The Snake River Saloon in Keystone welcomes special guest, The People Brothers Band, "an eight-piece rhythm and soul powerhouse" from Wisconsin that blends "original grooves, conscious lyrics, soulfully mastered vocal and instrumental work along with diverse, self-tailored covers," running the gamut from funk to rock, soul to reggae and folk to rhythm and blues. The group has hosted and headlined People Fest, a live music and camping festival in the Midwest since 2009. Friday's entertainment at the Snake is local guitarist/singer Arnie J. Green.
The inaugural Season of Song takes place in Vail this weekend through Sunday. Concerts are at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and feature David Wilcox, Dala, Jack Tempchin and Jeff Silbar, among others. "I love music that moves me, but only if it moves me forward," said Wilcox, playing today and Saturday, who has sold over 750,000 discs in his 30 years as a songwriter. "I write like my life depends on it," he said. For info on Wilcox and the others, plus ticket pricing, see www.seasonofsong.com.
Registration continues for the expanded KidsPlay program with the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. Section one (grades K-2) will rehearse and put on "Nemo Tails," an adventure with Nemo and friends under the sea, instructed by Genevieve Price at Upper Blue Elementary on Mondays, beginning this coming week through Dec. 3 from 3:15-4 p.m.; register by Sunday. Section two (grades 3-5) will put on "Ella Enchanted," replete with ogres, giants and gnomes. Workshops are at Upper Blue Elementary from 4:30-6 p.m. beginning this Thursdays through Dec. 13; register by Wednesday. Section three (grades 6-8) will put on "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," with workshops taking place at Summit Middle School on Mondays from 2:30-4 p.m., Monday to Dec. 10; register by Sunday. All workshops cost $125 and culminate in a public performance. Space is limited. Info/register: www.backstagetheatre.org or (970) 453-0199.
Two new exhibitions open today at MCA Denver. The first, "Pie-Fights and Pathos," by Adrian Ghenie, features new paintings by the Romanian artist. Ghenie's work draws from Old Masters' paintings and the history of cinema and political extremism, dwelling on modernism's dark side. The work highlights forgotten episodes of history while shifting between fact and fiction. The second, "Works on Paper" by Dana Schutz, portrays a mythic universe of cannibals, creatures and other grotesque and fantastical characters, drawing from a long tradition of abstract expressionism.
The Denver Art Museum's retrospective of African artist El Anatsui opened Sept. 9 and runs through Dec. 30. "When I Last Wrote to You about Africa" traces 40 years of El Anatsui's career, from his early woodwork in Ghana to today's metal wall sculptures created from thousands of bottle tops in his studio in Nigeria. One metal sculpture is nearly 15 feet tall by 19 feet wide and another artwork includes 1,755 pieces. The exhibit features more than 40 works, including eight metal wall sculptures and works from the artist's own collection; it is the leading contemporary artist's most comprehensive exhibit to date. Info: www.denverartmuseum.org.
Vail Snow Daze isn't until Dec. 10-16, but tickets to the headliner concerts, part of Vail's 50th anniversary celebration, are now on sale. The lineup includes shows from Wilco on Dec. 15, Michael Franti & Spearhead on Dec. 14 and The Shins on Dec. 13, with all concerts taking place at Vail's Ford Park. General admission tickets for individual concerts are $29.50-$39.50 for earlybirds and a three-concert pass is $99, with other special ticket options available. Info: www.vail.com/snowdaze.