Posted on June 14, 2013
Last night I went to the opening of a new exhibit at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) called ‘Cut & Paste’. The exhibit displays a variety of image portraying life and current issues; essentially collage art. Artists featured in the exhibit include: Jesse Ash, Tyler Beard, Alicia Ordal, Jeff Raphael, Stas Orlovski, Adam Parker Smith, Judy Pfaff and Mario Zoots. One of my personal favorites was a piece made entirely of Superman comic book cut outs. There was also a great piece made of materials from an Asian market.
The lively atmosphere at the opening was made not only by the art but by all of its guests. Everyone there was roaming throughout the exhibit, taking in each piece while enjoying conversation with the variety of guests ranging from college students to Boulder families. It was the perfect summer night to be out and about in Boulder, enjoying the summer air after an afternoon rain. I had the pleasure of attending with my great friend and roommate (who happens to be the intern at the museum). I got a personal tour and inside scoop on the museum which I really enjoyed. This included the live music and an assortment of appetizers (not to mention the open bar).
‘Cut & Paste’ will be residing at the BMoCA from June 13th through September 15th, so you have plenty of time to drop in and mosey around. Year round BMoCA members enjoy exclusive previews of new exhibits, but all are welcome to always enjoy the free public receptions (I was in this category). This is an exhibit that you don’t want to miss this summer. Take the family and make a day out of it. Grab a bite on Pearl Street Mall and then walk on over to 1750 13th Street for an afternoon at Boulder’s one and only museum of contemporary art.
-Taylor, the intern
Related Tag: Art
Posted on June 11, 2013
Summer has arrived once again in Boulder, bringing with it Boulder County’s best concert series, Bands on the Bricks. This 10 week event (Wednesdays, June 12th - August 14th) will feature five returning artists and will welcome five newbies. Fan favorites that we are excited to be welcoming back include the Hazel Miller Band and That Eighties Band (same night as the Pearl Street Mile!). A few that you don’t want to miss, include Mountain Standard Time and The Tyler Walker Band.
Bands on the Bricks also features an outdoor beer, wine, and margarita garden that opens at 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday night. There will be rotating breweries every three weeks: West Flanders Brewing Co. (from June 12th - June 26th), Avery Brewing Co. (July 3rd - July 24th) and Upslope Brewing Company (July 31st - August 14th). And if you need to get your margarita fix, Boulder’s local Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant will be here to stay for the full ten week concert series. Prices are $5 for beer and wine and $8 for margaritas.
I know most cities have their way of bringing together the community in the summertime for festivals, outdoor theatre, and live music etc. However, Boulder’s Bands on the Bricks has been around the longest, and is accompanied by local brewing companies (among Colorado’s many wonderful qualities). I personally can’t wait to rock out to the bluegrass band Mountain Standard Time on July 17th. I am crossing my fingers they play Some Random Jam. This concert series gives you Boulderites some time to unwind halfway through that work week, and enjoy those warm summer nights we miss so much in January. So come out and enjoy one of the many gems that Boulder has to offer, I know I will.
For more info on Bands on the Bricks, including the official lineup visit: http://www.boulderdowntown.com/events/bands-on-the-bricks
-Taylor, the intern
Related Tag: Music
Posted on June 6, 2013
Recently, Taylor (the new intern) and I have been making videos with our new favorite app called Vine. These videos are only seconds in length, but fit multiple frames. Our brilliant new intern had the idea of making a Vine video of me getting a much needed haircut. Taylor proceeded to schedule an appointment for me at Twig, her go-to hair salon. Since Taylor is new to Vine and there were some technical difficulties, some of our shots were not captured. However, we did take some photos showing the excellent work of Twig Salon.
Like many women out there, we have experienced the traumatizing haircut that resulted in tears. Even if you are only cutting off a few inches, it may seem like you’re trading in your identity for a new one. The anticipation of my appointment at Twig was nerve-wracking, but I was quickly made at ease by the welcoming environment at Twig. Upon your arrival, you are greeted with a complimentary drink and snack before you go under the scissors.
After my first haircut at Twig Salon, I am happy to say that I will be a returning customer. They did a wonderful job on those dead ends, and have put my nerves at ease for my future visit. Most importantly, I am still recognizable.
-Jillian & Taylor (interns)
Posted on May 21, 2013
Memorial Day weekend is one of summer’s best. I finally get to wear my only pair of white jeans, everyone gets an extra day off of work, and it’s my birthday! Not to mention, there are so many things happening downtown.
Kicking off with a concert at the Bandshell Friday evening, the Boulder Creek Festival will run from May 24 – Monday, May 27, 2013. The festival will have food, live entertainment and a variety of activities for everyone. Stop by the Boulder Creek Festival Beer Tent Saturday – Monday and enjoy a cold beer to support Developing Hands.
Leading up to race day, this weekend the BolderBOULDER will host the SportsEXHIBIT on the Pearl Street Mall. This is a great opportunity to sample products from hundreds of vendors and to learn about running merchandise and technology.
On Memorial Day (Monday), wake up early and support Boulder’s dedicated athletes and head down to the BolderBOULDER race, which begins at 6:55 a.m. For those who cannot make it downtown until later, join athletes and Boulder residents at West End Tavern’s Kegs, Eggs & Sore Legs at 10 a.m. for a $10 recovery breakfast. End the evening with West Flanders Brewing Company’s Pick’n & Brew’n Bluegrass Pick, and grab a free beer when you show off your musical talents.
Even if you’re hosting your own Memorial Day party like me, it’s essential to head downtown to stock up and prepare for the party of the summer. For me, strategic and thorough planning is required when preparing for my birthday, so here’s my shopping list to guide your own planning:
Make the weekend count and celebrate this Memorial Day (and my birthday) in downtown Boulder. You won’t be disappointed.
-Jillian (intern) (aka birthday girl)
Related Tag: Holidays
Posted on May 20, 2013
It may not be “official” until June 21st, but it feels like summer in downtown Boulder (finally). The tulips have come and gone and new flowers are being planted, pools are open and the 80 degree heat is here. Summertime is my favorite season for more reasons than just being out of school. Downtown Boulder has so much to offer during the summer. Whether it’s patio dining, listening to live music or running through the pop jet fountain, being bored in Boulder this summer is not an option.
Here are just a few things I’m excited about:
With all of these upcoming activities and events, I have some preparing to do.
Let’s cross our fingers and hope that the summer weather is here to stay!
Related Tag: Dining