UP BEAR CREEK | Telluride Theatre Draws Big Crowds to the Palm
by Art Goodtimes
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HURRAY FOR HAIR … Sasha Sullivan has done the unbelievable. She’s pushed Telluride theater into the next generation … A friend confided in me before the play, “I hate musicals.” But there was nothing to hate in the finale production of Telluride Theatre’s Hair Sunday night, and everything to like. Especially for a long-haired paleohippie like me … Heavy doses of peace and love, some unbelievable singers, marvelous dancing and acting, great staging, lighting, live music, and choreography that was over the top … To single any one person out would be unfair to an amazing cast, top to bottom. And truly, Hair is an ensemble piece, a puzzle in which – if all the pieces fit – it works beautifully … Suzan Beraza was in the audience the night I saw it. She’d played a big part a dozen or so years ago in Telluride’s first production of this paean to “Hippie Power” (which, as a bumper sticker, still flies its flag on my 300,000+ mile Honda Civic) … “It was wonderful to sit in the audience,” she laughed. “I felt like I was watching the torch pass” … Some of us were still dancing coming out of the Palm, and I was whistling show tunes all the way up Norwood Hill.


SHAUNA PALMER … A familiar figure in San Miguel County, Shauna spent many years as administrative secretary to the county board of commissioners. In recent years, the Norwood resident has taken up healing instead of politics – a move that certainly seems wise to me. She’s the principal in Tuí Na Acupressure Massage and provides shiatsu and stretching to support the body’s own natural means of vitality, flexibility, relaxation and well-being, as well as peaceful breathwork, mind-body awareness and a choice of therapeutic-grade essential oils … For more info, contact her at 729-1728 or


SPRING WINDS … Melting snow usually gives it away, but it’s the winds that are spring’s signature. Gusts that rip tarps off stowed bins and make mincemeat of tender winter chimes … It’s funny. Spring comes early to Wright’s Mesa, even before the equinox. But it’s an ephemeral spring. Muddy for sure, but just as likely to turn snow white blizzard the next week, or day … But you know you’re in for a change of seasons with the winds. Lots of folks find them disturbing. Invasive. Unpleasant even. But I love the wild charged energy of the invisible air, moving at swift speeds, whipping my world into a ferment. I find it invigorating (once I batten down the hatches, patch the window plastic and bungee a flailing tarp).


SPRING HOEDOWN … Tami Graham of Mancos sure knows how to put on a great show. Her family-friendly benefit for the Montezuma County School-to-Farm Project (and her own nonprofit The Pay It Forward Fund) packed the Mancos Opera House last Saturday night … As emcee, I got to auction off two live humans (for three and a half hours of gardening work). A neophyte as auctioneer, the calling was slow but the bidding was spirited – Farm Boy Harrison went for $70 and Farm Girl Blaize for $88 … We square-danced up a storm with Carla Roberts and the Wild West Squares. My Rainbow buddy (and former Durango Mayor) Michael Rendon led his Caruta Roma Gypsy Band in a slurry of rousing dance tunes. Ashley Edwards of Hello Dollface delighted the crowd with indie soul, and Robby Overfield and the Breaks did their soulful music for the late-evening dancers.


MANCOS … I have to say, this is the second time I’ve been down to Mancos for a great party and huge turnout of tykes and crones, steers and queers, and everything in between – rural Colorado as it moves from red to blue. Some of this energy seems to be La Plata County spillover – Mancos playing Carbondale to Durango’s Aspen. But some of it seems targeted to this rural pocket of Montezuma County, with its back up against Mesa Verde and the San Juans in the distant north. What used to be very conservative, predominantly Mormon country, has now become a haven for alternative lifestyle folks from all over – Santa Cruz to Abilene … Check out Zuma’s the next time you’re passing through on the highway, or maybe make a little detour for breakfast at the Absolute Bakery.


GUNS & REGS … “From my perspective and from deep within my conscience, I believe there is too much violence in the world, our country, our state and in our communities. Guns and weapons are part of this violence, and yet I respect and honor, even more so now, a person whose reason for owning firearms is to protect his or her family and children. I get it, but I believe there is another way, and I choose to protect my family and children without violence. I am willing to die to defend my freedoms, community, neighbors and family, but I am not willing to kill. Gandhi said, ‘An eye for an eye only makes the world blind,’ and Christ admonished Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane, telling him to put away the sword for ‘he who lives by the sword shall die by the sword.’ Our culture of violence permeates much deeper and wider than the violence perpetrated at the hands of someone wielding a gun. There are pragmatic solutions, and for me it comes down to being in right relationships with one another building trust and compassion while tearing down fear and anger.” – State Senator John Kefalas, Fort Collins.






In the end we find

we can't divorce

the voice

from choice,

or style. The heart

from mind, or guile.


with those we hope

to know,

the disassembled

parts create

a hole.


- Wendy Videlock

first appeared in Smartish Pace



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