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Cafe de la Culture presents The Sense and Sensibilities of Jane Austen

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The Sense and Sensibilities of Jane Austen  


An Evening of discourse on one of the world's greatest authorslive classical music, High Tea served in 3 courses (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) and a vintage Holiday Faire...

You don't have to be an expert on Jane Austen.
Come delight in beauty and art...step into another time, gather and connect, participate in a new world vision... 

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Cafe de la Culture: The Venue for Visionaries

7pm Friday Nov. 18 and Saturday  Nov. 19

Limited Seating. 

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$25 per person

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Cuv�e Wine Bar and Bistro 


Welcome Home Gluten-Free Bakery


Boulder Breadworks  

and Cafe de la Culture. 

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Here's what people are saying about  Cafe de la Culture..     

"Soulful, engaging, very personal presentations."

 "What a wonderful combination of listening to an interesting subject...and eating delicious food!"

 "I love the live music!"

"I am still thinking deeply about the conversations I had at your salon last month."

 "This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience."

Featured Speaker: (Friday and Saturday) Jennifer Rowe   


Presentation Topic: Why Jane Austen? What makes her relevant to today? Why should we buy her books and care about someone so long dead? What wisdom does she offer us in the year 2011?


Jennifer Rowe's fascination for British writing shuttled her to the Liverpudlian classroom, where on a daily basis, her pubescent pupils arose in unison, their uniforms starched  to attention, eagerly awaiting permission to sit and learn how to write from a young American.  In New York City, she studied acting with Lee Strasberg, learning to master the potion scene from Romeo and Juliet and understand what it means to be alive on stage.  Jennifer's professional acting career was upstaged by the birth of her first son, his liveliness, a mirror of her highest creativity.  She continued to teach Method Acting in Princeton, New Jersey and Boulder, as her love of fiction reemerged in full bloom.  When she discovered Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, writing as a process of self-revelation fostered a new resonance when applying it as a daily practice. Jennifer is currently writing a novel entitled Can I Get A Witness.  This work of historical fiction delves into the essence of revolution, its backdrop a group of unruly visionaries called the Move Organization. It is a tragic love story which betrays the sweat of its founding fathers.


Featured Speaker: (Friday only)  Bonny Casel  

Presentation topic: Growing up in England, Life through the eyes of Jane Austen, Customs of the Regency era, Women then and now  


Bonny grew up in Coton, a small village within short biking distance to the center of Cambridge, in England. With its church, public house, town hall, village green, stables and orchards, Coton was a microcosm of British life, and in some ways has changed little since the time of Jane Austin. Immersed in village life, with cosmopolitan Cambridge but a stones throw away, Bonny's teenage discovery of Jane Austin's novels struck a personal note, and added to the affection that Bonny developed for the ideals, culture and characters therein. Although she has traveled and lived in several countries, Bonny's heart remains in the fields and hedgerows, moors and fen lands, tea houses and manor houses and the glorious gardens of her British home.


Featured Speaker: (Saturday only)  Janet Lynne Roots    


Presentation Topic: If Jane Austen were alive today...would she be a novelist? What would she write about? Would it get published?  

Janet Lynne Roots grew up on the wrong side of the River Thames in London, but winning a place at a girl's grammar school in Chelsea at the age of 11 brought her into contact with the finer things in life.  She continued her cultural pursuits by obtaining a degree in classical music-developing an international music copying business kept her in touch with her working class roots-and by editing academic journals in a beautiful house in Bloomsbury, London.  Since coming to Denver in 1987, Miss Roots has published a volume of memoir, and helped hundreds of fledgling authors cultivate their dreams of publication.  She is working on a murder mystery novel, which won third place in the 2011 Pikes Peak Writer's Contest.  Set in London in 1951, its heroine is a bus conductress turned sleuth - who is also from the wrong side of the river.

More Featured Guests for
Nov. 18 and 19... 


Adam Revell (pianist) began playing piano at the age of 4.  He plays a wide range of musical genres; jazz, classical, electronic, funk, salsa, hip-hop, R&B, and other styles as well. He was keyboardist for The Motet, John Common, Conjunto Colores, Quemando, Eminence Ensemble, Ayo Awosika, Kim Dawson, and Rob Drabkin. He has appeared on stage with Wynton Marsalis, John McNiel, Randy Brecker, Christian McBride, Bill Evans, Jamie Janover, Kyle Hollingsworth, and many others.  In 2010 his four-piece progressive jazz ensemble, Essence Rider released their album, 'Triple Leaf' on the Dazzle Records label.  Revell holds a degree in classical piano and a master's degree in jazz, both from the University of Colorado right here in Boulder.  Revell works as a freelance artist in the Denver/metro area, and is a private piano instructor in Louisville. 



Jonathan Raabe (vocalist) Born in the year of the snake, Jonathan Raabe is a Boulder native, a graduate of CU's music school and recently returned from a 7 year trip to Taiwan where he taught Salsa, Swing and Tango Dancing, did vocal coaching, started an export company, studied Mandarin Chinese, found his soulmate, and was blessed with a Son. Jon is an experienced a'capella arranger and and accomplished Jazz and classical vocalist.





Cara Cruickshank (vocalist and host) is an  educational designer, theater producer, director and choreographer, organic personal chef, event coordinator, dancer, singer and former Broadway actress who's work emphasizes diversity and community building.  For twelve years, Cara has been creating public events, performances and programs in the artistic and cultural spheres of communities throughout the U.S. and more recently, Brazil and Turkey.  Cara's events have been frequently media and celebrity acclaimed, hailed as, " much fun to perform in as to watch!" (Woodstock Times Journalist, 2008), and "Delightful, inspiring, energizing, entertaining and creative...a vibe of vintage...merged with 21st century world consciousness." (Michael Lang, producer of the Woodstock Concert Festivals, 2009). She is the founder of Cafe de la Culture.



Kelly Pointdexter (vocalist)  has been performing musically in one way or another since childhood.  As a singer/songwriter, her original works include many styles of music from reggae, R & B, to folk rock, jazz, and even choral music.  Kelly's love of world music and rich vocal harmonies are threads that weave together a delightful tapestry of sound and a call for conscious optimistic connection/social change.




Nicholas Raabe (vocalist) is a 26 year old Boulder Waldorfian with broad interests and ambitions. He took part in music, theater, and vocal performance from a young age. Recently, he returned after graduating from business school in Taiwan prior to 4 months of work and travel in Australia. Nicholas has been living and traveling in Asia and Europe, gathering experience and learning languages over the last 7 years.






Nicola  Halse (actor)  by profession, is trained to undertake evaluations, feasibility studies, market research and develop strategic plans. Currently, she coordinates marketing activities, accounts and other administrational duties for Romax Technology; a renewable energy engineering company. In her spare time, she volunteers at USA Rugby revising their forthcoming strategic plan. Her passion lies in the theater scene where she has been involved for over 20 years as an actor, director and stage manager. She recently directed an award winning production of A "Midsummer Night's Dream" in Nottingham, England. Favorite roles have been as The Woman of Ill-Repute (Sonia) in "Godspell" and an evil school teacher in the musical "Smike". Her versatility is demonstrated by various roles in English pantomimes -children's plays - including the rear end of the cow Daisy, Snow White's Magic Mirror and Snoozy the Dwarf (in the same production), the leading man in "Jack and the Beanstalk" and a fairy in Dick Whittington! She would love to transfer the magic and joy of English pantomimes to the U.S. -any volunteers out there wish to assist?



Antonio Papuzza (actor) has a PhD in Anthropological Sciences (University of Florence), has done research in economic and business anthropology in Europe, Africa, and USA on economic human behavior. He has run his own business in food and wine distribution in Italy; has covered positions in sales, marketing, and advertising with a few Italian and European companies. After contributing to the foundation of the non profit organization Peoples of The Earth, Antonio has consulted with international organizations, closed international deals as cultural business mediator (Italian government, Rosebud Sioux Lakota tribe in SD, USA), conducted cross cultural training programs in life, work, and business with Italian and American organizations that operate internationally. He has taught Business Anthropology in Europe and in USA. He currently works as a business instructor at CU Leeds where he teaches International Business & Management within the International Program. He works privately as a business consultant on the connection between business and culture with local entrepreneurs and with national and international companies in the field of cross cultural management (Ericsson, Harley Davidson, CEO International, Pearson, etc.). 


Carah Aviva Wertheimer (actor) was born on a Tuesday and began her TV career at age 4 with two appearances on Romper Room, both times gobbling down the snack before grace. Following this debacle, she spent the next several years soothing her soul by crooning "I Want to Be Loved By You, Boop Boop Be Do" in the tradition of Ginger from Gilligan's Island, using a play microphone her father made for her. Her background includes post-modern dance, physical theater, and improvisation. Notable Boulder County roles include the Cat in the Hat at Lafayette Library and the Easter Bunny at Nyland Co-Housing. She performed with Comedy Sportz, co-created educational children's theater, and has authored a one-woman musical, "Training Bra and Balsamic Vignettes." Fluent in pig latin (grass fed), ubbie dubbie, op language and gibberish, she still finds that no one understands her. Next lifetime she'll be born in France, where they care less about saying grace, and more about living it.



Russ Nielson (actor)   Russ has been acting in film and theatre for the past 14 years. His most recent performance was in "Grapes of Wrath" at the Vintage Theatre playing the role of Miley Graves. His other credits include Benjamin Slade in "Aunt Abby's Secret Recipe". Vinnie in "The Odd Couple". Setting/1st murderer in Macbeth and his most favorite Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. He can be seen in the webseries "Misanthropicon" at www.blip.TV/misanthropicon  




Shay Aguilar (actor) is a freelance choreographer from the Denver Metro Area specializing in, but not limited to, hip hop dance and Michael Jackson impersonations. As a Mentor and Talent Coordinator for Quinceanera Magazine as well as No "Mo" Violence Cultural Dance Group, this young lady is no stranger to her community! Performing in events such as Cinco de Mayo Celebrations, the Westword Music Showcase, Auditions for Americas Best Dance Crew, and other notable occasions. To find out more information or contact Shay please visit 


Thanks to our Visionary Planning Committee: Eric Orton, Lilavati Sinclair, Alfred Flores, Eric Hansen, David Sinclair, Cristina Baud, Linnea Jewett, Sarah Larrabee, Chef Trusan, Ray Studer, Sophie Rose


Thanks to our volunteers: Gloria Coelho, Jan Rupp, Zoe, Jen Tawse, Roslyn Barett, Katie Wells, Benjamin Whitehurst, and all the rest!  


Thanks to our Sponsors: The Caritas Spiritist CenterBoulder Awakenings, LLCFloral Design by Cristina BaudCuv�e Wine Bar and BistroWelcome Home Gluten-Free BakeryVideo Portraits by Christine AndersonPhotography by Brian SpielmannFurniture by Malkohm HornFurniture by Cliff Harris,  Savory Spice10 Minute FitnessRenaissance Art AssociatesSoulful SurroundingsWind Over MountainsTrusan Cuisines


About Cafe de la Culture  

Caf� de la Culture is Boulder's new monthly, nonprofit venue celebrating the unique and diverse population of thinkers and visionaries in Boulder and Denver.  We are here to create an inclusive meeting ground for the artistic, cultural, scientific, philosophical, literary and spiritual communities of the Boulder and Denver area.  We facilitate the exchange of timely ideas and vision within a dynamic, multi-sensory experience featuring art, music, dance, cuisine and traditions from around the world.  Each month, our event will feature a new topic of discourse and a variety of respected artists and speakers from around the world, as well as a new cultural ambiance and gastronomy to enjoy.  As a participant at Caf� de la Culture, you will join in a new social renaissance, engaging in dialogue with contemporaries from a variety of fields and building constructive collaborations which promote understanding, new ideas and positive change. 


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The Caritas Spiritist Center

5723 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 1A

Boulder, CO 80303

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How is Jane Austen relevant today? Like Shakespeare, her writings, and themes are timeless, exploring the inner-most feelings of the human experience. Austen illustrates a way to live with integrity in an often  corrupt world, cultivating an inspiring combination of self-knowledge, generosity, humility, compassion and humor. Her uncanny insight and modern intellect illuminate a myriad of human tendencies in hierarchical dynamics...causing us to wonder and examine if, from century to century, people and politics have changed at all? Jane Austen credibly shows us a middle way of balanced autonomy, where we can glimpse a synergy between contentment and passion. Within her tales, we recognize the indefinable grace and extraordinary potential of our fellow humans and ourselves.


"We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be."

-Jane Austen