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Fri March 6, 2015


Fri March 6, 2015

Brakhage Symposium To Showcase The Avant-Garde Ken Jacobs

A still from Ken Jacobs' 'Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World.'
Courtesy Ken Jacobs Films

By its very nature, the avant-garde is not mainstream. Its purpose is to be unfamiliar, to challenge, to upset the apple cart. The avant-garde wants to perplex, to stymie, and most of all, it sets out to destroy complacency. Because film in particular is so pervasive and we're so settled in terms of how we look at it, the avant-garde has a particularly hard task.

This weekend on the CU-Boulder campus, March 6-8, 2015, there's a chance to meet one of the greatest avant-garde filmmakers and see a good selection of his work. The program is the annual Brakhage Center Symposium, named for monumental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, who spent much of his career in this area. The filmmaker is Ken Jacobs, who has been shaking up the world of cinema since 1955 and is still going strong.

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Fri March 6, 2015

10 Years Later, A Pair Of Strangers Revisit A Leap Not Taken

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:05 pm

Retired California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs (left) and Kevin Berthia at StoryCorps in San Francisco.

Ten years ago Kevin Berthia lived in the San Francisco Bay area. He had an infant daughter who had been born premature, and the medical costs for her care climbed to nearly $250,000. He couldn't see a way out of debt.

Berthia fell into a deep depression and went to the Golden Gate Bridge.

"Before March 11, 2005, I never even went to the bridge," the 32-year-old said during a recent visit to StoryCorps. "I didn't even know how to get there. I had to ask for directions."

California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs was there that day, too.

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Thu March 5, 2015
Shots - Health News

Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:55 am

An interauterine device provides long-term birth control.

A popular contraception program in Colorado is receiving criticism from conservative lawmakers who say that the program's use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, qualify as abortions.

More than 30,000 women in Colorado have gotten a device because of the state program, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. An IUD normally costs between $500 and several thousand dollars. Through the program women could receive one for free.

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Thu March 5, 2015