Arts and entertainment briefs from Breckenridge, Frisco and Summit County |

Arts and entertainment briefs from Breckenridge, Frisco and Summit County

Compiled by Krista Driscoll
Steven K. Schmidt’s month-long exhibition, “Selected Works,” begins with an opening reception on Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art Supply Breckenridge, part of the Second Saturday Gallery Walk.
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Artist receptions in Breckenridge for Second Saturday

Steven K. Schmidt’s month-long exhibition, “Selected Works,” begins with an opening reception on Saturday, March 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Art Supply Breckenridge, part of the Second Saturday Gallery Walk.

“I’m interested in the dynamic contrasts that exist in the natural world — the warm and the cold, the stark and the colorful,” the artist states on his website,

Schmidt’s exhibit of his watercolor and acrylic will be on display through Monday, April 13. For more information, visit the artist’s website or contact Art Supply Breckenridge by calling (970) 423-6945 or through

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre also will host a reception for its current exhibition, “Women of Watercolor,” on Saturday, March 14, from 4 to 6 p.m. The show features 34 paintings from 15 local female artists and runs through Wednesday, April 8. The reception will include light refreshments.

For more information on this reception, visit

Land Trust hosts eighth-annual Phantom Ranch Ball

The Continental Divide Land Trust’s (CDLT) eighth-annual Phantom Ranch Ball takes place Wednesday, April 1. Each ticket to the event offers a chance to win this year’s door prize drawing of the original framed watercolor painting “Giberson Ranch View — August,” by Sandi Bruns. This piece was created on one of CDLT’s conserved properties specifically for this event.

Bruns is a local artist who works in watercolor, striving to spontaneously reflect what she feels about her subject, rather than painting realistic reproductions. She believes the finished picture should energize the soul, as well as entertain the eye. Bruns’ work is on display at Arts Alive Gallery in Breckenridge, and she also will be the subject of a one-woman show in August at Yellow Arrow Coffee in the Breckenridge community center.

CDLT is a local nonprofit committed to preserving open space in central Colorado through land preservation agreements, stewardship and public education. Proceeds from the Phantom Ranch Ball fund CDLT’s land conservation programs. Tickets are $25 and will be available up until the day of the event. To order tickets, contact CDLT at (970) 453-3875, or order online at, with “PRB Tickets” in the memo line.

Family Science Night at Mountain Top Children’s Museum

The Mountain Top Children’s Museum will host its next Family Science Night, “Molecule Madness,” on Saturday, March 14, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Link up crazy molecules and find out the secret of polymers. Mix up a batch of slime and worms, and learn how to operate a molecule machine.

The event is $20 per parent-child pair, additional $5 for each sibling, and is suggested for ages 3 to 12. A parent or guardian must attend the workshop with his or her child or children. Reservations are required; call (970) 453-7878. The Mountain Top Children’s Museum is located at 605 S. Park Ave. in Breckenridge. For more information, visit

Free live music continues at Blue River Bistro

Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, March 15, with free live music from guitarist and vocalist Rob Wivchar. Around the Denver area, his varied set list and high-quality musicianship find him performing in a wide variety of locales and private events. And attending Wivchar’s shows actually helps the environment: 30 percent of all the money that ends up in the tip jar goes straight to environmental charity organizations.

Mark Schlaefer brings his delta blues to the Blue River Bistro on Monday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 18. Schlaefer writes personal acoustic blues about his life in the Colorado High Country. “Even though these songs were written above 9,000 feet, they still sound firmly rooted in delta mud,” the artist said of his album, “The Sweet Honey Mead,” released in 2002. “Dressed in plain spoken words, that sound cuts to the core of the human experience and reveals the indomitability of our souls.”

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, March 19. Over the past 10 years, Wirtz has performed mainly as a sideman, having worked with Grammy-winning producers Malcolm Burn and John Macy, and shared the stage with artists including Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Robbie Krieger, Melissa Etheridge, Big Head Todd and the Monsters and even Justin Timberlake.

All of the shows run from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

More live music this week in Breckenridge, Frisco

The Traverse Restaurant & Bar at the Lodge at Breckenridge will host Patrick Hesse on Thursday, March 19, as part of its Mountaintop Acoustics series. Hesse is a guitarist, vocalist, singer-songwriter and comedian who has performed music at various showcases around Denver. The free music runs from 4 to 7 p.m., with happy hour specials on food and drinks. To learn more, visit or call (970) 453-9300.

Country-rocker and lead singer of the Big Mountain Bluesers Weston Smith will take the stage at The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge on Thursday, March 19. The music starts at 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit

Weekly music and happy hour at The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco takes place on Wednesday, March 11, with music from Randall McKinnon. After growing up in south Arkansas and a stint in graduate school in Denver, McKinnon has settled into Colorado’s High Country and proven himself as a favorite on the local entertainment circuit. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

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