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‘Big Water, Little Boats’ author Tom Martin coming to Colorado Mountain College

CMC in Carbondale and Breckenridge to host free talks

Tom Martin, author of “Big Water, Little Boats,” a history of river-running on the Colorado River from the 1940s and ’50s, will speak at two April appearances at Colorado Mountain College.

The free, 45-minute program features original photographs from various Grand Canyon river trips over several decades, including Boulder Narrows at 126,000 cubic feet per second in 1957. The presentation tells how Moulty Fulmer happened upon the McKenzie River hull design of today’s Pacific Northwest boats, and how he used that design to build his boat the Gem, Grand Canyon’s first decked dory.

Martin will also touch on the building of a full-sized replica of the Gem and taking the replica through the Grand Canyon. He will show photo rematching of original pictures from the 1940s and 1950s river trips. The program will be followed by a book signing.

Carbondale talk includes panel discussion on Colorado Water Plan

Author Tom Martin will appear at CMC locations in Carbondale (April 10) and Breckenridge (April 12) to talk about his book, “Big Water, Little Boats.” The Carbondale appearance will also feature a panel discussion about the Colorado Water Plan.

Author Tom Martin will appear at CMC locations in Carbondale (April 10) and Breckenridge (April 12) to talk about his book, “Big Water, Little Boats.” The Carbondale appearance will also feature a panel discussion about the Colorado Water Plan.

The first talk and book signing is set for Colorado Mountain College’s Lappala Center in Carbondale April 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. Martin’s talk will follow a panel discussion of the Colorado Water Plan that will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Colorado Water Plan is a comprehensive, statewide plan being created this year in response to Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order to figure out how to allocate, over the decades to come, our state’s rapidly dwindling water resources.

A diverse panel of water experts and enthusiasts – including CMC sustainability studies instructors Sandy Jackson and Ken Neubecker, CMC sustainability studies student Jeremy Isenhart and author Martin – will discuss the plan from a variety of perspectives, including agriculture, river ecology, recreation and land use.

After hearing from each panelist, the audience will be invited to provide input that will be gathered by panel moderator Louis Meyer (president, CEO and civil engineer at SGM) and integrated into the portion of the plan focused on the Colorado River Basin.

Following the panel discussion Martin will present on his book, “Big Water, Little Boats,” and will sign copies of his fascinating look at this mighty river. CMC in Carbondale is located at 690 Colorado Ave.

Breckenridge, Carbondale events arranged by CMC faculty, staff

CMC adjunct faculty member Matt Lit organized these events with Martin after seeing a Facebook post about the author’s presentation. CMC instructional chair Adrian Fielder organized the panel discussion for the Carbondale talk.

Martin’s second talk will take place on April 12, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Martin’s presentation will be followed by a book signing. CMC in Breckenridge is located at 107 Denison Placer Rd.

More information is available at BigWaterLittleBoats.com. For more about the Colorado Water Plan, go to coloradowaterplan.com.

- See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/2014/04/09/big-water-little-boats-author-tom-martin-coming-to-colorado-mountain-college/#more-17061

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Opening Recption at Aspen Campus

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CMC Theatre Opening Night April 4

Theatre Forum poster

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Jeffery Wium to screen ‘Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino’ at CMC Breckenridge

A screenshot from filmmaker Jeffrey Wium's film website

A screenshot from filmmaker Jeffrey Wium’s film website shows off the beautiful imagery in his film “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino.” The film screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, as part of the CMC Speaker Series.

Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge will screen filmmaker Jeffery Wium’s  “Wisdomkeepers, Paqo Andino” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 as part of the college’s Speaker Series.

Filmed on location in the Peruvian highlands, Wium’s documentary journeys into the heart of the Andean Paqos culture, which places a premium on living in harmony with the natural world. Wium will facilitate a question-and-answer session after the screening.

Tickets are $10; students can attend for free. Contact Heidi Kunzek at 453-6757 or hkunzek@coloradomtn.edu, or visit www.paqoandino.com for more information.

- See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/#sthash.aTVpGJ2C.dpuf

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Aspen Campus Jewelry Exhibit

Aspen jewels

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‘Climb to Glory’ screens at Colorado Mountain College Breckenridge

CMC screens film on 10th Mountain Division Saturday, March 8

This article was published in the Summit Daily News.

'Climb to Glory' tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. Special to the Daily |  'Climb to Glory' tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II.

‘Climb to Glory’ tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II.
Special to the Daily

Following a successful 2013 festival, the Breckenridge Festival of Film is seeking to expand its offerings in 2014, beginning with the nearly sold-out Summit County premiere of “Climb to Glory,” a film by Warren Miller Entertainment and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum.

The film tells the story of the 10th Mountain Division ski troopers and how they championed the U.S. ski industry following World War II. Scheduled for Saturday, March 8, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, the screening will be accompanied by a presentation by 10th Mountain Division veteran Dick Over, as well as a chance to talk with him following the film.

“Climb to Glory” explores the roots of the ski industry, from the perspectives of both the snow soldiers and their descendants. The film features professional skier and philanthropist Chris Anthony, of Vail; pro skier Scott Kennett; and the late Tony Seibert, grandson of Vail founder and 10th Mountain Division veteran Pete Seibert.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door and include one free beer from New Belgium Brewery, as well as a chance to win door prizes. The bar opens at 6:15 p.m., doors at 7, and the show begins at 7:15 p.m. Note that no food or beverage is allowed in the auditorium, so arrive early to redeem your beer ticket.

The Breckenridge Festival of Film and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance in partnership with Breck Hospitality, Colorado Mountain College, New Belgium Brewery and the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre are presenting the film. Gary Martinez and Dave Young are sponsoring the cash bar in memory of good friend, longtime Summit County resident and “damn good guy” Lloyd Yorker, 10th Mountain Division, 87th Regiment, I Company.

Other events in the Festival of Film’s spring lineup include a Spring Film Series, presented in partnership with the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre during April, May and June, as well as the annual Hollywood & Wine fundraising event, slated for Friday, June 6.

For more information, including a link to a film trailer, to learn more about the spring schedule or to purchase tickets, visit www.breckfilmfest.com. Contact info@breckfilmfest.com to inquire about sponsorship opportunities or to support the Festival of Film

- See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/2014/03/06/climb-to-glory-screens-at-colorado-mountain-college-breckenridge/#more-16834

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The 14er Project, Photography by Derek Johnston, Opening Reception

 The 14er Project

Photography by Derek Johnston, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Colorado Mountain College Professional Photography Program

 

Maroon Bells, Elk Range by Derek Johnston

Maroon Bells, Elk Range by Derek Johnston

Please join us for the Opening Reception at

the Glenwood Springs Library Fri., Feb. 21, from 6-8 PM

to learn more about this wonderful exhibit visit 14erphotography.com


 

 

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‘Proof’ seeks truth

Colorado Mountain College Theatre’s midwinter play opens Feb. 7

Actresses Cassidy Willey and Cora Wettlin

Sisters Claire and Catherine struggle over their father’s notebook in this scene from CMC Theatre’s production of “Proof.” Cassidy Willey (left) plays Claire and Cora Wettlin plays Catherine. “Proof” opens on Feb. 7. Photo: Scot Gerdes.

By Beth Zukowski

The essence of David Auburn’s play is all in its name – “Proof.”

Because the play deals with intellectual brilliance – particularly as it relates to mathematics – the most obvious meaning of “Proof” is literally a scientific proof or theorem. But on the more personal level, it’s also about people looking for proof of other things, such as trust and love.

The play’s primary character, Catherine, has a lot to sort out. She and her father Robert are alike in many ways, leaving her to worry whether she’ll inherit his genius for math, his mental instability or both. Her polar-opposite sister Claire looks for proof that Catherine might be crazy. Catherine herself looks to others for proof that she’s not.

Auburn’s “Proof” has been recognized as a masterful contemporary drama, earning the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

The cast of four includes two Colorado Mountain College theater students: Cora Wettlin and David Collier. Wettlin takes center stage in the role of Catherine. She was last on stage as Mary in CMC Theatre’s production of William Gibson’s unconventional pageant, “The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree.” She’ll earn her theater degree at the end of 2014.

David Collier plays Hal, a protégé of Catherine’s father. Collier was cast in last fall’s production of “Amadeus,” which was recently reprised at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. He’ll earn his theater degree this May.

Rounding out the cast are CMC theater graduate Cassidy Willey in the role of Claire and former CMC Theatre program director and professor, G. Thomas Cochran, in the role of Robert. They are directed by Brad Moore.

When does x equal y?

“Proof” lends itself to a few quirky math-isms that you might appreciate if math is one of your strong suits – for example, the “i” song that Hal’s band performs, where “i” stands for “imaginary number” and the song is three minutes of silence.

It’s by no coincidence that the playwright bestowed his characters with mathematical intelligence; it sets up the play’s fundamental contradiction.

“The idea of being able to prove anything is fascinating,” says Cochran. That becomes especially tricky when it’s not a clear-cut math problem in question, but a human’s perspective.

“Proof” portrays how situations can be understood in very different ways by different people.

Director Moore explains how each character thinks to himself or herself, “I understand it this way and so should you; it’s so obvious to me.” He says, “It’s a very normal, very natural thing to expect people to side with you, agree with you.” And when that doesn’t happen, “it leads to a sense of betrayal.”

And it’s that betrayal that is so difficult for Catherine to reconcile. Wettlin explains, “She doesn’t know if she’s overanalyzing or if she’s actually losing her mind.”

Young actress feels the chemistry

Playing the part of Catherine has been a journey of discovery for Wettlin. She says she and her fellow actors are continually finding in the script the subtle connections that Catherine makes. “We say to each other, ‘She’s saying this because of that.’ She can take something another character said and pull it into another conversation later,” Wettlin says.

“She has a real intellect – I’ve thought how great it would be to have that trait,” says Wettlin. But it’s also a pitfall, as she explains: “All of us say things without thinking, but Catherine remembers it – she vividly remembers the way it was said, but she twists it around or reads into it too much.”

The actress and the character do share commonalities. “In as many ways as I differ from her, there are ways I feel akin to her,” says Wettlin. She describes herself as a little bit of a loner, like Catherine, and, she says, “I’m not a genius by any stretch, but I am fascinated with math.”

The two also hold differing ideas from their parents on the proper formula for success. For Wettlin, the key is maybe not in the math, but in the chemistry: in acting, she found something she loves and can be successful with and, from the moment she read the script and auditioned for it, the role struck a resonating chord with her.

Wettlin was elated when she found out she was chosen for the part. “I love this play and I had to be a part of it.”

The play will be performed Feb. 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Feb. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. in the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College in Spring Valley. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, staff and faculty and can be reserved at svticketsales@coloradomtn.edu or 947-8177, or purchased with cash or check at the door.

Additionally, for those wishing to more deeply explore the line between genius and madness in “Proof,” we will hold a short pre-performance dramaturgy. The dramaturgical talk will take place at 7 p.m. prior to evening performances and at 1:30 p.m. prior to matinees. It will be led by either Gary Ketzenbarger, associate professor of speech and theater, or Christie Smith, associate professor of communications and humanities.

- See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/2014/02/07/proof-seeks-truth/#sthash.efwCkyJ1.dpuf

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Climber Luis Benitez to host screening of ‘Tibet: Murder in the Snow’ at CMC in Breckenridge


Tibet: Murder in the Snow movie poster.

Tibet: Murder in the Snow movie poster. American mountain guide and climber Luis Benitez saw a young nun gunned down by Chinese border police in 2006. Benitez will present the resulting documentary film, “Tibet: Murder in the Snow,” as part of CMC’s Speaker Series on Feb. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.

Chinese border guards didn’t expect dozens of international mountaineers to witness the shooting and killing of Kelsang Namtso, a 17-year-old nun, on the Nangpa Pass on Sept. 30, 2006.

But American mountain guide and climber Luis Benitez was one of the many on the 19,500-foot pass that day, which separates Tibet from Nepal, and is just 20 miles northwest of Mount Everest. He saw the young nun gunned down by Chinese border police and emailed the story of her murder. Other mountaineers filmed the death.

Based in the Vail Valley, Benitez will travel to Breckenridge to present the resulting documentary film, “Tibet: Murder in the Snow,” as part of CMC’s Speaker Series on Feb. 6, from 7-9 p.m. at the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, 107 Denison Placer Rd. Tickets are $10; students are free. The film has screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival, as well as in Australia, Poland, Switzerland and other countries.

- See more at: http://enews.coloradomtn.edu/2014/02/05/climber-luis-benitez-to-host-screening-of-tibet-murder-in-the-snow-at-cmc-in-breckenridge/#sthash.WI3nqfDL.dpuf

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