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Sat January 24, 2015
marc on the blues

Grandpa Elliot: From The Streets To The Tonight Show - And Back

Grandpa Elliot had a fair level of success in recording and performing in clubs, on TV and in concerts. Yet, he chooses to be a street musician. The reasons are a sad commentary on the treatment of vulnerable artists by some of the mercenaries of the music industry.

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Sat January 24, 2015
Arts & Life

A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:00 am

Two performers rehearse a traditional Japanese dance for Denver's 2015 Kohaku Uta Gassen.
Chloe Veltman KCFR

At a Buddhist temple in downtown Denver, Junko Higdon is rehearsing a traditional song for one of the local Japanese community's biggest annual events.

Higdon is one of 30 amateur singers competing in two teams at this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen, which means, "red and white singing battle."

"White is for the men, red is for the women and whoever gets the most points out the teams wins the trophy," she says.

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Fri January 23, 2015

2015 Likely To Be A Mixed Bag For Colorado Farmers

A global glut of wheat is keeping prices low for farmers.
Credit International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center/Flickr

2014 brought with it an abundance of grain for Colorado farmers and it doesn’t look likely to change in 2015. While farmers wait for a rebound, the new year could bring substantive policy change.

Great Plains farmers are unlikely to see relief in 2015 from sluggish commodity crop prices, according to Brian Kuehl, director of federal affairs with K-Coe Isom, one of the country’s largest agricultural consulting firms. Kuehl spoke at an economic forecast event in Greeley.

An American rebound from drought, and bumper crops in other parts of the world, have caused a grain glut that has pushed down prices for corn, wheat and soybeans. Farmers are coming off a couple seasons of some of the highest corn prices in years.

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Fri January 23, 2015
Western Art

Watch This Colorado Chainsaw Artist Turn A Log Into A Buffalo

Jim Hill KUNC

In about 20 minutes, Travis Reed of High Country Carvings can turn an ordinary log into something extraordinary. An owl, a grizzly or in this case, a buffalo.

At first blush that may not seem amazing, until you realize that over that 20 minutes Reed's tool of choice is a chainsaw.

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Fri January 23, 2015

With A Nod To Another Classic, 'A Most Violent Year' Is An Able Crime Drama

Courtesy of A24

A Most Violent Year takes place in New York in 1981. Abel Morales is the half working class, half newly-rich head of a company. He started driving oil trucks in New York, now he owns a fleet of trucks and is about to expand his business. He makes a down payment on an oil storage facility that stands right beside the river so boats can unload their oil directly into Abel's tanks, giving him a lot of control over the oil business in New York.

But Abel's life is unstable. He has to make this enormous payment in cash to a Hasidic Jew who is kind, concerned – and unyielding on the money arrangement. If Abel doesn't make the second payment on time, he forfeits everything.

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