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Editor’s Picks: April 2011

Published on: April 15th, 2011

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

This is not your grandma’s ballet. Ballet Nouveau Colorado is wrapping up its season with perhaps the most exciting show to date. Rarities and Oddities features the world premieres of new works by four choreographers across multiple disciplines. Live music will underscore performances featuring female brawn, shadow puppets and pandas. Yep, pandas, universally accepted as the most awesome of the bear family. At the Performing Arts Complex at Pinnacle Charter School, Denver, April 22–24. For info, check out bncdance.com or call 303.466.5685.

Viva Chile Verde

It seems like many state governments in the west and southwest distance themselves from their rich history of Latino cultural pride, but some municipalities are more progressive. Take, for example, Denver’s annual Cinco de Mayo celebration—a bonanza of amazing food, music, arts and commerce, all with a decidedly Chicano focus. And the best part? The fourth annual Green Chili Cook-off, which is quite possibly the best thing about Mexican food in Colorado. At Civic Center Park, 100 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy., May 7, 10am.

Life is Art

The artistic process might be one of the most misunderstood facets of creativity. It’s likely the most individually specific factor—one man’s methods may be another’s madness and vice-versa. That’s what makes the East Boulder County Artists’ studio tour unique. For 12 years, EBCA has pulled back the curtain for two weekends, allowing visitor access to artists’ studios. This year, 39 artists will provide an intimate look into a vast array of media. Various locals, April 30­–May 1 and May 7–8. Visit ebcacolorado.org.

Blue But Not Sad

The Fox Theatre and Boulder Theater are starting a new tradition with their first Boulder Roots and Blues Summit. For three days and nights in May, both venues will host local and national acts highlighting the best in blues and roots. The inaugural lineup includes Lucinda Williams, Leon Russell, Davy Knowles and Lionel Young. Shows start early at Boulder Theater, then kick into high gear for late night action at the Fox. May 13–May 15. Check out bouldertheater.com or foxtheatre.com.

French’s Five

If you’re looking for something for Mom, why not shop locally from the comfort of home?

All of these merchants sell to the area:

1. Off the Cuff

This silver cuff bracelet says, “My kids still think I’m pretty.” etsy.me/cuffbracelet $95

2. Tough Cookie

This Oreo Cookie necklace says, “My kids love me, but think I’m chubby.” etsy.me/oreonecklace $9.50

3. Funny Face

This Audrey Hepburn pendant says, “My kids think I’m older than I am.” etsy.me/audreypendant $6.95

4. Have Butterflies

This real butterfly wing charm says, “My kids don’t know I’m Lepidopterophobic.” etsy.me/wingcharm $70

5. All Ears

This pair of Pocky earrings says, “I’m way hipper than your mom.” etsy.me/pockyearrings $8

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