Things to Do Near Colliers Hill, February 23 and Beyond!
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It’s a Fabulous Film Festival Weekend!

This weekend you can enjoy musicals and plays, two film festivals, art classes and performances by comedians, local bands, and more — with various locations close to Colliers Hill in Erie and nearby Boulder, Denver, Lafayette and Longmont.

TODAY/TONIGHT, Thursday, February 23 

Who says that only couples can have fun? Single or not come to the library and build a neat little heat shaped piñata, and then SMASH it! Experience level – Beginner, ages 18+ only.

Longmont Public Library, 409 4th Ave., Longmont
5;00-6:00 p.m.
Registration Required

Don’t miss the last night of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the flagship program of Banff Centre in Canada, which has been an industry leader in the celebration of Mountain Culture. The Centre promotes understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share and find inspiration in mountain experiences, ideas, and visions.

Following the festival each fall, the annual World Tour reaches more than 40 countries on seven continents, making it the largest adventure film tour on the planet.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $65

Instructor: Leigh Putman The poppy has many symbolic meanings: remembrance, consolation, peace, extravagance, and beauty. Join us as we paint our own lovely field of poppies in acrylic paint on canvas. Register online or by calling 303-651-8374.

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

Thursday-Saturday, February 23-25

Think you know your Sherlock Holmes? Kate Hamill’s fast-moving, farcical female reboot is a fresh new take on these classic tales. Join the world’s greatest consulting detective and her not-a-sidekick as they investigate nefarious scandals and interrogate sexy villains. So much fun it’s criminal! **This performance will include bright lighting and occasional loud sounds.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Matinee Sat., 3:00 p.m.; 
Tickets: $22.50-$50 

Thursday-Sunday, February 23-26

Short films have frequently proved to be a reliable litmus test when scouting the film industry for the best up-and-coming talent. Short pictures are the breeding ground for budding filmmakers, the future directors of tomorrow. From Christopher Nolan, Ari Aster, and James Cameron, to Steven Spielberg, Spike Jonze, and Denis Villeneuve, some of the greatest directors of the modern era began their filmmaking careers directing shorts. Come screen the exciting new releases nominated for this year’s Academy Awards Live Action Shorts:

An Irish Goodbye – Tom Berkeley and Ross White, UK, 23 min.
Ivalu– Anders Walter and Rebecca Pruzan, Denmark, 17 min.
Le Pupille – Alice Rohrwacher, Italy, 39 min.
Night Ride – Eirik Tveiten and Gaute Lid Larssen, Norway, 16 min.
The Red Suitcase – Cyrus Neshvad, Luxembourg, 18 min.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs., 4:00 p.m.; Fri., 3:00 p.m.; Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m.
Tickets: $12 
Info: 303-440-7826

STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, sexy, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured and the addition of two new full-scale routines, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. STOMP.

See what all the noise is about.

Buell Theatre, 1350 Curtis St., Denver 
Thurs.-Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30-$100

Friday, February 24

Stop in for a casual gathering to play with clay and meet fellow clay lovers. Open to folks of all levels, demos will be shown for construction for beginners or just come and do your own thing! The $12 fee covers your clay and to have your pieces bisque-fired. You can then pick up your fired work to paint at home or bring to our next Play with Clay night to glaze. Hand-building projects only.

Firehouse Arts Center, 667 4th Ave., Longmont
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Admission: $12
INFO: 303-651-2787

Part crime-comedy, part telenovela, and 100 per cent chistoso, the play centers on Mariana and her impromptu support system, including her intern Carolina, a young police officer named Juan, and her mother Estella, a larger-than-life film and television star who insists on saving the show.

Stylish and vibrant, this world premiere play offers a light-hearted look at the struggles many Latinas go through to gain entry into cultural and artistic spaces that have historically excluded them. It examines Latinx representation in the media, the fears and uncertainties of adulthood, art as an industry, love, and family. And through it all, you won’t stop laughing — or dancing — in your seat!

Singleton Theater, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 p.m.

Tickets: $40-$65

No matter where you live, the ups and downs of married life are universal. For a middle-aged American couple traveling to Egypt on a business trip-slash-vacation, their relationship is put to the test when an old connection leads to new temptation. As the eager tourists strive to connect with Egyptian culture in an authentic way, they end up getting more than they bargained for as long-dormant marital issues begin to percolate. Drawing from the political, cultural, and religious realities of living in the region, this quick-witted dramedy set in the heat of Cairo pits loyalty against attraction as its characters grapple with the ever-changing struggle of staying committed to their partners.

Middle East American Distinguished Playwright Award winner Yussef El Guindi specializes “in cultural and geographical displacement, from alienated couples to the promises and frustrations of immigration, and the ways people maneuver through foreignness and belonging” (Seattle Times).

Kilstrom Theatre, DCPA Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri. & Sun., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $40-$65

Friday-Sunday, February 24-26

New Moves presents a line-up of all-female choreographers with newly commissioned works for Boulder Ballet. This collection of shorter contemporary pieces will introduce you to a variety of choreographic voices.

Choreographers featured in this performance include Caili Quan, Twyla Tharp, Makino Hiyashi, Viki Psihoyos and our own Claudia Anata Hubiak.

Dairy Arts Center, Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Fri./Sat., 7:00 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $20-$40

Be moved by dance works that lilt, groove and tumble across a spectrum of styles in this student-produced and CU Dance Connection-curated series. Act soon as tickets sell fast to CU Boulder College of Arts and Sciences Department of Theatre & Dance’s innovative, multisensory dance performances!

Charlotte York Irey Theatre, University Theatre Bldg., 261 Univ. of Colo., Boulder
Fri./Sat., 7:30 pm., Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $19
Info: 303-492-8008

The Catamounts present FEED: Aprés, a theatre adventure for all of your senses. On the heels of terrible calamity in both the larger world and our own Boulder backyard, The Catamounts have commissioned four of Colorado’s best theater writers to answer the question: What comes after? FEED: Aprés will investigate through a multi-sensory experience how we emerge from relentless difficulty into something more hopeful. This will be the 27th installment of The Catamounts’ original FEED series where we collaborate with local chefs, brewers, distillers, and musicians to create a multi-course meal that pairs food, drink, and performance while exploring a central question.

The Catamounts will turn the Dairy’s Carsen theater into a ski lodge, satirizing the Colorado cliché of the aprés gathering as a lighthearted framework to bring audiences into an intimate, immersive, art-filled communal experience. 

Carsen Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs./Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $21-$75

Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26

Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz. Hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.”

Boulder Dinner Theatre, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO
Sat., 6:00 p.m., Sun., 12:00 p.m.
Tickets: $70
Info: 303-449-6000, ext. 4

The DCPA Theatre Company’s annual celebration of new work and visionary artists. Summit playwrights spend a week with directors, actors and dramaturgs to workshop and develop their new plays. Over the weekend, you get to witness their work-in-progress at public readings and be among the first to experience new plays brought to life. The Line-Up includes a variety of in-progress and full productions.

Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Thurs./Fri., 7:00 p.m.; Sat., 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $10 and up

Sunday, February 26

Seth Walker is often cited as one of the most prolific contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. He’s a multi-dimensional talent who combines a gift for melody and lyric alongside a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice with a true blue knack for getting around on the guitar. His new studio album, I Hope I Know, produced by Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers, and a string of singles, including “We Got This,” “Spirits Moving” and a cover of Van Morrison’s classic “Warm Love” further build upon this reputation.

Opening for Seth will be Jake Leg, a four-piece, new acoustic group from the Front Range of Colorado. The band consists of award-winning musicians Eric Wiggs (vocals/guitar), Dylan McCarthy (mandolin/vocals), Justin Hoffenberg (fiddle) and Troy Robey (bass). Forged in their favorite elements of the bluegrass genre, Jake Leg focuses on delivering compelling, original music. Expressive musicianship and soulful vocals create the framework for the vivid storytelling in each song to come to life.

Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Admission: $25
Info: 303-440-7826

McBride moved to New York in 1989 to pursue classical studies at the Juilliard School. There he was promptly recruited to the road by saxophonist Bobby Watson. Call it a change in curriculum: a decade’s worth of study through hundreds of recording sessions and countless gigs with an ever-expanding circle of musicians. He was finding his voice, and others were learning to listen for it.

Whether behind the bass or away from it, Christian McBride is always of the music. From jazz (Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Milt Jackson, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, to R&B (Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Lalah Hathaway, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown) to pop/rock (Sting, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby) to hip-hop/neo-soul (The Roots, D’Angelo, Queen Latifah) to classical  (Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer, Shanghai Quartet, Sonus Quartet), he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.

Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder
7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $65
Phone: 303-786-7030

Next Week: Wednesday-Sunday, March 1-5

Don’t miss you last chance to lace up a pair of ice skates and hit the Longmont Ice Rink! With various times – day and evening – you can glide, and spin or klutz around on the ice for an invigorating good time. 

Longmont Ice Rick, 725 8th Ave. in Roosevelt Park, Longmont
Various Times
Admission: $6-$8
Info: 303-776-6050

“Truly brilliant.”  – The Denver Post
“I was grinning until my cheeks hurt.” – Denver’s Westword

You are invited to laugh with the women in your life until you cry…or pee. Experience this truly brilliant and uplifting female comedy that explores the woman’s world with joy, heart and intelligent wit. This fast-paced journey from girlhood to womanhood will reawaken the connections between you and your fellow gal pals. It’s no secret that every woman deserves a laugh like this.

Garner Galleria Theater, DCPA COMPLEX, 14th and Curtis St., Denver
Wed.-Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sat./Sun., 2:00 p.m.
Tickets: $55

Thursday-Sunday, March 2-5

“An absolutely gorgeous, heart-breaking piece of work.” – Rolling Stone

In 1950s London, a humorless civil servant decides to take time off work to experience life after receiving a grim diagnosis. Kazuo Ishiguro helped with the screenplay in this English language version of his Japanese film Ikiro. This is a perfect role for actor Bill Nighy.

Dairy Arts Center, Boedecker Theater, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
Thurs. & Sun., ,4:30 p.m.; Fri., 6:00 p.m., Sat., 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $12
Info: 303-440-7826

Time again for the Boulder International Film Festival! Now in its 19th year, you’ll see some of the latest and best films and filmmakers Opening Night kicks off with a screening of Immediate Family, a film about a session band that elevated the sound of the music we all know and love. 

BIFF’s famous and delicious fundraiser, CineCHEF, is Thursday night, featuring Colorado’s premiere chefs, presenting their film-inspired dishes for attendees. Other highlights include BIFF at Home! virtual screenings, films at the Stewart Auditorium in Longmont, legendary parties, and the 11th Singer-Songwriter Showcase, at the newest music venue in Boulder, Velvet Elk Lounge.

For Closing Night, we’re delighted to screen the funny, insightful new film Still Working 9 to 5, which reunites the stars of the 1980 box office hit 9 to 5 — Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton. They steal the show again, with colorful and comedic observations about the original groundbreaking film as well as the fight for women’s rights, which is as relevant today as it was four decades ago.

And, the BIFF Adventure Film Pavilion, will feature the most exciting new adventure films of the year; from river rafting, to highlining, to BMX biking.

Various Locations 
Starting at 10:00 a.m.
Tickets and Film Guide

Friday, March 3

Mark your calendars for the ultimate Salsa celebration with the sorts of sounds that will move you to groove to the beats spun by DJ NATO. Indulge in a variety of wine and beer options at the bar while you dance the night away in the stunning lobby of the Dairy Arts Center. Bring your positive energy and your dancing shoes and get ready for a night filled with laughter, music, and fun at one of the most entertaining Salsa parties in town.

Dairy Arts Center, LOBBY, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder
8:00 p.m.
Admission: $12
Info: 303-440-7826

March 4

As one of today’s premiere stand-up comics Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. The comedian, who pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, sells-out arenas and theaters across the world. 

In 2017, Koy broke a record for the most tickets sold by a single artist at The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu with 11 sold-out shows and over 23,000 tickets sold. The comedian continued his record-breaking streak by being the only comedian to sell out six shows at The Warfield in San Francisco and at Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg with four sold-out shows. In 2019, Koy sold-out five shows at the San Diego Civic Theatre, the most consecutive sold-out shows for a comedian.

He continues to entertain audiences with comedy specials and live performances around the world. Jo Koy can also be heard on his weekly podcast, The Koy Pond where he shares hilarious insights on life.

Ball Arena,  1000 Chopper Circle, Denver
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: Starting at $48

Colliers Hill: The Place to Be!

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 $600s, this fast-growing new home community in Northern Colorado has lots of exciting amenities to offer new home buyers, too!