Western Colorado is not insulated from the threat posed by Mexican drug cartels.
Author Archive: Leslie Vreeland
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Drue Heinz Literature prizewinner reads in Ouray and Telluride, and the Boettcher Foundation Board retreats to Telluride, all in the arts this week.
Each year the museum hosts a Tribute to Western Movies day, and this year the date is Saturday, Sept. 27.
Art inspired by children in Telluride, and classical music for families in Ouray, all in the arts this week.
Blossoming artists in Montrose, wildflower walk and a forest film in Durango, all in the arts this week.
Friends in Art exhibit in Ridgway, Ah Haa photography contest, Montrose music shout-out.
The Science of Bugs will cover bug biology, anatomy, and evolution.