Entertainment Briefs: Feb. 14-20

‘Madame Butterfly’ auditions

High Desert Opera will have auditions for its production of Giacomo Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave.

The performances will be Saturdays, July 26 and Aug. 2.

An accompanist will be provided at the audition. To make an appointment or for information, call Jim Werner at 270-7989.

Locals to ‘Share The View’


Ed Kunzelman and Donna Fullerton, both of Grand Junction and members of the Thunder Mountain Camera Club, were selected to have their works printed and hung in the Share The View International Nature Photography Contest, on display at the Denver Wildlife Experience Museum in Denver.

Their photos were selected from among entries from 14 countries and 33 states. Fullerton presented a short talk on “Death Valley Mysteries” during a gala on Feb. 12 that honored the winners.

Go to thewildlifeexperience.org for information.

Musician releases albums


Area musician Gary Smith has released four new albums, two that are available now to download — “Waiting for Spring,” and “Reflections,” both described as ambient (New Age) music.

The other two, “Trails of the Old West” and “In the Shadows,” will be released Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 17–18, bringing him to a total of 15 jazz guitar albums available online.

Smith’s music was picked up by the Internet Jazz station thejazzgroove.com and his jazz guitar albums are in regular rotation.

Visit Amazon.com and search GRS West Music hear track samples and make purchases.

Sculpture class at Blue Pig


The Blue Pig Gallery will host a ceramic sculpture class with Daphna Russell from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22–23, at the gallery, 101 W. Third St., in Palisade.

Russell will help students learn to make full use of dimensions in their sculpture and the spatial relationships that bring wholeness and focal points to sculptural design.

Cost is $150 plus $15 for clay. Bisque firing is included in the fee.

Call 464-4819 to reserve a space.

Artwork sought for festival


The Lavender Association of Western Colorado invites artists to enter original artwork for the 2014 online poster contest representing the fourth annual Colorado Lavender Festival.

The festival will focus on lavender fields, plants and products of western Colorado.

Deadline for online submissions is Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Email Susan Metzger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information and an entry form.

Collage demo at Art Center


A collage demonstration by artist Gayle Gerson will highlight the next Brush and Palette Club meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

“Easy Image Transfers for Mixed Media Work” will start at 1:30 p.m., after the club meeting, and the public is invited to watch the demonstration.

Call Katie Hill at 241-0410 or go to gjbrushandpalette.org for information.

Veterans Center seeks art


The Veterans Art Center, 307 N. 12th St.,  put out a call for artists for its March Madness March Exhibition.

Call 462-3126, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to operationrevamp.org for information.

Dance parties at La Puerta


Along with its weekly dance class offerings, La Puerta Dance Studio will offer dance parties from 8–10 p.m. Friday nights.

A schedule of dance classes, as well as the open public dancing sessions, is available at lapuertadancestudio.com or call 712-2552 for information.

Auditions for ‘Damn Yankees’


The Theatre Project will have open auditions for “Damn Yankees” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at The Theatre Project Stage, 835 N. 26th St.

Performances will take place May 30–31 in the Grand Junction High School auditorium.

Those ages 16 and older are invited to audition and should be prepared to sing and dance. Take a completed audition packet with your schedule and availability. Audition packets are available at TheatreProjectGJ.com, or call Joy Potter at 261-5363 for information.

Art aRound town sought


Application deadline for submissions for entry in Carbondale’s Art aRound Town exhibition is March 2.

The Carbondale Public Arts Commission seeks 14 new sculptures for its popular 11th anniversary edition of the exhibition.

Sculptures may be representational or abstract works, as long as they are freestanding pieces that are safe for pedestrians and are easy to maintain in an outdoor mountain environment.

Applications for entry are available through the CaFÉ (Call for Entry) website, callforentry.org.


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