Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story at BDT Stage
BDT Stage has recently announced that their upcoming 45th season would be their last, but you still have several opportunities to catch a show before the lights go out for good at the venerable Boulder dinner theater. Running through January 28 is Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story – and it’s packed with Buddy Holly’s hit songs like “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Well… All Right,” and many more. This jukebox musical tells the true story of the musician that set the music world on fire and made huge contributions to the world of rock and roll. Tickets range from $70 to $75 (including dinner) and are available online at BDTStage.com or by calling the box office at 303.449.6000. BDT is at 5501 Arapahoe Ave. in Boulder.
Blithe Spirit at Longmont Theatre Company
A writer suffering from massive writer’s block calls a spiritualist medium to hold a séance in a classic comedy by Noël Coward – Blithe Spirit. Of course, the séance doesn’t go as planned and the writer’s deceased first wife is accidentally summoned, creating a complicated – and hilarious – love triangle between realms. This beloved play has been a favorite of theaters of all sizes, yet remains as fun and compelling as it was when it was first written in 1941. Blithe Spirit runs Jan. 27 through Feb. 5 at Longmont Theatre Company. Tickets are $33, 513 Main Street, Longmont. 303.772.5200 or LongmontTheatre.org.
Al Di Meola at the Boulder Theater
“I would say I have to credit probably a lot of that to feeling very secure and good as opposed to being highly miserable most of the time when I wrote every other record,” said guitar Virtuoso Al Di Meola when we last spoke. He was talking about his then-new release Opus (earMUSIC records, 2018). “Because writing in itself can be a very frustrating and … Soul searching and trying not to repeat yourself and then an add on top of that if other sections of your life aren’t going well, it’s just difficult to focus. But I’ve done it and I’ve done it in such a way over the years where I’m actually happy with my end results. So I was really worried if I’d be able to actually write music in a happy mode. A lot of artists suffer and get great work. And here I find myself for the first time in my life not suffering like I used to and worried that, oh shit, I might not be able to write like this.” Catch him still riding high on life at the Boulder Theater, Feb. 3, 2023. Doors open at 7 p.m., tickets start at $40, BoulderTheater.com for more information.
Kristopher Michael Wright at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
Denver-born artist Kristopher Michael Wright creates large-scale art that combines different mediums of painting and printmaking. In Just as I Am, his latest exhibition, the artist is influenced primarily by Americana, machinery diagrams, and personal narratives to create works that explore the themes of joy, community and healing. His work always begins with a found photograph, but Wright quickly blends that photo through myriad hybrid mediums. Visit the East Gallery at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to check out his latest 16-piece exhibition, on display through Feb. 19, 2023. Museum admission is only $2. Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street, Boulder. 303.443.2122 or bmoca.org.
Fan Mail 2.0 at Dairy Center for the Arts
Hyperlink is described as a “nebulous artist collective dedicated to alternative artistic experiences,” and is getting ready for a new exhibition opening Feb. 3 at Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Arts called Fan Mail 2.0. To create this exhibit, Hyperlink asked its members to select an artist they are inspired by or are a fan of – and then to answer the question how we, as artists, “create new connections and present artworks we desire to share and voices that we long to be heard.” This is the second edition of the Fan Mail exhibits, the first was hosted at the Redline Contemporary Arts Center in 2019. At Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. 303.440.7826 or TheDairy.org.