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Telluride Food Tours

01/22/15 | By | 111 More
Telluride Food Tours

“We hope you aren’t hungry at the end of one of these,” said Jessica Duggan, the host of Telluride Food Tours. We were on our way from our second stop of the afternoon — the boite on West Pacific Avenue known as there… — to our third: Smugglers Brewpub. There was certainly a lot of […]

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Of Mice and Men and the Souperbowl

01/22/15 | By | More
Of Mice and Men and the Souperbowl

National Theatre Live is the name for the British program (properly spelled programme) that films critically acclaimed West End plays in high-definition and beams them to U.S. theaters. In collaboration with the Palm, Sparky Productions — the folks who bring you the Telluride Playwrights Festival — present NT Live in Telluride. It’s a privilege to […]

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The Camp Robber

01/19/15 | By | More
The Camp Robber

1515 Ogden Road, MontroseA Camp Robber, as many who live around here probably know, is not a masked intruder who infiltrates a KOA site, but a social, impertinent relative of the jay family known for diving picnic tables and stealing food. The intelligent birds are favorites of Bill and Kim Volk, who named their Montrose […]

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‘Fantasia’ and Fantastic

01/19/15 | By | More
‘Fantasia’ and Fantastic

I was gazing at a photo of the alpinist Jeff Lowe the other day, and of his partner, Connie Self – I was focusing on her, and the way she glanced at him – accepting the Best Mountaineering Film award for the film “Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia” at the Kendal Mountain Festival last November in the […]

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O’Brien’s Pub and Grill

01/09/15 | By | 69 More
O’Brien’s Pub and Grill

726 Main Street, OuraySlainte. The word is Irish Gaelic, meaning health. In a bar, Slainte means “cheers.” Doesn’t it seem a lot like “slake”? That is what you should visit O’Brien’s to do. The bummer is that there is no actual O’Brien associated with this bar and pub, a Ouray fixture since 2007. The founders […]

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Chill Art, Summer Music

01/09/15 | By | 51 More
Chill Art, Summer Music

It may be inexplicably warm outside this week, but make no mistake: the freezing season will soon be back. While we wait for the ice and snow to re-descend upon us — at press time, the first chance of their return was slated for Sunday — an exhibit at Telluride Arts stands as a reminder […]

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Ouray Ice Fest Q&A with Sasha DiGiulian

01/09/15 | By | 186 More
Ouray Ice Fest Q&A with Sasha DiGiulian

Sasha DiGiulian, the world’s best female sport climber, is competing as an ice climber at this weekend’s ice festival in Ouray. Here, she discusses juggling her career as a climber with being a full-time student at an Ivy League university. Childhood ambition: To be a veterinarian and a children’s book writer. How I got into […]

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Buen Tiempo Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

01/02/15 | By | 144 More
Buen Tiempo Mexican Restaurant & Cantina

515 Main Street, OurayIf you are in need of soothing sustenance following a climb at Ouray Ice Park – perhaps in the form of a plate of enchiladas, a burrito grande or a piping-hot bowl of green chile stew – Buen Tiempo has your back. And if you desire something warming to help build courage […]

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Reading, Writing and Winter

01/02/15 | By | More
Reading, Writing and Winter

Cold weather, and a cozy nook to curl up and read or write in. For those with a literary bent, there is no more inspiring way to ring in the New Year. January is teeming with poetry readings and workshops for aspiring writers, as well as for those who prefer to listen (there is a […]

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Keeping the World Safe for Santa

01/02/15 | By | More
Keeping the World Safe for Santa

A Montrose Local Stands the WatchWhen it came right down to it — when the Jolly Old Elf launched his reindeer last week and began circumnavigating the globe, delivering Christmas presents — it turned out that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and its vaunted Christmas Eve Santa-tracking system had nothing on the U.S. […]

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Here’s the beef, and the pork, veg and seeds

01/02/15 | By | More
Here’s the beef, and the pork, veg and seeds

Food and Farm Forum helps producers grow food, and their businessesCarol Parker personifies the idea of eating local. With more than four decades’ worth of experience in breeding grass-finished, chemical-free beef, growing organic hay and organic gardening, “I’ve raised most of our family’s food and put it up,” she says. Parker recently accompanied her husband […]

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McCarthy and ‘Most Wanted Man’

12/26/14 | By | More
McCarthy and  ‘Most Wanted Man’

Many musicians play this region for one night only, particularly this time of year. And they rarely appear in different iterations. Yet the next six days offers a chance to see Durango jazz guitarist Kevin McCarthy and his band in triplicate (so if you miss hearing these cats wail, that’s lame). He plays Arroyo Friday […]

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Bin 707 Foodbar

12/26/14 | By | 211 More
Bin 707 Foodbar

225 N. 5th St. (Alpine Bank Building), Grand JunctionIf we told you there was a place in Grand Junction that was more urban bistro than small-town restaurant, would you go? Not that there is anything wrong with small town restaurants, and Grand Junction has some very good ones: Il Bistro Italiano, W. W. Pepper’s for […]

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Magic happens

12/26/14 | By | More
Magic happens

Lanford Wilson’s ‘Talley’s Folly’ Playing at Magic Circle Theater starting Jan. 9“Talley’s Folly,” by Lanford Wilson, debuts on the Magic Circle stage next month. It’s a short production: just under 100 minutes from opening curtain to finale. But for director Jim Isler, “Talley” has been a long time coming. In order for him to direct […]

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The Adobe Inn

12/18/14 | By | 205 More
The Adobe Inn

251 Liddell Drive, RidgwayLet’s start with what Ridgway’s Adobe Inn is not. It is not: –Easy to find. –An example of high end or “modern Mexican” from the likes of chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, or boldly-spiced, Latin-influenced cuisine á la Food Network star Bobby Flay. No, The Adobe, tucked away down a […]

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Darkness to ‘December’

12/18/14 | By | More
Darkness to ‘December’

The holidays are here, but for those already missing Halloween (and you know who you are) there is one last vampire movie to catch before the New Year; and certainly, the very last Iranian Vampire Western. “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night,” directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, premiered to acclaim at Sundance last year […]

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Holiday train, winter wines

12/10/14 | By | More
Holiday train, winter wines

Next year marks the 30th anniversary of The Polar Express, author Chris Van Allsburg’s enduring story of a young boy’s unexpected Christmas Eve journey on a locomotive train to the North Pole. Fun fact: Allsburg played on a steam engine, the Pere Marquette Railroad’s no. 1225, in Michigan as a child. He used the engine […]

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Cimarron Cafe

12/03/14 | By | 183 More
Cimarron Cafe

On the long drive home to Telluride from Montrose and need a quick bite? Ridgway’s Cimarron Café has got you covered. You’ve surely seen the sign, just before Ouray County’s only stoplight (if you reach the Shell station, you’ve gone too far). Behind the weathered wood exterior is a sleek café that turns out a […]

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Misfits and poets

12/03/14 | By | More
Misfits and poets

By now, Jennifer Julia has directed 47 plays and musicals, from “Annie Get Your Gun” to “Wizard of Oz,” in her tenure as artistic director at the Sheridan’s Young People’s Theater. She adapts scripts, writes original scripts and composes lyrics for songs scored by her creative sidekick, Musical Director Bob Israel. Julia’s productions — often […]

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ELEVATED | Darkness and Light

10/30/14 | By | 85 More
ELEVATED | Darkness and Light

A regional Halloween roundup – and beyond – all in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | Nightmares

10/23/14 | By | 88 More

The Nightmare Before Christmas from Weehawken Dance, and a horror-film impresario’s Halloween picks, all in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | Nevermore

10/16/14 | By | 53 More

A wildlife film in Grand Junction and Durango, and telling and selling stories, all in the arts this week.

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Elevated | The Horror

10/09/14 | By | More

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ in Ouray and Telluride, and the Telluride Horror Show, all in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | ‘I’ll Be Me’ and Early Halloween

10/02/14 | By | 153 More

A Glen Campbell documentary in Montrose, Delta, and Telluride, and horror films and poetry, in Telluride and on television, all in the arts this week.

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An ‘All-Abstract’ Six Week Semester

09/20/14 | By | More
An ‘All-Abstract’ Six Week Semester

The Painting School, a series of three consecutive courses running two weeks apiece, begins Monday, Oct. 13

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ELEVATED | ‘Spirit Bird’ Writer, Boettcher Retreat

09/18/14 | By | 101 More
ELEVATED | ‘Spirit Bird’ Writer, Boettcher Retreat

Drue Heinz Literature prizewinner reads in Ouray and Telluride, and the Boettcher Foundation Board retreats to Telluride, all in the arts this week.

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The Best Museum You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: Museum of the Mountain West

09/13/14 | By | 114 More
The Best Museum You’ve Probably Never Heard Of: Museum of the Mountain West

Each year the museum hosts a Tribute to Western Movies day, and this year the date is Saturday, Sept. 27.

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ELEVATED | Surveying Landscapes

08/27/14 | By | 100 More
ELEVATED | Surveying Landscapes

Landscape photography in Telluride, Ouray and Montrose; a Ridgway library fundraiser; and a retreat with poet Rosemerry Trommer.

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Room With a View

08/24/14 | By | 60 More
Room With a View

A capacious loft above Main St. Montrose lets the outdoors in.

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ELEVATED | Feasting on Robots

08/21/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Feasting on Robots

A robots exhibit and historic eating tour in Telluride, and a Celtic-music concert in Montrose, all in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | Looking at Innocence: Art and Music Inspired by Children

08/14/14 | By | 64 More
ELEVATED | Looking at Innocence: Art and Music Inspired by Children

Art inspired by children in Telluride, and classical music for families in Ouray, all in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | Blossoming Artists, Wildflower Walk, Forest Film

07/31/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Blossoming Artists, Wildflower Walk, Forest Film

Blossoming artists in Montrose, wildflower walk and a forest film in Durango, all in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | The Girls in the Band, The Tao of Bluegrass….

07/23/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | The Girls in the Band, The Tao of Bluegrass….

All in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | The Play’s the Thing

07/17/14 | By | More

Telluride Playwright’s Festival, in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | Montrose Music, Ah Haa Photos, Friends in Art

07/02/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Montrose Music, Ah Haa Photos, Friends in Art

Friends in Art exhibit in Ridgway, Ah Haa photography contest, Montrose music shout-out.

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ELEVATED | Rescues, Rockets, Regalia

06/26/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Rescues, Rockets, Regalia

A Rocket Man exhibit and author M. John Fayhee, both in Telluride in the arts this week.

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ELEVATED | Pinhead Camps and Cocktails… Starry Cosmos… Cosmos’ Star…

06/18/14 | By | More

The Science of Bugs will cover bug biology, anatomy, and evolution.

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ELEVATED | Murphey, Radney & Cohn

06/13/14 | By | More
ELEVATED | Murphey, Radney & Cohn

Singer-songwriters visit Ouray County in the arts this week.

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