Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Baroque Chamber Music on July 11

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents its fifth annual Directors’ Recital, featuring Cynthia Miller Freivogel (Baroque violin) and Frank Nowell (harpsichord and organ). The program will be presented on Sunday July 11 at 5:00 pm at  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 2015 Glenarm Place -- near the intersection of 20th and Lincoln in downtown Denver. Freivogel and Nowell, assisted by Baroque cellist Sandy Miller, will perform music of Bach, Handel, and Corelli in the intimate setting and splendid acoustics of the recently expanded  St. Andrew’s Church.

They will also talk about BCOC’s exciting 2010-2011 season, which opens on September 24-25 with "Bach, Italian Style." A wine-and-cheese reception will follow in the courtyard. Tickets for the recital (to benefit the orchestra) are $24/$19/$5. For more information, call 303-889-1012 or visit the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado website.


Arcangelo Corelli, Sonata no. 5 in G minor for violin and continuo
George Frideric Handel, Sonata in D Major for violin and continuo
Johann Sebastian Bach, Sonata in C major for unaccompanied violin; Fantasia in B minor for organ; Fugue on a Theme by Corelli

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hands Across the Sand Call for Community Action

Join the Boulder County community in a call for an end to off shore drilling as part of national action this Saturday

Oak Chezar, 720-266-4067
Betty Ball, Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center, 303-444-6981 Ext. 1

What: Hands Across the Sand, a local gathering as part of a national call to action in response to the BP disaster and to call for an end to all offshore drilling.

When: Saturday, June 26, 1-3 p.m.

Where: On the lawn area between the Boulder Municipal Building and the Boulder Public Library. The Boulder Municipal Building is located at the southwest corner of Broadway and Canyon in Boulder.

Why: As we face the largest environmental catastrophe of our lifetimes, it has become obvious that offshore oil drilling must be stopped. This is an opportunity for an historic outpouring of support to protect our waters by showing up in our bodies and demanding a sea change in our relationship to our home. Join your neighbors and friends, and feel the power of solidarity and community in action. When will doing nothing become harder than taking a stand for real change?


"We are here to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable."

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Film Chronicling Ski Mountaineer comes to DocuWest Festival

Denver born filmmaker, Stephen Grynberg, brings his newest film to DocuWest Documentary Film Festival. A Life Ascending is a powerful and moving feature-length documentary about world-class ski mountaineering guide Ruedi Beglinger.

Living with his wife and two young daughters on a remote glacier in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia, Beglinger has built a reputation as one of the top mountaineering guides in the world. The film follows his family’s unique life in the mountains and their journey in the years following a massive avalanche that killed seven people.

Grynberg will be in town to host a Q&A after each screening of the film. The film will be screening at the DocuWest Film Festival in Golden, Colorado on Thursday, June 24 and Saturday, June 26.

To buy tickets to this event, visit this link:


DocuWest’s objective is to present its audiences with the stories that are not only astonishing and jarring, but awe-inspiring and thought provoking enough to enable more dialogue and discourse to take place over the people, events or subjects presented in each film.

Screenings are are various venues throughout Golden from June 23-27. View the complete schedule online at the DocuWest Documentary Film Festival website.

"Something Old, Something New" from Boulder Renaissance Consort

The Boulder Renaissance Consort is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a concert that features "Something Old, Something New," to be performed Saturday, June 26, 7:30 pm, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 685 Inca Parkway, Boulder. Admission is $15; students and seniors $12.

Three former members of the group are returning to perform two of the "old," previously performed pieces on the program, Palestrina's "Sicut cervus" and Isaac's "Tota pulchra." Other selections from past repertoire include English love madrigals and a set of the consort's own arrangements of the original medieval "Carmina Burana."

For "Something New," the consort has chosen French chansons, Italian madrigals and dances, a Banchieri motet, and a capriccio by Cima.

Boulder Renaissance Consort members are John Bullock, Shirley Carnahan, Melody English, Josh McGirk, Anne Fjestad Peterson, and Linda Sherman; Doug Burger, Claire Seger, and Dan Seger are returning for this performance.

Public Event: Panel on Climate Change hosted by BBC & KGNU

Caspar Ammann, Peter Backlund, Lawrence Buja (NCAR), and Roger Pielke Jr.
Thursday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.
Unity Church, 2855 Folsom Street, Boulder

Jon Stewart, host of the BBC's "Science in Action", which airs as part of KGNU's science programming, will moderate this panel addressing how the world deals with climate change in the wake of last year's Copenhagen conference.

Journalist Leslie Dodson from KGNU's locally-produced program "How on Earth" will join the panelists to discuss the science behind climate change and the importance of conveying its urgency to the powers that be and the public at large. The panel will also take questions from the audience.

Admission is free.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rio Grande Scenic Railroad "Roots & Boots" Summer Concert Series

Today's No. 1 Selling Cowboy Music Singer Michael Martin Murphey will headline the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad "Roots & Boots" Summer Concert Series for the third year.

Murphey will perform every weekend in July at Colorado's premier mountaintop amphitheater, Fir Amphitheater at the 19th century Twistin of Fir, located on one of railroading history's most famous passes, La Veta Pass, accessible only by boarding the train in either Alamosa or La Veta.


"I've always gone out of my way to perform Cowboy Music outdoors on the mountains and prairies- and I love trains !" Murphey said. " I befriended Rio Grande Scenic Railroad President, Ed Ellis and worked with him four years, to create a log-sided permanent stage, Western-style food service and amphitheater with a 360 degree mountain view. Our mutual vision was to present music for the whole family - with an emphasis on Western, Country, Bluegrass and Folk. In '09 I introduced Ed Ellis to an 'off-the-grid' wind and solar company. I serve as "Green Cowboy" spokesman- Earth-Tech Energy Systems."

Arriving at the the amphitheater near the noon hour, visitors can enjoy Western-syle BBQ while listening to Murphey perform hit songs from his song catalogue from 35 albums, including "Wildfire," "Carolina In The Pines," "Long Line of Love," "What's Forever For," "Cowboy Logic"- and classic and contemporary Cowboy and Bluegrass music. After the concert and a meet-and-greet with Murphey, passengers return to the station before sundown.


Michael Martin Murphey is the number-one selling singer / songwriter of Cowboy Music, and with the recent creation of the genre-crossing "Buckaroo Blue Grass" album, continues to be a major part of America's musical landscape. His 2010 releases are "Buckaroo Blue Grass II: Riding Song" (Rural Rhythm Records) and "Lone Cowboy" (Western Jubilee Recordings).


The Roots & Boots Concert Series runs every Friday-Sunday, June 4 - August 22. Other headliners include John McCutcheon (June 18-20), Tom Paxton (June 25-27), Ian Tyson (July 31-Aug 1), Weavermania (August 6-8 and 13-15), and Trout Fishing in America (August 20-22).

Train and concert ticket combo packages are available. For more information about Roots & Boots, visit the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad website. For more information about Michael Martin Murphey, visit his website.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Recovery: BBB Tips for Donors and Volunteers

Many charities may not have the expertise or experience to be effective

In the wake of any disaster, many reach for their checkbooks and donate money to aid and rescue organizations. The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance cautions, however, that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is unlike previous disasters and offers specific advice to potential donors and volunteers.

“Businesses, communities and wildlife across several states have been seriously impacted by the spill and the need for assistance is great. However, the constraints in the cleanup effort limit what charities can do with your money or how you can volunteer,” said Dale Mingilton, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Denver/Boulder.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance recommends that donors and volunteers consider the following:

  • Beware of well-intentioned but inexperienced organizations – New nonprofits and relief organizations spring up following any major disaster. While these groups might have the best of intentions, new charities responding to a crisis may lack the resources, experience and management needed to be effective. Ideally, look for established organizations with environmental expertise or experience aiding Gulf communities.

  • Understand where your money is going - Find out how the organization plans to spend funds for Gulf relief, ecosystem recovery and related activities. Among the activities that charities are promoting, in addition to shoreline rescue and protection, are needs assessment, litigation, economic relief, advocacy for new governmental energy policies and research into long-term solutions to minimize effects of future disasters. Ask if the organization offers to restrict your donation for use in its Gulf-related activities or intends to use it for general support for all of its programs.

  • Rely on expert opinion when it comes to evaluating a charity - Be cautious when relying on third-party recommendations posted on blogs or web sites, as the authors might not have fully researched the organizations they list. The public can go to to research charities to verify that they are accredited by the BBB and meet the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

  • Find out if the charity is doing Gulf-related work or raising funds for other Gulf relief organizations - If a charity is raising money for other groups, you may want to consider “avoiding the middleman” and giving directly to those performing the work. Research ultimate recipients of the “middleman’s” donations to ensure that these organizations are equipped to do the job you want to support and are aware of the individual or organization soliciting on its behalf.

  • Volunteering for Gulf clean-up may require special skills or training - Learn what qualifications are necessary before setting off for the site. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, you’re out of luck unless you’re certified to handle hazardous materials or have received training to care for injured wildlife. In fact, Gulf residents are being told not to handle any tar balls that wash up on the beach or animals that might be affected by the spill. Other volunteer opportunities may include shoreline monitoring, fund raising, office work, help in food programs for families in need and providing transportation. Numerous charities with volunteer programs ask that you register with them so that they can assess your skills and place you appropriately when openings arise.

  • There will be many opportunities to give, so keep checking – The Gulf region will be suffering from the effects of the oil spill for years to come and, as the situation unfolds, there will be more opportunities for donors to step in and help in the future. If you can’t find a cause you can get behind right now, plan to revisit the possibility of making a donation or volunteering in the months to come.

The BBB has compiled a list of national charities providing assistance to the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup. This list only includes charities that meet the BBB Wise Giving Alliance’s Standards for Charity Accountability. Click on each of the names to access a BBB charity report on the organization.

American Bird Conservancy
Defenders of Wildlife
Ducks Unlimited
Environmental Defense Fund
Friends of the Earth
Greenpeace Fund
International Fund for Animal Welfare
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Conservancy

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Boulder’s Hottest Kitchen Tour Returns: The Twelfth Annual Kitchens On Fire Tour

BOULDER, CO – The 12th annual Kitchens On Fire tour to benefit the Dairy Center for the Arts will take place June 11th and 12th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. This year's focus is on downtown living areas, highlighting remarkable Boulder kitchens in private residences, offering an insider’s peek into select professional restaurant kitchens, as well as displaying a few key urban properties for sale. Save the date to tour kitchens at the The Walnut, Arête, Onyx, Happy (formerly The Happy Noodle House), The City Club, and upscale residential kitchens designed by CPWest, Harvey M. Hine Architecture & Interiors, and more. Sample fare from the restaurants and enjoy an inspiring voyeuristic journey into any chef’s dream kitchens.

New to the event this year are new commercial kitchen partners, Happy and the City Club, and receptions scheduled for the end of the day on Friday and Saturday, giving tour participants the chance to mingle, try light Hors d'Oeuvres, and taste local wines. These relaxing receptions will allow participants to enjoy the spectacular view from one of Boulder's most luxurious condos on Friday and visit the exclusive City Club, seeing their newly remodeled kitchens, tasting some food, and enjoying beautiful gardens and Saturday.

“Kitchens On Fire has a long history in the Boulder community and we’re very excited to focus this year’s event on urban living,” Board Chair Richard Polk said. “We’re able to partner with some of Boulder’s most exciting designers, developers, and restaurateurs, to show a new, emerging side of Boulder that hasn’t gotten much attention in the past.”

  • What: Two-day kitchen tour to benefit The Dairy Center for the Arts
  • When: June 11 & 12, 2010; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with end of the day receptions from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Where: Downtown Boulder and the surrounding area
  • Admission: Tickets are available for $18 in advance or $20 at the event (cash or check only for ticket sales at the tour)

Tickets for Kitchens On Fire are available through The Dairy Center for the Arts box office, 303-440-7328, or can be purchased online at


Founded in 1992, The Dairy Center for the Arts is housed within the former Watts-Hardy Dairy, a 42,000-square foot facility that once operated as a dairy storage and processing plant. Converted by individuals who recognized the immediate and growing needs of Boulder County for a premiere arts and performance space, the Dairy Center for the Arts began with only a handful of art-focused organizations, and has since grown into Boulder's largest interdisciplinary civic arts center. Now hosting 15 arts and services organizations, the Dairy Center for the Arts is one of the only places in Boulder, Colorado to experience dramatic theater, live music, dance performances and visual arts all under one roof.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Join Upslope Brewing Company this Saturday, June 5, for a brewery party, and every Wednesday for the "Pints for People" fundraiser!

Upslope will be re-releasing their Great American Beer Festival medal winner, Upslope Dunkelweizen, along with their Stranahan's Whiskey Barrel-Aged Foreign Stout on Saturday, June 5 from 2-8pm. Local original funky band, Blue Sun, will be providing the tunes while Dubbin's Sandwiches will be on site to satisfy your hunger.


It's a new month which means Upslope partnered up with a new non-profit for Wednesday's Pints for the People. For the month of June, a dollar from every Wednesday's pint sales will be donated to the Access Fund. For those in Boulder who don't know about the Access Fund, they are the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Swing by the Tap Room today and every Wednesday from 4-8pm to help support climbers.


Upslope's Dunkelsweizen is a dark, complex beer with a sweet, nutty aroma. While inherently a German wheat beer, Upslope Dunkelweizen offers a roasted, caramelized, and chocolaty taste with hints of banana, nutmeg, and other spices. Who knew a dark beer could be so refreshing!

Their Foreign Stout was originally released as their 1st Anniversary brew back in November of 2009. Earlier this year, a second batch was brewed and aged in Stranahan's whiskey barrels. This delicious stout weighs in at 7% abv and has strong roasted notes that couple perfectly with the whiskey and oak imparted by the barrels. All this with an extremely smooth finish makes this another great springtime beer.

Visit the Blue Sun website to learn more about this Saturday's band.

Visit Upslope's website to view blog updates. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter. The Upslope Brewing Company Tap Room is located at 1501 Lee Hill Dr. in Boulder.


Wednesday - Friday
4:00-8:00 PM

2:00-8:00 PM

20+ artists to exhibit at the June 4 "NOBO Nite Out"

June NOBO Nite Out features new members and BIPR fundraiser

NOBO Nite Out, North Boulder’s monthly local artists showcase, will feature new members Carol Garnand, Mary Barron, Studio 108 and Bacco Trattoria from 6-9pm, on Friday, June 4.

First Congregational Church will also host a fundraiser for Boulder Institute for Psychotherapy and Research (BIPR) as part of NOBO Nite Out.

The cooperative monthly event in North Boulder offers a fun, relaxing night out on the town featuring Boulder art and artists, unique gift items, apparel, furniture, antiques, dining, music and more.

June’s participating venues are listed below. Find details about artists and maps the NoboNiteOut Facebook page and on the First Friday Boulder website.

June’s participating venues include:

1620 Lee Hill Road #7
(303) 444-6550
Sally Eckert: Traditional Egg Tempera Painting Demonstration (ongoing throughout the evening) and New Works

1530 Lee Hill Road #7
(720) 937-1257
Barbara Kornfeld: Original Mixed Media Paintings

4715 N. Broadway Suite C6 (west end)
(303) 579-8120, (303) 402-0330, (303) 905-8201
Glass & Silk Studio

4949 North Broadway
(across the parking lot north Terrace Maya)
(303) 518-7112
Dakini Lynn Marlow: “Still Flow,” Digital Painting, Photography and Poetry
Otto Koc: “Smiling You Whole” Paintings & Poetry
Ostevetto: Live Jazz

4692 Broadway
(303) 938-0123

1200 Yarmouth Ave, Unit A
(303) 442-3899

4593 North Broadway, Space D120
(303) 563-0344
Dawn Spencer Hurwitz: New works -- Abstract Expressionist MultiMedia
Mary Schultz-Williams: Semi-Precious Stone & Sterling Jewelry, Encaustic/Oil/Multi-Media Paintings

4580 North Broadway
(303) 448-1500
Misty Ahmic: Architectural Photography
Cindy Sepucha: Original Still Life Paintings

4474 North Broadway
(303) 955-1519
Pencil & Paper: ANALOG STATE OF MIND: Concert Posters & Other Printed Ephemera
Live Music by The Swamp Coolers
Food by Brian List

1245 Norwood Ave #42
(303) 941-8887
Annette Coleman: New Dreamworks in Multi-Media
Lisa Michot-Coleman: “Mice Party for Cool Cats, “Scavenger Hunt for Marauding Mice, a papier-mâché collection

2516 Broadway Suite 100 (303) 442-3142
Kim Ryan: Original Oil & Watercolor Paintings
Lloyd Meixner & Ravenwoods Studios: Aspen Log Furniture
Steamboat Zephyr: Live Bluegrass Band 6:30-8:30

2050 Broadway
(303) 440-4042
Susan Williams: Equine photography and book signing of “Horse as Teacher”

1128 Pine St.
(303) 442-1787
Children’s Psychotherapy Fundraiser
Lisa Nesmith: “Fun Girls” Mixed Media & Encaustic Paintings
Caron Ellis: Handbuild pottery, new designs & old favorites
Imbwa Huru: Live Music

1421 Pearl St.
(303) 443-3683
Carolyn Beezley: Mixed Metals
Chris Butler: Paper Sculpture
Annie & Duffy: Acoustic guitar “oldies but goodies”