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If your organization is planning an event of any kind, please email the arts and culture editor at crockett @ boulderweekly [dot] com. 

Planet Bluegrass presents Spring Grass. bluegrass.com/spring-grass/concerts

Concerts are back at Planet Bluegrass, both in-person and streaming. 

5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29: Andrew Marlin (of Mandolin Orange) — with Josh Oliver

5:30 p.m. Friday, April 30: Andrew Marlin — with Masontown

5 p.m. Saturday, May 1: Andrew Marlin — with Bowregard

5 p.m. Sunday, May 2: Andrew Marlin — with Jordan Tice

5:30 p.m. May 4 and 5: Martin Sexton — with Emma Rose

5:30 p.m. Friday, May 7: Bonnie Paine & Friends — with Taarka

5 p.m. Saturday, May 8: Bonnie Paine & Friends — with Taarka

Carla Harvey Green Buddha

Green Buddha & Friends + Gasoline Lollipops — Benefit for Colorado Healing Fund. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder, bouldertheater.com

“No coast” reggae band Green Buddha gather a few friends (members of The Subdudes, Policulture, Jyemo Club, P Funk and more) for a show to benefit the Colorado Healing Fund, which is supporting families of the victims of the Table Mesa shooting. Gasoline Lollipops, SubBuddha (members of The Subdudes and Green Buddha) and Danny Shafer will open the evening. 

Comedy Underground. 8 p.m. Friday, April 30, The Louisville Underground, 640 Main St., Louisville. Price: $15/person, thelouisvilleunderground.com

Your favorite comedy show is back on April 30 with limited table seating only. Headliner: Derrick Rush, featuring Zoe Rogers with Tobias Livingston.

When Black Lives Don’t Matter: Years Lost to Wrongful Convictions in the Black Community. 5 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Registration: cu.law/RegisterApr29

In this virtual lecture, part of the University of Colorado Law School’s Race and the Law series, clinical professor Ann England and Anne-Marie Moyes, director of the Korey Wise Innocence Project, will examine the role of race in wrongful convictions. They will explore why they happen more to people of color, how race informs the lack of adequate reforms, and why exonerations take longer for Black versus white defendants.

Museum of Boulder presents Traditional Toys for Día de las Niñas, los Niños y los Niñes — Bilingual Craft Workshop (virtual and in-person). Virtual: 5 p.m. Friday, April 30; In-Person: Noon. Saturday, May 1, museumofboulder.org

Celebrate the Mexican Day of the Children/Día de las Niñas, los Niños y les Niñes! Participants will make traditional Mexican toys with new and traditional technologies and art expressions. This workshop will be conducted in English and Spanish.

Applications Open for Firehouse Art Center’s Slay the Runway Program. May 1-June 1, firehouseart.org/slay-the-runway

Slay the Runway, the Firehouse Art Center’s free outreach program for LGBTQIA+ youth and their allies, opens for applications May 1. Slay the Runway provides fashion design and sewing classes in Longmont and Boulder. The class will run for eight weeks and concludes with a professionally produced runway show at the B2 Center for Media, Arts, and Performance in CU Boulder’s Atlas Institute. In addition to garment construction and design, participants will work with make-up artists and choreographers to refine their final performance. There will be two in-person cohorts, one in Boulder and one in Longmont (small classes following county COVID guidelines) starting in September. The workshop is open to Colorado residents ages 13-18. Everyone is welcome, but all participants must respect that this is a safe space for LGBTQIA+ expression and celebration.

Stories on Stage presents ‘Still Crazy After All These Years.’ 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, streaming live from Boulder’s Nomad Playhouse. Ticket-holders will receive a link to the performance. Tickets are $15 and available at storiesonstage.org or by calling 303-494-0523.

Leslie O’Carroll (a Denver Post Ovation award-winning actress with TV and film credits including Breaking Bad, Longmire and the original Footloose) makes her Stories on Stage début, joining Allison Watrous and Sam Gregory, performing stories to show the crazy side in all of us.

Innisfree Workshop Series: Reading with Toni Oswald and Friends. 7 p.m. Sunday, May 2, collectiveaporia.com/innisfree

In this free event, Toni Oswald — writer, musician, performer, filmmaker and visual artist — will read from her latest release, Sirens. Joining Oswald are Brent L. Smith, CAConrad, Dan Hoy, Ella Longpre, HR Hegnauer, Mairead Case, No Land, Orlando O. White, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz and Selah Saterstrom.

Phamaly Theatre Company presents ‘CoronaVox: Stories From the Front.’ Streaming May 3-30, with single and household tickets available for one-week access, phamaly.org

Denver’s premier disability-affirmative theater, Phamaly Theatre Company, is proud to present CoronaVox: Stories from the Front — a compilation of original theatrical pieces created by Phamaly writers and actors. The pieces are based on members of the Colorado community who have been the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 crisis and their unique experiences during the pandemic. In classic Phamaly fashion, the stories will come to life with vitality, respect, humor and heart, demonstrating that even during the darkest of times, we can find light in human connection and storytelling. Captions and audio descriptions will be available to all audiences. 

Citizenship for All March: Calling For Action on Biden’s 100th Day in Office. 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 30, Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. 

Hosted by No Mas Chuecos and Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC), community members will meet in Roosevelt Park to demand a pathway to citizenship for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants. At the same time as the march in Longmont, other Colorado advocacy organizations will join Mijente and others across the country to conduct their own, virtual independent Truth and Accountability Forum on the country’s immigration enforcement arm, calling on Biden to take immediate administrative action, including an immediate halt to all deportations.

ARTS!Lafayette 12×12 Online Auction. 8 a.m. May 3-8 p.m. May 5, biddingowl.com/artslafayette

Find a great Mother’s Day gift and support the arts in Lafayette in this online auction. All 12×12 art pieces were created by Lafayette artists and local notables. Bidding on art begins at $35. Proceeds from the 12×12 Online Auction go directly to supporting Art on the Street, Art Night Out and Art in the Community initiatives. Works may be picked up at The Collective, 201 N. Public Road, May 6-8.

Boulder Strong Fundraiser. April 29-May 5, openstudios.org/boulderstrong

Buy art to support the families of those who lost their lives at the shooting in Boulder. Choose from more than 40 miniature artworks, generously donated by Open Studios artists and others. Everything is priced at $60. Proceeds go directly to Elevations Victims Assistance Fund. Artwork will be exhibited at R Gallery (2027 Broadway) through April, as well as in the online Boulder Strong Gallery.