Things I learned last weekend:

I look absurd as a blonde (and thigh highs are hardly one-size-fits-most). Oh, and this 5-foot-10 in heels is madness.

If you take a break from hard alcohol, favoring beer and box wine for months, it'll git ya, in the sense that you'll believe you're sober as a bird while grinding your best friend's bum.

The older my friends get, the better they are at hiding their inebriation. Seriously. With age comes sneaky-ass drunkenness.

Hot Mess Cinderella, Hot Rod, Bat Girl and the (well-dressed) Devil hit the town last weekend, reminding us all that going out's a blasty-blast, we're too old to pull it off and fishbowls are stranger danger.

Great times.

From the pictures littering bar websites and profiles, it seems you all enjoyed yourselves.

So this weekend, I've toned things back. Perhaps it's residual alcohol regret. But never fear, some hair of the dog's mixed in.

First, though, let's focus on what's important.

Women.

And not in the creepy way that inspired at least three of you guys to compliment me on how slutty my costume was.

I mean the feminist-laced stuff. Yay estrogen and girl power and whatnot. That's what Lunafest has for us Thursday.

From 6 p.m. on, the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) is hosting a film festival chock full of stories that will get you jazzed about womanhood. As advertised, they're all "by, for and about women," with proceeds going to Greenhouse Scholars. Info: lunafest.org


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And then, once you're all hyped-up about arts and film and such, you can bee-bop over to the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (1750 13th St.) for MediaLive: Exploring Live Audiovisual Arts. Basically, it's a festival that walks you through media tools and audiovisual technologies/approaches.

Upon closer inspection, it looks like: 1.) students get a discount, and 2.) there will be a ton of artists, presentations and things to learn from Thursday until Sunday. Info: bmoca.org

And because we're being well-behaved chitlens, I've got a cool opportunity for you folks to give back. After all this flooding and recovery, there's still lots to do to help out. So the West End Tavern (926 Pearl St.) makes it easy.

When you eat or enjoy one of the vast brews on tap, just ask for a buck or two to be tossed to the cause. West End will pass donations on to Boulder County farmers through the Front Range Farm Relief Fund.

That couldn't be any easier. And it'll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. ... Or maybe that's one of their 75 bourbons ...

'Tis the season for all the dark beer. Twisted Pine Brewing (3201 Walnut St.) knows this. So they're holding a vertical tasting of their Northstar Imperial Porter from 7 to 9 p.m. I'd call over, though, for a spot. Then on Friday, the release party, for us hoi palloi unable to attend the former. All great chances to indulge in a brand new brewski.

Coming up, BRU Handbuilt Ales (5290 Arapahoe Ave.) has a treat for you. First Bite Boulder will run from Nov. 15 to 23, offering up a three-course meal meant as a local celebration of world-class dining. The menu looks ... delightful. And while it seems steep in price — $26 — that's for some quality grub. Your Top Ramen won't miss you, I promise.

I hope all you people nabbed your tickets for the Second Annual Boulder IPA Fest happening at Avery Brewing (5757 Arapahoe Ave.). That's this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. All the hop-obsessed beer lovers, unite. It's gonna be big. Bonus: Proceeds went to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund.

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