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Thursday, March 14,2013

An ocean to learn from

Author David Helvarg comes to talk about how California’s ocean management techniques could apply in Colorado’s mountains

By Elizabeth Miller
Journalist and ocean organizer David Helvarg is attending this month’s Colorado Ocean Coalition Blue Drinks to talk about his new book, The Golden Shore. On its surface, Helvarg’s latest book offers a lengthy history of California and Californians’ relationship to the ocean and their 11,000 miles of coastline.
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Thursday, March 7,2013

Georgia O'Keeffe at the Denver Art Museum: Far from flowers

O’Keeffe exhibition shows her place in the world beyond petals, into landscapes, spiritual objects and early expressionism

By Elizabeth Miller
What O’Keeffe found, when she came to New Mexico, was a place where her study of line moved from the verticals of the New York City skyscrapers that championed America’s rise as an industrial power to the horizontal adobe structures and mesas of New Mexico — another American icon, but one much more about native people and ancient traditions than the rise of a new world superpower.
Thursday, February 21,2013

Continental drift

‘5 Races, 5 Continents’ explores what motivates ultrarunners, whatever country they call home

By Elizabeth Miller
Somewhere over the more than two years of interviews that went into making 5 Races 5, Continents, which tracks toward the emotional core of trail running, the conversation among the filmmakers and one of their central subjects, Killian Jornet, turned to the growing popularity of the sport.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF 2013: Find, save, copy, paste

'Digital Dharma' tells of one scholar’s work to save thousands of Tibetan texts

By Elizabeth Miller
Imagine a trove of knowledge as vast and extensive as the famous Library of Alexandria, heralded for its archives of literature from antiquity and destroyed in the first centuries of the Common Era — burned, in the best of the legends about its destruction, in a fire that took six months to work through the documents that contained what was then the best and most comprehensive collection of the world’s knowledge.
Thursday, February 14,2013

BIFF 2013: Buying some time for a climate change movement

Tim DeChristopher’s fraudulent auction bids and activism in 'Bidder 70'

By Elizabeth Miller
Tim DeChristopher was a 27-year-old University of Utah economics student who’d spent five years teaching at-risk kids and was just beginning to get involved in activism around climate change when he found himself at a Bureau of Land Management land sale bidding on $1.8 million in leases.
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Thursday, February 7,2013

Not so endless love

Museum of Broken Relationships displays artifacts from romance gone wrong

By Elizabeth Miller
When the Museum of Broken Relationships put out a press release in November announcing an upcoming exhibition in Boulder, it began with a question: Do happy people break up too?
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Thursday, January 24,2013

Stormy inspiration

Photographer David Mayhew aims his lens at the dark sky

By Elizabeth Miller
At one point in his life, David Mayhew gave up on art.
Thursday, January 17,2013

Weather permitting: Patagonian storms push a Boulder climber to test new skills

By Elizabeth Miller
Christmas saw snowy weather around the Patagonian peak Fitz Roy, and Boulder residents Jonathan Byers and Joaquin Espinosa camped at its base, huddled together, wishing for better weather and wondering what would come of the summits both traveled to Patagonia to attempt.
Thursday, January 10,2013

A gentle hand: Boulderite Jan Mitchell makes a difference in Africa

By Elizabeth Miller
Jan Mitchell is going to have to buy a donkey for a family in Ghana. It’s good news.
Thursday, January 10,2013

Paving a contaminated parkway

Activists warn of plutonium under proposed Jefferson Parkway

By Elizabeth Miller
Rather than expose those workers and people living downwind by moving dirt, the EPA opted to leave the contaminants — arsenic and plutonium — in place in the hopes that the occasional windstorm and the activity of as many as 18 burrowing species of animals and insects in the area would present less risk than moving tons of dirt.
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