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Arts and entertainment briefs from Summit County and beyond

Compiled by Krista Driscoll

Bones Jugs N Harmony will take the stage at The Barkley Ballroom in Frisco on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Bones Jugs N Harmony a seriously silly, novelty dance music band from Urbana, Illinois.

Bones, jug, xylophone, steel pan, banjo, resophonic guitar, upright bass, trap kit, all sorts of percussion toys, conch shell and donkey jaw are some — but not all — of the instruments used to create the band's unique sound. It's a 21st century throwback to 1920s ragtime, a new-agey jugband twist, an inland-calypso-shake-up. In short, it's just loads of fun.

Doors open at 9 p.m. for the free show. Visit for more information.

Writer's workshops for kids at The Next Page

Local authors Lindsay Eland ( and Carrie Brown-Wolf ( will be leading two writer's workshops for kids at The Next Page Books & Nosh, 409 Main St., Frisco, in November. Thursday, Nov. 6, will be a course for middle-schoolers, and Thursday, Nov. 13, will be a course for elementary students. Contact Eland or Brown-Wolf direction for more information.

The Next Page will also host a pair of book discussions in November. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m., the discussion will be about "The Rosie Project," by Graeme Simsion, and Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. readers will discuss "Bad Feminist," by Roxane Gay. For more information on these and other events at The Next Page, call (970) 668-9291 or visit

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Keystone Resort and Conference Center receives Pinnacle Award

Successful Meetings recently released its annual Pinnacle Awards, and Keystone Resort and Conference Center was named as one of the top properties in the West. The Keystone Resort and Conference Center is a 19-time winner of the esteemed award.

"We are proud to have received a prestigious Pinnacle Award thanks to our dedicated meeting professionals, who deliver the highest level of service to our group customers," said Mark Barnes, director of sales at Vail Resorts. "The state-of-the-art conference center, combined with year-round opportunities for adventure, including championship golf and exceptional gastronomical pursuits, ensure Keystone continues to deliver the finest meeting experience in the Rocky Mountains."

The 2014 Pinnacle Awards are the mark of excellence for meeting destinations, hotels and conference centers and recognize an outstanding job of meeting service, travel incentive programs, trade shows and conventions during the previous year. For more than 29 years, the Pinnacle Award has earned a reputation as the most credible and prestigious symbol of excellence among meeting professionals and travel suppliers alike.

The Keystone Conference Center is the largest meeting venue in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with 60,000 square feet of unobstructed meeting space. It is equipped to provide a customized experience for groups of all kinds and its variety of cuisine and activities in the area is unparalleled. Visit or for more information.

Fine-art photography exhibit in Evergreen

Through November, the Center for the Arts Evergreen will present "Past Forward: Monochrome Photography Today," an exhibition featuring works from the Rocky Mountain Monochrome Salon. Monochrome photography takes many forms, including traditional film-based black and white photography, digital black and white, hybrid imagery combining aspects of both film and digital and historic processes that date back to photography's earliest days.

Center for the Arts Evergreen will showcase the many variations of black and white photography through the work of artists from the Rocky Mountain Monochrome Salon, including Dave Barry, Jeff Graves, Christopher James, Ron Johnson, Linda Little, Michael Snively, Richard Van Pelt, Jacqueline Webster and Mike Whiteley. The mission of the Rocky Mountain Monochrome Salon is to support fine-art photographers across the Rocky Mountain region, while educating the public and art community about the history, processes and values of monochrome photography today.

A series of brown bag lunches starting Wednesday, Oct. 29, will supplement the exhibition, as photographers share their expertise during one-hour lectures. Additionally, there will be a Wet-Plate Portrait Day on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will give participants the rare opportunity to engage with the wet-plate collodion processes. Participants will register for a 30-minute sitting, during which time they will see a demonstration of the process and have their portraits taken. The resulting plate will be washed and varnished for guests to take home.

For more information or to register, visit

Upcoming events at Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science, located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver, has a slew of special events for all ages to close out the month of October.

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 — Science and Cultural Facilities Community Free Day: Enjoy outstanding permanent exhibitions, including Expedition Health, Space Odyssey, Prehistoric Journey and Egyptian Mummies, all for free.

• 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 — Shear Salvation: Reviving Patagonia: Stretching from the foothills of the Andes to the Atlantic coast of Argentina, the Patagonian grasslands are a reminder of untamed wilderness. Chris Pague, the Nature Conservancy's senior ecologist, and Carlos Fernandez, Patagonian grasslands conservation program manager, will describe efforts to revive livelihoods and landscapes while protecting the land and wildlife. These initiatives include a unique partnership with local wool producers and the popular Patagonia Inc. clothing company, which is committed to buying sustainably raised wool for some of its products. Enjoy coffee and dessert and a chance to talk with the speakers. This event is cosponsored with The Nature Conservancy of Colorado, and tickets are $12 for museum members or $15 for nonmembers.

• 5:30 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31 to Saturday, Nov. 1 — Family Overnight, Halloween at the Museum: Ooey-gooey activities, ghostly good times and trick-or-treat trivia are followed by camping out in the diorama halls. Wake up to breakfast, an IMAX film and time to explore the exhibition "Whales: Giants of the Deep." This event is for families with kindergarten through eighth-grade children only, and the price includes dinner, evening snack and light breakfast. Tickets are $65 for adults and $55 for children for members at $80 for adults and $70 for children for nonmembers.

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