Arts and entertainment briefs from Breckenridge, Keystone, Summit County and beyond
Gypsy Lumberjacks will play The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis-based Americana band with a sound consisting of a mix of world beat, flamenco, Caribbean, gypsy jazz and bluegrass. Known for never performing with a set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes. Even after touring relentlessly for six years now, the older songs are still evolving and finding new life any given night they are performed. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Weekly music and happy hour returns to The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 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. McKinnon’s delivery and outstanding musicianship are the stuff of expressive storytelling and satisfying listening. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit http://www.nextpagebooks.com for more information.
The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge will host a thrash metal punk show on Thursday, Dec. 11. Start the season and the Dew Tour off with a bang with three bands, hardcore thrash band Fubar and hardcore band Strafgod, both from Denver, and Summit County’s own hardcore punk band Bottom Bracket. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit http://www.motherloadedtavern.com.
The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco welcomes Digital Beat Down on Thursday, Dec. 11. Digital Beat Down is a live electronica duo from Denver that fuses synthetic textures and organic instrumentation to create dance-friendly compositions with a prog-rock twist. The duo thrives on creating carefully crafted songs and multilayered live looping jams that invite the listener on a psychetronic journey through the depths of dirty drum and bass, to smooth, deep house, to crackin’ breaks, or finished off by their bone-penetrating brand of sub bass driven funk. Doors open at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit http://www.barkleyballroom.com for more information.
Tap it Tuesday, film screening at Dillon Dam Brewery
Tap it Tuesday returns to the Dillon Dam Brewery on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m., when the brewery will tap a 5-gallon keg of the brewmaster’s special stash. This month’s beer is a Maple Pecan Imperial Brown Ale, with half-pints for $5 while they last.
On Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m., the Dam Brewery will host a benefit for Summit County Rescue Group with a screening of the latest Poor Boyz film, “Twenty.” Tickets are $8 at the door and include admission and one raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Win ski gear, swag and lift tickets. The Summit County Rescue Group is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides backcountry search and rescue services to Summit County 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no charge. It is one of six mountain rescue teams in Colorado.
For more information on these and other upcoming events, visit http://www.dambrewery.com.
SheJumps hosts ski wax clinic in Keystone
The nonprofit organization SheJumps will host a ski wax clinic on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Snowdance Sports in Keystone. Bring your skis and $10 and learn how to wax them.
The mission of SheJumps is to increase female participation in outdoor activities. The organization accomplish this by creating high-visibility “Get the Girls Out!” events, outdoor education, youth initiatives and grassroots recreational gatherings. The SheJumps community consists of females of all backgrounds and ages, who help one another reach their highest potential through outdoor adventures and education.
Backstage Theatre receives contribution from Apex
Apex Mountain Homes and the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre announced recently that the Brian G. Platte Memorial Donor Advised Fund has made a $10,000 contribution to help support the theater as it plans for a major expansion and renovation in May.
Clark Johnson, president of Apex Mountain Homes, and Phylecia Platte, co-directors of the fund, said community involvement and support of the arts are very much in keeping with the vision for the fund.
Hello Kitty festival comes to Denver Coliseum in June
Hello Kitty, the beloved pop icon created to inspire happiness around the world, is hitting the road with the first-ever live North American tour, “Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival.”
Hello Kitty and her friends My Melody, Badtz-Maru, Keroppi, Chococat, Dear Daniel and Pompom Purin will appear in this unique celebration of fun, friendship and Sanrio surprises. Each event will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances, DJ-driven dancing with dance group KRU HK, interactive exhibits, animation, art, fashion, photo opportunities, event-exclusive collectibles and more, all in an immersive festival environment.
The festival will make a stop at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., with sessions at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6; and noon Sunday, June 7. Tickets are $25 for adults or $15 for youth, with a limited number of $85 Red Bow Packages and $185 Platinum Bow Packages available. A facility fee of $3 will be added to all ticket prices. Additional fees and special offers may apply.
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