Events: Feb. 29-March 7

Where to go and what to do in Boulder County

Opening night of the Boulder International Film Festival happens March 1 at Longmont Museum. Courtesy: BIFF

Listen Back: Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History 
6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway. $15

Join Dr. Reiland Rabaka, founder of CU’s Center for African and African American Studies, for a “Listen Back” discussion illuminating one of 25 oral histories conducted by the NAACP Boulder County and featured in the Museum of Boulder’s Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History exhibition. 

Trash The Runway: Recycled Couture 
7 p.m. Macky Auditorium, Thursday, Feb. 29, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. $25

Back for its 14th year, Trash the Runway is the culmination of months of work and preparation by the best of Boulder County’s rising young couturiers. Twenty-nine designers from area middle and high schools will showcase clothing made entirely of trash and recycled materials.

Oscar Shorts: Animation
Thursday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 3. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. $12

For the 19th year in a row, the Dairy is ensuring you don’t overlook the Short Films category before the Academy Awards on March 10. Don’t miss the animation showcase at the Dairy, along with more screenings at CU’s International Film Series and the Sie Film Center in Denver.

BIFF Opening Night Party 
5-7 p.m. Friday, March 1, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road. Free with ticket purchase 

It’s the Boulder International Film Festival’s 20th anniversary, and you can kick the week off right with a cinematic celebration at the Longmont Museum. The Museum will offer free hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live music with the purchase of tickets to the Friday night shorts screening. 

Paint Party
6-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 1, Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder. $52

Denver artist Love CharlieJo Paints guides you through the creation of a wooden door hanger perfect for springtime during this step-by-step painting class. Admission will get you everything you’ll need to create, including a complimentary drink.

Mad LIBrarians 
1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Boulder Public Library – Canyon Gallery Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Free 

Grab the kiddos and head to Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Theater for an improv comedy series that will have the whole family in stitches. The Mad LIBrarians will perform made-up books based on audience suggestions at this monthly event presented by Boulder Ensemble Theater Company.  

TEDxCU: Renaissance 
3-6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. $25

Rebirth is the theme at this year’s independently organized TEDx event, featuring a collection of speakers and performers who will explore ideas of intellectual curiosity and creative exploration.

Fire & Ice: A Rooftop Music Festival
2-7 p.m. Sunday, March 3, Corrida, 1023 Walnut St., Boulder. $125

Corrida Boulder’s Winter Rooftop Party features live music from performers Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce, Dominic Lalli from Big Gigantic, and Borahm Lee from Pretty Lights and an all-you-can eat menu with a selection of included drinks against the backdrop of the Flatirons.

Dinner Opera: Puccini’s Suor Angelica 
Sat. March 2-Sun. March 3. Longmont Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St. $25-$35

This weekend’s featured opera at the Dickens is Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica, the one-act story of a young, lonely Italian nun who receives heartbreaking news from her aunt. Tickets start at $25 but can be paired with a $40 two-course dinner to be enjoyed during the show. 

Longmont Survival and Prepper Show 
Sat. March 2-Sun. March 3. Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont. Free

According to a Talker survey, one-third of Americans believe that they would be the sole survivor of an apocalypse. At Longmont’s Survival and Prepper expo, you can increase your odds — or just enjoy some people-watching — with products and presentations from leaders in survival preparedness and off-grid living. 

Path of Love: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Rumi 
6:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder. $18

Making its world premiere at eTown, this documentary follows Duke University professor Omid Safi on a journey through the mosques and holy sites of Turkey, ruminating on ancient ideas of love, nature and spirituality.

Front Range Vegetable Gardening 101 
6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, Hawthorn Farm, 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder. $45

Boulder’s high altitude and dry, dynamic climate prove to be a unique challenge every year. This introductory class, hosted by Growing Gardens’ Tim Villard, is a great place to start for understanding soil and how to keep, plant and transport healthy seeds in Colorado’s volatile springtime.