Learning doesn’t stop at the age of 21. And admitting the kids active about on The Hill with their acclaim cards and hangovers may accept you accept that the University of Colorado is aloof accession apprentice affair school, its Continuing Apprenticeship analysis is out to prove otherwise. Advised to advice adults accomplish their educational goals, no amount what their bearings or schedule, Continuing Apprenticeship wins our readers’ hearts with their adherence to the animate adult. Their programs and courses accommodate learners with adjustable opportunities — black classes, online courses and absolute studies acceptance you to move advanced with your apprenticeship afterwards the cutting abstraction of abandonment activity to go aback to a full-time academy schedule. What absolutely sets the CU Continuing Apprenticeship afar is their absurd and assorted advance selection. You can hone your accounts skills, apprentice a adopted language, booty up painting, or besom up on your analysis all aural one program. Aloof because you’re not a kid anymore doesn’t beggarly you can’t booty advantage of active in a academy town.
ART GALLERYThe Dairy Center for the ArtsRunner-up: Boulder Building of Abreast Art (BMoCA)2590 Walnut St., 303-440-7826Honorable Mentions: Boulder Arts & Crafts Gallery, Art & Soul
Vincent Van Gogh never awash a painting in his life, admitting every one was a masterpiece. Had he accepted that, he adeptness accept adored himself an ear, although there’s consistently the adventitious the bent preacher’s kid would accept taken the burial address of Shakespeare’s Marc Antony a bit too absolutely anyway. Fortunately for bounded artists, there are affluence of opportunities to antithesis bartering pressures with the admiration for immortality. Afterwards all, what one arcade rejects, accession adeptness aloof as calmly advertise and sell. The Dairy Center for the Arts exhibits added than 80 regional, civic and all-embracing artists in 18 shows anniversary year. Home to a cardinal of assuming and beheld arts organizations, the Dairy is absolutely added of an arts association than a gallery. Amid brawl and amphitheater performances, installations and showings, you’ll be able to allow your absorption in the arts at the Dairy until the beasts appear home. Runner-up BMoCA, currently bankrupt for renovations, has been demography its act to the streets, allotment educational visits to artists’ homes (which are absolutely the best galleries going). One of the oldest artisan cooperatives in the United States, Boulder’s Arts and Crafts Arcade takes advantage of its members’ talents and business abilities to baby-sit abundance behavior as able-bodied as operations. And Art & Soul Arcade provides characteristic artwork for those who ambition to enhance their ambience with admirable things. All of which helps to accumulate the bounded art arena — not to acknowledgment bounded artists’ admired anatomies — absolute abundant intact.
CLASSICAL MUSICBoulder Philharmonic Orchestra2995 Wilderness Place, 303-449-1343Runner-up: Colorado Music FestivalHonorable Mention: Colorado Symphony Orchestra
They say that alert to classical music can advance your cerebral adeptness and enhance your child’s IQ. Acceptable affair you animate in Boulder County. The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has been adorning hearts and minds aback it was founded in 1958, cultivating world-class aptitude and a celebrated reputation. Animate with well-loved masterpieces, adventurous new pieces and featuring abundant bedfellow musicians and assuming artists, the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra keeps classical music beginning and animate with its avant-garde and activating performances. The orchestra additionally plays an important role in the community, accouterment chargeless concerts in Boulder County classrooms through its Classroom Concerts Program. Boulderites will be animated to apperceive that Michael Butterman, one of the best acclaimed adolescent conductors in the field, continues to advance the orchestra, bringing a faculty of activity and accomplishment to the admirable alignment that is abiding to absorb and affect concertgoers for yet accession absurd season. Pay a quick appointment to the orchestra’s website to apprentice about the concert division and accessible events, acquirement distinct or division tickets and acquisition admonition to the orchestra’s called venues. This summer, alpha your agreeable adventures by seeing the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra. Then, to accomplish your newfound (or old, burning) affection for classical music, accomplish abiding to stop by the Colorado Music Anniversary and get tickets to the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Your activity — and your apperception — will be richer for it.
OPEN MICThe Laughing Goat1709 Pearl St., 303-440-4628Runner-up: Bedrock N Soul CaféHonorable Mentions: Conor O’Neills, Folsom Street Coffee House
Consider yourself a poet? Congratulations! Now, get in band with anybody else. It’s boxlike to hear, but this boondocks is a swamp of wanna-be Eliots and Plaths, acquisitive to clarify their abreast angle of the world. And all of this, of course, agency that there is some annealed antagonism out there. But if you’re attractive to get heard and accomplish a name for yourself, we advance you alpha off at the Laughing Goat. Not abandoned one of our admired coffee pubs (yes, pub — they serve booze now), the Goat is one of our admired venues. It’s affectionate and fun, with aloof abundant allowance for accession to grab a anthology and booty authority of the mic. The account “So, you’re a poet” open-mic accident (Mondays at 8 p.m.) is the best abode to get your words from cardboard to the aerial of one of the best effective crowds around. All ambitious arcane giants accept to alpha somewhere. And in Boulder, your best bet at a ablution pad is at this Pearl Street joint.
MUSEUMBoulder Building of Abreast Art (BMoCA)www.bmoca.orgRunners-up: Boulder History Museum, Leanin’ Tree Building of Western ArtHonorable Mention: University of Colorado Museum
When a building that’s been bankrupt several months for aloft renovations wins this category, such a vote adeptness announce that (a) there’s a lot of adulation for the winner, (b) there aren’t any added museums in Boulder or (c) the election box got stuffed. Fortunately “b” isn’t accurate and “c” isn’t akin abutting to actuality a possibility. So a lot of bodies adulation BMoCA. With a admirable re-opening tentatively appointed ancient in June, BMoCA affairs to aces up breadth it larboard off in its mission to reflect avant-garde activity through art, and vice-versa, with “Pure Pleasure,” an affectation that explores the boundaries of cogent pleasure. For article added traditional, there’s the Boulder History Museum, which appearance a abiding affectation on Boulder’s history, as able-bodied as changing, traveling exhibits that generally accompaniment the BHM’s abiding display. The Leanin’ Tree Building of Western Art houses the clandestine art accumulating (250 paintings and 150 brownish sculptures) of Ed Trumble, architect and administrator of Leanin’ Tree, administrator of accomplished art greeting cards aback 1949. The alien jewel of them all aloof adeptness be the CU Building of Accustomed History, which boasts added than four actor altar in anthropology/archaeology, botany and entomology.
MUSIC FESTIVALColorado Music Festivalwww.coloradomusicfest.orgRunner-up: Telluride Bluegrass FestivalHonorable Mention: RockyGrass Festival
She’s arty, dingy, but not absolutely cheap. Fun-loving but with the Wilma cartilage durably in place. Willing to amplitude a allegory but not absolutely to the admeasurement you’d prefer. Affair is, you apperceive she’s abreast to wax all nasty-symphonic — IF you can but adjure the appropriate progression of notes. So far, however, you’ve crooned forth to “Free Bird” as she asked, “Did they do an Oldies affair for your prom, too?” Then, you stared advisedly at some Peruvian canal players that she claimed were absolutely exploited accoutrement workers. It’s time for some able help, musically speaking. And if you can’t acquisition that here, Wilma doesn’t deserve to fall. Best bet is the Colorado Music Festival, a abiding summer accoutrement of classical musicians and accepted acts accomplishing their affair at the amphitheater at Chautauqua Park, every attributes girl’s delight. If she’s accustomed in added than artful ways, a alley cruise to the Telluride Bluegrass Anniversary adeptness be in order. (Keep in mind, though, that if she ain’t grinnin’ afterwards your pickin’, it’s a 6-hour-plus drive aback from Tom Cruise’s adopted hideaway.) Closer to home, there’s the RockyGrass Anniversary in adjoining Lyons, which has a addiction to advertise out early. Plan on starting with the CMF. Afterwards all, what bigger adumbration adeptness alleviate the cartilage than to booty her to apprehend that absolute classic, The Creation?
NONPROFITThe Boulder Valley Humane Society2323 55th St., 303-442-4030Runner-up: Eco-CycleHonorable Mention: KGNU
The Humane Society isn’t artlessly the affected admired of a boondocks abounding with pooch-loving beastly guardians. It’s the appendage that wags the beyond anatomy of Boulder’s animal-welfare-related interests. Like rescuing accomplished litters of puppies from puppy mills and agreement them up for adoption. Or alms training classes and affordable pet items for auction through its austerity shop. Plus, it’s a abundant abode to accommodated and accost a few accessible pets. If you’re already guardianed ad infinitum, why not save the ambiance — bisected a actor copse by recycling cardboard in Boulder County abandoned anniversary year, for a alpha — by allowance out at Eco-Cycle? For those whose canning instincts approach against beneath absolute concerns, like admired ideals, there’s independent, noncommercial radio base KGNU, breadth added than 230 volunteers accompany armament with a paid agents of six to advertisement 18 to 20 hours of locally produced programming per day.
PLACE TO PLAY POOLThe Foundry1109 Walnut St., 303-447-1803Runner-up: Sundown SaloonHonorable Mention: Catacombs
So you blot at pool. That’s OK. We do, too. That’s why we adhere out at The Foundry. Aback we’re not active authoritative “ball” jokes and scratchin’, we get to watch absolutely accomplished players bore the eight ball, while allure to the DJ’s tunes and demography turns on the brawl floor. Big, apple-pie tables are accessible for rental by the hour with affluence of amplitude amid anniversary table so you don’t assault over your neighbor’s drinks or accidentally jab anyone while aggravating to band up your attempt up. If the bar is cool awash (like it usually is), the servers accompany your drinks to your table so you don’t accept to arrest your game. The cues are in acceptable shape, too, both nicer and straighter than your boilerplate bar cue. Added bonus: Already you’re done arena there is consistently time for a quick on-stage achievement brawl whether you won or fabricated a crazy fool of yourself.
PLACE TO WIFILaughing Goat Coffeehouse1709 Pearl St., 303-440-4628Runner-up: AmanteHonorable Mention: Folsom Street Coffee
There’s annihilation worse than walking into a café and allurement if they accept WiFi, abandoned to acquisition yourself arena Outlet Vulture, ambit the comfortable seats until accession pulls the plug. Then, already you descend, you adeptness acquisition that admission requires the use of your acclaim agenda — an outrage! For WiFi parasites, Laughing Goat Coffeehouse is paradise. Who needs to pay the abandoned Starbucks cable fees? This attenuate haven is usually alive with customers, yet offers affluence of basement and speedy, chargeless wireless and akin backroom basement for those gluttonous solitude. If you’re blockage for a while, you can adore your coffee in a absolute ceramics mug. Akin better, the aloft agents makes you feel like you’re consistently welcome, rather than a ability drain.
PRIVATE SCHOOLShining Mountain Waldorf School1179 Union Ave., 303-447-1974Runner-up: Alexander Dawson Academy Honorable Mention: Friends’ School
Private schools acclimated to be anticipation of as abandoned for the well-to-do, but in contempo years they’ve developed into havens for altered personalities in chase of custom-built acquirements regimens. As this applies to aloof about anybody in Boulder, this adeptness explain the assembly of clandestine educational opportunities accessible here. Shining Mountain Waldorf Academy began added than 25 years ago as the dream of a scattering of parents and now boasts added than 300 acceptance advancing a abounding chic aggressive by the arts, movement and languages on its 8.5-acre North Boulder campus. Catering to a analogously added lock-jawed clientele, Lafayette’s Alexander Dawson Academy nonetheless awards several hundred thousand dollars in charge abetment anniversary year, while alms added than a dozen AP/honors classes and cultivating the accomplished SAT array in the area. Friends’ Academy is a small, caring, non-sectarian alignment (with no affiliation to the Quakers, or Friends, as they’re additionally known; the academy was called by the founding accouchement who were aflame to be acquirements with… their friends). The East Boulder academy seeks to brainwash “the accomplished child, head, duke and heart,” by emphasizing empiric acquirements and accouterment low student-teacher ratios.
PERFORMANCE ARTS VENUEBoulder Theater2032 14th St., 303-786-7030Runner-up: The Dairy Center for the ArtsHonorable Mentions: Macky Auditorium, Boulder Dinner Theatre
When Boulder wants to get together, it goes to Boulder Theater. From films to concerts to association forums to a accessible abode to appearance President Obama’s celebrated inauguration, the Boulder Amphitheater is the abutting affair we accept to the archetypal “town hall.” It’s accepted nationally as the breadth that hosts amalgamated radio appearance “e-town.” And advantageous for us, it’s the affectionate of achievement breadth that aloof won’t become a bar or nightclub, no amount how abounding other, lesser-designed accessories abatement casualty to such folly. Boulder seems accumulate adored that way. There’s the multi-use Dairy Center for the Arts, which boasts a assembly of adjustable arcade and achievement spaces, all aural the borders of a aloft cow milk processor. We additionally accept CU’s 2000-plus-seat Macky Auditorium, which has “hosted” agitation acceptance abolition a sold-out Neil Adolescent concert, as able-bodied as a appointment by Eleanor Roosevelt (not to acknowledgment a apparition or three). And, added out on the bend of town, the Boulder Dinner Theatre’s boxlike space, which has all the barrier address of a Styrofoam factory, nonetheless manages to animate up to one adage that survives all architects: A chic act makes any breadth attending and feel like the abode to be.
PLACE OF WORSHIPShambhala Brainwork Center1345 Spruce St., 303-444-0190 Runner-up: Unity of Boulder
Om, did you accept a ache for some mindfulness? Or a admiring to arrange your all-powerful feminine and all-powerful adult sides? You can accept either or both, akin on the aforementioned day, and still accept time to blast an interfaith chat on interfaith chat captivated by bodies who accept no acceptance in interfaith dialogue. Heck, this boondocks is so airy that aback a abbey assuredly sells its acreage to developers, it ancestor up about else, hundreds of thousand of dollars richer, thereby pointing the way for patterns of approaching development decades hence. One of the added connected and perennially affable airy communities is the Shambala Brainwork Center downtown, breadth anyone is acceptable to airing in and ask questions. Appointment the brainwork allowance on the third floor, and you’ll acceptable leave added aware than aback you arrived. For those of a added Western apostolic persuasion, there’s Unity Church, accession accumulation not acceptable to vanish anytime soon. There, inquiring minds can apprehend to accommodated up with a aesthetics that embraces all acceptance as sacred, no amount how off-the-wall. Say Amen, somebody.
PLACE TO DANCESt Julien Hotel900 Walnut St., 720-406-9696Runner-up: Avalon BallroomHonorable Mentions: ’Round Midnight, Fox Theatre
There are abounding agency to dance. You can rock. You can bump. You can vogue. You can twist. You can put your appropriate bottom in. You can put your appropriate bottom out. You can put your appropriate bottom in and agitate it all about. You can do the blah amour — which is allegedly what it’s all about. You can agitate it up babyish now, or, if you prefer, you can aloof agitate your moneymaker. You can get jiggy with it, or you can get down, about-face around, go to town, cossack abscond boogie. Some bodies like to do the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, others accept it don’t beggarly a affair if it ain’t got that swing. The best is up to you, but no amount what appearance of dancing you prefer, St. Julien is the abode our readers like to get their canal on. St. Julien has a connected circling of animate music and a attic that aloof begs to be danced on. So go ahead. You apperceive you appetite to, Boulder. Do the Hippy Hippy Shake.
MUSIC VENUE Boulder Amphitheater 2032 14th St., 303-786-7030Runner-up: Red Rocks Honorable Mentions: The Fox, Chautauqua
The celebrated Boulder Amphitheater has fabricated a appear aback as the best of best music breadth for the additional year in a row afterwards actuality defeated by Red Rocks in 2007. This chic music breadth has a affluent accomplished that earns it a appropriate abode in Boulder history. Afterwards aperture in 1906 as Curran Opera Abode the breadth aboriginal featured opera, agreeable productions and bashful films. In 1936, the amphitheater was redesigned with the altered art-deco style, bright hand-painted murals and adorn ceiling. It wasn’t until 1981 that it became a arch concert anteroom that today brings a assortment of animate music, association events, amphitheater and films. Aftermost summer the Boulder Amphitheater upgraded already afresh with the accession of George’s Aliment & Drink. The lounge, amid adjoining to theater, serves abreast abundance food. George’s, called afterwards the venue’s affable ghost, is a acceptable abode to grab a chaw while adequate an accident at Boulder’s admired venue.
BARCatacombs2115 13th St., 303-443-0486Runner-up: Conor O’NeillsHonorable Mentions: Mountain Sun/Southern Sun, Sundown Saloon
A craven walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey, we don’t serve poultry.” The craven says, “That’s OK. I aloof appetite a drink.” The bar has become such a accepted figure in animal ability that it’s about absurd to brainstorm avant-garde acculturation afterwards it. Confined accept aggressive sitcoms (Cheers), movies (Cocktail, Alley House, Coyote Ugly and Casablanca), songs (“Piano Man,” “Sittin’ at a Bar,” “Closing Time” and “Margaritaville”) and, of course, jokes. A five-dollar bill walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Get out of here. We don’t serve your kind.” The five-dollar bill says, “Why not?” The bartender says, “This is a singles bar.” A acceptable bar is like a additional family. It’s a accustomed abode abounding with constant accompany and complete strangers. A bar is a association breadth you can unload your problems, allotment belief and, of course, acquaint jokes. A horse walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Why the continued face?” Catacombs is one of those attenuate confined that attracts all types of patrons. There are hipsters, hippies, yuppies, puppies, stoners, moaners, farmers and charmers. It’s the home abroad from home for endless Boulderites. It’s a atom breadth they accept bargain booze, basin tables, video amateur and, of course, jokes. A charlatan walks into a bar with a council caster blind from his belt. The bartender asks, “What’s thatfor?” The charlatan responds, “Aarrr, it’s active me nuts.”
PUBLIC SCHOOLBoulder HighRunner-up: Fairview High
BHS: “What happened to your chief balcony?”FHS: “At atomic I’m not breath asbestos for the abutting four years.”BHS: “We kicked your base at Homecoming.”FHS: “Well, at atomic we didn’t accept some dude throwing ablaze shirts on our fans.”And on it goes, abnormally in places about boondocks breadth the appearance boundaries becloud amid the city’s two outstanding aerial schools. While there’s no agnosticism the two apprentice bodies adore a advantageous aggressive spirit, there’s absolutely not abundant to analyze one academy from the added education-wise. Downtown’s Boulder Aerial offers alert as abounding AP programs as abounding breadth clandestine schools, runs a appropriate able-bodied affairs and boasts a advancing assuming arts scene. South Side’s Fairview has a continued history of acknowledged music and amphitheater activities (including award-winning eight choirs), an All-embracing Baccalaureate affairs and perennially aggressive sports teams. It’s adamantine to see how anyone comes in additional abode here, but aback accession has to, here’s to you, BHS, our clairvoyant aces afresh this year. Bigger luck abutting year, Knights.
FESTIVAL (NOT MUSIC)Boulder Creek Festivalwww.bouldercreekfestival.comRunner-up: Boulder County Farmers’ MarketHonorable Mentions: Frozen Dead Guy Days, Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Memorial Day weekend is about a time for accepting outside, accepting some fun and bistro some adorable aliment adapted beneath the sunny, dejected sky. But actuality in Boulder, we booty it a footfall further. OK, so maybe a few blocks further. Memorial Day weekend in Boulder agency the Boulder Creek Anniversary is here. Aback the accessible anniversary rolls into town, it will be the 22nd time Boulderites accept absolved burghal with accompany and ancestors to acquaintance animate music, carnival rides, carry cakes, arts and crafts, and, of course, The Abundant Elastic Duck Race bottomward Boulder Creek. With three canicule of anniversary advance out over 10 abstracted accident areas apartment added than 500 vendors, there is assertive to be article for anybody who attends. Check out the website for details. In the meantime, watch out for elastic ducks on the Creek Path. They’re training adamantine appropriate now, acquisitive to hit aiguille achievement by May 23.
FUNDRAISING EVENTKCBO Flat C Runner-up: Chocolate Lovers’ FlingHonorable Mention: Puttin’ on the Leash
KBCO came up with an avant-garde way to accession money to abutment those with AIDS/HIV: They put calm a CD of recordings fabricated aback artists from about the apple performed animate in their on-site music studio, Flat C. Not abandoned that, but they accord 100 percent of the sales to the Boulder County AIDS Activity (www.bcap.org). With a run of 30,000, that makes it their better fundraiser of the year. The CDs are so accepted that aftermost anniversary season, the 20th Flat C CD awash out in four hours. Admirers waited out in the algid to buy a deejay as if it were the abutting Star Wars sequel. It’s not adamantine to accept why aback KBCO pulls big names like Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, Leo Kottke, Dave Matthews and Robert Plant, all of whom accept donated the advance to the project. We like to anticipate that bodies additionally adore alive that through their acquirement they’re giving to BCAP, which does so abundant to advice those who are adversity with AIDS/HIV in our community. Runner-up honoree, the Chocolate Lover’s Fling, turns the carnality of appetence into a advantage by adopting money for Boulder County Safehouse.
SPORTS BARThe Lazy Dog1346 Pearl St., 303-440-3355Runner-up: Walnut BreweryHonorable Mention: The Dark Horse
Say what you will about the jockish attitudes that can circumduct about able athletics, but the advanced apple of sports has some appealing absolute moments. There are instances that bodies will bethink for ages — Kerri Strug accepting an American gold with a near-perfect landing on a acutely afflicted ankle, Muhammad Ali assault Joe Frazier in the Fight of the Century, and (at atomic for Coloradans) appealing abundant annihilation associated with John Elway. But, as with any absolute episode, you accept to be able to acknowledgment the question: “Where were you when…?” The best answer? The Lazy Dog. Unlike added sports confined with added bank memorabilia than absolute examination opportunities, the Lazy Dog succeeds in giving its barter abounding opportunities to attestant the best sports moments afterwards accepting to crane their necks. Every bench in this abode has a abundant appearance of large, claret TVs to abduction the moment. In addition, their affable waitstaff and bartenders can accumulate you fed with pub chow and hydrated with bounded brews. So akin if the bold adeptness not be historical, your acquaintance is. Boulder Account agents tip our hats to the Lazy Dog for demography in as abounding bodies as they could on Commencement Day this accomplished January. We were there, in the basement, watching while a altered affectionate of history was made.
SUMMER CAMPYMCA Summer CampsRunner-up: CU Science DiscoveryHonorable Mention: Colorado Mountain Ranch
Kids accord parents excuses why they don’t charge to eat aliment they should and ball amateur they shouldn’t. Bless them. But aback summer rolls around, it’s time to let the professionals booty over. Attractive afterwards the kids, that is. The YMCA Summer Camps action day-camping programs, including those focused on sports, accomplished arts and technology, as able-bodied as the added “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” brief camping programs parents tend to romanticize. For the added educationally minded, the CU Science Discovery affairs offers a aggregation of classes for kids and teenagers alike. By authoritative the wilderness a classroom, their programs are an ideal hands-on acquirements acquaintance for any child. With a abundant accent on science in nature, these acceptance airing abroad as able yet advantageous approaching scientists. And Colorado Mountain Ranch, amid aloft the celebrated mining boondocks of Gold Hill, is committed to allowance adolescent bodies body aplomb by agreeable in alfresco activities like demography a dip in the acrimonious pool, arrive gymnastic accessories or demography on the arduous ropes course.
LOCAL CELEBRITYHosea Rosenberg Runner-up: Zip Code ManHonorable Mention: Hazel Miller
Boulder has consistently been a little boondocks with big ambitions. Our burghal has produced artists, musicians, politicians and academics who’ve fabricated their mark on the civic level. We allure talented, able bodies from all over the world. From Big Arch Todd and the Monsters to Ward Churchill, the People’s Republic is consistently represented in the civic media. This year, Boulder chef Hosea Rosenberg bedeviled the spotlight by acceptable Bravo’s absoluteness show, Top Chef. He beyond knives with some of the best in the country and came out victorious. Rosenberg was built-in in Taos, N.M., and accustomed his bachelor’s amount in engineering physics from the University of Colorado. He won abundant awards as arch chef at Jax Fish Abode actuality in Boulder afore activity on to attempt in Top Chef. In the past, Rosenberg has adapted for comestible luminaries such as Wolfgang Puck, Kevin Taylor and Sean Yontz. He was the seven-time, best champ of the Flatiron Chef Competition, and he was voted Best Chef of the Denver All-embracing Wine Anniversary several times over. But admitting all the absorption and the accolades, the 35-year-old Rosenberg hasn’t yet run off to some adorned restaurant in New York. For the time being, he’s still a loyal Boulderite, and we’re appreciative to alarm him our own.
LIVE JAZZ CLUBNissi’s Coffeehouse & Bistro2675 N. Park Dr., Lafayette, 303-665-2757Runner-up: St Julien HotelHonorable Mention: b.side Lounge
It has generally been said that applesauce is the abandoned aboriginal art anatomy to appear out of America. While this is apparently not accurate (after all, we additionally accept sky autograph and aggressive eating), applesauce is absolutely the best interesting, adult agreeable appearance created in the United States. Applesauce acquired from a aggregate of African and European music traditions, and it became the foundation for about all accepted music in North America. Artistic icons like Bessie Smith, Louie Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck accept placed their altered brand on jazz, and the bands ball on in the 21st century. Nissi’s carries on the attitude with their Applesauce on Wednesdays series, which showcases the talents of Boulder County’s best traditional, bebop, ad-lib and admixture applesauce musicians. Their ball agenda is additionally abounding with folk, rock, a capella, ball and akin cabaret. There’s never a addled moment at this Boulder County institution.
LIVE THEATRE Boulder’s Dinner Theatre5501 Arapahoe Rd., 303-449-6000 Runner-up: Colorado Shakespeare Festival
It’s appealing absorbing aback a boondocks accepted for admiration the abundant outdoors can embrace two altered forms of theater. It helps that anniversary is as abundant about affection as the exploding of stereotypes. Boulder’s Dinner Theatre has broadcast its offerings, affective from old agreeable favorites to putting men in women’s habits, as approved in the contempo all-male musical, Nunsense A-Men — all while befitting and growing its audience. Aforementioned goes for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, which has added attendance, as able-bodied as the cardinal of productions offered anniversary summer. The CSF has akin taken to putting women in men’s tights, as it did with a contempo educational touring assembly of the Bard’s classic, Hamlet. You adeptness aloof as calmly see a robustly articulate Woody Guthrie attendant at the Shakes Fest as you would a beautifully advised assembly of Kiss Me Kate at BDT.
LOCAL MUSICIAN/GROUPFacewww.facevocalband.comRunner-up: Yonder Mountain String BandHonorable Mention: DeVotchKa
When you anticipate aback on all the Boulder bands that accept fabricated their mark on the civic level, it’s array of shocking. In the 1960s and ’70s, the Front Range acquired absorption via the abominable recording sessions at Caribou Ranch, which featured David Crosby, Elton John and John Denver, amid others. Boulder has produced a abiding run of abundant bands aback that time, including Zephyr, Firefall, Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, Big Arch Todd and the Monsters and Rose Hill Drive. The People’s Republic has consistently been a ablution pad for accomplished musicians who don’t appetite to animate in L.A. or New York City, and we are appreciative to acceptable Face into that aristocratic club. Face is a accomplished accumulation of guys who accept taken a cappella music to a accomplished new akin with their achievement appearance and date presence. The sounds they can accomplish with their mouths — let’s aloof say you won’t be absolutely as appreciative of your own tongue’s talents, whatever they may be, already you apprehend these guys perform. They accept been affairs out venues for years. They accept performed animate in Vegas and accept won abundant awards and competitions. Their bounded anniversary appearance has become the being of legends. They are a absolutely aboriginal accumulation of artists, and we are appreciative to admit their talents.
MOVIE HOUSEThe Boulder Theater2032 14th St., 303-786-7030Runner-up: Aeon Boulder Theatre
A cine abode with history. That’s what Boulder Amphitheater is. It began activity in 1906 as the Curran Opera House, alleviative Boulder association to plays, bashful films and, of course, operas. Following the appearance of “talking” pictures in 1927, the Curran Opera Abode became a full-time cine venue, ability renovations in 1936. These improvements brought abounding of the theater’s best acclaimed architecture attributes — the hand-painted murals and beam fresco, the chic art deco façade — and the theater’s name, Boulder Theater, which was called in a bounded bi-weekly contest. Some of us bethink activity to summer matinees at Boulder Amphitheater aback it was a approved cine house. Today, Boulder Amphitheater charcoal the adopted destination of cine lovers, as able-bodied as concert-goers, in Boulder. Boulderites can adore watching baddest films in an ambiance that blends the personality of an art abode theater, the affection of the finest cine palace, and the altered appearance of one of Boulder’s best celebrated businesses. Don’t balloon that Boulder Amphitheater is a multi-use venue, hosting concerts, clandestine parties and added events, authoritative it a focal point of our community.