[To listen to Ally Crilly speaking with Susan, click "Play"]

Crillysapsucker Here's a question for Telluride locals, guests too: What do a dead bird and elephants have in common? Give up? OK, here it is. Amy Jean Boebel of Sapsucker Studios named her gallery for a dead bird found outside her door at 299 South Spruce, where she is showing the latest in a series of elephants – The Elephants III – by local artist Ally Crilly. And it's a perfect fit: all summer long Sapsucker is featuring strong women artists who refuse to pull their punches. (More on that in the weeks to come.)

The exhibition is part of  The Telluride Council for the Arts & Humanities' First Thursday Art Walk, a very popular walkabout, a time when locals and guests meander down Main Street chatting about Telluride's robust art scene. First Thursday is also an opportunity to shop: retail stores stay open late until eight.

by Art Goodtimes


IMG_2224 Okay, so I’d never seen a Tesla showroom before. But I saw one in Boulder -- where I went (after my political duties last month) to visit some old friends, who balance Imago counseling with commercial construction and have a cozy condo duplex unit in a carefully manicured residential greenbelt.

Boulder is such a trip. It seems every spot of lawn has a dog baggie dispenser box, and even the street people carry REI sleeping bags.

When we head down from Telluride to take Gina the Dog to stay with Ted Hoff at Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel, somewhere between Delta and Hotchkiss she will start getting excited, and by the time we turn into the ranch entrance, Gina can...

"The moment when one thing turns into another is the most beautiful moment," Vik Muniz

Mountainfilm in Telluride selected director Lucy Walker's latest film to be included in its program line-up from among more than 600 submissions. "Waste Land," which has already garnered a small bucket of awards including World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance, will be screened over the long Memorial Day weekend, May 28 – May 30, at the 32nd annual gathering of the tribe.

The "Waste Land" in question is not that of poet T.S. Eliot. Eliot's "Wasteland" is a metaphor (for the disillusionment of the generation post WWI). Although poetic transformations happen there as a result of the film project, Walker's wasteland is a real place, Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

By D. Dion


Greg Stump’s “Blizzard of Aahhh’s (1988) is perhaps the most beloved movie ever made about skiing. (Skiing Magazine ranked it #1 in its Top Ten Ski Movies of All Times, and a VHS recording of the film sits on the shelf of every self-respecting ski bum over the age of 30.) The movie also holds a special place in the heart of Telluriders, because it features lots of local footage from the 80s, from powder runs down Mammoth in neon-colored, one-piece ski suits to dreadlocked reggae musician Rasta Stevie waxing philosophical about his stint in Telluride politics and the vibe of the ski town.

It’s fitting, then, that the preeminent filmmaker would preview his newest work in progress, the ski flick “Legend of Aahhh’s,” here in his old Stump-ing grounds, at Telluride’s Mountainfilm festival this Memorial Day weekend. “I spent every winter from 1983 through 1988 in Telluride, with my brother Geoff. I really like it there,” says Stump.

[Anthony speaks to Susan about his art and being Anthony Holbrooke, click "Play"]

Anthony-3 The name "Holbrooke" is listed in the Telluride phone book. It is also gets top billing on the marquee of the world stage.

Dad is Ambassador, now Special Representative, Richard Holbrooke, appointed by President Obama to help his administration tackle the thorniest foreign policy challenges it faces: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ambassador Holbrooke is also a regular at Mountainfilm in Telluride, the event son David, a talented documentary filmmaker, has programmed for the past three years as its Festival Director.

This year, Ambassador Holbrooke is unable to attend Mountainfilm in Telluride, but another Holbrooke, son Anthony, is on the schedule. His show at the Ah Haa School for the Arts is part of Mountainfilm's Gallery Walk, Friday, May 28, following the Symposium.
[click "Play" to hear director Louie Psyihoyos speaking with Susan]

Psihoyos Louie 0007 Mountainfilm in Telluride, May 28 – May 31, features about 75 extraordinary films about extraordinary people, places and things, among them, the 2009 Oscar winner for Best Feature Documentary, director Louie Psyihoyos' "The Cove."

We are on a first-name basis with these iconic creatures: Lassie, Bambi, Babe, and Flipper. We project all that is good and right with the world onto our animal friends – but are we doing them any favors.? Certainly not in the case of Flipper and his relatives. "Flipper" is the genesis of "The Cove," its raison d'etre.

Sam Bush Tuesday is a rather new feature on Telluride Inside... and Out, an opportunity to see an old Telluride friend in different circumstances. Last week's submission told of the CD release party of Sam's recent recording, "Circles Around Me." That event was also Sam and Lynn Bush's 25th wedding anniversary. We'll let Sam's people tell the story.

"As the release of Circles Around Me and Sam and Lynn's 25th wedding anniversary were celebrated on the same night, this week’s episode of Sam Bush TV gives additional  insight into the 25th wedding anniversary portion of the celebration at Sound Emporium Studio, in Nashville, TN.

[click "Play" to listen to Susan's conversation with Ernst Aebi]

BioAebi01 Ernst Aebi, both the man and his film, "Barefoot to Timbuktu," embodies the ideals of Mountainfilm in Telluride, this year May 28 – May 31. The annual gathering of a tribe, more evangelists really, is dedicated to saving the world one person, one place, one species, one story or idea at a time.

Aebi is Indiana Jones with a socio-environmental consciousness, who walked to the North Pole from Siberia, lived for a while off the land in the Canadian Arctic, and another time with reindeer herders in Siberia. Aebi went up the Rio Negro, crossed the Amazon jungle in a dugout on the Casiciares to the Orinocco, raced across the Sahara in the Paris-Dakar rally, sailed across the Atlantic four times and was a "guest" of the Chinese government for illegally entering into western Tibet. ( And that's just the tip of the iceberg.) The swashbuckling globetrotter and Renaissance man also holds degrees in electronics and political science.