Roamin' the Range-July 2016

Experience storytime like never before as local children’s book illustrator, Cathy Morrison, reads her book The Prairie that Nature Built, 9:30 a.m. July 7 in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater at the Museum of Discovery in Fort Collins. And before kids see the pages turn on the big screen, they can make a nature pendant to take home. An event for all ages; $8/$6 for members. Experience Spontaneous Fantasia, a live musical visual experience that has been compared to laser shows or a Pink Floyd concert updated for the 21st century. Multi-media artist J-Walt uses the latest in interactive computer graphics techniques to bring paintings to life. The artwork incorporates elements of animation, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, music, architecture and interactive art. July 8 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.; $20/$18 for members. Cash bar available. Information at fcmod.org.

The Northern Colorado Weavers Guild is hosting Fiber Celebration 2016, an international juried show at the Community Creative Center, 200 Mathews St. in Fort Collins, July 13 through Aug. 6. The awards reception and gallery talk with the juror will be July 27, and will be included in the First Friday Gallery Walk in August. Pieces in the show represent fiber media: weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, sculpture, felting, quilting, paper making, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. For more information contact Linda Sanden at jsandenlls@q.com, 970-568-4230.

University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University hosts a performance of Fran Lehar’s The Merry Widow July 23 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Brian Luedloff, musical direction by Wes Kenney, conducted by students from the summer conducting seminar and masters program. $10. See more information and purchase tickets at CSUArtsTickets.com.

Union Colony Civic Center in Greeley has announced its 2016-17 season. Stage productions open with the musical Fame on Oct. 26; followed by The Ten Tenors on Dec. 22; and the musical Annie on Jan. 24. The Duke Ellington Orchestra arrives March 10. Union Colony will present The Drifters on Sept. 9; Driving Miss Daisy on Oct. 28; rock and roll icon Eddie Money on Nov. 18; and Hotel California, A Salute to the Eagles on Feb. 4. Comedians on their way to Greeley include Paula Poundstone on Sept. 10; Wayne Brady on Oct. 29; and Jim Belushi on April 8. Series or individual show tickets available at UCSTARS.com or call 970-356-5000 for more information.

Bohemian Nights free Thursday night concerts in Old Town Fort Collins will feature Blue Grama on July 7; Kutandara Marimba Experience on July 14; Mama Lenny & the Remedy on July 21; and Folk Rock on July 28. All shows start at 7 p.m. Visit bohemiannights.org for information.

The Wellington Summer Concert Series features the Choice City Jazz Band July 23 at 6 p.m. in Centennial Park.

Midtown Arts Center celebrates summer with Mary Poppins showing through Aug. 27. 3750 Mason St., Fort Collins For information and tickets: 970-225-2555 or midtownartscenter.com.

OpenStage Theatre finishes up its run of The Taming of the Shrew July 1 and 2 at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. lctix.com. Other July Lincoln Center offerings include Tommy Emmanuel on July 9; Stand Up! and Sit Down! on July 16; Parody, night We Got the Issues, presented by The Mostlies, July 22-31.

Candlelight Dinner Theatre is showing The Wizard of Oz opening July 21. Into the Woods closes July 10. 4747 Marketplace Drive, Johnstown. 970-744-3747 or tickets@coloradocandlelight.com.

Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine St. in Fort Collins welcomes the Comedy Brewers on July 10 and will host a summer camp for Young Makers starting July 25 that includes woodworking, metalworking, leather working. See basbleu.org for more information.

Fort Collins Symphony announces its 2016-17 season, Masters, Marvels & Magic. Now in its 67th season, the fully professional orchestra is under the leadership of award-winning conductor Maestro Wes Kenney. Guest artists include previous Young Artist Competition winner pianist Xinyu Chen and two of the New York Philharmonic’s pre-eminent musicians: Assistant concertmaster Michelle Kim and principal trombonist Joe Alessi.

The season begins Oct. 8 with Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. The second Masterworks program on Nov. 5, features Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto No. 2 and Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C. Highlights of Masterworks 3 on Feb. 4 includes Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dances from On the Town, Rouse’s Trombone Concerto and Brahms Symphony No. 4. The orchestra will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 for the March 4 Masters of Our Universe concert. For the March 24 Pops concert, the orchestra will present an entertaining evening of music composed by the Marvelous Magical Movie Master John Williams. The season concludes with Power & Pyrotechnics on May 13, with music written by Sibelius, Rimsky-Korsakov and Bruckner.
Season tickets are available at the Lincoln Center at 970-221-6730. Single tickets go on sale Aug. 18.
For more information see fcsymphony.org or call 970-482-4823.

Bohemian Nights announced recently an all-Colorado lineup of 80-plus bands slated to perform during this year’s Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, Aug. 12-14 a free, three-day music festival held each August in historic downtown Fort Collins.

Granny-nominated orchestral indie band DeVotchKa, known for their acclaimed score for “Little Miss Sunshine” will headline Aug. 12, at 8:30 p.m. Alternative rock band The Fray, known for several hit singles including “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How to Save a Life,” will headline Aug. 13, at 8:30 p.m. Headliner performances take place on the Mountain Avenue Stage.

Performing across six outdoor music stages, artists in this year’s lineup include SHEL, long-time Northern Colorado folk favorites featured at South by Southwest and on MTV; Brent Cowles, singer-songwriter founder of You Me & Apollo; Silver & Gold, Greeley-based alternative rock group and Tickle Me Pink, Fort Collins rock favorite.

Music performances run from 5–10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit BohemianNights.org or the Bohemian Nights app for the full music schedule and more information.

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