With seating for 210 in its star theatre, Fiske Planetarium is the largest facility of its kind between Chicago and Los Angeles. The planetarium is equipped with a Zeiss Model VI star projector and an automated projection control system that operates hundreds of projectors. It has the capacity to present over a dozen prerecorded star shows at any given time. In addition to its use as a teaching facility for astronomy and other classes, the planetarium staff also offers star talks, star shows, laser shows, and space science presentations to school children and public audiences.
Located on the Boulder campus, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory has 16-, 18-, and 24-inch aperture Cassegrain telescopes for all astronomy classes and for graduate student research. Ancillary instrumentation is available for direct imaging and spectroscopy, and includes CCD cameras and computers for data processing. The observatory is open to the public on Friday evenings for viewing of planets, stars, and nebulae, as weather permits.
More than 25,000 people use the University Memorial Center (UMC) each day as a gathering place, restaurant, and shopping center. The UMC also houses the CU Book Store and a branch of the credit union. In addition, there are concerts and guest lectures in the Glenn Miller Ballroom, movies in the Forum Room, and performances by local bands in Club 156. The Connection has bowling, pool tables, and an arcade.
ATLAS is an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention. Along with its dynamic research labs and studios, the institute offers a speaker series and a performance program. The ATLAS Speaker Series covers topics related to the application and implications of innovative technologies, while ATLAS Black Box performances involve the novel and experiemental use of technology in music, dance, visual art, theater, film and other forms of new media. Events are free and open to the public.
College of Music students and faculty annually present over 400 public concerts in the Boulder-Denver area. World-class artists often make guest appearances on the college's stages. Most performances, master classes and lectures are free and open to the public.
Drawing audiences of over 20,000 each season, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival is one of the few repertory groups in the nation to complete the entire Shakespeare canon—often in sold-out performances. CSF has 47 years of distinguished history, featuring well-known professional actors as well as some advanced students from the CU-Boulder theatre and dance program. The festival presents plays June through August. The beautiful Colorado Shakespeare Gardens are open to the public year-round in the courtyard West of Hellems.
CU Presents promotes over 100 ticketed performing arts events every year as well as numerous educational and outreach events on the CU-Boulder campus. CU Presents includes the Artist Series, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Eklund Opera Program, Takács Quartet, CU Theatre & Dance and Holiday Festival. CU Presents welcomes over 80,000 patrons to its events throughout the year.
Unique and unusual films, some current and others classic, from around the world are the staple of the International Film Series, presented by the Film Studies Program. Renowned and local filmmakers are often invited to accompany showings of their work.
Macky Auditorium Concert Hall is a multi-disciplinary venue. Macky Auditorium Concert Hall has been the site of appearances by performers such as Harry Belafonte, Benny Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Yo Yo Ma, Robin Williams, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Eddie Izzard, Tori Amos, REM, Chick Corea, and many others. Macky has also featured talks by the Dalai Lama, Dr. Jane Goodall, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins and others.
This self-supporting, student-run organization is dedicated to bringing quality entertainment to the Boulder campus and community. Program Council has hosted the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, among others. Program Council also hosts a film series, which offers everything from not-yet released movies to classic titles. Program Council also recently brought back the Trivia Bowl, a wacky competition where the team names are sometimes more clever than the questions and answers.
Students and faculty present diverse theatre and dance productions each academic year. Featured highlights include Broadway musicals in the University Theatre, engaging dance showcases in the Charlotte York Irey Dance Theatre, and experimental new works in the intimate Loft Theatre.
CU on the Weekend
CU on the Weekend is a series of community lectures presented by some of CU Boulder's most fascinating faculty. The lectures are free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required. Lecture locations vary and seating is limited depending on location.