Arlo Guthrie at Boulder Theater
Arguably the most “prodigal” son in all of music, Arlo Guthrie’s unending torch-bearing of the genre his father Woody pretty much launched back in 1940 (Dustbowl Ballads, Victor Records) burns as brightly as ever, even as he wades deep into his 70s. In this appearance, Arlo brings his seminal composition, “Alice’s Restaurant” back to the stage. The 18-minute long epic tells the true story of a fateful Thanksgiving night when Guthrie and his girlfriend dumped a load of garbage somewhere they weren’t supposed to (the local dump was closed), and found themselves in trouble with the law. Hearing him play it live is certainly a bucket-list item for any fan. On Sept. 30, $45+, www.bouldertheater.com. NOTE: As COVID-19 restrictions are unpredictable, check with the venue for any potential cancellations or postponements.
Since March at Museum of Boulder
A lot has changed on this planet since March, and the Museum of Boulder has a new exhibition exploring the impact on all of us: Since March. The exhibit features a space to pause and reflect on everything that has happened, along with displays from all over Boulder County. You’ll see artwork from Boulder Community Health, photographs from local residents and even day-in-the-life videos from middle schoolers. There is also a space to share your own experiences with museum visitors turning your story into a part of the permanent historical record. This important exhibit is on display through Sept. 27, 2020. Admission ranges from $8 to $10; children under two are free. Museum of Boulder at Tebo Center, 2205 Broadway, Boulder. 303.449.3464, www.museumofboulder.org
Terry Maker at Longmont Museum
Local artist Terry Maker’s art is featured in an exhibit at the Longmont Museum and you can still get a chance to see her work through Sept. 13, 2020. The exhibit is titled Because the World is Round and focuses on her theme of the circle – which Maker explores in depth through this multi-media exhibition. Maker brings common materials together, reworks them and combines them into amazing tactile wall reliefs and large freestanding sculptures — all of which are designed to explore the “cosmic, cyclical, universal and sacred” circle. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. 303.651.8374 www.longmontcolorado.gov
Future Joy at Moe’s BBQ
Yeah, it’s a drive to Englewood, but finding live music in what looks to be a safe environment these days means expanding your horizons. In this case, it’s sax-driven electronic-funk-soul duo Future Joy at Moe’s BBQ (3295 S. Broadway,
Englewood) in a mask-wearing, socially distant house jam that promises to be worth the drive. The brainchild of entertainer Zachary Simms, Future Joy is a raucous dance party with non-stop energy, serious thump and surprisingly versatile musicality. This isn’t just a DJ pumping his fist behind a turntable. Simms and his partner-in-all-things DJ Em are straight fire on the stage, bridging the electronic-live-musician gap in an indomitable way. Tickets start at $20 for either of two shows on Aug. 21: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., www.futurerjoymusic.com for more info.
Barbara Rudlaff at Firehouse Art Center
If you haven’t been to the Firehouse Art Center in Longmont, this is a great time to catch the current exhibition by Artist-in-Residence Barbara Rudlaff. This series of oil portraits features stunning paintings of lesbians all within her social circle wearing face masks. The exhibit is intended to provide the viewer with an opportunity to open communication about queer identity and achievement as well as the current pandemic crisis. The artist is available every Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., and you can discuss her powerful portraits directly with Rudlaff herself — or visit any time during open gallery hours through Sept. 5, 2020. Firehouse Art Center, 667 4th Ave, Longmont. 303.651.2787 www.firehouseartcenter.org
Five Terms You Might Not Have Known Were Racist
1. Urban or Inner-City: Comes from stereotyping black communities.
2. No Can Do: From the 19th century; used to mock Chinese immigrants language skills
3. Dreadlocks: The “dread” part of the word was derogatory slang for what should just be called “locs.”
4. Grandfather Clause: Sprang from the efforts to disenfranchise Black Americans after the ratification of the 15th Amendment.
5. Tipping Point: Coined in the 1950s to describe whites moving from a neighborhood when there was an influx of Black residents.
Source: Toni Harrison, “5 racially offensive phrases PR pros must delete from their vocabulary,” Ragan’s PR Daily, June 24, 2020