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Thursday Nights @ the Museum

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 thursday nights

February 6 - April 30

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 winter and spring 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, Terry Maker: Because the World is Round.

Wine, beer, and snacks available for purchase


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

Taking inspiration from Terry Maker’s exhibition Because the World is Round, we boldly engage some rather cosmic subject matter including human consciousness, artificial intelligence, life on other planets, and the environment in this season’s film series.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Thursday, February 20, G
Nearly half a century after its release, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece continues to inspire viewers to ask questions about the nature of advanced civilizations and of human consciousness.

Contact (1997)
Thursday, March 19, PG
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures
Two-time Oscar-winner Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey star in this gripping story of a radio astronomer who receives
the first extraterrestrial signal ever picked up on Earth.

Solaris (1972)
Thursday, April 2, PG
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

In legendary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s brilliantly original sci-fi epic, the crew of the Solaris space station
experience a strange phenomenon, sending them on a voyage into the darkest recesses of their minds.

WALL-E (2008)
Thursday, April 23, PG-13
Set in a distant post-apocalyptic future, a sentimental waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of humanity. Part cautionary environmental tale, sci-fi adventure, and robot love story, this Disney-Pixar masterpiece will leave you spellbound. 


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

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

Banshee Tree: Live in Concert
Thursday, February 13
Combining acoustic instruments with a diverse blend of electronic dance music, jam, and early jazz, Banshee Tree has quickly developed a reputation as one the West’s most multifaceted young touring bands. Fans of Gogol Bordello, Caravan Palace, and Django Reinhardt will appreciate these driving, earthy acoustic dance grooves. Buy tickets online

Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore: Live in Concert
Thursday, March 5
Geniuses at the craft of interpretation, Mollie O’Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have made it their mission to find and reinvent other artists’ songs for nearly 30 years. As songwriters, they also add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music. Buy tickets online

River Voices: The Confluence of Art & Science
Hosted by KUNC Colorado River Basin Reporter Luke Runyon and Forest Service Ecologist Dave Merritt
Special pricing! $12 general, $10 students/seniors, $8 members
Thursday, March 12
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures
A multi-media celebration of the dynamic, rhythmic force of rivers, highlighting their importance and fragility and featuring music created using hydrographs of the Green, North Fork, Poudre, Platte, and Yampa Rivers. This is music not inspired by rivers, but determined by the actual flow of the rivers themselves. To be followed by a panel discussion featuring local water leaders and scientists. Buy tickets online

On the Rise: Colorado Songwriter Showcase
Curated & Hosted by Bonnie & Taylor Sims

Thursday, April 9
We are looking for ways to host this program virtually during COVID-19 closures; stay tuned!
Join Longmont’s own Bonnie & Taylor Sims of Bonnie & the Clydes for an intimate evening of original music from emerging, up-and-coming, and established singer-songwriters from Colorado. 

Megan Burtt: Live in Concert
with Dave Tamkin
Thursday, April 30

Inspired by Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt, singer/songwriter Megan Burtt taught herself to play guitar and made her dream of a musical career a reality. Raised in the Rocky Mountains, Megan now splits her time between Brooklyn, Denver, and the road. Buy tickets online


Free; reservations recommended
7:15 pm

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

The Library @ the Museum: An Evening with Author Pam Houston
In conversation with author Karen Auvinen
Thursday, February 6

The Museum teams up with the Longmont Public Library to present an intimate conversation with the bestselling author of Cowboys Are My Weakness and Contents May Have Shifted as she discusses her latest collection of essays Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country with fellow author Karen Auvinen. Reserve online

Music of the Spheres: A Conversation on the Intersection of Art, Science, & Faith
With artist Terry Maker, composer Chris Pilsner, and CU professor & astrodynamicist Daniel Scheeres, PhD.
Moderated by Michelle Gemma Cuthbertson, psychotherapist & spiritual director
Thursday, February 27

Join us for a conversation about the sense of mystery and wonder that accompanies scientific research and artistic practice—the miraculous feeling of the sublime in art, science, and nature. Reserve online

Because the World is Round: Terry Maker
In conversation with Kim Manajek, Museum Director
Thursday, March 26
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

Join us for a conversation with celebrated Colorado artist Terry Maker as she discusses her exhibition on view at Longmont Museum. Terry will provide an inside look at how she composes and assembles, cuts, drills, and scrapes commonplace materials to reveal the “guts” of the matter. Reserve online

The Air we Breath: Front Range Air Quality
A conversation with NCAR scientists Frank Flocke and Gabi Pfister
Thursday, April 16
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

Find out what’s in the air we breathe, how far it travels, and what we know and don’t know about the origin of Front Range pollution. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) used aircraft, mobile radars, balloon-mounted sensors, and complex computer simulations to measure local air pollution. Presented in collaboration with NCAR’s Explorer Series and the City of Longmont’s Sustainablity Program. Reserve online

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 art projects inspired by our current Terry Maker exhibit, including circles, dots, and resin.

Intro to Acrylic Painting
Thursday, February 6 (194012.01)
Learn how to use acrylic paints through color theory and mixing, composition, brushstrokes, and other helpful techniques. Leave with your own small abstract acrylic painting

Lovers in the Rain Painting
Thursday, February 13 (194012.02)
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, spend an evening painting a romantic scene with acrylic on canvas of a pair of lovers walking together amidst the trees.

Painting Poppies
Thursday, February 20 (194012.03)
The poppy has many symbolic meanings: remembrance, consolation, peace, extravagance, and beauty. Join us as we paint our own lovely field of poppies in acrylic paint on canvas.

Artistic Activism
Thursday, February 27 (194012.04)
Instructor Erin Angel is passionate about helping people find their voice and power. She’ll walk you through painting your own acrylic artwork that incorporates your favorite inspiring person or activist against a meaningful background.

Book Binding
Thursday, March 5 (194012.05)
Make your own custom journal to record your thoughts or as a gift. Create with us as you learn about bookbinding styles in other cultural traditions.

Resin Jewelry
Thursday, March 12 (194012.06)
Create a resin pendant and earring set using open bezels, your artwork, collaged images, alcohol ink, and resin. Bring small locket-sized photo images to add more personal meaning.

Abstract Circle Painting
Thursday, March 19 (194012.07)
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

Circles: they convey a host of meaning from the mathematical to the celestial. Paint an abstract artwork in acrylic on canvas centered on the visual theme of circles.

Painting Mandala Stones
Thursday, April 2 (194012.08)
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

The meditative art of mandala has been around for centuries and many people believe it to increase inner peace and focus. Join us on this artful journey to create your own mandala stones.

Sumi-e Painting
Thursday, April 9 (194012.09)
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

Experience the serenity of self-expression through sumi-e painting. We’ll teach traditional tools, materials, and brush methods to paint anything from bamboo, to animals, to a snowy landscape.

Intro to Watercolor Painting
Thursday, April 16 (194012.10)
This program is cancelled due to COVID-19 closures

Explore color theory and mixing, painting versus illustration, wet and dry brush techniques, and water management to create your own watercolor painting greeting cards.

Upcycled Earth Day Jewelry
Thursday, April 23 (194012.11)
Plastics are forever, so come create jewelry with reclaimed and recycled materials in observance of Earth Day.

Spring Flowers in Watercolor
Thursday, April 30 (194012.12)
Are you daydreaming about a garden in bloom? Let’s paint some flowers! We will be using watercolor paint to create a floral scene.


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