Were you born to hand jive? Don’t miss the chance to see a favorite old flick, Grease, at tonight’s Lawn Chair Classics. The series is sponsored by the Wilkinson Public Library and the films are screened outdoors at about 9 p.m. in the Conference Center Plaza in Mountain Village. Bring a lawn chair and supplies, get cozy and sing along. Ah, those summer nights.
Archives for July 2011
I’ll never forget the year that my friend tugged on my arm and warned me in a hoarse whisper, “I think your boyfriend’s drunk. You’d better stop him…he’s bidding on something strange.” I guess there’s no accounting for taste, because seven years later he is my husband and we still have the beautiful stained glass piece for which he was the winning bidder—and we still love it. One of summer’s most fun and unique events is the annual Ah Haa Auction, the signature fundraiser for the local arts school. This year’s James Bond-inspired theme is “License to Create” and the live auction promises to be as zany and memorable as ever.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and you can participate in the silent auction before 7 p.m., when the live auction takes the stage. There is something for everyone at the auction, from beautiful work by local artists like Julie McNair (in the above video), to vacation deals, to a special vintage VW bug painted in a theme, to this year’s polka-dot tandem bike, the items are as eclectic and magical as the school itself. Come out for a fun evening of entertainment and support a great cause.
It’s been a stormy summer here in the Telluride region. When it’s wet like this, mud and rock slides inevitably wash across the roads, making them impassable. For some, it’s an unwelcome derailment; but for others, it’s an opportunity to contemplate life.
Sequestered temporarily, poet Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer was inspired to write this poem and to create this video. “If you don’t think about where you are going, there is infinite pleasure in the ‘here’ of it all,” she reads. Trommer, an award-winning poet and author who used to edit Telluride Magazine, has a hypnotic, entrancing style of reading that makes her poetry come alive. Hope you enjoy the video.
Now that we have two kids, it’s a little bit harder to get up on a Saturday morning, drive up to Savage Basin and ski a couple of runs at 12-13,000 feet in mid-July. But it was probably even harder for the people who partied up high at the Lunar Cup course all night Friday and then slept in their cars.
Those are the kind of sacrifices you have to make to ski the Lunar Cup. Those and all sense of style. From tutus, to neon skiwear from the 80s, to nothing at all, what people wear up there is nearly as important as winning. Except to the people who do win.
Thanks to Brett Schreckengost for sharing this fun video.
There’s no place like OM.
That’s why it’s so nice that elite yoga instructors from all over the globe come here, to our little valley in Colorado, to teach and practice at the Telluride Yoga Festival.
The mountains that surround Telluride have a spiritual quality, that same sacred feeling people get from yoga. For some people the breathing, stretching and meditating practices of yoga are like going to “church,” a little bit of contemplative, hallowed time. This year, the festival’s fourth annual, one of the special offerings is a world-class Kirtan, in which devotees chant a mantra and meditate. With a large group, the chanting becomes not just meditative, but musical and moving. “It’s a form of Bhakti or devotional yoga…it’s like a concert that’s also a really deep meditation. A musical meditation is the best way to describe it,” says Yoga Festival founding director Aubrey Hackman. The event is $15 (free for passholders) and will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Telluride Conference Center; children are welcome and there is no charge for their admission.
This year, “slackline” yoga is back. If yoga already intimidates you or makes you feel clumsy, you may not want to watch this, but at Elks Park from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, people will be practicing yoga and holding poses on a slackline. A slackline is webbing attached to two points above the ground and is used to practice balance. It is a challenge just to stand on a slackline, never mind holding a difficult pose while balancing on one. It’s fun just to watch, but there will also be a chance to try it out and get some tips from instructors.
There are still passes available to the festival, but Hackman says there are also 14 free classes for people who want to attend. “I just really think that yoga should be available to everyone.”
Check the Telluride Yoga Festival website for a complete schedule of events.
The first time I saw Keller Williams play, I kept looking around the stage for the rest of the band. There was this symphony of sounds, a bass line, melodic lead guitar, flugelhorn and a staccato mouth rhythm underneath the vocals. But there was no band. It was all Keller, recording and looping the sounds as he played, somehow managing to orchestrate all of the miscellany into a coherent piece of music. It was truly amazing.
Williams is playing the KOTO Doo-Dah tonight, and he will have a band with him for at least one of the sets, but you will still get to see him make magic with music. The doors open at 3 p.m. in Town Park and there are some great opening acts before Keller goes on at 6 p.m., but make sure you stick around and check him out. It is inspiring to watch him play. And, incidentally, you won’t be able to see an actual flugelhorn: it’s another of Keller’s tricks, an old jazz skill where a vocalist imitates the sound of a horn.