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Thursday, October 16,2014

Letting the colors sing

Matisse exhibit invites visitors to sit a while among the ‘wild beasts’ 

By Elizabeth Miller
Not many people in the world get to live with a Matisse in the living room — to look at it over time and let it slowly explain itself. So for Matisse and Friends: Selected Masterworks from the National Gallery of Art, design staff filled the galleries with arm chairs, sofas and end tables topped with vases or a clock, even a bird cage. Get comfortable, they say. Spend a while.
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Thursday, October 16,2014

eco-briefs

By Elizabeth Miller
The first ever Boulder Rights of Nature Film Festival will be showcasing films that recognize those long-forgotten inalienable rights for ecosystems, wildlife and traditional cultures.
Thursday, October 2,2014

Rising above Rio

Film shows kids from favelas climbing away from gangs, drugs

By Elizabeth Miller
From one of the largest slums in Rio de Janiero, a twin set of granite cones, called the Two Brothers, rises a thousand feet toward the sky. The favela — the slum — below creeps up the hillside until the cliffs become too steep for houses and instead make a place for some of Brazil’s world class climbs.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Carried away

‘Odysseo’ takes viewers on a journey of mythic proportions

By Elizabeth Miller
Imagine a forest of towering trees, their bases lost in darkness, their trunks a lattice of shadows, and a light like the full moon finding its way to an open space in the woods. Then a single horse trots in, pauses, leans its head toward the ground and waits.
Thursday, September 18,2014

Out of balance

An in-depth look into Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force

By Elizabeth Miller
This year, hundreds of thousands of Coloradans signed petitions to create ballot initiatives that asked for more local control over the oil and gas development happening near their homes, schools and businesses as well as increased setbacks.
Thursday, September 11,2014

Ride, run and, above all, race

Boulder Cup cyclocross comes to Valmont Bike Park

By Elizabeth Miller
Hour-long cyclocross races are held on technical, hilly circuits and demand a high level of bike handling skill and physical fitness.
Thursday, September 4,2014

An artist’s eye for a world at risk

Artists illustrate the science and sentiments of environmental movement

By Elizabeth Miller
You probably haven’t been to Antarctica to see a desert made of ice and the microbial life revealed as that ice retreats. Even if a sheep were to swallow a mountain lion whole, you couldn’t see through its skin to grasp the metaphor. You may have a few words to express the depth of frustration at a legacy of Nadia Guthmann.
Thursday, September 4,2014

MORE THAN 2-D

Half a century of climbing comes to life in Sender Films’ ‘Valley Uprising’

By Elizabeth Miller
No question, the overarching goal of telling the history of climbing in the Yosemite Valley in a single film must have been daunting. This year, Sender Films is using the Reel Rock Film Tour, with its round-the-world schedule that includes hundreds of stops, to showcase.
Thursday, September 4,2014

A river running

Pulse flow feeds more than the dry Colorado River delta

By Elizabeth Miller
Boulder Creek dried up, and the bridge on Broadway spanned nothing but an empty stretch of sand, and it stayed that way for decades, eventually people would forget what it had meant to see a stream running there.
Thursday, August 28,2014

A bolt out of the blue

Lightning strikes ahead of the storm at Vedauwoo

By Elizabeth Miller
When she made the choice to call climbing to an end that day at Vedauwoo, a rock climbing area in southern Wyoming, Emily Isaacs was making what she saw as a conservative call on safety. Most of the 12- to 13-year-old girls on The Women’s Wilderness Institute trip she was working as a rock tech for had climbed by lunch, and while they were eating, Isaacs, a wilderness therapist and professional rock climbing guide, started to see the traces of a storm on the horizon.
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