Being a shot girl myself, I always think it’s extra classy when people order cocktails at bars. Anyone can shout, “A round of tequila shots!” across a crowded bar, but not everyone call pull off ordering a “manhattan for my gentleman friend.” Inquiring minds should check out the Cocktail Tour, hosted by Local Table Tours four Thursdays a month. Attendees are whisked around downtown Boulder to various watering holes for a taste of hand-crafted creations and a lesson on the history behind mixology. Each tour focuses on a different spirit (clear, oak-aged, etc) and costs $30/person. A great chance to make friends with some of Boulder’s hippest mixologists!

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If you’re more of a beer guy (or gal) then take a gander at the offerings at The Pinyon’s Boulevard Brewing Dinner. The Pinyon, 1710 Pearl Street, will be hosting a six-course beer pairing dinner this Sunday at 6:30 p.m., featuring brews from Boulevard in Kansas City, MO. The dinner costs $60/person and pairs various ales with mouth-watering tastes of lamb, oysters, venison and more. Seats are limited, so make reservations today.

Call 720-306-8248 for reservations.

If you haven’t heard about Communikey, picture everything you think embodies the spirit of Boulder (art, culture, innovation, conservation, passion for the environment, bicycles, etc.) and roll it all up into one big festival and you get CMKY. This year’s event runs through Sunday; I encourage you to buy an all-access pass so that you can check out unlimited exhibits but in the event that you can’t spare a four-day weekend running around Communikey, make sure you get yourself into one of the following:

The ViceVerse Photo Exhibition. A collaborative project between 11 artists from Boulder and Belgrade featuring workshops, installation art, musical accompaniment and more. On display at the Norlin Library, 1720 Pleasant Street, opening reception tonight from 5-7 p.m., free.

STATIC y ZIZEK Park Party. Live music, acclaimed DJs, visual art with a Latin flair. This Sunday at the Boulder Civic Plaza, across from 1750 13th Street, starting at 2 p.m. Also free.

Kiss and Tell Closing Party. Inspired by avant garde Russian ballet The Rite of Spring. Spring has sprung, indeed — come dressed in your flowered best to enjoy live music, dancing and libations at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 1750 13th Street; festival headquarters. Join the fun this Sunday evening from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Forget lambs, send Communikey 2011 off like a lion! $15 per person.

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P.S.: Fans of Joel McHale’s Community should grab tickets to see Donald Glover crack jokes live at the Fox this Monday at 9 p.m. Presented by The Onion, show is $15 in advance.

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