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The first in another short series, this one on the street performers of Boulder, Colorado.

Boulder is a city of just under 100,000. A college town (The University of Colorado's main campus is located there), Boulder has a reputation as a liberal haven and a more artsy, hippie town; the reputation is well deserved.

We visited on a Saturday night so that we could see the famous Pearl Street Mall pedestrian zone at full capacity. In the heart of Boulder's downtown, Pearl Street is closed to vehicle traffic for four or five city blocks, and has been turned into a space for sculpture and art, shops and stores, and plenty of street performers of many different types.

The performer pictured had one of the odder talents on the street: he played piano while lying backwards and motionless on the large rock behind him. He clearly had a full act built around this, and was quite good at it (as evidenced by the very large and full tip jar in front of him). At a certain point in his act, he asked the crowd for a cigarette; this couple provided one, and the woman lit it for him as he continued to play.

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