Musician Brian Rocheleau (aka Rosh) discovered blind cafes, a restaurant-type setup in which meals are consumed in the dark, in Reykjavík, Iceland, when he stumbled across one. "It was a really novel, cool experience," Rosh remembers. "I got to connect with all these different senses that you don't normally connect with, not being able to see, as well as communicate and connect with the people at my table."
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Rosh decided to replicate the experience right here in the States with the Boulder Blind Cafe, a community-awareness event comprising dinner and a concert in the dark, connecting people to one another through food and music, two universal languages. "You entertain people, get them to laugh and cry, and their hearts are open," notes Rosh. "And there's a window to really share personal experience."
Head to Wesley Chapel, 1290 Folsom Street in Boulder, tonight at 8 p.m. to visit the cafe; tickets, $25 general admission and $20 for students, include a vegetarian meal created by chef Marcus McCauley as well as a performance by Rosh's One Eye Glass Broken, spoken-word poetry and more. Proceeds will benefit the Boulder Guide Dog Puppy Raisers; space is limited, so reserve yours now at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/91905. Get more information at www.boulderblindcafe.com.
Fri., Feb. 5, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 6, 8 p.m., 2010