Summit County Weekend: Breckenridge celebrates LGBTQ pride
March 23, 2017
It might just be me, but it seems like there's no shortage of weekend entertainment opportunities in Summit County. No, it's not just me.
While the National Weather Service is predicting varying chances of snow today and more precipitation throughout the weekend, the highs will remain in the mid- to high 40s and low 50s with lows in the teens to 20s.
It won't be nearly as springy as last weekend was, but that could come as good news to spring breakers looking to hit the slopes or for the ninth annual Save Our Snow benefit at Arapahoe Basin, if they find any fresh powder up there.
All proceeds from the event featuring a movie screening, prize drawings, a silent auction, demos at discounts and more, will benefit the High County Conversation Center. To read up more on the event and why it's important to skiers, riders and the High Country in general, check out this week's Ask Eartha column from HC3. However, since the wonderful people at HC3 have that covered, let's look at some other fun happenings this weekend.
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What is perhaps one of my favorite movies of all time is now a musical running on Broadway and, even better, in Breckenridge. I won't be making it to New York for "School of Rock-The Musical," but Breckenridge Backstage Theatre has a plethora of performances lined up, starting with today's opening and running through April 9 for its first-ever main stage production featuring an all-youth cast.
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Tickets for tonight's opening performance are a little more costly than they are for other dates, but that's to be expected for opening night. Buy them at BackstageTheatre.org.
Then get ready for another rockin' performance because Summit High School is gearing up for its spring play "We Will Rock You," which opens next Thursday.
Additionally, the Summit Youth Orchestra is back in action this Sunday with its final performance of the 2016-17 season. The show will start at 7 p.m. at Dillon Community Church and feature some songs many people will recognize — such as Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" — with a couple they probably won't.
Talking with the conductor, Chris Jusell, who's pretty close to me in age and handpicked the music, we both agreed that Cohen was an interesting choice for middle school and high school musicians. However, we also agreed that it's a beautiful song with great rhythms and melodies, especially when played by an orchestra. It also poses much less risk without lyrics.
Regardless, Sunday's orchestra performance is a free show, and there will be four Summit High School seniors playing in it, so it's certainly worth a good look.
It's a Tiny Universe
Living in a ski town, many of us are so used to seeing big-name acts come through the area that it hardly even fazes us anymore. Even better, we often catch these acts in small settings, much cozier than larger metro performances.
This weekend will bring Karl Denson's Tiny Universe to Keystone's Warren Station on Saturday at the peak of spring break. Denson serves as the saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, and you don't land that gig unless you're good.
With that kind of experience, it's easy to see why his band is billed as one of the best on the planet. Doors open at 8 p.m., and tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Find them at WarrenStation.com.
Sandra Bernhard live
As registration kicked off the first first-ever Breck Pride Week, a series of events open to everyone but designed to show Summit County's support for the LGBT community, numbers were likely lower than what some may have hoped for.
A large banquet room had plenty of space to spare with about 10 to 15 people, but however small the group may have been, everyone I talked with was super excited to catch Sandra Bernhard on Saturday at the Riverwalk Center, also in Breck.
Tickets to see the well-known actress, singer and comedian are on sale at BreckCreate.org. For more information about the week or to register for any of the many events they have planned, go to BreckPride.com.
Eli Pace is the arts and entertainment editor for the Summit Daily News. He writes a weekly column that appears in the newspaper every Friday and highlights some of his top picks for a fun weekend.