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Concerts, Comedy, Ballet and a Makers’ Market!

This weekend you can enjoy musicals and plays, classes and performances by comedians, musicians, and more — with various locations in Erie and nearby Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, September 22 

In this Paint and Sip, you’ll be painting on secondhand mugs using enamel markers so you can cure the ink in the oven afterwards to make it dishwasher safe! All mugs will look different since they’re secondhand. You get to take the mug home with you as well as the instructions on how to cure the ink so it won’t wash off.

Admission price includes one free beer from Oskar Blues and printed instructions. The class will be taught by Coy Ink – alocal artist and illustrator. Suggested ideas on what to paint will be provided, but feel free to paint whatever inspires you or bring your own photos to work from.

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom, 1640 S. Sunset St., Longmont
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $35
Info: 720-340-2016

Grab a drink and get creative! Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. These classes are designed to guide beginners as well as bring new skills to experienced artists and crafters.

Autumn is a great time to draw inspiration from the burst of nature’s colors before winter comes and wipes the slate clean. In this class, we will use watercolor paint to create beautiful multicolor fall leaves. Instructor Leigh Putman.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
General Admission: $40
Info: 303-651-8374

Always a crowd pleaser, join us for an evening dedicated to short films by filmmakers from across the globe as selected for inclusion in this year’s Boulder International Film Festival. The shorts include:

Bad Seeds Canada, Animated Short, 6 minutes, 2021
Bad Seeds takes us to a fascinating world populated by carnivorous plants that can change shapes the way a chameleon changes color.
On My Mind Denmark, Short Film, 18 minutes, 2021 Subtitled
Henrik wants to sing a song for his wife. It has to be today; it has to be now. It’s a question of life, death, and karaoke.
Tala’vision Germany, Jordan, Short Film, 28 minutes, 2021 Subtitled
Due to the threats of war, 8-year-old Tala is not allowed to go outside. Her only connection to the world is her television that her father Taher throws out of the window adhering to the new TV ban. She decides to steal a TV and hide it without anyone knowing about it.
Yellowstone 88 – Song of Fire USA, Short Animation, 2021, 6 minutes
This beautiful film is a narrative poem that guides the animation of Yellowstone 88, telling the story of this fire that raged unabated for months, and how life quickly began anew.

Longmont Museum & Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
7:00 p.m.
General Admission: $10
Info: 303-651-8374

Mariah Parker (aka Linqua Franca) will perform from their latest album Bellringer as well as their former work on Model Minority. Their performance will end with a Q and A.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Info: 303-440-7826

Presented by the CU Boulder College of Music, this even will be livestreamed by CU Boulder. 

7:30 p.m.
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One of the tightest and most versatile bands on the local music scene, Hazel Miller & The Collective performs an eclectic blend of jazz, R&B, blues, soul, and original music that’s guaranteed to rock the house! Featuring special guest Claudette King, the daughter of blues legend, the incomparable B.B. King.

Colorado-based music icon Hazel Miller has a reputation for “bringing it” whether the event is a club setting, concert, festival, or non-profit fundraiser. She is not just a great singer; she is “a force of nature!” (Rocky Mountain News). A sought-after performer in Colorado and beyond for over three decades, Hazel has toured North America, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, and Central America. Wherever she performs, her powerful voice stands out and her beautiful spirit shines through, to the delight of her loyal fans.

BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Information: 303-449-6000

Friday, September 23

Join exhibiting artists, grass-roots organizers, and scientists from CU Boulder’s Mountain Research Station in a panel discussion about water conservation, collective water use, and our spiritual connection to the shared waters of the world, as well as how the art on view speaks to these universal understandings. Participating Artists: Nicole Salimbene, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Zeke Peña, Theresa Clowes, JayCee Beyale, Kendall Rose Kippley. “The Water is Life project will serve as a bridge to unite community members in Boulder and the Desert Southwest in shared concerns about access to clean water. Though the issue will be presented through the lens of my Indigenous background, I strongly believe as human beings we share a common bond in our need for water.” (JayCee Beyale)

This event is free and open to the public, first come first serve as seating is limited.

Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Info: 303-440-7826

The Front deRanged Improv Comedy Troupe is comprised of artists who have performed in the country’s most impressive improvisational realms, including Second City, The Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade, Denver’s Bovine Metropolis, and Asheville, North Carolina’s OxyMorons. Performing locally since 2013, Front deRanged players use audience suggestions to create scenes, situations, and clever one-liners in their delivery of unscripted, unbelievable, and unforgiving comedy. Adult situations and language may occur, so leave those kids at home. It’s sort of like Vegas: what happens here, stays here!

Jesters Dinner Theatre, 224 Main St., Longmont
Doors Open 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15
Info: 303-682-9980

Dirtwire stands poised between ancient Mother Earth and modern technology, a blend of ethnomusicology and the psychedelic trance state, gut-bucket Delta blues and what the band variously dubs “back-porch space cowboy blues, swamptronica, and electro-twang.” It’s a sound informed by Dirtwire’s travels and performances around the globe, where East meets West and North joins South. The band spreads its message by building bridges across musical cultures in their own unique way.

Dirtwire plays an array of instruments both ancient and modern, including West African kamale ngonis, jaw harps, space fiddles, whamola basses, Rickenbacher electric 12 string guitars, bowed Banjos and mouth harps from around the globe, all interwoven into modern laptop beat creation. Dirtwire’s live shows are a communal psychedelic journey, ranging from down home bootstomping get downs, to bass and blues electronic mashups, to ethereal cinematic beat driven soundscapes. Woven into each is the exploration of where live instruments meet computer production, and where tradition meets experimentation.

Chautauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $26-$36
Info: 303-665-0599

For years now, The Petty Nicks Experience has been thrilling audiences around the country with a “What if” presentation: “What if” Stevie Nicks had joined Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers full time? Come and enjoy the soaring vocals and harmonies on hit after hit, spectacular costumes and staging, beautiful and authentic instruments, an amazing light show, and to top it all off, a captivating and fantastic video show. 

There are lots of moments to remember and will leave you feeling euphoric, nostalgic, mellow, and totally entertained.  The Petty Nicks Experience is authentic, organic, powerful, and the music is performed 100% live.  There will be rock ‘n roll highs like “American Girl” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “The Edge of 17” to mellow moments like “Landslide” and “Leather and Lace” and “Silver Springs.”

BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Information: 303-449-6000

Two Feet is the soulful, atmospheric solo project of New York City-based singer/songwriter Bill Dess, who balances his breathy, yearning vocals with heavy bass grooves, guitar riffs, and moody electronic flourishes. Born Zachary William Dess in 1993, Dess grew up in Manhattan, where he first became fascinated with music during an elementary school trip to The Nutcracker. As a middle schooler, he began composing his own chamber works for his school’s orchestra, and eventually turned his attention to an eclectic mix of sounds from Chicago blues to hip-hop and trap music. 

Later, following an intense period of recording at his apartment, Dess emerged with the single “Go F*** Yourself.” He uploaded the track online as Two Feet, and it quickly went viral, racking up over eight million streams and debuting at number 48 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Now on his fourth album, he has further expanded his electro-soul style with forays into shoegaze, house music, and experimental soundscapes.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $61-$74
Phone: 303-786-7030

Friday-Sunday, September 23-25

CU Dance invites you to kick off the season with Rennie Harris Puremovement in “Radical Reimagining,” a new dance series rooted in decolonizing the university and imagining new futures for the art form. The series was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, structural racism, uprisings, pandemics, as well as an open letter written by CU Boulder performing arts students.

Featuring a week of interactive symposiums that culminate in a weekend of live performances, [un]WRAP invites audiences to lean in and engage with the ever-evolving landscape of dance. Tickets sell fast to CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences 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
Fri. & Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $23

Saturday, September 24

You’ll be pleased to see all of the various participants of the Found Collective – the first of many outdoor marketplace events at The Dairy Art Center. There will be 20+ vendors of artists, makers, vintage collectors, small businesses etc., including Turkish rugs, antique furniture, ceramics, beadwork, permanent jewelry from Love Saro, personal styling for The Edit from KLM, and grab and go bouquets from Mountain Flower Farm. Live Music “From Paris to Cairo” from Jesse James, and drinks will be available as well as the Fed Food truck and amazing pizza from Barchetta Pizza.

Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
2:00 p.m.
Admission: $5
Info: 303-440-7826

Headlining the evening is Reena Calm, who was made in Israel and raised near Boston. Obsessed with comedy she moved to Chicago and has made a name for herself as one of the most respected and requested touring comedians. Reena’s material is autobiographical, silly, and charmingly inappropriate, pulling from a lifetime of questionable choices.

Also on the bill is Brandon Patrick, a stand-up comedian and storytelling phenom. His first album “30 for 30 for Thirty,” debuted at #2 on the iTunes charts, and is available now. And filling out the great line-up are two Dairy Comedy favorites, Katie Bowman and Anthony Bartolo, both of whom make people laugh on a regular basis and host their own comedy nights elsewhere in Denver/Boulder.

Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
8:30 p.m.
Admission: $15
Info: 303-440-7826

Boulder Ballet presents an evening of contemporary bliss. On this second night of fall, we will present four distinct choreographic voices, that each have their own story to tell. Then prepare to be delighted by Junk Duet, a lighthearted work by Twyla Tharp, as part of the program for the evening — the first time that Boulder Ballet brings a work by the legendary Twyla Tharp to the stage.

In addition, there will be two world premieres, one by Jacob Mora of Moraporvida and a second by Boulder Ballet’s own Artistic Director. A Denver-based artist, Jacob Mora works not only with the exploration of relationship as a theme but with the merging and fusion of culture, sound, and imagery. This work will be an exciting addition to Boulder Ballet’s repertoire

Chautauqua Auditorium, 198 Morning Glory Dr., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$65
Info: 303-665-0599

Saturday-Sunday, September 24-25

The Centennial State Ballet returns for two performances of their Fall Showcase featuring new work by choreographers Ellie Hara and Laura Malpass, and a one-act ballet favorite, Stravinsky’s The Firebird. Marking the composer’s first international success, The Firebird premiered in 1910 at the Paris Opera performed by the Ballet Russes. Over a century later it continues to be a fan favorite.

Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, 400 Quail Rd., Longmont
Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
General Admission: $25
Info: 303-651-8374 

Even in trying times, “there is no love without electricity.” Electricity is the fourth and most progressive album from Ibibio Sound Machine, and like all good Afrofuturist stories, it begins with an existential crisis. “It’s darker than anything we’ve done previously,” says Eno Williams, the group’s singer. “That’s because it grew out of the turbulence of the past year. It inhabits an edgier world.”

Electricity was produced by the Grammy Award– and Mercury Prize–nominated British synthpop group Hot Chip, a collaboration born out of mutual admiration. The fruits of their labor reveal a gleaming, supercharged, Afrofuturist blinder. combining the singularly rhythmic character of the Ibibio language—which Williams spoke growing up in Nigeria—with a range of traditional West African music and more modern electronic sounds. Ibibio Sound Machine will be bringing their vibrant electro-afro-funk to The Fox Theatre with Terror Jr! In the last couple of months, Ibibio Sound Machine has opened for legendary acts Gorillaz, Coldplay, and Kool & The Gang.

The Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder
9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$25

So Much More in Colliers Hill!

There’s lots to do near the master-planned community of Colliers Hill, whether it’s right in Erie, 10 minutes away in Longmont, 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 $600s, this fast-growing new home community in Northern Colorado has lots of exciting amenities to offer new home buyers, too!