Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond |

Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain Resort
Tripp Fay / Copper Mountain Resort |

Celebrate Safety Fest at Copper Mountain this weekend

Copper Mountain continues its dedication to safety by celebrating National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Month with its annual Safety Fest, Saturday, Jan. 17, through Monday, Jan. 19. NSAA National Safety Month kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 1, with the goal to continue to educate skiers and snowboarders across the U.S. about safety on the slopes. Copper Mountain takes great pride in keeping the mountain safe for guests. Copper’s safety campaigns have been named “Most Creative” and “Best Overall” by NSAA in past years.

This weekend, Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village transforms into Safety Village, with National Ski Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Rescue Group, Woodward Copper and many more on hand to provide information concerning backcountry awareness, national forest access and Copper’s Safety Initiatives. Visit all Safety Village tents to qualify for prize drawings. Drawings will be held daily during Safety Fest at 1:30 p.m. Prizes include a Copper Mountain lodging package, a private Tucker Mountain snowcat trip and a 2014-15 Copper Season Pass.

Copper Mountain Safety Fest will feature daily avalanche dog demonstrations in Burning Stones Plaza at 11 a.m. and in West Village at 12:30 p.m. The Flight for Life helicopter will land at Patrol Headquarters, located above Excelerator and Super Bee lifts, on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m. Guests are also invited to sign up to take part in daily sweeps at 4 p.m. to close the mountain with Copper Mountain Ski Patrol. Patrol Headquarters and Timberline Patrol Hut will host an open house with free hot cocoa during Safety Fest and throughout the month of January.

New to Safety Fest this year, kids are invited to join a brief avalanche class. This free 15-minute session will take place at 10:30 a.m. each day in Burning Stones Plaza and is open to kids of all ages. Topics include how to recognize avalanche terrain and the tools used to stay safe while in backcountry terrain. On Sunday, Jan. 18, at 1:30 p.m. at Timberline Patrol Hut, former Copper Mountain ski patroller and Copper blogger Sally Francklyn will speak about her life-changing ski accident. Francklyn suffered a traumatic brain injury while skiing near Jackson Hole in 2012.

A full event schedule can be found at

High Country Weddings Colorado in Dillon wins WeddingWire award

WeddingWire, the nation’s leading online wedding marketplace, named High Country Weddings Colorado in Dillon as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 for officiant.

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2015 recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with High Country Weddings Colorado. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

As a Couples’ Choice Awards winner, High Country Weddings Colorado is highlighted within the WeddingWire network, which is composed of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.

For more information, search “High Country Weddings Colorado” on WeddingWire, To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards, visit

O.A.R., Mix Master Mike join World Championships concert lineup

Two more artists were recently confirmed for the 2015 World Championships free post-ceremonies concert series. Mix Master Mike claims the Thursday, Feb. 5, slot, bringing a little “Throwback Thursday” to the World Championships, while Saturday, Feb. 7, will feature popular multi-platinum rock band O.A.R. All concerts take place at Championships Plaza in Vail at 6:30 p.m. and are free to the public.

Mix Master Mike is best known for his role as resident DJ for the Beastie Boys. The turntable legend will pump up the crowd with his signature heavy-hitting bass and intricate scratch routines during the free show. O.A.R. first came onto the scene in the late ’90s and are best known for their hits “That Was a Crazy Game of Poker,” “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” “Heaven” and “Peace.” The American rock band is renowned for its intense, vibrant live show, which will also feature songs from the band’s new album “The Rockville LP” and current single “Favorite Song.”

The announcement adds to the existing 2015 World Championships lineup, which includes Michael Franti & Spearhead on Tuesday, Feb. 3; American Authors on Friday, Feb. 6, and Phillip Phillips on Thursday, Feb. 12. The 2015 Organizing Committee intends to book concerts every night during the two weeks of the Championships.

The free concerts, scheduled in conjunction with the nightly Medals Presentation at Vail’s Championships Plaza, located at Solaris, will be free to the public. Prior to the nightly festivities, Sierra Nevada Brewery will operate their Winter Beer Camp, opening at 4 p.m. daily at the International Bridge in Vail. Visit for more information.

— Compiled by Krista Driscoll

DIA exhibits ‘Culture Catalyst’ art display

Denver International Airport is exhibiting a temporary art display called “Culture Catalyst” at the McNichols Civic Center Building, located at 144 W. Colfax Ave. on the third floor, through Sunday, March 8.

“Denver International Airport’s art collection is one that is often talked about,” said Kim Day, Denver International Airport CEO. “With the airport’s 20th anniversary approaching in February, we invite the public to reflect on the inaugural collection, explore the temporary commissions and learn about the future of art at the airport through this exhibit.”

“Culture Catalyst” features historic photographs of eight of the original 22 commissions at DIA and videos of the upcoming public art at the Hotel and Transit Center site. The exhibit also includes six new temporary commissions of mural, digital media and painting by artists Darrell Anderson, David Fodel, Hollis + Lana, Joel Swanson and Chinn Wang. Each commissioned artist has a special relationship with Denver and the airport, representing the cultural and economic impact that DIA has had on Colorado.

The Denver Public Art Program was established by executive order under Mayor Federico Pena in 1988 and became law in 1991. The intent of the program was to “Expand the opportunities for Denver residents to experience art in public places, thereby creating more visually pleasing and human environments.”

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