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PRESS RELEASE: Chautauqua Virtual 2020 season



Tickets go on sale on Thursday September 3 at 10:00AM MST
Media Contact – Liza Purvis ([email protected])

New Chautauqua@Home Virtual Programming Fall 2020 Season

BOULDER, Colo. (September 2020) – The Colorado Chautauqua has announced the first round of its Chautauqua@Home virtual programming season, featuring Chautauqua’s popular Space Series, in addition to Grammy Award-winning comedian, David Misch (of Mork & Mindy fame) and powerful stories and images from Jon Waterman’s “National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks.”



The centerpiece of the Fall 2020 Chautauqua@Home season is the family-friendly Space Series which provides the opportunity for patrons to ask speakers live questions during the program, along with other interactive features. The Space Series includes intriguing topics for all ages, including “Strange New Worlds: Is Earth Special?” and “Taking Silicon Valley to the Moon.” Space Series speakers include Philip Plait (Bad Astronomy), Jack Burns (University of Colorado-Boulder / SSERVI), Sheldon Drobot (Harris Space & Intelligence), Larry Esposito (Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics), and Brian Hynek (University of Colorado-Boulder).


The Chautauqua@Home virtual season is intended to maintain the intimate connection. Chautauqua has with smaller audiences in the Community House (Chautauqua’s living room), while extending its reach beyond Boulder.


‘We are determined to fill the void in people’s lives left by the cancellation of live events this year. This line up will allow our audiences to keep learning and laughing by connecting with speakers and each other on topics they care about. With the interactive elements Chautauqua is planning, our intention is to ensure that these events are more entertaining than a standard Zoom call!“

– Rhiannon Snyder – Chautauqua Public Events Manager.


Chautauqua@Home – September 23, 2020 to December 14, 2020
– September 23: Space Series: Strange New Worlds: Is Earth Special? (Philip Plait)
– September 30: Space Series: Taking Silicon Valley to the Moon (Jack Burns)
– October 7: Comedy vs. the Apocalypse (David Misch, of Mork & Mindy fame)
– October 14: National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks (Jon Waterman)
– November 30: Space Series: RST: Humanity’s Next Great Leap (Sheldon Drobot)
– December 7: Space Series: Mysteries Cassini Did Not Solve (Larry Esposito)
– December 14: Space Series: The Search for Life Beyond Earth (Brian Hynek)


All Chautauqua@Home events start at 7:00PM.


Chautauqua will be announcing a second round of virtual programming in October 2020,
including silent films, local dance films and kids’ concerts. To learn more, or purchase
Chautauqua@Home event tickets, visit Chautauqua.com.


Shavonne Blades grew up on the West Coast but moved to Colorado in High School. She left for California after school and returned to Colorado in 1990. She got her start in media at the age of 21 in Santa Cruz, California as an advertising sales rep. Having no experience and nothing more than a couple of years as an art college attendee she felt the bug to work in media at a young age. She learned that by helping her customers with design and marketing, their campaigns would be far more successful and has made a 30+ year career in design, copywriting, and marketing for her clients. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPy4MMdcfLg. She has always chosen to work in Independent Media and believes deeply in the need for true, authentic Community Journalism. She is proud that YS has never compromised journalism standards in its 20+ history and continues to print YS on paper monthly while also expanding web coverage. She has worked at 3 Alternative Weeklies and founded Yellow Scene Magazine in 2000. You can learn more about Shavonne's adventures in the YS 20th Anniversary issue: https://yellowscene.com/2020/10/08/the-yellow-scenes-red-tornado/

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