303-623-0106. World Migratory Bird Day. 9 a.m. St. Vrain State Park, 3525 Colorado 119, Longmont, 303-499-1950.
Tuesday, May 22 Mary DeMocker — The Parent’s Guide to Climate Revolution. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Innisfree Weekly Open Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Rise Up Like Lions — an hour with Sean Scanlan on taking back our Democracy. 6 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Wednesday, May 23 Dr. Jacob Israel Liberman — Luminous Life. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Sunday, May 20 Music Audition for 2018 Christmas Revels. 1 p.m. First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder, 720-593-1454. Boulder Chamber Orchestra presents “Papa Haydn & Mozart.” 3 p.m. Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder, 303-583-1278. see EVENTS Page 32
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events PEOPLE’S TRIBUNAL: PART OF THE NATIONAL #ICEONTRIAL CAMPAIGN 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, Del Mar Park, 12000 E. Sixth Ave., Aurora, www.facebook.com/ events/214858022615631 In an effort to highlight voices and experiences of people currently detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the American Friends Service Committee and Coloradans for Immigrant Rights are joining Detention Watch Network for a People’s Tribunal as part of the national #ICEonTrial campaign.
The event includes poetry and musical performances, along with a “trial” to hold ICE accountable for the systemic abuses in its detention facilities and its culture of secrecy. It will include testimonies of people both currently and previously detained at the Aurora Detention Center, after which “judges” will issue judgments and demands. Judges include a woman who spent four years at a World War II Japanese internment camp, an Ethiopian refugee, Latino activists and others. Learn more about local anti-detention efforts and connect with immigrant rights organizations. The event is in the middle of the Detention Watch Network national annual member conference, offering educational and skill-building trainings, panel discussions and more at the Summit Conference Center May 17-19. For more information visit detentionwatchnetwork.org.
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Boulder Chorale: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts. 4 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-554-7692. The Complete Brandenburg Concertos. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman St., Denver, 303-839-5500. King Taylor Project. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Longmont Concert Band Spring Concert. 4 p.m. Silver Creek High School, 4901 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-916-5161.
Luis Miguel. 8:30 p.m. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver.
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Tuesday, May 22 Music
Wolf Parade. 8 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Events Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group. 10 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Sanitas Mtn2tbl: Local Foods & Ales for Sanitas Trails. 2 p.m. North Boulder Park, 9th Street and Dellwood Ave., Boulder.
Conscious Dance. 8 p.m. Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St., Boulder, 303-931-1500.
Shamanic Exploration Group. 2 p.m. Edie Stone’s Office, 2027 Broadway, Suite H, Boulder, 303-931-9806.
Monday, May 21
Yoga for Kids. 4 p.m. WOW! Children’s Museum, 110 N Harrison Ave., Lafayette, 303-604-2424.
Kimbra. 8 p.m. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666.
Yarn-fiti Knit-in. 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
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Women of the West. 11:30 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Pagode Na Pedra. 2 p.m. Boulder Beer Company, 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, 303-444-8448.
Two Trains Runnin’. 1 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.
VIVA Theater at the Library. 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Alex Snyder, Clare Thérèse and Finn O’Sullivan. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
The Magic of NIA. 1 p.m. Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-774-4752.
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Citizenship Classes. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
My Blue Sky Acoustic Brunch. 11:30 a.m. Dannik’s Gunbarrel Corner Bar, 6525 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303-530-7423.
Essential Cinema: In a Lonely Place. 3:30 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826.
Big Sky, Big Money. 5:30 p.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-439-0146.
Music Live eTown Radio Show Taping — with Hiss Golden Messenger, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder, 303-443-8696. Mmmwhah’s Vocal Improvisation Playshop Series — with Sarah Townes. 6 p.m. Rocky Ridge Music Academy, 3970 N. Broadway, Suite 201, Boulder, 303-449-1106. Events “Seven Days” Fair Housing Act Film and Speakers Panel. 6:30 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-868-6810.
Wednesday, May 23 Blues Night. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E 1st St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Dark Waters Project, Grant Wiscaver. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-2013731. Pamela Machala Band. 6:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064. Wednesday Night Square Dance. 7 p.m. Rosalee’s Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont, 303-4855020. Events Once Upon a Mattress: Youth Auditions. 7:30 p.m. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682-9980. Itzhak. 4:30 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc. 7 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303440-7826.
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Lost Highway Wondering by Douglas S. Hall There is a line in the sun As the crack in an egg I am wandering the interstate Walking on tired legs With dreams as diesel gasoline A glow plug in my chest My thumb pointed west The earth is round Or is it Flat? Yet, I am trying to escape From the gravitational pull That is reality and truth I am hoping to hitch a ride To replant my roots To go somewhere magical Somewhere magical I am hoping to hide From what is eventual
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The scars that I carry Are just another story That will never be told While the cars passing by Sound as ocean waves Breaking onto the road It reminds me when We were walking on a Mexico beach The sun glittering in your eyes As disco balls over a dance floor We put shells to our ears And listened for the rush of traffic Pleasure as drift wood Within our longing reach I kissed your cheek Your skin came alive As though snails crawled inside Just like the cars passing by Along the autumn highway As bees flying to the hive Your sweat was honey to me The concrete is a vibrant stage When you get out of your car and walk The clouds as sponges Hover in the distance Absorbing the light rays Orange, red and violet plasma Appear to be leaking from a wound Spilling out onto the body of the earth In a rhythmic pulse From the uneven horizon line That resembles a scar The mountains in the distance Look jagged and old They are colored black and white As the teeth of a wolf In the bottom half of a Jaw Biting into the flesh of the sky Making it bleed
Making it bleed Like my feet Like my heart The leaves are all blonde Glowing in the trees Reminds me of your hair Flowing in a breeze As we chased and traced Our footprints in the sand Running along the shoreline Never discovering the end Our night on the Sayulita bay Our flesh as water Spilling over onto each other The expanse above a glittering parade We listened to the ocean waves The surf serenaded us With a lullaby and a kiss Your lips made me suspend Reason in favor of the sublime We were free from the flavor of time Our bungalow oasis I look into the unknown I lose my balance as though The ground has fallen up I am cold and I am lost The vast blue yonder Warms me as a blanket I wonder about all the moments When I would look into your eyes They would widen as the Big Montana sky Ripple and sparkle As a river passing by A river passing by Whenever you look at me When you used to look at me My Alexandria My Antiquity When you look at me The light descends As the glowing moon ascends Suspended over dusks highway bleeding It looks as if a gold coin Was misplaced in the ether Or a tarnished copper penny Burnt by the sun I want to put it into my pocket for good luck To remind me of the autumn days Where the leaves the color of your hair Fell from the trees As the dreams falling from my mind Time falling from the mountains Your touch as water Falling from my fingers. Writing has been a fun creative outlet for Douglas S. Hall who lives in Denver. Boulder Weekly
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BG, the latest documentary from Julie ON THE BILL: RBG. Cohen and Betsy West, opens with Varying times, Century images of Washington D.C. accompaTheater, 1700 29th St., nied by sound bites from conservative Boulder. cinemark.com talk radio and one American president casually dismissing a Supreme Court justice as vile and disgusting. “Witch” and “zombie” are tossed around as if they are discussing an enemy of the state. In the context of the daily news cycle, these insults are part and parcel of being a public figure and a government employee. But in the context of a documentary, one designed to celebrate the subject in question, this level of vitriol takes on new meaning. “What has become of me could happen only in America,” 85-year-old Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says with a smile. Ginsburg, Kiki to her friends, was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York, and became a tough, resourceful and levelheaded woman. With a seemingly bottomless pit of energy, she climbed her way to the top and carved out a name for herself in American history. Sandra Day O’Connor may have been the first woman confirmed to the Supreme Court, but the law books will always have a special place for Ginsburg. Maybe that’s because Ginsburg was willing to work three times as hard to make her mark. As RBG shows, Ginsburg has spent her life heeding her mother’s advice not to yell to win an argument. Instead, Ginsburg remains informed and educated, the calm center of a political hurricane. Maybe that’s why Ginsburg feels like a tonic in today’s toxic political climate: she’s almost too good to be true. That’s also why RBG feels lackluster. Sure, the doc’s an engaging 100-minute sit, but the whole thing feels routine. Cohen and West piece together archival footage — primarily Ginsburg’s confirmation hearing in 1993 — alongside current-day interviews with the associate justice and her family members. Everyone speaks glowingly about Ginsburg, as they should, but RBG lacks the critical faculties necessary to paint the full picture. This is most evident in the doc’s third act, when the focus shifts from Ginsburg’s accomplishments to her rise as an internet meme. Though RBG shows two acts worth of evidence as to why anyone would exalt Ginsburg to celebrity status, the third act offers no insight, no general inquisitiveness, as to why she has become one. Is it her willingness to dissent, likely tying into the Left’s idea of “The Resistance?” Is it merely that her monogram is similar to rapper Notorious B.I.G.? Is it the decretive lace collars with which she adorns her judicial robes? Is it her diminutive grand-matronly visage? Is it all of the above? The failure of RBG — and the failure of any documentary — is the failure to dig beneath the surface, merely accepting truth at face value. Instead, Cohen and West show Ginsburg a Saturday Night Live skit where Kate McKinnon mugs, quips and dances as Ginsburg in oversized glasses, a black justice robe and a white lace collar. Ginsburg laughs with a broad grin. “Does it remind you of yourself?” the directors ask. “Not one bit,” Ginsburg replies, smile still firmly in place. “Except for the collar.” Boulder Weekly
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enturing outside of the South for the first time, Tupelo Honey brings its revival of classic Southern cuisine to Union Station in Denver. Straight from the Carolina mountains, the flavorful and soulful menu changes with the seasons and all of the food is responsibly sourced from local purveyors. The blistered & spiced vegetables are the perfect way to start a meal here. Okra, sugar snap peas and tri-color baby carrots are cooked but not overdone. Each bite has a nice crunch, as well as bite, sprinkled with the creole spices and served with a harissa yogurt dipping sauce. $8.
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loy Thai has made a name for itself by serving exciting, unique Thai cuisine that we just can’t seem to get sick of. Aloy offers endless combinations of noodle dishes, wok fries, soups and fried rice concoctions. The curries, though, are something to behold. The mussamun curry welcomes you like a long lost friend, with a rich and creamy coconut base, potato, onion, red bell pepper and peanuts. The bison was our choice of meat, and Aloy gives you three hulking tips that fall apart into tender goodness with a little pressure. $19.
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t’s no secret that Brasserie Ten Ten serves exquisite food; the Frenchinspired cuisine has won awards and accolades before. But its Happy Hour may be one of the best kept secrets in town. Served from 3-6:30 p.m., we could spend hours enjoying the wealth of dishes on the menu, while sipping on a slew of cocktails, wines and/or brews on tap, all without breaking the bank. The French dip slider came with a healthy portion of roast beef, melted, earthy Gruyère cheese, and the slightest hint of horseradish crème. The sesame-seed-topped brioche bun was perfectly toasted, and the au jus was plentiful. $3.95.
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e heard somewhere the fastest growing sector in the food industry today is fast casual vegan food. That’s great news. Luckily, we’ve had a go-to spot of that nature for a while in Native Foods Café. The creations here make you forget why you ever ate meat in the fist place. Take its Southern-fried chicken and waffles. Two sweet and herby waffles are paired with Native’s faux chicken, made of a blend of veggie proteins, and served alongside steamed kale, caramelized onions and a dynamite sriracha maple syrup. It tastes as indulgent as the “real” thing, but you feel a lot better about yourself after eating the whole tray. $11.50.
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(Top) A dish from Centro. (Below, left to right) Chef Johnny Curiel of Centro, Josh Dahl of Pizzeria Locale, Rueben Manzo at Lucile’s Creole Cafe, and Anne Zoe of Zoe Ma Ma
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f you are in Kansas City, be sure to visit Jax Fish House. You can grab lunch at The Kitchen Next Door when you are in Memphis and at Snarf ’s Sandwiches in Austin. In Denver, you can dine at Zoe Ma Ma, Lucile’s Creole Café, Pizzeria Locale, The Post and Acorn. Across the United States you can sample the fare and suds at Old Chicago, not to mention fast casual establishments like Noodles & Company. These Boulder-born restaurants and other establishments have been steadily exporting themselves for decades into other Colorado cities and beyond. If you include natural foods products like Celestial Seasonings Tea, Justin’s Nut Butter and Rudi’s Bread and retailers like Lucky’s Market, a small city on the Boulder Weekly
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edge of the Rocky Mountains has had an absolutely supersized influence on the taste of the region and country. Meanwhile, very, very few Denver and other out-of-town restaurateurs have successfully conquered Boulder. Over the years Boulder is where national chains come to fail. According to Edwin Zoe, the owner of Boulder’s Chimera and Zoe Ma Ma (with a second location in Denver), the reasons speak to Boulder’s distinctive character. “Boulder is a small community that has a very strong sense of supporting local businesses. It makes Boulder a great incubator for unique food concepts that allow them to expand to other places. It’s harder for out-of-town chefs to bring a concept to Boulder because the diners have very high expectations,” Zoe says. He points to Denver-born Snooze as an exception to a large group of restaurants that weren’t able to make a go of it in Boulder.
Zoe waited until Zoe Ma Ma, which serves Chinese street food dishes, was established for five years old before launching a spot in Denver. “It was accepted in Denver right away and has done really well. It takes some education because our food is a change from typical Chinese-American food,” he says. Next up is likely a third location of Zoe Ma Ma in Fort Collins, another community with a strong sense of local identity. Among the prime examples of Boulder-born eateries that have successfully exported themselves: • The Big Red F group started with the Zolo Grill and has grown to include 13 restaurants including Jax Fish House, the West End Tavern, Lola, Centro and The Post located primarily along the Front Range. • The Kitchen has spawned Next Door American Eatery with four Colorado locations and one each in Tennessee and Indiana and others in the planning stages. • Besides the growing number of Pizzeria Locale locations, Frasca Food and Wine recently launched Tavernetta at Denver’s Union Station • OAK at fourteenth has three offsprings: Acorn see NIBBLES Page 40
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at The Source and Brider in Denver, and the new Corrida in Boulder. • Chef Radek Cerny, who has operated numerous restaurants in Denver and Boulder including the European Cafe, has expanded his successful L’Atelier to Denver, as Atelier by Radex. • Local breakfast-lunch favorites including Tangerine, Dot’s Diner and the Walnut Café have expanded in Boulder County. Lucile’s Creole Café has locations along the Front Range and Moe’s Bagels has expanded into the Denver market. • Comida, which started as a Boulder-based food truck, has moved to Denver at The Source and the Stanley Marketplace. • Mountain Sun Brew Pub started on Pearl Street and added Southern Sun and Under the Sun in Boulder before opening brewery-eateries in Denver and Longmont. • Aloy Thai exported its fine dining Thai concept to a second Denver location. • Coming attractions: Boulder’s 4-year-old Zeal opens a second location in the Denver Tech Center this summer. Chef Kelly Whitaker of Basta will open The Wolf ’s Tailor in Denver’s Sunnyside neighborhood.
on KGNU. Information: kgnu.org ... Pueblo’s old school and much-loved Gagliano’s Italian Market has launched Gagliano’s Sausage Company & Sangwiches at 209 W. Northern St. in Pueblo. Meanwhile, Polidori Sausage is the new official bratwurst and sausage of the Colorado Rockies. ... Coloradobased Chipotle Mexican Grill has hired Taco Bell Chief Executive Officer Brian Niccol as its new CEO. Niccol helped launch Doritos Locos Tacos. More than 80 percent of another Colorado eatery chain, Smashburger, has been bought by Philippines-based Jollibee Foods. ... Coming soon: Flower Child, 2580 Arapahoe Ave. near Safeway.
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The iconic Greenbriar Inn is undergoing an exciting, bold transformation by Matt Cortina
ven empty, The Greenbriar Inn north of Boulder feels cozy. The putting-green carpet, the old maps of wine regions, the dark wood and soft leather — it all coalesces to feel like a hug from an old friend. As in, a friend who is actually old. Phil Goddard has been around the Greenbriar for more than half of its 51-year existence. “I love this place,” he says, as we walk through the empty dining room. Before I even ask a question, or say one word about the pros and cons of Greenbriar’s longevity, Goddard is escorting me to the kitchen to show me how bright the future is at the restaurant. On the table, tubs of freshpicked fennel, spring onions and chives, so beautiful, crisp and green they look fake. Soon, over 70 percent of the restaurant’s produce will be culled from the onsite gardens, Goddard says. That’s happening nowhere else in the county. Goddard is eager to introduce me to Martin Woods, the executive chef as of about a year and a half ago. Woods is the future of the Greenbriar. Before I can ask Goddard another question about the history of the restaurant, I turn back to see he’s gone. “Nothing here changed for so long,” Woods says. “They needed to a long time ago, and that’s the reason Phil hired me, is they needed to be brought up to date.” Woods works alone in the kitchen, alternately chopping vegetables and tending to a pot boiling with cranberries, whose thick sherbet-colored head Woods occasionally scrapes into a cast-iron pan and brings to the
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Above, cranberries cook; below, Chef Martin Woods scoops foam from the pot.
stove. The sweet, slightly pungent smell of cooked vinegar is in the air, and Woods slowly puts a textbook dice on a half-dozen onions. “But you can’t steer a battleship 90 degrees, you’ve got to slowly turn,” he says. Woods appears to be the right person to turn that wheel. He grew up working in is grandfather’s restaurants in South Dakota, where he learned how to succeed not only in a kitchen, but in a community. “I think restaurants are a great place to raise kids, if that makes any sense,” he says. “It teaches you the value of a dollar and responsibility and teamwork. This is going to sound weird but if bums came in and wanted a sandBoulder Weekly
wich or something to eat, (my grandfather) would be like, ‘OK, but you gotta come in and do this on this day.’ You gotta give people the benefit of the doubt until they prove otherwise... “He got screwed a lot.” Woods ended up in culinary school, then moved to New York City, where he worked in a Tom Colicchio restaurant, then spent a year in France, bouncing around restaurants and learning how to cook in the classic French manner. “I was a stupid American, so they didn’t let [me] touch food very often,” Woods says. “I was cleaning, and peeling potatoes, that kind of stuff. In a French kitchen, everything is steel, scrubbed from the floor to the ceiling every night, like a two-hour process.” In France, Woods worked at Bernard Loiseau, the eponymous restaurant of the chef ingloriously remembered for being the first to commit suicide over fears that his restaurant might lose its three-star Michelin status. Loiseau was renowned not only for his food, but as is common in high-end kitchens, his fanatic (and frenetic) attention to detail. A book recounting his life is aptly named, The Perfectionist. It wasn’t the last time Woods would encounter a three-Michelin-starred chef and notorious stickler. From France, he took a job in the kitchen at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry in Napa, where he was able to compare and contrast the two food icons’ systems. It was Keller who offered advice about how not to cross the line into self-harm and zealotry as Loiseau had. “I think to do this for a good amount of time you have to be a little bit crazy,” Woods says. “One of the things that Thomas Keller said every day [was], ‘You strive for perfection, you rarely ever reach it. But if you just try to do better every day, if you compound that over a year, two years, three years, pardon my French, but that’s how badasses are made’ — somebody who’s never going to cut corners and actually do things the right way.” Woods listens to jazz often in the kitchen, and while I’m there, a few wild John Coltrane recordings play. Woods, in fact, attempted a career in music before going into food, but he laments, “Nobody likes jazz.” He found, however, similarities between jazz and fine dining. Foremost on Woods’s mind is the dedication required to be proficient at either, and he sees a parallel in the current state of American cooking and the decline of jazz’s popularity in this country. “When I went to culinary school ... it was three and a half years. Now the culinary schools are six months, nine months, so all that classic French technique, where it all started, (Paul) Bocuse and those guys, I’m scared it’s going to get lost in time, because you ask kids coming out of culinary school, they don’t know who these guys are. “Music is done like this now,” Woods says, miming a finger pressing a key on a laptop. “Most people who make music now can’t read or write music. I don’t think it’s right the person who hasn’t dedicated their life to learning the craft of music or the craft of being a chef to get instant fame... for not knowing your craft. It’s not fair to everybody else, and it’s harder on people who are good cooks, because it drowns the market with crappy cooks, so it makes their entire wage go down. It’s just not a great trend.” Woods acknowledges his negativity, but the same point has been expressed in other ways by several Boulder County chefs I’ve interviewed. And it has real consequences, Woods says; if you lose classic technique, you risk desensitizing the community to bad food prepared poorly, which only perpetuates flaws in the food system that harm animals, the environment and communities. And so the mission that Woods is on, and that Goddard is so excited to host at the Greenbriar, is to merge Old World technique with modern technology and wellmade ingredients. The staples will remain — Woods says the beef Wellington will never leave — but if you cook it to order and place 3 ounces of seared foie gras on top, and pair it with a selection from Greenbriar’s 1,000-vintage-strong and awardwinning wine cellar, the merits of fine dining will be self-evident. And if you’re willing to see how far Greenbriar can go, Woods says he’s eager to host the Front Range’s most curious diners. A pickled mussel dish with broth ladled tableside didn’t sell well recently, but the people who had it said it was transcendental, Woods says. Boulder County has room to grow in terms of how experimental we are as diners, Woods says, compared to San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and other cities with progressive dining scenes. That’s why he’s plotting out a five- or seven-course tasting menu that’ll come in around $50. It not only will put new dishes before diners, but it rides the wave of a recent trend in fine dining that has seen the perils of the Michelin system and seeks to simplify the process by putting great dishes before diners without all the hub-bub. History will always be a part of the Greenbriar’s appeal, but Woods appears to be uniquely suited to take the best parts of the past and bring them into a new age. Boulder Weekly
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ou belly up to the bar and order a lager. The bartender nods, slides the glass up to the tap and tips the handle back 45 degrees. The beer races out, filling up the glass with a frothy, carbonated brew, and in a matter of seconds, a fresh pint is before you. Then your friend orders, but this time the barkeep gently places the glass on the bar, pulls the handle down 90 degrees and watches as a slow and velvety stream of nitrogenated beer cascades into the glass. The bartender’s hand is steady; slowly adjusting the flow as the pint gradually fills with a tempest of white foam in a sea of dark brew. Sure, it takes three times longer than your lager, but the ritual is a thing of beauty. While the vast majority of beer found on tap and at liquor stores is pressurized with carbon dioxide — those lively, prickly bubbles that quench your thirst — nitrogenated beers (nitro for short) are quickly becoming a common alternative, and not merely for aesthetic purposes. Nitro dates back to 1959 with Michael Ash, a scientist working for Dublin’s Guinness Brewery, discovering that nitrogen wasn’t as soluble as CO2. At the time, Guinness was practicing a high/low dispense system with bartenders cutting fresh stout with older, stale beer to give a smoother, complex and more nuanced mouthfeel. Nitro streamlined that process and transformed Guinness stout into a signature beverage the world over. But nitrogen is much more than a streamlined delivery device; it’s a complete transformation of the drinking experience. Case in point, Left Hand Brewing’s latest year-round release: Death Before Disco. Weighing in at 6 percent alcohol by volume, this porter exhibits a solid amount of malt (Pale 2-row, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate and Carafa), a hint of hops (Centennial and Cascade), a coat of dark chocolate and a touch of berry fruit. It’s a solid beer, but it’s also on the anemic side, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — many porter drinkers prefer lighterbodied beverages. It’s easily found at your local liquor store, but should you find yourself near Left Hand’s Longmont taproom, then Death Before Disco on nitro awaits, and the experience is vastly different. The head builds into a thick, creamy ring; the nose pops with sweet malt, the flavor develops a strong punch of dark berries and the velvety finish lingers like a full-bodied red wine. Few do nitro beers better than Left Hand. Its Milk Stout, Chai Milk Stout, Blackcurrant Cream Ale and Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout — a beast of a beer that tastes like a cross between chocolate milk and Jägermeister — can all be found throughout the year at your local liquor store or watering hole. Almost every bar has at least one handle devoted to nitro, so why not go out and try a pour? Sure, it takes longer than your average CO2 beer, but the best things in life are worth the wait. 44 May 17 , 2018
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MARCH 21-APRIL 19:
APRIL 20-MAY 20: A chemist named Marcellus Gilmore
Edson got a patent on peanut butter in 1894. A businessperson named George Bayle started selling peanut butter as a snack in 1894. In 1901, a genius named Julia David Chandler published the first recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In 1922, another pioneer came up with a new process for producing peanut butter that made it taste better and last longer. In 1928, two trailblazers invented loaves of sliced bread, setting the stage for the ascension of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich to its full glory. According to my analysis, Taurus, you’re partway through your own process of generating a very practical marvel. I suspect you’re now at a phase equivalent to Julia David Chandler’s original recipe. Onward! Keep going!
MAY 21-JUNE 20: One of the most popular brands of
candy in North America is Milk Duds. They’re irregularly shaped globs of chocolate caramel. When they were first invented in 1926, the manufacturer’s plan was to make them perfect little spheres. But with the rather primitive technology available at that time, this proved impossible. The finished products were blobs, not globes. They tasted good, though. Workers jokingly suggested that the new confection’s name include “dud,” a word meaning “failure” or “flop.” Having sold well now for more than 90 years, Milk Duds have proved that success doesn’t necessarily require perfection. Who knows? Maybe their dud-ness has been an essential part of their charm. I suspect there’s a metaphorical version of Milk Duds in your future, Gemini.
JUNE 21-JULY 22: In my vision of your life in the com-
ing weeks, you’re hunting for the intimate power that you lost a while back. After many twists and trials, you find it almost by accident in a seemingly unimportant location, a place you have paid little attention to for a long time. When you recognize it, and realize you can reclaim it, your demeanor transforms. Your eyes brighten, your skin glows, your body language galvanizes. A vivid hope arises in your imagination: how to make that once-lost, nowrediscovered power come alive again and be of use to you in the present time.
JULY 23-AUG. 22: The etymological dictionary says
that the English slang word “cool” meant “calmly audacious” as far back as 1825. The term “groovy” was first used by jazz musicians in the 1930s to signify “performing well without grandstanding.” “Hip,” which was originally “hep,” was also popularized by the jazz community. It meant, “informed, aware, up-to-date.” I’m bringing these words to your attention because I regard them as your words of power in the coming weeks. You can be and should be as hip, cool, and groovy as you have been in a long time.
AUG. 23-SEPT. 22: I hope you will seek out influences
that give you grinning power over your worries. I hope you’ll be daring enough to risk a breakthrough in service to your most demanding dream. I hope you will make an effort to understand yourself as your best teacher might understand you. I hope you will find out how to summon more faith in yourself — a faith not rooted in lazy wishes but in a rigorous self-assessment. Now here’s my prediction: You will fulfill at least one of my hopes, and probably more.
SEPT. 23-OCT. 22: The Polish pianist Ignacy Jan
Paderewski once performed for England’s Queen Victoria.
OCT. 23-NOV. 21: The ancient Greek poet Simonides
was among the first of his profession to charge a fee for his services. He made money by composing verses on demand. On one occasion, he was asked to write a stirring tribute to the victor of a mule race. He declined, declaring that his sensibilities were too fine to create art for such a vulgar activity. In response, his potential patron dramatically boosted the proposed price. Soon thereafter, Simonides produced a rousing ode that included the phrase “windswift steeds.” I offer the poet as a role model for you in the coming weeks, Scorpio. Be more flexible than usual about what you’ll do to get the reward you’d like.
NOV. 22-DEC. 21: Here’s the operative metaphor for
you these days: You’re like a painter who has had a vision of an interesting work of art you could create — but who lacks some of the paint colors you would require to actualize this art. You may also need new types of brushes you haven’t used before. So here’s how I suggest you proceed: Be aggressive in tracking down the missing ingredients or tools that will enable you to accomplish your as-yet imaginary masterpiece.
DEC. 22-JAN. 19: Useful revelations and provocative
epiphanies are headed your way. But they probably won’t arrive sheathed in sweetness and light, accompanied by tinkling swells of celestial music. It’s more likely they’ll come barging in with a clatter, bringing bristly marvels and rough hope. In a related matter: At least one breakthrough is in your imminent future. But this blessing is more likely to resemble a wrestle in the mud than a dance on a mountaintop. None of this should be a problem, however! I suggest you enjoy the rugged but interesting fun.
JAN. 20-FEB. 18: One of the saddest aspects of
our lives as humans is the disparity between love and romance. Real love is hard work. It’s unselfish, unwavering and rooted in generous empathy. Romance, on the other hand, tends to be capricious and inconstant, often dependent on the fluctuations of mood and chemistry. Is there anything you could do about this crazy-making problem, Aquarius? Like could you maybe arrange for your romantic experiences to be more thoroughly suffused with the primal power of unconditional love? I think this is a realistic request, especially in the coming weeks. You will have exceptional potential to bring more compassion and spiritual affection into your practice of intimacy.
FEB. 19-MARCH 20: In accordance with astrologi-
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Savage Love Live at Denver’s Oriental Theater last week was epic. I fielded sex questions in front of a soldout crowd, singer-songwriter Rachel Lark performed amazing news songs, comedian Elise Kerns absolutely killed it, and Tye — a token straight guy plucked at random from the audience — joined us onstage and gave some pretty great sex advice! We couldn’t get to all the audience questions during the show, so I’m going to race through as many unanswered questions as I can in this week’s column... Q: You’ve famously said, “Oral comes standard.” How long before anal comes standard?
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irst comes love, then comes marriage, then comes unfollowing all of my friends on Instagram when they stop posting photos of their old, fun lives in favor of creepy 3D sonograms and baby bump pics. And right now, there seems to be a serious influx of pregnancy announcements. It’s almost as if every couple decided to toss
their birth control over the holidays so they could make every wedding they attend this summer about them. Sure, I’m definitely happy for them and slightly jealous because I often dream about all the food I’ll eat with reckless abandon if I ever get accidentally pregnant one day. But aside from all the attention they’ll get on social media, pregnancy isn’t that glamorous, especially when it comes to navigating pain and morning sickness. Unfortunately, there is no definitive research when it comes to the relative safety of cannabis consumption during pregnancy, but apparently, dispensaries seem to think they have all the answers. A recent study found that some Colorado dispensaries are promoting canna-
bis use during pregnancy. According to the study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, a majority of the dispensaries contacted recommended medical marijuana products to help treat morning sickness. First, researchers selected 400 random dispensaries in Colorado for the study. Then, they called them pretending to be eight weeks pregnant and asking for advice on how to deal with morning sickness. About 70 percent of dispensaries (277 out of 400) recommended cannabis products to the callers. Additionally, about 30 percent said that cannabis is safe during pregnancy. Only 32 percent of employees recommended that the caller seek the advice of a healthcare professional without a prompt from the researcher. Of these dispensaries, 37 percent were licensed for medical sale, 28 percent were licensed for retail only, and 35 percent were licensed for both. The most frequent recommendation was edibles followed by inhalation. Wow. Just wow. To me, it seems pretty ballsy and inappropriate for dispensary workers with no medical background to be giving out medical advice to pregnant women. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are typically reluctant when it comes to conversations about marijuana. They either don’t want to discuss it or straight up reject all consumption. Understandably, the stigma of cannabis can often make women hesitant to be fully honest with their physicians. With little to no information coming from their doctors, it’s typical for pregnant women to turn to friends, the internet and possibly marijuana dispensary workers for answers. The Marijuana Industry Group stated
that it is protocol for dispensary workers to urge customers to speak with a medical professional for any of their health questions, WFTS Tampa Bay reported. “What this tells us as an industry is that we have a gap in our ‘onboarding process,’ in terms of training our dispensary workers to provide not just a good conversation on products, usage and dosing ... but it’s very important that employees clarify they are not medical professionals,” said Kristi Kelly, the group’s executive director, WFTS reported. Although marijuana is medically known for reducing nausea, the science is still not clear how consuming cannabis affects a fetus. The placenta is designed to prevent harmful molecules in the mother’s body from coming into contact with the fetus, but it’s unclear if any components of marijuana are able to break through this barrier. Multiple studies provide conflicting results. Moreover, the nature of that research itself has been limited. For decades, scientists interested in studying the effects of cannabis have had to overcome significant roadblocks set up by the federal government. What’s more, directly tampering with a fetus or a pregnant mother’s health in the name of scientific research crosses into problematic ethical territory, and is not allowed by the rules of most credible professional associations and institutional review boards, which review the ethical implications of proposed research studies. So while it’s a personal choice and every pregnancy is different, most medical professionals suggest that when in doubt, it’s best to simply hold off on getting stoned during your pregnancy, no matter how unbearable your morning sickness may be.
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by Paul Danish
Cory Gardner and politics as the art of the possible
ast month, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner got President Trump to support legislation that would allow states to decide whether or not to legalize marijuana without federal interference. Since then, Gardner and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren have been drafting a bipartisan bill to do that. According to marijuana journalist/activist Tom Angell, details about what’s in the bill are starting Gage Skidmore to emerge. Angell, writing at the website Marijuana Moment, says the bill’s key clause amends the Controlled Substance Act to exempt state-legal marijuana activity from the act’s provisions, “with a few carve-outs such as prohibiting marijuana distribution at rest areas and truck stops.” In other words, the bill essentially writes the Cole Memorandum, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked last January, into federal law. The Cole memo, which was a product of the Obama-era Department of Justice, had said the feds would refrain from enforcing federal anti-marijuana laws in states that had legalized marijuana, provided state marijuana laws were being followed. Gardner went ballistic after Sessions revoked the memo, because Sessions had promised Gardner he wouldn’t do so prior to being confirmed as Attorney General. That prompted Gardner to block Senate consideration of a number of Trump administration appointees to high-level Justice Department positions until Sessions reconsidered, or something changed.
The thing that changed was that Trump came out in favor of a states-rights-based legislative fix. Also, the bill states that compliant financial and banking transactions are not trafficking and do not result in proceeds of an unlawful transaction, Angell reports. And it amends the federal definition of marijuana to exclude industrial hemp. What the bill doesn’t do is alter marijuana’s classification as a Schedule I controlled substance (along with heroin) in the Controlled Substances Act. The bill leaves that outrage intact, while giving states a way to opt out of the act insofar as marijuana is concerned. That’s being done for the best of reasons: The Gardner-Warren bill will have a much better chance of passing if it casts legalization as a states-rights issue instead of as an issue of explicitly legalizing marijuana at the federal level. Thus the bill’s title will be the “Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Entrusting States (STATES) Act.” The 10th Amendment to the Constitution states that, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Passage of the Gardner-Warren bill is not a slam dunk, even with Trump’s support. Most of the bill’s supporters in the Senate are apt to be Democrats, who are currently the minority party, so the bill will need some Republican support, enough to put it over the top even if all the Democrats in the chamber vote in favor. And it will
need additional Republican support if there are Democratic nay votes or if anti-marijuana senators attempt a filibuster. In a worst-case scenario, the bill might need 10-15 GOP votes to get through the Senate. There are five Republican Senators in states that have legalized recreational marijuana: Gardner (Colorado), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Dan Sullivan (Alaska), Susan Collins (Maine), and Dean Heller (Nevada). Moreover, Ted Cruz (Texas) is on record as in support of leaving marijuana legalization to the states. There are several other Republican senators who represent red states (like Florida and Arkansas) that have legalized medical marijuana. For them, supporting a bill that exempts their states from the anti-pot provisions of the Controlled Substances Act on states-rights/10th Amendment grounds will be much easier than being asked to support a bill that amends the act itself to make pot legal. Similar arithmetic exists in the House of Representatives; the bill will need a number of Republican members to vote yes, even though the Republican base in their districts may be anti-pot. But those members may be able to vote “yeas” on states-rights/10th Amendment grounds without losing their base supporters, and even pick up some independents in the bargain. Finally, there’s Trump. During the campaign he supported leaving marijuana legalization to the states. But he also has well-known personal antidrug and -alcohol views. And while he promised to support leaving marijuana legalization to the states, he didn’t promise to support legalizing it at the federal level. Trump makes a point of keeping his campaign promises. That’s probably why Gardner has his support. Politics is the art of the possible. Gardner and Warren seem to have a pretty good handle on that.
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