In Telluride: Pinhead Stargazing Series
Telluride’s Pinhead Institute is known for its quirky, provocative science programs for the region’s kids, but it also offers fare for “Big Pinheads,” which is to say, adults. One of these is the popular summer Stargazing Series, launching this coming Monday. It’s a hotly awaited event, and on Monday night the subject matter is hot as well. Entitled Sunspots, Starspots and Tomorrow’s Weather, it will be hosted by Dr. Wes Lockwood, an astronomer at the Lowell Observatory.
Sunspots are dark splotches on the face of the sun, caused by intense magnetic activity (starspots are similar, only on other stars). Lockwood, who has been an astronomer at Lowell for over 40 years, will explain how astronomers know how far, how big, how hot and how old a star is. He will also address the difference between an “active” sun and a “quiet” sun, and whether conditions on our sun affect climate change. The subject of next month’s Stargazing event is Our Galaxy, Other Galaxies, and the Wider Universe, in which astronomer Simon Porter, also from Lowell, takes on the topic of what exactly a galaxy is, beginning with our own Milky Way and moving out into the wider universe. The class will move out into the wider universe, as well; it starts indoors, and stargazing follows. In the classroom, astronomy can seem hopelessly impenetrable unless you’ve got the proper background in math and physics. Outside, under the night sky, it comes alive. Dress warmly, bring a $20 donation and prepare to be amazed as you gaze into the telescope. There is nothing like getting a guided trip through the universe with an expert nearby to help you comprehend the vastness, the beauty, and the violence of what you are seeing. ‘Sunspots’ takes place at the Telluride Ski and Golf Plaza Clubhouse this Monday evening from 7:30-8:45 p.m. ‘Galaxies’ will be held Monday, Aug. 12 at Pinhead HQ (300 S. Mahoney Drive, Lift 7), also beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more info. on Pinhead’s many summer programs, visit pinheadinstitute.org.
Real Men Speak Out in Montrose
What if the person you loved was hurting you? The subject was domestic violence, and the team at Hilltop’s Tri-County Resources – which provides emergency support, shelter and other services for residents of Montrose, Delta and Ouray counties – wanted to call attention to it. The result of their work is on exhibit at the Montrose Library through the end of this month. The Real Men Speak Out campaign is a series of 10 photographs of prominent local men, with a statement from each, that hangs on the library’s wall just past the children’s room. The juxtaposition between the exhibit and the children’s room is striking. At an opening reception for the exhibit, Neal Schwieterman, the mayor of Paonia and one of the men in the photographs, was discussing the subject of domestic violence. It is more than something that occurs between two adults, he said, and stops there. Schwieterman spent 17 years as a police officer before he became a mayor. “It always struck me, in cases of domestic violence, that the anger between both parents was something they were modeling for the kids,” he said. It was an act that had repercussions far beyond the two participants: “I thought, this is creating the next generation of desperate people.”
The 10 men featured in the campaign were selected in a flurry of brainstorming by Hilltop’s team; all agreed to participate. Rhonda Hodges, the owner of Creative Photography in Montrose, shot the portraits for free. On Monday afternoon, Luis Corona was strolling through the library and happened to notice a photo of Harvey Starbuck photo in the exhibit; its caption reads, “A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves a thousand moments of regret.”
Starbucks “was my English teacher at Olathe High School for two years, and my wrestling coach for one year,” Corona said. “And what he says on the photo is exactly who he is. He’s a very patient guy.”
The Real Men Speak Out exhibit is up until the end of the month, when it will, hopefully, travel to Delta and Ouray counties, said Tri-County Resources’ Aimee Quadri-Chavez. “We’d like to keep the awareness going.”
Frances Ha in Ouray
The Almost Every Friday Night Movie at the Wright Opera House has changed. It is now The Almost Every Wednesday Night Movie. What hasn’t changed is ‘Almost Every’ programmer Pamela Ferman’s impeccable taste in films. Last week she brought the third installation of the beautifully acted Before Sunrise series (deftly directed by Richard Linklater) to the Wright. Next week she imports Frances Ha, a coming-of-age tale in black-and-white directed by Noah Baumbach and co-written by Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, who also stars. The film, a New York Times Critics’ Pick, concerns 27-year-old Frances and her cohort of “vaguely artistic, post-collegiate New Yorkers,” as critic A.O. Scott puts it, for whom “precocity has become its own form of arrested development. They are clever and curious, but also complacent, content to drift through jobs and relationships as they camouflage their anxiety with easy sarcasm and overdone enthusiasm.” Yet the film is not an indictment of Frances and her ilk, “not primarily an act of generational portraiture,” but rather a very specific portrait of one young woman who struggles and, eventually, matures – or something like it. “Frances’s circumstances often seem to be at war with her sense of entitlement, the idea, no doubt carefully nurtured by sympathetic parents and progressive schools, that her specialness makes her immune to failure,” Scott notes. “It is painful to watch the world challenging this view, even as it is also hard not to be on the side of the world.” Frances screens at the Wright Opera House at 7 p.m. It also plays at the Palm Theatre in Telluride on Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m.