What to do this weekend for July 31 to Aug. 2

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"Contender" by Freddy Jones Band

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— - Wine Festival at Steamboat seminars - Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel, starting at 11:30 a.m.

For its educational component, the sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat offers seminars on various topics. Each event is individually ticketed and lasts just less than an hour. Tickets run from $35 to $75. See a complete list at www.steamboatwinefestival.com. 2300 Mount Werner Circle.

Also with the Wine Festival, "Top Chef" television cooking champion Hosea Rosenberg gives a demonstration at 1 p.m. in Torian Plum Plaza; tickets are $55. Watch a cooking demonstration with Rosenberg at www.exploresteamboat.com or www.steamboatpilot.com.

- Brown Bag Lecture - Tread of Pioneers Museum, noon

Bill McKelvie presents "Teaching Public School in Steamboat Springs," for the Tread's weekly lunchtime lecture series. Other weekly activities include free walking tours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through the summer. Admission is FREE; bring a bag lunch. Call 879-2214. Corner of Eighth and Oak streets.

- Master class with Sarah Meyers - The Depot Art Center, 2 p.m.

Emerald City Opera stage director and Metropolitan Opera directing staff member Sarah Meyers leads a master class about drama. Admission is FREE. Call 879-1996. 1001 13th St.

- Stroll of Steamboat Grand Tasting - Downtown Steamboat Springs, 4 to 7 p.m.

Sample wines and appetizers at local restaurants, galleries and retailers at one of the main events for the Wine Festival at Steamboat. Featured venues are Ski Town Lifestyle Properties, Steamboat Flyfisher, Cottonwood Grill, Steamboat Yacht Club, Creekside Cafe and Grill, and Images of Nature. Tickets are $55 and are available at www.steamboatwinefestival or at Central Park Liquor. Call 879-3428. Check-in is at the Routt County Courthouse at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue.

- Rob Williams "New Work"

- K. Saari Gallery, 4 to 8 p.m.

An art show by former Steamboat resident Rob Williams features all new mixed-media work, with several pieces following a white, red and rose wine-based color scheme. K. Saari Gallery teams up with bistro c.v. and Vino wine store to feature a rose wine during the reception. Bistro c.v. will host a four-course dinner with wine pairings and feature art from K. Saari Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the restaurant. Admission to the artist reception is FREE; seating for the Saturday dinner is $75. Call the gallery at 870-0188 or bistro c.v. at 879-4197. 837 Lincoln Ave.

- Howelsen Place Gallery opening celebration - Howelsen Place Gallery, 5 to 8 p.m.

Artist David Marshall's work will be on display and Spanish wine and tapas will be on the menu at the opening celebration for Howelsen Place Gallery. Call 846-0659. 703 Lincoln Ave., Suite B104.

- 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.

- Freddy Jones Band - Howelsen Hill, gates open at 5 p.m.

Americana rock group Freddy Jones Band appears in the third part of the 2009 Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series. Read about singer-guitarist Wayne Healy in this week's Explore Steamboat and listen to a song by Freddy Jones Band at www.exploresteamboat.com. Local bluegrass and folk rock band Missed the Boat opens the show at 6 p.m., with Freddy Jones Band taking the stage around 7 p.m. FREE. Call 879-4422.

- Chris and Deanna - 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.

- Knock On Wood - Ben & Jerry's, 6 p.m.

Local acoustic rock and reggae group and winner of the 2009 Teen Battle of the Bands, Knock on Wood performs covers and original songs. FREE. Call 875-1400. 690 Marketplace Plaza in Wildhorse Marketplace.

- Organstein Jazz Trio - Three Peaks Grill, 7 p.m.

Jazz tunes from Paul Potyen on organ, Steve Boynton on guitar and Dave Allen on drums. FREE admission. Call 879-3399. 2165 Pine Grove Road.

- 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. Participants in the 2009 Emerald City Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers will perform the national anthem. 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.

- Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory faculty concert - St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 7:30 p.m.

The faculty of the Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory presents chamber music selections. FREE, with a $10 suggested donation. Call 879-1350, ext. 13. Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat Springs.

- Ruthie Foster - Strings Music Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Strings Music Festival's Different Tempo Series presents gospel, soul and blues powerhouse Ruthie Foster. Tickets are $39 and are available at the Strings box office, 879-5056 or www.stringsmusicfestival.com. The Pavilion is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- "The Pirates of Penzance" - Perry-Mansfield, 8 p.m.

Musical theater students, including several Steamboat Springs locals, at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp give a broadly played, riotously funny rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance." Tickets for the show sold out in advance; they cost $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 11. Call 879-7125. 40755 Routt County Road 36.

- Ooh La La Burlesque - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Colorado performance troupe Ooh La La Burlesque presents risque entertainment with rock-star attitude. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.ghostranchsaloon.com and $12 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Karpel Tunnel - The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Keyboardist Dan Karpel and guitarist Kirk Martenson team up for rock with a groove. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Freddy and The Ivory Sensations - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

Colorado group Freddy and The Ivory Sensations puts reggae rhythms to R&B soul grooves. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- The New Mastersounds - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Hailing from the United Kingdom, instrumental funk band The New Mastersounds return to the Old Town Pub with a heavy-partying show that doesn't need lyrics to lay on the soul. Listen to the band at www.myspace.com/newmastersounds. Boulder funk band Springdale Quartet opens the show. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- Demon Funkies - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

When it sticks to the second part of its name, Denver funk band Demon Funkies churns out danceable funk tunes propelled by smooth saxophone lines. Things get more interesting when the first part of the band's moniker comes in, throwing a punk-rock dirge over a thick rock foundation. Listen at www.myspace.com/demonfunkies. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. The Tugboat is in Ski Time Square.

Saturday

- 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.

- Craft workshop - Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Elise Matise teaches "Create a Personal Soul Portrait," a collage and journaling workshop. Cost is $75 with materials included. Call 870-0384 for details. 1280 13th St.

- Toast of Steamboat Grand Tasting - Torian Plum Plaza, 3 to 6 p.m.

Local restaurants offer food samples and demonstrations, and hundreds of wines, beers and spirits will be on hand for tasting at the final and flagship event of the sixth annual Wine Festival at Steamboat. Watch top chefs from Denver and Boulder compete in the 2009 Steel Chef Competition. For more information or to buy tickets, go to www.steamboatwinefestival.com. Tickets are $65 and also are available at Central Park Liquor. Call 879-3428.

- 3Wire - Rex's American Grill & Bar, 5 p.m.

Locally produced bluegrass and happy hour entertainment. FREE. Call 870-0438. Rex's is at 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., next to Holiday Inn.

- Faculty cabaret concert - Bud Werner Memorial Library performance hall, 6 p.m.

Emerald City Opera faculty members display their talents. Cash-only tickets are $27 at the door. Call 879-1996. The performance hall is in the old library building at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue.

- 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.

- Belly dance party - Northwest Ballet Studio, 7 to 9 p.m.

This event features performances by Frank Farinaro and Jasmir Belly Dance Troupe, as well as open dance sessions and food. Suggested donation of $4. Call Meg at 875-1164.

- Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory student recital - The Lowell Whiteman School, 7:30 p.m.

Students in the summer chamber music program give their final Steamboat Springs Performance. FREE. Call 879-1350, ext. 13. 42605 Routt C.R. 36

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

The rodeo includes all the usual events, such as 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.

- Saturday classical concert - Strings Music Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Unusual instruments take center stage at this Strings Music Festival classical concert. Flutist Alberto Almarza will play a traditional Japanese flute made from bamboo on a piece that pairs him with Strings co-music director Monique Mead on crystal glasses. The program also includes a Bach sonata and a Brahms string quartet. Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for children. Call 879-5056. The pavilion is at Pine Grove and Mount Werner roads.

- "The Pirates of Penzance" - Perry-Mansfield, 8 p.m.

Musical theater students, including several Steamboat Springs locals, at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp give a broadly played, riotously funny rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Pirates of Penzance." Tickets for the show sold out in advance; they cost $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 11 years. Call 879-7125. 40755 Routt County Road 36.

- Ooh La La Burlesque - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Colorado performance troupe Ooh La La Burlesque presents risque entertainment with rock-star attitude. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.ghostranchsaloon.com and $12 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

- Liquid Samurai - The Boathouse Pub, 9 p.m.

Former members of local band String Board Theory provide rock, jam and funk. FREE. Call 879-4797. 609 Yampa St.

- Hunker Down - Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, 10 p.m.

On the band's Web site, Hunker Down is labeled "stewed rompgrass." The band plays modern acoustic music with a hefty bluegrass influence. Listen at www.myspace.com/hunkerdown. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-3773. 435 Lincoln Ave.

- Interstate Stash Express - Old Town Pub, 10 p.m.

Lyons-based three-piece rock band Interstate Stash Express puts a psychedelic spin on classic jams. Listen at www.myspace.com/interstatestashexpress. Cover to be determined. Call 879-2101. 600 Lincoln Ave.

- Demon Funkies - The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 10 p.m.

When it sticks to the second part of its name, Denver funk band Demon Funkies churns out danceable funk tunes propelled by smooth saxophone lines. Things get more interesting when the first part of the band's moniker comes in, throwing a punk-rock dirge over a thick rock foundation. Listen at www.myspace.com/demonfunkies. Pay $5 at the door. Call 879-7070. The Tugboat is in Ski Time Square.

Sunday

- Rooftop at the Rio - Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Try out some cocktails and Tex-Mex appetizers at the unofficial end to the Wine Festival at Steamboat. Call 871-6277 for reservations. 628 Lincoln Ave.

- Menotti one-act operas - Bud Werner Memorial Library, 3 p.m.

Participants in the 2009 Emerald City Opera Artist Institute for Emerging Singers perform short, one-act opera pieces by composer Gian Carlo Menotti. Tickets are $17 at the door. Institute singers give a free performance at the Yampa River Botanic Park at noon Tuesday. The opera company also hosts a free public master class at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Depot Art Center. Call 879-1996. The library is at 13th Street and Lincoln Avenue, and the Depot is at 1001 13th St.

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

Djate provides live reggae music and Saddles offers food and drink specials. Call 879-2220. 2200 Village Inn Court.

- Confederate Railroad - Ghost Ranch Saloon, 9 p.m.

Confederate Railroad provides solid and smooth country songs from Nashville. Listen at www.myspace.com/confederaterailroadmusic. Tickets to the show are $20 in advance from www.ghostranchsaloon.com and $25 at the door. Call 879-9898. 56 Seventh St.

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