Zak Wood
Centro’s Date Night is calling you.

If you ask me, the awesomeness level of a particular event is denoted by the quality of its suffix. For example: “a-thon,” “o-rama,” and “palooza” are all suffixes indicating a completely acceptable amount of enjoyment. Unless preceded by the word “math.” In that case, abort, abort! Howlapalooza, this Saturday at the Lazy Dog, 1346 Pearl Street, has absolutely nothing to do with math and makes use of onomatopoeia, so it’s pretty much guaranteed to be a good time. The event is a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and it includes live music, dancing, and great food and drink. Tickets range from $20-$30 depending on if you splurge for dinner or not, and the tunes start at 7:45 p.m.

Purchase tickets online at boulderhumane.org/howlapalooza/

Not married with children

Usually, the phrase “date night” makes me cringe. It sounds old and married, and at the mercy of a 13-year-old brat charging me 15 bucks an hour to babysit my kids while my husband and I escape to see some overpriced movie. While I assume that that day is an inevitable reality, for the time being I’d like to reclassify “date night” as something a little more hip and edgy. Centro Latin Kitchen, 950 Pearl Street, is on board with their Wednesday Night Date Nights. For just $30/couple, you and your special guy or gal are invited to enjoy paella for two and a bottle of wine. Hip and edgy, indeed — and cheap, too!

For reservations, call 303-442-7771.

Summer daze

This past week I got a little taste of warm weather and now I want more. I want to sit on a patio with a cold beer and the sun out until eight o’ clock. But I have to keep reminding myself that traditionally, the snowiest month is still ahead. For now, the closest I’m going to get to a warm patio/cold beer combination is at the West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street, on Tuesday nights for their Rooftop Music. Starting at 6 p.m. this Tuesday, singer and guitarist Kort McCumber will serenade the crowd with his folksy tunes under the heat of the… well, heat lamps, but it’ll have to do for now. Paired with a PBR tall boy, it might as well be summer. Almost.

Event calendar available at thewestendtavern.com

Let’s all go to the movies

Every year I say I want to buy a full pass to the Boulder International Film Festival and every year I forget to save up my monies. And every year I end up at one of the shorts programs instead. It may sound like a cop out, but I highly recommend taking in one of the three different compilations of short films. In my opinion, it is the easiest, most enjoyable way to get a feeling for the festival and absorb an abbreviated version of the sights and sounds of the madness that is BIFF. Tickets are only $12 and there are showings this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations. Check it out, if for no other reason than to try to catch a glimpse of James Franco.

Full schedule at biff1.com/biff_schedule.html

Stacy Parkinson’s Boulder at Night runs every Thursday in the Colorado Daily. E-mail nightlife tips to stacy.parkinson@colorado.edu.

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