Boulder is an artsy town. Live music, visual arts, high powered artisans and craftspeople abound here, as does live theatre. There are a myriad of little local talented nodes of theatrical endeavors that call Boulder home, let alone two whole university departments’ worth of young talent as well. Highlighted here are three of the most noteworthy groups you should definitely go out and experience.
Boulder has been named the city with the most beautiful people in the country. Statistics have shown it’s also home to the smartest. So how do all we hot hip gorgeous Boulderites keep our wardrobes as beautiful and smart as we are? We make like Macklemore and buy used.
Used clothing is the best way to have rocking style while staying ecologically smart (as well as economically so). Boulder has several used and otherwise recycled clothing shops to choose from: thrift, consignment, and everything in between. I’ve covered the biggies here:
The BEET Collective is a co-op housing group situated in South Boulder, and they have been hosting an exciting artistic event each month that I recommend as a good addition to the artsy schedule of any patron or appreciator of the arts.
Boulder is rich in memories – ones your family and friends might want to take home. This means we’ve got quite the array of boutique-type shops for just those kinds of shopping specialties. Having waves of tourism passing through at all times means we’ve got lots of gifts being sold through these boutiques. Three of the most established, longest-running places to procure the widest variety of local gifts for that special out-of-town someone (or to show off when you get home if you’re passing through yourself) luckily all boast spots on the historic Pearl Street Mall.
You’re enjoying a stout style beer called Oatimus Prime, rich and dark and pleasing to the palate, when the bagpipes begin. The pipers enter in procession, followed by a regal figure carried on a litter. The most distinguishing feature on said figure (you notice, as he is lowered and descends from his royal chair) is his magnificent facial hair: two mutton chops, large and long and groomed to perfection. The entire crowded room raises dark pints, snifters and tulips to him as he strides to center stage and makes his annual proclamation. Later, he will reign over other mutton-chop wielding characters as they compete for the title of Best Chops.
He is the Chop King, and the ceremony over which he presides is Mountain Sun pub’s Chop Contest, the culminating event which takes place at the end of February, otherwise known to Mountain Sun loyalists as Stout Month.
One thing Boulder is well known for is its robust arts community, particularly in the performing arts. For such a small city, we are constantly replete with live theatre and dance well worth the price of admission. Having two universities with acclaimed theatre and dance programs can’t hurt with that, I suppose…
What better activity to enjoy over the holidays than a holiday-themed performance? Boulder artists go beyond your basic Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers to bring you a variety of shows to celebrate all through the rest of December. Here are a select few (note: not all the shows are performing in Boulder, though all are Boulder-based groups):
Ten years ago, David Ortolano didn’t really know what a Fringe festival was. Until he was put on a city committee tasked with increasing the arts in Boulder; he sought advice from founding partner Alana Burman, and ten years and lots of word of mouth later, the Boulder International Fringe Festival is going strong as a must-attend for those touring the international Fringe circuit, and has become a yearly must-attend for patrons of the performing arts locally and otherwise..
Boulder is home to not only a myriad of artists, but two universities known for their performing arts, and as such the Boulder Fringe has no trouble booking a wide variety of artists for the two weeks it runs. But the festival isn’t only limited to locals. A true international event, our Boulder Fringe boasts performing artists from all across the country, and even as far away as Australia.