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Downtown Dialogue - What's Up Downtown


John Hansen

All Fired Up
Meet John Hansen, mudslinger extraordinaire. John, who opened Mudslingers Pottery School and Gallery in 1997, has been making pottery in Historic Downtown since 1978. Mudslingers is located at 920 Main, underneath the awesome gift store, By Chance. Drop in and get your hands dirty!

Dog of the Month

Downtown Dog of the Month
You talkin’ to me? Meet Chihuahua-mix Coco – affectionately known to her 900 block neighbors as Coco Loco. Coco guards the north entrance to Historic Downtown from her turf at Main and South Streets. Make sure to say hola next time you pass by!


Many of our retailers have wonderful, unique gifts for the ones you love. Here’s a few of the specials going on before Love Day.

By Chance
920 Main St.
Babes and Hussies Trunk Show
February 3
4 – 9 pm

From hammered silver to Victorian antiques, Denver artist, Denise Midroy makes jewelry that is fun, perky and stylish. Enjoy wine and cheese and don’t forget to purchase your Trollbeads too.

Main St. Trading Company
820 Main St. Lower Level
Valentine’s Happy Hour February 9

4 – 7 pm

If you haven’t stopped by this newcomer to Main Street, now’s your chance. Sweets and a glass of wine to celebrate and lots of unusual gift ideas and good deals.

Ville de Luxe
909 Main St.
Valentine’s Trunk Show: Delphinium Designs
February 10
11 am – 5 pm

A selection of gorgeous jewelry from a mix of vintage and new pieces made by Mysti Gulsrud, a Longmont artist. Prices are approximately $30 – $70 for necklaces and $18 – $40 for earrings. For each piece you purchase your second piece is half off.

Old Friends
706 Front St.

A large selection of Anne Taintor items, such as heart candles, bracelets, pocket charms and bath salts. Plus lots of other fun and interesting ideas perfect for your loved one... or treat yourself!

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It’s the Love Issue. The Downtown businesses and organizations are really sharing the love this month with so many ideas for LOVEly gifts and sweet things to do. Almost all the restaurants have Valentine’s Day specials. Check their websites for details. Just makes us want to hug everyone!!!

First Friday Art Walk

Creations Gallery

February 3
940 Main St.
5:30 – 9:00 pm

Creations Gallery will hold a gala opening and evening reception for award winning pastel artist Colleen Hoerner, among sixty Colorado artists showing at the gallery. Creations features new artists almost every month.

The Art Underground

February 3
917 Front St.
6:00 – 8:00 pm

New work by Anthony Grant will be featured at an opening reception.

Creative Framing Art Gallery

February 3
916 Main St.

Featuring artists Frederic Bender and Donna Flebbe at an evening reception.

Grand Opening Celebration
LA Coppersmith Gallery

February 3
915 Walnut St.
4:00 – 8:00 pm

Just in time for First Friday, Coppersmith Angela Facciotti opens the doors to her new gallery and also hosts artists Melissa France, Mark Heath, Bruce Shaver, Tony Finocchio, and Ashley Honeyman. Come get to know our newest downtown residents and enjoy food and drink.

Louisville Library Events

Hands-on Technology

Kindle & Library eBooks – February 1
IPad and Library eBooks – February 6
6:30 pm

Learn how to borrow and return digital library books on your Kindle® or iPad. This class will be full of tips and tricks on browsing and searching for books in the digital library, Overdrive. You will learn to place holds, retrieve holds, and troubleshoot issues that may occur when using your Kindle or iPad to check out eBooks from the digital library. Registration is not required.

NOTE: If you have a laptop, please bring it along.

Bearing the Bruise: A Life Graced by Haiti

February 21
7:00 pm

Author Ethan Casey will discuss his travels and experiences in Haiti.

"As an eyewitness, Casey gives readers an informed perspective on many of the political and social complexities that vex those who seek to make common cause with Haiti, our oldest neighbor, as it seeks to emerge from decades of strife and one of the most devastating natural disasters in recent history."
–Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health and author of Haiti After the Earthquake Synopsis.

Co-sponsored by the Colorado Haiti Project.

Racing Dreams

Old Town Cinema Welcomes
Boulder Film Festival

Racing Dreams

Louisville Center for the Arts
February 4
6 pm happy hour
7 pm film starts

Bring the family to the pre-festival special event screening of the award winning 2010 BIFF favorite, RACING DREAMS. Win tickets to closing night at the 2012 BIFF event at the Boulder Theater! Come early for Happy Hour at OTC Café! Stay after for talk-back! Buy tickets at

Lucky Pie

Super Firkin Saturday

637 Front St.
February 4
2 – 5 pm

In association with the Colorado Brewers Guild, Lucky Pie will tap 4 Firkins from Bristol Brewing, Left Hand Brewing, Avery Brewing and Black Fox Brewing. Cost is $20 per person and includes a glass of each beer, munchies and a chance to meet the reps of the four breweries. And if you don’t know what a Firkin is, now’s your chance to find out! Proceeds benefit the Colorado Brewers Guild.

Mountain High Appliance

Casseroles and Comfort Food

1130 Pine St.
February 7
5:30 – 7:00 pm
Chef Deb is at it again, this time with tasty casseroles like the King Ranch Chicken Casserole, Ham and Leek Meat Pie or one-dish Pinto Bean and Sweet Potato Chili. Just what we need to warm our hearts. Finish it off with Sticky Toffee Pudding with Bourbon Whipped Cream for dessert. Fee is $20.

Registration: or 303-951-0524.

Savor the Favor

Savor the Favor

with Participating Louisville restaurants

February 11
Benefitting the Louisville Senior Foundation

Visit any of the participating restaurants throughout Louisville for breakfast, lunch or dinner and help fund the home heating bill for Louisville seniors in need. Ten percent of your tab will go towards this great cause so take part!

Downtown participating restaurants include: The Cactus Wheel, Zucca, The Empire, Old Louisville Inn, Waterloo, The Huckleberry, Café de Paris, LuLu’s, Lucky Pie, Bittersweet, Blue Parrot, The Louisville Rex and The LoCoYo.

Louisville Center for the Arts

Love is a Story
a Fundraiser for Impact on Education

801 Grant Ave.
February 11
7 pm

Enjoy the country music sounds of the Whitney Mann band, wine, beer and local eats and a photo exhibit. Sponsored by Assorted Goods & Candy and Sassafras Photography, all proceeds benefit Impact on Education. Cost is $30 per person or $45 per couple and includes 1 drink. Call 303-524-3865 for more information.

Coffeehouse Chamber Series
Colorado Wind Ensemble:
Syncopations to Swing

801 Grant Ave.
February 12
3 pm

In the spirit of coordinated syncopation, two CWE combos will emulate the pickup groups of all types that played ragtime and early Dixieland, eventually evolving to jazz combos of standard instrumentation. Various woodwinds, brass and percussion will perform “chamber jazz” selections, including music by Denver composer Max DiJulio. Admission is $10 adults; $8 seniors and students; $5 youth. Coffee provided by Bittersweet Cafe and Confections

Coffeehouse Concert
Nancy Thorwardson & Swing State

801 Grant Ave.
February 17
7:30 pm

Nancy has been a performing musician for many years, working in combos large and small, playing western and standard swing music, old-timey and Cajun dance music, and folk and bluegrass music. Nancy has a true talent for composing songs which fit perfectly within the genre, so her original numbers are always highlights of any show. Admission is $12 adults; $8 seniors and students; $5 youth.

The Louisville Art Association’s
Children’s Art Show

Open March 1. But February is Submission time. Interested families who want to help their kids submit their artwork should click here.

Yoga Junction

Share the Yoga Love with your Kids

908 Main St.
8-week series starts February 1
Children who practice yoga have been found to have less stress, more self-acceptance and a more positive outlook. Three different yoga classes for tots, kids and tweens will be offered.

Fees are $64 for younger kids; $72 for ages 7 – 13.

February 1: Yoga kids 1 (ages 4-6) Wednesdays 3 – 3:45 pm
February 2: Playtime Yoga (ages 1-3) Thursdays 11:15 – 11:45 am
February 3: Yoga Kids (ages 7-13) Fridays 4 – 4:45 pm

Fork. A social Lab.

Mint Chutney

639 Main St.
February 18
11 am – noon

Chef Sunana Batra will unravel the mystery of Indian cooking in this first of two demonstrations. Mint Chutney is a versatile condiment used on many dishes. Samples of Aloo Tikka (potato fritters) and Spinach and Onion Pakoras to dip will be available. $25. Mark your calendars for March 10 for a lesson in Bhel Puri, an exotic south Indian crunchy snack made with all kinds of ingredients.

Middle Eastern Spice Class

639 Main St.
February 21
6:30 pm

Savory Spice Shop Boulder owner, Dan Hayward, will teach about using spices to add interesting depth and incredible flavor to both sweet and savory cooking. He’ll present a brief history and tasting notes, followed by a dish using those spices. $20.

Nathan Miller Chocolate Series
Chocolate Filled Truffles

639 Main St
February 22
6:30 – 8:00 pm

Nathan Miller, formerly the Head Pastry Chef at The Kitchen in Boulder, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and a Jean-Georges alum, will share his expertise on and enthusiasm for chocolate. Includes a 4-pk of gourmet truffles to take home. $30.

Chef Dinner with Nathan Miller
and Shannon Aten

Febraury 25
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Nathan Miller and Shannon Aten of Tasterie Food Truck will treat you to this all- inclusive dinner that includes: Herb Salad with pumpernickel croutons, pears, walnuts and bacon dressing, Ratatouille, Israeli Couscous and Lemon Meringue Tartelettes. Cost is $45 per person. Mention code: LOVE for $5.00 off per person for parties of 2 or more.

Imperial Fez

Hafla Party

820 Main St.
February 26

Teachers and students will take part in this evening filled with exotic dances from tribal to cabaret to fire dancing and belly dancing. All paired with excellent Moroccan food. There will be two seatings for this special event; 5 – 7 pm and 8 pm to close. Tickets are $21.99 or $24.99 depending on the seating time. Reservations at

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