The scoop on this week’s airing, featuring Dar Williams, Slaid Cleaves and James Balog of the movie ‘Chasing Ice’. Plus . . The Red Violin comes to eTown Hall!
By Helen ~ February 20, 2013
Two movies rank among my top ten favorites: “Chasing Ice” and “The Red Violin.” What do these two very different films have in common you might be wondering? They’re both linked through eTown Hall.
I’ll tell you more about that in a moment; but first, here’s what’s in store for you on the air this week, as we host two talented musicians, long-time friend and eTown veteran Dar Williams and eTown newcomer Slaid Cleaves:
Dar Williams joins us to share works from her most recent collection of beautifully crafted original songs (its called In The Time Of Gods; look for it, buy it, support this fabulous artist). When she’s not making great music, Dar is well known for speaking out in support of various important social and environmental causes – which makes her the perfect guest for eTown. This week is no different than other times she’s been with us; you’ll hear lots of great music and lively conversation from this exceptional woman.
Also with us is singer/songwriter Slaid Cleaves, who offers our listeners a healthy portion of his unique Alt-Country sound. To be honest, I’d never heard of Slaid and didn’t know what to expect; may I say I now love his music (and him, he’s a total sweetheart – so great for all of us to work with him).
And our award winner this week? Well, that leads me back to the movie theme I started out with: Our winner is James Balog, celebrated photographer, adventurist and author. He’s worked for decades to find artistic ways to elevate public awareness about environmental issues (endangered species, habitat loss, sustainability and conservation, and, most recently, climate change). You have to tune in to hear the conversation between James and Nick this week on that last subject; its succinct and compelling, to say the least. And you must catch “Chasing Ice,” the documentary about James’ work recording the rapid decline of key glaciers around the world – if you haven’t seen it yet, find it in a theater near you and see it (fyi we’re showing it here at eTown Hall on March 5, as part of our new film series – click here for info); tell your friends to do the same and pass on the word about viewing this incredible, informative film. It is a stunning and sobering saga; once you see it, you’ll have no further doubt about the very real problem of global warming and the relatively short amount of time we have left to correct it. This is a powerful film, my friends, I cannot urge you enough to see this one.
That’s eTown on the air this week, another one-of-a-kind episode of music and conversation recorded at eTown’s new solar-powered music and media facility.
Lots happening at eTown Hall by the way these days, including our new concert series called ‘eTown Presents.’ Celebrated violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn is coming to perform as part of that concert series, which, oddly enough, brings me back to that movie theme again. Why? Because Elizabeth is the owner of the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, the 1990 Christie’s auction of which is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award-winning film, “The Red Violin.” The historic violin was crafted in 1720 by Antonio Stradivari, who lovingly created instruments in his small shop in Cremona, Italy centuries ago (I’m told he remains the most famous violin maker of all time). Not long after its creation, the instrument appeared to vanish from the public eye; no one knows where or to whom the violin belonged for more than 200 years. A vast number of historians, writers, journalists and critics have debated the whereabouts of the instrument during that period. Many believe the violin is the same one that was possessed by Mendelssohn; among that camp is Canadian filmmaker, Francois Girard, whose imaginative speculations on that theory became the narrative for his beloved film, “The Red Violin.” For more information about the artist and the violin, visit Elizabeth Pitcairn’s website.
And here are the details about this upcoming concert event at eTown Hall:
A special “eTown Presents” concert
Elizabeth Pitcairn plays the Red Violin Stradivarius
with brief lecture/Q&A
WHEN: March 28, 2013 / 7:00 PM SHOW (6:00 PM Doors)
WHERE: eTown Hall, located at 1535 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO
COST: VIP PASS = $75.00 (includes special meet-and-greet w/ the artist and light refreshments; proceeds, in part, to benefit classical music education).
GENERAL ADMISSION = $40.00
Please note: All ticket prices include tax and venue fee – click here to buy tix.
Thanks everyone, talk soon,
Videos from this week’s broadcast/podcast: