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

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Matthew Levine

EVENTS

Art & Sip: Painting the Dickens Opera House. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Dickens Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Register online or by calling 303-651-8374. Registration opens Jan. 18, bit.ly/36d7XgZ

The Dickens’ Opera House facade and sign is an iconic part of Downtown Longmont. In this class, instructor Chad Straka will help you paint that very scene with acrylic paint using photos for reference. Learn how to use graphite tracing paper over a photograph to create a realistic drawing you can then paint. Grab a drink and get creative with these classes for adults. Beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. 

YWCA Boulder County presents Changing the Conversation: Taking Action to End Sexual Assault (virtual). 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Free, but register at: bit.ly/3GQzXDU

Young women aged 16-23 are four times more likely to face sexual violence than the general population. This is not a new issue, but activists in our community are starting a conversation in hopes of building a safe, healthy and equitable community free of gender-based violence. During this free webinar, YWCA Boulder County and a panel of experts and advocates at the front of the fight against sexual assault will lead a powerful discussion about this important issue and how each of us need to take action to change the culture and climate surrounding sexual violence. The discussion will be moderated by Debbie Pope, CEO, YWCA Boulder Count, and panelists include: Lindsey Breslin, Moving to End Sexual Assault; Pierre Booth, CU Safe Campus Advocate; John Clune, Title IX attorney; Sophie Dellinger, BVSD Survivors co-founder; Beatriz Sanchez, BVSD Survivors co-founder; Colorado Senator Faith Winter.

Trash The Runway—Recycle Couture. 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder. Tickets available at Eventbrite: bit.ly/3JDAkDL

Local middle and high school students work tirelessly for months to create stunning couture made entirely of materials destined for the landfill. For the 12th year, their creations will be showcased in a fashion show and competition. It’s an evening notable for the creativity, confidence, and eco-consciousness it inspires.

Author Talk: Heather Mateus Sappenfield—‘The River Between Hearts.’ 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17, Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. This is a FREE event, registration is required, boulderbookstore.net

In this young adult novel, Rill Kruse left for third grade with a dad, but when she came home, he’d gone missing. One year and thirteen days later—on the first morning of summer vacation—Rill still insists he’s coming home. Her mom has become a practical woman. Her older brother, Eddy, now calls her baby and dork. Gus, second-in-command at Kruse Whitewater Adventures, Rill’s family’s rafting company, has gone from being her dad’s “risk bro” to her mom’s guardian angel. When Rill’s cat, Clifford, leads her to the family tree fort on the mountainside behind home, she discovers a stowaway, Perla. To help Perla, Rill embarks on an adventure that tests her understanding of the world, of loss, and of what it means to be a friend. In the end, what Rill discovers will nudge her—and all those she loves—toward healing.

Bilingual Poetry Workshop and Performance with Alejandro Jimenez. 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield. Drop-ins welcome, no registration required.

Alejandro Jimenez is a performance poet and educator whose work centers around cultural identity, immigrant narratives, masculinity, memory, and the intersections of them all. This TEDx speaker and Emmy-nominated poet will lead a writing workshop at the library followed by a performance in the auditorium. Drop in for either program or both.

Voices of Change Part IV: The Japanese-American Experience. 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Free

Members of Longmont’s Japanese-American community share their family histories and reflect on the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the internment of anyone of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Featuring members of the Mayeda, Kanemoto, and Tanaka families, co-presented with the Longmont Multicultural Action Committee.  

An Evening with Bruce Dickinson. 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver. Tickets start at $34.50, paramountdenver.com

Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson will offer a humorous and often satirical look at the world from his personal perspective, followed by a Q&A session.

Opening Reception—‘Boulder Strong: Still Strong.’ 5-8 p.m. Feb. 18 (exhibition runs Feb. 19-April 10), Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. The opening reception is free to the public, but reserved tickets are required: stillstrongexhibit.eventbrite.com

March 22, 2022 marks the first anniversary of 10 lives lost in a tragedy that has an impact on many people. In response, the Museum of Boulder, through The Community Foundation of Boulder’s support, is offering a new exhibit opening on Feb. 19 titled Boulder Strong: Still Strong. The exhibit will serve as a place to reflect on how our community came together in the aftermath, and on how we have continued to process and change in the year since. The exhibit will feature a series of collaborative portraits made by Ross Taylor, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Examples include a portrait of the cellist who played for several days at the memorial site; the manager of King Soopers; inmate residents who raised money for the families of the victims; a comfort canine; Boulder’s chief of police, and many more. Additionally, some of the pieces the Museum collected from the memorial fence at King Soopers and other memorial sites will be on display, illustrating the variety of ways in which community members reflected, mourned, and responded together. At the opening reception on Feb. 18, you can meet Ross Taylor as he shares the process of building trust, engaging people in each portrait and gathering oral histories and stories for preservation. Representatives from the Boulder Strong Resource Center will also be present to help guests absorb and reflect in the new space. 

Front Range Community College presents: ‘Apart’ (virtual). 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18. Link to watch live:
bit.ly/3v0MqTn

Since the beginning of the war on drugs, the number of women in U.S. prisons has grown drastically. The majority are mothers. In a country leading the world in incarcerating women, meet three mothers fighting to rebuild their lives. These unforgettable formerly incarcerated moms, jailed for drug-related charges, fight to overcome alienation—and a society that labels them “felons”—to readjust to life with their families. A panel discussion after the screening will feature: Leah Elsbernd, statewide problem-solving court coordinator, Colorado Court Services; Jess Fear, forensic program manager, SummitStone Health; Lindsey Keller, women’s case management team lead, Larimer County Community Corrections; and Jenny Fox, women’s treatment services supervisor, Larimer County Community Corrections.

Julie Lindahl— ‘The Pendulum.’ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. Tickets: $5, boulderbookstore.net

This gripping memoir traces Brazilian-born American Julie Lindahl’s journey to uncover her grandparents’ roles in the Third Reich as she is driven to understand how and why they became members of Hitler’s elite, the SS. Out of the unbearable heart of the story—the unclaimed guilt that devours a family through the generations—emerges an unflinching will to learn the truth. In a remarkable six-year journey through Germany, Poland, Paraguay, and Brazil, Lindahl uncovers, among many other discoveries, that her grandfather had been a fanatic member of the SS since 1934. He eventually fled to South America to evade a new wave of war-crimes trials. As Lindahl delves deeper into the abyss of her family’s secret, discovering history anew, one precarious step at a time, the compassion of strangers is a growing force that transforms her world and the way that she sees her family—and herself. 

Iliza Schlesinger: Back In Action Tour. 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, Bellco Theatre, 700 14th Street, Denver. Tickets: $35-$65, bellcotheatre.com

Iliza Schlesinger is one of today’s leading comedians with a fan base who show their loyalty by creating their own Iliza-inspired swag to wear to her shows. Her fifth Netflix stand-up special UnVeiled premiered in November 2019 and delves into her journey of getting married. 

Front Range Film Festival. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, La Vita Bella Event Space, 471 Main St., Longmont. Tickets: $12-$30, coloradofests.com/festivals/front-range-film-festival

The 10th Annual Front Range Film Festival features Colorado “craft cinema” with a focus on Colorado filmmakers and locations, as well as an amazing collection of domestic and international films. Experience Colorado, the West and the world, explore current events and issues, experience the rush of extreme outdoor adventures, and travel to the far reaches of the globe with this selection of films. 

The Mike Stanley Comedy Show featuring Ben Roy. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, The Louisville Underground, 640 Main St., Louisville. Tickets: $15-$80—Groups of 4 for $80, thelouisvilleunderground.com

If you aren’t familiar with Ben Roy, he’s been taking comedy audiences by storm since 2004, bringing an unparalleled energy and unique voice to the stage. Often compared to Lewis Black or Bill Hicks due to his passionate, ranting approach, Roy has a style that is definitively his own.

CONCERTS

February 17

Musecycles Vocal Jam. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $15

The XO with Gunpoint Alibi, The Static Channel and Life Among Trees. 7 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, Denver. Tickets: $12

The Boulder Festival: Disco Lines, Hutty, Jack Moe. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $18-$20

February 18

Robert Johnson Sextet Residency. 6 p.m. Caffè Sole, 637 S. Broadway St., Boulder. Suggested $20 donation

Bonnie Lowdermilk Trio. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $10-$20

The War On Drugs with Rosali. 7 p.m. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street, Denver Tickets: $25-$35

Taylor Tomlinson: Deal With It Tour. 7 and 9:30 p.m.  Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver

The River Arkansas with Foxfeather, Emma Rose. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St., Boulder. Tickets: $15-$18

Manchester Orchestra with Foxing, Michigander. 8 p.m. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. TIckets: $28

Masteria with RC3, Cinco + STLLR. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, Denver. Tickets: $15 

Cautious Clay with Ivy Sole, Julius Rodriguez. 9 p.m. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. Tickets: $22.75

February 19

Performance by DJ SoulLorain and Withers Photography Exhibit Tour. 3-6 p.m. Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder.  Free

Adam Bodine Trio Plays Nirvana. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $15

The Orchestrator with Hot T, Jordan Dale and DJ 710N. 8 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, Denver. Free

Zomboy. 8 p.m. Mission Ballroom, 4242 Wynkoop Street, Denver. Tickets: $25-$69 

Cautious Clay with Ivy Sole, Julius Rodriguez. 9 p.m. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. Tickets: $22.75

Jane and Matthews with Graham Good & The Painters, Phantom Phare, Brandy Wine and The Mighty Fines. 8:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 1135 13th Street, Boulder. Tickets: $15-$20 

Global Dance and 128 Productions Presents John Summit with Kyle Walker, Josh Fedz, Alana English. 9 p.m. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. Tickets: $24.99-$89

February 20

E.C.Y. Trio album release. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $10-$20

Naked Giants with Enumclaw. 7 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, Denver. Tickets: $15

Mammoth WVH & Dirty Honey. 7:30 p.m. Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax, Denver. Tickets: $29.50

Sam Bush with Pick & Howl. 7 p.m. Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder. Tickets: $25-$30

February 21

Neil Frances. 8 p.m. Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. Tickets: $20

February 22

The Glenn Miller Orchestra. 6 p.m. BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Tickets: $65-$70 

Andy Grammer—The Art of Joy Tour. 7:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver 

February 23

The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Noon and 6 p.m. BDT Stage, 5501 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder. Tickets: $65-$70 

John Craigie. 7 p.m. eTown Hall, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder. Tickets: $25

Rhiannon Dewey Trio. 7 p.m. Muse Performance Space, 200 E. South Boulder Road, Lafayette. Tickets: $15

Mezerg. 7 p.m. Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer Street, Denver. Tickets: $15

Dessa with Kayla Marque.  8 p.m.Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver. Tickets: $25

Slash: The River is Rising Tour. 8 p.m. Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place, Denver 

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