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Craig Childs: Apocalyptic Planet
A Journey to the Ends of the Earth
TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014, 07:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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The earth has died many times, and it always comes back looking different. In an exhilarating, surprising exploration of our planet, Craig Childs will take the audience on a journey to some of the world's most extreme environmental landscapes: the driest deserts of Chile, the genetic wastelands of central Iowa and the vast Greenland Ice Sheet. Through science and adventure, Mr. Childs will reveal the ways in which our world is constantly moving toward its end and how we can change our place within the cycles and episodes that rule it.

About the Author
Craig Childs writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. His stories come from visceral, personal experience, whether in the company of illicit artifact dealers or in deep wilderness. He has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books and is a commentator for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." His work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside and Orion.

 

 

Craig Childs: Apocalyptic Planet

Guided Chautauqua Tour & Square Nail Awards
Presented by Heritage Roundtable
MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014, 04:00 PM
Chautauqua Community House
Free

Join us at 4:00 p.m. for a preservation and historic tour of Chautauqua and hear about our latest green preservation accomplishments.

At 6:00 p.m. please join Heritage Roundtable in acknowledging  the “Square Nail Award” winners,  all of whom have made special contributions to historic preservation in Boulder County during the past year. Refreshments will be served beginning at 5:30 pm.

 

Guided Chautauqua Tour & Square Nail Awards

Julene Bair: The Ogallala Road
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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Author Julene Bair has written a gripping story about land-based identity, romantic and family love, and a looming environmental crisis.  In this memoir Julene Bair struggles to reconcile her loyalties—to her family on the one hand, and the health of her family’s land on the other.

As the book opens, her father has died recently, leaving her part owner of his large western Kansas farm, which irrigates out of the Ogallala Aquifer, the vast groundwater reserves underlying the central plains all the way from South Dakota to Texas. “Hang on to your Land!” her father always commanded. Julene took those words to heart. But she’s troubled by news stories about the aquifer’s depletion. She travels home to explore the watershed, where she meets Ward, a rancher from Kansas’s beautiful Smoky Valley. As their relationship develops, she hopes that he will help her find a way to hang onto both her land and her principles. Julene's book will be available for purchase and signing at event.

 

 

Julene Bair: The Ogallala Road

Brent Plate: History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects
THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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Humans are needy. We need things: objects, keepsakes, stuff, tokens, knickknacks, bits and pieces, junk, and treasure. We carry special objects in our pockets and purses, and place them on shelves in our homes and offices. As commonplace as these objects are, they can also be extraordinary, as they allow us to connect with the world beyond our skin.

Dr. S.Brent Plate asks us to put aside, for the moment, questions of belief and abstract ideas. Instead, beginning with the desirous, incomplete human body (symbolically evoked by “½”), he asks us to focus on five ordinary types of objects—stones, incense, drums, crosses, and bread—with which we connect in our pursuit of religious meaning and fulfillment.

 

 

 

Brent Plate: History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects

William Philpott: Vacationland
Tourism & environment in the Colorado high country
TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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Mention the Colorado high country today and vacation imagery springs immediately to mind: mountain scenery, camping, hiking, skiing, and world-renowned resorts like Aspen and Vail. But not so long ago, the high country was isolated and little visited. Vacationland tells the story of the region's dramatic transformation in the decades after World War II, when a loose coalition of tourist boosters fashioned alluring images of nature in the high country and a multitude of local, state, and federal actors built the infrastructure for high-volume tourism: ski mountains, stocked trout streams, motels, resort villages, and highway improvements that culminated in an entirely new corridor through the Rockies, Interstate 70.

Peopled with colorful characters, richly evocative of the Rocky Mountain landscape, "Vacationland" forces us to consider how profoundly tourism changed Colorado and America and to grapple with both the potential and the problems of our familiar ways of relating to environment, nature, and place.

William Philpott grew up in the Denver suburbs and teaches history at the University of Denver. He formerly taught at Illinois State University. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 

 

William Philpott: Vacationland

An Evening with Paula Poundstone
SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014, 08:00 PM
Chautauqua Auditorium
$25.00 - $42.50 ( $22.00- $39.50 Member). Tickets on sale: April 25 (April 21 Members).
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Say hello to Emmy Award-winning comedian, author and humorist, Paula Poundstone. Paula is currently a regular panelist on NPR’s widely popular weekly news quiz show, “Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me,” where her distinctive brand of wry, intelligent and witty comedy is heard by 5 million homes across the country, internationally on NPR Worldwide, and on the Internet via podcast.

Paula is recognized as one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time, is the first woman to win the cable ACE for Best Standup Comedy Special, and is the first woman to perform standup at the prestigious White House Correspondents Dinner and in 2010 was accepted into the Comedy Hall of Fame.  

 Ride the FREE HOP 2 Chautauqua shuttle to this show!

 

 

An Evening with Paula Poundstone

James Galvin: The Meadow, Prose & Poetry
MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$12.00 ($9.00 Member)
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For more than 30 years, James Galvin has been crafting prose and poems that convey a profound sense of place, capturing both the harshness and beauty of the rural American West. Galvin vividly reveals a western landscape and a homeland that is often devastating and, seemingly, on the verge of blowing away. Galvin’s vision and voice are ennobled by a profound sense of obligation to the hard-bitten survivors of this eroding landscape.

Galvin is the author of the critically acclaimed prose book “The Meadow,” the novel “Fencing the Sky” and has published six collections of poetry, most recently “As Is.” He is a member of the permanent faculty of the University of Iowa's Writers' Workshop. His honors include a "Discovery"/The Nation award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Foundation award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Galvin will read from his prose and poetry and talk about the writing process. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 

James Galvin: The Meadow, Prose & Poetry

An Evening with Steven Wright
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014, 08:00 PM
Chautauqua Auditorium
$32.50 - $50.00 ($29.50 - $47.00 Member). Tickets on sale: April 25 (April 21 Members).

Academy Award winner Steven Wright is a prototype comedian that many others continually try to follow. He known for his distinctly lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, philosophical and sometimes nonsensical jokes, paraprosdokians, anti-humor and one-liners with contrived situations. He is a regular guest with David Letterman, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson.

Steven was honored as the first inductee into The Boston Comedy Hall of Fame, is a recipient of the Johnny Carson Comedy Legend Award and is a two-time Grammy nominee for Best Comedy Album. In 1989, Steven was honored with an Academy Award for Best Short Film for his film entitled “The Appointments of Dennis Jennings” in which he starred and co-wrote.  

Ride the FREE HOP 2 Chautauqua shuttle to this show!

 

 

An Evening with Steven Wright

TaraShea Nesbit: The Wives of Los Alamos
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014, 07:30 PM
Chautauqua Community House
$10.00 ($7.00 Member)
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“The Wives of Los Alamos” is a novel that sheds light onto one of the strangest and most monumental research projects in modern history. It's a testament to a remarkable group of women who carved out a life for themselves, in spite of the chaos of the war and the shroud of intense secrecy.Read more here.

The novel, Nesbit’s first, was published this year with great notoriety and some controversy, not because of the fascinating subject matter but because of her choice of narrative voice: first-person plural. The book was selected as Amazon.com’s best book of the month in February of 2014, an Indies Next Pick, and Indies Debut Novel Selection and a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Pick. Ms. Nesbit will read from and discuss writing “The Wives of Los Alamos.”

 

 

TaraShea Nesbit: The Wives of Los Alamos

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