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A&E briefs: Library slide show series concludes with “Nepal: A Cultural Interpretation of the 2015 Earthquakes”

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s “Singalong Grease” will be Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m.
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Library slide show series concludes with “Nepal: A Cultural Interpretation of the 2015 Earthquakes”

On Friday, March 18, the Friends of the Library’s 2016 Travel Slide Show Series concludes with “Nepal: A Cultural Interpretation of the 2015 Earthquakes,” photographic presentation by Amy Simper. This slide show presentation is presented at 7 p.m. in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library.

“I have been to Nepal nine times,” Simper said in a statement. “In 1999 and in 2001 I initially went to see Everest, then I visited Everest base camp. As an avid ice and rock climber, I wanted to determine how well I would do at higher elevation to see if I could climb Ama Dablam, a prominent beautiful peak in the Everest region. Both trips were with professional touring companies, mid to late October. During the latter trip, our Sherpa leader, Ang Tshering, and I became close friends. I promised he and his wife Dolma, to help with the education of his three daughters.”

In September 2004, during the “People’s War,” Simper returned to Nepal to initiate contact with a nursing college to establish a path for her former Sherpa’s daughter’s grade 11-12 education.

“I spent a month in the Everest region living with Ang Tshering’s family in Khunde,” she said.

While Dolma and others harvested the potato crop, their primary food source, Simper worked for the family processing the remains of the potato plants into dried yak food, helped do detailed painting of the newly built guest house, and mended clothing.

“I learned some basic Sherpa cooking and lived practicing the rituals of everyday life. In addition, in Kathmandu and on the Everest trail, I had a few scary encounters with terrorists and the Nepal Royal military.”

On one such encounter Simper found herself stuck in Lukla for five days (gateway airport village to the Everest region), prevented from flying back to Kathmandu due to extreme fog.

More trips between 2007 and 2010 with Global Dental, including individual side treks to the Everest region to visit her Sherpa Family, provided Simper with the opportunity to establish a scholarship fund through Global Dental, and to shoot her photographic presentation.

In 2015, Simper’s nonprofit helped support earthquake relief efforts.

“I had planned to return to Nepal in 2016 yet the political struggle post-earthquake, during constitutional disenchantment and embargos from India did not make this a prudent choice,” she said.

During her first and second trips, Simper shot actual film. During the third trip she had an early digital camera which limited her to about 250 photos over a six-week adventure cycle including Paris and India. All other subsequent trip photos came from digital cameras. All photos are candid or group shots.

“The photos I will showcase on Friday are larger reproduction framed or canvas photos of people and situations, some of these are of the earthquake destruction and relief efforts” she said.

“If it is your first time visiting Nepal or a third-world country, I would recommend that individuals go through a professional travel company who will take care of all aspects of the trip.”

For more information, check the Summit County Library website at summitcountylibraries.org.

New music festival in Winter Park this summer

Team Player Productions announces a new addition to its summer events calendar. The inaugural The Divide Music Festival will debut on July 22-24 in Winter Park. This three-day outdoor music and camping festival will feature national acts, the best of Colorado’s music scene and camping sites against the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide. The 2016 lineup will be revealed on March 31, in addition to event tickets going on sale. Three-day passes will start at $145 and daily passes will be offered at $55. A limited number of VIP packages will also be available while supplies last.

During the three-day festival, music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will have the opportunity to participate in various activities including mountain bike tours, guided trail runs, morning yoga sessions and other group-inspired happenings. Musicians will perform over the three days, from morning to night, on a stage set with the Continental Divide as nature’s backdrop. The event will also feature Colorado craft beers, gourmet food, and crafters and artisans from across the country. There will be ample tent camping and RV park campgrounds available.

Equally important to the festival’s inception is uncovering new ways to give back to the community. As a result, Team Player Productions has partnered with Grand Foundation, a philanthropic organization serving all of Grand County, Colorado.

The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life in Grand County by proactively addressing current and future needs in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, education, amateur sports and environment.

For more information on artists, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, hotel accommodations, VIP offerings and ticket information including pricing, visit dividemusicfestival.com.

Backstage Theatre presents “Singalong Grease”

The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s “Singalong Grease” at the Riverwalk Center is audience powered with the help of the film, a bag of props and subtitles to all the songs. It will be held Saturday March 19 at 7 p.m.

Every performance starts with a sing-a-long-a host who warms up the audience, trains them how to “hand-jive,” deploy the contents of their free magic moments fun packs and heckle in all the right places. This is a fundraiser for the Breckenridge Backstage Theatre, which has been homeless while its theater is under a $2.6 million dollar renovation by the town of Breckenridge. Advanced tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for youth. Includes a play along fun kit. Day of show are $18 adult and $14 youth. Includes a play along fun kit. Go to backstagetheatre.org for more information or tickets.

—Compiled by Heather Jarvis

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