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‘Where creatives come to die’ - By Toni Tresca and Shay Castle When voters decided to give more money to the arts in Boulder, they did so enthusiastically: 75% approved 2023’s Ballot Issue 2A, surrendering half of a general sales tax and greatly increasing funding for arts and culture
Gov’t watch: April 23, 2024 - Boulder City Council At the May 2 regular meeting, council will: This meeting will start at 7 p.m., an hour later than usual, because of a Youth Opportunities Advisory Board dinner.  Boulder County Commissioners During the week of April 29, commissioners
BoCo, briefly: April 23, 2024 - BoCo employees move to unionize Employees of Boulder County filed for union recognition, CPR reported, becoming the second group to utilize a new state law allowing county government workers to unionize. Senate Bill 22-230, Collective Bargaining for
Food news: April 22, 2024 - The relaxing Wednesday evening Boulder Farmers Market opens for the season May 1 on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe with fresh produce, live music, food carts and adult beverages.  The team behind Gemini restaurant has opened High Country next
Inaccessible world - Being a wheelchair user requires a lot of planning. Any travel demands that I plan ahead.  I can’t swallow so I need to make sure that I always have plenty of spit rags. I use towels to manage my secretions. I tend to have days where I’m especially
Best of Boulder 2024: Staff picks - Best restaurant that started as a food truck La Choza2500 47th St. #3 and 4457 Broadway, Boulder When it comes to tacos, I’m a simple girl. Keep your rainbow chard and fried onions: Give me juicy meat slapped on a fresh tortilla and served with a slice
A different beast - Jesus Piece vocalist Aaron Heard acknowledges that times have changed. On the Philadelphia-based metalcore band’s current tour supporting 2023’s …So Unknown, the frontman told Boulder Weekly he doesn’t expect to see mosh pit antics quite like those
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Savage Love: April 18, 2024 - I’ve been married for two years, and my wife just found out that I subscribed to a few OnlyFans accounts. She considers this cheating, which really surprised me. We have talked openly about how we both watch porn, but the fact that I’ve paid to see
Astrology: April 18, 2024 - ARIES (March 21-April 19): I suspect two notable phenomena will coalesce in your sphere sometime soon. The first is a surplus supply of luck. I’m not sure why, but the fates will be sending surges of good karma your way. The second phenomenon is this:
Concerts: April 18-25 - THURSDAY, APRIL 18 4Tell. 6 p.m. Bricks on Main, 471 Main St., Longmont. Free Variety Show: And Now… Featuring. 6 p.m. Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 940 Pearl St., Boulder. Free Tony Crank. 6 p.m. Bootstrap Brewing Company, 142 Pratt St., Longmont.
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Events: April 18-25 - Vegan Night 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Rayback Collective, 2775 Valmont Road, Boulder. Free The Rayback Collective’s usual lineup of food trucks is going green. Enjoy an array of plant-based and dairy-free grub from Tibet’s, ice cream from Best One
Is 4/20 cringe? - It’s that magical time of year again, where we gather with our dearest loved ones around the open fire of a Bic lighter to spark up a blunt together. It’s been 10 years and two months since Karing Kind opened its doors as the first dispensary to sell
BoCo, briefly: April 17, 2024 - BoCo moves to shut down cement plan  Cemex has lost the right to operate its cement plant in Lyons, according to a notice of termination from Boulder County sent April 10.  According to the letter from Community Planning and Permitting Director Dale
See something, say something - After a video taken from a train outside of Durango circulated online last year, we prodded Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Public Information Officer Kara Van Hoose for all the agency knows about Sasquatch and its mysterious whereabouts. The following
Gov’t watch: April 17, 2024 - Boulder City Council  Council will have a public safety discussion with Xcel Energy at its April 18 meeting, following shutoffs April 6-10 that left 55,000 without power.  At its April 25 study session, council will discuss:  • Updates to quality of
Lean on me - There’s an old saying of dubious origin you’ve probably heard before, and it goes like this: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  After a fast decade of going it alone, Philadelphia quartet Sheer Mag are ready to go
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Think globally, act locally - By Micha K. Ben David Why are Israel’s actions in Gaza a climate justice issue in Boulder County?  As I write this, over 1,000 Israeli civilians have been murdered by Hamas militants and over 130 Israeli hostages have still not returned home. An
North by northeast - If you’re thinking about a road trip to the Fort Collins Music Experiment (FoCoMX) on 4/20 weekend, sifting through the extensive festival lineup of more than 350 Colorado artists playing across 30-plus local venues can be intimidating — especially if
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A new hope - One of the first times I remember feeling utter hopelessness was on a pile of black dirt. I was 8 years old, and my two brothers and I were tasked by our dad, who used to co-own and operate a small composting business, to pull weeds from the top. The pile
Record setter - Martin Banks fell in love with records through DJing. More than two decades later, the 44-year-old computer programmer from Birmingham, England, opened his tiny Vinyl Café record shop in Longmont last October, selling a mix of new and used LPs. He says
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Going ape - Something strange is stirring in the wilderness. But unlike the devoted cryptid enthusiasts of reality shows like Finding Bigfoot, you won’t have to camp out in remote reaches of the Rockies to catch a glimpse.  Instead, the new film Sasquatch Sunset
Molière goes viral - Powdered wigs are out; influencers are in. That’s the conceit behind director Brett Landis’ contemporary take on Molière’s The Misanthrope at Theater Company of Lafayette (TCL). Motivated by her increased use of social media during the pandemic,
Tennis, anyone? - Within every game, there’s a second game playing out inside the first. We can’t always see it, but it’s often much more significant than the one we’re watching. This is true regardless of your level of involvement with any given sport, but let’s
Boulder County food news: April 16, 2024 - Taste of the Week: Lunch on 55th Street You have probably tasted A Spice of Life fare at parties, events and office cafes since the caterer opened in 1987, but their food hasn’t been available to the public onsite. The area around their 5541 Central Ave.
Pickler-in-chief - The pickling gene runs strong in Laraina James’ family — one that thrived as it migrated from New York to Louisiana to Colorado. Her great-grandmother taught her grandmother how to pickle and preserve the harvest from a big garden. She passed those
Savage Love: April 11, 2024 - I was told you help women who feel shame about their orgasms. I’ve been in my relationship for five years and always had difficulty orgasming. About a year ago, I had an affair during a manic episode. I hardly remember any of it, but it haunts me every
Astrology: April 11, 2024 - ARIES (March 21-April 19): Now is a favorable time to make initial inquiries, ask for free samples and enjoy window shopping. But it’s not an opportune time to seal final decisions or sign binding contracts. Have fun haggling and exploring, even as you
A&C events: April 11-18 - ON VIEW: Boulder Valley School District and the Dairy Arts Center present this annual showcase of works by local students and teachers during the BVSD High School and Faculty Exhibition. Mediums include painting, drawing, digital art, animation, ceramics
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Concerts: April 11-18 - ON THE BILL: Following last fall’s sold-out show in Boulder, The Mountain Goats return to the Front Range for a two-night stint with celebrated Nashville singer-songwriter Katy Kirby at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood. The time-tested indie darlings
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Events: April 11-18 - BIFF 2024 Short FilmsAll day. Fri. April 11-Sun. April 14, virtual. Free  Did you miss this year’s slate of shorts at the Boulder International Film Festival? Catch ’em all during this multi-day virtual screening as part of Boulder Arts Week. Tickets
Rhythms of resilience - When the spotlight hits the stage at the Dairy Arts Center’s Grace Gamm Theatre this April, it’ll reveal more than just a set. It will illuminate the harrowing and heartfelt story of Eli Hans, who uses melody to process a grim cancer diagnosis as the
Press pass - When a teenage Melissa Benoist found herself facing graduation at Arapahoe High School in Littleton, the longtime performer had a hard time shaking the naysayers.  “There was a moment where I maybe wasn’t considering majoring in art or musical theater
Get real - Katie Pruitt wears her heart on her sleeve, and you can hear it beat in her music. Even after releasing two deeply personal records, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter from Atlanta is still trying to find the balance of “sharing and oversharing,” she
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Turbulent times - In Broomfield, financial difficulties and the departure of Nigel Knutzen, executive and artistic director of BackStory Theatre, have put a beloved local children’s institution in jeopardy. “When I came on board, there was already a lot of financial
Kin folk - Travis Albright took a leap when he launched the Bluebird Music Festival six years ago, and it paid off. Since 2018, the founder of the local youth-focused nonprofit Future Arts Foundation has brought the best in the worlds of indie, folk and Americana to
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BoCo, briefly: April, 10, 2023 - Extreme wind, Xcel shutoffs leave thousands without electricity  Xcel Energy proactively shut off power for the first time in Colorado history because of high wildfire risk over the weekend, leaving thousands without power for multiple days.  The utility
In living color - In the music video for “Changes,” the fourth single from her verdant new double album Proof of Life, Joy Oladokun casts her fishing line on a calm country lake as the woods around her go up in flames.  “Newspaper says the world’s on fire,” she
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Separation anxiety - What are you boys fighting for?  That’s the question writer-historian Shelby Foote tries to answer in Ken Burns’ landmark 1990 documentary The Civil War. Foote finds it in the story of a Union soldier encountering a beleaguered Confederate rebel, a
Gov’t watch: April 10, 2024 - Boulder City Council  At the April 18 meeting, council will:  ICYMI: Council set its priorities for the next two years at its retreat April 3 and 4. Council’s 11 priorities included homelessness programs, economic development, increasing council member
A guide to mindful dining - Waylon Lewis may be the most famous vegan in a city famous for its natural foods. Through Elephant Journal, his independent Boulder-based media platform, Lewis connects with thousands of people around the world interested in living a mindful life.   On
The potency problem - Anna Schwabe was studying cannabis genetics for her PhD at Northern Colorado University, investigating whether people could smell genetic differences between cannabis strains. After getting back reports on samples she’d sent to a lab, she noticed
Don’t iterate: Innovate - By Kevin J. Krizek The Boulder Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a quarterly lunch for roughly 60 people invested in transport safety. At the event, I experienced a profound sense of déjà vu, as I’ve attended similar gatherings around the U.S. for
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Thinking small - Colorado’s Front Range is positioned as the only feasible north-south corridor between the coasts where Amtrak’s three major long-distance routes (Southwest Chief, California Zephyr and Empire Builder) can be directly linked. The Denver metro could
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Relocate Weed Warriors - By Christel Markevich Boulder County Parks and Open Space (BCPOS) recently asked for volunteers to pull weeds along the Walker Ranch Loop trail through its Weed Warriors program. To ensure the program’s success and the health of the community, Weed
Boulder needs your voice - As a Community Connector for the Civic Area Phase 2 project, I work in the space where the ideas of our community meet the practical steps we must take to build a collective dream. I am working with the City of Boulder as they initiate their public
Savage Love: April 4, 2024 - 1. I’m a single cis gay man, and I’ve been going back and forth between wanting an open relationship or a throuple/quad when I start dating again. Do you have any advice or recommendations for finding out more about gay throuple/quad relationship
Astrology: April 4, 2024 - ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries author Eric G. Wilson claims, “Darker emotional states — doubt, confusion, alienation, despair — inspire a deeper and more durable experience of the sacred than contentment does.” I disagree. I know for a fact that
Threading the needle  - Joel Sprenger lives in Boulder for one thing. Last year, he scrambled to 184 Flatiron summits between the First and the Fifth. He can bag all five of them in one three-hour push, he says proudly.  When he’s not scaling rock, Sprenger might be zooming
Gov’t watch: April 3, 2024 - Boulder City Council  At the Thursday, April 11 virtual meeting, council will:  • Hold a public hearing and vote on whether to adopt the Civic Area Historic District, which would include Central Park and five surrounding city-owned landmarks, including
Camp royalty - It’s Chappell Roan’s sparkly, glitzed-out world, and we’re just living in it — that is, if you were lucky enough to score tickets to her headline tour. The rising pop star’s Boulder Theater date, along with many other stops on the 32-city run,
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