Vail Valley entertainment: Classic plays and bands with strange names
August 20, 2010
West Side Story at The Vilar Performing Arts Center Saturday through Sunday
A classic story of rival gangs and forbidden love comes to life at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek as the Vail Performing Arts Academy brings the classic play “West Side Story” to the stage.
The Vail Performing Arts Academy puts on a musical performance every summer at the Vilar Center, according to the venue’s executive director Kris Sabel.
“Every year it’s different. This year it’s West Side Story,” Sabel said.
It may seem like a rather tall order for a bunch of kids to pull off this legendary play, but according to the Vail Performing Art Academy’s executive producer and founder, Annah Scully, that was one of the reasons she chose the play to begin with.
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“We wanted to try something more challenging and meaningful for the kids,” Scully said.
There are approximately 90 kids in this year’s production and they vary in age from 8 to 18 according to Scully. They’ve been rehearsing for four weeks.
“What you’re going to see in choreography, the music and acting is breathtaking,” Scully said.
Tickets are $10. Saturday’s show starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s show begins at 6:30 p.m. To learn more call 970-845-8497 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org.
Vermicious Knid at Loaded Joe’s
If dark and brooding is your thing, you won’t want to miss local rock band Vermicious Knid at Loaded Joe’s in Avon Saturday night.
“It’s going to be an interesting show,” said Mason Miller, co-owner of Loaded Joe’s. “They’re a little bit harder. … Their style is kind of like Nine Inch Nails, a methodical rock. It’s not a head banger, slasher thing. It’s organized, well tuned out, deeper, heavier music.”
The free show starts at 9:30 p.m. To learn more call 970-748-7480.
DJ Logic at Bol in Vail
Witness first hand the turntable stylings of one of the biggest names on the DJ circuit Sunday: DJ Logic. Logic builds his musical foundations on jazz sounds mixed with hip hop and other odd genres like jam band, drum and bass and rock. He’s worked with Blues Traveler frontman John Popper for the John Popper Project album and collaborated with other artists like John Mayer and The Roots. Bowl a few strikes while listening to a real electronic music innovator.
Tickets are $10 and the show starts at 10 p.m. To learn more, call 970-476-5300.