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An old professor, a man who has devoted his life to teaching the works of Shakespeare, has a crisis of faith over just who wrote the plays and sonnets. The professor is experiencing a tempest of the mind, which opens a door allowing Mark Twain, a life-long doubter and a literary giant the professor admires, to enter the professor’s dream world. Or is it his real world? Twain guides the professor through a fine mystery – and perhaps the greatest literary hoax to be perpetrated in 500 years. You will meet the claimants … the Dark Lady Amelia Bassano Lanier, and Edward De Vere, the Earl of Oxford. To sleep: perchance to dream, and we are the stuff those dreams are made on as scenes of mistaken identity evolve before our eyes…featuring scenes from “The Taming of the Shrew,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Lear,” “Twelfth Night,” as well as some of Shakespeare’s famous sonnets. “A Tempest of the Mind”, a mysterious and exciting, in-depth theatrical look into the life, times and plays of William Shakespeare, the world’s greatest master writer, was conceived and developed by TRTC’s artistic directors Lon Winston and Valerie Haugen, with the script penned by Ms. Haugen. The cast includes Jeff Carlson, Jennica Lundin, Richard Lyon, as well as Haugen and Winston. Heather Miller stage manages, and Winston and Brad Moore team up once again to create the magical scenic world you’ve come to expect from TRTC productions. The play opens Dec. 2 (preview), Dec. 3 (opening), 4, 10-12, 16-18, 2010. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday Matinee, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Visit for tickets and information. You can also find TRTC on Facebook. TRTC’s special performances for high school students are sold out. However, TRTC has group rates for those teachers and students who are interested to see a regularly scheduled performance.

John Cariani’s comedy, “Almost, Maine,” opens Thursday, Dec. 2, at the New Space Theatre at Colorado Mountain College-Spring Valley.Set under the glow of the northern lights, the play follows the antics of the residents of a small Maine town as they find themselves falling in and out of love faster than shooting stars.Directed by Wendy Moore, “Almost, Maine” offers viewers a romp through a midwinter night’s dream, with surprises behind every snow bank. As real people begin to experience surreal happenings, almost no one in the town of Almost, Maine, is immune to love’s uncanny powers.Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, and can be reserved online at or by phone at 947-8177, or purchased at the door. Performances run Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.

Come to the 13th annual Cup Auction to benefit the Carbondale Clay Center, Dec. 3, from 6-9 p.m., with a member’s preview at 5 p.m. Celebrate the season by bidding on the most personal of gifts – handmade art from nationally known artists such as our own Doug Casebeer, James Surls, Sarah Moore and K Cesark. Join your community in supporting our clay center while enjoying the fun. For more information call 963-2529.

On Friday, Dec. 3, from 5-7 p.m., children, young and young at heart are invited to light up downtown Carbondale, and watch the lights on all of the trees lining Main Street come to life. Listen to live music in the plaza, stay warm with free hot chocolate and cookies, and view the decorated windows from the businesses who participated in the window decorating contest. Then, take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage from the Fourth Street Plaza to the Third Street Center to visit Santa. Friday, Dec. 3, is also First Friday. In between caroling and welcoming Santa, stay warm by experiencing art galleries, business open houses, and other events in and near historic downtown Carbondale. You’ll find exceptional work and unique gifts just in time for the holidays, including: pottery, sculpture, home decor, and outdoor art.

The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association will host its annual Holiday Open House at 1102 Grand Ave. on Friday, Dec. 3. All chamber members and their guests are invited to stop in between 5 and 7 p.m. for food and holiday cheer. Enjoy appetizers, the lighting of the community Christmas tree, caroling, networking, appetizers, homemade goodies, beer, wine and special gifts just for the kids sponsored by Chili’s Bar & Grill. The evening will also feature the grand opening of the state of the art 24-Hour Visitor Center. Contact Joni Bates at (970) 945-6589 for information on hosting a Business After Hours event in 2011.

As part of the Labor of Love Auction, the KDNK board of directors is hosting a silent auction, art auction and holiday bazaar at the Village Smithy on First Friday, Dec. 3, beginning at 6 p.m.The silent auction includes lots of local donated art and art-related items, local crafts, local gifts and stocking stuffers. There will be light refreshments and live music. The event is free and open to the public.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale presents its fall production of “Seussical the Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, in the CRMS Barn.The student musical is based on the most famous books of Dr. Seuss, and is family fun for kids and adults of all ages. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, call 963-2562.

The Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen is having their year-end Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Silt Fire Station. Pot luck dinner will start at 7 p.m., with a “White Horse” gift exchange, raffle and door prize draws to follow.Chapters of the Back Country Horsemen of Colorado work with the local National Forest and BLM to keep public lands, and trails open for equestrian use. Anyone interested in learning more about the Three Rivers Back Country Horsemen please join us for an evening of fun. Call 876-2435 for more information.

Geoffrey Morris and Dave Johnson will appear at Konnyaku Restaurant in Carbondale Friday, Dec. 3, from 7- 10 p.m. Guitarist Geoffrey Morris has played previously with Black Pearl, The Barbarians and other local top groups. Morris met Johnson in 1978 when they both played in the Bobby Mason Band and later with the Aspen All-Stars, Rico and the Violators and most recently with the stage production of Always Patsy Cline. Dave Johnson is a bass player and singer from Los Angeles and has played with the Beach Boys, Dr. John, Etta James, Waylon Jennings and his own group, Sweathog. Konnyaku Restaurant is celebrating First Friday in Carbondale by bringing in Morris and Johnson. There will be dancing after dinner to Morris and Johnson, who play a mix of country, rock and blues.

Carnahan’s Tavern is located at the corner of 4th and Main in Carbondale.Dec. 3: 10 p.m., The CongressDec. 4: 10 p.m., Christoph Brownell

Students from the professional photography program at Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley will be participating in a community service project called “Help-Portrait” this week, offering free portraits for people in need. Individual and/or family portraits will be taken in the Carol Rothrock Classroom in the CCAH Center for the Arts at the Third Street Center in Carbondale on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 2-6 p.m. The portraits will be printed and each participant will receive one portrait, either an 8×10 or 2- 5x7s. This event is sponsored in-part by CCAH and Digital2You. For more information see or call Steve Smith at 947-8228.

Join us on join Saturday, Dec. 4, for the Glenwood Springs community contra dance from 8-10:30 p.m. Listen and dance to lively, Old Time Music performed by the Last Minute String Band. Caller Jeff Haemer will teach square and contra dances, as well as the polka and waltzes. Beginners are invited to arrive at 7:30 p.m. for a free 30-minute dance lesson. The contra dance is fun for all ages!The dance will be held at the Glenwood Springs Elementary School located at 915 School St. in Glenwood Springs. Admission is $8. For more information, contact Don Paine at 945-0350.

Join the festivities at Gallery 809 on Dec. 4, from 2-8 p.m. There will be holiday music by Michael Miller on the keyboard and you can join in the caroling by the La La Singers. Lively, festive elves will be on hand to offer you holiday goodies and hot apple cider. Most artists will be offering 20 percent off of; world class art, unique pottery, ironwork, one of a kind hand woven baskets, intricate jewelry, fabric art and reconstructed items made from recycled everyday packaging. One stop holiday shopping at Gallery 809! 809 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO. 81601.

The Whimsical Women of the West Annual Holiday Show will be held Friday, Dec. 3 from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s show will be held at the Third Street Center, 520 Third St. in Carbondale. More than 20 local artisans will be showing fiber art, holiday dcor, jewelry, vintage collectibles, fine art, photography, folk art, pottery, cards and food goodies. Santa hats decorated by the Glenwood Downtown Farmers Market will also be available with the proceeds going to the market’s scholarship fund. A percentage of all sales will benefit the Third Street Center Project. See Santa Friday night, in the round room, at the center and enjoy lunch at the Third Street Caf on Saturday. All events at the center are wheelchair accessible. Join local artists for a Whimsical Winter Wonderland Event. For more information call, 945-4004.

Curves of Glenwood Springs is hosting a Winter Bake Sale & Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, featuring unique crafts by local artisans and super yummy baked goods! Be sure to register to win a month free at Curves. Curves of Glenwood Springs is located in the American Furniture Shopping Mall. For more information, call 945-0660.

The Eagles Club in Glenwood Springs is hosting a Christmas Boutique and bake sale Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors wanted. Sell your crafts and baked goods, etc. Table rentals are $10, and all proceeds from table rentals go to the GWS Scholarship Fund.To reserve a table call Moe at 618-3780.

Come join us at the Small Business Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Apple Tree Community Center, 5175 County Road 335, New Castle. There will be vendors representing Mary Kay Cosmetics, Premier Design Jewelry, Miche Purses, Creative Memories Scrapbooking, Avon and The Pampered Chef, and the local Girl Scouts will be doing a fundraiser to support LIFT-UP. So come on out and join us and hopefully you’ll find a special gift for that hard to buy for friend or relative. For more information please contact Donna Roberts (970) 404-1599 or Alicia Bartel (970) 366-2957.

Join the Glenwood Springs Community Center for an afternoon of free festive, family fun filled with fitness, activities, prize giveaways, and more on Dec. 4, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 384-6300 or visit our website at

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