The animated film “A Complex Villainelle,” created by University of Colorado at Denver students, screens this weekend at the Moondance International Film Festival.

I tried to picture the last time I caught a movie in the theater, and nothing recent came to mind.

I’m not all that surprised, though, because since I turned 18, moviegoing as a source of entertainment has become borderline torture. Obnoxious tweens sneaking in booze, overpriced popcorn and a good chance the movie is going to suck anyway? No thanks.

Luckily, the Moondance International Film Festival — going on today through Sunday — is the antithesis of modern movie-theater hell.

Amenities include cocktail hours at trendy Boulder bars (no youngins), screenings of indie films (no duds), and tickets for under 10 bucks.

Most screenings are at the Hotel Boulderado, 2115 13th St., and tickets are available for advance purchase.

The full schedule is online at

Short shorts

If your attention span barely gets you through an episode of “The Office,” then the International Film Series has something more your style.

At 7 and 9 p.m. today and Friday, the IFS is hosting screenings of Nine Nation Animation at Muenzinger Auditorium on the University of Colorado campus.

For only $6 (free with valid CU student ID), you can watch nine animated shorts from countries all over the world — in only an hour and a half. Plus, you can take a date and pretend that you’re “cultured.”

More info at

Fall forward

Everybody keeps saying that autumn is just around the corner, but based on the current weather, I don’t know if I buy it.

The leaves aren’t changing, there hasn’t been any snow yet — and gosh darnit, I want to wear my cozy sweaters.

Hopefully this weekend’s Fall Fest, on Pearl Street between 11th and 15th streets, will be akin to a rain dance to jumpstart the season. If not, at least the event is a great excuse to drink some microbrews from Boulder Beer, grab some goodies from local restaurants, and listen to some live music.

Fall Fest kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with a performance by Deja Blu and the party continues through Sunday evening. So head downtown, don’t forget your jacket, and pray for snow.

Check out details at

Down the hatch

Fall crops usually depress me because it means the end of delicious fresh produce and the beginning of lots of squash.

But Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace, 950 Pearl St., is taking advantage of the one yummy fall harvest: hatch green chiles.

From 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, the restaurant’s chefs are house-roasting those babies and using them in some tasty recipes. Show up to try out some street food, and stay for the live music and the green chile beers crafted by Twisted Pine Brewery.

And take some chiles to-go; Centro has put together several “kits” to help you recreate their salsa and rellenos.

Find the menu at

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