When "Paranormal Activity" first came out, my friend and I decided we had to see it. I'm proud to say we didn't scream and only jumped a few times.
If you head to Estes Park, you'll be in for a weekend full of frights. The Stanley Film Festival has returned, and it's spookier than ever.
This fest brings horror movies from around the world to the infamous Stanley Hotel (333 E. Wonderview Ave., Estes Park ... go watch "The Shining" if you're confused). Festival organizers also bring in the directors, host talkbacks after some of the showings, and hold gatherings so you can chat about which movie made you pee your pants a little.
It's an incredible line-up this year, running from Thursday through Sunday. Head to stanleyfilmfest.com for a complete schedule, ticket options, etc.
Closer to home, and far less scary, is MMMMMBoulder!, a grand collection of all things Boulder for one entertainment-packed night. Saturday, head over to The Dairy (2590 Walnut Street) for a collection of short movies by local filmmakers, live music, monologues by poets and modern dance performances.
You catching on? All the M's? Movies, music, etc.... Clever.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., for the food trucks, magic (whaaa?) and art. By 7 p.m., the entertainment will begin. Head to thedairy.org for details.
But hey, why even leave campus? On Thursday, remix master RAC will bring sweet beats to the Glenn Miller Ballroom at 8 p.m. Yes, it's a for-pay event: $15 will get you a student ticket, $20 for the public, at programcouncil.com.
This Friday at 8 p.m., you can get your fix of electronic music at "Mixed Signals." The performance includes Antidata, Victoria Lundy and Mark Mosher, all paired with crazy visuals to make it a unique experience.
And, OK. I still very much love animated features. "Ernest & Celestine" plays at the Boedecker Theater this weekend. Voiced by Forest Whitaker and Paul Giamatti, among others, it's a tale about a bear and a mouse becoming friends. It's adorbs. Tickets at thedairy.org.
Say you like blues. Boulder Agora (1724 Broadway St.) is hosting live tunes by the Boulder Blues Quartet Friday night at 7 p.m., and offering a discounted cover to students with an ID. Just remember cash and head over for some good music.
Also, I must remind you that Fate Brewing (1600 38th Street) brewers have brought back their Watermelon Kolsch. It's on the draft lineup and waiting to be enjoyed on their patio.
Brewers at Avery Brewing (5763 Arapahoe Ave.), though, are busting out the sour stuff this weekend. First off, if you're at all interested in and/or obsessed with sour brewskies, tickets for the 5th Annual Boulder SourFest go on sale on Saturday at 9 a.m. I tell you this because they sell out very quickly. Head to sourfest2014.eventbrite.com for the details.
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