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 runs Dec. 4, 10-12, 16-18, 2010. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday Matinee, Dec. 12, 2 p.m. Visit http://www.thunderrivertheatre.com 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,” opened Thursday 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 email@example.com or by phone at 947-8177, or purchased at the door. Performances run Dec. 4 and 9, 10, 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale presents its fall production of “Seussical the Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. 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.
Carnahan’s Tavern is located at the corner of 4th and Main in Carbondale.Dec. 4: 10 p.m., Christoph Brownell
The Whimsical Women of the West Annual Holiday Show will be held Saturday, Dec. 4, 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.
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 Friends of the New Castle Library are preparing for the library’s remodel with a used book sale on Saturday, Dec. 4. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the basement of the New Castle Library.
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.
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.
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 http://www.glenwoodrec.com.
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 http://www.help-portrait.com or call Steve Smith at 947-8228.
The Basalt Regional Library will host a Holiday Open House on Dec. 4 from 1-3 p.m. Children are invited to watch a holiday movie in the Community Room at 1 p.m., and adults are invited to enjoy refreshments and the musical entertainment of Tom Paxton near the fireplace.The library is located at 14 Midland Ave. next to the U.S. Post Office.
It’s the third annual Christmas Fair. Come shop Santa’s Sleigh for many one-of-a-kind gifts on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at New Castle Senior Housing Activity Center, 201 Castle Valley Blvd., New Castle. Just follow the yellow signs. See you there.
The Grand Holiday will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4. Santa and his live reindeer will arrive in Centennial Park at 3 p.m. and be there for just three short hours. Mountain Harmony will perform in the park beginning at 5 p.m. and then stroll through the downtown businesses and restaurants for a couple hours. John Pataky of Rosi’s Little Bavarian Restaurant will also entertain in the park that afternoon. The Grand Holiday is hosted by Glenwood’s Downtown Market, and sponsored by Garfield County, the city of Glenwood Springs and downtown businesses.
A family portraits fundraiser for the Silt Youth Sports Association at Cactus Valley Elementary in Silt will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, by M.J. Thomas Photography Inc. Picture orders must be paid for on picture day. Pick-up for pictures will be Dec. 16 at CVE. For appointment contact, call Jennetta Gambrel at (970) 319-3721.
Tickets are still available for the annual Holiday Home Tour sponsored by Chapter IP on Saturday, Dec. 4. Four homes will be featured in four areas – Battlement Creek Village, Stone Ridge, Monument Creek Village and Tamarisk Meadows. Collections include beautiful antiques, David Winter cottages, Lenox dolls and more. The tour begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased from any IP P.E.O. member, or by calling 285-5628 or 285-1111.
The Glenwood Springs and Rifle Branch Libraries will be closing at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5, so staff can attend a holiday reception. Normal hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
The Mountain Madrigal Singers will be presenting a free holiday concert to seniors to get us in the holiday mood. The second annual concert will take place on Sunday, Dec. 5, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave. in Glenwood Springs. This will allow seniors who do not want to travel at night to hear a wonderful concert specifically for them. The Traveler will provide transportation for seniors to and from the concert with reservations. Seniors should call 945-9117 by Dec. 1 to make a reservation. Snacks will be provided by Garfield County Department of Human Services Senior Programs. We would love to pack the concert this year.
Symphony in the Valley, your community orchestra, presents Hollywood Holiday, a fun pops concert that starts with memorable movie scores and ends with your favorite holiday tunes.The show starts with hits from the Hollywood movies “Star Wars,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Then the orchestra shifts to holiday favorites – just the ticket for getting into the holiday spirit. Conductor Carlos Elias and the super-sized community orchestra play the best of Hollywood and the holidays.The concert will be Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.Tickets for the show are $15, and are available from the Wheeler Box Office, http://www.AspenShowTix.com, or at the door.
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