Tanja Pajevic will speak about and sign her new book, "The Secret Life of Grief," tonight at the Boulder Book Store.
Tanja Pajevic will speak about and sign her new book, "The Secret Life of Grief," tonight at the Boulder Book Store. (Courtesy Photo)

After her mother's death, Tanja Pajevic explored what it meant to grieve consciously in a society that barely acknowledges grief. As the weeks passed, she delved into her anger, rage and sorrow, as well as explored the complicated issue of forgiveness. Throughout, she reconfigured her life, reconnected with her true self and found redemption and healing. Written in fierce, honest prose, "The Secret Life of Grief" is a book for anyone who isn't willing to "pull it together" and act like nothing's wrong. It is a book for those of us who believe in the transformative power of loss. And it's a book for those of us who believe in love, 7:30 p.m., Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder; $5; 303-447-2074.

ART

"Signature" by Bug Artist Bug examines the history of genocide in this dramatic installation. While genocide has been a part of human history for the last half of the millennium, it has proliferated dramatically in the last half of the 20th century and continues at a rapid pace even today. Is this the signature of our species? 9 a.m., Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; free; 303-444-7328.

"Transmission" by Michelle Robinson Artist Michelle Robinson is interested in bringing intimacy and animation to forms that are ubiquitous but often invisible or ignored in her series "Transmission," which also incorporates methodical, process-oriented art forms to explore the evidence of the hand in the final photographic work, 9 a.m., Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; free; 303-444-7328.


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FILM

"Desert Utopia: Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs" A film about the striking midcentury modern architecture of Palm Springs, Calif., 6 p.m., Boulder Public Library, Canyon Theater, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; free.

"The Daughter" Based on Ibsen's play, "The Wild Duck," the story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. This update of a literary classic is both intimate and devastating. Stars Geoffrey Rush, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, and Sam Neill, 4:30 p.m., Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $6-$11; 303-444-7328.

"Revolution: New Art for a New World" Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich - pioneers who flourished in response to the challenge of building a new art for a new world, only to be broken by implacable authority after 15 short years and silenced by Stalin's Socialist Realism, 7 p.m., Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $12; 303-444-7328.

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

Navigating the Legal Landscape for Independent Filmmakers This brief introduction to a very large, and scary, subject will familiarize you with the two most important concepts in entertainment law: intellectual property (also known as copyright) and contract law. Presented by Abigail Wright, 6 p.m., Boulder Digital Arts, 1600 Range St., Boulder; $69-$89; 303-800-4647 or boulderdigitalarts.com/training/details.php?offering=498&source=cityspark.

"From the Slopes to the Stars: Science in Extreme Places" Science Discovery's Teen Science Café welcome 14-18 year olds to a presentation by Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj's science adventures that have taken her around the world; from tracking snow pollutants, as a research "deck rat," citizen scientist astronaut, experience as a NASA crew member. Adventures from the Himalaya's, the Arctic, Antarctica, to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, 5:30 p.m., CU Museum of Natural History, 1030 Broadway, Boulder; free; 303-492-7188 or sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/event/teen-science-cafe-slopes-to-stars.

Packing Light Clinic Never quite mastered the art of travelling light? Do the constantly evolving and ever stricter airline policies trouble you? Join us for our fun clinic on how to consolidate your trip essentials and cut out stress. We can teach you about packable fabrics, different packing methods, and travel accessories that really do make all the difference, 7 p.m., Changes in Latitude Travel Store, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; ree; 303-786-8406 or cil.com/travelshows.