One of my friends, she loves to tell folks she introduces me to, "Oh, this girl, she's hilarious," and then she, and all those she told that to, turn and stare at me.
I, like a drunken lad in a frisky situation, freeze up and am unable to perform the way she remembers. I just smile awkwardly, say something (usually laced with mild profanity) and chuckle to myself as I shuffle away, leaving them with comedic blue balls.
In my defense, you can't always get it up on demand, and that woman has too high of demands. I feel whatever ounce of humor I have comes spontaneously and without any planning. Or, more likely, she's just easily entertained by my eccentricity.
Maybe she's starved for actual comedy. Well lucky for her, and you, folks at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. have arranged for a night of real live comedy this Thursday with Jokes for Spokes. From 7 to 10 p.m., comedians like Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald, John "Hippieman" Novosad, Chris Voth and Mike Sjerven will hit the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.) stage. For just $25 (which will go to benefit the Boulder stage of the USA Pro Challenge), you'll get some sore abs and a three-hour smile. Just head to bouldertheater.com for tickets.
Other than all the laughs, there's a few more opportunities to sit on your ass and be entertained. No effort required, aside from getting that ass there.
Like at the Twenty Ninth Street Mall this Friday. Folks with New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins have their Clips Beer and Film Tour rolling through at 8 p.m., showing short films created by fans of the brewery and the event. There's beer. Looks like a large number of the New Belgium tap room's coming with them, actually. And a bunch of food trucks will be there too, like Cheese Louise and Heirloom Foods. The beer sales will benefit Community Cycles, Boulder's non-profit community bike shop and advocacy organization. Beer, grub and a film fest? Not too shabby.
Oh, and the Boulder Outdoor Cinema is back in action. This Saturday, they're kicking off their season with "Frozen." And don't laugh. That's some quality animation with great sing-along opps. (Apologies in advance for my drunken warbling.)
Grab your tickets at the gate at 7 p.m. — $5 donation suggested. Just head over to 1750 13th St., behind the BMoCA, next to Dushanbe Teahouse. don't worry, you'll spot it. Before the movie, Bob Jencks and Kid Karaoke will get the music a-flowing, so pack a picnic (though there's popcorn for sale there, too) and head over with a blanket or chairs to reserve your spot and enjoy some live tunes.
Finally, I insist you head to Wild Woods Brewing (5460 Conestoga Ct.) this Thursday. They're releasing their Blackberry Midnight Wheat, a seasonal brewed up just in time to quench what looks like will be a toasty weekend.
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