Comedian Sandra Bernhard to headline first-ever Breck Pride Week
Breck pride Schedule of events
Wednesday, March 22
3 to 7 p.m. — Free registration in the Tarn Room at the Village, 535 S. Park Ave., in Breckenridge. Check breckpride.com for daily registration hours, as they may vary.
5 to 7 p.m. — Welcome Reception in the Forest Room at the Village at Breckenridge.
Thursday, March 23
9:30 a.m. — Friendship Ski Group meets up at the base of Peak 9, next to the Guest Services ski check/info stand by the Quicksilver SuperChair.
4 to 6 p.m. — Pride Après at the Breckenridge Distillery Restaurant. Reservations not required. Show Breck Pride event badge for special food and drink offers.
Friday, March 24
9:30 a.m. — Friendship Ski Groups will meet up at the base of Peak 9, next to the Guest Services ski check/info stand by the Quicksilver SuperChair.
Noon–5 p.m. — The Pride Festival sponsored by Bud Light in the Village Plaza at the base of Peak 9. Event will include festival vendors and free music.
7 p.m. — A Beer Pairing at 9,600. Join the 9,600 Kitchen for a five-course meal and Breckenridge Brewery beer-pairing dinner with the Breckenridge Brewery’s master brewer on-site to educate guests about the variety of beers and robust flavors. Reservations are required.
Saturday, March 25
9:30 a.m. — Friendship Ski Groups meet up at the base of Peak 9, next to the Guest Services ski check/info stand by the Quicksilver SuperChair.
Noon to 6 p.m. — The Pride Festival sponsored by Bud Light in the Village Plaza at the base of Peak 9 with vendors and free music.
2:30 to 4 p.m. — Color Run Parade, people will meet at The Overlook Restaurant at the top of Peak 9. People are encouraged to dress up in their most festive Pride costume for the free on-mountain Color Run Parade. The parade will start down the hill at 3:30 p.m. on a blue square level run leading to a green circle level run, finishing at The Maggie at the base of Peak 9 and then flowing into the Pride Festival. Register in advance.
6 to 8 p.m. — Park Ave Pub Pride After-Party at the Park Avenue Pub with drink and food specials before the Comedy Night at the Riverwalk Center.
8 to 10 p.m. — Comedy Night with Sandra Bernhard at the Riverwalk Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets on sale at BreckCreate.org.
Sunday, March 26
7:30 a.m. — Private Pride First Tracks hits the fresh corduroy in the early morning light and with exclusive access to the mountain before the general public. Meet at the base of Peak 9 at the Quicksilver SuperChair for uploading. Registration is required.
9 to 10 a.m. — Breck Pride Farewell Brunch at Peak 7 in the beautiful, brand new Pioneer Crossing restaurant. Reservations are required.
BRECKENRIDGE — The inaugural Breck Pride Week begins Wednesday and features a five-day lineup of free and pay-to-play events with stand-up comedian Sandra Bernhard headlining what might be the biggest shindig of the whole week.
At No. 97 on Comedy Central’s list of the top 100 stand-up comics of all time, Bernhard is ranked above big-name acts such as Louis C.K., Janeane Garofalo and Gallagher. She joked Wednesday over the phone that she thinks the ranking might be a little low, but nevertheless, she will take the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Riverwalk Center for what is sure to be a hot ticket.
Once labeled the “sexual terrorist of American comedy,” Bernhard, now 61, has refined her act, ditched that mantle and is now introducing audiences to “the new Sandy,” as she embarks on her latest tour: “Sandra Monica Boulevard: Coast to Coast.”
It’s billed as a “journey to find the soul of America,” found on the back roads and byways, while she weaves in “the soundtrack you might hear on an AM radio station you pick up from Oklahoma.”
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The performance is set up as a hybrid of sorts, mixing stand-up comedy and rock ’n’ roll, a raucous mix of political satire, pop culture commentary and cabaret.
“I think you evolved as a person,” Bernhard said as she discussed the upcoming performance and how it could differ from her stand-up routines in the past. “It’s fun. It’s like you keep changing, and you keep evolving.”
First gaining recognition in the 1970s for her biting, profanity-laced comedy, which often delves into politics, Bernhard has had a long, storied career.
She’s an accomplished comedian, actress, writer and model, even gracing the cover of Playboy in September 1992. Her latest endeavor, she said, is one that’s pulled from experience.
“It’s sort of a road trip through where I’m at in my life and places I’ve been and people I’ve talked to, and all wrapped around music,” Bernard said. “It’s a fun ride, it goes on an emotional trip, and it covers a lot of territory.”
However, anyone who expects the longtime comedian, who’s served as an activist in many ways for the LGBT community and for women in general, to skewer the 45th president could be somewhat disappointed.
While politics will always remain in Bernhard’s wheelhouse, she said she doesn’t plan to take on Trump directly by name in this show.
Tickets for the one-night-only engagement are $35 to $55 and available now at the Riverwalk Center ticket office, by phone at 970-547-3100 or online at BreckCreate.org.
In addition to Bernhard taking the stage, other big draws of the week could come with the Pride Festival on Friday, a beer pairing at 9,600 feet and Saturday’s colored costume run.
Many events are free, and Pride Week is open to everyone. For more information or to register, go to breckpride.com.