Benchtalk: July 23, 2018

Itzhak to play at Center on Wednesday 

Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary film looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak and his wife Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love. The film is playing at the CB Center for the Arts on August 1 at 7 p.m. 

Mountain Roots hosts Feast in the Field Thursday, August 2

Chefs Dana Zobs and Stacee VanAernem will create a five-course meal that showcases their dedication to local food. This third annual Feast in the Field is a true farm-to-table experience in the beautiful outdoor setting of Red Dog Ranch located in Crested Butte. Tickets are $250 and include alcohol. You can buy tickets at Dinner benefits Mountain Roots, a Gunnison Valley non-profit working hard to make our local food shed sustainable and abundant. For questions, email

Townie Books to host ScFi author

Townie Books will host author, Jason Heller for a reading and signing of his new book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded on Monday, August 6th at 7:30 p.m. Heller is a Hugo Award-winning writer. This event will feature special guest, National Book Award Finalist and Hugo-Nebula Award winning author, Paolo Bacigalupi. The event is free and open to the public. Townie Books is located at 414 Elk Avenue and can be reached at 349-7545.

Opera coming to UCC in August

Emily Bond and Elizabeth Bond are returning to Crested Butte this summer to present the dramatic Dido and Aeneas. Performances will be Saturday, August 4 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 5 at 1 p.m. at the Union Congregational Church, 403 Maroon Ave. Tickets are $20 and are available at the UCC. Performed by musically talented members and friends of both Crested Butte’s Union Congregational Church and Colorado Springs’ First Congregational Church, this year’s production is once again musically directed by organist/conductor Derek Carden from England, and stage-directed by Theresa Andrasy-Sokol. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Music Programming of UCC. For more information, contact Emily Bond (719) 367-2062.

Lake City pub crawl August 1

An exciting Lake City pub crawl will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 at the Hinsdale County Museum in Lake City. The pub crawl will visit the Lake City Brewery, the Packer Grill, and Restless Spirits. Dr. Duane Vandenbusche will talk at the brewery about the Lake City Railroad, Phil Virdon will speak at Restless Sprits on the social history of Lake City and Grant Houston will discuss the early years of Lake City at the Packer Saloon. The cost per person is $40 with all proceeds going to the restoration of Railroad Car 211, just moved to Lake City.


July 26- Denise Brazell

July 27- David Owen, Dano Marshall, Corinna Donovan, Jerry Smith, Paula Dietrich, Reggie Masters

July 28- Bill Mog, Izzy Singleton, Sharon Albrecht

July 29- Mary Gifford, Dan Devlin

July 30- Jill Norris, Dusty Demerson, Mary Barbour, Marla Covey, Joyce Dalbey, Kim Reichhelm

July 31- Betsy Heartfield, Johnny Biggers

August 1- Brad Ellis, Jerry Garcia, Amelia Rutherford

CONGRATULATIONS: Kelly Berger and Jake Johnson were married at the I-Bar Ranch on Saturday, June 16.
A RAINY ART WALK: Artist Elizabeth Sandria hosted her work at the Oh Be Joyful Gallery, one of the many participating galleries in the Crested Butte Art Walk on Saturday, July 7th. Pictured is Elizabeth (middle), and new art piece owners Bill (Right) and Ann Marie (Left) O’Neill in front of Elizabeth’s work.


CAMEOS: What time of year is more exciting, play-offs in major league baseball or in slow-pitch, town league softball?

Softball playoffs because at least half of the people on my team know that I am Dakota and not my twin brother Montana.
Dakota Wiggins
MLB playoffs because me and my dad won’t yell at each other over that.
Sam Reaman
Slow pitch playoffs because beer and softball.
Mallory Zimmerman
Slow pitch because I can pretend like I am in the big leagues.
Kathryn Snyder
Town league softball of course! Where else can you watch
Buttians of all ages sacrifice their bodies for the love of the game or the right to fly the W.
Maggie Dethloff

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