Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Music Review: Black Eyed Peas Rocks the Pepsi Center

By Hilary Stojak
Photos (except Bacardi BEP Highball) by Soren McCarty, taken at Bacardi's official after party for the Black Eyed Peas at Beta Night Club in Denver

The Black Eyed Peas came to Denver this past Saturday and blew the roof off the Pepsi Center. Rolling in with LMFAO and Ludacris on the international E.N.D Tour, the Peas had the place bouncing, rocking and fist-pumping in one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. My husband and I had one of our first “date nights” since the birth of our daughter in November and decided to let loose. The drink of the night was a delicious Bacardi Rum and Coke. Bacardi is the official spirit of the tour, and who can resist a good rum drink?

The night started with the crazily high-energy, afro’ed, fluorescent-wearing LMFAO. The only way I'm familiar with LMFAO is from The Real World, but they were highly entertaining and their music was catchy. Jumping around the stage, they got the crowd all jazzed up for the night. Ludacris did the same and the crowd just got crazier, creating the perfect recipe for the big entrance of the Black Eyed Peas.

The Peas burst on stage in individual elevator shafts and busted out "Let's Get It Started" and "Meet Me Halfway," two songs that always get your body moving. Luckily for Denver, Saturday was Fergie's birthday, which cranked up the energy of the show as high as it could be. The crowd serenaded her with a huge Happy Birthday song led by many-talented band member The speakers were booming and the music felt like it would never stop. Of course, everyone in the stadium went wild when Fergie busted into "My Humps." Having had that as my ringtone for a while, I jumped up and down like a teenage girl. As a big music fan, but mostly of jam bands, I was blown away by this big-production show. I'm used to a single band on stage in jeans and Birkenstocks, only leaving for a set break. This was a whole new world, with costume changes, spectacular choreographed dancing, stage props, amazing light shows and sound so loud I thought the place would combust. stole the show, as he usually does, with his freestyling rapping. The band encored with "I Gotta Feeling" as a storm of confetti poured down out of cannons. This was one of the best live shows I've ever seen, from the music (could not stop dancing!) to the stage performance to the pure excited energy of the crowd.

The Denver show has come and gone, but I would definitely recommend going to see the Black Eyed Peas the next time they’re around. An A+ show—and that's a lot coming from this Boulder hippie.

Bacardi V.I.Pea

Miss the show but still want to pay homage to the Black Eyed Peas? Try this drink!


2 parts Bacardi Superior1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. Black Sugar (Fortnum & Mason)
1 dash egg white

4 dried black-eyed peas


Put all ingredients into a shaker and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Fill the shaker with half cubed ice and half crushed ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into chilled or frozen coupette or cocktail glass.

Water Bottle Swap Hits Boulder Today!


1,500 bottles of water end up in landfills every second

The award-winning documentary Tapped has embarked on an eco-aggressive 30- day/30-city cross country tour to get Americans “Off the Bottle.”

Beginning World Water Day (March 22), Tapped’s Producer Sarah Olson and Director Stephanie Soechtig will take their mobile showroom on the road, collecting pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use and trading empty plastic water bottles for a reusable stainless steel Klean Kanteen. This mobile, translucent recycling container began the “Get Off The (h20) Bottle” tour in Los Angeles with an empty cabin that will be filled with the public’s empty water bottles by the time the team ends up in New York City on Earth Day (April 22, 2010).

In Boulder, Colorado, the filmmakers will be in attendance at the following event for questions, as well as a post-screening Q & A:

When: Wednesday, March 31st
4:00 PM – Bottle Exchange
6:00 PM – Screening of Tapped

Where: University of Boulder
1669 Euclid, Boulder, CO 80309

Check back for the Boulder Magazine video and interview!

Director Stephanie Soechtig says about the tour, “1,500 bottles of water end up in landfills every second – that’s 30 million bottles of water a day! We wanted to show people just how much waste is generated by bottled water - so if that means we have to drive city to city to get the point across than that’s what we’ll do!”

The tour - consisting of 30 scheduled screenings of Tapped followed by a town hall Q & A - kicked off in Los Angeles on March 22 en route to New York City. The Tapped truck can be tracked online at the Tapped website – which also features celebrity guest columns by Ed Begley Jr and David de Rothschild, a public service announcement by Grammy Winner Jack Johnson, and daily videos and bonus clips from the film.

The stops along the tour include Salida, CO (March 27), Denver, CO (March 30), Boulder, CO (March 31) and other cities around the country.

Tour sponsors include Klean Kanteen, Food and Water Watch, Multi-Pure water filters, and Aveda.


  • Get off - take the pledge on the Tapped website!
  • Exchange your bottles - in Boulder on March 31
  • Spread the word!

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.

For more information please go to

Friday, March 19, 2010

THIS WEEKEND: Four For Tango String Quartet

Join the Four For Tango String Quartet for two Chamber Music Series concerts this weekend, one at Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, the other at Chautauqua's Community House.

Saturday, March 20, 7:30 pm - Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts, Lafayette

Sunday, March 21, 2 pm - Chautauqua Community House, Boulder

The Quartet, featuring Anna Elashvili, violin; Mikylah Myers McTeer, violin; Matthew Dane, viola; Greg Sauer, cello, will perform pieces by Kernis, Mozart, Schumann and Piazolla.

Chamber Music Series concerts feature Colorado Music Festival Orchestra musicians, tea and cookies, and a chance to meet the musicians.

Kernis: Mozart en Route or a Little Traveling Music (1991)
Mozart: String Quartet No. 16 in E-flat Major, K428
Schumann: Quartet in a minor, Op. 41 No. 1
Piazzolla: Four for Tango

Tickets may be purchased online at the CMF website.

For a sample of this exciting program, watch the YouTube Video of Piazolla's "Four for Tango" performed by Kronos Quartet (for whom the piece was written).


Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts
200 East Baseline Road
Lafayette, Colorado 80026

RMCMA asks your consideration and cooperation in understanding that their facility is situated within a residential area and near a public school. Please use caution and a slow driving speed.

In addition to on-street parking adjacent to their building and on neighboring streets, there is parking available after hours at Pioneer Elementary, and other nearby businesses. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic, car-pooling, and use of the RTD public transportation system (there are nearby stops on Baseline or Public Roads) is also encouraged.

Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts is on the SE corner of Baseline Road (Hwy 7) and Harrison Ave. in Lafayette.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

King Tut Heads to Denver Art Museum for Colorado Debut

Last week, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and VISIT DENVER launched a Web site and unveiled hotel packages and group tour information for the much-anticipated summer exhibition, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.

Featuring more than 100 treasures from ancient Egyptian sites including 50 objects from the tomb of King Tut, this exhibition will have its sole Rocky Mountain appearance at the DAM starting July 1 and running through January 2, 2011. The exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society, Arts and Exhibitions International and AEG Exhibitions, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will go toward antiquities preservation and conservation efforts in Egypt, including the construction of a new grand museum in Cairo.

“The exhibition is anticipated to be a major travel and tourism draw for the city of Denver and the state of Colorado,” said Richard Scharf, president and CEO of VISIT DENVER, the private, non-profit trade association responsible for marketing Denver. “Denver is an unparalleled destination for business or pleasure with vast cultural resources, and Tutankhamun’s arrival in July will undoubtedly serve as a Rocky Mountain regional pull to the Mile High City. VISIT DENVER looks forward to working together with the Denver Art Museum to create a unique, exciting experience through this incredible exhibition.”

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will feature striking objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. Derived from a variety of contexts, including temples and both royal and private tombs, many of these artifacts have never visited the United States prior to this exhibition tour.
This spectacular collection features the largest image of King Tut ever unearthed—a 10-foot statue of the pharaoh found at the remains of the funerary temple of two of his high officials. The statue still retains much of its original paint. The exhibition follows a storyline that explores the splendor of the pharaohs, their function in both the earthly and divine worlds and what “kingship” meant to the Egyptian people. Visitors will encounter artifacts from powerful Egyptian rulers, including Khefren, whose great pyramid is the only remaining structure of the seven wonders of the ancient world; Hatshepsut, the queen who became a pharaoh; and Psusennes I, whose magnificent golden death mask will be on display.

The DAM will dedicate 15,000 square feet of expansive Hamilton Building gallery spaces to the exhibition. The dramatic experience will begin with a short National Geographic documentary narrated by actor Harrison Ford, then continue in spaces exploring some of the most important pharaohs throughout ancient Egyptian history. The final galleries are dedicated to King Tut’s tomb, including an area devoted to its 1922 discovery by British explorer Howard Carter. Guests will encounter legendary artifacts from the tomb’s antechamber, annex, treasury and burial chamber in adjacent galleries, which will include the pharaoh’s golden sandals, jewelry, furniture, weaponry and statuary.

New scientific discoveries that emerged from a landmark Egyptian research and conservation project, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, will also be on view, providing visitors with further insight into King Tut’s legendary life and death. This on-site feature at the DAM includes the first 3-D CT scans of the great king’s mummy, captured through the use of a portable CT scanner donated by Siemens Medical Solutions.

National Geographic Books publishes the companion book to the exhibition, written by Zahi Hawass, secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities.

Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs is one of two National Geographic exhibitions dedicated to the remarkable treasures of King Tutankhamun and ancient Egyptian royalty. For more information on both of these traveling exhibitions, please visit

DAM and VISIT DENVER collaborated on the creation of a new King Tut exhibition Web site that connects people with exhibition information, exciting images of the majestic objects and Denver travel details. With information about the boy king himself, is also the resource for ticketing information and booking, free teacher resources, promotional offers from King Tut partners, hotel packages, and school or group tours.

HOTEL PACKAGES – Make a night of it and skip the lines
Six downtown Denver hotels have teamed up with VISIT DENVER and the DAM to provide Denver visitors with the royal treatment. Exclusive King Tut hotel packages include special untimed, undated tickets to the exhibition for those who hate to wait in line. These packages are the only way to secure VIP tickets to the exhibition. The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa, The Curtis a Doubletree Hotel, Grand Hyatt Denver, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel and The Westin Tabor Center each will offer their own exclusive onsite packages providing Denver visitors the chance to lodge pharaoh-style in the Mile High City.

Take advantage of Early Bird group ticket pricing during March and April, in advance of public ticketing. Convention, business, family, social, church or leisure tour groups—any gathering of 10 or more—can receive ticket discounts, and groups booking on or before April 30 enjoy a 20 percent discount for weekday visits. Group ticket prices are as follows:

Early Bird (thru April 30)* Regular (starting May 1)*
Group Adult $15 $20
Group Senior (65+) $12 $18
Group Youth (6–17) $8 $13
* Group rates not applicable Saturdays and holidays.

For more information on group tickets, check the King Tut-Denver website, call 1-877-5-GO2TUT or email

Corporate parties, receptions and other events can be custom built around group King Tut visits. Make it a royal affair and add a cocktail reception or dining experience in one of the museum’s unique and unforgettable event spaces, paired with artfully tailored cuisine by Kevin Taylor Catering at the Denver Art Museum. For more information, call 720-865-5171 or contact

The Denver Art Museum is a private, nonprofit, educational resource for Colorado. The mission of the museum is to enrich the lives of Colorado and Rocky Mountain residents through the acquisition, preservation and presentation of art works in both the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, and by supporting these works with exemplary educational and scholarly programs. The museum is located on 13th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock Streets in downtown Denver. Open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.; closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The museum also will host expanded hours for the King Tut exhibition. The Cultural Complex Garage is open; enter from 12th Avenue between Broadway and Bannock or check the DAM Web site for up-to-date parking information. For information in Spanish, call 720-913-0169. For more information, visit the Denver Art Museum website or call 720-865-5000.

Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes. Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.1 billion in annual spending in 2008, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver, call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 375 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,200 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit the National Geographic website.

Founded in 2003 by President John Norman and international vice president Andres Numhauser, AEI produced the award-winning exhibition Diana: A Celebration in association with the Althorp Estate in the United Kingdom, two touring exhibitions dedicated to the treasures of King Tutankhamun and Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship. Norman and Numhauser have nearly 40 years combined experience in the entertainment and exhibition business, working over the years on such projects as Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit and Saint Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes. The company has relationships with the most important museums in the world and has presented traveling exhibitions on four continents. AEI is part of AEG Exhibitions, an affiliate division of AEG LIVE. AEG LIVE is the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

World Salsa Champion Ricardo Murillo in Boulder & Denver, March 17-22

Boulder salsa classes:
Thursday, March 18th
The Avalon
618 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder
6:30pm - Introduction to footwork “Cali Style”, All levels
8:30pm- Dips, Tricks, & Spins, Intermediate

Denver classes March 17, 19, 20 & 21

For the past five years, Ricardo Murillo has been directing one of the biggest and most important salsa schools in Latin America, called "Stylo y Sabor" in Cali-Columbia. He has taught and performed throughout the USA, Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Ricardo also won the world salsa champions in the World Salsa Federation Championship in 2005 in Las Vegas. This was the most important salsa competition worldwide at the time. See the winning performance on YouTube:

Ricardo wows the audience with his flexibility and agility as an athlete. His "death-defying" lifts and tricks, refined fast footwork, and unique style is simply breathtaking. He is a superb teacher, and is offering workshops in Boulder and Denver from March 17-22 including Thursday, March 18 at the Avalon in Boulder.

Visit the Xol Entertainment website for complete class schedule and details.

Friday, March 12, 2010

THIS WEEKEND: CU Department of Theatre & Dance presents DANCEWORKS 2010 — “Vision”

"Vision" is a phenomenal presentation that truly delivers something for everyone! High energy hip-hop caps off an exciting night of dance that everyone is sure to love! Get your tickets now, they are selling fast!

University Theatre
University of Colorado at Boulder
March 12-13, 2010 at 7:30pm
March 14, 2010 at 2pm
Single tickets: $12 - $15

Box Office: 303.492.8181
On-Line Tix:


VISION is a diverse and exciting evening of dance featuring choreography by CU faculty members Nada Diachenko, Michelle Ellsworth, Onye Ozuzu, and Gabriel Masson with special guest artists: Rennie Harris, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and David Capps.

Rennie Harris,
artistic director of Puremovement and guest artist in the dance department, brings his world-renowned, award-winning hip-hop style to CU. With a fun and unpredictable aesthetic, his latest work for the stage explores the superficiality of relationships through the politically correct feelings that have been manufactured by society. This piece is an exciting preview into this world-renowned artist’s process as he embarks on the creation of a larger work that explores our need to be loved.

Kathleen Hermesdorf,
artistic director of La Alternativa and the Roser Visiting Guest Artist, presents Stranger. This piece examines the preconceptions and experiences of strange, stranger and ‘the stranger’ via the body, its motive and its relationship to others. Physical, audio and visual layers of information intersect through scenes and situations of interior/exterior, psychic/iconic, raw/raconteur and curiosity/mystery. The work delves into the identity of outsider alien, shadow, incognito, and invisible, and reveals some of the discomfort, exposure and surrender that unknowns lure and require.

David Capps,
Artistic director of David Capps/Dances, collaborates with faculty member Toby Hankin in a duet inspired by the haunting lyrics of three songs from Shubert’s Winterreise. The piece depicts the inner journey of two travelers as they ruminate on their past, and perhaps, future relationship. It ranges from wistful to fierce, from passionate to pliant, and capitalizes on the performance skills of the performers, who have collaborated on many projects for more than 15 years.

Nada Diachenko,
in collaboration with her dancers, presents Shared Spaces - a dance for five women who explore and share the dance space with each other and five pieces of furniture. Hints of tenderness, support and tension are revealed as the dancers move to excerpts from Visual Diary, an electronic soundtrack composed and performed by Sergio Cervetti for a film made from photographs by visual artist Valerie Sonnenthal.

Michelle Ellsworth
will premiere Excerpts of five or more dances with hamburgers, which explores what is possible and desirable about dancers dancing with fast food while simultaneously asking the question, “where is the dance that is lost in choreography?" Speed, levitation, violence, salt and ritual
provide the container and/or space for this new art/food experience.

Onye Ozuzu
presents Love Being Song, A dance for nine women dancing as one. It is a lush, grounded, sensationally oriented piece that explores communication as a way to establish integration, dissolve barriers, see as one, hear as one, act as one, grow, and remember.

Gabriel Masson
will premiere a pas de deux commissioned by professional ballet dancers, Amy Docktor and Steven Straub. Choreographed to the romantic violin chords of Max Richter’s, On the Nature of Daylight, Masson explores the contemporary possibilities of this traditional form.

Visit for a complete listing of Boulder County dance events.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Muddled Magic - Mary Poppins: The Musical

Mary Poppins
Based on stories by P.L. Travers & the 1964 Walt Disney film; co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Music & lyrics by Richard and Robert Shermans, plus new songs by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; book by Julian Fellowes.Directed by Richard Eyre
Choreography by Matthew Bourne
At the Buell Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, through April 4

By Rebecca Jessup
Mary Poppins, as everyone knows, is a nanny with mysterious powers. In the very early 20th century, she appears in the Banks family home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, where Mr. Banks (Laird Mackintosh) is a regimented banker with no time for family life. His wife (Blythe Wilson) is overwhelmed and largely ignored. The two children, Jane (Katie Balen/Bailey Grey) and Michael (Bryce Baldwin/Carter Thomas), are so wildly undisciplined that they’ve driven away a string of nannies. The household is run by the shrill housekeeper, Mrs. Brill (the memorable Rachel Izen), impeded by the inept handyman Robertson Ay (Dennis Moench).
Most audience members will fondly remember the Disney movie; fewer are familiar with the original books by P.L. Travers. For those of us who first knew Mary Poppins from the books, the Disney version was saccharine, missing the original texture. The stage musical promised an effort to regain some of the depth and substance of the books. This worthy goal fails because it is undertaken not radically, in the structure of the story, but superficially, by adding darker, unhappier fragments based on characters and events from the books. The result is an implausible mix of giddy fun and fearful threats, with a happy ending.

When Mary Poppins (Caroline Sheen) enters the children’s lives, she introduces them to magic, music, fantasy, dancing statues in the park. Their lives are suddenly a great deal more fun, so they love her and and behave. But there is no coherent theme, no central conflict, no deeper understanding achieved; the villainous Miss Andrews, a character who descends on the family in the second act, is driven away (oh, thank heavens!) sheerly by the magic of Mary Poppins. At one point, Mary abruptly leaves the household, and in the next act she returns. She moralizes that there are things the family must do on their own, but it is far from clear what these things are, whether they are achieved or by whom, or why Mary comes back when she does.

The production is quite extraordinary, and the sets, cast, dances and costumes are well worth seeing. Children over 6 will love it. The three-story Banks house is a wonder of design and construction, as is the London skyline where the large production number “Chim Chim Cher-ee” takes place. Most of the favorite Disney songs ring out, along with a few new ones written for the stage. Bert (Gavin Lee), the chimneysweep narrator, is as affable and limber as Dick Van Dyke, and performs one of the show’s two thrilling stage tricks by marching up the side of the proscenium arch, tap-dancing across the top (hanging upside down) and marching down the other side. Sheen, playing Mary, performs the other when she sails across the theater over the heads of the audience. She turns in a talented performance, winning and tuneful—but she can’t make up for the inherent ambiguity in her role as written. The strongest voice and character belong to Miss Andrew (Ellen Harvey), the terrifying nanny from Mr. Banks’s childhood. She has a powerful, operatic voice that she uses with great skill to evoke menace and malice. The other menace arises from Jane and Michael’s toys, which come to life to express their outrage at the careless way the children treat them.

In the end, Mr. Banks becomes a better husband and father, the family is happy, and all seem set to make their way without further magical intervention. If there were a lesson to take away, it could only be that having someone with occult powers sweep into your life will make everything all right. Or that an extremely expensive production (hardly) covers up a muddled story line.

Rebecca Jessup ( is a freelance writer and Latin teacher.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


What to listen for in Beethoven's Appassionata with pianist Lisa Harrington, Saturday, March 6, 4pm.

One of the greatest works for the piano, the Sonata Op. 57, “Appassionata” is much more than a beautiful piece of music: it is Beethoven’s metaphysical study on good and evil, his treatise on humanity’s capacity for kindness and cruelty. Epic in scale and intensity, the sonata is also a wonder of ingenuity. Understanding the logic of Beethoven’s musical ideas can make listening to the Appassionata an even more powerful experience.

Pianist and Musicologist Lisa Harrington will bring to light the workings of Beethoven's creative genius in a down-to-earth and lively demonstration, followed by a complete performance of this most beloved masterpiece.

Whether the word “Appassionata” evokes fond memories of the great performances of Rubenstein and Horowitz, or mere curiosity (Appassionwhata?) this concert is for you!

Canyon Theater
Boulder Public Library - Main Branch
1001 Arapahoe Avenue

For more information about the Canyon Boulder Public Library Concert Series, visit

A Very Important Date!

March 5, 5-10pm

St. Julien Hotel & Spa
900 Walnut St, Boulder

Venture down the rabbit hole and experience Alice in Wonderland-inspired fashion, live music, cupcakes, "Mad as a Hatter" beverages and prizes fit for the Queen of Hearts when the St. Julien Hotel & Spa celebrates it's 5th birthday and the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Mad Hatter Happy Hour is 5-7pm. Come dressed as a classic Wonderland look-a-like and you will be entered into the exclusive "White Rabbit" giveaway. The winner will receive tickets to see Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in IMAX, a $50 gift certificate to Jill's Restaurant and a "Treats for Toes" pedicure. (Note that The Ritz costume shop in Boulder is offering 15% off.)

A Very Merry "Un-birthday" Celebration is 7-10pm. Celebrate the St. Julien's 5th birthday - or your "Un-birthday" - with live music by Sambadende in the Xanadu Ballroom. Jill's in the St. Julien is located at 900 Walnut St. 720-406-7399.

Chili Cookoff at Boulder's Upslope Brewing Company, March 6

Attention Hungry Beer Lovers - Upslope Just Got Better!

This Saturday, March 6, join Upslope for their first annual Chili Cookoff from 2-6pm.

Upslope will host a Chili Cookoff in the brewery open to all who wish to participate. Chili dishes will be limited to 20 entries so hurry to the Tap Room to reserve a spot or you can shoot an email to Along with bragging rights, Upslope Tap Room gift certificates will be awarded to the top three chili dishes; $75 for first place, $50 to second place, and $25 to third place. Judging will be done by Upslope staff as well as John Dubbins from Dubbins Sandwiches.

$5 will get you a spoon and a bowl to enjoy all of the chili you can eat throughout the afternoon (chefs eat free).

Entries must be able to serve 20 people to compete. Please bring a crock-pot to keep your chili hot! Meat and Veggie chili are welcome.


On another note, today, Upslope's Tap Room is starting its "Pints for the People." Every Wednesday they will donate a dollar from all pint sales to a charity. For the month of March, donations will go to continue relief in Haiti.


Visit Upslope's new blog at can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Wednesday - Saturday
4:00-8:00 PM
1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder