Friday, July 31, 2009

August: Osage County A Rare Theatrical Event

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, by Tracy Letts, is a grand, gripping new play that tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with Violet (played by Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons), a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of this storm.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is a rare theatrical event - a large-scale work filled with unforgettable characters, a powerful tale told with unflinching honesty.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is written by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro.

The New York Times cheers, "August: Osage County is flat-out, without qualification, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years."

Denver Center Attractions launches the national tour of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, running July 24 - August 8, at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. TICKETS ARE LIMITED.

For tickets, visit:
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe's Orphans

Come down to the Boulder Farmers' Market on Wednesday, July 29 from 4-7pm to enjoy music from Zimbabwe performed by local musicians in this benefit concert for Tariro.

Founded in 2003, Tariro works in Zimbabwe to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS by educating young women. Located in the high-density neighborhood of Glen Norah in Harare, Tariro enables young women who have been orphaned by AIDS to complete a secondary school education, thereby dramatically reducing their risk of contracting HIV/AIDS.

The concert will be held near the corner of 13th and Canyon, and will feature the Kutandara marimba ensemble, VaHera mbira ensemble, the Kutandara Youth Marimba Ensembles and the Kamp Kutandara marimba classes.

Learn more about Tariro and what you can do to help the orphans of Zimbabwe at

Benefit Concert for Tariro
Boulder Farmers' Market
Rain or shine!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Rock N Soul Cafe...still believing

With an outpouring of community support, the Rock N Soul Cafe, in danger of losing it's lease after 5 years of hosting live music in Boulder, has successfully negotiated a new lease–at least for one more year.

Not out of the financial woods yet, Rock N Soul is continuing it's LOVE.CARE.SHARE live music series which benefits the venue. On Thursday, July 23, CRAIG CHASEN & FRIENDS featuring Jimmy Sferes take the stage. Show is at 7:30pm.

On Friday, July 24, Rock N Soul hosts MID SUMMER'S DAY DREAM, a faculty Concert featuring Katie Glassman and Keynes Chen. Show at 7pm.

And on Saturday, July 25, Love.Care.Share continues with a RAY & CARI BAND DANCE PARTY. Show at 7:30pm.

Show your support of this unique live music venue/coffee shop offering all ages shows. Featuring fair trade coffees, local brews and organic wines, organic mates/chai, organic energy beverages, natural healthy shakes, quiches, soups, chili, other healthy foods and baked goods.

"With speakers built into the wall a full size soundboard and lighting typically found in much larger venues, this performance space is acoustically one of the best in the county."

The Rock N Soul Cafe is located at 5290 Arapahoe Ave., Ste I.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rocks Karma Arrows: A multimedia theatrical performance exploring Boulder History through the lens of race and class

Rocks Karma Arrows is a multimedia contemporary theater piece looking at Boulder history in relation to economic and cultural diversity. The piece reveals the layers of stories embedded in the land we walk every day. Though the piece focuses on the 150 years since Boulder's founding, the context for the drama is the larger flow of history from a time when Boulder was covered in a shallow sea. Historical figures, like the great chief Niwot, come alive to tell of early Boulder and the final massacre here.

Interviews with local historians and Buddhist monks are woven into the drama with historical photographs and film. At times, the images occupy 180 degrees of the theatrical space, so actors are literally immersed in history, interacting with the photos, struggling with the voices of the past, and trying to understand their echo in the present.

Two Weekends Only!
July 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31 and August 1, 2
Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

TIX: $18 general admission fee; $13 for students and seniors

July 23 Gala: $35
Thursday, July 30th: 2 for 1
Purchase tickets online at:
Tickets may also be purchased at the door

Where: CU-Boulder's ATLAS building, Black Box Studio, 1125 18th Street
**ATLAS is just north of Euclid Parking Garage.

Created by Kirsten Wilson and co-produced by the ATLAS Center for Arts, Media Performance at CU-Boulder

Performers include: Rebecca Brown Adelman, Jose Aguila, Joan Bruemmer, James Hoskins, Kerry Lee, Alexis Miles, Brian Mullins, Jim Walker, Victor Warring, Lizi Watt, Kirsten Wilson

For further information: 303-245-4660; adelichats @

Read what community members are saying about Rocks Karma Arrows:

"Kirsten Wilson's production of Rocks Karma Arrows provides a critically needed perspective to any conversation or consideration of local history, including the City of Boulder. The history of indigenous and oppressed people are much too often excluded in favor of the popular notion that the 'west was won' and that 'progress' was achieved only through the sacrifice of the Euro-American settlers and their descendants. It is essential that community histories be inclusive of the contributions, sacrifices and suffering of the non-dominant communities. Rocks Karma Arrows provides a sobering glimpse into the other often ignored 'other' history of our community. I highly recommend it!"
- Peter Salas (Diversity Liaison, City of Boulder)

"The Rocks Karma Arrows production presented the history of Boulder Valley and the City of Boulder in a very unique and honest way. This is a history that all Boulder county citizens need to be aware of - its sacredness to its planned isolation."
- Ray Ramirez (Native American Rights Fund"

Have you ever wondered why so many major streets in Boulder are named after Native Americans? Or asked if the "Curse of Chief Niwot" is truth or myth? I have always wondered about how Boulder got to be the place it is today. As a teacher, I appreciate the true value of knowing one's history to better assess the present and determine the future. Rocks Karma and Arrows takes us on a journey into the history of Boulder and surrounding counties. It is an excellent work of art that fulfills a mandate long ignored in this city, to know how we came to be. It is a valuable resource one can use as a base for growth and transformation of a community.
- Malaika Pettigrew (Institute for African American Leadership)

I attended an advanced showing of Rocks Karma Arrows and was awed by it. Knowing some of the sad history of Colorado, I was anxious to learn more, hopefully, on a deeper level. I was not disappointed. I did learn a lot, and I was totally captivated throughout the entire piece. It is difficult to present such sad and horrifying truths in a manner that deeply touches people and motivates them into action, rather than overwhelming them and making them want to close down and not hear or see any more. Kirsten has accomplished that superbly. I strongly recommend Rocks Karma Arrows to anyone wanting a clearer understanding Boulder's roots and how it came to be like it is.
- Betty Ball (Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice)

Boulder's histories often avoid or minimize the role of discrimination, elitism and racism. This unique theatrical production brings forward these issues in a manner one won't soon forget.
- Dan Corson, (Boulder historian and former Boulder City Council Representative)

Friday, July 17, 2009



An ALL STAR creative spelling bee with beer and brats and benefiting Curious Theatre Company

Saturday, July 18, 2009
7:00pm - 9:00pm

An ALL STAR group of Denverites go head-to-head in a creative spelling bee benefiting Curious Theatre Company in which creativity, chutzpah and entertainment value factor in as much as accuracy!  The hour-long contest will be followed by beer, brats and DJ Savior Breath in the parking lot.  At Curious Theatre. $10/advance; $12/door. Cash bar and barbecue.  

Curious Theatre Company is a mid-sized professional theatre, located in the heart of the Golden Triangle neighborhood in Denver, Colorado. Known for its provocative, modern theatre, Curious produces five main-stage shows per season and is host to many events and programs including Curious New Voices, the award-winning teen playwriting program. Curious recently purchased its home of ten years, previously known as The Acoma Center, a renovated church built in 1880. Curious has extensively renovated the building including new seating and the addition of a new bar/lounge 'The Sanctuary,' located in the balcony of the theatre.

Curious Theatre Company
1080 Acoma St.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

 Manish Vyas in Concert - Devotional World Music

Local music label White Swan Records presents Manish Vyas' first solo US tour June 24 - July 18 with the closing concert to be held here in Boulder. His performances are billed as "evenings of devotion, meditation and celebration" during which he performs his own much-loved chants and songs in an intimate, live setting. Born and raised in the great musical culture of India, Manish creates an authentic yet accessible form of devotional chant and song, incorporating the celebratory element of India's original Kirtan tradition. Described by Yoga Journal as "the new avatar of devotional pop music," Manish's soulful voice has touched many hearts across the globe.
You can listen to sample tracks (and purchase CDs) on the White Swan Records website.

Tickets are available at the door and online at

Saturday, July 18, 7:30 pm
Boulder Masonic Lodge
2205 Broadway (at Pine)
Tix: $20 adv/$25 at door

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Solar Oven Workshop

Solar Design Principles applied to making a solar oven.

For this evening workshop, Jeff Graeff, solar expert, will provide an overview of introductory solar principles. We will apply these principles to making a solar oven that you can take home with you.

Thursday, July 16, 6:30-9:30 pm at 6481 N 63rd St.
Call Zia at 303-530-1415 to register and for a materials list.

Jeff Graef lives in Denver, CO and is an avid Permaculture practitioner and designer. His business, Earth Rebirth, provides educational services, consulting and design in Permaculture. Jeff ran a solar design and energy education business for seven years, is a Journeyman Carpenter and worked in the biofuels and biomass energy fields for 15 years. He is experienced in food preservation and storage and gardening in a variety of climates. Jeff is a certified Permaculture Teacher and has completed the Basic and Advanced Permaculture courses, has a BA in Solar Design and Energy Education and an MS in Higher Education.

Offered through Willow Way Wellness 2009 PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE & WORKSHOPS.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

LocalFest: Creating Sustainable Community - A Public Forum and Business Expo

DATE: Saturday, July11
TIME: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Boulder County Courthouse lawn, and "on the bricks" of Pearl Street Mall; 1300 Pearl Street and Courthouse Plaza.

Come meet your community; check out the exhibits from Boulder's local independent business owners; attend the panel discussions; listen to music; meet your neighbors and learn how all of us together make Boulder County a great place to call home.

This is a Free Event!

Exhibits open at 10:00am. Join Boulder's local independent business owners as they present their contributions to the Boulder County community.

The Public Forum features five panel discussions on community sustainability, from 12:00 noon through 5:00 pm. Each panel of local experts leads a discussion of how we can keep Boulder County an economically vital, thriving community, even in the face of difficult times.

Hear from Brock Publishing, Boulder Weekly, KGNU, and Elephant Journal as they present "Local Media: Our Window to the World; Why Independence Matters"

Other Sustainable Living Panels include

Local Business: Foundation of a Resilient Community
Panelists: Wonderland Hills Development Company, Boulder Outlook Hotel, Namaste Solar, Boulder Community Hospital, McGuckin Hardware

Local Money: Redefining Wealth; Investing in Community Prosperity
Panelists: Boulder County Treasurer's Office, Author Joel Magnuson, CU Professor Marty Walter, Boulder Valley Credit Union, Community Foundation, Inspire Commerce

Local Food: How Local Can We Eat
Panelists: Transition Boulder County, Boulder County Farmers' Market, The Kitchen Restaurant, Red Wagon Organic Farm 

Local Transportation and Energy Sustainability; Life Beyond Fossil Fuels
Panelists: GO Boulder, Astralux Power Systems, Community Cycles