August 2009

FUN is on the agenda in Northern Colorado this weekend

NewWestFest kicks off its 21st year today in Fort Collins, with more than 50 bands taking the stage in several venues, including a Kids Music Adventure stage located at the Fort Collins Museum Courtyard on College. Perhaps the most famous musician playing the festival is Academy Award and two-time grammy award winner  Melissa Etheridge, who will headline the Mountain Avenue main stage at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night. NewWestFest is

Berthoud alive with the sound of music, tomorrow night

Wildfire Community Arts Center‘s Eighth Annual Summer Film Festival is drawing to a close, with only two films left. Rained out for much of the season, tomorrow night the Center will be showing one of my personal favorites, “The Sound of Music.” Next Friday night’s film is “Despereaux” (August 28). It will be the last show of the season. The movies begin at dusk and are shown in the courtyard

Tired of the cliché movie job

Have you ever noticed how movie characters in mainstream films always have the same jobs?     Writer/Musician/Artist,   Architect and Doctor There are variations on these careers, but seldom does Hollywood venture far. Here’s a list of the last three movies I’ve seen and what job the main character did: “Orphan” – architect “A Perfect Getaway” – screenwriter “500 Days of Summer” – writer/architect  (review coming!)   (Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Will "Taking Woodstock" feature any hairy armpits?

Ang Lee’s  new movie, “Taking Woodstock,” is due in theaters on August 28, 2009.   After watching the preview a half-dozen times, and then seeing a documentary about the 1969 music festival,  I started to wonder, “will there be hairy armpits in this  reenactment of Woodstock?”   The characters in the new movie are very clean, very colorful and  bright. They sport manicured beards, not the type  I saw in

Documentary on dolphin slaughter in Japan has ties to Colorado

A new documentary receiving critical acclaim was filmed by Boulder-based photographer Louie Psihoyos. Psihoyos, a twenty-year veteran as a National Geographic photographer, made “The Cove,” with activist and former Flipper trainer, Ric O’Berry.  Because of Psihoyos Boulder  connection, several other members of his team (he calls  them “pirates”) were also from Colorado. The documentary was much-loved  at  the Sundance Film Festival in  January 2009, where it received the Audience Award.

"Julie & Julia" the perfect excuse for a girls' night

As my girlfriends will tell you, I need no  excuse to organize a girls’ night out, but “Julie  & Julia,” coming to theaters this Friday, is the perfect excuse! For a  brief, yet wonderful,  moment in time, I belonged to a recipe club. At our first “club” meeting, we spent three delightful hours talking about all things food-related: our favorite televisions chefs, our culinary inspirations and our cooking success and