Even before people knew to hate each other based on party affiliation (Tebow fan vs. football fan), fall in Boulder was always a time to appreciate the extremes in life. One minute we’re all out sunning on the quad in our bikinis, the next we’re shoveling snow off the sidewalks in our bikinis.
Fitting, then, that the coming days offer full-immersion experiences for people seeking some time on the town.
Lunafest, the female-focused traveling film fest that threw a right fine party in Boulder last year, will screen at the Avery Brewing barrel-aging cellar on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. For a little under $10, you’ll see the nine lady-centric films on subjects ranging from Craigslist missed connections to women’s rugby to motherhood to the life of a nude figure model — and you’ll be able to knock back a few brews from Avery, which is in itself a celebration of going big or going home. It all goes down at Avery Brewing, 5757 Arapahoe Ave., and you can find out more at http://www.lunafest.org/boulder1109.
Whether you’re a writer or not, you’ve thought at least once, “I could write better than this sap.” And I resent it! But I respect your honesty and I’m a little attracted to your confidence, so I’d like to direct you to a nearby calendar, where you’ll notice it’s November. This is the month in which aspiring scribes from all walks put pen to paper for National Novel Writing Month, known to insiders as NaNoWriMo. The idea is to knock out 50,000 words of your very own novel in a month. For the truly brave, a local NaNoWriMo chapter gathers in various locations around Boulder including the library and, perhaps more attractively, Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. at Atlas Purveyors, 1505 Pearl St., and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at A Cup of Peace, 3216 Arapahoe Ave. If you want to go way overboard, there’s even a write-in starting the night of November 19 at the famous Stanley Hotel. Buckle up and geek out. More information at nanowrimo.org.
Coming up a week from today, the Boulder Blind Cafe is an event I’ve been meaning to get to since before I knew it even happened in Boulder. Spend two hours in pitch darkness listening to music, eating a fine meal and reflecting on your own sight while served by blind waitstaff. The only impressions I’ve heard have been positive, so I’m nearly to the point where I’ll shell out the $90 for myself and my lovely date. If you can’t pull together that kind of scratch, the website insists that they won’t turn anybody away, so inquire about the sliding scale admission. The dinner takes place 7 p.m. next Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10 and 11, at the First Baptist Church of Boulder, 1237 Pine St. More information is available at http://theblindcafe.com/boulder-blind-cafe.htm.
What are you diving into this season? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @daveburdick.