A&E briefs: Old West is alive at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge | SummitDaily.com

A&E briefs: Old West is alive at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
kdriscoll@summitdaily.com

Highlighting the struggles and the romance of days gone by, October and November will feature Heather Davis' award-winning "Cowboy and Indians" show at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge.

This show features colorful renderings of the American Indian, with the reverence and awe that they have respectfully earned. "The Chief" is the revered teacher and patriarch of the family. His wisdom and spirituality are vital to future generations who look to him for guidance. Alongside these beautiful Indians, Davis is showing American cowboys, with their ability to survive a solitary existence in order to provide for their families. Their labors are legendary.

Both of these icons have survived at great costs to themselves and society as a whole. They are heroic to current generations, and history will honor them as the legendary leaders that they are.

Visit this show at Arts Alive, 500 S. Main St. in La Cima Mall in Breckenridge through the end of November. For more information, contact the gallery at (970) 453-0450 or Davis at (970) 471-5683. Learn more about the artist at http://www.heatherdavisfineart.com.

Breck Beer Betties craft beer group holds inaugural meeting

The Breck Beer Betties, a new women's group in Summit County, will hold its first meeting at Kenosha Steakhouse, 301 S. Main St. in Breckenridge, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m.

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The Beer Betties are a local chapter of Barley's Angels, with a mission to expand the appreciation and understanding of craft beer among women by bringing them together with professionals to explore craft beer. This first meeting ties in with Kenosha's Eat-Drink-Give campaign, and a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to the Advocates for Victims of Assault. The ticket cost is $15 and will include a flight of five craft beers, various appetizers donated by Kenosha and a contribution to AVA.

This group is an opportunity for women to gather together to learn about craft beer in a fun and relaxed atmosphere in the company of other women. Colorado is home to 175 craft breweries and ranks fourth in the country in number of craft breweries, according to the Brewers Association.

The event is open to all women of legal drinking age. RSVP to breckbeerbetties@gmail.com, or send a message to http://www.facebook.com/breckbeerbetties to reserve a ticket or for more information.

Snowpack specialist speaks at CMC

Are you curious about the global and water-management implications of the increasing dust accumulation on our Colorado snowpack? Intrigued to learn how Colorado scientists are applying NASA technology to adapt forecast techniques and water-management operations to changing snow conditions?

Jeff Deems, University of Colorado research scientist, skier and snowpack specialist, will highlight recent research into dust and climate impacts of Colorado River Basin snowmelt at Colorado Mountain College's upcoming Sustainability Studies Department and Speaker Series event. Learn more about how our climate is changing and how new science is providing unprecedented snowpack-monitoring capability and enabling a new operational paradigm.

Deems will speak from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge. The event will be held in the Eileen and Paul Finkel Auditorium and is free and open to the public. CMC in Breckenridge is located at 107 Denison Placer Road. Call Heidi Kunzek at (970) 453-6757, ext. 2614, or go to http://www.cmcspeaks.com for more information.

Oktoberfest beer featured

at Tap it Tuesday in Dillon

October's Tap it Tuesday evening at Dillon Dam Brewery will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 14. A five-gallon keg of the brewmaster's special stash will be tapped at 5 p.m., with $5 half-pints while they last. This month's brew is Pumpkin Pie "Oak"-toberfest, an Oktoberfest beer aged in an oak chardonnay barrel with pumpkin pie spices.

Visit http://www.dambrewery.com for more information.

Literary spirits haunt Molly Brown House in Denver

HG Wells, Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, Christina Rosetti, Mary Wilkins Freeman and others will return from the grave during Victorian Horrors XXI at the Molly Brown House Museum. Offered over two weekends — Friday, Oct. 17, Saturday, 18, and Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25 — this event is a rare opportunity to tour the Molly Brown House Museum, the Titanic heroine's haunting 14-room Victorian mansion, behind the scenes at night.

Now in its 21st year, Victorian Horrors is a classic environmental theater event set against the backdrop of Denver's historic Capitol Hill, with haunted mansions filled with restless spirits. Upon entering the Museum, visitors will encounter a fresh round of ghoulish tales from ages past. As each tale is finished, visitors will move on to another room to hear the stories of another famed literary specter, portrayed by acclaimed local actors including David and Julia Payne, Jim Hunt, Jeffrey Atherton and Trina Magness. This event is perfect for gothic horrors fans, Victorian literature buffs and families with readers interested in the classics.

Victorian Horrors is one of the Molly Brown House Museum's most popular events, and advance ticket purchase is recommended. The hour-long performances begin every 15 minutes from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Tickets are $18 per person and $15 for Historic Denver members, seniors and children. Call (303) 832-4092, ext. 10, for tickets or visit http://www.mollybrown.org. Advised for ages 12 and older, per parental discretion.

Pagosa Springs offers social media scavenger hunt

Pagosa Springs in Southwest Colorado is hosting the #fallforpagosa Photo Scavenger Hunt on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The contest will run through opening weekend of the Pagosa Springs Holiday Palooza Festival, Friday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Nov. 30.

The Photo Scavenger Hunt includes a list of 20 landmarks in and around Pagosa Springs that scavenger hunt participants will have to take a photo of or "selfie" next to and upload and share via Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram with the hashtag #fallforpagosa. The list includes hot springs, a river overlook, Pagosa Center for the Arts, Wolf Creek Pass, Treasure Falls and more.

From the list of 20 landmarks, scavenger hunters have to take a photo in front of a minimum of 10 sites to win a Pagosa Prize. Additionally, participants will be entered to win a Choose Your Pagosa Adventure Getaway package for two people, which will include two nights' accommodations in a Pagosa Springs hotel, three Pagosa adventures for two (dependent upon season), Pagosa Hot Springs passes for two.

Winners can provide proof of their 10 photos and collect a prize by showing the posts on their smart phone to a representative at the Pagosa Springs Visitor Center. The winner of the Choose Your Pagosa Adventure Getaway will be notified by Wednesday, Dec. 10. The package will be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. For more information and complete contest rules, visit http://www.visitpagosasprings.com.

October events at Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver, has a slew of special events for all ages in the month of October. Visit http://www.dmns.org for a complete listing.

• Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 19 — Children's workshops for grades K–6: The wonders at the museum never cease, and these weekend workshops for children in grades pre-kindergarten through six give them a chance to explore science in hands-on, dynamic ways. Times and prices vary. For a full listing, visit http://www.dmns.org/learn.

• 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 — Science Lounge: Whodunit?: Enjoy a mind-expanding experience with cocktails and entertainment every third Thursday of the month for ages 21 and older. This month, you are cordially invited to a Halloween costume party at the museum, but beware. Treachery is afoot, and your sleuthing skills are needed to solve a murder mystery. Was it the curator in the laboratory with the microscope? Gather clues and figure out whodunit while sipping spooky cocktails. Tickets are $10 for members or $12 for nonmembers; if sold out online, tickets are available at the door.

• 6:30–9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 — Hallow-Teen: Bats, ghouls and the undead (for ages 13 to 17): Real bats, scary cats and spooky teens-only fun await you at the museum. Meet live bats with bat guy Rob Mies, make sugar skulls, get your face painted and enjoy pizza, ghost stories and more ghouly good times. Tickets are $10.

• 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 — Live bats for adults: Perennial favorite Rob Mies, director of the Organization for Bat Conservation, returns with an international delegation of some of the world's rarest bats, including a gigantic flying fox bat from Malaysia with a nearly six-foot wingspan. Tickets are $12 for members or $15 for nonmembers.