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Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

On Saturday, Feb. 14, local romance author Andrea Stein will be at French Kiss Gift Shop & Book Purveyor in Breckenridge signing her book, “Fortune’s Horizon,” a romantic tale of Civil War blockade-runners.
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Breckenridge Backstage Theatre hiring deck technician

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre is hiring a deck technician for the regional premiere of “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” playing Thursday, March 12, through Saturday, April 4. The ideal candidate is someone with backstage experience who is very professional and extremely organized.

“The Hound of the Baskervilles” is a send-up of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous detective. In the wacky style of “The 39 Steps,” this laugh-a-second Sherlock Holmes spoof stirs an ancient curse, a spectral hound and a deranged killer into a comic masterpiece alive with mystery, suspense and uproarious fun. Three versatile actors play dozens of roles — with rapid-fire costume changes — as the boys of Baker Street face off against the colossal canine of the moors.

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre artistic director Christopher Willard (“The 10th”) and Charlie Schmidt (“Cannibal The Musical”) direct the show, which features Christopher Boeckx (“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”), Seth Maisel (“Pirates of the Fourth Grade”) and Cody Lyman (“Defending the Caveman”).

Tech rehearsals begin in Breckenridge on Sunday, March 8, and run through Wednesday, March 11. This is a paid position. Submit email of inquiry and resume to

‘A Celebration of Haute Cuisine’ supports CMC culinary students

Attendees at the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute’s upcoming benefit dinner will not only dine on a sumptuous, six-course meal while savoring specially selected wines, they’ll also support scholarships for the renowned culinary program’s students, many of whom have gone on to work at top restaurants.

“A Celebration of Haute Cuisine” takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Keystone Ranch Restaurant, 1437 County Road 150, Keystone. Current students of the college’s Culinary Institute will prepare the evening’s fare under the direction of executive chef Steve Vlass, a 2005 graduate.

Presented by the Colorado Mountain College Culinary Institute and Keystone Resort, the evening is sponsored by Vail Resort’s Epic Promise. Tickets are $165 per person, with $125 of each ticket directly supporting student schwolarships.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.cmcfoundation/org/make-my-gift (designate your gift to the Keystone Culinary Dinner) or by contacting Crystal Schiller at the CMC Foundation at (970) 947-8361 or

Live trivia, music at Dillon Dam Brewery this week

The Dillon Dam Brewery hosts a live trivia night with Steven A. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, with Dam prizes and $5 drink specials from sponsor Crown Royal. There’s no cover to participate, and the trivia starts at 9 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 19, the Dam will host psychedelic dance-rock act Zeta June. An eclectic group of young rockers, this four-piece ensemble creates a memorable experience with an infectious soundscape of funk, blues, slap bass, classic and synth rock. From seamless breaks to interlocking rhythms, Zeta attains a level of jam unseen many acts with a vibe that is sure to get the crowd grooving. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit to learn more.

­—Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Bands play venues in Breckenridge, Keystone this weekend

Johnny Johnston will take the stage at the Base Nine bar at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge for a free show on Saturday, Feb. 14. Johnston will play his Colorado-inspired original music from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Wrap up your Valentine’s Day at The Goat in Keystone on Saturday, Feb. 14, with AfroZep. AfroZep is a collective of Chicago musicians that assemble a few times a year to tour, performing a set of all Led Zeppelin tunes but redone in the style of Afrobeat and Afropop. Some tunes are straight mash-ups of Fela Kuti and Zeppelin; others are Zep tunes but set to original grooves based off the music of artists such as Tinariwen, Thomas Mapfumo and Franco; and others are stripped-down arrangements with tons of added traditional African drumming. The music starts at 9 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit for more information.

The MotherLoaded Tavern in Breckenridge brings Stoney Live to the stage on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Tuesday, Feb. 17. From Stillwater, Oklahoma, Justin Stone rocks red-dirt music like no other. Covering everything from country music to solid rock hits of the ’80s and ’90s, Stoney Live brings people to their feet and causes spontaneous dancing on the tables. The music starts at 10 p.m. both nights, and there’s no cover. For more information, call (970) 453-2572 or visit

Start the week at Blue River Bistro on Sunday, Feb. 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. The music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., and there’s no cover. Visit for more information.

Colorado Mountain College hosts climate presentation

What is an oceanographer doing in a land-locked state? How does an oceanographer study climate change? What are climate models? Would you like to see a simple demonstration of how carbon dioxide warms the atmosphere? Then come to Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge on Friday, March 6, to learn more about climate change, oceanography and climate-model research that’s taking place at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Laura Landrum is an oceanographer in the climate and global dynamics division of the NCAR in Boulder. Her primary projects include using NCAR’s climate model to research climate dynamics of Antarctic and Arctic sea ice. She also works on modeling the climate system of the past millennium. Landrum has a strong connection with mountain communities and lifestyles; she has taught alpine and telemark skiing for more than 20 years in Washington and Colorado.

Landrum will give a talk for school-aged children from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., followed by a community talk from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 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. Colorado Mountain College is located at 107 Denison Placer Road. Call Heidi Kunzek at (970) 453-6757, ext. 2614, or visit for more information.

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