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November 27, 2011

New Look for Telluride Inside... and Out

Telluriide Inside... and Out has been working for several months to upgrade our viewer experience. The transition is about to happen. The current site will be taken down Sunday evening, November 27, and we hope to be fully operational by Tuesday morning, November 29, 2011.

Please excuse our one day of "off the air" in order to bring you a new and improved Telluride Inside... and Out.

November 26, 2011

Clyfford Still Museum open in Denver

Clyfford Still Museum quietly shouts for joy

CSM from DAMA paean to the artist, Denver's brand spanking new Clyfford Still Museum is also a monument to the glory days of America, which emerged Phoenix-like from the ashes of World War II as a superpower. At exactly the same time, around 1945, the center of the art world shifted from Paris to New York and the cerebral dream world of Surrealism yielded to powerful, visceral, physical impulses of Abstract Expressionism, the first truly all-American art form, celebrating as it does bold action and rugged individualism.

Abstract Expressionist painters, many of whom began by tipping their brushes to the Surrealists, valued the spiritual and archetypal as sources of inspiration, including the "field" painters (as opposed to "gestural" painters like Jackson "The Dripper" Pollack): Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, and Clyfford Still. Still and his fellow "field workers" appeared to be revisiting ideas first explored in the 19th century by the Big Sky boys, painters such as Bierstadt and Church, whose western landscapes honored Mother Nature as God's playground, majestic, aloof and incorruptable. Such landscapes were familiar turf for Still, who was born in North Dakota (in 1904), but spent the first 40 years of his life on the prairies of eastern Washington state and southern Canada.

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November 25, 2011

Dog's Best Friend: The Dogs of Cottonwood


Ted Hoff's videos often show aspects of training at Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel. This week's edition is a gallery of the dogs of Cottonwood, a collection of dogs vacationing there, training there, as well as the Hoffs' family dogs. If you thought Ted and Cottonwood were just about Labrador Retrievers, this video should present a different "picture."

November 24, 2011


Long SkirtMost of the time Telluride Inside… and Out looks forward to its weekly installment of Fashion Friday, but this week Kristin Holbrook of Two Skirts wants to talk about the Fall/Winter trend of maxi-lengths (read "long") skirts and dresses. Definitely a mixed blessing.

The good news is the newest incarnations of long skirts and dresses look great. The bad news: here's the long and short on "long": Wall Street legend holds that skirt lengths are a predictor of the direction of the stock market and, according to that story, short skirts generally mean an uptick. If skirts are long – you guessed it – it means markets are heading south. Long skirts suggest doom and gloom. Read on for proof.


Alacazem 2011.11.24

Winter, Wright's MesaNovember 24 to December 1, 2011  Visible Planets: Morning: Mars and Saturn  Evening: Venus and Jupiter

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Hunting and Gathering: Thanksgiving on the Go

by Lisa Barlow

Butternut SquashThanksgiving dinner in our family often emerges from a suitcase. Either we are traveling to be with friends and family, or they are traveling to be with us. So, one year it might be a bag of posole and a ristra of New Mexican chiles from the Navajo reservation near my Aunt Marianne’s house that gets unpacked. My cousin Lauren will bring enough dried bean curd to turn turkey leftovers into a big pot of jook, the Chinese soup her family makes every year. Or, my mother-in-law will bring a box of gingersnaps from Pennsylvania Dutch country that I can turn into a pumpkin piecrust.

One year, when our daughter was studying in Barcelona for the fall, we packed almost an entire Thanksgiving dinner into our luggage and took the holiday meal to her and her 12 American classmates. You can picture it: duffel bags full of pumpkin purée, jars of cranberry sauce, cornbread for stuffing, pie crust ingredients, butternut squash and all the spices to season our food. Never mind that the famous Boqueria market was just down the street, what everyone wanted was a taste of home.

This year, I don’t have to worry about sneaking contraband produce into a foreign country or explaining my chestnut knife to the TSA. But, I do have to travel a few hours in the car. Because we can’t join the group until late Wednesday night, I am making my contributions ahead of time.

Here are a few easy dishes that travel well or that you can assemble at the last minute:

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Black Friday Shipping

by David Feela

    “I’d like to ship this gift package, please.”
    “Certainly.  How badly do you want it to arrive?”
    “Standard shipping will be fine, it just needs to get there by Christmas.”
    “So you don’t care about the person who’s receiving it?”
    “Of course I care.”
    “Standard shipping is no way to show you care.”
    “What would you recommend?”
    “Our Bubbles & Hugs package mailer.”
    “What’s that?”
    “Your merchandise is wrapped in a thin layer of plastic bubbles that when popped release a chemically engineered scent of your pheromones.”
    “But I’m sending this to my sister!”
    “Oh, that might be awkward.  May I recommend our triple upgrade.”
    “I just want it to arrive in good condition.”
    “Our triple upgrade guarantees that.  The first upgrade makes sure it’s on the correct truck, the second upgrade discourages abusive drivers from handling your delivery, and the third upgrade triples your shipping cost.”
    “Why would I want to triple my cost?”
    “To show you care, in a non-awkward way.”
    “I’ll stick with standard shipping.”
    “That will be fifty dollars, without insurance.”
    “Fifty dollars?  How much with insurance?”
    “A hundred and fifty.”
    “I’ll drive it there myself for a hundred and fifty dollars.”
    “Excellent.  If you’ll back up to the loading dock before leaving, we have a few other packages going in your direction.”

David FeelaDavid is a Colorado poet who resides in Arriola, Colorado, a small rural community north of Cortez. Recently retired from a 27-year teaching gig, David was a former “Colorado Voice” for the Denver Post. He worked for over a decade as a contributing editor and columnist at Inside/Outside Southwest magazine and now contributes occasional pieces to High Country News and writes a monthly piece for the Four Corners Free Press. David's words have appeared in hundreds of regional and national publications. His first full-length book of poetry, The Home Atlas, is now available.


by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

More than these greens tossed with toasted pecans,
I want to serve you the hymn I sung into the wooden bowl

as I blended the oil and white vinegar. More than honey ice cream
beside the warm pie, I want to serve you the bliss in the apples’ flesh,

how it gathered the sun and carried its luminousness to this table.
More than the popovers, the risen ecstasy of wheat, milk and eggs,

I want to serve you the warmth that urged the transformation to bread.
Blessings, I want to serve you full choruses of hallelujah, oh so wholly

here in this moment. Oh so holy here in this world.

Trommer Family-5653"Thanksgiving" was previously published in Poems of Awakening (Outskirts Press, 2011). Photo of Rosemerry and family by Darby Ullyat.


November 23, 2011

Your Ah Haa Moment: Visiting Artists Program

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Ahhaa_bruceTelluride's Ah Haa School for the Arts is one of the region's signature nonprofits, a place that lends color to the face of our town and where the hologram of you as a font of creativity  can become a reality. One of Ah Haa's signature programs is Visiting Artists.

As in years past, in 2011/2012 Ah Haa plans to offer immersions in various mediums. with nationally recognized visiting artists. These courses offer participating students a unique opportunity to focus on personal discovery rather than To-Do lists.

Ah Haa has five top-notch artists on deck for the winter season:

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November 21, 2011

Another Season Begins

Ingram Basin from Telluride, medIt snowed off and on today in Telluride. We could wish for more snow as the mountain is getting ready to open. On the other hand, I've seen plenty of tracks where skiers have poached a few early lines. And it's been cold enough to run the snow guns.

Another Winter season begins in Telluride. Susan and I are going down to Denver to spend Thanksgiving with friends there, but we'll be back for me to participate in the early season training with Telluride Adaptive Sports Progroam on Monday and Tuesday next week.

The rush of the season will be a major contrast with the quiet of the late off-season, but I can't help getting excited about another year on the mountain, my 27th in Telluride. Come on Winter!

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