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Chief Excutive Manager Chad Wallace Editor-in-Chief Eli Wallace Publisher Jackdawg Productions LLC Lead Design Eli Wallace / Beardflower Creative Copy & Design Editors Hilary Lempit, Jeff Taylor, Chad Wallace Contributors Sara Ciaverelli, Dina Coates-Koebler, Morgan Foster, Sophie Goodman, Jack Goose, Ian Kirkegaard, Hilary Lempit, Ben Marshall, Eliot Muckerman, John Michael Peck, Caity Pinkard, Sophia Rose, Jason Smith, Joanna Spindler, Aaron Swanson, David Taft, Eli Wallace Comics David Kirmse, Jeff Taylor Photography Hilary Lempit, Greg Thomas, Chad Wallace, Eli Wallace Advertising Sales Chad Wallace Newsstand Consultant Judy Publishing Services, Inc. Gary Judy,

Reflections on a rainbow-filled summer keep us warm through the winter.


n the winter, we celebrate memories past and gather in our coats and cottages to create more. Winter brings the holiday season, good cheer, and, in Telluride, sick, fluffy pow for the shredding. Through these snowy months, Telluride Festivarian is kept full and warm on the memories of the 2013 summer, an anniversary summer if there ever was one. Bluegrass, Chamber Music, and Film hit 40; Mountainfilm turned 35; Blues and Brews turned 20. We saw the return of David Byrne along with the ethereal St. Vincent at The Ride Festival, enjoyed the smaller weekends during Arts + Architecture Weekend and Work Out Weekend, and explored Town Park Mud Park while tipsy on rainbows, mountains, and beer at Blues and Brews. Rainbows overdid it in 2013. At times nature seemed to be showing off—perhaps she was trying to impress our Film Festival guests, bring the Yogis inner peace, or remind us that she couldn’t care less about Jim James embodying Hippie Jesus on Fire. Either way, we pleased her vanity with half a billion double-rainbow photos (and one triple!) that will last us through the winter, until nature shows off her ROYGBIV again. But don’t think we’re only looking backwards. It’s winter—that means charity benefits, concerts and parties, the Comedy Festival, and, hell—Gay Ski Week! It’s Telluride; the party never stops. So grab a hot toddy, kick off your boots, and take a moment away from the friends and family to cherish the best of what Telluride gave us last summer—plus all there is to come. Seriously. This reading material pairs well with a hot toddy.

Telluride Festivarian is published twice annually by Jackdawg Productions LLC, P.O. Box 2614, Telluride, Colorado, 81435. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Subscriptions are availiable online at, or by subscription card. To advertise in Telluride Festivarian, email Chad at For editorial concerns, contact Telluride Festivarian covers are printed on all-natural, elemental chlorine free, Forest Stewardship Councilcertified paper by Heidelprint of Seoul, South Korea. The extra funds necessary to print on this environmentally-friendly paper are provided through the Telluride Festivarian Green Fund, run by EcoAction Partners, a 501(c)3 non-profit in Telluride. To make a donation to this fund, visit and click the PayPal “Donate” button.

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On the Cover: Banjo Hero Béla Fleck plays with Telluride House Band during the 40th anniversary of Telluride’s Bluegrass Festival. Our interview with Fleck begins on page 30. Photo by Chad Wallace












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eople can be weirdly shady about what they mean by ‘greening’ their organizations. While we’re fans of shade, we like it to come exclusively from trees.We’re devoted to the transparency of our charitable causes, which is why we’re explaining what we’re doing, and what it means for the environment. We recognize the environmental responsibility that comes with publishing a print magazine—which is why we’re working with the 501(3)c nonprofit, EcoAction Partners, to manage our green sponsorship fund. We’re trying to make our printing natural, our footprint small, and our conscience green. Green sponsor funds that go through EcoAction Partners are earmarked to make our next publication print on Forest Stewardship CouncilCertified, Elemental Chlorine-Free paper (like the cover of this magazine, feel those moral fibers!). This means our paper will be made from responsibly logged wood in a process that minimizes negative effects on the ecosystems where it is made and distributed. We had a blast during our Telluride Geography Bee this past September 21. To Smuggler’s Brewpub, whose beer kept spirits high through the travails of super-hard Telluride trivia, thank you! We also would like to thank

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everyone who donated prizes to our geography winners. Last but not least, thank you to everyone who came out to compete! Our next fundraiser will be held in the spring, so keep an eye out! Also, be sure to drop by Smuggler’s Brewpub for a Sustainable Skyhop, a percentage of which supports our green fund! The Telluride Festivarian Green Fund, managed by EcoAction Partners, helps us do our part to protect the beautiful world in which we live. You can play a part in achieving our green goals—first, please recycle this magazine when you’re through! To make a tax-deductible donation to our green fund visit and click our PayPal Donate Button–be sure to type “Telluride Festivarian Green Fund” in your donation purpose line! Organizations wishing to become green sponsors should contact Kermit says it’s not easy being green. Maybe when you’re all alone, little frog. Together, with the help of the generous support of our sponsors, we’re finding that being green is what it’s all about. Don’t forget to do your part by recycling this magazine when you’re finished with it!

How to Use Aurasma Prepare for some serious brain leakage. We’re about to blow you all out of the water. With technology! Smart phone users, rejoice! Now, we don’t normally fawn over stuff (okay, who are we kidding? Fawning is what we do), but we found something mind-blowingly cool, and we want you to try it. The app is called Aurasma. Go. Download it. It’s free. Now, while it’s downloading, we’re going to tell you what it does: Aurasma is augmented reality. It brings print to life, using those crazy little devices we carry in our pockets. If we were a super-company, we’d purchase the kind of public aura that automatically picks up when you’re near it. But we’re a down-home grassroots deal, so you’ll need to subscribe to our channel first: tap the ‘A,’ then the magnifying glass to search. Look for ‘Telluride Festivarian.’ See us? Now, follow our channel! Otherwise, this whole bag of tricks isn’t going to work. Next: read our magazine. That’s what you were doing anyway, right? When you find the symbol at the bottom of this article, pull up Aurasma on your phone and hover over the picture. Hint: you can try this now by flipping to the Bluegrass section, on page 28-29. Enjoy! And try to believe your eyes.

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lthough most festivals take place during the lovely Colorado summers, the winter also has plenty to offer in terms of special events, fundraisers, and parties. After you’ve had your powder fix and warmed your toes by the fire, head to these events that support great causes, educate, or are simply great fun!


Art Walk

//december 12/4 - Noel Night - Telluride Shops Kick off the Holiday season with major discounts at Telluride Shops! 12/5 - December Art Walk, Telluride 12/30-31 - Cirque Mechanics - The Palm, Telluride Think Cirque Du Soleil, but with lots of steel and wood. 12/31 - New Year’s Eve Celebration - Courthouse, Telluride

Bring in 2014 Telluride-style: courthouse fireworks and good cheer.



1/2 - January Art Walk - Telluride 1/10-13 - Ouray Ice Festival - Ouray Ice Park Ice, ice, ice. Also: ice climbing and gear-tryouts. 1/24 - KOTO Lip Sync - The Palm, Telluride This fundraiser for KOTO FM combines skits and hilarity - a locals’ favorite. 1/29-2/2 - Snowdown Festival - Downtown Durango



Family-friendly, Snowdown celebrates winter with parades, theater, & frolicking. Art Walk


Ouray Ice Fest

2/1 - Chocolate Lover’s Fling - Conference Center, Mountain Village

San Miguel Resource Center’s fundraiser parties with sweet, melty chocolate.

2/6 - February Art Walk 2/11 - Parsons Dance Group - The Palm, Telluride Awesome dancers who are more graceful than you! 2/13-16 - Comedy Festival - Sheridan Opera House, Telluride Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s stand-up that’s probably funnier than this joke. 2/22-3/3 - Gay Ski Week - Telluride Mountain Gay people bring the best party of the year: The White Party. 2/27 – TEDxTelluride Live - The Palm, Telluride A simulcast of the TED conference, which will inspire your socks off.

See Forever in the Winter

Ouray Ice Fest

Lip Sync

Snowdown Festival Durango

//february Snowdown C. Lovers’

Art Walk



Comedy Festival



Telluride Gay Ski Week

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Try new things Y

by eli wallace

ou know about skiing and snowboarding, but consider these additional winter activities this season. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite. Adventure, ho!


Snow Shoeing: With snowshoes, winter hiking suddenly becomes much, much easier. Rentals available most ski retailers in Telluride. Sledding: Buy a sled on your way to Firecracker Hill, in Town Park. Ice Climbing: We have snow, but we also have ice. If you’re an expert, head to Bridal Veil Falls or Ames Falls. If not, get a guide. Nordic / Cross Country Skiing: The Nordic Center in Telluride Town Park will hook you up with trail maps and equipment for this horizontal-version of skiing. Ice Skating / Hockey: Strap blades to your feet like a champ at either the Mountain Village Core Ice Rink, or Telluride Town Park’s Ice Rink. Fat Biking: It looks like a giant clown bike, but those are snow tires. Fat biking is the winter’s answer to getting places on two wheels: find a rental shop in Telluride. Gondola Free-Riding: In this high-octane, free activity, you ride the gondola. Appreciate the scenery and public transportation. Wear a coat. Snowmobiling: If a jetski had a baby with a snowplow, you’d have a similar degree of awesome. Get a guide, please. Sustainable Beer-drinking: Just as much fun as regular beer-drinking! Head to Smuggler’s Brewpub for a Sustainable Skyhop, and a portion of your purchase will benefit Telluride Festivarian’s Green Fund!


Art Walk



//april Art Walk

Ski Ends

Mud Fest

Mud Fest

//March 3/1 – Telluride AIDS Benefit - Conference Center, Mountain Village “New York Fashion meets Cirque du Soleil” at a fashion show. 3/6 – March Art Walk - Telluride 3/8-10 – SnowBall Electronic Music Festival – Winter Park, CO

Light shows and some of the biggest names in electronic music overtake Winter Park.

//april 4/3 – April Art Walk - Telluride 4/6 – Last Day of Ski Season - Telluride Mountain

And it will go out with a bang. Pond skimming at Gorrono on the mountain.

4/26-28 – Ouray County Mud Festival - Ouray, CO 4x4, tug-of-war, mud volleyball and any other dirty fun you can think of.

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dreddy comics with mitch and dave

horoscopes By Featherduster Skytrotter

written by dave kirmse, art by jeff taylor

which festival aligns with your sign in 2014?

Aries (March 21 - April 19) your element: Fire

Leo (July 23 - August 22) Fire

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21) Fire

Taurus (April 20 - May 20) Earth

Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Earth

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) Earth

Gemini (May 21 - June 20) Air

Your 2014 begins with lightheartedness and determination. Carry through the summer by channeling those qualities at Mountainfilm, and learning about how you can direct your energies toward something productive for yourself and the community.

Libra (September 23 - October 22) Air

In 2014 you’ll struggle to find the balance Libra’s crave. Between work and play, you barely have time for romance. Head to Telluride in August of 2014 for the Film Festival–autumnal breezes play into your airy nature, and town fills with interesting film types. Is that love in the air?

Aquarius (January 20 - February 18) Air

Cancer (June 21 - July 22) Water

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) Water

Pisces (February 19 - March 20) Water

Aries is represented by the Ram. What better time to take your year by the horns than the Ride Festival? Hang on tight: your 2014 will be full of intrigue brought on by your daring nature.

Reliable and grounded Taurus: take a break from your stodgy early 2014 and let loose at Blues and Brews Festival. You’ll satisfy your earthiness by gallivanting in the grass at Town Park. Take off your shoes and dance up a dust storm!

You’ll move in any direction to find your happiness, Cancer. Don’t focus so intensely on money this year: attend the Telluride Mushroom Festival and learn what the land (and a great deal of water, your element) can provide for you free of charge.

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Leos love to be in the spotlight, at the center of attention. Fourth of July is your best festival: balmy weather, bright and fiery displays of explosives, and a chance to strut your stuff with patriotic flair.

As a hard worker and constant planner in early 2014, it’s best for you to take some time off mid-summer and let yourself go free-form and with the flow. Jazz Festival will encourage you to relax and follow the music’s unpredictability.

This year you’ll be organized and careerdriven, but once in a while, it’s good to let your hair down. Feed your water-loving spirit with a dip in the San Miguel River during Bluegrass Festival for maximum auspiciousness in the year to come.

Steer clear of illegal activities this year. BBQ Festival is a good option for you… bask in the autumnal sunshine, scarf down smoked meat, and avoid the feistiness that comes with the larger festivals.

Take the time to get closer to your true nature this year, Capricorn. Go out on a limb and use those vacation days that you’ve been wisely storing up “just in case.” Visit Telluride for the Yoga Festival and find some solid ground--what arises may surprise you.

As an Air element, don’t miss the airiest of Telluride’s festivals: Ballon Fest! Find the clarity you’ll need after some romance problems this winter and take a hot air balloon ride high above the valley floor, suspended in wicker basket. You might find romance on the horizon.

Your artistic predisposition shines through in 2014. Travel to Telluride when the creeks are gushing with water and artists take to the streets: Plein Air Festival will do your imaginative soul good. Take in the views or join the ranks of outdoor painters to boost your creativity in life and at work.

voices of festivaria Prepare yourself, for what we are dealing with here is a saga. And no ordinary saga at that. What we have here is a story of redemption, with some heady small town politics. Yes, I am consigned to an opinion column. Even the crazy publishers of this magazine have a sense of self-preservation. The Ride Festival, a rock and roll extravaganza, hit Telluride this past July. With a headliner like David Byrne, convincing me to come and write was all too easy. Looking back, I must have been one naïve sonofabitch. Friday morning started at the crack of 9AM with a raging hangover. Not fully acclimated to the high altitude, I had decided the night before that an entire bottle of Bacardi would chase off those alpine blues. Wrong. Light rum is the only drink served in hell. A free breakfast roped me into helping the mag’s publisher, a big, bearded ginger by the name of Chad, set up his vendor booth for the festival. Just about when I started to think that I might not need medical attention for my headache, the phone call came. “Well apparently they have pulled our press passes! What cocksuckers!” Chad yelled after hanging up. From there, he devolved into a seething, spitting, rage demon. “So what all does that mean for me?” I asked, not realizing that I was dealing with a man completely devoid of reason and fueled by rage and ginger-vitis. For about an hour, I watched him call everyone he could think of, looking for the culprit of this Friday morning coup d'état. “There is no fucking way you aren’t getting in,” he assured me. “But you might as well forget about that Byrne or Cake interview.” “Then what the hell do you want me the write?” After a spat of incoherent muttering he looked at me straight and said, “The truth, goddamnit! You’re the journalist!” A noble thought, maybe even a revolutionary one. We pulled into The New Sheridan for beer and hopefully a way to get everything straight. Here, Chad began to tell me about the spider web of small town politics that this festival has been conceived in. He wove a tale of weekend-stealing and intimidation involving the Telluride Shroom Festival. Then he began to go into the politics of the Bluegrass Festival, and the only local radio station, KOTO. The Ride is sponsored/promoted by KOTO, and if they were to go ahead with their second year, KOTO would lose its exclusive beer sales for Bluegrass–a major revenue generator. Chad thought it ridiculous that anybody in Lyons, 8 hours away, thought they could push around the locals of a small town on weekends they have nothing to do with. But I was beginning to get bored of this political talk. Right when it seemed Chad would never shut it, his phone rang. Turns out the festival director, Todd Creel, was on the line. From there, it was two mountain goats testing each other’s horns. The division of content and ads, vending booths, photographers, and advertising payments spiraled out of control. In the end, I’d still be writing, but I’d have vendor credentials instead of a backstage pass. AKA, I should be good to wander where I needed. Everything was fine, though Chad believed this to be an egregious affront. I didn’t mind the change in credential status. Fast-forward to Rodrigo y Gabriela taking the stage on

what really makes the rockin’ world go round? | by jack goose

Saturday. I fell into grooving with the Spanish scales, and it hit me: actually, I would like to get an interview! I am supposed to be the press, not some carnie! Not only have they insulted this publication, but they are also insulting me as a writer. If there is one thing people looking for good press should not do, it’s piss the press off! Then and there, I charged myself with figuring out what Lex Luther wannabe was trying to screw us over. But who was really telling the truth here? And who was at fault? The evening was left to distill these questions while seeing a childhood favorite band: Cake. And with what timing! As Cake’s lead singer, John McCrea, pointed out the lavish accommodations the VIPs enjoyed (at least one third of the room in front of the stage had been sectioned off), my supervillian became clear. I could feel him seething behind stage. One of the top acts just told his VIPs to take their greed and suck it. Who had pulled the passes? Who had my fellow carnies been sneering at since the get-go? Who can you blame mismanagement and disorganization on? Whose fault is it that the tickets had not been selling and therefore everybody involved was being nickelled and dimed without shame? The festival director, Todd Creel. By this point, I was fully convinced that the man they called Creel was either Mr. Creede from V for Vendetta, or Beelzebub in disguise–trading the red cape, hoofs and horns for real estate brokerage. The righteous feeling that I was chasing the right story overcame me. That, and a bucket of whiskey. A basic exposé. What could be easier? Sunday brought out the worst in Chad. And here, I got some perspective: who was this guy, anyway? It’s not like I had done any research. Was I about to flay an innocent? With a sick feeling, I closed out the festival with nothing but a dud of a story in my back pocket. On Monday, I holed up at Alpine Coffee and tried to knock an article out, to no avail. To my relief, a sit-down interview came together with Brother and Bones. Chad was footing the bill for pizza and beers at the Brown Dog and my orders were not to “get too damn drunk to do the interview.” Just as the drinks and conversation got rolling, a gift fell into my lap. Mr. Creel showed up to say hello to the band. My God, I hope Chad doesn’t lose his shit, I thought. I never would have guessed that Chad would be congenial. They shook hands and he offered Todd a slice. What could have spawned this? I had just been writing about this man’s hooves just an hour before. My earlier story was rubbish, and I knew it. Finally, I saw the light. The Ride Festival would not be what it is (awesome) without a hardnose mofo pushing it through. That does not mean that things did not go fubar during the festival. Hell, I still wish I could have interviewed David Byrne instead of writing this. But Chad was the same, staunchly refusing to budge. Either could have flinched, and I’d have had my interview. They were both assholes! Such a conclusion leaves me feeling that the world is run by a cabal of jerks and we’re all totally screwed. But these jerks are able to pull off things of incredible beauty— whether it be a magazine or a rock-n-roll festival. Moral of the story? Get rid of the assholes and rock goes with it. Selah. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 13

by jack goose terminology 1. Grass = Ganja = Weed = Pot = Herb = Mary Jane = Cannabis 2. Toke = Smoke = Rip = Hit = Chief 3. Bud = Nugget = Nug = The flowering part of the cannabis plant you smoke 4. THC = The active ingredient of Marijuana 5. Joint = Doobie = Roach = Marijuana cigarette 6. Spliff = Marijuana and tobacco cigarette 7. Hydro = Hydroponically grown grass 8. Edible = Marijuana cooked into food or beverage 9. Munchies = The desire to eat everything in your fridge 10. Piece = Pipe = Bowl 11. Bong = Big water pipe 12. Bogart = The act of hogging the roach 13. Hash, oil, and concentrates = Super potent forms of MJ 14. Sativa = Marijuana associated with head high and energy (party weed) 15. Indica = Marijuana associated with body high and sleeping (painkiller weed) 16. Hybrid = Mix of indica and sativa 17. Cashed = A smoked, but not cleared bowl Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 14


nless you’ve been living under a rock, you are probably aware that Marijuana Prohibition, or pothibition, has ended in Colorado. Now that the jubilation of passing Amendment 64 has waned, we are left with great anticipation for the implementation of the new law and what that means. So let this be your roadmap for navigating these uncharted waters, as we take a look at the history of how we got here, and what the new law means for you. FIRST, A LITTLE ABOUT HOW WE GOT HERE George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew cannabis on their plantations, using slaves. Okay, maybe that’s too far back. Teetotalers, the burgeoning police state, hispano-racism, women’s suffrage and the cotton industry aligned in the early 20th century to demonize cannabis, and it worked. King Cotton didn’t want a competitor in hemp, women wanted sober husbands, and the police wanted more law to serve. The Mexican weed was a target for everyone and a scapegoat to boot. This coalition had some success at the local and state level, but took a back seat to the 18th Amendment prohibiting alcohol. The excesses of 18th Amendment led to its repeal in the 21th amendment, fouling “prohibition” in the mouth of the electorate for some time. Then came Nixon. Nixon had himself what is known as a “hippie problem.” So, in 1970, he signed into law the Controlled Substances Act, making marijuana a Schedule 1 substance and creating the DEA. The states formed their own statutes and our Federal Government went into full swing. Commies and druggies—our enemies’ names even rhymed. And what a better way for Mr. Nixon to stick it to the man who was sticking it to the man than to take away his peace pipe? This, of course, all worked super swell: 40 years of escalating drug wars, the highest incarceration rate in the world, cartels, the 80s, etc. I will save you much of the recent history, but medical marijuana paved the way in the 2000s for the passage of Amendment 64. This decade allowed the establishment of supply chains and retail shops and time for the laws be debated and refined. But then came last November, when the Colorado electorate mandated that Mary Jane be regulated in a fashion similar to alcohol. WEED IS LEGAL, NOW WHAT? Talking about the legalization of marijuana is still weird in the past tense. It’s like being stuck in a 90s stoner flick—but this is real life. In real life, marijuana is legal as of January 1, 2014, to own, grow, and purchase in Colorado. The first legislation of its kind to pass in America. But let’s not kid ourselves, 55% support is no landslide. Not to mention the Federal law has not changed, leaving us in some sort of legal pot purgatory. The whole gig could come undone with just a few flies in the pudding. So let’s set up some ground rules before you bozos start running berserk across our state.

ten base rules: 1. purchase from dispensaries only 2. Must have a valid Photo ID and be over 21 3. Non-Colorado residents may purchase up to 1/4 oz. at a time 4. Colorado residents may purchase an ounce at a time 5. Anyone over 21 is allowed up to an ounce on their person 6. only legal in Colorado, so ditch it before you leave 7. not federally legal, so don’t take on federal lands (the ski area is on National Forest) 8. no smoking in public 9. no buying for persons under 21 10. no driving while high (they can field test you) First, the law. To purchase marijuana, you have to be over 21, with a valid driver’s license. Anyone can have up to an ounce on their person in Colorado. If you’re a Colorado citizen, then you can buy an ounce at a time. If you’re from out-of-state, then you can buy a fourth of an ounce per visit to a dispensary. Note, there is no limit to the number of dispensary visits in a day, just that you’re allowed up to one ounce on you at a time. You are also not to smoke in public, so take it home or to your hotel’s balcony. If you’re just itching for a fix, you should be able find an alley or some secluded spot to toke up without ruffling any feathers. For those of you lucky enough to have a home here in the colorful state, you can plant up to six plants, with three flowering at any one time. And you can grow hemp. Hemp is a different story, and I doubt you’re interested in DIY hippie necklaces, so back to the real thing. Here in Telluride, there are four dispensaries in town and if you can’t wait that long, there is a dispensary in Ridgway, about halfway to Telluride from the Montrose airport. These friendly owner-operated shops are a wealth of information, so don’t be shy to ask questions, no matter how much of a newb they may make you seem. Remember: law and social acceptance differ from county to county, and by municipality. So be in the know before you’re in the wrong. There is more good news: San Miguel County, to which Telluride is the county seat, passed Amendment 64 with a whopping 79.4%, the most in-favor of any County in the state. Don’t get it wrong—Telluride is all of the liberal bastion it’s made out to be. The president of the ski association even went so far as to say, “It is the most liberal ski town in Colorado.”

Now, that doesn’t mean Telski won’t swipe your pass for lighting a doobie in the lift line, because they most certainly will. But it means that you’re in a welcoming place. The police have their jobs to do, but they are not actively “out to get you.” Still, they aren’t going to take your blowing smoke in their faces. In order for this whole legal marijuana thing to work, we all must learn to live with a little social courtesy. There are social courtesies that most abide by concerning tobacco and liquor, i.e. don’t smoke around children, and don’t drink and chuck your bottle in the street. Marijuana must form a hybrid of these courtesies, so we all can live and let live. The smell of marijuana smoke has the same social restrictions as tobacco, and the effects are akin to alcohol. Nobody wants to be harassed by stoners while taking their kids to the swing set, not that it’s legal to smoke in Town Park in the first place. Similarly, it’s not legal to drink a beer walking down main street (open container law), but nobody will bug you if it’s in your water bottle or a plastic cup. It’s pretty simple really: be smart, don’t go looking for trouble, and life will be easy. The salient point is that if this legislation is going to thrive not only in Colorado, but spread to other states, we must set the example to follow. Every time somebody is caught driving stoned, or hauling it back to their home state, or whatever new and inventive ways you rabid wombats find trouble, that adds a strike against the cause. If too many of these strikes accumulate, it will be no time before the feds put a nix on the whole shebang. So straighten up, fly right, appreciate your new legal privilege, and go spread some love! Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 15

Colorado mary jane in lists musts and must nots Don’t be a dick! Visit a dispensary and try not to smile (it’s impossible) Don’t attempt extreme feats of balance Play Led Zeppelin IV Shamble down the River Trail Watch Dazed and Confused Giggle some Don’t smoke around children Take a scenic gondola ride Play The Dark Side of the Moon (Loudly) Watch The Big Lebowski Play Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

for the old-timers: 1. Grass is stronger than it used to be, so take it easy chief 2. Mary Jane is also a lot more expensive than it was in the 60s 3. Marijuana is uniformly measured in ounces, or in grams for small amounts 4. Dime Bag = what used to be a 7-gram $10 bag, equal in quantity to what is now called quarter 5. Nickel Bag = what used to be a 3.5-gram $5 bag, equal in quantity to what is now called an eighth 6. 1 Lid = a measurement equal to a full lid from a large Hellmans Mayo Jar (about 21 grams) 7. If you decide to use these terms while purchasing, specify that you are referring to either the term’s quantity or price as they are now different

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for the newbs: 1. Less is more! 2. Edibles take around 45 minutes to kick in, and last 4-6 hours 3. After eating edibles, wait at least 45 minutes to feel the effects. Start with 10-20mgs and work up from there. Don’t keep downing them because you don’t feel anything immediately! 4. Trust the dosage on the packaging 5. Don’t drink and try MJ for first time – a quick way to get the spins 6. Weed hangovers are possible, but much more enjoyable than the alcohol kind 7. Most restaurants and stores in Telluride close at 10 PM, so get your munchies early 8. Memorize the terminology list.


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nspiration is an odd bird. In Catholic school, I learned that the word means breathed into by God. While that probably grabs the concept much better than I could, my experiences of inspiration have always been more visceral: burning tears during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, when athletes and countries come together in celebration. A soaring feeling in the gut when people exceed the norm—in space exploration, disaster relief efforts, when mothers tear wrecked cars off of infants. At the beginning of every screening at Mountainfilm, a short intro movie plays clips of the festival’s films smashed together and set to music. This year included U2’s “Beautiful Day,” Alt-J’s “Something Good,” and M83’s “Outro.” In a word, it’s moving. A climber hangs on an unreal wall, a hummingbird hovers with otherworldly grace, and a stand-up paddler slides over a roaring waterfall, jumping off his board and flying into the mist. These scenes— of extraordinary feats of outdoorsmanship alongside natural wonder—encapsulate the flood of inspiration that Mountainfilm annually breathes into the Telluride valley. There’s a reason that the intros earn applause and—I’ll admit it—usually stir me into a few feverish tears. And you’re not even through the film yet. Now in its 35th year, Mountainfilm has perfected the art of celebrating indomitable spirit through films like this year’s Uranium Drive-In, Maidentrip, The Crash Reel, High and Hallowed: Everest 1963, and Life According to Sam, to name a few. What started as a straight adventure-film festival expanded its offerings to include social and environmental activism, intimate presentations, and the Moving Mountains Symposium. These elements of Mountainfilm work in tandem to highlight multiple sides of today’s issues, from climate solutions to the way America wages war. Uranium Drive-In, for instance, weighs economics versus environmental risk in the struggling towns of Montrose County’s West End, as desperate residents pin their hopes on a new uranium mill. Local filmmaker Susan Beraza created this film with the assistance of a 2011 Mountainfilm Commitment Grant Award, and its exposition of underlying tensions in the Piñon Ridge Mill controversy reveals important points on how environmental efforts can or should be carried out today. Juxtapose this with Pandora’s Promise, an argument for carbon-neutral nuclear energy in order to avoid environmental disaster. Now add in the Moving Mountains Symposium, which focused this year on climate solutions—you’ll start to have an idea of the kind of interplay of ideas during the jam-packed Memorial Day weekend. But if you think for a second that Mountainfilm isn’t also filled with more adventure than you can shake a stick at, try watching Honnold 3.0 without cringing. Alex Honnold, free solo climber extraordinare, tackles Yosemite’s Triple Crown (Mt. Watkins, The Nose, and Half Dome) in less than 24 hours, and nearly without the use of ropes. Or consider Maidentrip, this year’s Festival Director Award winner, in which a 14-year-old Laura Dekker becomes the youngest person to sail around the world alone, braving four massive ocean stretches and some of the world’s most technical sailing in a storm off of the Cape of Good Hope. Not to mention the Adrenaline Program, a festival favorite, which plays free in Town Park and showcases gorgeous shots of skiers, surfers, climbers, kayakers, and other outdoorsy, possibly loony people pulling off the incredible. In 35 years, Mountainfilm has, hands-down, found its groove for films. However, they’ve also tapped into

Breezy spring days characterize Mountainfilm’s arrival.

something much less tangible: an engaging, intimate atmosphere where people are excited to share ideas. Some of the most interesting conversations of the year are held in line outside a theater; at one point, I had a Mountainfilm screener ahead of me, an Arizonan festival director behind me, and a middle-school news squad from Santa Barbara behind him. The mood is genial and genuine, with people openly discussing the films they’ve seen and sharing recommendations. Gondola rides are often punctuated with gushes of, “I just saw the best movie!” or, “Have you seen…?” Festival tip #1: eavesdrop on everyone, everywhere you go. This atmosphere is cultivated through programs like the Coffee Talks and, new in 2013, Booze and Banter and library presentations. Coffee Talks, led by a few experts, center on topics such as “Birds,” “The Limits of Human Endurance,” and how only a third of documentary makers are women. The new format for the library venue allows highly specific presentations to reach select groups such as filmmakers, Telluride locals, or writers. For instance, I took part in the “Writers, meet Editors,” presentation, where the editors of National Geographic, Outside, and Orion magazines discussed transformations within the world of magazine publishing, and what they mean for writing today. These opportunities, unheard of at most film festivals, draw on the enthusiasm of the attendees of Mountainfilm and are a major part of what has made Mountainfilm last 35 years so far. As an anniversary year, it’s an appropriate time to consider where the festival is going in addition to how far it has come. The 2013 festival sold out, and with the larger crowd lines expanded and films became more difficult to get into. This, as well as the challenge of keeping up Mountainfilm’s incredible and intimacy despite its growing popularity, will be major issues facing Mountainfilm in the upcoming years. However, with a repertoire of wildly motivating films in their arsenal, I have no doubt that the festival organizers will overcome these challenges. Over the past 35 years, Mountainfilm has awed audiences time and time again, breathing into them a joy for the great project of life. In this, the festival rises above a mere series of adventure films. Mountainfilm, since 1988, has grown into a truly inspired venture that will continue its work for many years to come. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 19


the art of tailgaiting at 9 am

telluride’s balloon festival by jason smith

elluride’s littlest festival started at an ungodly hour before the sun was even thinking of breaching Ajax Peak. For the first morning of June, it was unnecessarily nippy. A small but eager crowd of locals had converged on Town Park in the hope of joining one of the 17 balloon crews in any capacity. They weren’t going to get a ride up, so my first thought was, why would you all get up so early to stand around and fill up a balloon? The answer would become evident by 9 am. Several pilots released a clutch of party balloons, watching them intently and conversing in low whispers as they floated calmly and vertically above the field. Within minutes, they announced that the winds were favorable this year (meaning our balloons would not likely be pushed into the end of the box canyon), and the Saturday morning ascension would take place. Whoops of joy echoed around the park, and the 17 balloon crews raced to their trailers to begin inflating. >>

It’s early, but it’s gorgeous.

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>> My pilot was Pete Campbell, a lifelong balloonist from Durango. The fact that his ground crew was captained by his wife, and consisted of several old buddies and two incredibly eager young apprentices, gave me my first clue that there was more to ballooning than just going up and down. These guys weren’t riding, yet they were as serious and excited as I was for my first hot air balloon experience. After the fascinating process of setting up and inflating our balloon, we drifted over to the launch site and gently took off. Floating along Telluride’s main street from 500 feet above was surreal—an experience few locals will ever have the pleasure of knowing sober. At that moment, I knew the early morning wake up had been worth it. The winds in Telluride’s box canyon that morning were too good, so my ride with Pete was painfully short. As our ground crew scurried after us, dodging the prairie dog holes in the field, Pete landed his balloon as gently as a cottonball onto the valley floor. Within minutes, we packed everything up into his trailer. It was over as quickly as it began. My watch read 8:37 AM as our crew discussed how to navigate the streets of Telluride back to their condo. Pete explained it simply enough: we are going to tailgate. When my eyebrows raised, he assured me that all the secrets of ballooning would soon be revealed. I had been deflowered by the hot air and invisible wind currents; I was ready. Back at the condo courtyard, the entire crew, kids and all, had convened around a picnic table. With champagne and snacks spread out, and the day warming nicely, a rarefied vibe of family love and festival fun resounded. Pete laid a towel on the grass, took off his cap, and told me to kneel. The solemn change of tact caught me off guard. He placed a full plastic to-go cup of champagne on the ground in front of me and proceeded to tell the story of the Frenchmen Rozier and the Montgolfier brothers, who discovered the art of ballooning. After filling a pair of women’s pantaloons with hot air over a campfire, the brothers were inspired to freak out French villagers with flying sheep, ducks and other farm animals. In time, one of the two brothers went aloft himself—becoming the first human to travel by balloon. He finished by reciting the Balloonists’ Prayer, which brought tears to my eyes (seriously), and told me to empty the cup of champagne without using my hands. Had I failed in that final task, I would have had to wear a tutu the next morning and dance around Pete’s balloon to ensure a successful flight. I did not fail, even though his kids poured cold water on my head as I chugged. When I stood up, Pete and all his crew gave me huge bear hugs and welcomed me into the ranks of balloonists. I felt like I had just been baptised into an exclusive brotherhood. We ate and drank through the afternoon with other balloon fanatics; we took naps; we reassembled at dusk for the Night GLO. Now it was beginning to feel like a festival. Watching the pilots fire up their balloons at sunset along main street, I realized that it wasn’t the hot air balloon ride that I was thinking about. It was my new crew of friends. And that’s what Telluride’s littlest festival is all about: joining together and sharing the undeniable coolness of hot air balloons. So next June, set the alarm clock and get out to Town Park. The attitude is infectious and the fun is free.

the inner-city meets the wild west by ian kirkegaard


his past June, a group of inner city youth had the opportunity to experience great adventures on the Circle K Ranch in Dolores, Colorado, as part of a program that mentors young kids from inner cities all over the country: The Telluride Wild West Festival. The program prevents these kids from becoming immersed in the problems that inner-city youth are faced with today. The sixty participants and their mentors tried out activities such as fly fishing, horseback riding, dancing, drama, and live music performance. At the visually stunning ranch, I had the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Julia, who has run the program with the Sheridan Opera House for the last 22 years. She explained to me how the program got its start, and where they are today; “We’re taking these kids out of their comfort zones and helping them try things they would never have to opportunity to try back where they’re from. We’re hoping to open up their world to new possibilities and activities that they would have never been able to explore without this program,” she said. Over the course of the week, the young attendees chose an activity, which was supported by related professionals, including fly fishermen, cowboys, musicians, and actors. At the end of the week, participants put on a performance to showcase what they had learned. During the showcase the students had a great time performing, whether dancing to Beyonce’s musical stylings, or acting in a play about proudly being yourself. Chava Dominguez, the star of the play, said of the festival, “It was a great experience. Meeting new people and getting out of my comfort zone at home was what I wanted to do here, and they really helped me do that. I’m glad I got to experience this.” As a finale, the students in the music program put on a show with a complete seven-piece band to perform a few pieces they had composed over the week. With a lit stage, and amps ready to go, they rocked out and gave a great show. Getting to experience new things in places like Dolores, or Telluride, Colorado, is nearly priceless. But when you come from the inner-city background that these youth have, the time here means much more. The Wild West Festival has a great impact that will truly accelerate the lives that these kids are leading, and knows how to have fun while doing it.

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Top: Field games Middle: Participants rock out Bottom: Circle K Ranch horseback riding

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years of festivarian spirit permeated our Telluride box canyon as thousands of people began the pilgrimage to the 2013 Bluegrass Festival, a celebratory weekend of all that is Bluegrass holy—beer, mountains, and the hardcore jamming of down-home stringed instruments. Few places are as quintessentially American as Telluride during the Bluegrass Festival. You weave through brightly colored tarps inhabited by babies and flowing skirts, young urbanites escaping the summer heat, and aging hippies in cutoffs and frayed tie-dye. The faint smell of weed and unwashed feet wafts from the campground located in a far corner of Town Park, and the beer from the New Belgium tent flows freely from tap to lip. The young dance beside the old, thousands hold hands and collectively cheer as Sam Bush takes to the stage for another guest appearance, and all are humbled by the undeniable musicianship reverberating off the peaks of the surrounding San Juan Mountains. As Dizzy Gillespie, the great jazz trumpeter, once said, “If Telluride ain’t paradise, then Heaven can wait.” Agreed. Like all devotions of faith, Bluegrass has its rites and rituals (see right). Add a dash of rain, a sunburned nose, one lost shoe, and a 40th anniversary festival poster, and you have the complete Telluride Bluegrass experience. The idea for a large-scale Bluegrass festival was born in 1973 from the annual Telluride Fourth of July celebration. Members of the local band, Fall Creek, ventured to Kansas for the Walnut Valley Festival and stumbled upon the band, New Grass Revival, a band and sound that has since defined contemporary bluegrass music and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Though the original New Grass Revival (Sam Bush, Courtney Johnson, Ebo Walker, Curtis Burch, Butch Robins, John Cowan, Béla Fleck, and Pat Flynn) has since disbanded, members of the original band return to Telluride Bluegrass each year.

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The festival’s popularity grew throughout the 70s and 80s with thousands of people flocking to Telluride each summer for the festivities. The Telluride Festival Company took over the production of the festival in 1989, and evolved into today’s Planet Bluegrass. Under the auspices of Planet Bluegrass, the festival has included names such as The Barenaked Ladies, Mumford & Sons, Alison Krauss, Robert Plant, and Emmylou Harris. The continued support of the festival’s oldest performers and the devotion of the Bluegrass festivarians have allowed the festival to retain its collaborative spirit throughout its evolution. Traditional Southern-style bluegrass music speaks to that savage place somewhere between romance and nostalgia, love won and then cruelly lost, and the sweet reverberation between the comfort of home and the prospect of adventure. The banjo is at the heart of this traditional bluegrass, a style made famous by Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and their contemporaries. Today’s undisputed master of the banjo, Béla Fleck, finds himself inextricably connected to the deep-rooted soul of the instrument, from its American Southern roots to the instrument’s origin in West Africa. Fleck first discovered the banjo through the theme song of the sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies, a song written and performed by Earl Scruggs. A growing affection and proficiency with the instrument led to Fleck’s experimenting with style and genre–a natural progression to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Since its beginning, the festival has been an experiment in pushing the known boundaries of the traditional bluegrass genre. And forty years worth of collaboration between the most celebrated and talented contemporary musicians has produced some incredible music. Béla Fleck, one of the ‘usual suspects’ of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, has been coming to Telluride since 1982. The scenery, musicianship, and general atmosphere of Bluegrass continued to inspire him as he played his 31st festival this past June. >>


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the tarp run

Devotees queue up at the end of the last act of the night, sleeping bags and tarps in tow. The floodgates open at 8 AM the next morning and off they go, racing for a prime viewing spot in front of the stage. The runners smile and clap each other on the back as they, giddy for the day’s festivities, head into town for some coffee and well-earned breakfast.

Moonrise Over Ballard Mountain

Bluegrass 2013 fell directly on the summer solstice. Maybe it had something to do with the music, maybe it was some primal compulsion, but even the Masters of Bluegrass–Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, and Jerry McCoury–couldn’t help but howl at the moon on Friday night as it rose over Ballard Mountain to the left of the main stage.

nightgrass The night performances at famed venues around town are all about the love of the music. The musicians jam harder, the crowd screams louder, and, in the case of Trampled By Turtles at the Sheridan Opera House, the notion of an audience disappears as the musicians jumped off the stage to jam in the middle of the floor.

The musicians of the Telluride House Band have set the precedent for the Bluegrass Festival since its inception in 1973. Sam Bush, Béla Fleck, Jerry McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Bryan Sutton, and Stuart Duncan, undeniable masters of their craft, annually close out the festival as the last act on Sunday evening. Their experimental sounds are laced with bluegrass musical tradition and continue to define contemporary bluegrass music.

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dumplings Sisters Pantry makes some damn good dumplings. The restaurant annually treks to Telluride from its home in Boulder, Colorado, to run a food stand on the festival grounds and fuel thousands of hungry festivarians. The stand’s line snakes its way far into the tarps. A carton of Thai Basil Chicken dumplings and a cold New Belgium Fat Tire around 2 pm is a snack made in Bluegrass heaven.

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an i n t e rvi e w wi t h Bela Fleck First, let me start by saying congratulations on the new addition to your family, baby Juno! It’s very exciting. Thank you, it is. It really is. How is that going for you and Abigail Washburn? It’s great. We’re having a blast with Juno. He’s a good dude, he only cries when there’s a reason. He’s not cantankerous or anything like that. How did you discover the banjo growing up in New York City? How were you introduced to Bluegrass music? I first heard the banjo on television on The Beverly Hillbillies sitcom. It was Earl Scruggs playing, and it was really knockout. That led me to be banjo-conscious from then on, and whenever I heard a banjo, I would notice it. It had no connection to me with any Southern heritage, it was just the sound of the banjo that hooked me. I heard that sometime between 4 and 6 years old, and then when I was 15, “Dueling Banjos” came out with the movie Deliverance. [The film] had a huge number one hit with the banjo in it and then I got a banjo. My grandpa just got me a banjo out of the blue. The banjo is an instrument you don’t really imagine a human being could play. You know what I mean? You hear it and you go, that’s impossible. So I never presumed that I’d be able to play, but I loved it. When one fell into my hands by accident, I just applied myself to it. And I did learn how to play it. Can you tell me a little bit about your style of playing? How did you come to be so proficient at the instrument? I worked really hard at it, and I still do. I think there’s a personality type that likes to work that hard and is fascinated and doesn’t consider hard work to be work. You know what I mean? So, putting in the time was never a problem for me, it was something I looked forward to. And then curiosity and maybe growing up in New York City and being exposed to so many different musical things in the 60s when I was a kid also contributed. In the 70s, when I was learning to play the banjo, I was more open-minded than possibly a lot of banjo players had been before; for example, players who might’ve come from the South or just from a different time period. If I was going to be myself, I wasn’t going to be a rural, Southern-style banjo player because I wasn’t from there. It wouldn’t have been honest. So I wanted to be honest with myself and with what I loved. If something excited me, I tried to learn it and I didn’t care what it was. And then people started treating me special for learning to play a Led Zeppelin song or a Grateful Dead song. And I noticed that. I liked it when people liked it. Not only did I like it when I did things that were different from the norm, so did everyone around me. It was a good combination. It kept me excited about learning new things for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I’m still excited by the banjo. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 30

I recently watched your documentary, Throw Down Your Heart. Before, but especially after the documentary, many critics and fans have lauded you as, “The Ambassador of the Banjo.” What do you make of that? I think I’ve had the most attention of any banjo player in a long time. At least for my generation. Some of it’s probably from bands I’ve been in, and from hard work, and it’s a little bit of talent. For whatever reason, I’ve been the most successful modern banjo player for a while. It’s even hard for me to say it because it seems both impossible and egotistical, but it’s just true. A lot of opportunities arise because of that recognition. For instance, I get to play with Dave Matthews and introduce the banjo to an audience that never typically hears the instrument. If I hadn’t gotten to a point where David Matthews took notice of me, it wouldn’t have happened. Or if I go to Africa and I bring the banjo back over there in a modern context, it brings more attention to the whole story of the banjo being from Africa. Anybody that knew anything about the banjo already knew that the banjo originated in Africa. This isn’t some big revelation. But I can bring a little bit more attention to it because I have a certain amount of notoriety at this point. In those different ways, you can say that I’m an ambassador of the banjo. Another thing is I’ve done a lot of international traveling and one of the things I love to do when I travel is to play with indigenous musicians whether it’s India, or China or Africa or Greece, Ireland, so in that way I’m introducing a lot of those people that I meet to the banjo that might not have seen it for what it could be. Pride of the American South--I think that’s one of the greatest things about the banjo’s heritage, but it’s also just a part of it. 31 years at Bluegrass: What do Telluride and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival mean to you? It means a lot of things. There are no other festivals that I’ve been to for the last 31 years. None. So there’s not only a commitment of me to the festival, but there’s a commitment of the festival to me and an endorsement, a welcoming, they say I’m part of the family. It makes me feel really good. And a big part of it is because of the community of people that has been part of the family for so long. Also, it is the general idealistic point of view that the festival has managed to maintain over all this time. It’s a great association--people always talk about Telluride Bluegrass Festival, folks that don’t know anything about Bluegrass know about Telluride. And you could even say for a bluegrass festival, Telluride is an ambassador of bluegrass. You meet a lot of people who don’t think that they would love a bluegrass festival, may have heard about Telluride and have gone to it several times, and have fallen in love. Now they might go to a more traditional festival and really enjoy it. >>

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How has the festival changed since your first festival in 1982? The spirit of the festival hasn’t changed to me at all. The stage is nicer than it used to be! A lot of the same people who were there in the beginning are still there, musicians and staff. And the management has changed, but the changeover was as seamless as it could be considering how much of the original festival’s character came from a particular person. A great guy. But the festival weathered the change because the “new” management followed the letter of the idealistic law that had been laid down as to what the festival was supposed to be. And so us lucky ones continue to come every year and continue to be proud to be associated with Bluegrass. And other people who don’t get to come every year are proud to be there any year and excited to interact with all the musicians. It’s always great. Every year when I get done playing, I go out and watch, and I’m knocked out by one great performance after another. People bring their A-game because of what the festival means. You’ve played with the likes of Sam Bush, Jerry McCoury, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, and Edgar Meyer in the Telluride House Band, New Grass Revival, and many other musical collaborations over the years. What’s new for this year? I have, but really I’ve tried to do something new for the last eight or ten years, maybe longer. I always try to bring something different. This year I had something really special: I was going to bring an incredible African artist named Oumou Sangare, you know who she is because you just saw Throw Down Your Heart. I was going to play with her band, but because my wife Abigail was pregnant and was supposed to have the baby on June 8, I canceled that whole tour with Oumou. I just couldn’t be away for that time. Now I’m going to play a solo set on Sunday and play with the House Band. What are some of your hopes and expectations for this year’s 40th Anniversary Bluegrass Festival? I don’t really have any hopes. I can be assured when I get there I’m going to be surrounded by a lot of friends, great music is going to be happening around the clock, and that it’s going to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been once again. In terms of particular hopes, I’m pretty confident that I know what I’m walking into. I hope I play well. I’ve taken 3 months off so it’s not like walking in out of a pile of other gigs, and I want to bring my best. The place just brings it out of me too so I’m not really worried. I hope I don’t suck.

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I’m sure you won’t suck. I had the pleasure of meeting your wife, Abigail Washburn, in October 2012 when she came to play here in Telluride. I was very excited to hear about your upcoming collaborative tour. How is the collaboration going? We’re going to start playing as a duo a lot during this next period so that we can raise our kid together and not be separated as much as we normally are. The collaboration won’t be the only thing we both do, but it’ll be a good chunk of what we do together. We’re really excited about it. We’ve done a few gigs together as a duo, and they always go great. We’re looking forward to actually digging in to that. And it’ll actually be a trio now, but the third musician, baby Juno, will be off stage. Are you writing new material together or rewriting old material? We’re going to see. After Telluride, we’ve got the whole summer together to get used to being parents and to start working on our duo music. We could go out and play a lovely show right now. And we did that last month, we did two or three shows just using material we both knew, including traditional stuff, some of Abby’s stuff, some of my The regular suspects of the House Band. tunes, both of us doing some solo stuff. It works great, but once we’ve had the summer to sort of settle into it and dream up some fun new stuff to add, I think we’re going to have way more material than we can do in a night. It’s a very warm experience to play with your wife. Abby didn’t want to do it too soon because she felt like people would just think, he’s only playing with her because she’s his wife. She was worried people would think it was just nepotism and she wasn’t good enough or something like that. I said, all they have to do is come and hear you and they’ll know why I’m playing with you. But now that she’s done her own thing for several years and made quite a ripple and built up a really significant audience of her own, it’s perfect timing. We’re feeling really good about doing it together. What are some of your current musical influences? What are you listening to on your iPod right now? The thing I’m listening to right now, it’s worth mentioning, it’s this nun from Ethiopia who plays the piano. Tsege Mariam Gebru. And it’s cool stuff. It’s just solo piano, it’s very sparse, but it’s really interesting, it’s like nothing else. There’s a little faint touch of New Orleans, really unlike anything else. *** Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn’s collaborative tour will take place during the fall of 2013. Visit for more information about the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and mark your calendar for the 41st annual festival, June 19-22, 2014.

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ine connoisseurs obsess over the best pairings. Typical pairings might include Sauvignon Blanc and spicy Thai food, Cabernet Sauvignon and steak, or rich Syrah and dark chocolate. Telluride’s wine festival is a bit more unique—any interest in Bordeaux with your granola? During the weekend of the Telluride Wine Festival, the California wine crowd flocks to this scenic canyon. They bring an impressive resume of vineyard knowledge and enough silicone to make any Los Angelino feel at home. Meanwhile, the Bluegrass Festival crowd is still trickling out of town and this year more than a few of the patchouli-scented, Westfalia-driving, Birkenstock-wearing festivarians managed to rally out of the Town Park campground to partake in the wine-soaked festivities. The combination of a sophisticated-yetcrunchy crowd with a liberal dousing of booze made for an entertaining wine festival with a decidedly Telluride twist. Throughout the weekend the festival put on a variety of tastings, lectures,

and events. Local favorite, Chef Erich Owen, of the Sheridan Chop House, teamed up with Southeast Chef of the Year, Oliver Saucy, to kick off the weekend with a four course lunch accompanied by Master Sommelier and International Wine Competition Judge Sally Mohr. These professionals offered a delightful culinary experience to open the festival. The festivities continued Friday with a tasting and dinner at Allred’s Restaurant, located on top of the mountain with inspiring views of the canyon and San Sophia Ridge. This event featured Charlie Arturaola, a graduate of the Bordeaux School of Wine, as well as cuisine provided by Andrew Schotts. Schotts has been named among the top ten pastry chefs in America on two separate occasions. There was no shortage of exceptional events hosted by topnotch wine experts that were sure to satisfy the most discerning oenophile; however, it seemed the town-wide tasting events were the main event (and certainly some of the most enjoyable people watching). The Taste of Telluride set up a variety of venues throughout town, each with a unique style and scene. Smaller venues tended towards the quiet and intimate tasting, while the larger venues got downright raucous. The tent set up in Elks Park had a noticeably rowdier vibe from the start, undoubtedly attributable to the prevalence of some flat-out impressive distillers slinging some of the best whiskey, mescal and cocktails this side of the Rockies. The Telluride ski-bum-created Mescal Vago did not go unnoticed

by david taft amongst the bigger distilleries. Mescal Vago has developed an impressive reputation in the San Juan Mountains for importing smallbatch mescals from Oaxaca, Mexico. While most people think of mescal as part of their Cancun Spring Break experience, these mescals drink like fine Scotch. They are smooth and smoky, and go equally well in a wellmixed cocktail or on the rocks. Another quirky and vaguely local distiller, High West Distillery, pushed outstandingly tasty whiskey in a town that’s quite familiar with that particular spirit. The Park City, Utah, -based distillery was the first post-Prohibition distillery in that exceptionally dry state to our west, and the years of practice have paid off; the distillery has an excellent variety of whiskeys, but they are becoming well known for their rye. The Rendezvous Rye has a much higher rye content than your average rye, which after a few years aging is smooth, spicy, and downright delicious. In a town that is well versed in summer festivals, the 2013 Telluride Wine Festival pulled off another fine weekend, showcasing some of the most unique and impressive wines from across the world. At the same time, the festival succeeded in highlighting the impressive array of wine sommeliers and chefs from the San Juans. The end of June in Telluride promised good wine, an eclectic crowd, beautiful weather, and long days—all but guaranteeing an enjoyable festival weekend.

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totelluride catch the changing light plein air festival | by joanna spindler


sk any visitor what sets Telluride apart and you’ll hear two things: outdoors and creativity. Recently recognized as one of Colorado’s certified Creative Districts, the town abounds with galleries, art openings, creative exhibits and art classes. With its proximity to astounding swaths of national forest, Telluride offers limitless activities to pursue outside. For a week in late June, the two come together in an inspired celebration of art and adventure during the Telluride Plein Air Festival. Since the mid -nineteenth century, artists of an outdoorsy bent have been taking their easels into field and forest in order to better capture natural light, known as plein air painting. Since 2003, Telluride has been celebrating the coalescence of art and nature in this festival of creativity. Hosted by the Sheridan Arts Foundation during late June, the Plein Air Festival brings in over 20 recognized artists from across the country to paint the town. The artists come from diverse backgrounds, have unique artistic approaches, and find a broad range of subject matter in the valley, but on one thing they unanimously agree: Telluride is their favorite painting location yet. Bill Cramer, a five-time Plein Air Fest artist, lives in Arizona, keeping close to the wild and vast places that allow him to climb, spend time with his family, and paint—the three occupations that consume his time. “I’m always glad to come to Telluride, not just for the painting but also for the valley itself,” he said, looking up the box canyon. “I always find a new spot to paint from.” ‘Land snorkeling,’ he calls it—scouting out the most interesting locations and unique perspectives of the landscape. He’s put himself in some precarious predicaments in order to reach better vistas for his paintings, from narrow ledges in Zion to Grand Canyon precipices. “This week I took some time to climb up to the cliffs of the Via Ferrata, which was one of the best locations I can possibly imagine. You can hold me to it— next year I’m going to do some painting up there.” The featured artists are experienced in painting an enormous variety of landscapes, and Nancy MacDonald, winner of this year’s Artist’s Choice award, is no exception. “I’ve painted all over the world, from Japan to Mongolia to England, finding places with different light and landscape,” she said, “but Telluride has something special in its depth and history that I’ve never found elsewhere.” Nancy created her winning painting during a worthwhile jaunt up to the historic Tomboy Mine. Ronnie Palomar, the initiator of the first Plein Air Festival ten years ago, has seen artists return year after year and artist applications skyrocket. “We used to see just the artists come, but now they’re bringing their families and friends too because they love it so much here! Who wouldn’t want to be outside painting and meeting people and enjoying the views during this time of year?” she said. “I also have tons of locals come to me and say how much they enjoy this festival. There are so many events in Telluride that involve other arts, like film or drama, but people love that this shines a spotlight on painting specifically. It’s so great to see

painters set up along the streets and trails, seeing everyone getting acquainted with the artists, and even to see local people and places showing up in art!” It’s true: take a look at any of the works of art and you’ll immediately recognize faces and locations from around town. Attend any of the art showings and you’ll see artists and locals getting to know each other. Take a stroll through the art showings and auctions and you’ll meet a fascinating group of talented artists equally impassioned by their work and the beauty of the area. Lively and inspiring for artists, tourists, and locals alike, the Telluride Plein Air Festival brings the mountains into paintings and painters into the mountains. Next time you’re enjoying the beauty of the Telluride box canyon, experiencing its beautiful views, or marveling at its breathtaking light, take a moment to put the Plein Air Festival on your agenda.

A resident gets into the Plein Air mood with Mt. Wilson. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 36

the fourth of july ///////////////////////////// by morgan foster funkified

Squirt guns are awesome. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 37


he Fourth of July is a day all Americans can celebrate in ways as unique as the people that make up this country. There are festivities all over the US, but none compare to the party in Telluride. Confetti pours down from windows lining main street, as kids and adults armed with squirt guns fire shots at innocent bystanders distracted by the colorful rain of paper. People from all over congregate towards the center of town, lining the sidewalk, readying themselves for the highlight of the day: the parade. As you get closer into the center of town, you begin to see stranger and stranger sights. A horse with zebra stripes, a pink dog, and the head of the Statue of Liberty mark the beginning of the chaos. I choose a strategic spot by the courthouse to wait for the good times to start rolling. As I’m standing on the sidewalk waiting for the parade, I notice the people around me. A grandfather sits in a second story window holding a little boy dressed in blue overalls with a red star shirt. Next to me a golden retriever sporting a flag bandana excitedly jumps into its owners arms as a fire truck siren begins to wail off in the distance. The sound of a plane’s engine grows louder as it flies low over main street to the cheers of onlookers not far below. Moments later, another plane, manned by a local of Telluride, swoops down to follow the first. Paragliders linger close to the edge of the sun, drifting past the clouds, slowly making their way to the ground under a bright nylon umbrella. Music starts up, and a group of veterans lead the parade. The parade combines everything you may have heard about Telluride into one proud march down main street. Floats made by the many businesses in town show off their individuality and creativity. Motorcycles decorated with flags and streamers come screaming down the street with their proud owners perched atop in full American regalia. Armies of children with water guns and balloons stalk behind floats, firing on unsuspecting onlookers. Skateboards, hula hoops and vintage cars make a slow procession, as floats with fairies and flowers wave hello from their grassy perches. It is a celebration of not only American Independence, but of the unique culture that makes up the town of Telluride. When the parade begins to wind down, the party is nowhere near over. I thread my way through the crowd passing smiling faces and festive outfits. My goal is Town Park, the headquarters for the town picnic. Since 1932, the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department has been in charge of the town park barbeque, beer tent and kids’ games. They also raise the money needed for the fireworks display and manage the behind-the-scenes work. In Telluride, the Fourth of July is often referred to as Fireman’s Fourth, in honor of the men and women who put hours of preparation into the final event we see. After my interview with the Chief of the Telluride Volunteer Fire Department, I begin to see why. Before the dawning of every Fourth of July, volunteers

from the TVFD meet in Town Park to roast all the meat needed for the big event. Grills burn into the night while firefighters hover over slabs of meat, while a haze of mesquite smoke drifts lazily over the town the day before festivities start. As the sun creeps over the horizon on July 4th, firefighters erect tents, assemble games, and place beer in coolers that awaits eager festivalgoers. Everything seems to slow down in the park as the sound of the approaching crowd steadily rises. The first wave of people to hit the park are the lucky ones; they gather all the goodies they can carry before heading to less populated areas. After this, the Fire Department has their hands full with a line that stretches as far as the eye can see. In the background, children ring a bell on a vintage fire truck. Dogs bark excitedly as owners toss Frisbees to one another. An announcer lists off the awards for participants of the parade. I am lost in a sea of conversation and overstimulation by everything that surrounds me. As people finish their meals, I follow the masses out of the pavilions and onto a neighboring soccer field. For fifteen years, the Placerville Volunteer Fire Department has been in charge of the games played during the picnic. Parents and children alike can compete in the events, which include a pie-eating competition, a balloon toss, an egg race and corn hole. Only kids may enter the fish grab, a gnarly experience involving a swimming pool and trout. With all these fun distractions, it is easy to forget what makes this special event run every year. The firefighters who put this on raise money throughout the year for the fireworks, food and other such party favors. As Fire Chief Scott Bennett said, “This is a great celebration of the county and the fire department.” Telluride is community based, and this is what leads the department and the festivities. The fire department has been around for 135 years and the transformation over time is evident. Games played years ago were mining-related, like drilling competitions and a greased pole climb. As more families moved into town, the games have moved away from sharp, dangerous tools to a more wholesome feel. And it is the hope of the fire departments that people learn a little more about the men and women protecting the town. Many people come into Telluride for the Fourth of July to see the fireworks. I’ve heard a ton about this display and had my hopes up to see the bursts of color lighten the mountain skies. However, because of the drought and high fire danger, Telluride once again canceled the spectacle. But the money raised for the fireworks isn’t being wasted; it goes towards scholarships, refurbishing the town buses and making contributions to families of fallen fire fighters. The takeaway of this all-American day is to celebrate the freedom we have and those who protect it. Telluride is its own world and a place to celebrate in any manner or style you choose. Be weird, be different, and celebrate any way you choose—just make sure you have a smile on your face, some gratefulness in your heart, and a beer in your hand when you walk down the street to join the shenanigans of the Fourth of July.

The parade combines everything you may have heard about Telluride into one proud march down main street.

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From left to right, top to bottom: the fish grab, Telluride Intertube Society, Firefighter donations, motorcycle brigade, dogs in hats, paper-mache Statue of Liberty, a zebra (?!), and slip-n-sliding.

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September 18 - 21, 2014 Tony Horton - P90X ... Becca Tudor - Total Body Workout ... Megan Heller - ZUMBA ... Becca Tudor - Core Conditioning ... Jonathan Ross - Abs Revealed ... Lynn Mayer - Fe eding your body for ultimate performance ... Matthew Comer - Pilates ... Briana Stockton Transitioning to a Healthier Lifestyle ... Kirsten Potenza & Cristina - Boom Pound Fit Pro Certification ... Sharon Caplan - Yoga ... Jonathan Ross - TRX Super Hero Workout ... Dr. Peter Hacket - Performance at Altitude ... Jenny Rowe & Breanne Mitchell - XerciseLab ... Jeannie Reilly - Kick my Abs ... Adventure Race ... Via Feratta Adventure Hike ... Todd Durkin - IMPACT ... Dan McDonogh - TRX/Cycling Fusion ... Pound Fit Rockout Workout ...

The Telluride Wow Festival is a health, fitness and wellness event that will bring world-class presenters, instructors and athletes to Telluride to lecture and hold fitness classes on the latest health, fitness, wellness, nutrition and medical trends. Tony Horton, P90X Creator Telluride WOW Featured Presenter

THE Return of

the ride by dina coates-koebler

Brother and Bones rocks out their US debut. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 42


hile music legends sell tickets, and The Ride certainly had some favorites, it was the weave of artists in this year’s lineup that brought down the house. Sometimes, “second” denotes it is inferior to the first. But at the Second Annual Ride Festival, held July 14 to 15, 2013, in Telluride Town Park, organizers hit their stride. The Whiskey Sisters, who hit the radar at South by Southwest in 2012, kicked off Saturday on the Town Park Stage. Young Matthew Curry & The Fury left people thinking back to their adolescence and wondering how he has mastered his craft at 17 years old. The Revivalists, a raucous band from New Orleans, stepped on the stage with a local following that swelled by the end of their set. Legend Steve Earle, a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and an American treasure, brought a different energy to park in the afternoon that wooed audiences with his humane perspective and musicianship. Buckets of ice in locker rooms to ease the aches of battered athletes are a common sight. Not so common are large ice baths backstage at a music festival. After watching Rodrigo y Gabriela, one wonders how they maintain that level of energy, skill, and athleticism performance after performance. And then you see the ice baths. Sunday dawned with Hazel Miller warming up the temperature in the park for the early risers. Right behind her, Brother & Bones performed their first gig on American soil. Rich, Si, James, Yiannis and Robin, 5 blokes from the UK,

played a set ranging from acoustic folk to indie rock, leaving an indelible impression on the musically savvy crowd at The Ride. Needless to say, the boys from the band left Telluride as infatuated with the box canyon as attendees were with them. They also didn’t make it out of Telluride without a record deal in their pockets and a radio gig for KOTO. Son Volt and legends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale took us through the afternoon at which time Drive-By Truckers rolled onto the stage. Touted as an alternative country/ Southern rock band, Drive By Truckers nails that justgritty-enough sound that pairs perfectly with a beer and the mountains. Sunday evening, Cake brought an irreverent mixture of sarcastic lyrics, sprechen speil vocals, and killer trumpeting. Frontman John McCrea turned the 5,000-strong crowd into a giant chorus through favorites such as “Sheep Go to Heaven.” This provided the perfect foible for the legend himself, headliner combo David Byrne and St. Vincent. Byrne’s showstopping power mixed with the ethereal St. Vincent in a collaborative match made in an alternate universe. As the lights, choreography, and sound swirled around this duo, the music rose above the cacophony to pull us into their cosmos. The Ride has solidified their place in the Telluride festival season in just two short years by creating a truly memorable festival for Telluride. The memories made this year will tide us through the snowy winter until The Ride partners Telluride Productions and KOTO Community Radio reveal next year’s lineup.

David Byrne and St. Vincent enter the cosmos. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 43

Scorpion pose, Slacklining, and Spandex on the Path to Enlightenment telluride yoga


Woman flies in Elks Park.

n a gray July day, I biked quickly through a light drizzle to pick up my Yoga Festival pass. I wasn’t sure what to expect; the box offices for most festivals in Telluride amount to a sweaty, dusty queue in the Town Park. The Yoga Festival already set itself apart from the music festivals with its modest registration table in the Camel’s Garden Hotel. I picked up my handmade thread admission bracelet from Aubrey Hackman, the creator of the festival. She told me to set an intention as I put it on for my weekend of practice, and when the bracelet fell off I would remember the festival and what I’ve learned. Already, I felt the familiar hazy dreaminess of “yoga-brain” descending upon me. This year’s Yoga Festival was more significant than I imagined it would be. The teachers I studied with for my own yoga teacher training and had practiced with for four years were presenters at the festival, and I was lucky enough to attend their workshops. The venues for workshops and classes were spread all through the town of Telluride, with a handful of rooms in the elementary school, one practice space in the library, and of course the beautiful Telluride Yoga Center studio. A couple events were held in Elks Park on main street, but rainy weather typical of this time of year deterred many yogis from their outdoor practices. However, the YogaSlackers were set up during the day in Elks Park with slacklines and acroyoga exhibitions, and passerby (mostly kids) hopped up on the tightropes strung between trees for a little taste of slackline-yoga. My goals for the festival mostly aligned with the greater principles of a yoga practice as defined by the second-century sage Patanjali. Most practicing yogis today ascribe to his sutras, or steps to enlightenment. The primary step defines that “yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” During the Yoga Festival, I embraced the wisdom of Patanjali and focused on calming my scattered, post-Bluegrass Festival brain and loosening up the tightness in my body from dancing in Town Park throughout the first half of the summer.

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by hilary lempit

The first workshop I attended, taught by renowned instructor Beryl Bender Birch, was on the subject of yoga nidra. Often described as “yogic sleep,” yoga nidra is a practice in calming the mind, tuning out the chatter and distractions of the physical senses, and descending into deep meditation. This vague and mystical workshop topic puzzled many students initially–what exactly were we going to do? I won’t go into too much detail so as to preserve some of the mystery… but I’ve never seen so many high-strung, caffeinated, belegginged yogis in such a trancelike, relaxed state as I have at the conclusion of this workshop. Beryl Bender Birch was an excellent instructor, and led the practice with humor and a calm, wise manner. Day two of the Yoga Festival dawned gray and dreary, a perfect backdrop to Aadil Palkhivala’s contemplative workshop, “Healing the Hips and Knees with Purna Yoga.” The elementary school gym floor was filled, yoga mats laid edge to edge across the spacious room. Beginning with relaxing breathing exercises, Palkhivala led us through his “morning routine” sequence for waking up the joints of the hips, knees, and ankles. Staying mobile in these joints is important for yogis and laypeople alike, as they form the foundation for all movements in the rest of the body and support the spine. The workshop was gentle, yet intense: at one point, the instructor told us while in a deep hip-opener, “this pose will make you remember your ancestors!” The sequence taught in this workshop helped warm up the joints, connective tissues, and muscles, and left my body feeling blissed-out. Paired with a relatively existential meditation mantra of “Who am I? What is my purpose? Where am I going?,” Palkhivala’s lesson sank in deep and left me feeling physically and mentally awakened. Finally, on Sunday, I weaseled my way in to Mike Matsumura’s famous (infamous?) advanced Dharma Raja Yoga workshop. I studied with Charlotte and Mike Matsumura in Colorado Springs for my own teacher training, and had practiced at their studio for years before moving to Telluride. Mike’s workshop had a bit of everything for the seasoned yogi. It was informal, yet disciplined; relaxing, yet difficult. A core tenet of yoga is to listen to your body: as Mike constantly reminded us, “if you break it, you buy it!” This workshop was like coming home, if your home is a sweaty room filled with pretzeled people, groovy tunes, and a lively Japanese guy doing handstands and splits while telling you to fix your hair. Filled with inversions, advanced and deep postures, and lots of laughter, Matsumura’s class always reminds me why I love yoga. It’s about unity (with classmates, teachers, and the world around you), joy, testing the boundaries of your physical and mental strength, and of course, having fun. This mountain locale plays host to more incredible teachers and students with each year of the Yoga Festival. Telluride’s inherent retreat-like atmosphere enhances the focus during this special event. I’m looking forward to next year’s offerings. My admission bracelet fell off a couple months after the festival’s conclusion. I followed Yoga Festival founder Aubrey Hackman’s advice to recall and embody my original intentions and experiences: I took some deep breaths, squeezed myself into my black spandex leggings, downed an almond-milk double latte, and practiced some handstands.

Scorpion pose: not for beginners. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 45

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a favorite in the rough: arts + architecture weekend by eli wallace


ow in its second year, Telluride Arts’ Art + Architecture Weekend isn’t a Telluride locals’ favorite. But it should be. The weekend showcases, in depth, the very best that Telluride has to offer in art, in our tastebuds, and in architecture. Tours never forget to include a glass of wine or handcrafted bites. Sure, locals are used to Telluride Arts’ free Art Walks, which combine art galleries with fermented grape juice on the first Thursday of every month. Comparatively, Art + Architecture Weekend is a soulful, possibly misunderstood, indie rocker. Meanwhile, Art Walks are bombshell cheerleaders who don’t know the rules to football, but resiliently maintain an insistence on cheering throughout the game. What I mean, of course, is that the Art + Architecture Weekend digs far deeper than the Art Walks ever could, making the not-free event well worth the cost. And while there are things to love about both the indie rockers and the cheerleaders, we just can’t help but take one of them more seriously than the other. The weekend kicked off in the traditional fashion: on a Wednesday night. Fly Me to The Moon Saloon held artists’ Twenty(by)Telluride presentations, which limit presenters to 20 slides to describe themselves, their inspiration, and their art—in 20 seconds per slide. The introduction

of the artists set the personal, yet funky tone for the weekend, as did the fashion show extravaganza that followed the presentations. The main event of the weekend, however, began on Friday with the studio tour. Wine glass in hand and the sun high in the sky, I first entered the Stronghouse Studio for a behindthe-scenes adventure into the world of art. What I found was all the joy of an elementary-school art class with all the adult-interest of the art world. The greeting was first a bit austere: a whitewashed room with a ceiling installation, accompanied by white cupcakes and white wine. I turned the corner into the grant-acquired artists’ studios to somehow find myself with acrylic on my fingers (I’ve never been good with keeping clean), painting aspen trees. The artist of a tree-centric series of works, Elaine Fischer, was there to discuss her process as well as anything that popped into the conversation. Throughout the day, the pressure of “artsy” conversation melted away and was replaced by genuine hospitality as artists showed their workspaces. I glued mosaic pieces on Flair Robinson’s piece; discussed artistic progression and design programs in Sefra Maple’s Interior Design Studio; consumed over 20 mini-tacos while chef Amy Helk was hopefully not looking in Bercovitz Design, Architects; became intoxicated by sweet-smelling irises

and mushroom beer at Garden Store. If the rest of the weekend could hold a candle to the studio tour, Art + Architecture was going to be one of the best weekends of the summer. Saturday saw the culinary tour, which moved through La Marmotte, Cosmo, The Sheridan Chophouse, Flavor, and Arroyo. Due to confusion regarding how the tour worked (the event is yet young), I made it only to Arroyo’s port and truffles. But because I love port almost as much as I like truffles, the culinary tour still presented a fantastic time. By Sunday, I was ready for the home tour, which combined fancy houses and inspiring design with shoulderrubbing. The home tour allowed architects to speak on the challenges of their craft, especially given Telluride’s historical designation. Stunners included One Architects’ 580 West Pacific old-meets-new, LEEDcertified home, the interior textures of Trulinea’s 302 N. Aspen, and the sophistication of LuxWest’s highcontrast design at 609 E. Columbia. Art + Architecture, though ostensibly about art and, you know, architecture, digs far deeper than any other offering in Telluride, and flat-out does a better job at making art fun than anyone. Though the young event is still working out its kinks, they’re undoubtedly on track to becoming one of the most anticipated weekends of the year, and are soon to become a true locals’ favorite.

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much ado about nothing [festival?] by eliot muckerman

Oh, this? Nothing to see here. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 48


EAVE ME ALONE, the t-shirt reads, Nothing Fest’s official motto. On the front, a man in a serape and sombrero lounges on a box taking a siesta, bandoliers full of bullets slung across his chest. A cow watches with disinterest in the background. It’s my father’s shirt from when I was a little kid. It’s my first memory of the Nothing Festival. Yes, ever since 1991, Telluride has had a Nothing Festival, which is a paradox if I’ve ever heard one, the idea being that our summers here are already so jam-packed with festivals that we deserve a break from it all. A non-festival, if you will. It runs annually over a July weekend, this year the 19th through the 21st. I should reiterate: the Nothing Festival is not a festival. There are no venues, no sponsors, no guest speakers, no world premières. Nothing. This is our rejection of the festival mentality: a few days where we locals can just be ourselves. No tickets to buy, no parking problems (okay, it’s Telluride, so there’s always parking problems) no flood of clueless outof-town customers asking, “at what elevation do the deer become elk?” As the hombre says: LEAVE ME ALONE. So what do people do during the NF? Whatever we’d do otherwise on a Telluride summer afternoon. We work our shifts. We inflate our inner-tubes and float through town on the ice-cold San Miguel. The river runs low this time of year from the droughts, but we make do. We are a resourceful people. We climb mountains. We hike the Wiebe and the Wasatch, we camp by Blue Lake, Silver Lake, Alta. We sit shirtless on our porches and drink beer. We, who live in the land of vacation, go on vacation. I was a little too young to appreciate the start of the Nothing Festival (I was 3) but my father wasn’t. A local since 1978, he broke into a grin when I mentioned this article. “Oh yeah, the early days,” he said, “We’d invite each other over and have parties and potlucks and such. During the summer, y’know, there’s so much going on, it’s nice to slow down and reconnect with each other. It was a way for us to remind ourselves who our neighbors were, what our community was. What the hell do you kids do now?” There is one event that marks the NF as more than just, well, nothing: a twilight bike ride down the center of Colorado Avenue, AKA main street. People paint their faces, wear wigs and masks and crazy hats, ride skateboards and tandems and unicycles; anything with wheels, really. Did I mention everyone is naked? Yeah, everyone is naked. When I was given this assignment my editor told me, “if you want to do the nude bike ride, that would be great!” and I think I responded with, “like hell I will.” I’ve got nothing against nudity, you understand. When I was 14 I ran naked through a screaming quad of girls as a freshman in boarding school (that’s another story) but I don’t feel any sort of desire to do that kind of thing any longer. But I had an assignment, you see, so I felt I should

at least show up. I’m nothing if not professional. I’ve seen the naked bike ride plenty of times, and while it’s fun, it’s nothing to write home about. There’s also an infamous naked after-party, but its location is classified and, to be honest, I’ve already said too much. Usually, the ride is unexpected; whoever happens to be on the street at the time gets a surreal costumed eyeful. 2013 was different, though. I got a glass of lemonade and sat on a bench with a friend and waited. A gaggle of little girls, age 10-11 along with one 6-year-old boy, sat down on the benches next to us and began asking everyone they could find what time the naked bike race started. “It’s not actually a race,” my friend said, “it’s just a ride,” but they ignored her. Instead, they asked every person who walked by if they knew when the naked people were coming. For the next two and a half hours. A few minutes before 8:30, a kid with long brown hair ran down the street yelling, “The Nothings are coming! The Nothings are coming!” I wanted to say: “they’re not called ‘The Nothings.’ They’re not a political party. It’s just us.” But he was a kid, and yelling at children over picayune stuff is not an okay thing to do unless you’re old and they’re on your lawn. Then the riders came. Dozens of them, mostly in their 20s and 30s, looking like naked people do when they don’t have personal trainers and airbrush artists, wearing nothing but a few pasties and aprons and sombreros and sherpa hats, whooping and hollering and having a grand old time. The girls on the bench ordered the little boy to cover his eyes because it was “too grown-up for him,” then threw a sweater over his face, which he tore off as quickly as he could. The sidewalks filled with hundreds of people, snapping pictures and spilling out into the street for a better view. This was beginning to feel a lot like a sanctioned parade or something. A guy next to me, apropos of nothing, estimated a 4:5 circumcision ratio. I don’t have anything significant to say about that information, but I wanted to let the people know I heard it. In a couple minutes, it was over. The naked heathens were gone, but the street remained full of tourists and spectators with nothing left to spectate. I asked the bench girls, out of journalistic interest, what they had thought of it and they looked at each other and responded with a perfectly-choreographed cry of “eww!” The Nothing Festival, in its current incarnation, probably isn’t long for this world. Hell, there was even a festival (The Americana Music Festival) during the Nothing Festival. Soon someone will sue because their child saw a penis. Starbucks will sponsor uniforms and have a float. Tickets will cost $35. This cannot be helped. I went home and called up some friends. We made dinner and sat on the porch and watched the alpenglow fade on the mountains. We still have this, I thought. At least we still have this. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 49

music fest by JOHN MICHAEL PECK


t’s after midnight in downtown Telluride and I’m sitting around a card table upstairs at the New Sheridan Bar. No one is playing poker but everyone has a decent hand of drinks in front of them, and if anyone is ahead of the game, it’s Hays Carl. He has just closed the second night of Telluride’s Americana Music Festival at the Sheridan Opera House and the drinks are piling up in front of him. “Take ‘em left to right, Hays!” someone shouts; and he does.
Carl embodies a refreshing irreverence which seems to be a common theme of the weekend. We’re joined at the card table by some of the best of the festival, and the room is alive with stories as the performers drink and celebrate another night of good-hearted music in the mountains. “This event is about the magic of songwriters in intimate spaces,” says Steve Stagner, founder of the Americana Festival in Telluride. Stagner and his family live primarily in Texas, but his wife, Lisa, is a Colorado native. “In Austin we produce a number of small venue shows and several years ago we decided to have some of our songwriter friends up to Telluride for the summer,” says Steve. “Eventually we started to promote it as an event. It didn’t happen overnight, but things seem to have taken hold.” Americana is about new ideas built on the framework of traditional, American roots music. It is a genre that supersedes genre, wherein artists pick and choose what they like from all that they know. They blur the lines between styles, giving listeners the things they like about genres they may not always enjoy. Music meccas like Nashville and Austin are exploding with a wave of young musicians voicing new ideas, and once a year in July, Telluride gets a surprising reminder of just how eloquent these musical revolutionaries can be. This year’s Americana fest kicked off with the musical stylings of Eric Brace and Peter Cooper from Nashville, Tennessee. The acoustic duo and their thoughtful harmonies captivated the room with true Southern charm. Headliners Greg Jacobs and Monte Warden followed with a friendly song-swap that

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had some subtly competitive, Southern undertones. Warden was perfectly polished, and many of his songs have sold to big names in country music. Jacobs was uniquely talented and his songs are obscure and intriguing. There was something very genuine and personal about their musical exchange; it’s the kind of thing that usually only happens around campfires. Friday night started with a packed Sheridan Opera House, mingling in anticipation. When the lights went down, Lincoln Durham walked onstage amidst a sea of stringed instruments and a kick drum baring his name. As one foot thumped, Durham strummed a guitar, played banjo, and then picked up a violin. All the while, he belted quality lyrics with a voice that was one part gravel, two parts deep river. Despite the traditional arsenal of acoustic instruments onstage, Durham maintains a recognizably rock ‘n roll vibe with a well-disguised, yet unmistakable streak of punk rock. When his first song ended, the audience erupted into energetic applause. After a well-lubricated intermission, Hays Carl took the stage to an Opera Housefilled with the happy murmur of Southern conversation. Carl is charismatic and the audience instantly loves him. Australian mandolin player, Kym Warner of the Greencards, joins Carl onstage, his hands flying so fast they’re only a blur. Even from the back of the house I can tell they’re both having a great time. In between songs, Carl sucks oxygen from a can and cracks jokes about the thin air. He’s a talker, but the stories create an entertaining context for his music, and the house follows him all the way. Carl signed off with a jealous, tongue-in-cheek ode to an ex-girlfriend who left him for Jesus. After the show, sitting around the card table at the Sheridan Bar, I was introduced to John Fullbright. I’d heard some pretty great things about the guy—mainly that his new album, “From the Ground Up” was nominated for a Grammy this year. His performance Saturday evening lived up to the hype. Even before the end of his first phrase, Fullbright’s confidence kicked our teeth in. He’s clean-cut, well dressed and his set covered a

“If I ever find Jesus, I’m kickin’ his ass.” - Hays Carl Tift Merritt brings us to our roots.

wide musical spectrum from foot-stomping blues lit with fiery vocals to delicately crafted songs, sung over keys. Did I mention he’s got Elvis legs? At just 25, Fullbright is a young man—but you’d never know it by the sound of his voice or the caliber of his songwriting. His lyrics say just what he wants them to without sacrificing eloquence. I danced in my seat, got chills on the back of my neck, and even shed a tear. When it was over, the crowd stayed on their feet in enthusiastic applause. Cheered back on, Fullbright unplugged, stepped to the front of the stage, and played through nothing but the still air of the Opera House. The encore was among the most intimate I’ve ever witnessed. Fullbright is a tough act to follow, but Tift Merritt and John Haywood’s keen attention to musical detail made a delicate arrangement of the evening. The duo began by contrasting Fullbright’s energy with intimacy, reminding us of what is sometimes lost in the intensity of a large act. Haywood’s microscopic lap steel embellishments swell and shine bright like diamonds, perfectly punctuating Merritt’s beautiful melodies. Occasionally, he joined his companion with an acoustic guitar, and the two sang into a single condenser microphone placed at center stage, giving an up-close feeling which seemed to lack electricity entirely. Merritt possesses a wildly free spirit and exceptional talent. Though her sound is more grace than power, don’t let her small frame fool you. There’s a big voice and a serious passion for music in this woman. With eyes closed, lost in song, Merritt is obviously happy to be where she’s at—and we’re happy she’s here too. As she graced the stage Saturday night in Telluride, surely somewhere Joni Mitchell looked up from what she was doing and smiled without knowing why. As the final evening of Americana Fest came to a close, the Opera House emptied out onto main street, Telluride buzzing with delight. Once again, I found myself upstairs at

the Sheridan Bar, celebrating with an unruly, yet charming collection of Texans. John Fullbright was among them, humbly basking in the gratitude of satisfied festivarians. When my turn came to shake his hand, I told him how impressed I was with his songwriting, his vocal range, that incredible encore, and, most of all, his confidence on stage. “Really man? I was nervous as hell,” he says, sipping on a beer. “I mean, this is Telluride.” It sure is. And nervous or not, it’s good to know that even the musical elite bring their best to our beautiful little mountain town. Maybe Fulbright seems fearless onstage because he’s a pro, but there’s something else to it. The artists of Americana Fest bring their home-town confidence on the road with them wherever they go, because the sounds they create are specifically and originally their own. The patchwork they create may be based on traditional American roots music, but it comes infused with contemporary ideas which break through the boundaries of conventional genre to form unique, musical fingerprints. The beauty of the Americana Music Festival is its simple, intimate nature. “This kind of music doesn’t always translate well into mass, musical settings,” says founder, Steve Stagner. “The Opera House provides such a perfectly close, acoustic setting, and this is mostly a hobby for me, so we’ll keep things small for the foreseeable future.” During the chaos of summertime in Telluride, the Americana Festival offers a welcome breath of fresh air and a chance to get up-close and personal with some of the most talented and innovative musicians in the country. It’s a classy affair, laced with Southern hospitality and incredible musicianship, which makes this weekend in late July one of my favorites of the season.

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Theatre week

playwrights’ meets shakespeare in the park By Eliot Muckerman

Above: Sheridan Shenanigans.


he funny thing about the Playwrights’ Festival is that it’s not really a festival for the ticket-buyers. We see the performances, sure, but this festival is truly for the writers, the actors, and the directors. That’s not to say it’s not a great experience. If you love theatre, attending the festival is like getting in on the ground floor of NASA, only you get input on what color they paint the rockets. This year showcased four original plays by writers out of New York, Los Angeles, and Calgary. I was hired as an assistant and small-time actor for this year’s festival about fifteen minutes before I received this assignment, so be warned: this article will not be impartial. A week before the performances, the crew met in the lecture room above the Telluride Firehouse. Maintenance was doing some sort of outside building repair throughout, so all my memories of the rehearsals are dubbed over with the MEEP, MEEP of a truck backing up. Two life-sized medical mannequins sat on chairs in the corner with oxygen masks strapped to their faces. Our two silent critics. When one actor bumbled a line for the second time, he looked over at the dummies and screamed, “Stop judging me, damn it!” We blocked two full-length plays in a week, while simultaneously rehearsing several others. In my (admittedly limited) experience, this is an unprecedented rate. The actors, writers, and directors worked their asses off. “Me Rich, You Learn!” was a two-man show, written and performed by LA actor/comedians Adam Carpenter and Zach Steel. It begins with a fairly benign premise: the filming of an educational tax video by an IRS agent and his assistant. What follows is too hilarious and convoluted to describe in a magazine article, but the play ends with both actors soaking wet, covered in blood, in their underwear, hurling marshmallows off the Sheridan Opera House stage. It was like watching Abbot and Costello on mescaline. “Sequence,” on the other hand, was a tight, cerebral drama

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written by Calgary ophthalmologist Arun Lakra. This was Lakra’s second play, and it has already won the prestigious Alberta Playwrighting Competition’s Grand Prize and the 2013 Woodward/Newman Drama Award. The story is structured like a double helix, with two plots winding around each other but never touching. It’s a story of statistics, genetics, and the search for the nature of luck. Identities shift. Coins are flipped. Guns are drawn. At the end you just wanted to hit rewind and watch the whole thing again. There was an open mic night at the Steaming Bean called PLAYSlam that I was contractually obligated to write an original piece for. Mine was called “Leave Nothing on the Sidewalk: The Free Box, Pompeii, and the Legacy of Mankind.” I followed a hilarious hi-tempo magic show, which felt like following a clown with a eulogy. Imagine Prairie Home Companion with less charisma. My hands were shaking so bad I could barely read my notecards. It went pretty well, considering. But let’s move on. The NYC-based writer and director Rich Orloff had two original pieces at the festival, the first a wonderfully funny short performance called “FOUR EXTREMELY ATTRACTIVE WOMEN SITTING AROUND FANTASIZING ABOUT RICH ORLOFF.” “I was told to write what I know,” he said humbly. I liked this guy. His second piece was a reading entitled “Chatting with the Tea Party,” a documentary as much as a play, with all dialogue being culled from untold hours of audiotape that Orloff collected as he toured Tea Party events around the country. The result: an ethnographic examination of the conservative small-government part of our country through the eyes of a liberal NYC playwright that was moving, harrowing, and ultimately, humanizing. It did what great art always does; it helped us to understand one another, to reach across barriers and find the commonality that traditional media has all but destroyed.

The pièce de résistance was “The Banana Tree,” a comedy by veteran couple Deb Lacusta and Dan Castellaneta. Lacusta has written several episodes of “The Simpsons,” while Castellaneta does the voices for nearly a dozen characters on the show, from Homer Simpson to Sideshow Mel. The Simpsons was like crack to me as a kid, but I dutifully never brought up their celebrity until their last night in town, when, on the couch in the Sheridan green room, I asked Castellaneta if he’d do a little Grandpa Simpson for me. “Grandpa? Back in my day we didn’t have grandpas! We just had old men who sat around telling stories that had no resolution, and then they just kinda wandered off on tangents…” And then he stared at the wall for a good four seconds while I applauded and a little childhood dream of mine came true. This is not journalistically significant, but it happened, and I had to tell somebody. “The Banana Tree” is about… well, it’s hard to describe. There’s a small-town Nevada convenience store clerk, played by the dynamic Candy Brown, who dreams of being a Las Vegas magician. There’s the bumbling cop in love with Brown,

played by Rich Cowden, who also kicked ass as the “luckiest” man in the world in “Sequence.” Late one night, a disbarred lawyer comes in to rob the store, as does, separately, her ex-fiancé, spurred on by a telepathic banana plant with intentions all his own. That’s just the first scene. Also during the Playwrights Festival was the Telluride Theatre performance of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” performed for a small audience on the Town Park stage. Buff Hooper, who played Angelo in last year’s “Measure for Measure,” directed. It’s typical Shakespeare comedy, with genderbending, mistaken identities, and enough innuendo to stay just shy of an “R” rating. What’s remarkable is the company’s ability to pull the archaic text into modernity and make it accessible. Telluride Theatre Week only happens thanks to the tireless work of many people, in particular Jennie Franks, the artistic director of the festival, and Telluride Theatre Company, run by Sasha and Colin Sullivan. If you like people standing on stages and pretending to be other people, as we do, we owe them a great debt of thanks. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next, let alone next year.

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Music is everywhere during Jazz. Pictured: Jazz All-Stars at The New Sheridan Bar.

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azz Fest, depending on who you talk to, is quite possibly the best fest. For the 37th year, Telluride’s box canyon was graced with the presence of musical and palatable treats. There is something remarkable about a lineup that brings together new bands with those who inspired them to play, all gracing the same stage. Put it together with a spirits tasting on Friday and a wine tasting on Saturday, and you have a weekend on the top of the list of merriment. Tack on Sunday’s Mardi Gras Parade, plus the least expensive tickets for a music festival in town, and things just got even better. This year’s celebration brought to town Dr. Lonnie Smith, the Stanley Clark Band, John Scofield’s Uberjam Band, Galactic, the Motet, MeShell Ndegeocello, Doug Lawrence Organic Trio, Nigel Hall Band, the New Orleans Suspects, the Stooges Brass Band, the Mike Dillon Band, Son Como Son, Springdale

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Quartet, Voodoo Orchestra, and the Telluride Student All-Stars. More musicians than mentioned arrive in Telluride to partake in the festival, be it on the streets or scattered within the smaller venues. Town was particularly alive at night this year, with music pouring out of not just the scheduled night shows, but also art galleries and restaurants. If you were anywhere on main street, or even at the Wilkinson Public Library, jazz music reached your soul. Official venues span the width and depth of town, covering ground at Town Park, Elks Park and everywhere between. Entering Town Park requires a pass, and anyone attending a Jazz After Dark show needs a ticket. For the frugal festival-goer, there are plenty of opportunities to listen live for free. The Wilkinson Public Library showcased numerous acts on the free stage including Red Line Quintet, Voodoo Orchestra, Telluride

The Stooges Brass Band at Fly Me To The Moon Saloon

Town Band, Grand Central, Telluride Allstars Leaders & Alumni Quintet, Groove Casters and New Orleans Second Line Parade. At Elks Park, the Telluride Town Band could be heard as well as the New Orleans Second Line Parade with Stooges & Hooligans Brass Band. Also offered throughout the weekend were free yoga classes and three different patron parties, all complete with jazz in the air. For the past three years, Jazz has held a band contest online to bring new sounds to liven up the scene. Bands from all over submitted performance videos of original songs or covers they made on their own. The top ten were selected by Jazz, and then it was left up to the public to vote online during the month of April. New Sound Underground, won the coveted opportunity to take the Main Stage as openers, while the runner up, M Squared, performed Friday night at the Elks Club.

New Sound Underground, who joked about spending a month on bicycles to get here from Minnesota, exploded on the Town Park stage to open this year’s festival. And what a kick off it was. For what can be a very mellow slot, these boys provided tunes to get the crowd in the mood to groove. The band is comprised of Kevin Gastonguay on keyboards/organ/synthesizer, Trent Baarsul on guitar, Christopher Ray Hunnicutt on electric bass, Kenyari Steele Jackson on drums, Sten Johnson on trumpet/flugelhorn/ trombone and Nelson Devereaux on saxophone. New Sound Underground has a way of transgressing from classic jazz into a funk jam before heading back into depths of smoothness. Dressed to casually impress, members of the band donned pieces of suits mixed in with streetwear. This band had as much fun playing as the audience did listening; if the keyboard player had been dancing any harder he wouldn’t have been able to reach the keys. The show and contest constituted a rebirth for the band, who have known each other from the Minneapolis scene but only officially joined forces nine months prior to this show. As with many first-timers, they were captivated with what they saw from stage. “Being from the Midwest, we don’t have scenery quite like this.” The runner up of the competition, M Squared, hails from nearby Lyons, Colorado. Comprised of Troy Valente on drums, Barb Valente on piano/violin and Thom Sandrock on doubleneck/bass guitar/all, this trio takes a more precise and scientific approach than most, and consider themselves a fusion trio. M Squared comes from m2, for musician’s music. These are musicians’ musicians who strive to create music at higher levels of expertise. What makes this fusion trio unique is their modernizing approach. Traditional fusion blends jazz and funk, while modern fusion adds a rock element. M Squared is all about the click-in and loops. Everything the audience hears is a creation of the band, a combination of written music and live happenings. Loop technology builds layers of sound, making it hard to imagine there are only three individuals on stage. Much of the loop is created live and layers are added, building it out throughout the songs. The band, which joined forces a year ago, is working on building a local fanbase while striving to be as inspirational to others as they are to one another. Their own inspiration to play and create jazz comes from an ability to be free, expressing emotion and creating in the moment. All agreed that the coolest thing happening on the Telluride adventure was the release of their album, Kaleidescope. As an interesting sidenote, both New Sound Underground and M Squared were most excited to meet John Scofield, and neither had played Telluride before. All members had rave reviews of their experiences and hope to grace our valley once (or many times) more, hopefully at another Jazz Festival. Looking to catch one of these great acts sometime? M Squared is actively rehearsing and playing throughout Colorado, and information can be found on their website New Sound Underground is touring the Midwest, and can likely be caught in their homebase of Minneapolis. Jazz Festival always provides a grooving time in Town Park, but with the addition of the All Star Competition, the festival works as an important start point for fantastic young musicians. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 57

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hen most people hear “Telluride” and “music” in the same sentence, they might jump to the beloved Bluegrass Festival or recall the grooves of Colorado Jam Bands like Leftover Salmon. And while 2013 was a big anniversary year for the renowned Bluegrass and Telluride Film Festivals, it was also the 40th anniversary of one of Telluride’s oldest class acts: the Chamber Music Festival. Chamber Music is performed by a group of small instruments—typically cellos, violins, violas, and pianos—the type of instruments performers could play in a palace chamber. With names like Johannes Brahms, Anton Arensky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Robert Schumann, the composers of chamber music have created pieces of pure emotion that are brought to life in Telluride each year. Take, for instance, Anton Arensky’s “Quartet in A Minor, Op. 35,” introduced by violinist and artistic director of the festival, Roy Malan, as “the most Russian piece you will ever hear.” Queue the high drama of rising, muted cello. The violin breaks away, suddenly, a minor climax followed by silence. The instruments tumble into rising and falling, conflict and near-resolution, undercurrents of tension. And that’s not even half of the first movement. Perhaps one of the most remarkable qualities of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival is that the musicians themselves play with such skill that one becomes unaware of them. Instead, the audience is awash in the music, their imaginations exploring the free play of sound and feeling. This year, the festival enjoyed a break from the old masters to premiere a string quartet by Julian Waterfall Pollack, a jazz pianist and young composer. The composition matched the complexity and beauty of the classics, but with a decidedly modern twist. For example, the third movement channeled the energy of a hoedown through the lens of chamber music, with short, staccato fiddling and percussion created by the musicians literally stomping on the stage (the suddenness of which made at least 40% of the audience jump to attention). For forty years, Chamber Music has brought overwhelming beauty and talent to the valley—and is one of the contributing factors to Telluride’s being declared a Colorado Creative District. Even if the first thing you associate with “Telluride” and “music” isn’t “Chamber Music,” the festival deserves heavy props. Take a moment to sit, to listen, and to absorb—given the opportunity, these soaring melodies are as enriching for the soul as the mountain vistas in which they are performed.

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e love mushrooms!” was the heart-felt refrain heard from crowds of festivarians in attendance at the 32nd annual Telluride Mushroom Festival. The image conjured by this word—“mushroom”—is likely something diminutive, possibly edible, and perhaps accompanied by a garden gnome. This, however, completely misses the point. That which we call ‘mushrooms’ are, in fact, only the small fruiting bodies of far more immense and resilient underground life forms: mycelium. Likewise, there is much more to the Telluride Mushroom Festival than is obvious at first glance. True to the mycelium that it celebrates, this festival operates at many levels of complexity and depth. While many festivarians are in hog heaven while foraging among the aspen and spruce for tasty wild porcinis, others spend the festival exploring ways in which mushrooms might be able to save the world. Literally. The Telluride Mushroom Festival draws presenters from all over the continent—each a leading expert in the field of mycology with focuses ranging from the far-reaching implications of mycoremediation (the practice of restoring damaged ecosystems utilizing fungal technology) to university-funded clinical studies exploring the applications of the previously much-maligned Psylocibe mushroom in treating mental illness. The Telluride Mushroom Festival, at its core, focuses on how to best partner with phenomenal fungi to bring healing not only to individuals, communities, and entire ecosystems, but to the earth as a whole. Robert Rogers, a favorite presenter of many festivarians and author of The Fungal Pharmacy—a veritable bible of fungi as medicine—is the type of mycologist who fully embodies the interconnectedness of personal and planetary health. In addition to his passion for using mushrooms to heal diseases such as cancer and dementia, Rogers is also in the process of organizing game-changing mycoremediation efforts action on a massive scale. He is currently networking with mycologists from around the globe and laying the foundation for the implementation of a large-scale project focusing on neutralizing the Canadian Tar Sands using Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). Bridging the gap between festival and conference, the TMF includes daily yoga in the park, group meditation, Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 62

The face of a happy forager.

and a show-stopping parade, complete with taxonomically accurate costumes and a spirited drum circle finale in the park. Further blurring the lines between academia and festivation, one of the most well-attended events of the weekend was the highly anticipated release of this year’s Reishi and Turkey Tail mushroom-infused ales from Smuggler’s Brewery. First-time festivalgoer Andrea Rossi, 26, described a sense of “grounded hope” that she felt imbued with throughout the festival. Rossi went on to share that she had cultivated “amazing relationships” and felt confident they would thrive long after the festival ended. She felt a strong sense that this festival, in fact, nurtured a community that had come together as a “powerful team” to navigate “the challenges humanity is facing at this time in history.” Rossi was not the only one who walked away with a revitalizing sense of renewed optimism and inspiration. Presentations ranged from traditional academic-style lectures to far more intimate roundtable discussions that allowed participants to truly come together and share their most pressing questions and meaningful experiences. The value of these discussions cannot be overstated—it was precisely this kind of communication that empowered each festivalgoer to take home something of real value to apply to their daily lives. Repeatedly, presenters at the Telluride Mushroom Festival challenged their audiences to examine how we, as humans, can learn from fungi to exist more harmoniously within the context of a rapidly changing world. Fungi thrive in community, fostering myriad symbiotic relationships with other organisms. So, too, we humans can only find purpose, healing, and nourishment within the context of community. The Telluride Mushroom Festival stands apart from other weekend-long rendezvous in its uncanny ability to facilitate just these kinds of lasting relationships in the lives of its attendees—not only with other people, but also with fungi, plants, and the world at large. With the ranks of fungophiles ever-expanding, next year’s Telluride Mushroom Festival promises even greater opportunity for creating networks of resilience on all levels. Join in August of 2014 to experience the power of all that lies just beneath the surface!

sophia rose’s puffball ice cream [Calvatia gigantea]

This ice cream is so good that I was truly beside myself the entire time I was making it, eating it, and commiting the recipe to paper. I’ll say it again—beside myself. So with that introduction, keep your eyes peeled for a firm white Puffball next time you’re out in the woods and this unusual sweet treat could be yours to enjoy!

You’ll need:

Now THAT’S a puffball.

8 cups loosely packed, handtorn ½ inch pieces of Puffball Mushroom ¾ cup Coconut Oil or Butter ¼ cup White Sugar 1 cup Brown Sugar 1 cup Brandy 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract 1 Whole Vanilla Bean 1 Teaspoon Salt 1 can Full Fat Coconut Milk (13.6 oz) or Heavy Cream

1. Peel outer layer off of Puffball. Tear inner flesh into ½ inch chunks. 2. Heat a large pan, add coconut oil or butter, and saute mushroom for 10 minutes, stirring frequently and ensuring that all mushrooms are coated with oil. 3. Combine white sugar, brown sugar, salt, vanilla, and brandy, stirring to dissolve. 4. Very carefully, add the brandy-sugar concoction to the mushrooms and allow to cook—stirring every so often— for another 40 minutes or until mushrooms are softened all the way through and the brandy has cooked off. You should be left with a bit less than half of your original volume of Puffball. 5. Combine ¾ of these caramelized Puffball bits in a blender with the can of coconut milk or heavy cream and one whole vanilla bean, reserving the remaining quarter cup of mushrooms to add a satisfying and surprising texture to the finished product—think marshmallows in Rocky Road. Blend until totally smooth. 6. Combine your puree with the reserved candied mushroom bits, and place in icecream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.

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Rain can’t dampen The Pimps of Joytime.


ther than the Nothing Festival, KOTO’s Doo-Dah is the quintessential locals’ festival. It is the smallest and shortest music festival to take place in Town Park, lasting only one evening and providing an intimate atmosphere for only a few thousand people and a handful of local vendors. The only out-of-towners to be seen are those making the trip from within the region, basically from Durango to Aspen and the points inbetween, and tourists with lucky timing. In addition to being a great time, DooDah also raises money for Telluride’s local radio station, 91.7 KOTO, which provides “high-quality, commercial-free, non-underwritten community radio.” In recent years, the names on the bill have only gotten bigger. Two years ago, Keller Williams and The Keels brought a hybrid of folk rock and bluegrass to the stage while the last Doo-Dah saw Ziggy Marley bring reggae to the mountains of Telluride. This incarnation of the annual festival upped the ante even further by bringing Thievery Corporation, The Pimps of Joytime, and DJ I-Gene to Telluride’s Town Park. I walked into Town Park to a nearly empty field. This didn’t mean the energy wasn’t high on stage, with DJ I-Gene

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spinning dub-infused reggae to kick off the 17th Annual Doo-Dah. In the halfdrizzly, half-sunny haze, I-Gene threw in down-tempo Pink Floyd to keep the vibe mellow and spacey, but still driven by the underlying bass. While watching a DJ can be akin to staring at a radio (with notable exceptions such as Pretty Lights and Ana Sia, who at times dance harder than the crowd), if they can fill up the room (or, in this case, a park) with sound, it seldom matters what they’re doing on stage. I-Gene accomplished this in spades, closing his set with “Life” by Gaudi, and sending a clean, danceable sound into the streets. Afternoon turned into evening, and the crowd continued to grow before The Pimps of Joytime took the stage. Costumes began to make an appearance throughout the festival grounds. One man walked by in neon pink women’s tights with his hair braided in pigtails, while women with feathers in their hair received free sunflowers from another man in the crowd. The Pimps of Joytime were an ideal fit for the costumed crowd. The full suit, orange sunglasses, and fedora worn by Brian J as well as his mint-green guitar complimented the neon green shirt, large red woven earrings, and half-shaved

head of the group’s second percussionist. Currently a five-piece band, The Pimps of Joytime feature two of the original members from the band’s inception: Brian J (founder, lead guitarist, and lead singer) and Mayteana Morales (percussionist and vocalist). Formed in 2005 and hailing from Brooklyn, New York, the Pimps of Joytime blend musical elements from across the country as well as the musical spectrum. Drawing influences from not only New York, but also Los Angeles and New Orleans, they incorporate Afro-beat, funk, rock, hip-hop, and Latin grooves into their music. Underlying this is the influence of electronic music and the Brooklyn DJ culture. This was readily apparent on stage as current bass and synthesizer player David Bailis seemed to play a million instruments at once, including a mystery accordion. Taken altogether, Brian J has referred to this sound as “Janxta Funk” which, perhaps not so coincidentally, is the name of the Pimps’ newest album. Blending male falsetto, strong female vocals, hiphop verses, and varied percussion, The Pimps of Joytime played an extended set to bridge to the night’s heavy hitters, Thievery Corporation. Thievery Corporation hail from

Washington, D.C., and incorporate almost every musical style imaginable. This also means that the stage is packed with multi-instrumentalist band members at all times, with a constant stream of vocalists entering and exiting. Thievery began as a collaboration of two D.C. DJs named Rob Garza and Eric Hilton in 1995. One year after meeting and discovering that the two shared mutual musical influences and a similar political mindset, the duo released their first singles, “Shaolin Satellite” and “2001 Spliff Odyssey.” Both of these tracks would appear on their first album, Sounds from the Thievery Hi-Fi, released in 1997. It took until 2000 for the group to add live vocalists to their tracks. From there, the modern version of Thievery Corporation came into being, an incredible stage show filled with interchanging instrumentalists and vocalists. In every sense of the phrase, Thievery Corporation is on point. From their musicality to their energy, the band does not miss a note, waste a breath, or botch a transition between songs. This description could give the impression of musical stodginess, bringing to mind a bespectacled, overbearing music teacher glaring at his students and delivering

harsh reprimands at each flat note. But this kind of stiff musical persona does not exist in Thievery Corporation. You only have to glance at bassist Ashish Vyas prowling barefoot around the stage, exuding primal energy like that of a lithe jaguar to see that Thievery Corp. truly has a different, deeper energy than most musicians. They have an aura. Listen to LouLou Ghelichkhani and Natalia Clavier pour themselves into their sweetly sung vocals; you will feel it. America has been called a melting pot. Thievery musically represents this idea, through blending cultural and instrumental facets of music. Three vocalists with international roots are featured in the band: LouLou Ghelichkhani is of Iranian heritage and will at times sing in Farsi, Natalia Clavier is Argentinian, and reggae artist Ras Puma hails from the US Virgin Islands. LouLou singing “Sweet Tides,” with it’s arcing, echoing guitar and driving bass was the perfect accompaniment to the downpour during which it occurred. Natalia added to the down-tempo vibe with a performance of “Lebanese Blonde” that was accompanied by Rob Myers on sitar. American artist Mr. Lif brought hip-hop to Town Park for the first time in recent memory.

Not only did the crowd feed off of the energy of the band, but Thievery Corporation was also high on the energy of Telluride. The See-I Twins, Rootz and Zeebo, dancehall artists dressed as if they jumped off of the album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, proclaimed that while Aspen had previously been their home in Colorado, it was now Telluride. The only sour note during the entire show was not played by the band, but by KOTO and its stage crew. After bassist Ashish Vyas entered the crowd and began to play a riff from an A Tribe Called Quest song, the stage crew was sent out before the 10 PM deadline and casually flicked off all of the monitors. Perhaps KOTO was deathly afraid of the fines that could have been levied against them for playing music in the park past 10 PM. That can be understood. However, the attitudes of the stage crew, smug and smirking as they flipped the switches, cannot. This blip in an otherwise fantastic performance aside, Thievery Corporation continued their run as one of the best live shows touring today. Doo-Dah has continued improving over the years; we will have to wait to find out what KOTO will put together for next year.

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n uncontrollable hum of anticipation ripples through the crowd outside the Chuck Jones Theater in Mountain Village as the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival officially commences. We are all in line for the first showing of the festival, the first “sneak,” in the same timeslot that introduced us to Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo exactly one year ago. Rumors fly as everyone tries to be the first to guess what we’ll seee. Will it be the next Best Picture winner at the Oscars? Will it even be good? The line moves forward and my stomach jumps to my throat. The Telluride Film Festival has become the most anticipated film festival of the year. Its tradition of secrecy and track record of expertly curated programs has catapulted TFF to the heights of Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto. Ironically, it’s been the organizers’ staunch opposition to gimmicks such as red carpets, velvet ropes, and overuse of the word “premier” that has been the catalyst for the festival’s rise to the top. Gary Meyer, one of the festival’s illustrious directors, was very adamant in his introduction that “TFF does not do premiers” and is not interested in generating “Oscar buzz.” The only factor involved in a film’s entrance to the festival is it being a “great film.” Regardless of the directors’ intentions however, the fact is that TFF does show truly great films, often for the first time ever, and simply being at Telluride has now become synonymous with Oscar predictions. The regard for the directors’ selective abilities has grown to the point that for many TFF now eclipses Toronto and Venice, which roll out the red carpets around the same time of year. Rumor has it that they aren’t very happy about it either. But whether or not you care about the Academy Awards, this year’s TFF was one for the history books.

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The Punch Brothers played a free show to kick off the 40th anniversary weekend.

robert redford tribute Every year TFF pays tribute to a few well deserving actors and directors. This year was no different, with a nod to the legend of cinema, Robert Redford. The tribute included clips from his entire career: Butch Cassidy, All The President’s Men, Jeremiah Johnson, and The Horse Whisperer, to name a few. Afterward, the Q&A with the 77-year-old actor gave a small glimpse into Redford’s journey. In addition to being a world-renowned actor, Redford is also a passionate environmentalist and the founder of Sundance Film Festival. As a young man, he planned on being a painter, and he admitted that he still feels guilty for not following that passion. Even with all the accolades Redford has received over the years, he comes across as a quiet, humble man, still a tad reluctant in the spotlight. He admitted after the tribute, “I don’t like looking at myself; watching those clips was not easy.” It was as if he is still bewildered at the spell he’s cast over America. Redford truly embodies the quintessential American actor. “America is my subject,” he said, “I really wanted to tell the story about the complexity of the country I loved… Not the America that had been propagandized.” Telluride was also treated to the premier of Redford’s newest man vs. nature epic, All is Lost, which tells the story of a solo yachtsman who is stranded somewhere in the Indian Ocean after striking a stray shipping container. The script is only 32 pages long, so the film’s plot relies heavily on Redford’s sheer presence and physicality to carry the narrative. While many

talented actors would leave us fidgeting and checking the time with so few changes in scenery (Castaway, I’m looking at you), Redford keeps the audience invested in his character. Redford performs many of his own stunts in the movie, and perhaps that’s why I found myself irrationally fearing for his life throughout the show, as if I wasn’t sure Redford would live through his performance. Later, however, director J.C. Chandler revealed that Redford did nearly drown during the filming. While shooting a scene on the yacht, it began to rapidly sink. Chandler pulled the film crew off the boat, but in their rush to evacuate, they forgot to warn Redford who was still inside. “He didn’t say the boat was sinking,” Redford laughed. Luckily for J.C. Chandler, a quick-footed Redford was able to escape before the boat sank. “We were walking a very fine line, and you want to push that limit, but with a one actor movie there are no recovery days,” Chandler said. “That’s the only shot we have of that sequence, because the boat sank.” All is Lost showcases Redford’s incredible depth of talent. Redford compares it to one of his classic performances: “The two films Jerimiah Johnson and All is Lost share one thing in common, that when times are tough and survival looks impossible, some people just quit. They give up. But others keep going, because that’s all there is to do, they just continue… The character in All is Lost just keeps going, and I guess that’s for me too, I’ll just keep going.”

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the films you should see: longform My favorite film of the festival has to be Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Know for his dark humor, and subtle, piercing glimpses into human nature, such as Sideways, The Descendants, and his too-oft-forgotten Citizen Ruth. Payne brings us his best work yet with Nebraska; he paints a glum yet uplifting picture of his home state with this story of reconciliation between father and son. Bruce Dern plays the alcoholic, estranged father Woody Grant, who is convinced he’s won a million dollar sweepstakes, and determines to make the trip from Billings, MT, to Lincoln, NE, to collect it. His wife Kate (the delightful June Squibb) threatens to put him in a home, but his youngest son David agrees to take him on the trip as an opportunity to get to know his father better. Hilarity ensues. Payne admitted in his introduction that this movie was on the table in the early 2000s, but he was reluctant to do another road trip movie so soon after Sideways. I’m actually upset he kept it from us for so long; Nebraska was a festival favorite with nearly everyone I spoke with, and Bruce Dern is likely to get an Oscar nod for his performance as Woody. At any rate, it’s here now, and it shouldn’t be missed. Stirring up more Oscar buzz than it’s possible to ignore was this year’s sneak, 12 Years a Slave. The pre-civil war story, by British director Steve McQueen, brought huge stars into Telluride like Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as relative newcomer, Lupita Nyong’o for the film’s world premier. The line out the door was obscene, and for a moment I thought I wasn’t getting in. News of the appearance of Brad Pitt travels fast in Telluride. The film was as ambitious as it is challenging. It follows the remarkable true story of Solomon Northrup, (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a freeman in pre-civil war Saratoga, NY. Northrup, a family man and professional fiddle player, is kidnapped while on a trip to Washington, DC, and sold into slavery in Louisiana for—you guessed it—12 years. While many films with this much star-power become stale and oversaturated, 12 Years stays poignant and cohesive as Northrup tumbles through the most amazing story you will ever hear. The story sticks to the brutal, true story from Solomon Northrup’s autobiography published in 1853. The adaptation’s veracity becomes hard to watch at times, as Northrup experiences incredible human cruelty as he is juggled from plantation to plantation. 12 Years has all the honest barbarism of Django Unchained without Tarantino’s comic fingerprint, and it was unforgiving. Fassbender plays the most convincing and hateful slave-owner ever portrayed on film, Edwin Epps, to the point that I actually began to dislike him on a personal level. Brad Pitt even suggested we “all just have a group walk around the block or something,” which was met by a nervous laugh from the still un-decompressed audience. “I

find it really difficult to speak directly afterwards,” says Pitt. Fassbender was also taken aback after seeing the film, as this was the first time he had seen it in full. He admitted that he was reluctant at first to take the part, and was visibly upset after the screening. Fassbender’s portrayal is the greatest accomplishment of his career so far, and I look forward to seeing much more of him in the future. Lupita Nyong’o plays a young slave girl on the plantation that befriends Northrup, and the two of them had amazing chemistry on set together as they try to look out for each other without gaining any unwanted attention. This film has some serious Oscar nods coming its way, and it’s my pick for best picture. You can also expect possible nominations for best director, best actor, and best supporting actress just to name a few. 12 Years A Slave earns the highest recommendations, but be warned, it’s not for the faint of heart. Gravity, the blockbuster space odyssey starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, also appeared at the festival. The duo decided to go to Venice instead of TFF this year, so we didn’t get to hear them talk about the film (we’ll remember that, Clooney), but the film did play in 3D at the new Warner Herzog Theater in Town Park. Let me say, I am one of the biggest 3D haters around, but this film fits the medium beautifully. In the new theater, the tastefully-done Gravity puts Avatar to shame. That said, the actual plot of Gravity drags; most of the movie is Sandra Bullock breathing heavily and screaming in space, and while some viewers might be into that, it’s was not my cup of tea. But go see it anyway, and cough up the extra coin for the 3D glasses. The cinematography makes it worth your while. With this year’s amazing lineup, I felt constantly frustrated by the films I was missing out on. Even if you squeeze in four to five films per day, you’re still left painfully short of seeing everything. Fellow cinephiles will feel my pain at Telluride Film. Luckily, the festival directors added an extra day this year, but were adamant that it will only happen once. Films I missed but I’m sure were good make a long list, including but not limited to the following: Lunchbox, The Galapagos Affair, Tim’s Vermeer, and The Unknown Known, a look at former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld. There simply is not enough time to see each of these great films during the festival. As the Labor Day weekend came to a close, however, I found myself exhausted, exhilarated, and strangely depressed. No more sprinting across town to make the fourth movie of the day, no more highbrow discussions of minimalism on the gondola, and the likelihood of running into Brad Pitt at The Sheridan Bar was diminishing rapidly. That said, I don’t know if my psyche could take another 12-hour-day of film. In just a few days, the masses head back to LA, the volunteers break down the tents, and Telluride goes back to being the cozy mountain town we all known and love… that is, until next year.

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Rainy day? Watch a movie!

Starstruck: Brad Pitt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the 12 Years castmembers discuss the film.

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sneak report: labor day Jason Reitman’s Labor Day showed for the first sneak. The film is a coming of age story based on a novel by Joyce Maynard, and stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, and the young, up-and-coming Gattlin Griffith of Changling. Single mother Adele (Winslet) raises her son Henry (Griffith) while coping with loneliness and depression; meanwhile, Henry senses his mother’s angst and hopes to make her happy by filling in for the duties of a husband. He makes a coupon book that entitles his mother to “a husband for a day,” including vouchers for bubble baths, massages, and household chores—but Henry is all too aware of his shortcomings as a substitute husband. Enter Frank (Brolin), an escaped prison convict searching for a place to lie low. Frank forces Adele to take him in; somewhat predictably, Henry and Adele find the father/husband they’ve always been looking for in Frank during the long Labor Day weekend, in the fastest case of Stockholm syndrome ever recorded. In a pivotal scene early in the seduction, Frank teaches Adele and Henry how to make a peach pie, which marks the final transformation from criminal to family man. The acting in Labor Day is strong; Kate Winslet plays the troubled housewife looking to escape the mundane--think Revolutionary Road—and Josh Brolin, is the strong, troubled provider, vaguely similar to his role in No Country for Old Men. Gattlin Griffith’s acting provides the most pleasant surprise—he holds his own, and nearly steals the show, against the cast of much more experienced actors in a performance reminiscent of DiCaprio in This Boy’s Life. Ultimately, the emotional cues hit their marks, and many in the audience left the theater with tears in their eyes, but the narrative feels rushed and falls apart under scrutiny. Reitman said after the showing that this is the closest adaptation of a novel that he’s ever done, and perhaps that was the pitfall. One can’t possibly hope to capture the subtly of a novel in a two-hour film, or perhaps the novel was too ambitious itself. Whatever the reason, Labor Day lacks the nuance of Reitman’s earlier films like Juno and Up in The Air, but your mother will probably love it.

shortlist: smaller films to see

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Happy to get into the screening.

TFM’s Oscar picks (though tff isn’t about oscar picks)

inside llewyn davis: the coen brothers + T Bone Burnett’s portrait of an enigmatic (anti?) hero Telluride Film also paid tribute this year to the talented duo, Joel and Ethan Coen, as well as their long-time music collaborator and producer, T-Bone Burnett. These three are responsible for films such as Ladykillers, O Brother Where Art Thou, and cult classic The Big Lebowski. Their newest collaboration, Inside Llewyn Davis, proved popular at the festival; the film follows a bitter and disillusioned folk singer in the pre-Dylan Greenwich Village scene as he tries to make a name for himself as an artist. Oscar Isaac plays the singer, loosely based on Dave Van Ronk, and his unfinished memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street. Isaac plays all the music in the film live on set, resulting in a haunting, heartbreaking soundtrack destined to be a chart-topper in the vein of O Brother Where Art Thou, which sold well-over seven million copies. Like O Brother, Llewyn Davis’ sound track is a major component of the film, not merely background noise. The opening scene features Isaac performing the folk song “Hang Me” in its entirety, setting the forlorn tone for the rest of the movie. The character Llewyn Davis clings to his integrity as an artist so hard that he becomes painfully spiteful. In one key scene, Llewyn talks with Carrie Mulligan’s character, a fellow folk singer, who says, “everything you touch turns to shit! You’re like King Midas’ idiot brother!” –a prediction that follows him through the narrative. “There’s a desperation to it,” said Oscar Isaac after the showing. “The hardest part [of acting] was that it looks like I’m not having the time of my life.” He said, speaking about working with T-Bone Burnett. “My training was: ‘Play the new Tom Waits Album’ and then he [T-Bone] left for an hour,” Isaac joked. The training paid off; there’s no doubt that Isaac was born to play this part, and the beauty of it is, we’re never really sure whether he’s the underappreciated hero, or the selfish, egotistical villain.

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blues, brews, mud in my shoes nature turns on the faucet by jason smith Above: Jim James, frontrunner of My Morning Jacket, or Hippie Jesus on fire?

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his year’s soggy Blues and Brews proved it’s really not that hard to make people happy. Stick them in a beautiful town, turn on the taps to 50 of Colorado’s best craft breweries, and play some sweet funky music. Despite the relentlessly damp conditions at this year’s Blues and Brews Festival, there was nothing downbeat about the vibe that resonated across Telluride’s Town Park. 2013 was a stellar anniversary year for festivals in this town, and the 20th Blues and Brews was no exception. Keeping in step with the inclusive attitude that has become the norm for major festivals in Telluride, the fun kicked off with free concerts in Mountain Village and Town Park headed by first-rate bands. This concept of giving everyone a chance to taste the action is what sets our festivals apart. You may not even know you love a Hammond B3 organ or the sound a tuba makes when accompanied by three trumpets and a trombone until you’ve been given the opportunity—thank you, Booker T and the

Rebirth Brass Band. The rain dumped down on Thursday night like we hadn’t seen all year—a thick soup of ground-level clouds and penetrating wetness. A vintage bluesy atmosphere if you had forgotten your rain jacket or a warm layer. But like abandoned lovers, jail time, and oppressive bosses, it merely set a mood of struggle and survival echoed by three of the festival’s most skilled bands in this free opening-night concert. From the Bright Light Social Hour through to Otis Taylor and Booker T Jones, this was one hell of way to get things started. And did we mention it was free? Everyone thought that the skies had purged themselves after Thursday evening. But as Friday morning broke grey and misty, we had the feeling this could turn into one of those festival weekends. You have to take what you’re given way up here in the San Juans, and fall can be as fickle as its blustery sibling, spring. Anyone who was here two years ago for the 18th running Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 77

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Friday gave us a few reminders that nature is always going to be a guest at Telluride’s outdoor events. of Blues certainly remembers the onslaught of rain, hail, snow, and bursts of blazing sunshine. This time around, the theme was mud. Hopefully you weren’t that lady wearing her cute, white sundress, because by Saturday we were holding our own little Woodstock down in Town Park. Beneath two inches of gooey mountain mud you could just make out the web of grass trying desperately to hang on as thousands of beer lovers and blues enthusiasts released themselves to the mess of the muck and created a party. Sure, most festivalgoers would probably have preferred three days of bluebird sunshine, 68-degree temps, and a dusting of color on the peaks. But the sight of Bridal Veil Falls dumping off the side of the cliff like Telluride Brewing’s Tempter IPA tap during Saturday’s Grand Tasting was nothing short of inspiring. Tasty festival grub formed a ring of happiness around the perimeter of the lawn and The House of Brews kept everyone warm and toasty under their massive circus tent. Five amazing Colorado breweries were selected to provide the steady flow of craft beer during the weekend. Locals Telluride Brewing Company and Smuggler’s Brewing were joined by Aspen Brewing, Ska Brewing, and Durango Brewing. The craft-brewing pioneer Sierra Nevada sponsored the event, showcasing five brews of their own, including a special Ale20 made just for the festival this year. They also poured plenty of their flagship Pale Ale along with a Fireside Red IPA, super-hopped Torpedo IPA, and hazy Bavarian Kellerweis Hefeweizen done up American-style. There were just enough breaks of bright sunshine throughout the weekend to keep everyone in good spirits. And it was pure Colorado cool to see blues great Otis Taylor jamming on the main stage in a down parka. In the end, however, the 20th anniversary of Blues and Blues will be mostly remembered for the intense rain and the mud. Friday gave us a few reminders that nature is always going to be a guest at Telluride’s outdoor events. The double rainbows that bridged the box canyon were as thick and intense as any we’ve seen this summer. Those of us fortunate enough to live here get these gifts on a regular basis, and Gary Clark Jr. and his band were so knocked out that they actually paused their set Friday evening to remind everyone just how lucky Telluridians are. Those rainbows seemed to keep the rain at bay that night, as Gary Clark Jr. ripped up the park with some Texas-style rock blues off his new album Sound the Alarm. It was the perfect warm-up for the quintessential American rock-nroll band, The Black Crowes. These guys are old hands at bringing down the house in Telluride, and this year was no exception. One of the tightest, most professional rock bands around, the Crowes set the stage for what was to come over the weekend—a whole lot of fun. In case you didn’t get enough music during the day, the Juke Joint series of after-hours shows brought the same performers to four intimate venues around town. From the rowdy Fly Me to the Moon Saloon to the historic Sheridan Opera House, it was a rare chance to see hot musicians like Karl Denson or Anders Osborne up close and personal. Saturday’s highlight was the Grand Tasting beer event, but nobody told the skies to turn off the faucet. The water came

down all morning in pint-sized drops, seemingly trying to drive us away from the 56 craft breweries set up to blow our minds with their best brews. Miraculously, the storm made a welcome exit just after noon, flooding the festival grounds with light and warmth. Apparently no one was deterred by the weather because the lemming-like crowds packed around the entire Beer City collection of tents. All you could do was fill your glass from one brewery, then sip it down as you waited in line for the next taste. Thankfully, the folks behind the taps were not being stingy. They filled each taster glass to the rim, ensuring everyone was kept liquid until the next round. There were some mighty good beers to sample this year, from perennial Ft. Collins rockstars O’Dells, to Paonia’s cottage craft troopers Revolution. IPAs seemed to be the hot style backed up by creative creations like mint stouts and traditional Belgians. If you made it to all 56 of the breweries you were lucky. If you sampled each of the 170 different beers you are a hero, and probably passed out on your tarp before Otis Taylor hit the stage. Underneath all this revelry was that thick slurry of mud. You couldn’t avoid it. And if you tried, the chances were good that some joker was going to come bouncing along like Tigger and speckle your trousers brown. At some point Saturday afternoon the entire crowd decided to give up to the mud and embrace it. Every five minutes without fail a spontaneous toast would rouse one corner of the Grand Tasting to a cheer. All of this happy abandonment was occasionally punctuated by psychedelic stilt walkers and a New Orleans brass band parade. Of course, during all this drinking, cheering, and hobnobbing the incredible music of the Selwyn Birchwood Band, The New Mastersounds, and the Rebirth Brass Band provided the soundtrack. After the kegs were tapped out, people staggered back to their sodden tarps to settle in for a night of Otis Taylor, Mickey Hart, and Jim James. All in all, not a bad way to spend a Saturday. Sunday brought another superb line-up of eclectic bluesy fare. After kicking things up a notch with the legendary New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band at noon, another Big Easy resident, Anders Osborne, took the stage to blow everyone away with his lyrical blues rock energy. Groovemaster Karl Denson and his Tiny Universe ensemble handled the afternoon nicely, leaving the stage set for legends John Hyatt and Melissa Etheridge to finish off the festival in vintage style. A great thing about this long weekend was that the music never seemed to stop. In between the sets of the big name acts, the audience got to check out newcomers like Kim Churchill, James Bay, and Valerie James. They each played tight little 20-minute sets to the side of the main stage to give us a taste of their skills. Who knows? Maybe next year these solo talents will be gracing the main stage of the 21st Blues and Brews. Wandering around town this weekend, it was common to hear the sounds of a guitar echoing off the old buildings. Between bursts of sun and thunder, buskers played on alley corners and impromptu jam sessions formed amongst travellers. Beer may be a highlight of this fall festival, but it’s always about the music in the end. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 79

Sweat yourself silly at Telluride’s newest festival the optimum health work out weekend

by hilary lempit


Above: Bodyweight workouts take it to the next level.

’m not really the type to be found in the gym or working out to intense, insane, or bootcamp/bootykicking home exercise DVDs. I was kind of scared (ok, terrified) about attending the first Oh… WOW festival held in Telluride. WOW’s sweatiness-to-fun ratio was perfect for everyone from the casual fitness enthusiast to hard-core health professionals. All the fitness sessions were held at the Peaks Resort in Mountain Village. While it’s a bit of a commute from Telluride, exercising at a higher elevation (about 10,000 feet) really makes the lungs burn. This year’s WOW featured Tony Horton, creator of revolutionary fitness program P90x, as its main guest speaker. P90x is a program of workout DVDs for home fitness that is “designed to get you in the best shape of your life” in 90 days. Horton and his program have become quite popular in the past few years, and it seems like a pretty effective routine – I was sore days after attending the class. Highlights from this energizing festival included a superhero-themed TRX class, which uses hanging straps with handles to accomplish a variety of bodyweight exercises. My arms and core were on fire after a 30-minute session, so I ate a burger at Smak to recuperate. My next session was a low back pain lecture given by my physical therapist, Mark Campbell. He gave an excellent physiological presentation on back pain, anatomy, and demonstrated some therapy techniques. Local mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill also presented on her summit of Everest. The first female mountaineer to link Everest and Lhotse summits in 24 hours, O’Neill delivered

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an inspirational talk that gave me the itch to get outside and climb some peaks. This integration of fitness, healthcare, and outdoor adventure lecture topics into the programming was unexpected and added a deeper educational aspect to the festival. Whether you’re a climber, CrossFitter, yogi, cyclist, or gym rat, there’s more than enough to keep your heart rate up and your brain engaged during this festival. WOW organizers and Telluride locals Becca Tudor and Albert Roer rounded out their festival’s high-energy offerings with a variety of restorative stretching and yoga classes. On Friday afternoon, I attended Telluride yoga instructor Sharon Caplan’s Power Vinyasa yoga class. Groovy music, challenging (yet relaxing) postures, and a gorgeous view through the Peaks’ picture windows made this two-hour class one of my favorite parts of WOW. While most of the sessions were exclusively indoors, WOW festivarians could take a guided hike of the Via Ferrata (a fixed alpine climbing route high on Telluride’s cliffs) for an additional $125, and could participate in a 10K trail run from town up to Mountain Village for no additional cost. Dubious weather conditions prevented this fitness festivarian from running the six-ish miles, but with slightly warmer temperatures I would have been at the front of the pack. Kick-start your fitness routine and get your body and mind ready for winter sports and adventure with Telluride’s Work Out Weekend festival. Next year’s festival is already scheduled, and I can’t wait to sweat myself silly again, all at 10,000 feet.

barbque enters a second year

by tfm staff


Above: Mmm, ribs. Below: Mmm, pulled pork.

s Mountain Village slides into the “Gold Season,” when the leaves say “no more cold!” and turn yellow as they retreat back to the forest floor, the Barbecue Festival provides a carnivorous carnival’s worth of stroke inducing, cholesterol raising, salaciously salivating meat. There are few better ways to spend a crisp fall weekend than by talking barbeque and watching football with friends, and there’s money on the line, to boot. With $8,000 in prize money, over 20 teams both professional and amateur came to compete in the Kansas City Barbeque Societysanctioned event. With categories in beef, chicken, brisket and pork, the teams spent Saturday of the festival setting up their smoker trailers in the parking lot adjacent to the Heritage Plaza in Mountain Village. Preparing their secret sauces and meat rubs takes over most of Saturday; afterwards, the meat is allowed 24 hours. to slowly cook into smoky, sweet, succulent perfection. On Sunday, the public feasting begins. My clear favorite was some brisket I snagged straight from the grill of Half Baked Hippies from Utah. I also heard plenty of praise for OOPS Barbeque’s pulled pork, but as a beef and brisket enthusiast, I wasn’t one to judge. For those hungry on Saturday, the awardwinning Texas Rib Rangers had set up camp in Heritage Plaza to hawk their edible wares. The winners of the KCBS event went to 2 Dude’s BBQ (chicken), Burning Bob’s Butts N Bones (ribs), Grillin’ Beavers (brisket), and I.A.B. 30 BBQ (pork) with an impressive perfect score. The overall winners were Big Poppa Smokers, who took home top-three placements in all categories. Next year’s BBQ promises all of the same meat, with the addition of an amateur competition. The time is now to stat perfecting that rub—the 2014 competition will be in midSeptember!

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by caity pinkard


orror fans rejoice! For the onset of October brings more than just the promise of Halloween, but also the return of the fourth annual Telluride Horror Show. Whether you’re a returning fan of the festival or a new victim of the festivities, this year’s line-up entertained with everything from the Burton-esque to the Lynch lover. From October 11 to 13, local and visiting cinephiles viewed 11 emerging and classic horror films at the Sheridan Opera House and Nugget Theatres. According to THS founder and director Ted Wilson, “most film festivals have a ‘mission.’” And for the fourth annual Telluride Horror show, Wilson’s mission was similarly four-fold: “to support indie filmmakers, introduce audiences to more foreign horror films, celebrate the legends, and program features and shorts that exhibit the many sub-genres of horror.” At first glance, this mission may seem a lofty one, but given 2013’s grisly, garish, and gory line-up, I believe that Wilson accomplished his goal. From curious newcomers to amateur enthusiasts to Hitchcock historians, the fourth annual Telluride Horror Show offered an incredibly wide and complex array of feature films and shorts in every genre and sub-genre of horror imaginable. Take, for example, David Muñoz and Adrián Cardona’s 15 minute short “Fist of Jesus.” Jesus is usually willing to help the needy, but this October audiences saw that “there are others who will taste his fist.” Other shorts included Ian Samuels “Caterwaul,” a 13 minute short about an aging man’s intimate

relationship with a lobster. For “Game of Thrones” lovers everywhere, Paul Davis’ 18 minute short “The Body,” stars Alfie Allen as a Halloween killer with hilarious but horrifying consequences. In addition to shorts, Telluride Horror Festival provides full-length film classics and premieres. For the fans of David Lynch, the debut of Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 film Basket Case created a disturbingly Lynch-like experience. Henenlotter appeared at the festival in person to answer audience questions, including the classic, “What’s in the basket?” (answer: it’s the protagonist’s deformed Siamese brother, seeking revenge). If the classic Siamese brother revenge narrative doesn’t get you, Bobcat Goldthwait’s new Bigfoot film, Willow Creek, will. Actors Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson discussed the ‘found-footage’ film after the showing, giving a rare peek into the behind-the-scenes of this new Bigfoot classic. For the more lighthearted, however, Oregonbased Laika Animation Studio led a special presentation that all lovers of Tim Burton were doomed to adore. The stop-motion mad minds at Laika have now released three incredible fullfeature films, including Moongirl (2005), Coraline (2009), and ParaNorman (2012). So save your scares, people. You’ve seen the incredible posters, but if you’ve missed the horrifying festivities, you’re missing out on the chilling, the hilarious, the new, and the old in horror films. But fear not: horror always fills in the streets of Telluride in mid-October, and there’s always next year. Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 83

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Realty Nevasca (970) 728-4454 300 W Colorado Ave. Telluride 8 AM -7 PM Daily Guide Page: 85 Map Number: 21 Prospect Realty (970) 728-6400 134 E. Colorado Ave. Telluride Guide Page: 86 Map Number: 26 Shops


(970) 728-8954 Telluride & Mountain Village Guide Page: 86 Map Number: 6

Tweed Interiors (970) 728-8186 151 S. Pine St. Telluride Guide Page: 90 Map Number: 34

Delilah LLC (970) 728-8803 753 Vance Road Ilium 10 AM – 7 PM Daily Map Number: 10

Cosmopolitan 300 W. San Juan Ave. (970) 728-1292 5 PM - 9:30 PM Daily Guide Page: 98 Map Number: 9

Two Skirts (970) 728-6828 127 W. Colorado Ave. Mon – Sat 10-7, Sun 11-6 Map Number: 35

Telluride Bud Company (970) 239-6039 135 S. Spruce St. Telluride Mon – Sat 10 AM – 6 PM Sun 10 AM - 3 PM Guide Page: 94 Map Number: 27

Diggity Doggs (970) 369-0364 567 Mountain Village Blvd. Mountain Village Guide Page: 99 Map Number: 11

Wizard (970) 728-4924 126 E. Colorado Ave. Telluride 12 PM – 9 PM Daily Guide Page: 90 Map Number: 36


Telluride Green Room (970) 728-7999 250 S. Fir Street Telluride 9 AM – 7 PM Daily Guide Page: 95 Map Number: 29

Flavor Telluride (970) 239-6047 122 S. Oak St. Dinner Starting At 5 PM Guide Page: 99 Map Number: 13

Floradora (970) 728-8884 103 W. Colorado Ave. Telluride FUEL Telluride Elinoff (970) 708-1590 11 AM - 10 PM Daily (970) 728-5566 201 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 203 Guide Page: 100 204 W. Colorado Ave. Telluride Map Number: 14 Telluride Guide Page: 95 9 AM – 10 PM Daily Map Number: 28 La Marmotte Guide Page: 87 Precision Piping (970) 728-6232 Map Number: 12 (970) 728-2914 Art 150 W. San Juan Ave. 162 Society Dr. Telluride Gold Mountain Gallery Gravity Works Telluride Dinner Starting At 5:30 (970) 728-3460 (970) 728-4143 Guide Page: 91 Guide Page: 100 135 W. Colorado Ave. 205 E. Colorado Ave. Map Number: 25 Map Number: 19 Telluride Telluride Guide Page: 96 8:30 AM – 8 PM Daily Map Number: 16 Oak, The New Fat Alley Guide Page: 87 Telluride Tattoo & Piercing (970) 728-3985 Map Number: 17 (970) 708-1204 Lustre 250 San Juan Ave. 398 W. Colorado Ave. Telluride (970) 728-3355 Pip’s Telluride. 11 Am – 10 Pm 171 S. Pine St. (970) 728-3663 By Appointment Guide Page: 101 Telluride 100 W. Colorado Ave. Guide Page: 92 Map Number: 22 10 AM – 6 PM Daily Telluride Map Number: 33 Guide Page: 96 Mon - Sat 11 - 6, Sun 12 - 5 Map Number: 20 Over The Moon Fine Foods Guide Page: 88 Wellness (970) 728-2079 Map Number: 24 Acme Healing Center Dining 200 W. Colorado Ave. (970) 626-4099 Telluride Baked In Telluride Telluride Liquors 157 US Hwy 550 Hours (970) 728-4775 (970) 728-3380 Ridgway Guide Page: 101 127 S. Fir St. 123 E. Colorado Ave. 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Daily Map Number: 23 Telluride Telluride Guide Page: 92 Guide Page: 97 10 AM - 10 PM Daily Map Number: 1 Map Number: 4 After Hours Guide Page: 88 Fly Me To The Moon Saloon Map Number: 30 Alpine Wellness Brown Dog Pizza (970) 728-4100 (970) 728-1834 (970) 728-8046 136 E. Colorado Ave. Telluride Music 300 W. Colorado Avenue 110 E. Colorado Ave. Telluride (970) 728-9592 Telluride Telluride Guide Page: 102 201 E. Colorado Ave. 10 AM - 6 PM Daily 11 AM – 10 PM Daily Map Number: 15 Telluride Guide Page: 93 Guide Page: 97 Mon – Fri 11-6, Sat 11-5 Map Number: 2 Map Number: 7 Lodging Sun 12-5 Bear Creek Lodge Guide Page: 89 Apres Healing Massage Cornerhouse Grille (970) 369-4900 Map Number: 31 (970) 729-8015 (970) 728-6207 135 San Joaquin Rd 300 W. Colorado Ave., Unit 2C 131 N. Fir St. Mountain Village Telluride Olive Oil Co. M – F 10 AM – 6 PM 11 AM – 12 PM Daily Map Number: 5 (970) 728-1440 Sat & Sun By Appointment Guide Page: 98 398 W. Colorado Ave. Guide Page: 94 Map Number: 8 Telluride Map Number: 3 Guide Page: 89 Map Number: 32

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Insurance Of The San Juans (970) 728-2200 135 W. Colorado Ave. Telluride Guide Page: 91 Map Number: 18

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Nevasca Realty

‘Community Realtor’ of 2012


n 1978, Josephine and Erik Fallenius approached Telluride in a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere, from the west through Norwood. It was springtime; the peaks were white, the grass green, and all was beautiful. The two loved it from the start. Erik worked on trail crew that first fall, and then as a lift operator during the winter. They lived paycheck to paycheck, went to the movies at the Opera House, ate occasional Sunshine Mountain Pancakes at the Flour Garden, burgers at John Micetic’s Silverjack Mining Company, and listened to Jack Flander’s Moon over Morocco adventures on KOTO. On cold winter evenings, the air was heavy with wood smoke, and the Courthouse burned coal. By ’79 change was afoot. A 38-year-old Ron Allred and company had bought the ski area. He had a vision: there was talk of an airport, a mountain village, a transportation link between the two new communities. A humorous “Sleeping Giant” became a Telluride marketing slogan. At this time, Erik helped start and manage Telluride Transit, a town and ski company effort to connect the community to the ski area and airports. To the chagrin some (especially our early Film Festival guests), our two vintage green buses were provided by Idarado Mining. In 1981, as interest rates hit 21%, Erik started his career in real estate with Dan Shaw. There weren’t many of realtors then, as Erik and Dan carried their listing information between offices in three-ring binders. By 1985, Josephine and Erik founded Nevasca Realty, Inc., with an office in 300 W. Colorado Ave. the local miner-turned-legend John Tutt’s 1888 Litchfield (970) 728-4454 Parlour Car. Nevasca’s office Map: 21 had the second fax machine in

town; before long, they found themselves carrying cell phones that weighed pounds. “It’s strange to talk about, it wasn’t that long ago, but a lot has sure happened,” says Erik. “I’ve been honored to serve Telluride for so long.” During Erik’s 35 years in Telluride, his experience includes 32 years of real estate brokerage, a ten year stint as a MountainFilm festival board member, founding Telluride Academy with Steven Gluckstern and Wendy Brooks at the helm, bringing Just For Kids Foundation to the community with the direction of Bill Carstens, instigating the Mountains to Desert Ride as a Just For Kids fundraiser, serving on the board of One to One Mentoring; and spending four years on Telluride’s Planning and Zoning board. In 2012, Erik was recognized by his peers as ‘Community Realtor of the Year.’ William Foster once said that “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” William Foster’s doctrine for quality resonates with Erik’s principles of performance in life and work. Over the last 28 years, Nevasca has consistently remained a company unfaltering in its reputation for integrity. The Nevasca office, since 1988, has been situated across the street from the County Courthouse and adjacent to Elks Park. In 2012, Nevasca was recognized as a top independent office, becoming an affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, and recognized as a member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate.

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Prospect Realty

Treating Clients Like Family


rospect Realty was founded in 2000 by long-time local resident and broker, Todd Creel. Their primary goal is to provide friendly, professional real estate services to buyers and sellers from all over the world. As a small office, they offer their clients personalized care, and they are available to meet their needs seven days a week. Prospect Realty’s office is located on main street in the heart of historic downtown Telluride. They specialize in the “in-town” market with extensive experience and knowledge in the town of Telluride. They also offer comprehensive expertise in ranch properties on the regional mesas, properties in the Mountain Village, Ski Ranches, Aldasoro, Elk Run and beyond. Prospect Realty


Paragon Outdoors, Bootdoctors

Offering Alternative Snow Adventures

(970) 728-6400 134 E. Colorado Ave. Map: 26 prides itself in treating customers and clients as family, assisting them in every aspect of the transaction from locating the perfect property, skilled negotiations, maintaining their property, and introducing them to other quality service providers in the area. Todd truly enjoys his work and finds helping others search for and find their own dream very rewarding. Todd moved to Telluride in 1987 when the town was still a growing resort. With twenty-five years of experience in the Telluride market, Todd has an overall knowledge of the area, which he uses to assist his clients in finding the perfect property or selling their place in a timely manner at the highest value. Outside of real estate, Todd is actively involved in local, non-profit radio station KOTO, serving for many years as its board president and a weekly DJ. Last summer, Todd joined forces with KOTO Radio in producing the first annual Ride Festival, a rock-and-roll festival that is scheduled for its third year in the summer of 2014. He has also been a member of the Planning and Zoning commission and the board of the Ah Haa School for the Arts. Todd was actively involved in the town’s acquisition of the Valley Floor, a truly amazing community accomplishment. He has served on the Open Space Commission and is a current member of the Valley Floor Preservation Partners. He is an active outdoor enthusiast enjoying all of the vast opportunities Telluride has to offer including skiing, mountain biking, rafting, hiking, fly-fishing and more. An avid musician, Todd enjoys playing music with other local musicians and regularly attends the numerous musical events from the Bluegrass to Jazz and Blues & Brews festivals.

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eed a day off from the slopes? There’s plenty of other fun activities you and your family can enjoy. Check out Paragon Outdoors at 213 W. Colorado for some great ideas. Glide across the Valley Floor with classic and skate skis from their full demo fleet of Nordic, or stomp through untracked terrain on snowshoes. Want something to really brag about? How about a picture of you with a giant rainbow trout you just snared in one of the beautiful rivers near Telluride. Winter fishing is one of the best kept secrets of our region. Fish are hungry and ready to jump on your lure. Or, be the first on your block to try the latest winter craze with a Fat Tire Bike Tour! Even better, take a Fat Tire Bike and Brewery Tour. After a fun ride across the Valley Floor, rest your legs as you belly up at the Telluride Brewery to taste the finest of local microbrews. It’s true--you can have a great time without ever standing in a lift line. Book ahead and save at or drop in at the Alt-Snow Activity Center at Paragon Outdoors, a Bootdoctors’ shop, conveniently located on both main street (Colorado Ave.) and the base of Oak Street, near the Gondola.




Fine Jewelry & Fine Art


(970) 728-5566 204 W. Colorado Ave. Map: 12

linoff Fine Jewelry & Fine Art has been in business for over 22 years and is Telluride’s largest luxury store. Elinoff is located in the heart of downtown directly across from the Nugget Theatre. Elinoff carries designer jewelry and a prestigious art from the Impressionists to contemporary, from paintings and graphics to original sculpture. Visit the store while you are in Telluride or shop online. Elinoff opened in Telluride in 1991 and moved to their current location in 1998. Elinoff carries the finest lines of jewelry, including diamond and colored gemstone jewelry from the most prestigious designer lines catering to the well-traveled, sophisticated visitors as well as locals. Elinoff’s fine art collection includes works from the most celebrated names in art from the modern period, c.1860-1960 through contemporary. Their vaults contain literally hundreds of lithographs, drawings, etchings, and paintings that will make serious collectors turn their heads. Designer lines from Roberto Coin, Penny Preville, Spark Creations, Waskoll of Paris, Philippe Rulliere, Dove, Jenny Perl, Hammerman Bros., Daniel K, Levian, and estate jewelry. They carry watches by Hermes, Alpina, and Biancograt. In-house jewelry design and fabrication as well as commission paintings by Wayne McKenzie, Telluride’s recognized plein air artist. From charms to diamonds and everything inbetween, Elinoff is the most interesting store you’ll ever visit.

Telluride Gravity Works


Passion for the Outdoors

elcome to Telluride! Telluride Gravity Works was created by a group of locals who turned their passion for the outdoors into a mountain sports center, featuring a 24-hour Fitness Center, Indoor Rock Climbing, Full Service Tune Shop, Rental Equipment and Retail. Their knowledgeable staff is available seven days a week to help you with any questions you may have. Need a workout? Their fitness center features a complete line of Hoist strength equipment along with free weights, Octane ellipticals, Matrix treadmills and LeMond Fitness bike trainers. The fitness center is open daily to walk-ins, monthly members receive 24-hour access. Want to go rock climbing? Everyone 5 years and older can boulder or top-rope on the indoor climbing wall. For those looking to take their skills to the next level, belay lessons are available by appointment. The wall is open daily during store hours, and is available for private events by reservation.

WINTER RENTALS AND SERVICES: Demo Skis Rental & Demo Snowboards RIDE rental boots with BOA lacing system Fat Bike Rentals, equipped with 4” tires for snow Ski Mounting Services Ski & Snowboard Tuning & Repair Services Ask how you can get free delivery (970)728-4143 205 East Colorado Avenue, across from ACE Hardware

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Pip’s Consignment


Fine and Funky

ip’s is a consignment shop located on main street underneath the Community Banks ATM in the Wintercrown breezeway. They carry a wide selection of high quality vintage and new/slightly used items. Shop owner Pip Kenworthy has been in business for over a decade with a background in theatre and costume design. Pip’s roots are in (970) 728-3663 Camdentown, 100 W. Colorado Ave. London, and she has brought oodles of that Map: 24 British flair to our small town. Pip’s also has an eclectic selection of leathers and suedes from all over the world, along with many other foreign and culturally appealing garments. Telluride is a town often traveled through and many of Pip’s consigners shop on her behalf in captivating corners of the planet. Therefore, the shop is filled with rare and peculiar items one can only find off the beaten path. In addition to Pip’s unique vintage, she carries a very large collection of costumes for rent/sale, as well as high quality wigs of all styles and colors. If you love kimonos, tutus, cowboy boots, hats of all sorts, designer gowns, overalls, classic suits and awesome music, pop in to the shop! And if you have something fabulous you’d like to sell, drop in and set up an account with her.

Telluride Liquors Covering the Beverage Needs of Telluride


ituated on Main Street, only a short walk to Town Park, sits one of Telluride’s best liquor stores. Telluride Liquors features an extensive wine selection with prices for every budget. They carry wines from every major wine-producing region in the world, as well as all major varietals. Looking for a gift or souvenir bottle? Telluride Liquors carries a large selection of Colorado wines, spirits, and craft beers. They boast a large tequila selection, so whether you’re making margaritas or looking for something to sip on after dinner, they have you covered. Their beers are constantly being rotated so there is always something new to try. Looking for a five-dollar sixpack? They can help. Looking for a twenty-five-dollar cask-aged bomber?

They have those too. Telluride Liquors can also take the stress out of your wedding or event. Just call for consultation. Telluride Liquors & Wine Shop has been serving the beverage needs of locals and visitors alike since the 1980s. Being open seven days a week, having off-street parking available, and their convenient Main St. location makes it easy to stop by for that après-ski six pack, the perfect bottle of wine for dinner or the makings of your favorite cocktail.

(970) 728-3380 123 E. Colorado Ave. Map: 30

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Telluride Music Not Your Typical Small-Town Music Store


ocated in the heart of Telluride’s historic business district, Telluride Music Co. embraces the town’s unique attention to music by offering one of the finest selections of quality new, used and vintage stringed instruments that can be found anywhere. Telluride Music Co. is honored to be an authorized dealer of C.F. Martin and Collings guitars and a dealer of fine used and vintage stringed instruments. Discerning players and collectors will appreciate the shop’s focus on high-end acoustic flat-top guitars. At the same time, aspiring musicians can find competitively-priced guitars, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles, fiddles, instructional materials and a wide array of instrument accessories, and the store’s music lesson program and fine stringed instrument repair service can push their playing to the next level. Musicians, music-lovers and festivarians alike will enjoy Telluride Music’s selection of hard-to-find music CDs and DVDs. Family-owned and -operated since its establishment, Telluride Music Co. began as Sheridan Music in a small space in the historic Liberty Bell building on South Spruce Street. At its outset, the store provided a selection of CDs, strings and instrument accessories for the local music folks of Telluride. As acoustic guitars were added to the inventory selection and the business began to take hold, the need to move into a larger space was imminent. In 1996, a great

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opportunity provided itself in the historic Sheridan Pool Hall building, which is located at 201 East Colorado Ave., next to North Spruce Park. At this location, Telluride Music Co. continues to operate today. Shortly after the move to Colorado Avenue, Dave and Karen Lamb acquired the business. The Lambs had been drawn to the Telluride area years before while working for the burgeoning Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Upon their purchase of the business, they worked to significantly expand the product line with a broad selection of various acoustic instruments. A woodworker by trade, Dave had always been interested and engaged in instrument setup, repair and lutherie, and he had long desired to combine his woodworking skills with his love of music and musical instruments. With the blessing of his loving wife and family, Dave and the Lambs began a second career. Today, Telluride Music Co. continues to expand its selection of used and vintage instruments with rare and iconic Martin, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Epiphone and Rickenbacker guitars. With such classic instruments hanging on the wall, the shop offers something you won’t normally find in a small-town music store. Nevertheless, it still strives to fulfill every music need of locals and those visiting town.

Telluride Olive Oil Co.


Exotic Specialty Foods to Explore

he newly opened Telluride Olive Oil Company is Telluride’s one-stop shop for olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a range of specialty gifts. Customers adore their flavored olive oils, such as the butter olive oil, the bacon olive oil, or the garlic parmesan sundried tomato olive oil. Spread these oils over bread and toast in the oven, sprinkle on popcorn, or add a little extra flavor to a salad! One of the best parts of the Telluride Olive Oil Company is browsing the shop’s wide range of offerings—with over 70 different infused oils and balsamics, it’s almost too much to choose from! Come in to let your imagination explore the many possibilities of cooking—or find that perfect gift from among their selection of handmade jewelry, art, cookbooks, and more!

(970) 728-1440 398 W. Colorado Ave. Map: 32

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Fresh, Chic Interior Design


weed Interiors is a full service interior design studio and boutique located in downtown Telluride, Colorado. Partners Victoria Crawford and Robyn Shaw offer a fresh, chic style, acknowledging architectural elements while incorporating art, texture, color, and light to achieve eclectic and exquisite outcomes. Victoria’s art education and Robyn’s urban experience formulate a succinct balance that perfectly translates their design statement. Their similar styles complement each other, flanked by their overall professionalism and attention to detail. Tweed handles a wide range of interior design services, including remodels, new construction, finish selection, color consultations, lighting, fabric selection, upholstery, custom furnishings, window treatments, artwork and accessories. The firm works seamlessly with architects and developers, as well as with individual clients. Tweed can accommodate a breadth of tastes, adding creative and unique ideas to any style. The Tweed boutique houses a beautiful array of furniture, bedding, housewares, gifts and art. Some of the many designers represented on their retail floor collection include Jonathan Adler, John Robshaw, Dwell, Jamie Young, Les Indiennes, Kai, as well as various artists and one-of-a-kind antiques.


(970) 728-8186 151 S. Pine St. Map: 34

Custom Framing and Emporium


izard is family-owned and -operated since 2001. However, its history began in the 1980s as a video rental store. Like most things, Wizard has evolved with the times and recently undergone a remodeling. Wizard Custom Framing & Emporium is an artisanal gift store focusing on locally made products as well as products made strictly in the USA from environmentally sustainable resources. You can find everything from jewelry to candles, toys and pottery, as well as clothing and fine art pieces--all handmade by locals in Telluride region. Wizard’s artists are constantly adding new items to the inventory, and many of them use repurposed and recycled materials. For example, one of their featured vendors hand-carves toys from upcycled wood, paints them with non-toxic paint, and finishes them with coconut oil. Wizard also has a collection of gift cards, made by hand in the USA from sustainable resources. Their biggest paper supplier relies on wind turbines as a power source, encourages all employees to use public transportation, and prints all of their cards and wrapping papers on bamboo paper.

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Additionally, Wizard carries many prints and posters made by local photographers and artists, including all Telluride festival posters. They have a collection of vintage Telluride prints and posters, as well as prints by famous artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Jean Baptist Camille, and Eric Carle. Framers work on-site at Wizard, at the back of the store. An extensive selection of frames and mats is available and in stock, and each piece is done entirely by hand. Preservation glass and repair work is also available. The frame shop does canvas stretching, as well, and will assist in the entire creative process. A framer is onsite seven days a week for consultations. Although much has changed since Wizard first opened, they still offer movie rentals in the store. New releases are on display, and older movies can be found catalogued in binders by genre--just ask a store attendant and they will be happy to pull a binder out so you can choose a movie from our extensive collection. Finally, Wizard serves as the primary ticket outlet for many music and theatrical events taking place in Telluride. Drop by for your festival tickets, and enjoy the show!



Insurance of the San Juans Full Service, Competitive Prices



(970) 728-2200 135 W. Colorado Ave. Map: 18

t Insurance of the San Juans, clients are provided with quality products and services at competitive prices. Insurance of the San Juans is a credit to the communities they serve and a valuable resource to their customers. Insurance of the San Juans not only listens to their clients, but also embraces the idea that they are at their service. Above all, their vision is to be the best in the eyes of their customers, because they realize that customers are their greatest asset. As a full service, independent insurance agency, Insurance of the San Juans works hard for you. Selecting the right insurance can be a challenge, but their experienced staff of licensed agents will help you every step of the way and ensure that you get the best coverage and value for your dollar. Stop by either of their offices in Telluride or Montrose for a complimentary quote or policy review today.

Precision Piping

Carrier, Lochinvar Products with Service


recision Piping specializes in plumbing, heating, air conditioning, refigeration, and sheet metal work, offering 24-hour service for your needs. Owner Eric Stirling will install and service Carrier brand home comfort systems, including HybridHeat systems, keeping you warm in the cold, snowy months, and comfortably cool during the heat of the summer. Precision Piping also offers Lochinvar high-efficiency water heaters and boilers, so that you can save money without having to take chilly showers. When it comes to your home, you don’t want to take risks. Turn to the professionals at Precision Piping by calling (970) 417-1476 today.

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Telluride Tattoo and Piercing Body Art by Local Ken Rommel


elluride Tattoo & Piercing is now open on Main Street, offering quality body art services from artist and owner Ken Rommel. He offers body art consultations and a wide breadth of tattoo and piercing services--everything from full sleeves to smaller tattoos, and from body piercings on adults to children’s ear piercings. Rommel boasts a strong background in arts and design. “I grew up in Santa Fe, NM, a huge town for art, and my mom was of the fine art discipline, so I definitely grew up with creativity and artistic expression all around me,” he said. The studio uses mostly disposable equipment and has invested heavily in medical grade, state-of-the-art cleaning equipment which is used to clean and sterilize any equipment that’s not disposable. The sofa and seating area of the shop offers a wide selection of tattooing books from which to draw inspiration, and Rommel is always open to consultation appointments. The studio also offers a variety of body jewelry, earrings, and other fun! Rommel encourages residents and visitors alike to visit the shop. Contact Telluride Tattoo & Piercing by calling 970708-1204, or stop by the studio at 398 W. Colorado Avenue in Telluride.

(970) 708-1204 398 W. Colorado Ave. Map: 33


Acme Healing Centers:

Western Slope Owned, Western Slope Grown


(970) 626-4099 157 US Hwy 550 Ridgway Map: 1 Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 92

cme Healing Centers are the premier destinations to procure your medical marijuana needs. With three locations on the Western Slope (Crested Butte, Durango, Ridgway), their goal is to connect Western Slope Colorado MMJ patients with the resources they need to get help and find relief. Acme offers a large selection of medical marijuana strains as well as award-winning, quality edibles and infused products. They fill their shelves with various products to benefit any patient’s needs, be it flower, hash, tincture, edible, or topical ointments. Acme’s motto is “Western Slope Grown, Western Slope Owned since 2009.” This motto is the basis of their work; they strive to create a neighborhood feel in each location while providing outstanding products and experiences. Creating a welcoming atmosphere throughout the store and employees makes you, the patient, know you are receiving the best possible alternative treatment on the Western Slope. There are many choices for a patient to shop in Colorado. Acme stands out from the rest with its friendly, knowledgeable staff only surpassed by our great products and a great atmosphere.


Alpine Wellness


Home Grown and Homemade

stablished in September of 2009, Alpine Wellness is one of Telluride’s first Medical Marijuana Centers. Set on creating a marijuana experience fit for the unique personality of Telluride, the crew at Alpine Wellness set out on their venture. After four years and plenty of hurdles, the company is beginning to blossom in beautiful ways. With a state-of-the-art grow facility and a custom-built commercial kitchen, Alpine Wellness is currently able to supply all the inventory it needs for the company’s Main Street retail shop and Alpine Infusions, the company’s wholesale edible line. “The garden is the heartbeat of our undertaking. We've put a lot of engineering and care into building a proper grow facility for our girls,” Co-Owner Nolan Murphy says. “We did our best to create an environment where they could be safe, happy, & comfortable.” With a wide variety of organic, locally grown strains and hybrid phenotypes, patients will be surprised with their universally high quality buds. The Alpine Infusions kitchen is where the crew gets to exercise a ton of creativity. Their new Ganjalas, (moderately dosed flavored taffies), are already being sold in over thirty shops around the state. “They’re small yet powerful,” says Kitchen Manager for Alpine Infusions Ian Murphy. “It’s a pleasant experience that offers great relief.” With all the imagination flowing through this place, there is no telling what these guys will come up with next. Trying to avoid the traditional brownies, the kitchen is cranking out sauces, Ganjalas, gluten-free crackers, spiced

nuts, and even “KOTO Krispies” which benefit Telluride’s local radio station. “Our kitchen has come leaps & bounds over the last year,” Says Nolan Murphy. “With so many products yet to be created, this side of the business gives us the opportunity to be on the forefront of product development in the industry.” When it comes to the shop, medical patients shouldn’t miss an opportunity to stop by and say hello. With colorful local art on the walls, a stunning view of Ajax from the bud room, and an amazing partnership with a local massage therapist, you can tell that Alpine Wellness is run as a Telluride family business. The crew at Alpine Wellness sees each and every person as an individual with unique needs and wants. If you’re in Telluride, “you should definitely stop by,” said one Yelp reviewer: “extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff. They run a great above board operation.” “It’s been an amazing adventure so far,” says Grady. “Interestingly enough, we’ve only made it through the first section of rapids on this float. Now we’re bracing for the waterfall ahead.” In January, Alpine Wellness will be opening its doors to adults 21 years of age or older, becoming one of the first retail marijuana shops to establish in United States history. Stop by and say hello, but remember you need to have a Colorado Medical Marijuana card or be 21 years of age to shop. There is no question these local entrepreneurs are on to something big. They operate a tight ship that is compliant and current with state and local regulations. Turns out smoking marijuana won’t deplete your motivation or drive. Great work guys!


House Strains:

-Blue Dream -Blue Widow -Candyland -Durban Poison -G-Funk -Granddaddy Purple -Grape God -Green Love Potion -Hammerhead -LSD -NYC Diesel -OG Kush -Phantom Cookies -Pineapple Express -Pineapple Skunk -S.A.G.E. -Warlock


-Earwax -Honey Oil -Rem Pen cartridges -Bubble Hash -Tinctures

House-Made Edibles

-Cookies Nutty Buddy Happy Trails Gin & Chronic -Ganjalas -Granola Bars -KOTO Krispies -Peppermint Fatties -Happy Thought Sauce -Balsamic Vinaigrette -BBQ Sauce -Hot Wing Sauce -Terrapins -Weed Thins

Infused Products

-Magars (Marijuana Cigars wrapped in fan leaves) -Mary Jane’s Medicinals Topicals Salve Massage Oil Lotion Arnica Tincture Hash Bath Lip Bong


-Vaporizer pens -Pipes -Telluride’s largest selection of rolling papers

(970) 728-1834 300 W. Colorado Avenue Map Number: 2

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Après Healing Massage


Feel Good Forever

près Healing Massage offers professional bodywork. They care about your needs and are here to listen. Whether it’s relaxation or pain relief you are looking for, they can help. It is a team effort and Après Healing is honored to be a part of your healing process. Every massage is customized to the client. Après Healing specializes in Orthopedic Massage Therapy, helping with injures, both acute and chronic. Fran Headley, owner of the company, has been practicing massage for four years and plans to continue expanding her knowledge and experience for years to come. “Providing healing tools through massage is my passion,” says Headley. “It truly fills my spirit to see clients leave with a smile.“ Nestled just upstairs from Maggie’s on Colorado Avenue, Après Healing Massage has a great, quiet downtown location. Close to many great hotels, shopping and restaurants Telluride has to offer, Après Healing Massage makes it easy to get some relaxing bodywork. The tranquil treatment room is a place to escape and heal the mind, body and soul. You deserve a massage. Feel Good Forever!

Telluride Bud Company

Organic, High-Quality Natural Health


elluride Bud Company’s mission is to serve the medical needs of Telluride and its surrounding communities. A family-owned business, Telluride Bud Company insists on only the very best products that are locally grown, organic, and of the very highest quality. Shake off the winter chill with TBC’s alwaysfree hot chocolate and coffee, and take a moment to browse their selection of edibles, tinctures, glassware, accessories, and marijuana strands. Starting in January, any adult over the age of 21 may purchase marijuana at a retailer, so why not try something new? Telluride Bud Company is always friendly, professional, and welcoming. Stop by their new location in the Silverbell Building, at Pacific and Spruce Street, where they will help show you the way to natural health.

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MENU OF SERVICES: *FESTIVARIAN SPECIAL* Mention this ad and get a free 15 minutes added to your treatment.

75 min massage for $100 Swedish Massage

Soft tissue manipulation promoting a deep state of relaxation 30 mins…$45 60 mins…$90 90 mins…$135

Deep Tissue/ Injury Treatment

Direct deep pressure pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles 30 mins…$55 60 mins…$100 90 mins…$145

Spinal Flush

hot and cold treatment applied to the spine 30 mins…$40 add to any treatment for $20

Mobile Massage

Massage treatments in the comfort of your own home 2hr minumum…$120/hr

(970) 729-8015 300 W. Colorado Ave., Unit 2C Map: 3

TELLURIDE BUD CO. OFFERINGS: Edibles: -Cheeba Chews with CBD’s -Cheeba Chews in Sativa and Hybrid -Green Hornets in Sativa, Hybrid, and Indica -Dabba Mint Chocolate in Sativa, Indica and 200mg Hybrids -Mile High Hard Candy in Sativa, Indica Hash: -Ear Wax Drinks: -MarQaha Enhanced in Pomegranate, Fruit Punch, Orange Crush -MarQaha Sativa in Lemonade - Black Tea Tinctures: -MarQaha in Sativa, Indica, Blend -MarQaha Atomizers in 2 Flavors, Mellow Mist, Nillaberry, carrying Sativa, Indica and Blend Tropicals: -Mary Jane’s Medicinal in Salve, Body Lotion, -Massage Oil, Lip Bong, Heavenly Hash Bath.

(970) 239-6039 135 S. Spruce Street Map: 27


Telluride Green Room Telluride’s Largest Selection of Edibles, Accessories, and Glass

Fuel the Machine Becca Tudor Opens Facility for Personal and Group Training

(970) 728-7999 250 S. Fir Street Map: 29


eed a nice glass piece for the weekend? Looking for the best edible selection in Town? Need a step-up in smokeables

quality? Telluride Green Room is your one-stop-spot for the best selection of edibles, smokeables and fine quality glassware. Whether you need a new PURE Waterpipe, small glass spoon, papers, Vaporizer, Concentrates, or the best smokeables in town, the Telluride Green Room is where you need to visit. Stop in and let their knowledgeable, helpful, friendly staff set you on the road to THC Bliss. TGR grows their own and quality is their motto. The selection of fine edibles available in Colorado these days is staggering; they are constantly researching and testing to widen and refine their vast selection to offer you the best options available. As the Telluride Green Room business has grown, so has their accessories selection. Now Telluride Green Room offers the highest quality glassware and Vaporizers at prices the Internet will not likely beat. PURE, ATMOS, PAX, MAGIC FLIGHT, and the output of local glass blowers is a small slice of what makes us Telluride’s go-to spot for all your smoking needs.

(970) 708-1590 201 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 203 Map: 28


ecca Tudor’s mission in life is to influence and motivate people to overcome their fears and struggles, thus becoming empowered through self-confidence. Health and wellness are a part of Becca, and a major part of her everyday life. It is Becca’s strong belief is that health is one of the greatest gifts, but unfortunately also one that is often neglected and taken for granted. Addressing both the psychological and physiological aspects of life, her goal is to identify with and educate people to reach their greatest potential in health, fitness, wellness and quality of life. FUEL, Becca’s private studio, offers private and semi-private pilates and fitness training, as well as private Gyrotonic. She offers in-home training and is now expanding with the FUEL Station, located at 300 South Mahoney Drive, at the Base of Lift 7. FUEL Station offers group fitness classes, all of which are 55 minutes long unless otherwise specified. Your body is a machine. Make sure you have it fueled properly!

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Gold Mountain Gallery

Custom and Unique Pieces for the Home


old Mountain Gallery features rugs and hand-crafted home furnishings including custom furniture, lighting, fine artwork and photography from local talented artists such as painter Nicole Finger and jeweler Heintzelman. Step into their main street location to find some of the most unique pieces in Telluride, from super-modern lamps to rustic, split-cottonwood coffeetables. In addition, Gold Mountain offers professional inhome services including top of the line rug wash and repair services, furniture care and restoration, and finish carpentry and design consultations. Whether you are a homeowner looking to source something fresh for your home, or you simply need your rug repaired, Gold Mountain Gallery will be happy to assist.

(970) 728-3460 135 W. Colorado Ave. Map: 16

Lustre Gallery

Jewelry for the Home

(970) 728-3355 171 S. Pine St. Map: 20

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ustre Gallery presents handcrafted fine art and jewelry for the home and self that is inspired by a love of nature. Tucked away on Pine Street one block south of Colorado Ave., Lustre is most noticeable to passerby at night. Dozens of hand-painted glass chandeliers by Ulla Darni illuminate the store. Fine inlaid furniture crafted with exotic woods and gem-quality stones by John Arenskov brings the term ‘‘conversation piece” to life. Marshall Noice’s vibrant oil and pastel landscapes grace the walls together with earthy mixed media. Sculptural works and vessels are created by glass, bronze and fiber artists. Complementing jewelry for home with art for self, Lustre showcases several jewelry collections that embody wearable art. Among others, Lustre represents Colorado artist Todd Reed whose jewelry line is created with recycled metals and natural diamonds, Gurhan’s classically distinctive 24K gold and silver collections and art nouveau jewelry designed by Lluis Masriera in Barcelona at the turn of the 20th century. Lustre’s artists often find inspiration in nature and incorporate the most beautiful natural elements into their creations. Stop by the gallery for a better appreciation of their artists.



Old-Fashioned Dedication


Baked in Telluride an Integral Part of the Community

ornell graduate Jerry Greene first came to Telluride in the summer of 1974. Like many arrivals of the time, Jerry spent his time living on the floor, in a bedroom that was really a walk-through closet, and a couple of nights in the old Blue House next to the museum. He was impressed by the fledgling resort, and saw a town that had everything it needed, save one thing—a local community radio station He quickly applied his community radio experience gained in Ithaca, St. Louis, and Denver, and the station was on the air in October of 1975. There was something else Telluride was missing. So Jerry seized an opportunity to partner with another Telluride local to open Baked in Telluride in December of 1976. Over the years the Bakery grew to occupy the entire structure, and the menu grew to include sandwiches, salads, pasta and authentic Mexican food. Dinner specials include Thursday’s Thanksgiving Dinner, meatloaf, renowned soups, large and fresh salads, and wild-caught salmon with Mexi-rice and vegetables. Pasta is made on-premise with made-fromscratch sauce. The old B-I-T burned down in a catastrophic fire in February 2010. A scant 16 months later, the bakery was back in a new building. The exterior is similar to the old one, but the interior is newly spacious and wide-open, with all-new equipment. What hasn’t changed is the never-ending dedication to producing foods of the highest quality at

reasonable prices. Since re-opening, the line of gluten-free products has expanded, including the wildly popular almond macaroon and a great gluten-free flax bread. Today’s Baked in Telluride is at the heart of the Telluride community. Afternoons in the shop are filled with après school activity, and pizza by the slice makes a quick lunch. With its 5:30 AM opening, the bakery is the perfect jumping off spot for your backcountry expedition, or a stop for food for your journey home. B-I-T is an integral part of thousands of Festivarians’ experiences, especially the grab-n-go egg-filled burritos, bagels, and croissants in the hot case. Festival folk are also wowed by the Wall of Pastries, loaded every morning with bagels, breads, donuts, and cookies.

(970) 728-4775 127 S. Fir St. Map: 4

Brown Dog Pizza


Dare to Be Square

n 1946, on the corner of Conant and Six Mile Road (Buddy’s Rendezvous) in Detroit, MI, Gus Guerra crafted the world’s first Detroit-Style Pizza. So, what makes Detroit-Style Pizza unique? It’s square! This is because in true, Motor-City fashion, authentic Detroit-Style Pizza is baked in square, blue steel automotive parts pans. This style has spread across the world, and even made it to Telluride at the international awardwinning Brown Dog Pizza on main street. Pizza artists start with a light, airy, crispy and chewy Sicilian crust, which is then lined with toppings. To create the famous caramelized crust, plenty of freshly shredded, aged white cheddar and whole milk mozzarella are mounded all the way to the edge of the blue steel pan. Finally, a thick layer of signature red sauce is drizzled on top, which trickles through the bubbling cheese. One bite of the true, authentic Detroit-Style Pizza says it all: it’s like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. Dare to be square! Brown Dog also offers classic American-style pizzas in a Rustic (970) 728-8046 Medium Crust or Thin-Thin Crust. 110 E. Colorado Ave. Their pies are made with only the Map: 7 finest ingredients: pizza artists begin

with Pendleton flour and use the Italian Biga method to add complexity and flavor to their dough. This method requires a starter--a mix of yeast, malt, extra-virgin olive oil and sea salt in a Hobart mixer, which is then is hand-rolled. The hand-rolled balls are placed in dough boxes and into a refrigerator for 48 hours before they are pushed into the perfect crust. Vine-ripened Stanislaus tomatoes from California are sourced for the pizza sauce, and they only use freshly shredded, whole milk Wisconsin-grade mozzarella. Brown Dog’s pies are baked in an old-fashioned Blodgett oven at 550 degrees Fahrenheit on a brick floor. Let Brown Dog’s skilled pizza artists prepare your “out of this world” made-to-order pizza!

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Cornerhouse Grille

Telluride’s Best Daily Specials A MENU SAMPLING: Basket O’ Fries or Tots


Cheese Curds $6.95 Tacos Chicken, Pork, or Beef (two / three)

(970) 728-6207 131 N. Fir St. Map: 8

$7.50 / $9.50

Fish Tacos

$8.50 / $11.50

(two / three)

Burgers. $9.95 add: toppings, swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, bleu cheese

Classics: The Big Willy


turkey, guacamole, tomato, cheddar

Reuben $11.50 Finger Sliders


Chicken Finger Basket


Pork! Pork! Pork!

our take on the class Cuban, featuring ham, pulled pork, and bacon $11.95


or over 20 years, the Cornerhouse Grille has served up bar comfort food in a cozy blue Victorian house on North Fir Street. This favorite locals’ spot has been voted the best in town for its specials, offered 11:30 AM until midnight. Food and drink specials occur every weeknight– Monday night is Burgers & Trivia, Taco & Tequila specials on Tuesday, Whiskey specials on Wednesday, Thursday is Ladies’ Night and Wings Night, and Friday is Burger Night. In addition to their delicious burgers, wings, Mexican food, and tater tots, they feature 10 beers on tap and a full bar. Watch the game here on their nine HD TVs, or stop by in the afternoon for a cold one on one of the two spacious decks overlooking downtown. Cornerhouse serves its entire menu until midnight every night, perfect for your festivarian late-night snacking needs. Bring your family for a casual, reasonable lunch or dinner-Cornerhouse serves up a great kids’ menu–or bring your friends for late-night burgers and beer.

Cosmopolitan Restaurant


Original, Contemporary Dining

n the main dining room of Telluride’s Cosmopolitan Restaurant, Chef/Owner Chad Scothorn offers fine dining with generous portions and outstanding ingredients. His seasonal menu offers diverse cuisines, including French, American and Thai. Though the overall approach is “fusion,” you’ll never find crossed cultures on one plate. No matter what you order, the Cosmo has the perfect complementary wine. Choose from over 200 selections from all over the world. The main dining area is available by reservation only. The newly renovated Cosmopolitan Bar & Lobby offers a more relaxed & contemporary environment perfect for enjoying one of their many craft cocktails. The Cosmo

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Bar now features a revolving selection of wines on tap, making great wines from around the world available by the glass. Walk-in guests are welcome in the Bar & Lobby area all year and available on a first come, first serve basis. Enjoy what’s been heralded as “Original in preparation and presentaion,” by Ski Magazine and “taking fine dining to new heights” by the Dallas Morning Star this winter!

300 W. San Juan Ave. (970) 728-1292 Map: 9


Diggity’s Dog House Chicago Dogs, Slopeside


ith Yelp reviewers calling it “delicious and cheap” and “the closest thing to a true Chicago dog,” Diggity’s Dog House offers Telluride the fastest, least expensive, and most delicious food all winter long. Located in the heart of Mountain Village, Diggity’s Dog House is the prime eating spot to enjoy your midday ski break. Diggity Doggs is open daily in the winter, and has a cart on Main Street in the summer. Delicious offerings include all-beef hotdogs, tofu dogs, Sheboygan pork dogs, and the fire dogg, a spicy Polish sausage, as well as chips and drink options. Toppings include generous portions of sauerkraut, onions, relish, cheese, mustard, ketchup, and diggity sauce, amongst others. Diggity sauce, a special mix of relish, onions, and deliciousness, rounds out any and every hot dog. Whether you’re enjoying the fast life and need food on-the-go, hungry after shredding powder all day, or just relaxing in the Mountain Village, grab a Diggity Dogg this winter and enjoy.


(970) 369-0364 567 Mountain Village Blvd. Map: 11

Flavor Telluride Casual Bistro Dining Without the Stuffiness

lavor Telluride, a casual bistro in Telluride, serves high-quality, ingredient-inspired cuisine without stuffiness or pretension. Located at 122 S. Oak Street, Flavor is a short walk up from the gondola. Entrees often feature hints of owner Eric Eckert’s New Orleans background, but don’t think of Flavor as a po-boy shop; instead, expect entrees with mouthwatering mussels, fish, and kobe-beef. Flavor’s commitment to fresh ingredients at the center of their entrees means the menu changes often. However, it always retains Flavor’s signature simplicity and freshness.

(970) 239-6047 122 S. Oak St. Map: 13

Pickled Golden Beet Salad

House pickled golden beets, shaved fennel, beet greens, spring mix, chevre, sherry-agave vinagrette

Red Crab Cakes

Australian red crab, yellow peppers, herbs & spices, with malt vinegartarragon aioli

Southern Fried Oysters

Fresh oysters, dusted in seasoned cornmeal & flash fried, with cajun aioli

Seared Diver Scallops

Large U-10 Scallops, carrol-ginger puree, saffron rice pilaf, micro greens

Wild Salmon

Wild-caught salmon, balsamic caramelized bussels sprouts & curreid great northern beans

Gulf Fish & Chips

Fresh gulf fish, fried in seasoned tempura beer batter, malt vinegartarragon aioli

Flavor Mussels

Prince Edward Island mussels in a broth of fennel, house smoked tasso ham, garlic, herbs, pernod & cream, with grilled crostini

Ratatouille Pasta

Vegetable medley of the day, tossed with pappardelle pasta ribbons, parmigiano reggiano and California extra-virgin olive oil

Kobe Cheeseburger

Snake River Farms Black Label American Kove Beef ground 100% keobe beef burger on a toasted brioche bun with cheddar cheese & fries

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The Floradora A Telluride Classic

A MENU SAMPLING: Brunch (Weekends 10:00 - 2:45) The Floradora Two eggs cooked any style with home fries Toast and choice of bacon, sausage, or ham Traditional Eggs Benedict

Lunch: Baked Brie and Apples Honey and pistachio-crusted Brie with toasted ciabatta Jalapeno Poppers Bacon-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cheese Beet Salad Organic field greens, walnuts, red and golden beets, goat cheese, sherry vinagrette Pork Green Chili Fried corn tortilla strips, cilantro crema Floradora Burger Roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, white cheddar, chipotle aioli

Dinner: Barbequed Duck Tacos Blue cheese sweet potato hash mango salsa, guacamole, sour cream Surf n Turf King Crab Leg, New York Strip


he Floradora Saloon is the oldest single-owned restaurant in Telluride. The fare consists of local and organic ingredients whenever available. Located in the middle of Telluride on Colorado Avenue, it is easily identified by the stained glass Floradora girl at the peak of the façade. Best known for its excellent hamburgers and fresh salads, it is a hit with the festival participants. Plan on a few Blue Plate specials priced reasonably for your budget when visiting Telluride. The sidewalk seating is the best location to watch the Telluride show.

(970) 728-8884 103 W. Colorado Ave. Map: 14

La Marmotte

Simple, Elegant Cuisine

M (970) 728-6232 150 W. San Juan Ave. Map: 19

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ark Reggiannini’s philosophy on food is simplicity. As the chef/owner of Telluride’s La Marmotte, he works closely with local organic farmers to create dishes that combine classic French techniques. With simple, fresh ingredients, Mark creates his contemporary cuisine. He is able to keep the rich flavor and decrease the heaviness associated with classic French cooking. This highlights the bold essence of Mark’s cooking style. Dining at La Marmotte provides an upscale, intimate experience. The restaurant’s elegant bistro fare is served in one of Telluride’s oldest buildings, the historic Ice House. This 125-yearold building once provided the people of Telluride with ice. For over 20 years, it has provided diners at La Marmotte with rustic charm. With sunny patios, a private 12-person chef’s table, a quaint dining room, and a separate bar, La Marmotte feels both homey and elegantly professional. La Marmotte’s bistro fare changes nightly depending on the seasons and fresh options. This winter, dishes like panko- and parmesan-crusted lamb shank, creamy butternut squash soup, and coq au vin with red cabbage and bacon mashed potatoes warmed diners from the snows outside. From quiet, romantic evenings to a delicious night out, La Marmotte’s French fare provides an unparalleled dining experience.



Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ


t Oak’s new location, you’ll find delicious barbeque cooked in-house from scratch. This is the place in Telluride for bourbon, beer, and BBQ. Located centrally in the Gondola Plaza below the Camel’s Garden Hotel, Oak serves up delicious barbeque, local beers on tap, and has a full bar. If you are looking for “a kiss of the hops” or a touch of the Sour Mash, libations at Oak will more than satisfy. Specialties include traditional Southern sides such as fried okra New Orleans style, black-eyed peas, and red beans and rice. With 30 different bourbons, 15 beers, a tasty array of barbeque entrees and even a hearty selection of light and fresh vegetarian options, Oak is a great option for your festivarian meals. Stop by here after a day of winter activities for appetizers, beers, and bourbon shots with bacon. You’ll have to try it to believe it! Daily food and drink specials are available inside or on the sunny patio. For Bourbon, Beer, and BBQ come to Oak… the New Fat Alley and enjoy some Southern hospitality here in the San Juan Moutains.

(970) 728-3985 250 San Juan Ave. Map: 22

Over the Moon Charcuterie Makes for Perfect Snack or Gifts


ver the Moon is a family-owned retail and specialty food shop run by mother and daughter Maura Coulter and Hallie Coulter Conlin. It is a place where customers can purchase cut-to-order imported, regional and local meats and cheeses. The cheese case is filled with cured meats, cheeses, marinated vegetables, olives, pates, etc. It’s a foodie haven for festivalgoers as place to pick up provisions for an elegant concert spread or just a little something to nosh on while waiting in (970) 728-2079 line. Over the Moon can 200 W. Colorado Ave. even provide you with the picnic basket, if you should Map: 23 need one! They’ve stocked their shelves to fill your festival hamper with gourmet pantry items to complement their cheeses & meats. At Over the Moon, you will find baguettes, a variety of crackers, French truffle honey, fig & quince paste, rosepetal confit, mustards, yuzu marmalade, bitters, Tate’s cookies, chocolate, Benedetto Cavalieri pastas, Spinelli pasta sauces, salts and spices, olive oils from around the world, Bellocq teas, gluten free products, escargots, and much, much more. They also offer in-house dining where you can come by to enjoy a glass of wine and a cheese & charcuterie plate. Sit at the community-style tables inside or our on the back deck to enjoy views of Ajax, Ballard and the ski mountain, as you listen to the music echoing from Town Park. Over the Moon also has an array of nice things for your home, skin care products, and antique prints. If you’re looking for a gift, they have wonderful presents including Rupalee scissors, Lafco & Voluspa candles, Musco Real soap & shaving cream, 80 Acres by McEvoy Ranch olive oil skincare products, Carre olivewood bowls and cheese boards, Back to the Roots grow-your-ownmushroom kits, and local Stephanie Morgan Roger’s cards, prints, and paintings. Gift certificates and custom gift baskets made to order are available as well. You’ll find Over the Moon tucked behind the Patagonia store on Fir Street. Come by for an experience that will take you Over the Moon! Telluride Festivarian / Winter 2013-2014 / 101

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Fly Me To The Moon Saloon Telluride’s Best Live Music Venue

ly Me to the Moon Saloon is and has been Telluride’s best live music venue for over 30 years. Now newly owned and remodeled, the Moon is better than ever! Their new sound system and redesigned interior make the Moon the go-to venue for music in Telluride. The Moon has something for everyone. From Tuesday to Sunday, the only club in Telluride serves up a fantastic selection of mostly local draft beers and a full liquor bar, with nightly specials on drinks. Free pool, shuffleboard, darts and foosball round out the Moon’s offerings. Don’t forget to check out their website for a calendar of events! Fly Me to the Moon Saloon plays a range of the finest quality acts from around the country. Some of their past acts have included: Sublime, Phish, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Jefferson Starship, Jack Johnson, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Gov’t Mule, Yonder Mountain String Band, Jerry Garcia Band, Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, Spencer Davis, Sheryl Crow, Savoy Brown, Buddy Miles, and many, many more... over 3,500 shows! If you’re in Telluride, look no further than the Moon for an incredible nightlife experience.

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(970) 728-4100 136 E. Colorado Ave. Map: 15

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