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Today's Features

  • By Penny Randell, for the Courier

    The Evergreen Chorale will welcome a guest performance of “James and the Giant Peach” on Sunday at Center/Stage Theatre, acted and directed by the Phamaly Theatre Company from Denver. This professional-grade musical is for the whole family and promises to provide a festive path toward Thanksgiving.

  • Last Friday, Conifer’s Venue Theatre Company kicked off its fourth season with a stage adaptation of the 25-year old Disney film “Beauty and the Beast.”

    Directed by Nelson Conway, the three-hour musical sees nearly 30 students from five area high schools share the story of how Prince Adam — transformed into the animalistic Beast by an enchantress after refusing her shelter — captured the heart of bookish but kind Belle.

  • By Penny Randell, for the Courier

    Beginning this Friday, StageDoor Theatre in Conifer will present "Fiddler on the Roof," an ambitious production chosen to encourage as many high school students as possible to participate.

    The senior high company at StageDoor took on the beloved musical, which premiered on Broadway in 1964 and then was made into a cherished movie in 1971. 

  • 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.”

  • At the convention of Colorado’s “Do Nothing Party,” the villain A. Beast — pronounced “best”; the “a” is silent — enters to boos and hisses, and proclaims that he is “one of the convention plotters — I mean, planners.”

    These are only a few of the amusing moments that pervade the melodrama “Peril at the Polls.”

  • Artists often refrain from providing context for their works. Instead, they leave their work open to personal interpretation, expecting that each painting, photograph or sculpture will bring a unique meaning to each viewer.

    But in a new exhibit called “Storytelling,” opening Saturday at the Mirada Fine Art Gallery in Indian Hills, art lovers will have an opportunity they do not always have — to learn background about each of the 30 to 40 pieces on display.

  • By Penny Randell, For the Courier

    StageDoor Theatre in Conifer will bring the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Show” to the stage on three weekends this month — including a couple of late-night showings designed to appeal to the movie’s devoted fans.

    The high-energy musical, a campy rock ‘n’ roll tribute to sci-fi and horror flicks, is rated PG-18 and is billed to thrill an adult audience.

  • To get his students’ attention, Rabbi Jamie Arnold starts singing a catchy, simple song. Within a few seconds, the 20 or so classmates interrupt their conversations and join in. Then the group pauses for reflection.

    “Take a breath like it’s your first,” Arnold tells them. “Enjoy the breath like it’s your last.”

  • 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.

  • 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.