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Arts

Creative evolution

A month at Boulder's freewall

By Maalikah Hartley

Anyone who has driven down 30th Street has probably seen it out their window. But in case you’ve never stopped for a closer look, the brightly colored slab of concrete next to the skatepark in Scott Carpenter Park is a penalty-free place for graffiti: the Boulder Freewall.

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Honors in art

New awards event at The Dairy Center, modeled on Kennedy Center Honors, focuses on local arts leaders

By Josh Gross

Film festivals. Galleries. Multiple orchestras in a town of only 100,000. There isn’t much argument against the fact that Boulder is an arts city.

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Arts | Week of August 28, 2014

Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865-5000. Through January 18, 2015..

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Vision quest

BOULDER ASKS WHAT LOCAL ART AND CULTURE WILL NEED BY 2023

By Josh Gross

“So what does Boulder culture look like in 2023, and then how does the city provide programs and tools to meet that?” The city will begin by surveying the public about arts and culture with a series of public discussions and web-surveys at www.BoulderArts.

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Arts | Week of August 21, 2013

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver, 720-865- 5000. Through March 22, 2015..

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‘Photography and Vision’ is about just that

Exhibition shows the evolving taste of two collectors

By Elizabeth Miller

Eight black and white images — a photo collage — of a figure that looks wrapped for burial at sea, shrouded and tagged with an American flag occasionally upside down, run in sequence along the opening wall of the gallery. The collage is part of the current exhibit titled Photography and Vision: The Influence of Joyce and Ted Strauss.

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Arts | Week of August 7, 2014

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

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Brewers

Saturday, August 2: Avery Brewing Company’s 21st Anniversary Party, 12 p.m. Avery Brewing Company, 5763 Arapahoe Ave.

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Arts | Week of July 31, 2014

First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection..

Books

Words | Week of August 28, 2014

Bravery: The Living Buddha Within You —.

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Words | Week of August 21, 2014

7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-322-7727..

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Words

10:30 a.m. Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe, 1203 13th St., Suite A, Boulder, 303-495- 3303..

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Words | Week of August 7, 2014

Magnificent Vibration — by Rick Springfield. 7 p.m. Tattered Cover Book Store, 9315 Dorchester St., Highlands Ranch. 303-470-7050..

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Bukowskis

Saturday, August 2: Lighthouse Writers Workshop hosts Boulder Story Builder, Boulder Center for Conscious Community, 1637 28th St., Boulder, 303-297- 1185 Lighthouse Writers Workshop will spend the weekend presenting an array of seminars, craft-talks and literary performances to help Boulder’s aspiring scribes class up their game.

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Words | Week of July 31, 2014

Nightingale’s Nest — by Nikki Loftin. 6:30 p.m. Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074..

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Words | Week of July 10, 2014

Veronica Roth in Conversation with Margaret Stohl — Four: A Divergent Collection..

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Words | Week of July 03, 2014

The Belief in Angels — by J. Dylan Yates. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder, 303-447-2074..

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Words | Week of June 26, 2014

Lords of the Sky: How Fighter Pilots Changed War Forever, from the Red Baron to the F-16 —.

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Words | Week of June 19, 2014

Active Minds Lecture: Ukraine at a Tipping Point..

Music

Fun-loving criminals

West Water Outlaws to say thanks with free show and free beer at Boulder Theater

By Nadia Mishkin

I’ve always been kind of obsessed with the idea of outlaws,” says Will Buck, guitarist for West Water Outlaws, and the man who came up with the band’s name. “Back in the day the outlaws were these guys who were famous for being criminals, and people kind of loved them for it, even though they did bad things. So they could just kind of roam free.”

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Yuna!

There isn’t a very deep bench for Malaysian-pop acts crossing over into the US and world market. But even if there were, the top of the roster would still likely be Yuna, the Pharrell-produced phenom whose 2012 debut album tore up Billboard’s charts.

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Thin air, heavy vibes

NedFest highlights music, beer and community

By Matt Cortina

Making their first appearance at the festival is Robert Randolph and the Family Band, who will headline Saturday night’s lineup. On Sunday, guitarists Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of the band Little Feat will join “New Orleans Funk” band the New Orleans Suspects to close out the festival.

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A haircut in four parts

Boulder Timberliners prep for 66th annual Barbershop Harmony Festival

By Josh Gross

Anyone looking to test his thesis is welcome to attend open weekly meetings of the Boulder Timberliners Tuesdays at 7 p.m., at the Mount Zion Lutheran Church at Balsam and Broadway, where they run vocal exercises, sing polecat songs and generally harmonize.

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Death

San Francisco-based Blue Sky Black Death took its name from a skydiving term referencing how beautiful everything looks before you splat into the ground. If you tone down the black death a notch, it’s a good metaphor for the band’s sound as well.

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A feast for the soul

Folks Fest continues to be a celebration of narrative songwriting, but this year it’s also a celebration of rebirth

By Caitlin Rockett

Around these parts, there’s no better table to set a feast for the soul than Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons. And around this time of year there’s no better feast for the soul than the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, a veritable cornucopia of great music from some of the world’s most talented singer/ songwriters. As we prepare ourselves for the changing of the seasons, Folks Fest provides us a physical place to wind down, reflect and enjoy the final days of summer.

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Is Eric Johnson learning to relax?

The storied guitar virtuoso talks about living in the moment and blowing out a few candles

By Dave Kirby

Anyone following the career of Austinbased guitarist Eric Johnson has learned to reconcile the guitarist’s singular fretboard mastery with his sluggish pace of releasing recordings.

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Hail to the chiefs

Presidents of the United States of America still doing things their way

By Brian Palmer

Songs like “Lump,” “Peaches,” and “Boll Weevil,” were short, fast, loud, catchy as all hell, and unlike almost every other Seattle band releasing records in the ’90s, they were giddy fun, preferring lyrics about tiki gods and kitties to heroin.

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Rock and roll

Portland stoner-rockers Black Pussy really don’t care if you think their name is offensive. Like so many things in rock and roll, it comes from The Rolling Stones (before being censored by the record company, “Brown Sugar” was originally called,...

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Flamenco metal

Contradictions have always made for compelling art. But there’s contradictions and then there’s Rodrigo y Gabriela, a duo from Mexico City that hit it big in Dublin, Ireland, where their instrumental, heavy metal-influenced flamenco guitar caught the ear of folk-pop crooner Damien Rice.

Panorama

New calendar service: Boulder County Events

Boulder Weekly is launching a new presentation of our calendar, now known as Boulder County Events.

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Events Calendar | Week of January 10, 2013

Surrealist painter Sky Black will exhibit his work at Trident Cafe and Bookstore in January.

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Arts | Week of January 10, 2013

Matt Smith's 'Guardians of Ediza' is among the paintings on the American West on view at Gallery 1261.

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Theater | Week of January 10, 2013

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) continues at Jesters Dinner Theatre.

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Words | Week of January 10, 2013

Jon Sands, author of The New Clean, reads at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore.

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Event Calendar | Week of January 3, 2013

Gipsy Moon plays Jan. 3 at the Pioneer Inn and Jan. 4 at Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids.

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Arts | Week of January 03, 2013

Loretta Young-Gautier´s photographs are on display at the Byers-Evans house.

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Theater | Week of January 03, 2013

Newark Violenta, a tribute to Italian crime cinema from the 1970s, premieres at The Edge Theater Company.

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Words | Week of January 03, 2013

Brian Gast, author of The Business of Wanting More, will appear at Tattered Cover Jan. 8.

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Event Calendar | Week of December 27, 2012

The Motet plays the Fox Theatre Dec. 30 and 31.

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Join us for this heartwarming, humorous and candid documentary about the challenges and victories of seniors as they dive into the digital world. A group of initially reluctant computer novices discover the wonders of the internet with the help of teenage mentors.

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Destination unknown

‘Locke’ has made a very important decision

By Michael J. Casey

The conversations are of a disastrous nature, but oddly, Locke doesn’t try to save anyone, undo irreparable damage or make everything right. Instead, Locke tries to rationalize his actions and decisions to anyone who will listen. Maybe not for others, but certainly for himself.

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Ride fast, die young

‘Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist’ shows glimpse of a rough ride

By Michael J. Casey

All it took was Lance Armstrong and a very successful “Bike to Work” campaign and cycling became more popular than ever. Especially in Boulder where the cycling community is positioned to overthrow every last automobile on Broadway.

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At first this film seems to be a comedy about a red-haired man trying to find love, but through revealing moments, whimsical animation and real interviews, a universal story arises.

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Acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and executive producers Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball) present a documentary film that recounts the inspiring and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert — a story that is by turns personal, funny, painful and transcendent.

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The future of the American family

How to survive ‘Zombieland’ and make friends

By Michael J. Casey

Verizon Wireless has “Friends & Family.” Sprint calls it “Framily.” Facebook calls it “Friending” (even if your own mother just “friended” you). If the 20th century focused on the nuclear family, then America in the 21st century shifted importance to those friends that comprise a family.

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Experience the cultural and musical collisions through the personal journeys of three musicians — American, Serbian, Romani — whose lives are bound to Balkan brass for very different reasons. Filmmaker Q&A via Skype after the Sunday, Aug. 10, 5 p.m. screening.

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Silent film starring Harold Lloyd and featuring live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Harold Lloyd’s comic masterpiece Kid Brother is a masterful blend of great comedy and sentiments. Harold Hickory (Lloyd) is smitten by Mary Powers travelling with her late father’s medicine show.

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Films showing in the Boulder area the week of July 17.

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Mean streets and dark nights

‘Double Indemnity’ and the existential abyss of film noir

By Michael J. Casey

Film noir gained popularity in the early 1940s, just as America entered the war and the moviegoing public was looking for something darker to sink their teeth into. Lucky for them, Hollywood recently gained an influx of European émigrés fleeing the Nazi Party.

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Bleak and white

‘A Dame to Kill For’ is dark but not deep

By Ryan Syrek

Celebrated narcissist and Freddy Krueger look-a-like Frank Miller gives the women he writes a plethora of career choices. They can be prostitutes, strippers, bondage-wearing murderers or corpses. Some get to be all of those! Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

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Take it back

‘The Giver’ is the worst kind of bad

By Ryan Syrek

Go down swinging for the fences, punchdrunk and confident you’re making something truly awesome that people will love, even if it winds up a steaming pile of poodoo we mock. I respect the noble fool, the proud creator of disaster who clearly put everything into a creative vision beloved by only himself.

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Art reflecting Ebert

‘Life Itself’ showcases the wit and wisdom of Roger Ebert

By Michael J. Casey

Parliamentary correspondent Simon Horrart.” And, “There I asked Ted Turner how he got so much else right, and colorization wrong.” And a personal favorite, “From the basement of Macky Auditorium, I participated in Colorado’s first live webcast, although I’m fairly certain no one was watching.

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Grade A-Holes

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the joy of spectacle

By Ryan Syrek

The proliferation of comic book movies has reached its cultural apex, so thoroughly dominating the box office and public consciousness that a backlash was practically invited. While the public plays Oliver Twist, wallets open and begging for more, those who critically engage cinema have begun the “tsk, tsk”-ing and the “poo-poo”-ing.

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Fuzzy focus

‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ needs no humans

By Ryan Syrek

But Caesar and Malcolm ( Jason Clarke), a cautious father and second-incommand at the human camp, both want peace. They negotiate a delicate alliance that is threatened by the human leader, Dreyfus (Gary Oldman), and the warmongering Koba.

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Lucy goosey

Writer/director Luc Besson cares not for facts

By Ryan Syrek

But here’s the thing: it’s the most awesome drug ever. If you take enough of it, you become God. Or, as the pseudoscience in the movie incorrectly explains, “you use 100 percent of your brain’s cerebral capacity.” For some reason, this allows you to move stuff with your mind and sometimes dissolve into a weird human cloud thing.

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Aliens

By Josh Gross

Boulder Outdoor Cinema mostly shows its films at night. Mostly.

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Coming of age

‘Boyhood’ is a cinematic existence

By Michael J. Casey

Richard Linklater’s latest work, Boyhood, employs one of the most audacious approaches to storytelling: Linklater and company filmed the actors for a few days every year for 12 years.

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A boy’s best friend is his cow

‘Go West’ with the timeless appeal of Buster Keaton

By Michael J. Casey

Go West, screening Wednesday, July 23 as part of The Chautauqua Silent Film Series, is a magnificent display of Keaton and his acrobatic qualities.

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Eyes open to the world

‘Closing Doors’ shows there’s more than one way to look at life

By Elizabeth Miller

The film tells the story of Ricky, a teenage boy on the autism spectrum who can’t remember to lift the toilet seat or eat without someone there to remind him, who gets lost in the bowels of New York City’s train system after his sister fails to pick him up after school.

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Yee-haw!

It’s not exactly in the town charter or anything, but hot time summer in the city kicks off with the Boulder Creek Festival in May. Cold time skiing in the mountains announces its return this week with the Boulder Creek Hometown Festival, which is, well… pretty similar but with slightly more risk of rain.

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YOLO!

Art store/performance space/gathering-of-the-minds venue madelife has been running its block-party soiree style Sunday Social series throughout the summer, featuring tunes, food, art and shenanigans, with participatory art and culture vibe..

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Theater | Week of August 28, 2014

224 Main St., Longmont, 303-682- 9980. Through Sept. 6..

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Dave

Though there isn’t technically any sort of official contest to determine the funniest man alive, but if there were, Dave Chapelle would be on the short list. His standup performances, movie roles and sketch show, Chapelle’s Show, are all comedic powerhouses, infusing the mannerisms of a genuine oddball into wholly relatable everyman sensibilities.

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Divas

Aug. 23 will be the ninth annual Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! drag show to promote HIV awareness and prevention. Expect feathers, divas on tap and no shortage of Streisand-worship. All for a good cause..

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Theater | Week of August 21, 2014

The Boulder Fringe Festival is launching with Five 5ths of the Wizard of Oz: A Fringe Benefit!.

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Choose your own adventure

Zombie Apocalypse Live! is theater for the video game generation

By Josh Gross

Attendees don’t just stroll through a haunted house, gawking at the horror show all willy-nilly. They are handed a military-replica machine-gun that fires lasers so they can gun down the zombies. A headshot triggers a flash of light and vibration from the sensors mounted to the actor’s heads and down they go; a body shot and they just keep coming.

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Comedy

Comedy so often falls into the woefully over-walked territory of bro-tastic, one-dimensional dick jokes, so the Dairy Comedy’s all LGBT season-opening show should be a breath of fresh air. Or, at least, air of a different scent.

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Theater

The Cock Project: A Man’s Journey..

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Get ‘em Tiger

SLAB: square product theatre debuts a multimedia collaboration

By Gregory Thorson

It was more than four years ago that Emily Harrison, artistic director for Boulder’s square product theatre, saw University of Denver professor Selah Saterstrom read an excerpt of her novel-in-progress, SLAB, at a Naropa University writing workshop. Harrison found the themes intriguing.

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