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This Weekend: Music, Comedy, Film and Fish!

This weekend you can enjoy the up-and-coming super star vocalists, classes in everything from bookbinding to needle felting, musicals and art shows — with various locations in nearby Boulder and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, April 7 

Come join a group of enthusiastic hikers on a day hike! These die-hards are a drop-in group and decide each time where to hike. They break up into smaller groups and car pool to various trail heads, reimbursing the drivers for expenses. Bring your lunch, water, and snacks and be prepared for all weather conditions. Please note: this is an informal gathering and leaderless, and each person hikes at his/her own risk. 

North Boulder Park, 7th and Dellwood, Boulder, 
9:00 a.m.
Details: 303-494-8822

This Japanese version of bookbinding is called yotsume toji, which roughly translates to “four holes.” In this style, practiced during the Edo period in Japan, papers are stitched together to form a book. Make your own custom journal to record your thoughts or give away as a unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted gift!

This class is part of the museum’s Art & Sip series. Grab a drink and get creative with these classes for adults. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. This season you’ll see a special focus on art projects inspired by the museum’s current exhibit Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Registration: $35
Phone: 303-651-8374

How’s your poker face? If you’ve honed it like a master, bring it to this nearby competition.

All skill levels are welcome at this free Texas Hold’em poker tournament. While tournaments can feature as few as two players playing on a single table, this one will likely see as many at least 100 players competing at the game of poker.

CU, Memorial Center, The Connection/1st Floor, 1669 Euclid Ave., Boulder
6:00 p.m. (sign up); 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Experience the dynamic works of CU Boulder dance faculty and the Roser Visiting Artist. From the micro-undulations of transnational fusion to the sweeping attack of contemporary dance, “The Current” brings vanguard artists of today’s dance scene to Boulder. Tickets sell fast to CU Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance’s innovative, multisensory dance performances that take place in and around the intimate Charlotte York Irey Theatre.

CU, Charlotte York Irey Theatre, 1515 Central Campus Mall, Boulder
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets: $22

Thursday-Saturday, April 7-9

RONNIE’S chronicles the life of saxophonist Ronnie Scott, from poor, Jewish kid in the East End of London to owner of the legendary nightclub, Ronnie’s. Musical greats spanning decades played at Ronnie’s including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Chet Baker, and Jimi Hendrix, who played there the night of his death. Glorious clips bring to life this legendary jazz club and its charming yet tormented owner.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs., 7:00 p.m.; Fri./Sat., 7:30; Sun., 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12

Thursday-Sunday, April 7-10

“Uproariously funny and surprisingly touching” – The Seattle Times

What’s this show about? Well, we think it’s what would happen if The Truman Show met The Family Guy.Howard Barnes is a perfectly average man in his early thirties, until the day that he wakes up to discover that his life has become a musical. Desperate to escape from the show, Howard embarks on a fantastical quest through the realm of musical theater. Equal parts satire, romantic comedy, and love letter to the American musical, The Noteworthy Life of Howard Barnes is intended for people who love musical theater, and their spouses who hate it.

BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
Thurs.-Sat., 6:00 p.m.; Sun., 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65-$75
Information: 303-449-6000

Friday, April 8

The Elisa Garcia Trio plays Latin American folk songs from Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, down to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay. Bringing rhythms like huapango, boleros, cumbias, zambas, and candombes, the trio takes listeners on a journey through Latin America. Comprised of Uruguayan singer/guitarist, Elisa Garcia, Mexican percussionist Leo Munoz-Corona, (who has toured with artists like Willie Colon, Jaguares, Lucero, Juanes and many more), and world-renowned Venezuelan pianist Victor Mestas.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
2:30 p.m.
Registration: $5-$10
Phone: 303-651-8374

Born with the Rocky Mountains in sight, Keep Off the Grass is an indie/rock band with Midwest emo influences. Formed in 2018, the college roommates turned bandmates were playing the Denver scene pre-COVID. With the onset of quarantine, the group decided to bunker down and hyper-analyze their music. They coined their sound as “mountain emo”, a unique blend of indie/rock, folk/rock, math rock, and Midwest-emo. 

It carries the vocal tonality of artists like Bright Eyes and the guitar style of Johnny Marr; the groove of an early Radiohead song and the instrumental tone of a Sunny Day Real Estate song. With the musical aesthetic of bands such as American Football and Oso Oso, and the lyrical timbre of artists like Bright Eyes, Keep Off the Grass embraces the entire alternative spectrum.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15-$24

Composed of a baroque string orchestra and additional musicians, the Early Music Ensemble is devoted to the performance and study of music primarily from the 16th through 18th centuries, with attention to period style, performance practices and historical context.

From orchestras, bands and choirs, to jazz and world music ensembles, to world-class faculty and guest performances, the College of Music brings hundreds of stunning, free performances to Boulder audiences throughout the academic year. Check back soon for more information about this event!

Gruisin Music Hall, 1020 18th St., Boulder 
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Pay What You Can
Information: 303-492-1411

Friday-Saturday, April 8-9

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, GUYS AND DOLLS is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler Nathan Detroit tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they’ve been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler Sky Masterson for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary Sarah Brown. GUYS AND DOLLS takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.

Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont
Fri./Sat., (6:30 DINNER), 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., (DINNER 12:30) 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$48
Phone: 303-682-9980

Friday-Sunday, April 8-10

Another Empathy Theatre Project, Man Up is an original musical about a boy’s struggle to overcome expectations of masculinity, a deep sibling bond, and the redemptive power of love. Inspired by the 2017 #MeToo Movement, this show serves to understand, unpack, and ultimately heal the wounds all genders carry from a culture shaped by unattainable ideals of masculinity.

The Nomad Playhouse, 1410 Quince Ave., Boulder
Fri.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $24
Information: 307-760-8488


This water wonderland mixes family fun, a variety of exhibits, an Aquatic Carousel ride, 4-D Theater, upscale-casual dining and spectacular marine life in Denver. Explore the Aquarium Adventure exhibit with more than 1 million gallons of extraordinary exhibits. Dine in the Aquarium Restaurant seated around a 50,000-gallon centerpiece aquarium featuring a variety of delicious menu selections.

Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water St., Denver
Fri.-Sat., 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sun, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Admission: $18.99-$24.99 (More for Exhibit – Plus passes)
Phone: 303-561-4450

Saturday, April 9

Dairy Comedy and Rion Evans present GAME SHOW NIGHT! All the favorite game shows you’ve always loved are now LIVE and best of all, you can play along! Bring your family and friends to play against or to cheer you on to score awesome prizes. Rion Evans is a 15-year professional comedian with multiple television appearances and comedy shows, never failing to delight audiences. Come and see what all the fun is about and experience your favorite game shows on an authentic set with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from the real thing.

Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $17

Chelsea Emily Cutler, singer, songwriter, and producer from Westport, Connecticut released her debut studio album of introspective EDM, How to Be Human, in January 2020 through Republic Records. It peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart and her 2022 tour includes appearances in Boulder and Denver. She played acoustic instruments as a child and moved into electronic music production in high school. While still in high school in 2014, Cutler began posting covers and original songs on her SoundCloud. This rising star grew her fan base first through features on tracks by artists like Kidswaste and Kasbo, then with her own songs – rife with relatable lyrics and captured with an undeniable vocal gift.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $41-$127
Phone: 303-786-7030

NEXT WEEK: Thursday-Sunday, April 14-17

Thursday, April 14

Felted soaps are a functional soap with an artistic scrubby built in! This class includes an unscented goat’s milk soap, wool, and tools to complete a single felted soap. Use the felted pouch again and again by replacing the soap. A great sustainable project to celebrate Earth Day! Grab a drink and get creative with these classes for adults. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. This season you’ll see a special focus on art projects inspired by the museum’s current exhibit Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Registration: $5-$10
Phone: 303-651-8374

Saturday, April 16

The Flat Irons Jazz Orchestra will get the party started with a FREE beginner swing dance lesson at 7:00 p.m., followed by three hours of live BIG BAND jazz. The Flatirons Jazz Orchestra – Featuring Deborah Stafford is a traditional 18-piece BIG BAND that authentically recreates the romance and excitement of the Swing-Era, with dance music by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Stan Kenton, Gene Krupa, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Diane Schuur, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, and more.

Composed of the region’s most outstanding professional musicians, and one of the finest jazz singers in the country, this music will have everyone on their feet.  FJO mixes swinging classics with smoky ballads and easy-listening concert pieces; something for everyone.

Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont
7:00-11:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20
Phone: 303-440-7826

Life in Erie, Colorado

There’s lots to do near the master-planned community of Colliers Hill, whether it’s right in Erie, or 20 minutes away in Boulder. If you don’t live here yet, check out the stunning model homes from KB Home, Richmond American Homes – and now open, Boulder Creek. Priced from the $500s, this fast-growing new home community in Northern Colorado has lots of exciting amenities to offer new home buyers, too!