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Arts and Entertainment

  • Arts district designation is denied

    Despite not receiving a certified creative district designation from the state, members of the Evergreen arts community say working toward the certification for the past two years has paid off for the arts and local businesses.

    “I think it made a lot of the arts organizations and a lot of community members aware of what we have here,” said Beth Riser, who has been heading the effort for the past few months. “The arts organizations came together and really started working together. … We have really cross-promoted each other.”

  • New exhibit at Mirada Fine Art takes a walk on the ‘wild’ side

    Wild: Some are born to be it, some explore it on foot or in four-wheelers. Next weekend, Mirada Fine Art explores the animal kingdom of the West with “WILD,” a new exhibit featuring work from a dozen artists who have their own ideas about what it means to be wild.

    According to gallery owner Steve Sonnen, the exhibit resulted from a conversation about Colorado wildlife and how much of the artwork showcased at the gallery represents nature and its wild denizens.

  • Mirada named best art gallery in Denver area

    Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills has been named the best art gallery in the Denver area as part of the 2016 Denver A-List awards. Five years after it was a finalist for the award, the gallery bested more than 100 other galleries from across the state, including the Space Gallery and Robischon Gallery in Denver.

    According to co-owner Steve Sonnen, the honor is a validation of the gallery’s efforts since it opened in 2009.

  • Sculpture competition focuses kids' artistic skills

    Some young Evergreen students proved they have solid artistic skills Friday night at a Sculpture Evergreen art contest reception at Evergreen National Bank.

    Students at Marshdale and Wilmot elementary schools and Evergreen Middle School participated in the contest, in which students used one of Evergreen’s many sculptures as inspiration for their own artwork.

    This is the first time Sculpture Evergreen has held a contest for elementary and middle school students, according to Jane Stewart, the contest organizer.

  • Animals are people too

    StageDoor Theatre is bringing the search for the Great Pink Sea Snail to the stage with a production of “Dr. Dolittle, Jr.,” which will be performed by the middle school company May 6, 7, 13 and 14.

    Director Mike Kinnie has been a fan of the original movie and its soundtrack since childhood.

    “The story has a nice message: take care of the animals, don’t forget about the animals, animals are people too. So it’s a great story; it’s a great message.”

  • HITTING THE HIGH NOTES: Jimy Murphy

    Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.

  • 'Legally Blonde' features laughs, songs at Clear Creek High

    Elle Woods has come to Clear Creek High School.

    Elle — portrayed by senior Emily Gerding — will star in “Legally Blonde the Musical” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The musical follows the plot of the 2001 movie, only with random outbursts of song, as Rachel Smith, the show’s director, put it.

    Smith, a CCHS English teacher, said Gerding is “channeling her inner Elle. She has put in a lot of work to make (Elle) a fun, likable character.”

  • Evergreen natives in cover band that targets fans of The Who

    Two Evergreen natives and longtime friends will perform Friday at the Little Bear in a five-piece band that covers the music of The Who.

    Pete Ward, founder of The Substitutes, and David Floyd met in Evergreen in 1974, when they were neighbors and rode the bus together to Bergen Elementary. From good times spent summer camping to winter sledding, music was always a part of their friendship.

  • Evergreen Players, Aurora theater team up for production about RFK

    The Evergreen Players are teaming with Aurora’s Vintage Theatre to present “RFK: A Portrait of Robert F. Kennedy” for two weekends beginning Friday evening. Although Evergreen will be experiencing this play for the first time, it has been running continuously throughout the state for the past four years.
    Professional actor James O’Hagan-Murphy of Denver continues to enthusiastically portray Robert Kennedy and has established quite the reputation for doing so. In fact, author Jack Holmes was so moved by his performance that he sent him an autographed copy of the play.

  • Former Idaho Springs resident McEuen to perform at United Center on Nov. 3

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    Nov. 3 will be a homecoming of sorts for John McEuen.

    The California native, who is perhaps best known as a co-founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1966, lived in Clear Creek for 20 years.

    “It’s nice,” McEuen said in an interview, noting that Idaho Spring is close to skiing and not too far from the Denver airport. “There are nice people; it was a growing little town.”