Country western dancing, led by Mike "Tex" DeGarie, returns to the Silverthorne Pavilion tonight. The popular dance series starts with an hour-long lesson at 7 p.m. sharp, followed by open dancing until 11. For only $5 (at the door), participants can learn a new dance and then dance the night away. Info: (970) 262-7370
The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek celebrates its 15th anniversary and kicks off the winter season with the dance company Ailey II tonight. Formed by choreographer Alvin Ailey in 1974, the company will present an evening of his works, including his 1958 piece, "Blues Suite," and his masterpiece, "Revelations." Tickets are $15 for students, $30 for adults. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Info: www.vilarpac.org
The second annual "Art Meets Beast" festival, a two-day event showcasing a whole bison roast as well as a bison-butchering workshop, 4H animal showcase and an urban farm bus tour, starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver). After tonight's workshop, "Bison Carving and Food Pornography," the meat will be distributed to six of Denver's top chefs to prepare for Saturday's feast. Festivities start at 10 a.m. Saturday; various prices apply. Visit www.mcadenver.org or call (303) 298-7554.
In a Veterans Day tribute to those who served in the armed forces, Keystone Resort will host a Military Appreciation Weekend Saturday through Monday, offering discounts on lodging, activities and dining. All current and retired military, Department of Defense personnel and Veteran ID card holders are eligible for the deals, which include 33% off lodging, $59 lift tickets, 15% off ski school and spa products, deals on resort activities and discounts at participating restaurants.
The Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek hosts ska and reggae legend, Toots & The Maytals, on Sunday. Lead singer and native Jamaican, Toots Hibbert, and his band helped chart the course of Jamaican music through ska, reggae and rock, and the group has collaborated with artists including Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, No Doubt, The Roots and Shaggy. On Sunday, the group will be joined by Anders Osborne. Tickets are $58, available at www.vilarpac.org, (970)-845-TIXS or at the box office. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
"Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels," opens Sunday at the Denver Art Museum. The new exhibit is the first 10-year survey of Schutz's work, which combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create energetic, figurative paintings. Her style is characterized by vibrant color, raw and tactile brushwork and "absurd" subjects springing from imaginary stories or bizarre, hypothetical situations. The exhibit features approximately 30 paintings and eight drawings created since 2001.