Not in Our House: Theatre community in conversation
In the wake of the #MeToo era and the American Theatre article hailing Boulder's performing arts scene as forward-thinking, local performers and practitioners will lead and create cultural shifts by discussing the best practices to improve artist safety within the community. Food trucks will gather outside as performance artists join Laura T. Fisher, creator of Chicago's Not in Our House, to launch an ongoing community conversation that will also include break-out sessions. Spearheading the CU Boulder movement is professor Tamara Meneghini and doctoral student Amanda Rose Villarreal; 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; free; 512-698-5588, thedairy.org/Online/NotinOurHouse.
Red Shoes at the Boulder International Fringe Festival — A one-woman spectacle that cobbles together the dramas of losing your shoes, dancing in all the wrong places, weathering the storm and finding your wings instead; 6:45 p.m. , Pine Street Church, 1237 Pine St., Boulder; $13-$15; boulderfringe.com.
Night Spaces: An Evening of Chamber Music — A summer evening of music by Toru Takemitsu, Chen Yi, Kaija Saariaho and Bohuslav Martin; 7 p.m., Boulder Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder; $15-$18; greenroomartists.org.
Jeanne Winer discusses "Her Kind of Case" — Long-time Boulder criminal-defense attorney Jeanne Winer will speak about and sign her new book, "Her Kind of Case;" 7:30 p.m. , Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder; $5; 303-447-2074, boulderbookstore.net
Comedian David Cross — Stand-up comedian, actor, director and writer — known from HBO's "Mr. Show" and his role as Tobias Fünke in the sitcom "Arrested Development" — brings his act to Boulder in an all-ages show; 8 p.m. , Boulder Theater, 2032 14th St., Boulder; $39.50.
'The Lion In Winter,' by James Goldman — A performance that portrays an articulate, witty and dark comic view of the medieval (and perhaps modern) dysfunctional family; 7:30 p.m. , Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; $0-$25; 813-298-9896, theupstartcrow.org/2018-season/press.
30th Annual Boulder Chamber Colorado Football Kickoff Luncheon — A morning of fanfare, as the Boulder Chamber and CU Boulder host the kickoff lunheon for the CU Buffs football team. Join alumni, fans and business leaders at the rally that includes speeches from coaches, time with the players, and general fun; 11:15 a.m. Friday, University of Colorado Boulder, Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder; 303-442-1044, cm.boulderchamber.com.
Visual Arts Exhibition Reception: Confronting Gun Violence, Urban Isolation & War — Meet the incredible artists behind the work, chat with our new curator and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Featured in the McMahon Gallery, Yuge Zhou creates video collages and sculptural video installations that explore the complex interactions between humans and their environment. The Polly Addison Gallery features work by Marlene Siff who utilizes color (or the lack of) to pay homage to people affected by war. Explore two bodies of work by artist Deborah Nehmad in the MacMillan and Hand-Rudy that incorporate compulsive mark making in an attempt to process gun violence; 5 p.m. Friday, Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder; free; 303-440-7826, thedairy.org.
Grapes & Grass Wine + Bluegrass Festival— The wine and bluegrass festival returns to Boulder next weekend with wine tastings, intimate concerts and appetizers. The VIP kick-off party is Friday, main event is Saturday, followed by a late-night show at The Boulder Theater; 6 p.m. Friday, Highland City Club, 885 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder; eventbrite.com/e/grapes-grass-wine-bluegrass-festival-tickets-44955118971?aff=ebapi.