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departments 5 THE HIGHROAD: Delivering the news to the ‘New York Times’ 6 THE ANDERSON FILES: ‘Socialism’ is no longer a dirty word 6 GUEST COLUMN: America was in the business of separating families long before Trump 8 LETTERS: Signed, sealed, delivered, your views 19 BOULDERGANIC: Colorado’s Marjie Griek fights for sustainability on a national level 25 OVERTONES: CMF artistic advisor will lead concerts with Berstein theme 29 BOULDER COUNTY EVENTS: What to do and where to go 37 WORDS: ‘From the Pentagon’ by Jehanne Dubrow 38 SCREEN: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is fun-ish despite a weak script 39 FILM: ‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ 41 THE TASTING MENU: Four courses to try in and around Boulder County 48 DRINK: Tour de Brew: Rueben’s Burger Bistro 53 ASTROLOGY: by Rob Brezsny 55 ICUMI: An irreverent and not always accurate view of the world 57 SAVAGE LOVE: Lopsiders 59 WEED BETWEEN THE LINES: Taking a tolerance break 61 CANNABIS CORNER: Pot PAC targets a Sessions worse than Jeff Boulder Weekly
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Highroad Delivering the news to the ‘New York Times’ by Jim Hightower
efore major news organizations pronounce someone dead, they ought to check the person’s pulse. Take, for example, a recent New York Times screed prematurely pronouncing the Our Revolution political organization — launched only two years ago by Sen. Bernie Sanders — a moribund failure: “The group has repeatedly picked fights with the Democratic establishment in primary
elections, losing nearly every time,” the paper barked. But, lo and behold, the very next day, Our Revolution’s endorsed candidate for governor in the Maryland primary, Ben Jealous, handily defeated the party establishment’s favorite. Also, in New York a 28-year-old Our Revolution activist, Alexandria OcasioCortez, shocked the national party’s entire corporate hierarchy with her resounding grassroots victory over Rep. Joe Crowley, the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House. These big scores followed OR’s earlier outsider victories over monied insiders in the Georgia and Texas gubernatorial primaries. Also, the insurgent group, which the Times ridiculed as “failing,” has been winning dozens of upset victories in down-ballot primary
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elections from coast to coast, electing 45 percent of its candidates. Just as significant, these Sandersinspired progressive rebels have now defined the Democratic Party’s agenda. Plus they’ve enlivened both its supporters and many of its previously lethargic office holders by backing such populist (and popular) proposals as Medicare for All and debt-free higher education. Apparently, it’s hard to see America’s grassroots reality through the dusty-distant office windows of the New York Times. So, before the editors and writers do another hit piece on the people and candidates of Our Revolution, maybe they could come out of their journalistic cubicles and at least visit the countryside. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. July 12 , 2018 5
the anderson files ‘Socialism’ is no longer a dirty word by Dave Anderson
lexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t expect to become a “Democratic giant slayer” as the New York Times would call her. The 28-year-old bartender and waitress from the Bronx was running in a primary against Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent and one of the most powerful Democrats in the U.S. House. He was a leading contender to become the next Speaker of the House. Crowley outspent Ocasio-Cortez 10-to-1, burning up more than $3 million on the race. His donors included Facebook, Google, JP Morgan, Citigroup, Viacom, Lockheed Martin and Blackrock. But Crowley would lose by a 57-42 percent margin. The main differences between them were on issues of economic and racial justice. Ocasio-Cortez had been an organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign and a member of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Crowley was a liberal, but the more corporatefriendly kind. Ocasio-Cortez was recruited to run by the Bernie-inspired Brand New Congress (BNC) after she returned from an encampment at Standing Rock in late 2016, where she was demonstrating to protect Native rights and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. She had an army of door-knocking and phone calling activists from DSA, Black Lives Matter and Muslims for Progress as well as BNC and two other Bernieinspired groups, Justice Democrats and Our Revolution. Her platform was refreshingly bold: Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a federal jobs guarantee, the human right to housing, free public college, a Marshall Plan for Puerto Rico, an end to for-profit private prisons, demilitarizing the police and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). All of a sudden, Ocasio-Cortez was on numerous TV shows and profiled in magazine and newspaper articles. Stephen Colbert on The Late Show asked her what she meant when she said she was a democratic socialist. She explained: “I believe that in a modern, moral and wealthy society, no person in 6 July 12 , 2018
America should be too poor to live. What that means to me is health care as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or tradeschool education if they so choose it. I think that no person should be homeless if we have public structures or public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked if socialism was “ascendant” in the Democratic Party. She said no. She paused and added, “it’s ascendant in that district perhaps. But I don’t accept any characterization of our party presented by the Republicans. So let me reject that right now.” Her reaction was understandable. For decades, even quite conservative Democrats have been called “socialists.” The word has been used as a swear word. But times are changing. Bernie is the most popular politician in the country. A 2016 Gallup poll revealed that 35 percent of Americans had a favorable view of “socialism.” Interestingly, Democrats in that poll viewed “socialism” just slightly more favorably than “capitalism.” However, an overwhelmingly majority of Democrats and Republicans were favorable to “free enterprise” and “entrepreneurs.” In a different survey, nearly six in 10 Democratic primary voters in 2016 said socialism had a “positive impact on society,” and four in 10 Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa described themselves as socialists (that included some Hillary Clinton supporters). A number of polls show that socialism is increasingly popular among younger Americans. That’s a big reason why DSA has grown from 6,000 members in 2015 to 43,000 today. There are 220 local chapters and at least 35 DSA members have been elected to public office around the country. They ran as Democrats. Political scientist Corey Robin has noted that in the wake of OcasioCortez’s victory, “there’s been a dramatic shift in mainstream liberal opinion — in the media, on social media, see THE ANDERSON FILES Page 7
guest column America was in the business of separating families long before Trump by Jeffery Robinson
hildren are crying for their parents while being held in small cages. The attorney general tells us the Bible justifies what we see, and the White House press secretary backs him up. Be horrified and angered, but not because this is a new Trump transgression against real American values. America was in the business of separating families long before Trump. I am not talking about spurious claims that Obama did the same thing or the valid comparisons to how our criminal justice system uses a cash bail system that every day rips children from their families before they or their parents have been convicted of any crime. The true story is that the United States has a well-documented history of breaking up non-white families. When we sent Japanese-Americans to internment camps, families were often separated when fathers were sent hasty relocation orders and forced labor contracts. In some cases, family members (usually the father) had been arrested earlier and sent to a different camp. Forty years later, the U.S. government apologized, provided reparations of $20,000 to every survivor of those internment camps, and blamed the
“grave wrong” on “racial prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership.” Sound familiar? The separating of Native American families was more intentional: America deliberately tried to wipe native culture from our country. According to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, beginning in the late 1800s, thousands of American Indian children were forcibly sent to government-run or church-run “boarding schools,” where they were taught English and forbidden to speak their native languages. The boarding schools forced children to cut their hair and give up their traditional clothing. Their meaningful native names were replaced with English ones. Their traditional religious practices were forcibly replaced with Christianity. They were taught that their cultures were inferior. Teachers sometimes ridiculed the students’ traditions. These lessons humiliated the students and taught them to be ashamed of their heritage. And then, of course, America enslaved blacks for 246 years. Separating enslaved families was done for profit, for punishment or simply see GUEST COLUMN Page 7
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because a seller or buyer wanted it that way in the 18th and 19th centuries. “Destroying families is one of the worst things done during slavery,” said Henry Fernandez, co-founder of the African American Research Collaborative and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “The federal government maintained these evils through the fugitive slave laws and other rules which defined African Americans as property with which a slave owner could do whatever they wanted.” Each of these policies, Fernandez said, begins with the assumption “that the idea of family is simply less important to people of color and that the people involved are less than human. To justify ripping families apart, the government must first engage in dehumanizing the targeted group.” The Weeping Time exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture documents the U.S. history of separating children from parents. “Night and day, you could hear men and women screaming ... ma, pa, sister or brother ... taken without any warning,” Susan Hamilton, a witness to a slave auction, recalled in a 1938 interview. “People was always dying from a broken heart.” Our history of separating families is no older than our use of the Bible to justify transgressions against humanity.
When Texas withdrew from the union, it declared that enslaving people was justified by “the revealed will of the Almighty Creator.” William T. Thompson, the designer of the Confederate Flag said, “As a people, we are fighting to maintain the Heavenordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race.” Jeff Sessions is simply the most recent person to try to justify an indefensible policy by referring to the Bible. On June 14, Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited biblical scripture Romans 13 to claim support for the Trump administration’s forced separation of immigrant families. “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,” he said. As it happens, this is the same passage cited by loyalist preachers who said America should not declare independence from England; it was cited by southerners defending slavery; and, it was cited to defend authoritarian rule in Nazi Germany and South African apartheid. Jeffery Robinson is the ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.
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among politicians, activists and citizens — toward Bernie Sanders–style positions. People who were lambasting that kind of politics in 2016 are now embracing it — without remarking upon the change, without explaining it, leaving the impression that this is what they believed all along.” He says “this causes no end of consternation in certain precincts of the Left.” But he argues that this change is good news and points out that you build coalitions and mass movements by welcoming converts. But the leftward shift in the Democratic Party began before OcasioCortez’s victory. In September 2017, Bernie Sanders introduced a Medicare for All bill, and he had 16 Democratic senators standing with him as co-sponsors. A few months later, they joined Sanders in calling for a government guarantee of full employment. What’s going to happen next? Conflicts will continue between Democratic Party factions over ideas and programs. It might be useful to Boulder Weekly
look back at another period of hard times. During the Great Depression, the labor movement pushed the country — and the Democratic Party — to the left through militant direct action. A fair number of the activists in that movement called themselves Socialists, Communists and Trotskyists. Franklin Roosevelt borrowed many ideas from the Socialist Party to create his New Deal. In 1954, a New York Times profile of Norman Thomas, the six-time presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, described him as an influential figure who made “a great contribution in pioneering ideas that have now won the support of both major parties,” including “Social Security, public housing, public power developments, legal protection for collective bargaining and other attributes of the welfare state.” Can something like this happen again? As a card-carrying member of DSA, I sure hope so. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.
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Fiction vs. Nonfiction Thank you for four great years of 101-word contests. Submitting entries has both challenged and entertained me. Not to spoil the fun, I thought stories were to be fiction. “Fiction” refers to literature created from the imagination, while “Nonfiction” refers to literature based in fact (Hoover Public Library). Fiction is something not perceived in reality; nonfiction is rooted in memories. Stories published in the July 5-11, 2018 issue seem drawn from real-life experiences. My submittals were in the sci-fi and surrealism categories, deliberately avoiding reality-based storytelling. Maybe the contest name should change to “101-Word Stories?” Robert Carrier/Erie
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Boulder prides itself on its progressive sustainability initiatives and healthy living environment, but there’s still a lot we can do as individuals to reduce the harmful impact we have on the earth and fellow living beings on a global scale. We’ve all heard horror stories about McDonald’s, from tales of suspicious toxic ingredients to lethal quantities of fat and sugar to the effects of the company’s corporate greed on its employees — and maybe most of us see a Happy Meal as a guilty pleasure because of this. But a recent campaign by a group of animal protection charities has exposed that the chickens in the McDonald’s supply chain are suffering in numerous heartbreaking and unnecessary ways. McDonald’s recently released an “improved” animal welfare policy that might look great to consumers on the outside, but in reality does very little to improve the lives of the chickens they purchase. We consumers have a moral obligation to take a stand against their cruel treatment. The sup-
pliers are deliberately choosing chickens bred to grow so fast their legs break under their unnaturally heavy bodies, if they don’t die of heart disease first. There is no requirement that they have access to sunlight or litter or perches. They are stocked so densely that they have no space of their own and are forced to breathe ammonia fumes from their own waste. Burger King, Subway, Jack in the Box, Sonic and over 80 other major food companies have mandated that their chicken suppliers implement policies that address these issues by 2024, but McDonald’s refuses to do the same. [source: imnotlovinit.com] The success of McDonald’s is built off of the voices and decisions of customers like us. We can all oppose this animal cruelty by boycotting McDonald’s and spreading the word through our community. Boulder can do better than support this kind of cruelty-based industry. Meagan Phillips/Niwot
Tax carbon to fight climate change As the Earth’s precession brings us sinusoidally through another summer, we all may have occasion to look up into the mountains and see a wildfire burning, and get a little nervous, and tell ourselves that it happens every year, and that the fire departments have a handle on it. But such halftruths have half-lives. Contrary to what silly adages would have you believe, you fight fire with water, and every year, it seems, there is just ever so slightly less water, and ever so slightly more fire. The solution, in the long term, will not come from better and better fire hoses. The underlying problem is our changing climate. Trees, plants and indeed entire ecosystems did not evolve to live in climates that are, year after year, just a little hotter than they always used to be. It’s a delicate and narrow window that evolution gave us, and the irony is that humans have found ways to circumvent it. Air conditioning makes the hot summer bearable, and makes the next summer hotter. Yet even if you can ditch that airconditioning, stop flying, driving and meat-eating, and move into a densely packed co-op with 10 other people, you will still find that there’s a big world out there, and most of its inhabitants have not followed your lead. If see LETTERS Page 9
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climate change is to be fought, it will not be enough to reform merely ourselves. Yet for all this, the solution might not be as radical as one would guess. Fundamentally, the problem is that energy usage affects things we value in a way that doesn’t get priced in fully on our monthly energy bills. The solution might just be to price it in fully. This approach is known as a carbon tax. It makes it costly — not prohibitively, just discouragingly so — to use greenhouse gas emitting energy fuels. Boulder already has a carbon tax, but its preferably levied at the national level. As such, do some research — read former Governor Ritter’s recent endorsement in the Denver Post, or better yet Shi-Ling Hsu’s book The Case for a Carbon Tax, and, if you find yourself where I am on this issue, call up Representative Polis, and Senators Gardner and Bennet. Your children’s local fire department may thank you. Daniel Palken/Boulder
Civic engagement needed for progress A common thread connects many of the issues we face in 2018: increasingly complex policy challenges, and decreasing public engagement. Trade dominated international conversations recently, and countless economists are expressing frustration that no one understands the idea of comparative advantage, despite its’ huge impact on our economic lives. Nationally, Americans debate data security and the integrity of information, but most technical experts seem to conclude that, while there may be top-down policy solutions we can try, none can substitute for individuals taking responsibility for the information they take in and give out. At the state level, Coloradans want better education and transportation, but few enough of us fully understand the constitutional tax problems that keep better schools and roads out of reach. In Boulder, I have noticed this engagement challenge in conversations about both affordable housing and municipalization. I find it easy to talk about how Boulder is too expensive, but hard to actually address the problem while protecting open space and avoiding challenges that accompany higher population density. I love to complain about expensive government boondoggles as much as anyone. However, unpacking the whole truth and nothing but the truth about why utility projects can take years to launch successfully and about the real Boulder Weekly
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Man with a plan? That guy in the White House is going to leave the U.S. friendless and without a shred of credibility. First he cozies up to what were once our political and emotional allies, aiming to manipulate them into this “new” arrangement or that, all so that our guy can look like the “great negotiator,” or like he’s “doing something.” Then he stabs them in the back. In truth he is undoing everything. He hated the Iran nuclear arrangement and has targeted NAFTA, too. Why? Because those treaties or contracts or accords were not made by Mr. Ego himself. The aim is clearly to remake everything in his own image, creating a cult of personality calculated to prevent repercussions from overriding our country’s longstanding rule of law. Glimmers of all that are coming through the cracks, but our bought-without-a-warranty Congress will not do anything about the mess growing by the day. Look out, for he is maneuvering to eviscerate the FBI, a useful organ in our political environment if nothing else. Then he can create his own [secret] police force. These would be handy to rough up and evict dissenters from his rallies. And then some. So now Mr. Ego in the White House appears ready to meet Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un, “halfway.” The latter seems to have changed his tune after a hasty visit to the People’s Republic of China. Our guy appears to really like autocratic heads of state. It’s best to ask in these matters, cui bono? I would not be surprised if Vladimir Putin didn’t lean on Kim to make some kind of “deal” (or to make things look like he might), to further build our guy’s self-image. There’s an old rule in politics: when the opponent is digging a hole for himself, do not get directly involved, let it happen. And so we do. Has anyone asked why? Gregory Iwan/Longmont
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Water banking pilot program finished… for now by Angela K. Evans
few years ago, farmer Paul Kehmeier decided not to irrigate some of his alfalfa fields for part of the season, and instead take advantage of a pilot program that paid him money to leave his water in the larger Colorado River system. It was a risky decision for Kehmeier. In Colorado, which has seen a century or more of water battles, no one could say for sure how fallowing his land might impact the soil or his water rights. But the Western Slope farmer also understood that continuing to irrigate his land carries its own risk, because the current historic drought threatens not only the survival of the Colorado River, but that of everyone in the Southwest who depends on its water — an estimated 40 million people. “I think it’s in my best interest to cooperate on some of the bigger challenges facing the Colorado River Basin,” says Kehmeier, who grows hay in addition to alfalfa on his family farm in Eckert, Colorado. “I don’t sit around all day worrying about compact calls or if the almond farmers in California are getting enough water. But I think it’s good for me to look a little bit
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Agriculture uses about 80 percent of the water taken out of the Colorado River to irrigate approximately 5.7 million acres of land both within the river’s basin and outside of it in places like California’s Imperial Valley. The goal of the SCPP was to test the theory that paying farmers to temporarily and voluntarily fallow their fields could be “a feasible method to partially mitigate the decline of or to raise water levels in Lake Powell thereby serving as a useful tool (in the) drought contingency planning processes in the Upper Basin,” according to a final report on the program released in February. The idea being that paying farmers to not irrigate land for short periods of time could play a pivotal role in creating a demand management system that could potentially keep agricultural communities economically vibrant, while at the same time maintaining water levels at Lake Powell. The UCRC considers Lake Powell another key part of any future system, which is problematic given it’s currently threatened. At the end of June, the lake was only at 52 percent capacity, with unregulated inflow volume at only 33 percent of average, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. The agency predicts the reservoir will continue to decline every month for the rest of the year, eventually reaching an estimated low of 48 percent capacity. These low levels at Lake Powell could trigger a compact call on the Colorado River. Such demands for additional water by the lower basin states of Arizona, Nevada and California on the upper basin states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico are permitted and governed according to the 1922 Colorado Compact agreement. In addition to a potential compact call, stakeholders are also concerned that Lake Powell’s dangerously low levels threaten to expose the turbines at the lake’s Glen Canyon Dam, which would jeopardize the supply of hydroelectric power it generates for millions of customers in the Colorado Compact states.
Lake Powell is currently at 52 percent capacity, and is expected to reach a season low of 48 percent capacity by the end of the year.
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beyond the boundaries of my farm.” Kehmeier worked with the Colorado River System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP) to see if fallowing some of his land for part of a growing season could be a viable option not only for his business, but also for broader systematic conservation. What started as a two-year program in 2015 was extended through 2018, but on June 20, the Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC) that oversees the program passed a resolution suspending the upper basin SCPP. The Commission will now focus on addressing the larger legal and logistical questions that must be dealt with before any full-fledged demand management program based on the SCPP model could be launched. And while most people involved in the pilot program see the SCPP experiment as a success, all acknowledge the future difficulties of launching a full-scale version.
In 2015, SCPP started with $11 million in funding from four different water utilities, including Denver Water, as well as the Bureau of Reclamation and nonprofit donors, most notably the Walton Family Foundation. The funding was split between the upper and lower basin states (the lower basin SCPP program was not suspended as part of the UCRC’s resolution). In the Upper Basin SCPP, 45 projects were funded that together reduced water consumption on ranches and farms by approximately 22,000 acre-feet in the first three years of the program. SCPP paid out approximately $4.5 million for projects in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico for an average of $200 per acre of land fallowed. Data from the program’s final year isn’t yet available, however, it’s estimated an additional $3.9 million will be paid to upper basin farmers and ranchers by the end of 2018. Some projects fallowed fields for an entire season, while others Boulder Weekly
created split season irrigation, watering the land the first half of the year while allowing the water to stay in the river the rest of the growing season. Groups like Trout Unlimited and the Nature Conservancy chipped in to help broker the deals between funding agencies and farmers and ranchers. “We spent a good amount of time working with our ag partners on what this would look like on the ground,” says Aaron Derwingson, agricultural coordinator for The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado River Program. One of the first projects funded by SCPP was the Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch outside of Steamboat Springs, where 200 acres were fallowed. This process was used to test how such actions could affect water rights, land recovery and any other challenges that might arise. “If we’re going to be talking to others about this, then we need to know the process firsthand,” Derwingson says. The individual contracts with farmers depended on how many acres were fallowed and for how long, and range from $6,000 to more than $600,000. In 2018, one ranch in Routt County, Colorado, was paid $421,650 — one of the largest awards in SCPP — for fallowing 1,941 acres of irrigated hayfields. For some in the water conservation world, the SCPP, or any future program based on its premise, is too little, too late with too high a price tag. And they claim it relies on a system with inherent flaws from the get-go. “They spent three years and many, many millions of dollars and averaged 7,000 acre-feet per year,” says Gary Wockner, with Save the Colorado, a water conservation advocacy group. “That is a proverbial drop in the bucket. Lake Powell holds 25 million acre-feet, and they got 7,000.” Environmentalists have long decried Lake Powell for its large evaporative losses and other negative ecological impacts, which they say contribute to the fact that the 1,450-mile-long Colorado River rarely reaches the Pacific Ocean anymore. And with ongoing climate change, the current drought is only expected to get worse in coming decades, which will further exacerbate the problem. But even so, for farmers like Kehmeier, the idea of leasing water rights temporarily through a program like SCPP represents another “tool in the management toolkit” in maintaining a viable farming operation. “Without getting too far in the weeds, in general I think I do best by selling a value-added product such as alfalfa or grain. But sometimes it makes sense to sell my raw commodity, which is water,” Kehmeier says, noting that this is especially true in years when supply is higher than demand for his crops, lowering their price. “I don’t think I would do it year after year, but it’s another alternative in my range of decisions to make in order to run my business.” The year he participated in SCPP, he says he made more by selling his water than he would have had he irrigated fields and raised crops, although, he says, “It wasn’t a windfall by any means.” A pilot program is designed to be just that, a small-scale, temporary process for gathering data that either proves or disproves the feasibility of a longer-term, larger project. And while there’s widespread consensus that the SCPP proved farmers would be willing to participate in a demand management system if they were appropriately compensated, the UCRC suspended the program in order to focus on other obstacles that could prevent a full-blown project from moving forward. From what Derwingson’s heard, the participants in the program realize that there’s no use continuing to fallow lands and reduce consumption until some of the outstanding, broader questions can be addressed. “In order to be successful, there has to be some certainty and consistency” to the program, he says. Therein lies the challenge ahead.
“We have to really roll up our sleeves at this point and dig into the data that we got out of the years of the pilot program that we have,” says James Ecklund, the state’s Colorado River representative. “We have a year here or so to evaluate the pilot program. I don’t think we have much more time than that.” Ecklund says analyzing the data from the pilot program will take at least that long, and any sort of demand management system isn’t really feasible before 2020. In addition to the threat of compact calls and having to shut down hydroelectric generation, Ecklund says, if the water levels drop below the turbines at Lake Powell, then critical federal funding for other important projects like salinity management, water quality and fish recovery programs are at risk as well. “On this river, you seem to pull the thread and you get the whole sweater,” he says. “We really have to do all we can as fast as we can, and even if we do all of that we still may be facing a crisis or a pinch point that needs more than we can give.” In explaining its reasoning for suspending the SCPP, the UCRC resolution states that the pilot project “does not allow the Upper Division States to sufficiently investigate storage or the additional administrative, technical, operational, ecoSee SCPP Page 12
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nomic or legal considerations” that would make a large-scale project feasible. “I was encouraged by it as a pilot project knowing that something like it will need to be in place in the future, something larger, that has permanent funding that has legal certainty, and it’s something we would like to participate in the long range,” says Eli Feldman from Conscious Bay Company, a commercial and agricultural real estate investment and management firm based in Boulder. The registered B Corp manages commercial property throughout the metro area as well as agricultural property in Steamboat Springs and Delta County, Colorado, but was not involved in the SCPP. Feldman says the company’s primary interest is in agriculture, but they have been watching the SCPP closely and would consider participating in future fallowing projects that provided compensation for water. While agriculture may be Conscious Bay’s primary interest, it should be pointed out that not all companies share its stated philosophy. Large pieces of the American West are increasingly being bought up by water speculators looking to turn a profit from their historical water rights. Even so, Feldman believes that the market can offer conservation solutions. “Farmers will conserve water if you pay them a reasonable amount of money for it. So now it’s a matter of, do we have the political will that actually promote or explicitly allow it. And fund it. That’ll be the trickier political issue,” he says. When it comes to water law, at the moment there aren’t clear ways to ensure that once one farmer leaves water in the system, the next farmer won’t simply divert it out further downstream, preventing it from ever reaching Lake Powell. Furthermore, there is no legal mechanism to keep any water that makes it to Lake Powell in the reservoir to maintain operational water levels or to be used in times of drought, rather than continuing on to Lake Mead and the lower basin states. “They were wise to end the on-the-ground studies and turn their attention to state water law and intergovernmental agreements and the question of if an entity pays me to send my water down to Lake Powell, can they guarantee that it will be left in Lake Powell as water bank water instead of just getting sent on down without any credit,” Kehmeier says. Which raises the question of funding: Who is going to continue paying farmers for their water to stay in the system if there’s no guarantee of a return on investment? “If you have certain entities paying to create more water generally for the system as a dispersed benefit, they are going to eventually get tired of paying unless you more directly tie the benefit to the funder,” Feldman says. While the majority of the initial project was funded by water utilities and private foundations, most involved admit that any type of full-blown project based of the SCPP model will require significantly more money than has already been spent. “Ultimately, the dollars that will be needed are way beyond what the foundations can provide, so it has to be a larger, permanent funding mechanism that is going to have to be governmen-based,” Feldman says. He suggests something akin to how Great Outdoors 12 July 12, 2018
ag to protect the economies that are produced around it and produce enough water. You have to be more creative, more innovative and look at different options out there.” Options could include conservation from all sectors of society across the state and not just from agriculture. “If we’re going to participate in a situation where we are intentionally reducing our consumptive use, it should come from urban areas, it should come from industry and it should come from agriculture. And done in a way that protects the economies of all of those regions and all of those user groups,” he says.
Colorado benefits from a lottery tax that then goes toward funding Paul Kehmeier land conservation around the state. stands between a fallowed and “A water bottle tax is one of irrigated field on his the ideas: for every bottle of water farm in Eckert, Colorado. you buy it’s a penny that goes into a water fund,” he says. “It’s always hard to raise taxes but when you compare water to roads, police, education, affordable housing, it seems to me to be in a different level of necessity; a most basic ingredient without which you won’t have any of those other things to worry about.” No one can say yet how much a full-blown demand management system will cost, but Ecklund thinks that with a little analysis, the data from the pilot project will start giving some ideas. But Wockner says it would require astronomical amounts of money to make a full-blown project functional. “They need hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water to actually make a difference. They would have to have hundreds of millions of dollars if not a few billion dollars every year to buy enough water each year to actually make a difference,” Wockner says. “Their plan won’t work. There’s no real scalable, practicable way to buy hundreds of thousands of acre-feet from farmers in the upper basin and save that lake.” In addition to legal and funding challenges, any effective demand management system presents cultural challenges as well, says Andy Mueller, the general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District based in Glenwood Springs. “We are actively studying governing structures and secondary economic impacts related to a demand management program to see if we can design one that has the intended benefit of additional protection of reaching critical levels in Lake Powell from water shortages, but also protects the economies and general welfare of the state of Colorado,” he says. “One of the things we’ve learned, from the Western Slope perspective, [is that] if there was a sustained program put in place in the state, you probably can’t get enough water out of just the Western Slope
Where the concept of a demand management system like the SCPP goes from here depends on figuring out how to balance all of these factors — political, economic, legal — in a way that keeps everyone happy. Whether or not that’s possible is another question, especially in light of the realities of climate change and continuing drought. “We should probably stop using the word drought,” Ecklund says, a concept he picked up at a conference where a speaker said, “When you use the word drought, hope becomes a strategy.” Agreeing, Ecklund says, “That’s not where we want to be, we can’t be that way at a headwaters level in Colorado.” Save the Colorado’s Wockner advocates that a better solution than any sort of voluntary, temporary reduction in consumptive use, or demand management system, would be to drain Lake Powell, figure out another way to respond to a potential compact call, and to come up with an alternative to hydroelectric power, something he says is relatively easy to do. “This isn’t a temporary situation, this is ongoing and permanent,” Wockner says. “They still haven’t even gotten remotely close to the root cause of the problem, which is climate change is real and every scientist indicates that it’s going to get worse and that Lake Powell is not sustainable.” No matter who is pitching what solutions, one thing seems clear: not everyone is going to be able to have as much water as they want, or need, in the future. And that may mean certain interests, be they economical, agricultural or recreational, may lose out. “It’s beyond a new normal, there is no normal,” Ecklund says. “We have to figure out as best we can, how these systems are going to perform, how they’re not going to perform and if they’re going to fail. We do not have enough to save every single place from a changed climate. We’re going to have to pick and choose which parts we want to make as resilient as possible and that’s going to be a real challenge.” And as much as he doesn’t like to admit it, Kehmeier, for one, knows farms, especially ones in the arid West, could be the first to suffer. “I will acknowledge that I am trying to farm in an area that is not naturally amenable to raising crops,” he says. “I don’t think that we can move water off of agricultural land, either permanently or temporary without having some negative effect on the vibrancy of the agricultural communities. So that’s a sadness to me, but I try to look at it a little more broadly.” Boulder Weekly
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The legacy of Scott Pruitt’s EPA as the administrator leaves his post by Matt Cortina
nvironmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned on July 5 amid more than a dozen federal ethics inquiries. Now, as a coal industry lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, assumes the EPA’s top position, we’re looking back to see what Pruitt actually accomplished, what the courts blocked him from doing, and what’s been set up for Wheeler to push through in the future. Note: There are plenty of other “minor” actions, plans and rumors that have been attributed to Pruitt during his tenure that we have not included here.
Cut greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars and trucks Pruitt announced in April 2018 the EPA would roll back an Obama administration mandate to put greenhouse gas emission standards on new cars and trucks. The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards would have set benchmarks for fuel efficiency of new vehicles (about 50 miles per gallon by 2025). Though it was reported in Automotive News that automakers reportedly wanted to amend Obama’s rules so that they could gradually approach 46.8 mpg, Pruitt instead eliminated the standards entirely, put nothing in their place, and put a freeze on enforcing standards until 2026. Delayed Clean Water Rule by two years The Clean Water Rule was established by the EPA in 2015 and expanded the amount of waterways covered by the Clean Water Act by about 20 million acres. Pruitt said the rule provided uncertainty to farmers and ranchers, as they would have to be held accountable for run-off from their operations into smaller streams that previously weren’t covered. In February 2018 Pruitt pushed enforce14 July 12, 2018
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Suspended chemical facility safety rules The Obama administration required chemical plants to declare the chemicals they stored, and their quantities. It came in response to an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, which killed 15 people. Pruitt decided to suspend those rules until at least 2019.
ment of the rule two years into the future. Withdrew request to oil and gas producers to supply methane information An Obama-era rule mandated oil and gas operators had to regularly submit information regarding methane operations. (Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is a common byproduct of natural gas extraction.) Pruitt, however, trashed the rule. Reversed ban on chlorpyrifos Chlorpyrfios is a pesticide commonly used on U.S. industrial crop farms. A few years ago EPA found that exposure to chlorpyrifos impacts peoples’ nervous systems, and that it was not worth the risk to allow the pesticide’s use, as it often showed up on food. Obama never banned chlorpyrifos, but there was a plan in place. Pruitt simply dropped the issue. Allowed certain trucks to forgo emissions standards As one of his final acts at the EPA, Pruitt lifted emissions standards on glider trucks, which are greenhousegas-emitting large trucks that don’t have engines or transmissions, and so aren’t subject to certain pollution laws. Pruitt decided not to close a loophole introduced by the Obama EPA that would’ve applied standards to these glider trucks.
Advocated to leave Paris Climate Accord Calling it a “bad deal,” this was one of the first things Pruitt did during the first few months of his tenure. By June 2017, Trump had announced the U.S. was leaving the deal. Reduced EPA budget to lowest since 1990 Pruitt operated with one of the lowest EPA budgets in the last three decades. The EPA received a 30-percent cut from its 2017 budget, making it the lowest since 1990.
FAILED ACTIONS/ IN PROGRESS Efforts to repeal Clean Power Plan The signature piece of Obama’s environmental policy was supposed to be the Clean Power Plan, which sought a one-third reduction in carbon emissions from U.S. energy suppliers by 2030. Pruitt sued Obama in 2016, when he served as the Oklahoma Attorney General. The lawsuit held up the implementation of the plan, and both Trump and Pruitt announced they would dismantle the plan’s key tenets. Nothing has been made final. Tried to delay methane emission standards on new oil and gas wells An appeals court ruled that Pruitt and the EPA could not extend a moratorium on oil and gas methane emission standards, citing the agency’s decision was “unreasonable” and “arbitrary.” The court ruled the Clean Air Act prevented Boulder Weekly
the EPA from extending the moratorium. Proposed to reduce coal ash disposal regulations The EPA boasted it could save the electric utility sector $100 million per year by reducing regulations on the disposal of coal ash. Coal ash is a known harmful pollutant that can infiltrate drinking water. The plan is in limbo. Blocked release of federal studies One such study concerned contaminated water supplies near military bases and chemical plants in the northeast. The study found levels of a particular contaminant should be seven to 10 times lower than the current EPA level, and Politico first reported on emails that suggested the administration was attempting to stifle the study’s release. Tried to delay lead paint standards for six years Lead paint’s not good for humans. The Obama administration tried to enact new standards in 2011, but failed, and when Pruitt took over at the EPA, he tried to push regulations six years into the future, but a court said no. Attempted to neglect ozone standards A court also ruled that Pruitt’s EPA must comply with a mandate to recognize and remedy areas that do not meet ozone standards. Ozone is known to have health effects on humans, particularly children and the elderly, and those with respiratory problems.
Pruitt also incurred more than a dozen ethics inquiries into his operations during his time at the EPA. Here’s a quick list of some of what’s being investigated. • Pruitt paid $50 per night to live in a condo co-owned by an energy lobbyist’s wife. • He had an all-hours security team that cost the EPA about $3.5 million in his first year. • He flew first class at taxpayer’s expense for his first year in office. • He bought a $43,000 soundproof phone booth. • He used at least four email addresses, according to the New York Times, and the EPA inspector general is investigating if that was meant to circumvent public records requests. • Though not being investigated, he told an aide to look into getting his wife a Chick-fil-A franchise.
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regulations that many of his efforts will get struck down in court. Indeed, some of his efforts have already been nullified. And, the early consensus seems to be the new EPA chief will be more effective than Pruitt at destroying environmental regulations, mostly because he won’t get mired in so many controversies. Still, we can look at Pruitt as the bellwether for what’s to come. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association by David Cutler and Francesca
Dominici estimated the “Trump environmental agenda is likely to cost the lives of over 80,000 U.S. residents per decade and lead to respiratory problems for many more than one million people.” Too, Pruitt’s tenure has altered the way EPA staff and researchers work in the agency. David Coursen, who worked in the EPA’s office of general counsel for 25 years, says the culture change Pruitt brought will have lasting impacts. “Pruitt’s real legacy has been his
relentless attacks on EPA and the value of its work, almost as if cutting regulations is a good in itself, while ignoring the enormous benefits of EPA regulation in making our nation’s air safe for children to breathe and our water safe to drink,” he says. “I know that anti-EPA rhetoric has been a staple on the right for many years, but it seems different — a watershed moment, if you will — and much more destructive when it is coming from inside the agency.”
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Feds ask judge to muzzle scientists, medical doctor at Rocky Flats hearing by Josh Schlossberg
f the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has its way, the director of Jefferson County Public Health, a nuclear forensics researcher, an emeritus professor of biology, a meteorologist and a toxicology expert will be barred from testifying at a July 17 hearing in the U.S. District Court in Denver over the future of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge — 5,237 acres of grasslands surrounding the former nuclear weapons facility and Superfund site 10 miles south of Boulder. At Tuesday’s hearing, a federal judge will decide whether or not to grant a preliminary injunction to a coalition of local environmental groups — Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Candelas Glows/Rocky Flats Glows, Rocky Flats Right to Know, Rocky Flats Neighborhood Association, and Environmental Information Network — seeking to block construction of 20 miles of recreation trails and a multi-million dollar visitor center inside the Refuge, due to concerns with plutonium contamination. Federal attorneys representing the defendants — who include Acting Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Greg Sheehan, Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge Manager David Lucas and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke — allege that the testimony of the plaintiffs’ scientists goes beyond the scope of this particular hearing and are “improper ‘expert witnesses.’” Randall Weiner, the Boulder attorney representing the plaintiffs, disagrees. “Our witnesses will provide evidence addressing ‘irreparable harm’ and the other legal standards to block opening the Refuge to the public,” he counters. “They need to testify so that the judge gains a full understanding of the potential harm to the public.” Plaintiffs hope to prevent USFWS from breaking ground as early as this summer while the Court mulls over the former’s legal complaint filed in May alleging that the federal agency (along with U.S. Department of Transportation) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in moving forward with the proposal. If the plaintiffs prove their case, USFWS would have to go back to the drawing board, drafting a detailed Environmental Impact Statement and opening the planning process to public comment. From 1952-1989, Rocky Flats manufactured an estimated 70,000 plutonium “triggers” for nearly all U.S. nuclear weapons. The facility shut down following a raid from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for environmental crimes, and underwent a 10-year, $7 billion cleanup, ending in 2006. During the facility’s operation, plutonium and other radioactive and non-radioactive toxics seeped into the soil and migrated onto Refuge lands via high winds, erosion, surface water runoff and possibly even routine operations. While USFWS, EPA and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) officials acknowledge plutonium contamination on Refuge lands, they assert that the levels are so low as to be safe for “unlimited use and unrestricted
exposure,” with visitors having less than a one-in-a-million risk of getting cancer. However, in a written declaration submitted to the Court on May 31, Dr. Mark Johnson, director of Jefferson County Public Health, questioned the expertise of CDPHE officials who insist the Refuge is safe, warned it would be “unwise” to let people onto the property, and pushed for an independent evaluation of soil plutonium levels. Another witness, Dr. Harvey Nichols, emeritus professor in the University of Colorado biology department, has studied Rocky Flats for more than four decades. In his declaration he wrote that his “work has shown that the Refuge plus the industrial zone was contaminated by four decades of plutonium dust release on a routine daily basis.” In the 1970s, he found the highest level of plutonium contamination near one of the proposed trailheads. A third witness, Dr. W. Gale Biggs, a micrometeorologist specializing in air pollution and air quality, wrote in his statement that “plutonium dust remains in and on the Refuge’s soil surface and in and on the Refuge’s vegetation” and that recreation can kick up particles into the air, which can be inhaled or migrate downwind for miles, “pos[ing] a substantial human health risk.” A 2012 lab report by yet another witness, Dr. Marco Kaltofen, civil engineer and the principal at Boston Chemical Data Corp, found plutonium on the Refuge lands and even locations outside its boundaries. Additional scheduled witnesses for the plaintiffs include Jon Lipsky, the ex-FBI special agent who led the 1989 raid on Rocky Flats; Dr. Michael Ketterer, chemistry professor at Metropolitan State University; environmental researcher Randall Stafford; former Rocky Flats worker John Barton; and Elizabeth Panzer, an Arvada resident living little more than two miles downwind from the Refuge. Panzer’s son has been diagnosed with terminal heart cancer, the same rare disease that killed another neighbor of hers. The defendants’ motion also seeks to limit some of the above individuals’ testimony, either citing inapplicability to the hearing or that they had not disclosed the nature of their testimony in advance, which may cause DOJ lawyers to be “unfairly surprised.” In comparison to the plaintiffs’ many witnesses, the defendants plan to call only one to the stand, Refuge Manager David Lucas. When asked about the chances of the court ruling in favor of the DOJ in terms of barring the plaintiffs’ witnesses, Weiner says, “I think we have a strong case, and the judge is giving us our opportunity to educate him on the issues.” He’s also prepared for the worst case scenario, saying, “Regardless of what the judge rules on at the hearing, the case will continue, and so the judge will have the opportunity to rule in our favor and close the Refuge at some point in the future.” No matter who ends up testifying on July 17 at 12 p.m., Rocky Flats opponents will hold a demonstration against the public opening of the Refuge in front of the Courthouse at 19th and Champa in Denver. In a related development on Tuesday, July 10, the Town of Superior filed a separate lawsuit in U.S. District Court against USFWS, similarly alleging the agency didn’t comply with NEPA when moving forward with plans to open the Refuge. July 12, 2018 17
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arjie Griek came to Colorado for the first time when she was 15 years old. It was the ’70s, and the recycling movement in America was only just beginning to take shape. Griek had no idea what an impact that movement would end up having on her life, nor how greatly she would affect it. At the time, all she knew for certain was that she had found a place she loved — a place she felt at home. “I always knew Colorado was my home,” she says. “No matter how much I travel or where I go, this is the place for me.” Today she lives in Lafayette and works as the director of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) — a job as complicated as it is necessary to American sustainability. And it’s a position that suits Griek well. She enjoys the challenges inherent in the nonprofit world and says that her work is rewarding. After all, recycling is something she’s been passionate about her entire life. “I think I can safely blame my parents for my interest in sustainability and recycling,” Griek says. “They were teenagers during the Depression and that of course left a great impression on them.” Growing up, Griek’s family reused everything they could, repairing things instead of replacing them and composting their food and yard waste instead of sending it to a landfill. There was no frivolity or wastefulness in their household and that stuck with Griek — even after she left their family home in New Jersey and found her way to the
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Weekend Du Mort, when Boulder’s Dead Thing comes out in earnest to jiggle its head and look at its hands and dig the tie-dye out from underneath the spare cycling suit, Joey Porter and his all-star Herbie Hancock tribute show arrives at Fox Theatre just in time to throw a little angular harsh on the dancin’-bear mellow. For those of you at home playing the Degrees of Separation game, we’ll note that the legendary Chicagoborn Hancock, now 78 and long-ago recognized as one of jazz music’s titans, toured his V.S.O.P. group in the early ’80s with the Marsalis brothers; Branford Marsalis made a guest appearance with the Dead at Uniondale in 1990, tripping free on “Bird Song,” “Eyes of the World” (memo-
rably captured on the live set Without a Net) and, during the second set, a dusted-off “Dark Star.” He remembered the gig with Rolling Stone: “Later, I started getting these phone calls on my private number: ‘Man, you were great last night. Thanks for getting them to play ‘Dark Star.’ They haven’t played it in six months.’ I’m like, ‘Who are these people?’” So, there’s that. But the Herbie at the center of Porter’s usually annual tribute show is the mid-’70s Herbie, of Headhunters and supreme jazz-funk legend. We’d give the Motet keyboardist credit for conspiring to go a little sideways on the big Dead and Company weekend, even if the two events sort of happened according to their own cosmic timetables. see TRIBUTE Page 22
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“I’ve been doing this for years and haters and believers. years this Herbie Hancock tribute, in “I’m in my 40s. I used to see them different configurations,” Porter tells a bit in the late ’80s and early ’90s, but us, while packing for the High Sierra I was more interested in, like, being Festival in California, “and we were away from my parents than I was just looking at that being into the music. Herbie Hancock by pixgremlin via Wikimedia Commons date wanting to do it I enjoyed some of there, and then it sort the songs, but it was of happens to coinnever really my style cide with the Dead of music,” he says. playing [that week“Some people end].” really hate ’em, some A hot set in close people really love quarters of stinging ’em. I’m one of the mid-’70s Herbie funk few people kind of in to earwash fans the middle. Not realwho’ve been mainlinly polarized.” ing the un-funkiest We remind band in recent Porter that his drumAmerican popular mer/bandleader in music history. the Motet, Dave Porter laughs. Watts, at a loss for “Well, that’s kind of what we’re ideas a few years back when the band hoping to achieve, apples/oranges... was doing their annual Halloween trib They’ll be doing the apples thing and shows, surrendered to the notion of then we got our orange show, and by covering the Dead, funk’ed up style. the time we’re doing the orange show, The show, in fact, was a big success, they’ll show up and be excited about despite our own skepticism (as in, this it. It’s somethin’ different.” reporter recalls, “Dave, what the hell Porter himself cops to being one of are you doing?”) the rare Dead agnostics, a refugee in “You know what? I thought the same the lonely barren wastes between the thing, buddy,” Porter says with a laugh. Boulder Weekly
“I wasn’t really for it, but it was cool. I thought ... nobody can make Dead songs sound funky because, like you said, they’re the least funky band ever, and Dave sort of took it as a challenge. We just re-arranged all the tunes, basically changed the drum beats and the basslines, and it worked out. It was fun.” The Herbie tribute (which also features Watts and Garrett Sayers from the Motet, Dom Lalli from Big Gigantic and Dan Schwindt) fills a brief downtime opening in the Motet’s 2018 tour of conquest, their second year behind the much-lauded 2016 release Totem (including a brilliant headliner set at Red Rocks last June), establishing the band as one of the best and most impactful funk bands in the colonies. This fall will see the band’s eagerly anticipated follow-up. A couple of cuts from the forthcoming release — “Supernova” and “Get it Right” — have already popped up on the band’s website, and one or two others will likely emerge before the album is birthed in the fall. The band is now working with lead singer Lyle Divinsky and Porter says the writing and production flow is better than ever. “Lyle makes it a lot easier to write music; he’s really great when we come up with grooves and whatnot and we don’t have that vocal melody on top yet. He’s really great at taking our grooves and chord changes and making really clever melodies and lyrics over the top,” he says. “He’s good at the thing the rest of us aren’t very good at.” And while he’s inarguably the new guy on the block, we’re pretty sure that part of the prestidigitation of his entry into the Motet fabric has to do with the fact that, at the risk of stating the obvious, this band has been at this stuff for years — and that’s not just the funk thing, it’s also the Herbie trib, the side projects, the mixtape shows. Nothing rolls off these guys half-assed. It’d be a dishonor to their peers to call them the area’s hardest working band, since no one gets anywhere in this business anymore without insanely hard work, but when we read Relix’s qualified praise for Totem as coming from a band “that has undergone several lineup changes in its relatively short history,” it’s worth remembering (since the band doesn’t seem to be going out of their way to remind us) that they celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, 12 of which have seen Boulder Weekly
Porter working the keys. (Their playing-out anniversary date is technically Halloween, but this year they’ll be in Vegas, where every day is Halloween.) How is 20 years a “relatively short history”? Porter shrugs it off. “They’ve only been aware for a short period of time.” Pause. “Hahaha.” Hmmmm. Music writers...
on the bill: Herbie Hancock Tribute featuring Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Dave Watts, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers (The Motet) and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) — Dead & Co After Party. 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 13, Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. $16-$21. $1 of every ticket will be donated to the Rex Foundation.
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CMF artistic advisor Peter Oundjian will lead concerts with Bernstein theme
Principal guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni returns for the festival’s fourth week by Peter Alexander
ON THE BILL: Colorado Music Festival. Week of July 12–22. For full schedule, go to coloradomusicfestival.org All performances at Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder, 303.440.7666 For tickets, go to coloradomusicfestival.org/tickets
eter Oundjian is the most distinguished musician to lead the Colorado Music Festival (CMF) in its 43 seasons. Since Jean-Marie Zeitouni stepped down as music director at the end of last season, Oundjian — former first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet and just-retired as music director of the Toronto Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestra — has been artistic advisor to the festival. This year he will conduct three weeks of orchestral concerts, starting the weekend of July 12–15. Zeitouni, now CMF’s principal guest conductor, will lead the orchestral concerts the following week. Oundjian will return for the final two weeks, July 26– Aug. 4. For his concerts, Oundjian has established a theme: “It’s all Bernsteininspired,” he says, in honor of the 2018 centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. That means “things that influenced Bernstein, things Bernstein loved, things he was famous for, and by extension, music written on American soil.” For the July 12 Festival Orchestra concert, Oundjian says, “We start with Candide, which is probably Bernstein’s most famous overture, and then the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff, one of my favorite pieces, written on America soil in the last years of the composer’s life.” To follow Oundjian’s theme, the music for the July 15 Chamber Orchestra concert was all written in America: Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, and Philip Glass’s Concerto No. 2 for Violin, “American Seasons,” to be performed by violinist Robert McDuffie, for whom it was written. The odd piece out would be the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 on the July 12 program, performed by famed Russian pianist Yefim Bronfman. This will
be the only CMF concert this year to be repeated in full on Friday, July 13. Of course Brahms did not write any music in America, but Oundjian explains the connection: when Bernstein conducted a performance of the concerto with the famously eccentric pianist Glen Gould in 1962, he gave a controversial speech saying that he didn’t like Gould’s interpretation, but he firmly supported Gould’s right to play it as he saw fit. “It’s a brilliant speech,” Oundjian says. “Controversy was one of Bernstein’s passions.” Apart from the speech, Bronfman appreciates Bernstein and Gould’s performance. “This is one of the great performances of this concerto,” he says. “The fact that they disagreed was a positive, not a negative. If you agree, sometimes it can be boring.” To Bronfman, Brahms’s First Piano Concerto constitutes a serious challenge. “It’s terrifying, because it’s overwhelming — the music is larger than life,” he says. “For me, the heart of the piece is the second movement, one of the most beautiful things Brahms has ever written. This is almost a religious experience.” McDuffie and Oundjian gave the premiere of Glass’s “American Seasons” Concerto in 2009. Conceived in response to Vivaldi’s popular “Four Seasons” concertos, it remains one of McDuffie’s favorite pieces. “I must have played it close to 100 times, and I still love every note,” he says. “I feel privi-
leged to play it.” There is one mystery about the piece: which movement represents which season. When he received the music, McDuffie formed a definite idea about the movements, but it was not what Glass intended. “We didn’t agree on any season,” he says. “He was cheerful about it [and] said, ‘Well, let the audience decide.’” Still, when he performs it, McDuffie recalls his original impression. “My [sequence] is fall-winterspring-summer, and his are spring-summer-fall-winter,” he says. “But in my defense, more people agree with me.” For his two orchestral concerts, Zeitouni has selected the same kind of programming that distinguished his years as music director: great vocal works and Romantic gems, with a bit of French flavoring added. The Festival Orchestra concert July 19 will feature mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung in one of the most brilliant soprano scenes of all times, the Liebestod (Love-death) from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, performed with the orchestral prelude. On the same program, DeYoung and the orchestra will present the world premiere of Buch des Sängers (Singer’s book) by Austrian composer Timothy Collins. The concert will conclude with the virtuoso orchestra showpiece Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, certainly one of the most popular and most familiar works in the repertoire. This year’s SeiSolo Artist-in-Residence at CMF, DeYoung will remain in Boulder for the following week for educational activities, a solo recital and another appearance with orchestra singing the Abschied movement of Mahler’s Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth). The first Fresh Friday of the summer will be July 20, with Scheherazade paired with Borodin’s colorful In the Steppes of Central Asia. These informal concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. and last only an hour, without intermission. Zeitouni’s chamber orchestra concert July 22 offers Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye (“Mother Goose”) followed by Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the “Eroica,” which is often called the first truly Romantic symphony.
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Tapestry Theatre Company provides actors of differing abilities with a welcoming theater experience by Sara McCrea
n Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, the song “The Farmer and The Cowman” claims the differences between the two shouldn’t prevent them from becoming friends. One might chase a cow and one might push a plough, but both have talents in their own right. The actors in Tapestry Theatre Company’s upcoming production of “Getting to Know... Oklahoma!,” an abridged version of the classic show, sing the song with passion. It makes sense that they do; after all, Tapestry’s goal is to encourage people of all abilities to come together. Established in 2011, Tapestry pairs actors with physical and intellectual disabilities in leading roles with neuro-typical mentors of a similar age as understudies. The pairs rehearse together, learn the lines and choreography together, and appear on stage together, where the understudy is there to extend as much support as the leading actor needs. “There are so many things [in theater] that lend themselves to helping all these kids grow,” says Lynne Nelson, who codirects Tapestry shows with Elizabeth Goodrich. “In theater you learn responsibility, you learn respect, you learn the process of memorizing. But beyond that, with these kids, they grow in ways
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Justin Owens as Curly and Sabrina Wilsdon as Laurie in Tapestry Theatre Company’s performance of ‘Getting to know... Oklahoma!’
they’ve never grown before. ... They shed those boundaries and shells.” Lead-actress Katie Ellis and peer mentor Fiona Cubillas have been partners for five Tapestry shows. Because of her ability to make others laugh and to portray “sassy” characters, Ellis is often placed in comedic roles. She’ll be playing Ado Annie (one such comedic part) in the upcoming production. Ellis and Cubillas have become close friends, having sleepovers and making homemade pizzas, doing their nails and making craft projects together. “I like to see the lead actors discover that they can do things they’ve never done before. And the mentors start to see other people through a different lens,” says Kevin Cubillas, Fiona’s father and a member of the Tapestry board. Building these relationships also has an impact outside of the rehearsal
space, the directors say. Many of the leads and understudies attend the same schools and will go out of their way to connect throughout the day. “You have these kids who normally wouldn’t reach out to kids with special needs actually doing that,” Nelson says. Though some might assume singing and speaking are necessary skills for musical theater, Goodrich says there’s a way for everyone to be a part of the performance. “One of the favorite actors of the audience and the cast a lot of times is a young man who is nonverbal and who is in a wheelchair. People just love being around him and watching him on stage,” Goodrich says. Tapestry also emphasizes the production quality of their shows by providing actors with handmade costumes and sets. While the rehearsal schedule takes place over more weeks than other productions to allow time for
line memorization, Nelson says she directs Tapestry shows as she would direct any other production. “[Society puts] boundaries on kids with special needs,” she says. “We tell them in some ways as a society that they can’t do this or that or that they’re not worthy of doing this or that. Our job is to make people realize that they’re worthy and they don’t need to have limits. They will push themselves. What we ask of them they achieve without exception.” Kathleen Georgen, whose daughter, Kaily, has been involved in Tapestry since the beginning, says, “It’s the best therapy that my daughter could possibly have ever had. ... It’s such a nice family that we’ve formed here.” The idea of the theater company as a family becomes clear before rehearsal even begins. A group of leads and their peers chat about their weekends. Two girls wearing different shades of purple wrap their arms around one another. And as the theater fills with noise, laughter can be heard above all else. “Everyone comes to Tapestry with a lot of different skill sets, and it’s great to come together and make something awesome,” says Kelsey Knapp, one of the peer understudies. “We all really love each other.”
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TASTE OF LYONS WITH A SPLASH OF BLUES — WITH HAZEL MILLER & HER BIG BAND. 6 p.m. Thursday, July 12, Planet Bluegrass, 500 W. Main St., Lyons. Enjoy an evening of blues with Hazel Miller and her Big Band while sampling delicious food from the Greenbriar Inn, Greenspoint Catering, La Mariposa, Mojo Taqueria, Oskar Blues, Pizza Bar 66, A Spice of Life, Bella La Crema, Smokin’ Daves, the Snack Bar and more, all to benefit the Lyons Regional Library District Foundation. General admission is $55 per person, which includes one alcoholic beverage, food samples and a seat at the concert. Sponsored tables are available as well. Tickets at: tinyurl.com/yc3z4nnx
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10 a.m. Sunday, July 15, Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn A, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-503-5531.
7:30 p.m. July 16-18, The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 720-938-0752.
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This is the final presentation of the 13th Boulder International Training on Theater Clown, led by the Italian Movement Theater maestro and fool Giovanni Fusetti. The participants have explored the world of physical comedy through the development of their individual clown: a character whose comedy is a direct transposition of the unique stupidity of each actor. During this performance an international troupe of nine theater clowns will present a variety show of comic acts, performing their naiveté, their stupidity and their skills, in an evening of ridiculous virtuosities, sublime fiascos, singing, acrobatics, live music and various other catastrophes.
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Thursday, July 12 Music Aj Fullerton. 6 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914. Big Something — Dead & Company PreParty. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Colorado Music Festival: Pianist Yefim Bronfman. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-665-0599. The Dandy Warhols. 9 p.m. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St., Denver, 303-993-8023. The Dean Ween Group — Dead & Company Pre-Party. 8:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Free Outdoor Concerts at the Museum: After Midnight. 6:30 p.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374. Jam Night. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733. Kalu & The Electric Joint. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Louisville Summer Concerts in the Park: That Eighties Band. 6:30 p.m. Louisville Community Park, 955 Bella Vista Drive, Louisville, 303-335-4581. Opera on Tap: Literature Out Loud Community Picnic Concert. 6 p.m. Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-5200. Paper Moonshine. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Taste of Lyons featuring Hazel Miller. 6 p.m. Planet Bluegrass Wildflower Pavilion, 500 W. Main St., Lyons, 303-641-7136. YOB, Bell Witch. 7 p.m. The Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-377-1666. Events Back to Back Karaoke. 9 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. BoulderReads Tutor Training. 5 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
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Celebrated poet and performer Anne Waldman stops by Boulder Book Store at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 to speak about her new book ‘Feminist Trickster,’ an edgy, visionary collection that meditates on gender, existence, passion and activism.
Thursday, July 12 Clay Bonnyman Evans — Bones of my Grandfather. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Sunday Night Poetry Slam. 7 p.m. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St., Denver.
Friday, July 13
Monday, July 16
Book Battles Trivia Night. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. see EVENTS Page ? Open Poetry Reading. 10 p.m. Mercury Cafe,
Kate Christensen — The Last Cruise. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver.
Saturday, July 14
So, You’re a Poet. 9 p.m. Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom St., Boulder.
2199 California St., Denver.
Slow Food Nations — Tattered Cover’s Popup Book Store. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1430 Larimer St., Denver. Tattered Tales Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver. Minor Disturbance Weekly Workshop + Open Mic. 1 p.m. Prodigy Coffeehouse, 3801 E. 40th Ave., Denver. Mallory Bales — Discovering Purpose by Embodying the Light. 2 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche — Training in Tenderness. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Sunday, July 15 Slow Food Nations — Tattered Cover’s Popup Book Store. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1430 Larimer St., Denver.
Tuesday, July 17 Colleen Hoover — All Your Perfects. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Gail Carriger — Competence. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 1628 16th St., Denver. Innisfree Weekly Open Poetry Reading. 7 p.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., Boulder. Poetry Open Mic. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Anne Waldman — Trickster Feminism. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Wednesday, July 18 Gregory Hill — Zebra Skin Shirt. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver. Romance Authors Panel. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder.
Elizabeth Robinson, Alexandra Mattraw and Susanne Dyckman. 3 p.m. Innisfree Poetry
Cinema Program screening of Faces. 7 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Colorado International Activism Film Festival. 5 p.m. Open Media Project, 700 Kalamath St., Denver. Comedy Night. 8:30 p.m. Vision Quest Brewing, 2510 47th St., Boulder, 970-302-7130. Ecstatic Dance. 7 p.m. The StarHouse, 3476 Sunshine Canyon, Boulder, 303-245-8452. The Great Indian Novel. 4:30 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Karaoke Night. 9:30 p.m. Dannik’s Gunbarrel Corner Bar, 6525 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303-530-7423. Lives Well Lived. 4:30 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Muse — Drones World Tour. 7 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. NIA Parent-Child class. 10 a.m. Longmont Recreation Center, 310 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-774-4752. 30 July 12 , 2018
Roy Wood Jr. 8 p.m. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303-595-3637. Summer Dance Camps & Classes. 10 a.m. Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, 1422 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-1335. Summer of Discovery: Bouldering Bus and Slackracks for Teens. 12:30 p.m. open session; 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Summer of Discovery: Geology of Climbing and Bouldering Bus. 11:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Summer of Discovery: On the Rocks. 7 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Teen Sew and Swim Summer Camp. 9 a.m. Fabricate, 2017 17th St., Boulder, 303-997-8245.
Trivia at Tandoori’s Bar. 6 p.m. Tandoori’s Bar, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 970-302-7130. Vacation Bible School. 8:30 a.m. Heart of Longmont, 350 11th Ave., Longmont, 720-628-7261. Write Your Story Writing Class. 10 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Yellow Submarine. 2:30 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Friday, July 13 Music Brazilian Jazz — with Bill Kopper and Friends. 7 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder, 303-499-2985. CMF: Pianist Yefim Bronfman. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666. Boulder Weekly
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Glen Moriwaki, courtesy of Firehouse Art Center
Act On It: Exhibit on CU Student Activism. Norlin Library, STEAM Gallery, 1157 18th St., Boulder. Through Aug. 15.
Millie Chen: Four Recollections. University of Colorado Art Museum, Visual Arts Complex, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through July 21.
Amuse Yeux. Foothills Art Center, Community Gallery, 809 15th St., Golden. Through August 12.
Nature Photography by Kirk Fry. National Center for Atmospheric Research, UCAR Gallery,1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through Aug. 31.
Chair of the Board. Boulder Public Library, Canyon Gallery, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Through July 15.
New Territory: Landscape Photography Today. Denver Art Museum, Hamilton Building, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Sept. 16.
Drawn To Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard. Denver Art Museum. 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through July 22. Echo Trail — by Laura Ahola-Young. Dairy Arts Center, Hand-Rudy Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Aug. 19. 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. Honey — by Kristen Hatgi Sink. Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through Aug. 26. Kinetic Iterations — Sherman Finch and Jiffer Harriman. Dairy Arts Center, McMahon Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through July 29.
Paintings by Vivienne Douglas. National Center for Atmospheric Research, UCAR Gallery,1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. Through Aug. 31. The Firehouse Art Center brings together Glen Moriwaki, Michael Brohman and C. Maxx Stevens for ‘A Place in History,’ now showing through July 28. Each artist has a personal relationship to current or historically marginalized groups. Glen Moriwaki’s work (pictured) stems from the Japanese interment camp Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, which opened 75 years ago this year. It was here that his parents and his 97-year-old uncle (who now resides in Longmont) were interned during World War II.
A Light of His Own: Clyfford Still at Yaddo. Clyfford Still Museum, 1250 Bannock St., Denver. Through Sept. 19.
LineScapes — by Ayn Hanna. Dairy Arts Center, MacMillan Family Lobby, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through July 29.
Like a Hammer — by Jeffrey Gibson. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Aug. 12.
Lisa Oppenheim: Spine. Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through Aug. 26.
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Patrice Renee Washington: Charts, Parts, and Holders. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through Aug. 26. A Place in History. Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Through July 28. Processing — by Roberto Juarez. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Through Sept. 16. Resounding Roar — by Charles E. Burchfield. Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St., Golden. Through July 29. RUST — by Madeleine Dodge. Dairy Arts Center, Polly Addison Gallery, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through July 29. Transmission — by Derrick Adams. Museum of Contemporary Arts Denver, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through Aug. 26.
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BELLA GAIA - BEAUTIFUL EARTH 2:00 PM
DYNAMIC EARTH 7:00 PM
BLACK HOLES: THE OTHER SIDE OF INFINITY 8:30 PM
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College Radio. 6 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186.
Jared Janzen. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Colorado Music Festival: Pianist Yefim Bronfman. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-665-0599.
Johnny Johnson. 7 p.m. Großen Bart Brewery, 1025 Delaware Ave., Longmont, 214-770-9847.
Dale Watson. 9 p.m. Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver, 720-420-0030.
Lena Rich. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
DJ Dance Party. 9 p.m. Breakers Grill, Longmont, 303-772-3839.
Live Music. 7 p.m. The Tune Up @ Full Cycle, 1795 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-1002.
Feel The Barn — Pop-up Art Show. 4 p.m. Old Barn on Bluefield Ave, Fox Meadows subdivision, 1640 Bluefield Ave., Longmont.
Live Music & Drinks on the Deck. 6 p.m. Tilt Pinball, 640 Main St., Louisville, 303-997-9548.
Finn O’Sullivan CD Release. 7 p.m. The Tune-Up at Full Cycle Bikes, 1795 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-440-1002.
Los Fear of Shrimp. 7:30 p.m. Oskar Blues Tap Room, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-776-1914.
Gasoline Lollipops. Levitt Pavilion, 1380 W. Florida Ave., Denver, 303-578-0488.
Mark’s Midnight Carnival. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733.
Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore (or The Lass That Loved a Sailor). 7:30 p.m. Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Denver.
The Mulligan Brothers. 7 p.m. Swallow Hill Music, Daniels Hall, 71 E. Yale Ave., Denver.
Good Manners. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. Herbie Hancock Tribute. 11:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Jack Hadley Band Live! 7 p.m. Gunbarrel Brewing Company, 7088 Winchester Circle, Boulder, 800-803-5732. Boulder Weekly
Sinners & Saints. 10 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Events Adult Open Gym — with PJ. 5:30 p.m. Airborne Dance, 1816 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303-684-3717. Art Night Out & Art Market featuring Hindsight Classic Rock. 5 p.m. Old Town, Public Road, Lafayette, 303-661-1261. Broncos Movie Night: Coco. 6:30 p.m. Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, 1701 Bryant St., Denver, 720-258-3000. Denver County Fair. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St. Evening at the Museum: How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map. 7 p.m. Nederland Mining Museum, 200 N. Bridge St., Nederland, 303-258-7332. Free Legal Clinic. 3 p.m. Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303665-5200.
Music & Movement. 10 a.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-335-4849.
Friday Family Film. 2 p.m. Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont.
Rides to Griz Night 1. 4 p.m. Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger, 1565 N. Raleigh St., Unit 100, Denver.
Fun on the Farm: Horsing Around. 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Highway 66, Lyons, 303-776-8688.
Shakedown Street featuring Papa Mali & Wally Ingram — Dead & Co After Party. 11:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
I Saw the Devil. 8:45 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. see EVENTS Page 32
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LIFE OF TREES / PERSEUS & ANDROMEDA 2:30 PM
STARS AND LASER GALACTIC ODYSSEY 4:00 PM
DREAM TO FLY TUESDAY JULY 17 10:00 AM
DREAM TO FLY 2:00 PM
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DYNAMIC EARTH 2:00 PM
Fiske Planetarium - Regent Drive
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Lives Well Lived. 5 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Movies @ Meadows: The Wizard of Oz. 4 p.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Rigid Heddle Weavers Meet-Up. 11 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
CenterStage’s Tapestry is Boulder County’s premier all-abilities theater company providing local youth the chance to shine on stage. Their current production, ‘Getting to Know... Oklahoma!,’ is showing at the Dairy Arts Center July 13-17. Tapestry casts actors with special needs in lead roles, and peer actors as understudies and support, creating a shared theatrical performance. See more about the company and the production on page 27.
Roy Wood Jr. 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303-595-3637. Second Friday Reception: A Place In History. 6 p.m. Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont, 303-651-2787. Sing and Play Storytime. 10:15 a.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. Summer of Discovery: Geology of Climbing and Bouldering Bus. 11:15 a.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. Vacation Bible School. 8:30 a.m. Heart of Longmont, 350 11th Ave., Longmont, 720-628-7261. Saturday, July 14 Music
7/21 MASS HIPSTERIA
9 to 5 The Musical — presented by Evergreen Players. Center Stage, 27608 Fireweed Drive, Evergreen. Through Aug. 5.
Into the Woods. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Space Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through Aug. 5.
The Arsonists — presented by Benchmark Theatre. 40 West Arts District, 1560 Teller St., Lakewood. Through July 21.
Lend Me a Tenor. Miners Alley Playhouse, 1224 Washington Ave., Golden. Opens July 13. Through Aug. 19.
The Bridges of Madison County. Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora. Through Aug. 5.
Love’s Labour’s Lost — presented by Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, 277 University Ave, Boulder. Through Aug. 12.
The 89s. 4:30 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. 7:30 p.m. John Hand Theater, 7653 E. First Place, Denver. Through July 21.
Acoustic Prayers for Evening. 5 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St., Boulder, 303-442-5246.
Cyrano de Bergerac — presented by Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre, 277 University Ave., Boulder. Through Aug. 11.
Banned in Japan & Sideways. 7 p.m. Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont, 303-834-9384.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid. BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Through Sept. 8.
Barbara Paris & Bill Kopper. 10 a.m. Stone Cup, 422 High St., Lyons, 303-449-3061. Boombox. 10:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030.
Elizabeth Rex. 7:30 p.m. The Bug Theatre, 3654 Navajo St., Denver. Through July 14. Getting to Know... Oklahoma! — presented by CenterStage’s Tapestry Theatre. Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Opens July 13. Through July 17.
Newsies. Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. Through Aug. 26. The Producers. Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont. Opens July 13. Through Sept. 30. Richard III. University Theatre Building, University Theatre, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. Through Aug. 11. Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man. Denver Center for Performing Arts, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through Aug. 5.
Boy Pablo. 9:30 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007. CMF: Octets at Altitude. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666.
7/28 ALL ABOUT THE BRASS
Colin Robison & The Heavy Hearts. 7 p.m. Gunbarrel Brewing Company, 7088 Winchester Circle, Boulder, 800-803-5732. Definitely Mary Ann. 8 p.m. The Wild Game, 2251 Ken Pratt Blvd., Unit A, Longmont, 720-600-4875. Dixie Leadfoot. 7 p.m. Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover St., Longmont, 303-485-9400. Drums Along the Rockies. 6:30 p.m. Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle, Denver, 720-258-3000. Feel The Barn - Pop-up Art Show. 10 a.m. Old Barn, 1640 Bluefield Ave., Longmont. Francis and the Wolf. 6:30 p.m. Oskar Blue Home Made Liquids and Solids, 1555 Hover St., Longmont, 303-485-9400.
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Happy Hour Live Jazz. 5:30 p.m. Tandoori Grill South, 619 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-543-7339.
Hot Latin Nights featuring The DeLeons, Tha Twinz Lucero. 8 p.m. Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214.
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Jackie Rae Daniels. 7 p.m. Trident Cafe, 940 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-443-3133. Lionel Young Band. 8 p.m. Oskar Blues Tap Room, 921 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-776-1914. The Nova Kicks. 9 p.m. Globe Hall, 4483 Logan St., Denver, 303-296-1003. Old’s Cool Rock. 10 a.m. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Outdoor Party. 2 p.m. Tilt Pinball, 640 Main St., Louisville, 303-997-9548. Quemando. 8:30 p.m. Oskar Blues, 303 Main St., Lyons, 303-823-6685. The Sandcastle King: Album Release Show. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. The Symbols. 8:30 p.m. The Speakeasy, 301 Main St., Longmont, 720-684-4728. Taylor Kropp Band. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 831-214-3615. Teresa Storch. 7:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064. Tom Weiser Jazz Quartet. 7 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway, Boulder, 303-499-2985. Ukulele Group. 10 a.m. Leaders of the Heart Boulder Therapy Center, 726 Pearl St., Unit C, Boulder, 207-664-9220.
Whip It! All Vinyl 80s Dance Party — hosted by DJ Jason Heller. 9 p.m. Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, 1215 20th St., Denver, 303-993-8023. Ziggie’s Presents: Kalo. 8 p.m. Dannik’s Gunbarrel Corner Bar, 6525 Gunpark Drive, Boulder, 303-530-7423. Events Art Stop. 10 a.m. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-2122. Bastille Day Block Party 2018. 2 p.m. Alliance Française de Denver, 571 Galapago St., Denver, 303-831-0304. Bootstrap Brewery Tour. 4 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186. Boulder Comedy Show (2 shows). 7 p.m. Bohemian Biergarten, 2017 13th St., Boulder, 720-767-2863. Denver Handmade Homemade Market. 12 p.m. FORGE970, 970 Yuma St., Denver, 720-598-2490. History and Habitat of Caribou Ranch. 9 a.m. Caribou Ranch Open Space, Nederland.
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Preand postDead & Co. Events THURSDAY, JULY 12
Shakedown Street featuring Papa Mali and Wally Ingram — Dead & Co. After Party. 11:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Tickets are $5-$10.
The Dean Ween Group — Dead & Co. PreParty. 8:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Tickets are $27-$31.
SATURDAY, JULY 14
Big Something — Dead & Co. Pre-Party. 9 p.m. The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Tickets are $15.25-$18.25
Deadhead Bike to Organic Farm Tour. 11 a.m. Downtown Boulder. Reserve your spot: boulderbiketours.com/tours/farmbike-tour Thursday tour includes just-harvested wood-fired pizza. A variety of craft beer will be waiting at the farm. Bike rentals are available. If you wear a Grateful Dead tie-dye shirt, a bike rental is free!
FRIDAY, JULY 13
Grateful Dead Art Show — with Mike DuBois & Mark Serlo. PosterScene, 1505 Pearl St., Unit 101, Boulder. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be a wide variety of art for purchase — from oil paintings to limited edition prints.
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Herbie Hancock Tribute featuring Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), Dave Watts, Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers (The Motet) and Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollinsworth Band) — Dead & Co After Party. 11:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Tickets are $16-$21.
An Evening with Boombox — Dead & Co. After Party. 11:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. Tickets are $25-$27. The Music Never Stopped featuring Drew Emitt and Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Adam Aijala (Yonder Mountain String Band), Joey Porter, Garrett Sayers and Dave Watts (The Motet) — Dead & Co. After Party. 11:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-447-0095. Tickets are $20-$25.
SUNDAY, JULY 15
Boulder Grateful Dead Party. 11 a.m. Central Park, Boulder. In celebration of Dead and Company playing Folsom Field this weekend, there will be a free concert from Dead Set (Boulder’s top Grateful Dead cover band), a barter fair and other surprises at the Boulder Market. Deadhead Bike-to-Organic Farm Tour. 11 a.m. Starts/ends North Boulder County (Hygiene). Reserve your spot: boulderbiketours.com/tours/farm-bike-tour Sunday Tour includes sampling of local craft beer and four-course farm-fresh brunch. If you wear a Grateful Dead tie-dye shirt, a bike rental is free!
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Irish Tales along the Trails. 10 a.m. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666. Off The Chain Comedy Showcase. 8 p.m. Endo Brewing Company, 2755 Dagny Way, Suite 101, Boulder, 303-552-6693. Red Rock Ramblers Square Dancing. 7 p.m. Lyons Elementary School, 338 High St., (in back of School), Lyons, 303-823-5925. Symbiosis Arts: Imprints. 2:30 p.m. 855 Wyandot, Denver, 480-455-7249. Teen Takeover Saturday. 6 p.m. 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Urban Home Show. 11 a.m. Skyline Park, 1100 16th Street Mall, Denver, 720-272-7467. Western Views Book Club. 10 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Sunday, July 15 Music Bootstrap LOCO Ukulele Band. 2 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont, 303-652-4186. Boulder County Record Show. 10 a.m. Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn A, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-503-5531. Bunch of Strangers. 3 p.m. The Tasty Weasel, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, 303-776-1914. City Park Jazz. 6 p.m. City Park, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver. CMF: All-American with Violinist Robert McDuffie. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666. Dave Honig. 3 p.m. BRU Handbuilt Ales & Eats, 5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 720-638-5193. Boulder Weekly
events English Beat. 8 p.m. The Gothic, 3263 S. Broadway, Denver. Espresso! Gypsy Jazz. 9:30 a.m. Spruce Confections, 767 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-875-7514. Grateful Dead Party. 11 a.m. Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 720-272-7467.
Bandshell Boogie 2018. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 310-658-6587. Boulder Concert Band. 7 p.m. Salberg Park, 3045 19th St., Boulder, 303-478-3044. Children’s SRP: Rock ‘N Read. 11 a.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-335-4821.
Intro to Brazilian Drumming: Four-weekly classes. 6:30 p.m. Intercambio Uniting Communities, 4735 Walnut St., Suite B, Boulder, 415-694-376.
Jazz Jam at the Muse. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, 720-352-4327.
Liz Cooper & The Stampede. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver, 303-291-1007.
Open Mic/Jam with Tom Kendrot, Jam and Jiggatones. 6:30 p.m. KCP Art Bar, 364 Main St., Longmont, 720-378-3292.
The Lost Mondays. 9:30 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Pint Size Polkas. 1 p.m. Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Road, Lafayette, 303-665-5200.
Rachel Louise Taylor. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
The Rebekah Long Band. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
Seal — with the Colorado Symphony featuring special guest Corinne Bailey Rae. 7:30 p.m. Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th St., Denver, 720-865-4220.
Roger Clyne Jim Dalton. 8 p.m. Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E. First Ave., Denver, 303-830-9214.
Summer Soiree. 4:45 p.m. Room & Board, 222 Detroit St., Denver.
Mis Pininos/Spanish Conversation for Kids. 4:15 p.m. NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway, Boulder, 303-441-4250.
Tom Gershwin & Friends: Family Jazz Concert & Summer Picnic Celebration. 3 p.m. Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, 2149 Federal Blvd., Denver, 720-974-7231. Your Mom’s Green House: A Concert Benefit for the Environment. 6 p.m. Your Mom’s House, 608 E. 13th Ave., Denver, 303-860-4516. Events 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship Stream. 9 a.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, 303-786-7030. AJ Finney. 7 p.m. Comedy Works, 1226 15th St., Denver, 303-595-3637. Annual Car Show. 10 a.m. Fairmount Cemetery, 430 South Quebec St., Denver. Boulder Market. 11 a.m. Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd., Boulder, 720-272-7467. Denver County Fair. 10 a.m. National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver. Hawaiian Hula Classes. 5 p.m. A Place to B, 1750 30th St Unit 64, Boulder, 303-440-8007. Irish Tales along the Trails. 10 a.m. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666. Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband. 1 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. RiNo Sunday Urban Market. 12 p.m. Infinite Monkey Theorem, 3200 Larimer St., Denver, 303-736-8376. Summer of Discovery: Sticky Fingers Cooking for Teens. 3 p.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Triwizard Tournament. 2 p.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. Yarn-fiti Knit-in. 2 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Monday, July 16 Music American Idols Live. 7 p.m. Paramount Denver, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver, 303-623-0106. Boulder Weekly
All About Dolls Camp. 9 a.m. Fabricate, 2017 17th St., Boulder, 303-997-8245. All Ages Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Babies and Board Books. 10:15 a.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. A Butterfly’s Life. 7 p.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-335-4849. Citizenship Classes. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Conversations in English Mondays. 10:30 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Modern Physics Book Discussions. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Love’s Labour’s Lost Richard III Cyrano de Bergerac
Based on the translation written by Anthony Burgess of the play written by Edmond Rostand
You Can’t Take It With You By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
By William Shakespeare and Thomas Kyd
Monday Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Movement Mondays. 7 p.m. Free Motion Dance Studio, 2126 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-379-8299. Red Noses 2018: a Clown Variety Show. 7:30 p.m. The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 720-938-0752. STEAM Storytime. 10:15 a.m. NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway, Boulder, 303-441-4250. Summer Dance Camps & Classes. 10 a.m. Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, 1422 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-1335. Summer Day Camps for ages 3-6 and 7-11. 9 a.m. Boulder Country Day School, 4820 Nautilus Court North, Boulder, 303-527-4931. Younger Toddler Time. 9:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. see EVENTS Page 36
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events EVENTS from Page 35
Tuesday, July 17
Wednesday, July 18
Community Night at Sandstone Ranch. 5:30 p.m. 3001 Sandstone Drive, Longmont, 303-651-8404.
Blues Night. 10 p.m. Pioneer Inn, 15 E. First St., Nederland, 303-258-7733.
Conscious Dance. 8 p.m. Alchemy of Movement, 2436 30th St., Boulder, 303-931-1500.
Counting Crows — with special guest Live. 6:30 p.m. Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, Denver.
Folk Dancing on the Plaza. 7 p.m. Plaza beside Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St1, 1770 13th St., Boulder, 303-499-6363.
Drop-in Acoustic Jam. 6 p.m. 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Unit C, Longmont, 720-442-8292.
The Monolithic. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
A Human Named David. 6:30 p.m. Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave., Longmont, 720-204-6064.
The NewArkansans. 9:30 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Third Tuesday Lunchtime Concert Series Presents: Robert Johnson & The Mark Diamond Trio. 12 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Events Adult Dance Classes. 5 p.m. Reverence Academy of Dance, 1370 Miners Drive, Suite 111, Lafayette, 303-524-5405. All About Dolls Camp. 9 a.m. Fabricate, 2017 17th St., Boulder, 303-997-8245. All Ages Storytime. 10:15 a.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. All Ages Storytime. 10:15 a.m. NoBo Corner Library, 4600 Broadway, Boulder, 303-441-4250. Anime Club. 4 p.m. Louisville Public Library, 951 Spruce St., Louisville, 303-335-4845. Boulder World Affairs Discussion Group. 10 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. CodeREV Summer Tech Camp. 9 a.m. Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences, 451 Clermont St., Denver, 720-423-9680.
Kind Hearted Strangers. 8 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731. Neurosis. 8 p.m. The Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-832-1874. Reggae Night. 9 p.m. Boulder House, 1109 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-997-4108. Summer Concert Series. 6:30 p.m. Village at the Peaks, 1250 S. Hover Road, Longmont, 720-438-2500. Wallpaper House Band. 4 p.m. Flatirons Terrace, 930 28th St., Boulder, 303-939-0885. Wednesday Night Square Dance. 7 p.m. Rosalee’s Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont, 303-485-5020. Events All About Dolls Camp. 9 a.m. Fabricate, 2017 17th St., Boulder, 303-997-8245. Boulder Arts Commission Meeting. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Conversations in English Tuesdays. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
The Epic of Everest (1924) with Hank Troy, piano. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Community House, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-440-7666.
Drop In Tech Help. 6 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
The Guardians. 4:30 p.m. Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder.
Drop-In Improv Class. 6 p.m. The Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, 1260 22nd St., Denver, 303-578-0079.
Red Noses 2018: a Clown Variety Show. 7:30 p.m. The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 720-938-0752.
Kids Film Series: The Lego Movie. 10 a.m. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont, 303-651-8374.
Start-Up Essentials. 1 p.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
Red Noses 2018: a Clown Variety Show. 7:30 p.m. The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder, 720-938-0752. Reynolds Reading Pals. 4:30 p.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. Spanish/English Storytime: Read and Play in Spanish. 10:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100. Summer Dance Camps & Classes. 10 a.m. Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, 1422 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-1335. Summer of Discovery: Agua Fresca. 6 p.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100.
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Kerri Lick. 9 p.m. The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse, 1709 Pearl St., Boulder, 720-201-3731.
STEAM Storytime. 10:15 a.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Summer Dance Camps & Classes. 10 a.m. Longmont Dance Theatre Academy, 1422 Nelson Road, Longmont, 303-772-1335. Summer of Discovery: Colorado Native Animals with Nature’s Educators. 4 p.m. George Reynolds Branch Library, 3595 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder, 303-441-3120. Summer of Discovery: Creatures of the Night with Nature’s Educators. 1 p.m. Meadows Branch Library, 4800 Baseline Road, Boulder, 303-441-3100. Wobblers & Walkers. 9:15 a.m. Boulder Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-441-3100.
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f ever there was a word to describe Fred Rogers — the host of the long-running PBS show, ON THE BILL: Won’t Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood — it would be, You Be My Neighbor? Century Theater, 1700 “kind.” Not a word you hear a lot these days. 29th St, Boulder, 303Whatever currency kindness had going into 444-0583 2018, it’s evaporating at an alarming rate. I suppose that’s why so many look back and think life used to be simpler, people friendlier and the world more comprehensible. They call them “the good old days” for a reason, right? But the world wasn’t simpler, the people weren’t friendlier, and the daily news made even less sense than it does now. Sure, you may shed the baggage of 2018 when you enter the theater to see Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — Morgan Neville’s heart-warming and well-made documentary about Rogers and his famous TV show — but you enter a past pocked with intolerance, bigotry and hatred. From the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy to a man so intolerant of integrated pools he poured bleach on black swimmers. Not exactly high times in American history, but with a guide like Rogers, we somehow come to understand, maybe even empathize, with those who frustrate and confuse us. Born in 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred McFeely Rogers was the perfect age to witness the “golden age of television,” though it pleased him little. In the TV programs and advertisements aimed at children, Rogers saw only contempt. He wondered, was this medium capable of a different message? His answer: a daily children’s program. Misterogers launched in 1963 and after a couple of iterations, morphed into Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. By 1971 it became a household staple. Each show opened the same: Rogers entered the house, switched his sport coat for a cardigan, loafers for sneakers, fed the fish, chatted with Mr. McFeely and Officer Clemmons and visited the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where the puppets King Friday XIII, Daniel Striped Tiger, Henrietta Pussycat, X the Owl and others interacted with actors to teach children valuable lessons. Most were benign — lessons in sharing and listening — while others directly addressed the horrors of the world. And he always did it in a calm and measured manner that neither spoke down to a child nor claimed any aspect of life was over their heads. This ability to communicate was Rogers’ greatest gift. Listen as he talks to children: he neither pitches his voice nor resorts to cutesy language. Watch him physically lower himself to see them at their level. Take note as he reinforces his love and admiration for everyone he meets. François Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons, recalls one episode where Rogers told him those simple words: “I like you just the way you are.” Slightly taken off guard, Clemmons told Rogers that was the first time anyone said that to him. Rogers smiled and replied: “I’ve been telling you that for two years, and today you heard me.” We don’t always get things right away. Often we must be reminded over and over before it starts to sink in. That’s why Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was structured with pleasing familiarity. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? is similar; you can watch it over and over again and discover something new. It may not be a complex or a complicated idea, but its directness will surprise you.
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awaiian food is so underrated. We say that because it’s so hard to find on the mainland, let alone in the Centennial State. Rumor has it Boulder once had a Hawaiian restaurant, but what good does that do for those of us craving Spam musubi and chicken katsu now? Luckily, one local restaurant has picked up the Hawaiian torch. In addition to its renowned lineup of sushi and noodle dishes, Hapa provides the community with a few Hawaiian staples, and does it very well. The kalua pork is ridiculously tender. With a spicy, chocolaty, almost fermented sauce, it’s heaven. Served alongside buttery steamed vegetables, a flatbread for wrapping, and rice, this is something to seek out. $15.
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t’s hard to take a staple of any cuisine and make it great. People’s expectations are too high and too married to their past experiences. But Tadka manages to hit all the right notes with its Indian fare. Take the baingan bharta: tandoorroasted eggplant with chopped tomatoes, onions, ginger and garlic. Served atop expertly prepared jasmine rice, it’s a comfort dish that still has a few herb and spice surprises. $13.
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The free Taste Marketplace, July 14-15 in Larimer Square, will feature over 80 artisan exhibitors offering samples and sales of kombucha, hot sauces, Kona coffee, olive oil, gelato, pickles and insect cuisine. Speaking of bugs, one tasting event boasts authentic Oaxacan insect dishes paired with agave-based cocktails. Other tastings guide you through the wide world of salumi and the subtleties of craft sake, and the art of tortilla-making with Michoacán cook Benedicta Alejo Vargas, Alfonso Rocha Robles of Slow Foods Mexico plus chef Jamey Fader of Denver’s Lola, and returning celebrity chef Rick Bayless. “There’s so much excitement the event has stirred up in Boulder and Denver. Slow Food Nations really highlights the food in this part of the U.S. and a great opportunity to get to know the farmers, ranchers and food maker,” says Rebecca Waterhouse of Slow Food Boulder County and a delegate to Slow Food Nations. Slow Food Boulder County is hosting two celebrations this weekend showcasing local ingredients and talent. Local Slow Food pioneer Peggy Markel hosts a July 14 dinner and tour at Boulder’s Cure Organic Farm. The menu from Cured chef Rebecca Sosvielle Duane includes cheese and charcuterie, an heirloom tomato salad, chargrilled broccoli with radish blossoms and lemon aioli, and pork roulade stuffed with greens, ricotta and pine nuts. Share the Table, an outdoor local food luncheon, is July 15 at Niwot’s Oxford Gardens. “It’s about dining but it’s also really about sitting down to eat with the people who grow the food,” Waterhouse says. Family-style vegetables from local farms, a heritage grain course from Basta chef Kelly Whitaker, Hosea Rosenberg’s Boulder lamb asado-style, and Fortuna Chocolate’s single estate chocolate dessert will be served. Proceeds benefit Slow Food and Oxford Garden’s Hail Relief Fund. You don’t even need to leave town to sample food inspired by Slow Food Nations. From July 18-30, local eateries including Lafayette’s Acreage Restaurant, Basta and Next Door in Boulder, as well as GQue BBQ, Mercantile Dining & Provision and Old Major are offering dishes showcasing ingredients from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalogue of foods facing extinction. Information and tickets: slowfoodnations.org and slowfoodboulder.com
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On July 16 Arcana chef Kyle Mendenhall will recreate an 1880 Denver dinner that honored Ulysses S. Grant, and which showcases Colorado trout and lamb, red forager chicken from Boulder and vegetables from Cure, Red Wagon, Toohey and other local farms. arcanarestaurant.com ... MouCo Cheese Co. in Fort Collins is now offering one of the great dairy pleasures: Fresh Cheddar cheese curds. Text “Curds” to 31996 to get alerts when fresh curds are available. ... Lafayette’s Three Leaf Farm hosts workshops including bone broth ( July 28), fermented and preserved foods (Aug.11), jams and jellies (Sept. 8). threeleaffarm.com. ... Start sharpening your crust-making skills. The town of Hygeine is hosting a Pie Contest Aug. 4, and I’m one of the judges. ... If you grow some extra produce in your neighborhood gardens this summer consider donating it Boulder Food Rescue, which will come and pick up the veggies. boulderfoodrescue.org ... Happy 40th birthday to Mustard’s Last Stand, which has been selling hot dogs since 1978 near Boulder Creek. ... After more than 25 years, Vic’s Espresso has closed its original location in Boulder’s Community Plaza Shopping Center. Beleza Coffee Bar will open in the space this fall. ... Othermama’s Bakery has closed at 237 Collyer St. in Longmont.
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Sanitas Taco Fest marries tacos, craft beer and wrestling by Matt Cortina All photos by Nick Gossert
ow often in this food section do we get to talk about lucha libre wrestling? But such is the state of food in Boulder County. If someone can dream up an event, it can be paired to food and beer. There will always be a brewery or restaurant looking to stand out and draw people to a spectacle, and hopefully, try something new. Josh Kravetz had a vision to make Sanitas Brewing’s beer fest into a spectacle as dazzling as the bright costumes, vibrant comedy and lively atmosphere of a lucha libre wrestling match. Last year, Kravetz, who now runs marketing for Sanitas, launched the inaugural Sanitas Taco Fest, building off the brewery’s in-house connection to McDevitt Taco Supply. Kravetz says there were immediate concerns that this was a bridge too far; that not even tacos and beer could make a lucha libre show fit in Boulder. “Boulder is a little slow to adapt to change,” he says, “But everyone was blown away.” Indeed, ticket sales back up the claim: there are three times as many people signed up to attend this year’s event on July 21 than the total amount of people who came to last year’s festival. There’s something about “the high-flying, hard-hitting” wrestling group that people were attracted to, Kravetz says. Come to think of it, maybe it’s because of the fact that Boulder can rest on its food laurels that the
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spectacle was such a resounding success. Lucha libre wrresKravetz is an expert at tling won’t be the only spectacular pairing spectacle with food. thing at this year’s He runs Oskar Blues’ Sanitas Taco Fest. Burning Can event, where dirt bikes fly through the air and guests sample over 100 beers. Kravetz also helps run New Belgium’s Urban Assault Ride, a city-wide obstacle course in rotating cities (including Boulder and Denver) that results in beer in food. Then there’s the Oskar Blues’ winter bike rally, the Beer Relay and the Diva Dash, a women’s obstacle course that blends costumes and beer. So what tethers all these ideas to reality? What pops into Kravetz and Company’s heads when they think up a wild idea and try to make it real? “I like (making) events that I want to go to, then I figure out, how do I make it affordable and everything?” he says. The key is to “do something different and entertaining.” And lucha libre wrestling is just that. It’s a full-blown spectacle with professional comedian DJs and multiple rounds with various character wrestlers. “There are tons of beer fests,” Kravetz says. “(But) there’s nothing like this.” The linchpin of it all is the quality of both Sanitas and McDevitt. McDevitt, which opened a shop recently in
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South Boulder, serves “heady” tacos out of a shack at Sanitas’s expansive brewery. The tacos rotate often, and you’ll end up with wild variations like chocolate chipotle beef, buffalo cauliflower, blackened “catphish,” kimchi pork and honey sriracha chicken. Kravetz says McDevitt is supplying the festival with 40-plus variations of tacos, which seems to be a lot of diversity for a festival with only one caterer. The folks from McDevitt will be dishing a Mr. Roboto taco (Asian steak with tangy slaw) along with their revered “kaleyeah” tacos. Kravetz is right when he says it’s a relatively foolproof foundation for the festival — “I think everyone loves tacos,” he says. But add in 20 brews from Sanitas made specifically for Taco Fest and it starts to seem like the lucha libre is the least spectacular thing about the event. Sanitas is going to serve a cadre of experimental and unique beers that Kravetz says fit in with McDevitt’s offerings, but also with the heat and festivity of the summer event. There’s going to be a blueberry sage saison, a coffee brown ale (one of several dark beers Kravetz says will be on hand to Boulder Weekly
mollify those picky beer drinkers) and a “purple” version of the Grapefruit Smuggler, which pairs Centennial and Azacca hops in an IPA that’s brewed with whole grapefruit and grapefruit peels. The creations come courtesy of brewer Chris Coyne, who started brewing as a 17-year-old freshman at the University of Massachusetts and coupled that passion with studies in engineering and biology. Michael Memsic, Sanitas’s other founder, discovered his love of beer at the University of Colorado and studied the craft at Oskar
Blues. The event runs the whole afternoon, and is rounded out by live music, an inflatable obstacle course (of course), and adult- and kid-oriented piñatas. Indeed, the festival is intended for families and craft beer aficionados alike, and those who just come for the wrestling. And if you’re just coming for the wrestling, you sound interesting, and we’d like to meet you. The zaniness will continue for another year, and here’s to hoping it brings more spectacular events to Boulder County’s food and beer scene.
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“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic.” Whenever that quote appears on the Internet, it’s falsely attributed to painter Frida Kahlo. In fact, it was originally composed by poet Marty McConnell. In any case, I’ll recommend that you heed it in the coming weeks. You really do need to focus on associating with allies who see the mysterious and lyrical best in you. I will also suggest that you get inspired by a line that Frida Kahlo actually wrote: “Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” (If you don’t know what a bourbon biscuit is, I’ll tell you: chocolate buttercream stuffed between two thin rectangular chocolate biscuits.)
APRIL 20-MAY 20: Here’s what author Franz Kafka
wrote in his diary on August 2, 1914: “Germany has declared war on Russia. I went swimming in the afternoon.” We could possibly interpret his nonchalance about world events to be a sign of callous self-absorption. But I recommend that you cultivate a similar attitude in the coming weeks. In accordance with astrological omens, you have the right and the need to shelter yourself from the vulgar insanity of politics and the pathological mediocrity of mainstream culture. So feel free to spend extra time focusing on your own well-being. (P.S.: Kafka’s biographer says swimming served this role for him. It enabled him to access deep unconscious reserves of pleasurable power that renewed his spirit.)
MAY 21-JUNE 20: Am I delusional to advise a perky,
talkative Gemini like yourself to enhance your communication skills? How dare I even hint that you’re not quite perfect at a skill you were obviously born to excel at? But that’s exactly what I’m here to convey. The coming weeks will be a favorable time to take inventory of how you could more fully develop your natural ability to exchange information. You’ll be in robust alignment with cosmic rhythms if you take action to refine the way you express your own messages and receive and respond to other people’s messages.
JUNE 21-JULY 22: Self-described skeptics sometimes
say to me, “How can any intelligent person believe in astrology? You must be suffering from a brain dysfunction if you imagine that the movements of planets can reveal any useful clues about our lives.” If the “skeptic” is truly open-minded, as an authentic skeptic should be, I offer a mini-lecture to correct his misunderstandings. If he’s not (which is the usual case), I say that I don’t need to “believe” in astrology; I use astrology because it works. For instance, I have a working hypothesis that Cancerians like myself enjoy better-than-average insight and luck with money every year from late July through the month of August. It’s irrelevant whether there’s a “scientific” theory to explain why this might be. I simply undertake efforts to improve my financial situation at this time, and I’m often successful.
JULY 23-AUG. 22: Here are some of the fine gifts
you’re eligible for and even likely to receive during the next four weeks: a more constructive and fluid relationship with obsession; a panoramic look at what lies below the tip of the metaphorical iceberg; a tear-jerking joyride that cracks open your sleeping sense of wonder; erasure of at least 20 percent of your self-doubt; vivid demonstrations of the excitement available from slowing down and taking your sweet time; and a surprising and useful truth delivered to your soul by your body.
AUG. 23-SEPT. 22: During the last three months of
2018, I suspect you will dismantle or outgrow a foundation. Why? So as to prepare the way for building or finding a new foundation in 2019. From next January onward, I predict you will re-imagine the meaning of home. You’ll grow fresh roots and come to novel conclusions about the influences that enable you to feel secure and stable. The reason I’m revealing these clues
ahead of time is because now is a good time to get a foreshadowing of how to proceed. You can glean insights on where to begin your work.
SEPT. 23-OCT. 22: A reader asked Libran blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle, “How does one become more sensual?” I’ll ask you to meditate on the same question. Why? Because it’s a good time to enrich and deepen your sensuality. For inspiration, here are some ideas that blend my words with Cardelle’s: “Laugh easily and freely. Tune in to the rhythm of your holy animal body as you walk. Sing songs that remind you why you’re here on earth. Give yourself the luxury of reading books that thrill your imagination and fill you with fresh questions. Eat food with your fingers. Allow sweet melancholy to snake through you. Listen innocently to people, being warm-hearted and slyly wild. Soak up colors with your eager eyes. Whisper grateful prayers to the sun as you exult in its gifts.”
OCT. 23-NOV. 21: “If people aren’t laughing at your
goals, your goals are too small.” So says bodybuilder Kai Greene. I don’t know if I would personally make such a brazen declaration, but I do think it’s worth considering — especially for you right now. You’re entering into the Big Bold Vision time of your astrological cycle. It’s a phase when you’ll be wise to boost the intensity of your hopes for yourself, and get closer to knowing the ultimate form of what you want, and be daring enough to imagine the most sublime possible outcomes for your future. If you do all that with the proper chutzpah, some people may indeed laugh at your audacity. That’s OK!
NOV. 22-DEC. 21: This mini-chapter in your epic life story is symbolically ruled by the fluttering flights of butterflies, the whirring hum of hummingbird wings, the soft cool light of fireflies and the dawn dances of seahorses. To take maximum advantage of the blessings life will tease you with in the coming weeks, I suggest you align yourself with phenomena like those. You will tend to be alert and receptive in just the right ways if you cultivate a love of fragile marvels, subtle beauty and amazing grace.
DEC. 22-JAN. 19: I swear the astrological omens are
telling me to tell you that you have license to make the following requests: 1. People from your past who say they’d like to be part of your future have to prove their earnestness by forgiving your debts to them and asking your forgiveness for their debts to you. 2. People who are pushing for you to be influenced by them must agree to be influenced by you. 3. People who want to deepen their collaborations with you must promise to deepen their commitment to wrestling with their own darkness. 4. People who say they care for you must prove their love in a small but meaningful way.
JAN. 20-FEB. 18: You will never find an advertise-
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In these troubled times, we’re all doing what we can to cope, including our feathered friends. Yes, even birds have become so disillusioned with the state of the world that they’ve taken to hitting the bottle. A report out of the U.K. says that dozens of “drunken” seagulls became “disoriented and confused” after scavenging alcohol in southwest England. “Bloody hell, what do you expect us to do?” one seagull from Devon said. “You’ve got Donald Trump across the pond mucking things up, the miserable git, then Brexit, the migrant crisis... holy hell, climate change. Seagulls are right buggered, ya’ know? Of course we go and get rat-arsed every night.” Researchers think the birds are consuming brewing waste products from a nearby brewing facility. One seagull said this is only because they aren’t allowed into bars. “Second class citizens, we are; I wouldn’t have voted for Brexit,” the bird said before vomiting and wandering off. Local animal control made light of the situation, with one officer stating that the birds have “really been suffering with hangovers after a gulls’ night out.” Researchers are now urging local breweries, distilleries and alcohol producers to secure their waste. “Sure, they can keep us from getting to the booze, but that doesn’t change the fact that humans don’t give a damn about the world,” a gull from Bridport said.
AREA DUCK LATE TO WORK A Boulder Creek duck was reportedly late to his job this morning due to an unusually high amount of traffic on his commute. “I go out there, and there’s, like, a thousand people on tubes,” said Gregory, the duck. Gregory, who works at Google, said his boss was “not cool” about him being so late, and put him on probation, which at Google means he’s not allowed to access the trampoline room or use the 3-D food printer. “I’m just one duck trying to make a living for my duck family,” Gregory said. “I get up every morning, I put on my duck suit and tie. I get in the water. I swim to work. I do whatever it is I do at Google, and then I swim back upstream. “People don’t realize that when they tube to work, they make upwards of five working ducks like me late to work,” Gregory said. “Have a heart.” Gregory said he’s going to spend all night online surfing the web for pictures of himself taken by tubers who thought it was cool a duck was hanging out on their ride. “I was not hanging out,” Gregory said. “I was late to work.” Boulder Weekly
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Dear Dan: Bi married man here. I was always out to my wife, but two months ago, I came out to our tight circle of friends. Everyone has been supportive, and I’m glad I took this step. But on three different occasions, my wife’s best friend has loudly asked me whose cock I would most like to suck out of all the other guys at the party. My birthday is coming up, and I don’t want her there. My wife doesn’t want to offend her oldest friend, and she makes excuses like “She was drunk” or “She was only joking.” I told my wife that I wouldn’t be coming to my own birthday party if her friend was invited, but she invited her anyway “by accident.” (She sent the invite via group text.) She doesn’t want to confront or disinvite her friend because that would be awkward. What do we do? —Her Unthinking Buddy Bad Yucks Dear HUBBY: Here’s what you’re going to do, HUBBY: You’re going to ask your wife how she would feel if a friend of yours was sexually harassing her and you made excuses for that friend (“He was drunk!”) and then “accidentally” invited that asshole to her birthday party. Then if she won’t call her friend and retract the invitation, you do it. It will be awkward, that’s for sure, but your wife’s friend shouldn’t be spared that awkwardness. Lord knows she made things awkward for you — don’t hesitate to return the favor. Dear Dan: I am a 23-year-old bisexual woman and I have two questions for you: (1) Is it possible to fall in love differently with women than with men? I think I am bisexual because I have been in love with some women, despite never getting past a kiss. What I find strange is that whereas with men I feel immediate attraction, with women the attraction rises after a deep friendship is formed. (2) Is it possible that I was in love with two different people at the same time? I always thought that I could be in love with only one person at a time, but during that short span, I was in love with both a guy who made me suffer and my best friend, a woman, who helped me with that guy. After I found a new boyfriend, I stopped thinking about anyone else because our relationship is closed. But I don’t know if that’s just because I avoid thinking about others or because I wasn’t really in love with the two people (despite my surprisingly real heartbreak). —Bisexual In Need And Inquiring Finally Dear BINAIF: A person can love more than one parent, more than one child, more than one sibling, more than one set of tit clamps and more than one romantic partner. Telling people they can feel romantic love for only one person at a time isn’t just stupid, it’s harmful. Let’s say Bill is partnered with Ted, and Bill believes romantic attraction/ love is a one-at-a-time phenomenon Boulder Weekly
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because that’s what he was told. Now let’s say Bill develops a crush on Sandra. If Bill doesn’t question the one-at-atime bullshit he was taught to believe about romantic love, Bill is highly likely to think, “Well, I must not be in love with Ted anymore, otherwise I couldn’t feel this way about Sandra,” and then he
may dump tried-and-true Ted for shinyand-new Sandra. I’m not arguing that everyone should be poly — most people want only one partner at a time, and that’s fine. But telling people they can’t experience romantic attraction or romantic love for more than one person at a time
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by Sidni West
Taking a tolerance break
can never tell when you’re high. You don’t act any cognitive enough to actually do the work. I usually different,” a friend said to me last weekend. We smoke at least three times a day: before I run or go to had taken a day trip to go stand-up paddleboardyoga, before I cook dinner and before I go to bed, ing at Lake Hosmer near my home in Bend, which means I have a light high between the hours of Oregon. After about 20 minutes of paddling, we 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. and my body has just adjusted to reached a section of the lake where we could just chill it over time. and float and allow the current to carry us. I immediI think some people might find my daily cannaately reached into my dry Wellcome Images/Wikimedia Commons bis habit trashy, but it bag to pull out a joint and hasn’t been problematic lighter. for me yet because it’s “That’s because I’m not holding me back always high,” I replied. I from the life that I want laughed and took it as a to live. But recently, I’ve compliment. It wasn’t the been considering a tolfirst time someone had erance break. Not said that to me. I can because I’m ashamed or basically smoke as much feel like I have something to prove, but simas I want and not only ply because I miss the maintain my composure, good ol’ days of being but carry on as myself, too high to function. vibrant personality and I’m not getting that all, without anyone being same overwhelming the wiser. buzz like I did in colSome people absolege, where it only took lutely cannot act normal a couple bowl hits to or perform basic tasks on make me geek out for weed, and it becomes very hours. And that’s when I lived on the East Coast apparent when they get too high. They melt into the couch, can barely keep their eyes open and their whole and only had access to mediocre mids, as opposed to personality morphs into “everything is hilarious, and I the potent strains I smoke today. Despite constantly can’t stop eating.” These people usually know better rotating strains and different methods of consumpthan to smoke weed before work or anything else that tion, I’m unable to reach the euphoric high I experirequires them to keep it together in public. enced when I was a novice. I, on the other hand, incorporate it into a daily Research shows that weed tolerance is the result of routine. As a stoner and someone who works in the a reduction of cannabinoid receptors in the brain. cannabis industry, I burn trees like it’s my job. Because When you blaze, THC activates a brain cannabinoid it is. I review strains and products and still have to be receptor called CB1, which is what makes you feel
high. When you repeatedly expose the brain to THC, your brain reduces the number of CB1 receptors in order to minimize the increase in CB1 activity, so you don’t experience the same high. Luckily, a cannabis tolerance break works like a reset button. After just two days of laying off the herb, CB1 receptors begin to replenish and start to bounce back. After four weeks of abstinence, CB1 receptors return to almost the same levels of nonsmokers. My goal for my tolerance break is going to be two weeks, mostly because some of my monthly income comes from writing strain reviews, and turning down work in favor of abstaining longer would be financially irresponsible of me. Considering the fact that I can’t remember the last time I’ve gone that long without consuming weed, I think two weeks will be plenty of time for me to reap some of the benefits. Besides wanting to lower my threshold for cannabinoids, I’m interested in re-evaluating my relationship with the plant and the role it plays in my life. Since marijuana is incorporated into my daily routine and lifestyle, a tolerance break will definitely be a challenge in the sense that it’s pushing me out of my comfort zone: Will I still look forward to trail running if I’m completely sober? Is it going to be as enjoyable? Will I get bored or develop social anxiety if I can’t get stoned with my friends? Am I going to have an appetite? How am I going to fall asleep at night without getting high AF first? Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to write about my thoughts, opinions, side effects and any interesting research I discover throughout the course of my tolerance break. Cannabis is a highly individualistic experience for everyone, so I’m excited to share my journey. After all, I can still support the mission of normalizing marijuana without getting stoned every day.
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by Paul Danish
Pot PAC targets a Sessions worse than Jeff
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ttorney General Jeff Sessions is not the only drug war dead-ender named Sessions in Washington. There’s also Texas Republican Congressman Pete Sessions, who is just as zealously anti-pot as the AG and, if anything, more effective in blocking legalization. Pete Sessions is the chairman of the House Rules Committee, the committee that decides which bills will be debated on the floor. And he has used his position to block nearly all efforts to move marijuana reform legislation through the house since 2015. According to an extensive story by Tom Angell on the website Marijuana Moment, reform bills filed by both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been blocked in the House Rules Committee on at least 34 occasions. According to Angell, these include measures to increase military veterans’ access to medical marijuana, shield state marijuana laws from federal interference, protect the water rights of industrial hemp growers, and allow marijuana businesses access to the banking system. Sessions is a drug war dead-ender and proud of it. “I, as probably everybody in this room knows, have a strong opinion on drugs, illegal drugs, alcohol,” he said, during a hearing on a bill co-sponsored by Colorado Congressman Jared Polis that would have prevented the Justice Department from spending money to frustrate state level marijuana legalization laws. “Marijuana is an addictive product and the merchants of addiction make it that way. They make it for addiction. They make it to where our people, our young people, become
addicted to marijuana and keep going.” Polis withdrew the bill when he saw he didn’t have the votes to get it through the Rules Committee. (A similar bill did make it to the floor of the House in 2015 and came within nine votes of passage). But in politics, what goes around comes around, sometimes with a vengeance. Sessions has been in Congress since 1997, but this year he’s being targeted for his marijuana obstructionism. Oregon Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer, one of the strongest pro-marijuana legalization members of the House of Representatives, has started a PAC to support prolegalization candidates for Congress and oppose antilegalization ones. And his first target is Sessions. Blumenauer’s PAC, called The Cannabis Fund, will pay for billboards in Sessions’ district challenging Sessions for blocking votes on bills that would have allowed veterans access to medical marijuana.
The billboard showed a veteran on crutches next to text reading “Why is Congressman Pete Sessions Denying Veterans the Medicine We Need?” Sessions represents Texas’ 32nd Congressional Distirct, which includes part of Dallas and an area north and northeast of the city. In 2016 it voted for Hillary Clinton. The district’s demographics are 47 percent minority — 24 percent Hispanic, 14 percent black, and 8 percent Asian. The Cook Political, which rates the competitiveness of congressional races, recently moved it from “Lean Republican” to “Toss-Up.” Sessions’ Democratic opponent is Colin Allred, a former NFL player. He has indicated he intends to make an issue of Sessions’ blocking veterans’ access to medical marijuana. He’s said he supports the use of medical marijuana “as an alternative to habit-forming opioids that have become a national crisis.” Getting rid of Sessions won’t be easy; he will be well-funded, and he runs unbelievably ugly campaigns. But marijuana could be a sleeper issue. Given that blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately arrested for marijuana, his anti-pot positions could be used to turn out minority voters who often sit out elections in non-presidential years. And then there’s this: Last month a Quinnipiac poll taken in Texas found 61 percent support for legalizing possession of a small amount of marijuana (not just medical marijuana) for personal use. A similar survey by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll found 53-percent support for legalizing possession for personal use. In other words, being an absolutist marijuana prohibitionist like Sessions isn’t necessarily a safe position in this election cycle. Even in Texas.
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