At a Glance Schedule

Autumn 2019

Please join us for these events that are open to the public:

Summer 2019

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Free Community Events - Mark your calendar!

RSVPs required due to limited space. Sign up for newsletter to be notified when registration opens >>

Saturday, June 15, 11am-12:30, Body Song Vocal Playshop with Roy Willey & Merlyn Holmes, George Reynolds Branch Library. 

Saturday, June 22, 10:30am-1pm - Mmmwhah! Ensemble mini performance & workshop, primarily for residents of Mapleton Mobile Home Park due to a "Bring Mmmwhah! to Your Neighborhood" grant. 

Saturday, June 29, 3-4:30, Mmmwhah! Creativity Gathering at Boulder Meadows branch library -- wanna come? 

Monday July 22, 5:30-7pm, Improvisational Music & Movement Workshop with members of the Mmmwhah! Ensemble Main library, Boulder Creek Room. Free but registration required due to limited space. Registration opens at 5:30pm Monday, Jul 8 >>

Saturday July 27, 7:30-9pm | Poetry Jam in Holiday Park, Boulder with poetry written by our library staff and possibly yours. To be followed by free movie-in-the-park: ET.

NEXT UP:  Sunday August 11, 10:30am - Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff!. Free but registration required due to limited space. Registration open now! >>

 

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Mmmwhah! Winter 2019

Sun, Jan 13Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-4:30 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+| RSVP Free dance, art-making, and live improvisational music.

 

Mon, Jan 14, 6-8 pm | Vocal Playshop: Moving from Fear to Flow with Aileen Hayden | We'll be playing with specific techniques to identify when fear and unwanted inhibition begin to arise, then working with them to stay in our creative flow. Applicable far beyond our "vocal playshop" of course. For vocalists and non-vocalists.

Sunday, Jan 20, 2-4 pm  | "Art Visioning" a Mmmwhah! Art Playshop >>

Mon, Jan 21, 6-8 pm | Vocal Playshop: Singing Circle with Roy Willey 

Sunday, Jan 27, 2-4 pm  | "Art Visioning" a Mmmwhah! Art Playshop >> Session 2. May be possible to join in. 

Mon, Jan 28, 6-7:30 pm | Vocal Play Group

Sunday, Feb 3, 2-4 pm  | "Art Visioning" a Mmmwhah! Art Playshop >> Session 3. May be possible to join in. 

Sun, Feb 10Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-4:30 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+| RSVP Free dance, art-making, and live improvisational music.

Mon, Feb 4, 6-8 pm | Vocal Playshop: The Contemplative Voice with Amy Biondo

Mon, Feb 18, 6-8 pm | Vocal Playshop: Heaven, Earth, and Authentic Voice with Mike Cohen

Mon, Feb 25, 6-7:30 pm | Vocal Play Group

Mon. Mar 4, 6-8 pm | Vocal Playshop: EnChantMent with Tina Fields

Sun, Mar 10Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-4:30 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+| RSVP Free dance, art-making, and live improvisational music.

Mon, Mar 18, 6-8 pm | Vocal Playshop: Body Song with Marta Aarli & Merlyn Holmes

Ongoing Events

  • Mmmwhah! Gatherings, Second Sundays in Lafayette, 2-4:30 pm:  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music. Please RSVP.

  • Art & Activism:  Every Wednesday at 9:30am. Post card writing and phone calling over coffee and bagels, Silver Sage Co-Housing.

  • Mmmwhah! Ensemble Rehearsals. Every Thursday, occasionally open to guests. Note, we are forming a second ensemble incubator for those who wish to dive deeper into our improvisational practices and take them to level of sharing them through performance. Please contact Merlyn if interested in joining.

Stay tuned for the launch of "Mmmwhah! Poetry Jams," more events in the neighborhoods and at the Boulder libraries, and other wonderful, fun, life-enhancing offerings. 

Mmmwhahsome Fall Series

2018

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November 4, 1pm | "Mmmwhah! in 15 minutes," part of the City's "Dance is for Every Body, featuring the Mmmwhah! Ensemble with live music, movement, and art-making. | Boulder Public Library, Canyon Gallery. | Free, and very fun.

Nov 19 | Finale for Fall Vocal Playshop Series >> 

Sunday, Dec 9, 2-4:30 pm | Mmmwhah is Turning Two!

     Calling in the kindred spirits... Come celebrate with us. We’ll combine our usual Second Sunday Mmmwhah! Gathering with this special celebration.  Gather with our fellow artists, musicians, dancers, writers, photographers, and other creative spirits to inspire and nourish the muses in all of us. 

      Join in the free movement and art-making with live, improvisational music, or just listen / observe / take it all in as nourishment.  RSVP, please.

Mmmwhahsome Blossoms

Spring & Summer Series

2018

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Ongoing Events

  • Mmmwhah! Gatherings, Second Sundays in Lafayette, 2-5pm(May will be third Sunday.) Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music. Please RSVP.

  • Art & Activism:  Every Wednesday at 9:30am. Post card writing and phone calling over coffee and bagels, Silver Sage Co-Housing.

  • Mmmwhah! Ensemble Rehearsals. Every Thursday, occasionally open to guests. Note, we are forming a second ensemble incubator for those who wish to dive deeper into our improvisational practices and take them to level of sharing them through performance. Please contact Merlyn if interested in joining.

Mark Your Calendars

Sun April 8Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-5 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+ | RSVP Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music.

Wed April 25 | Music & Movement Meditation | 7-9pm | Boulder Circus Center | $10-$20+ | Details >>RSVP.  

Thurs April 26 | Open Rehearsal with the Mmmwhah! Ensemble | 12:30-2:30pm | Boulder Circus Center. Limited to 10 participants | $10+ | RSVP.  Share the practices with us as we dive deeper and refine our own improvisational skills with music, movement, mindfulness, and art-making. 

Wed May 2 | Vocal Improvisation Playshop with Eve Pollak Maisonpierre | 6-7:30pm | The first of 5 playshops in the series. See full details >>

 

Mon May 14 | Vocal Improvisation Playshop with Roy Wiley | 6-7:30pm | See full details for the series >>

Wed May 16 | Journey in Sound & Movement with visiting artist pan-global percussionist Will Clipman, James Marienthal (indigenous and silver flutes), and Kimberly Braun (vocals) | Nevei Kodesh | 7-9pm | $15 Tickets available now >>  | Details >> | Co-hosts: Mysteries of the Night / Silver Wave Records.

Sun May 20 | Mmmwhah! Gathering (Note: Third Sunday this month) | 2-5 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette  $10-$20+ | RSVP.  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music.  

Mon May 21 | Vocal Improvisation Playshop with Sarah Townes | 6-7:30pm |  See full details for the series >>

Fri May 25 | Mmmwhah! Ensemble in "Open Space" | 7 minutes between noon and 2pm | A showcase of choreographers work from Boulder and surrounding area | Dairy Arts Center, Gordon Gamm Theater, 2590 Walnut St. | Free and open to the public.

 

Sat May 26Mindfulness & Creativity Gathering in SE Boulder | 1-4 pm | at a lovely home & garden | $10-$20+ | Free for residents within 2 blocks of Crescent | Address will be sent to RSVP. Space is limited to 20. | Share your gifts, share your practices, Then join in free dance and art-making with live improvisational music.

Sat June 2 | Pancake Art! | Vista Village Mobile Home Park | 9am  For residents of Vista Village and invited friends.

Sun June 3  | Mmmwhah! Creativity Gathering or Music & Movement Meditation in North Boulder | 2-5 pm | At a beautiful home and garden in North Boulder  | $10-$20+ | Space is limited: RSVP.  Address will be emailed. | Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music. 

Wed June 6 | Vocal Improvisation Playshop with Tom Weiser | 6-7:30pm |  See full details for the series >>

Sat June 9 | Mindfulness Gathering, + Yoga + Music & Movement Meditation | Vista Village Mobile Home Park green | 9am | $10-$20+ | Free for residents of Vista Village

   Summer Music Fun | free for children and caregivers of Vista Village

Sun June 10 Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-5 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette| $10-$20+ | RSVP.  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music.

Tues June 12 | Vocal Improvisation Playshop with Elena Camerin Young | 6-9 pm |  See full details for the series >>

Tues June 19 | (rain date June 20)  | *Mmmwhah! Ensemble Performance* | 6-8 pm |  Music, movement, and art through three homes and gardens in SE Boulder. | $15-$20+ | Free/by donation for residents within 2 blocks of Crescent | Space limited to 25 | Starting point address will be emailed upon RSVP.

Thurs June 21 | Open Rehearsal with the Mmmwhah! Ensemble | 12:30-2:30 pm | Boulder Circus Center. Limited to 10 participants | $10+ | RSVP.  Experience the Mmmwhah! Ensemble's practices as we dive deeper and refine our own improvisational skills with music, movement, mindfulness, and art-making. 

JULY

Sun July 1 | African Water Drumming | Vista Village Mobile Home Park pool | 4pm | $10-$20+ | Free for residents of Vista Village.  See details>>

Sat July 7 | Yoga + Music & Movement Meditation | Vista Village Mobile Home Park green | 9am | $10-$20+ | Free for residents of Vista Village Details>>

Sun July 8Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-5 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+ | RSVP.  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music. See details >>

Thurs July 12 | Open Rehearsal with the Mmmwhah! Ensemble | 12:30-2:30pm | Boulder Circus Center. Limited to 10 participants | $10+ | RSVP.  Share the practices with us as we dive deeper and refine our own improvisational skills with music, movement, mindfulness, and art-making. See details>>

Sun July 15 | *Mmmwhah! to Flagstaff Mountain*  | 9-11 am | Flagstaff Amphitheater | Free! but tickets required. | Free dance and art-making with live music. See details>>

 

July 30 | Vocal Playshop: Singing Circle6-8 pm |  See full details for the series >>

AUGUST

Sat August 4 | Yoga + Music & Movement Meditation | Vista Village Mobile Home Park green | 9am | $10-$20+ | Free for residents of Vista Village

Sun Aug 5 | Mmmwhah! Garden Concert & Jam in Boulder | 2-4:30 pm | Join us for more Music, Movement, Mindfulness, and Art-making at the beautiful home and garden of North Boulder artist Catherine Carilli. Address to be emailed upon RSVP.

See details >>  

Mon Aug 6 | Music, Movement and Writing with the Light | 6-8 pm | North Bobolink Trailhead |  Suggested donation $20-$10 | A stroll with our cameras. Free for residents within two blocks of Crescent. | Space is limited. See details and RSVP>>

Sat Aug 11 | Vista Village Community Gathering + Music & Movement Meditation | Boulder Airport Conference Room | 2-4:30pm | Free for residents of Vista Village

Sun Aug 12Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-5 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+ | RSVP.  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music

Aug 13 | Vocal Play Group | 6-8 pm |  See full details for the series >>

Sun Aug 26 | Show/Share/Create with Mmmwhah!: Vista Village Creativity Gathering #1 | 1-3 pm | Calling in the kindred spirits!  Come share your art, music, poetry, and other creative interests with neighbors, so we can all get to know each other and see where connections may be fruitful. Location emailed upon RSVP to Bill.McCrossen@yahoo.com

Free to residents of Vista Village. Additional guests: $10-$20

Aug 27 | Vocal Play Shop: The Singing Body 6-8 pm |  See full details for the series >>

 

SEPTEMBER

Sept 1 | Vista Village BBQ & Concert: Songs from Around the World | 1-5 pm | Elena Camerin Young (vocals), Khabu Young (guitar) Bill McCrossen (bass), Russ Meissner (drums) |  | Free to residents of Vista Village and invited guests.

Sept 3 | Music, Movement, and Writing with the Light | 7-9 am | A morning photography stroll west of Eben G Fine Park  | Suggested donation $20-$10 | Space is limited. See details and RSVP>>

Sept 5 | Vocal Play Shop: Singing Yoga: Freeing the Voice 6-8 pm |  See full details for the series >>

Sept 9Mmmwhah! Gathering | 2-4:30 pm | Chuck Ceraso Studio & Gallery, Lafayette | $10-$20+ | RSVP.  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music

Sept 12 | Music, Movement, and Writing with the Light | 5-7 pm | A photography stroll along the southern end of Bobolink Trail  | Suggested donation $20-$10 | Space is limited. See details and RSVP>>

Sun Sept 16 | Show/Share/Create with Mmmwhah!: Vista Village Creativity Gathering #2 | 1-3 pm | Building on the connections and shared interests sparked by our first Creativity Gathering in August, let's see where collaborations may take us. See details >>  

Sept 17 | Vocal Play Group | 6-8 pm |  See full details for the series >>

Sept 26 | Music, Movement, and Writing with the Light | 5-7 pm | A photography stroll around the edges of Vista Village  | Free to residents. Suggested donation $20-$10 for other guests | Space is limited. See details and RSVP>>

 

Sept 29 | Transforming the Bustop | See details >>

October 1 | The Contemplative Voice | To be facilitated by Amy Biondo as part of Mmmwhah's Vocal Playshop Series. | 6-8 pm | Boulder Circus Center | $25 | RSVP

In the Works / Coming Very Soon:

 

Fall Vocal Playshop Series... 

 

November TBD | *Mmmwhah! Ensemble Performance & Workshop* (Note: Postponed from Sept 29 for the Bustop Transformation Event) | 6-8:30 pm | Boulder Circus Center | $15-$25+ | RSVP.

 

Date TBD | Seeing the Wind in the Blue Leaves, the poetics of photography in nature | Some beautiful place outdoors

 

 

Winter Events 2017-2018

Join your friends for some warm, Winter gatherings.

We're slowly entering the winter season, while making many preparations for spring....

See "Upcoming Events" section for details.

          

  • Mmmwhah! Gatherings, Second Sundays in Lafayette:  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music

  • Music Improvisation Workshop Series. Feb 18, March 4 & 18.  For beginners to professionals. With Mark Miller.

  • Kirtan Arts: Feb 28  Sacred songs and ancient Sanskrit chants to open the heart and celebrate the divine, with free dance and art-making. 

  • Art & Activism:  Every Wednesday at 9:30am. Post card writing and phone calling over coffee and bagels

  • Mmmwhah! Ensemble Rehearsals. Stay tuned for a really delightful offering this spring.

 

Mmmwhahsome! Autumn

Join your friends for a Mmmwhahsome! Autumn. We'll be enjoying a range of events including: 

  • Mmms: Music & Movement Meditations            

  • Art Workshops

  • Mmmwhah! Jams:  Free dance and art-making with live improvisational music

  • Art & Activism:  Post card writing and phone calling over coffee and bagels

  • Kirtan Arts: Ancient Sanskrit chanting with dance and art-making

  • NoBo Art District Mixers & Pop-up Galleries: Casual get together and sharing with NoBo artists, musicians, dancers and other creatives. Potluck.

  • BIG EVENT:  Mmmwhah! Turns One: Celebration & Fundraiser. Open jam, dance, art-making, food, beverages, friends... Nov. 29. (Rain date: Dec 13) Please RSVP.

Donations greatly appreciated.

(The Mmmwhah! policy:   Don't let money stop you. / Give as generously as you can.)

 

Wednesdays at Alive Studios | 4593 Broadway

Sept 20: Kirtan Arts | 7-9pm

Oct 4: Mmm | 7-8:30pm

Oct 11:  NoBo Art District Mixer | 5:30-6:45pm

              Mmmwhah! Jam | 7-9pm

Oct 18:  Mmm | 7-8pm

Oct 25: Kirtan Arts | 7-9pm

Nov 1:  Mmm | 7-8:30pm

Nov 8:  NoBo Art District Mixer | 5:30-6:45pm

             Mmmwhah! Jam | 7-9pm

Nov 15: Mmm | 7-8:30pm

Nov 22:  Kirtan Arts | 7-9pm

Nov 29:  BIG EVENT: Mmmwhah! Turns One!

               Please RSVP.

Dec 6:  NoBo Art District Mixer | 5:30-6:45pm

             Mmm | 7-8:30pm

Dec 13:  Mmmwhah! Jam | 7-9pm

Dec 20:  - Postponed to Jan 17 - Mmm | 7-8:30pm

Dec 27:  Kirtan Arts | 7-9pm

   

Live music created by Bill McCrossen, Prasanna Bishop, Mark Miller, Jesse Manno, Dexter Payne, Brian Mullins, Ken Bernstein, Laura Moses Granger, Andy Skellinger, Zach Hedstrom, Rob Rand, and other guests.    Facilitation by Merlyn Holmes & other NoBo Art District artists

Special Event: Dance is for Every Body

"Mmmwhah! in 20 minutes"

Saturday, November 4, 11:30 am

Boulder Public Library, Canyon Gallery

Merlyn Holmes (dance), Bill McCrossen (kora, geumbri, double bass), Prasanna Bishop (woodwinds), Emily Takahashi (piano), Elena Camerin Young (voice), Khabu Young (guitar), and other dancers and artists including Amy Biondo, Hope Malken, Talia Santos, Natalie Tate, Kristen.

 

Every Wednesday:  Art & Activism

9:30am @ Silver Sage Cohousing, 1650 Yellow Pine

Write postcards. Make phone calls. Enjoy coffee, bagels and company.

 

Sunday Art Workshops with Sandra Bierman 

4-5:30pm | Silver Sage Cohousing, 1650 Yellow Pine

  •    Figure Drawing Series | 1st & 3rd Sundays through November  

  •    Mandala Making | 2nd Sundays through NovemberOpen to  complete beginners or serious artists.

Early fall events

  • Sept 10:  Art Workshop: Making Mandalas with Sandra Bierman | 4-5:30pm @ Silver  Sage Cohousing, 1650 Yellow Pine, Boulder

  • Sept 13:  Mmm | 5:30-6:30pm, Outside, 16th St

  • Sept 17: Art Workshop: Hands & Feet with Sandra Bierman | 4-5:30pm @ Silver Sage

 

More events to be announced soon.

Launch Weekend! July 8-9

Saturday, July 8:  

  • 10 am Mmmm: Mid-morning movement meditation

  • 11-noon Circle Dances

   ​

  With the annual Holiday Party in the Park:

  • 4-5:30 Boulder Drum Circle

  • 5:30-7:30 Concert: Dechen Hawk with dance and art-making 

  • 8-9 Improv Games with Turning the Wheel

  • 9 Movie in the Park: The Jungle Book

Sunday, July 9:

  • 3:30-5:30 Creativity Workshop (Please RSVP. Location TBD)

  • 6 pm Mmmwhah! Improv Games

  • 7 New song by Annie Brook

  • 7-9 Concert: Songs from Around the World with dance and art-making

 

Saturday July 15

  • 4-5 pm Mmmwhah! games: Soccer!​

Weekend of July 21-23

Friday, July 21:  

  • 4-5 pm Embodied Emotion Yoga

  • 5-7 Boulder Drum Circle

  • 7-8 Circle Dances 

  • 8-9:30 Concert: Kirtan, with chanting, dance, and art-making

Saturday, July 22:

  • 9 am Restorative Yoga

  • 10 Mmmm: Mid-morning movement meditation

  ​

  • 3:30-5:30 Creativity Workshop (Please RSVP)

  • 6-9 Concerts with dance/movement and art-making

    • Boulder High's "Fists of the Proletariat"​

    • Leonard Cohen Tribute - Donna Wickham's jazz quartet

  • 9 Movie in the Park: The Sandlot

Sunday, July 23

  • 10 am Restorative Yoga (at Floorspace Studio)

   ​   

  • 3:30 pm Improv Comedy Workshop (Please RSVP)

  • 5+ Jam Session - jazz and improv

Saturday, July 29

  • 4-5 pm Mmmwhah! games: Kickball!​

Weekend of August 11-13

Friday, August 11:  ​​

  • 7 pm Musical instrument making with Bohemia

  • 8 Dafna Margalit, new songs, voice & piano

  • 8:30 Mmmwhah! games with Deb K-F

  • 8:45/Dusk:  Movie: Landfill Orchestra 

Saturday, August 12:  ​

  • 9 am Yoga

  • 10 am Mmmm: Mid-morning movement meditation

  • 11 Circle Dances 

     

  • 4-5 pm Mmmwhah! Games: Soccer

  • 5 Celtic Steps Dance

  • 5:30 Brazilian Dance Intro with Samba Colorado

  • 6:30  Boulder Brazilian Band, with dance, and sound painting with Diane Wood

  • 8:45/Dusk:  Movie: Rio

Sunday, August 13:  ​​

  • 10 am Restorative Yoga (at Floorspace Studio)

   ​

  • 3 pm Musical instrument making with Bohemia

  • 4:30 Boulder Drum Circle

  • 6-8 Jam Session with new and found instruments. Improvisational music & dance

Sunday, August 20

  • 11-1  Mmmwhah! Creativity Gathering & Workshop (at Silver Sage Cohousing: Please RSVP)

Pre-launch Creativity Gatherings & Workshops

 

  • Tuesday, June 27, 6-8pm:  Gathering I

  • Saturday, July 1, 2-4pm:  Gathering II

Please RSVP​

Paying it forward:  Join us for any Mmmwhah! events in the Holiday Neighborhood for free or by donation through November 2017.      

     Donations are greatly appreciated and will be used to continue these offerings.       

Location:  Most of the events this summer will be held in the Holiday Park at 15th Street x Holiday Drive in Boulder, CO 80304. Sign up to receive invitations, updates on additions, locations, cancellations, rain dates / heat wave dates, etc.

Summer 2017 Mmmwhahsome! Weekends

 
 

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