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Arts & Entertainment briefs

The Met Live in HD struck a strong chord at its Jan. 8 production of La Fanciulla Del West, attracting a record crowd of 84.Although it may be hard to beat this Puccini “Western,” the NRO and CMC hope to build upon this success, with future productions including “Lucia di Lammermoor” and “Il Trovatore.”

The Speakeasy Movie Theatre in Breckenridge is having an “Oscar Movie Marathon Contest & Giveaway.”The challenge to film buffs: See the next five films – all brilliant 2011 Oscar contenders – at The Speakeasy, and you win a free popcorn and soda combo. Plus everyone who completes the challenge will be entered in our “punch pass giveaway” – that’s 11 free movies for you to share with your friends and family! So print out the “Oscar Punch Pass” available at or our Facebook page and bring it to the theater. The Speakeasy is located at 103 S. Harris Street in the old CMC building. Films and showtimes available daily in this paper, online at our website or at (970)453-7243. See you at the movies!

“This was the best adventure we’ve ever taken, and I’ve been in 70 countries,” described Susan Forman. Forman is referring to the trip she and her husband took last June to Uganda and Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas in Africa.You can experience the Forman’s trek at the opening series of presentations presented by the Friends of Summit County Libraries at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21 in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle in Silverthorne.The Forman’s three-week trip began by securing permits to visit two parks where they hoped to see gorillas – not an easy task, according to Forman. They finally received four permits: Two for the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and two for the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.”We were extremely lucky to get these permits, which allowed us to spend about four hours trekking,” said Forman. “In Bwindi we were in a rain forest, so the terrain was extremely steep and the forest was dense. But our hard work paid off. We saw four family groups, including babies.” The word “Mazunga” refers to the visitors who come to these areas.The Forman’s presentation includes slides and short video clips along with their commentary about the trip, the people they met, their guides, and, of course, the gorillas.The slideshow is free, but donations are appreciated and help the Friends of the Libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call (970) 468-5887.

Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with the Town of Frisco, invites artists to participate in the inaugural “Beetle Art” public art outreach event. This event will showcase seven fiberglass beetle sculptures, adorned by winning artists, to be displayed in Frisco throughout the summer of 2011. Artists should base their concept on the theme “Look to the Future,” and must submit their two-dimensional proof of concept to the CSU Extension office by March 1. Each of the seven winning pieces of art will appear on one of the fiberglass beetle shells, with monetary awards going to the top three designs. The “Beetle Art” will be placed in front of sponsoring businesses throughout the 2011 summer, serving to raise awareness of the effects of mountain pine beetle and the future of our forests. For more info, contact Dan Schroder at (970) 668-4140, or

The Carriage House Learning Center is offering a unique night out for a good cause. As part of Uller Fest, the Carriage House is bringing two famous comedians to the mountains for a fabulous night of laughter. Rocky LaPorte and Stephanie McHugh will be performing at the Ten Mile Room inside the Village at Breckenridge tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (970) 453-6423. La Porte is famous for his “Tonight Show” performance and his special on the comedy network. He is making this one-time performance in Breckenridge before the release of his Showtime “The Godfathers of Comedy” on demand special. McHugh is a regular at Comedy Works and has opened for Kathleen Madigan. An up-and-coming comedian, she describes herself as ” white bread with a little bit of mold, but still a good piece of dough if you cut off the mold. But that’s just a metaphor. Don’t try to really cut her because that would really, really hurt.” The show contains adult content and is not recommend for children under 16.

The Dillon Dam Brewery is holding a Big Beer Tasting on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.”Come taste some rare beers, because it is not often you get to try aged beers. We are showcasing three big, high alcohol and highly malted beers. Aging gives them a smooth, well-rounded flavor,” said Dillon Dam Brewmaster Cory Forster.He has been aging the beers for over a year. Taste the 2009 Imperial Red Ale aged in a Stranahan’s Whiskey Barrel, the 2009 Olde Forster’s Smoked Scotch Ale and the 2009 Yo Han Bock. This is a one-time event.”This is something other countries have been doing for years – aging their beers,” Forster explained. “If we had enough time and room, we would be bottling and selling these beers so you could continue to age them at home or enjoy them when you like.”Cost of the event is $20 in advance or $25 at the door and includes a half-pint of each beer plus a snack buffet. Additional half-pints are $5 each while supplies last. For more info call (970) 262-7777.

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company has opened registration for the Spring 2011 Youth Theatre Workshop and this season’s production of “The Ugly Ducking.” For nine weeks, your young actor will rehearse and perform in a new exciting play. In a dedicated environment at the Lake Dillon Theatre, your student will work with professionals to prepare for the show. While the focus will be on the production of “The Ugly Ducking,” your actor will also be exposed to proper audition techniques, warm-up exercises and performance preparation.This session’s instructors include: Ben Whitmore, Debbie Swartz and Chamonix Adams Porter. Whitmore is a director, actor and musician. This marks his eighth YTW production and his fourth non-summer workshop. Swartz is returning for her second YTW since spending several years in Hawaii studying theater and dance and performing on the big island. She is a Summit County native. Porter is an assistant counselor with the YTW and is a senior at Summit High School. Porter designs costumes and helps with stage management in YTW and the regular LDTC season.Camp dates: Feb. 8, 15 and 22 and March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; show on April 5. Cost: $225. Deadline to register: Feb. 4. Contact (970) 513-9386.

Breckenridge Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (BCVB) director of sales Donna Horii was recently named 2010’s Peak Performer by Destination Colorado, the official trade association for the state of Colorado’s destinations, facilities and services available for use by professional meeting groups, conferences and events.”Destination Colorado wouldn’t be nearly as effective without the teamwork from all our fine members and (Donna Horii), in particular, exemplifies both teamwork and a great attitude,” said Cindy Harder, president of Destination Colorado. “She has done an excellent job promoting not only her individual companies, but the entire state of Colorado as well.”The Peak Performer Award recognizes hard work, commitment and passion in marketing Colorado as an amazing destination to host meetings and conventions to a national audience of professional meeting planners. Donna Horii has been involved in the hospitality industry for over 25 years, working for hotels, tour operators, resorts and other CVB’s such as Greater Fort Lauderdale, Denver and Grand Junction. Her biggest passions being skiing, biking, golf and family, Horii enjoys leading the Breckenridge CVB, as it allows her to share her vast experience and love of the mountains.”I am honored to be recognized by my industry peers, for all of whom I have great admiration,” she said. “They are so dedicated to this great state and amazing lifestyle we are so fortunate to have.”Destination Colorado is a statewide association of more than 100 companies targeting meeting planners and incentive buyers to bring their meetings and events to the state of Colorado.The Breckenridge Convention and Visitor’s Bureau works with the local community to provide destination marketing services and materials (including welcome booths and discount booklets), assist in itinerary development, obtain lodging rates and recommend restaurants, attractions and venues that will work for any group. The BCVB’s connection with the community brings the best possible resources to make any meeting or event a success.

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