What to do when there’s nothing to do



Fun on the Farm: How Does Your Garden Grow? 9:45-10:30 a.m. Friday, May 13 and Friday, May 27, Agricultural Heritage Center, 8348 Ute Highway 66, Longmont, bouldercountyopenspace.org

Children ages 3-6 are invited to the farm at the Agricultural Heritage Center to learn about animals, plants, and agricultural life. Programs include a short story time, hands-on activities and a take-home craft. Afterwards, explore the farm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Jim Drew (jdrew@bouldercounty.org) for more information.

Jon Bassoff—‘Beneath Cruel Waters.’ 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Tickets: $5, boulderbookstore.net

In Longmont-local Jon Bassoff’s new novel, Beneath Cruel Waters, Holt Davidson, a Kansas firefighter, investigates the power of generational trauma. Davidson hasn’t been back to his hometown of Thompsonville, Colorado, for more than two decades. When he learns that his estranged mother has taken her own life, he returns for the funeral, hoping to make peace with her memory. He spends the night at his childhood home, rummaging through each room, exploring the past. But instead of nostalgic souvenirs, he discovers a gun, a love letter and a Polaroid photograph of a man lying in his own blood. As his own traumatic memories begin to resurface, Holt begins an investigation into his mother’s and sister’s pasts—as well as his own. 

Palestinian Cultural Day at the Museum of Boulder. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Tickets: $10, museumofboulder.org

Head to the Museum of Boulder for a fun afternoon of live music, refreshments and education. Live music will be performed by: Catrene Malshy, a Lebanese born Palestinian who sings Arabic vocals and teaches debke dancing, and Thauma, a Palestinian band. Enjoy an artifact display area with books, art, and cultural outfits; Arabic name lessons with a fun craft opportunity; tea readings; dabke dance lessons; snacks and refreshments provided by Saj Cafe, Jerusalem Cafe, and Phoenician Kabob; a photo booth; poetry reading and slam performances; art work produced in Palestinian refugee camps; and vendors selling handicrafts from Palestine.

Harland Williams. 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20-$25, z2ent.com

Comedian and actor Harland Williams is known for his hilarious movie roles in films such as Dumb and Dumber, Something about Mary, Half Baked, Rocketman, Sorority Boys, Down Periscope and more. His stand up comedy routines have been seen on Letterman, The Tonight Show, Conan, HBO, Comedy Central and everywhere else.

Boulder Ballet presents Masterworks. May 19-22, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$35, thedairy.org

Masterworks will showcase the evolution of ballet. The evening will start with two classical excerpts from Swan Lake, featuring choreography after the original by Petipa set to Tchaikovsky’s magical score. The contemporary ballet The Devil Ties My Tongue, by Amy Seiwert, explores the complexity of communication, connections, and deep internal conflicts. The final piece is a modern classic, Paul Taylor’s Airs, a Boulder Ballet favorite, set to uplifting music by Handel.

The Fractal Society presents the Second Annual Cirque de Mense: A Menstruation Celebration. 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, Boulder Circus Center, 4747 26th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$45,

The second volume of Cirque de Menses will feature circus arts performances by The Fractal Society, raise funds for the nonprofit PridePads Africa, and show that menstruators have a wide range of unique experiences, all of which are normal. The show flows through light, comedic interpretations and heavier personal experiences to honor the magic and misery of menstruation. Cirque de Menses is a PG-13 performance presented through awe-inspiring performances including aerialists dancers, acrobats, and more. Seventy-five percent of ticket proceeds will go directly to PridePads, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in Boulder that produces biodegradable, eco-friendly and affordable menstrual pads for women and girls in rural Cameroon. The PridePads team also provides menstrual health education in schools in Cameroon, ensuring that girls stay in school and don’t miss out on their education during their periods.


Friday, May 13

SVDDEN DEATH. 6 p.m.1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield. Tickets: $34.99-$50.

Bound For Peaches: Tribute to The Allman Brothers and Tedeschi Trucks Band. 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $15-$18

Saturday, May 14

BillEby Brothers (Billy Shaddox & Eben Grace). 6 p.m. Gold Hill Inn (Beer Garden), 401 Main St., Boulder. Free

Jocelyn Medina Quintet. 6 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S Broadway St., Boulder. Suggested $15 cover

The Grass Project. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. TIckets: $15

Smooth Money Gesture. 7 p.m. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland. Tickets: $10-$13

Start Making Sense. 9 p.m.  Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $18-$20

Sunday, May 15

Chris Koza. 5 p.m. Gold Hill Inn Barroom Stage, 401 Main St., Boulder. Free

Strangebyrds “Highway Islands” Album Release Party. 6 p.m. The Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20.

David Bromberg. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $35-$45 

Tuesday, May 17

Nilüfer Yanya with Tasha, Ada Lea. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20-$23 

Thursday, May 19

An Evening with Bruce Cockburn. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $35-$45

Augustus. 8 p.m. The Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St. Boulder

Friday, May 20

Paul McCandless with Charged Particles. 6 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder. Suggested $15 cover. Second show 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21

Twang is Dead Featuring Dave Watts (The Motet) and Ross James (Phil Lesh/Terrapin Family Band). 8 p.m. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland. Tickets: $15

High Lonesome. 8:30 p.m. Gold Hill Inn (Barroom Stage), 401 Main St., Boulder. $15 cash cover

Son Lux with Nappy Nina. 9 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $22-$25 

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