The Aspen Filmfest kicks off tomorrow night with a sneak-preview screening of the John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy and a concert by Lennon's pre-Beatle cohorts in the Quarrymen. But, hey, if your pocketbook is just not tony enough for Aspen, you can get the same package tonight at the Boulder Theater, courtesy of the Denver Film Society and the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. A benefit for CFSBC's Boulder Mountain Fire Relief Fund, the screening begins at 7 p.m.
"It's a really solid intro into John Lennon's early life, and the star of the film, Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), channels John Lennon without going overboard," Keith Garcia of the DFS says of the film. "I think he'll be someone to watch over the next few years." And Garcia also says the buzz on the Quarrymen -- original members Colin Hanton, Len Garry and Rod Davis, who formed the skiffle combo with Lennon -- is not bad. "I've heard that they are actually great musicians." The bad news? Garcia divulges that only VIP tickets, $75 to $80, remain for tonight's show. But there is good news to balance your disappointment: With the higher fee, you get to attend a 5:30 p.m. pre-reception and meet-and-greet with the Quarrymen, and when the show starts, you'll have the best seats in the house.
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The Boulder Theater is at 2032 14th Street, Boulder; get tickets online at the DFS website.