Hello again, Boulder! We are currently in the throes of one of my favorite Boulder spring events: Boulder Arts Week. It happens all over the city, in a multitude of different venues and features creative expression of every variety. It’s a week where the artistic community in Boulder truly shines.
While the opening weekend has passed, there is still a bunch of stuff going on this week through Saturday, April 8. Here are just some of the events you can attend this week.
Dadaist Poetry Game Night | Boulder Creative Collective Warehouse | April 6, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.: This. Looks. So. Fun. Sometimes literature can be so serious, but this event will definitely make writing fun again. Games will include classic cut-up poetry, jenga compositions, nihilistic Shakespeare reassembly, group word-association games, stories written on loaves of bread, Ukrainian polka covers of pop songs, and more.
The Beat Drags On | Boulder Creative Collective Warehouse | April 8, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.: Beatniks and drag. Not glam drag, but rather students and alumnx of Naropa University will dress up like Kerouac and his gang of Beatniks to embody them while they read their work.
Exposure Film Project: When Hip-Hop meets the Outdoors | University Memorial Center – Room 245 | April 6, 3 p.m.–4 p.m.: This isn’t an event where you sit and watch a movie. This presentation goes over the Exposure Film Project, which plans to take a hip hop artist and his producer from Atlanta, Georgia—both of whom have no outdoor experience—on a two week back-country backpacking and camping trip in the Olympic National Park Wilderness and to film the experience. As someone who grew up camping and hiking, this concept is just fascinating to me.
Video Camera Movement: Dollies, Sliders and Jibs Workshop | Boulder Digital Arts | April 8, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.: So you want to be a filmmaker and gain some worthwhile videography skills, eh? Then consider attending this workshop, which will go over all sorts of video camera movement systems and how to utilize them in your filming. This class is hands on, so it won’t be all theory; you’ll learn by doing.
XX: Where’s the Power? | Block 1750 | April 8, 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.: Honestly, I don’t think I can do this better justice than the author’s description: “XX: Where’s the Power?” exercises our readiness to turn on, transfer, and transmute power through unhinged, corporeal dissent against the patriarchal grab. In this evening of performance, we slam our heartbroken and hungry bodies into the body politic to access our own interior pulse and reconnect to something larger than fear.” Plus, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.
Theory of Flight | University of Colorado ATLAS Black Box Theater | April 7, 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m.: Research meets fantasy in Theory of Flight. In a twist on the ancient myth of Icarus, a lecturing scientist reveals she’s been growing her own wings using avian genes. Animated chalkboard diagrams convey the molecular biology, while vocal music and animated silhouettes advance the plot.
Taiko Kids | Boulder Aikikai | April 6, 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.: This class is for kiddos aged 5–7 to learn Japanese drumming. In this hour-long class, they’re taught vocalization, Japanese, drumming, and meditation.
Turning the Wheel’s Romp! | A Place to B Studio | April 8, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Free dancing for free! Come down to the studio and dance how you want with movement games, singing, laughter, and, naturally, dancing.
Prom Night | Dairy Arts Center, Carsen Theatre | April 8, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.: Get a do over on prom and do it right this time. No more braces or awkward slow dances, this time around, you can snack on good food, drink (purposefully) spiked punch, and dance like you mean it.
To check out all of the wonderful events being held around Boulder, visit the Boulder Arts Week calendar on their site.