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Steve Martin, “Tosca”, art shows and more: Tricia’s weekend picks for 7/12/19

Steve Martin and Martin Short at Whistle Pig Vail

Whistle Pig Vail returns this weekend for its second year, and will kick it off with a little comedy and music with Steve Martin and Martin Short.

The show is titled, “Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t,” and comedy legends Steve Martin and Martin Short will present new material in a variety of musical sketches as only those two can do, along with insights about their amazing careers in show business. Joining the comedic duo will be Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers. The tour also features renowned pianist and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” band member Jeff Babko.

Whistle Pig Vail is a summer-long music series that brings a new era of headliner music to the iconic Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Some of the other acts lined up to perform at Whistle Pig Vail include Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Bon Iver and The Steve Miller Band. The series is booked in collaboration with AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, and will bring well-known rock, pop, country and bluegrass icons to Vail for shows throughout the summer.

Expect to be fully entertained during this first show of the Whistle Pig Vail series. Tickets are $65 for lawn seating and range from $179.50-$299.50 for reserved seating. Go to www.grfavail.com for more information.

Bravo! Vail presents “Tosca”

The Philadelphia Orchestra is quickly winding down its stay in Vail, but before it goes, it has a big weekend that includes a premier opera production of Puccini’s “Tosca”.

In addition to the opera, which opens on Thursday and also runs on Saturday, Friday’s Bravo! Vail performance will feature the sounds of Mozart and Rachmaninoff. With conductor Yannick Nezet-Sequin conducting and Seong-Jin Cho on piano, listen to Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor” and learn why Cho feels playing the piano is like singing and why he thinks Mozart is a genius. Read the program notes to get special insights on the performers and the pieces that are performed throughout the season.

Saturday night, sit back and be treated to Bravo! Vail’s most ambitious project to date. The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater will be transformed as a fully staged production of Puccini’s “Tosca” debuts in Vail. “Tosca” is a thrilling melodrama set in Rome during the Napoleonic wars. Follow the twists and turns around this fatal love triangle in this must-see event.

There’s been a lot of attention surrounding this event. To get the audiences ready for this performance Bravo! Vail along with the Vail Symposium have hosted various talks including a conductor’s guide and an immersive look at this opera earlier this week. Take advantage of opportunities to meet the director and cast on Friday or attend the pre-performance talk on Saturday. For more information, visit www.bravovail.org.

FAC at Beaver Creek

Friday’s mean FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) and Beaver Creek invites you to wind down after a day of activities at Village Plaza. From 4:30-7:00 each Friday through Aug. 23, sip on an ice cold Stella Artois or Breckenridge Brewery beer, or cheers to the day’s events with a glass of wine with friends and family while enjoying live music.

While you sit back and relax, the kids can keep going with lawn games like giant Jenga, Connect Four and ice skating from 6 to 10 p.m. Local caricaturist Ken Carpenter will be on hand as well if you want a comical portrait created of your family through his eyes.

Jade Vases, a 5-person indie band out of Denver, will be playing tunes under the pergola and will fill the Plaza Pavilion with music to get your weekend started.

For more information and the musical line up for the rest of the summer, check out www.beavercreek.com/events.

Art on the Rockies

For nearly a decade, Art on the Rockies has brought in talented artists for a 3-day event showcasing their craft in Edwards. Art on the Rockies is an opportunity to see new art, talk to artists and attain artwork at all price points.

This juried show brings in artistic styles ranging from sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, mixed metal, glass, jewelry and more. Over 130 artists from around the country converge near the Colorado Mountain College campus surrounded by a gorgeous backdrop of scenic views around Edwards.

Many of the participating artists also are known from renowned shows such as La Quinta Arts Festival in Palm Springs, CA, and Celebration for the Arts in Scottsdale, AZ.

On Friday, enjoy a little champagne during the opening reception at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the silent auction fundraiser closes at 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit free art programming for local youth.

In addition to meeting the artists and viewing the art, food and beverages will be available for purchase and a kids zone will be set up for aspiring youngsters who want to create some art at the event. For more information, visit www.artontherockies.org.

Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalks and Sidewalk Sale

Speaking of art, Eagle has embraced the second Friday ARTwalks since they began in November, the event is growing to two days this weekend. Eagle’s 2nd Friday ARTwalk and Sidewalk Sale brings in local fine artist’s tents and exhibits, interactive art activities, plein air painters, food vendors, Quiet Kat demo rides, and a chance to meet local alpacas and goats.

There will also be live music at various businesses on Broadway including ARTSPaCE, Bonfire Brewery, Everyday Outfitters, and Petals of Provence.

“July’s ARTwalk will be our ninth consecutive 2nd Friday event. We started with three art gallery venues, including ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery, Vail Valley Art Guild gallery and Red Canyon Cafe,” said Tara Novak, artist and owner of ARTSPaCE workshop+gallery and founder of the event.

“This weekend we will have nine galleries and business venues exhibiting our talented local artists plus an Art Market Zone on Broadway with over a dozen local artists showcasing their work in tents on the street.”

It all starts on Friday at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more details, please visit the Facebook page @eagleartscolorado.

Cotton & Co. Street Boutique brings fashions to you

It’s a beautiful thing when your talents and passion can lead you to a job you love. That’s what happened to Kailey Cotton Gorbold, the driving force –literally – behind Cotton & Co. Street Boutique, a mobile clothing store that brings styles to you.

You’ve probably seen the big pink truck parked outside the busy intersection at the Gashouse along Highway 6 in Edwards on Wednesdays or in downtown Eagle Ranch during lunchtime on Fridays. This new business allows Gorbold, who has been an assistant buyer at Base Mountain Sports and assistant manager at Beaver Creek Sports and a Sales Associate at Loro Piana in Vail, a chance to sell clothing while also managing a household with her husband and two small children.

“My husband and I brainstormed my passions and how I could incorporate that into our lives, allowing my time to be flexible with the kids and our lifestyle. He came up with a traveling boutique,” Gorbold said.

First Chair Designs created the bright look for this former linen truck while Gorbold’s husband and in-laws built out the inside of the truck. “My husband’s parents traveled from upstate New York and they all worked all day, every day for a month to get most of it completed. It turned out way better than I ever imagined,” Gorbold said.  

“When we designed it, I wanted it to be loud on the outside and light and airy on the inside. I didn’t want customers to feel like they were walking into a cave,” Gorbold said.

This small store packs in the goods. Gorbold carries about eight different lines of women’s clothing, handbags and jewelry. She’s proud to offer variety at a good price. “Most of us have many hobbies around here, and our dollars are spread thin, so it’s meant to be fun, bright and budget-friendly,” Gorbold said. 

Follow this traveling boutique on Instagram, Facebook or www.cottoncosb.com for a complete and updated schedule of where the truck will be. Cotton & Co. is also available for private parties and events.

S’mores ice cream?

Nothing says summertime like camping and you can’t have a campfire without s’mores. Sundae Homemade Ice Cream decided to take that summer staple and create a flavor around it.

“We set out to combine all of the iconic ingredients of a traditional s’more into a unique ice cream flavor, right down to the toasted marshmallow,” said Ashlyn Streetz, general manager at Sundae.  “We started by making a graham cracker ice cream, then folded in mini marshmallows we roasted ourselves and finished it with the dark chocolate chips our customers know and love.”

Sundae’s unique and creative flavors of the month inspire many of its customers to share what flavors they’d like to see next. “Sometimes it’s a customer suggestion we find intriguing or sometimes its something we’ve been dreaming up ourselves,” said Streetz, who is a pastry chef by trade. “We featured a chocolate raspberry sriracha ice cream this winter, and recently featured a cucumber melon sorbet.”

Sundae prides itself on offering quality ice cream that starts with quality ingredients. “We’re not looking to cut corners or do what’s easy, real homemade ice cream takes time and tons of effort,” Streetz said.  “We’re always looking to create the best ice cream possible for our customers and for ourselves.”

Sundae’s mission is to simply spread joy, one scoop at a time. Sundae is expanding its reach this summer and besides the Edwards Corner and Bridge Street ice cream parlors, expect to find scoops of deliciousness at other places as well.

“We’ve added an ice cream cart to our team this summer.  We’ll be spreading our wings in Garfield and Summit Counties this summer scooping up joy at farmers markets,” Streetz said.

Sundae has also honored requests to have its homemade ice cream at special events and now offers catering services for weddings, backyard parties and other gatherings.June is flying by, so stop by Sundae to try the s’mores ice cream flavor before it’s gone. To learn more about Sundae Homemade Ice Cream, visit www.sundaeicecream.com.

Bookworm of Edwards hosts Friday fundraiser for Rally for Rangers

EDWARDS — The Bookworm of Edwards will host a Friday fundraiser for Rally for Rangers, a group working to donate 15 new motorcycles to rangers in Nepal. The event begins at 6 p.m.

The Nepalese rangers are battling poachers in an effort to protect both the greater one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger.

The event includes a showing of a documentary film about Rally for Rangers and its work in helping “protect the world’s special places by empowering rangers around the world with motorcycles and equipment.

The group is a project of the Mongol Ecology Center, and is based in Mongolia and Arizona.

Rally for Rangers co-founder Tom Medema will speak at the event.

For more information, go to www.rallyforrangers.org.


Eat Chat Parent to discuss anxiety in children on Tuesday and Wednesday

The Eagle River Youth Coalition is continuing its Eat Chat Parent series with a discussion on anxiety in children. The discussion will take place on Tuesday at Battle Mountain High School and again on Wednesday at Gypsum Creek Middle School.

Eat Chat Parent is a series of free discussions (with dinner, of course) for experts to give advice to parents on dealing with various issues such as overuse of technology or low self-esteem.

This particular discussion will feature two such experts in anxiety: local author and yoga instructor Julie Kiddoo and Dr. Steven Schlozman, a Harvard Medical School child psychiatrist.

“The most recent survey results from 2017 tell us that one-third of local middle school and high school students are vulnerable to this (anxiety issues),” said Carol Johnson, community education manager and facilitator for Eat Chat Parent. “We get concerned when protective factors are lacking, because then unwanted behaviors occur, such as experimentation with substance use.”

Johnson also pointed out that addressing mental health concerns in a student’s own home will provide the youth with a better chance to thrive.

The discussion will specifically address the two types of anxiety that can manifest in children, healthy and unhealthy.

“It’s important for parents to recognize the difference between healthy and unhealthy anxiety in children,” Johnson said. “We conducted a parent survey in 2017 and learned that 50 percent of parents surveyed can’t tell the difference between a moody child and one who needs more support outside of the home.”

According to Johnson, healthy anxiety is totally normal — perhaps what a child experiences before a test — but just requires some extra love. Unhealthy anxiety, however, interferes with a child’s life and requires help from a medical professional.

Outside of teaching parents to distinguish between the two types of anxiety, the discussion is aimed at battling the stigma of mental health issues.

“Our community is great at responding to a friend’s ACL injury, but when it is a mental health issue, many people don’t know how to respond,” Johnson said.

Schlozman, one of the discussion leaders, is well known throughout the world for his work in child psychiatry.

“Dr. Schlozman is an internationally renowned leader, who is at the forefront of the latest child psychological theories, data and best practices,” Johnson said. “We are privileged to have him share his expertise since we do not have anyone of his caliber working in this field in our community.”

However, Schlozman’s approach to solving the issue doesn’t focus solely on the children involved.

“(It’s) our job is to support our kids through what comes naturally difficult for (the kids),” Schlozman said in a press release from Eat Chat Parent. “… If changes are worrisome, then don’t worry alone. This is where community comes in. Talk with other parents, with teachers and with your child’s pediatrician.”

The other presenter will be Kiddoo, who owns and operates Revolution Power Yoga in Avon and recently wrote the book “Bye-Polar,” the autobiographical story of finding peace in yoga after years of struggling with her mental health.

“Make sure you talk to someone you can trust — a parent, a therapist, a friend. There is always hope and good mental health is for everyone,” Kiddoo said in the release. “Go to yoga. Meditate. Journal. All of those tools really work. Never give up. Stay determined to get well. Trust yourself.”

The release also states that a 2017 survey shows that the number of youth reporting depression is rising, with Vail Health CEO Will Cook weighing in.

“We must address the mental health of our youth, and since we know from studies like these that prosocial engagement helps youth feel less anxious and depressed, we must find ways to connect with them,” he said.

Kiddoo and Schlozman will not only provide context for healthy and unhealthy anxieties, but they’ll also discuss tips for what parents, friends and other caregivers can do to support children through anxiety, thereby helping them to succeed and thrive later in life.

Eat Chat Parent is free and open to the public, and those that aren’t parents are welcome to attend — crowds can be as large as 300 people, according to Johnson. RSVP to the event at goo.gl/YRjfiy.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., the discussion will begin at 6 and a Q&A session will kick off at 7.

A Taste of Berry Creek features homemade Mexican food for BCMS benefit

EDWARDS — Berry Creek Middle School’s annual fundraiser, “A Taste of Berry Creek”, is scheduled for Wednesday.

Families will provide homemade Mexican food, and the PTA will sell food and drink tickets for $1 each. A silent auction and entertainment are also part of the evening, Berry Creek parent Andrea Glass said.

All the money goes to supporting Berry Creek Middle School with materials, field trips, and guest speakers.

“As the school’s only annual fundraiser, this event is important to keep providing opportunities for our students,” Glass said. “The food is amazing, and it’s a fun evening for the whole family.”

Viral embroidery artist to share talents in Edwards

Kristen Gula, professional embroidery artist and Instagram star, is making her way to the Vail Valley, and she’s bringing her talents with her.

On Friday and Saturday, Gula will be teaching workshops on embroidery art at Maker + Stitch in Edwards. The workshop, titled “Learn Modern Floral Hand Embroidery with Kristen Gula,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The trip to Colorado is one of many traveling workshops that Gula teaches, previously hosting one in Toronto. Gula has run her own company, Gulush Threads, since 2013.

The workshop will cover the process and techniques of embroidery, teaching stitches for roughly two hours. Participants will be allowed to pick their own design, fabric and stitches.

Gula takes a simplified approach to embroidery and will teach a workshop on the art this Friday and Saturday in Edwards.

“I’ll give (participants) skills, and instill them with the capability to embroider,” Gula said.

More specifically, the workshop will cover pattern transfer, sever or eight stitches, beginner skills (such as starting a needle and tieing up the ends). The class will also include more advanced lessons,  like using a punch needle and needle felting.

“I’ll be talking about modern embroidery, look at something and seeing how you can make art out of it,” said Gula.

Gula’s career took off after taking up embroidery as a hobby. While searching for a job, preparing for her wedding, acting as a stay-at-home mom and fighting major anxiety and depression, Gulush chose to take a unique approach to the art.

“Embroidery is considered very kitsch and vintage-looking,” Gula said. “Instead of using 200 different stitches, I focus on eight or nine. I paint with thread—it’s like filling in a coloring book, but with thread.”

After making a few pieces for friends, she chose to start selling her work and posting it online. She was among the first to pick up this new technique, and her Instagram profile blew up, earning her 92,000 followers, and her recently-launched YouTube channel already has 600 subscribers, with sponsorships in the works.

“I didn’t expect it to happen like that,” Gula said of her career. “I feel very grateful.”

Tickets for the workshop cost $100 and can be purchased at www.makerandstitch.com.

Arts & Entertainment Editor Nate Day can be reached at nday@vaildaily.com or 970-748-2932.