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Today's Features

  • The bands might not be very well known, but the familiar intimate stage, theater seating and stories about the musicians’ songs and inspirations are making Conifer Loves Music a local attraction.

    The music series kicked off its second round of shows last weekend at StageDoor Theatre — headlined by Denver/New York City-based band The Winchester Local and Texas rock band Lindby.

    But before either band took the stage, Conifer’s Ben Powell opened the show, performing his music live for the very first time.

  • 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.”

  • By Andrea Tritschler, For the Courier

    Tucked away on the side of Pleasant Park Road is a small, old cemetery, so much a part of the landscape it often goes unnoticed.

    But on Saturday, the Conifer Historical Society made Kemp Cemetery the star of its show, with a tour that highlighted why.

  • 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.

  • Artists find inspiration everywhere, even their own backyard.

    Last week, Jeffco Open Space parks hosted more than 25 professional painters from Colorado and other states as part of the first ever In Plein Sight — an outdoor “plein air” event and art sale organized by PLAN Jeffco.

    Organizers said the idea came from one of the participating artists, who had done a plein air painting event in Douglas County parks, and suggested that PLAN Jeffco and Jeffco Open Space could host one as well.

  • 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.