Heat it up

Keep warm in January with a hot entertainment life

Hands in winter gloves holding mug of hot cocoa

December’s ho ho ho has given way to January’s ho hum hum.

But you don’t need to be caught in this wintry month’s post holiday blues! Fight them off with these daily ideas to fire up January and your social life.

JAN. 3: Big kids, little kids and kids in between will enjoy The Art Center’s First Friday Art even with a root beer bar, snacks and art, of course. Learn more about this event on page 10.


JAN. 4: Kick up your heels and learn to contra dance to the Celtic sounds of Fifth Reel. It’s actually easy to do with dance directions called out by Ron Young of Fifth Reel. The Family Dance goes from 5–6:30 p.m. ($12 per family or $5 for adults, $4 for children) and the Community Dance is from 7:30–10:30 p.m. ($8 for adults, $5 for students $4 for children 10–17) at La Puerta Dance Studio, 523½ Main St. A new dancers workshop begins at 7 p.m., so no excuses.


JAN. 5: Join this hit! “Downton Abbey” Season 4 premiers this Sunday on “Masterpiece” Rocky Mountain PBS.

Oh, you missed the past three seasons? Rent them. Borrow them. Buy them. They’ll keep you warm for a long time.


JAN. 6: Somewhere between grunge and lumberjack, plaid became stylish again for both men and women. Find some and put it on today.


JAN. 7: Sip, sip, relax. January is Hot Tea Month. Share tea with someone.


JAN. 8: Take your lunch break with A Little Noon Music. Featuring saxophonist Jessica Voigt, this free concert begins at 12:15 p.m. and lasts about 40 minutes at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. Info: 242-4850.


JAN. 9: Make plans to attend the 19th annual Ouray Ice Festival that starts on this day and goes through Jan. 12. This is the 19th year for this festival in Ouray Ice Park, which has more than three miles of frozen vertical terrain. For a schedule and info, go to ourayicepark.com.


JAN. 10: If the name Peanut Butter Lovesicles doesn’t warm your ears up, we’re not sure what will. The family rock band will play with Bronco Country and Wave Baby in the KAFM Radio Room at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7. Learn about the three-man rock band at pblovesicle.com.


JAN. 11: Last chance! See “Les Miserables” in Grand Junction.

The show is performed by High Desert Opera at 7 p.m. at Grand Junction High School Auditorium, 1400 Fifth St. Nearly 50 vocalist and a live orchestra will perform. Tickets are $10, $19, $29, $39 highdesertopera.org, 523-9605, Roper Music.


JAN. 12: Be the host with the most orange and blue. Throw a party for the Denver Bronco’s AFC Divisional playoff game that will be played this afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.


JAN. 13: Fire your taste buds! Eat something today that contains plenty of chili pepper or cayenne pepper. Yeowww!


JAN. 14: Check out iTunes Singles Top 10 for this day and listen to the 1 minute, 30 second sample of each song.

Don’t like that idea? Then sample some of the songs off one of the albums released on this day.


JAN. 15: Follow two Mexican American girls attending the Martha Washington Society debutante ball in Laredo, Texas, while watching the documentary “Las Marthas.”

This free Community Cinema Series screening is at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Mesa County Libraries’ Central Library at Fifth Street and Grand Avenue. The screening is preceded by a 6:30 p.m. wine and cheese reception and followed by a community discussion.


JAN. 16: Prep for a red carpet night by watching an Oscar-nominated film. The Academy Award nominations will be announced on this day.


JAN. 17: Needing something steamy for a wintry day? Find a hot tub or hot springs and go for a soak.


JAN. 18: Grand Junction Rockestra gets “Dazed & Confused” with movie music at 1:30 p.m. in Robinson Theatre in Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center.

Yes, ZZ Top’s “Tush” and Edgar Winter’s “Free Ride” from the movie “Dazed & Confused” are on the set list, as well as “Skyfall,” “Born to Be Wild,” “Good Vibrations” and “Wanted Dead or Alive,” according to GJ Rockestra’s Facebook page.

Visit gjsymphony.org or call 243-6787 for tickets.


JAN. 19: Ski, snowboard or tube at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, then warm up to the music of 15-year-old singer/songwriter Morgan Crouse from 2–5 p.m. at the Sunset Grill.

Also on the schedule for this day is the Grand Junction Subaru Town Race for all those interested in speeding down a racecourse from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is the second day of the two-day of Summit Canyon Tele-fest & Demo Days.

Info: powderhorn.com.


JAN. 20: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, admission is free at Colorado National Monument and other national parks. Go for a hike, go for a drive, or go take photos.


JAN. 21: Try five artisanal cheeses and seven Kannah Creek beers at a Craft Beer & Co. Cheese Pairing at 5:30 p.m. at Kannah Creek Brewing Co., 1960 N. 12th St. Tickets cost $20. Info: KannahCreekBrewingCo.com.


JAN. 22: Take a friend out for some hot, hot, hot chocolate.


JAN. 23: Make plans to take in the X Games at Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain, Jan. 23–26. Drive there or park yourself in front of the TV. X Games events are free to the public. Info and schedule: xgames.com.

By the way, the music events — concerts are with Tiesto, Axwell, Phoenix and Matt & Kim — are Jan. 25–26 at Aspen’s Wagner Park. General admission tickets are $30 at bellyupaspen.com.


JAN. 24: The latest edition of Out & About is at your door. Turn to Music Scene, find a local band and check it out tonight.

JAN. 25: Get dressed up and go out to a local restaurant for not other reason than ... why not?


JAN. 26: It’s another awards show, but the Grammy Awards’ performances can be interesting to watch: Daft Punk, Imagine Dragons, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Blake Shelton. LL Cool J is the host. Check your on-screen guide or TV listings for air time on CBS.


JAN. 27: Learn about a couple local artists. Go to a local gallery and ask for some suggestions by genre, then check out the artists’ websites or arrange a visit to his or her studio.


JAN. 28: Pianist Joshua Sawicki will be the guest performer for the Grand Junction Symphony’s “Slavic Symphony” concert at 7:30 p.m. at Grand Junction High School auditorium. On the program are Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” Kabalevsky’s “Colas Breugnon Overture” and more.

Tickets and info: GJsymphony.org.


JAN. 29: Be glad you’re warm inside Mesa Theater and Lounge at 7 p.m. for a screening of “Chasing Ice” that follows National Geographic photographer James Balog.

Info: mesatheater.com,


JAN. 30: Bask in the glow of good friends and a fun board game. A pot of delicious soup also would be a nice touch to this winter evening gathering.


JAN. 31: If you haven’t already, start reading the One Book, One Mesa County selection for 2014: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki. The library’s first book discussion for “A Tale” is Feb. 1.

Info: mesacountylibraries.org.


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