Steamboat Swings community big band will perform during a Sunday block party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Depot. Hosted by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the party starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Depot Art Center and is the final event of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival. Read more about the block party and the All Arts Festival on page 22. Seen here, Steamboat Swings saxophonists Bill Grimes, left, John Fairlie and Michael Lewis play during a Fourth of July celebration.

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Steamboat Swings community big band will perform during a Sunday block party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Depot. Hosted by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, the party starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Depot Art Center and is the final event of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival. Read more about the block party and the All Arts Festival on page 22. Seen here, Steamboat Swings saxophonists Bill Grimes, left, John Fairlie and Michael Lewis play during a Fourth of July celebration.

What to do this weekend for Aug. 21 to 23

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Folk-swing band Christabel and the Jons plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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Spring Creek Bluegrass plays a free show at 10 p.m. Saturday at Mahogany Ridge.

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Jenny Meier, left, dancing during a Fourth of July celebration, will give a free swing dancing lesson at 6 p.m. Sunday as part of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council's block party celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Depot. The event starts at 5 p.m. Sunday, and features performances by local youth orchestras and the Steamboat Swings community big band. The block party is the final event of the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival, a four-day event that began Thursday.

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Jazz singer and piano player Andy Pratt is among the local artists performing between noon and 6 p.m. Saturday on the Yampa stage for the Steamboat All Arts Festival. Pratt goes on at 1:15 p.m. as part of a line-up that includes dance pieces and culinary demonstrations.

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Joe del Tufo/Courtesy Solo pianist George Winston plays at 8 p.m. today at Strings Music Pavilion for the last concert of the Strings Music Festival summer 2009 season.

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"Back to Tennesse" by Christabel and the Jons

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"Fragrant Fields" by George Winston

Today

- Steamboat All Arts Festival workshops - Various locations, starting at 9 a.m.

Local painters Susan Schiesser and Janice Lawrence start a day of experiential learning across the visual, performing, literary, film and culinary arts with a workshop about painting, drawing or sculpting from a model at 9 a.m. at Artists' Gallery of Steamboat. Workshops featuring local artists continue through the weekend, with prices ranging from free to $20. See a full schedule of All Arts Festival events on page 22. Tickets for most events are available at www.steamboatallartsfestival.com. Call 879-0880.

- Guided gallery tours - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Volunteers lead guided tours of local galleries and featured local artists that participate in the First Friday Artwalk, with stops including formal art galleries, retailers and alternative venues. Sign up for a two-hour tour at the All Arts Festival information booth on Yampa Street. Tours run at the same time as the Yampa River Art Stroll, the main event of the All Arts Festival. FREE. Call 879-3718 or 879-0880 for more information.

- Brown Bag Lecture - Tread of Pioneers Museum, noon

Crawford family descendant Nancy Rosi presents "Lulie Crawford's Artwork Comes to Life" for the Tread's weekly lunchtime lecture series. Other weekly activities include free walking tours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through the summer. Admission is FREE; bring a bag lunch. Call 879-2214. Corner of Eighth and Oak streets.

- Youth art show and pizza party - Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 4 to 7 p.m.

Students from Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym's teen, youth and preschool summer sessions and after-school programs showcase their work at a reception that includes free pizza and refreshments. FREE. Call 870-0384. 1280 13th St.

- Plein air artist reception - Steamboat Art Museum, 5 to 8 p.m.

Artists participating in the fourth annual Art Event - a weeklong fundraiser for the Steamboat Art Museum that sends painters across the county to paint outdoors - will put their three best works from the past week on display for viewing and sale. FREE. Call 870-1755. 801 Lincoln Ave.

- Hayden Farmers Market - 100 block of Walnut Street in Hayden, 5 to 8 p.m.

Featuring several food stands and other types of vendors, the recently founded Hayden Farmers Market is FREE to attend. Call Suzanne at 846-0616 for more information, or to apply to be a vendor at future markets.

- Poetry Slam - Bud Werner Memorial Library, 5 p.m.

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, the library and the Steamboat All Arts Festival join forces to present an audience-judged war of the words. FREE. Call 879-6830. The library is at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

- Jesse Christensen - Rex's American Grill & Bar, 5 p.m.

Happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 870-0438. Rex's is at 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., next to Holiday Inn.

- Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series - Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 7:30 p.m.

The rodeo includes tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Live entertainment and barbecue get going at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 7 to 15, and free for children ages 6 and younger. For more information, call 879-1818. The rodeo grounds are at 501 Howelsen Parkway, at the bottom of Fifth Street.

- George Winston - Strings Music Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Solo pianist George Winston has been drawing inspiration from his surroundings - and occasionally from piano greats such as Fats Waller, Vince Guaraldi and Professor Longhair - for more than three decades, crafting a blend of scene-setting folk originals and New Orleans R&B classics in his live show. The concert is the last of the Strings Music Festival summer 2009 season. Read an interview with Winston in this week's Explore Steamboat, and listen to "Fragrant Fields," an original Winston composition, at www.exploresteamboat.com. Tickets are $32 and were limited at press time. Call 879-5056, or visit Strings at www.stringsmusicfestival.com. The Pavilion is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- Tijerina - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Todd Tijerina rocks out on the blues guitar. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Strive Roots - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Strive Roots offers a pop-minded rock framework with reggae motives. Listen to the California-based band at www.myspace.com/striveroots. FREE. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- The Rowdy Shadehouse Funk Band - The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Get rowdy with this Denver rock- and soul-powered funk music four-piece. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/therowdyshadehousefunkband. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Worried Men - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

Steamboat's favorite classic rock cover band plays hits from the 1960s onward. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- DJ Also Starring - The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

A weekly dance party features a mash-up of Also Starring's ever-changing record collection along with crowd-pleasing hits. Drink specials at the bar all night: $2 well drinks and $2 draft beer. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

Saturday

- Steamboat All Arts Festival workshops - Various locations, starting at 9 a.m.

Irish step dancing expert Nora Parker kicks off a day of first-hand experiences across the visual, performing, literary, film and culinary arts with a lesson in Irish dancing at 9:30 a.m. at Northwest Ballet Studio. Workshops featuring local artists continue through the weekend, with prices ranging from free to $20. See a full schedule of All Arts Festival events on page 22. Tickets for most events are available at www.steamboatallartsfestival.com. Call 879-0880.

- Mainstreet Farmers Market - Sixth Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Featuring regionally grown produce, arts and crafts, food vendors, local businesses and live music, the Mainstreet Farmers Market takes place every Saturday through the summer. Admission is FREE. Call Tracy at 846-1800.

- Guided gallery tours - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Volunteers lead guided tours of local galleries and featured local artists that participate in the First Friday Artwalk, with stops including formal art galleries, retailers and alternative venues. Sign up for a two-hour tour at the All Arts Festival information booth on Yampa Street. Tours run at the same time as the Yampa River Art Stroll, the main event of the All Arts Festival. FREE. Call 879-3718 or 879-0880 for more information.

- Quick draw competition - Wolf Run Ranch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Artists participating in The Art Event, a fundraiser for the Steamboat Art Museum, will have two hours to start and finish a painting of the land around Wolf Run Ranch. A catered barbecue starts at noon, the Yampa Valley Boys provide live Western music, and completed quick-draw paintings will be up for silent auction. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children, and are available in-person at Steamboat Art Museum and Wild Horse Gallery, by phone at 870-1755 or at the event. Call 870-1755. Wolf Run Ranch is on Routt County Road 33.

- Public art dedication - Little Toots Park, 11 a.m.

City of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Public Art Board host a celebration for "Let the Music Play," a recently installed work of public art by Denver sculptor Madeline Wiener. FREE. The park is at 12th and Yampa streets.

- Music, dance and culinary demonstrations - Yampa Stage, Noon to 6 p.m.

The Steamboat All Arts Festival presents live music, dance and culinary demonstrations in genres ranging instrumental jazz, gourmet cuisine and lyrical dance. See a schedule of performances on page 22. Call the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at 879-0880 for more information. The stage is in the parking lot at Yampa and Seventh streets.

- Sam Ayer - Rex's American Grill & Bar, 5 p.m.

Happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 870-0438. Rex's is at 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., next to Holiday Inn.

- Film and feast with Dori Weiss - St. Cloud Mountain Club, 5:30 p.m.

Former Hollywood producer Dori Weiss discusses and screens a great American movie for this Steamboat All Arts Festival event; the event pairs the film with a dinner menu. $50. Call 879-0880, and get tickets at www.steamboatallartsfestival.com. 1724 Ski Time Square Drive in Torian Plum Plaza.

- "Loco di Vino" - Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, 6:30 p.m.

This benefit for Routt County's historic summer performing arts school offers a Latin wine tasting, Spanish tapas and live music from Spanish bluegrass band Rojos Calientes. The event is part of the Steamboat All Arts Festival. Tickets are $50 and include food, wine and entertainment. Call 879-7125, or e-mail p-m@perry-mansfield.org.

- Cosmic Night and free karaoke - Snow Bowl, 7 p.m.

FREE admission. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. 40 in west Steamboat.

- Steamboat Springs Orchestra - Strings Music Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.

Local and regional musicians of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra, led by music director Ernest Richardson, offer an All Arts Festival program of Tchaikovsky's every-man-welcome Symphony No. 5, and "Flight to Neverland" from the movie "Hook" and "Cowboys Overture" by John Williams. Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 879-0880 or online at www.steamboatallartsfestival.com. The Pavilion is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series - Brent Romick Rodeo Arena, 7:30 p.m.

The last rodeo of the 2009 summer season includes tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding. Live entertainment and barbecue get going at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 7 to 15, and free for children ages 6 and younger. For more information, call 879-1818. The rodeo grounds are at 501 Howelsen Parkway, at the bottom of Fifth Street across the Yampa River.

- Christabel and the Jons - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Knoxville, Tenn.-based folk swing band Christabel and the Jons offers jazz-heavy vocals - along with contributing guitar, accordion and banjo work - from leading lady Christa DeCicco, along with fire-house instrumentation that includes trumpet, violin and more accordion. Listen to "Back to Tennessee" by Christabel and the Jons at www.exploresteamboat.com. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Spring Creek Bluegrass - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

The first Colorado band to be tapped by venerated Virginia bluegrass label Rebel Records, Spring Creek Bluegrass has an undeniably lyrical focus to its slightly updated take on tradition. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Liquid Samurai - The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Electric Jerry joins the local jam-rock band on harmonica. Learn more about the band at www.myspace.com/liquidsamurai. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- DJ Flash and Flare - The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Live music. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

Sunday

- Steamboat All Arts Festival workshops - Various locations, starting at 9 a.m.

Local theater teacher and director Michael Brumbaugh is the first local artist on the day's schedule of workshops covering the visual, performing, literary, film and culinary arts; Brumbaugh will lead an interactive acting lesson covering basic techniques and improvisation. Workshops continue through the weekend, with prices ranging from free to $20. See a full schedule of All Arts Festival events in this week's Explore Steamboat; tickets for most events are available at www.steamboatallartsfestival.com. Call 879-0880.

- Guided gallery tours - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers lead guided tours of local galleries and featured local artists that participate in the First Friday Artwalk, with stops including formal art galleries, retailers and alternative venues. Sign up for a two-hour tour at the All Arts Festival information booth on Yampa Street. Tours run at the same time as the Yampa River Art Stroll, the main event of the All Arts Festival. FREE. Call 879-3718 or 879-0880 for more information.

- Emerald City Opera - Bud Werner Memorial Library, 3:30 p.m.

Steamboat Springs' opera company performs selections from its three summer 2009 productions. Tickets are $20. Call 879-0880. The library is at Lincoln Avenue and 13th Street.

- No Worries Sunday - Saddles Bar and Grill at Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 3 to 7 p.m.

Saddles offers live music, food and drink specials. Go to www.exploresteamboat.com to see happy hour specials for this event and for other restaurants in Routt County. Call 879-2220. 2200 Village Inn Court.

- 100th anniversary block party - The Depot Art Center, 5 p.m.

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council celebrates 100 years of its former train depot home and culminates the inaugural Steamboat All Arts Festival with a block party featuring live entertainment by local youth orchestras, food and more. The Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra and Winter Garden Conservatory orchestra perform at 5 p.m.; Jenny Meier gives a swing dance lesson at 6 p.m.; and the Steamboat Swings community big band starts at about 6:45 p.m. Steamboat Smokehouse will provide free food, and a cash bar will be open. Go inside the Depot to check out an exhibit about the history of the railroad in Steamboat Springs. Read more about the Arts Council and the All Arts Festival on page 22. Admission is FREE. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

- Lianne & the Jazzjets - Ghost Ranch saloon, 6 to 10 p.m.

Local musicians, led by longtime resident and jazz vocalist Lianne Mosser, offer a classy take on jazz standards, with the occasional rock or pop tune thrown in. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Classical music concert - Harwigs/L'Apogee, 6 p.m.

Members of the Steamboat Springs Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra perform selections for flute and string trio by Haydn and Mozart. Cost for the concert and a three-course dinner is $59. Call 879-1980 for reservations. 911 Lincoln Ave.

- Game night - The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Square off in Nintendo Wii, Guitar Hero and bar games. FREE admission, happy hour drink prices all night. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

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