"Some of my greatest friends from college were people that I considered comedy hippies," says Boulder-based writer and comedian Dave Burdick. "They got into worshiping Del Close and the Upright Citizens Brigade and the spirit of improv. Lately, I've been realizing I'm a comedy hippie, too. I just haven't had the time to formally get my membership card."
Bureaucrats at the hippie comedy DMV will likely move Burdick to the head of the line -- or at least bump him up a few spots -- after today's Secret Circusshow, a free comedy event taking place at 8 p.m. at the Old Main building on the University of Colorado's Boulder campus.
For tonight's show, "You're Invited…" Burdick, who hosts the Brewhouse Comedy BrewHaHa at RedFish New Orleans Brewhouse every Sunday night, has gathered a collection of videos, cartoons and live performances that audiences don't get to see at most conventional comedy shows.
"'Weird' is a word that I'm using a little reluctantly as a marketing tool," Burdick says. "I think it's offbeat and unusual, but 'unusual comedy' doesn't quite look the same on a flier. It's about the comedy. But in a secret way, it's also about intangibles and cuddly stuff you really can't talk about without having someone use that boring 'so Boulder' phrase."
Belmar continues to mix it up.
Adam Lerner loves to mix it up and make things happen out of thin air. It's a useful talent for a guy who runs The Lab at Belmar, an art center that doesn't yet exist, except in blueprints. But Lerner isn't twiddling his thumbs while waiting for next year's opening: He's already presenting totally unexpected lectures at existing Belmar arts venues, including the recent Mixed Taste series, which paired unrelated subjects for lively discussions.
He's done it again for fall, with the School of Music Reform, a six-week lecture/ performance series that touts late-twentieth-century musical pioneers from modern composers Philip Glass and Terry Riley to pop innovators Frank Zappa and Björk. It debuts tonight at 6 p.m. at 7180 West Alaska Place in Belmar, with trumpeter Ron Miles and guest Jake Adam York holding forth on jazz trendsetter Charles Mingus. If you've never had the pleasure of sitting in a classroom in which Miles was teaching, this is your chance. And believe it or not, such quality lasts for the whole series.
Lectures are $6 each, or $28 for the series; call 303-742-1520 for details. -- Susan Froyd
We Be Jammin'
Racism reaches to the ends of the earth, and fighting it takes strategy and understanding. In that vein, the Boulder-born human rights organization Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence is hosting its first-ever Jam for Justice today from 6 to 11 p.m. Organizers hope that jamming in different worldly ways will bridge cultures, and socializing at a buffet dinner and bar will provide patrons with plenty of opportunities to organize for social justice. Tickets are $25 in advance ($15 for students and seniors) or $35 at the door of the Millennium Harvest House, 1345 28th Street in Boulder. For more information, call 303-449-8623. -- Luke Turf
Celebrate fall frippery to benefit CAP.
Harvard University's Implicit Association Test examines thoughts and feelings that exist outside of conscious awareness or control. If it were a fashion test, it might show you the fall line from the likes of Gap and Banana Republic and then ask you to match them with rapidly flashing celebrity images. Agh! Freddie Prinze Jr.! Make it stop!
At today's Fashion 15 fall fashion show, you won't have to worry about any tests or subliminal messages. The organizers are merely bringing out the latest lines from those aforementioned companies -- along with items from Denver's Hub Clothing and Swank boutiques -- to raise money for the Colorado AIDS Project.
"It's going to be fun diva music, a lot of local models, an open martini bar," says event organizer Gary Stringham. "The whole point is HIV prevention and fundraising, but we want to make it really relaxed so that people will feel comfortable."
It's a no-brainer. -- Drew Bixby