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Chili, microbrews and hot, hot music in the mountains

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SNOWMASS – In an effort to trump the end-of-ski-season blues, Snowmass announces its summer of Music in the Mountains lineup that kicks off mid-June with the second annual Chili Pepper and Brew Fest June 17-19. The Chili Pepper and Brew Fest was conceived last year by the town of Snowmass’ marketing department to start off the Snowmass summer earlier than usual with a hot and spicy weekend dedicated to world-class chili, microbreweries and music. “This will be an absolutely amazing festival,” said Josh Behrman. “From the music of Keller Williams and Michael Franti and Spearhead to the chili aficionados and best of class microbrewers, it’s hard to believe this is only the event’s second year. Such a great combination with such a low ticket price is simply unbeatable in the mountains.”The leading authority on chili, the International Chili Society (ICS), will hold both its Front Range Regional (Friday) and District (Saturday) sanctioned competitions at Snowmass in the categories of Chili Red, Chili Verde and Chili Salsa. Over 20 ICS chili aficionados are expected to square off each day wielding peppers, tomatoes and secret sauces. The winners qualify to participate in the World’s Championship Chili Cook-off in October. More than 40 “best of class” microbreweries from around the country will attend for a seasonal ale competition on Friday and a grand tasting on Saturday. Both the microbrew and chili events offer tastings to the general public. On Sunday, locals get the chance to strut their spicy sides with a locals’ chili cook-off and locals’ band competition. Music is the final component to the festival, and this year Snowmass presents singer-songwriter Keller Williams and cult favorite Michael Franti and Spearhead, along with Chuck Prophet and New Monsoon. For more information, log on to http://www.snowmassvillage.com.Students showcase films in Glenwood The sixth annual Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest will be taking place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The festival will be in the Glenwood Springs High School auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door. The festival is a two-day event featuring two different sets of films on each night. The following films have been chosen to screen:Friday:”Cheese” – Steamboat Springs High School”My Illusion” – Rifle High School”Highwater” – Glenwood Springs High School”Il Gioco” – Roaring Fork High School”Jeremy” – Steamboat Springs High School”Thirty Four Fifty” – Roaring Fork High School”Crazy As Sane” – Steamboat Springs High SchoolNo title – Basalt High School”Freshman Fears” – Aspen High School”The Busk” – Yampah Mountain High School”Styles of Beyond” – Basalt High School”Naughty Rupert” – Aspen High School”En Realidad” – Basalt High School”Simple Pleasures” – Basalt High School”The Paper” – Steamboat Springs High School”Firefighter’s Prayer” – Aspen High SchoolSaturday:”The Strange Side of Abe Lincoln” – Home Schooled Student”13 Bad Things” – Aspen High School”Unbound” – UTEC (Grand Junction)”Something So Surreal” – Bridges”Cheap Tricks” – Roaring Fork High School”Mastication Sensation” – Basalt High School”Pirates of the Caribbean” – Steamboat Springs High School”Ginzama Remote” – Aspen High School”Skitch” – Glenwood Springs High School”What Are You Afraid Of?” – Glenwood Springs High School”PB&J” – Steamboat Springs High School”State Dreams” – Basalt High School”Ataxia” – Basalt High School”Locker 87″ – Roaring Fork High SchoolArtists sought for SummerArt 2005STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Steamboat Springs Arts Council (SSAC) is seeking entries for SummerArt 2005, a multi-media, juried fine art exhibit, to be held at the Eleanor Bliss Center for the Arts at The Depot July 1-Aug. 28. Entry deadline is Friday. Entry fee is $30 for up to three entries, $25 for SSAC members. SummerArt 2005 exhibit judge is Ben Mitchell, the director of exhibitions and programs at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wy. A curator, writer and teacher, Mitchell is also a visiting lecturer for the University of Wyoming’s American studies and art departments; and the art editor of Calapooya, the literary journal published by Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Or. For more information, e-mail beth@steamboatspringsarts.com.Denver Botanic Gardens celebrates wildflowers starting MondayDENVER – Denver Botanic Gardens will host workshops, lectures and activities to celebrate and educate visitors about Colorado’s wildflowers and endangered native plants. The purpose of “Celebrating Wildflowers” is to raise awareness and appreciation of native wildflowers and educate about the conservation of these native treasures. Free posters, coloring books and educational material will be given to all children who visit the gardens. This year’s theme is “Watchable Wildflowers,” which will include illustrations of showy native plants for the coloring book and information about where and when you can find them throughout the state. For more information, log on to http://www.botanicgardens.org or call (720)865-3500.Tattered Cover in Cherry Creek hosts best-selling author Clinton McKinzieDENVER – Best-selling author Clinton McKinzie will introduce his newest novel, “Badwater,” at Tattered Cover book store in Cherry Creek Thursday with a booksigning.McKinzie fuses his expertise on rock climbing and law-enforcement to craft action-packed thrillers. His first four novels featured the rock-climbing maverick cop Wyoming DCI Special Agent Antonio Burns. In “Badwater,” Burns faces the toughest challenge of his professional life at a time when he is trying desperately to put the pieces of his shattered personal life back together. The author will be on hand at 7:30 p.m. and the event is free.The plants of the Lewis and Clark expedition “re-discovered” at Denver Botanic Gardens DENVER – Denver Botanic Gardens will mark the bicentennial of Lewis and Clark’s transcontinental journey of exploration with “The Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” now until July 31. The “Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” offers a mix of specimens, photos and information about the plants collected along the trail, assembled by Fay Schaller. Schaller’s show, which has toured many venues around the country including Missouri Botanic Gardens, will complement 16 original botanical illustrations created by the garden’s students. The exhibit will extend into the gardens where visitors can take a self-guided tour to see living examples of plants collected during the expedition. The “Plants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition” coincides with the Lewis and Clark exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which opened May 6. For more information, log on to http://www.botanicgardens.orgCalling all artists for street painting festivalDENVER – Organizers of the La Piazza dell’Arte on Larimer Square in downtown Denver are calling all artists for the opportunity to participate in the two-day festival which creates an outdoor museum on the street in and around Larimer Square using pastels as the medium and the pavement as the canvas.Artists don’t have to have experience; more than 50 percent of last year’s artists had never worked with pastels before the event. The festival, which takes place June 18-19, also includes Italian food, entertainment and beverages. Participating artists will also have the opportunity to sell the original rendition of their temporary chalk piece in a silent-auction format. For more information, call (303)685-8124.Winter Park art fair raises funds for art scholarshipsWINTER PARK – The 32nd annual Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair will take place July 23-24 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Alpine ArtAffair features fine arts, crafts, jewelry, photography, sculpture, a used book sale, food and entertainment in a pine forest in Winter Park. Proceeds from the nonprofit event fund art scholarships and arts-related projects for Grand County students. Admission is free. For more information, call 887-1062 or e-mail alpineartaffair@yahoo.com.String Cheese Incident headlines BIG Summer Classic at Red Rocks July 2-3MORRISON – This summer String Cheese Incident will headline the BIG Summer Classic 2005. The traveling festival, which will launch with two shows at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater July 2-3. BIG Summer Classic will feature Keller Williams, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Yonder Mountain String Band, Umphrey’s McGee and New Monsoon. For more information, log on to http://www.bigsummerclassic.com. Denver Botanic Gardens hosts tour of gardens and villas throughout ItalyDENVER – Denver Botanic Gardens Life Trustee and honorary member of the Garden Club of America Edward Connors will lead “The Gardens and Villas of Italy” tour from September 7-17 in locations from Lake Como to Rome. Italian guides and experts from Denver Botanic Gardens will be on hand to offer direction, insight and information on the gardens and their surroundings. Connors has led many tours to Italy to view gardens and villas (as an art history at Kent Denver Country Day School for 28 years). Trip price is $4,100 per person and includes ten nights of lodging, breakfast, dinner each day and luxury bus coaches that will transport tour participants. Air travel to and from Italy is additional.For more information, visit http://www.botanicgardens.org.Extended Grateful Dead family cookout to take place Memorial Day weekendDENVER – The Spanish Lady Ranch, whose name comes from the lyrics of the Grateful Dead song “The Other One,” will play host to the Grateful Dead community this Memorial Day weekend. With a limited number of tickets available, Spanish Lady Ranch, Quixotes and Rosebud Productions bring to life the inaugural Maydaze Pre Summer Jam and Pig Roast May 27-30. This event will feature four days of camping, music by many Grateful Dead-related bands and barbecue, in addition to hosting a canned food drive for Adams County. Spanish Lady Ranch is located 30 miles east of Denver in the town of Strasburg. The lineup for Maydaze includes many of Colorado’s local favorites as well as out-of-town guests, including rare appearances of Buddy Cage and David Nelson, who will perform together. Both are most known for their time spent with New Riders of the Purple Sage, a group that was founded by the late Jerry Garcia. In keeping with the Grateful Dead theme, Betty Cantor will be the chief sound engineer. Betty is known as one of the first tapers of GD music, “The Betty Boards.”For more information and a complete list of performers, log on to http://www.maydaze.net.Grand Junction sprouting with flavorsGRAND JUNCTION – With the arrival of summer comes the promise of sweet, sun-ripened Colorado fruits. All summer long, orchards and vineyards in Grand Junction, Palisade and Fruita will be offering Colorado’s best. All locations offer orchard tours and tastings. Here’s when you can expect to find the region’s produce at its peak:– June 20-July 10: cherries (sweet varieties) — July 15-25: cherries (sour varieties)– June 25-July 5: apricots– July 25-Sept. 10: peaches (depending on variety)– Aug. 25-Sept. 15: plums — Aug. 15-Sept. 15: pears — July 25-Aug. 25: apples (summer varieties)– Sept. 9-25: grapes– Sept. 15-Oct. 30: apple (winter varieties)In addition, roadside stands throughout the area offer produce as well as jams, preserves and ciders made with local fruit. The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau Web site (www.visitgrandjunction.com) has links to orchard maps as well as Web site links, addresses and telephone numbers for fruit stands and orchards that offer tours. For more information, call (800)962-2547.Leftover’s Drew Emmitt Band hits the road Leftover Salmon founder, co-lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Drew Emmitt will lead his own Drew Emmitt Band on the “Freedom Ride Tour” this fall. Dates are being confirmed now by booking agency Skyline Music. The schedule will include the Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 2 in San Francisco’s famous Golden Gate Park, and includes stops in Chicago, Cleveland, New York City, Washington DC, St. Louis, Portland, Seattle, Milwaukee, Madison, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Burlington VT. “The Freedom Ride Tour” begins Sept. 29 and runs through early December. Compass Records will be supporting the Freedom Ride Tour with publicity as they continue to work Drew’s new album “Freedom Ride” “My commitment to LOS prevented me from really supporting this CD when is came out,” Emmitt said. “So I’m now excited to go out and play these songs.” The Freedom Ride recording included guests John Cowan and Sam Bush both of the late band Newgrass Revival, plus Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Peter Rowan, Randy Scruggs, and members of the John Cowan Band. For more information, go to http://www.drewemmitt.com. Denver Botanic Gardens hosts music festival in JuneDENVER – As part of its Summer Concert Series, Denver Botanic Gardens will host its second music festival at the gardens at Chatfield June 11-12. Nickel Creek, Junior Brown, plus a very special guest, will play June 11, and John Prine, Arlo Guthrie and Mindy Smith will play June 12. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers and are already on sale. A Chatfield two-day pass is $75 for members, $90 nonmember.Both shows start at 1 p.m.; gates open at noon. Food and beverages will be for sale. Attendees will not be able to bring their own food and beverages into Chatfield. To purchase tickets, call (866)468-7624 or log on to http://www.ticketweb.com. Studio Be Yoga in Boulder hosts concert of North Indian Kathak dance, music, storytelling and chant BOULDER – Through the ancient form of North Indian Kathak dance, Sharron Rose brings the mythic tales of Shiva and Shakti to life through dance, music, storytelling and chants June 24 at Studio Be Yoga from 7-9 p.m. in Boulder. Rose will be joined by musicians Roshan Jamal Bhartiya, sitar, and Jeffrey Rodgers, tabla. Tickets are $15. Studio Be Yoga is located at 2077 30th Street in Aspen Plaza on the west side of 30th between Pearl and Walnut Streets. For more information, call (303)402-1763, or visit http://www.studiobeyoga.com. Vail, Colorado


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