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11:05 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Crested Butte - "Whatever Town" sort of

The Bud Light marketing campaign "Whatever" picked Crested Butte, Colorado for its "town."  But it's not anything goes.  Chad Reich, program director at the community radio station in Crested Butte, joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about how the town is planning for the big party, set for the weekend of Sept. 6-7.

"Not anyone can just show up," said Reich.  Beyond the 1000 revelers that Bud Light is bringing in, admission to any of the official party venues is limited to residents of Crested Butte and Gunnison County.  Plus, the hotels are full.

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Arts and Culture
12:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

20 years of Vail Jazz - a year round effort

Earlier this summer, Poncho Sanchez got people dancing at Vail Square.
Credit Charles Townsend Bessent

Fifty world class jazz artists and 12 of the best high school players in the nation make up the Vail Jazz Party, in its 20th year this Labor Day weekend.  But the party is only the culmination of a year round effort, says Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

"We're a 12-week long festival, and I'm not sure there are many like that," said Litt, who's justifiably proud of the 45 performances they put together.  But wait - there's more.

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Jazz Education
10:02 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Vail Jazz Workshop - 12 of the best HS players in U.S.

Some of the reed and brass players in the Vail Jazz Workshop 2013 class.
Credit Justin McCarty / www.VailDaily.com

Only 12 slots exist at the annual Vail Jazz Workshop.  For this year's class, a committee had to pare down a record number of applicants - 130 of them -  so that Workshop director / bassist John Clayton and his faculty could select the finalists.  Clayton visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about his own jazz education and the climate at this year's 10-day jazz intensive.

"These are 12 of the top high school players in the nation," said Clayton.  "It blows our mind how much vocabulary and insight they have at such a young age."  

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Eats & Beats
12:31 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Eats & Beats: Welton St. Cafe - soul food!

Five stars on Google!  Four out of five stars on Yelp.com.  Five stars out of five on UrbanSpoon.com.  The Dickerson family has run the Welton Street Cafe (2736 Welton St., Denver, 80205) for most of Fathima Dickerson's 27 years.  She visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell a few stories from their acclaimed family soul food restaurant.

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Arts District
11:12 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Arts District: Oscar winner Steve McQueen on 'Truth' in Art

Director Steve McQueen at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass
Credit Emily Chaplin / C2 Photography

  More than the sum of his film work – most notably the critically acclaimed Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years A Slave – the British-born Steve McQueen is also a distinguished visual artist. His works include sculpture, photography and video art.

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