<![CDATA[Boulder - Weekly - Articles]]> <![CDATA[Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies]]> <![CDATA[Hightide]]> Ashley is 32. She looks 52. A 20-year addiction to heroin has changed her. She sits in Boulder County detox, nine months sober, and talks about the most traumatic experience she’s had in her life. It lingers more than giving up two children, than walking away from a nursing job, and from injecting $300 of heroin into her body almost every day for two decades. “He would show up every now and then,” Ashley says. “He’d come find me if he needed something. He lived in Longmont. He would come to Boulder just to get drugs. He had a house. He ran a business. So, I mean, he had a lot going for him, and it was just really sad.”]]> <![CDATA[The trouble with Casey]]> Here’s what we know for sure about the air at Casey Middle School: It smells bad. Since the new, $33 million rebuilt school opened in August 2010 and became home to just under 600 students and about 50 teachers, reports have circulated of air that smells like rotten eggs and, sometimes, feces. Air monitors brought into the school have identified levels of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a colorless, flammable gas known for its rotten egg smell. Those levels, according to reports from now multiple third-party monitoring agencies, are below the levels that immediately trigger cause for concern for adults in the work place. But here’s the thing: That may not be true for children.]]> <![CDATA[From the cove to the globe]]> Hidden cameras, undercover reconnaissance, international travel — the folks at the Boulder-based Oceanic Preservation Society are at it again, following up their 2010 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove with more high-risk, covert campaigns, stunning camerawork and an even bigger call to action in Racing Extinction. In this new, ambitious endeavor, director Louie Psihoyos tackles the role humans play in advancing what is shaping up to be the world’s sixth mass extinction — an annihilation scientists say could lead to the loss of 50 percent of the world’s species in the next 100 years.]]> <![CDATA[Adventure]]> <![CDATA[Upcoming Events]]> Show your support for Special Olympics Colorado in a unique way — by jumping into a freezing cold pool. The Polar Plunge and 5K Dash, taking place in Denver’s City Park this Saturday, gives participants the opportunity to raise money for athletes by “taking the plunge” or running in a 5K, or both.]]> <![CDATA[Hello, GoodBye]]> The BIFF Chairman and longtime Boulder metal sculptor left this planet unexpectedly last October — a shock to the system for his staggeringly wide circle of friends, including this writer — but Kathy Beeck, BIFF co-founder and a friend of Vielehr’s...]]> <![CDATA[Best in show]]> The Boulder International Film Festival is the cherry on top for a town with an already-impressive film scene. Throw in some big stars, up-and-coming filmmakers, foreign favorites and fascinating documentaries and you’ve got the perfect weekend for a cinephile. Here’s a look at a handful of stand-out films visiting this year.]]> <![CDATA[Getting old, then new again]]> Jamie Shields, keyboardist and founder of theNEWDEAL, was enjoying a break from the brain-lock cold last week. Well, what passes for a break from it in Toronto, anyway. “Yeah, it’s only 10 below today,” he said with a laugh. Well, all right then, time for a vacation. So what passes for a vacation for Shields is taking his jamtronica trio out again for a swing through Colorado (where it isn’t much warmer these days), Texas and the East Coast for morsel-sized bits of road work. Born in the early days of jamtronica, the- NEWDEAL had been one of the genre’s more spontaneous, less mannered outfits, deeply invested in euphoric galactic anthems, layers of Shields’ synth colliding and sparkling across a furious rhythm section.]]> <![CDATA[Carrettin and the Boulder Bach Festival take a new look at the B-minor Mass]]> Bach’s B-minor Mass is one of the most studied, most wellknown works of music there is. But have all the answers been found to performing this monumental work? Zachary Carrettin, the music director of the Boulder Bach Festival and conductor for the B-minor Mass this weekend, doesn’t think so.]]> <![CDATA[Fecking brilliant]]> If you’ve never seen the sadly short-lived British TV series Father Ted (R.I.P. Dermot Morgan), you owe it to yourself to give it a look. It’s a screamingly funny show set on the fictitious Craggy Island off Ireland’s western coast. It is also the spiritual sibling to Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, which takes place on a real island in the same general vicinity.]]> <![CDATA[Learn]]> Not many people know what it’s like to walk on the moon. Luckily, the Distinguished Speakers Board is bringing Buzz Aldrin to Boulder to enlighten the rest of us. Aldrin was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. He was the second person to walk on the moon, following Neil Armstrong’s one small step for man.]]> <![CDATA[Celebrate]]> The baobab tree has been a symbol of community in West Africa for generations. People gather under it to drum, dance, sing and tell stories. The BaoBao festival celebrates this tradition and has been bringing African flavor to Colorado for 12 years. On March 3, head to Shine Restaurant for some festivities from the statewide festival.]]> <![CDATA[Listen]]> Houndmouth’s creation was a matter of the right place at the right time. The band, hailing from southern Indiana, started off as loose friends, each with a different musical background — a mix of blues, Motown, acoustic, classic rock and bluegrass. Houndmouth’s music lies in that sweet spot between alternative, country and folk.]]> <![CDATA[Arts | Week of Feb. 26, 2015]]> rePOPulated: Contemporary Perspectives on Pop Art..]]> <![CDATA[Words | Week of Feb. 26, 2015]]> Island on Fire — by Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe..]]> <![CDATA[Theater | Week of Feb. 26, 2015]]> Twelfth Night — presented by The Upstart Crow..]]> <![CDATA[Poetry]]> <![CDATA[Please sir, may I have my job?]]> Sit down, Sartre. Writers/directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne get it a bit more right: Hell isn’t just other people. Hell is asking other people to surrender their bonuses so you can keep your job. Two Days, One Night is a harrowing social allegory, a dramatic minimization of a growing socioeconomic reality. The bosses of the world are greedily devouring an ever-expanding amount of wealth, leaving the impoverished to fight each other for table scraps. It is undignified, disgusting and downright heartbreaking to watch human beings alternate between fighting and begging each other for basic survival needs.]]> <![CDATA[Goodbye to all of that]]> In 1960, Jean-Luc Godard revolutionized cinema. Breathless wasn’t just a break from the old ways of filmmaking, it was as if cinema had cracked off and begun again. Seven years later, Godard concluded Weekend with the title card, “Fin... de cinema.” It was a cheeky moment, but for the French critic turned filmmaker, it had razor sharp teeth. Now the 84-yearold director is back with another entry into his ever-evolving theory of cinema and this time around he tackles the money-grubbing gimmick of 3-D. Only in the hands of Godard, it isn’t a gimmick, it’s just another arrow in his quiver. ]]>