Azteca Taqueria owners Jim Ruggiero, left, and Jonas Gabriel have added their restaurant to the First Friday Artwalk lineup.

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Azteca Taqueria owners Jim Ruggiero, left, and Jonas Gabriel have added their restaurant to the First Friday Artwalk lineup.

What to do in Steamboat this week for Dec. 4 to 10

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❱❱ First Friday Artwalk — Downtown Steamboat Springs, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ringing in its two-year anniversary of offering free displays of a variety of visual and performing art at venues in downtown Steamboat Springs, the First Friday Artwalk includes shows at 24 galleries, restaurants, retailers and other outlets this month. Read about the four new additions to the schedule and see a complete listing of First Friday events with venue contact information in a story on Explore Steamboat. FREE.

❱❱ Holiday shopping event — The Hayden Artisans’ Marketplace, 5 to 8 p.m.

Appetizers, door prizes and sales representatives will be at The Hayden Artisans’ Marketplace, a shop showcasing work by local and regional crafters. Call 276-2019. 144 Walnut St. in Hayden.

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Local filmmaker Smokey Vandergrift discusses his latest work "Leif Hovelsen's Story & His Search for Wilhelm Heilmann" on the Steamboat Today morning show.  Smokey's new film, which was a collaboration with Cynthia Rutledge, will premier Dec. 4th at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Local filmmaker Smokey Vandergrift discusses his latest work "Leif Hovelsen's Story & His Search for Wilhelm Heilmann" on the Steamboat Today morning show. Smokey's new film, which was a collaboration with Cynthia Rutledge, will premier Dec. 4th at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.

❱❱ “Out of the Evil Night” film screening — Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 6 and 8 p.m.

Routt County filmmakers Cynthia Rutledge and Smokey Vandergrift made this documentary about the son of Carl Howelsen. This film gives Leif Howelsen’s story about his time in a concentration camp during World War II, his time as a prison guard after liberation and his struggle to find and apologize to a former German guard decades after the war. FREE. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ “The Curious Savage” — Hayden High School, 7 p.m.

The Hayden High School theater department presents the comedic play “The Curious Savage.” Tickets cost $5 to $10. Call 276-3761 for more information. 495 W. Jefferson Ave. in Hayden.

❱❱ Country dancing — Shorty’s, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Shorty’s hosts FREE country line dancing each week. Call 736-2686. 107 Moffat Ave. in Oak Creek.

❱❱ MTHDS, w/Whiskey Blanket — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

It’s hard to “genre-ize” the six-person band MTHDS, guitarist and vocalist Johnny Schleper said in a March interview with the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Think live hip-hop because everyone in the band is a fan, but add in classic-rock-style guitar solos because Schleper likes to play them. Throw in some reggae beats and some Latin influence and some funk grooves, and you get the blend MTHDS performs. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/mthds. Boulder hip-hop band Whiskey Blanket opens the show. Listen to Whiskey Blanket at www.myspace.com/whiskeyblanket. Tickets are $5 at the door. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ The Luv Brothers — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Summit County bluegrass quartet The Luv Brothers tends to take other bands’ songs and put a country spin on them. It’s entertaining. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/theluvbrotherscolorado. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

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

Let the week go at Tap House’s Friday night dance party. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Riverbend — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Boulder’s Riverbend takes a somewhat silly approach to a bluegrass-via-reggae style that’s distinctly Colorado. The group backs that playfulness up with solid instrumental skills and creative songwriting. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/riverbend07. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Saturday

❱❱ Holidays in the Rockies artisan market — Christian Heritage School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More than 50 local and regional artisan vendors will showcase and sell their products at the annual Holidays in the Rockies artisan market. The holiday shopping event, a fundraiser for and event by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, features a live performances by the Jewels at 11 a.m. and Yampa Valley Boys at 1 p.m. Rachel’s BBQ will have lunches available for purchase, and $1 buys a ticket in a wreath raffle for holiday decorations. Call 879-9008. 27285 Brandon Circle.

❱❱ Holiday craft workshops — Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, times vary

Learn how to make a fall or holiday wreath from 10 a.m. to noon, design your own wrapping for gifts from 10 a.m. to noon, and create your own gingerbread house from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices vary by workshop. Call the Arts & Crafts Gym at 870-0384 for more information or to register. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ Community Classes for Mind-Body Awareness — Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Becky Holloran Obray will teach Pilates yoga fusion in this session of a new weekly series highlighting practices for mind-body awareness. Each class includes a tea tasting from The Deep Steep Tea Co. and a chance to look through the library’s collection of mind-body resources. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a blanket or mat if you have one. Admission is FREE, and donations will be accepted for a friend battling breast cancer. Call 879-0240 for more information. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Sundog — Bear River Bar & Grill, 3:30 to 6 p.m.

Local musicians Randy Kelley, Ron Wheeler, Chris Koebnick and Deanna Webb Koebnick play everything from bluegrass to Led Zeppelin in this après ski show. FREE. Call 871-5150. Bear River Bar & Grill is in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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

FREE admission. The bowling alley also hosts “dollar bowling night,” with $1 games and $1 PBR, every Tuesday. Call 879-9840. 2090 Snow Bowl Plaza, off U.S. Highway 40 in west Steamboat.

❱❱ 11th annual Backcountry Ball — Depot Art Center, 7 to 11 p.m.

This annual benefit ball and silent auction is in support of the effort to create and maintain quiet winter landscapes for nonmotorized enjoyment. The event includes live, classic rock music by Blissful Mayhem. There will be a dance class from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m. Tickets are available at $25 for the public and $20 for Friends of the Routt Backcountry members; they are available at All That Jazz or at the door. Call 879-8710 or 879-4947 for more information. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Orchestra holiday concert — Steamboat Christian Center, 8 p.m.

Steamboat Springs Orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor on the first half of its annual holiday concert. Members of the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra, Mountain Madrigal Singers and Yampa Valley Singers join the orchestra after intermission for a selection of holiday favorites and a singalong with the audience. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youths ages 10 to 15 and free for children 9 and younger. Tickets at the door are $25, $10 for youths ages 10 to 15 and free for children 9 and younger. Read more about the concert on page 20 in Explore Steamboat, and watch an interview with SSO Music Director Ernest Richardson on the “Steamboat Today” morning show at 8:35 a.m. today on Steamboat TV18. Call 870-3223. Steamboat Christian Center is at 821 Dougherty Road.

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Blues guitarist and singer Tab Benoit plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

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"Night Train" by Tab Benoit

❱❱ Tab Benoit — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Bayou bluesman Tab Benoit takes each step as it comes in his live set. “There’s no plan. I pretty much play requests, and I play whatever feels good. I don’t have a set way of doing anything, and I don’t walk in with any preplanned show. It’s all of us together,” Benoit said in a summer 2009 interview with the Steamboat Pilot & Today. The unplanned approach works because Benoit bases his blues on raw emotion. Tickets are $20 in advance and are available at www.ghostranchsaloon.com. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Riverbend — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Boulder’s Riverbend takes a somewhat silly approach to a bluegrass-via-reggae style that’s distinctly Colorado. The group backs that playfulness up with solid instrumental skills and creative songwriting. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/riverbend07. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ Mambo dance party — Mambo Italiano, 10 p.m.

The theme for this week’s mud season dance party is “Long-John-A-Thon.” FREE. Call 870-0500. 521 Lincoln Ave.

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Danny Shafer and The Unknown Americans play their last show in Steamboat Springs on Saturday at The Boathouse Pub. Shafer recently released a solo CD and his Americana band is parting ways. The show is free.

❱❱ Danny Shafer and The Unknown Americans — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

This is Danny Shafer’s final Steamboat Springs show with The Unknown Americans, an Americana-driven band that’s based in Boulder and in the past four years has become a fixture at local venues such as The Boathouse Pub and Old Town Pub. Shafer recently released a solo CD. Listen to The Unknown Americans at www.myspace.com/theunknownamericans. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Sunday

❱❱ Paul Geppert — Steaming Bean Coffee, 9 to 11 a.m.

Paul Geppert is a local folk, bluegrass and acoustic musician who performs regularly with the groups Cornbread and 3Wire. His solo acoustic set will be a fixture on Sunday mornings throughout the winter. FREE. Call 879-3393. 635 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Holiday craft workshops — Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym times vary

Dona Steele leads a class in creating holiday gift cards using a linoleum block printing technique from 10 a.m. to noon. Elise Matise leads a session about holiday gift wrapping from 1 to 3 p.m. Prices vary by workshop. Call 870-0384. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ “Then & Now” book signing — Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffee Shop, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Author Harriet Freiberger and photographer Ken Proper will sign copies of their new book, “Then & Now: A History of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.” Proceeds from the book go to Bud Werner Memorial Library. Call 879-6830. 69 Ninth St.

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Orchestra holiday concert — Steamboat Christian Center, 3 p.m.

Steamboat Springs Orchestra performs Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor on the first half of its annual holiday concert. Members of the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra, Mountain Madrigal Singers and Yampa Valley Singers join the orchestra after intermission for a selection of holiday favorites and a singalong with the audience. Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youths ages 10 to 15 and free for children 9 and younger. Tickets at the door are $25, $10 for youths ages 10 to 15 and free for children 9 and younger. Orchestra supporters host two fundraising dinners at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at homes in Steamboat Springs. Call 870-3223 for concert tickets or fundraising dinner reservations. Steamboat Christian Center is at 821 Dougherty Road.

❱❱ Live trivia — Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 p.m.

Test your nonessential knowledge in four rounds of questions, with categories ranging sports, history, food, music and more. FREE. Call 871-6277. 628 Lincoln Ave.

Monday

❱❱ Holiday band concert — Depot Art Center, 7 p.m.

The Yampa Valley Community Band plays its first concert, with a holiday theme. The Steamboat Springs Arts Council will run a cash bar during the concert. Yampa Valley Community Band is a volunteer group open to any community member who can play a band instrument. The ensemble rehearses every Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs Middle School. Contact Mark Rasmussen at 291-1254 to join. The holiday concert is FREE. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Acoustic open mic night — The Boathouse Pub, 7 p.m.

Local musicians Paul Geppert and Jay Roemer host an open mic night for acoustic music setups. This is a weekly event throughout the winter. Signup starts at 7 p.m. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Tuesday

❱❱ Expressions of the Spirit — Fishcreek at Sundance Plaza, noon to 2 p.m.

Susan de Wardt leads a weekly journaling workshop. The cost is $20. Cal 846-6562. 465 Anglers Drive, Suite 2C.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Acoustic music from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Wednesday

❱❱ “I Never Looked Back: The Buddy Werner Story” — Centennial Hall, noon and 5:30 p.m.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum presents two screenings of a film about Steamboat Springs native, Olympian and mountain namesake Buddy Werner. The film is about 30 minutes long. FREE. Call 879-2214. Centennial Hall is at 10th and Oak streets.

❱❱ Live trivia — The Tap House Sports Grill, 6:30 p.m.

Answer questions about a variety of topics for a chance at Tap House gift cards. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 9 p.m.

Solo acoustic music from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Sam Ayer — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Solo acoustic music with a soulful flair from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

Thursday

❱❱ Steamboat Springs Writer’s Group — Depot Art Center, noon

Local writers gather for weekly readings; visitors are welcome. FREE. Call 879-9008. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ Salsa dance class — Northwest Ballet Studio, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Polly Idol leads a dance class teaching salsa steps. The cost is $12 per person. Call Polly at 846-4217 to register. 326 Oak St.

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Roots band Boulder Acoustic Society plays Thursday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Boulder Acoustic Society performs "Give it Away"

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❱❱ Boulder Acoustic Society — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

As you might guess from the band’s name, Boulder Acoustic Society is rooted in folk music. Beyond that, it’s hard to nail down what exactly it is the band does — accordion, banjo, ukulele, percussion, piano and vocals can blend beautifully at one moment and clash wonderfully the next. You’ve never seen an accordion played so raw. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Pat Waters — Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 9 p.m.

Acoustic favorites from a local musician. FREE. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Karaoke — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Be a rock star at Tap House’s FREE weekly karaoke night for ages 21 and older. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

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