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Today's Features

  • Twelve local acts are tuning up to fight for stage time at the upcoming Conifer Mountain Music Festival.

    The bands will be battling it out at the first-ever Great Conifer Battle of the Bands on July 11 and 18 at McSwaine’s 285 Road House. Both competitions begin at noon. Seven bands will perform July 11, and five will perform July 18.

    The musical talent runs the gamut from seasoned rockers to younger acts and genres from punk rock to folk, but one thing remains the same for all 12: They’re ready for a good fight.

  • The Evergreen Gallery, in existence for over 20 years, has found a bustling home tucked amongst the businesses of downtown Evergreen.

    The gallery, founded in 1987 by Meryl Sabeff, is packed with unique art and has developed a following for its themed shows, during which Colorado artists create two- and three-dimensional pieces that fit a particular topic. Now, as the gallery enters its third decade, exciting changes are on the horizon.

  • Peak Academy of Dance is becoming more than just a dance studio.

    The studio in Aspen Park is working to become a nonprofit that will be called Peak Performance Company, according to owner Danielle Heller.

    Working with local businesses and performers, Peak has raised enough money to fill out the necessary paperwork to file for 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service and is on its way to realizing its dream to offer dance scholarships and be a community-wide performance arts center.

  • Imagine a 3-foot-tall saguaro cactus that is home to a family of mice.

    This particular cactus happens to be blue, and the mice are dressed in sombreros. Their cactus home has a bedroom, living room and kitchen and is complete with furniture, dishes, tile floors and wall decorations.

  • Have you ever wished that you could dance like those professionals on “Dancing With The Stars?” Are professional dance lessons too expensive, too far away or just too intimidating for you?

    Never fear. Wiley Simpson is here – in Evergreen. Beginning on Thursday, June 25, Simpson will launch a series of dance lessons and events that are sure to have you tangoing and cha-cha’ing like the champions.

  • Summer is just around the corner, and the Evergreen art scene will be abuzz with plenty of opportunities to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty and your creativity flowing.

    The Center for the Arts Evergreen is a local hub for artistic endeavors for both young and old alike. Whether you want to learn to throw your own clay pot or you simply want to ponder the splendor of other people’s artwork, CAE has something for everyone this summer.

  • School is out for the year, and you’ll see people out for the summer — hiking, biking and enjoying our mountain community. Something that you might not expect to see, however, are cranes dotting the landscape at sites throughout town. Or welders blasting away at sculpture bases. All this to make way for 14 new sculptures that are part of the Art for the Mountain Community 2009 Sculpture Walk.

  • Tickets for a Broadway production of “Wicked,” the legendary precursor to the “Wizard of Oz,” can run $300 each. Even if you have that kind of money lying around, chances are that most weekend shows are already sold out. The Center for the Performing Arts Studies has solved this theatrical dilemma by bringing a taste of the wildly popular show to Evergreen.

  • Forty years ago, a small dairy farm in rural New York became a countercultural mini-nation as more than 200,000 people gathered for an unprecedented music festival known as Woodstock. The world was wrought with unrest — racial discord at home and military action abroad were tearing our nation apart. In spite of the tumultuous state of the world, Woodstock was a bastion of love and peace, proving that the music of some of the world’s most influential performers could bring together thousands for a brief moment of musical and social harmony.

  • Our world has become a complex and sophisticated place, and we can often lose ourselves in the maze of technology, transit and tight deadlines. In these complicated times, it often pays to slow down and enjoy the Earth’s fundamental patterns and resources — the simple things that make us feel more connected to the origins of life. For this reason, “Primitive Tapestries,” the latest show at the Evergreen Gallery, was born.