What to do when there’s ‘nothing’ to do…

Taiko Chandler

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Boulder International Film Festival. June 24-27, venues around Boulder. Tickets: $35-$95, biff1.com

The 17th annual Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF) will bring nearly 45 films to Boulder for a four-day celebration of the art of cinema. The critically-acclaimed festival is a showcase for the best films by new and emerging filmmakers, as well as the industry’s most talented directors, producers and actors. On Saturday, June 26, check out BIFF’s free Community Fair from noon-6 p.m., featuring food, drink and BIFF’s Ninth Annual Singer-Songwriter Showcase. There will also be tables with local nonprofits and cultural organizations hanging out and sharing information about their programs. See page 28 for more on this year’s BIFF.

Author Talk: Julian Rubinstein — ‘The Holly.’ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30, Boulder Bookstore, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Tickets: $5, boulderbookstore.net

Award-winning, Denver-based journalist Julian Rubinstein reconstructs the events that left a local gang member paralyzed and facing the possibility of life in prison. Much more than a crime story, The Holly is a multigenerational saga of race and politics that runs from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. Join Rubinstein on June 30 for an evening of discussion.

Feet Forward’s Community Resource Fair for the Homeless. 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, next to the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St., Boulder.

The Boulder-based homeless outreach nonprofit Feet Forward is hosting the first-ever Community Resource Fair to increase service engagement and housing pathways for the homeless, featuring service providers to help connect the homeless to resources and programs in the Boulder area. Feet Forward anticipates this will be well-attended and needs help from the public to serve food and drinks. The organization also seeks donations to cover the cost of canopies, food, drinks and other resources provided at the fair to the unhoused community. Reach out to feetforward80303@gmail.com for more details.

 Painting with Plants. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, June 26, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $65 for members, $75 nonmembers, bmoca.org 

Head to BMoCA on June 26 for an on-site gardening workshop using the museum’s summer exhibition, The Stubborn Influence of Painting, as inspiration. All materials will be provided. Bringing together a diverse group of nine artists from across the U.S. and London, this exhibition 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 include photography, textiles, ceramics, video and mixed-media constructions.

Bazaar Art Mrkt. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 26, Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 940 Pearl St., Boulder.  

Offering everything from art and jewelry to vintage clothing and plants, the Bazaar Art Mrkt at Trident Booksellers and Cafe supports artists, small businesses, local culture and community by curating a select group of artists with a wide range of talents to connect with patrons at local venues. 

Boulder Comedy Festival. June 24-27. Venues around Boulder County, bouldercomedyfestival.com

The pandemic may have made us wait a year, but it’s finally time for the inaugural Boulder Comedy Festival. The Festival brings focus to and highlights women and diversity in comedy. Nationally touring comics featured on Comedy Central, Netflix, Amazon and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert come together with festival winners and local comedians to create a sea of hilarity in Boulder and the surrounding areas. The festival is proud to dedicate its Saturday night show as a benefit for Out Boulder County.

#BoulderStrong Community Healing. June 25-27, 3600 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder. 

A temporary #BoulderStrong tribute space will be created in front of King Soopers to house an installation of fresh flowers, donated by King Soopers, to honor the community members lost on March 22. The concept, a flower wave installation, will be temporarily created on a 60-foot stretch of fence on the west side of the King Soopers parking area.The community will be invited from noon on June 25-27 to naturally “dissolve” the installation by taking a flower and giving it as a gift to a friend, loved one, neighbor or stranger. The intent of this gift is to acknowledge the ongoing support that has been demonstrated by the community. A photo reproduction of the flower wave will be installed on the temporary fence once the “dissolve” is complete.


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An Evening with Foxfeather.  8 p.m. Saturday, June 26, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $50.

Foxfeather is an alt-Americana group born in Boulder. Come out and enjoy the sultry sound of their recent single, “Come and get it.” 

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Dairy at The Boulder Bandshell (Boulder Bandshell, 1212 Canyon Blvd., Boulder):

The Burroughs. 7 p.m. Friday, June 25. Tickets: $25.

Hadgaba. 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Tickets: $15.

Pioneer Mother presents “Picking on Old Crow Medicine Show.” 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Kettle & Spoke Brewery, 2500 47th St., Unit 12, Boulder. Tickets: $12. 

Join Boulder-based Pioneer Mother at Kettle & Spoke brewery as they perform a tribute to the Americana music legends Old Crow Medicine Show

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre (18300 West Alameda Parkway, Morrison):

Kygo. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 24. Tickets: $59+.

Widespread Panic. 7 p.m. Friday, June 25 – Sunday, June 27. Tickets: $70+. 

Dirty Heads. 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 30. Tickets: $56+.

Bill Goldstein The Delta Sonics

The Louisville Underground (640 Main St., Louisville):

The Delta Sonics. 8-10 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Tickets: $10-$80.

Many Mountains

The Gold Hill Inn (401 Main St., Boulder):

Many Mountains (folk/rock). 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26. 

Dylan McCarthy Trio (folk/rock). 5 p.m. Sunday, June 27. 

The Caribou Room (55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland):

The 89S. 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 26. Tickets: Free; first come, first serve. 

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

Acoustic Ambush. 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 25.

Phil Robinson Quartet. 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 26.

Scott Dale Trio. 6-9 p.m. Sunday, June 27.


Taiko Chandler: ‘At Twilight.’ June 28–Sept. 26, BMOCA at Frasier, 350 Ponca Place, Boulder, bmoca.org

Taiko Chandler negotiates the delicate space between intention and instinct. The artist’s process is like a nuanced performance — physical and guided by technique, carried out with feeling. Chandler combines shape, color, line and texture as she responds to the natural environment and creates a visual language driven by her imagination. At Twilight references the artist’s favorite time of day, when colors subtly overlap and bleed together. The artist recognizes this moment as emotional, creatively stimulating and symbolic of her practice. This exhibition connects Chandler’s print and installation work by exploring the sky as a site for contemplation, reflection and metaphor.

Taiko Chandler

The Boulder We Love.’ June 30-Aug. 15. R Gallery, 2027 Broadway, Boulder, rgallery.art

A special gallery dedicated to the beauty of Boulder, featuring pieces that show the energy and mood of Boulder County along with the geographic scenery. The gallery will be composed of works from local artists and debut on June 30 at the R Gallery for fine art. 

Clyfford Still Museum presents One Painting at a Time Virtual Talk with Janet Bishop. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29 via Zoom or YouTube, clyffordstillmuseum.org

Join us for a talk with Janet Bishop, the Thomas Weisel Family Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Bishop will discuss Clyfford Still’s PH-71, 1948 in relation to artist David Park. This program will be a Zoom webinar, simulcast to YouTube and you can join via either platform.