Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Friends of the Library Present an Evening with Author Sandra Dallas, August 5

The Longmont Public Library selected Sandra Dallas’s book Tallgrass as the “Everybody’s Reading” community-wide read for 2010. This is the tenth year the Longmont Public Library has organized a “one book – one city” reading program for adults. The idea behind the program is to get members of the community reading and discussing the same book.

In honor of this event, author Sandra Dallas will visit Longmont on Thursday evening, August 5 to talk about Tallgrass. The event will be held at the Longmont Theatre at 513 Main Street at 7:00 p.m. Free tickets to the event will be handed out at the library’s reference desk starting July 6. Tickets are limited to two per person.

Sandra Dallas, from Denver, is the author of more than a dozen books, and has been called "a quintessential American voice." Her fiction often examines small-town America and the relationships of the ordinary people who live there. Dallas's 2007 novel, Tallgrass, deals with the internment of Japanese Americans in Colorado during World War II.

To place a copy of the book or audio book on reserve, call 303-651-8473.

The summer reading program and the visit by Sandra Dallas is sponsored by the Friends of the Longmont Public Library.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mile High Dance Festival FREE Outdoor Performance, July 17

7 - 10 pm

FREE outdoor performance
at Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Amphitheatre
119 Park Ave West Denver, CO

with performances by
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance ~ Hannah Kahn Dance Company
~ Grupo Folklorico Sabor Latino ~ Fiesta Colorado ~
and kim olson/sweet edge

Boulder Outdoor Cinema goes “au naturel” with help from Whole Foods Market

One of Boulder's favorite movie series just got better!

Boulder Outdoor Cinema
Saturday, July 17: "The Princess Bride"

Movies and junk food historically go hand-in-hand, but this summer, Whole Foods Market is helping to change that. In a partnership with Boulder Outdoor Cinema (BOC), Whole Foods Market has restocked the concessions pantry to contain only all-natural treats. This year, snacks and drinks sold at the film screenings will be free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and trans fats.

“Boulder Outdoor Cinema is very excited about our partnership with Whole Foods this season,” said Tiffany Monroe Director of Concession for Boulder Outdoor Cinema. “With Whole Foods support, we are now able to offer our patrons high quality concessions that are healthier than traditional candy and soda.” Now in its fifteenth season, the BOC has become a Boulder summertime tradition. Live music, trivia, contests, comedians and other forms of entertainment precede the movie and create audience interaction which creates an experience quite different from a traditional movie theatre.

“We wish to help align the event with the health-conscious Boulder community,” said Matt Collins Marketing and Community Relations Specialist for Ideal Market and Whole Foods Market Baseline. “When patrons experience our all-natural products they’ll realize that they can have all the taste and enjoyment without artificial ingredients.”

Film screenings run every Saturday from July 10 through August 14 at 1750 13th St. in downtown Boulder, directly behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Live entertainment begins at 7:30pm with a 9pm show time. This season’s movies were selected by the Boulder community and include such favorites as “The Princess Bride,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” and Disney Pixar’s “UP.” Visit the Boulder Outdoor Cinema website for a complete list of films and more information.



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Friday, July 16, 2010

Mile High Music Festival announces Single Day Tickets, Shuttles and more

The Festival Unveils New 2010 Features Including
Expanded Shuttle Service From Downtown Denver, Boulder, and Broomfield,
Festival Re-Entry, and Hotel Packages

August 14 and 15
On The Fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

2010 Lineup features Dave Matthews Band, and Jack Johnson, Weezer, Steve Miller Band, My Morning Jacket, Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Phoenix, Train, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Keane, Bassnectar, Cypress Hill, and Many Others

Photo: Soren McCarty

Mile High Music Festival presented by Kyocera Single Day Tickets are now available to the general public. Beginning July 13 at 10am MDT, fans can purchase Single Day Tickets for $99.50 and Single Day VIP Tickets for $225.00 by visiting the Mile High Music Festival website or Ticket Horse online. No additional charges or fees apply.

The listing of performers each day is included below. Each day’s schedule, including set start times, will be announced in the coming weeks. Festival-goers will be treated to two full days of music—bands begin at noon and the music will continue until approximately 11:30 p.m. each day.

Mile High Music Festival Presented by Kyocera announces new festival features for year three including re-entry: attendees will be able to leave and re-enter the venue throughout the day/night and can bring in food and drink. Hotel packages are also available and include festival passes, accommodations, and shuttle passes for one price (visit the Mile High Music Festival website for more info).

Also, MHMF has unveiled its “Easy Rider Shuttle Passes,” offering no-hassle, round-trip festival rides from Denver, Broomfield, and Boulder. Pick-ups begin at 10:30 am each morning of the festival. Park-n-ride locations are at the Pepsi Center, the 1STBANK Center, and the Boulder Theater. Parking at these park-n-ride locations will be free, and all pickup locations are also accessible via light rail and/or the RTD bus system. With 1- and 2- day shuttle passes available and prices starting at only $20.00 per day, passes are sure to go quickly. Grab them while supplies last. Visit

Now in it’s third year, the Colorado festival returns to the fields at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on August 14 and 15. Headliners Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson will be joined by more than 40 diverse acts including Weezer, Steve Miller Band, My Morning Jacket, Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Phoenix, Train, Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Keane, Bassnectar, Cypress Hill, Z-Trip, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Drive-By Truckers, Railroad Earth, Ozomatli, and many more. Visit the Mile High Music Festival website for the complete lineup.


2010 Mile High Music Festival presented by Kyocera ticket prices follow.

No additional charges or fees apply! All tickets available at the Mile High Music Festival website or Ticket Horse online.
  • Single Day Tickets: $99.50
  • Single Day VIP Tickets: $225.00
  • Two Day Passes: $175.00 a
  • VIP Passes and Hotel Packages are also available.


The complete line-up for Mile High Music Festival is:

Saturday, August 14
Jack Johnson
Steve Miller Band
Slightly Stoopid
Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Cypress Hill
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
The Samples (all original members)
Keller Williams
Rusted Root
Donavon Frankenreiter
Amos Lee
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
One eskimO
The Constellations
The Motet
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
Bobby Long
The Chain Gang of 1974

Sunday, August 15
Dave Matthews Band
My Morning Jacket
Jimmy Cliff
Drive-By Truckers
Railroad Earth
Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Trevor Hall
Matt Morris
Oh My Stars
Joe Purdy
The Knew
Danielle Ate the Sandwich
The Epilogues

Visit the Mile High Musical Festival website for full ticketing and lineup details.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Educate!'s 2nd Annual Hike for Uganda Will Raise Awareness of Ultimate Aims for Education

On August 28, 2010, Educate!'s 2nd Annual Hike for Uganda will be held from 8:30 a..m. until 1:30 p.m. at Green Mountain in Boulder, Colo. The event celebrates the powerful connection between Educate!'s U.S. supporters and its Ugandan students as participants in Boulder and Kamapla, Uganda will trek to the top of a peak, symbolizing the common goal of empowering the next generation of socially responsible leaders.

"We're joining cultures and communities," said Eric Glustrom, who founded Educate! in 2002. "The Hike is a chance to unite our incredible students and the generous individuals who make that education possible. We will all be standing atop a mountain, cheering for a common cause."

Educate! believes the solutions to Uganda's problems with poverty, disease and environmental degradation will come from within the Ugandan communities themselves. The organization works to unlock the potential within African youth and empower future generation of leaders. The Hike will raise awareness and funds for education programs in Africa; all of the money raised will directly support Educate!'s 830 Ugandan students as they work to transform their communities.

"The Hike is a great opportunity to socialize with other Educate! supporters and hear updates about the Educate! students' work in Uganda," said Maya Ellman, Director of Communications for Educate!. "The funds we raise will make a significant difference in the lives of our students."

The event offers two distance options, four-miles and two-miles, catering to varied fitness levels. Hikers will also enjoy music by local Boulder band, Lost Angel Station, whose unique bluegrass sound is infused with flavors of old time, modern rock, reggae, folk and Celtic influences. Bagels, snacks and other refreshments will be available. Vic's Espresso will provide coffee and hot chocolate to rev up eager participants.

Kids too will enjoy themselves with face-painting and music. The shorter hiking option allows families to participate in the event together.

Registration, breakfast, kids' activities and live music will go from 8:30-9 a.m. The kick-off is at 9:15 a.m., and the hike begins at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are available for $10 pre-sale and $15 after August 25, 2010 as well as on the day of the event. Kids under 12 are free. Dogs on leashes are also welcome and Educate! will provide plastic bags and treats.

Directions: Drive west on Baseline Rd. in Boulder past Chautauqua and wind up Flagstaff Mountain. At the top you will see Educate! signs directing you to the registration area and Hike start point. A map will also be available on the Educate! Hike for Uganda web page.

The Hike for Uganda is sponsored by: Vic's Espresso, Third Avenue Eye Care, Honest Tea, Sunflower Preschool and Lost Angel Station.


Educate!, founded in 2002, empowers students across Uganda to drive the social, political and economic development of their communities. We teach a two-year curriculum on how to lead social change, provide long term mentoring, and create a life-long, national network that equips students with the skills and confidence necessary to transform their communities. Educate! students create locally-grown, market based initiatives that solve the challenges of poverty, disease, and environmental degradation.

Today, Educate! is empowering 830 young leaders at 24 high schools across Uganda and has impacted over 15,000 people. A recent winner of the Champions of Quality Education in Africa competition, a collaboration between Ashoka’s Changemakers and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Educate! was also recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of 100 Brilliant Companies in 2009, by DoSomething as an organization started by one of America's top five change-makers under 25 and by the Echoing Green fellowship, recognizing the highest potential start-up social change ventures worldwide.

Educate! Mission: To educate and empower the next generation of socially responsible leaders in Africa. For more information, visit Educate! online.

View more photos of last year's event on the Educate! Flickr photostream:

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Carbon-Friendly Fourteeners: Biking and Hiking Colorado's Peaks

Last July, Boulderite Bart Miller left his home in south Boulder on his bike, with his Bob trailer in tow. He then traveled around the state and climbed 53 of the 54 Colorado Fourteeners in the span of about seven weeks --reaching all the trailheads by bike!

On July 23, Bart will present slides, stories, and lessons learned from his adventure at the Boulder REI store, located at 1789 28th St. The event will begin at 7pm.

Bart's presentation will include photos of peaks, friends, plants and animals, and the benefits and drawbacks from low-carbon peak-bagging. He will also cover the "how-to" details including gear, training, trip planning and execution. A representative from the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative may be present to answer any questions about the 14ers and to offer information about volunteering.


EVER WONDER ... "How do they paint those huge building murals?"

FIND OUT working side by side professional artist, Anita Yeh creating Berthoud's newest public art piece. Yeh will design the image for the mural for the east wall of the art center, a 40 x 15 foot area just west of the intersection of 4th street and Massachusetts. Her student art team will then learn how both to enlarge the image to fit the actual wall, and apply the paint to create it.Visit the Wildfire Arts website to access the application and get involved!

Seeking interns: High School age through Adults to create and paint the 40' x 15' mural at 425 Massachusetts Street, Berthoud, July 9, 11, 12-15, 26-29 (9:30 - mid afternoon). Download an application from the Wildfire Arts website

A Sense of Community

Yeh, who moved to Berthoud in 2008, and is married to metal artist David Norrie, has training in art therapy, as well as making her living creating commissioned art. What interests Yeh about the mural project is the ability of a project like this to reinforce the sense of community through the creation of the artwork, the fact that the mural brings a spot of brightness and cheerfulness to the town and most especially, the opportunity to work with people with a creative spirit and drive and to be able to mentor them to see that opportunities exist to be able to develop a career in a creative field and earn income.

Eye Candy Berthoud-style

Her design for the Wildfire mural incorporates some elements of a painting style from rural China, known as farm painting. The bold, graphic style is similar to the primitivist American painter Grandma Moses and uses bright colors, repetitive shapes to create story like scenes, often of holiday celebrations of weddings and other common festivities. Yeh's design for the Wildfire mural has the dragon mascot of the art center morphing into mountains, with sunflowers and greenery to invoke the garden spot nature of Berthoud. The bright colors and active shapes will draw attention to the building, and provide another piece of eye candy for the community.

In addition to the intern muralists, anyone from the community who wants to help is welcome, there will be scaffolding to set up and move as well as other jobs. Wildfire hopes to gain some financial support for the project from local groups and businesses. Any questions about the project can be answered by Anita Yeh at 720-841-2770 or Wildfire e-mail


Wildfire encourages community support and volunteers. Thanks to the businesses who have donated snacks and sundries!

More info on-line at the Wildfire Arts website, or call Wildfire (970) 532-3594.

Wildfire’s vision…

Wildfire envisions a town where the arts are a part of everyday life…where residents learn, create and experience belonging in a creative community.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Symphony on the Rocks - Free Outdoor Concert July 5


Who: The Colorado Symphony and Associate Conductor Scott O’Neil
What: Symphony on the Rocks
When: Monday, July 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison

The Colorado Symphony, led by Associate Conductor Scott O’Neil, brings favorite symphonic classics to Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

This perfect summer program includes Adventures on Earth from ET by John Williams, Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, selections from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, as well as patriotic favorites and Tchaikovsky’s legendary 1812 Overture. This concert is free to the public. A $10 parking fee per vehicle applies for Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The Colorado Symphony performs a full line-up of summer outdoor concerts in July, as well as a special concert at Boettcher Concert Hall in celebration of the Biennial of the Americas on July 24. Visit the Colorado Symphony’s website for more information or call the Colorado Symphony Box Office at 303-623-7876.

Join CSO for the spectacular 2010/11 season, full of energetic new programs, exciting guest artists and a brand new roster of guest conductors from around the globe. The season must be seen to be believed!

To purchase a subscription, contact the Colorado Symphony Box Office, located at Boettcher Concert Hall in the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Subscriptions can also be purchased through the Colorado Symphony by telephone 303.623.7876. All season performances are held in Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis Street. Single tickets will go on sale for the 2010/11 season in August.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“For I am bound, as on a wheel of fire….”

"King Lear perplexes and awes—and in some weird way delights as well. Perhaps it’s the line after line of unmatched poetry, or perhaps the sheer universality of its themes. For anyone who has children, or who has cared for a once powerful parent, the play reverberates with meaning."

Photo courtesy Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF) opens its summer season tonight with King Lear, hailed by many as the greatest play in the English language. Performances are in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre on the University of Colorado at Boulder’s campus.

Director Lynne Collins has chosen to set Lear in the American West, turn of the century, in a world dominated by powerful, masculine men, who had made it big in timber, mining, and landholdings the size of an entire country. In this setting, as the most powerful of them all, Lear is truly a king.

In a first portentous scene, the still powerful but aging Lear (John Hutton) calls together his court to divide his kingdom among his three daughters: Goneril (Karyn Casl), Regan (Karen Slack), and Cordelia (Jamie Ann Romero). Asked to prove their love with words, the two elder daughters make fulsome declarations. But the youngest, Cordelia, is honest and reticent. (“I cannot heave my heart into my mouth.”) She refuses to say anything more than that she loves her father “according to my bond,” i.e., as a daughter should love her father. Infuriated, Lear disinherits Cordelia and she leaves with her suitor, the Duke of Burgundy (Benjamin Bonenfant), who recognizes her worth and values her for herself alone. Lear declares that he will divide his time between the households of Goneril and Regan—and that fateful decision sparks the fearful events which follow.

Only nine performances of Lear will be given: July 1 (Preview), 2 (Opening Night), 3, 20, 21, 29, 30 and August 7 and 8. Early (6:30 pm) and later (8:00 pm) curtain times are available. See calendar at for times.


Adult tickets range from $18 - $54, with youth (ages 13 – 17) at $20 and kids (ages 5 – 12) priced at only $10 for Orchestra section seating. Purchase tickets online at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival website, by calling the box office at 303-492-0554.

Tickets may also be purchased at the CSF Box Office on the garden level of the Theatre & Dance Building, University of Colorado at Boulder, 10am-6pm Tuesday-Friday and Noon to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. CSF’s production of King Lear is sponsored by the law firm of Faegre & Benson.

Note that The Fantasticks also opens July 2 at the
University Theatre on the CU Boulder campus. Read about all of this season's plays on the Colorado Shakespeare Festival website.


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