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January 2010

Film: Festivus Film Festival

Don't expect a red carpet or big-name celebs at this festival jam-packed with "real indie flicks for real indie fans." Eschewing the glitzy, Hollywood-wannabe vibe of so many other film fests, Festivus is dedicated to independent films produced for sheer love of the work—not for box office ratings. Choose from at least 50 movies on the big screen and party with the filmmakers during this four-day fête. Thirty-five bucks nabs a full festival pass, with access to unlimited screenings (and free drinks). With more than 300 entries and a selection of features and short films that range in budget from $100 to $10 million, this is one can't-miss indie cinema soirée. Bring on the popcorn. Jan. 14-17, Bug Theatre and Oriental Theater

Theater: Barefoot in the Park

Forget newlywed bliss. What happens when the honeymoon is over? Meet Corie and Paul Bratter, a young couple that's just moved into their dream home in the early 1960s. Alas, their "just married" euphoria turns damp when a hole in the skylight brings snow and rain. Watch Corie's free-spirited outlook clash with Paul's prim and proper persona as they try to fix their housing hitch. Written by Neil Simon, this play—made into a movie starring Hollywood heavyweights Robert Redford and Jane Fonda—is a lighthearted romp filled with humor. See how PHAMALY, a local theater group comprised of members who are physically and/or developmentally challenged, interprets this classic tale about love, identity, and growing up. Jan. 15-31, Aurora Fox Theatre

Music: 100 Years of Broadway

Give your regards to Broadway in person this month—because it's about to land on your doorstep. Acclaimed composer Neil Berg's hit revue of some of the most beloved musicals and timeless films of the past century is making a one-night pit stop in Boulder. We dare you not to sing along with classics like "Greased Lightnin'" (Grease) and "Seasons of Love" (Rent). Plus, hear pieces from Broadway's newest crowd favorites, including Dreamgirls and Jersey Boys. Bonus: Five actual Broadway stars will light up the stage alongside a talented accompanying band from New York. Prepare for a genuine Big Apple spectacular with more than a few jazz hands. Jan. 23, Boulder Theater

Art: Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships

Coloradans see snow and think skiing. Snow sculptors? They imagine masterpieces. At least, that's the idea of this cold-weather contest. The premise: Sixteen teams have 65 hours to sculpt 20-ton blocks of snow into art. Root for Team Breckenridge and Team Loveland as they try to freeze out opponents using only hand tools. Last year's teams transfixed passersby with a totem pole and an elephant sitting on a diving board. Stop by Friday night to watch them toil away on final touches. The pieces will be on display—weather permitting—for a week after the competition ends. Jan. 26-31, Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge