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Mountain Blooms Garden Tour. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, Intersection of High Street and Highway 36, Lyons, lyonsgardenclub.com

Spend a relaxing summer afternoon visiting unique and beautiful gardens in lovely Lyons. This self-guided tour of the gardens will range from xeriscape, butterfly, vegetable and herbs. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a few local chickens roaming around the garden space. It’s an opportunity to learn what plants thrive in our climate and explore outstanding creative spaces and gain fun landscaping tips. Not to mention there will be prize drawings for some great garden items and art from local artists, and gift cards to local restaurants. Tickets are free but donations to the nonprofit volunteer Lyons Garden Club are encouraged.

Colorado Brazil Fest 2021. 4-5:30 p.m. June 18 and 19. Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Tickets: $25, thedairy.org

Looking to get on your feet and dance? Check out Colorado Brazil Fest at the Boulder Bandshell, June 18 and 19, for a weekend full of live music, Brazilian cuisine and more. Hosted by the Boulder Samba Group, Colorado Brazil Fest is one of the biggest festivals of its kind, with nearly 2,000 participants each year. On Friday, June 18, catch some Brazilian jazz, choro and bossa nova with Dexter Payne Quintet and Michele Castro Quartet. The next afternoon, join local Brazilian music group Sambadendê with percussion group Bateria Alegria and dance troupe Samba Colorado. Later on, take salsa lessons with Bella Diva to the sounds of powerhouse Brazilian band Ginga. Purchase tickets in advance.

Volunteers needed for King Soopers vigil and installation art project.  June 21-27. RSVP here.

Volunteers are needed to help with a special installation at the newly reconfigured fence at King Soopers. The concept is a flower wave installation, to be installed on a roughly 60-foot stretch of the fence. It will be photographed and then the public will be invited to naturally “dissolve” the installation by taking a flower and passing it along — a gift back to our community for the ongoing support through this tragedy. Please use link to RSVP to the various dates/times seeking volunteers to participate in aspects of the install, needing between 12-20 people throughout. 

Colorado Music Hall of Fame Auction. 9 a.m. Monday, June 21 until 8:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27, cmhof.org/auction

As the summer concert season approaches, Colorado Music Hall of Fame is commemorating its 10th anniversary with an auction chock-full of exclusive experiences to get Coloradans back in touch with the state’s rich music scene and celebrate a decade of honoring Colorado’s music heritage. The Hall of Fame is auctioning off 10 unforgettable group experiences, including behind-the-scenes tours, VIP packages and intimate conversations with cultural luminaries.  

Boulder Public Library presents Bilingual Poetry Workshop with Alejandro Jimenez.  3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. Virtual Event: bit.ly/3gyJdBp

In practical terms, poetry is a call to action, a unified hymn, a way to be heard. It is an invocation; poems create healing and give meaning. Poetry is not merely violets and roses, it is a means, a blueprint for self-determination and self-love. In the first session (June 22) of the “Poetry is more than words poetry” workshop series, Alejandro Jimenez will lead participants to write about place, location, and home, while in the second session (July 20) participants will explore memory and nostalgia. Registration through the Boulder Public Library website is required for this event. 

Soulful Guitar Dads Father’s Day Concert. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Roots Music Project, 4747 Pearl St., Boulder. Tickets: $15, rootsmusicproject.org

Still trying to figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day? Give him the gift of music! Celebrate Father’s Day by treating your dad or favorite father figure(s) to a soulful music celebration at the Roots Music Project. Sit back, relax, and enjoy music from Jack Hadley and Rick Gabler with a Storyville Tribute, David Miller and the Other Sinners, and Brandon “Little Roach.” Featuring a handful of different genres and music styles, the Soulful Dad’s Father’s Day Concert is the place to be with Dad. 

Bootstrap’s Brewing Co.’s Ninth Anniversary Bash. Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont. Price: $10 in advance or $15 at the door, bootstrapbrewing.ticketleap.com/9th-anniversary/details

Bootstrap Brewing Co. is celebrating its ninth anniversary by throwing “one helluva raging party,” so bring your dancing shoes. In addition to live music there will be food trucks, special beer tappings, artist booths and brewery tours by train. Want to win fun prizes? Make sure you come dressed in your favorite arena band attire for a chance to win. Parking is available at 20 Bowen St., along Pratt Street and Second Avenue. Bring a lawn chair.

Raucous Caucus. 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. RSVP: actionnetwork.org/events/raucus-caucus

The 2021 Boulder city council elections will be held in November — just 5 months away — and this year, five out of nine council seats are up for election. The Raucous Caucus is an early public forum that gives Boulder residents the opportunity to get to know the current council candidates in a fast paced, fun format. Due to public health considerations, this forum will be hosted virtually. The agenda will consist of candidate introductions, questions submitted by the audience and press, and a yes-no lightning round. Questions prepared by members of the Boulder Progressives and United Campus Workers Colorado will focus on candidates’ takes on social equity, flood mitigation, the climate crisis, housing, transportation and other local matters. Please RSVP.


Local Theater Company presents ‘Discount Ghost Stories: Songs from the Rockies.’ June 25-July 15. 8 p.m. Boulder Bandshell 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder. Tickets: $0-$40  

After a year of isolation, loss and violence, Local Theater Company (LTC) comes back to live performance with a reprisal of Discount Ghost Stories: Songs from the Rockies.

LTC premiered Discount Ghost Stories in 2019 with a series of intimate patio shows at Trident Booksellers and Cafe. This summer, the company brings these rarely-heard stories of Colorado figures to the Boulder Bandshell for an expanded outdoor performance. 

Through original songs by Alexander Sage Oyen and a book by Rob Wright and LTC founding artistic director Pesha Rudnick, Discount Ghost Stories weaves together the history of Clara Brown, a former slave turned community organizer; of Look Young, a Chinese immigrant and owner of a Denver-area laundry; and of Tabernash, a member of the Ute Nation.

Rudnick knows these stories might track differently with audiences than it did when it premiered two years ago.  

“In live theater, context is always everything,” she says. “There’s the world when something is presented, versus the world a week later. I think this year, Look Young’s story will resonate on a deep level given the recent acknowledgement of the history of violence against Asian Americans and Pacfic Islanders; recognizing the history of violence again, that it’s not new, that there were whole campaigns built around violence against Asian Americans in the 1800s.”

This run of Discount features the original cast — Bern Tan, Runner Francisco, Jenna Moll Reyes, Faith Angelise Goins-Simmons and Erik Fellenstein — presenting two brand new songs. There will be free Monday night shows on June 28, July 5 and July 12, and sensory-relaxed shows featuring American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation on June 19 and July 13.  

“I think the umbrella for these ASL and sensory relaxed and free shows dates back to the construction of the Bandshell,” Rudnick says. “The bandshell was erected following the worst depression of our time to bring people together. People were desperate to be in the community. I think our hope, our intention, is to bring back the spirit of the Bandshell and why it was built.”  

— Caitlin Rockett

Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado presents  ‘(inter)Generations.’ 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Virtual Event on BETC’s YouTube Live, betc.org/programs/intergen

[inter]Generations, a program from the Butterfly Effect Theatre of Colorado (BETC), connects high school students with senior citizens, with each writer creating a short play inspired by their partner’s life experiences. Watch streamed readings of the students’ plays-in-progress on BETC’s YouTube Live channel. 

Tara Performing Arts High School presents ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ Streaming starts 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, ends 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 20. Tickets: $10, tarahighschool.org/tickets

Peek through the curtain at how a dream is made — with heart, smarts, courage and hope — and follow the yellow brick road with Tara Performing Arts High School. 

‘The Importance of Being Earnest.’ Through Sunday, June 20. Jester’s Dinner Theater, 224 Main St. Longmont. Tickets: $15 for just the show or $33 for the show and dinner, jesterstheatre.com

In this classic Oscar Wilde play, two young gents have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives.  


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Dickens Opera House (300 Main St, Longmont)  

Hazel Miller Band (blues/pop/gospel). 8 p.m., Friday, June 18. Tickets: $22 in advance on holdmyticket.com and $25 at the door. 


Boulder Theater (2032 14th St., Boulder)

Scarypoolparty (singer-songwriter). June 17 and 18, with two shows each day.

An Evening with The Good Kind (jam). 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Cordovas with Great Peacock (Americana/rock). 8 p.m. Sunday, June 20.

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The Caribou Room (55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland)

Jake and the Chaos. 5 p.m. Friday June 18. Tickets: $15 a vehicle, $5 a passenger. 

Daniel Rodriguez (folk). 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Tickets: $50 per vehicle, $25 per passenger 

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The Gold Hill Inn (401 Main St. Boulder) 

The CBD’s (folk/ rock). 5 p.m. Friday, June 18.

Coppertail (folk). 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

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The St. Julien Hotel (900 Walnut St., Boulder)  

The Delta Sonics (blues). 6 p.m. Friday, June 18.

Adam Bodine (piano/composer). 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Elia Garcia Trio (latin jazz). 6 p.m. Sunday, June 20.  

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

Umphrey’s McGee (rock/jam). 8 p.m. Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20. Tickets: $70 for one day, $300 for three-day pass. 

Subtronics (dubstep). 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. Tickets: $64-$100+. 

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Stewart Auditorium (400 Quail Road, Longmont) 

Tiffany Christopher (folks/blues/Americana). 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Free. 

The Louisville Underground (640 Main St., Louisville) 

Mad Dog Blues (blues). 8 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Tickets: $10-$80

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