5:28am

Fri June 24, 2011
Arts and Entertainment

KUNC Entertainment Report

Fasten your seatbelts, Colorado’s summer events and festival season shifts into high gear this weekend.

Out of the gates today -- the 89th Annual Greeley Stampede -- running thru a fireworks-lit 4th of July:  lots of music, western art shows, muttin busting, old west reenactments, and of course, the rodeo; online: www.greeleystampede.org

“Magnificent Tchaikovsky, Merry Dvorak” – a concert by the National Repertory Orchestra – happens tonight in Breckenridge at The Riverwalk Center.

Also this evening -- Cuban music lights up the stage of the Boulder Theatre, and Leo Kottke strums his guitar at Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Bellvue.

Tonight and Saturday afternoon in Boulder, at the Atlas Black Box Theatre, excerpts from Pride and Prejudice, also from Rosencranz and Guildenstern are Dead, then a follow-up conversation with the composers. CU Presents Box Office

Swallow Hill, Denver rings with plenty of song tonight in a sold-out concert of Americana called O’Brien Party of 7.  Then Saturday night, Martin Taylor and Jon Wirtz at Swallow Hill.  www.swallowhillmusic.org

The Longmont Museum & Cultural Center presents a landmark exhibition of an American master, John J. Audubon -- American Artist and Naturalist. Audubon’s depictions of American birds are world renowned, loved by art and nature enthusiasts alike; running till September 18.

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival in Boulder opens Saturday night with Romeo and Juliet; also this summer, The Comedy of Errors, and French and Russian dramas. The Shakespeare Festival’s new high-tech sound system ensures clear listening from all outdoor seats.  http://www.coloradoshakes.org/

Boulder Ballet’s “Ballet in the Park” brings the beauty and fun of the ballet Saturday evening to Civic Green Amphitheater, Highlands Ranch, at 7pm. www.boulderballet.org

The comic musical, Hairspray, recreating the styles of 1960’s America with gusto, will have you rockin’ in your seat and cheerin’ for the underdogs – tonight at the Arvada Center, and thru mid July.

Yoga Rocks the Park every Sunday morning at a couple locations in Denver, and runs till the end of September.

This Sunday, it’s the Annual Lucky Mutt Strut, a 2-mile morning walk around Washington Park in Denver, 7:30AM to 1PM, to benefit the Max Fund of Denver:  www.maxfund.org

The musical Cats runs at the Boulder Dinner Theatre till September 3rd. 

Sunday afternoon in Allenspark – their Hog Heaven fundraiser promises blues and brews and more.

Late Sunday in Boulder, 4:30 to 7:30, the group Mokomba presents traditional and contemporary works of African drum and dance – that’s in front of the courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall.

In Boulder Sunday night, The Colorado Music Festival kicks off at Chatauqua Auditorium with Pianist Orion Weiss in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, also Schubert’s 8th Symphony. The Festival runs thru August 5th.

http://www.coloradomusicfest.org/custom/splashpage.asp

The Bravo! Vail Music Festival runs thru August 3rd and this Sunday night, pianist Anne Marie McDermott plays Bach, Chopin, and more. In Vail Monday and Tuesday evenings, piano trio concerts; on Wednesday, enjoy the Dallas Symphony and soloists in Beethoven’s rarely played Triple Concerto. http://www.vailmusicfestival.org/

And the Aspen Music Festival embarks this weekend on its 62nd season.

Looking ahead to next week:

Tuesday night at Chatauqua Auditorium, she’s been called the Jimmy Hendrix of the violin – Eileen Ivers, with her band, Immigrant Soul, serves up a high-energy Celtic mix.

Also in Boulder -- Bands on the Bricks – 10 weeks of free concerts, Wednesdays 7-9, on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall, thru mid August.

And at the Boulder Theatre next Wednesday for an eTown radio show taping, Hot Tuna and Dar Williams.

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