Erica Marciniec

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January 10, 2013
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Grand Prix entertainment

Copper Mountain features evening entertainment in the form of film and music to celebrate the U.S. Grand Prix freeski and snowboard finals this weekend.

Tonight, Taylor Guitars presents a free showing of "Waiting for Lightning," a new film that documents the life of iconic skateboarder Danny Way.

The legendary skater counts many firsts among his accomplishments: he's a multiple world record holder including distance jumped on a skateboard (79 feet), a first-round (2009) Skateboarding Hall of Fame pick, a multiple X Games gold medalist and the only person to jump out of a helicopter on a skateboard.

Way's breakout moment was when he debuted the megaramp in the now-iconic "DC Video." He used it to jump the Great Wall of China on a skateboard in 2005 - and that footage is included in the film - before the X Games picked up the megaramp idea, adding a Big Air event to its skate comps.

The film follows Way's journey from a broken home in Vista, Calif. to becoming one of skateboarding's greatest success stories, and includes interviews with Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman, Ken Block, Rob Dyrdek and Tony Hawk. It comes from the Bandito Brothers, producers of "Act of Valor," "Step into Liquid" and "Dust to Glory," in association with DC shoes, and is currently available for digital download with a DVD release scheduled for next month.

"Once you lose the fear of death, you really learn how to live," Way says in the film. "It makes you realize anything's possible."

It's an apropos choice to celebrate the calculated risk-takers of the Grand Prix, especially the skateboard fanatics among them.

On Saturday, Wild Belle, the new brother-and-sister combo of Elliot Bergman (saxophone, keyboards) and Natalie Bergman (vocals), takes the stage at Jack's Slopeside Grill in Copper at 6:30 p.m.

Described as having "a funky island twang backed up nicely by jazz and African music influences," by T Magazine Blog's Kathryn Branch, the duo was handpicked to play parties for fashion labels like Mulberry and Maje.

In November, the up-and-comers made their television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and they're set to release a first album, "Isles," on Columbia Records in March.

The siblings are originally from Chicago, Ill. Elliot Bergman is also frontman of the Afrobeat group, Nomo.

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