December 2010

(ed. note: Below is just a sampling of what was on offer during 2010. TIO would like to suggest you browse our archives and tell us YOUR favorites. At the bottom of each post is a prompt for comments.)

Spring storm, Telluride Telluride Inside.... and Out's Chief Geek, Kimm Viebrock, suggested we ignore the obvious risk of whiplash and review 2010, our second full year in business, for the "Best Of. " The Best Of? Yikes! Tell me please which one of your kids is your favorite. Aren't we suppose to love them all equally? Cop out? All right already, I am going to hold my nose and jump. But first a word about Telluride Inside... and Out, starting with a disclaimer.

TIO is not now and never was about hard news, local or otherwise. Our local print media handle that corner of the market just fine thank you. Telluride Inside... and Out was conceived as a lifestyle webzine to bring the true zazz (short for pizzazz) of the Telluride region to the local, regional, national, and global communities by covering everything from Telluride's robust cultural economy to outdoor adventure, astrology, fashion and beauty, food, books, dog training, even travel, because Telluride is a community of vagabonds. TIO is also about providing a platform for local businesses and non-profit institutions and festivals. We consistently tell their stories too.


by Lisa Barlow

Happy New Year There are myriad superstitions involving food that I ignore. But a few I hold fast to for no other reason than they are habit, and to question the ridiculousness of them would be living life a little too seriously.

If the wishbone makes it intact after carving a roast chicken, I grab my end, dream big and twist. At friends’ weddings, I throw rice or seeds like all the other guests, blessing the bride and groom with a fruitful union and messy hair. When salt is spilled in the kitchen, I throw a pinch over my left shoulder to stave off bad luck, if not the annoyance of the sprinkled person behind me.

And I always eat black-eyed peas on New Years day. The dish is called Hoppin’ John and there are lots of theories why some people eat it for good luck, with a slew of others as to how it got its name.

December 30 to January 6, 2010
Visible Planets: Morning: Mercury, Venus and Saturn  Evening: Jupiter

Feliz Ano Nuevo & Happy New Year 2011

Cowboy Xmas2 Well, here it is, the end of another calendar year, another revolution around the Sun. The high-minded, altruistic energy of Sagittarius has morphed into the more traditional, practical-minded energy of Capricorn. We face the finite reality of Christmas costs and spending, look at credit card charges for gifts and holiday travel expenses, gather our wits and prepare for the last blast of New Year’s Eve.

Sealife Today, I’m living in a beachside palapa on the Sea of Cortez, whales spout and fish jump, the ocean breeze cools the hot Mexico sun to temperatures in the 70’s. Back home I hear of abundant snowfall in the Rockies, but that Telluride is still waiting for their first big dump. I know well the call of the mountains, the pristine white of first tracks and the magical sparkle of snowflakes glistening in the slanting solstice sun. Years ago, my husband and I migrated to southern Baja for the winter and made a quiet little village on the East Cape our home. Snorkeling replaced moguls, fresh-caught tuna replaced homegrown elk, salsa replaced ketchup and Pacifico replaced Coors. In those days, we christened the New Year with Christmas lights on cactus, tortillas, shrimp and fireworks, bonfires on the beach, cassette tapes from home and the sweet guitars of the Mexican pescadores – fishermen – our new amigos and compadres.

The Nugget Theatre in beautiful downtown Telluride is showing three movies for the week of Friday, December 31-Thursday, January 6, 2011.

Loveandotherdrugs_smallposter Thetourist_smallteaser The animated feature, "Tangled" (PG) is back through Sunday as the early program.

Enjoy a thriller set in Paris and Venice featuring Angelina Jolie as the sexy, mysterious woman and Johhny Depp as the hapless fall guy? Well, then "The Tourist" (PG) might just be your flick.

In the interest of full disclosure, the editor of "Love and Other Drugs" (R) is our brother-in-law, Steven Rosenblum. Jake Gyllenhaal is a Viagra salesman and Anne Hathaway is in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Reviews are mixed but it sounds like a movie one would talk about later.

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

Telluride is the beneficiary of a full program of holiday concerts sponsored by The Sheridan Arts Foundation. The Sheridan Opera House will be the venue to hear Citizen Cope on December 30, 2010, 8:00-10:00 p.m.  Citizen Cope last performed in Telluride during the 2009...

The Ah Haa School for the Arts would like to thank the community and those art lovers out there for another wonderful year of support and inspiration. We feel blessed to be a part of a community that places a high value on the...

 kicker: Great Room alive once again with the sound of music. Palmyra deck too.

For years, The Peaks was a showcase for Telluride, even regional talent, its Great Room a great place to listen to great music and socialize with friends. Then for awhile the music stopped. And the crowds that gathered in support and appreciation stopped coming. But they are returning now in droves to a vastly new and improved Peaks, with a management team eager to support the cultural life in Telluride and Mountain Village.

Case in point: Monday, December 20, the Telluride Choral Society performed a program of traditional carols and holiday songs for the family. The Choral Society was followed by Richard Tavener's Lodges Lane Live doing smooth jazz and Mike Pale on acoustic guitar playing popular favorites. New Year's Eve day, DJ Ryan spins on The Palmyra Deck, 2:30 – 6 p.m., where he has been appeared on and off in late December. New Year's Eve the Jeff Solon Trio entertains.

By Kris Holstrom
ResizedImage340563-12-29-action-cafe Telluride-based The New Community Coalition is happy to announce the next Sustainability Cafe, this one in Mountain Village. We are grateful to the fine folks at Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge who are opening their Alta Room for the gathering, which takes place Wednesday, Dec. 29, 10:00 a.m.
If you haven't been to a Cafe, it's pretty simple. Sustainability Cafes are a chance for us to gather and talk about issues of the day that generally relate to sustainability. (What doesn't?). Who should come? Anyone and everyone, young and old, visitors and residents, friends and neighbors. What's on your mind? What have you done lately that you're proud of? What changes have you considered in your life, and where are the challenges? What help do you need? What actions can we take as individuals, businesses, and as communities to do better? Since we're coming to the end of 2010 and looking forward into 2011, now is a great time to reflect  and plan for the future. Not exactly New Year's Resolutions. Or maybe they are...