Arts Briefs: Depot Art Center schedules performances

Arts Council firming up details for new theater, music, film events

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The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is starting to fill in a variety of performances on its calendar with a CD release party by local band Trouble or Nothing last week and a fall film series beginning Friday.

Working with the Arts Council's board of directors - which also supports a visual arts committee responsible for gallery shows and art programming - the group's performing arts committee is in the process of scheduling music, theater, film and more, Arts Council President Kelly Anzalone said.

"Local Color," a movie based on the life of plein air painter Nicoli Seroff, is the first screening of a three-part, art-themed fall film series. The screening is at 7 p.m. Friday at the Depot Art Center. Admission is free for Arts Council members and $5 for nonmembers. A screening of "Frida" is Oct. 16, and a screening of "Basquiat" is Nov. 13.

Michael Brumbaugh and Steamboat Players present a production of "Kimberly Akimbo," a dark comedy about a 16-year-old girl trapped in a 65-year-old body Oct. 23 to 25 at the Depot. Brumbaugh is looking for a male actor in his 40s to take his place in one of the leading roles, Anzalone said. Interested actors may contact Brumbaugh at 870-4533 or mbrumbaugh@coloradomtn.edu.

Friday's Trouble or Nothing concert was the first in a singer-songwriter series featuring local musicians. Firm dates for future singer-songwriter nights are up in the air. Anzalone said he has several interested artists to put on the calendar, and he plans to do a night of his animal-themed songs from Arts Council "Cabaret" performances, such as "Smoothie the Hairless Fox."

Other possible events at the Depot include a Sunday jazz brunch with Andy Pratt and other local musicians, and a showcase performance by the Steamboat Swings big band, Anzalone said. The performing arts committee is Anzalone, fellow board members Katy Kriz and Holly Nelson, and a rotating group of local performers.

Some future events at the Depot Art Center will be on a modular stage Anzalone is constructing. The stage will be stored when it's not in use, and it is designed to fit in any part of the Depot's baggage room, Anzalone said.

In addition to pairing the art on display in the Depot with events there, the performing arts committee also hopes to give direction and fundraising to an effort to build a permanent presence for the performing arts in Steamboat Springs, Anzalone said. A portion of the proceeds from each performing arts committee event will go toward a fund for a new, community-oriented venue, he said.

Arts Council affiliate to offer theater workshops

Stuart Handloff and his Great American Laughing Stock Company will lead a children's theater workshop in collaboration with the Arts Council for two weeks at the beginning of October.

The workshop will cover the basics of acting, theater and improvisation through "games with a purpose," Handloff said. Open to sixth- through eighth-graders, the workshop is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 5 to 9 and Oct. 12 to 16 at the Depot. Admission is $50 a week. Stop by the Depot or contact Handloff at 970-355-9403 or shandloff@hotmail.com to register.

Handloff also will lead a seven-week series of public speaking and acting workshops for adults starting with a class from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Depot. The workshops are presented by Handloff's Great American Laughing Stock Company and offer techniques for speaking to a target audience ": whether it's a group of co-workers or students or an audience," Handloff said.

Admission is $75 for the seven-week workshop or $20 per session.

The Great American Laughing Stock Company is one of about 35 Arts Council affiliate organizations. For more information about the theater group, go to www.galsco.org.

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

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