Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond |

Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

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Live music Wednesday, Thursday in Summit

Weekly music and happy hour returns to The Next Page Books & Nosh in Frisco on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 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 will be featuring a soft release of his new album at this week’s happy hour, with CDs available for purchase. The music runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Visit

Meniskus will play the Dillon Dam Brewery on Thursday, Feb. 26. The music of the Colorado trio is informed by the extensive classical training of Cris Ryt and Eric Ostberg, as well as the unique sound Bardusco brings from his experience as a self-taught guitarist growing up in Venezuela. The influences of popular rock bands, as well as the rhythms of Latin grooves and European techno-house music have found new life in the music of Meniskus. The music starts at 9:30 p.m., and there’s a $5 cover. Visit

The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge welcomes Jon Wirtz’s Nuskool Modern Jazz on Thursday, Feb. 26. 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. The free music runs from 5 to 10 p.m., with no cover. Visit

Backstage Theatre launches student enrichment program

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre recently announced the creation of a new program for theater students. STEP (Student Theatre Enrichment Program) allows students in grades three through 12 to participate in a fully staged musical production each spring.

This year’s production will be “Seussical Jr.” Production directors are Merrily Talbott, Gail Smith and Abbey Austin. Auditions for “Seussical Jr.” will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Summit Middle School auditorium, 158 County Road 1030 in Frisco. Students may make audition appointments by calling (970) 361- 1540 or emailing

A Backstage Theatre representative will get back to you with a confirmed time. All students will be expected to sell tickets to the show. Details to follow. Auditions take about 10 minutes. Come prepared with a backing track to a song you want to sing (on your iPod, phone, laptop, etc.). Backing tracks are easily found on iTunes or similar music services.

Monologues, resumes or headshots are not necessary. All rehearsals and performances will take place at Summit Middle School, unless otherwise noted. Rehearsal schedule is Saturday, March 14, through Thursday, May 7, and will be primarily Mondays through Thursdays. Performances are Friday, May 8, through Sunday, May 10.

Check for information. For additional questions, contact Merrily at or at (970) 361-1540. The STEP program is co-sponsored by Breckenridge Grand Vacations.

—Compiled by

Krista Driscoll

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.

Mardi Gras Casino celebrates Chinese New Year

In celebration of Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras Casino will be host to the well known Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe from the Colorado Asian Cultural Heritage Center on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 9:30 p.m. on the bridge connecting Mardi Gras Casino to Golden Gates Casino.

The Dragon and Lion performance symbolizes the culture and traditions of the Asian community and its heritage. Traditionally, the dragon and lion dance was used to fight demons in the community and bring good fortune to all. Today, the lion and dragon dance is not only a popular and competitive sport in Asia, but around the world.

For more information on the Denver-based Lion and Dragon Dance Troupe visit For more detailed information on the celebration or performance, visit

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