The Bitten Word

BMOCA hosts International Edible Book Festival

SAT, 4/3

Ever munched on Moby Dick or snacked on Shakespeare? Tonight, art lovers can dine on titles like "S'more and Peace" and "The Book of Apple Pi" during the International Edible Book Festival at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Held every year in cities around the world, the word feast is a fundraiser organized by the non-profit Book Arts League. "For a two-buck entry fee, people can bring down their book creations, which must be made from totally edible materials," explains organizer Julia Seko. "At a given moment, after much perusing and critical discussion, we rip them apart and eat them." Past Colorado book cooks have used everything from frozen french fries to wonton wrappers in the construction of their tomes. One bookworm even dished up edible grubs.

A Jell-O printing press will add to the evening's fun, and organizers will provide edible paper and consumable ink stations to encourage non-book bakers to eat their own words. "Mostly it gives the book community a chance to get together, dress up and act weird," Seko says.

Admission is $5, with discounts available for museum members. The exhibition opens at 4 p.m. at BMOCA, 1750 13th Street, Boulder; the lit gets digested around 5. For more information, go to www.i5net.net/~bookartsleague.

"Book artists have always been considered cutting-edge," says Seko. "Maybe we've started a new trend of digestible art." -- Kity Ironton

Rock This Way
That '70s sound is in -- again
FRI, 4/2

Awash in leisure polyester, lava lamps and mood rings, the '70s were also full of long-haired dudes cranking out "cocaine rock," a musical styling reflective of the excess that seemed to drip from an entire generation. So it's not surprising that a couple of hipster youth decades later would decide to pay homage to the golden era of rock. Or is it? Snowblind, a nostalgic flashback to the scratched-and-dented vinyl you weren't sure you missed yet, is happening tonight at the hi-dive, 7 South Broadway. DJs Matt LaBarge and Jason Heller will turn out that '70s sound while the best of the decade's movies play on the back wall. Other features include a fashion show by Buffalo Exchange, giveaways and door prizes -- even a bubble machine. "I think it's going to be a total down-and-out rock party," says LeBarge. "It'll be pretty insane."

The solid gold starts spinning at 9 p.m.; admission is a mere $3. Go to www.hi-dive.com for more information.

Shlock on! -- Kity Ironton

 
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