Entertainment briefs: Jan. 11

Destinee Reed

Local singer Destinee Reed places in state competition

Palisade singer/songwriter Destinee Reed, 17, placed second in the youth division of the Jan. 5 Colorado You Got Talent Season 3 State Competition Finals at Stargazers Theater in Colorado Springs.

She now has the chance to go before the producers of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” with a “Front of the Line” pass, according to coloradotalent.org.

Auditions for the next season are ongoing across the country.

Reed will play a free concert from 6–8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Back Porch Music, 995 Independent Ave.

The event is open to all ages.

Salida singer Annie Deveney won the Youth division of the Colorado Youth Got Talent competition. Colorado Springs singer Phil Taylor won the Adult division.

For information about Reed, go to http://www.destineereed.com.

Waterfowl stamp art sought by Parks and Wildlife


Friday, Feb. 1, is the deadline for artists to submit entries into the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s 2013 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest.

This year’s species of focus is the Greater Scaup (Aythya marila).

The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program was implemented in 1990 and provides funding to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required by state law to purchase a waterfowl stamp validation annually before hunting. In addition to hunters, many collectors aid in wetland conservation by purchasing collector stamps and prints that are created from the winning entry.

Artists must submit a full color original artwork 13-inches high by 18-inches wide for the contest. There is a $50 fee for each entry. The winning entry will receive $3,500 with smaller cash prizes for second and third place.

Complete requirements are explained in the application packet, available at wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/.

‘Messiah’ chorus members needed for Easter


The Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction is forming a chorus for its annual Easter performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” 

If you would like to sing in the ninth annual performance, plan to attend a rehearsal from 2–4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave.

The choir is not auditioned and welcomes all singers who feel they would enjoy performing this timeless masterwork. The choir usually has 65 voices. The performance features four professional soloists and a 19-piece chamber orchestra. The concert is supported financially by local businesses, private individuals, churches and the Grand Junction Commission for the Arts. 

The concert is performed Easter Sunday at Avalon Theatre with free admission.

Go to http://www.mcsgj.org for information.

Levis and Lace Club offers square dance classes


Square dance classes, offered by Levis and Lace Square Dance Club, begin Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.

The class is open for beginners for three weeks.

Call 434-6541 or 216-8503 for information.

Exhibit seeks art from students


The Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen seeks submissions from K–12 schools and students for The ECOArt Exhibition: Colorado Schools K-12 exhibit.

The artistic submissions must be created from recycled and/or reclaimed objects. Judging is based on most artistic and first, second and third place awards will be given to elementary, middle and high schools. Cash prizes will also be awarded to various school art departments.

The application to participate is due March 1, with art due April 1. Submissions will be on display April 3–25. A reception and awards presentation will be from 4–6 p.m. April 11.

Call 970-429-2777, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or go to http://www.aspenart.org for information.

Delta recreation center offers guitar lessons


Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta will offer youth and adult guitar lessons from 10:30–11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 26–Feb. 23.

The class is designed as introduction for those with no guitar experience or for those who are self-taught and would like to improve their technique. Take your own guitar to class (no amplifiers).

Registration is $85 and includes instruction, a book and a CD. Register by 5 p.m. Jan. 24.

Call 874-0923 for information.

Champion of the Arts announced


The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture announced the winners of the Champion of the Arts Award for 2012.

The business award goes to Doyle Trading Consultants, nominated by Marnie and James Werner of High Desert Opera.

The individual award goes to Harold P. Moss and his late wife Ruth. The Mosses were nominated by Camille Silverman, executive director/curator of The Art Center.

A reception honoring Champions of the Arts winners will be Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St. The reception will be from 6–6:50 p.m. followed by the award presentation at 7 p.m. during the City Council meeting. Artwork by local artists Susan Stanton and Mary Mansfield, both affiliated with The Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade, will be given as the awards.

Call 254-3876 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Auditions set for local production


The Theater Project will have open auditions for ages 18 and older for the upcoming production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Auditions will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at The Theatre Project Stage, 835 N. 26th St.

Prepare 16 bars of an up-tempo and a ballad and provide sheet music and take the completed audition packet with you.

Go to http://www.TheaterProjectGJ.com or call 261-5363 for information.


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