The original songs of singer-songwriter Brenn Hill can be heard at his concert, 7:30 p.m., on Aug. 16 at the historic 66-year-old Livermore Community Hall. “Ode to Selway” will honor the Selway Wilderness and beyond as Brenn Hill pays his continuing homage to life in the Rocky Mountain West. Adults $25, College and school-age students $15, Children under 5 free. Livermore Community Hall is 2 miles west of U.S. 287 on CR74E. Info: 970-227-5596.
Jim Foster of Waverly has been doing art for 55 years—as a teacher, sculptor in both clay and metal, printmaker and acrylic and watercolor painter. “I’ve always said that my children were my greatest teachers and works of art,” Foster said. He’s proud to be sharing space in the Carnegie Center, 200 Mathews St. in Fort Collins, with his daughter Shelley Aibner and son John in “Journeys,” a collaborative art show opening Aug. 6 and running through Aug. 16. The younger Fosters’ work ranges from early pieces in clay to their recent journey into “moto-journalism,” in the form of large format photos of landscapes captured while riding motorcycles through the Southwest. Reception with live music, drinks and appetizers, 6 p.m. Aug. 6. Carnegie Center hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-6 p.m.
Aug. 15-17 Fort Collins will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the town with Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, a community, arts and music festival. More than 70 new, emerging and established bands will perform on six stages. National headliners anchoring this year’s festival are Big Head Todd and the Monsters; Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo; and WAR. Three full days of music performances will span popular and contemporary genres, and will run 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17. Each day will close with a headliner performance on the festival’s Mountain Avenue Stage. Browse booths with handcrafted jewelry, fine-art photography, an array of different of food, and Kids’ World in Library Park for games, entertainment and a carnival. The festival is free. For more information and detailed maps see www.DowntownFort Collins.com or 970-484-6500.
Grant Family Farms, 12155 NCR 15, Wellington, is the site of the Rise ‘n’ Shine Arts Festival scheduled for Aug. 15-17. Presented by Rise ‘n’ Shine Arts, a group working to create new ways to engage the public in healing, self-expression and education through experiencing the many forms of art. There will be live music, yoga, agriculture workshops and art demonstrations. Rise ‘n’ Shine Arts owner Chesea Glanz said a goal of the festival is to demonstrate the interconnectedness of community and diverse artistic mediums. SHEL, a Fort Collins folk-pop group, will perform, along with others, in an outdoor venue. Tickets $119. Camping available. Info: risenshinearts.bpt.me.
The Upper Poudre Canyon Craft Fair and Quilt Show has something for everyone, starting at 9 a.m. in the Upper Poudre Canyon Community Building and Fire Station #2, 33689 Colorado 14, just west of mile marker 89 in the canyon. Music, food, crafts, raffle of “Forest Cabin” quilt. Tickets sold at show or Bighorn Cabins, Archer’s River Resort or call Janet at 970-881-2465. $1, 6 for $5, 13 for $10. Handcrafted items include carved wood bears, metal arts, jewelry, Colorado Custom Cartridges, leather crafts, photography. All-day bake sale, grilled lunch served by the Fire Department, Mountain Man snacks, rock and roll acoustic music. Historic Eggers Museum open for touring. Call Buzz at 970-881-3585 if you are interested in selling your crafts. E-mail: email@example.com.
Prof. Melinda Laituri, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Director, Geospatial Centroid, CSU Natural Environmental Science, will speak about Healing Journeys and Water Strategies: the SNOWY Project at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Global Village Museum in Fort Collins. Yukon River communities are on the cutting edge of climate change where adaptation is essential, change is constant and a subsistence lifestyle is under threat. Laituri will describe the current situation in three communities in the lower Yukon River delta as they adapt to climate change. In partnership with the Yukon River Inter-tribal Watershed Council, researchers are examining changing snow conditions and water quality in the Yukon River. Working closely with local communities, healing journeys have been launched to link communities and share stories of resource use and needs. $5. Free to members.