THE WEEK IN REVIEW: Of the 50 states, which is God's favorite? / by Love You Back Productions

Let’s start THE WEEK IN REVIEW off with a July 4th bang.  Last week, Weenta, you posted your July 4th-themed WEEK IN REVIEW.  Well, I also wrote about July 4th.

We’re all familiar with the adage, “the West is the Best.”  Two weeks ago, I spent time with family in beautiful Aspen, Colorado.

Of the 50 United States, can you guess which is God’s favorite?   It's Colorado, of course.  The saying, “Colorado is God’s favorite state,” is one I've been hearing all my life.   And I’m here to testify that… Yes.  Yes, Colorado is most certainly the best.  

Last TUESDAY.  My family’s tradition is to celebrate the national holiday in Aspen, Colorado.  Our tradition is to attend the town's parade, a rather homogenous parade.  This year was no different until a special spectacle turned the corner and made the holiday extra memorable.

The best July 4th in Aspen has to offer is the Sante Fe/Aspen Ballet.   Near the parade’s end, my family and I found ourselves camped out in the best spot to watch the Ballet's sweeping 10 minute Mexican heritage performance. 

The performance dazzled an entire block of spectators.  Check out the photos (above and below).

Spectacles, aside.  Last week was full of history.  On SATURDAY, July 1, my mother, father, and I went on a special tour of Aspen mountain. 

The tour's focus was silver.  Aspen mountain is a mtn. o’ mines, ladies and gentlemen.  Full of valuable minerals and bespeckled with stories.

Aspen, the little town of about 6,700, is known for skiing, luxury shopping, classical music, the Food & Wine festival, the Ideas Festival...and not much else.  But Aspen was originally a mining town!

Around the 1880s, when the silver standard backed our country's currency, businessmen, financiers, miners, electricity companies, train companies, laborers, security guards, lawyers, any and all persons of industry scurried into town.  The clamour and opportunity shooed out the area’s indigenous Ute Indians.     

But, no sooner did everyone arrive, and the U.S government called it quits.  The United States' silver standard dissolved in 1893.  Aspen went quiet.  That is, until mid-1950s when skiing became the town's next money boon.  

In the 1960s, only a decade later, my grandfather (who skied up until his death at age 89) discovered Aspen. The rest is history. 

Here’s a photo of me and my sister…I mean.. my mom on Aspen Mountain’s very first nordic ski jump, repurposed from the wood of unused silver mine cart tracks. Wow!

Moving on to later in the week.  Still full of curiosity.  Last WEDNESDAY, bright and early (on the morning after the 4th), my father dragged the family to the Aspen Historical Society.

What was in store?  Another history tour, of course.

This time, we toured Aspen’s residential West end.  Even as a little girl, this part of town bewildered and intrigued me.  The West end is a glorious mishmash of architectural styles, namely Victorian and Bauhaus styles.

To both reinforce and preserve Aspen's architectural character dating back to the 1880s, the city enacted some bold design regulations.  One regulation, in particular, from the 1980s stands out:

All new buildings or development projects, even residential or home projects, must be designed in direct contrast with Aspen’s historic Victorian-era homes.   See below.  Aha!

Last THURSDAY, we took yet another tour.  History, aside. This time, the Aspen Art Museum!  

(Note: ASPEN Art Museum is an example of modernist architectural style, which directly contrasts the museum's surrounding historic buildings.)

There was an excellent photography exhibit by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, known during their thirty-three-year collaboration as Fischli and Weiss, and the American artist Wade Guyton.    The exhibit included a 30 foot, 10-panel led light-box.  Each panel displayed 100 colorful photographs from around the world. 

Where each photo was taken…you had to guess.  That was all the fun!

Fischli and Weiss exhibit was chalked full of images that reflected past photographs. 

While examining the exhibits' vast display, I explained to my ever-curious mother (as seen above) the importance of visual consistency. Visual consistency is a term to define the way one image refers to another image.  Visual consistency is used to create a cinematic effect.

For example, in Love You Back Production’s most recent wedding film, “A Deep Love,”   I cut from a medium close shot of a little boy running in circles to the bride twirling her hair in circles.  I used this example to explain the term to my mother.   She delighted in her daughter’s very personal example.

Back to reality.  Today is FRIDAY, and this post was written last SUNDAYWhy, again, am I writing my WEEK IN REVIEW post before the week begins?

"The rest is history." - photo taken by my dad, Bill Evans on Aspen Mountain on July 1, 2017

"The rest is history." - photo taken by my dad, Bill Evans on Aspen Mountain on July 1, 2017

Right now, Love You Back Productions is having an amazing production week!  I'm busy, busy, busy.  "Down in the trenches” as they say... or at least that’s what I've heard Weenta say.

Happy summertime, all!

From your favorite July baby,

Julia