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CU Boulder International Film Series

The International Film Series on the CU-Boulder campus first put films on screen in 1941. That was the year of Orson Welles astonishing first film Citizen Kane, the great Preston Sturges’s comedy Sullivan’s Travels and French director Jean Renoir’s first American film Swamp Water, made in the U.S. because he’d fled the Nazi occupation of France.

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Approximately 100 protesters and counter protesters rallied outside the Windsor-Severance Library Saturday during the debut of a Drag Queen Story Hour program.

“I think visibility really matters,” said Emily Ambrose, holding a sign featuring the cover of the book “Daddy’s Roommate.” Standing next to her mother, Julia, Ambrose recalled protesting with her mom to keep that controversial book in her Juneau, Alaska elementary school’s library back in the early 1990s.


The British seem to have an inexhaustible supply of bloody royals and old castles to exploit, and Americans at least have an appetite to match. In just the last couple of months, The Favourite brought us a grim and intimate view of the 18th century Queen Anne, and now comes a grim and intimate view from the 16th century, of Mary (Saoirse Ronan) in Scotland and Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) in England.

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The Facebook page for Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpting Championships boasts a lot of things: videos of teams from around the world creating their works of snow art, tips for best times to watch the sculptors and even folks offering up their tickets for a deal.

There’s just one problem with that last item, according to Austyn Dineen with the Breckenridge Tourism Office.

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The Loveland Chamber of Commerce has unveiled the 2019 stamp design for its valentine re-mailing program.

For 73 years, people from around the world have sent their valentines to the city to receive the special postmark, called a cachet. A group of 50 volunteers hand-stamps the cachet and postmark on each of the more than 100,000 valentines mailed through Loveland.


It’s interesting how a movie can be both awful and touching at the same time. Green Book pulls off that oxymoronic trick. The film’s a lame civil rights drama; a repeat of the already lame Driving Miss Daisy. It bogs down in terrible, aged white clichés about race and culture, and some of its moves are so obvious, contrived and simply stiff that your eyes roll, and you cringe as the obvious staggers across the screen.

While members of the band Beethoven’s Nightmare can’t hear the instruments they’re playing, that doesn’t stop them from rocking out. Touted as the world’s first and only deaf rock band, the Los Angeles-based group will play a special concert Jan. 4 at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

“Music is a universal language, and rock ‘n’ roll speaks to all of us,” said Mark Heiser, Denver Performing Arts Complex venue director.


Adam McKay, the writer and director of Vice, has collaborated with Will Ferrell on Anchorman, Talladega Nights and The Other Guys, so you figure that he’s got a fair amount of funny cynicism in him. But maybe not so much cynicism as McKay shows in Vice, a story about the former vice president to George W. Bush, Dick Chaney. McKay also has a goodly amount of contempt in him, for a man he clearly finds quite contemptible, with one very deeply felt exception.

U.S. Air Force

The government may be partially shut down, but that won't stop hundreds of volunteers dressed in Christmas hats and military uniforms Monday from taking calls from children around the world who want to know when Santa will be coming.

The Fading Dream Of The American Ski Bum

Dec 21, 2018
Durrie Bouscaren for the Mountain West News Bureau

For generations, the siren song of deep powder and steep inclines has lured starry-eyed young people into the time-honored tradition of "ski bumming."

The phrase is as much a term of endearment as an aspiration to a life lived simply: Pick a mountain, find some roommates, and ski or snowboard as much as humanly possible. But decades of corporate mergers and tourism are turning once-scrappy ski towns into high-end resorts, leaving the alluring glow of ski bum life to grow dim in much of the Mountain West.