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.
First Fridays sees the BEET house transform from a typical bungalow on Table Mesa to an art gallery and performance space, where you can see visual artists (sketches, paintings, installations, and photography were displayed last time I attended) share their work and even put it up for sale (the BEET asks that all artists price their work >$50 so as to make it accessible). Performance artists show pieces of theatre, performance art, storytelling, mixed-media, and live music as part of the Friday night event (there was even a magician walking through the crowd last time I attended), and all the work is fresh and worth seeing.
The tribal feel of the coop is in full swing at each BEET First Friday, too, with food and drink often sold to benefit local causes. The collective emphasizes love, compassion, and inclusion as their philosophies and though the arts shown vary considerably in style, medium, and quality, the overall sense of wellbeing is an undeniable part of the experience.
First Friday events take place every First Friday at the BEET house, 430 S. 45th Street in Boulder. The event opens at 7pm, with performance artists beginning at 7:30, and live music going from 10pm-2am. Artists and performers vary each month, so visit the BEET Facebook page and “like” them for event updates.
Image Credit: BEET Collective