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February has arrived with something for everyone! Enjoy an eclectic night of music, film and storytelling with David Amram; journey to one of the world’s highest peaks; rediscover your connection with nature; discover how children learn math and science; or enjoy an evening of bluegrass with aficionados Jake Schepps and Matt Flinner.

MUSIC

David Amram’s America – February 8

David Amram has been described as “one of the most versatile and skilled musicians America has ever produced” and has worked alongside such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Jack Kerouac and Woody Guthrie.

David will join us to play music, describe his creative process, regale stories, and host a Q&A session after a screening of the iconic 30-minute beat generation film “Pull My Daisy,” for which he wrote the score and starred alongside Allen Ginsberg. He will also discuss his latest project with the Colorado Symphony, a symphonic CD titled, “This Land: Symphonic Variations on a song by Woody Guthrie,” which Woody Guthrie’s family commissioned David to write, and will be released this February.

This will be an exciting and lively night of music, storytelling and film you won’t want to miss! Sunday, February 8. 8 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

Jake Schepps Quintet featuring Matt Flinner – February 27

The Jake Schepps Quintet, along with mandolinist-composer Matt Flinner, rewire, reboot and re-contextualize the quintessential bluegrass combo of banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass on their new album “Entwined.”

This special CD release concert will include selections from the album, including monumental new four-movement works rooted in a worldly new acoustic aesthetic, as well as bluegrass, Béla Bartók and more. Friday, February 27. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

 

AUTHORS

Marc Bekoff: Rewilding our Hearts – February 10

Marc Bekoff’s areas of research focus on animal behavior, animal cognitive ethology (the study of animal minds) and compassionate conservation.

Touching on this research, Marc will argue that the lasting effects of our current conversation efforts will be short-lived if we, as humans, cannot profoundly change our attitudes and reconnect to nature by “rewilding” ourselves. This concept of “rewilding,” or making wild once again, is the focus of his latest work, “Rewilding Our Hearts,” which describes the need for this fundamental shift in human consciousness and the creation of corridors between lands that allow declining populations to recover. Tuesday, February 10. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

 

EDUCATION

How Children Learn Math & Science – February 18

Math and science are often thought of as challenging subjects that can prevent children from being successful in school. However, many aspects of math and science appeal to students’ hearts and minds.

CU Professors Edd Taylor & Valerie Otero will discuss which aspects are inviting and empowering for students and how the two subjects appeal to curiosity and problem-solving instincts. They will also discuss the rationale for changes in math and science classrooms and the changing roles for parents in this somewhat unfamiliar space. Wednesday, February 18. 7 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILM

K2: Siren of the Himalayas – February 20

“K2: Siren of the Himalayas” documents the adventure, peril, teamwork, and serenity of a mountaineering group’s attempt to summit the world’s most challenging peak. The documentary examines the history and geography of the Karakoram Mountains, while contemplating the risks, rewards and personal nature of exploration in an age when there are few blank spots left on the map. Lead climber Fabrizio Zangrilli will lead a post-screening discussion.

Watch the trailer before joining us for the screening! Friday, February 20. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

 

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Valentine’s Day specials

Treat your sweetheart to a special evening at Chautauqua Dining Hall! The evening’s special four course price fixe dinner menu features items including poblano and haystack goat cheese tortellini with lemon sage butter and hazelnuts, and pan seared scallops with a winter root puree, broccolini and truffle nage. Dinner is $50 a person and reservations begin at 4 PM. Click here to view the entire menu.

To make reservations, please call 303.440.3776 or click here.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

New full time year-round positions posted!

We’re looking for some enthusiastic, dedicated people to join our team! These full and part time year-round positions are based on site at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark:

– Production Manager
– Assistant Production Manager
– Administrative Assistant
– Technical Manager
– Housekeeper I
– Box Office Assistant Manager I

Click here to learn more about these positions.

 

ACCESS and SAFETY PROJECTS

Phase I of West Garden Walk project underway

The excavation and installation of a storm water drainage management system beneath the existing footpath north of the Community House is underway and expected to be completed by the end of this week, weather permitting.

The second phase of this project, the installation of an ADA-compliant West Garden Walk sidewalk and associated landscaping, is expected to be completed in spring 2015.

Thank you for using caution when traveling through this area and obeying all closure signs.

For more information, please contact CCA’s Facilities and Preservation Manager Jeff Medanich at 303.952.1676.

Auditorium ADA accessible restroom project continues

An existing electrical transformer will be relocated on the west side of the Auditorium in preparation for the construction of a six stall, ADA-accessible restroom structure to service Auditorium patrons.

This project, managed and funded by the City of Boulder, will feature ADA accommodations for both men and women and is expected to be completed by mid-May for the start of the 2015 Chautauqua Auditorium season.

For more information about this project, please contact the City of Boulder Facilities Asset Management Department or call 303.952.1676.

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