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Can You Ever Forgive Me? drops you off at its end with a massive sense of ambivalence. Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) really is asking for forgiveness, and in the literary world, as well as the rest of society, she’s done something rotten. She’s forged and sold letters which she’s attributed to famous literary figures – Dorothy Parker, Noel Coward, William Faulkner, the actress Louise Brooks, and others. Before she’s caught, Israel makes a pretty good living on her scheme. But the issue goes deeper than forged literary curiosities; forgery undercuts the trust that societies need to function.

Nancy Geyer / Museum of Boulder

The fate of the former home of the Museum of Boulder won’t be decided until 2019.

Officials are exploring several options for the Harbeck-Bergheim House. Options for the landmark home including leasing it out, selling it or retaining it for city use.

Photo by Jenise Jensen / Courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

A Colorado ski resort town has set up a task force to find a new home for a huge wooden troll sculpture.

The 15-foot (4.5 meter) work known as Isak Heartstone was dismantled last week after it attracted crowds of people to a hiking trail in a residential area in Breckenridge.

The town said Tuesday that the task force will work hard to find the best place to put the work in collaboration with its creator, Danish artist Thomas Dambo. It promised to keep the community updated on the process.

Courtesy of Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival is expanding to Fort Collins.

The four-day event will add screenings to Lincoln Center’s 1180-seat performance hall. It’s not the first time the festival has crossed into other cities. Three years ago organizers began hosting events in Longmont.

Photo by Jenise Jensen / Courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

A wooden troll that proved to be too popular in a Colorado ski resort town is gone but it's possible he could find another home there.

Kino Lorber

Most of the clichés and cutesy comparisons that can be made, have been made about the young boy-genius chef Flynn McGarry. He’s been written about until you’re fed up with the stories. Newspapers and local television news programs have gushed. The New Yorker wrote about McGarry when he was 13. He’s been on the cover of The New York Times magazine.


On this week's Colorado Edition, the midterms are behind us and the stars aligned for the Democratic party in Colorado; meanwhile we look up at the night sky and wonder… where did all the stars go? (Don’t panic, they’re still there - we just can’t see them because of all the lights around here.) Plus – what’s the impact of a shorter school week? Hint: It’s not as easy for parents to play hooky as they'd probably like.

Photo by Jenise Jensen / Courtesy of Breckenridge Creative Arts

Update: 1:40 p.m., Thursday, 11/15/18: The sculpture “Isak Heartstone” has been dismantled. Officials with Breckenridge Creative Arts said the major components of the art work have been saved and are being stored in the hopes that it can be reinstalled or reimagined at another location.


This week's Colorado Edition is devoted to stories of veterans and their families -- tales of torture, courage, perseverance and love.

KUNC’s military and veterans reporter Michael de Yoanna guides us on a journey that spans several wars, from Vietnam War to Afghanistan.

Cohen Media Group

Buster Keaton is simply a marvel of brilliance and joy, but it’s not really that simple. He became a star in 1917, over a hundred years ago, yet I’ve never known someone to keep thinking that Keaton’s movies are just old, outdated silly stuff,  after they’ve seen him work. Keaton’s comedy cuts through those hundred years and watching him in action feels timeless.