BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY Covering territory from melodic indie to progressive rock, Boulder-based City at Large is part Muse, part Radiohead, and definitely a band to watch in the coming year. At 10 p.m. Friday, the band headlines a show at the b.side lounge, 2017 13th St. Denver’s Apex Vibe opens the show. $5. 303-473-9463 or www.thebsidelounge.com.

MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION The work of 10 MFA candidates in the University of Colorado’s art department — including drawing, painting, video and installations — are on display in the 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibition, opening with receptions from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at two locations: the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St.; and Space 3, 5360 Arapahoe Ave. Free. 303-492-5325 or www.colorado.edu/cuartmuseum.

‘HIGH OCTANE’ Local modern dance company Helander Dance Theater presents its latest concert, “High Octane,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Based on 10 interviews with Boulder residents, the multimedia performance explores how we deal with dramatic life changes. $15-$20. 303-444-7328 or www.thedairy.org.