When we think of Boulder, we think of beautiful hiking trails, football hooligans and trust-fund hippies. After all, Boulder prides itself on being free and open, which is why the annual Halloween streak through downtown has become so popular -- popular enough that during the '08 version, police arrested several people running through Boulder, naked but for their shoes and pumpkins protecting their faces from identification. Those spirited sprinters are now facing charges of public indecency, which could result in sex-offender status for some of them.
Are such punishments for the playful nudists fair or unfair? Tonight, the ACLU of Colorado is hosting "Naked in Boulder," a panel discussion featuring the varied opinions of Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, ACLU legal director Mark Silverstein and Denver attorney Andy Schmidt, who is representing one of the illustrious Naked Pumpkin Runners. They'll bat around ideas about First Amendment rights and public nudity as a protected expression, a symbol of protest -- or just plain wrong on so many levels. The discussion begins at 8 p.m. at the University of Colorado at Boulder, in room 204 of the Wolf Law School building. It's free and open to the public. For information, call 303-442-3535 or visit www.aclu-co.org/events/upcomingevents.htm.
For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, visit westword.com/calendar.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.