New Yorker State of Mind

Psst! Here’s a little secret: I’m not really a fan of New York City. I get that it’s a cultural mecca, chock-full of the latest in art, food, theater, yadda yadda -- I fully understand the pull of the city. It’s an exciting, cutting-edge place to live. But I’m a mountain girl at heart, so I feel suffocated and trapped in a place where you can’t see the sky, and where the trees seem to have all migrated to a sanctuary near the middle of town. I prefer to live near Colorado’s version of a big city (Denver) and subscribe to the New Yorker, which leads all my friends to believe I’m a fancy-free cosmopolitan news junkie. (Suckers.)

But Beaver Creek has a better option for people who struggle with the same big-city relationship as I do: the New Yorker on the Slopes event, which kicks off today and continues through Saturday, incorporating the annual New Yorker cartoon funfest Humor on the Slopes as well as film and music components.

Today’s highlight is a movie premiere: Phoebe in Wonderland, which starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and handed out on a first-come, first-served basis; director Daniel Barnz and producer Ben Barnz will be on hand for a question-and-answer session following the screening. Tomorrow’s big event is a performance by musician Chuck Mangione, and on Saturday, comedian Martin Short stands up. And, of course, you’ll still find the New Yorker Lounge, ongoing caption contest and Kidtooning events daily. Visit for a schedule; call 1-970-845-9090 for information and 1-888-920-2787 for tickets.
Feb. 26-28, 2009

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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