July 2010

[click "Play" to hear Dianne Reeves' conversation with Susan]

Media02sm Double the pleasure. Double the fun.

This year, Telluride Jazz Celebration impresario/ Festival director Paul Machado welcomes two great female jazz vocalists to the Toshiko Akiyoshi Town Park Stage. Jackie Ryan performs Saturday night at the Nugget Theatre and again on Sunday in Town Park. And Dianne Reeves is the closing act on opening day, Friday, August 5: a good choice because Reeves has the star power and hardware (four Grammys, including the soundtrack for George Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck") to deliver a very grand finale.

Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel has emphasized often how puppy training should start at a fairly young age. But what about that pup who somehow got to be a year old, and a lot set in his ways?This video...

[click "Play" for Jen Wineman's interview with Susan]

Poster Telluride's SquidShow Theatre is the living end. This time we mean that literally. Saturday July 31 – Tuesday, August 3, the Squids present "Cataclysm!: "The end is closer than you think. So is the beginning." The happening takes place nightly at 7 p.m. at The Deep Creek Mine, just seven miles outside of town.

"Cataclysm" was conceived by SquidShow Theatre founder Sasha Cucciniello and her long-time collaborator, New York City-based playwright, Sarah Gancher.

After working with the Deep Creek Artisan Guild, Sasha became determined to create a show specifically for this rustic location. For years, the idea of a site-specific theatrical piece at Deep Creek percolated, eventually took shape in "Cataclysm." Sasha tapped Sarah to come to Telluride to co-write this theatrical extravaganza, created from scratch through the rehearsal process under the leadership of director Jen Wineman and designer Melissa Trn.

[click "Play", Kristin Holbrook talks about Joie T-shirts] Kristin Holbrook of Telluride's popular Two Skirts is crying for joy over Joie's white T- shirt. Once upon a time, white t-shirts came in a three- or six-pack...

July 29 to August 5, 2010

Visible Planets: Morning: Jupiter  Evening: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn

The Love of Leo and the Power of Heart

SunflowerBlue The green, green, green of early summer has morphed in to the green, gold, brown of late July. The tall meadow grass has gone to seed - it looks like wheat swaying in the morning breeze. Irrigated fields patchwork the mesa in shades of emerald green and bright yellow sunflowers dance along the roadsides. The winter snow has melted on the peaks and monsoon rains flash-flood canyons and valleys, causing mudslides and stopping traffic. Rainbows blaze and hummingbirds feast, while bluebirds perch on fence posts and teach their young how to hunt.

Poster Poster-1 Telluride's Nugget Theatre is screening two movies the week of Friday, July 30 to Thursday, August 5. "Knight and Day" is a holdover from last week. The action movie stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and is rated PG13.

"Despicable Me" is an animated film with some great voices, an improbable super-villain, three orphan girls in search of a dad, and a plot to steal the moon. What could possibly go wrong? It is rated PG.

For movietimes, see below; for trailers and reviews, see the Nugget website.

[click "Play" to listen to Larry Coryell's conversation with Susan]

Coryell Six years ago guitar legend Larry Coryell was honored at the 28th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration, where he performed with drummer Lenny White and bassist Mark Egan. Coryell returns to the 34th annual Telluride Jazz Celebration, August 5 – August 8, to time to honor a friend, former Telluride Jazz Celebration board member Chris Bou, who died in May 2009.

To tribute Bou, Coryell returns with Egan, changing the recipe on his aural elixir just a little bit with two special guests, Paul Wertico replacing White on drums, and saxophonist Karl Denson. The quartet is scheduled to perform Sunday, August 8, 3:40 – 4:50 p.m. on the Toshiko Akiyoshi Town Park Stage.

"Larry has style, awesome technique, a sharp wit and big charisma," said Telluride Jazz Celebration impresario Paul Machado of his friend and supporter.

[click "Play" for Langhorne Slim's interview with Susan]

Slim Langhorne Slim is appearing in concert on Friday, July 30, 8:30 p.m. at Telluride's historic Sheridan Opera House. The buzz is you want to be there to shake your tail feathers – and say you knew him when.

It's a Dylan thing. Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman to a middle class family in Nowhere Special, Minnesota. Brooklyn-based Langhorne Slim was born Sean Scolnick in – and here's the punch line – Langhorne, Pennsylvania. But we all know the line from Shakespeare about a rose. Regardless of his name, the fame of this singer-songwriter-guitarist is being etched in stone. Rolling Stone. "Damn near perfect," said the magazine about Langhorne Slim's third album, Be Set Free, on Kemado Records.