Making Merry and Bright

When envisioning the perfect holiday gift, what makes it so special? Is it something you need? A luxe indulgence? Perhaps a product from a brand with an inspiring story or one that supports a meaningful cause? An item created by local artisans and makers?

The Man With The Plan

If you’re going to tackle new frontiers, tackling new frontiers in whiskey is about the coolest frontier you could pick.

Sounds of Summer

Summertime in Colorado is synonymous with sunshine, craft brew sipping and the acoustic sounds of string band music. And with its line-up of upcoming music festivals, Planet Bluegrass, the renowned local organization behind year-round concerts and festivals throughout the state, is offering up an exceptional menu of musical talent and excitement in the coming summer months.

When Life Hands You Lemons

Not many 69-year-olds have Instagram. Even fewer have 26k followers. And even less walk the runway in fashion shows.

Kyle Hollingsworth’s Rocktoberfest

Kyle Hollingsworth Band hosted a beer festival on October 13th to benefit Boulder hunger relief, youth empowerment organization, Conscious Alliance. Guests tasted a selection of 60+ craft beers. VIP ticket holders attended a tasting and private brewery tour with Kyle, an acclaimed musician with The String Cheese Incident and Kyle Hollingsworth Band. Photographer: Kimbo Explores Photography

LIV Sotheby’s International Realty celebrates 10 years + LIV CONNECT 2018

On October 4th, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty held an opening reception and celebration for their 10-year anniversary, as being a part of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. The next day, LIV SIR hosted LIV CONNECT 2018 for 500+ attendees. Real estate professionals from LIV Sotheby’s International Realty, among others from the Sotheby’s International Realty Network, … Continued

#MonthofModern Knows How to Party!

Another Month of Modern has come to an end–the fifth, in fact! Founded as a celebration of architecture, design, lifestyle, art and culture, we celebrated with thought-provoking speakers/panels, a Haertling House tour, movie night, and a fantastic wrap party–all designed to educate, inspire and delight. Proceeds went to the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) at CU Boulder. … Continued

Second Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration and Fundraiser

What a Special Evening Celebrating Life! Food, Drinks, Face Painting, Performances, Community Alter, Live Music by The Goonies 2nd Annual Dia de los Muertos event hosted by All about the Kids at eTown, benefitting A Precious Child, Blue Sky Bridge and Intercambio. Thank everyone who came out to celebrate and fundraise! Photographer: Kelsey Huffer, Poppy & … Continued

Month of Modern: Sherwin Williams Colormix

The Month of Modern and Sherwin Williams hosted a trend presentation at The Artisan Shop on October 18th. They gathered 42 trend colors into one master palette—which was all organized into six unique color personalities. The collection predicts the colors that will drive conversation and inspiration for the coming year, offering new perspectives on societal influences and … Continued

CSC Burger Night at Rueben’s Burger Bistro

Rueben's Burger Bistro hosted a great night where our sailing community could dine out while helping us raise money to purchase new sails for our fleet. Community Sailing of Colorado is so lucky to have such an extraordinary community always supporting us.  Photographers: Isabel Regine and Brandon Kass 

Design Redefined

 Article Lisa Van Horne | Photography Ladd Forde  To be modern is to be related to the present. But the term “modern design” encompasses much more, and it’s this myriad of progressive inspiration, creativity and vision that Month of Modern ( sets out to celebrate.  Now in its fifth year, Month of Modern is a month-long extravaganza of design-related events…

Finding the Brotherhood of Fatherhood

 Article Ben Wiese | Photography Paternal Podcast  Upon entering into fatherhood, Nick Firchau quickly realized a dad’s support system was somewhat limited in comparison to the seemingly endless number of women discussing motherhood in one form or another. With a career in journalism in his back pocket and a clear vision for what was needed, he decided the best way…

Five minutes with…

 Article Kate Manz | Photography Bailey Batchelor  Meet Finn OSullivan.  A incredibly talented and inspirational sixteen year who has a beautiful passion. Creating music. This young lady who currently attends New Vista High School in Boulder, sat down with us recently at her CD release party to discuss all things music, inspiration and future plans.How did you get into music…

Not Your Grandpa’s Bluegrass

 Article Brianna Blair | Photography Ladd Forde  With the rugged landscape of the Rocky Mountain foothills comes an unparalleled evolution in music. Bluegrass has swept through the hills and into the towns, echoing the twangs of banjos and mandolins alike. Colorado has guaranteed its place in the hearts of true bluegrass artists, including these three musicians who share with us…

Meet Bryan Fogel

 Article Carolyn Davidson | Photography Brad Torchia    Nearly every professional sport has had a doping scandal, but until recently, the most famous example was of Lance Armstrong, ratted out by his teammates after years of taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs. This is where filmmaker Bryan Fogel begins his documentary, Icarus.

Music to Our Ears

Future Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization that supplies Colorado public schools with instruments and art supplies, has long held the dream of opening a youth arts house. 

Young Filmmakers On a Mission

It’s a fact – being outdoors, seeing big open spaces, smelling flowers and feeling warm sunshine are good for mind, body and soul. Two young Boulder filmmakers are not taking this for granted and want to ensure that this exposure to nature is appreciated, preserved and available for future generations.

home on the range

Nestled outside of Nederland, Colorado is Caribou Ranch, the former site of the famous Caribou Ranch recording studio. Dreamt up by James (Jim) Guercio, the studio offered both a spiritual retreat and an ideal production space for a wide range of musicians, including Elton John, John Lennon, Stevie Wonder and Amy Grant. Guercio finished building in 1972, and the studio…

Mountain Made

Thunder and Rain is an innovative country band based in the foothills of Golden, Colorado. The group was founded by Erinn Peet-Lukes (vocals/ guitar) and Pete Weber (mandolin). The duo knew that Denver would be a good home for their “newgrass” style and, after making the move, they met Chris Herbst (dobro), a Vancouver, B.C. native, and Ian Haegele (bass),…

Roots Run Deep

From humble beginnings in small ski town bars to consistently selling out Red Rocks Amphitheater, The String Cheese Incident continues to reinvent themselves as they roll into their twenty-sixth year as a band. After forming in Crested Butte in 1993, the buzz around SCI on the Western Slope quickly spread to the front range. On December 11, 1994 the band…

The Man Behind the Music

Otis Taylor, prominent American blues musician, and Boulderite, just released his 15th album, Fantasizing About Being Black. 
Throughout his musical career Taylor, a somewhat soft-spoken, warm personality with a welcoming sense of humor, has primarily focused on the harsher realities of life in his songwriting, particularly the harsh realities of Black America. While the lives of Black Americans have always…

Front Range Roots

Colorado has become a calling for great music; one can attend a concert while being immersed in the breathtaking scenery. As inspirational a night of music can be to attendees, consider the effect on the artists in residence. The community encourages new music, in turn, a genre of progressive bluegrass is embraced. Yonder Mountain String Band has risen alongside this…

Performers on Pearl

When first entering Historic Downtown Boulder, you're greeted by planters brimming with fresh flowers, and visitors are invited to follow the red brick road. Is it somewhere magical like Oz? Not quite that magical, but it’s still one of the most active places around town. Pearl Street Mall, dedicated August 6, 1977, has been the hub in Boulder since the…

Creative Kids

If you're interested in having your art published in an upcoming issue of Boulder Lifestyle, we're looking for young artists 11–18 years old in the Boulder area to submit their work! 
The realm of art can include photography, writing, poetry, drawing, painting and everything in between!

The Lumineers

If you had to listen to one album or song right now, what would it be? “Well, I did just listen to this one album, "Amnesiac," by Radiohead on a plane coming back to Denver, and it just floored me because it was just so inventive and crazy.”

Zach Heckendorf

Zach Heckendorf is a Denver native, singer-songwriter and musician who writes Jack-Johnson-esq melodies over hip-hop influenced beats. At 23, he has already spent six years as a professional musician. Heckendorf signed his first professional record deal at eighteen and has played with some big names at some big venues; he has opened shows for some of his childhood heroes including…

Ask the Expert

Nearly 70 percent of American families have no legal plan in place. Many people don’t know how to proceed or are overwhelmed with choices. Some people try to DIY their estate plan, only to discover they’ve wasted time making big mistakes. The better choice is to find a trusted attorney to create a proper plan that protects your family and…

History Lesson: Boulder International Film Festival

The Boulder International Film Festival (BIFF), sponsored by the Colorado Film Society, is held annually on Presidents Day Weekend in Boulder and has developed a reputation as one of the most compelling young film festivals in the U.S., exhibiting a number of new-but-unknown feature films, documentaries, animations and shorts that have gone on to significant box-office success and multiple Oscar…


Hat maker and owner of Royal Stag Hats, Cate Leuenberger makes high quality, handcrafted custom hats. Hats are rooted in classic men's dress wear with a modern spin. The styles are classically oriented shapes like the fedora, homburg or the derby. Always a hat person and a maker, it was just a matter of time until Leuenberger put the ideas…


The year 2015 marked 50 incredible years on the road to unlimited devotion with the Grateful Dead. To close out this remarkable musical career, the band billed a series of five farewell shows to close this chapter of their legacy. Two shows in Santa Clara, then three shows in Chicago, over the Fourth of July weekend. Aside from the “core…

“The Nutcracker” Gets a Makeover

If you grew up in Boulder, you grew up with the knowledge that the Boulder Ballet’s annual Nutcracker performance was not to be missed. As a dancer, I always admired the professionalism, magnitude and grace of their Christmas-time performance, and noticed that non-dancers appreciated this annual treat just as much, or more, than I did. Boulder Ballet is a common…

Jazz on 2nd Ave

The highly anticipated fifth year of Jazz on 2nd Ave returns on August 13, 14 and 15, for its biggest year yet, as the masterminds behind J2A bring Niwot big headliners, delicious food and drinks and a feeling of community through music that is fit for any musical preference. I had the pleasure of sitting down with one of the…