What to do when there’s ‘nothing’ to do…


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PBS Virtual Film Screening: ‘9to5: The Story of a Movement.’ Noon. Friday, Jan. 29. Free, ovee.itvs.org/screenings/4hocz

Before the movie and song enchanted audiences in 1980, 9to5 was a real-life movement made up of secretaries from Boston in the ’70s. Their goals were simple — better pay, more advancement opportunities and an end to sexual harassment — but their unconventional approach attracted press and shamed their bosses into change. Front Range Community College is hosting a public screening of the new documentary film 9to5: The Story of a Movement, from Emmy Award-winning Independent Lens, about the actual women whose fight inspired pop culture and changed the American workplace. Watch the movie — from the comfort of your own home — then join in for a live virtual discussion with Colorado experts, including Angela Astle, executive producer and founder of the Athena Project, and Rufina Hernandez, Esq., associate director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and ADA coordinator at the University of Denver. 

Flatirons Food Film Festival: Puppet-Making for Everyone. 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Free, bit.ly/FFFFPuppets

The Flatirons Food Film Festival offers more than just grub-centric films. On Jan. 30, master puppet-maker Cory Gilstrap (whose Arvada-based company, Imagined Creations, has produced sets, props, costumes, puppets and more for productions up and down the Front Range for decades) will lead this free class for kids ages 4 and up. Adults are welcome to participate and make their own puppets or just help their kids. This event will also include two short films: a socket puppet parody of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and Sock Puppet Film Noir. All you need is a sock, scissors, glue and everyday materials like buttons, macaroni, cereal, fabric scraps or whatever crafting materials you have on hand. 

Stone Cottage Studios presents Megan Burtt. 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. Tickets are $24.99-$119, stonecottagestudios.com/events

Stone Cottage Studios, a Colorado-based music discovery platform in support and promotion of local and visiting musicians, is hosting a livestream concert with singer-songwriter Megan Burtt on Jan. 30. Fans who tune in will get to watch Burtt perform her songs like “Fix You Need” and “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” via an innovative livestreaming production, featuring 1080P video and audio for the highest quality viewing experience. Guitar World has said Burtt “gracefully manipulates words and melody into a sultry delight,” so prepare for a musical treat.  

Charles Manley

Living Room Local with Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. Noon. Sunday, Jan. 31, via Zoom. Tickets are $20, localtheaterco.org

Local Theater Company invites you to gather (virtually) with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic and institution builder Henry Louis Gates Jr. for an intimate and interactive conversation about storytelling and how understanding our own personal histories connects us all. Gates Jr. serves as the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. His groundbreaking genealogy series, Finding Your Roots, enters its seventh season on PBS this year. 

Joann Wypijewski — ‘What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About #MeToo.’ 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 via Zoom. Tickets are $5, boulderbookstore.net 

For her book, What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk about #MeToo, Joann Wypijewski ignores the tabloid-style sexual preoccupations with monsters and victims, shame and virtue, and considers sex within the complexity of reality. From the HIV crisis to the pedophile priest panic, Woody Allen to Brett Kavanaugh, child pornography to Abu Ghraib, Wypijewski takes the most famous sex panics of the last decades and turns them inside out, weaving together a searing indictment of modern sexual politics, exposing how sex panics and the expansion of the punitive state are intertwined. 

YWCA Boulder County webinar: Closing the inequity gap for women in the workplace. 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. Register here: bit.ly/2XHiPwm

According to the latest federal employment report, employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, revealing that women accounted for all — yes all — the job losses, while men gained 16,000. YWCA Boulder County and an esteemed panel of experts will continue the discussion about the current “Shecession” and the greater gaps taking place in an already inequitable workforce for women. Panelists will be taking a closer look at the pre-pandemic gender pay wage gap of an average, full-time, employed woman earning only 81 cents, on average, for every dollar of their male peers. The gaps and inequities deepen for women of color.


Wes Magyar

‘Enduring Impressions: Degas, Monet, Pissarro, and Their Printmaker George William Thornley’ at Longmont MuseumJan. 29-July 18. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. $8 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for Museum members and children age 3 and younger.

This exhibit features original paintings, charcoal illustrations and prints by quintessential impressionists Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, on loan from the collection of Drs. Morton and Tobia Mower. All three painters produced a sizeable collection of stunning lithographs in collaboration with printmaker George William Thornley. See page 17 for more about Enduring Impressions

Sue Coe at east window. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 1-27, east window, 4949 Broadway, Unit 102-B, Boulder.

Stop by the outdoor art-viewing space at east window to see works by Sue Coe, a painter and printmaker who has, since the 1970s, worked at the juncture of art and social activism to expose injustices and abuses of power. Thinking of herself as an activist first and artist second, Sue has trained her gaze on a wide variety of social ills, translating such diverse topics as the perils of apartheid, the life of Malcolm X and the horror that is the American meat industry into searing social-political artworks, exhibitions and books.

Rick Dallago Art Exhibit at Museum of Boulder. Feb. 3-April 5, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Price: $8-$10. Children 4 and under free.

Rick Dallago’s photorealistic oil pastel paintings are often satirical, socially relevant and humorous, bringing to mind a modern day Norman Rockwell with depictions of smartphones taking pictures of Andy Warhol paintings (“Campbell’s Soup”) and Michelle Obama as a handgun-weilding nun (“Sister Mary Michelle”). The film producer, location manager and artist has traveled the world, with Los Angeles as homebase, for decades. But he relocated to Boulder in 2020, and immediately took home accolades from the 2020 National Fine Arts Show in Loveland.

Virtual Art & Sip: Greeting Cards (Watercolor). 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb 3.

Join Longmont Museum instructor Leigh Putnam for this free series that explores the whimsical nature of watercolor. Watercolor projects include greeting cards and a sunset-on-the-water scene inspired by Longmont Museum’s Enduring Impressions exhibit. Visit LongmontColorado.gov to see a list of supplies.

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