With the new year comes a host of events that are sure to get Boulder’s residents hopeful for all that 2021 has in store. Even though most of January’s events are virtual, participating in them helps keep our economy stimulated and our varied industries thriving. Now, more than ever, we need engagement and inspiration – the following events are sure to facilitate both.
When: 1/1, 8:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: The Laughing Goat – limited capacity
With sounds reminiscent of Iron & Wine, this innovative artist skillfully blends soulful folk lyrics with gentle, indie melodies. Stop by The Laughing Goat to catch Ramaya Soskin’s engaging display of songs from his new album, All in Good Time. Cozy up at a corner table with a delicious cup of coffee and watch as this Boulder local draws the most beautiful sounds out of his harmonica.
When: 1/1 – 2/15, various times
CU’s opera house is one of critical claim and notoriety. Considered professional athletes in the musical performance world, opera singers perform stunning features of physical and mental prowess. This play, by Engelbert Humperdink, certainly puts CU opera singers to the test, transforming the traditional Hansel and Gretel into a performance full of wit, emotion, and pure, child-like joy. Shows are on a pay-what-you-can basis.
When: 1/3 – 1/6, various times
This virtual family event celebrates Three Kings Day with activities, dances, and more. Hop online to learn how to make papel picado, among many other arts and crafts. Watch short films and performances by local artists! This virtual event, hosted by the Museum of Boulder, makes for a great cold weather activity fit for the whole family.
When: each Thursday in January
Where: BMoCA online
It’s no secret that Boulder boasts an array of creative communities, including painters, sculptors, and other talented, visual artists. Each Thursday, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art hosts virtual studio tours to invite art fans and patrons into the inner sanctum of some of its favorite creatives.
When: 1/17 – 1/18
Where: The Dairy online
To celebrate the life, legacy, and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., The Dairy will host a weekend full of performances and talks by a number of Black artists. Both Saturday and Sunday feature poetry readings, films, and much more. Tune in to celebrate the work of Dr. King and to learn more about the ongoing struggle for equity and justice for the Black community in America.
When: 1/28 – 2/5, various times
Each year, Boulder’s foodies and film buffs look forward to this exceptional event. Thankfully despite COVID regulations in 2021, the show will go on, albeit virtually. Now in its 8th year, the Flatirons Food Film Festival is gearing up to showcase a wide variety of movies focused on one main ingredient – food. From short episodes about cheese making and fish mongering to feature-length documentaries underscoring the importance of Indigenous Culture in certain global cuisines, this is a festival you don’t want to miss. Various multi-day or single viewing passes are available, here.
There’s still plenty to see and do in January despite social distancing requirements and winter weather. Support our artistic communities, celebrate Black lives, or simply catch live music at the local coffee house. Boulder businesses and industries continue to need our support. Let’s keep our community thriving by shopping small, tuning in, and staying connected.