Posted on March 2, 2015
Just a few weeks ago, Downtown Boulder Inc. held their 2015 Annual Awards Luncheon. We all got dressed up and went to the St. Julien to celebrate another successful business year for the downtown district. To make sure we'd never forget the amazing event, I took it upon myself to create a video that focused on award winner, George Karakehian, and the importance of DBI hosting an event like this every year.
Take a look!
Posted on March 2, 2015
With BIFF (local talk for the Boulder International Film Festival) starting in three days... I figured why not focus this blog on the film that I think is going to be the most interesting one of the weekend. If you've done any research on the films being shown, it won't come as a surprise that I'm writing about none other than Racing Extinction (which also just happens to be showing on Closing Night).
One of the coolest things about this film is that the director is a Boulder native! Louie Psihoyos is very talented and has already been recognized with an Academy Award for his film, The Cove, so I think it's fair to have high expectations for Racing Extinction. The film was most recently shown at Sundance 2015, which movie-goers and non-movie goers alike know is a pretty big deal.
Often, movies that focus on extinction of animals can be really heavy in scientific mumbo jumbo. This film, on the other hand, focuses on the human aspect. From shark-fin hunters and wild animal traders to restaurants that serve endangered animals as delicacies, Psihoyos doesn't hold back. We all know these types of things are happening, but actually seeing it evokes an entirely different emotion which filmmakers like Psihoyos hope can ultimately create change. Trust me, this is something you don't want to miss.
BIFF's Closing Night happens on Sunday, March 8th and the film will be shown after the Awards Ceremony at 7:30pm.
Posted on February 25, 2015
As I promised - I'm back with more on what not to miss next weekend at the Boulder International Film Festival!
If you're over 18, these events aren't necessarily for you (but they just may interest your kids!). BIFF is making sure that Boulder's youngins' get a taste of Hollywood too. And guess what? It's all FREE! From Friday March 6th to Sunday March 8th you can expect all sorts of awesome events and activities, and all you've got to do is show up! The Youth Pavilion is working with BIFF to make young film fanatics dreams-come-true and also teach them some things about the 'bizz'. Here's a full program calendar for the weekend, but I'm still going to highlight what I feel is going to be the most fun!
For the cool kids, Opening Night featuring dinner and a movie starts on Friday night at Alfalfa's. It's all run on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to be there by 6:00 pm so you don't miss out on all the delicious organic food. But, if for some reason Mom decides to make you dinner that night, just be sure to get there by 6:45 so you have enough time to get your popcorn and soda for the movie! The Way Way Back will be the first movie of the weekend, and a must-see at that. The movie is only about an hour and a half long - sounds like the perfect Friday night to me!
I don't know about you, but I love zombies. What better way to splurge on that geeky pleasure than a Makeup for Zombies Workshop! As long as everyone in your group is over the age of 10, this event is going to be a blast. You'll be taught how to create burns, bruises and other zombie goodness on Sunday March 8th from 12:30 to 2 pm at Alfalfa's!
What are you waiting for? Go play dead for a bit.
Posted on February 25, 2015
From one movie buff to another, I highly recommend checking out this years' annual Boulder International Film Festival on March 5 - 8th. Not only is it conveniently located right in our backyard at the Boulder Theater and other nearby venues, but it attracts over 25,000 people who are just as obsessed with movies as I am. Because there are over 50 films being shown and multiple other events, I thought I'd highlight just two of th. You're going to want to write this down!
"The Wrecking Crew": There's a reason why this film is being shown on Opening Night. You know that feeling you get when you're watching a movie that truly inspires you and actually changes the way you see something? Well, this film does just that and more. The documentary follows the infamous recording group, The Wrecking Crew, who won six Grammy's in a row for best record in the 60s and 70s and brought to life the sound of artists like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and The Beach Boys. If you love the oldies (and I bet you do), this will be right up your ally. Tickets for Opening Night are $65 and I'm convinced the overall experience will be glamorous and totally worth it.
CineCHEF: Seeing as Forbes named us one of the Top Five Secret Foodie Cities in the nation back in January, I feel like we can all agree that this event will be too good to pass up. Head chefs at SALT, The Kitchen, Brasserie Ten Ten and The Med (a.k.a all of our favorite happy hour spots), to name a few will be tapping into their cinematic talents to create film-inspired dishes. It's all happening on Friday, March 6th from 5 to 7pm at Rembrandt Yard. Tickets are $95 each, but lets' be honest this is every foodie's dream. Don't wait too long; I have no doubt that this event will be sold out soon.
With the festival just TWO WEEKS away, I'll be coming up with more ideas of what not to miss in the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled!
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Posted on February 23, 2015
Graduation. I know… it’s a scary thought; one that I’ve been spending the past three and a half years trying to avoid. But seeing as February is halfway over, I’m turning 22 in less than a month and filling out job applications has become a daily routine, I think it may be time to snap out of my denial. Rather than dwell on my intimidating jump into the "real world", I’m going to focus on all the things I’ve never done in Boulder that I’ve always wanted to. So here it is; my last semester of college bucket list. The final 5 things I’m promising myself I will do before attending CU Boulder as a student becomes a memory.
1) Go to a CU Basketball Game: I admit it; I’ve never been to CU Basketball game. With this being said, I've made it my mission to be in the front row with a foam finger, the best Buff attire from Where the Buffalo Roam and the most epic face painting masterpiece you’ve ever seen this basketball season. I feel it's necessary to make at least one trek to the Coors Events Center before I graduate, especially since the Buffs are in the PAC 12.
2) Ski the major mountains: After checking off A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper Mountain, I still feel like I’m missing something. Oh right, that would be Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen. I vow that my Epic Pass will be put to great use this semester, especially on Wednesday's when I can stop into Tahona afterwards for an all night happy hour special thanks to my season pass! Plus, I've got my eye on a new Athleta Jacket that is to-die-for and perfect for my next trip to the slopes.
3) Watch the sunset from the Flatirons: It may be cheesy, but I’ve always wanted to watch Boulder come to life with the sunrise, and I feel like the Flatirons is a very appropriate place for a CU Buff to complete this task. Even though I've been lucky enough to take in the view from the terrace at the St Julien or while grabbing a bite to eat on the roof of West End Tavern, I'm still trying to find a hiking buddy willing to wake up early enough, so if you’re interested let me know! (Accepting applications until May 8th)
4) Eat at Frasca: This is THE restaurant you go to when you’re parents are in town. (Hint: voted Best Overall restaurant by OpenTable, if that can put things into perspective for you!) To me it’s like an unspoken rite of passage as a CU graduate to eat at Frasca at least one time within the four years of your college experience. Attention Mom and Dad... Graduation is only a few months away (wink, wink)!!
5) Boulder Microwbrew Tour: With Microbrews being all the rage right now and all of my friends have finally reached legal drinking age, it's absolutely necessary to go on the Boulder Microbrew Tour. Enjoy great company and even better beer; sounds like every 21/almost 22 year-old's dream. Plus it includes a stop at West Flanders Brewing Co. I'm buying tickets as I type.
And finally, GRADUATE! As unsettling as the thought of graduating college may be, I’m excited and grateful to be able to celebrate all that I’ve accomplished these past four years with friends and family. Watch out world, I’m ‘almost’ ready for you!
I'll put together a graduation gift ideas blog soon... just in case you need any ideas!