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Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Keystone is nominee for USA Today’s Best Family Resort

Keystone Resort has been named as one of 20 nominees for Best Family Resort in the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

“Gone are the days when a swimming pool and rollaway bed are enough to constitute a quality family resort,” states the contest page. “Today, lodgings across the nation are catering to family travelers with a host of awesome amenities — kids’ programing, childproofed rooms (with multiple bedrooms), gourmet dining with child-approved kids menus and access to essentials, like cribs and baby swings, while on the road.”

The newspaper’s panel of family travel experts chose the 20 finalists from properties across the country, and the public can vote for their favorites once per day until voting ends at noon Eastern Time on Monday, April 27.

“Our panel of family travel experts have hand-selected 20 properties across the country as nominees for Best Family Resort. Vote for your favorite once per day until voting ends on Monday, April 27, at noon ET. Visit to learn more or to cast your vote.

Vail author wins Bookstore Without Borders award

NLB Horton, whose books “When Camels Fly” and “The Brothers’ Keepers” populate 2015 Amazon top 100 lists, has won second place in the Bookstores Without Borders Lyra Awards for “The Brothers’ Keepers.”

The Lyra Award is designed to “find and promote the best in independent fiction,” according to the Bookstores Without Borders website. It is open to all works of self-published fiction. Judges consider cover design and professionalism, the plot/story, the writing and the characters when judging a Lyra application.

“This has been an amazing year, and this award, one of the top in the independent-publishing industry, is such an honor,” Horton said, adding that the Lyra Award is important for professional reasons. “It confers industry credibility. And not just to me but to the amazing team of editors, artists, beta readers and designers who help create this series. Indie fiction ‘takes a village.’”

In January, Horton will release the third book in her series, featuring protagonist Grace Madison, a middle-aged archaeologist. To learn more, visit

Denver Music Summit invites public to explore music scene

The Denver Arts & Venues Create Denver initiative and Western States Arts Federation recently announced the Denver Music Summit, taking place Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26, located at the McNichols Civic Center Building. National in scope and local in focus, the Denver Music Summit brings together musicians, industry professionals, civic leaders and music enthusiasts for educational programming, live performances and policy engagement. This three-day summit provides a platform to share ideas, inspire ingenuity and develop new models of music-driven economic development and community building.

As Denver emerges as a national hub for music, the city invites the public to join in on the conversation, networking and live performances taking place each night of the Summit that showcase Denver’s vibrant local and national scenes and explore new channels of collaboration. Musicians attend daytime panels, research presentations and workshops to help develop a sustainable career while extending their creative vision.

Tickets are on sale for $10 for each event or $35 for a limited number of full-weekend tickets. The McNichols Civic Center Building is located at 144 W. Colfax Ave. Visit for more information and a complete schedule.

Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos releases call for entries

The Greg Moon Art Gallery in Taos, New Mexico, is calling for entries from artists across the United States for the gallery’s “After Dark IV” show, celebrating the concept of darkness and the varied reactions which are emblematic to this concept. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.

Entries are being accepted in the mediums of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, glass and assemblage. Jurors who will be judging the entries include Greg Escalante, Copro Gallery owner, promoter and co-founder of Juxtapoz Magazine; Joe Buffalo Nickels, artist, promoter, curator and co-producer of Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival; and Greg Moon, artist, curator and owner of Greg Moon Art.

Entries will be accepted online only at Artists are responsible for picking up or arranging shipping for any work not sold by the end of the show period. The exhibition begins with a reception Saturday, June 6, and runs through Saturday, June 27. Complete rules and details can be found at or by calling Greg Moon Gallery at (575) 770-4463 or emailing

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