Entertainment Goes Virtual

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If you’re looking for a temporary escape, a way to maximize your quarantined time and a way to support the Boulder community, you don’t have to leave your house for quality, local entertainment.

Entertainers and artists are known for their creativity, and they’re coming up with ways to continue doing their job while we are all stuck at home.

Entertainment in the Boulder area has gone virtual.

The annual Boulder Arts Week led the movement, when it moved its art celebration online March 27-April 4. Instead of arts events throughout Boulder, it offered free workshops and events online, and viewers got to pick the People’s Choice Award by virtual vote.

Artists got innovative, such as local dancers, who reworked a dance performance to become “Love in the Time of Covid-19: An Apocalypse Cabaret,” which was streamed in a private Facebook group, Emmie and Harry’s Streaming Cabaret Group. This “online cabaret club” was formed in collaboration with Opera On Tap NYC to provide performance opportunities for artists and access to live shows during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other art organizations are holding free online classes, such as a free art and hopscotch class (great for homeschool kids).

And although the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art is closed through March 31, it continues to share inspirational art on social media.

“Night Reels,” the Work of Stacey Steers. Guest curated by Kim Dickey. Image courtesy of Wes Magyar. posted by the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

The Library

The local library is a reliable place to turn for free, educational entertainment. The Boulder Public Library is always open — online.

The library has shifted as many resources online as possible and is starting new, virtual programs. Look forward to virtual concerts, virtual reading programs, crafts online, classes and more. It has also offered an extension on all check-outs. 

The Boulder Public Library online.

Until the library re-opens, you can stream material online via its online library. Download ebooks and audiobooks; watch films, TV and courses; and view music concerts and documentaries. All you need is your library card. The Ancestry Library Edition (to research all your family history questions) is available through April 30.

The Boulder Public Library also has its own Youtube channel with a ton of free content. We particularly love the Oral History Shorts.

You can also find various live storytimes for kids (and grown-up kids) to enjoy. The Clearview Library District is one place offering read-alouds on Facebook.

Music, Dance and Theater

Local musicians, dancers and actors are also coming up with creative ways to gather online. For example, one local ukulele player, Jessica Klauzer-Zimmerman, has organized daily live jam sessions on Zoom. They’re tentatively at 5:30 p.m. daily.

Local musician Shanna Hoar is teaching virtual guitar, songwriting, voice, piano and ukulele lessons, and she will hold live concerts at www.facebook.com/shannainadress every week.

Shanna in a Dress. Courtesy photo

In fact, many musicians have begun offering performances on Facebook Live and other internet platforms. For example, Colorado-based musician Ben Hammond has a line-up planned every Friday at 7:30 p.m. through the end of April.

Ben Hammond. Courtesy photo

He writes: “I am accepting tips, however, this crisis is not limited to musicians and service workers. Please take care of yourself and your family before you tip me or anyone else, and make sure you’re financially stable. Most importantly, share this event and invite your friends if you think they could use some live music to break up their Facebook feed. Once you tune in, please consider smashing that ‘share’ button. Commenting even just a ‘hi’ is really fun for us as performers, since we thrive on audience interaction. Let’s have some much-needed fun!”

If you want to dance or watch dancing online, Vertical Fusion has moved its dance and movement classes online, and it is organizing other community events, like a group viewing of “Burlesque” via Netflixparty.com.

The improv troupe, Horseteeth Improv, is planning an online show via Facebook Live.

And this is just the beginning of the offerings.

Other

You can also find online workshops (instead of in-person events) featuring spiritual leaders. Look for events and register on the Spiritual Science Research Foundation website. They will continue adding more events regularly.

Elephant Journal is holding a free, online contemplative writing “retreat.”

For healthy entertainment, Triathlete Magazine held an online Q&A with Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae. Also, Naturally Boulder has moved its events online through April and is offering them for free. Here’s a look at the full calendar.

Events Postponed or Cancelled

Still, some events can’t be done remotely and have had to be postponed. The annual BolderBoulder race was rescheduled for Labor Day. Boulder County Farmers Markets pushed back the opening date of the season to May 2 (and yes, the farmers market is absolutely a social event in Boulder). The Taste of Pearl and Tulip Fairy and Elf Festival were both canceled for 2020, with the potential to reschedule in the fall, if possible.

The annual Conference on World Affairs was also canceled this year.

Boulder County guided hikes and open space events have been canceled through late April.

Other entertainment venues are offering special deals if you buy now and play later. Twin Peaks Escape Room is offering a deal on gift cards for 40 percent off.

Got an online event you want to share? Feel free to add it in the comments below.

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