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Elias Sacks returns for  2 new presentations

Elias Sacks, assistant professor in the department of religious studies and associate director of the program in Jewish studies at CU Boulder returns to Steamboat with two new provocative talks at the Spiritual Life Center, 736 Oak St.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Sacks will present "Does It Make Sense To Be Jewish?" Audience members are invited to stay after for candle lighting and Shabbat blessing. At 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, Sacks will present "Does God Care About Our Prayers?"

Members of all faiths are invited to join both discussions. Admission is free. The events are presented by Har Mishpacha, the Jewish Congregation of Steamboat Springs, and are made possible by CU Boulder Peak-to-Peak, a cooperative program of The Program in Jewish Studies and the university's office of Outreach and Community Engagement. Contact harmishpacha.org or 970-457-4270 for more information.

Film about Sheriff Arpaio to show Thursday, Aug. 16

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Chief Theater present a free community screening of "The Joe Show" at 7 p.m. today at the Chief.

The documentary about Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the world's most famous and entertaining law enforcement officer, screens in honor of the upcoming performance of local playwright Jorge Avila's new play, "Maricopa: An American Border Tale," on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Chief.

Eight years in the making, "The Joe Show" is a wildly entertaining yet important case study of the increasingly dysfunctional relationship between modern media, politics and law enforcement in America. It's a tragic comedy of historic significance featuring Larry King, Steven Seagal, Hugh Downs, Ted Nugent, Dan Ariely, Noam Chomsky, Lisa Allen and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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For more information, visit http://www.steamboatlibrary.org/events.