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With new restrictions in place, can local, independent businesses make it through the winter? by Matt Cortina
Despite the crush of a pandemic, Block 1750 expands its community dance center by Caitlin Rockett
Livestream plays, trivia, book discussions, dance workshops, holiday markets and one night with Mary Chapin Carpenter by Boulder Weekly staff
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Saying goodbye to Zolo with Dave Query by Matt Cortina
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Medical marijuana patients asked for higher-dose edibles, and brands answered by Will Brendza
‘Unhoused’ podcast: Episode 3 — Gaining traction
The Anderson Files: Fight the virus or just give up
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Guest Column: Enabling versus helping
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‘Unhoused’ Episode 3: Gaining traction
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ith an eviction crisis still on the horizon, sanctioned overnight parking lots are being used nationwide to provide temporary relief for people living in vehicles — a common occurrence for those experiencing homelessness for the first time. In Boulder County this summer, the nonprofit Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement (HOPE) created SafeLot, a program providing an approved parking lot for car dwellers to spend the night safely. But the idea of safe lots has created tension with the regional agency charged with
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reducing homelessness. Its Housing First approach, emphasizing more permanent housing solutions, strikes some as contradicting safe lots’ shorter-term fix. Safe lot advocates say it offers stability that acts as a bridge to a more settled lifestyle. Join host Emma Athena as she analyzes how COVID-19 has changed the conversation around safe lots as a solution for homelessness in episode 3 of Unhoused, a podcast collaboration from Boulder Weekly and KGNU. “Gaining traction” is available Thursday, Nov. 19 at boulderweekly.com or wherever you get your podcasts.
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Fight the virus or just give up by Dave Anderson
any months ago, public health experts predicted that we would likely have a dark coronavirus winter. Now cases are skyrocketing, the death rate is climbing and hospitals are overwhelmed. Almost all of the country has become a hot spot. On some days, individual American states record more new infections than the entire European continent. Trump’s monumental bungling of the pandemic has continued. He is still peddling misinformation, muzzling scientists and refusing to have a national plan. In fact, his administration implicitly — and sometimes explicitly — supports a dangerous, discredited “herd immunity” theory, which advocates letting the virus run rampant through the population. President-elect Joe Biden has assembled a 13-member coronavirus task force, which is made up of wellknown and respected public health experts. He has rolled out a multipronged plan that includes a massive expansion of testing and production of protective equipment, an expansion of health insurance benefits, a vaccination campaign to provide free shots, and the hiring of 100,000 health workers. Trump’s coronavirus team should be meeting right now with the Biden team. However, the Trump administration and almost all of the Republicans in Congress refuse to accept the well-documented fact that Biden won the presidency by a wide margin in a free and fair election. They are backed by a Fox News/talk radio pundits’ propaganda machine and a peculiar coalition of white nationalists and conspiracy fantasists. Scott Gottlieb, the former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner under Trump, says it is clear the administration won’t change its approach to COVID-19. “The numbers are going to get very big in terms of hospitalizations and deaths,” Gottlieb said. “We are just going to have a lot of death and disease.” We shouldn’t wait until January 6
when Biden is inaugurated. Dr. Michael Osterholm, a member of Biden’s task force, has said that the situation can still be managed, but only with immediate action. Osterholm is an epidemiologist and the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He told CNBC after the election that the nation could enter into a four-to-six-week lockdown, and the federal government “could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages; lost wages for individual workers; for losses to small companies; to medium-size companies; or city, state, county governments.” He proposed this national approach in a New York Times op-ed back in August. It was co-authored by Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Osterholm walked back his proposal after two other members of the Biden panel objected. They felt it was impractical and would spark a backlash. In an article in The Nation, Dr. Greg Gonzales, an epidemiologist at the Yale School of Public Health, wrote: “It’s not clear people recognize the new danger in our midst. As the election returns intimated, many Americans have experienced this pandemic as an economic and social disaster — not an epidemiological one. Many people in the United States still don’t know someone who has contracted SARS-CoV-2, let alone died of COVID-19.” Both a CNN and a New York Times exit poll showed that the economy was the main issue of Trump voters, with the pandemic in fourth place in the Times survey. Jessica Glenza in The Guardian notes: “The virus control measures might also have been seen as heavyhanded by many of Trump’s white voters, because the pandemic has had see THE ANDERSON FILES Page 7
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Stimulus needed Human rights efforts by Boulder are to be commended, especially with a current focus on affordable housing (Re: “Shifting the focus of human rights in Boulder,” Guest Column, Nov. 12, 2020). This is a problem across the U.S., and the pandemic has exacerbated the situation for renters and landlords. The House has passed relief twice that would have made a difference, which the Senate failed to pass. Now is the time to make a difference for people across the nation by asking your senators to pass this relief. A five-minute call, 202-2243121, can make a difference. Willie Dickerson/via internet
Don’t just complain; avoid (Re: “Big Tech has become Big Brother,” Letters, Nov. 12, 2020): Some search engines and browsers collect data on everything you do, but not all. So don’t just protest (which feels good but is likely futile); do what the net has always done: route around it. Replace Google with the free software non-tracking DuckDuckGo. You’ll have the same search capabilities without the tracking. You’ll notice the searches aren’t as accurately targeted, but that’s good! It means that DuckDuckGo isn’t collecting the minutiae of your every move in order to track you. Look to free software; consider Firefox as a browser. If you have Apple devices, use I
the latest Safari (web browser). Not only does it not track you; it will even tell you which trackers it blocked! Despite Apple being “Big Tech” in one sense, it is very security-aware: Apple sells itself on security plus it doesn’t sell user-tracking info. The combination of Apple Safari with DuckDuckGo as a search engine is about as private as you can be while surfing. Keep protesting, but protect yourself in the meantime. Dick Dunn/Longmont
Opt out of meat As the pandemic continues to ravage the country, now is the time for Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to support federal funding for cultured-meat research. For those who don’t know, cultured meat is grown from cells. Since animals are removed from the process, the risk of zoonotic diseases like COVID-19 making the jump to humans is significantly reduced. The idea of cultured meat on grocery shelves might sound farfetched. But such products are already being developed by a number of companies, like JUST and Memphis Meats. Unfortunately, the science hasn’t advanced to the point at which cultured meat can compete with the price of traditional meat. Federal funding for more research would help fix that. Jon Hochschartner/via internet BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
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Enabling versus helping by Jason Good
here has been an ongoing debate about the differences between enabling and helping an addict. When a family is confronted with the situation where a loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their immediate response is often to find ways to fix the problem on an immediate basis. This may mean helping to pay for their loved one’s bills, rent, even paying off debts to drug dealers and liquor stores. Families believe handling these immediate crisis situations for their loved one is helpful. Too often, this type of help from family winds up being enabling. The term “enabling” refers to any behavior by the friends or family of a drug user that would allow them to continue to use drugs or alcohol without consequence. This has sparked heated debates about what would be considered enabling and what would be considered helping. In my opinion, anything that would prevent someone from seeking drug or alcohol rehabilitation would be considered enabling. Paying debts, rent, etc., is
enabling because it doesn’t allow the person who is addicted to receive any consequences for their choices. If a person believes they can continue their lifestyle with no consequences, there’s often no real reason for them to stop. It’s a heavy subject, but I can say this: Helping an addict or alcoholic is cutting out all behaviors that would protect them from the consequences of their choices, however, helping them get treatment wouldn’t be enabling since it’s an attempt at solving the actual issue. Just giving them money doesn’t solve anything. I believe the more our community is aware of addiction, the more our community can to do to fight back against it. If I can be of any help to any of our community members, please reach out at 970-484-2023 or visit narconon-colorado.org/blog/loving-an-addict-without-enablingthem.html. Jason Good is the deputy executive director of Narconon Colorado. This opinion does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.
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a disproportionate effect on racial and ethnic minorities, who supported Biden in larger numbers, and the fact that the virus did not reach many rural areas until much later in the pandemic.” In June, David Dayan reported in The American Prospect that the CARES Act stimulus package passed by Congress required that the funding could only be used for emergency coronavirus spending. It couldn’t be used to repair damage to state or city budgets. States and cities were dealing with a budget deficit due to the sudden decrease in tax revenue from closed non-essential businesses. The CARES Act pushed cities and states to prematurely reopen. Trump and a mobilized far right (with corporate funding) were pushing for reopening at the same time. Dayan argued that the sped-up reopenings were “a BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
direct result of not having any guarantee from the outset that state and local budgets would be taken care of.” Then COVID cases surged. People got sick and died. That didn’t have to happen. The Democratic-controlled House passed a big relief/stimulus package. Mitch McConnell, as leader of the Republican-controlled Senate, refused to hold a vote on it. He felt it was too generous to workers and provided aid to spendthrift Democratic cities and states (as well as Republican cities and states, I would add). It also didn’t provide businesses immunity from lawsuits by workers and customers who got COVID-19. So now Biden is facing a big mess. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. I
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by Matt Cortina
hink about your favorite local business. Your favorite watering hole or hair salon or boutique outdoor retailer. Don’t — for just a minute — take for granted the changes they made with constantly evolving public health orders, inconsistent financial support and rapidly changing consumer habits. (If “pivot,” by the way, is not MerriamWebster’s word of the year, then they haven’t been paying attention). Now ask yourself: How in the name of Alan Greenspan are they still in business? “Small business owners are the most innovative and flexible and resilient group of people you’ll ever meet, otherwise they wouldn’t be in business,” says Chip (it’s just Chip), CEO of the Downtown Boulder Partnership, a nonprofit coalition of local businesses. Fair. That ingenuity has been on display this year. But now comes another challenge in a year full of them: Can local, independently owned businesses make enough in a watered-down holiday season — a time when many typically earn a chunk of their annual revenue — to make
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it through 2020? And what happens in the three cold, dark months that follow? Scan news articles or just drive through the downtowns of Boulder County cities and you can count the number of businesses that have succumbed to the economic constraints of the pandemic. It’s a significant, but not overwhelming, number of closures. What’s more concerning for businesses and local trade groups is the number of businesses that can’t hold on much longer. A recent survey by the Colorado Restaurant Association, for instance, found that nearly four out of five restaurants would consider closing in the next six months if indoor dining were shut down. (Indoor dining is paused in Boulder County, and about a dozen others, starting Nov. 20.) Local businesses need a fruitful holiday season and a manageable winter because the year has been so bad for so many. These problems compound, whether business owners need to catch up on debt, prepare for payments on credit or rent, or simply make money again so they, BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
themselves, can live. estimates for Boulder. “They’re One statistic we can use to working at home or not coming in as quantify the economic damage is often. All of those are people who sales tax revenue. In Boulder, sales aren’t buying lunch or going shoptax revenue is down citywide by ping after work.” almost 10% from last year, with Too, local businesses, particularly about half of the decline attributed restaurants, employ thousands of to downtown businesses. Retail people in the state. A high unemsales tax in downtown Longmont is ployment rate, of course, ripples down 22.8% this year compared to through the local economy, and the this time last year — more than $11 numbers aren’t great for Boulder million in lost revenue. County despite modest gains since That’s a problem in Longmont April. The unemployment rate in the particularly because downtown is county was 5.8% in August, when mostly locally owned. By comparidata was last available, compared to son, sales tax revenue in Village at 2.3% in August 2018. Statewide, the Peaks on S. Hover, with more big-box stores DAVID SHANKBONE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS (though not exclusively), is actually up. “Our downtown particularly is small local businesses. Small local storefronts tend not to be chains. Without that corporate safety net, it has been taking a toll on our small business,” says Kimberlee McKee, executive director of the Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA). “Many other downtowns still have the big-box stores on the fringes or chain stores. Ours literally does not. Those that have been really sales-tax-generating cash cows within the economy right now, none of those show up in our district.” almost 150,000 jobs have been lost It’s a similar story in Lafayette. since last year. Chains are one reason citywide sales And so businesses may yet shuttax revenue has stayed flat there — a ter without further assistance — lot of folks shopped at Wal-Mart Polis recently announced a plan to this year — but there’s been an provide stimulus funds for restau18.4% decrease in sales tax revenue rants. But that’s a stop-gap measure; from Old Town businesses, which necessary shutdown orders infringe are almost exclusively locally owned. on the sustainability of local busiLodging tax revenue is also a nesses, particularly restaurants, now good indicator of how many tourists which have to contend with no are coming in and patronizing local indoor dining. businesses. Bad news there, as you “It’s certainly a challenging cirmight imagine: It’s down upwards of cumstance,” says Scott Sternberg, 60% in Longmont, Louisville and executive director of the Boulder Boulder. Economic Council, citing the proIn talking to local businesses, gressively declining occupancy allowChip says the effect of companies ances in restaurants. “That’s obviousimplementing work-at-home policies ly what you would not like to see as a is substantial. restaurant owner. That’s where they “Not much more than 10% of the make their money. There are bars folks who usually work downtown in and restaurants and shops that are offices are working downtown,” he closing. You can read the newspaper BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
and see some iconic restaurants [closing]. It is a concern.” “Some people have been able to adapt and some people aren’t in a position to for different reasons,” Chip adds. “Honestly, it’s all over the place. We’re seeing some businesses have gotten through so far pretty well and for some people, it’s been really impossible.” We may not know how many local business may close until late next year, he says, adding that many may just decide to close up shop until warmer weather returns. “I think we may very well see
businesses deciding to just shutter for the first quarter of 2021 because the cost of being open is more expensive than not being open at this point. Hopefully it won’t be too many businesses we see do that, but I get it,” he says. Landlords have a role to play in this, too. Each tenant-landlord relationship is unique, and business owners report some landlords are being more flexible than others, at least for the time being. Property owners, as easy as it is to blame them, have financial obligations, too. What seems obvious is that an empty storefront is bad for both parties — though ask around and you may get some different opinions. What’s more, Dave Query, chef/ owner of the Big Red F restaurant group, thinks local businesses — not national chains — are the best tenNOVEMBER 19, 2020
ants for property owners because they’re much more invested in the success of the business operating the space. “It’s the nationals are being hit the hardest,” he says. “Those guys are shutting down, claiming bankruptcy. It’s the small, intelligent, independent operator who’s going to survive this because we’re scrappy — doing ghost kitchens and figuring out how to survive. We didn’t have an IPO. This is do or die” And a dollar spent locally goes farther than a dollar spent at some big-box store or with some giant online retailer, McKee with LDDA adds. “Amazon will make it through this without missing a beat,” she says. “It’s our small local businesses that need support. They’re the first ones that ask to sponsor our kids’ sports team.” To make that shift, people are going to have to change their habits. For all the talk in the grocery store realm of consumers shifting habits rapidly once the pandemic hit, a similar evolution hasn’t necessarily occurred across all industries. “I think people aren’t in the habit of shopping online locally, and Amazon, for example, has been doing this for so long,” Chip says. “If you’re going to look for a product, they’re going to come up so you have to take that extra step. I don’t know if people are adapting. People know the businesses they know and the products at those businesses and people will make an effort, but now there’s a moment for people to say, ‘I’m looking for this and rather than going online, let me try to find it in Boulder.’” And the experience of shopping for something with a local retailer that you could easily find online might be more beneficial, McKee says. “These local businesses will go well above and beyond,” she says. “They will be active and get on a Zoom call with you and show you each and every item. They go the extra mile.” Sternberg says, “there’s a spirit of see LOCAL BIZ Page 10
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collaboration,” though, that is yielding some positive results that might mitigate any shortfall in revenue this winter. For instance, business and restaurant industry members worked with the City of Boulder to launch the Safe Ordering Service (S.O.S.), which, with CARES Act funding, subsidizes the cost of delivery fees to restaurants, which can quickly eat up half of the margins they were hoping to make. McKee adds, “certainly we are hoping there’s another stimulus act,” which brings up the other part of this equation: the consumer. Another stimulus package would provide more financial security for consumers so we could support all these local businesses. McKee also lauds the City of Longmont for allowing expanded outdoor dining, as other cities in the County did — though because Main Street is also a state highway, options to keep that open in the winter were minimal and the City ended the program until next year. Indeed, what makes this winter so critical for local businesses is the sense that if they can just get through these next few months, back into warmer weather, they’ll have figured out how to make this new normal work. “A little bit goes a long way as you’re trying to bridge to a busier season,” Sternberg says. But much of the future is unknown — when we will get a vaccine, if people will take it, what consumers habits will be. “I think we probably will at some point in the first half of next year have a vaccine and the virus will get under control a little bit,” Chip says. “I think people will have pent-up demand. Some people
will be really gun shy and not want to go eat in restaurants for years to come, but I think we can anticipate some semblance of returning to what it was in many ways by the first half of 2021. Of course nobody has a crystal ball; I’m just basing this on reading a lot.” For Longmont, which has in recent years accelerated the revitalization of downtown, McKee says the pandemic was unfortunate timing, but it’s not putting a crimp in the explosion of new people to the area, which then support local business. A project with 170 affordable units, for example, just broke ground, and the apartment complex in the old Butterball location is already occupied with 400 new tenants, even though it finished as stay-at-home orders were first being put in place in March. But in order to fully realize the fruits of that influx of people, or for businesses throughout the county to rebound once the winter is over, they have to stay afloat until then. And to do that it’s going to take the support of the community, and more creativity. “It’s looking at the way you spend money in your community and support businesses, even if it means you weren’t necessarily going to get so-and-so a present, but you’re going to get something from a Boulder business you support, whether it’s a gift card or dinner or a puzzle,” Chip says. McKee has an even bigger idea. “The holiday season is going to look different for everyone,” she says. “You can gift some now, but maybe we make Groundhog’s Day the best gift-giving holiday there is. We’ll use different strategies to make sure local businesses stay top of mind.”
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selves, taught, as is the way these days, by YouTube videos); and juggling other jobs as they built out programming at the studio. “[A few of us] did live here for awhile because we couldn’t pay the rent with the dance classes we were doing,” Milewski says, seated on a curb outside the Block on an abnormally hot November day. The idea was never to run a dance studio per se, Milewski says. “We just wanted to [create] a space where people could come and build their community, you know, gain some ideas,” he says. “So we kind of ran it as a side project for six years. My main source of income was from teaching at a bunch of different places and doing web consulting and odd job projects here and there — everything from Task Rabbit to running movement retreats in Mexico — but never getting paid as an admin member here,” he says, nodding toward the Block. “No one ever really got paid as an admin member here.” It was a passion project, a labor of love. But love can only get you so far. About three months ago, Milewski hit the biggest obstacle he’d faced yet: “The last of the original four [founders] was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’” Mid-pandemic, Milewski found himself alone at a fork in his professional road. “I thought, I have a choice,” he says. “I either have to go in on this full-time, or we have to graciously die.” After six years of community-building, with more
Despite the crush of a pandemic, Block 1750 expands its community dance center
By Caitlin Rockett
t’s hard to believe that anything is capable of expanding in the ice-water bath that is 2020, but the team at Block 1750 is used to a good challenge. The hip-hop and breaking-focused dance community center’s recent expansion — an added 1,400 square feet of dance space to complement the original 1,800-square-foot studio in Boulder — has actually been six years in the making. In 2014, when Alex Milewski and three friends managed to put in a successful offer on the space at Crossroads East Shopping Center that would become “the Block,” the idea was to create a space where dancers could meet, practice and even live — just like in the movie You Got Served. If you missed the film when it came out in 2004, here’s a recap: A talented crew of street dancers (b-boys, to be exact) from inner city Los Angeles are challenged by a rich kid from Orange County to compete against his crew for $5,000. The LA crew lives and practices together in a warehouse, overcoming personal tragedy and interpersonal tensions in order to rise to the occasion (which, of course, they do). Things weren’t quite so Hollywood dramatic for the crew of Block 1750, but Milewski and his friends did have obstacles to overcome: remodeling the space on a shoestring budget (almost all of which they did them12
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than 6,000 students taught over the ON THE BILL: Block 1750 has course of more than 4,000 classes, recently opened Milewski wasn’t ready to let the 1,400 additional Block die. square feet of dance space. Visit On the curb outside the Block at 1750 30th St., on this apocalyptically hot fall day, Boulder, Milewski waves and greets folks as block1750.com. they meander into the studio space for private practice or to lead classes. Evenings — typically 9-11 p.m. — are open to community members. As one pair of dancers leaves the studio, they ask Milewski if they should lock up, but Milewski waves them on; there’ll be more folks coming soon. Longtime patrons of the Block are often offered access to the studio’s drop box where they can get and leave keys. Milewski says Block 1750 was built around that kind of trust — literally. “We raised $18,000 on Kickstarter to open this place [in 2014] and we didn’t even know anyone,” he says. “And now we have like 3,000 people on our mailing list, 6,000 people following us on Facebook, and thousands of dancers who have come here over the years.” The Block’s annual Block Party — a multi-day celebration of breaking and contemporary dance — has drawn the attention of dancers from around the world. “So I was confident we could [raise funds to expand],” Milewski says. Though there was some fear and skepticism, everyone who regularly calls the Block home lent a hand when Milewski undertook an expansion project when the unit next to the Block’s original space opened up this summer. The second unit offers an extra 1,400 feet of dance space that can keep eager kids off waiting lists and allow for lower-capacity classes during the pandemBOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
Eye Exams for Students are Essential During the COVID 19 Pandemic ic. Dozens of dancers and teachers at the Block (Milewski estimates around 50 people all together) dedicated hundreds of combined hours to renovating the new space themselves, eventually opening a Kickstarter campaign to help them raise the $20,000 it would take to install sprung hardwood floors (perfect for dance training), body-length mirrors, and padded practice space for tumbling and acro dance. There was only a month between launching the Kickstarter campaign in the middle of October to opening the second studio space during the second week of November. And the community was ready and waiting. “The first Saturday that this new studio was open, we had 17 hours of combined programming,” Milewski says. “And that was just from nothing, no previous weekend programming.” Milewski says that obvious yearning for a place to dance — evidenced by wait-lists and classes filling up two weeks in advance — is a foundational reason Block 1750 exists. “People need a home. A good friend of mine put it like this: If you’re a writer, you can go to coffee shops and you can write and you can be welcomed. If you’re a painter, you can go places and you can paint, even just outside. But if you’re a dancer, like you can’t just like dance on this,” he says, stomping his foot on the asphalt of the parking lot. Growing up, Milewski says, breakdancers like himself are forced to practice in spaces not meant for dance: racquetball courts, gyms, college campuses, random buildings with smooth floors. Dancers are often asked to leave because of liability. And while it might be “legally understandable,” Milewski says, it’s demoralizing to developing artists: “So being able to have a space where it’s like, ‘Come in for free whenever you want and do your thing,’ that’s so necessary.” And it’s at the core of what hip-hop culture is about, according to CU-Boulder dance professor and Block 1750 hip-hop teacher Larry Southall. Southall grew up in the Bronx, where hip-hop culture emerged during the ’60s and ’70s as a way to help young folks navigate a distressed borough that was intentionally forgotten by elected officials. (Former New York Senator Pat Moynihan once famously suggested “benign neglect” as a policy proposal to municipally disinvest from the Bronx.) Southall explains that hip-hop culture involves five primary elements: the DJ, the MC (a master of ceremonies, not a rapper), graffiti art (which Southall reminds had nothing to do with gang activity and everything to do with expression and making art accessible), b-boys and b-girls (break dancers) and, “most importantly,” says Southall, “knowledge of self and knowledge of the culture.” “[Alex] has created a real community environment at the Block, and he’s invested in what hip-hop is and making sure that the students know about it — not just the dance, but the culture,” he says. Southall teaches an intergenerational hip-hop class at the Block, where children regularly dance with parents — sometimes even grandparents. “These battles (dance competitions) between b-boys and b-girls, they’re familyfriendly,” Southall says. “You’re celebrating the dance and communing with each other and to me, that’s the best thing ever. And I feel that Alex really represents that at the Block and I’m proud to be there.” BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
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If your organization is planning an event of any kind, please email Caitlin at email@example.com. THE SENIOR CLASS OF TARA PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL (VIRTUALLY) PRESENTS: ‘HARVEY.’
MOVING HUMANS: A DANCE WORKSHOP WITH ROBERT SHER-MACHHERNDL.
Livestream: 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Tickets: $10 each, tarahighschool.org/tickets. In this classic favorite and 1945 Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, goodnatured eccentric Elwood P. Dowd dreamily stumbles through life with his pooka (a mystical rabbit), befriending random strangers, embarrassing his sister, destroying his marriageable niece’s prospects, charming and destabilizing the medical professionals assigned to him — and ultimately proving that those who may be crazy are the happiest!
LONGMONT LIBRARY: ‘ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A LIBRARIAN?’
7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 and Dec. 14, longmontcolorado.gov/departments/departments-e-m/library “Are You Smarter than a Librarian?” is an interactive, online trivia night program moderated by a Longmont librarian and attended by as many as 25 people, teams or households competing for bragging rights by winning the best of five rounds of play. This program series is aimed at adults and older kids. Advance registration is required and limited. Once registered, participants will receive instructions for joining the program.
‘LONGMONT: THE FIRST 150 YEARS,’ AN ONLINE DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR ERIK MASON.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. Learn more at longmontmuseum.org or call 303-651-8374. This free virtual program will be livestreamed to Facebook, LongmontPublicMedia.org and Local Comcast Channel 8/880. Longmont Museum Curator of History Erik Mason will talk about the city’s history, from its connection to the only athlete to ever win gold in both a summer and winter Olympic Games and Longmont’s complicated relationship with alcohol, to why so many streets are named Pratt. It’s a stroll down Main Street with a guy who wrote the book on it.
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10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22. Cost: $25, lemonspongecake.org. Choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl will guide you through an exploration of contemporary ballet and new choreography, with real-time dialogue and question-and-answer opportunities. This workshop aims to help you uncover your physical potential and develop personal artistry as a moving human.
‘ROOTS OF JAZZ’ ON KGNU. 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 on KGNU 88.5 FM (1390
AM). KGNU Community Radio recently announced its newest radio show, Roots of Jazz, a program dedicated to the underpinnings and history of this important American genre. The show will be coupled with KGNU’s long-running program Ragtime America, hosted by ragtime authority/composer/pianist Jack Rummel in the same time slot. This one-of-a-kind show will be broadcast on the third Thursday of every month from 8-9 p.m. MST. Tune in for the inaugural show on Nov. 19 with Dan Willging, a longtime KGNU DJ and nationally known music journalist.
‘SHIFT IN PERSPECTIVE,’ TWO SOLO EXHIBITIONS BY LONGMONT ARTISTS PAULA PEACOCK AND SUZANNE FRAZIER.
Nov. 19-Dec. 6, D’art Gallery, 900 Santa Fe Drive, Denver. The artists will host an Artists Talk at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov., 28. Shift in Perspective displays each artist’s — Paula Peacock and Suzanne Frazier — navigation toward spiritual evolution. It starts with Peacock’s paintings and mixed media sculptures arising out of grief after the death of her son, then shifts to paintings by Frazier exploring the opening of consciousness in the morning light. The main gallery is divided to give a dedicated space for each artist to display an entire body of work.
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MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER: ‘ONE NIGHT LONELY’ LIVE FROM WOLF TRAP.
6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, bit.ly/MCCboulder. Enjoy a rare solo performance from Mary Chapin Carpenter, recorded with no audience, at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, in Vienna, Virginia. The show will stream Friday, Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. EST (6 p.m. MST). An encore stream will air at 8 p.m. GMT Saturday, Nov. 28, and the archived video will be available for ticket holders to watch through midnight EST on Sunday, Nov. 29. The performance will be later released as a live album, with album pre-orders and special event merchandise available to purchase with tickets to the stream. Purchasing tickets from this unique link goes toward supporting Boulder Theater: bit.ly/MCCboulder
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, Facebook.com/ootco. Opera on Tap started in 2005 in New York and now boasts chapters in states across the country — including Colorado since 2011. Its mission is to promote opera as a viable, living and progressive art form deserving a place on the American cultural landscape. The theme for this month’s virtual show is #grateful. Opera on Tap Colorado will be accepting donations to keep its online shows going, to help out singers through tough times and to create projects that keep music going. These shows are short — less than an hour — and interactive. Join in the chats during the show! Find Opera on Tap Colorado on Facebook at showtime or anytime after to watch shows.
BOULDER ENSEMBLE THEATER COMPANY HOLIDAY MARKET: GIFTS OUTSIDE THE BOX.
8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, betc.org. Here’s a chance to get a head start on your holiday shopping — from the comfort of your home — while simultaneously supporting local theater. Boulder Ensemble Theater Company has assembled more than 60 eclectic out-of-the-box gift packages and exciting (and safe) experiences that will thrill you or those on your gift list. Browse by category, including Expanding Your Horizons, Palate Pleasers, Enticing Entertainment, Tempting Treasures, Pure Pleasure, For The Little Ones and, last but not least, BETC by Design, unique gift packages paying tribute to some favorite BETC shows. To make your gift-buying that much easier, BETC will deliver your chosen items right to your door. Some items are even available for shipping outside the Boulder/Denver metro area.
2020 LAA FALL MEMBERS FINE ART AND CRAFTS SHOW AND SALE. ‘STORIES OF COMING TOGETHER’ WITH RED THREAD PLAYBACK THEATRE.
Noon. Saturday, Nov. 21 via Zoom, registration at redthreadplayback.com/upcoming-shows. Has coming together with a neighbor or friend helped you find community during the pandemic? Do you have a story about gathering with family or friends for a past Thanksgiving celebration? Do you have a moving experience about finding common ground with someone who had very different views from you? Or maybe it was the amusing way you met your spouse or your best friend. Come tell your story with Red Thread Playback Theatre. All true stories are welcome. Don’t feel like telling a story? No problem — sit back, relax and listen to other people’s stories. This is a “pay what you can” show from $0-$15. Preregistration is required. For the best viewing experience, only 30 people will be allowed to view the show.
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Nov. 19-22, Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville, louisvilleart.org. Fine art, photography, crafts, jewelry and much more are available at the Louisville Art Association fall Members Fine Art and Crafts Show and Sale. All pieces are available for purchase. A virtual reception and awards ceremony will be simulcast on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday, Nov., 21 at 7 p.m. The judge for the competition is Martin Lambuth. see EVENTS Page 16
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BOULDER HOLIDAY MARKET. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, Central Park, 1236 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Admission is free, coloradoevents.org/boulder-holiday-market. The Boulder Holiday Market features a selection of one-of-a-kind seasonal items, high-quality handcrafted goods, holiday gift ideas, delicious specialty foods and more, made from a diverse collection of local artists and crafters. You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists, enjoy a live musical performance, play in the park along the Boulder Creek, and entertain your family for free.
SPOT THE ELF. Nov. 19-Dec. 19, merchants around Old Town Lafayette, oldtownlafayette.com. Stop by Old Town merchants for a 2020 Spot the Elf passbook — open to elf-seekers of all ages.
LONGMONT ICE PAVILION ICE SKATING. Nov. 20- March 13, Longmont Ice Pavilion, 725 Eighth Ave., Longmont, longmontcolorado.gov. Longmont Recreation Services’ Longmont Ice Pavilion is a seasonal fullservice ice facility, offering public ice skating, hockey, skating lessons and private facility rentals throughout the winter, weather permitting. Mask up, enjoy the ice, get some exercise and have a great time in the facility. LONGMONT ARTISAN MARKET. longmontartisanmarket.com. The 2020 in-person Longmont Handcrafted Holiday Market is canceled, but you can still support local makers and artists at this website: longmontartisanmarket.com.
HOLIDAY HOME DECORATING CONTEST. Deadline to enter is Dec. 11, louisvillechamber.com. Although Louisville can’t hold its annual Parade of Lights, residents can brighten up the city by decorating their homes for everyone to enjoy while having a chance to win a $100 gift card to a Chamber member restaurant. There are three categories: Most Creative, Most Lights and Best Decorated. The Louisville Chamber will judge applicants on Dec. 12. All you need to do to participate is send in your name and address to Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org and decorate your house. You will be notified if you are a winner the week of Dec. 14.
The Dairy Arts Center (2590 Walnut St., Boulder) is currently showing films at both its drive-in theater (the loading dock behind the building) and virtual cinema. For tickets to a show or more information, visit thedairy.org.
DAIRY DRIVE-IN: ‘COCO.’
6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. $25 per car. Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer. The movie will start when it is dark enough. Please arrive between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. so that you can get situated in your parking space. No walk-ins, lawn chairs, blankets or additional outdoor seating.
VIRTUAL CINEMA: ‘THE ANTIDOTE.’
Through Dec. 7. $12. The Antidote is about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up and make their communities better. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Kahane Cooperman and six-time Emmy winner John Hoffman, The Antidote aims to drive a national conversation about the roles that kindness, decency, compassion and respect play in a civilized, democratic society.
VIRTUAL CINEMA: ‘MAJOR ARCANA.’
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Through Dec. 7. $6.99. Set in the backwoods of Vermont, Major Arcana follows Dink (Ujon Tokarski), an itinerant carpenter struggling to end a legacy of alcoholism and poverty as he attempts to build a log cabin by hand. His plans are complicated when he reunites with Sierra (Tara Summers), a woman with whom he shares a difficult past, and he is forced to reconcile his old life with his new one.
VIRTUAL CINEMA: ‘CITIZENS OF THE WORLD.’
Through Dec. 13. Three retirees decide to move away from Rome to find a better standard of living in a country where their meager pensions will go much further. As they attempt to choose a location, the trio trawls the pubs and restaurants of a sun-saturated Rome and discovers that even at an old age they can still learn one or two lessons about themselves and life. The Chautauqua Silent Film Series runs through Dec. 4. All films are available for homeviewing.
CHAUTAUQUA@HOME SILENT FILM SERIES: ‘THE MARK OF ZORRO.’
Streaming Nov. 20-Dec. 20, chautauqua.com. $12. In this 1920 classic, wealthy fop Don Diego Vega sheds his silks, dons a mask and cape and becomes the legendary Zorro, defender of the people. Infuriated by Zorro’s meddling, corrupt Governor Alvarado dispatches his righthand man, Captain Ramon, who has a score to settle with Zorro for stealing away the object of his desire, the lovely Lolita Pulido. The Silent Cinema Trio will provide accompaniment for the film. Pianist Hank Troy is joined by Rodney Sauer of the Mont Alto Orchestra on accordion and Denver percussionist Ed Contreras.
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I know well the middle ground of sometimes losing my godly wagers what it is to win some, and to lose some once a child who I still carry around the sun keeps rising whether you choose to soak the anger in whether you lose your faith or find it. you always get an answer not always the one you want so warm your middle ground with fast food and slow hugs fill it up with jobs and small joys a lot of this life is going to happen outside of what we fix our hopes on
remember your home is in the people you love wherever they are however far apart they stand let them see you grow true stay close enough, if you can, to have them hear your story learn the wideness of the world from each other also know when it is time to pack up and scatter with the wind to safer ground
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your energy. But if you identify what is most genuine and true and essential about you, and you rely on it to guide you, you can’t possibly fail.
BY ROB BREZSNY ARIES
MARCH 21-APRIL 19: Back in 1974, poet Allen Ginsberg
and his “spirit wife,” Aries poet Anne Waldman, were roommates at the newly established Naropa University in Boulder. The school’s founder asked these two luminaries to create a poetics program, and thus was born the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Waldman described its ruling principle to be the “outrider” tradition, with a mandate to explore all that was iconoclastic, freethinking and irreverent. The goal of teachers and students alike was to avoid safe and predictable work so as to commune with wild spiritual powers, “keep the energies dancing,” and court eternal surprise. I think that would be a healthy approach for you to flirt with during the next few weeks.
APRIL 20-MAY 20: Any legal actions you take are
more likely to be successful if you initiate them between now and the solstice than if you’d begin them at other times. The same is true for any contracts you sign or agreements you make: They have a better chance to thrive than they would at other times. Other activities with more kismet than usual during the coming weeks: efforts to cultivate synergy and symbiosis; attempts to turn power struggles into more cooperative ventures; a push to foster greater equality in hierarchal situations; and ethical moves to get access to and benefit from other people’s resources.
MAY 21-JUNE 20: Never follow an expert off a preci-
pice. Nor a teacher. Nor an attractive invitation. Nor a symbol of truth nor a vibrant ideal nor a tempting gift. In fact, never follow anything off a precipice, no matter how authoritative or sexy or appealing it might be. On the other hand, if any of those influences are headed in the direction of a beautiful bridge that can enable you to get to the other side of a precipice, you should definitely consider following them. Be on the alert for such lucky opportunities in the coming weeks.
JUNE 21-JULY 22: Malidoma Patrice Somé was born
into the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso. After being initiated into the Dagara’s spiritual mysteries, he emigrated to America, where he has taught a unique blend of modern and traditional ideas. One of his key themes is the hardship that Westerners’ souls endure because of the destructive impact of the machine world upon the spiritual world. He says there is “an indigenous person within each of us” that longs to cultivate the awareness and understanding enjoyed by indigenous people: a reverence for nature, a vital relationship with ancestors and a receptivity to learn from the intelligence of animals. How’s your inner indigenous person doing? The coming weeks will be an excellent time to enhance your ability to commune with and nurture that vital source.
JULY 23-AUG. 22: Psychologists have identified a
quality they call NFD: “need for drama.” Those who possess it may be inclined to seek or even instigate turmoil out of a quest for excitement. After all, bringing a dose of chaos into one’s life can cure feelings of boredom or powerlessness. “I’m important enough to rouse a big mess!” may be the subconscious battle cry. I’ll urge you Leos to studiously and diligently avoid fostering NFD in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, you will have a blessed series of interesting experiences if and only if you shed any attraction you might have to histrionic craziness.
AUG. 23-SEPT. 22: “Give up the notion that you must
be sure of what you are doing,” wrote philosopher Baruch Spinoza. “Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure.” Spinoza’s thoughts will be a great meditation for you in the coming weeks. If you go chasing phantom hopes, longing for absolute certainty and iron confidence, you’ll waste
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SEPT. 23-OCT. 22: “A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika,” said Libran fashion writer Diana Vreeland. “We all need a splash of bad taste,” she continued. “It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. Having no taste is what I’m against.” I understand that her perspective might be hard to sell to you refined Librans. But I think it’s good advice right now. Whatever’s lacking in your world, whatever might be off-kilter, can be cured by a dash of good, funky earthiness. Dare to be a bit messy and unruly.
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NOV. 22-DEC. 21: Sagittarian statesman Winston
Churchill said that he was always ready to learn — even though there were times when he didn’t enjoy being taught. That might be a useful motto for you to adopt in the coming months. By my estimates, 2021 could turn out to bring a rather spectacular learning spurt — and a key boost to your life-long education. If you choose to take advantage of the cosmic potentials, you could make dramatic enhancements to your knowledge and skill set. As Churchill’s message suggests, not all of your new repertoire will come easily and pleasantly. But I bet that at least 80% of it will. Start planning!
DEC. 22-JAN. 19: In accordance with upcoming astro-
logical indicators, I’ve got some good advice for you courtesy of your fellow Capricorn David Bowie. You’ll be well-served to keep it in mind between now and January 1, 2021. “Go a little bit out of your depth,” counseled Bowie. “And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.” For extra inspiration, I’ll add another prompt from the creator of Ziggy Stardust: “Once you lose that sense of wonder at being alive, you’re pretty much on the way out.” In that spirit, my dear Capricorn, please take measures to expand your sense of wonder during the next six weeks. Make sure you’re on your way in.
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JAN. 20-FEB. 18: Most of us aren’t brilliant virtuosos
like, say, Leonardo da Vinci or Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie. On the other hand, every one of us has a singular amalgam of potentials that is unique in the history of the world — an exceptional flair or an idiosyncratic mastery or a distinctive blend of talents. In my astrological opinion, you Aquarians will have unprecedented opportunities to develop and ripen this golden and glorious aspect of yourself in 2021. And now is a good time to begin making plans. I encourage you to launch your year-long Festival of Becoming by writing down a description of your special genius.
FEB. 19-MARCH 20: In 1969, humans flew a spaceship to
the moon and landed on it for the first time. In 1970, the state of Alabama finally made it legal for interracial couples to get married. That’s a dramatic example of how we humans may be mature and strong in some ways even as we remain backward and undeveloped in other ways. According to my astrological analysis, the coming months will be a highly favorable time for the immature and unseasoned parts of you to ripen. I encourage you to get started!
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hen Girlfriends opened in New York City on Aug. 11, 1978, a newspaper strike kept the movie’s release from a public announcement. So, director Claudia Weill and actors Melanie Mayron and Eli Wallach photocopied handbills and stood on street corners to get butts in the seats. The grassroots campaign worked, but it didn’t hurt that the film played the Cannes Film Festival earlier that summer. It also didn’t hurt that when papers did start reviewing the independently made comedy, the consensus was favorable. Two years later, Stanley Kubrick namedropped Girlfriends when discussing American cinema trends (he was a fan). That same year, Weill released It’s My Turn, her second — and final — feature film to date. Shot over three years in NYC, Girlfriends is one of the progenitors of the American independent movement. Weill and cinematographer Fred Murphy shot in cramped apartments and reclaimed art galleries on 16 mm. Actors either wore their own clothes or, in the case of Susan (Mayron), cherry-picked from Weill’s closet. Few films look this authentic. But Girlfriends is more than a time capsule of New York in the ’70s; it’s the timeless tale of a young artist trying to make a name in the city legions have called home. Photography is Susan’s métier. Arty black and whites are her aspiration, but weddings and bar mitzvahs are paying the bills. She says she dreads them to anyone who asks, but you get the feeling she kind of loves them. She also loves her roommate, Anne (Anita Skinner). The two are so close they’re practically inseparable, but then Anne goes and gets married, leaves the city and has a kid. Susan feels abandoned, yes, but also feels an invisible hand pushing her toward adulthood, which includes fulfilling work and relationships that don’t end with her sneaking out of someone’s apartment at 3 a.m. That probably sounds familiar from today’s viewpoint. Hell, coming-of-age-in-thecity could be a genre itself. But revisiting Girlfriends in 2020 revives the freshness that enchanted so many before the concept got mimicked and parodied to death. Not to mention the slew of actors, writers and directors who ought to pay respects to Mayron’s frank Susan, screenwriter Vicki Polon’s quick-witted script and Weill’s naturalistic direction. But the movie industry is not kind to our female pioneers. Though Mayron continues to work, Polon’s cinematic career tapped out after two more scripts (the last one in 1993). Weill’s didn’t last nearly as long: Following the success of Girlfriends, Weill went to Hollywood to direct her sophomore feature, backed by Columbia Pictures and starring top-level actors. But rampant misogyny throughout the production proved that Hollywood was not a place Weill wanted to be. So, she returned to the theater and TV. Thankfully, Girlfriends remains intact, in circulation and better than ever. The Criterion Collection has released a new 4K restoration, available on Blu-ray and DVD, with a bevy of special features: interviews with Weill, Polon, Mayron and costars, Christopher Guest and Bob Balaban; two shorts from Weill — Joyce at 34 (codirected with Joyce Chopra) and Commuters (codirected with Eliot Noyes); and essays from Molly Haskell and Carol Gilligan.
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far more likely. But even if she’s not fucking him — even if she isn’t holding on to you as a backup or doesn’t want to end things because you pay her phone bill — she doesn’t make time for you and it doesn’t sound like she’s particularly kind to when she can spare you a moment. I don’t know why she hasn’t done the right thing and ended it, IGNORED, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do the right thing for yourself and end it.
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TANGERINE. 2777 Iris Ave., Boulder, and 300 S. Public Road, Lafayette (Longmont location closed for now), tangerineeats.com.
What’s better than eating on the patio in the warm sunshine of summer? Eating in one of those cool bubbles, which are now set up at Tangerine’s Boulder and Lafayette locations. They’re warm, private and, critically, safe. We stopped by recently to dine in one of said bubbles and ordered the special alambres plate (since it’s a special, check if it’s on the menu before visiting, although Tangerine’s specials are all typically spot-on). Spiced pork, chunky home fries, avocado, crema, tender sweet potatoes and sliced radish are placed atop two tostadas. It’s crunchy, satisfying, flavor-forward and goes pretty darn well with a spiked chai or bloody mary. Check with Tangerine before heading over there as indoor dining will cease in Boulder County as of Nov. 20. (Outdoor dining is still allowed.)
Also, drink this: More eggnog
Drink this: Eggnog One of the best new culinary traditions returns this month: the ’Nog Off. Every year, Longmont’s Dry Land Distillers offers eggnog flights created by chefs and community members in its tap room in this culinary contest. Because of the pandemic, this year it’ll offer the six competing eggnogs in take-home form. Those who sign up to participate will get two eggnogs per week for three weeks, with a final sixnog flight in the final week. Participants will then vote for their favorites and a champ will be crowned. This year’s ’Nog Off entrants include Amanda Adare, owner of Boulder’s Table Mountain Farm; Sean Gafner/Matt Grimes of Longmont’s Jefes Tacos and Tequila; DJ Reimer, bar manager at Erie’s 24 Carrot Bistro; Sarah Morgan, owner of Longmont’s Martini’s Bistro; Nels Wroe, Dry Land cofounder; and last year’s champ, Kelly Dressman of Dry Land. Dairy, cream and eggs come from Longmont Dairy, though you can pick everything up at Dry Land. Sign up today (four weeks of eggnog costs $79) at drylanddistillers.
Early research indicates up to 80% of people with lactose intolerance can digest A2 milk. What’s A2 milk? Long story short: It’s milk culled from cows that only produce a certain natural protein, and not one (A1) that started showing up in modern dairy cows during the growth of industrialized farming. So, good news: Origin Dairy, which culls milk from onlyA2-producing Guernsey cows here in Colorado, is releasing a line of eggnog, brie and ghee, just in time for the holiday season. According to Origin, the cows producing the milk used for these products have never been genetically modified, and produce less milk than the average dairy cow, resulting in a creamier, richer product. You can find the eggnog and other products at participating Whole Foods Markets and Natural Grocers locations.
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Behind the beer: Avery Brewing Co.’s Liliko’i Kepolo by MICHAEL J. CASEY
here are two types of beers in Rascal became Avery’s number-one this world: the kind you drink seller. after 5 p.m. and those you “Then, 10 years ago, [Parker] took drink well before. And Avery a little bit of White Rascal — diverted it Brewing Co.’s Liliko’i Kepolo is off to the big batch, put it into a tank firmly in the latter. and started experimenting with adding “I always refer to it as the breakpassion fruit to create our own tart, fast beer,” Adam Avery says about his refreshing, fruited Belgian wit beer,” brewery’s award-winning Belgian-style Avery says. white ale with passion fruit. “But that’s me,” he adds. AVERY BREWING CO. Avery’s not alone. Liliko’i Kepolo (pronounced lil-ah-koi kuh-poe-low; it’s Hawaiian for “passion fruit devil”) is a favorite among the pre-noon crowd. If you’ve ever cracked one, you know why: creamy head, rounded body, a hint of spice and a mouthful of tart passion fruit. Drink it when it’s 20 degrees outside and blowing snow, and you’ll think you’re in Hawaii. That’s where Avery brewer/“barrel herder” Andy Parker first encountered passion fruit in beer. The year was Liliko’i Kepolo was a hit with the 2000, and Parker was working for staff and taproom customers. But Kona Brewing Co. on the Big Island. packaging Liliko’i for distribution was a One of the beers in Kona’s portfolio, a no-go. As Avery explains, it took about wheat beer made with passion fruit, five years of research and developchanged Parker’s assumptions about ment to get the passion fruit devil in a fruit in beer. can. Two years later, Parker relocated The hurdles: “Where can we get a to Boulder and joined Avery. At the consistent supply of passion fruit? ... time, Avery Brewing was synonymous Passion fruit that didn’t coagulate [paswith big beers, but its Belgian-style wit, sion fruit is a citrus fruit with a thick White Rascal — soft, effervescent with rind surrounding goopy pulp] ... And hints of banana, clove and bready get it into a can without having a yeast — was creeping up as its best bunch of sediment and without having seller. And when the calendar turned exploding cans.” (Adding fruit juice, from the 2000s to the 2010s, White i.e., sugar, to a finished product can
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cause a lot of trouble under pressure). Fortuitously, the rise of Liliko’i coincided with Avery Brewing’s move from its piecemealed brewery on Arapahoe to its state-of-the-art facility in Gunbarrel. Avery’s brewers made their bones with experimental ales — “jumpthe-shark type beers” in Avery’s parlance — but now they were fleshing out the quality-control/logistical side of the operation. “Then we made the constant improvements to the passion fruit source,” Avery says, “and got to the point where we have shelf stability in a can.” In 2015, cans of Liliko’i Kepolo finally hit the market. Since then, Parker has adjusted the recipe away from concentrate — which posed consistency issues — to juice, which gives the beer a renewed vibrancy and tempers the richness. Today, Liliko’i is among Avery Brewing’s 10 best sellers. And this past October, the beer took home a gold medal in the Fruit Wheat Beer category at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Not bad for an easy, everyday drinker from a brewery known for beers playing on the upper register of what beer can be. “There’s a beer for every occasion, right?” Avery says. “I mean, you can’t just drink big barrel-aged beers all the time. And I don’t think you can just drink IPAs all the time either.” But you can drink Liliko’i Kepolo from morning to night. Find it wherever good beer is sold.
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very Brewing is no stranger to the GABF stage. Adam Avery won the brewery’s first medal in 1994, roughly one year after incorporating the brewery. Out of Bounds Stout was the beer, and gold in the Dry Stout category was the prize. Since then, the brewery has hung another dozen: American-style Strong Pale Ale category in 2004; The Kaiser won in the German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock category in 2009; and Liliko’i Kepolo won in the Fruit Wheat Beer category in 2020. Imperial or Double Red Ale category in 2004 and 2007; Fifteen Anniversary Ale won in the Experimental category in 2008; White Rascal won in the Belgian-style Witbier category in 2012 and 2015; and The Kaiser won in the German-style Doppelbock or Eisbock category in 2014. in the American-style Brown Ale category in 2005; Brabant won in the Experimental Beer category in 2009; and Liliko’i Kepolo won in the Fruit Wheat Beer category in 2013.
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‘That was a fun one’
Saying goodbye to Zolo with Dave Query
by Matt Cortina
hen The Med closed earlier this year, there was a visceral reaction in the community. People felt like their own personal dining rooms closed, and the chance to revisit memories upon each subsequent visit vanished. Too, there was a sense that if the pandemic could shutter a behemoth like The Med, then other beloved community gathering places would soon
follow. But only a handful of spots closed over the summer as restaurateurs pivoted to new business models, expanded outdoor dining, implemented takeout services and did just enough to keep the lights on. Suddenly, it feels like we’re back where we started. Gov. Polis has ordered restaurants to cease indoor dining for the indefinite future, and with the weather getting worse, it’s hard to imagine such a robust embrace of outdoor dining as we saw this summer. And this week another iconic restaurant will close. After 26 years, Zolo Southwestern Grill will shut its doors for good, and the echo is reverberating throughout the community. “You’re looking at a large puzzle and you’re thinking about how to make it through. This was a tough decision,” says Dave Query of Big Red F, for which Zolo was a flagship restaurant. “There was just too much ahead of us.” Query, who teaches entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder, says he goes “back and forth between doom and gloom” and being positive with his students about the future of local business. On the one hand — the doom one — it requires more capital to start a business today, pandemic notwithstanding: “I started Zolo with an amount of money 26 years ago you couldn’t even buy the kitchen equipment for today.” Too, Query thinks this shutdown will last “a little longer than everybody thinks,” and the implications will be long-lasting. “The worst part of this is yet to have been felt and the vaccine doesn’t solve the financial problems of the middle earner in America who’s getting clobbered as well, who might have been furloughed. The ramifications of this are going to be felt for years and years,” Query says. And yet, on the positive hand, Query is hopeful for the future. He thinks Zolo is the only restaurant in the Big Red F empire that’ll succumb to the pandemic — fingers crossed — and that with a new administration, a mandate on mask-wearing, increased vaccines and the return of warmer weather, “we can launch into late spring with some sense of hope and momentum.” Let’s hope, indeed, because what’s at stake here is more than just a restaurant; it’s a community. Zolo and Big Red F have fostered the culinary careers of dozens of prominent local chefs, from Hosea Rosenberg to Jennifer Bush. And every year around this time, Zolo hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner with the nonprofit Imagine! for families with people with developmental disabilities. (Query says this will continue within Big Red F.) One of the first meals I had after moving to Boulder almost a decade ago was at Zolo. The waiter walked me through anejo tequila and agave dessert wine and the chef’s prepared a memorable pork belly and mussel dish. As a young food writer, experiencing such a high level of hospitality in a casual dining atmosphere opened my eyes to the capabilities of the Boulder food scene. For Query personally, he’ll remember the thousands of staff members that came through Zolo, many who came back as diners, some with children then cooking and serving them food. It’s those connections you can’t replace when a place like Zolo goes away. “Once we made the announcement, just a whole group of employees reached out about what working there meant to them,” Query says. “I’m on so many different text groups of these different eras of Zolo crews. I’m still in touch with friends who were literally on the opening crew in 1994. ... All the weddings and marriages and kids that have been spawned from this. There’s been a lot going on [at Zolo]. That was a fun one.” BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE
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Medical marijuana patients asked for higher-dose edibles, and brands answered
by Will Brendza
ost commercial edibles in the dispensary today come in relatively small dosages: usually between 5-10 mgs of THC. Which, for most casual recreational users, is more than enough to get sufficiently high. However, for a lot of medical users, those dosages aren’t nearly enough. In part it’s because some patients need more powerful edibles to cope with their symptoms, but also because some people just experience edibles differently and need higher doses to feel medicinal effects at all. That fact has revealed a niche for extremely potent, high-dose edibles in the medical cannabis market. A niche that companies like Wana are intent on filling with products like its new high-dose gummies. “Our goal is to offer a higher-dose, more costeffective medical product,” Mike Hennessy, Wana’s vice president of innovation, says. “We really heard the call from our patients and the medical dispensaries that there was a need for a higher-dose medical option.” The new high-dose gummies come in mind-bending 50-mg doses and in two flavor options: Exotic Yuzu (sativa) and Raspberry Limeade (indica). Both offer the same high-quality fruit chew flavor for which
Wana is known. Wana isn’t the only brand pursuing products with this high-dose kick: BlueKudu offers a coffee that comes in 100-mg doses, and Cheeba Chew offers one edible taffy edible that is 175 mgs. Both of these products are sold individually, while Wana’s high-dose gummies come in packs of 20 gummies (with 1000 mgs of THC per full unit). “Medical cannabis users are a very diverse group of patients,” Hennessy says. “The number of conditions that medical cannabis can be used for is huge, which requires a wide range of different dosing options.” For many medical patients who suffer from chronic pain, persistent insomnia, nausea or inflammation, the standard 5- to 10-mg doses often aren’t powerful enough to truly relieve symptoms. That means they need to eat four or five or 10 gummies to achieve the desired effects — and then they’ve finished an entire bottle of edible gummies in just a few uses. That gets expensive and becomes unsustainable if someone is trying to use cannabis medicinally on a regular basis. Now, if you’re anything like me (a non-medical patient) 5 or 10 mgs of THC in a gummy is enough to put me on the moon for several hours. Because edi-
bles break down inside the liver, they produce a molecule that isn’t produced when users smoke cannabis: 11-hydroxy-THC. It’s a special metabolic byproduct that makes edible highs last much longer and feel a lot stronger. However, Hennessy is quick to point out that’s not the case for everyone. “Everybody’s bodies are different, particularly when it comes to how cannabis affects us,” he says. “What might seem like a very large dose to one individual might only be a minimally effective dose for another to see the desired medical benefits.” It’s another reason why so many users (both medical and recreational) are seeking out higherdose edibles. Biologically, not everyone’s body processes edible cannabis the same way — some feel potent effects at 5 mgs of THC while others won’t feel anything until they eat in excess of 20 mgs. “Then, the last piece of why these [high-dose gummies] are so important for medical users really comes down to the frequency of use,” Hennessy notes. Users suffering from ongoing medical conditions consume cannabis medicinally on a regular, often daily basis, he says. “That leads to higher tolerance for those users and that means they need a larger dose just to have the same effect that somebody using it less frequently might.” According to Hennessy, there’s a trend in the industry toward higher quality, more effective THC medicine. But it makes sense, given the cannabis plant has so much medicinal potential. “Effective medicine has many different avenues,” Hennessy says. “We’re really looking at how are we using the plant in the most effective ways for medical patients?”
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