J. James McTigue

In school we learn about the four seasons, the ones everyone knows about. But in life we learn that the weather, or anything really, just isn’t that neat and tidy. There is a lot of in between. Different places have particular seasons unto themselves. The ‘other’ season may be the rainy season, harvest season, or hurricane season. In Telluride, it’s Off Season.

Off Season is the time when the lifts close and skiing on Telluride Mountain is officially over.  Residents have two basic choices—get out of town or embrace the quiet. Some eagerly head somewhere warm, excited to exchange their ski boots for flip-flops. Others stay in Telluride to embrace the quiet lull after a frantic ski season. Still others opt for choice c -- make it up as you go. Walking down Main Street on Tuesday, there was evidence of all of the above.


[click "Play", Susan talks with Bob Rubadeau]



Gatsby Author Photo Dexterity distinguishes Tellurider R. J. Rubadeau from previous award-winning authors. Rubadeau was selected for high honors in both the fiction and the non-fiction categories, when the Colorado Independent Publishers Association announced the results of its 2011 EVVY Book Award competition  in Denver on March 17.

“This talented Colorado writer gave all of us serving on the awards committee a memorable glimpse into his exciting real life as a professional sailor, and a madcap romp through his Rocky Mountain hometown with his alter-ego detective,” said Ravi Snow-Egger, CIPA/EVVY Awards Chair.

Bound For Roque Island: Sailing Maine and the World, published by Bascom Hill, November 2010, was chosen as the 1st Place winner in the Autobiography genre. A mutinous family on a “Shanghai” to remote Roque Island in the Bay of Fundy provides a pivotal personal journey for all aboard. It is a bumpy and hilarious voyage as this long-time sailing writer fetches up on the reefs of adulthood.

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Travel to exotic locations, her day job, has fed longtime Telluride local and artist Nancy Craft's passion for color: over the years, Nancy's work for Esprit travel has been all about creating and leading art tours, mostly in Asia. Especially Japan.

For 20 years, Esprit Travel has sent travelers to Japan to explore the country's culture and arts.

"The hallmark of our cultural tours is the introductions we make to Japanese people," explained Nancy. "Our travelers, therefore, have profound, often life- altering experiences with the people of Japan and hold them dear in their hearts. In fact, because our colleague, Steve Beimel, lived in Sendai for many years, we have taken many groups to north eastern Japan, not normally on the tourist path."

[click "Play" to hear Susan's conversation with Eliza and Tina]



BIDDER70newtext They are not your run of the mill filmmakers and he is not your Average Joe. Or Tim.

We are talking about Telluride locals George and Beth Gage, who are at it again, making another documentary, "Bidder 70," to make a difference in the world. The protagonist of their latest celluloid adventure is none other than Tim DeChristopher. (Talk about making a difference in the world.)
For those unfamiliar with his story, Tim threw a giant monkey wrench into a BLM auction, bidding nearly $1.8 million to win 14 parcels (22,000 acres) of pristine Utah wilderness land surrounding major national parks and at risk of being plundered in the name of almighty gas and oil. For his peaceful act of civil disobedience, Tim faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of $750,000 – despite the fact the Obama administration deemed the auction itself invalid. Sentencing is June 23, 2011.

Extended List of Activists, Artists and Adventurers Includes Tim DeChristopher, Greg

Tim DeChristopher
Tim DeChristopher

In keeping with the 2011 Moving Mountains Symposium theme of “Awareness into Action,” Mountainfilm in Telluride announced a series of special guests that Festival Director David Holbrooke says, “have all committed their lives to rolling up their sleeves and making a serious difference in the world.” Holbrooke added that he hopes their example will “not only inspire our audiences but also provide a clear road map for how they can get involved as well.”
Not everyone will follow in the footsteps of Tim DeChristopher, who was recently convicted by a federal court of making false bids on energy leases. But his presence at Mountainfilm this May, a month before his scheduled sentencing, will certainly help galvanize festival audiences. Tim will speak not only about the urgency of addressing global climate change but also why non-violent civil disobedience is so essential in these troubled times.

[click "Play" to hear Susan's interview with Beth and George Gage]


Tim DeChristopher He was a guest at the 30th and 31st annual Mountainfilm in Telluride in 2008 and 2009. We are talking about Tim DeChristopher, who not only draws outside the lines, he steps over them. He is the man who came to be known as "Bidder 70."

While at Mountainfilm, journalist Alex Chadwick conducted one of his 50-cent interviews with Tim. In those four minutes, Tim recounted the events leading up to and through his arrest. (You can find the interview at:  Now Telluride locals and award-winning filmmakers George and Beth Gage are telling Tim DeChristopher's full story, a jumping off point for the larger stories of civil disobedience and climate change.

[click "Play" to hear Katy Parnello's conversation with Susan]



Katy Parnello Stash Wislocki, the Telluride AIDS Benefit's executive director, is no gusher, but mention the name "Katy Parnello" and breathless superlatives start flying. With good reason.

Katy Parnello is a multi-media event unto herself: co-creator/co-owner of a successful fashion label, dancer/choreographer, and actor. This year Katy adds one more notch to her increasingly heavy belt: she is the 2011 director of the Telluride AIDS Benefit's fashion show. The Sneak Peak is Thursday, March 3, and the gala is Saturday, March 5. (Both shows are sold out and there is a waiting list.)

The fashion label, Onerary (pronounced “honor-ary”), a collaboration between Katy and Danielle DeRoberts, was inspired by the Greek word "Oneraria," which means “in a dreamlike state.” Founded in 2004 right here in Telluride, Onerary is a fair trade clothing line for women that merges forward-thinking design and functionality, striving to blur the lines between work and play. (For an early intro to Onerary, see this 2009 post on Telluride Inside... and Out.)

[click "Play", Susan speaks with Devin McCarthy and Charlotte Delpit about the Student Show]



Charlotte & Devin If she has said it once, Telluride AIDS Benefit board member/teacher Sandy McLaughlin has said it a dozen times: the action on the catwalk is not the primary reason the Benefit produces a Student Fashion Show. Read between the lines– clothing and otherwise.

For the Telluride AIDS Benefit, the big idea behind the clothes, the choreography, and the music is that  the pandemic persists largely unabated. The tenacity of the virus drives the need for  prevention education to keep everyone safe and raising money to support the Telluride AIDS Benefit's beneficiaries – The Western Colorado AIDS Project, Children's Hospital Immunodeficiency Project, Brother Jeff's Health Initiative, Manzini Youth Care Project, and the Ethiopian Family Fund – who in turn support those living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

The co-directors of the 2011 Student Fashion Show, February 24, 6 p.m., The Palm, are Charlotte Delpit and Devin McCarthy, two of Telluride's best and brightest teens. Both are also in TAB's (sold out) adult fashion show, Thursday, March 3, and Saturday, March 5.

Prince-beta-062-300x233 Esperanza Spalding's first Telluride appearance was 2007 for Winter Jazz. Those of us who know Telluride Jazz Celebration's impresario Paul Machado know the man has an eye for the ladies. His special gift is to catch rising stars before they have reached their zenith: violinist Regina Carter, guitarist Badi Assad, chanteuses Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, and Lizz Wright to name a few of Machado’s picks early in their careers.

The story of Esperanza Spalding is a rags-to-riches-tale, an American dream come true, because a smart single mom recognized she had  a gifted daughter who thought – and played – out of the box. Years later, the jazz bassist/singer has clearly earned the respect of her peers. And one of her major fans happens to be President Obama. Last night, Sunday, February 13, Esperanza took the Grammys by storm, winning Best Artist, trumping popsters Justin Bieber and Drake, plus bands Mumford & Sons (Telluride Bluegrass Festival, 2010) and Florence & The Machine.

[click "Play", Susan talks with Jeb Berrier about Comedy Fest]


Jeb, LipSync Love is no laughing matter, except in Telluride, where comedy follows the BIg Day for the kid in diapers with the quiver of arrows.

The 12th annual Telluride Comedy Fest begins at the Sheridan Opera House with a Locals' Night on Thursday, February 17 and continues through the weekend, closing Sunday, February 20. Shows, 8 p.m. nightly, are all hosted by Telluride actor/director/producer Jeb Berrier.