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Chautauqua@Home FALL virtual series. Oct. 6-Dec. 14, chautauqua.com. Tickets on sale now.

The Colorado Chautauqua has announced the second round of its Chautauqua@Home virtual programming season, featuring Chautauqua’s popular Silent Film Series, in addition to a Colorado-themed dance film and Jeff & Paige’s Chautauqua Halloween for children and families. 

Oct. 14: National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks (Jon Waterman)

Oct. 23: Jeff & Paige’s Halloween Special

Nov. 6: Tour de Force (film) in partnership with Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

Nov. 13: The Kid and Mighty Like A Moose (silent films with accompaniment)

Nov. 20: The Mark of Zorro (silent film with accompaniment)

Nov. 27: Lady Windermere’s Fan (silent film with accompaniment)

Nov. 30: Space Series: RST: Humanity’s Next Great Leap (Sheldon Drobot)

Dec. 4: The General (silent film with accompaniment)

Dec. 7: Space Series: Mysteries Cassini Did Not Solve (Larry Esposito)

Dec. 14: Space Series: The Search for Life Beyond Earth
(Brian Hynek)

Boulder Councilmember Junie Joseph

Let Your Voice Be Heard — A panel discussion on the importance of voting. 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, streaming live from Facebook and StreamYard.

Boulder City Council member Junie Joseph is hosting a community discussion on the importance of voting in these divisive times, and addressing some of the reasons why we choose to vote. Guest panelists include: Rosevel Pierre-Louis, head of Office for Bangassou MINUSCA; Nicole Hensel, executive director at New Era Colorado; Howard Chou, first vice chair for the Colorado Democratic Party; and Molly Fitzpatrick, Boulder County clerk and recorder.

Artist Melanie Yazzie

Virtual Professional Artist Forum in Celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9 via Zoom, bouldercountyarts.org. Free and open to the public. RSVP required to Lauren Click, clickl@boulderlibrary.org.

Join printmaker, painter, sculptor and CU-Boulder professor Melanie Yazzie in this special Indigenous People’s Day Professional Artist Forum. Yazzie’s work draws upon her rich Diné (Navajo) cultural heritage. Her work follows the Diné dictum “walk in beauty.” In March, her sculpture “Strength from Within” was added to the City of Boulder’s public art collection and remains on view at the southwest corner of Pearl and 16th streets. Come to this artist forum to hear from Yazzie about her artistic practice, commune with fellow artists, and learn about resources and opportunities. 

100 Years of ‘Notorious’ Women: Voting Rights and Equal Rights. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. RSVP and watch live at colorado.edu/cwa.

Leading scholars and practitioners of women’s voting rights throughout history will discuss the evolution and current state of women’s right to vote and how the votes of women affect women’s policy priorities. Free and open to all. Should you require communication assistance, please email cwapress@colorado.edu. Presented in partnership with the CU-Boulder LeRoy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment and the Boulder Jewish Community Center.


New local music and live and virtual concerts

Augustus — Color TV and Tall Tales

Boulder-based indie rock quartet Augustus is dropping a new record on Oct. 9. Color TV and Tall Tales is a microcosm of Colorado’s robust music scene: recorded at Daymoon Studios in Denver with appearances by Tyler Imbrogno of Eldren and Nate Cook of the Yawpers. The album — the band’s fifth —  is yet another evolution for these classic rock torchbearers, showcasing the group’s ability to weave together hazy psychedelia, crunchy Americana and lo-fi indie rock. Visit Augustus.live for more.

Boulder Bach Festival’s 40th Season: ‘Beyond The Screen.Oct. 8-22, boulderbachfestival.org. Subscription: $175 per adult.

Boulder Bach Festival’s (BFF) 40th Season, Beyond The Screen, offers four Colorado Concert films — in autumn, winter, spring and summer. Early subscribers will receive a studio-recorded lecture with performances tracing the history of plucked instruments from northern Africa to western Europe. Early subscribers will also receive a commemorative book featuring 40 years of BBF program book-cover art, plus music director Zachary Carrettin’s recording of the Bach Cello Suites 1, 2 and 3. BBF subscribers will receive their own password and a link to view directly online. 

Matt Umland Photography

Backporch Series presents Altius Quartet. 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, Dairy Arts Center parking lot, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, thedairy.org. Tickets are $25 per person at EventBrite.

Head to the back of the Dairy Arts Center on Oct. 11 for a live performance by the Altius Quartet. Through the evolving art of chamber music, Altius performs and elevates music by living composers. Concessions including wine and beer will be available for credit card purchase only


Boulder Book Store presents: Mystery Authors Panel. 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 via Zoom, boulderbookstore.net. Tickets are $5 for the access link to this virtual event. 

Mystery authors Scott Graham (Mesa Verde Victim), Cynthia Kuhn (The Study of Secrets), Margaret Mizushima (Hanging Falls), Debra H. Goldstein (Three Treats Too Many), and Becky Clark (Foul Play on Words) will speak about their new books in this virtual event. 

Pam Houston and Amy Irvine — ‘Air Mail.’ 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Tickets are $15.95 on Eventbrite. Houston and Irvine will sign books in front of the store before their talk, starting at 3 p.m., weather permitting.

When the state of Colorado ordered its residents to shelter in place in response to the spread of coronavirus, writers Pam Houston and Amy Irvine — who had never met — began a correspondence based on their shared devotion to the rugged, windswept mountains that surround their homes, one on either side of the Continental Divide. As the numbers of infected and dead rose and the nation split dangerously over the crisis, Houston and Irvine found their letters to one another nearly as necessary as breath. Part tribute to wilderness, part indictment against tyranny and greed, Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place reveals the evolution of a friendship that galvanizes as it chronicles a strange new world.


Firehouse Art Center’s Dia de los Muertos Exhibit Opening Celebration.  Oct. 9, Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, firehouseart.org.

Opening Celebration (Oct. 9): The Firehouse opens its Día de los Muertos celebration with an invocation at Roosevelt Park led by Grupo Azteca Tlahuitzcalli. Then at 6:30 p.m., gigantes, traditional giant puppets made by local artists, will depart from Roosevelt Park with the Aztec Dancers at the lead. Revelers will dance with the gigantes, from the park through downtown Longmont to the steps of the Firehouse, where guests are invited to meet ofrenda (altar) artists and bid in a catrina (skeleton) painting auction. These paintings were created by local community artists and will support future Firehouse Art Center programs, exhibits and events. Guests will be allowed entry based on capacity.

The exhibit (Oct. 8-Nov. 8, Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont):

Curator and artist Grace Gutierrez, a Longmont native, recognizes the importance of learning local history. Researching significant events addressed in the exhibition, she asked four Colorado based Latinx artists — Cal Duran, Javier Flores, Adrian Raya and Ramon Trujillo — to create three Día de los Muertos altars to celebrate the lives and legacies of local Latinx individuals we have lost. 

The Catrinas (Oct. 8-Nov. 8, Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont): More than 20 catrinas (skeletons) were painted by local artists to support the Firehouse Art Center’s programming, events and exhibits. They will be displayed in the Longmont Public Library and at the Firehouse.  All catrinas will be available for online bidding from Oct. 9 at noon through Oct. 11 at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the catrinas auction will support and sustain the Firehouse Art Center’s outreach programs and exhibits.