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Autumn Phillips

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Autumn Phillips: Ghosts of South Routt haunt old buildings

Editor's note: This ghostly piece of prose by former Steamboat Pilot & Today staffer Autumn Phillips originally published in October 2002. Tom Ross' column will return to its regular schedule Tuesday.

Autumn Phillips: All downhill from here

Instead of celebrating the Summer Solstice, I found myself panicking. I saw summer slipping away, even though on the calendar, it was only the first day.

Autumn Phillips: This is it. (Or not.)

There it was. My favorite weather of all. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and it was snowing.

Plan on a planner

In the months before your wedding, the planner you hire will witness everything from family fights to last-minute jitters, making the choice of wedding planners one of the most important decisions you will make while putting together your special day.

Meet: Great American Taxi

Great American Taxi is such a new band, it hasn't released a CD, and you probably haven't heard of it.

The art of being alone

Joel Johnson paints more than landscapes. He paints moments.

On Scene for Feb. 3

Gypsy punks perform I first read about the band Gogol Bordello in a New York Times feature article about how cool it is to be Russian in Manhattan these days. There was one line about a Ukrainian gypsy punk band, and it stuck with me forever. Ukrainian gypsy punk ... it sounded so, well, me.

Society's anxiety

Amanda Adare explores drama, loneliness of human experience

When you look an Amanda Adare painting in the eyes, it's hard to look away.

Snapshots of the cowboy

Sculptor Rick Jackson spent most of his life working on ranches in Texas, and the American cowboy, as form and symbol, fills his art.

Something different

Railroad Earth defies classification

Something about the way Railroad Earth wanders from one musical genre to another makes the band an easy target for comparison. Because the members cannot be quickly slipped into one category, it's easier to point out who they sound like, which changes with every song.

Reality TV not reality

As the Teen Style staff tried to imagine their perfect day for this month's issue, we thought about the people who go on television to achieve a fantasy reality of their own -- true love, instant fame, untold wealth.

Remnants of days gone by

Preserving heirlooms requires common sense

It's not uncommon to inherit photos, quilts and documents from family members. It's also not uncommon to find unlabeled photos and water-damaged textiles in the collection.

Music with a living room vibe

Jay Mogil was smoking a cigarette when he heard Shannon Hance's voice for the first time. He put out his smoke and went inside.

The way it was; the way it is

Tonight's one-person photography show by Jane Sindell will demonstrate the difference between the perceptions of youth and the view that comes with age and distance.

Feeding the senses two at a time

Artist and musician come together

The brain loves to have multiple senses fed at once.

Place and perception

Anyone who has spent time in the center of a charred forest knows why Susan Mackin Dolan dedicated an entire body of work to the surreal beauty of that landscape.

The last dance

There are pictures of Alex Stegmaier, Molly Willard, Katie Matteo and Hannah Bowers as 4-year-olds standing among 20 other tiny dancers. Fourteen years later, all those other girls are gone, and only four dancers are left -- seniors at Steamboat Springs High School -- fighting back tears as they dance their last dance with the Oak Street Performing Arts Co.

Autumn's Picks for Jan. 27

Tonight Grand Opening Gala featuring a showcase of local talent When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7. Where: Steamboat Mountain Theater in Ski Time Square Cost: $20 Call: 846-0578 (Call for tickets. Scott Parker said he would be surprised if there were any available at the door.)

New sound, history

No other band is more intertwined with the history of reggae than The Wailers. Bob Marley led the band until his death in 1981, and anyone with even a passing interest in Jamaica or its music has heard the band.

Crossing the bridge into his own

When Drew Emmitt first stepped onto the stage as a solo artist, he wanted his sound to be different from the funky, jam-rock sound of Leftover Salmon, his longtime band.

GRAMNET short on funds

The Steamboat Springs City Council has approved a Steamboat Springs Police Department request to use money set aside for personnel to fund a regional drug enforcement task force.

CD Reviews for Jan. 27

Susan Tedeschi "Hope and Desire" On sale at All That Jazz for $15.98

Scientists share findings about brain

If was once thought the human brain does not continue to grow or change after a person enters adulthood, but research has shown the adult brain is not fixed. It can change, and it can be changed through things such as exercise.

BIG SOUNDS coming from a tiny studio

Musician, producer makes dreams come true in his backyard

Ten years ago, what Kurt Wipperfurth is doing today would have been impossible. A decade ago the era of analog recording filled entire rooms with racks of processors, mixers and multitrack recorders, but the digital age has changed all that.

Playing a portrait of Brazil

The classical guitar has a quiet but articulate way of exploring music and, in this case, the world. On Tuesday night, audience members will be ushered into the guitar way of thinking through something familiar -- Bach overture.

Autumn Phillips: Where were you?

You idiots. That was all I could think as I looked around the room at Levelz on Tuesday night. On stage were The Wood Brothers -- Chris Wood of Medeski, Martin and Wood, and his lesser-known but no-less-talented brother, Oliver Wood.

Reggae the way it was meant to be

Anthony B. does not water down his music. Where reggae began as a cultural and political tool, so it continues under the artistry of Anthony B.

Autumn's Picks for Jan. 20

Today ยค Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: "Memories to Memoirs" by Susan de Wardt When: Noon Where: Tread of Pioneers Museum, 800 Oak St. Cost: Free

Horses as object and icon

A horse is a horse, until it's more than that. As Studio Gallery 27 unveils a weeklong show of horse paintings and sculptures, it becomes immediately obvious that horses represent different things to each of the nine featured artists.

Dream finally becomes reality

There are dreams, and there is reality, and there is that place in between where dreams become reality.

CD reviews for Jan. 20

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "B.R.M.C" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98

Museum looking for family memoirs

Tread of Pioneers Museum officials are looking for longtime Routt County families willing to donate their memoirs and writings.

Music Jam with a cause

This will be Gib Manzanares' third year playing music as part of a Jimmie Heuga Snow Express fundraiser, but this year when he picks up his guitar, it will have a different meaning. Since last year's Jimmy Heuga Snow Express for Multiple Sclerosis Benefit Music Jam, Manzanares' brother was diagnosed with MS.

A year later, still healing

On Wednesday, about 100 hospital employees, rescue workers and people involved with the former Yampa Valley Air Ambulance gathered at the Doak Walker Care Center to remember three lives lost one year before.

No excuses

Groups give writers a venue to unleash their creativity

On Thursday, the table was scattered with the detritus of creativity -- crumpled paper, pens and pencils, folders full of research notes and chocolate.

Church hosts concert for teens

An online review of one of Spoken's concerts described an unassuming guy walking through the crowd with a Bible.

North and South meet in Colorado

For all those who know Chris Wood, bass player for Medeski, Martin and Wood, it's time to meet his brother.

Making the end of the world a more positive experience

Medeski, Martin and Wood's latest album "End of the World Party (Just in Case)" proves that, if anything, is going on in music, the band is one step ahead of it.

On Scene for Jan. 13

Look around your town When people visit and you search around town desperately for something to entertain them, you realize there are things that locals take for granted.

Making a scene in the corner

Cully Kistler gives a whole new meaning to the term "plein-air." She paints on location and completes the piece in a matter of hours. When she finally lifts the brush, she does not go back to make corrections or additions.

It goes away if you don't write it down

Rick Bragg's story about his family, "All Over But the Shoutin,'" begins by simply saying, "This is not an important book."

Inside the world of men

More than three decades ago, Bob Baker read Galway Kinnell's poem "The Bear." The poem is difficult to read because of its graphic description of man versus nature.

Bands pass music on to the next generation

Brady Rymer looked out on his audience of pint-sized rock fans and heard a 4-year-old yell "Last Night in Utero." It wasn't much different from the screamed requests he used to get in nightclubs when he played with the band From Good Homes.

CD Reviews for Jan. 13

Mike Gordon and Leo Kottke "Sixty Six Steps" Available at All That Jazz for $16.98

Lasting legacy

Sculpture commemorates junior athletes

If you want to leave a lasting legacy, leave it in bronze. Long after the artist and the object of a bronze sculpture are gone, the artwork will remain.

CD Reviews for Jan. 6

I had to have someone tell me what I was listening to. I never would have guessed that "Tiny Cities" was an entire album of Modest Mouse covers because it sounds nothing like the original. In this record, the Mouse's music is heard as if the Earth were rotating backward, as if time slowed and everything was filtered through the eyes of an acoustic guitar.

Bridging the divide

Leaders hope discussion will defuse differences

For more than a year, the religious leaders of Steamboat Springs have been meeting to discuss and understand one another's belief systems. On Thursday, for the first time, they will open the discussion to the community. This initial dialogue, they hope, will become the basis for quarterly panels dedicated to facets of spiritual experience.

On Scene for Jan. 6

For the first time in a long time, I was counting the songs to make sure I got my money's worth before I left the show. If a band is boring, I usually follow the $1 per song equation. I force myself to listen until the scales are balanced, then I drag my disappointed ears home.

Rock 'n' roll fantasy

There's a spirit that came on stage with the hair bands of the 1980s, left with them and has never returned. That is why we must revisit it again and again through heavy metal tribute bands.

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