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Thursday, October 24,2013

Best of Boulder East County: Entertainment Staff Picks

By Boulder Weekly Staff

Best Race

Every July at Longmont Reservoir, every crazy person who knows some other crazy people forms a team to enter this bizarrest of races. At the race, teams dress up as anything from pharaohs to ducks and climb aboard their equally odd-themed vessels. The only rule in the Longmont Kinetic Sculpture Race is that these contraptions must be people-powered and designed to travel over land, mud and water. Sure, most of them sink, but that’s half the fun. Drinking beer while they sink is the other half.

Place for Watching Birds of Prey

One of the most amazing things about East Boulder County is its incredible variety and numbers of hawks and eagles. In the last few years, the numbers have exploded. It’s not unusual to see several bald eagles searching the same ponds at the same time looking for an easy snack, or a group of red tail, roughlegged or night hawks soaring above a field watching for movement below. And with all the little critters running around on the open farm lands, it’s not even that rare to see a prairie dog or bunny taking that last ride through the sky, back legs a kickin’. We like to think they’re just excited to be so high off the ground, but that’s probably not the case. Either way, when it comes to East County entertainment of the natural kind, this is about as good as it gets.

Best Television-to-Stage Adaptation
Mary Miller Theater, 300 E. Simpson St., Lafayette, 720-209-2154

At its peak, The Twilight Zone presented a thinking person’s science fiction, mixing outlandish scenarios with tough ethical questions. But the thing is, television was still a relatively new medium at the time the show aired. No one had quite figured out how to exploit the format’s abilities to their fullest potential yet. So early television, including The Twilight Zone, often comes off like a play. Editing is minimal, actors go on extended monologues — there just wasn’t much precedent for what The Twilight Zone was trying to accomplish, so Rod Serling and his writers looked to the stage. However, that means that The Twilight Zone was ripe for a theater adaptation, which is something the Theater Company of Lafayette realized almost a decade ago. The company’s annual Twilight Zone: Live! On Stage! is one of the most entertaining shows of the year, and the tiny company always manages to transport into you into another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination — the Twilight Zone.


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