This week delivers a historical pop-culture reference that we've been waiting on for 26 years: We're going back to the future. In addition, we have art openings to check out and cereal to eat with comedians. Check out the Westword calendar for more events, and drop us a comment if you know of anything that should be on this list.
Welcome to the Future, Marty McFly at Boulder Public Library (4:29 p.m. Wednesday, free)
We finally made it to the future. It's a shame our world is still not what Robert Zemeckis dreamed it would be in his Back to the Future trilogy, which got its start thirty years ago, but we can pretend it is in Boulder today. At exactly 4:29 p.m. on October 21, Marty McFly wound up in 2015 in the second installment of the trilogy. Celebrate by watching the film, partying to some Huey Lewis tunes and gawking at a real DeLorean. Wear your best Back to the Future costume for a chance to win a state-of-the-art VHS system with cassettes to go along with it, too.
Soil City Artist Talk and Screening at PlatteForum (5:30 p.m. Thursday, free)
Artist-in-residence Jennifer Stratton presents her latest endeavor with help from her students at PlatteForum tonight. With so much construction under way in this city, you see plenty of dirt — but what does it mean? Soil City explores the subject through art and learning-based practices that invite you to look at soil differently. Stratton will discuss the processes she and her students used to create dirt-like portraits of the city, display the soil bank they started and present a 16mm film using weathering processes.
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Cartoons & Comedy Halloween Spooktacular 3 at The Deer Pile (10 p.m. Thursday, free)
Cartoons & Comedy will break out the Count Chocula, Boo Berry and Frankenberry cereal for you to munch on while Bobby Crane, Chris Fairbanks and Greg Baumhauer riff on your favorite Halloween cartoons and commercials from the 1980s and 90s. Dress in costume for a shot at winning prizes, too: Spook yourself on over.