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Gabianelli revives music from the golden age of Hollywood

Nina Gabianelli is out to prove that life is, indeed, a cabaret with her new show, “Polka Dots and Moonbeams; The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen,” premiering this Monday and Tuesday at the Thunder River Theatre Company.

The shows are the most recent incarnation of the “Diva Cabaret” series created by Gabianelli and TRTC director Corey Simpson that first introduced the intimate musical storytelling genre to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2017.

Gabianelli worked the cabaret circuit in New York City over two decades ago, and said she was excited for the opportunity to get back to her roots.

“It’s the breaking of the fourth wall [between performer and audience] and more of a sharing,” she said “You’re not presenting to people, you’re presenting with people — you’re having a conversation.

“I’m able to create a story I want to tell using songs.”

The new show focuses on the music of Jimmy Van Heusen — an unfamiliar name to most who nonetheless was a giant in the golden age of Hollywood movie musicals during the 1940s and ’50s.

“I’ve been a fan of his music ever since college in the 1980s,” Gabianelli said. “Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra recorded dozens of his songs. He wrote five musicals. He wrote the music to over 220 films. His work is quite prolific.

“He’s a composer whose music is known, but his story is not necessarily known. So I kind of wanted to delve into his story and why that was — why he wasn’t a household name.”

Some of Van Heusen’s upbeat songs Gabianelli said she’ll cover in the show include “Love and Marriage,” “Would You Like to Swing on a Star” and “High Hopes.” She’ll also lend her instrument to popular Van Heusen ballads including “Imagination,” “Call Me Irresponsible” and “All The Way.”

David Dyer is the musical director and accompanist for the show, and he and Gabianelli collaborated on the selecting of songs and working out their arrangements.

“David has the musician skills,” Gabianelli said. “We had quite a bit of music that we had to cull down to a one hour show. It was a journey. You start with all the songs you want to do and then you end up only being able to do a few of those.”

In 2017, Dyer and Gabianelli created the show, “Here I Am” that they toured in cities across the country, culminating in a “standing room only” performance at Don’t Tell Mama in New York City. Gabianelli said she’d love to do the same thing with the new show.

“’Here I Am’ was a very personal story, a little more heart-wrenching, while this one is a little more commercially, universally accepted,” she said. “I would hope to take this show to other communities and do it for a while.

“You spend a lot of time getting up close and personal with the show, so I don’t want to just do two nights and walk away from it.”

jbear@postindependent.com

Weekend TV Best Bets

Friday, July 19

The Wrong Mommy

Lifetime Movies, 8pm

After receiving a work promotion, Melanie (Jessica Morris) hires Phoebe (Ashlynn Yennie) as her personal assistant, but Phoebe has an ulterior motive for taking the job and a twisted plan for revenge involving Melanie’s mother, Carol (Dee Wallace). Vivica A. Fox and Eric Roberts also appear.

1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year, Part 3

TCM, beginning at 8pm

Tonight’s lineup of 1939 classics includes Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Robert Donat and Greer Garson in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother.

Wonders of the Moon

BBC America, 10pm

Explore a stunning medley of lunar delights — blood moons, super moons and total eclipses — from across the globe in this special that uses footage from low-light cameras to reveal the moon in its natural light.

The UnXplained

History, 10pm

William Shatner hosts and executive produces this new series that explores the facts behind the world’s most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries. In the series premiere “Evil Places,” Shatner and his team of scientists, historians, engineers and researchers examine strange phenomena in Japan’s Suicide Forest, a haunted amusement park, a cursed and ancient city in Honduras, and a slope in the Ural Mountains of western Russia that is the site of several mysterious deaths.

Killjoys

Syfy, 10pm

The fifth and final season begins with “Run, Yala, Run.” Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) realizes The Lady has put Westerley under a collective delusion. In a world without memory, nothing is what it seems.

Saturday, July 20

Soccer: International Champions Cup

ESPN & ESPN2, beginning at 7:30am Live

The summer’s biggest soccer club competition continues with Inter Milan vs. Manchester United in Singapore (ESPN2), Chivas de Guadalajara vs. Benfica in Santa Clara, Calif., (ESPN) and Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich in Houston (ESPN2).

From the Earth to the Moon

HBO2, 8:45am

You will get sucked into the marathon of this Emmy-winning 12-part 1998 miniseries chronicling the full Apollo program. And not just because it’s a who’s who with Bryan Cranston (Buzz Aldrin), Tony Goldwyn (Neil Armstrong) and Mark Harmon (Wally Schirra) among the stars.

Frankie Drake Mysteries

Ovation, 7pm

The 1920s Toronto private detective of the title (Lauren Lee Smith) puts the season’s final puzzle pieces together in back-to-back episodes: the first involving a Russian princess; the second, a British spy.

NTT IndyCar Series: Iowa 300

NBCSN, 7pm Live

NTT IndyCar stars take to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa 300 in primetime on NBCSN.

Million Dollar Mile: “I Think He Looks Like a Snack”

CBS, 8pm

Former Harvard football player Zak Aossey takes on Harvard medical student and track star Rebecca “The Harvard Hammer” Hammond in the new episode “I Think He Looks Like a Snack.”

Apollo: The Forgotten Films

Discovery Channel, 8pm

This two-hour documentary employs never-before-seen footage to pay tribute to the engineers and scientists who worked behind the scenes to land the first humans on the moon.

First Man

HBO, 8pm

Ryan Gosling stars as Neil Armstrong in this 2018 biopic.

The Madam of Purity Falls

Lifetime, 8pm A teen (Riverdale’s Trevor Stines) thinks he’s joining his neighbor’s (Olivia d’Abo) landscaping business. It’s an escort service.

Moon Landing

BBC America, 9pm

This special presents high-quality NASA footage and extensive news broadcasts from every corner of the globe to re-create the excitement and elation as 650 million people tuned in to watch Neil Armstrong’s remarkable first steps on the moon.

Apollo 11

CNN, 9pm

Relive the 1969 moon landing just in time for its 50th anniversary, with restored footage depicting the entire event — from the hardworking team at NASA to the hundreds of people lined up and waiting for launch to the actual landing itself.

Sunday, July 21

Golf: The British Open: Final Round

Golf Channel & NBC, beginning at 4am Golf Channel and NBC air the final round of the 148th Open Championship from Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301

NBCSN, 3pm

Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and other top Monster Energy Cup Series drivers compete on New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s 1.058-mile oval.

Burden of Truth: “The Right Road”

The CW, 8pm

As the murder trial begins, Joanna (Kristin Kreuk) and Billy (Peter Mooney) defend against an avalanche of evidence. With things not looking good, Joanna risks everything by putting an unexpected witness on the stand. Billy faces the heartbreaking reality of his decision to get Shane (Andrew Chown) the help he needs.

Death Row Stories: “Memory of a Murder”

HLN, 8pm

Despite lack of physical evidence, Kevin Keith has spent 25 years locked up after a masked attacker shot up an apartment, leaving three dead and two young children clinging to life. However, a young public defender believes long-hidden case records will shed new light on these murders and clear Kevin’s name.

Shark Terror: The Real “Jaws”

REELZ Channel, 8pm

Long before the mega-blockbuster Jaws film franchise, there was a terrifying real-life serial-killing shark that terrorized the New Jersey shore. This two-hour special looks back at how, over 12 days in 1916, this predator killed four people and severely injured another, eventually inspiring Jaws.

UFOs: The Lost Evidence: “American UFO Coverups” Travel Channel, 8pm

For the first time on national television, UFOs captured on film in Utah, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and Puerto Rico confirm the rising number of sightings. Yet, credible evidence is continually denied or covered up by the military. Will the Pentagon’s secret UFO program reveal shocking evidence of what the military has known for decades?

Southern Charm New Orleans: “No Thanks Given” Bravo, 9pm Justin struggles to get on the same page as Kelsey about their future, and Tamica and Barry struggle to get on the same parenting page. While planning her wedding, Reagan questions why Tamica has abandoned her during such an important moment in her life.

Instinct: “Big Splash”

CBS, 9pm

In the new episode “Big Splash,” a party turns into a crime scene when the birthday girl’s stepmother falls to her death and the guests and staff are put under a microscope by the NYPD.

The Movies: “The 2000s to Today”

CNN, 9pm

This episode explores popular films from the 2000s, from the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movies to Moulin Rouge! and more.

Big Little Lies

HBO, 9pm

Hold on, Madeline (Reese Witherspoon). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) is going to ask her mom-in-law (Meryl Streep) about a terrible event in abusive murdered son Perry’s childhood!

Nazis on Drugs: Hitler and the Blitzkrieg

History, 9pm

This two-hour special is the story of World War II told through the astonishing filter of a widespread Nazi scheme to provide methamphetamine to German soldiers to make them invincible. It’s an incredible, long-hidden history of a devious plan to find the chemical edge the Nazis knew they would need to win.

Grantchester

PBS, 9pm

When a professor dies at a cutting-edge computer laboratory, Geordie turns to Leonard for assistance. As they discover the messy love lives of the computer laboratory team, Cathy is tricked, Will returns and Mrs. C makes a shocking discovery.

What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage: “Preempted” FOX, 9:30pm

When news coverage of a crazy car chase stops The Flare from airing, Fred doesn’t have anything to talk about on the aftershow until a call from a fan changes everything.

The Good Fight: “Reddick v Boseman”

CBS, 10pm Season 1 of the CBS All Access drama The Good Fight continues on CBS tonight with the episode “Reddick v Boseman,” featuring guest star Louis Gossett Jr. as Carl Reddick, the firm’s founding partner.

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

National Geographic, 10pm Separating the wheat from the chaff on MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen is nothing compared to what Gordon Ramsay happily endures in this thrilling anthropological deep dive into little-known food cultures. The six-part series, which has already been renewed for a second season, sends the celebrity chef to remote parts of the world to forage, hunt, fish and cook with locals.

Roaring Fork Valley Weekend Planner July 19-21

Fridays on 7th — 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, Bethel Plaza, Seventh Street and Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs. The Runaway Grooms, playing downtown Glenwood. Free

Friday Afternoon Club: Natalie & Lizzy — 5 p.m. Friday, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs. Lizzy Plotkin and Natalie Spears revel in the raw rhythms and endless groove of Appalachian fiddle and banjo duets, funky blues bass lines, and soulful harmony singing. Free with the Friday ad in the Post Independent for up to four people starting at 4 p.m.

Under the Bridge Troll Theater — 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Bethel Plaza, under the Grand Avenue Bridge, Glenwood Springs. Activities will include art, dance, theater, music, magic and more. Free

Harry Potter Night — 6 p.m. Friday, Basalt Library, 14 Midland Ave. Immerse yourself in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. All ages welcome. Free

Vaudeville Revue Dinner Theatre — 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is a two-hour family fun dinner theater show with professional talent performing a variety of comedy skits, jokes, high energy dance numbers, unique novelty songs and original comedic presentations. Reservations recommended. $25/adults, $22.50/Seniors, $16/Kids (2-12)

Shakespeare in the Park — 7-8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Basalt Library, 14 Midland Ave. The Hudson Reed Ensemble will present three scenes of Shakespeare, “Taming of the Shrew,” “Richard III,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Bring a picnic and enjoy the performance at Midland Park, adjacent to Basalt Regional Library. Free

Honeybee — The World Premiere — 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Thunder River Theatre Company, 67 Promenade, Carbondale. Honeybee is a musical about life, death, and how to survive them both. This musical contains adult themes, strong language, and sensitive emotional material including discussion of mental illness and suicide. Therefore, it is not recommended for students under the age of 13 without adult supervision. 970-963-8200 $20

Painters Stage — 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Painters Stage plays European gypsy music. No cover charge.

Mugsy Fay album release party — 9 p.m. Friday, Native Son, 813 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Mugsy Fay, Callin’ Old Souls and The Millers (of The Habits) play live at Native Son in Glenwood Springs to celebrate the release of Mugsy Fay’s new album. Free

Plein Air Colored Pencil Workshop — 10 a.m. Saturday, Basalt Library, 14 Midland Ave. Join Colorado wildlife artist Nicolette for plein air sketching in the wetlands park right behind the library. Space is limited and registration is required. Email Hannah Condon at hcondon@basaltlibrary.org, call 970-927-4311, ext. 1003, or register at the front desk. Free

The Great K & A Train Robbery Silent Movie Experience — 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. “The Great K & A Train Robbery,” filmed in Glenwood Springs and starring Tom Mix and Dorothy Dwan, is a 1926 American Western silent film based on the actual foiling of a train robbery by Dick Gordon. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger. Reservations recommended. 970-945-9699 or online www.gvrshow.com

Basalsa 2019 — 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Lions Park, 101 Midland Ave., Basalt. Basalsa showcases dance, music and food, while bringing the diverse community together. Live music by Sontres y Orquesta. Food and beverage vendors will be on site. Free

Fear and Loathing in Carbondale — 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Batch, 358 Main St., Carbondale. It’s RFBC’s fourth annual Fear and Loathing in Carbondale: A Hunter S. Thompson Birthday Celebration and Revelry. Live music by Marilyn and the Millers at 6 p.m. Birthday pie, HST documentaries and films, costumes encouraged, prizes, memorabilia and books for viewing. Free

Music on the Mountain: Poser — 6 p.m. Saturday, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to party with the valley’s ultimate cover band, Poser. This high-energy, crowd-pleasing, six-piece band plays hits from classics like The Beatles, Santana, Springsteen, Clapton and more. Free with canned food donation after 4 p.m. Otherwise gondola tickets are $19/adults & $14/kids 3-12.

Redstone’s Magical Moments Summer Concert Series, 2019 — 6 p.m. Saturday, Redstone Park, Redstone Blvd, Redstone. Kraig Kenning is a renowned slide guitarist playing Florida and Chicago blues, rock and Americana fingerstyle. Free

Hilltop Summer Concert Series — 6 p.m. Sunday, BookCliffs Arts Center, 1100 E. 16th St., Rifle. An evening of entertainment with Holly Guerin. Pack a picnic dinner. Free (donations appreciated)

Uptown Strutters — 7 p.m. Saturday, Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, 166 Midland Ave., Basalt. 970-927-0151 Free

This weekend only: Post Independent’s Music on the Mountain Photo Contest!

Got weekend plans?

The Post Independent’s team is ready to party on Saturday, July 20, at the Music on the Mountain, featuring the local cover band Poser!

The annual summer series, hosted by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, offers tons of fun for the whole family with free gondola rides starting at 4 p.m. in exchange for a canned food item to be donated to the Lift-Up community food pantry. The Post Independent team will be at its booth at 5 p.m.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is proud to be one of the sponsors of this mountain-top event, and this year we want you to share your best moments at the Music on the Mountain with us.

Instagram Photo Contest

The 2019 Post Independent’s Music on the Mountain Photo Contest will choose the coolest photo taken during this Saturday’s event. The winner gets to take home two tickets for either The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park or the Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

The 2019 Post Independent’s Music on the Mountain Photo Contest will choose the coolest photo taken during this Saturday’s event. The winner gets to take home two tickets for either The Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park or the Iron Mountain Hot Springs.

How to participate:

1 – Follow the Post Independent page on Instagram (@glenwoodspringspi)
2 – Post your photo having fun at the Music on the Mountain event
3 – Use the hashtag #postsnaps in the description

It’s that easy.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us on Instagram, or in person. Our team will be at the event ready to help, chat or take a photo for you.

We hope to see you there.

Post Independent’s Summer Fun photo contest continues

Here are few of the entries so far in this year’s Post Independent Summer Fun Photo Contest, sponsored by Grand River Health. There are 10 more days left to submit photos online. Voting begins Aug. 1.

To participate, submit your photos here.

277 martinis a night, Miner’s Claim owner Christian Harra wins ‘Best Bartender’

Miner’s Claim restaurant owner Christian Harra’s first job in the service industry did not involve mixing gin and vermouth.

Barely a teenager and living in Milford, Connecticut, Harra rode his bike down to a local Mexican restaurant where his friend washed dishes, hoping to get his foot in the door also.

“[The manager] didn’t have any work inside the restaurant but said, ‘Come in once a week and pick up cigarette butts.’

“And that’s what I did,” Harra said of the job that paid five bucks a week. “Until one night, when the back door opened up while I was picking up cigarette butts and I heard, ‘come on in.’

Christian’s “in” was washing dishes, which eventually led to bussing tables, waiting them, cooking and finally bartending.

Now 47, for the third year in a row, Harra was voted Best Bartender in this year’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent Locals’ Choice.

Christian Harra (courtesy Miner’s Claim)
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Last Tuesday, while concocting margaritas, mules and other libations off the Silt staple’s 24-page drink menu, Harra also prepared 277 martinis — just another “Tini” Tuesday, Harra explained of Miner’s Claim’s 2-for-1 martini night.

Harra discovered his love for the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys following a few blurry spring break trips to Aspen during his college and culinary school years.

“Drinking, après ski, dinner — it was unbelievable,” Harra said of the Western Slope lifestyle he grew to love. “I was like, I’m moving out here.”

Harra did exactly that when he made the roughly 2,000 mile drive to the Roaring Fork Valley in a 28-foot U-Haul. Upon arriving Harra quickly made a name for himself with locals and celebrities, working in restaurants such as the former Rainbow Grill in Basalt.

Dry ice martini (courtesy)
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“[Hunter Thompson] used to come in. Came in twice. I had to kick him off the [Rainbow Grill’s] deck twice,” Harra said, explaining how the gonzo journalist would always order the same round of drinks.

“Three, triple absolute citron and lemonades, and he would never finish one of them.”

According to Harra, Thompson would leave a little bit at the bottom of the glass before moving on to his next drink. “At the end of that, [Thompson] would have a triple Chivas — again, he would always leave a little bit in the glass — and at the end of that, a quadruple espresso.”

The first time Harra had to speak with Thompson was when he lit up a joint on the restaurant’s busy patio. The second pertained to the author turning the restaurant’s deck into a revealing photo shoot of his personal assistant.

“I’m like, ‘Hunter, come on, we talked about behavior,'” Harra laughed.

Miner’s Claim restaurant in Silt (courtesy Miners Claim)
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At the age of 25, Harra purchased a 3-bedroom, 2-bath cabin in Silt that was zoned for commercial use. Working by day with his father to turn the dwelling into a restaurant and sleeping on its bare floors at night, Harra opened Miner’s Claim in 1999.

Twenty years later, the majority of the restaurant’s original crew — including 2019’s “Best Chef” in Locals’ Choice, Oscar Sanchaz — has remained intact. A crew Harra considers family.

Loved by locals, Miner’s Claim in 2018 squeezed 10,028 pounds of lemons, oranges and limes and made 15,681 martinis — almost five times that of the town’s population.

“I love my locals,” Harra said. “That’s what we are, a locally driven restaurant.”

mabennett@postindependent.com

Weekend Planner July 12-14

FRIDAYS ON 7TH

4-5:30 p.m. Friday — Cajon Brothers unplugged, playing downtown Glenwood.

Bethel Plaza, Seventh Street and Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs | Free

Friday Afternoon Club: Charley Wagner

5 p.m. Friday — Charley Wagner plays The Lookout Grille for Friday Afternoon Club. Use the coupon (found in the Friday Post Independent) for a free gondola ride after 4 p.m. for up to four people.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs | Free

Second Friday Reception

5 p.m. Friday — Wild horse and landscape photography by featured artist Sally Linden is on exhibit at the Cooper Corner Gallery. Linden donates her time and a portion of her proceeds toward horse rescue. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Cooper Corner Gallery, 513 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs | Free

Under the Bridge Troll Theater

5:30 p.m. Friday — Activities this week are to include art, dance, theater, music, magic and more. The Glenwood Springs Performing Arts Association is partnering with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Foundation as the fiscal agent for this downtown vibrancy project.

Bethel Plaza, Under the Grand Avenue Bridge, Glenwood Springs | Free

Basalt Summer Concert Series: Niceness

6 p.m. Friday — Niceness blends reggae and soul with musicians Michael Gomberg on drums, David Christeson on keys, Dustin Wilson on guitar, Stosch Dembitsky on bass, Jonathan Barfield on percussion, John White on saxophone and Jared Wright on trumpet, and vocal melodies from Koral Delatierra

Market Street, 360 Market St., Basalt | Free

Photographers of Carbondale Creative District Reception

6 p.m. Friday — This is the third and final collaborative art exhibit this year in a series co-hosted by CMC ArtShare and the Carbondale Creative District/Colorado Creative Industries. The show features works by 11 local photographers: Sami Dinar, Martin Garfinkel, Karen Glenn, Penelope Greenwell, Cindy Higby, George Lilly, Mike Rand, Mark Ronay, Lesa Russo, Deborah Shannan and Greg Watts. Light refreshments served. The exhibit will be on view in the gallery through Aug. 26.

CMC ArtShare Gallery at Morgridge Commons, 815 Cooper Ave., second floor, Glenwood Springs | Free

Live at heather’s

7 p.m. Friday — Chris Bank & Mark Johnson play Heathers in Basalt.

Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, 166 Midland Ave., Basalt | Free | 970-927-0151

live at Native son

9 p.m. Friday — Echo Monday returns to Native Son playing ’90s to modern hard alt/rock music.

Native Son, 813 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | No Cover

Live at rivers

9 p.m., Friday — Low End plays rock, blues and reggae with a twist.

Rivers Restaurant, 2525 S. Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | No cover

‘Storical Steampunk Shindig

10 a.m. Saturday — ‘Storical Steampunk Shindig with vendors, a costume contest, tea dueling, nerf gun shooting range, presentations and musical performances.

Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard, Silt | Free

Gay For Good anniversary picnic

11 a.m. Saturday — G4G Rocky Mountains and its volunteers will have a barbecue and social gathering to celebrate the organization’s one-year anniversary.

Crown Mountain Park, 20 Eagle County Road, El Jebel | Free

Your Friends for Life FundRaiser

11 a.m. Saturday — Fundraiser to support Your Friends for Life, which works to support, nurture and encourage cancer patients and their families from Aspen to Rifle. Alpaca activities, face painting, hand feeding alpacas, pin the tail on the alpaca, Hula Hoop and more.

Sopris Alpaca Farm, 35795 Highway 6, Silt | $10-$15 | 970-274-0853

Music on the Mountain: A Band Called Alexis

6 p.m. Saturday — Live music at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s mountain-top concert series, featuring A Band Called Alexis.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, 51000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs | Free with donation

Redstone’s Magical Moments Summer Concert Series 2019

6 p.m. Saturday —The Metamoocil Mountain Boys play acoustic music of blues, folk and swing.

Redstone Park, Redstone Blvd., Redstone | Free

Saxophonist/Flutist Bryan Savage

7 p.m. Saturday — Jazz artist Bryan Savage will be performing his live show outside on the patio at Heather’s.

Heather’s Savory Pies and Tapas Bar, 166 Midland Ave, Basalt | Free | 970-927-0151

REDSTONE CASTLE ICE CREAM SOCIAL

1 p.m. Sunday — The Redstone Castle Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the Redstone Historical Society, features a mini tour of the Castle, hand-scooped ice cream, old-fashioned games, ladies’ hat and gentlemen’s bow tie contests, and more. Individuals are encouraged to wear early 1900s attire.

Redstone Castle (shuttle buses from the museum on Redstone Boulevard) | $20 for non-members, $10 ages 6-16 | history.redstonecolorado.org

Vaudeville Revue Dinner Theatre

5 p.m. Sunday — Celebrating 10 years of laughter, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is a two-hour family fun dinner theater show with professional talent, performing a variety of comedy skits, jokes, dance numbers, unique novelty songs and original comedic presentations.

Glenwood Vaudeville Revue, 915 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs | $16-$25

‘Ghosts’ of Glenwood’s past to inhabit Hotel Colorado

Ghosts will come alive at the Hotel Colorado every weekend through Labor Day this summer.

The Glenwood Springs Historical Society will begin offering guided tours, called “Walk Back In Time,” starting this weekend at the famously haunted hotel by the “‘ghosts’ of colorful characters from Glenwood Springs’ past,” according to a flyer put out by the organization.

The tours, which will happen each Saturday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m., will be guided by portrayalists who will inhabit — or be inhabited by — the spirits of Walter Devereux, the visionary builder of the Hotel Colorado; Jasper Ward, Town Marshal of New Castle; and frontierswoman Eleanora Malaby, among others.

This weekend, Devereux, portrayed by David Fulton, will lead the tours that will begin in the hotel’s lobby and move to the courtyard with a talk about the connection between the hotel, the Hot Springs pool, what used to be the hydroelectric plant, and the Yampa Hot Springs, which at one time were all owned by Devereux.

Fulton, as Devereux, will talk about his vision for Glenwood, which included the town becoming a tourist mecca for European aristocrats, prompting him to pattern the hotel’s design after an Italian villa.

From there, the tour will move back inside and throughout the hotel where visitors will hear about some of the hotel’s most famous residents, such as Teddy Roosevelt, Al Capone and “Diamond” Jack Alterie.

But of course, it wouldn’t be a “Ghost” tour without actual ghosts. No problem there. The Hotel Colorado is frequently listed among the most haunted places in the state of Colorado.

“There’s just a lot of unexplained phenomena that have gone on there that make for interesting stories,” said Bill Kight, executive director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society, who will portray Jasper Ward. “People believe or don’t believe; it doesn’t matter, because the stories are still there, and people have told them.”

Kight said that the author of an out-of-print book called “Apparition Manor: True Ghost Stories of the Hotel Colorado,” named Kathy Rippy Fleming, didn’t believe in ghosts until she started checking into all the stories.

“One of the most interesting stories that David Fulton tells as Devereux is, there have been many times people have seen a young lady bouncing a ball in the hallway dressed in period clothing, and we think that it’s his daughter,” Kight said.

The tour will also visit the infamous basement of the hotel, which served as a morgue for the Navy during World War II, and was also used as a brig.

Visitors also will get to see the secret tunnel leading from the basement to an outbuilding that Capone used to smuggle liquor into the hotel during prohibition. The gangster is also said to have used the tunnel to sneak ladies of the night into the hotel.

The basement was also used as stables for polo horses — a hydraulic lift carried the horses up and down — because in Devereux’s time they held polo games on fields located where Glenwood Springs High School now sits.

Kight said that the Historical Society may eventually parlay the ghost tours at the hotel into a revival of the popular ghost walks at Linwood Cemetery. But more portrayalists are needed in order for that to happen.

“If people are interested and want to try out, we’d be glad to help them,” he said. “It’s fun, so we want people to have fun.”

jbear@postindependent.com

Shakespeare in the Park premieres in Basalt

After a 12-year run in Aspen, the Hudson Reed Ensemble is opening its first Shakespeare in the Park production in Basalt this summer.

Hudson Reed’s artistic director Kent Reed said the move was a year in the making and was necessary because of the loss of rehearsal and performance space in Aspen.

“I have spent most of my creative life in Aspen and leaving is like leaving home and starting afresh,” Reed said. “But leaving home is a growth experience, and I am so pleased that the town of Basalt has opened its arms to us, and we are very excited to become a part of Basalt’s vibrant and growing arts community.”

The ensemble will be performing in Midland Park adjacent to the Basalt Regional Library in Old Town Basalt.

“It’s a small, intimate park nestled alongside the river making it ideal for our Shakespeare productions,” Reed explained.

The company will perform a series of three scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays: “Richard III,” “The Taming of The Shrew” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

The company has shifted the settings of the plays. “Richard III” introduces England’s Wars of the Roses, while “The Taming of the Shrew” is set in Deadwood, South Dakota, with Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok and “Romeo and Juliet” takes place in renaissance Italy.

The hour-long evening of scenes mirrors the first season of Shakespeare in the Park in Aspen.

“Just as in Aspen 12 years ago, we wanted to initiate folks unacquainted with Shakespeare to gain an appreciation of his work through these bite-sized, easy to digest, samples of his work,” Reed said.

Cast members include Chris Wheatley, Talulah Marolt, Naomi Havlen, Rodrigo Perez and Kent Reed.

The free performances are Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14; as well as Friday, July 19, and Sunday, July 21. Curtain is 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic.

Photo Essay: A few snaps from the editor’s trip to Germany and Austria

Our family travels began in Hamburg, Germany, where I attended the Rotary International Convention along with 25,000 other Rotarians from around the world.

Staying with some of our past Rotary Exchange students and their families, our visits included big cities and quaint villages alike, from Hamburg, Lubeck, Cologne, Bonn and Bruhl, Germany, and then on to Austria where we visited Vienna, Wels, Salzburg, Hallstatt and a few places in-between.