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Summer has arrived at Chautauqua and June is packed with events for everyone! Enjoy a night of live music, comedy or film in the historic Chautauqua Auditorium, or skip down the trail with Little Red Riding Hood. Check out all the upcoming events below and don’t forget to stop by the General Store, Dining Hall or the Picnic Shelter for a pre-show meal or snack.

MUSIC

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations – June 2

Australian artist Xavier Rudd kicks off the 118th Chautauqua Auditorium season with a lively evening of world music. Typically a one-man band who plays surrounded by instruments such as didgeridoos, guitar, stompbox and an assortment of drums, harmonicas and bells near at hand, Rudd will appear with his new band The United Nations, touring in celebration of their new album “Nanna.” Please join us to kick off summer and welcome Xavier and the band to their first appearance at Chautauqua.

Be sure to arrive early and enjoy Mike Love as he opens the evening with his special blend of summer music. Tuesday, June 2. 8:00 PM. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

Keller Williams & The Keels – June 12

Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business, nor has he taken the prescribed meds laid out by his team of conventional doctors. Instead, he has taken the A.D.D. path (Artistic, Determined, Dedication). It’s a path that has served him quite well.

Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term “independent artist.” His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar, and creating samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping. With nothing pre-recorded, the end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. The evening will feature a solo set by Keller Williams and one set with Larry and Jenny Keel. Friday, June 12. 8:00 PM. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

The Weepies – June 13

After first meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen became mutual admirers of each other’s solo material. They began writing together and soon formed the indie-pop folk duo, The Weepies.

Following the release of their first album, “Say I Am You,” which they recorded in a rented cottage in Pasadena, California, the two married and had their first child. They continued to work on new material and released a second album, “Hideaway,” but hardly toured, wanting instead to focus on their growing family. TV placements and commercial advertisements kept their music in the public eye, however, and with the release of two more albums, the duo quietly sold over a million records. After a five year hiatus concentrating on their children and Talan’s recovery from Stage 3 breast cancer, the two return in support of their latest album, “Sirens.”

Don’t miss this evening’s opening group, The Silent War, with their intoxicating, upbeat folk rock sound. Saturday, June 13. 8:00 PM. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

Ry Cooder – Sharon White – Ricky Skaggs – June 19

In a most exceptional pairing, master multi-instrumentalists Ry Cooder and Ricky Skaggs come alive on stage to deliver a revelatory program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass. They are joined by Sharon White, one of the purest voices in country music, Joachim Cooder on drums, and Mark Fain on bass with occasional guest performances by Buck White. Friday, June 19. 8:00 PM. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

Gordon Lightfoot – June 23

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold On The Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song For A Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name” and “Summertime Dream” to name just a few.

This year is special for the legendary artist. His 50 Years On The Carefree Highway tour will feature his well-known hits, as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fans. Tuesday, June 23. 8:00 PM. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

 

COMEDY

Margaret Cho – June 26

Beginning with her early days on the scene in Southern California, comedian Margaret Cho has always been the Agent Provocateur of stand up. Never one to shy away from a difficult, or even taboo topic, there is no subject off limits. Her socially aware brand of comedy has made her both a thought leader and teacher to those with open minds and open hearts.

An accomplished performer in all formats, Cho could be called the “Queen of all Media,” having conquered the worlds of film, television, books and theatre. She has three Grammy Award nominations for Best Comedy Album under her belt. Her tours sell out, and she’s had two shows debut Off-Broadway (“I’m The One That I Want” and “The Sensuous Woman”). Friday, June 26. 8:00 PM. Buy tickets online. Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to this show!

 

FILM

The Bicycle Thief – June 3

Antonio Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, at last lands himself a good job— for which he needs a bike— hanging up posters. When his bicycle is stolen, he and his son walk the streets of Rome attempting to locate it. He and his son must face that without a bike, Ricci won’t be able to keep his job. Italian with English subtitles. Wednesday, June 3. 7:30 PM. Buy tickets online.

Chicago – June 10

The 30th year of the Chautauqua Silent Film Series with live music kicks off with “Chicago,” the film on which all subsequent musicals were based. “Chicago” recounts the true story of Beulah Annan, fictionalized as Roxie Hart and her spectacular murder of her boyfriend. With live musical accompaniment by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Wednesday, June 10. 7:30 PM. Buy tickets online.

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog – June 17

The Hitchcock thriller described as the film that paved the way for Hitchcock’s later work by revealing his psychological attraction to the association between sex and murder. With live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy on piano. Wednesday, June 17. 7:30 PM. Buy tickets online.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs – June 24

Recently restored by the National Film Preservation Foundation and based on the 1912 Broadway play of the beloved fairy tale. With live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy on piano. Wednesday, June 24. 7:00 PM. Buy tickets online.

Steamboat Bill Jr. – June 30

Buster Keaton’s final independent production before he was hired by MGM. The film is a comic masterpiece that represents the full breadth of Keaton’s remarkable talents. With live musical accompaniment by the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. Tuesday, June 30. 7:30 PM. Buy tickets online.

 

THEATRE HIKES

Little Red and Her Feisty Friends – June 6, 13, 14, 20, 27, 28

Join Little Red Riding Hood and her empowered pals as they make waves across Fairytale land. Written by local actress, playwright and teaching artist Patti Murtha, this new adaptation of classic characters will have you laughing and learning with these feisty friends all the way down the trail.

Audience and actors take a moderate hike amidst the scenic backdrop of Boulder Open Space while scenes from ‘Little Red & Her Feisty Friends’ are performed along the way. Show times vary. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter. Buy tickets online.

 

COLORADO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Young People’s Concert – June 26 & 27

These concerts provide a fun introduction to classical music with an orchestra program that features kid-friendly works that the whole family can enjoy. After the concerts, join us on the lawn for a Music Fair where kids can meet costumed characters, visit our instrument petting zoo, and enjoy face painting, balloon tying and snacks. Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27. 10:00 AM. Buy tickets online.

 

CHAUTAUQUA DINING HALL

Make your summer pre-concert dining reservations today!

Reservations are filling up fast for pre-concert dining at Boulder’s most historic restaurant.

Stop into the Chautauqua Dining Hall for a fresh, Colorado bistro dinner or for happy hour before attending a concert in the historic Auditorium. Operated by Three Leaf Concepts, the Dining Hall is open year-round and offers a full bar with local beers and great wines to complement your meal.

To see the Dining Hall’s happy hour menus, click here.

To make a reservation, call 303.440.3776 or to reserve via email, click here.

 

CHAUTAUQUA GENERAL STORE

Take out picnic specials available

Let the Chautauqua General Store provide your Chautauqua picnic any time this summer!

Available for two to four people, picnics include an assortment of sliced and cured meats, artisanal cheeses, house picked vegetables, pasta salad, stone ground mustard, house-made compote, non-alcoholic bottled beverages and choice of dessert item.

Price is $21 per person and bags must be prepaid in full. Bags can be reserved in person at the Chautauqua General Store or online here. 48 hour pre-pick up reservation required.

 

NATIONAL PRESERVATION MONTH

For the last week of Preservation Month, here is the HOP 2 Chautauqua’s predecessor, circa 1900’s.

Four passengers and conductor on car 201, Street Car Line to the Chautauqua, No. 355, MRP, Rocky Mountain Joe V_2-37b

Street car to the Colorado Chautauqua.
Photo: J.B. “Rocky Mountain Joe” Sturtevant.

 

ACCESS and SAFETY PROJECTS

ADA accessible restroom project

Construction of the shell of the restroom continues and concrete will be poured as weather permits. This restroom will feature six stalls with ADA accessible accommodations for both men and women, and will be open seasonally in conjunction with the Auditorium schedule.

This project is managed and funded by the City of Boulder. For more information, please contact the City of Boulder Facilities Asset Management Department or call 303.952.1676.

West Garden Walk project

Access to the north part of the campus and Dining Hall remains available via the brick path running east to west through the Centennial Garden, as the path running in front of Cottage 200 to the west of the garden is temporarily closed.

The next phase of the project will include grading and stone work as an ADA accessible sidewalk and associated landscape are put into place.

For more information, please contact CCA’s Facilities and Preservation Manager Jeff Medanich at 303.952.1676.

 

ANNUAL REPORT

The 2014 Annual Report is now available online. Read all about last year’s many projects and accomplishments and learn more about what’s coming up this year at Chautauqua. View the 2014 Annual Report here.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

New positions posted

We’re looking for some dedicated, enthusiastic people to join our team! These full and part time positions are based on site at the Colorado Chautauqua National Historic Landmark:

  • Housekeeping Manager
  • Housekeeper II
  • Housekeeper I
  • Houseperson
  • Hospitality Assistant

Click here to learn more about these positions.

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