Big Head Todd tickets go on sale today

Tickets are on sale today for Colorado band Big Head Todd and The Monsters at 9 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Steamboat Grand Hotel Ballroom. The John Eddie Band opens for Big Head Todd and The Monsters consisting of Todd Park Mohr on lead vocals and guitar, Rob Squires on bass and vocals and Brian Nevin on drums and vocals. Big Head Todd will play old favorites and new material from their latest CD, “Riviera,” which will be released March 26. Tickets are available for general admission at $25 at All That Jazz, Gondola Square SportStalker, Mount Werner Sinclair or by calling Ticketmaster at (303) 830-TIXS. The show is 21 and older only.

Tickets will be on sale Monday for two Lyle Lovett performances at 7 and 10 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Steamboat Grand Hotel Ballroom. Reserved seating tickets are $45; general admission seating is $35. Tickets are available at All That Jazz, Gondola Square SportStalker, Mount Werner Sinclair or by calling Ticketmaster at (303) 830-TIXS. The show is 21 and older only.

‘Wedding Banquet’ part of Film Series

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents the Chinese film “Wedding Banquet” for the Friday Film Series in cooperation with the Yampa Valley Film Board. The first 75 seats are free to the public, doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. at the Centennial Hall Citizens Room on 10th Street. “Wedding Banquet” is a comedy of a Chinese yuppie living in New York. He’s convinced himself that a marriage of convenience is the perfect way to prevent his parents in Taiwan from discovering he is actually gay. His plans backfire hilariously when his parents insist on coming to New York for the wedding. A wine and cheese tasting to complement the region of the featured film will follow. The city of Steamboat Springs, Picaflic, Vino, the Film Guild and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association sponsor the project. Call the Depot Art Center at 879-9008 for more information.

SSAC seeks slide entries for exhibit

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is accepting slide entries for Winter Works 2002, to be held Jan. 18 to Feb. 24 at the Depot Art Center in Steamboat. The theme for this exhibit is “Wordplay.” Artists are asked to interpret the theme in any form, ranging from the literal to abstract. Winter Works 2002 is a juried exhibition, with cash awards given. Open to all media, except video and installations. Entry deadline is today. All work must be for sale. The SSAC will retain a 25-percent commission. The show judge, Susan Shatter, received her BFA at Pratt Institute in New York, her MFA at Boston University and attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture in Maine. She is currently teaching at the National Academy of Design in New York. For show prospectus, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to SSAC, P.O. Box 774284, Steamboat Springs, 80477.

Community players present ‘II Plays’ today

Steamboat Community Players present “II Plays” at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Thursday, Dec. 7 and Dec.8 at the Seventh Street Playhouse. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at All That Jazz and at the door for $10. “II Plays” consists of “The Universal Language” by David Ives and “The Devil and Billy Markham” by Shel Silverstein. The plays are directed by local Seth Bograd. Call 879-3254 for more information.

Mary Calhoun to sign latest novel Saturday

Mary Calhoun presents a book signing of her recent novel, “A Shepard’s Gift,” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore. “A Shepard’s Gift” is Calhoun’s 53rd book published for children and young adults. “A Shepard’s Gift” is published by HarperCollins and illustrated by Raul Colon. Colon is best known for his scratchboard technique. Calhoun is a Steamboat Springs resident and also is the author of “Cross Country Cat,” “Henry” and the Katie John books.

Yampatika gets ready for winter events

Yampatika and Partners in Interpretation present a Wee Naturalist schedule for the winter. A “Soar Like an Eagle” seminar is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Yampatika on 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue to learn how eagles hunt, fish and soar. Call 871-9151 for more information.

Yampatika Educational Partnership presents a winter schedule:

Tuesdays (beginning Dec. 4) to the end of March with weather permitting:

Emerald Mountain Snowshoe Tour (moderate) from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at Yampatika.

Guided Nature Ski Tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Meet at the top of Why Not ski run.

Wednesdays (beginning Dec. 5) to the end of March with weather permitting:

Rabbit Ears Backcountry Tour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Preregistration and reservations required.

Thursdays (beginning Dec. 7) to the end of March with weather permitting:

Uranium Mine Road Snowshoe Tour from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Yampatika.

Guided Nature Ski Tours from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Christmas in the Rockies event returns

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council presents Christmas in the Rockies featuring a holiday craft fair with original works by local and regional artists in 46 booths from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Park Elementary. A live pianist will perform mid-morning and catered Greek food is available. Hands-On! Children’s Museum will feature Santa for the children.

CMC presents philosophical discussion

The Alpine Enrichment Program presents the novel idea series with “Happiness, Death and the Remainder of Life” by Jonathan Lear at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Bryan King Room, 300 Bogue Hall at the Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus. The discussion is facilitated by Bob Baker, CMC philosophy professor. Baker uses the tools of psychoanalysis to detect Freud’s postulation of the death instinct and Aristotle’s decree that happiness is the highest good. Refreshment will be served by Mocha Molly’s. Books are available for loan at the CMC library and Bud Werner Memorial Library or on sale at Off the Beaten Path. Call Janie Swartz at 870-4432 for more information.

Quilt display part of Denver Art Museum

Preserving Patterns: The Quilts of Charlotte Jane Whitehill from now through Dec. 9 exhibiting her 28 quilts featuring 19th century appliquatterns.

Alice Neel exhibit portrays people and places of the 20th century with more than 70 paintings and watercolors from now through Dec. 30.

Bruce Nauman exhibit features sculptures of all sizes with unusual materials, a video and an illustrated brochure from now through Dec. 30.

The Cos Cob Art Colony: Impressionists On the Connecticut Shore exhibit through Jan. 20, 2002. The exhibit features more than 50 oils, watercolors, pastels and prints detailing the inspiring people and settings of the Connecticut shoreline during the early 20th century.

A display of treasures from the Harmsen Western Art Collection is through April 21, 2002. Dorothy and William St. Harmsen donated their collection to the museum.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, until 9 p.m. Wednesday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (888) 903-0278 or visit to get ticket prices and more information.

Group extends deadline for applications

Celebrate Colorado Artists is extending the 2002 festival artist application deadline to Dec. 14. The fourth annual Celebrate Colorado Artists Festival is May 24-27 at the Denver Pavilions. The festival will showcase 125 of Colorado’s visual artists free to the public. American Century is sponsoring the event. Artists may obtain an application at or by calling (303) 480-0457 or (303) 388-2137.

Dinner theater presents classic ‘Guys & Dolls’

The Cabaret Dinner Theater presents the classic American musical “Guys and Dolls” at the Cabaret Dinner Theater, 701 Main St., Grand Junction. Directed by Kirk McConnell, performances run through Jan. 20, 2002. The house opens at 5:45 p.m., show is at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday evening show begins at 6:30 p.m., house doors open at 4:45 p.m. Ticket prices range from $20 to $33.50. Call (970) 255-0999 for reservations.

Foothills hosts Fiesta! Mexican art exhibit

Foothills Arts Center hosts Fiesta! The Art of Mexican Celebration now through Jan. 13, 2002. The exhibit presents traditional Mexican art and culture and contemporary Chicano, or Mexican-American, artistic expression. Artists include Meggan DeAnza, Carlos Fresquez, Bob Luna, Sylvia Montero, Tony Ortega, Danny Salazar, Maruca Salazar and Carlos Santisteven. Foothills presents Symposium: Mexica to Chicano from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $30 a person, including a catered lunch. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 809 15th St. in Golden. Admission is free. Call (303) 279-3922 for more information.

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