Ah, firsts.

Like your first day of college, when you're walking around with a map glued to your hand, scared to go into the classroom first while grungy seniors in sweatpants shove by, hung over.

Or your first shot. Cheap vodka on our broken couch for this girl. (I believe the night ended with my friends and I singing loudly along to Moulin Rouge in our pajamas.)

First trip to the bars? I cruised right past the guy checking IDs, unaware that was a thing, and almost got tackled by security because they thought I was brazenly trying to pull one over on them. No, sirs, I wasn't. Just dumb and hypnotized by the bar.

Alexandra Sieh
Alexandra Sieh

Mmmm, first brewery tours. Where you realize you're being handed free beer samples while you walk around listening to how beer is made. This is also when you realize how much you love free booze. It's like ... a better drunk.

Ooo, or the first time you read my column, and think to yourself, "She appears to have a moderate drinking problem, and the dirty mind of a teenage boy jerkin' it to Miley Cyrus."

In my defense ... well ... but enough about me.

And welcome back to school, kiddos.

Boulder's actually got a first of its own this weekend. The inaugural Boulder Craft Beer Festival. From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, festival folks can head to the west side of Central Park and be greeted by literally all of Boulder's breweries. Yes, all twenty. *pause to wipe up beer-induced slobber*


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Andy Hackbarth will be playing till 2:30 p.m., and The Hillbenders will take the stage after that. And it looks like folks from Centro Latin Kitchen, Alfalfas, Boulder Bowls, Cheese Louise and Seb's will be serving up their finest.

Go pop the festival's cherry, and drink wisely.

Info: boulderdowntown.com/events; $30-$35; price includes a commemorative sampling glass, unlimited beer samples and a wristband.

Of course, you don't even have to leave campus for a good time this weekend.

Tonight, you can go check out a free screening of "A Million Ways to Die in the West" in CHEM 140 at 10 p.m. Or, as a big hoorah, CU's Program Council's hosting a free concert by All Chiefs No Indians at Club 156 (first floor of the UMC, frosh), starting at 9 p.m.

Saturday, hit up the Welcomefest Concert over at Farrand Field. They'll scan your BuffOne Cards, slap a wristband on ya and send you in. Bands bringing the beats: Kill Paris, EOTO, BEARSOHMY and The Griswolds. Info: programcouncil.com

We're damn glad to have you back, folks. Go show Boulder how much you've missed it.

Got parents who tricked you into liking all "their music" growing up? Or are you just awesome? Fair enough. Then head to Fiske Planetarium tonight at midnight for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and accompanying laser show.

More oldies here. Over at the The Dairy Center of the Arts, (2590 Walnut St.) G. Brown —Colorado's top rock 'n' roll historian - will talk the Beatles when they hit up Red Rocks in August 1964. They'll show "A Hard Day's Night" after he gives the history, and you'll get to spend some time with one of the best bands ever. That's on Saturday, at 4 p.m., with an $8 charge.

Eek! Boulder Outdoor Cinema (1750 13th St.) is wrapping up *sad tears commence* this month, which means you best get your sweet ass over there Saturday for "American Hustle" at dusk. Go check out Christian Bale with a comb-over and beer gut as he simultaneously woos Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence. Must have a big... personality...

We all loved him. Robin Williams was one of those actors we all grew up with. So go honor him and his incredible-ness Friday at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Theater (2032 14th St.), with a screening of "Good Will Hunting" and "Mork & Mindy: Season 2." Did I mention this, too, is free?

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