Things to Do This Weekend Near Erie, CO - January 12, 2023
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Rodeos, Films, Comedy and Music This Weekend!

This weekend you can enjoy all sorts of western events and themed rodeos at the National Western Stock Show, as well as films, classes and performances by comedians, musicians, and more — with various locations in nearby Boulder, Denver, Lafayette and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, January 12 

In this paint and sip gathering, you’ll be painting on secondhand mugs using porcelain markers so you can cure the ink in the oven afterwards to make it dishwasher safe! Suggested ideas on what to paint will be provided, or you can bring your own photos or printouts for inspiration. Wine and coffee will be available for purchase through Center, but food will not be provided, so feel free to bring your own food and drink.

Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave., Longmont
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$30

In just three short years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire and forever changed the face and sound of rock and roll. Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage in this jukebox musical fully loaded with classics “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Well…All Right,” “Not Fade Away” and many more with an encore that will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles. Ticket includes dinner.

Boulder Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO
6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $75
Info: 303-449-6000, ext. 4

Dirtwire stands poised between ancient 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.” 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. Woven into each is the exploration of where live instruments meet computer production, and where tradition meets experimentation.

Aggie Theater, 204 S. College Ave., Ft. Collins
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25-$30

The Grammy-winning Takács Quartet has moved audiences and sold out halls at CU Boulder for more than three decades and counting.

The group’s powerfully compelling dynamic has proven time and again that Takács members are “matchless, their supreme artistry manifest at every level.” —The Guardian

Digital Tickets: $20-$40
Available Until 1/16/23

Thursday-Sunday, January 12-15

With record-breaking attendance at some of the most exciting live spectator extravaganzas of the New Year, the National Western Stock Show offers one of the most elite rodeos in the world. From PBR Bull Riding and PRCA Pro Rodeos to our own Colorado vs. the World Rodeo, to the celebrated Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza and MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo, the Denver rodeo arena is jam packed with action for another week and a half! Plus, activities for kids abound, from farmyard follies petting zoo and sheep-shearing competitions, to stick horse rodeos and everybody’s favorite, mutton busting. Plan your weekends now!

Denver Coliseum, National Western Stock Show, 4655 Humboldt St., Denver
Various Times/Events
Admission: $4-$25
Info: 303-296-6977

An accomplished painter, collector, and activist, Mellencamp exposes unsettling but beautiful truths with an attitude of defiance and narrative sensibility that echoes the earnest voice of the American heartland. In addition to recent paintings, this exhibition includes a selection of assemblages, adding yet another dimension to a unique body of work.

As his musical career flourished, John Mellencamp began to paint earnestly in the 1980s with an early affinity for portraiture influenced by the works of Otto Dix and Max Beckmann. His kinship with the German Expressionism of the early Twentieth century, with its existential focus on the human condition, serves as the foundation for the development of Mellencamp’s “oeuvre”. His large-scale oil portraits and mixed-media pieces document America’s heart and soul, revealing unsettling but beautiful truths with a kind of anti-establishment frown, with a rich sense of narrative.

Like his music, Mellencamp’s paintings are carefully composed through the structural requirements of harmony, rhythm and order, and are thematically in line with the small-town, earnest voice of the heartland. John Mellencamp will not be at the exhibit.

Loveland Museum / Gallery, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland
Various Times
Admission: $7
Info: 970-962-2410

Friday, January 13

Joe Pera is a character comedian playing a part. Similar characters over the years would include Pee-Wee Herman (Paul Reubens) and Gilbert Gottfried, Andrew Clay’s Diceman and Larry the Cable Guy. Best known for his “Joe Pera Talks with You” show on Adult Swim, Joe talks in earnest to the audience about seemingly mundane topics like church bulletins, iron, Sunday breakfast, fall drives and music. 

Paramount Theater, 
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35-$45

Friday-Saturday, January 13-14

Dvorak prophesied in 1892 that the music of the future would come from African American spirituals. He also used American styles and folk music to create the first great “American” symphony of the New World.

The performances this weekend include Boulder Symphony’s own principal oboe, Ingrid Anderson, performing John Clay Allen’s newly commissioned Oboe Concerto! Also featured will be John William’s Themes from Jurassic Park and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Song of Hiawatha.

Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:30-9:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5-$25

Let There Be Drums! Showcases the world’s greatest drummers as they reflect on the art of drumming and how it has shaped their lives. The film features interviews with Ringo Starr from The Beatles, Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters, Stewart Copeland from The Police, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann from Grateful Dead, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. “Captures the spirit of drums and the maniacs who have played them better than any other film.” Billboard (Justin Kreutzmann, 2022, USA, 1:33, NR)

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Info: 303-440-7826

Saturday, January 14

We invite you to strap on the snowshoes (wild bear provided), put on your warm layers, drink some warm tea, and hit the trails with us on a sure to please Saturday mornings this winter. Participants will keep moving on snowshoes as we explore as a community how wildlife adapts to winter conditions, the fun science behind snow, and so much!

Wild Bear Nature Center, 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland
10:00 a.m.
Cost: $25

The 1942 classic film, Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre: A cynical nightclub owner and American expatriate must choose between his love for an old flame or helping her husband, a Czech resistance leader, escape from Nazis in Morocco. A classic film known for the famous lines, “Here’s lookin’ at you kid” and “It’s still the same old story/ A fight for love and glory…”

New Trojan Movie House, 513 Main St., Longmont 
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10

This sounds like fun, watching the competitive contact sport of roller derby where two teams on roller skates lap around a track for lots of checks and bumps. And it’s just 20 minutes from your front door. BOULDER COUNTY ROLLER DERBY (BCRD) is a WFTDA roller derby league based out of Longmont, Colorado, and representing the Boulder County region. Founded in Summer 2011, its mission is to empower people through the social and athletic revolution that is roller derby.

Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont
4:00-10:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$15

Monday, January 17

Next week the annual celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will kickoff with a parade beginning at the Flatirons Church and continuting to Centaurus High School (10300 S. Boulder Rd.) where a “drive-in” program will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and decorated cars are welcomed!

The drive-in program will include a welcome by local officials, slam poetry, performances by local artist Rebecca Hartt and Boulder-based band Fruta Brutal. The drive-in program will be accessible via FM radio. Event t-shirts and children’s craft kits distributed at the onset of the program (while supplies last). 

Flatirons Community Church, NW Corner S. Public and S. Boulder Rds.
1:00-3:00 p.m.

Motus Theater presents an arts-based, family-friendly event exploring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s understanding of poverty and racism.

Featured guests include: The nationally acclaimed and regionally-loved singers, The ReMINDers; Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Director of the CU Boulder Center for African and African American Studies, presenting reflections and hip-hop poetry; and Colette Payne, Director at the Women’s Justice Institute, presenting a JustUs monologue that inspires us all to action in alliance with Dr. King, Jr.

Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Tickets: Free with donations gratefully accepted

Celebrate MLK Day with this timely documentary about a fascinating civil rights leader. Rabble rouser or activist? Opportunist or trailblazer? During his six-decade journey from pastoral prodigy to racial justice firebrand to elder media statesman, the Reverend Al Sharpton has been a polarizing figure on the national stage. LOUDMOUTH is the definitive look at his life and battles, featuring President Barack Obama, James Brown, Reverend Jesse Jackson and Senator Chuck Schumer. (Josh Alexander, 2022, USA, 2:00, NR)

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $12
Info: 303-440-7826

Friday, January 20

Guitarist Samantha Fish has never been afraid to mix things up. Though her albums are filed in the “blues” category, influences from other genres – including soul, R&B, and rap – have showed up in her music, and she occasionally drops a ferocious cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” into her sets. Over the course of her career as an award-winning artist, singer/songwriter/guitarist Fish has brought extraordinary power to her self-expression, capturing her inner world in combustible riffs, visceral rhythms, and spine-tingling vocal work. 

For Fish, one of the greatest joys of making music is the powerful exchange of energy at her incendiary live shows. “Anytime I play live, I just want to want to make people forget about everything else in the world and feel that same joy that I feel on stage,” she says. 

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $64+

Saturday, January 21

Discover how composers use the instruments of the orchestra to ‘sound paint’ for story, character, and emotions in music. In this interactive concert you will hear music featuring each of the families of instruments, and the whole orchestra. Engaging for all ages, this program lets you choose different solutions to ‘sound paint’ in the moment using the orchestra, and then compare those to Sergei Prokofiev’s choices in his ballet music for Cinderella. Join us for this informative and interactive program, and hear the orchestra bring your ideas to life!

Vance Brand Civic Auditorium, 600 .E Mountain View Ave., Longmont
4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10

Life in Erie, Colorado

There’s lots to do near the master-planned community of Colliers Hill, whether it’s recreational pursuits right in Erie, or entertainment venues 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 models are open for 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!