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The Pearl Street Stampede returns on Friday night, as the Buffs play Colorado State on Saturday.
The Pearl Street Stampede returns on Friday night, as the Buffs play Colorado State on Saturday.

Something I’m very good at is eating. I can eat at any time of day, I can eat while driving and I could probably even eat while sleeping. So you can bet your buns that I will be eating at the Boulder County’s EAT LOCAL! Week, too.

Festivities include a Iron Chef like competition featuring local chefs like Eric Skokan of Black Cat Bistro and Michael Jansen of Mateo (Thursday, 5:30 — 8 p.m.) at the Highland City Club, 885 Arapahoe Ave, and a local chef sampling showcase with tidbits from Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and more (Friday, 6 — 9 p.m.) at the Millenium Harvest House, 1345 28th St.

Register online at

Revenge of the nerds

Ignite 12 is mere hours away! Nerds, unite, for a rollicking night of slide presentations, learning, and all around geekery! Wait, that doesn’t sound fun. But as a past attendee, let me assure you that it is, in fact, a blast!

Local smarty-pants and techies congregate at the Chautauqua Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday to scrutinize and heckle their peers as they attempt to enlighten the crowd on a subject of their choice. Presentations are arranged into slides that auto-advance every fifteen seconds, ensuring a more succinct and entertaining version of show-and-tell. Come early for free beer and barbecue and stay for the band at intermission!

Tickets online (but probably not for long) at

Beat-boxing is for professionals

On occasion, following the absorption of one or two alcoholic beverages, I have tested my techniques as a beat-boxer. Whereas I thought it to be pretty successful, any sober person would disagree. Luckily, Shodekeh (the “official hop hop ambassador” to Baltimore) is coming to the Glenn Miller Ballroom in the UMC for a free performance, so I can pick up some pointers.

Come to the performance on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to hear Shodekeh beat-boxing on stage with CU on the Rocks and the Boulder Laptop Orchestra.

More info and video clips at

Talking with giants

Every year, the Boulder History Museum hosts a series called Conversations With Extraordinary People. Since I have a pretty busy schedule and wasn’t available, organizers had to settle for presenter Chuck Porter. Yup, that’s right, the Chuck Porter of Crispin Porter + Bogusky! On Tuesday, get yourself to the Chautauqua Community House, 301 Morning Glory Drive, and enjoy an evening of remarkable stories that are sure to motivate and inspire.

Full schedule and tickets available at

Shoulder to shoulder

Rooting for the Buffs the past few years has been, shall we say, trying. And although my poor heart is in shambles, I’m not one of those fair weather fans — I’m on board through thick and thin.

Be a good sport and demonstrate your unwavering support on Friday at the Boulder County Court House for the Pearl Street Stampede. At 7 p.m. our boys will parade to the Camera Building, 1048 Pearl St., for a roaring cheerfest denouncing the (shudder) CSU Rams. A new season means a fresh start, so you should be there or be square!

All the details can be found at

Stacy Parkinson’s “Boulder at Night” runs every Thursday in the Colorado Daily.