A&E at a glance
The Garfield County Fair is back in Rifle, starting today with the 4-H/Future Farmers of America Horse Shows at noon in the Garfield County Fairgrounds outdoor and indoor arenas in Rifle. The summer event also gets off the ground with the Garfield County Air Fair from 4-11 p.m. today at the Garfield County Regional Airport in Rifle (see schedule below). Fair activities this week include: Hunting and Fishing Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the fairgrounds’ North and South Halls, and Gymkhana at 2 p.m. Sunday. The fair’s Minor Madness Dance takes place from 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday at the fairgrounds, while an ice cream social, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and Junior Rodeo, at 7 p.m., satisfy fairgoers Thursday. For more information see http://www.garfieldcountyfair.com.
Starting today, the Green Economy Outfitters (GEO) Store in Carbondale, is featuring the works of Iraqi artist Amal Alwan Maseer. Her colorful, lively acrylic-on-canvas paintings portray landscapes and city scenes of pre-modern Iraq. The palm trees, camels, mosques and fishing boats convey Middle Eastern beauty. A former teacher, Maseer is living in Amman, Jordan, with her three children to escape the violence in Iraq and supporting her family through the sale of her artwork. For information on the show, call 963-9852.
The Missouri Heights Schoolhouse summer potluck dinner takes place at 6 p.m. Sunday at the schoolhouse. There’s no charge for the event – just bring a covered dish. T-Ray Becker, local singer-songwriter, acoustic guitarist and cowboy poet, will perform during the fundraising event. Call 963-2180 for more information.
The Glenwood Springs Art Guild hosts its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1630 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Joel Johnson presents on the subject of “The Use of Light in Painting.” This is your opportunity to really ‘lighten up’ your art work, and then you can join the guild for a short business meeting following the demonstration. Refreshments will be served, and as always, meetings are open to the public.
Join the Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team for a benefit concert by singer-songwriter Lucie Blue Tremblay. The event, taking place at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the Calaway Building on Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley Campus, benefits the Breast Exam Project. Tremblay and friends will also be on hand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Centennial Park in downtown Glenwood Springs for music and silent auction, also benefiting the project. For more information, visit http://www.thebreastexamproject.org or call 319-0918.
Barb Boswell, author of “Every Time I Turn Around, I Bump Into God,” is returning to the Western Slope to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event in Carbondale Aug. 11-12. She will speak in Basalt, Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction from Aug. 10-14. Her tour kicks off Thursday, Aug. 10, at Church of Christ in Basalt. On Aug. 11, Boswell speaks at the luminaria ceremony at 9 p.m. during Carbondale’s Relay For Life at Roaring Fork High School. She’ll sign books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Red Mountain Books in the Glenwood Springs Mall and 3-4:30 p.m. the same day at Barnes & Noble in Grand Junction. Boswell will relay her battle and victory with breast cancer and the hope that comes from seeing her name on one of the “honorary” luminaria bags.
A one-week ballet intensive for intermediate and advanced levels and pointe classes with master guest teacher Nathalie LeVine takes place Aug. 21-25 at the Glenwood Dance Academy. LeVine, who trained under Slavenska, Nijinska and the Royal Ballet School in England, has taught and choreographed ballet for 50 years, mainly in California and in the St. Louis area. She founded Metropolitan Ballet of St. Louis and was the artistic director for 13 years. She also founded and directed Ballet Conservatory of St. Louis. She is a summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and has danced professionally in several ballet companies, film, TV and musical theater. For more information or to register, call 945-2717.
The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is hosting its fifth annual Summer Acting Camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 21-25. Instructor Bob Heart returns again this year to inspire and teach improvisational skills, musical theatre, costume, acting and singing to Harry Belefonte’s “The Banana Boat” (often referred to as the “Day-O” song). This year’s camp concludes with the acting out of “Fairly Stupid Tales,” which include fairy tales with a twist including “The Princess and the Bowling Ball,” “The Other Frog Prince” and a few surprises. Heart has been teaching voice, piano, acting, and guitar at the Center for the Arts since settling in Glenwood Springs. He began his career at age 14 and has degrees in broadcasting and music business. He is a vocalist, actor, songwriter, arranger, former radio/TV personality, and is most proud of being the buffalo chip throwing-contest winner in the Easter Seals singers division. Enroll today by calling 945-2414.- from staff reports
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