The 15th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival screens at CinBistro at Solaris in Vail on Saturday at 5 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Thursday at 7 p.m. Audiences in more than 300 cities spanning six continents view and judge the work of the next generation of filmmakers from around the world as part of the festival. The films are not rated. Info: www.cobbcinebistro.com/solaris
The Dillon Community Church, 371 E. La Bonte in Dillon, hosts a piano performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, presented by Alinnea Christiansen, Sam Haynes, Charlotte Hudnut, Chloe and Melinda Krasowski, Anne Parker and Kaeli and Priya Subberwal. The repertoire will include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and more, plus student compositions. Info: (970) 453-6243.
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant in Breckenridge hosts its 4th annual Tequila Dinner to benefit Advocates for Victims of Assault, with proceeds bolstering the emergency assistance fund for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. A silent auction, Milagro Tequila and four-course dinner make contributing to a good cause fun. Tickets are $65; purchase at www.bit.ly/PH3D8C.
Artists of the World, a nonprofit organization formed to raise funds for global water sanitation projects via high-end art auctions, recently installed a Mary Mito piece at Artists Network at 9th and Santa Fe in Denver. The large wall piece, which is constructed of 4-inch-squares, will be available for viewing until the end of next week. The starting bid was $775,000. According to Artists of the World, 6,000 children die and 60,000 become ill daily due to unclean water, creating a situation wherein mothers cannot work, resulting in an economic downward spiral. Proceeds from art sales benefit water sanitation projects in such areas.
Calling it "the book industry's answer to widely popular TV shows looking for music's next superstar," eBookMall.com launched its "America's Best Author" competition on Sept. 17. Writers submit stories from 2,500-5,000 words in length and readers vote to advance their favorite submissions, while a panel of industry professionals oversees the competition, la American Idol. The grand prize is $5,000. Info & submissions: www.ebookmall.com
Two new exhibitions opened last week 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 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.