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Sunflower Theater at KSJD - Cortez, Colorado Events Venue

Love, Gilda ~ Thursday March 7, 7pm

Thursday March 7

Starts at 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm



LOVE, GILDA opens a unique window into the honest and whimsical world of beloved performer Gilda Radner, whose greatest role was sharing her story. Working with the Radner estate, director Lisa D’Apolito unearthed a collection of diaries and personal audio and videotapes documenting her childhood, her comedy career, her relationships and ultimately, her struggles with cancer. These never-before-seen-or-heard footage and journal entries form the narrative spine of the documentary, allowing Gilda to tell her own story – through laughter and sometimes tears.




Bronwyn Berry
Meryl Goldsmith
James Tumminia



Andrew Alexander
Anne Beatts
Chevy Chase
Bill Hader
Janis Hirsch
Judy Levy
Melissa McCarthy
Lorne Michaels
Laraine Newman
Marcus O’Hara
Amy Poehler
Michael Radner
Maya Rudolph
Stephen Schwartz
Paul Shaffer
Martin Short
Rosie Shuster
Cecily Strong
Jordan Walker-Pearlman
Pam Zakheim
Alan Zweibel
Robin Zweibel

Danika & the Jeb ~ Friday March 15, 7:30pm

Friday March 15

Show starts at 7:30pm

Opens at 7pm

Tickets are $15 online / $18 at the door


If when you hear the term ‘acoustic duo’ you imagine two people sitting on stools, lightly strumming guitars, singing about how life has treated them poorly, think again. Danika & the Jeb are dynamic, uplifting, and fun, while their music is a soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing.

When asked about why she has never applied to American Idol, Danika says “I never looked at the music industry like a lottery. I don’t need to buy a ticket. I simply need to be an artist.” Danika’s belief is that a well written song can embody all emotions of the human existence, and she articulates that beautifully with her slightly raspy yet warm voice and truthful lyrics.

Grand-nephew to the great country guitarist Clyde Moody, Jeb Hart can craft a story with six strings. Despite a car accident that left him unable to play for several years, Jeb’s determination to overcome prevailed. After listening to Jeb perform, the two most common responses from fans are “The best guitar player I’ve ever heard” and “It sounds like there’s two of him.”

Danika and Jeb are taking stages of all sizes by storm – having opened for mainstream heavyweights such as Lyle Lovett, Dierks Bentley, Phil Vassar, Tracy Lawrence.

The Martian Chronicles: A Live Radio Series ~ March 1, 2, & 3 ~ 7pm


$15 online per night

$30 online for all three nights

$18 at the door per night


Have you ever gotten fed up with the world? Have you ever wished you could move to a new country—or, say, a new planet—where you could start from scratch, build a new world, and leave Earth fighting and wars behind?  Who hasn’t?

The Martian Chronicles isn’t interested in scientific issues like, “How will travelers survive the trip to Mars?” or, “Once there, how will we breathe?” Instead, Ray Bradbury is interested in human issues and values—and specifically American ones.

The Martian Chronicles isn’t really about Mars. It’s about racial prejudice, colonization, the devastation of war, the struggle between men and women, and, most of all, the triumph of the human spirit. So, 1999, 2026, or 2167: it doesn’t really matter. The triumphs and struggles are as timeless as when the book was first published in 1950.

In this adaptation, seek to retain the integrity of Bradbury’s work while translating it to fit the mediums of both radio and stage in a three part performance.  This performance will be performed live in the theatre and broadcast live on KSJD and over three consecutive nights. It is a multi-media performance, with the readers performing the text, the musicians performing Delbert Anderson’s original score, and foley technicians creating the sound effects, while also featuring beautiful original illustrations by James Ayers to create a visual representation of the Mars of Bradbury’s imagination.


Adapted and Directed by Desiree Henderson

Original Music Compositions by Delbert Anderson

Original Illustrations by James Ayers



Heidi Brugger

Joe Butterfield

Lydia DeHaven

Sophia Dickey

Pete DuMont

Frank Harrison

Terri Helm

Jodi Jahrling

Mike Just

Mark Lawrence

Paul Linhoff

Tom McIntosh

Amanda McNeill

Herbert Petley

Garrett Riggs

Alex York



Kira Galbraith

Louis Gonzales

Jared Kaime

Sam Lyons

Adam Yoder


Foley Technicians

Heidi Brugger

Elizabeth Dickey

Frank Harrison

Jodi Jahrling

Sam Lyons


Widows ~ Thursday February 21, 7:30pm

Thursday February 21

Starts at 7:30pm

Doors open at 7pm



From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn (“Gone Girl”) comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. “Widows” is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands’ criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. “Widows” also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.


129 mins.


Steve McQueen


Gillian Flynn & Steve McQueen


Lynda La Plante



Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo with Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson

Hale County This Morning, This Evening ~ Thursday February 7, 7pm

The Cortez Public Library


Sunflower Theatre at KSJD


Thursday February 7

Doors open at 6;30pm

Starts at 7pm




Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously a testament to dreaming – despite the odds.


How does one express the reality of individuals whose public image, lives, and humanity originate in exploitation? Photographer and filmmaker RaMell Ross employs the integrity of nonfiction filmmaking and the currency of stereotypical imagery to fill in the gaps between individual black male icons. Hale County This Morning, This Evening is a lyrical innovation to the form of portraiture that boldly ruptures racist aesthetic frameworks that have historically constricted the expression of African American men on film.

In the lives of protagonists Daniel and Quincy, quotidian moments and the surrounding southern landscape are given importance, drawing poetic comparisons between historical symbols and the African American banal. Images are woven together to replace narrative arc with visual movements. As Ross crafts an inspired tapestry made up of time, the human soul, history, environmental wonder, sociology, and cosmic phenomena, a new aesthetic framework emerges that offers a new way of seeing and experiencing the heat, and the hearts of people in the Black Belt region of the U.S. as well far beyond.


Raven Narratives ~ Love ~ Friday February 15, 7:30pm


$15 online here.

$20 at the door


The Raven Narratives exist to connect us with each other through the ancient art of storytelling.

The Raven Narratives features people of all colors, ages, and perspectives sharing their authentic experiences and understanding through dynamic storytelling in front of a live audience

Podcasts of the stories told at the Raven Narratives are available in the iTunes directory, on Stitcher, and on SoundCloud.

Visit to learn more!

TEZ Talks ~ Jim Morris ~ Friday January 18, 7pm


City of Cortez


Cortez Retail Enhancement Association


Friday January 18

Starts at 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm



High school coach Jim Morris thought his dream was over. He’d had his shot playing baseball, blew out his shoulder, and retired without ever reaching the big leagues. Then, in 1999, he made a bet with his perpetually losing team: If they won the district championship, Morris – who threw a 98 mph fastball – would try out for the majors. The team went from worst to first, and Jim was soon on the road to becoming the oldest rookie in the major leagues!

Wildlife ~ Thursday January 31, 7:30pm

Thursday January 31

Doors open at 7pm

Starts at 7:30pm

$7 online and at the door


Fourteen-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job — and his sense of purpose — he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.


Directed by Paul Dano

Based on the book Wildlife by Richard Ford

Screenplay by Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan



Carey Mulligan

Jake Gylllenhall

Ed Oxenbould

Bill Camp

The tale itself is resonant and absorbing, though in a highly deliberate way. It’s about the energies that were bubbling up from the underbelly of the late ’50s.

Owen Gleiberman
The entire cast does exceptional work, but the movie is anchored by Carey Mulligan, who gives the best performance in any film I’ve seen this year.

Glenn Kenny
The NYTimes
An affecting coming-of-age drama based on a superb book and directed by an exceptional actor in his directorial debut.
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Sugar and the Mint ~ Friday February 8, 7:30pm

Sugar and the Mint

Friday February 8

Show starts at 7:30pm

Doors open at 7pm

Tickets:  $15 online / $18 at the door


A vibrant, progressive indie-folk and bluegrass band brings new energy and original material to traditional American music.

Sugar and the Mint has shared the bill with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Emmylou Harris, Punch Brothers, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Douglas, I’m With Her, Steep Canyon Rangers, and the Sam Bush Band, while performing at the West’s best festivals: Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2018), Ogden Music Festival (2017, 2018), Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival (2018), Rapidgrass Festival (2018), Pickin’ in the Pines Acoustic Music Festival (2017), and many more.

The band’s musical repertoire spans many genres. Early on, the band put its own spin on songs from blues legend Robert Johnson, the father of bluegrass Bill Monroe, folk music icon The Kingston Trio, and rock & roll’s Allman Brothers. Today, unique arrangements of 20th century favorites still make it to the set list for live shows.

Just Past Midnight (2018) showcases the group’s fresh musical perspective and artistry. The record features a bevy of spirited originals, including “How Far,”; the tender folk ballad “Overland Drive;” “Thumper,” a toe-tapping bluegrass instrumental; and the jazz-inspired “On My Mind.” The hopeful and ardent love song “Where Do We Go?” gives rise to the album title, Just Past Midnight. From the gospel-inspired “Dry Land” to the male/female duet in Run Away,” the album is powered by stand-alone lyrics and strong melodies. In the midst of an album full of original material, Sugar and the Mint includes a purposeful, acoustic re-imagining of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run.”

Sugar and the Mint’s first album, Grape Flavored (2017), demonstrates the band’s vocal and string prowess. Lovely harmonies permeate all lyrical pieces, particularly in “Greenback Dollar,” “Come On In My Kitchen,” “Ain’t No Grave,” and the original “Welcome Home.” Other originals, instrumental “Elkhorn Reel” and the vocal ditty “Ten Years From Today,” look back to the band’s beginnings with energetic vibrato.

Winner of the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest in June 2017, Sugar and the Mint hails from Prescott, Arizona. The acoustic string quintet consists of Matt Tatum Haynes (mandolin, vocals), Johan Glidden (lead vocals, guitar, violin), Glory Glidden (violin, vocals), Keenan Hammack (guitar, vocals), and Cosimo Bohrman (bass, vocals).

Auditions ~ The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Play ~ January 24 & 25, 4-8pm


Thursday January 24 – 4-8pm

Friday January 25 – 4-8pm


Directed by Desiree Henderson

Original Music by Delbert Anderson


Originally written in the late 1940’s as a series of vignettes and published episodically in several different science fiction magazines, The Martian Chronicles is a timely collection of stories about humans fleeing war and environmental devastation on Earth and colonizing the 4th planet in our solar system, Mars.  Ray Bradbury imagines a place of hope and renewal for the human race, and the men from Earth do conquer Mars and are also conquered by it.  Bradbury exposes human ambition, weakness, and ignorance in a strange and breathtakingly beautiful world where man does not belong.

We have adapted the book into a radio play that will be both a live multi-media story telling event at the Sunflower Theatre, and will also be broadcast live on KSJD.  The performance will be broken down into three nights-

Part 1- Friday March 1

Part 2- Saturday March 2

Part 3- Sunday March 3


We need readers, musicians, and sound effects people. There will be scripts and sheet music available for cold readings, but feel free to bring prepared audition pieces as well.  Call 970-516-1818 for more information or drop by the KSJD offices at 2 East Main Street.