Long story short 

We all have our different ways of looking back at the end of any year. Usually we reflect first and most on the highs, and not so much on the lows.

Such is the case through much of this issue, as we bring you a variety of views on 2011, with topics ranging from local restaurants, to film, music, sports and local politics.

But some memories don't fit a category, like two painful October stories that linger from this year.

First, there's the Gill Foundation's decision to close its Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado headquarters in Colorado Springs. The news, announced Oct. 13, took local staffers by surprise and saddened many local nonprofit leaders who used the free meeting space provided by the G&L Fund in its wonderful building at 315 E. Costilla St. That story remains unfinished, because the Gill Foundation hasn't revealed its plans for the building.

Then, on Oct. 19, much-revered 35-year-old local bluesman John-Alex Mason died of complications from surgery. His friends still are dealing with the loss, but there is good news. John-Alex's wife, Rosanne, gave birth to Jack Alexander Clayborn Mason on Sunday, Nov. 27. More tributes to John-Alex are coming, and we'll remember him in some way next September at the second Indy Music Awards.

But before we look too far ahead, we hope you join us in looking back one more time at 2011.


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