Space oddity

Perhaps the signature sentiment of Jason Pierce’s career as the frontman and sole permanent member of the band Spiritualized can be found on 1997’s Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space: “All I want in life’s a little bit of love to take the pain away”—repeated while a lush, anthemic monolith builds around Pierce’s […]

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A life across six strings

The story goes that when the late Michael Hedges was killing time in Key West—well before he’d achieve fame as a groundbreaking acoustic fingerstyle guitar player and one of the rising stars of Windham Hill records back in the 1980s—he’d spend afternoons listening to Pierre Bensusan on cassette, and from those afternoons penned his own […]

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Only for love

Dear Dan: I’m a 28-year-old queer woman. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a relationship, as it was impossible for me to make a physical or emotional connection with anyone after I was raped four years ago. I finally found a very, very, very nice fella. He’s 36 years old, and pretty basic. He’s […]

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What to do when there’s ‘nothing’ to do…

EVENTS Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet presents ‘WALD.’ 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, Boulder JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder. Free, lemonspongecake.org Internationally recognized choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl debuts the new and uncompromising site-specific work WALD. A powerful response to global warming, environmental change, its impact on personal relationships, social interactions and the human condition. Sher-Machherndl reflects upon […]

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Letters 3/31/22

NCAR FIRE probably beneficial  As long as no human structures are impacted and nobody gets injured, a fire like the NCAR fire is probably quite beneficial for the ecosystem. The grasses and wildflowers have deep roots that are not impacted unless the fire gets really hot, and they will be right back after a couple […]

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Mono Mono Korean Fried Chicken

Except for rice and beans, there may be no more global dish than fried chicken. At Lafayette’s new Mono Mono Korean Fried Chicken, double-frying creates a thin, crackly skin with a barely-there spiced crust on drumsticks deep-cooked to the bone. Dipping fun ranges from spicy mayo to extremely potent garlic sauce. On my first visit, […]

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Smoke gets in your pies

I went down to the crossroads in Mead ready to exchange my mortal soul for a slice of smoked pie. I was outside The Merc, the combination store, deli and butcher shop near the intersection of I-25 and CO-66. I had hit the road March 19 based solely on a social media post advertising mythical […]

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Astrology 3/24/22

ARIES March 21-April 19: In 1904, it wasn’t illegal to use performance-enhancing drugs during Olympic competitions. Runner Thomas Hicks took advantage of this in the marathon race. The poison strychnine, which in small doses serves as a stimulant, was one of his boosters. Another was brandy. By the time he approached the finish line, he […]

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The long way up

I’m out the door by 1 a.m., heading north from South Boulder. I dodge drunk CU students just coming in for the night as I ride the icy streets through town. Welcome to the latest stunt I’ve planned for myself: a winter bike-to-summit of Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park’s 14,255-foot mountain, known as Neníisótoyóú’u […]

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Joining forces

On Feb. 1, 2022, Boulder’s City Council voted 6-3 to allow a Boulder Police Department (BPD) officer to join the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Denver, a federal anti-terrorism operation that’s been running in the Mile High City since 1994—but only if the BPD-FBI memorandum of understanding (MOU, a formal but not legally […]

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