Vail Valley snowboard instructors show off talents |

Vail Valley snowboard instructors show off talents

Kris Sabel
Vail, CO Colorado
Daily file photoVail Valley, Colorado ski instructor Kenny Wander, left, with The Loss Cause Trio sings while rehearsing for the Talent Beyond the Slopes show Saturday at Loaded Joes in Avon.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” The Vilar Performing Arts Center winter season in Colorado’s Vail Valley is winding down, but far from over.

As the season draws to a close there are many wonderful opportunities for locals to get their cultural and entertainment fix.

On Friday night, local ski and snowboard instructors show off their talents ” on the stage, not the slopes ” as they present the annual Talent Beyond the Slopes (TBTS). The brain child of Scott Loss and Kenny Wander, TBTS is a variety show featuring music, comedy and artwork from local instructors. Proceeds from the event go to support ski and snowboard instructors and their families who have fallen on hard times. This is a great way to show your support for the folks who get out there everyday to encourage and promote the love of skiing.

The final concerts of the season are Bruce Cockburn on April 6 and Arlo Guthrie on April 11. Cockburn sold out the VPAC in the summer of 2006, and fans have been anxious for his return ever since.

This performance features a special solo acoustic format, featuring songs from his soon to be released “Slice O Life,” a live solo disk, as well as hits from his other 26 albums.

Cockburn’s style is hard to classify: a mix of folk, rock, blues and jazz. All of these influences are shaped by his unique take on life. His songwriting has gone from folk to urban to global to political, and then full-circle back to folk.

One of his biggest hits, “Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” was covered by the Barenaked Ladies and became their first hit.

With 27 albums to his credit, there is a huge body of work that is loved and enjoyed by a wide fan base. His most well-known songs include “Waiting for a Miracle,” “If I Had a Rocket Launcher,” “Wondering Where the Lions Are” and one of my favorites, “Pacing the Cage.”

Whether a longtime fan or new to his music, don’t miss this opportunity to see Bruce Cockburn in this special solo acoustic concert on Monday evening.

To complement the music, the next two weeks feature the Beaver Creek Documentary Film Series on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., presented by the Vail Symposium.

On April 8, “Young@Heart” follows a choir of senior citizens from Northampton, Mass. The group formed in 1982, and have gained international fame in 12 tours of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. The average age of choir members is 80, and their repertoire includes Coldplay, The Clash, Talking Heads, The Ramones and James Brown among others.

On April 15, “Man on a Wire” focuses on Phillippe Petit, the high-wire artist who illegally walked between New York’s Twin towers. The film has won 25 awards including the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at this years Academy Awards.

The films are introduced by Denver film critic Walter Chaw, who views more than 300 films each year and brings wonderful insight on the craft of film making. He also leads a post show discussion which typically turns into a lively question-and-answer session.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre as we celebrate spring with these tremendous performances and screenings.

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