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Fair Or Festival

Lafayette Peach Fest

The peachiness of the Lafayette Peach Festival is surely the attraction here. How can you resist plump peaches by the crate, peach smoothies, peach pizza and peach ice cream? You can’t. South Public Road, Lafayette

 

Live Music Venue

Boulder Theater

To say Boulder Theater is an icon is to say jam bands are popular in Colorado. This downtown emblem plays host to the best touring and local bands (and jam bands), serving as the soul and rhythm of Boulder County. 2032 14th St., Boulder

 

Movie Theater

EAST BOULDER COUNTY: AMC Orchard

Out on I-25 where the North Metro sprawl meets the eastern edge of Weld, Jefferson, Boulder and Broomfield counties, The Orchard becomes a central point for movie seekers. Our readers love to drop by for a movie and some popcorn, maybe a gallon of soda to suck down with a straw. 14653 Orchard Pkwy., Westminster

BOULDER: Century Boulder

Boulder once had so many movie theaters that you—gasp!—had choices. These days, the choices are very limited, which means that the Century Boulder becomes a valiant figure here, the protagonist, the hero who saves the day at the end of the movie. 1710 29th St., Boulder

 

Gallery

EAST BOULDER COUNTY: pARTiculars

While we love pARTiculars as a gallery, we love it even more as a community center, classroom and source of culture in downtown Lafayette. 401 S. Public Rd., Lafayette

BOULDER: Boulder Arts & Crafts Coop

This local gallery and shop is longtime favorite for local shoppers, tourists, art lovers and people who appreciate ornate silverware, clay knick knacks and glass fruit. 1421 Pearl St., Boulder

 

Museum

EAST BOULDER COUNTY: WOW Children’s Museum

A museum made for kiddos? Yes, sir! The World of Wonder Museum in Lafayette is a place for children to learn, explore and, of course, get a little messy. 110 N Harrison Ave., Lafayette

BOULDER: BMOCA

The Boulder Museum of
Contemporary Art is our link to the outside contemporary art world—on regional, national and international levels. And yet, it’s also how locals connect with their inner art snob. 1750 13th St., Boulder

 

Theater Company

EAST BOULDER COUNTY: Longmont Theater Company

A little satire, a little political drama, a little farse, a little classic theater. The Longmont Theater Company is always entertaining, no matter the play. Performing in the art deco beauty known as the Longmont Performing Arts Center, the company rises to the occasion each and every time. 513 Main St., Longmont

BOULDER: Boulder Ensemble Theater Company

The Boulder Ensemble Theater Company’s current season includes three regional premieres, one of which tackles religion and the origin of life, and David Sedaris’ Santaland Diaries. Which is to say that BETC is not afraid to get dirty, ruffle feathers, ask questions and raise some eyebrows. And we thank them for that. 2590 Walnut St., Boulder

 

Sports Professional

Peyton Manning

In our world, innovative tweakers like Steve Jobs are godsends. Now add one unlikely nitpicker to that list: Peyton Manning. The way he commands silence from cheering fans in Mile High Stadium or those infamous last-minute Manning calls, he’s an athlete who takes charge. So, we’re curious to see what play this new franchisee has in mind for Papa John’s Pizza …or is it Papa Peyton’s?

 

Politician

Jared Polis

Some rebels belong in Congress, and Jared Polis is no exception: Tweeted quips about the petitioned proposal to build a Death Star. Poignant rebukes on how some oil companies can go frack themselves. Calling out CU president Benson in his unfounded claims about Amendment 64. The man has earned his reelected representation of Colorado’s Second Congressional District—and a place in Yellow Scene’s heart.

 

Chef

Bradford Heap

A chef who can invigorate a customer’s stomach as well as the land he’s harvesting from with equal agility is a rare thing. But Bradford Heap pulls it off like a culinary sensei. His transition to locavore happened in 2006 after realizing how much the body can be influenced by “tormented” factory farm food. He’s not pontificating; he’s showing a different path. Namaste, yo.

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