Margaret Hair covers arts and entertainment for the Pilot & Today. She started working at the paper in August 2007, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked for McClatchy-Tribune News Service (Washington, D.C.), the News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.) and The Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, N.C.). Margaret writes about music for the Independent Weekly (Durham, N.C.) and the Boulder Weekly, and she holds on to a childhood belief that Rasheed Wallace is the best basketball player ever.
Students at Steamboat Springs High School will present a “three-ring circus” showcasing theater, music, visual and literary arts Friday and Saturday. The inaugural student-created Rock the Arts festival is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Hunter Smith to make Food Network cooking debut May 9
Hunter Smith got his start in the culinary world in a Steamboat Springs kitchen. Smith’s appearance on “Iron Chef America” is scheduled to air in Steamboat at 8 and 11 p.m. May 9 to Comcast, DirecTV and DISH Network customers. He’ll be one of two sous-chefs supporting Vail’s Kelly Liken, chef/owner of a restaurant that shares her name.
Easy Star All-Stars, JJ Grey & MOFRO and Emmitt-Nershi Band to perform
Organizers said that as of Friday, Easy Star All-Stars are scheduled to play July 30; JJ Grey & MOFRO is scheduled to play Aug. 13; and the Emmitt-Nershi Band is scheduled to play Aug. 20. All concerts are expected to be at Howelsen Hill.
Peace Officer to bring live, hybrid-influenced set to Mahogany
Fort Collins-based reggae and hip-hop hybrid Peace Officer got its start as a live reggae band. When vocalist and guitarist Andy Kromarek started a side project with a few hip-hop emcees, a new style of live performance was born. Peace Officer plays at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill at 10 p.m. today.
Annual variety show fundraiser opens Thursday at Strings
On Wednesday night at the Depot Art Center, Cabaret cast member and writer Pamela Turner was leading a cast of golf-club-wielding dancers through a skit. It’s one of many musical numbers featured in the 27th annual Cabaret, a fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. The annual collection of jabs at local, national and international issues is at 7:30 p.m. May 6 to 8.
Annual event features work by Routt County students
Almost 400 pieces of art will line the walls at the Depot Art Center by Friday. Students from every elementary, middle and high school in Routt County contributed work to the annual Routt County Youth Art Show, which opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Depot.
Annual event to benefit North Routt Community Charter School
After event organizer Chris King put a bug in Pam Heinrich’s ear about entering the Great North Routt Chili Cook-off, the Steamboat Springs resident and cooking contest rookie headed home and started putting “a little of this and a little of that” in a red chili recipe, she said.
Piknik Theatre Festival seeks actors for 3 summer plays
A summer theater festival director is asking potential actors to “be just the best person they can be” as they audition for roles Sunday and Monday. Local actors and musicians are invited to audition for the 2010 Piknik Theatre Festival from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday or 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Depot Art Center.
Community project part of 5-day monk residency in August
Bud Werner Memorial Library is collecting designs for a five-day community sand painting project planned for August. Based on mandala sand painting, an art form designed to heal an environment and the people in it, the project in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library is part of a cultural program featuring a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India. The monks will create their own mandala during their residency from Aug. 14 to 18 at the library, library Adult Programs Coordinator Jennie Lay said.
National Endowment for the Arts gives $10,000 for chamber music
A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will help support Strings Music Festival programming honoring Jewish-American composers this summer. Festival organizers received confirmation of the $10,000 grant Thursday, said Jennifer Shea, marketing and development manager for the summer music festival.