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EVENTS

Author Talk: Joanne Tubbs Kelly—‘Walking Him Home’

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Tickets: $5, boulderbookstore.net

Alan and Joanne marry in midlife and live a happily-ever-after existence until, at 69, Alan is diagnosed with a rare, fatal, neurodegenerative illness. As he becomes increasingly disabled and dependent on others, and decreasingly able to find joy in life, he decides he wants to end his suffering using Colorado’s Medical Aid in Dying law. Walking Him Home is Joanne Tubbs Kelly’s tale of coming to terms with her kind, funny husband’s illness; of learning to navigate caregiving and the pitfalls of our medical system; and of choosing to help her husband in his quest to die with dignity. (Kelly will also speak at Tattered Cover Bookstore, 8885 Westminster Blvd., on Aug. 18. 

Selfie Night at Longmont Public Media

6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, Longmont Public Media, 457 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Free, longmontpublicmedia.org

Longmont Public Media is gathering artists from all over the state for a one night only selfie museum. Attendees pose as part of the exhibit and mount their cell phones to take pictures of themselves inside the exhibit. Exhibits will include hanging tapestries, psychedelic landscapes, and a photography project promoting positive self esteem in teenagers. Tripods with cell phone mounts will be posted in front of each exhibit. Outside the event, attendees can prepare for their selfies with styling vendors and face painting. Big Belly Brothers Barbecue food truck will be on hand for snacks between selfies. Selfie Night is part of a series of events called Thursday Night Live at Longmont Public Media, featuring movie trivia nights, live concerts and more. 

Boulder County Fair

Aug. 11-14, Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, bouldercountyfair.org

The Boulder County Fair returns with many of the fun events and activities from fairs past, like  live entertainment in the Fair Garden, Kids Corral and Petting Zoo, plus your favorite fair foods and 4-H animal projects. The Dairy Bar will be open for business and organizers are planning a live, in-person junior livestock sale.

Rocky Mountain Folk Festival 

Aug. 12-14, 500 W. Main St., Lyons. Friday Tickets: $85.50, bluegrass.com

For over 30 years, Folks Fest has brought together songwriters of all genres to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons for three days of music, camping, and inspiration. This year you can catch Ani DiFranco, Robert Earl Keen, Yola, Sarah Jarosz and more on the Main Stage. Not far away, can come say “Hi!” to Boulder Weekly editors and writers, sign up for our newsletter and enter to win a gift card to local businesses like Avanti and OAK at fourteenth. 

Arts in the Open Workshops 

10 a.m.-noon, Saturday Aug. 13, Chautauqua Park, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30, tickets.chautauqua.com

Surround yourself with beauty at Chautauqua Park and paint a masterpiece, step by step, with help from a teacher. This event is appropriate for families, couples, and friends. Participants should wear clothes to paint in and bring a blanket to sit on, water bottles and sunscreen.

FU Smash the Patriarchy: A Fundraiser for Reproductive Rights 

7 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Aug. 13, Junkyard Social Club, 2525 Frontier Ave., Unit A, Boulder. Tickets at various price tiers, junkyardsocialclub.org/events

As we work together to culturally smash the patriarchy, take your rage out physically right now while raising money for Colorado-based work to promote reproductive rights.  Take a sledgehammer to a gutted-out Prius, and smash patriarchal piñatas filled with contraceptives. Throw plates that will be repurposed into mosaics. Enjoy all this, plus cocktails by DV8 and food by Fancy AF, and an incredible line-up of live music and performance, including drag, circus, DJs, and an unnameable, local, 34-member band that engulfs the audience in an electric bog of music, ephemera, and spectacle. Proceeds go to Cobalt, a Colorado nonprofit that advances reproductive rights, and COLOR Latino, the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights. 

Opening Reception of 100 Years of Boulder Community Health 

4:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Tickets: $5, museumofboulder.org

2022 marks Boulder Community Health’s 100th anniversary. This fall, the Museum of Boulder is celebrating the contributions BCH has made to the community with an exhibit highlighting the organization’s history, partnerships, and innovations. Explore 100 years of history, from medical procedures in the 1920s to the pandemic response, and beyond to the future of BCH. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. 

Neptune Mountaineering presents Henna Taylor: Adventure Storytelling In Reel Time

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Neptune Mountaineering, 633 S. Broadway Boulder. Tickets are free but limited to the first 150 people.

At this event, filmmaker Henna Taylor will show two of her short documentaries, Speak To Me Softly and then A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground. These films are available to view online for free and Taylor will follow each film with a Q&A. At the end, she’ll show the trailer for An Accidental Life, her first feature-length film, and talk about future projects. 

CONCERTS

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

Chain Station. 8:30 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. Tickets: $15 cash cover

Eben Grace Duo. 8 p.m. Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $5

Goldpine. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. S. Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $20; Students: $10

Red Fang with Bell Witch & Aerial Ruin. 8 pm. Fox Theatre, 1164 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $18-$20

Stafford Hunter. 6 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637R S. Broadway St., Boulder. $17 suggested cover.

The Samples. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s Entertainment Venue & Event Center, 1455 Coal Creek Drive, Unit T, Lafayette. Tickets: $25-$40

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13

Asleep At The Wheel with Greg Schochet & Little America. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater. 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $27.50-$39.50

Beatles vs Stones: A Musical Showdown. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s Entertainment Venue & Event Center, 1455 Coal Creek Drive, Unit T, Lafayette. Tickets: $25-$40

Chaz Fest West 2022 (Saturday). 6 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. Tickets: $20

Jesse Cook. 7:30 p.m. Chautauqua Auditorium, 900 Baseline Road, Boulder. Tickets: $38-$48

Joe Schicke Duo. 8 p.m. Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $5

Stafford Hunter. 6 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637R S. Broadway St., Boulder. $17 suggested cover.

The Alcapones. The Caribou Room, 55 Indian Peaks Dr., Nederland. Tickets: $15

The Pamlico Sound & The Burroughs with Card Catalog. 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1164 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $15-$18

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

Bombino with Selasee & The Fafa Family. 8 p.m. Boulder Theater. 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $20-$25

Chaz Fest West 2022 (Sunday). 6 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. Tickets: $20

Lionel Young Duo. 8 p.m. Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $5

MONDAY, AUGUST 15

Michael “Mikee T” Patrick: A Celebration of Life. 7:30 p.m. Boulder Theater. 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30

TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Anya Hinkle. 6 p.m. Gold Hill Inn, 401 Main St., Boulder. Tickets: Free

Bourbon, Blues & Grooves: Jack Hadley Band. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s Entertainment Venue & Event Center, 1455 Coal Creek Drive, Unit T, Lafayette. Tickets: Free

Keith Waters. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. S. Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $20; Students: $10

Rodney Rice Duo. 8 p.m. Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $5

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18

Alpenglow with The Rocky Coasts, The Dick Nixons. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1164 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $15-$20

David Lawrence and the Spoonful. 9 p.m. Velvet Elk Lounge, 2037 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $10

Loose Cannon. 7:30 p.m. Nissi’s Entertainment Venue & Event Center, 1455 Coal Creek Drive, Unit T, Lafayette. Tickets: Free

MuseCycles Vocal Jam. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. S. Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $10

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