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Arts and Entertainment

  • Local artists open their doors, hearts to patrons

    It’s one thing to see art in a gallery; it’s quite another to see art in studios with artists available to answer questions and talk about their work.

    That’s what the annual Open Door Studios is all about, and attendees at last weekend’s event said they appreciated the one-on-one with artists.

    “It’s lovely to talk with the artists to learn more about their work,” said Eli Barringer of Evergreen, who was experiencing Open Door Studios for the first time.

  • Main Street Fine Art set to present annual all-Colorado show

    By Penny Randell, For the Courier

    Eighty-eight artists from throughout Colorado will exhibit 160 pieces at the annual All Colorado Artists Show in Evergreen during the first three weeks of October. 

    The exhibition, at the Main Street Fine Art Gallery downtown, is a juried show designed to attract some of the best artists in Colorado. It will run from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23, with an opening reception Friday, Sept. 30.

  • Chorale kicks off season with 'My Fair Lady'

    The Evergreen Chorale is kicking off its 44th season Friday with the Lerner and Loewe musical “My Fair Lady.”

    The show’s director, Tim Kennedy of Westminster, said performances will run until Oct. 9. The production includes 33 cast members, 10 crew members and nine orchestra players. The run time is a little over two-and-a-half hours, he said.

  • ‘Footloose’ comes to Conifer StageDoor Theatre

    The 1984 hit movie “Footloose” is especially remembered for its sizzling, first-rate dancing that virtually brought it to fame.
    Although dance will again fill the stage in Conifer, the StageDoor Theatre’s production of “Footloose” will focus on its rich storyline, while developing each character to the fullest. The play centers on the spirit of youth, the effects of rebellion and for sure romance.

  • 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.”

  • Local couple celebrating 50 years with Evergreen Players, each other

    2016 is a golden year for John and Kathleen Davis of Evergreen in two ways:

    First, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March.

    Second, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary as volunteers with the Evergreen Players this month.

    Those who have worked with the Davises agree wholeheartedly that the couple are worth their weight in gold.

  • Young musicians scale jazzy heights

    As Lindy hoppers and hepcats alike gathered in the Elks ballroom during the 15th annual Evergreen Jazz Festival on Friday, the sounds of musicians warming up drifted from the stage. Those notes did not come from professionals but from young, up-and-coming musicians.

  • 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.