Since he began hosting his weekly Acid Jams in the northerly mountain town of Nederland in 1996, promoter "Michigan Mike" Torpie has seen some mighty fine players wander up on stage and play improvisational music for eager, dancing crowds: Stanley Jordan did it once, and Tony Furtado's done it often, as have members of the String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon. In February Torpie celebrated the 200th installment of the series, a victory he marked by briefly extending its reach into Boulder's Mellow Mushroom on Tuesday nights. Jazzheads who can't get enough jam in their diet can access archives of past events and stream live broadcasts through Torpie's Web site, www.michiganmike.com. With Torpie around, there's plenty of fire on the mountain.
The rowdy and experimental Harp Seal Piñatas don't quite have a cutesy handle that will endear them to animal-rights activists, but that's okay -- they've got a good beat.

The rowdy and experimental Harp Seal Piatas don't quite have a cutesy handle that will endear them to animal-rights activists, but that's okay -- they've got a good beat.

Todd Bradley's ongoing experimental electronic project features characters with names like Bob the Robot and Grandmaster Dumbass. Considering that the Internet is Bradley's primary method of music distribution, the band's title -- the same message one gets when attempting to log on to a Web site that has moved locations -- can be viewed as clever, confusing or both. For the record, you can get to Bradley via www.404notfound.net/. And don't forget to say hello to Bob.
Todd Bradley's ongoing experimental electronic project features characters with names like Bob the Robot and Grandmaster Dumbass. Considering that the Internet is Bradley's primary method of music distribution, the band's title -- the same message one gets when attempting to log on to a Web site that has moved locations -- can be viewed as clever, confusing or both. For the record, you can get to Bradley via www.404notfound.net/. And don't forget to say hello to Bob.
The newly formed Boulder Film Alliance -- five movie-loving entities working as one -- is screening forty films this spring and summer that reflect the shared interests and various missions of the groups. Some highlights: Colorado University's International Film Series reprises Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern July 8 and 9 and the "Colors Trilogy" of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski July 22 to August 5; The Boulder Theater examines popular music on film with Grease, Woodstock, Saturday Night Fever and Menace II Society, among others; Boulder Outdoor Cinema's Saturday-night series includes Frankenstein and Dracula on July 15 and The Wizard of Oz on August 26; the Chautauqua Silent Film Series shows a recently rediscovered 1924 version of Peter Pan on August 9, with accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra; Boulder Public Library highlights writers and film July 14 with films about Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett and others.
The newly formed Boulder Film Alliance -- five movie-loving entities working as one -- is screening forty films this spring and summer that reflect the shared interests and various missions of the groups. Some highlights: Colorado University's International Film Series reprises Zhang Yimou's Raise the Red Lantern July 8 and 9 and the "Colors Trilogy" of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski July 22 to August 5; The Boulder Theater examines popular music on film with Grease, Woodstock, Saturday Night Fever and Menace II Society, among others; Boulder Outdoor Cinema's Saturday-night series includes Frankenstein and Dracula on July 15 and The Wizard of Oz on August 26; the Chautauqua Silent Film Series shows a recently rediscovered 1924 version of Peter Pan on August 9, with accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra; Boulder Public Library highlights writers and film July 14 with films about Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett and others.
They may not enjoy bleeding publicly as much as Edward Norton's character did in Fight Club, but the brave souls who enter into the Central Wrestling Organization matches at the Aztlan Theater still seem to derive a rush from delivering -- and receiving -- exhibition-style ass-kickings. Contenders with names like Extreme Machine, Jenocide and Psycho Sarge expertly drop-kick, jack up and put the smack down on their opponents, all to the delight of increasingly sizable crowds. Inspired by the success of the CWO events, concert promoter Dan Steinberg has recently begun incorporating more gore into the Aztlan calendar by implementing punk-rock fight nights and female oil-wrestling matches.

They may not enjoy bleeding publicly as much as Edward Norton's character did in Fight Club, but the brave souls who enter into the Central Wrestling Organization matches at the Aztlan Theater still seem to derive a rush from delivering -- and receiving -- exhibition-style ass-kickings. Contenders with names like Extreme Machine, Jenocide and Psycho Sarge expertly drop-kick, jack up and put the smack down on their opponents, all to the delight of increasingly sizable crowds. Inspired by the success of the CWO events, concert promoter Dan Steinberg has recently begun incorporating more gore into the Aztlan calendar by implementing punk-rock fight nights and female oil-wrestling matches.

DJs Adict and Resonant (aka Mike Merriman and Nate Harvey) are hip-hop heads of the most serious kind -- and that's to the benefit of anyone who tunes in to their weekly radio show on Radio 1190. In addition to spinning the most up-and-coming underground hip-hop artists from the local and national scenes, the crew hosts artists in the studio for interview and instructional sessions as well as for live performances. Adict and Resonant are students -- of the University of Colorado at Boulder and of the history of rap and hip-hop. Judging by the success of their program, they're definitely making the grade in the latter.

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