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Today's Features

  •   Garrison Keillor delivered his unique brand of folksy charm to a South Jeffco audience Aug. 30 at the Chatfield Botanic Gardens, along with a little taste of life in Lake Wobegon.

    The revered radio host and author, along with Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band, sound effects man Fred Newman and musician Sara Watkins, gave thousands of fans of the radio variety show “A Prairie Home Companion” an hours-long performance that included staple sketches such as “News from Lake Wobegon” and “Guy Noir, Private Eye.”

  • Editor’s note: The Columbine Courier is following Ashley Bissel’s journey through her treatment for brain cancer. This is the second installment in an ongoing series.

     

     

    An oversized three-month calendar hangs on the wall above Ashley Bissel’s bed. The days are crossed out with a heavy pink marker, the way a student would mark off the weeks till the end of school or an overworked professional would note progress toward a tropical holiday.

  • Once upon a time, there was a talented group of 58 singers and dancers, a sprinkle of colorful costumes, and a large helping of Stephen Sondheim’s challenging score. This is the recipe for happily-ever-after when the Colorado Children’s Theatre presents “Into the Woods, Jr.,” opening on May 1.

  • We’d like to know about interesting events or activities. E-mail items of 125 words or less to news@evergreenco.com. Items will appear on a space-available basis.

    PERFORMANCE

    Miners Alley Playhouse presents “The Underpants” through Aug. 29, with performances every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, will be at 2 p.m. with no evening performance on this date. Miners Alley Playhouse is at 1224 Washington Ave. For information, call 303-935-3044 or visit www.minersalley.com.

  •   Ashley Bissel is staring at the ceiling, trying to think of butterflies.

    She lies on a platform, her head held motionless by a white mesh mask that looks like a prop from a low-budget sci-fi movie. Technicians in white coats circulate around a sparse room and prepare equipment, as her mother cradles her hand.

    Then the time comes for everyone to leave — everyone except Ashley, who raises her fist. In it is a novelty foam brain, which she gives a pronounced squeeze. The symbolism is lost on no one.

  •   Call South Jeffco pianist Lisa Downing an impressionist. Call her a neoclassical artist, or even a closet metalhead. But avoid the term “new age” at all costs.

    “It’s kind of an unfortunate religious label that isn’t appropriate for the music,” said Downing, whose most recent album, “A Delicate Balance,” has fared remarkably well — on new age charts. “I think we all wish there was another thing to call it. … I personally tend to call it ‘piano impressionism.’ ”

  •   Thriftiness and space exploration may not seem like words that rest well in the same sentence, but a visit to education entrepreneur Mark Palmere’s summer camp might cause one to reconsider that notion.

    At Space Voyage Academy, which is not affiliated with NASA, students ages 5 to 16 combat summer brain degradation with flight simulations on antiquated computers and exploration in inflatable space vehicles crafted of sheet plastic and duct tape.

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    Henri Darricau stands between two uniform lines of elementary students, who face one another and anticipate their coach’s commands.

    “Everybody, ready now. Face your opponent,” he said. “Put your masks on. … En garde! … Fence!”

  • One of mountaineering’s rock stars, who is famous for summiting the world’s 14 highest peaks without supplemental oxygen, recently shared the secret of surviving 32 years of exploring some of the most dangerous terrain on Earth.

    “You have to be cautious, train right and listen to the mountains,” Ed Viesturs told a sold-out audience of 150 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on April 10.

  • When Tony Compel began to wonder what type of restaurant would thrive in South Jeffco, all he had to do was look at what was missing.

    Myriad Mexican restaurants are in evidence, pizza places proliferate, and fast food certainly can be found. But there seemed to be a dearth of places offering a fresh-cooked breakfast.