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The Crested Butte Land Trust Wine and Food Festival is set to bring in top chefs and prestigious winemakers to this weekend’s benefit event. The second annual festival will feature critically-acclaimed chefs from around the country, including top-10 pastry chef Keegan Gerhard and “Iron Chef Winner” Kent Rathbun of Texas, 300 varieties of wine and more than 20 wine events, including two grand tastings and 14 wine seminars. Tickets may be purchased online at crestedbuttewine.com or by calling (303) 809-0404.

In a shocking disregard for propriety, Leadville’s infamous shady lady, Laura Evens, will join the Madams of Central Colorado on stage at the historic Tabor Opera House in Leadville, not once but twice this summer.

This popular stage play, now in its third season, is set in the parlor of a brothel and features interconnecting monologues by six of central Colorado’s most famous “ladies” of the past, who share insights into their lives and professions.



Evens describes how she careened down Harrison Street on a chariot and her escapade in the Ice Palace. Others reveal what life in a bordello was really like, as inoffensively as possible. Although the subject matter is touchy, the performers keep the discussion tasteful, focusing on educational and historical aspects. However, no children younger than 13 will be allowed.

The Leadville performances are scheduled for this Saturday and Aug. 15. Doors at the opera house, 308 Harrison Ave., in Leadville, open at 7 p.m. with ragtime piano music; the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the Buena Vista Chamber, the Buena Vista Heritage Museum and the Tabor Opera House. Two other performances are scheduled this season in Buena Vista.



Proceeds from the performances will benefit both the historic Tabor Opera House and Buena Vista Heritage, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and share the history of Buena Vista and Chaffee County.

For more information, call (719-395-8458 or (719) 486-8409, or visit http://www.buenavistaheritage.org or http://www.taboroperahouse.net.

Silver Plume offers a twist on the typical home tour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with its Silver Plume’s Among the Gold Historic Home and Building Tour. The town of Silver Plume is located off of Interstate 70, at exit 226.

The Silver Plume Historic Home and Building Tour committee hosts the tour; it is part of a nonprofit group dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the historic buildings in the town of Silver Plume.

“We are excited to be once again opening our doors for visitors to see what life was, and is, like in our little silver mining town,” said committee secretary Jill Riggle.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older and free for children 12 and younger.

For more information, contact Riggle at (303) 829-6085 or jillriggle@comcast. net.

Buena Vista is home to Gold Rush Days Aug. 1-2. Along with the usual activities, there are some new things this year. Andy Nelson, noted cowboy poet and humorist, will emcee the event.

In a Western vein, organizers have added carriage rides provided by Chaffee County Carriage Club on Main Street on Sunday, while people wait for the burro racers to come back. Donations will be taken for the Mammography Fund for the rides.

In addition, the event will include an equestrian static display on Main Street on Sunday and log rolling, chopping and ax throwing demonstrations by the CSU Logging Sports Team.

New and old storytellers will also entertain crowds. Local historian Suzy Kelly will talk about how the town was named and early settlers’ lives, Joe Cogan will tell ranching stories, Vic Kuklin will share railroading stories and Edelphes Woodman will spin tall tales of the Mountain Man.

Along with the new, old traditions will remain: Burros will weigh in and be blessed before the races, and the toilet seat race will come on strong with flare. Folk music, gold panning, gunfights, a citizen’s burro race, kayaking and fly-fishing demonstrations and about a hundred vendors, including a beer garden, round out the festival. At 9 p.m., Tom Munch and the Atomic Fireballs play at the Coyote Cantina for a $2 cover charge.

For more information, visit http://www.fourteenernet.com/goldrush.

There’s always plenty happening in Aspen, and this weekend is no exception. Here’s a brief list of notable events: The Theatre Aspen has its show, Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two,” playing Saturday; the Aspen Music Festival has two major concerts, the Aspen Chamber Symphony concert today with conductor David Zinman (artistic director of the festival), and soprano Dawn Upshaw, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra concert on Sunday with conductor James Conlon and pianist Joyce Yang.

The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet presents Parsons Dance Company today and Saturday with an additional Dance For Kids matinee on Saturday.

And, the Carbondale Mountain Fair runs today through Sunday in Sopris Park.

The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, now in its 22nd season, presents world-class music all weekend in the Eagle Valley.

The New York Philharmonic opens tonight at 6 p.m. and remains in town through July 31, performing six concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States and performs more than 180 concerts each year.

“The New York Philharmonic has a powerful brilliance,” said Lynne Mazza, Bravo’s associate artistic director.

Maestro Alan Gilbert directs the ensemble, which seems natural, since his father retired from the violin section six years ago and his mother still plays violin.

“Gilbert is truly sensational,” said John Giovando, executive director of Bravo. “He’ll blow the roof off of the amphitheater.”

Bravo’s 2009 gala, Bravo Goes to the Oscars, begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Vail Mountain Marriott Resort and Spa. It features live music, auctions, dinner and dancing. Tickets start at $300, and all of the proceeds benefit Bravo’s music education programs.

The New York Philharmonic also performs concerts at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Saturday and Sunday nights. Saturday’s program highlights guest Violinist Nikolaj Znaider under the baton of Alan Gilbert. Works by Brahms and Martinu will be performed. Sunday’s festive concert features the talented pianist Simone Dinnerstein and Conductor Bramwell Tovey. Rossini, Strauss, Liszt and Brahms will be performed. Tickets range from $23 to $85.

A complimentary pre-concert discussion with Bramwell Tovey, conductor for the New York Philharmonic, takes place at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Betty Ford Gardens located just outside the entrance to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Tovey will provide an insider’s analysis to that evening’s concert repertoire.

The Vuillaume String Quartet, Bravo’s young-artists-in-residence, performs a free concert at the Vail Farmers Market 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Empire is home to artisans, open houses and musicians, all for free.

The Fitz Saloon hosts tattoo art all day, as tattoo artists compete for the most creative, most detailed and most original designs. Lewis Sweet Shop pumps out sweet sounds from local musicians, as it showcases local artists and a canvas painting for Empire’s Town Hall.

The Peck House, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the state, presents its finest wine and tapas tasting event; reservations are suggested (call (303) 569-2379). Featured artist Alyce Vargo will be present.

The home of Terri Nesladek (weaver extradonnaire) features three jewelers, a woodworker, a photographer, two painters and one hand weaver. The Shepherd Home (circa 1867) will also showcase artists.

At Mad Creek Bed and Breakfast, visitors can tour phenomenal alpine gardens and meet a famous garden sculpture artist.

Other stops include an antique shop with stained glass artwork, mountain furnishings made from a woodcarver, original Native American jewelry and more.

Empire may be a small town, but it is big on talent – check out the town’s second annual art walk.


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