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Variety at the Vilar in Beaver Creek

Kris Sabel
Beaver Creek, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Smothers Brothers kick off a big week at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado with a show featuring their timeless comedy on Sunday at 7:30pm.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado “-We have four wonderful shows this week at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and as I sit down to write this column, I find I cannot choose one over the others. It is both the variety of the performances and the stature of the performers that makes it difficult to choose one to feature, so I will provide an overview of all four.

The Smothers Brothers: Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday evening Tommy and Dick Smothers will share their timeless wit, humor and musical talents as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary Tour.

For those who are curious about their age, Tom is 71 and Dick is 70. They are the longest running comedy duo in history, show no signs of slowing down and plan to perform “until our fans can’t get their walkers up the stairs anymore,” says Tom.

They’ve been together longer than many married couples, and have actually been in couple’s therapy. This closeness is part of what makes them great.

Celtica Sinfonia: Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Looking forward to St Patrick’s Day? Well then ” have we got the show for you!

On Monday we present Celtica Sinfonia, a celebration of all things Irish. The show features the musical ensemble Feast joined by an astonishing array of guest performers on violin, viola, harp, bass, percussion, bodhran and bagpipes. In addition to the great Celtic music, the show will also feature Shaun Casey and Aisling Toal Casey, stars of “Lord of the Dance,” and Martin Percival from “Strictly Irish.” They will be heading up a troupe of 10 Irish step dance champions. Add to that an ensemble of ballet dancers, breathtaking staging and dazzling costumes and you have a high-octane St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the entire family.

Lily Tomlin: Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Join us on Tuesday evening as Lily Tomlin brings her award-winning comedy and her stable of zany characters to the VPAC for her debut Beaver Creek performance.

Tomlin’s appearances on Rowan and Martin’s “Laugh-In” in the late ’60s and early ’70s made her ” and her characters, particularly Ernestine the phone operator and Edith Ann in her giant rocking chair ” an enduring part of our lives.

Since “Laugh-In” she has never stopped working, not only as a comedienne but also as serious and comedic actress on stage, film, television and the radio.

Joan Baez: Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

And last but surely not least, musical legend Joan Baez performs at the VPAC on Thursday. This is her only Colorado show on a tour celebrating 50 years in the business. The tour also supports her latest album “Day After Tomorrow,” which features songs by Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, Patty Griffin and Kathleen Brennan. The concert will include her timeless hit tunes as well as selections from this latest album.

Certain Joan Baez songs are forever etched in my brain, and I can imagine no one else singing them. Whether you are like me, and cannot wait to hear her perform those favorites live, or whether you have never heard a Baez song before ” I assure you, this is not a concert you want to miss. She sold out the VPAC in her last appearance and I look forward to another opportunity experience her in a live setting.

I look forward to seeing you at the theatre for a tremendous week of performances!

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