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The Scarlet Letter – July 26

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano

Join us at the movies! Tonight’s film features Hollywood sweetheart Lillian Gish as a young Puritan woman forced to don the letter “A” for adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic, “The Scarlet Letter.” Watch a short clip here. Wednesday, July 26. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Lucinda Williams – July 31

Legendary singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams returns to Chautauqua Auditorium in support of her latest release, “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” This intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs. Watch Lucinda here. Monday, July 31. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

Colorado Music Festival – Week 5

Join Colorado Music Festival (CMF) on July 27 and 28 for Gustav Holst’s symphonic powerhouse: The Planets. For two nights, the CMF Orchestra will present a magical and timeless musical portrait brought to life with choreographed, visual animation on the big screen. The music continues Saturday, July 29 with an evening of chamber music with former CMF principal clarinet (current LA Philharmonic principal clarinet) Boris Allakhverdyan, followed on July 30 with an evening of jazz inspired classics including Copland, Bernstein, Gershwin and more. Read the Daily Camera’s preview of week 5 here. View the complete list of Colorado Music Festival events at Chautauqua here. Purchase tickets online here.


Author series line up announced

Running monthly from October through April, the series pays homage to the nation’s oldest (1878) continuous book club, the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle. The 2017-18 season includes notable writers such as John Gierach, Pam Houston, Peter Heller and Adam Bradley, and features musings from the stream, the poetic power of popular music, nature’s influence on well-being, ranch life, life as an Apollo 14 astronaut and much more. All events: 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

Oct 25 – Peter Heller: Celine, A Novel
Follow a tenacious sleuth and investigate the disappearance of a missing father. Read more…

Nov 29 – Adam Bradley: The Poetry of Pop
Explore the poetic power of popular songs, from Tin Pan Alley to The Beatles to Beyoncé and beyond. Read more…

Dec 14 – John Gierach: A Fly Rod of Your Own
Learn about the art of fly-fishing from the “voice of the common angler.” Read more…

Jan 10 – Ellen Mahoney: Earthrise
Hear the story of Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell. Read more…

Feb 21 – Pam Houston: Some Kind of Calling
Take a glimpse into the trials and joys of life on the ranch. Read more…

Mar 28 – Cynthia Swanson: The Glass Forest
Witness the controversy and suspense unfold in the life of Angie Glass. Read more…

Apr 11 – Heather Hansen: Wildfire in the West
See wildfires through the eyes of firefighters and learn how citizens can help prevent them. Read more…

Apr 25 – Florence Williams: The Nature Fix
Uncover the science behind nature’s positive effects on the brain. Read more…


Edwina the Great and Her Amazing Flea Circus – August 5

Edwina has traveled the world over to find the most talented fleas—miniature minions of delight to woo you with feats sublime and…dangerous. Space is limited for this tiny theater. Saturday, August 5. 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House, Rocky Mountain Climbers Club. Buy tickets online.


Event night specials

Turn a great performance into a great night – retire after the show to one of our cozy cottages. Special one night reservations available! Use promo code 2017Concert when booking. Offer good while supplies last. Not valid for CMF events.
Click here to make reservations online now!


Grab a bite before the show!

Looking for a sit down experience before the show? Enjoy the beautiful views from the Chautauqua Dining Hall’s wrap around porch while savoring fresh, Colorado bistro cuisine. Looking for something more casual? Meet friends pre-show at the Picnic Shelter* for sandwiches and a selection of beer, wine and cold beverages, or stop by the General Store, located next to the Dining Hall, for homemade ice cream, a cup of coffee or a quick snack.

For reservations, call 303.440.3776 or to reserve via email, click here.

*Picnic Shelter concessions not available on CMF concert nights.


Chautauqua Lighting Plan Survey

The Colorado Chautauqua Association and the City of Boulder are working collaboratively, and with other interested parties, to develop a Lighting Plan and Design Guidelines for the Chautauqua Historic District. The purpose of the project is to aid in future decision making regarding exterior lighting within the historic district boundaries. Your input is valued, please take a few minutes to add your thoughts on how lighting could be improved at Chautauqua. Click here to take the online questionnaire. Survey closes August 2.

To learn more, visit the project website here.

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