Friday, January 13, 2012

Arts and entertainment events in Summit County for January

Free dinner to check out square dance club

The Timberline Toppers Square Dance Club will be offering lessons to beginners, starting Jan. 24. Square dancing is fun, and is great exercise for the mind and body. The lessons will be given on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. for those who would like to learn this active and social pursuit.

To give those who are curious a chance to try square dancing, the Timberline Toppers will be having a dinner dance party on Jan. 17. At 5:30 p.m., there will be a chili dinner, then at 6:30 a top square dance caller will give everyone a free introduction to square dancing. This will allow those who are unsure about what square dancing is a no obligation opportunity to give it a try.

The Timberline Toppers is the largest square dance club in Colorado, with over 100 members. They dance to modern music and wear modern dress. The dance calls have been standardized and are the same worldwide. Many of the members dance with clubs around the nation when they are visiting other parts of the country. They have found it to be a great way to meet people wherever they are.

To reserve a place at this Jan. 17 dinner dance, call Dave Bittner at (970) 390-1604 or email him at

Friends of the Libraries Present ‘The Wizard of Oz and Other Strange Talks of the American West'

You've probably seen “The Wizard of Oz” many times, maybe even read the book, but it turns out that it's a lot more than a great children's story filled with lovable critters, music and color. Rick Hague will give you another side of the story at the first Friends of the Libraries slide show and talk this winter.

Find out what Hague has learned about American history in his talk presented by the Friends of Summit County Libraries at 7 p.m. today in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library, 651 Center Circle in Silverthorne.

“There is another side of the story of Oz because the film is really a story within a story,” Hague said. “Join me on the yellow brick road, and we'll take a journey into one of the most difficult, contentious and awe-inspiring periods of American history. Our journey even passes through Summit County.”

Join Hague for this free talk (donations accepted) tonight. The Friends of the Libraries presents these talks as part of its fundraising efforts to help the libraries purchase books and other supplies. For more information, call (970) 468-5887.

Summit County's ‘Dream Machine' winter casting call for kids 5-16

“Dream Machine is a local children's musical drama group that strives to develop self-confidence, stage presence, speaking skills and vocal performance through community productions.

This season's musical journey back in time in search of “The Secret of America's Greatness” teaches powerful lessons that will instill thankfulness for the tremendous blessings God has bestowed upon America.

Rehearsals begin the week of Jan. 15th with performances the end of March. For more information contact: Nancie Read at or (785) 409-9180.

Talk on Tibetan murders

In 2006, Himalayan mountain climbers on Cho Oyu witnessed a murder. Tibetan refugees passing their base camp came under fire by the Chinese Border Patrol. Professional mountaineer guide, Luis Benitez, was there and emailed his account to the world. His decision cost him his career and profoundly affected his life. Join Benitez as he explains the complicated world of mountaineering, politics and human self-preservation 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 at the Colorado Mountain College's Paul & Eileen Finkel Auditorium, 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge. Admission is $10; pre-registration is recommended (use class #65720). (970) 453-6757.

Comedy tonight

The Carriage House Early Learning Center funniest fundraiser is the perfect way to pay homage to Ullr. The Norse God of snow is obviously in a bad mood and the Carriage House and Breckenridge Resort Chamber feel the cure is a good ole belly laugh.

Tonight the Carriage House brings two famous comedians to the mountains for a fun filled night of laughter. Phil Palisoul and Eugene Kenny will perform at Beaver Run Resort for one night only. Tickets are $35 and are available by calling (970) 453-6423. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8.

Headliner Palisoul has appeared on the “Tonight Show,” “Last Comic Standing” and “Premium Blend” but is famous for using his self-deprecating humor to poke fun at some of life's harsher truths. Opening for Palisoul is Denver Comedy Works regular Eugene Kenny. Known for his work on the Black Entertainment Channel, Kenny has performed with Robert Townsend, Larry the Cable Guy and Dave Chappelle.

The show will be hosted by KSMT's Scotty Bondo. The show contains adult content and is not recommend for children under 16. For more details or to purchase advance tickets call (970) 453-6423.

Miner's Ball and Annual Wine Tasting

Celebrate Valentine's Day early on Feb. 11 from 4-11 p.m. at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum's 25th Silver Anniversary Celebration at the Miner's Ball and Annual Wine Tasting. Wear your Victorian finest and sample a variety of wines while you tour the museum, then enjoy an elegant three-course meal. Afterwards join in the fun on the dance floor or one of the card games. Don't forget to take a souvenir home from the silent auction. All proceeds from this special fundraising event go toward the NMHFM to support its mission of telling the story of mining, its people, and its importance to the American public.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling (719) 486-1229. The cost is $80 per ticket, $600 for a table of eight, or $750 for a table of 10.

‘The Book of Mormon' comes to Denver

The producers of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon,” winner of nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, and Denver Center Attractions announce that single tickets will go on sale Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $35 and will be available at, by phone or at the Denver Center Ticket Office; limit six tickets per order. “The Book of Mormon” will play a strictly limited, three-week engagement at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House Aug. 14 to Sept. 2.

“The Book of Mormon” features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated series, “South Park.” Tony Award-winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical comedy, Avenue Q. The musical is choreographed by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw and is directed by Nicholaw and Parker.

To charge by phone, call Denver Center Ticket Services at (303) 893-4100. Buy online at
Courtesy Summit Daily News