The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge will host its end-of-season bash on Saturday, April 26, with El Paso Lasso. Fused from Texas and Canada, El Paso Lasso delivers smooth sounds and covers from Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Everclear and Marvin Gaye. A free keg of PBR will be tapped at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10 p.m. The MotherLoaded also will run its $5 happy hour food menu through close.
“We want to thank all the locals and everybody who gave us a great year, and hopefully after some demolition of the kitchen floorsk we’ll be reopened by Memorial Day and the patio will be open and we’ll be ready to kick off a good summer,” said Chmurny Cain, of the MotherLoaded.
There’s no cover for the closing party. Visit www.motherloadedtavern.com for more information.
Collaboration panel discussion at Lake Dillon Theatre
On Saturday, May 3, the public is invited to a free panel discussion and question-answer session focused on the methodology, practices and history of the process of artistic collaboration. The discussion will be held at 11 a.m. in Suite 11 of La Riva, 135 Main St. Dillon. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m.
Featured panelists are Cecile Forsberg, artistic and operations director for the National Repertory Orchestra; and Joan Lazarus, executive director of PerryMansfield. Adult arts education is a valued component of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company mission.
“Theatrical arts, as in any other field, develop regularly and relate directly to the needs of a community,” said Tim Pare, Lake Dillon Theatre Company director of education. “It is important to maintain a relevancy not only within your community, but with the community at large. Our panel discussion series allows us to share our efforts to accomplish this mission and to allow our supporters to inspire us to stay current.”
The Art of Collaboration is a free event, and tickets or reservations are not necessary. For more information, visit www.lakedillontheatre.org or call (970) 513-9386.
Backstage adds audition dates for ‘Shrek’
The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is still seeking strong singers, actors and dancers (ages 7 to 70) for its Labor Day production of “Shrek the Musical.” Auditions will be held on Monday, April 21, and Monday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Breckenridge Theatre, 121 S. Ridge St. in Breckenridge. Additional audition times have been added on Sunday, May 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Rehearsals for the musical, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, are scheduled to begin in early June and will be conducted throughout the summer. The show will open Thursday, Aug. 28, and play thru Saturday, Sept. 6, with a total of six performances. All performances are at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge.
The roles of Shrek and Fiona have been precast. All other roles are available, including Lord Farquaad, Donkey, Dragon, Young Fiona, Teen Fiona, Little Shrek, DuLoc Singers, Gingy, Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf, Three Little Pigs, White Rabbit, Fairy Godmother, Peter Pan, Wicked Witch, Sugar Plum Fairy, Ugly Duckling, Three Bears and more.
Auditionees should be familiar with the songs “Story of My Life” and “Freak Flag” and be prepared to dance a combination and read from the script. Perusal copies of music are available by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have a headshot and resume, please bring those to the audition.
Auditions are by appointment only. Call (970) 453-0199 to reserve a time. For more information on the Backstage Theatre, visit www.backstagetheatre.org.
Xavier Rudd, Tokyo Police Club to play Vail’s GoPro Games
The Vail Valley Foundation, organizer of the annual GoPro Mountain Games, recently announced the preliminary music lineup for this year’s event. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 5, through Sunday, June 8, featuring three nights of free concerts.
The free Bud Light Mountains of Music outdoor concert series kicks off on June 5 with Australian singer and songwriter Xavier Rudd. Indie rock bands Tokyo Police Club and Cold War Kids perform June 6 and June 7, respectively.
“Free music has always been a big component of the GoPro Mountain Games, and this year, we’re excited to present our best concert line-up ever,” said Mike Imhof, senior vice president of sales and operations at the Vail Valley Foundation. “The Cold War Kids and Tokyo Police Club put on great shows and this will be their first time playing Vail. Xavier Rudd has proven to be one of our most popular acts and we’re happy to welcome him back for the Thursday night concert.”
Spectating at the GoPro Mountain Games and all concerts are free and open to the public. Registration for the GoPro Mountain Games or learn more at www.gopromountaingames.com.
May events at Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, recently announced its program and event highlights for the month of May.
On Wednesday, May 7, experience “Tales of Discovery, Tales of Creation: Maya Murals at San Bartolo, at 7 p.m. In March 2001, Bill Saturno discovered the remote archaeological site of San Bartolo and the oldest intact murals ever found in the Maya world. Since then, he has directed the San Bartolo Regional Archaeology Project, dedicated to the excavation and conservation of these spectacular murals and to understanding San Bartolo’s role in the formation of the Maya civilization. Hear about the adventure surrounding Saturno’s discovery and how he managed to make it back safely to tell the tale. Saturno is a leader in remote sensing applications in archaeology and assistant professor of archaeology at Boston University and a National Geographic Explorer. This event takes place in the Phipps IMAX Theater, and tickets are $8 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers.
On Thursday, May 15, take a trip to the Science Lounge for “Stargazers” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every third Thursday of the month, for ages 21 and older. This month, is it written in the stars? See how celestial movements influenced architecture at Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza and sites such as Chaco Canyon. Check out the stars in your zodiac sign and get inspired to explore the sky above. Tickets are $8 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers; if tickets are sold out online, they will still be available at the door.
On Wednesday, May 28, at 7 p.m., internationally renowned paleoartist John Gurche describes the extraordinary process by which he creates forensically accurate and hauntingly realistic representations of our ancient human ancestors. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with all things prehistoric, Gurche has studied fossil remains, comparative ape and human anatomy and forensic reconstruction for more than three decades. He reveals the debates and brainstorming that surround these often-controversial depictions, and along the way, he enriches our awareness of the various paths of human evolution and humanity’s stunning uniqueness in the history of life on Earth. This event takes place in the Phipps IMAX Theater, and tickets are $8 for museum members and $10 for nonmembers.
For more information on these events and ongoing exhibits, visit www.dmns.org.