Thursday Nights @ the Museum

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 thursday nights

September 12 - December 12

6 pm: Galleries (admission applies), bar, & lounge
6:30 pm: Art & Sip classes
7 pm: Auditorium doors
7:15 pm: Films, music, & talks

Spend your Thursday evenings at the Longmont Museum this fall for adult art & sip classes, exhibits, films, live music, and conversations in our intimate 250-seat Stewart Auditorium. Many programs complement our special exhibition in our main gallery, Ruckus Rodeo: Pop Art & Cowboy Culture.

Wine, beer, and snacks available for purchase


$8 general admission, $5 members
7:15 pm
Buy tickets online or by calling 303-651-8374

In honor of our Ruckus Rodeo exhibit, join us as we celebrate cowboys in the movies with four films spanning five decades.

Misfits webThe Misfits (1961)
Thursday, September 12, Not Rated
Divorced and disillusioned, Roslyn Tabor (Marilyn Monroe) befriends a group of misfits, including an aging cowboy (Clark Gable), a heartbroken mechanic (Eli Wallach) and a worn-out rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift). Through their live-for-the-moment lifestyle, Roslyn experiences her first taste of freedom, exhilaration, and passion.


movies-urban-cowboy webUrban Cowboy (1980)
Thursday, October 31, PG
Happy Halloween! Come dressed as your favorite character from a John Travolta film.

John Travolta is breakin’ hearts and bustin’ mechanical bulls in one of his most electrifying film roles. By day, Bud Davis (Travolta) toils at a Texas oil refinery; at night he trades his hard hat for a Stetson and heads to Gilley’s Club.

Brokeback web

 Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Thursday, November 14, Rated R
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal star in this epic story exploring the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection.



cowboys aliens webCowboys & Aliens (2011)
Thursday, December 5, Rated PG-13
A stranger ( Daniel Craig) stumbles into the town of Absolution with no memory of past and a futuristic shackle around his wrist. With the help of mysterious beauty (Olivia Wilde) and the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford), he finds himself leading an unlikely posse of cowboys, outlaws, and Apache warriors against a common enemy from outer space in an epic showdown for survival.



$15 general admission, $12 students/seniors, $10 members
7:15 pm
Buy tickets online or by calling 303-651-8374

The Stewart Auditorium comes alive with intimate “listening room” style concerts featuring established musicians from Colorado and beyond. Presented in collaboration with Homevibe Presents.

pete muller courtesy of the artist webPete Muller: Live in Concert
Thursday, September 19
In celebration of our first Thursday night concert, this concert only will be FREE! Secure your no-cost ticket at the link above. Singer-songwriter Pete Mueller is building a music career based on the idea of connecting with others to share a positive vision for the future. He has released three albums of original music and just celebrated the release of his fourth, Dissolve, with Grammy-winning producer, Rob Mathes.


BrendanJames_courtesy of the artist webBrendan James: Live in Concert
Thursday, October 3
An iTunes #1 singer-songwriter multiple times over, Brendan James’ songs have landed spots on more than 15 major television shows and feature films. He has shared the stage with John Legend, John Mayer, and Paula Cole, and was recently asked to give a TedTalk on gun violence, love songs, and simpler societies.

NEW: We are pleased to add that Grammy nominated arranger, producer, songwriter and performer Paul Psarras will open for Brendan James! He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Greek pop music such as Glykeria and Elena Paparizou in esteemed venues from New York's Carnegie Hall to the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Danielle at the Sandwhich by Kaela-Speicher webDanielle Ate the Sandwich: Live in Concert
Thursday, October 24
Fort Collins bred pop-folk songwriter and performer Danielle Anderson/Danielle Ate the Sandwich has been touring nationally since 2009, including opening for Mumford and Sons. She’s known for her quirky lyrical twists, performing most frequently with a ukulele, and delivering witty and honest stage banter in her live shows.



Cowboy Poetry William Matthews, A FineOldMartin webAn Evening of Cowboy Poetry & Song with Gary McMahan
with Special Musical Guests Katie Glassman & Greg Schochet
Thursday, November 7
A native of Greeley, Gary can brand, rope, ride broncs, fence, hay, shoe horses, pack, and drive teams, and has won many honors in the rodeo arena. So it’s no wonder he also writes, performs, and records the stories, poems, songs, and humor of his Western heritage as one of the most dynamic and sought-after cowboy poets in the country.


LVDY webLVDY: Live in Concert
Thursday, November 21
LVDY (pronounced LADY) is a Colorado singer-songwriter duo with a sound inspired by folk, dance, pop, and electronic synth, with powerful melodies and harmonies that speak to the senses.




Free; reservations recommended
7:15 pm

Hear extraordinary people talk about issues of importance to Northern Colorado and beyond.

B&F Bud Shark_Courtesy of Shark’s Ink webPrintmaking, Pop Art, & the Front Range: A Conversation with Bud Shark
Moderated by Hope Saska, Curator of Collections & Exhibitions, CU Art Museum
Thursday, September 26

Since 1976, Bud Shark has collaborated with more than 160 artists from the United States and Europe through master printmaking, including a substantial body of work with Red Grooms (the artist behind our Ruckus Rodeo exhibit). Join us as he discusses his process and shares his experience working with many of the nation’s most distinguished artists. Make a reservation

AntarticaAntartica: Catching Snow in the World's Southernmost Desert
A lecture featuring Scott Landolt, Associate Scientist, NCAR
Thursday, October 17

Join National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Scott Landolt as he provides an overview of his work measuring snow in Antarctica, the challenges of working there, day-to-day life around McMurdo Station, and stunning photography of the Antarctic ice sheets. Presented in collaboration with NCAR’s Explorer Series & the City of Longmont’s Sustainability Program. Make a reservation

RW Photo Temple with Cow webA Home on the Range: A Conversation with Temple Grandin & Patty Limerick
Moderated by Novelist Laura Pritchett
Thursday, December 12

Join us for a lively conversation with two women who have dedicated their lives and work to the West. From caring for livestock to telling it straight, Temple Grandin and leading American historian Patty Limerick will explore their own personal relationships with the landscape, history, and culture of the West with award-winning novelist Laura Pritchett.
Make a reservation

Art & Sip

6:30 pm
Register online or by calling 303-651-8374

Grab a drink and get creative with these classes for adults. Beer, wine, and spirits will be available for purchase in the Atrium Bar. This season you’ll see a special focus on cowboy culture, pop art, and Day of the Dead-themed projects, complementing our fall exhibitions.

cactuses webCactus Painting
Thursday, September 12 (494000.06)
Cactus: traditional desert plant turned trendy southwestern icon! Paint your own cacti with acrylic on canvas.


pop art block printing webPop Art Block Printing
Thursday, September 19 (494000.07)
Channel your inner pop artist with bright colors and graphics. Design and cut your very own rubber block and then print on a
canvas tote bag.


Van Gogh webVan Gogh Harvest Landscape
Thursday, September 26 (494000.08)
Using acrylic and canvas, paint a Van Gogh-inspired harvest landscape—rich autumn tones of yellow and orange will radiate under a blue sky.

monarch-butterfly_webMonarch Butterfly Creation 
Thursday, October 3 (494000.09)
Every October, the monarch butterfly begins its migration to Mexico. Their arrival coincides with Day of the Dead, and they are said to represent the souls of ancestors returning to visit Earth. Create a monarch using re-purposed materials to remember your ancestors.

gothic cemetary webGothic Cemetery Painting
Thursday, October 17 (494000.10)
Get spooky as you paint the dark corners and gravestones of your imagined Gothic cemetery with acrylic on canvas.



watercolor webSucculent Watercolor Painting
Thursday, October 24 (494000.11)
Who is afraid of watercolor? Our instructor will guide you through a step-by step process to create your own delicate and vibrant watercolor and ink painting of a succulent plant.


quilling webPaper Quilling
Thursday, November 7 (494000.12)
We’re reviving an art form popular in ancient Egypt and in French and Italian convents in the 1600s. It’s called quilling: making art with scrolled paper. Contemporary quillwork is fresh, bright, and surprisingly easy.


cabin in the woods webBob Ross Tribute: Cabin Painting
Thursday, November 14 (494000.13)
Bob Ross once said, “All you need [in order] to paint are a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind.” We provide the tools and instruction, and you bring the vision in your mind as we paint an acrylic landscape with a cozy cabin in the style of Bob Ross.

wreath webWreath Making
Thursday, November 21 (494000.14)
Take part in the age-old tradition of wreath making, with a hipster twist! These wreaths are stylish and sleek, an understated holiday decoration for your loft apartment, mid-mod ranch, or country cabin.

holiday card webDecember Gifts: Cross Stitch Cards
Thursday, December 5 (494000.15)
Send your season’s greetings with handmade cards and cross-stitched sentiment. We’ll have lots of holiday puns and snarky inspiration for your stitching, or take a more traditional route.


glass-marbles webDecember Gifts: Glass Ornament Painting
Thursday, December 12 (494000.16)
Personalize your holiday décor or create a special gift with a hand-painted glass ornament.


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