[click "Play", Jim Berkowitz talks about his course]


JimBerkowitz For four weeks, starting Tuesday, February 1 – Tuesday, February 22, 6-8 p.m., computer lab, Wilkinson Public Library, Telluride local Jim Berkowitz is scheduled to teach for the University Centers of the San Miguel (UCSM).

Berkowitz's course is an exploration of internet marketing and social media networking best practices and technology tools (software/web apps) for successfully building an organization's web presence and a loyal customer/donor base, whether you are a for profit and non-profit business. The material covered includes: Web Site Design, Content & Collaboration, Internet Marketing, Social Media Networking, Managing a Customer/Donor Base.

Our Jim Berkowitz?

 She all but shouted it from the rooftops of town.

When Telluride local Baerbel Hacke turned 60, there was an all-Caps urgency to the event and a no-holds-barred party to go with it.

Baerbel took (at least) a week off work – she is the director of the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art – so that the birthday girl could celebrate in high style with a little help from her friends, some of whom came all the way over from Germany. (Baerbel was born in Leipzig, but found her winding way to Telluride in the 1980s.) 

[click "Play" to hear James Vilona's conversation with Susan]


BALI 719 James Vilona's chair, a lyrical bronze spiral, is the first thing guests to our Telluride home see, and it is, hands down, our favorite piece of functional art.

Mies van der Rohe’s “Barcelona Chair,” designed in 1929 for the World Exposition in Spain and Le Corbusier’s “Chaise,” created at about the same time, are considered 20th century classics. Charles and Ray Eames’ “Chaise Longue," was a prototype submitted for a competition held in 1948 at New York City’s The Museum of Modern Art. Elegantly asymmetrical, the Longue was meant to be inexpensive, lightweight, versatile and appealing to young families. Made of dyed cotton cords and steel, Brazilians Fernando and Humberto Campanas’ Vermelha Chair, 1993, looks like a kitchen mop or a bird’s nest on steel legs.

[click "Play", Susan speaks with producer and director, Jeff Spitz]



Navajo-boy-poster kicker: "Like a finely made rug, The Return of Navajo Boy contains multiple layers of color, construction, and meaning.... A must-see." Native Peoples Magazine

On December 6,  Dr. Doug Brugge, a guest of the Advocacy Coalition of Telluride, the Town of Telluride, the Pinhead Institute and the Telluride School District, spoke to an audience at The Palm about the environmental and health consequences of mining, milling and processing of uranium ore.

Dr Brugge, a Harvard PhD, grew up on the Navajo reservation. His wide-ranging expertise in public heath includes the subject of the of uranium mining and processing on Native Americans. In 2007, Brugge testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on uranium contamination in the Navajo Nation, whose chairman, Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) became an advocate for the tribe because of one powerful documentary and its powerful new epilogue produced one year later in 2008: "The Return of Navajo Boy."

[click "Play" to hear Susie Billings' conversation with Susan]


Green pears copy New Year's Eve in Telluride and the joint was jumping, including a gala sit-down dinner for 80 at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, adult entertainment at its very best.

The annual event at Ah Haa features the work of one major artist, whose images adorn the walls of gallery-space-turned-dining hall contribute to the color and vibrancy of the evening. Last year the featured talent was pastel artist Bruce Gomez. This year, it was mixed media painter Susan X. Billings. Gomez and Billings as main attractions underline the symbiotic relationship between Ah Haa, Telluride's community art center, where Gomez and Billings are popular teachers, and the town's premier gallery, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, which represents their work.

 In this week's video, Ted Hoff of Cottonwood Ranch and Kennel shows us some advanced training with his young Yellow Labrador Retriever, Drake. Telluride Inside...

[click "Play" to hear Wade Davis' conversation with Susan]


100_2229 In Telluride, simply saying "Wade Davis" is like incanting "Open Sesame," the name unlocking doors of the mind. Mountainfilm in Telluride executive director Peter Kenworthy described Davis as a "Renaissance man," a defensive move, because the actual list of accolades and credits that adhere to the man could fill the Manhattan telephone book.

20091004-20091004-3919121-02 At Mountainfilm's annual fundraiser, Davis anchors a program that highlights five projects recently awarded $5,000 each. One of the projects is Sacred Headwaters, Sacred Journey, a photographic exposition by Paul Colangelo of the shared birthplace of three of British Columbia’s great salmon-bearing rivers, the Stikine, Skeena and Nass. The Stikine Valley, sacred to the First Nations, is one of the largest predator-prey ecosystems in North America. This area is now threatened by resource development. Colangelo's project is especially near and dear to Davis, a native of British Columbia and frequent visitor to the region that has been called “The Serengeti of the North.”

Roger Mason painting

In the beginning there was Telluride's The New Sheridan Hotel. At least for us.

Twenty-five years ago, Clint Viebrock rode into Telluride on his metal horse, a Yamaha, on his way to no place in particular. One night at The New Sheridan Bar and The Sheridan Hotel was all the convincing he needed: Clint had found home.

Friday night, December 17, Telluride Inside... and Out returned to a vastly different New Sheridan under vastly different circumstances. We were there as a couple at the invitation of general manager Ray Farnsworth to experience the hotel in all the glory of its latest incarnation following the 2008 renovation, which cost about $7 million – and Ray, who lovingly shepherded the process, more gray hairs.

A date night at The New Sheridan? Twist my arm.