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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consignors at the North Western Colorado Bull Sale unloaded every animal they put into the ring for the first time in the sale’s eight-year history Saturday. Buyers spent $63,950 on 26 bulls and six heifers, bringing sales to about $1,500 less than what they were in 2009, despite a sales field less than half of last year’s size.
For the past few weeks, about 35 students from Steamboat Springs Middle School have been memorizing songs and lines, recording audio and filming scenes for a movie-musical collaboration between the middle school and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.
Volunteer spruce-up days at center are April 24 and 25
The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is looking for volunteers to help with a spring-cleaning session at the Depot Art Center. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 and 25, volunteers will be asked to lend a hand with projects including painting, gardening and organizing at the Arts Council’s home.
All That Jazz hosts bands during Record Store Day party today
All That Jazz joins hundreds of shops across the country today in celebrating the music and culture that drive independent record stores. The doors for All That Jazz’s rendition of Record Store Day open at 10 a.m. today, and live local music starts at noon. Admission is free.
Display includes painting, 2-D and photo work
Introductory painting at Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus is the first optional art class business major Jade Stevens has ever taken. On Thursday morning, she joined several classmates at the Center for Visual Arts to hang CMC’s annual student and faculty art show.
From classical mass to soulful solo, choral show highlights talent
A choral concert Wednesday night welcomed the first Routt County Mass Choir to the Steamboat Springs High School stage. With 54 singers from the Yampa Valley Singers, the Steamboat Springs High School choir and the Steamboat Chamber Singers, the choir joined nine musicians from the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra to perform a powerful rendition of Franz Schubert’s Mass in G.
Off the Beaten Path, library present 3-day writing event
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore is expanding its monthly poetry slam to a three-day poetry festival in May, offering a chance for writers to be heard by a larger community in a late celebration of April’s National Poetry Month.
Annual event includes livestock auction, beef lunch
Cattle will be the focus at the Routt County Fairgrounds this weekend. Doors open for the second annual Bunkhouse Bull Session, which includes a steak dinner and performances by cowboy poets, at 5 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the eighth annual North Western Colorado Bull Sale starts at 1 p.m., with lunch served by the Routt County CattleWomen from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In two career-oriented workshops Tuesday morning, eighth-grade student Arielle Gold learned to keep her options and her mind open. The annual Girls to Women workshops for eighth-grade girls outlined the steps toward a career choice for Gold and other participants.
Members of the Yampa Valley Singers, Steamboat Chamber Singers and the Steamboat Springs High School chorus will join vocal forces in a performance of Schubert’s Mass in G on Wednesday. The concert features each group on individual pieces.
Event includes increased visual arts, Arts Council presence
Events and plans for the second annual Steamboat All Arts Festival are coming together. Chamber spokeswoman Molly Killien and special events coordinator Kara Givnish said they hope to have a schedule ready by May, if not sooner. The All Arts Festival is scheduled for Aug. 19 to 22 at downtown and mountain venues.
Annual cardboard derby part of season-ending events
Tooth fairies, scantily clad wrestlers, “Peanuts” characters and “Thriller” monsters sped down Stampede at Steamboat Ski Area on Saturday, occasionally stalling or crashing during their runs at the 30th annual Cardboard Classic. Twenty-six teams entered the annual competition, which asks participants to make a sled out of cardboard, glue, tape, string and water-based paint.
Routt County GOP and Democrat assemblies help form primary ballots Saturday afternoon
The candidacy field for Routt County sheriff shrank Saturday. Of three Republican candidates, only Garrett Wiggins won the 30 percent of delegate votes necessary to secure a Republican nomination for the office.
Michael Blumenthal strives to be ‘intelligent but accessible’ in work
When Michael Blumenthal talks about his poetry, he talks about other poets. Blumenthal will read excerpts from his books of poetry at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. A celebration of National Poetry Month, the free reading, discussion and book signing is presented by Epilogue Book Co. and the library.
Donavon Frankenreiter sings the kind of songs meant to make everything feel better. The professional-surfer-turned-musician plays a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area. Frankenreiter’s show is the last of the 11th annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series.
Community comedy puts current events through satirical wringer
There’s something about the costume choices in any Pirate Theatre show that says it all. The choices don’t have to be subtle because that’s not the point. In each thematic railing on local and national news events, personalities and issues, the Pirate Theatre production team takes everyday absurdity and blows it up.
U-Melt player credits theater, film and Bruce Springsteen for band’s song style
All-American rocker Bruce Springsteen showed progressive rocker Zac Lasher the way. Lasher, the frontman for Brooklyn-based progressive rock band U-Melt, and the band will play a free end-of-season show at 10 p.m. Sunday at Old Town Pub.
Cardboard Classic is Saturday, Pond Skim and free concert are Sunday
Steamboat Ski Area hosts its third annual Springalicious celebration this weekend, with live music and zany events ending the 2009-10 ski season. The inaugural STARS Snowshoe Roundup gets things started at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Participants hike a 2.4-mile snowshoe course to benefit STARS.
Featured personalities include top winemakers and chefs
The Wine Festival at Steamboat has announced main tasting events and personalities for its seventh annual celebration of wine and food.
At the start of Bill Miller’s fine art education, a professor asked the artist and musician when he thought he’d be considered a master of his craft. Decades later, Miller has a storied music career, a wizened outlook and a different idea about mastering art. He is scheduled to give an intimate roots music concert at 8 p.m. Monday at the CMC campus.
Former Colorado Art Ranch residents featured in Denver airport display
During a monthlong residency in Routt County in spring 2008, filmmaker Burcu Koray developed connections to places and people she doesn’t expect to forget.
Annual event showcases creativity and construction prowess
Since the early-1970s, Steamboat Springs residents and guests have devoted the late spring to construction projects that almost always end in disaster. Crafting vehicles from cardboard, glue, string, tape and water-based paint, competitors with a daring streak have entered the Cardboard Classic.
Senator interested in beetle-kill mitigation funded by stimulus
U.S. Sen. Mark Udall hiked up the Spring Creek trail Friday afternoon to get a firsthand look at beetle-kill mitigation near a populated area. The Colorado Democrat said he was interested in the Spring Creek project as a chance to see $1 million in federal stimulus money distributed through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act put into action.
Free event showcases local and regional artists
In May 2008, Chelsea Nix set out on a two-week trip to Haiti with herself, her camera and an open mind. She took photos of children and older residents, hoping to capture an essence of the place and its people. A collection of shots from Nix’s travels in Haiti opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. today as part of First Friday Artwalk.
Local artist Gail Holthausen experimenting with pottery, jewelry work
During a reception today, local ceramic artist Gail Holthausen will let go of a piece of work that has followed her for years. An 18-inch-long wall hanging crafted from ceramic, acrylic, wire and glass, the large, purple flower represents a combination of the styles and techniques Holthausen has on display at Rustique Home & Garden Collection.
Free concert part of Springalicious celebration at ski area
Before Jared Watson records a song, he stops and asks himself: “Would I listen to this and enjoy this?” With his band, The Dirty Heads, Watson writes songs with reggae roots and a positive vibe, tapping into the group’s Orange County, Calif., home base and influences including early reggae, Sublime, Beastie Boys and old folk music, he said.
Artists worked through school year to create varied display
Kyle Swoyer wasn’t always so impulsive with her creativity. A senior in Steamboat Springs High School’s Advanced Placement studio art class, Swoyer started the school year carefully planning each piece she created. As the year moved along and each AP art student pursued his or her own style, Swoyer changed hers; she took an idea and went with it.
An arts advocate with a love of community, a generous spirit and a keen sense of humor, longtime Steamboat Springs resident Gloria Gossard had an eye to the future with many of the marks she made on the town.
Annual event to benefit autism program, will also recognize Autism Awareness Month
An ice skating party Saturday will bring awareness to National Autism Awareness Month and raise money for programs and services for local families affected by autism spectrum disorders. Yampa Valley Autism Program hosts its third annual skate-a-thon fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Fundraiser brings in more than $83,000 for CT scanner
With six jumps into just-above or just-below freezing water behind them, Stan Urban and his Land Title Guarantee Co. team came to Saturday’s seventh annual Penguin Plunge with something a little different. Penguin Plunge is a fundraiser for the Healthcare Foundation for the Yampa Valley, an organization that helps raise money for the Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Ten years ago, an announcement caught Kathy Olsen’s eye. A new karate studio, or dojo, was opening in Steamboat Springs. Sensei Michael David Bauk planned to open Steamboat Springs Karate Academy, offering classes to adults and children in a style of karate called Goju Ryu, which translates from Japanese to “the firm and gentle way.”
From ticketing to TSA to maintenance, airport counts on its employees
On Friday at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, staff members planned to see 926 inbound passengers and 771 outbound passengers. They planned to see most of those people on seven flights in a period of about 90 minutes. On a busy Saturday during ski season — especially during spring break or close to a holiday — the employees at YVRA handle more than twice that, Assistant Airport Manager Dean Smith said.
Organizers hope event proceeds will help students at Burkina Faso Village of Hope
Teacher Sally McCormick and photographer Kim Keith are putting on a fundraiser for the Village of Hope — a Christian boarding school for children — from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.
‘New World Symphony,’ cello concerto featured on program
The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra celebrates a new name with a symphony for a new world Sunday when it closes its 2009-10 season with a program of Romantic-era music by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Music starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at Strings Music Pavilion. The orchestra will play the same program at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moffat County High School.
About five years ago, Brooklyn-based musician Brian J. was getting ready to make a record he knew would lead to creating a band. The band became The Pimps of Joytime, a heavily funk-oriented group with elements of soul and a live show that draws on the variation and cohesiveness of Brooklyn’s DJ culture. The band plays a free concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gondola Square at Steamboat Ski Area.
Event open to community and visitors; register by Friday
On Tuesday night, members of Steamboat Springs Jewish congregation Har Mishpacha host a traditional Passover Seder and dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Steamboat Grand.
Local band in contest for big-stage Wakarusa set in June
Steamboat Springs folk-rock and bluegrass five-piece Missed the Boat won a spot on the Wakarusa music festival lineup for when the four-day event hits Mulberry Mountain from June 3 to 6 in Ozark, Ark. Now the group is looking for fan votes to put it on one of the festival’s main stages. Voting for the contest is open through Friday.
Jonathan Tyler brings energetic live show to Ghost Ranch
Texas blues rocker Jonathan Tyler started out writing songs for small, coffee-house-style concerts. When venues started to call him back for more shows, he needed a band to take things to the next, louder level.
Whodunit? The Steamboat Players will look to answer that question as they put on Tom Stoppard's murder mystery, "The Real Inspector Hound," at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Kickoff event offers registration, team information
Registered teams and potential event participants will have a chance to learn more about the fifth annual Steamboat Springs Relay For Life on Thursday. A kickoff party for this year’s event is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Steamboat Springs Community Center.