Breckenridge Backstage Theatre has an immediate opening for a small dog to play Toto in its upcoming production of “Oz,” playing Friday, July 11, through Saturday, Aug. 2, on Friday and Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons. No stage experience necessary — and very few lines to memorize.
Toto makes an appearance at the very end of the show, so the Backstage is looking for a dog with patience that is comfortable waiting “in the wings” until it’s his or her turn to shine. This is a non-paying job, but tickets to the show will be made available to Toto’s owners. The theater is specifically looking for a small dog, black, dark-colored or similar to the dog actor in the film.
Contact Christopher Willard, artistic director, at email@example.com to apply or for information, and send a photo if you can.
Local artist Amy Evans in national art show
Amy Evans, of Breckenridge, has been accepted at the 44th annual member’s exhibition for Women Artists of the West held in San Diego. Women Artists of the West is a national organization with more than 250 award-winning, professional women painters and sculptors from across the country. This nonprofit group fosters appreciation and promotion of art created by women.
Evans had to meet strict criteria to be juried into this prestigious organization and her work also had to be juried into the art exhibition. “WAOWed in San Diego” runs from through Saturday, May 31, at the Women’s Museum of California, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, San Diego.
Cinco de Mayo at Mi Casa benefits BOEC
Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina will host its 31st annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration to raise funds for the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Willie Whalen Memorial Fund. The fundraiser begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 5, with a special buffet featuring Mexican and Southwestern culinary creations by executive chef Bruce Carlton.
The menu will include beef barbacoa with guajillo, ancho chiles and avocado leaf; home style pork carnitas with pickled red onion; chicken-chili rellenos; jalapeno-bacon wrapped shrimp; chorizo-stuffed jalapeno chalupas; chicken tinga; and housemade desserts, just to name a few items. A silent auction will be held from 5 to 8:45 p.m. There will be giveaways throughout the evening, along with live music with Drew Reges starting at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is $25 for adults and $12 for kids younger than 12, with all proceeds going to the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Willie Whalen Memorial Fund. Tickets may be purchased at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Breckenridge. For more information about the Cinco de Mayo fundraiser, contact Tracey Roach or Julie Ludwig at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina at (970) 453-2071.
Keystone Conference Center wins event venue award
Colorado Meetings + Events recently released its eighth-annual people’s choice awards, Best of Awards. Hand-picked by meeting planners, event planners and suppliers, Keystone Conference Center was awarded Best Meeting/Event Venue Outside Denver.
The award makes special note of Keystone Conference Center’s Green Meetings program, which allows guests to leave a greener footprint during their event. Green Meetings arranges for guests to participate in the local community through activities such as trail building, as well as the ability to choose from a wide array of sustainable practices such as water conservation, waste reduction and green transportation.
In addition to making events greener, Keystone Resort also makes them healthier through new and expanded wellness options. From mountain-top yoga, designed to refresh and rejuvenate at 11,600 feet, to the 2,000 calorie burner hike that will elevate both your heart rate and altitude as you make your way to a picnic lunch with spectacular views, there are options for every group to incorporate wellness into the schedule.
The Keystone Conference Center is the largest meeting venue in the Colorado Rockies, with 60,000 square feet of unobstructed space. For information, visit www.keystoneresort.com.
Brewmaster’s weekends announced in Vail
The Vail Cascade 2014 Brewmaster’s Weekend schedule has been finalized, with dates dedicated to three of Colorado’s favorite breweries, Left Hand Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co. and Avery Brewing Co.
• On Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, Eric Wallace, founder and owner of Left Hand Brewing Co. in Longmont, will lead a weekend of Left Hand libations. Left Hand’s Milk Stout seems to have started a revolution, so don’t miss your fix.
• On Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6, David Zuckerman, brewmaster at Boulder Beer Co. in Boulder, will be the featured guest throughout this weekend. Enjoy Vail Oktoberfest and taste some of Boulder Beer’s exciting new creations, too.
• On Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22, Matt “Truck” Thrall, head brewer at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, will be your royalty in residence. Truck will be ushering in the 2014-15 ski season with you and his Avery team, so be sure to save your seats for some fantastic Avery goodies.
Each weekend features a complimentary Meet the Brewmaster session from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Fireside Bar, where attendees can meet, greet and sample goodies from each brewery while visiting with the brewmaster; and a Small Plates & Craft Beer Pairing at 6 p.m. Saturday at Atwater on Gore Creek. The food and beer pairing features a guided tour by both the featured brewmaster and the Atwater culinary team through each of four courses designed around four beers of the brewmaster’s choice. Seats for the food pairing are $35 per person, plus resort charges and gratuity, and reservations are recommended.
For more information, visit www.vailcascade.com/atwater/vail-dining-offers.php.
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.
Goodguys Nationals return to Loveland
The Goodguys 17th Colorado Nationals will return to The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Friday, June 6, through Sunday, June 8. The Goodguys 17th Colorado Nationals is a colorful hot rod and custom car festival featuring more than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars and trick trucks through 1972 vintage nestled into the grounds of The Ranch Events Complex.
In addition to the car show, the event will include vendor exhibits, used parts automotive swap meet and Auto Trader Classics cars-for-sale area, special “themed” parking areas on Saturday, Dixie Leadfoot and the Chrome Struts on Saturday and Sunday, model car show, Goodguys Autocross (to test vehicle agility and performance), kids fun — PPG Coloring contest, Revell model car kit make ’n’ take sessions and lots of fun for the entire family.
Sunday, June 8, will feature All American Sunday, open to all years of American-made and powered vehicles. Participants who enter on Sunday will able to run the Goodguys AutoCross, be a part of the show n’ shine and be eligible for the awards on Sunday. The event is the seventh event of the Rod & Custom Association’s 19-event national tour for 2014.
Adult admission is $18, children 7 to 12 are $6 and kids 6 and younger are free. Spectator parking is free. Tickets can be purchased online at www.good-guys.com or onsite all three days of the event. For more information, call Goodguys at (925) 838-9876 or The Ranch at (970) 619-4000 or visit www.good-guys.com/nvn.