Country, folk and gospel singer Kathy Mattea performs a holiday concert for Strings Music Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Read an interview with Mattea on page 22 of Explore Steamboat.

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Country, folk and gospel singer Kathy Mattea performs a holiday concert for Strings Music Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Read an interview with Mattea on page 22 of Explore Steamboat.

What to do in Steamboat this week, Dec. 18 to 24

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Today

❱❱ Sam Ayer — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Opening reception for Ken Carlson — Steamboat Art Museum, 5 to 8 p.m.

Wildlife artist Ken Carlson uses careful, in-the-field study of wildlife and abstract landscapes to create a series of wildlife portraits from the West. His exhibition of 44 paintings at the Steamboat Art Museum is made of work from private collections that haven’t previously been available for public viewing. The show is on display through April 10. FREE. Call 870-1755. 801 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ DJ Hungry Man — Chocolate Soup Pastry Café, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

This London DJ will spin jazz, funk, reggae, jungle beat, electronica and more at Chocolate Soup’s new downtown location. FREE. Call 870-0225. 737 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

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Kimberly Saari talks about some exciting new changes happening with her gallery.

Kimberly Saari talks about some exciting new changes happening with her gallery.

❱❱ “Recharged” art reception — K. Saari Gallery at Vertical Arts Architecture, 6 to 8 p.m.

K. Saari Gallery presents new work by Denver artist Lelija Roy and East Coast mixed-media artist Ron Johnson. DJ Also Starring will perform. The reception is at K. Saari Gallery on the bottom floor of Vertical Arts Architecture. FREE. Call 870-0188. 690 Marketplace Plaza, Suite 1.

❱❱ Steamboat Jazz Quartet — Mambo Italiano, 6 to 9 p.m.

Local musicians provide jazz standards. FREE. Call 870-5500. 521 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Legal Tender — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 6 to 8 p.m.

Tom Schwall and Jeff Swoyer of longtime local acoustic folk rock and country duo Legal Tender provide happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Organstein Jazz Trio — Three Peaks Grill, 7 to 10 p.m.

Local jazz musicians play a weekly set. FREE. Call 879-3399. 2165 Pine Grove Road.

❱❱ “Troubled Water” screening — Depot Art Center, 7 p.m.

The 2008 Norwegian thriller “Troubled Water” is the second foreign or independent film screening in the Film Movement series, presented by Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The library provides a film each month off the festival circuit, and the Arts Council provides screening space at the Depot Art Center, popcorn and a cash bar. FREE. Call 879-9008 or 879-0240. 1001 13th St.

❱❱ 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.

❱❱ Ugly Duckling — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

This hip-hop trio from Long Beach, Calif., is doing two stateside shows before heading back overseas on a continued tour. The group puts out smart, often funny rhymes over horn-heavy backgrounds. Listen to songs by Ugly Duckling at http://uglyduckling.us. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Throwdown — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Members of Worried Men and Missed the Boat play rock ’n’ roll. 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.

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

Hot Soup is a funk-rock band with jazz instrumentation from Boulder. Learn more about the group at www.myspace.com/hotsoupband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ Adam Stern Trio — Old Town Pub, 9 p.m.

The Adam Stern Trio plays instrumental renditions of its own songs, along with classics by the best of the jazz, blues, funk and reggae genres. Learn more about the Colorado guitarist and listen to some of his songs at www.adamsternmusic.com. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

Saturday

❱❱ 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; learn how to make gourmet 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.

❱❱ Talk with Ken Carlson — Steamboat Art Museum, 10 a.m.

Wildlife artist Ken Carlson gives a slideshow presentation about his work. Admission is $15 for Steamboat Art Museum members and $20 for nonmembers. Call 870-1755. 801 Lincoln Ave.

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

Jill Barker teaches Coming Home for the Holidays Hatha yoga in this 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 The Children of Eric Purvis Memorial Fund. Call 879-0240 for more information. 1289 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Artist demonstrations — Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 10 a.m. to noon

See featured artists for December paint photographs, create oil paintings and pop geodes. FREE. Call 879-4744. 1009 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Optimist Club presents “Santa’s Workshop” — Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, 1 to 4 p.m.

Activities at this family event include cookie decorating in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, holiday jingles, reindeer games, a storytellers corner featuring a puppet-powered rendition of “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a toy makers workshop, letter writing to Santa and visits with Santa. There will be donation boxes for Toys for Tots and LIFT-UP of Routt County, as well as chances to give to Meals on Wheels and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. FREE. Call 846-3356. The Boys & Girls Club is in the George P. Sauer Human Services Center on Seventh Street.

❱❱ Dave Harlan — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ “Night at the Museum” fundraiser — Steamboat Art Museum, 6 p.m.

Wildlife artist Ken Carlson is the guest of honor at this fundraiser dinner for the Steamboat Art Museum. Food is catered by Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. RSVP required. Call 870-1755. 801 Lincoln Ave.

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The Yampa Valley Boys join the Steamboat Today morning show to discuss their new holiday album.

The Yampa Valley Boys join the Steamboat Today morning show to discuss their new holiday album.

❱❱ Yampa Valley Boys — Depot Art Center, 7 p.m.

Local Western music duo the Yampa Valley Boys presents a collection of Christmas and holiday favorites. The group recently finished its first holiday record, “The Christmas Trail.” Tickets are $5 at the door for members of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council and $10 for non-members.

❱❱ 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.

❱❱ Live music and prize drawing — Cantina, 7 p.m.

Todd Musselman provides live music for the first part of a party at Cantina. At 9 p.m., restaurant representatives will draw the winning names in its 2009 Jimmy Buffet Vacation Giveaway. FREE. Call 879-0826. 818 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Community Acoustic Christmas — The Steamboat Grand, 7 p.m.

Nashville musicians Brent Rowan and Linda Davis described the anticipated atmosphere at their holiday concert as an intimate concert that will make The Steamboat Grand’s Priest Creek Ballroom feel like a living room. The show features Rowan, Davis, Lang Scott and Hillary Scott. Part of the ticket proceeds will be donated to LIFT-UP of Routt County. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Watch an interview with Rowan at 7:45 a.m. today on Steamboat TV18. Call 879-0740 or 800-922-2722, or go to www.steamboat.com for advance tickets. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

❱❱ Steve Boynton Trio — Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 8 to 11 p.m.

Local musicians play jazz music. FREE. Call 879-2220. 2200 Village Inn Court.

❱❱ Ooh La La Burlesque — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Colorado dance and burlesque troupe Ooh La La Burlesque picks up the sultry music of Pawn Ticket Trio for a return Steamboat Springs show. Watch performances by the troupe at www.myspace.com/oohlalapresents. Pay $10 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

❱❱ Playstation Rock Band — The Tap House Sports Grill, 10 p.m.

Play “Rock Band” on the Tap House stage, which will be lit up for this weekly competition. FREE. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ The Bryan Joyce Band — The Boathouse Pub, 10 p.m.

Local musicians join forces in this classic rock power trio. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

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

Hot Soup is a Boulder funk-rock band with jazz instrumentation. Learn more about the group at www.myspace.com/hotsoupband. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

❱❱ Yamn — Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Yamn does jamming up right, with a full complement of lights and stage gusto that seeks to get outside of the jam-band box and jump into electronic performance. Learn more about the Colorado four-piece band at www.yamnit.com. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

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 through the winter. FREE. Call 879-3393. 635 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Holiday craft workshop — Steam­­boat Arts & Crafts Gym, 1 to 3 p.m.

Elise Matise leads a session about holiday gift-wrapping. Prices vary. Call 870-0384. 1280 13th St.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Local jazz pianist Paul Potyen plays solo piano in The Steamboat Grand lobby. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

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

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

❱❱ “My Steamboat” book signing — Epilogue Book Co., 7 p.m.

Author and Steamboat Springs native Dori Decamillis will sign copies of her new book, “My Steamboat: A Ski Town Childhood.” FREE. Call 879-2665. 837 Lincoln Ave.

❱❱ Fresh Breath Committee, Audible Abilities and Main Course — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Ghost Ranch unveils its first “Secret Stash Sunday,” a series of hip-hop and reggae shows scheduled on several Sundays through the winter. This week’s lineup features three hip-hop acts from Denver and a DJ. Admission is $5, and ladies get in free until 9:30 p.m. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

Monday

❱❱ “A Nose for Space” by Jim Jackson — Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Clown and children’s performer Jim Jackson gives two holiday family concerts that take on outer space and silliness. The show includes live music by Benjamin Pratt. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children. Learn more about the concert or buy tickets at www.stringsmusicfestival.com. Call 879-5056 for more information. The Sheraton is at 2200 Village Inn Court.

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ 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 through the winter. Signup starts at 7 p.m. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Dustin Pittsley Band —The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Dustin Pittsley Band is a blues, jam and Southern rock group from Oklahoma. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/dustinpittsley. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Tuesday

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

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

❱❱ Sam Ayer — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Kathy Mattea — Sheraton Steamboat Resort, 7 p.m.

Country and folk singer Kathy Mattea promises to deliver a heartfelt performance in this rare acoustic show, which will include holiday favorites as well as songs from Mattea’s long-running career. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children, and are available in advance at www.stringsmusicfestival.com. Listen to music by Mattea at www.mattea.com. A fundraising party after the concert is at 8:45 p.m. and features food by Sheraton Executive Chef Jon Demel. Tickets are $50 and are limited; proceeds support the 2010 Strings Music Festival season. Call 879-5056.

❱❱ The Johnny Vaughn Band — The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Johnny Vaughn plays blues and rock. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

❱❱ Dustin Pittsley Band — The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

Dustin Pittsley Band is a blues, jam and Southern rock group from Oklahoma. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/dustinpittsley. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. 1860 Ski Time Square Drive.

Wednesday

❱❱ Dave Harlan — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

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❱❱ Big Head Todd & the Monsters — Steamboat Ski Area, 4 p.m.

Roots and blues rock quartet Big Head Todd & the Monsters returns to Steamboat Springs for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Songs from each of the band’s many records are streaming free at www.bigheadtodd.com. FREE. Call 879-6111. The concert is in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

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

Answer questions on 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.

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❱❱ Blue Rooster Band — Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Blues and rock group the Blue Rooster Band hails from Craig. Learn more at www.reverbnation/blueroosterband. FREE. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

Thursday

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

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

❱❱ Trevor G. Potter — Gondola Pub & Grill, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

A local musician plays favorites from various styles of music. FREE. Call 879-4448. Gondola Square.

❱❱ Paul Potyen — The Steamboat Grand, 4 to 6 p.m.

Local pianist Paul Potyen plays Christmas music. FREE. Call 871-5500. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

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

Feel like a rock star at Tap House’s free weekly karaoke night for ages 21 and up. Call 879-2431. 729 Lincoln Ave.

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