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A bright spot for Boulder renters on repairs by Mark Fearer

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n my last column (Unrepentant Tenant, “Do tenants have a right to a habitable home?”, Sept. 8, 2022), I wrote about the history of the warranty of habitability, which is essentially the right to rent a home that is livable. I mentioned that the city of Boulder has the oldest housing code in Colorado. Apparently I was incorrect — Boulder was not the first, but the fourth city to pass a housing code. According to the publication Municipal Government History, Boulder, Colorado 1965 to 1971, “A significant piece of legislation was the housing code, approved in May (1968). Boulder would be the fourth city in Colorado to enact minimum housing standards for its residents. As a building code set structural standards, so a housing code

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legislated safety, health and aesthetic standards.” The standards that rental housing has to meet in the city of Boulder is now called the Property Management Ordinance (PMO), which was strengthened in 1981 — but for simplicity’s sake, I call it the housing code. Boulder’s housing code regulates issues including heating, ventilation, light, the size of bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens, working appliances, plumbing, weatherization, energy efficiency and much more. For a more exhaustive list, check out the city’s Landlord-Tenant Handbook, or go online to see the extensive details of Boulder Revised Code Title 10, Chapter 2 at bouldercolorado.gov. Kevin Bennett, licensing supervisor with Boulder’s Planning and Development Services, oversees much of the PMO. He said his department gets about 300-400 complaints per year about code violations from tenants, even though few tenants know about the code that protects them. Bennett believes Boulder still has the strongest code, and good enforcement of it. see UNREPENTANT TENANT Page 10

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VOTE FOR JANICE MARCHMAN IN COLORADO SENATE DISTRICT 15 Representation is on the ballot this midterm election cycle given the new redistricting maps. In fact, educating the electorate on the maps is a big concern as many Boulder County voters do not realize they are in a new district. This is particularly true in Senate District 15, which now includes western portions of Boulder County, where Janice Marchman is challenging Sen. Rob Woodward, who represented the prior version of the district. Mrs. Marchman is a formidable candidate. As a middle school math teacher, former school board member in the Thompson School District, and mom, she is a regular person pledging to run on a value-based platform to provide real representation for the entire district. This district comprises 28 distinct communities, five school districts, and three counties. She is committed to personally visit each one to learn the local needs, concerns and desires. She has strong Colorado values — protecting the environment, enshrining women’s rights, reaching for equity, promoting strong public education, creating good jobs, extending quality health care, and expanding affordable housing. She will bring her teaching and working experience to the Capitol to bring a reality not currently voiced and certainly not exhibited by Mr. Woodward’s record, such as his votes against expanding rural broadband and the Reproductive Health Equity Act. Senate District 15 deserves a representative who listens to constituents, holds town halls and votes our shared Colorado values. In 2022, please vote for the candidate who will provide real representation of Senate District 15: Janice Marchman. Lisa Lesniak/Boulder CU BOULDER BUSINESS ECON 101 Behind the University’s current buy and build (acquisitions and development) boom is simple arithmetic: It is making money hand-over-fist on its various rental assets and needs to turn it over into projects to make more money. Lowering student costs for tuition, fees, housing, cafeteria food, or increasing salary for faculty and staff would be counterproductive. It is Business Economics 101. Robert Porath/Boulder 10

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GOVERNMENT IS THE VILLAIN Why is the rent so damn high, and why do we have a housing crisis? One word can summarize what caused high rents and the housing crisis: government. The government is the villain. Government programs artificially pump up the demand for housing while at the same time government policies choke off the supply of housing. That can only lead to soaring prices. The government stimulates demand via the home mortgage income tax deduction, FHA and VA guaranteed loans, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, artificially low interest rates set by the Federal Reserve, rent control, and rental assistance. Pouring more money into the housing market results in higher prices. The government chokes off housing supply using zoning, growth limits, height limits, occupancy limits (for reasons other than safety), open space purchases, absurdly byzantine and expensive building permit process, ridiculous and expensive building code requirements, other land use restrictions, tariffs on imported construction materials and major home appliances, rent control, and severely limited construction worker immigration. Want affordable housing? The only path to affordable housing is separating government from housing altogether. Put the villain back in chains where it belongs. Then build, baby, build! Think of the jobs that will be created by building much more housing. Some critics will say if we free the housing market from political controls, there will be more traffic congestion (widen the damn roads!), views will be blocked (people should be deprived of housing so you can enjoy the view? How callous is that?), water demand will increase (conserve, pipe in water from where it’s plentiful, and farm in less arid places), and increased pollution, which can be addressed without creating a housing crisis. All of the criticisms are minor inconveniences compared to being priced out of housing. Freedom is the answer to high rents and the housing crisis. Government is the problem. Chuck Wright/Westminster Email: letters@boulderweekly.com SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

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Just as importantly as the PMO, Boulder likely has the strongest rental licensing program in the state, and was the only one for decades to have one until very recently (Denver, Westminster and Federal Heights have some form of a rental license). This crucial policy gives teeth to minimal housing standards. Long-term residential rental properties in the city of Boulder are required to have a rental license. To protect tenants, rental owners need to register their property with the city and get their unit(s) inspected to verify they meet the housing code standards — only then can they be licensed. Rental licenses must be renewed every four years by passing an inspection. An important exemption is owner-occupied rental units — while they still need to meet code requirements, they are not mandated to have a rental license. For a lot more detail on license requirements, the city publishes the Rental Housing License Handbook online (bit.ly/3dtUF3W). To no one’s surprise, perhaps 1,000 units are not licensed, according to Bennett, and are likely illegal — but that doesn’t stop landlords from renting them out. Is your rental licensed? You can check by going to Boulderrentalhousinglicensing.com and scrolling to the green box labeled “Search for Licensed Properties.” The city previously had a number of rental property inspectors, but Bennett’s department no longer has any inspectors on staff. Rental owners must now hire one from the city’s list of nine licensed, private inspectors, which sometimes leads to a backlog. If you missed my last column, I wrote about how the warranty of l

habitability (WOH) allows — under certain conditions — a tenant to withhold rent. I want to emphasize that even if your unit doesn’t have a license, or if there are significant housing code violations and repairs are not made in a timely manner, don’t just withhold part or all of your rent. The WOH law is complicated (thanks to landlord resistance and lobbying), and withholding rent is a last resort. Of course, if you have a big hole in your roof or the furnace is broken in the middle of winter, you might need to move out. Bennett said the city can post a notice on the unit that it is unsafe or uninhabitable, but they can’t force tenants out of their home. Nor can they advise the conditions amount to a constructive eviction (where conditions are so bad, the tenant effectively evicts themselves). Regardless, document everything you can, notify your landlord and talk to an attorney or tenant resources ASAP. My last column lists some of those resources. One resource I neglected to mention for CU students is the Off Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations. They have resources and a staff attorney who can give help and legal advice. So, if you’re going to have repair or maintenance problems, try to have them within Boulder city limits, where you’ll have your best shot. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. Email: letters@boulderweekly.com

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As banned books week celebrates its 40th anniversary, it’s time to unequivocally condemn censorship

by Mickey Huff

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n her best-selling novel Speak, young-adult author Laurie Halse Anderson wrote, “Censorship is the child of fear and the father of ignorance.” Since the American Library Association (ALA) and Association of American Publishers helped launch Banned Books Week (BBW) 40 years ago, that dysfunctional family of censorship has unfortunately grown larger and more vociferous. Across the United States, this past year has brought a staggering increase in book challenges, bans, and other attacks on the right to read and academic freedom. Most efforts to curtail access to books involve younger readers at schools and public libraries. There are recurrent themes to such challenges that result in the muting of voices from outside the so-called “mainstream” of American society. According to the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the top ten most challenged books in recent years are by or about marginalized peoples, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ authors and characters; these books typically address complex, challenging issues such as sexuality, abuse, and violence; or they simply use profanity. Some of the books reference traumatic realities in people’s lives, others question the societal status quo on issues from police violence to heteronormativity or identity politics. Regardless, all are important works of literature, including many artistic and broadly appealing comics that have something to teach us, especially in educational settings. However, increasingly, parents and local community members around the country disagree. In Spring 2022, PEN America published findings from its first-ever Index of School Book Bans, a comprehensive count of more than 1,500 instances of individual books banned by some 86 school districts in 26 states, between July 2021 and March 2022, impacting more than 2 million students. The ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom reported fielding

the only issue facing students and our schools. There has also been an increase in legislative efforts to curtail curriculum, controlling what can and cannot be taught, in at least 36 states. Another PEN America study, “America’s Censored Classrooms,” measured a 250% increase over the past year in what the study refers to as Educational Gag Orders, state legislative efforts to restrict “teaching about topics such as race, gender, American history, and LGBTQ+ identities in K-12 and

729 book challenges in 2021 alone, targeting nearly 1,600 titles at schools and universities. Both organizations clearly state that the number of reports received are only a fraction of the challenges and potential bans that occur, many of which result in books being removed from shelves, in breach of existing Challenges to policies, without books are not fanfare or public knowledge, and often the only issue under a cloud of fear facing students among librarians, and our schools. faculty and staff. This rise in There has also censorship comes at a been an increase time when the United States is in the throes in legislative of a larger moral efforts to curtail panic epitomized by curriculum, a corrosive “cancel culture” that spans controlling what the political spectrum can and cannot be from right to left. Altaught, in at least though educators and concerned citizens 36 states. have sounded the alarm, cancel culture has also galvanized students to fight back on the front lines, in classrooms and at school board meetings. Cameron Samuels did just that in their subhigher education.” They include not urban Houston school district this only the infamous “Don’t Say Gay” past year as a high school senior, with law and Stop WOKE Act in Florida great success. Starting as a lone voice (which several other states are mimdecrying parental challenges to books icking), but also legislative attacks on at their school, Samuels gradually critical race theory (despite it seldom built a coalition of students, engaging being taught in K-12 classrooms) and the school board and broader comrequirements to enforce the teaching munity, and creating a “FReadom of more “patriotic” (read: acritical) Week” initiative that distributed more assessments of American history, than 700 banned titles. The campaign whatever that may be. All of the bills Samuels led kept many challenged were launched by Republicans in books on the shelves at the school’s their respective states, with only one library, garnered national attention, Democratic sponsor among them. and led to Samuels being recognized While many in the GOP denounce this year as BBW’s first-ever Youth cancel culture on the left, they seem Honorary Chair. to be perfectly fine controlling what But challenges to books are not can be read, discussed, and taught in

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the nation’s schools. Moving forward, one thing is clear: although the country is divided on many topics and issues, canceling views or perspectives with which one disagrees is not the solution. Open dialogue, discourse and debate hold the answers to our current conundrum. Opposing censorship and supporting academic freedom must be bipartisan issues. It is one thing to prohibit one’s own child from reading a specific book, shortsighted and ineffectual as that prohibition may be; it is another thing altogether to extend that forbidding desire to the public at large, depriving others of hearing the many wondrous and diverse voices that comprise our society. Children should not be taught to fear ideas different than their own, and adults should not let ignorance guide their civic engagement. For its 40th anniversary, the Banned Books Week Coalition’s theme is “Books Unite Us: Censorship Divides Us.” Indeed, as we survey today’s contentious political climate, we would all do well to pick up, read and share a banned book or two. Doing so, we might discover amazing things about each other — not to mention ourselves. We can learn how to “agree to disagree,” while honoring the higher ideals of an open society, free expression, and the right to read. Censorship anywhere is a threat to “FReadom” everywhere. Celebrate Banned Books Week Sept 18-24, but stay vigilant and keep reading and sharing banned books every week throughout the year. Mickey Huff is director of Project Censored, president of the Media Freedom Foundation, and a professor of history and journalism. This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly. l

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Black gold: shifting to quality compost Contamination spurs changes in Boulder policies

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he journey of a banana peel doesn’t end in the compost bin. That’s only the beginning. Whether it’s in a 65-gallon bin outside a family home or in one of the receptacles camouflaged around Boulder, the peel will eventually get picked up by one of several waste haulers serving the city. From there, the peel is joined by organic waste from 100 other bins in the same truck and taken to a transfer facility. That truck’s load will end up with four other truckloads (each estimated to have 100 bins worth of organic waste) in one large trailer headed to A1 Organics, the state’s largest organic processor, to be composted. A1 staff dumps the load, inspects it, and finds a shard of glass. The load can’t be accepted because of contamination. It’s a frustrating and finicky process, as one non-organic item can ruin hundreds of bins and the 12

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whole truckload’s potential to create compost from organic waste. This is an all too familiar story for Keenesburg-based A1 Organics — they’ve rejected 30-35 loads over the last seven weeks. Instead of that organic waste being composted, it gets sent to the landfill. “That’s why we’re at a point now where we can’t keep hitting this path,” says Clinton Sander, the marketing manager at A1. Despite investing millions of dollars in equipment to help remove plastics and other contaminants, the recent rise of contamination led A1 to start charging waste haulers a contamination and reloading fee starting Aug. 4. But, city of Boulder staff and waste haulers are on board with A1 to create higher-quality compost, despite the challenge of decreasing contamination. On Sept. 13, the city changed its compost rules for businesses to allow them to remove front-ofhouse and customer-facing compost receptacles, which are notorious for introducing non-organics to waste hauler loads. “I think [front-of-house compost receptacles] have always been an issue,” says Jamie Harkins, sustainability coordinator for Boulder, acknowledging the confusing consumer composting experience, especially with common foodware items that look SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

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TO THE LANDFILL: A1 eco-friendly but are not Organics receives a certified compostable. load of organic waste Suzanne Jones, executhat is contaminated tive director of Eco-Cycle, with non-organics that one of Boulder’s waste cannot be composthaulers, says the changes in ed, forcing the load to policy by both A1 and the be sent to the landfill city of Boulder are a push instead. in the right direction “[These policy changes] create an opportunity for us to get it right and produce the quality compost that we’ve always said was our intent,” says Jones, who also helps Eco-Cycle manage the county-owned Boulder County Recycling Center. “Now we need to step up to the plate and follow through.” To avoid A1’s contamination fees, Eco-Cycle drivers are inspecting bins before picking them up. If there’s any contamination, they give immediate feedback to that customer. Even with these new policies in place, Sander says A1 is still rejecting loads. A1 has also seen up to 50% reduction of loads from some waste haulers, signaling that contaminated loads are being successfully turned around earlier in the process. But, while the extra filtering means less contamination issues for A1, ultimately, that means those organics aren’t making it to them to be composted. BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE


All this work for dirt? They call it ‘back gold’ for a reason. “Compost is the solution to many of our greatest challenges,” says Jones of the benefits of compost. Jones says that 40% of the waste stream is organic — which creates an opportunity for composting to play a pivotal role in landfill diversion and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. When organic waste enters anaerobic conditions (without oxygen) in landfills, it generates methane, a greenhouse gas more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It can also stay in the atmosphere for about a decade — much longer than carbon dioxide. Compost also helps with water retention. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1% of organic matter in the top six inches of soil can hold around 27,000 gallons of water per acre. Sander says the final compost product at A1 has an average of 30-50% organic matter. Benefits extend further into creating healthier soils, increasing agricultural yields and providing carbon sequestration. “What you put in this bin becomes something that helps heal our nutrient depleted soils and absorbs carbon and creates more diverse, healthy ecosystems,” says Leah Kelleher, Boulder’s climate communication specialist. Boulder County adopted a resolution to reach “zero waste — or darn near” by 2025. According to the Eco-Cycle 2021 report, the county recycled and composted 43% of its waste in 2020. “Many of the cities within Boulder County are the top IN THE BIN: communities in the state of Colorado when it comes to Composting recycomposting and recycling,” says Jones. cles organic matter Best in the county is Boulder, which diverted 53% into a natural soil of its waste from the landfill in 2020 (20% was comamendment. Both posted), with the goal of diverting 85% of waste by Eco-Cycle and 2025. the city of Boulder These numbers are higher than both state (15.3%) have compostand national (32%) waste diversion numbers. ing tips on their

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Looking ahead Sander says it will take a multi-level solution and intentionality to clean the stream of organics. “We need accountability at all touch points, from curbside all the way until it lands on [A1’s] ground,” he says. Sander emphasized the importance of staff conducting quality control at source points as well, while acknowledging that not everyone has the resources to do so. On top of hauling, Eco-Cycle is leading efforts to educate students about recycling and composting in the Boulder Valley School District, as well as advocating at the state level. Jones thinks there’s room for growth, but is optimistic about policy changes. “Boulder has a chance to create a model that works for the rest of Colorado, the opportunity to create a compost system that really works.” Email: letters@boulderweekly.com BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE

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Let it flow New Dairy Arts Center exhibition unpacks the politics of water in a changing climate

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he Colorado River is in trouble. Now in its 23rd year of drought, the once-mighty water source flowing nearly 1,500 miles from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of California is drying up at an alarming rate, sending potentially devastating ripple effects through communities and ecosystems whose existence depend on it. The decimation of this crucial river system was among the grim harbingers of climate catastrophe discussed during a U.S. Senate hearing on Western drought earlier this summer, which spurred a suite of emergency measures to address record-low reservoirs in the Centennial State and beyond. But can artists illuminate existential problems like the water crisis in ways lawmakers can’t? That’s the central question driving Water Is Life, a new group exhibition on display at the Dairy Arts Center from Sept. 23 through Nov. 19. Showcasing a diverse slate of artists from across the country, the eco-conscious show explores the politics of water access in a changing climate. “Being here in the metro area, a lot of our water is brought from different regions, which is leaving other folks out,” says Water Is Life co-curator and exhibiting artist JayCee Beyale. “This is an opportunity to start having a real conversation about how our water is being distributed, who has access to it and how we are caring for it.” Other featured artists include El Paso-born Zeke Peña, who expands on his 12-color serigraph The River, meditating on the past, present and future of the Rio Grande River on the U.S.-Mexico border. Educator Theresa Clowes offers a closerto-home exploration with a new series of color studies using water from the Colorado River to create a hand-felted map of the essential and iconic water source. Elsewhere in the upcoming Dairy Arts exhibition, visitors can expect a deep and diverse offering of works in a variety of media designed to spark dialogue surrounding water and how we use it.

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JayCee Beyale. Ni’hodootl’izh (Blue World/2nd World), 2022. Acrylic on Canvas. 7’ x 6’.

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southwest, painting murals and hosting talking circles to discuss tribal water rights. But he says the mission of exploring the politics of local waterways soon became bigger than his slice of the world. “It started to grow into this more all-inclusive movement for me,” Beyale says. “Because water has become more commodified and less available not only for Indigenous people, but for people in general.” Despite casting a broader net in this critical conversation about access, Beyale — now based in the Denver metro — says the tribal traditions of his ancestors color his approach to the subject of water and the art-making process writ large. “My Indigenous background influences how I want to represent and create my works. Having that culture and tradition means a whole lot to me,” he says. “There’s a lot of knowledge, wisdom and teachings I can share with people, whether they’re Native or not.” Visitors to the upcoming Dairy Arts exhibition will experience one important piece of Beyale’s intergenerational education through four large panels of acrylic on canvas. Together, the individual works explore water’s essential role in the Navajo creation story. “In Navajo creation, water would create division, or water would create unity, or it would flood out different worlds. I’m painting about that as an underlying theme,” Beyale says. “But I also have images of animals, plant life and minerals that have a relationship with each other. I guess, in reality, I’m painting an ecosystem.” Fellow Water Is Life artist Anna Tsouhlarakis also draws from her Navajo background in the new exhibition. In Her Second Story, an update on a previous installation at the University of Denver, the local artist and CU Boulder professor references tribal butchery traditions in the space between sculpture, video and narrative poetry. The result is a discipline-scrambling installation that tells a haunting story of violence through blood and water. “I’m not usually so direct in my work, in terms of what I’m speaking about or speaking to. My pieces are usually not as aggressive as these are,” Tsouhlarakis says. “They’re very new, and it’s something I’m still working out, but I’m really excited about it.” But for Tsouhlarakis, the new water-focused exhibition is about more than the experience of a single artist. As climate change continues to ravage the world’s water sources and forge new political realities, she says the show’s potential as a catalyst for social change lies squarely in its multiplicity of perspectives. “I think all those different narratives and voices need to be part of the conversation to be truly heard,” she says. “Because people who are still trying to figure out if they should take action on climate change need to find their counterpart in that story. They need to find that connection. And I think the more voices that are part of it, the more possibility for people to find that connection and realize they’re a part of this fight to save the planet.” Email: jgray@boulderweekly.com

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‘Sweaty Greeley Soul ’ How The Burroughs built a home for funk in a most unlikely place

by Carter Ferryman music pastor and a trumpet player walk into a bar. It’s May of 2013, and Johnny Burroughs — a licensed minister — is at open mic night at Patrick’s Irish Pub in Greeley to perform soul songs by Otis Redding, Bill Withers and other covers from his favorite genre. Craig Basarich — another soul music fanatic and a trumpet player at University of Northern Colorado — is there to take in the music. Burroughs transfixed Basarich on that late spring evening: his movement on stage, the raw passion in his voice, the way he captured an audience (even a pub crowd) with relative ease. Basarich wanted in. It was there, between distant mountain ranges and nearby pastures, under a soft-orange Greeley sunset, that the two musicians agreed upon a joint performance. Basarich got the horn section together, and Burroughs handled the rhythm section. “We planned one show only,” Burroughs laughs. That was the agreement, but then the first show happened. “People went bananas,” he says. “I turned to Craig and gave him that ‘holy crap’ look, like, ‘How is this happening?’ Then we were offered another show.” That offer turned into another, and another, and another. Local shows snowballed into sets all over the country. Nine years

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The goal has remained the same for Burroughs, whose live presence comes naturally. “With any show, when people let go and give themselves to that moment, something beautiful happens,” he says.

‘The town supported us first.’ Burroughs never ceases to push for something new in front of an audience. Soul music, throughout its deeply rooted history, demands improvisation. Luckily, Burroughs has a group so deeply entrenched with talent that, if he wants to take a risk, his eight-piece ensemble (four in horn section, four in rhythm section) picks it up seamlessly. The group, whose only remaining original members are Burroughs and baritone saxophone player Hayden Farr, hail entirely from the University of Northern Colorado’s nationally renowned jazz program. “Our bass player, Brian Claxton, is a doctor of jazz drumming. He tours around the world on the drums, but remains a dazzling bassist with us,” Burroughs says. “Greeley is just an incredible music community that’s allowed us to grow.” Another facet of The Burroughs’ success is their unwavering dedication to community. “We’ve always tried to not just talk about what we believe will lift our community up,” says Burroughs, “but to actually stay fully involved.” Their work stretches to numerous organizations, like Weld Food Bank, Greeley Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity, and an ongoing partnership with the Greeley-Evans School District, titled #BandsGiveBack — a campaign giving local artists a chance to uplift area students with the power of music education. “We used it during the pandemic to raise around $10,000 to purchase instruments for Weld County schools,” Burroughs says. “Since then, we’ve opened it up to music masterclasses for schools around northern Colorado.” The push-pull between Greeley and The Burroughs is a big part of what gives the band its unique energy, and is a testament to the power of community in fostering a vibrant creative scene. “The town supported us first,” Burroughs says. That’s why, during the band’s inaugural Christmas show, they solicited donations to the Weld County Toys for Tots in lieu of traditional tickets. Taking a step back and looking at The Burroughs’ ties to the town they represent, the band’s success in playing a regionally unorthodox sound is hardly surprising, and perhaps expected.

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releases, and when asked about the possibility of another studio album, Burroughs hints at something huge. “This past spring and all throughout the summer, we’ve been doing some very intense recording and mixing sessions,” he says. “It won’t come out until next year, and this is the first time I think I’ve spoken about it on paper. We are unbelievably excited to give fans our first full-length since 2018. It’s a no-holds-barred, smackdown record, like James Brown and Prince going at it.” Their most notable release to date, Sweaty Greeley Soul, is a 2015 live recording at the city’s Moxi Theater. It encapsulates everything The Burroughs ER look to project on stage. EL OLIV MICHA On “Intro/Turn It Loose,” Burroughs hypes up his octet in front of a roaring crowd, between pockets of max-volume, horn-bleating, drum-smashing goodness. Halfway through “Sweaty Soul, Pt. 1,” a full-scale exhibition beginning with Burrough’s melodic shouting over speedy percussion, the horns burst into blissful brass beauty. Listeners can almost hear the crowd’s stress dissolving. Burroughs anticipates a similar atmosphere when the band headlines the upcoming Lafayette Music Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Nissi’s. “We’re going to create a space where they can walk in and let their troubles fall away,” Burroughs says. “The high energy we bring on stage is so you can dance equally as hard on the floor. We’ll surprise you with songs you definitely know, and with songs you definitely do not.” This approach to musicality — one of unflinching love and positivity, transferred through the mind, soul and sweat glands — is why a little old farm town, and nearly every town that has hosted The Burroughs since that first performance nearly a decade ago, buys into the mission. “I just want to make sure everybody walks out of that place feeling like life is good, and that it’s only going to get better,” Burroughs says. “And if it’s only for that night that you could feel it, then we’ve done our job.”

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Violence and trauma at Indian boarding schools take center stage in Museum of Boulder screening of ‘Home from School: The Children of Carlisle’

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ON SCREEN: Home from School: The Children of Carlisle. 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway. Tickets: $10, museumofboulder.org. The film is also streaming free on-demand through the Kanopy online video platform (with your Boulder Public Library card) at kanopy.com.

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rowing up partly on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota, Jerilyn DeCoteau was often puzzled by the rigid and disciplinary way her mother ran the household. “She used to say things like, ‘I'll make you kneel on a broomstick,’ or ‘I'll wash your mouth out with soap.’ You know: ‘I’ll make you scrub the floors with a toothbrush,’” she recalls. “I don't think we really understood where that came from, except we knew that at some point she had been in boarding schools.” For Indigenous children in the 19th and 20th centuries, these residential programs run by the federal government were a far cry from the camaraderie, prestige and privilege typically associated with the innocuous term “boarding school.” “This was so completely the opposite of that,” says DeCoteau, an enrolled member of Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. “These places were less about education, and more about forced assimilation.” Since Ellis Island became a symbol for immigrants looking to build a life in the “New World,” the mythology of the United States has centered on the idea of E pluribus unum: “Out of many, one.” But for the first peoples who established sovereign nations on these lands, that process of becoming one wasn’t a choice — and for many, the price of assimilation was paid in abuse, trauma and even death. As Captain Richard Henry Pratt said during an 1892 speech in Denver, the mission of these federal boarding schools — whose operators took children from their families, replacing their tribal traditions with forced learning of English, Anglo culture and Christian dogma — was disturbingly simple: “Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.” Colorado was home to five such boarding schools, from the Grand Junction Indian School on the Western Slope to the Good Shepherd Industrial School in Denver. Another was located on the grounds of Fort Lewis outside Durango, where History Colorado researchers are now conducting a state-mandated examination of the site after mass graves were discovered last year at similar residential schools in Canada. As former board president of the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition and a former attorney with the Boulder-based Native American BOULDER COUNTY’S INDEPENDENT VOICE

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‘Not even past’ That once-hidden history, not fully understood by DeCoteau until after her mother’s death from breast cancer at age 47, will meet the light during a screening of the 2021 film Home from School: The Children of Carlisle at the Museum of Boulder on Thursday, Sept. 22. The documentary by director Geoffrey O'Gara centers on the Carlisle Industrial School in southeastern Pennsylvania, the nation’s flagship Native boarding institution, where hundreds of children died over the course of its 39 operating years. Among the Carlisle victims were three Northern Arapl

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part of the ethos.” That’s why Kennedy founded the Roots Music Project, which secured its current space in 2019 — inside one of the warehouses near Pearl Street and 47th Street — and recently took its mission “to foster the local scene for musicians, fans and venues” into overdrive with concerts, lessons, rehearsal availability and more. “The three pillars of it are fans, artists and venues,” Kennedy explains. He says he realizes the importance of small music venues like Denver’s Hi-Dive, where, on the way to headlining big-time clubs and theaters, bands can develop in a place where people only walk in the door to see live music. The tiny Velvet Elk Lounge is helping bridge that gap in Boulder, as is Roots. Along with hosting concerts, lessons and rehearsals, Roots offers free songwriting circles and even a service where a backing band learns musicians’ original compositions and helps bring them alive. There is also talk of launching DIY management-and-publicity workshops. Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin, once a staple at the much-missed Outlook Hotel in Boulder, will play Roots on Friday, Sept. 30 and host an invitation-only Masterclass Blues Workshop the night before. In managing a space that is part venue, part incubator, Kennedy draws inspiration from Fort Collins’ strong local music community, particularly the city’s vital Music District. “We’re on a smaller scale than them. We’re trying to get our focus and our story really clear,” he says. “We have a great events space, but the mission is really way broader than that. We have aspirations to do more things.” Roots also provides local musicians the opportunity to work and volunteer at the

space, from running sound to doing social media. Everybody involved seems to just care. During a sold-out show at Roots on a steamy Friday night this July, the venue opened up its big garage door for air and to let the music wash over the community. It felt like one of those unforgettable nights seeing music in high school or college when the venue could be anywhere — your parents’ basement, a clothing store, a skate park — and being part of a local scene was all that mattered. Gasoline Lollipops frontman Clay Rose, who Kennedy says “has deep roots in Boulder” (no pun intended) hosted his first songwriting showcase at Roots on Sept. 21, with more to come on Thursdays every month moving forward. “It has been my hope for the past decade that someone would open a small, independent listening room in Boulder. Beginning in the mid-’90s they were all systematically removed due to corporate greed in one form or another,” Rose says. "When I heard that Dave had opened up Roots Music Project, I jumped at the opportunity to pitch him my idea for a monthly songwriter showcase. He seemed equally eager to host the event, as our visions of nurturing Boulder’s dwindling music scene were apparently parallel.” As the Roots Music Project continues to grow its offerings for local artists, Rose says the ultimate value of the nonprofit lies in its potential to restore a once-thriving local music scene. “Boulder was once known around the country as a town where new artists could come to blossom,” he says. “I’m grateful to Dave. His understanding of Boulder’s history, and our current gold mine of talent, may be just what this town needs to regenerate its amputated limbs.”

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he next time you bemoan a bad driver in Boulder with a Texas license plate, or see another “Go Back to Texas and Tell Your Friends Colorado Sucks” bumper sticker, remember a lot of good things we enjoy around here have come from the Lone Star State: Alamo Drafthouse, Torchy’s Tacos and Dave Kennedy, founder of the local nonprofit Roots Music Project. Kennedy sold the Texas company that became Match.com, which he co-founded in 1996, and has been a partner at Alamo Drafthouse since it first branched out of Austin in 2004. With his new Front Range venture designed to give local musicians and venues a boost, the 56 year old is intent on bringing small concerts back to Boulder. The Fox and Boulder theaters keep a veritable stranglehold on live music here, and local acts seek something in between the café-and-small-bar scene and big-time venues. That’s where the Roots Music Project comes in, offering a performance space for local gigging musicians and providing a suite of services to help Boulder establishments develop thriving live-music programs. As a student at the University of Texas, Kennedy was obsessed with seeing blues music at the legendary Antone’s, where, as a kid, his parents snuck him into a Muddy Waters concert. His love of music stuck with him but didn’t become a big part of his professional life until he moved to Colorado in 2004. “I graduated, had a corporate career, started a business, had kids, and I had played a little bit of guitar in high school but pretty much put the guitar under the bed until I was, like, 40,” Kennedy says. “My kids started doing a rock camp at Dog House Music [in Lafayette] and I saw they had an adult band camp. I wanted to play with other people, so I did it and met a bunch of people and had a horrible band, but we had fun playing. We rented a practice space and when we’d finally practiced and were good enough to play gigs somewhere, I started trying to just network and say, ‘How can we get a gig?’” But the group had a hard time finding places to play. “I said, ‘OK, we’re gonna start a nonprofit and we’re gonna organize gigs and then we’re just gonna organize shows, pay the bands, and create opportunities,” Kennedy says. “We are booking some national acts, too, but we always pair ‘em with a local support act. That’s

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ON THE BILL: Raw Chicago Blues with Bob Margolin (guitarist for Muddy Waters). Doors at 6:30 and music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, Roots Music Project, 4747 Pearl St., Suite V3A, Boulder. Tickets: $15-$25 at Eventbrite

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n [un]WRAP: ‘Radical Reimagining’

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Charlotte York Irey Theatre, University of Colorado Boulder. Tickets: $5-$23, cupresents.org CU Dance invites you to kick off the season with international choreographers and performers in Radical Reimagining, a new dance series rooted in decolonizing the university and imagining new futures for the art form. The series was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, structural racism and an open letter written by CU Boulder performing arts students.

RISKY BUSINESS: CURATED BY JONO WRIGHT. Firehouse Art Center, South Gallery, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Through Oct. 2.

AQUEOUS BODIES, now on display at BMoCA, explores trauma, healing, and close inspection through Marcella Marsella’s textile and collage-based practice. Pictured here: “Nightmare No 5840”, 2021. THE DIRTY SOUTH. Museum of Contemporary Art, 1485 Delgany St., Denver. Through Feb. 5.

IMPRESSIONISM. R Gallery + Wine Bar, 2027 Broadway, Boulder. Through Oct. 16. GEORGIA O’KEEFFE, PHOTOGRAPHER. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., Denver. Through Nov. 6. NATIVE ARTIST EXHIBITION. Creative Nations Sacred Space, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Nov. 2022. TIPI TO TINY HOUSE: HANDSON HOMEBUILDING. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Through Jan. 8.

ONWARD AND UPWARD: SHARK’S INK. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through July 2023. LASTING IMPRESSIONS. CU Art Museum, 1085 18th St., Boulder. Through June 2023. MARCELLA MARSELLA: AQUEOUS BODIES. BMoCA at Macky, 1595 Pleasant St., 285ucb, Boulder. Through Nov. 13.

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n Martin Acres Block Party 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Martin Park, Boulder. Free. Community members and students who are currently living in or considering a future home in the Martin Acres neighborhood are welcome to come to a free block party at Martin Park. Come out and mingle with neighbors and enjoy free food from local favorites Illegal Pete’s and Sweet Cow, plus inflatable games, henna art and more.

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n ‘Water is Life’ Opening Reception

Panel discussion: 4 p.m. Reception: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Free. According to featured artist and co-curator JayCee Beyale, the Water is Life exhibition, on view at the Dairy Arts Center Sept. 23-Nov. 19, “will serve as a bridge to unite community members in Boulder and the desert Southwest in shared concerns about access to clean water.” At 4 p.m., artists, grassroots organizers and scientists from CU Boulder’s Mountain Research Station will gather for a panel discussion about water conservation and use, our spiritual connection to water and how art speaks to these understandings. The exhibition will feature art from Nicole Salimbene, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Zeke Peña, Theresa Clowes, JayCee Beyale and Kendall Rose Kippley. l

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n Vintage Baseball Game and Autumn Heritage Day

Noon–3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Walker Ranch Homestead, 7701 Flagstaff Road, Boulder. Free Drop by Walker Ranch Homestead between noon and 3 p.m. on Sept. 25 to enjoy a vintage baseball game in a picturesque and historic setting. The home team, the Walker Ranchers, will play a team from the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association. Costumed volunteers will also share games and chores of the past for visitors to take part in. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. No food will be available on site, but feel free to bring a picnic and drinking water.

LOUISVILLE CENTER FOR THE ARTS’ production of Puss in Boots (Sept. 25) is the perfect introduction to opera for youngsters. Xavier Montsalvatge’s take on the classic story of an ingenious and quick-witted feline with magical talents is sure to entertain the whole family.

n New Art at Ana’s Art Gallery

5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, Ana’s Art Gallery, 110 Spruce St., Boulder. For more information: anasartboulder@gmail.com or 303-997-5346 Join curator Ana Weir at Ana’s Art Gallery on Friday, Sept. 23 for the Colorado premiere of Honduran artist Miguel Guzma, as well as new work from Armando Torres, Miguel Arziuga Marlenis Hidalgo, and works by Boulder artists Lonnie Granston and Alexandra Elliott. A variety of mediums and styles will be represented. The opening is set from 5-8 p.m. Refreshments and good conversation will be served.

NEWSICAL THE MUSICAL. Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Garner Galleria Theatre, 1101 13th St., Denver. Through Sept. 25. Tickets: $48, tickets.denvercenter.org

THE CHINESE LADY. Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Singleton Theatre, 1400 Curtis St., Denver. Through Oct. 16. Tickets: $35, tickets.denvercenter.org

THEATER OF THE MIND. York Street Yards, 3887 Steele St., Denver. Through Dec. 18. Tickets: $65, theateroftheminddenver.com

ARTS IN THE OPEN PRESENTS FRANKENSTEIN. Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Sept. 24-Oct. 30. Tickets: $15-$20

BUTTERFLY EFFECT THEATER OF COLORADO [BETC] PRESENTS THE CHILDREN. Dairy Arts Center, Grace Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Through Oct. 8. Tickets: $15-$51, thedairy.org

PUSS IN BOOTS/GATO CON BOTAS — BY MONTSALVATGE. 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville. Tickets: $20-$25

n The Found Collective Market

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Tickets: $5, thedairy.org or in-person at the Dairy Box Office The Found Collective Marketplace will bring together more than 20 artists, makers, vintage collectors, and small business vendors for this series of outdoor markets, kicking off Saturday, Sept. 24. You can expect to find jewelry, personal styling, ceramics and more. Attendees can also receive tarot readings from Healing House and graband-go bouquets from Mountain Flower Farm, plus live music. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

n St Vrain for the Brain 5K

9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Niwot High School, 8989 Niwot Road, Niwot. Tickets: $25 via Eventbrite The St Vrain for the Brain 5K is an annual fundraiser in which all of the profits benefit the National Brain Tumor Society. Join either in person or virtually for a morning of fresh air, community, prizes and more. Virtual participants can join the St Vrain for the Brain Facebook group; in-person participants can meet on the track at Niwot High School. Feel free to wear a costume — the best one gets a prize. see EVENTS Page 26

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A Haunted Mas%erade October 15th, 2022 at 7 pm Dairy Arts Center, Boulder n ‘Top Chef’ Two-Night Charity Gala

Sept. 23 and 24, Graystone Castle, 5331 Flagstaff Road, Boulder. Tickets: $450 via TOK This two-night event brings the team from season 18 of the beloved Bravo TV show Top Chef to Boulder to raise money for those affected by last December’s Marshall Fire. The Top Chef team will be serving a three-course meal alongside a sweet-yet-spicy cocktail featuring Venezuelan rum Santa Teresa 1796. For an additional cost, guests can experience a “meet and greet cocktail hour” with the Top Chefs.

by Humperdinck December

n Lafayette Art UnderGround Hustle (LAUGH) Art Tour

9th, 11th, 17th, & 18th 2022

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tour map: laughevent.org/tour-map A fantastical art tour featuring Lafayette artists. Check out some work from hard-working creatives that have studios in alleys or backyards. Featuring more than a dozen artists.

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n Centennial State Ballet: ‘The Firebird’

7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, Stewart Auditorium, 400 S. Quail Road, Longmont. Tickets: $18-$25 The Centennial State Ballet returns for two performances of their fall showcase featuring new work by choreographers Ellie Hara and Laura Malpass, and a one-act ballet favorite, Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

n Boulder Ballet presents ‘Fall Passages’

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7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Chautauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder. Tickets: $25$65, chautauqua.com Boulder Ballet will showcase three distinct choreographic voices during this evening of contemporary dance. For the first time, Boulder Ballet will bring to the stage a work by the legendary Twyla Tharp, Junk Duet. In addition, Boulder Ballet will present two world premieres, one by Jacob Mora of Moraporvida, and a second by Boulder Ballet artistic director Ben Needham-Wood.

n Enchanted Forest

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SEPTEMBER CLOG SALE $10-$40 OFF IN THIS TIMETRAVELING STORY, the lives of four dreaming outsiders become intertwined through Anthony Doerr’s dazzling imagination. Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning All The Light We Cannot See, and brings a similarly immersive type of world building and storytelling to Cloud Cuckoo Land.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

NATE SCHWEBER — THIS AMERICA OF OURS. 6 p.m. Tattered Cover Bookstore McGregor Square, 1991 Wazee St., Suite 100, Denver ANTHONY DOERR — CLOUD CUCKOO LAND. 6:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20, axs.com

Wednesday, Sept. 28

LEADERS AS READERS: SIMONE D. ROSS. 6 p.m. Tattered Cover Bookstore McGregor Square, 1991 Wazee St., Suite 100, Denver

n The Mysto Really Big Magic Show

2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, The Louisville Underground, 640 Main St., Louisville. Tickets: $20-$100 via Eventbrite Mysto’s Really Big Magic Show is a vaudeville-style magic production featuring fantastically, mind-blowing magic illusions, comedy, fun, and featured circus performers.

Save on Clog Styles from Dansko, Haflinger, Merrell, & more!

ALISON AMES — IT LOOKS LIKE US. 6:30 p.m. Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder

Thursday, Sept. 29

KATHERINE E. STANDEFER — LIGHTNING FLOWERS. 6:30 p.m. Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder

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Comfortableshoes.com BOULDER On the Downtown Mall at 1425 Pearl St. 303-449-5260 & in The Village next to McGuckin 303-449-7440

DENVER Next to REI at 15th & Platte at 2368 15th St. 720-532-1084

Go Out Local and Green In The Natural Funeral’s Green Section of the beautiful Lyons Cemetery. Green burial means:

n Reproductive Health and Justice Community Conversation

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, virtual event. Free and open to the public. The League of Women Voters of Boulder County (LWVCO) are organizing a virtual community conversation open to the public. América Ramirez, the program director at COLOR Latina, and Sharon Davis, LWVCO Reproductive Justice Task Force chair, will be facilitating the event.

n Books on the Chopping Block

2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Free Enjoy a live dramatic reading by professional actors of excerpts from the top 10 most challenged books from the past year in the U.S. This 60-minute performance is presented by Outlaw Production Collective, presented in a countdown from 10-1 format with an audience discussion/Q&A to follow.

• No Vaults (grave coverings, usually cement or plastic) • Only biodegradable caskets or shrouds • Ritual of hand-lowering • Natural care of the body

Other green options include body composting (natural reduction) and water cremation (alkaline hydrolysis). We also offer flame cremation. Contact our Advance Planning Consultant, David Heckel for tea and a chat in our parlor to pre-plan to minimize your final footprint.

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OCT 21 ................................................ STRICTLY PRESENTS: DELETE (SKI MOVIE) OCT 27 ......................................................................... THE POLISH AMBASSADOR NOV 17 ....................................................... ARC’TERYX FILMS + MUSICAL GUEST NOV 18 ........................................................................................... THE LAST WALTZ DEC 7 ................................................................................................................... FACE

THU. SEP 22

IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE TERROR JR.

FRI. SEP 23

FRI. SEP 23

ADIDAS TERREX PRESENTS: THE MIRAGE SAT. SEP 24

97.3 KBCO PRESENTS

MADISON CUNNINGHAM

ROOSTER PRESENTS: FALL TOUR 2022

TWO FEET

BENDIGO FLETCHER

BROTHEL

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SUN. SEP 25

SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80

WESTWORD PRESENTS

ATOMGA

ON STAGE: New Jersey emo mainstays The Front Bottoms bring their one-of-a-kind brand of folk-infused pop punk to the Boulder Theater Sept. 25 in support of their latest EP, Theresa.

THE FRONT BOTTOMS

SPECIAL GUESTS MOTHERFOLK & MOBLEY

WED. SEP 28 88.5 KGNU PRESENTS

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BOULDER BOOK STORE PRESENTS

K.C. JONES

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PAUL SHUPACK. 6 p.m. BOCO Cider, 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Boulder. Tickets: Free THE SKINNY. 6 p.m. St Julien, 900 Walnut St., Boulder

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DAVID ROGERS. 7 p.m. Muse, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $20

SEUN KUTI & EGYPT 80 WITH ATOMGA. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30

DIRTWIRE WITH BANSHEE TREE. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Tickets: $25-$35

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DEAD FLOYD. 8 p.m. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland. Tickets: $15

QWANQWA. 7 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Tickets: $17-$23

MADISON CUNNINGHAM WITH BENDIGO FLETCHER. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25

NICK SHOULDERS + SUSTO WITH K.C. JONES. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20$25

ROLLING HARVEST. 8:30 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. Tickets: $15

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BILL MCKAY. 6 p.m. St Julien, 900 Walnut St., Boulder

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ATOM JAZZ COLLECTIVE. 6 p.m. St Julien, 900 Walnut St., Boulder TWO FEET WITH BROTHEL. 8:30 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25

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STORYHILL. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder. Tickets: $20

ADAM BODINE TRIO. 6 p.m. St Julien, 900 Walnut St., Boulder MONOPHONICS WITH GA-20, KENDRA MORRIS. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30.

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by Rob Brezsny ARIES

MARCH 21-APRIL 19: Poet Susan Howe describes poetry

as an “amorous search under the sign of love for a remembered time at the pitch-dark fringes of evening when we gathered together to bless and believe.” I’d like to use that lyrical assessment to describe your life in the coming days — or at least what I hope will be your life. In my astrological opinion, it’s a favorable time to intensify your quest for interesting adventures in intimacy; to seek out new ways to imagine and create togetherness; to collaborate with allies in creating brave excursions into synergy.

TAURUS

‘Buddha’ means to wake up, to know, to understand; and he or she who wakes up and understands is called a Buddha.” So according to him, the spiritual teacher Siddhartha Gautama who lived in ancient India was just one of many Buddhas. And by my astrological reckoning, you will have a much higher chance than usual to be like one of these Buddhas yourself in the coming weeks. Waking up will be your specialty. You will have an extraordinary capacity to burst free of dreamy illusions and murky misapprehensions. I hope you take full advantage. Deeper understandings are nigh.

SCORPIO

OCT. 23-NOV. 21: I invite you to be the sexiest, most

(1817-1895) had a growlery. It was a one-room stone cabin where he escaped to think deep thoughts, work on his books, and literally growl. As a genius who escaped enslavement and spent the rest of his life fighting for the rights of his fellow Black people, he had lots of reasons to snarl, howl, and bellow as well as growl. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for you to find or create your own growlery, Taurus. The anger you feel will be especially likely to lead to constructive changes. The same is true about the deep thoughts you summon in your growlery: They will be extra potent in helping you reach wise practical decisions.

intriguing, most mysterious Scorpio you can be in the coming weeks. Here are ideas to get you started. 1. Sprinkle the phrase “in accordance with prophecy” into your conversations. 2. Find an image that symbolizes rebirth and revitalization arising out of disruption. Meditate on it daily until you actually experience rebirth and revitalization arising out of disruption. 3. Be kind and merciful to the young souls you know who are living their first lifetimes. 4. Collect deep, dark secrets from the interesting people you know. Employ this information to plan how you will avoid the trouble they endured. 5. Buy two deluxe squirt guns and two knives made of foam rubber. Use them to wage playful fights with those you love.

GEMINI

SAGITTARIUS

whip of the whirlwind,” wrote Gemini poet Gwendolyn Brooks. I love that advice! The whirlwind is her metaphor for the chaos of everyday life. She was telling us that we shouldn’t wait to ripen ourselves until the daily rhythm is calm and smooth. Live wild and free right now! That’s always good advice, in my opinion, but it will be especially apropos for you in the coming weeks. Now is your time to “endorse the splendor splashes” and “sway in wicked grace,” as Brooks would say.

the truth, by which no one ever was truly harmed.” I regard that as a fine motto for you Sagittarians. When you are at your best and brightest, you are in quest of the truth. And while your quests may sometimes disturb the status quo, they often bring healthy transformations. The truths you discover may rattle routines and disturb habits, but they ultimately lead to greater clarity and authenticity. Now is an excellent time to emphasize this aspect of your nature.

CANCER

CAPRICORN

Miller in a letter to his lover. “Look straight at everything. Look it all in the eye, good and bad.” While that advice is appealing, I don’t endorse it unconditionally. I’m a Cancerian, and I sometimes find value in gazing at things sideways, or catching reflections in mirrors, or even turning my attention away for a while. In my view, we Crabs have a special need to be self-protective and self-nurturing. And to accomplish that, we may need to be evasive and elusive. In my astrological opinion, the next two weeks will be one of these times. I urge you to gaze directly and engage point-blank only with what’s good for you.

on the job or sitting at your kitchen table. With focused diligence, you’re working on solving a problem or improving a situation that involves a number of people. You think to yourself, “No one seems to be aware that I am quietly toiling here behind the scenes to make the magic happen.” A few days or a few weeks later, your efforts have been successful. The problem is resolved or the situation has improved. But then you hear the people involved say, “Wow, I wonder what happened? It’s like things got fixed all by themselves.” If a scenario like this happens, Capricorn, I urge you to speak up and tell everyone what actually transpired.

APRIL 20-MAY 20: Social reformer Frederick Douglass

MAY 21-JUNE 20: “Conduct your blooming in the noise and

JUNE 21-JULY 22: “Don’t look away,” advised novelist Henry

LEO

JULY 23-AUG. 22: Tips to get the most out of the next three

weeks: 1. Play at least as hard as you work. 2. Give yourself permission to do anything that has integrity and is fueled by compassion. 3. Assume there is no limit to how much generous joie de vivre you can summon and express. 4. Fondle and nuzzle with eager partners as much as possible. And tell them EXACTLY where and how it feels good. 5. Be magnanimous in every gesture, no matter how large or small. 6. Even if you don’t regard yourself as a skillful singer, use singing to transform yourself out of any mood you don’t want to stay in.

VIRGO

AUG. 23-SEPT. 22: In the coming weeks, you should refrain

from wrestling with problems that resist your solutions. Be discerning about how you use your superior analytical abilities. Devote yourself solely to manageable dilemmas that are truly responsive to your intelligent probing. PS: I feel sorry for people who aren’t receptive to your input, but you can’t force them to give up their ignorance or suffering. Go where you’re wanted. Take power where it’s offered. Meditate on the wisdom of Anaïs Nin: “You cannot save people. You can only love them.”

LIBRA

SEPT. 23-OCT. 22: Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh was

born under the sign of Libra. He said, “The root-word

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Q: At a party recently, I was chatting with a parent who mentioned that he lets his (elementary school age) kids look at porn. He had a laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing, but I found it disturbing. Am I being a judge-y childless witch? A: There were no middle schools where I grew up, so an “elementary school age” child could be a six-year-old first grader or 14-year-old eighth grader. For the record: I obviously don’t think a six-year-old should view porn, and a responsible parent would not allow a young child to view pornography. I also know it’s almost impossible for a parent to stop a motivated 14-year-old kid from looking at porn. So, if this man’s children are older, perhaps he said he “lets” his kids, when he meant he “can’t stop” his kids. Whatever his kids’ ages, you can’t stop him from not stopping his kid from looking at porn, but you are free to offer him some unsolicited advice. (Is there anything parents enjoy more?) You could also send him the clip of Billie Eilish on Howard Stern talking about how watching porn at a young age really messed with her head. Q: 44-year-old here who’s on the dating scene for the first time in 11 years. A few months ago, I hit it off with a hot, hot guy. Great! But once during intercourse, Hot Guy called out an answer to an NPR news quiz that was playing in the background. Is this behavior rude? I’m operating under the assumption that if one’s mind wanders during sex, one should at least pretend to be focused. A: “Maybe this letter writer should’ve chosen a more appropriate time for intimate relations — like when This American Life is playing,” said Peter Sagal, the host of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, National Public Radio’s long-running news quiz program. “Still, I completely understand why the letter writer would be offended by this man’s behavior. First, by thinking our show would be appropriate as an audio background for lovemaking — although Bill Kurtis is known, for good reason, as the Barry White of anchormen. And second, the fact that he actually answered questions out loud while in flagrante. But the letter writer shouldn’t think he was completely ignoring her to concentrate on us: our questions aren’t that hard.” Q: Been playing with one of my fellow guys recently — I’m a gay guy — who says he’s into men, but who absolutely l

A: The Ass Ceiling. (It’s also a boundary of his, and one you must respect — but you’re free to ask him about it. Conversations, even follow-up conversations, about limits, boundaries and reasonable expectations are not inherently coercive. Wanting to better understand a “no” doesn’t mean you didn’t hear it and don’t respect it. But at the start of a follow-up conversation like that, you need to emphasize that you did, indeed, hear that “no,” and will, of course, continue to respect it.) Q: I’m a 40-year-old cis het man. For more than 20 years — most of my life so far — I’ve been obsessed with one woman. We were never a couple, and I haven’t had contact with her since my mid-20s. How to get past this? The easiest way would probably be to start a relationship with another woman. Or I could get therapy — but I don’t know if my insurance would cover it. A: Some days my Instagram feed is mostly memes about how straight guys will do literally anything to avoid getting the therapy they clearly need... you’ve been miserable for almost two decades and you can’t be bothered to check whether your health insurance covers the therapy you so clearly need? Jesus, dude. Make that phone call, get some therapy, and don’t date anyone until you’ve been seeing your therapist for at least a year. Q: My husband and I (bio female, newly transmasc) recently became poly. We have created a “closed kitchen table poly quad” with our two best friends. The breakdown is one older married couple, one younger engaged couple, and it’s getting serious. We are now talking about moving in together. Any tips on living together for poly newbies? I think we have a chance at making it work long-term, but I don’t want to add pressure. A: If moving in together is the right thing to do, moving in together will still be the right thing three years from now. If it’s the wrong thing to do, moving in together will be a disaster three months from now. Take it slow. Email questions@savagelove.net Follow Dan on Twitter @FakeDanSavage. Find columns, podcasts, books, merch and more at savage.love.

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ovies aren’t just making history; they’re making our history,” filmmaker Mark Cousins muses in his latest documentary, The Story of Film: A New Generation. “They’re showing us what we are. What we want. What we fear. What we’ve lost. And what we’re still willing to fight for.” “Cinema was a comfort,” Cousins tells me over Zoom. He’s talking about watching movies and making movies — this movie — during the COVID-19 pandemic. “If there’s a slightly melancholic quality to the end of The Story of Film: A New Generation, it comes from that.” Cousins is probably best known for 2011’s The Story of Film, a 15-hour road trip through cinema’s first 100 years of ideas and innovation. The movie isn’t just a crash course in the medium; it’s an invigoration of cinematic appreciation. And not just for traditional signposts, but for cinema from every corner of the world. To borrow one of his phrases: “Movies are good at leaping boundaries.” In The Story of Film, as in most of his work, Cousins lets his hushed and reverent Northern Irish accent guide viewers through decades, countries and artistic movements with ease. He revitalizes films and filmmakers that have been talked to death. Take the recently departed JeanLuc Godard, a director Cousins calls “a kind of cattle prod into cinema.” “He electrified us,” Cousins says. “I’m looking for that kind of electricity, you could say. That voltage. That cattle prod. And it’s still there.” Hence the release of The Story of Film: A New Generation, a nearly three-hour exploration of cinema’s last two decades. It was a mission Cousins didn’t initially want to undertake, “but then a lot of good stuff happened,” he says. “Social change, technological change and aesthetic change. And I thought, ‘Why don’t I give it another go?’” A New Generation is loaded with Cousins’ enthusi-

asm for the ON SCREEN: “aliveness of The Story of Film: cinema.” It’s A New Generawhat keeps tion is available his work from for rent/purchase feeling elite or on all major VOD snobby, and platforms. it’s right there in A New Generation’s opening: A sly analysis of two of the most watched movie scenes in recent memory, Frozen and Joker — you can probably guess the scenes from each. Both involve staircases; both feature outcasts ecstatically embracing their inner selves. Only one character sings, but the song speaks for both of them. “When you see an innovative mainstream film, it’s so exciting,” Cousins says. “The energy is not only in art cinema. [Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse] was, in some ways, as innovative as Godard.” A New Generation is officially a companion piece to The Story of Film, but it fits beautifully next to Cousins’ other great essay documentaries: Women Make Film, A Story of Children and Film, The Eyes of Orson Welles and the soon-to-be-released My Name is Alfred Hitchcock. And he’s back at work. On the day I spoke with him, Cousins had just signed the contract for a new movie, The Story of Documentary Cinema, a “good international history — like a big, 10-hour history of documentary cinema.” The future of cinema’s history has a grand champion.

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A Denver author’s personal history tracks how sushi, ramen and Japanese cuisine migrated to the U.S.

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ushi was far from hip in the mid-1960s when an 8-year-old named Gil Asakawa arrived in the U.S. from Japan with his family. Actually, few Americans had even heard of it. When they did, the initial reaction to sushi was less than enthusiastic. “When we moved to the States, sushi was gross. Eat raw fish? Uh-uh,” Asakawa says with a laugh. Now, sushi rolls are available at almost every supermarket, kids take them for school lunch with that familiar green wasabi glob and pickled ginger, and sushi bars (including some with conveyor belts) abound. Ramen, too, has evolved from being an obscure Japanese noodle to a staple grocery item in American pantries, and ramen shops now popping up in shopping centers. Asakawa traces the path those foods — as well as tempura, Hi Chews and mochi — have taken in becoming mainstream in his engaging book, Tabemasho! Let’s Eat!: A Tasty History of Japanese Food in America, freshly published by Stone Bridge Books. More than a chronicle of the evolution of Japanese home-cooked, packaged and restaurant foods in America, Tabemasho! is an engaging first-person page-turner by the Tokyo-born author. “I didn’t want to write an academic research paper. It’s personal. It’s my journey through Japanese food,” Asakawa says. Asakawa is a Colorado journalist, music critic and author of the book Being Japanese American. An avid

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home cook and gardener, he GIL ASAKAWA traces writes about his foodie life in the history of a numhis blog, NikkeiView.com. ber of Japanese foods His dining habits have althrough a first-person ways embraced both cultures narrative in his new with traditional American book, Tabemasho! and Japanese dishes on the table. “When I was a kid, we could be eating spaghetti and meat sauce, but there was always rice on the table,” he says. Occasionally, the cultures would collide. “I’d bring friends home after school and my mom would be cooking dinner and it would be something terrible-smelling like fish head soup. I’d have to say, ‘Sorry guys, my mom’s cooking,’ and we’d run upstairs to my room,” Asakawa says with a laugh. He also discusses the touchy subject of culinary assimilation, the process where a dish like sushi or spaghetti gets Americanized and loses its original identity. It happened in Japan, too. “I love Japanese curry. It’s a thicker, milder gravy with potatoes and beef served over rice. I thought it was Japanese food when I was growing up, but it’s really borrowed from the British, who stole it from India. Tempura came from the Portuguese,” Asakawa says. Asakawa’s family moved to Colorado in 1972 and Tabemasho! explores the evolution of local Japanese restaurants, including such influential Denver eateries as see NIBBLES Page 34

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Tokio, Kokoro and Sushi Den. Asakawa also spent time dining in Boulder at places like Pearl Street’s Kobe An, the city’s first major Japanese eatery. Surprisingly, Kobe An was not the eatery that introduced Boulder to the joy of raw fish. “The first place in Boulder that had good sushi was Pelican Pete’s (now the location for Backcountry Pizza and Tap House) in the early 1980s. It was a fish restaurant that shipped in fresh seafood,” Asakawa says. “They had a tiny sushi counter and hired a bunch of Japanese sushi chefs. My dad would take us all to Pelican Pete’s and spend two hours eating and yacking it up.” The restaurant that probably did the most to popularize sushi in Boulder was Sushi Zanmai, which opened in 1986 under the direction of saxophone-playing owner Masao Maki. “Zanmai was big because it was rock ‘n’ roll,” Asakawa says. “Maki brought a different American element to sushi bars. The Emperor and Empress of Japan even ate some of his food when they visited Colorado.” He notes that Amu, Zanmai’s sister eatery next door, was the first traditional izakaya to open in Colorado. An izakaya is a Japanese tavern that serves small plates. The process of culinary assimilation is a long path. “For almost 100 years there were only three kinds of Japanese food that most Americans knew: sukiyaki, teriyaki and tempura. Today when you say ‘Japanese food’ most Americans SUSAN FRANCE have a similar tunnel vision. They think sushi and ramen,” Asakawa says. Sometimes when a dish migrates it can get lost in translation. “In Japan, even the best ramen is rarely over $10 a bowl. You can easily pay $17 or more at one of the fancy ramen places here,” Asakawa AT THE TABLE: says. “It’s great that ramen has caught on in such a way that Asakawa (right) hipsters will wait an hour for ramen that isn’t necessarily that sits with Nao good.” Kanda, the owner The book also explores the origins of American variations and executive chef on a Japanese theme that can be viewed either as innovaof Sushi Zanmai. tions or abominations. Take the hugely popular California roll. “It was made by Japanese sushi chefs for Americans,” Asakawa says. Other chapters focus on Japanese beverages and candies like Hi-Chews — mango is my favorite — and Kit-Kat bars, a particular Japanese obsession. It’s all written in Asakawa’s witty, accessible voice. Asakawa devotes a section of Tabemasho! to Japanese foods he believes Americans will never learn to like because of texture or aroma. “There are a lot of popular foods in Japan that are slimy. Mountain yams are just all slime,” he says. Natto — a popular Japanese fermented soy food — is distinctly sticky, stringy and smelly. In the book, Asakawa reveals that some JAs — Japanese Americans — call it “snotto.” Some delicacies such as basahi (horse meat) and kujira (whale meat) will never be popular because of cultural and moral objections. In Tabemasho!, Asakawa details a long list of the next Japanese foods rapidly gaining popularity, from Wagyu beef and nori seaweed, to matcha green tea, miso soup and mochi. “My hope is that people who like sushi and like ramen will read the book and get curious about tasting other things, like okonomiyaki,” Asakawa says. Okonomiyaki are savory Japanese meat, vegetable or fish pancakes now featured on many Japanese eatery menus. They are a specialty at Osaka’s Restaurant in Boulder. John Lehndorff hosts Radio Nibbles Thursday mornings on KGNU (88.5 FM, streaming at kgnu.org). Email: nibbles@boulderweekly.com 34

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Bee’s Thai Kitchen Korat, Bus Stop Chicken

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ertain dishes — especially when they emerge from immigrant kitchens in America — come seasoned with the unlikely long journey the recipe took to your taste buds. For the past few years, Bee Rungtawan Kisich has been steadily gathering fans for the authentic Thai food she dishes from Bee’s Thai Kitchen food truck, which she runs with her husband, Kevin, and their two kids. The newest dish on Bee’s menu, Korat Bus Stop Chicken, literally took a long and winding road to Boulder County. To make Korat Bus Stop Chicken, smaller chickens are butterflied, marinated in a potent blend of garlic, lemongrass, cilantro and chilies and slow grilled on a rotisserie. The result is amazingly juicy, bud-tingling flavor combined with sticky rice and sweet chili sauce. Kisich grew up in northern Thailand near the borders of Laos and Myanmar where she learned to cook from her mother. The fare there is a particular offshoot of Southeast Asian cuisine. Kevin Kisich explains that when he was an 8-year-old in 1969, he lived at Korat Air Force Base with his family. It was the middle of the Vietnam War and the base, he says, was 163 miles of bad road separated from the big city: Bangkok. Airmen had to take the long bus ride to get to Bangkok. Small food shops sprang up to provide provisions for travelers, and the menu of Issan (Northern Thai) specialties included one the GIs called Korat Bus Stop Chicken. You can find Bee’s Thai Cuisine truck at various locations in Boulder County each week. Details: beesthaicuisine.com

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of fat soluble. Bradley says that’s very common in commercial food products, but in the cannabis industry, it didn’t exist. The company created the original Ripple Stillwater Tea and got some interesting feedback. “We had a lot of people saying to us, ‘I feel the effects quicker with this product. Why do I feel the effects faster?’ And we didn’t know why,” Bradley says. “So we ventured into our first pharmacokinetic study where we had a couple of participants do blood draws at certain intervals after taking our original edible product on an empty stomach.” That first study found that the water-soluble THC was absorbing into the body as fast as 15 minutes after ingestion. Subsequent pharmacokinetic studies showed it absorbing in about 10 minutes. This most recent CSU study was the fifth such study that Ripple sponsored, published in the journal Pharmaceuticals in 2021. It was the first peer-reviewed, published study to use commercially available THC products in the U.S. — as most cannabis studies today are required to use government shwag grown at a facility at the University of Mississippi (Weed Between the Lines, “Clearing the path,” Dec. 24, 2020). The study sought to describe and compare the pharmacokinetics of five commercial edible cannabis products and determine the influence of body composition on pharmacokinetics. It also aimed to explore how marijuana might offer diabetes protection and influence glucose tolerance. The researchers didn’t find these cannabis products had any effect on diabetes or glucose tolerance. However, the research did find that Ripple’s dissolvable powder

In first peer-reviewed study of commercial products, CSU scientists hone in on a cannabis product working twice as fast as all others

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n 2021, cannabis edible company Ripple got curious about the absorption rate of its products, and how that compared to the competition. The folks at Ripple knew their proprietary formula was absorbed into the bloodstream fast, but they wanted to find out exactly where it ranked among other edibles. So, the company enlisted scientists from Colorado State University (CSU) to perform a first-of-its-kind study in the U.S. The research found that Ripple’s products (specifically the company’s gummies) adsorbed more than two times faster than the competition — a serious finding considering the notoriously slow onset of most cannabis edibles. “It was critical for us to obtain, and rely on, observable quantitative data — THC blood levels — rather than subjective self-reports like, ‘I’m starting to feel high now,’” Keith Woelfel, Ripple’s R&D director, told Business Wire. “This pharmacokinetic data lays the groundwork for understanding how our products work in the body. And it answers basic questions that matter deeply to consumers. Questions like, ‘How fast will this hit me?’ and ‘How long will it last?’” Ripple has been a name in the cannabis industry since the beginning of the recreational market in Colorado. The brand makes three edible products: a classic dissolvable powder, gummies and “quick-stix.” These products aren’t much different than what the market is already saturated with, except in one notable way: Ripple’s THC is water-soluble instead of fat-soluble, resulting in a fast-acting product. “‘Fast-acting’ was an accident in its infancy,” Missy Bradley, co-founder and vice president of marketing at Ripple, explains. “We were not out to create a water-soluble product.” Ripple set out to make a cannabis tea beverage in the early days of the company — but to do so, Ripple needed to develop THC that was water soluble instead

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acted 1.9 times faster, and its gummies acted 2.3 times faster, than other leading competitive brands. “The reason for our gummies to exist is because they’re super fast and consistent,” Bradley says. Sure, gummies are the most saturated segment of the cannabis edible market, but Ripple’s aren’t like the rest, she says. Bradley says Ripple wants to help move the needle on other cannabis research. Smaller companies can’t afford to do the science, which Bradley says is “absurdly expensive.” And some institutions still won’t conduct research on cannabis.

“Because a lot of these institutions that are doing research are federally funded, they will not touch the plant,” Bradley says, making it even harder to get good scientific data on cannabis generally, and on commercial cannabis products specifically. “We just really want to better understand cannabis products and how they interact in the human body,” Bradley says. “We have always sought to push the envelope in terms of what is known about recreational cannabis products.” Email: letters@boulderweekly.com

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