Benchtalk: August 18, 2017

CB Film Fest to present I Am Not Your Negro on Thursday

Raoul Peck’s award winning documentary  I Am Not Your Negro (altered from the original Nigger) will be shown at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, August 17. Based on the writings of American literary giant James Baldwin and his unfinished novel, Remember This House, I Am Not Your Negro tells the story of race in modern America. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of Black Lives Matter. This is a must-see film for all Americans and an opportunity to see into others’ lives—lives not represented in our valley—with the hope and the promise that we need to know one another better.

Check out the eclipse

Get outside late Monday morning to take in a somewhat rare solar eclipse. Our valley will get about 89-percent coverage that will peak about 11:45. Remember, it is never safe to look directly at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun so get the special glasses or use a pinhole method (Google it) to watch the shadow.

Big weekend for bikes in CB

There will be no shortage of mountain bikers in town this weekend as the Outerbike event will take over the CBMR parking lot and the Big Mountain Enduro racers will be competing on the 19th and 20th. Outerbike is a bike demo party with reps from all the big manufacturers showing off the latest technology. Close to 450 avid mountain bikers have signed up for the party. Meanwhile the serious racers will be hitting the nearby trails. The BME website describes this weekend’s event as “a true test of mental strength, strong fitness and requiring a huge sense of adventure to get through the demanding two-day race.”

An evening writing session at the library

Wish you were writing more? Join award-winning writer and WritingStrides coach Alissa Johnson and the Crested Butte Library for an evening of writing on Thursday, August 17 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Take a break from your current project (or even trying to find one) and come get in the flow. After all, writing has a way of leading to more writing. We’ll focus on the theme of creativity, with writing prompts to get started and plenty of writing time.

Opportunities with the Crested Butte Creative District 

The Crested Butte Creative District fall grant cycle is now open. The Creative District is accepting proposals for up to $3,500 for creative projects. Proposals are due by August 18. More information is available at The Creative District also has an opening for a new commissioner. More information and applications available at Applications are due on Friday, August 25.

“Wine for our Watershed” tix on sale

The High Country Conservation Advocates presents “Wine for our Watershed,” a wine tasting with local expert and certified sommelier Aaron Tomcak of Mountain Spirits Liquor, Thursday, August 24 at 5:30 p.m. On this summer evening at the Depot, sample four different wines paired with cheese from Laz Ewe 2 Bar Dairy and locally made bread. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds will benefit HCCA’s water quality work to keep our headwaters healthy. To reserve your seat, please visit


August 17- Norm Bardeen, Vicki Shaw, Karl Plambeck

August 18- Deb Hodak, Nick Rayder, Betty Barkman, Joshua Pruett

August 19- Paul Hird, Laura Mitchell, Phil Chamberland

August 20- Trent Bona, Sarah Smith

August 21- Tony Borland, Talia Reynolds, Lexy Archer, Shobie Partos

August 22- Michael Beck, Paul O’Connor

August 23- Martha Montano, Mike Nolan

CREATURES WITH KATE: Local artist Kate Seeley presented drawing workshops at the Crested Butte Library on Tuesday, August 8. photo by Lydia Stern
BOOK CLUB: Readers of Books-n-Bars discussed Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon at the Brick Oven Pizzeria on Tuesday, August 8. photo by Lydia Stern
CONGRATULATIONS: Nicole Means and Cody Anderson were married on July 16, 2017 at Ten Peaks. photo by Alison White Photography

Cameo Question: What’s left on your summer to-do list?

More biking, more hiking,
more climbing.
Anita Marchant
Just to make the most of what’s left with my family.
Lauren Parks
Having fun in CB before school!
Drew Marquart
Hike from Crested Butte to Aspen.
Christine Weigle
Camping in Michigan.
Molly Flecter

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