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Ali Wong | September 9

Paramount Theater (Denver, CO)

Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actress living in Los Angeles, CA. With the recent release of her Netflix Special, ALI WONG: BABY COBRA, Ali became the first comedian to record a stand up special 7 months pregnant. Ali co-stars in the new ABC comedy, “American Housewife,” premiering this fall. In 2010, Comedy Central listed Ali Wong as one of 7 “Comics to Watch.” In 2011, Variety Magazine named her as one of the “10 Comics to Watch,”and Ali appeared in the 2011 and 2012 Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal,QC. Ali has performed on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show”, and “Late Night With Seth Meyers”.


 An Evening with Jim Breuer | September 16

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Springs, CO)

With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour The Family Warrior, Breuer can be heard on his weekly podcast The Metal In Me which is available for download on BlogTalkRadio and airs Thursdays 7-8 p.m. on Opie Radio Sirius/XM.


Ron Funches | Oct 5-7

ComedyWorks (Denver, CO)

Ron Funches is an American comedian, actor and writer currently residing in sunny Los Angeles. He starred in the NBC series Undateable as Shelly, has appeared frequently on Comedy Central show @midnight, and was a cast member and writer on the short lived but much beloved Kroll Show. Ron has built an impressive acting resume, whether it’s lending his voice to projects like Trolls, Bob’s Burgers, and Adventure Time. Or his memorable acting roles on Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs, Black•ish, New Girl, Transparent, and Powerless…he even made being a gang member likable in the film Get Hard. His personal stand-up appearances include Conan, The Tonight Show, @midnight, Chopped, Cupcake Wars and many more.

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The PULP Live List: Stand Up Comedy

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The Lucas Brothers | August 17-19

ComedyWorks Downtown (Denver, CO)

Comedians, actors, and writers the Lucas Bros (Keith and Kenny Lucas) continue their rise as two of the freshest, most dynamic new faces on the comedy scene. “In a short time….the Lucas Brothers have made a big impact on comedy,” lauds Vulture. Just this April, the guys’ first hour stand-up special The Lucas Bros: On Drugs premiered on Netflix. They were also recently seen as recurring characters on Season 1 of the hit Netflix series Lady Dynamite starring fellow comic Maria Bamford. They were named one of “Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch of 2014,” featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Hot List,” appeared on the cult hit TV show Arrested Development and HBO’s Funny As Hell, and were stand-outs at the Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.


Gabriel Iglesias | August 25

Colorado State Fair (Pueblo, CO)

Born in Chula Vista, California, Gabriel Iglesias is the youngest of six children, raised by a single mother in Long Beach, CA. It was during his childhood that he developed a strong sense of humor to deal with the obstacles he faced. In 1997, he set out to hone his comedic skills, and performed stand-up anywhere he could find an audience; including biker bars and hole-in-the-wall joints. Gabriel’s stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages.


John Mulaney | Sep 9

Pikes Peak Center (Colorado Springs, CO)

John Mulaney is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently starred in the Broadway hit, “Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015 Mulaney released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled “THE COMEBACK KID” which the AV Club called “his best hour of his career.” He began his career in New York’s East Village and has since toured around the world. Mulaney’s first comedy album, “The Top Part,” was released in 2009. He released his second Comedy Central special and album “New In Town” in 2012, and upon review KenTucker of Entertainment Weekly hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.”


 

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Vollmecke’s alpacas of Cedar Ranch

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On one of the rolling hills along Highway 50 from Pueblo to Canon City, at Cedar Canyon Ranch, is where John Vollmecke has found tranquillity.

His journey began when he read an advertisement for alpacas during his lunch hour at a federal prison complex, where he worked for many years. The job took a toll on his nerves and he said he needed to find a way to relax. That’s why the idea of the alpaca captured his imagination. Raising the South American camelids seemed like a hobby that he would enjoy and would have a calming effect.

“The first time I saw an alpaca, I fell in love right away,” he said. “I talked to (my wife, Glenda) ‘Glen,’ (who) was a little bit hesitant about it.”

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After doing some research, the couple drove to Parker to look at three alpacas which were corralled in a barn. As the couple entered, the three alpacas turned in their direction to look at them.

“That just did it for Glen (and I),” Vollmecke added.

So they purchased two females, which were pregnant, a male and a small alpaca known as a cria then returned home, where they built a fence, shelter and set up everything to raise them.

“(The alpacas) started having babies,” Vollmecke said. “When I was at work, Glen delivered the babies.”

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As time went on, he had the alpacas sheared and wondered what to do with the fiber. The most obvious answer was to use it to make yarn and clothing.

Alpaca fiber is luxurious and ideal for clothing because it’s hypoallergenic and lacks the scratchiness often found in other fibers. It’s softer than cashmere, nearly indestructible and lighter and warmer than wool. Each year, an alpaca can produce seven to 10 pounds of fleece — that’s about five or six inches sheared from an alpaca.

After taking several spinning tours around the state, he met Dawn Hall, who had a yarn shop in Florence.

“Dawn Hall taught me how to spin, but I flunked her course three times,” he said. “I couldn’t get my feet and hands to work together.”

Then, he attended a fiber festival in Estes Park, where he saw a woman spinning the fiber on a double treble machine, using her feet and hands together. After taking a quick lesson, he was up and spinning after just 20 minutes. So, he purchased a spinning wheel, a carding machine and a nibbly nobby to stretch the yarn. He also purchased a knitting machine and took classes to learn how to use it.

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John Vollmecke takes sheared wool and cleans, separates and then spins it into yarn. He then uses a knitting machine to make various handmade wool products. Photo by Nick Naglich

“That was the beginning (of learning) how to knit,” said Vollmecke, who got involved with a machine knitters group. “They took me under their wings and gave me lessons and a bunch of patterns, and I started getting better and better.”

He continued his trek with having the alpacas sheared once a year then shaking the dirt, straw or hay out of the fiber before shaking the rest of it off in a tumbler then washing it in a product called a Kookaburra.

“It also treats it in case there’s any mites or moth eggs that might be in the fiber,” Vollmecke said.

After he learned to spin the fiber, he learned how to knit on a machine. Now he could do much more with the alpaca fiber.

“The first thing I made (was) a shawl that came over your shoulders and pulled over your head,” Vollmecke said. “It was kind of a neck warmer, but also a scarf.”

Since honing his skills, he has sold them online and through local shops.

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He finally learned to relax. It’s easier now that he is retired, where he can spin, knit and mix the yarn with a variety of color from the alpacas–alpaca fiber is classified into 22 different colors–  into scarves, hats, sweaters, shawls, socks and other merchandise, which is available at alpacasrus.net. The website also features webcams of the alpacas and Vollmecke’s spinning room.

 

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Community Voices 2012: Ellen Cooney Pueblo Child Advocacy Center

We are convinced that if more people knew of the comforting setting we offer and the support we provide to families, they would be more willing to report suspected abuse.

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What if you were Mike McQueary and you spotted Jerry Sandusky in the shower with a young boy?

We would all like to believe that we would do everything in our power to protect that child. All too often that is not the case.

In a national survey, 95% of people said that they would report child abuse if they saw it. However, of those who had actually observed abuse, only 33% had made a report.

Why is there such a big gap?

Some of the darkest reasons are that people put their interests above the safety of the child. As Louis Freeh writes in his scathing report on Penn State’s failure to report suspicions of Sandusky’s abuse of children, “The most powerful men at Penn State … never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.” Football, the school’s reputation and a powerful man were more important.

Closer to home, people fail to report an employer because they might lose their job, or an abusive spouse because that person is also the wage-earner, or to keep the peace in the family. There are a million other reasons.

But there are also less pejorative reasons why people don’t report child abuse.

One major reason is that many people don’t know what to look for, particularly in cases of sexual abuse. We can address this by asking people to take a few minutes to educate themselves on the signs of abuse. The web site www.d2l.org for the Darkness to Light organization is a great resource.

The other major reason is that people fear what will happen to the child and family when the report is made. What if the child is further traumatized? What if it turns out that the suspicions aren’t true?

That’s where the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center comes in. We are convinced that if more people knew of the comforting setting we offer and the support we provide to families, they would be more willing to report suspected abuse.

We provide a homelike, child-friendly center – it looks and feels like a house rather than an office or clinical setting – for the investigation of child abuse. We take it as a good sign that many children fuss on their way out because they don’t want to leave this safe and fun place.

Aside from our toys, gentle support, and comforting surroundings, the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center offers specially trained professionals to talk with children without leading them, to provide specialized medical examinations to make sure the child is healthy, and to connect the child and caregiver to services in the community as they heal. PCAC works closely with law enforcement, Child Protection Services and the District Attorney to make sure that the child is safe and to develop the evidence needed to keep the abuser from hurting children again.

In nearly half of the 200 cases we see each year, we conclude that abuse probably has not occurred. Sometimes we are just checking on children who may have been around an abuser. Sometimes something else – a nasty custody battle between parents, or a medical condition that is mistaken for abuse – is going on.

It is perfectly fine that we rule out abuse in so many cases. It is the community’s job to report suspicions of abuse; it is our job to figure out whether it is likely that abuse is occurring, and to protect the child from further abuse. We are glad to check every case rather than run the risk that one child continues to suffer.

We can’t do this work alone. It is community members who must care enough to put children first and to report suspicions of abuse. We can only take steps to protect children when abuse is reported. That means we need the whole community to help protect children.

If you think you see signs of abuse, you don’t need to be certain or do the investigation yourself. You just need to make a report. In Pueblo County, you can call the Child Abuse Reporting line at 719-583-6901 or dial 911.

Ellen Cooney is the Executive Director of the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, www.pueblocac.com

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