Archive for August, 2009

Candy's vintage clothing and costume shop is moving closer to downtown Boulder, heading to 2512 Broadway on Oct. 1.

The store is under new ownership, but will continue to use Candy's name. Contents of a nearby Western antique shop that was also operated by Candy was auctioned off earlier this year, following Candy's death in January. 

There's a sale through September as things start to get packed up, and with Halloween just around the corner, the new Broadway store should have good timing as well as better foot traffic from nearby shopping center housing Vic's Coffee and other shops

The Hill Flea is also open now from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. I haven't made it there yet, hopefully parking will not be too much of an issue. 

It's operating on Pennsylvannia Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets. Info online for the Hill Flea.

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The Wall Street Journal reported today that several colleges, including the University of Colorado, are protesting a new Anheuser-Busch campaign that is using college team colors on cans of Bud Light.

Now I haven't actually seen one of these yet, but I presuming it's a black and gold can of beer, and I hope I find one since it appears they may quickly become collector items. The cans don't actually use the school logo, just a creative design of the colors. 

Now, the Federal Trade Commission has stepped in, also expressing "grave concern" that the campaign encourages underage and binge drinking on campuses.

CU has worked hard to create good programs on its campus to discourage dangerous binge drinking, but having a bit huff fit about the colors on a beer can escapes me a little bit. What I really think is happening is the universities are trying to protect their lucrative licensing dollars. The WSJ reports that Collegiate Licensing Co., which represents about 200 colleges and sports organizations, said some 25 schools protested the distribution of these color beer cans near their campuses.

The campaign, with 27 different color combinations, started this month and Anheuser-Busch says it simply wanted to connect with sports fans. 

Beer can collectors (I'm not one … too many other collections.) will be scrambling I am sure to get all 27 color combos. And what's next — NFL colors?  Oh yeah, orange and blue Bud Lights! I see tailgate party sales soaring.

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Over at a corner table at the Ozo coffee shop, someone was
doing a video interview. As colorful dancers of the N. Arapaho tribe performed
downtown, I counted at least three videographers, with numerous digital photographers
shooting the event. There were Flips, iPhones and Nikons recording the Arapaho
“Coming Home” gathering.

 Boulder has long been one of the more “plugged-in”  and early tech adopting cities in
Colorado. Now I think we could start promoting our fair city as the “digital
media” capital of the Rockies.

 A thirst for digital education, meetups, tweetups and film
festivals has brought in a new downtown digital media incubator as well as an
ambitious digital media program at the University of Colorado that’s hoping to
connect to some of the best in the business.

 Bruce Borowsky, a producer at Boulder’s People Productions,
was one to catch the wave early on as co-founder of the successful Boulder
Digital Arts. Demand by area businesses, he says, keeps growing to stay on top
of whatever new digital technologies emerge.

 Now in its fifth year, BDA averages about 15 classes a month
and is designed as an affordable way (average costs is $50) for companies to
cross-train their employees in everything from Photoshop to video editing to
Web design.  “Our audience is the
working professional,” Borowsky says.

 BDA, online at,
operates from about 800 square feet at 47th and Pearl.  Lately he’s getting requests for
classes on iPhone applications and video podcasts, two fast-growing areas in
the evolving social media world. BDA also maintains a free online directory for
local digital experts, and user groups are growing for specific interests such
as Final Cut Studio editing and photography.

 One of the people I saw with a camcorder for the Arapaho
tribe was Alan O’Hashi, who started Boulder Community Media in January 2008.
It’s now expanded to 11 incubator-style offices with shared meeting and studio
space at 13th and Walnut.

 As space filled up, his landlord worked with his nonprofit
to expand, with prices ranging from a desk cubicle at about $200 a month to
larger spaces running from $350 to $600. 
“It’s an opportunity for networking, business sharing or just a resource
for people to become involved” in digital media business ideas, he says.  O’Hashi says he’s taken the “hard
knocks track” to learning filmmaking, and he’d like to help others tackle the
digital learning curve.

 The Boulder  Creative “Media-Plex” will have an open
house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 
Sept. 2 and, of course, invites are going out to Facebook “friends.” How
else does one get to a party these days? The mixer runs at the same time as the
monthly “schmoozer” of BIFF, Boulder International Film Festival and Colorado
Film Society, also at 1906 13th St.  Info at

O’Hashi just jetted off to Uganda for a film project on
foreign aid reform, and he’s also working on a Boulder Arts Commission grant
exploring Georgia O’Keefe’s time when she lived in Ward.

 More details are being announced about the new Boulder
Digital Works program, an “industry driven” effort headed by David Slayden, an
advertising professor in CU’s Journalism School. Its goal: Create new digital
leaders and entrepreneurs. The program is a joint effort including both the
School of Journalism and Mass Communications and CU’s College of Engineering
and Applied Science.

 A 60-week digital media certificate program that starts in
October, with partnerships including MDC Partners, parent firm of ad agency
Crispin Porter + Bogusky as well as professionals from Hyper Island  in Sweden (, is
expected to be limited to about 21 students, with a cost of $25,000. The
program also is working with SoDA, the Society of Digital Agencies.

 Slayden says the graduate certificate program has to be
flexible and innovative because by the time curricula is typically approved in
graduate programs, “the technology has changed.”

 Slayden sees a much broader program shaping up with executive
workshops designed for business professionals who want to upgrade their
“digital game.”  The first one,
scheduled for Oct. 7-9, is priced at $3,000, but course designers are looking
how to create more workshops that will be “price competitive.” Information is
online at

 “We’re already hearing from people as far away as
Singapore,” Slayden says.

 In an opportunity to put all this digital creative to
work, Boulder will host its sixth annual 24-hour Shoot Out Film Making Festival
on Sept.  25-27 (, with
invites to filmmakers, including beginners, to take the challenge.

“Wise words” on the Shootout’s Web page: “For me, the
cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” – Alfred Hitchcock.

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Downtown Boulder is trying out a new downtown festival this weekend, and there's an added bonus — beer and wine will be available to sample.

Boulder might be getting a clue from the very popular StreetFaire in downtown Louisville, where every Friday the crowds have been big for top bands playing under a tent, where you also can purchase beer and wine. Although Boulder downtown is full of great bars and rooftop decks where one can imbibe, the BoulderFest is bringing in local wineries Bookcliff Vineyards and Boulder Creek Winery as well as several local breweries including Boulder Beer, Twisted Pine and the city's newest microbrewery, Upslope Brewing Co.

The festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday evening and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday in the 1300 block of Pearl Street. Several bands will be playing on both days with Rebecca Folsom, the Nacho Men and Matt Clark Band performing on Friday and , and Sunday at Vics, Big Bang!, Mohammed Alidu & the Bizung Family and the Freddi-Henchi Band on Saturday. Food also will be available from downtown restaurants. Get the full schedule on Downtown Boulder's Web site.

Downtown Boulder is calling this a "Love the Local" celebration. Sounds like fun, and maybe if this goes well, next's years downtown festivals might find a way to add beer and wine as well.

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    A buzzer that goes off regularly at around 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. at the NIST/NOAA visitor center in Boulder apparently is starting to drive at least one neighbor slightly crazy. 

    Posting to a neighborhood List Serve for the Martin Acres area in South Boulder, Kimman Harmon claims the buzzer goes off when the federal labs are testing a system to detect terrorists entering the property.


    The tests go off twice a day and Harmon complains that the 4 a.m. buzzer is the worst. It's "killing me," she says. A 4 a.m. wake-up call is not what she really needs.

    Pleading for some help on the ListServe, she urged other neighbors to call and complain to the NIST security officials.

     Another neighbor responded that "Unfortunately, local authorities have little of no power to control what a federal agency's installation does on its property."

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Young Arapaho dancer
Originally uploaded by Jerry W. Lewis

Members of the Northern Arapaho Tribe gathered in Boulder Aug. 7-8 as part of the city's Sesquicentennial celebration.

The Arapaho, many of them descendants of the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864, completed their Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run as several youth from the tribe ran a final mile along Boulder Creek into downtown Boulder.

The Arapaho brought dancers, drummers and several elder leaders to Boulder, where they were welcomed by state, county and city officials.

After years of historical research and oral histories from massacre descendents from Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was dedicated April 27, 2007. Detailed information on the site is at

Information on Boulder's Sesquicentennial is at

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Arapaho tribe members were asked to helped identify landmarks in Rocky Mountain National Park before the park was established. Photo courtesy Colorado Historical Society.

BOULDER – A two-day celebration designed to renew the
spirit of friendship between Boulder area residents and the Northern Arapaho
Tribe will be held Aug. 7-8 on the downtown Pearl Street Mall as part of
Boulder’s year-long
Sesquicentennial Celebration.

The event, titled
“Coming Back Home,”
will give Boulder citizens an
opportunity to demonstrate the friendship that characterized early contacts
between the Arapaho tribe and Euro-American gold-seekers.

Bands of the Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians lived in Colorado until
November 1864 when the Sand Creek Massacre, and its aftermath, drove them from
the Territory.

Years later, the Northern Arapaho were settled with Eastern Shoshone
on what is now the Wind River Indian Reservation
in central Wyoming.  The Northern
Cheyenne were placed on a reservation in Montana, and the Southern Cheyenne and
Arapaho were removed to Oklahoma.

 A variety of activities will mark the
celebration, kicking off with the Northern Arapaho members of the Sand Creek
Band playing contemporary American Indian country and rock music. The band will
perform in the 1300 block of Pearl Street beginning at noon on
Friday Aug. 7 and ending at 1:30 p.m. as part of Downtown Boulder’s “Noon Tunes”

On Saturday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m., Northern and
Southern Arapaho tribe members will be welcomed by local officials in front of
the Boulder County Courthouse at 13th and Pearl streets, where a
color guard will begin the full day of activities, including dancing, drumming,
storytelling and booths.

The booths will feature American Indian
art, crafts and food, including the popular fry bread.

About 75 members of the Northern Arapaho
Tribe are expected to attend the events. Storytelling by Northern Arapaho
tribal members, including
William C’Hair, Teresa Hughes and Yolanda Hvizdak, will be offered in several teepees in
front of the county courthouse lawn during the day Saturday.

Sponsored by Downtown Boulder Inc., the
celebration will continue throughout the day until 8 p.m.

Elders of the Northern Arapaho also will
be hosted on a tour through Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, Aug. 7, sponsored
by the National Park Service and the CU Center for the Study of Indigenous
Languages of the West, led by Professor Andrew Cowell of the Linguistics and
French departments at CU-Boulder. The tour leaves for Estes Park at 9 a.m.

A book written by Professor Cowell in collaboration
with Alonzo Moss Sr. of the Northern Arapaho Language and Culture Commission,
entitled “The Arapaho Language,” was recently published by the University Press
of Colorado.

Prior to the Boulder events, the Northern
Arapaho have planned a memorial run from the site of the Sand Creek Massacre.
The “Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run” is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
on Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Sand Creek Massacre site in Kiowa County northeast
of Eads, Colo. The run will proceed to Limon the afternoon of Aug. 6 and at 9
a.m., Friday Aug. 7, the run will continue from Limon to Bennett, east of

On Friday afternoon the runners will be
taken by van from Bennett to Denver, where they will tour the “Tribal Paths”
exhibit at the Colorado History Museum, 1300 Broadway in Denver.

The Healing Run will end with a ceremonial
finish in downtown Boulder on Saturday, Aug. 8. The Northern Arapaho and other
participants will start at 10 a.m. from Scott
Carpenter Park on 30th Street near Arapahoe Avenue, taking the
Boulder Creek path into downtown Boulder to join the “Coming Back Home”
activities on the Pearl Street Mall. Members of the public are invited to run
with Tribal members. Parking is limited; please use public transit or bike to
the park.

The run is dedicated to the people who
have provided input into the Sand Creek Massacre Project, which began in 1999,
when an Act of Congress directed the National Park Service to determine the
location and extent of the Sand Creek Massacre site.  After eight years of intense historical research, an
archeological survey, the collection of oral histories from massacre
descendents, and government-to-government consultation with the Arapaho and
Cheyenne tribes, the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site was dedicated on
April 27, 2007.

For more information on the Sand Creek
Massacre national historic site, visit the web site at

For more information on the Boulder
Sesquicentennial commemorating Boulder’s founding in 1859, go to


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