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Did you know the creator of the Grammy Awards resides in Ridgway? His name is John Billings, and he’s just one of many creative artists in this town. This Saturday, Billings and his fellow artistic professional and good friend, Michael McCullough, will encourage locals and visitors to get creative too, as they host the third […]
Lucas Price, the proprietor of Telluride’s popular main street restaurant La Cocina de Luz, wears many chefs’ hats. For years, he has served delicious, classically flavored Mexican food. Having mastered the art of Mexican, he moved on to dessert and became an ice-cream man. To do this, he didn’t just read a bunch of recipes. […]
“The Rite of Spring” is a ballet by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. In this region, a rite of Spring is also a dance, staged by Weehawken Arts each year. Weehawken is perhaps best known for its dance education, and artistic director Natasha Pyeatte’s work —known for its edgy, vibrant choreography — continually surprises. This […]
May I have a shout-out, please, for the Telluride Arts District? There is never truly an “off-season” for the town’s arts engine. With a staff of just three people, this small organization — the region’s first nonprofit — supports, steers, cheerleads, encourages and proffers arts ranging from painting to poetry to architecture, from the visual […]
The Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla wrote tangos; the musicians who comprise the Austin Piazzolla Quintet pay tribute to that great composer’s works, and play their own “Nuevo tango” compositions, besides. You might correctly infer the Austin quintet hails from the Texas hill country. Austin, the town, is well known for the abundance and terrific quality […]
As baby boomers age, members of that generation face the challenge of meeting long-term care needs for both their parents and themselves. A panel of experts on elder care will share information and advice on this topic at the ROCC Talk, “Baby Boomers — Planning for the Next Step of Your Lives” Thursday, April 16, […]
185 Sherman Street (Riverview Plaza), RidgwayWe are a landlocked lot here on the Western Slope, but no need to feel a sea breeze is far away. Not at Land & Ocean Restaurant in Ridgway, where fresh tropical juice blends — papaya, mango, tamarindo and pineapple, to name just a few — a splendid ceviche and […]
Fresh off its show from local photographer Nicko Ferguson entitled “Urban Decay,” which documented a summer he spent in New York City, Telluride Arts is back with yet another exhibit that takes its inspiration from the cityscape. And while “Urban Decay” featured it, “The Young and Arrested,” which opens tonight at 5:30 p.m. for the […]
123 North Lena Street, RidgwayThe True Grit is one of Ridgway’s most reliable watering-holes (along with Trail Town Still for artisan spirits, and the Colorado Boy for artisan beer). There’s not much of artisan anything at the True Grit; artifact would be more like it. The café’s a paean to the movie of the same […]
April is National Poetry Month, and for the next few weeks — as its annual tradition — this column will spotlight local writers and others in a celebration of the spoken word. By “local,” I’m referring to Michele Battiste, guest reader at the Open Bard Poetry Series in Ridgway next week. Battiste hails from Boulder. […]
398 W. Colorado Ave.Whither the good olive oils today? Ever since Tom Mueller’s 2007 groundbreaking New Yorker essay entitled “Slippery Business,” which chronicled the sad, even fraudulent, state of this most sublime cooking ingredient and condiment, that has been the question. Mueller followed up his essay with a 2011 book, “Extra Virginity: The Sublime and […]
“I like things high up, and doing things nobody does.” Those words are the genesis of, and a fitting introduction to, a recent book by Garrett Fisher. Titled “Above the Summit: An Antique Airplane Conquers Colorado’s Fourteeners,” Fisher recounts his photography-and-aviation journey across-and-above the state. He took a closer look than most fliers do: pilots […]
336 Main St. #102, Grand Junction Breakfast in a bar. “It’s a cheeky place,” my partner observed. And indeed it was. There, directly in front of a counter bearing glistening bottles of Stolichnaya, Tanqueray and Cuervo — bottles that had, only very recently, been capped and put away for the night — were the morning […]
Pride and Prejudice is also about that thing that all great novels consider, the search for self. And it is the first great novel that teaches us this search is as surely undertaken in the drawing room making small talk as in the pursuit of great white whale or the public punishment of adultery.” […]
320 E. Main St., Montrose Yes, I know the restaurant’s title. I still arrived in downtown Montrose last week looking forward to Colorado Boy Pizzeria’s sausage lasagna — the one people like on Yelp. It wasn’t there. So thoroughly has the restaurant pruned its menu over the past year that there is no lasagna anymore; […]
Strange bedfellows: yet music and flora, in sundry combinations, wend their way through this week’s column. I’ll start with a show that possesses both: “Little Shop of Horrors,” the comedy-horror musical about a florist shop worker and his man-eating houseplant, on stage at the Palm next week. This iteration of “Little Shop,” produced by Telluride […]
1415 Hawk Parkway, Montrose Sometimes you don’t prefer to be challenged by a fine meal. You want what you want: a crisp salad, for a start, composed of fresh lettuces, drizzled with house-made blue cheese dressing and served on a properly-chilled plate. A steak or prime rib, cooked the way you like it, with a […]
“Potpourri” is more than “a mixture of dried petals and spices placed in a bowl,” as my dictionary puts it. It is also the “Jeopardy” TV show category meaning, anything goes. It also describes a jumble of events worth your attention over the next few days, one of which (as it happens) is a word […]
2531 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction Colorado ranks third in the nation when it comes to craft breweries, and Breckenridge Brewery was the third of those to open, in 1990. The brewery soon outgrew its Summit County headquarters, expanding to Denver and the Western Slope, where it opened the Ale House brewery and restaurant in […]
Valentine’s Day proper may be over, but love — in all its sundry definitions — lingers on in Telluride this week. Here’s a brief guide to events both affectionate and artistic, and there is no admission charge to any of them. Free love all around. On exhibit at the Ah Haa School’s Daniel Tucker Gallery: […]
How warm is it outside these days? So warm that a Plein Air painter recently took up residence on Telluride’s main street (and this was in the morning, before the sun was high in the sky). It’s so warm that a group of Montrose Plein Air painters grew too hot last weekend and had to […]
118 Lost Creek Lane, Mountain Village The Conde Nast Traveler’s readers recently ranked the Hotel Lumiere second on a list of Best Hotels in the West, and that was without the hotel’s best attraction. It was before Chef Eamonn O’Hara returned to Telluride. O’Hara, who once worked as Wolfgang Puck’s sous-chef at the Hotel Bel-Air […]
The Black Canyon Barbershop Chorus distinguishes itself this way: “We are the only PREMIER a capella male BARBERSHOP harmony chorus in the Montrose, Delta and Cedaredge area.” They are also the only ones who will deliver a Singing Valentine to your door on Feb. 13 and 14. Now in its 35th year, the Black Canyon […]
630 Sherman Street (Highway 62), RidgwayDon’t go looking for “tacos” at Taco del Gnar, the taco-place-in-name-only in Ridgway. Chef Curtis Blanton calls his intense, sublime creations “progressive” tacos. In truth, these are tasty packages of textures and flavors – scintillating Mediterranean, or Asian, or (yes, even) Southwestern mouthfuls. But tacos they ain’t. Here, the tortilla […]
Mark your calendars and bring an extra chair: the Open Bard Poetry Series meets next Thursday evening in Ridgway. The guest reader this week – actually guest readers – proved enormously popular last year. They are local youth from Ouray, Ridgway, Montrose and Telluride, all of whom, from grade-school age through college, are invited to […]
“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.