Conversations with Dr. Fran Bagenal — This month's Boulder Conversations with Extraordinary People features Dr. Fran Bagenal. Bagenal is a longtime Boulder resident and professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences and research scientist at the Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics at CU. She will discuss her work on the New Fontiers' missions to Pluto and Jupiter as well as her outdoor pursuits and more; 5:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., Boulder; $10-$15; museumofboulder.org.
The Travelin' McCourys & Liz Vice — Join a live eTown radio show taping with The Travelin' McCourys and Liz Vice. The Travelin' McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road — and online — entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. Liz Vice is a musician best known for her gospel, soul, and R&B-infused album entitled, "There's A Light."; 7 p.m., Etown, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder; etown.org.
NCAR Explorer Series Lecture: Antarctica — The National Center for Atmospheric Research presents the first lecture in the 2018 NCAR Explorer Series: Learn about what it's like to work in Antarctica with NCAR scientist Scott Landolt. Hands-on exhibits about weather, climate, and the Sun-Earth connection will be open for viewing before the talk; 7 p.m., NCAR Mesa Lab, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder; free; bit.ly/ncar-explorer.
Dairy Presents: Worlds Around Us-John Gunther & Friends — Join CU composer and saxophonist John Gunther for a musical journey exploring a fascinating potpourri of styles — string quartet, jazz trio, electronic music and poetry are just a few stops along the way. Performers include fellow CU faculty members Chas Wetherbee, David Requiro, Erika Eckert, Jeff Jenkins, Bijoux Barbosa, Paul Romaine; 7:30 p.m., Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $10-$24; 303-440-7826, thedairy.org.
eTown Presents: Brendan James — Brendan James' major label debut came in 2008, and today he is ranked among today's top troubadours. Now, after two years of touring in support of his 2012 release, "Simplify," James embarks on an altogether new sound; 7 p.m., Thursday, eTown, 1535 Spruce St., Boulder; $25-$45; 303-443-8696, etown.org/events/etown-presents-brendan-james.
Be More Chill — CenterStage Theatre Company presents the regional premiere of "Be More Chill," a new musical by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz; 7 p.m., Thursday, CenterStage Theatre at Koko Plaza, 901 Front St., Louisville; $12-$25; 303-673-0744, centerstagebemorechill.bpt.me.
2018 Boulder International Film Festival opening night — The Boulder International Film Festival presents its Opening Night Gala and feature film, "Borg vs. McEnroe," starring Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe and Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg. The festival runs in various Boulder and Longmont locations through Sunday; opening night film is 8 p.m., Thursday, Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; $60, reservations required; 303-449-2289, biff1.com.
CineCHEF 2018 — Boulder's best chefs meet Denver's best in this culinary throw-down at the Boulder International Film Festival. Eight chefs will create film-inspired dishes for a fun and friendly competition. Taste and vote on the star chefs' cinema-based masterpieces, while enjoying live music, wine from Francis Ford Coppola, and local beers; 5 p.m., Friday, Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, 1301 Spruce St., Boulder, CO 80302, Boulder; $95; 303-449-2289, biff1.com/cinechef.
Grant Gordy & Ross Martin — Grant Gordy has been a major voice on the American acoustic music scene, and one of the most highly regarded young instrumentalists of his generation. Ross Martin has performed in concert halls, honky-tonks, theaters, rock clubs, festival stages, television programs and everywhere in between; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder; $15-$18; 303-440-7666, chautauqua.com.
Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band Concert — Composed of the most outstanding wind, brass and percussion students in the University of Colorado College of Music, the Wind Symphony is dedicated to performing the finest wind repertoire. The Symphonic Band, which comprises 70 of the finest wind, brass and percussion performers on the CU campus, performs a variety of outstanding works written for band; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Macky Auditorium, 1595 Pleasant St., Boulder; colorado.edu/music.