Entertainment Briefs: Dec. 21

Performing Arts Center closing

Performing Arts Center of the Grand Valley owner Terri Schafer is closing her downtown business location, 448 Main St. effective Monday, Dec. 31, she said.

“I’m really sad about leaving downtown Grand Junction,” Schafer said.

She said the reasons for closing were because the theater space was too small to “stage the productions necessary,” and the offices above the center “could hear everything going on” when students were rehearsing “and vice versa.”

Schafer will continue to teach private vocal, piano and acting lessons out of her Grand Junction residence and will continue to offer trips to New York City for aspiring actors, singers and tourists.

Schafer plans to stay involved in local theater projects and has started writing curriculum-based music that turns lessons students learn in the classroom into musicals for them to perform, she said.

The final performance at the center will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. New York City actor Raymond McLeod, who is part of “Oliver!”, will perform a benefit concert.

Tickets are $20.12 and include a catered dinner. Tickets are $10 without dinner.

Call 270-8533 to reserve seats.

Dance studio posts classes


La Puerta Dance Studio, 523 1/2 Main St., has posted its January class schedule at http://www.lapuertadancestudio.com.

A variety of classes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Classes begin at 7:10 p.m. on Friday and are followed by open dancing from 8–10 p.m.

Go to the website or call 712-2552 for information.

Grant applications being accepted


The Commission on Arts and Culture invites grant proposals from organizations to support local arts and cultural events, projects and programs.

Any nonprofit organization or governmental/educational agency may apply. The 2013 grant cycle will be open through Feb. 7.

Go to http://www.gjarts.org/grants/ for information and an application.

Rockestra announces two concert dates


The Grand Junction Rockestra has announced dates for two events in 2013.

The first is a concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, that will feature hits from the 1950s–‘90s with Rockestra performing four songs from each decade chronologically.

Tickets for the concert are $20 or $25

The second concert, planned for early June, is the annual Rocker Ball.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.gjsymphony.org, by calling the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra’s office at 243-6787, or at the office, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120.

The symphony’s office will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1.


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