Things to Do in Boulder in January 2021

by Rachel Daly

Happy New Year, Boulder! We’re bringing you another month of virtual workshops & concerts, as well as self-guided tours, and outdoor fun. Cheers to a happier, healthier new year!

KGNU New Year’s Eve On-Air Party

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When: December 31, 2020 from 7 PM – Midnight

Join KGNU for a New Year’s Eve On-Air Party on Thursday, December 31 from 7:00 pm-midnight. Tune in for an incredible lineup of some of your favorite KGNU DJs, including Westword’s 2018 Best Eclectic DJ and 2019 Best House DJ Erin Stereo, DJ A-L, TerraSonic’s Joel Davis, Cal Huss, Iris Berkeley, and more! Full lineup here.

New Years Day Kids’ Concert with Jeff & Paige

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When: Friday, January 1, 2021 at 10 AM

Ring in the new year with an hour-long Jeff & Paige concert loaded with science education, costumes, audience interaction and New Year cheer. Free and open to absolutely everyone thanks to the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Dept. Show geared towards kid ages 3-8. More details here.

Virtual Fitness & Dance Fest

When: January 1 & 2, 2021 full schedule here.

Photo Courtesy Boulder Parks & Rec

Overwhelming Stress In The Time Of Covid-19: How Yoga Fosters Emotional And Neurobiological Resilience

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When: Friday, January 8, 2021 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Janine D’Anniballe of Soul Tree Yoga will be presenting a free talk via zoom: Overwhelming Stress In The Time Of Covid-19: How Yoga Fosters Emotional And Neurobiological Resilience. 2020 brought with it unprecedented levels of trauma and cumulative stress to us and our communities. This free talk will provide a framing of the impact of cumulative stress and trauma on our nervous systems and how yoga can help us enhance our resilience. Pre-register to attend live or to receive the recording on Saturday morning.

Chautaqua WinterFest: Art in the Park

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When: Now Through May 1, 2021

Artistic inspiration, civic engagement and safe outdoor fun for all ages with a spectacular Flatirons backdrop at Chautauqua’s WinterFest. Kids of all ages will love playing the accompanying cell-phone scavenger hunt. Don’t forget to stop by the general store! More info here.

CU Faculty Tuesdays: Oulipo

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When: January 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM

Cellist Meta Weiss is joined by cellist David Requiro, violinist Harumi Rhodes and pianists David Korevaar and Suyeon Kim in a program exploring the idea of Oulipo and restrictions. The recital features works by Joan Jeanrenaud, Rebecca Clarke, Gian Carlo Menotti and Robert Schumann. Renowned faculty artists perform with students and colleagues in chamber music recitals featuring world premieres and beloved classics. Free most Tuesdays September through March. This free event will be presented virtually here.

Louisville WinterSkate by Boulder Creek Events

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When: Now ’til the end of February, hours here.

Located at the Steinbaugh Pavilion in Historic Downtown Louisville WinterSkate is an old-fashioned ice skating rink complete with skate rental, concessions and traditional holiday music. This year, to keep everyone safe and healthy, Boulder Creek Events will be adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. Please visit their information page here to learn more.

Louisville WinterSkate is held at the Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front Street in Historic Downtown Louisville. Cost (includes skate rental): Adults & Kids $10, Children ages 3 & under: Free.

The Catharsis of Storytelling: Virtual Poetry Workshop With Poet Assétou Xango

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When: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 10 AM

The Dairy Arts Center presents a virtual poetry workshop with poet Assétou Xango via Zoom. In a society built on racism, telling our own stories is the most powerful, and sometimes, the only tool we have. It is cathartic, it is clearing, and it has been the quiet vehicle of progress since the beginning of our existence. Poetry, in its non-judgmental, expansive acceptance, is one of the most accessible avenues for story-telling. In this workshop, for the new or novice writer, you will dip your quill into this deep well of freedom. Assétou Xango (Ah-say-too SEAN-go), also known as the Dark Goddess Poet, uses Spoken Word to dismantle the harmful, colonial binaries that bind us. As a black, pansexual, polyamorous, genderqueer, womxn. They exist as the in-between, the darkness that serves as the mirror to our shadow selves. Xango’s other-world guides us to accept the parts of ourselves that have been deemed irredeemable. This event is free, but registration is required. Register here.

From Legacy To Possibility: Virtual Visual, Musical & Poetic Performance

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When: Monday, January 18, 2021 at 6 PM

The Dairy Arts Center presents From Legacy to Possibility, a virtual performance hosted by poet Briannah Hill, featuring poets Assétou Xango and Hakeem Furious, visual artist Tya Anthony, and musicians Hazel Miller and Julia Kirkwood. This event is free but requires advance registration. All the details here.

CU Faculty Tuesdays: Time Art – Space Art

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When: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Double Bassist Paul Erhard is joined by painter Leslie Laskey and modern dancer Yali Rivlin for a program in which improvised music, painting and dance meet. An outgrowth of Professor Erhard’s jazz and Indian raga improvising, these collaborations journey inside a fresh and spontaneous creative process. Renowned faculty artists perform with students and colleagues in chamber music recitals featuring world premieres and beloved classics. Free most Tuesdays September through March. This free event (donations accepted) will be presented virtually here.

Street Wise 2020 Self-Guided Tour

Photo Courtesy Street Wise Boulder, by Peter Kowalchuk

Street Wise Boulder is an annual ARTivism mural festival in the streets of Boulder, Colorado. Their mission is to amplify artist voices and use the power of public art as a means to connect, spark change, and build empathy within the community. Street Wise artists are driven by social activism, and use their murals as a tool for connection. Take your own self-guided mural tour – map provided here. To make a donation, click here.

Celebrate Winnie the Pooh author, A.A. Milne’s Birthday

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When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Boulder Public Library will be hosting an online, special bi-lingual event celebrating Winnie the Pooh and his friends from the 100 Acre Wood. The celebration will include stories, crafts, songs, movement, and more! Suitable for ages 4 and up. Register for this free event here.

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