New Embassy Suites by Hilton 
& Hilton Garden Inn now open 
in Boulder

The Embassy Suites by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn Boulder–two modern new hotels conveniently located in the heart of Boulder–are now open.

The Hiltons on Canyon feature two five-story buildings offering a combined 376 guest rooms–many with stunning mountain views– along with 8,435 total square feet of meeting and event space, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, shared courtyards and a rooftop heated saline-based pool. The pet-friendly hotels are proximate to the University of Colorado Campus and close to the Pearl Street Mall and 29th Street Shopping District, as well as Boulder’s numerous local trails for biking and hiking.

The Embassy Suites Boulder offers 204 all-suite guest rooms, each with a living room and a dedicated work space, refrigerator and pull-out couch, along with a separate bedroom. The hotel is home to Brickstones Kitchen & Bar, which serves lunch and dinner daily. The Brickstones menu features wood-fired flatbreads and a variety of Colorado microbrews and spirits. The hotel also serves complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast daily and an Evening Reception with snacks, wine and beer.

The Embassy Suites Boulder features the largest private ballroom in Boulder, the Pearl Street Ballroom at 6,510 square feet, which can accommodate groups of up to 650 people. Both properties feature multiple conference rooms with breakout options and ample pre-function space and outdoor event spaces, along with in-house catering and on-site AV support.

Located at the corner of 28th Street & Canyon Blvd., the project is being developed by Denver-based Sage Hospitality, one of the nation’s top hotel investment and management companies, and NAI Shames Makovsky.

BETC goes back in time for 
Guards at the Taj

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company (BETC) continues to bring the best of American theatre to Boulder with the regional premiere of Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph, directed by Stephen Weitz, Producing Artistic Director. Joseph is one of America’s outstanding dramatists and a 2010 Pulitzer finalist for his play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad ZooGuards at the Taj won the 2016 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

This black comedy, set in Agra, India in 1648, introduces audiences to two lifelong friends, standing watch on the night before the first unveiling of the Taj Mahal. As the action of the play unfolds, these two must take part in the act of unfathomable cruelty, one that will shatter their lives and their relationship.

Guards is BETC’s fifth production of the season and third premiere of a play new to the region. The production demonstrates the company’s ongoing mission to deliver transcendent new plays to local audiences and diversity both onstage and off. Additionally, the play represents BETC’s commitment to the development and advancement of local talent.

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets visit,

Two Generations of Boulder 
Musicians Crack The Code of 
The Modern Music Industry

In 2009 3X Grammy-Winning producer and composer Tom Wasinger recorded a band called Orange Free State, the nucleus of which was comprised of two very talented brothers Vian and Hein Zaayman who attended Fairview High School in Boulder. Vian, the older of the two, was also very hungry for knowledge about audio engineering, so Tom mentored him as they went along, demonstrating and explaining what he was up to.

Vian went on to Belmont College, a music-oriented school in the heart of Nashville, to continue his studies in music, music business and audio engineering. After graduation, he opened his studio and started his record label Vohnic Records.

Fast forward four years and Vian (now Vian Isak) has cracked the code of gleaning income in the world of streaming in the modern music business, with his label encompassing a stable of numerous different artists and boasting 30 million streams in 2017 alone. This has generated enough revenue for Vian to hire his brother Hein for help in running the company.

A couple of months ago Vian contacted Tom, his former mentor. He explained that some of the most popular playlists on Spotify consisted of instrumental music, and Vohnic Records had no such material in their catalog thus far. Vian wondered that since Tom had composed and recorded numerous instrumental pieces for film, theater, and modern dance, if he might want to release a recording on Vohnic, and Tom’s response was “of course, why not”?

Thus was born Tom Wasinger’s first solo album since 1985: A Mended Soul. Seven solo guitar pieces composed over the course of the last 40 years. You can hear it at

Tinker Art Studio Moves to 
Larger South Boulder Facility

On January 8th, 2018 Tinker Art Studio relocated to a new South Boulder custom-built space in order to expand its programming, located at 693B S Broadway, in the Table Mesa Shopping Center.

A dynamic, community-focused studio, Tinker Art Studio provides authentic art opportunities for children, teens, and adults to grow as both skilled artists and creative individuals. The new location is expected to be a bigger, better version of its previous space, with an additional 50% of usable square footage. The bespoke build includes five separate areas: a ceramics studio and kiln room, a painting & drawing studio, and mixed- use studio, a make-and-take space, and a small retail space. The new studio also includes a private patio, allowing teachers and students to take their work outside.

New, expanded programming includes oil and acrylic painting classes for adults as well as additional wheel throwing and hand building ceramics classes, figure drawing, and Friday Art Nights every Friday night. Classes for teens and homeschoolers have significantly increased with options across a large variety of mediums, as well as several drop-in class options for the youngest Tinkerers throughout the week with Tinker Time: Art & Play! beginning at just 18 months. The new Make & Take Studio allows children of all ages to drop into the studio at any time with an adult, choose a project from the menu, and enjoy making their masterpiece!