Thursday, December 31, 2009

Celebrate Good Times in Boulder County and Denver!

If you didn't get tickets to the sold out New Year's Eve Gala at the Hotel Boulderado, or to Leftover Salmon at the Boulder Theater, don't panic! There are lots of GREAT New Year's Eve events in Boulder County and Denver, tonight. Here's our quick run-down.

As Boulder sadly says goodbye to one of the best venues in Boulder, the b.side lounge, the b.siders have turned it into a reason to celebrate all the good times and ring in the New Year. Join COMMUNIKEY featuring Vancouver's NOAH PRED (Native State, Thoughtless) and DJs Royals, Papyrus, Josh23, Brandon Brown and Story for what should be the dance party of the evening. "Crazy drink specials! Body pounding music, intelligent beats, and LOVE LOVE LOVE." 9pm. $15 includes access to the entire building. 2017 13th St., Boulder.

New Year's Eve at the Lobby - James Bond Style. Don your slinky red dress and button up your tux when The Way Down Low rocks Denver for a night of 007 fun. Come dressed as your favorite Bond, Bond Girl, Villain, or Bond inspired character for "Shaken, not Stirred," and catch this up-and-rising Denver band – a breath of fresh air in the Denver music scene. 7pm. Tix from $10-$50. 2191 Arapahoe St., Denver.

New Year's Eve "Silver Screen Ball" at BMoCA. Celebrate art and music Boulder-style, and help support BMoCA as well as One World Running. Wear your best black, white and silver cocktail attire (red accepted, as well) and enjoy video art installations, jazz-influenced soundtrack by DJ Josh Haimes & DJCJ, live music by Fellow Citizens, and's Red Lounge with neo-noir cinema, drinks and comfy chairs. 9pm. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 1750 13th St., Boulder.

For those of you who love nothing better than a good Broadway Musical, ring in the New Year in style with the lovable classic "Singin' in the Rain" at Boulder's Dinner Theatre. Tonight's special event includes not only a show and dinner, but is followed by an evening of dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. 5:30pm. Tix starting at $80/person. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.

Many Boulder restaurants are hosting their own special evenings, including DaGabi Cucina in North Boulder. Join Noah Westby and his extraordinary staff for live music with Wonderlic, dancing and of course, a midnight toast. Last dinner seating is at 8pm; live music starts at 10pm and runs until 1am. 3970 North Broadway #101, Boulder.

Events are also planned at CBC Drafthouse, Johnny's Cigar Bar, the Fox Theater and more! Visit our Calendar page for a complete listing, with more events coming in throughout the day.

And from all of us at Brock Media, have a safe, happy and prosperous New Year!

Monday, December 7, 2009

All Denver Center Attractions 2010 Shows Now On Sale

DENVER — For the first time, Denver Center Attractions will put all tickets on sale at once for its “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” season of Broadway hits headed for Denver next year. Just in time for the holidays, tickets went on sale Sunday, December 6 for all DCA shows in 2010, including:

January 13–17
Legally Blonde
February 2–14
Mary Poppins
March 4–April 4
In the Heights
April 28–May 9
Fiddler on the Roof
May 18–23
Young Frankenstein
June 15–27
South Pacific
July 20–August 1
The 101 Dalmatians Musical
August 31–September 12
November 16–28

For more information on these shows, please visit

Subscription packages, including the 8-play series and a new 4-play Family Series, are now available.
Single tickets for all 2010 Denver Center Attractions shows go on sale Sunday, December 6. To charge by phone, call Denver Center Ticket Services at 303.893.4100. TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582. Groups of 15 or more, please call 303.446.4829. Tickets may also be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located at the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex Lobby, or at TicketsWest outlets, located in all King Soopers stores. Buy and print online at

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

BCAP Raises Awareness with World AIDS Day, Denver Gay Men's Chorus Concert and First Friday Events

Engage, educate, remember!

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice, improving education and raising money. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

BCAP (Boulder County AIDS Project) will have an all-day presence on Pearl Street Mall (from 8am - 5pm) in front of the Courthouse, to let passers by know about World AIDS Day and the reality that AIDS is not over. BCAP also wants the Boulder community to remember!

From 11am - 6pm, Art & Soul (1615 Pearl Street in Boulder) will be hosting "Day without Art" and the BCAP AIDS Memorial in honor of those we have lost.

Free HIV Testing will be offered at Boulder County AIDS Project from 11am to 2pm Know your status. Talk with your partner. Choose wisely.

At 12noon, local places of faith will ring their bells for ten minutes in honor of World AIDS Day.


This year BCAP welcomes the Denver Gay Men's Chorus as we reflect and remember for our annual World AIDS Day Concert! Long-time supporters the First United Methodist Church are hosting the concert at 7pm. First United Methodist Church is located at 1421 Spruce St. in Boulder.

Several local restaurants will donate a portion of their dinner sales this evening so that people going to the concert can drop in for a bite to eat before the concert and also support BCAP. The Cup, The Mountain Sun, Aji, and Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant will all donate 10% of their sales. The Cup is a coffee house and will be donating 10% of their sales for the whole day. All of these restaurants are within a couple of blocks of the First United Methodist Church.

Tickets for the concert are $15.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 303.444.6121 or by clicking here


On Friday, the 4th of December, the Pearl Street East End Merhcants are raising money for BCAP by donating a percentage of their sales for the day to us. This is an incredible opportunity to get some holiday shopping done, purchase a birthday gift, or buy something for yourself AND support BCAP at the same time. The following shops are participating in this incredible event:


Not the white robes and lemon water types. A little suspicious of the others. We set out to create the ‘tweener spa. ‘Tween the cheapy little nail shop on every corner and the chi-chi over-the-top spa with over-the-top prices to match. White robes stay at the toga party. We’re the everywoman/everyman spa. The lounge. The den. The urban oasis. The secret hideout. The party place. A place for us. A place for you. Your second home.


At Momentum you will discover a world of meaningful things specifically chosen to satisfy your personal style and social conscience. Whether you are searching for home furnishings or handbags, bath products or baby gifts, Momentum offers a unique array of fairly traded products. Every item Momentum carries is crafted by the human hand, tells a story and provides employment opportunities for artisan groups around the world.

Violette is a lovely boutique that offers women's fashions at affordable prices.

Joyful Furniture offers high-quality recycled furniture and locally made gifts. Their colorful showroom and bustling workshop are found at 21st and Pearl in Boulder where they are constantly turning run-down furniture into functional and stylish treasures. In addition to a huge selection of furniture, over 60 Boulder artisans grace the store with their pottery, textiles, jewelry, and fine art. The atmosphere is inspiring, the materials are eco-friendly, and the prices are amazing.

Full Cycle
Full Cycle is a full service bicycle shop. From Road, Mountain, Comfort or Cruiser we have a bike for you! Our Service dept is over the top and we have a great selection of rentals for those out of town guests. Stop and let's have some fun!

Bimbamboo is a new Asian restaurant concept delivering a unique and modern spin on Asian food.

Two Sole Sisters

Barbara & CO.

Willow - An Artisan's Market

Stimulating colors and images greet customers who enter this quaint artisan's boutique. Boasting work from nearly 200 artists (most are local), Willow offers unique handcrafted gifts, many one-of-a-kind. Jewelry, fiber, glass, wood, ceramic, enamel and metal are some of the mediums you'll find this whimsical, yet sophisticated shop.

Real Baby
We carry super cute things for babies and kids. Our selections are hand picked by parents who are always on the lookout for cool stuff that is stylish, practical, and affordable. You can find cribs, strollers, diaper bags, baby and toddler clothes, educational toys, unique baby gifts, baby blankets, bath products, maternity clothes, and much more.

The T Bar

Monday, November 23, 2009

Millennium Harvest House Hosts the Last and Biggest CU Buffs Tailgate Party November 27

This Friday, CU Battles Nebraska
Gardens Open at 9:30 a.m.

Plus, FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN Hosts the Grand Finale of the Tecate Tailgate Grill-Off Contest

Long home to the largest pre-, during and post-game parties for all CU Buffs' home football games, this year the Millennium Harvest House welcomes FSN Rocky Mountain and FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN for live game day coverage.

A few hours prior to each home CU Buffs' football game, the Millennium Harvest House opens its expansive gardens. Fans gather to discuss stats and scores and enjoy perfectly grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, as well as cold and hot beverages. The party continues with a live broadcast of the game on a mega 14-foot all-weather screen surrounded by plenty of comfortable seating. Special overnight and dining packages are frequently offered through the Millennium Harvest House web site.

WHAT: The CU Buffs' largest tailgate party at which fans gather before and after each home game or stick around to watch CU Buffs games on a mega 14-foot screen set up amidst the hotel's manicured gardens and expansive lawns. FSN Rocky Mountain telecasts live from the hotel's gardens, while FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN broadcasts the pre-game show inside from Coaches Corner. The FAN has hosted the on-site Tecate Grill Off Contest with participants competing during each of the past four tailgate parties for a $500 grill. During this week's final 2009 tailgate party, grill-off winners from each of the previous weeks will compete for the grand prize trip to Mexico.

: Friday, November 27, 2009: The party starts at 9:30 a.m.; 1:30 p.m. game start against Nebraska

: The Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th St., Boulder, CO 80302 • 303-443-3850 •

COST: Free; $20 gameday parking


Nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just minutes from downtown Boulder, the historic Pearl Street Mall and assorted adventure sports destinations, Millennium Harvest House Boulder is an ideal spot for business and pleasure.

The 269-room hotel is adjacent to the University of Colorado, with an abundance of onsite amenities and recreational facilities including 15 tennis courts (five covered for winter play), indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an exercise room, basketball court and more. Many rooms look onto the Boulder Creek Path or the Rockies.

The acclaimed restaurant, Thyme on the Creek is a relaxed and enjoyable spot with inspired menu selections and heated terrace seating throughout the year, while Fuller Griffin's, the city's original cigar bar, is the spot for hand-rolled smokes and carefully crafted cocktails. The hotel is also well suited for meetings and events, with 18,000 square-feet of function space. Coaches Corner Interactive Sports Bar is always a favorite to watch the big game or catch up with friends over one of many available games and activities.

The Millennium Harvest House is located at 1345 28th Street, just north of the University of Colorado. Learn more by calling 303-443-3850 or

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Swing Into the Holidaze!

... with Frequent Flyers Aerial Dance Theatre

Frequent Flyers brings 40's era swing music and Gershwin with that special bounce & spin! From classics such as: "In the Mood" to Prima's famous "Sing, Sing, Sing" this show jumps: literally! Bungie, stilts, tippy hoops, aerial fabric, trapeze and more! Perfect for the entire family.
At the Dairy Center for the Arts Performance Space, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, December 11-13 and 18-20.

Fridays / Saturdays, 7:30pm
Sundays, 2pm

Dairy Center for the Arts Performance Space
2590 Walnut St.

General Seating: $18 for adults; $15 seniors and kids 12 & under
Reserved Seating: $23 all ages

To order tickets online, visit the Frequent Flyers website or order in person/by phone through the Dairy box office, Tues-Fri, 1-5pm: 303-444-7328 or FrontGate Tickets, Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm: 1-888-512-7469 (service charges apply).

MORE INFORMATION: 303-245-8272,

Christmas Tea and Concert...a Scottish affair

December is right around the corner, and with it, loads of holiday events. Our complete holiday event listing will be online soon at Until then, enjoy these tidbits posted to our blog as we hear about them.

Come and enjoy fine teas (coffee and hot chocolate will also be served) and delicious food plus entertainment at the Colorado Youth Pipe Band and Highland Dance Troupe's 20th Anniversary Christmas-Time Tea and Concert on Sunday, December 13 from 2-5pm at the historic and beautiful Highlands Masonic Temple located at 3550 Federal Boulevard in Denver.

You will also find a variety of silent auction items and you may be able to do some of your Christmas shopping while enjoying the concert and refreshments. Perhaps you will win one of the great door prizes including a stay at the beautiful Glen Eyrie Castle in Colorado Springs!

The tea is also a fundraiser: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 12 and over, children under 12, free.

Reservations are required and can be made by sending your check made out to "CYPB" to Ken McIntosh, 8989 W. 14th Avenue, #405-South, Lakewood, CO 80215. If you have any questions write to kenmcintosh or call 303-234-0469.

WHEN: Sunday, December 13, 2009
TIME: 2:00 – 5:00pm
WHERE: Historic and beautiful Highlands Masonic Temple
3550 Federal Boulevard, Denver

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Elmo's Growing up in Loveland!

Abby Cadabby, the newest Muppet on Sesame Street, along with Elmo, Zoe, Rosita and all of her furry and feathered friends as they ask, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Get ready to sing cowboy songs, ride the rails and more when Sesame Street Live “When Elmo Grows Up” performs at Budweiser Events Center from Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Presented by VEE Corporation, tickets for all five performances are on sale now.

When Elmo and his Sesame Street Live friends think about growing up, it’s a musical show-and-tell! Bert dreams of becoming a forest ranger, Telly longs to be a cowboy and their newest friend, Abby Cadabby, wants to be a Fairy Godmother just like her mommy. Elmo thinks about becoming a ‘weather monster,’ but has a hard time predicting his own forecast—he wants to be anything and everything all at once! “When Elmo Grows Up” includes lessons on perseverance, teamwork and the power of imagination. Children learn that if they believe in themselves and are willing to try, the possibilities are endless.

Like television’s Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless lessons for all ages. Through the razzle-dazzle of this musical Broadway-quality musical production, children learn about patience, acceptance and teamwork. The universal appeal of a Sesame Street Live production continues long after preschool. Adults will appreciate the high-tech stagecraft, cleverly written scripts, and music they’ll recognize and enjoy sharing with children, such as “Home on the Range,” “Down on the Corner” and “Give a Little Love.” “When Elmo Grows Up” features nearly two dozen songs, including classics that children will love to sing along with such as “I Love Trash” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Sesame Street Live "When Elmo Grows Up"

Fri, Dec. 4: 7 p.m. (*Opening Night Discount)
Sat, Dec. 5: 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sun, Dec. 6: 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Budweiser Events Center
5290 Arena Circle
Loveland, CO 80528

Tickets: $13 and $18. A limited number of $22 premium seats and $28 Gold Circle seats are also available. *Opening Night, all seats (excluding Gold Circle) are $12. A facility fee of $1.00 and a parking fee of $1.00 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and discounts may apply. For more information, call 970-619-4112. To charge tickets by phone, please call 877-544-8499. Tickets may also be purchased online at For information online, please visit the Sesame Street Live website. Become a fan of Sesame Street Live on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cultural Forum 2010: "Innovating in Turbulent Times"


Cultural Forum 2010: "Innovating in Turbulent Times"
Date and time: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver, 2344 E. Iliff Ave. Denver, CO

Featuring keynote speaker Richard Evans, president of Emc Arts. With decades of experience in research and consultation in the world of arts and culture throughout the United States and Great Britain, Richard Evans is recognized internationally as a leader in the field and expert in helping organizations innovate.

About the program: The annual cultural forum luncheon was launched in 2003 to cultivate an informed, engaged leadership to ensure robust creative leadership in Colorado. This year, innovation and capacity-building in today's challenging and competitive marketplace will be a central theme of the luncheon.

Presented by Arts for Colorado, the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts, the Colorado Council on the Arts, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District, and Think360 Arts.

Invitation to follow

Are you a member of Arts for Colorado? If not, we encourage you to join us! Your membership is a vote for support of arts and culture in the state of Colorado. Visit our membership page and please share this communication on to others who may wish to support the arts and culture in Colorado.

Arts for Colorado
1743 Wazee Street, Mailbox 6
Denver, CO 80202

Monday, November 16, 2009

Amy Goodman Visiting Boulder November 28

Amy Goodman, New York Times best-selling author and award-winning host of Democracy Now!, will be in Boulder Nov. 28 to release her new book Breaking the Sound Barrier, featuring an introduction by Bill Moyers.

Amy Goodman, award-winning host of the daily, internationally broadcast radio and television program Democracy Now!, breaks through the corporate media’s sound-bites and silence in this wide-ranging new collection of articles. In place of the usual suspects—the “experts” who, in Goodman’s words, “know so little about so much, explain the world to us, and get it so wrong”—this accessible, lively collection allows the voices often excluded and ignored to be heard loud and clear. From community organizers in New Orleans, to the courageous American soldiers who’ve said “No” to Washington’s wars, we are given the extraordinary opportunity to hear ordinary people standing up and speaking out.

For her most recent column, "The Tortured Logic Continues" on Bush-era policies still being upheld today, visit TruthDig.

For her popular radio and television program, Democracy Now!, Goodman reports on a broad spectrum of current events on a daily basis, and is able to speak on any number of breaking news, foreign policy, and current events topics, from the ongoing debates regarding healthcare and Afghanistan, to questions surrounding the criminal justice system, the changing media landscape, and much more. For recent shows, covering the recent elections, the recession and ongoing controversy surrounding various Wall Street players, environmental degradation, Afghanistan, healthcare, and more, visit Democracy Now!.

Boulder Author Event: Saturday, November 28th, 7:00 pm, Boulder Unity Church, 2855 Folsom
Tickets, $10 Listener Members, $15 General Public, to benefit KGNU Community Radio

“Amy Goodman is a towering progressive freedom-fighter in the media and the world. Breaking the Sound Barrier is another expression of her vision and courage.”
—Cornel West

“If you are one of the millions of people who love listening to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, and appreciate the passion, intelligence, and insight she brings to her subjects, I’ve got very good news: she’s just as compelling, thought-provoking, and fearless on the page. By bringing us the perspectives of those too often denied access to the media megaphone, Breaking the Sound Barrier is crusading journalism at its best.”
—Arianna Huffington

“There is no one who should be more on mainstream media, every day reminding us and giving us a glimpse of the power of one, than Amy. She will go down in history as one of the voices of democracy’s greatest champions."
—Willie Nelson

Amy Goodman is an award-winning investigative journalist, columnist for King Features Syndicate, and author and the host/executive producer of Democracy Now! airing on nearly 800 stations worldwide. Goodman is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” Goodman is the co-author with her brother, journalist David Goodman, of three New York Times bestsellers: Standing Up to the Madness, Static, and The Exception to the Rulers.


“Amy Goodman has taken investigative journalism to new heights.” —Noam Chomsky

“You want public broadcasting to be balanced against all these elite establishment voices that get heard? Get Amy Goodman on public television.” —Bill Moyers

“What journalism should be: beholden to the interests of people, not power and profit.” —Arundhati Roy

“Amy Goodman is not afraid to speak truth to power. She does it everyday.” —Susan Sarandon

“Amy Goodman continues the quest for global justice and awareness by bringing us stories and a perspective that we don’t normally get from the mainstream media.” —Danny Glover

CU Clean Energy Rally November 17

Students Urge CU Administration to Make Moving Campus Off of Coal their Top Priorit

Dozens of University of Colorado – Boulder (CU) students will gather by the UMC Fountain on Tuesday to demonstrate support for CU to make clean energy its top priority. Students will display a 10-foot tall mountain without its peak symbolizing the potential CU has to be a fully sustainable campus. The University has accomplished a great deal but its achievements in sustainability are undermined by its allowance of coal-based energy to power the campus. Students at CU are part of a global movement to stop global warming, a national Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign to bring an end to the destructive consequences of coal, and a local effort to oppose air pollution permits for Xcel Energy’s CO coal plants.

WHAT: Clean Energy Rally to appreciate campus sustainability efforts and demonstrate the widespread campus community support to move CU beyond coal to 100% clean renewable energy by 2014.

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 2009

WHERE: University of Colorado – Boulder campus, University Memorial Center, Dalton Trombu Fountain Court.

Directions: Open area surrounded by the University Memorial Center (UMC), Sibell Wolle Fine Arts Building (FA), Cristol Chemistry and Biochemistry Building (CHEM), and Hellems Arts and Sciences (HLMS).

WHO: Sierra Student Coalition’s CU Beyond Coal Campaign student coordinators and other campus student leaders and community members.

VISUALS: A large (10’ tall x 7’ wide) symbolic mountain of CU’s sustainability potential will be topped off with a bright yellow “Beyond Coal” peak. Dozens of students will be wearing bright yellow “Beyond Coal” t-shirts, holding signs saying “CU Beyond Coal,” “I Heart Clean Energy,” and many other clean energy encouragements.

Follow the event on FACEBOOK
Visit Sierra Student Coalition on the web

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Making Legends, Inspiring Adventure: Fifth Annual Adventure Film Festival Opens Today!

The Fifth Annual Adventure Film Festival, from November 12-14, 2009, premieres the most exciting and inspiring award-winning independent films from around the world. The festival is dedicated to all aspects of adventure—from serious exploration to environmental heroism to gripping tales from the edge of the believable. Presented by Patagonia, this three-day festival features over 20 high caliber films handpicked by the Adventure Film Selection Committee from over 200 entries submitted from around the word. At the best venues in town, including the historic Boulder Theater and the intimate B-Side Lounge, the eclectic lineup features exploration, surfing, climbing, biking, skiing, as well as films that tackle environmentalism, global awareness, and social issues. There will also be an Adventure Filmmaking Workshop designed to inspire the audience to create outdoor films of their own. Discussions with top outdoor filmmakers, photography exhibits, gear giveaways, live music, and fundraising for non-profit organizations enrich the community experience.

This year’s festival will to pay tribute to the late Jonathan “Jonny” Copp, founder of the Adventure Film Festival and visionary who was killed in an avalanche in western China this past spring, during an expedition to make a first ascent of the 6800-meter Mount Edgar. This year’s festival will present a special episode from the new National Geographic series 'First Ascent: Point of No Return,’ which documents the final days of elite climbers Jonny and his partner Micah Dash, and Sender Films’ cameraman Wade Johnson. Jonny’s passing reminds us all of the spirit of Adventure Film—the belief in the power of the story, especially the narrative of adventure and awakening to change and challenge the world we live in. With over 5,000 attendees in 2008, the Adventure Film Festival goes on with the support of filmmakers, sponsors, non-profits, partners, volunteers—all adventurers—who believe in the message: “Make your own legends.” After the Boulder event, Adventure Film will mobilize the 2009 award winners to audiences across the US, and internationally to Chile, France, and South Africa.


Adventure Film is partnered with Leave No Trace, an international non-profit dedicated to conscious recreation and environmental education. Adventure Film and Leave No Trace’s missions and direction have coincided to promote “Activism through Adventure.”

The Jonny Copp Foundation is dedicated to providing opportunities to bring creative expression and adventure to life. They offer grants, outreach programs, exhibits, and a forum that stimulates individual creativity, intellectual promise and the spirit of adventure. The goal is to enable individuals to realize their full potential while creating positive change for themselves, and others around the world.


Adventure Film was created in 2004 by adventurers, filmmakers and artists wishing to spread the creativity, enthusiasm, and activism inherent to outdoor adventure. Adventure Film celebrates, supports and ties in with those who wish to inspire and fire the creative kilns of transformation and awareness.

Climb. Ride. Fly. Slide.
Fight for your environment. Inspire.
Go higher than you've ever dared to go.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Piano Performance and Pre-concert Lecture

Pianist Dr. Robert Dusek will perform sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven, and Ives in recital Saturday, November 7th at 7:00 PM at Rivendell College.  The pre-concert lecture, beginning at 6:00, will focus on the Second Piano Sonata by Charles Ives.  Also known as the "Concord Sonata," this piece is a landmark in piano literature and is rarely heard live.  Rivendell College East Campus is located at 5495 Baseline Road, just East of Foothills Parkway in Boulder.  General admission is $10 (suggested) at the door.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Support the Arts in Lafayette at the Dead Artists Ball - TONIGHT!

Enjoy a ghoulishly good time at the Dead Artists Ball, a fundraiser to support the arts in Lafayette, October 30th, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Library. Come dressed as your favorite dead artist and leave the little gremlins at home for this spirited adult event. (The Bob Burger Recreation Center will be offering a Kids Night Out for ages 8-14.)

Enjoy appetizers, cash bar, music by Flatirons Jazz and best costume prizes. Tickets are $20.00 per person in advance, include a complimentary glass of wine and are now available at the Library's Circulation Desk. Tickets will be $25 per person if purchased at the door.

Lafayette Library is located at 775 West Baseline Road
Tickets and information at 303-665-5200 x3802

Monday, October 26, 2009

Women, Power and Politics: An Evening With Maria Hinojosa

Join award-winning PBS journalist Maria Hinojosa as she explores the question of what it means to be a woman in power, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at the Starz FilmCenter

The presence of Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi, among a handful of other women in the national political arena, masks the fact that the United States ranks 70th in the world for women's political representation, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union. And a 2008 Brookings Institution report found that the number of women seeking and winning positions of political power in 2008 is not markedly different than it was a decade ago.

For “Women, Power and Politics,” Maria Hinojosa, senior correspondent for “NOW on PBS,” interviewed women leaders around the world to better understand the high-stakes risks, triumphs and setbacks. The group included President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, the first female leader in Latin America who did not have a husband precede her in office, and Jeanne Shaheen, the first woman in U.S. history to be elected a governor and a United States senator.

Hinojosa has been NOW’s senior correspondent since August 2005, taking on issues like child marriage, families in crisis, military sexual trauma, immigration, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the plight of guest workers. Hinojosa previously was a CNN urban-affairs correspondent and also spent six years at National Public Radio as a New York-based general assignment correspondent. She continues her affiliation with NPR, where she is the anchor and managing editor of Latino USA. In 2008 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists gave her their highest honor, the Leadership Award.

Tickets to the event are $25 for the film and post-film reception; $20 for Denver Film Society members. Available at the Denver Film Society's website.

Discounts are available for students and groups of 10 or more. Contact Alison, 303-309-0906 or, or Ann, 303-595-3456 ext. 227 or, for more information.

Rocky Mountain PBS

Each month, Rocky Mountain PBS invites the 1.6 million people we reach throughout Colorado to experience the world of award-winning local, national and international programming; hear diverse viewpoints; take front row center seats to world-class drama and performances; and enjoy lifelong learning services for children and adults.

Rocky Mountain PBS is celebrating its 53rd anniversary on the air this year. The network began in Denver in 1956 as Colorado’s first public television station. It is now Colorado’s only statewide television network, with stations in Denver (KRMA-TV/DT), Pueblo/Colorado Springs (KTSC-TV/DT), Steamboat Springs (KRMZ-DT), Grand Junction (KRMJ-DT) and Durango (KRMU-DT). To learn more, visit

Women+Film is a year-round program promoting films and media that is by, for and about women.

"Calamity!" - A Raucous Two Person Wild West Show - Hits Boulder

Calamity Jane was a legend in her own time…and now she’s back!

is a raucous two-person Wild West Show with music. It brings Deadwood’s gender-bending heroine, Calamity Jane, to Boulder … for three weeks only!

With biting humor, sexual ambiguity and heart-breaking truth, Calamity! recreates an American myth… in all her glory, and all her dissipation. It stars Ethelyn Friend, last seen in the Theaterworks production of Wit, as Calamity Jane and Micha Frayne as her musician. Calamity! is directed by Stephen Wangh, co-author of The Laramie Project and director of last season’s acclaimed Naropa production of Our Town.

Starting October 29th, and running for three weekends only -- through November 15th at the Rock 'n Soul Cafe
-- Calamity!

The performance dates are:
* Thursday, October 29th, Saturday 31st and Sunday, Nov. 1st
* Thursday Nov. 5th and Sunday Nov. 8th
* Thursday, Nov. 12th, Friday Nov. 13th and Sunday Nov. 15th
All shows begin at 7:30

Tickets are $15 ($12 for students and seniors) and can be purchased online at or by calling 720-323-4665 or emailing to make a reservation. Purchasing tickets in advance is strongly recomended. Tickets will be available at the door an hour before show time. Rock ‘n Soul Cafe is located at 5290 Arapahoe Ave # 1 Boulder, CO 80303-1269 (map)

Calamity! is part of Denver Art Week from November 5-14.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Scenic Fall Hikes

Snow is coming, so if you're not spending your Saturday mulching and trimming, take a leisurely tour through the last colors of the changing season. Below are four short hikes to consider.

Fall’s reds and golds take over the scenery in Gregory Canyon from mid-September through October. Starting just west of Chautauqua where Baseline meets Flagstaff, the trail up Gregory Canyon climbs west for a mile to Realization Point. The trail crosses Saddle Rock, which takes you another 1.3 steep miles up to a spectacular overlook. Everywhere you look, the understory vibrates with yellows, golds and reds. Look for plump, ripe chokecherries and currants, both much loved by the birds and bears.

Located off Flagstaff Road about 7.5 miles from Boulder, historic Walker Ranch has multi-use trails, a group shelter, fishing, and programs that celebrate the ranch’s history. Trails meander through a rich mosaic of pines and fir trees, open meadows and aspen groves. Many mountain bikers use the Walker Ranch Loop trail on weekends.

For full fall-color immersion, go to Caribou Ranch, just northwest of Nederland. The area, at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet, is surrounded by mountainsides lit gold by aspen groves. Caribou Ranch has 4.5 miles of easy trails that wind along the Historic Switzerland Trail to the DeLonde Homestead and Blue Bird mining camp. The hike teems with wetlands, meadows, streams and forests with towering aspen trees. Horses are allowed on trails, but mountain bikes are forbidden. From Nederland take the Peak to Peak Highway north for 2 miles; turn left on County Road 126 and continue on the dirt road to trailhead.

Mitchell Lake and Blue Lake are small lakes that epitomize high-Rockies scenery. The trail winds through evergreen forest, reaching Mitchell Lake in about a mile, and then climbs through more open terrain for another mile and a half. Watch for squirrels and chipmunks hoarding food for winter. To reach the Mitchell Lake/Long Lake trailhead, take Brainard Lake Drive (just north of Ward) off Colorado Route 72, the Peak-to-Peak Highway.

For more hiking trail recommendations, locations of trailheads and a "Circling the City" 8-part hiking tour AROUND Boulder, visit's Hiking Guide.

Photo: Fall’s display doesn’t get much better than at Caribou Ranch near Nederland. Hikers there enjoy more than 4 miles of easy trails lined with aspen trees that turn wonderfully golden in fall. Photo by Kay Turnbaugh

Friday, October 23, 2009

It's Benefits and Fundraisers Weekend!

Ok, that's not official. But there ARE a number of fundraising events throughout Boulder County this weekend. Choose your party, choose your cause and help out these local non-profits who give back to the community year-round.

Animal Affair, Oct. 24
This year’s big benefit for the Longmont Humane Society features the chance to win naming rights to LHS’s new retail store. Also featured are wine and beer tasting, live and silent auctions, dinner, and much more. Oct. 24 at 5:30pm at the Radisson Conference Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Blvd., Longmont. 303-772-1232.

Annual Gala for Women’s Health, Oct. 23
The Gala is a wonderful evening of food, wine, live music, and a fabulous silent auction. Proceeds support the programs and services of Women’s Health. This year, the Gala will be held at The Stadium Club at Folsom Field on the University of Colorado campus. 7pm. 303-440-9320.

E3: Empower. Effect. Educate., Oct. 24
Boulder Quest Center hosts E3: Empower. Effect. Educate. for October Prevent Domestic Violence Month on Saturday, Oct. 24. Events include a women’s yoga class at 9 am, a women’s self defense seminar from 4-6 pm, and a Think Humanity fund raiser starting at 9:30 am with jewelry made by refugee women living in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) in Uganda, available throughout the day. The Boulder Quest Center is located at 1200 Yarmouth Avenue (1/2 block east of Broadway) in North Boulder. 303-440-3647.

La Fiesta!, Oct. 24
Boulder County’s biggest intercultural party is also the largest fundraiser for Intercambio de Comunidades, a nonprofit that helps reduce language and cultural barriers for Spanish speakers through English classes, public workshops and social events. The 2009 La Fiesta!–with food and drink, music, and silent auction—is Oct. 24, 7pm at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St. 303-996-0275.

Pizazz! 2009, Oct. 24
The theme for the annual benefit for HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield counties is “FUNOPOLY: Investing in Compassionate Care from Park Place to Pearl Street.” Oct. 24 at the Omni Interlochen Resort, Broomfield from 6pm-Midnight; call or check the website for more information. 303-449-7740.

Souper Bowlder, Oct. 21-Nov. 8
Buy a bowl, handcrafted and donated by local potters (or paint your own at Color Me Mine, 20th and Pearl streets) from Oct. 21-Nov. 8. On Nov. 6 from 6-8pm, fill your new bowl with homemade soup made by the artists of the Boulder Arts and Crafts Cooperative. 1421 Pearl St. 303-443-3683.

Thorne Ecological Institute Natural Night Out 2009, Oct. 23
Thorne’s third annual fundraising event, with a silent auction and awards ceremony, is Oct. 23 at Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce St. Visit the website for updated details or call 303-499-3647.

Additional events are coming up next week. Visit the GetBoulder Boulder County Benefits & Fundraisers page for a complete listing of fall fundraisers.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Get Eco-Chic with Antiques

The World Wide Antique Show brings Eco-Chic to the Denver Merchandise Mart at I-25 and 58th Avenue on October 23-25, 2009. As communities and homes are steadily becoming more environmentally conscious the World Wide Antique Show is announcing this is a fantastic way to shop green this fall season. The show features a diverse selection of vintage pieces and collectibles from around the world that timelessly integrate form and function all without depleting our current environmental resources, all under the idea that vintage items are “designed in the past, desired in the present.” This Eco-Chic theme even transcends into the World Wide Antique Show’s promotional development, printing all the show cards on recycled paper using soy inks, which are better for our environment.

Over 150 dealers from across the country come together to display amazing pieces that fit a wide-range for any collector’s tastes. Unique items can be found everywhere at the World Wide Antique Show, starting with exquisite 19th century jewelry, to superior antique oak and finely made walnut furniture, to rare china and superb-caliber art. While many dealers have exhibited for years and have a committed following, the show always includes new dealers presenting a variety of vintage items and collectibles. You can also find books, dolls, postcards, one-of-a-kind art glass, quality linen and bedding items.

“With many people looking to invest in something tangible, this show is ideal with the selections we have from vintage jewelry to English silver,” commented
Christine Guedea, World Wide Antique Shows Manager. “And the fact that they can feel good about the recycling of “history” becomes the true definition of eco-chic.”

As a special service glass repair will be done on-site by “The Glassman.”

SHOW HOURS are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is $8 and good for all three days. Parking is free. Food and beverages are available onsite. For more information call 303-292-6278 or visit the website.

Early Music Colorado’s Fall Festival Returns October 24th and 25th

Whether you sing, play an instrument, or simply enjoy hearing early music, there will be something for you at the Festival! Join Early Music Colorado for a day of music, workshops, and presentations at the Boulder Public Library, 1000 Canyon Boulevard, on Saturday, October 24. Here’s this year’s line-up:

  • 10:15am - Trillo, appoggiatura, anticipation, acciaccatura: What to use and when: Lecture/Demonstration by Evanne Browne
  • 11:15am - Recital: The Renaissance Project
  • 1:30pm - Bringing Early Renaissance Music to Life: Lecture/Demonstration by Sylvia Rhyne and Eric Redlinger of Asteria
  • 2:30pm - Recital: Quintessence and Rose Garden Recorder Ensembles
  • 3:30pm - Various Agreeable Sounds: A Continuo Guide for All Musicians: Lecture/Demonstration by Frank Nowell
  • 4:30pm - Recital: Baroque Youth Ensemble

The excitement continues Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon with concerts by internationally-known early music artists Asteria and The Rose Consort of Viols.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Concert by Asteria
Un Tres Doulx Regard: The Blossoming of the Burgundian Spirit in Song, 1390–1440
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine Street, Boulder
$15/$10 Students/Seniors; $12 EMC members; children 7-12 free.
Tickets online at the Early Music Colorado website or at the door.

Asteria burst onto the national Early Music scene in 2004, winning Early Music America’s first Unicorn Prize for Medieval and Renaissance Music with a performance heralded by the New York Times as “intimate and deeply communicative ... meltingly beautiful.” This engaging duo brings out the passion and emotional impact of late medieval vocal and instrumental music by giving a narrative quality and emotional immediacy to timeless love songs of wide appeal, transporting their listeners back to the age of chivalry.

Sunday, October 25, 4:30 pm
Concert by the Rose Consort of Viols
From Bologna to Britannia
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Road, Boulder
$15/$10 Students/Seniors; $12 EMC members; children 7-12 free.
Tickets online at the Early Music Colorado website or at the door.

With its unique blend of intimacy, intricacy, passion and flamboyance, the Rose Consort’s repertory ranges from Taverner and Byrd, to Lawes, Locke and Purcell. The Rose Consort has received awards for its research and performance of original programs, some of which have been featured on Britain’s Early Music Network. The Consort performs extensively throughout Britain and the European continent, appears regularly on the BBC and in the major London concert halls, and has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings

Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the delights of early music.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

E3: Empower. Educate. Effect.

Boulder Quest Center Hosts E3 Event – Empower, Educate and Effect Day – for October Prevent Domestic Violence Month on Saturday, Oct. 24 with Free Women’s Self Defense and Yoga Class

Mary A. Casey II, a third degree black belt and co-founder of the Boulder Quest Center, knows about women’s self defense and believes in offering her skills back to the community. On Saturday, Oct. 24, Casey is donating use of her dojo to host a series of events open to the public to support women’s empowerment, education, and to positively effect change in the world.

Events will take place at 1200 Yarmouth Avenue (1/2 block east of Broadway) in North Boulder will include a women’s yoga class at 9 am, a women’s self defense seminar from 4-6 pm, and a Think Humanity fund raiser starting at 9:30 am with jewelry made by refugee women living in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) in Uganda, available throughout the day.

“We are honored to have the Boulder Quest Center serve as a venue for community service to empower, educate, and positively effect the world,” said Casey, whose offers a free women’s self defense seminar every quarter which are well attended by Boulder County women. The October 24 training will arm women with responses to the most common attacks, teach de-escalation techniques, and demonstrate how to prevail over bigger attackers.

Boulder yoga instructor Hollie Hirst will lead a yoga class open to all women, with a special invitation to survivors of domestic violence. Poses will be oriented to help women connect with their power and for stress reduction. Hirst is certified with the Yoga Alliance and teaches a vinyasa-flow style class. She regularly volunteers to teach yoga and does advocacy work at Boulder’s Safe House Alliance for Progressive Non-Violence. Yoga attendees are invited to bring monetary and household donations, e.g. clothes, toys, books, etc. for Safe House families.

Loveland’s Boulder’s Beth Heckel, founder of the Colorado-based non-profit Think Humanity, will also participate in E3 Day. Heckel will be selling jewelry made by women living in African villages where 100 percent of the proceeds will go back to Think Humanity projects for women in the UNHCR refugee settlement camps.

“The Boulder Quest Center event is helping women have an empowered response to domestic violence and this is a good fit for Think Humanity,” said Heckel. “We are dedicated to creating a positive change in the world by helping refugee girls and orphans from war-affected countries. We assist girls in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in East Africa who have been victims of gender bias and violence. One of Think Humanity’s projects is to help the girls with malaria prevention and treatment, rent, food, and to receive a quality education.” In sub-Saharan Africa, a child under the age of five dies from malaria every 30 seconds. Think Humanity materials will be at the Boulder Quest Center starting at 9:30 am.

About the Boulder Quest Center

The Boulder Quest Center is an independent martial arts dojo opened in 2005 by Mary Aitoshi Casey II and her husband, Kevin Ji-Keitoshi Casey, both senior instructors in To-Shin Do and teachers of ninja meditation techniques. Ms. Casey has led on-site female self-defense and empowerment seminars such as “Divas Defend” for Outdoor Divas women’s sports store, Lululemon, Spectra Logic, the Boulder Independent Business Alliance, and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. The To-Shin Do lineage was founded by Stephen K. Hayes, a black belt Hall of Fame instructor, author of 18 books on martial arts, and former personal guard to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Additional information is available at the Boulder Quest Center web site or by calling 303.440.3647.

Move Into Life: A Free Presentation of Anat Baniel's Life-changing Book

Remember a time when you were bursting with energy, curiosity and creativity? When your body felt strong and flexible, free of any aches and pains?

Based on Anat Baniel's book, Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality (Harmony Books, 2009), Tanya Mirchandani and Andrew Tarr will present a method to experience renewed, intensified vitality–greater flexibility, strength, sensuality, clarity of mind, and enthusiasm––no matter what your age or physical condition.

Anat Baniel's approach is based on her close study with Dr. Feldenkrais and in clinical psychology. The lessons in this book can be applied to anyone's life, and the presenters will do some simple exercises with the group that demonstrate the method and it's effects.

Tanya Mirchandani, Certified Anat Baniel Method (ABM) Practitioner has trained with Baniel for three years. Andrew Tarr is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and ABM Practitioner for Children.

"Anat's work is life changing and so is this book." –Jack Canfield, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul and The Success Principles

"This book puts the living back into life." –Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

Date: Wednesday, October 21 from 6-7:30pm.
Location: At Borders Books, 29th Street Shopping District, Boulder.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Missa Tariro: Mass of Hope Fuses Latin Mass with African Music Traditions

Kutandara & The Longmont Chorale perform the Missa Tariro: Mass of Hope today, October 17, at 7:30pm, Calvary Church, 21st & Gay Streets in Longmont.

An electrifying and energetic concert fusing the ancient African music traditions of the Shona peoples with Latin, jazz, gospel, classical, and world folk influences, both ensembles will perform their separate repertoire for the first part of the concert. It will then conclude with both groups combining to perform two selections from Missa Tariro - Mass of Hope, written by R. Seaton McIntosh, founder and director of Kutandara.

"My friends and colleagues in Zimbabwe live a much different life than I do. Today, everyone in Zimbabwe is suffering. Life expectancy is 37. Inflation is horrendous. One out of every four people is infected with HIV/AIDS. There is no gas. There is no food. Make-shift orphanages house thousands of children. Every year I receive news from friends that not one or two, but several, members of the family have passed away. Yet somehow the living press onward.

"Our Shona friends exemplify the joy of life as they continue to live and love, give thanks, make music, dance and persevere. That is why I have named this work Misa Tariro: Mass of Hope." ~ R. S. McIntosh

Work began on this massive undertaking in 2001, shortly after composer Randy McIntosh returned from Zimbabwe. While there, Randy attended ceremonies and witnessed how villages use music to create and sustain community. The music Randy now writes is inspired by what he experienced in Zimbabwe. In composing his Misa Tariro, he used Shona poetry and proverbs combined with Latin and Greek texts from the ancient form of the mass. The marimba ensemble provides the energetic pulse in this amazing composition. Randy has truly captured the responsive flow of spirit in the music and worship he witnessed in Zimbabwe.

Beyond this beautiful musical form and the dynamic power inherent in a large chorus and the marimbas themselves, Randy stresses that the ultimate inspiration for this work lies in the resiliency of the Zimbabwean people in the face of their unbelievable hardships.

Tickets are available locally at the Twin Peaks Mall Information Booth, at the King Soopers tickets sales counter, at the Daily Times-Call main office (350 Terry St., Longmont)and at the door.

Ticket prices

Single concert price - available at the door:
Adult: $15
Senior: $12
Student: $10
Family Package: $40 (2 adults + up to 4 children)

Season tickets to the Longmont Chorale are also available.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Colorado Bioneers This Weekend!

The annual Bioneers conference is a hub of visionary and practical solutions, gathering people at the crossroads of ecological restoration, the business of sustainability, social justice and the sacred. Bioneers inspires, educates and connects people to act effectively with practical solutions and innovative social strategies for restoring the Earth's imperiled ecosystems and healing human communities and economies.

The 7th annual Colorado Bioneers features a live simulcast of Bioneers plenaries; a marketplace featuring products and services for sustainable living; film, music and arts; children's activities; and over 24 sessions and workshops. By linking internationally renowned speakers with local topics and experts, the Colorado Bioneers satellite conference inspires a potent 'global-local' approach towards local and regional solutions.

Registration is affordable. Cost is $20/day, $12/day for students, and free for CU-Boulder students. Multi-day discounts, student, educator and senior discounts, scholarships, and volunteers' opportunities available.

Local highlights of Colorado Bioneers include:

Dialogue Council, Fri. - Sun., 2:00 - 3:20 (Norlin Library British Studies Room). Join us as Bioneers presenters, Indigenous leaders, government officials, youth leaders, and Bioneers participants engage in an on-going dialogue exploring the deeper underlying philosophies and dynamics that affect us all as we move toward finding the solutions that will create a just and sustainable world. Presented by Ian Sanderson.

Local Agriculture: The Future of Food in Boulder County, Fri., 3:20 - 5:30 p.m. (Humanities 1B90), panel featuring Shanan Olson (Abbondanza Organic Seeds and Produce), Cindy Torres (Longmont Farmers Market, Boulder County Food and Agriculture Policy Council), Corwin Bell (Back Yard Hive), Shannon Francis (Woodbine Ecology Center), and Zia Parker (Willow Way Wellness), moderated by Michael Brownlee.

Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered, keynote address by Woody Tasch (in person), Friday, 7:00 p.m. (Humanities 150). In a world of ever-accelerating capital markets, a world in which there is no such thing as money that is too fast, a company that is too big, or intermediation that is too complex, Slow Money asks: Can investing in local food systems offer an authentic, viable alternative? If organic farming and small food enterprises are key to the health of the economy, society and the soil, how can they attract more funding from government, philanthropy, and capital markets? What would the world be like if we invested 50% of our assets within 50 miles of where we live?

Introduction to the Crash Course, Sat., 3:20 - 5:30 p.m., by Don Hall (Humanities 135). Chris Martenson's Crash Course as helped hundreds of thousands of people to better understand the current economic and environmental crisis and take action to prepare themselves and their communities for the changes that are to come. In this introduction, we will take a tour through the Economy, Energy, and the Environment to understand how and why "the next twenty years are going to be completely unlike the last."

Carbon Neutral: Ending Our Contribution to Global Warming, Sat., 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., by Michael Brownlee (Humanities 1B80). It is time to reverse the disastrous course of profound unsustainability that threatens the health and well-being of the entire biosphere. We must now rise to the occasion and begin to set things aright-from bottom up. We must start in our own back yards, in our own neighborhoods, in our own Main Streets, in our own communities. Learn how we can do the unthinkable, what no other community in this nation has had the will to do so far: make a solid commitment together to end our contribution to global warming and become carbon neutral by 2020.

Transition: The Most Inspiring Movement in the World (and how you can bring it to your community)!, Sun., 3:20 - 5:30 p.m., by Michael Brownlee. FIRST HOUR: Hundreds of communities around the world are joining together in what is perhaps the fastest-growing and most significant social change movement in history, unleashing their collective genius to meet the monumental challenges of peak oil and climate change. Transition engages whole communities in strengthening themselves against the effects of global crises, resulting in a life that is more fulfilling, socially connected and resilient. This workshop will explore the revolutionary Transition process as it is being applied in communities from the UK to Japan, focusing on keys to relocalizing and strengthening local economies. SECOND HOUR: A panel of Colorado Transition Initiative representatives discuss the development of transition throughout the state.

Local Currency, Barter, and Trade: Developing Our Own Economic Infrastructure, Sun., 3:20 - 4:20, panel featuring Annette Riggs (Community Connect Trade Association), Mark Fischer (Inspire Commerce), Howard Lambert (SkillShare Network of Boulder County), and Mickki Langston (Mile High Business Alliance). In the past, local currencies and exchange systems have been of great benefit during challenging times. This panel discussion will explore what solutions are on the horizon that we could begin implementing now.

It all takes place on the Boulder campus of the University of Colorado

Boulder Wilderness Shuttle Offers Fall Foliage and Elk Bugling Tours For Boulder Visitors and Residents

Boulder Wilderness Shuttle, LLC offers fall foliage and elk bugling tours for Boulder visitors and residents. The company is offering six new tours: afternoon elk bugling; morning photography workshop; fall foliage 1-day guided hiking; fall foliage 1-day guided biking; fall foliage 1-day sightseeing; and a 2-day fall foliage biking (road or mountain) and hiking tour.

The tours travel to Rocky Mountain National Park and throughout the county of Boulder. The afternoon elk tour spans the dusk hours when bugling most often takes place and focuses on education about elk behavior and the fall rutting season.

The morning photography workshop tour is tailored to improving photo skills and understanding how to take great outdoor photos.

The fall foliage tours focus on enjoying and finding the best spots to observe the changing colors. Participants can chose between guided hiking, sightseeing, and a two-day guided hiking and guided biking (road or mountain) tour.

The single day tours last 6-9 hours in length and all tours provide access, education, support, and professional educators/guides.

Boulder Wilderness Shuttle is also offering its tours as part of package deals with three local hotels: The Hotel Boulderado; The Millennium Harvest House Boulder; and The St Julien Hotel and Spa.

“We are very excited to have this service available to our guests,” says Tiffany Yoder, Director of Revenue and Marketing at the Hotel Boulderado. “These packages are an exciting and educational way to explore and learn about outdoors and wildlife around Boulder”. Wendy Pifer, Director of Revenue at the Millennium Harvest House noted: “We know our guests will welcome the opportunity to see the changing aspen colors and learn about the Rocky Mountain Elk. We are planning a fall tour for our sales and marketing team to experience the sights, sounds, and education ourselves”.

Elk Bugling Tours are offered through October 30. Visit the Fall Foliage and Elk Bugling Tours web page for details about all six fall tours.

About Boulder Wilderness Shuttle, LLC.

Boulder Wilderness Shuttle, LLC, was founded in 2009 by Joshua Baruch. Mr. Baruch is a former mountain guide with a background in environmental/adventure education, mountain search and rescue, and health care. Boulder Wilderness Shuttle employs four outdoor educators/guides whose experience centers in hiking, biking, fishing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing/snowshoeing, and photography. For more information about Boulder Wilderness Shuttle, please visit the website.

“Cloudy Visions” is Pure Beauty

Colleen Hoerner's pastel exhibit “Cloudy Visions” is at the McGuckin Design Center from October 22-31.

The artist says of her work "Although working realistically with many subjects, I find I return to the subject of clouds because of the beauty I see in them. Most of my cloud paintings show reflected light that illuminates on top, underneath, or from with them. I feel clouds can be both fragile and powerful, opaque and transparent, large and small."

A portion of sales of Colleen's work displayed at McGuckin Design Center benefits Boulder County Arts Alliance artist services. Opening reception is October 22, 5-7pm.

McGuckin Design Center is located at 2560 Canyon Blvd. For more information, visit the Boulder County Arts Alliance website, or call 303-447-2422.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

LAST CALL: Request for Winter/Spring Events & Photos

Boulder Magazine is now collecting event information and photos for the Winter 2009/Spring 2010 issue. This issue will be on the streets by Dec. 1 and will reach some 250,000 readers, both locals and visitors. In addition to listings, each issue of the magazine contains 18 or 20 entertaining and informative articles, profiles and essays about people, the arts, sports, health, science, business, politics, history, food and fashion in Boulder County.

Boulder Magazine gladly lists local events for free. Please let us know what's happening between Dec. 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010, by e-mailing your information to The EXTENDED deadline is Oct. 14, 2009 at noon.

To help us keep our listings accurate, please follow this format:

First, type the name of the organization or artist and the event title in the SUBJECT LINE of the message. (If you are submitting multiple events for one organization, please type just the name of the organization.)

Then, in the BODY of the message, give us:
  • Title of the event
  • Event description (100 words at most)
  • Date(s), time(s) and location(s), including city and street address
  • Contact information (phone number and Web address)
PHOTOGRAPHS: Please DO send photos! They should be high-resolution color photos, suitable for publication, at 300 dpi or better at 4 x 6 inches. We're always looking for dynamic images that readers will have not seen elsewhere. Please include a photo credit and caption information with each one.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Wednesday, Oct. 14 at noon. We can't promise to include information received after that.

If you know your event details are likely to change, please DON'T send us multiple messages with bits and pieces of information, but hold off and send a single e-mail closer to the deadline. In case some details are still not set at deadline time, please send basic information about the event; readers can phone you or check your website for updates.

Send your information to Although we prefer e-mail, you hand-deliver your listing 1919 14th Street, Suite 709, Boulder, Colorao 80304.

Thanks, and we look forward to working with you!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Library Performance of Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein - Thursday, October 8

Enter the mind and imagination of English writer Mary Shelley, best known as the author of Frankenstein.

Storyteller and performer Susan Marie Frontczak steps into Shelley’s shoes to draw the audience into the nineteenth century parlor to learn more about this person, both personally and psychologically.

The one-hour program consists of a 45 minute monologue in-character, followed by a question and answer period with “Mary Shelley”. The program will be held in the Longmont Library meeting rooms on Thursday, October 8 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

This program is free and open to the public and is funded by the Friends of the Longmont Public Library.

Longmont Public Library
409 4th Avenue
Longmont, CO 80501

A Public Party for Boulder’s Arts Scene!

AmericanStyle Magazine Readers Rank Boulder among Top 25 For Arts

City honored for its commitment to arts institutions and arts tourism
Boulder County Arts Alliance and Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery plan public celebration

Once again the readers of AmericanStyle magazine have named Boulder as among America's Top 25 Arts Destinations, ranking it No. 8 in this year's survey. The magazine recognizes the power of the arts in promoting economic development and community revitalization.

Through the poll, readers tell AmericanStyle where they’ve been going to view, enjoy and shop for great art. Says publisher Wendy Rosen, “We all know that art and handcraft galleries are among the few remaining places where you can find authentic, made-in- America gifts and art products.”

While Boulder has received such recognition numerous times in the past and from a variety of sources, this marks the first time that the public will be invited to join in celebrating the honor. In an unusual collaboration between the non-profit and for profit sectors of the arts community, the Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery have joined forces to orchestrate an artful ceremony surrounding the award’s presentation to the City of Boulder.

Among the individuals and organizations contributing to this celebration are Philip Sneed of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Frequent Flyers Productions Aerial Dance Theatre, Helander Dance Theater Company, and The Dairy Center for the Arts. Receiving the award on behalf of the City will be Mayor, Matthew Applebaum. Those in attendance can expect fun, food, and entertainment galore. Champagne Toast generously provided by North Boulder Liquors.

Who: The Boulder County Arts Alliance and the Boulder Arts and Crafts Gallery
What: A Public Party for Boulder’s Arts Scene
When: October 9th from 5-7 p.m.
Where: The Dairy Center for the Arts

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre through Nov. 7. Music and lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin.
Directed and choreographed by Alicia Dunfee.
Based on C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, an original play by The Farm.

By Rebecca Jessup

Nerds, unite! Geeks and eggheads, welcome! This musical brings all our most painful pre-teen (and teenage) moments to life with clarity, humor, and just the right combination of affection and horror. If we weren’t laughing and tapping our toes, we’d be sobbing. The New York Times aptly called this show “A Chorus Line with pimples.”

The contestants in the Putnam County Spelling Bee are middle-schoolers played vividly by adults, who are challenged to spell words like “chimerical,” “hasenpfeffer” and “crepuscule.” (At each performance, a couple of volunteer audience members are brought onstage to play spellers who don’t make the final cut.) The six key students are academic overachievers whose social insecurities and ineptitudes are palpable.

As in A Chorus Line, each contestant gets the spotlight long enough to explain his or her particular psychic pain. Olive (Alicia Dunfee) has a mother who has effectively abandoned her and a father who doesn’t show up for the bee, and her best friend is the dictionary. Leaf (Matthew Peters) comes from a family of hippies, makes his own clothes, has arrived in the contest by default, and doubts that he’s smart. Billy Barfee (Scott Beyette) is the nerdiest of the bunch, the greatest overachiever and the most maladroit in relating to others. Chip (Bryan Jackson) is the previous year’s winner, on whom puberty has landed like a cartoon safe falling from the sky. Marcy Park (Anna Hanson) is a parochial-school automaton who speaks six languages, plays piano and violin, and is pained to hear herself described as “all business.” Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre (Mary McGroary), the youngest, suffers from severe anxiety covered by a wide smile; While her two fathers fuss over her, she speculates as to who and where her mother is, and whether they’ll ever meet.

The spellers are ushered through the competition by three adults: Rona Peretti (Shelly Cox-Robie), the one-time champion who has run the bee for years; Vice Principal Douglas Panch (Wayne Kennedy), the pronouncer; and “comfort counselor” Mitch Mahoney (Leonard Barrett), who hands out hugs and juice boxes to the losers.

As the characters make their way through the spelling bee, they recognize and protest the inherent unfairness of the contest (as in the song “Pandomonium”), and each character is personally tested and challenged. Only one takes the champion’s cup, but none leaves without some transformation. The audience may not notice the lessons for the laughter.

The stage set effectively evokes a high school gym. The costumes are witty and successful illustrations of the characters. All the voices and performances are strong and true, a testament to the talents of the cast, as well as the direction. Overall, the show is completely winning.

Rebecca Jessup (jessupr @ is a Latin teacher and freelance writer.