This week at Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library

This week at Telluride's Wilkinson Public Library

Telluride Bluegrass Festival may be over, but the beat goes on at Telluride's five-star Wilkinson Public Library. Monday, June 21, 6 p.m. Back for an encore performance, Raina Rose. This young vivacious songwriter from Austin will be performing original songs that speak to life, love and the human condition. 

Tuesday, June 22, 6 p.m.,The Telluride Music Lover’s Film Festival brings a feature and a short. Rachel Liebling, a student of Ken Burns, created a classic of Americana: “High Lonesome”  the Story of Bluegrass  (95 minutes). The music is perfectly synced with its images as in Bill Monroe's seamless walk from concert stage to his old front porch. Ralph Stanley singing "Man of Constant Sorrow". A young Alison Krauss at about the time she won the national fiddling contest. The film is not a complete compendium, a chronological survey, or a definitive look at Bill Monroe, or any of the individual artists, but it is an impassioned portrait of a true American musical art form.

Pickin & Trimmin'  (23 minutes) screened at Mountainfilm in Telluride 2008. The film tells the story of the people and atmosphere of a small rural community. "Great cinematography, tasty camera angles and compositions. Fantastic music and editing. Good timing and spacing of the edits," said Jim Berkowitz.

Wednesday, June 23, 6 p.m., the film, “The Triplets of Belleville”  (81 minutes), was programmed to help celebrate Bike Week. Madame Souza, an elderly French woman, instills in her grandson Champion (for whom she acts as guardian) a love of cycling. As a young man, Champion becomes a dedicated road racer with grandma as trainer. During a mountainous leg of the Tour de France, Champion goes missing. Evidence points to a kidnapping. With Champion's faithful pet dog Bruno at her side, Madame Souza springs into action. The search takes the unlikely duo overseas to the town of Belleville, where Madame Souza and Bruno are  taken in by three eccentric elderly women, once the renowned jazz singing group, The Triplets of Belleville, who help in the rescue. Two Academy Award nominations (Best Animated Feature / Best Original Song).

Thursday, June 24, the program is another collaboration between the Library and Between the Covers bookstore. The author: Brady Udall. The book: “The Lonely Polygamist."

" 'The Lonely Polygamist' reminds me of the best of John Irving. Funny, sometimes outrageously so, heartbreaking, redemptive, with characters so brilliantly conceived that they live on in my heart and mind,”
Cathy Langer, The Tattered Cover (Denver, CO)

Saturday, June 26 – Sunday, June 27,  a writer’s workshop with Amy Irvine ("Trespass") and Craig Childs ("The Animal Dialogs," "House of Rain"). Participants (limited to 20) will break into two groups of 10 and spend one day with Amy and the other with Craig, with time for both groups to meet together.  
Workshop Description:  A good story is hard to find. Brutish stalking and careful harvesting skills are required. Then there’s the challenge of transmission, the successful telling that conjures ancient archetypes while inspiring meaningful metaphors. Class convenes both mornings at the Wilkinson Library, but ventures out in search of grist. Participants explore how to craft the story through observation of the natural world, group discussion, and writing exercises.

What to Bring:  Pen and notebook, a sack lunch, snacks, water bottle, several layers of clothing (allowing for sun as well as inclement weather, i.e. ,sun hat, sunglasses, rain jacket, fleece, etc, and a good pair of walking shoes.  
Evening public performance and book signing by the authors,  free and open to the public. Saturday, June 26,8 pm, Wilkinson Library. 

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