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Foothills Wildflower Hike. 10 a.m. Monday, June 14, near Boulder. Location provided when registered, bouldercountyopenspace.org

Join volunteer naturalists for a spring wildflower hike in the beautiful foothills west of Boulder. Plan to hike about 1.5 miles through forest and meadows in search of spring wildflowers, while enjoying beautiful views of the snowy high country. All ages are welcome. Registration required.

Longmont Symphony Guild Garden Tour. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 11 and 12, 515 Kimbark St., Suite 105, Longmont. Ticket Price: $15, Children under 12: free, longmontsymphony.org

The Longmont Symphony Guild Garden Tour is back, celebrating its 43rd year with four incredible gardens to visit in east Longmont. For those of you who have your own gardens, there will be plenty of seasoned gardeners in attendance to share some of their gardening tips and tricks. This event is part of the Longmont Symphony Guild’s annual “Festival of Flowers” tour, which is sponsored by The Flower Bin. 

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Artist Reception for ‘High Key,’ a Solo Exhibition of Selected Works by Greg Ellis. 5-9 p.m. Thursday, June 10, Boulder Creative Collective, 2208 Pearl St., Boulder. $5 suggested donation, bouldercreativecollective.com

In High Key, Michigan native Greg Ellis explores the effect living a public life has on the expression of American youth. Focusing on the pressures of the “virtual gaze,” Ellis investigates what the effects of a wholly public existence may have on the development of the young adult. Attend the opening reception on June 10 at the Boulder Creative Collective, or stop by Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. or Saturday between noon and 3 p.m. before June 27 to view the collection.  

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Living Room Local with Joe Neguse: ‘How Story Shapes Civic Life.’ 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, via Zoom. Free, but registration is required through Eventbrite, localtheaterco.org

Recently seen on the national stage as the House impeachment manager for the Senate trial of Donald Trump, U.S. Representative for Colorado’s second congressional district Joe Neguse joins Living Room Local for a conversation on the value of arts and culture in a healthy democracy. Local Theater Company’s Artistic Director Pesha Rudnick sits down with Rep. Neguse to discuss the importance of narrative in civic life and how storytelling has the power to build community and promote empathy. Neguse, the son of Eritrean immigrants and naturalized citizens, will talk about his time as a campus leader at CU Boulder, his service as the one of the youngest state Cabinet secretaries in Colorado’s history, and his experience as the first African-American member of Congress to represent the State of Colorado.

BrewHaHa Beer Festival. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, June 12, Arista Park, Broomfield, broomfield.org/BrewHaHa

Head on over to Broomfield’s first festival of the summer, the fifth annual BrewHaHa. This event is free and open to all ages. Stop by and enjoy $5 beers from local breweries, including 4 Noses Brewing Company, Wonderland Brewing Company and Westminster Brewing Company. This year, show your COVID vaccine card indicating you are fully vaccinated, and get a ticket good for one free beer ticket. There will also be popular food trucks with treats from Kona Ice, Ruby Ru’s Street Eatery and Mountain Thai Kitchen, lawn games, and two live bands to get you dancing. 

Second Saturday Art Walk. 1-6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, KAF Shopping Center, 4949 Broadway, Boulder, noboartdistrict.org

Spend the day in the North Boulder Art District checking out local artists, enjoying live music, eating at different food vendors, and taking part in an array of family-friendly activities. This inaugural, socially distanced, outdoor event is a day-time alternative to night-time First Friday events. Second Saturday events will continue through December. 

Japanese Culture Day at the Museum of Boulder. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 13, Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. Included with regular cost of admission to the museum, museumofboulder.org

Museum of Boulder is partnering with Sakura Foundation to present Japanese Cultural Day. This fun day at the museum will feature live rooftop performances by Taiko (Japanese drummers) and Japanese-inspired artwork from Akemi Tsutsui-Kunitake. Become more familiar with Japan and Japanese culture by talking with members of Chibi no Gakko (a K-12 educational Japanese program), Denver-Takayama Sister Cities and Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado. Performances scheduled on the hour every hour on the rooftop patio. Learn to fold origami cranes and enjoy some yummy savory and sweet Japanese snacks.


The Caribou Room (55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland) 

Deadphish Orchestra

Deadphish Orchestra (jam). 5 p.m. Friday, June 11. Tickets: $50 per vehicle includes 1 person, $25 for each additional person (up to four total) in a parking space. 

New Family Dog with Sally Van Meter & Melly Francis (formerly of The Sweet Lillies). 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Free on a first-come, first-served basis.

Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison)

The Revivalists (rock). 7:30 p.m. June 10 and 11. Tickets: $65-$85.

Big Head Todd and the Monsters (rock). 7:30 p.m. June 12 and 13. Tickets: $79.95-$99.95.

Grace Potter (indie). 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1. Tickets: $55-$79.50.

Dickens Opera House (300 Main St., Longmont)

Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen tribute). 8 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Tickets: $20

Dairy Arts Center 

Innastate (reggae and rock). 7 p.m. Friday, June 1. Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Tickets: $15.

Brothers of Brass. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Tickets: $15.

Jayme Stone (alternative/indie). 7 p.m. Sunday, June 13. Back Porch Series, Dairy Arts Center Loading Dock, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Tickets: $25.

Gold Hill Inn (401 Main St., Boulder)

Kimberly Crist

BillEby Brothers (folk/Americana). 5 p.m. Friday, June 11. 

Sky Mason (folk). 5 p.m. Saturday, June 12. 

John Statz (folk/Americana). 5 p.m. Sunday, June 13.

The Muse Performance Space (200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette)

Ben Hanna (singer/songwriter). 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10. Tickets: $15.

Vocal Jazz Jam. 7 p.m. Friday, June 11. Tickets: $15

Lucas Deal Quinent (jazz). 7 p.m. Saturday, June 12. Tickets: $15.

Stewart Auditorium (400 Quail Road, Longmont)

Tierro Band with Bridget Law. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17.  Free, outdoors.

St Julien Hotel (900 Walnut St., Boulder)

Jon Ridnell and The Ned String Band (rock). 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

Sean Cunnane (jam Americana). 6 p.m. Friday, June 11.

Atom Quartet (jazz). 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12.

Bill McKay (rock). 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 16.


‘Each/Other’: Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger. Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway, Denver. Through Aug. 22.

Each/Other is the first exhibition to simultaneously feature the work of Marie Watt and Cannu Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative art-making. Exploring the collective process of creation, Each/Other will feature 26 mixed media sculptures, wall hangings and large-scale installation works by Watt (Seneca, Scottish, German) and Luger (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota and European), along with a new monumental artist-guided community artwork. While each artist’s practice is rooted in collaboration, they have never before worked together or been exhibited alongside one another in a way that allows audiences to see both the similarities and contrasts in their work.

Artist Occupied: Summer Residency Janelle W. Anderson. Firehouse Art Center, 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. June-August.

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This summer, the Firehouse Art Center welcomes its newest artist-in-residence, Janelle W. Anderson, to take over the South Gallery as a studio space from June through August. Anderson will be present in the gallery every Saturday from noon-5 p.m. Throughout the residency, Anderson will solicit image submissions from the public, to use on constructing her full gallery installation titled All Together Now, composed of collage-like paintings on different sized supports. The collage elements are in the paintings as well as in the different shaped supports that link together. The painting will continue off the supports and onto the walls of the gallery, creating a continuous piece that is site specific. See page 19 for more on Anderson’s art.

‘The Stubborn Influence of Painting,’ Guest Curated by Kate Petley. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. June 10–Sept. 6.

Bringing together a diverse group of nine artists from across the U.S. and London, The Stubborn Influence of Painting examines how the history of painting acts as a silent collaborator in the work of artists who create in other mediums. The influence of painting connects these artists directly and indirectly, establishing common ground in unexpected ways. The works on view will include photography, textiles, ceramics, video and mixed-media constructions.


Submit to Boulder Weekly’s Seventh Annual 101-Word Fiction Contest.

It’s time to send in your submissions for Boulder Weekly’s seventh annual 101-word fiction contest! Submit up to five stories of 101 words or less to poetry@boulderweekly.com by midnight on Sunday, June 27. The 101 words does not include the title if you choose to have one (if you don’t or just put something like “101 words” we default to “untitled”). Put “101 CONTEST” in the subject line so we can spot your entry. After submissions close, we’ll do a blind judging of the entries and print the Top 5, honorable mentions and finalists in BW in July. Please circulate this announcement with your writing groups, friends, families and anyone else who might want to participate. Email any questions to poetry@boulderweekly.com

‘Shame Radiant’ Book Release Party. 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 11, Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 940 Pearl St., Boulder, eastwindow.org

Of all our so-called moral emotions, shame seems to have the most varied personal, historical and cultural implications. Shame can be interpersonal, intergenerational, institutional and, all too often, unacknowledged. Our shame can continue as a source of pain or act as a catalyst for action. Stop by Trident between 6 -8 p.m. on June 11 to purchase your copy of Shame Radiant, a collaborative photography project exploring shame, curated by Boulder artist Todd Herman. Refreshments will be available.

Jan-Philipp Sendker — ‘The Heart Remembers.’ Noon. Tuesday, June 15 via on Zoom. Tickets: $5, boulderbookstore.net

Acutely sensitive 12-year-old Bo Bo lives with his uncle U Ba in Kalaw, a town in Burma. Bo Bo discovers the story of his estranged parents’ great love, which threatens to break down in the whirlwind of political events, and of his mother’s mysterious sickness. Convinced that he can heal her and reunite their family, Bo Bo decides to set out in search of his parents. Join this discussion with author Jan-Philipp Sendker via Zoom on Tuesday, June 15. 

Boulder Bookstore presents ‘In the Heights’ Virtual Book Launch6-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Tickets: $40-$80, boulderbookstore.net 

Join Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter at the virtual In the Heights book launch for an unforgettable conversation on creativity, community and finding home. The new book tells the story of the show’s humble beginnings, from rehearsals in a bookstore basement to the Broadway smash (and soon-to-be feature film) that created an unbreakable community and a new kind of family for everyone involved. Ticket price includes one hardcover copy of the book as well as the Zoom link to the event and a small processing fee. Books can be picked up from the Boulder Bookstore starting June 15.

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