Quick Picks: ‘The Elixir of Love’; ‘Titanoboa: Monster Snake’; Wuffstock

Opera Colorado’s 2016–2017 Young Artists will present “The Elixir of Love.”



Friday, May 19

It’s an elixir

Take in a unique venue along with a few arias and a comic opera performed by Opera Colorado’s 2016–2017 Young Artists.

The five musicians will present “The Elixir of Love” by Donizetti as well as other music during this concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Packing Shed/Barn at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road.

The concert is hosted by the Museums of Western Colorado and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra.

“This presentation is designed to entertain and educate, offering background information on each piece and end with a Q&A session providing the audience unique accessibility and insight into the world of opera,” said Peter Booth, the museums’ executive director, in a news release.

The concert also is first in the Cross Orchards Concert Series, which will continue the third Fridays of June, July and September.

Tickets for “The Elixir of Love” cost $25 and can be reserved at museumofwestern co.org or gjso.org or by calling 242-0971, ext. 2212, or 243-6787.

Friday, May 19

Slither hither

It’s the largest snake in the world!

OK, so it’s a replica. Of the largest snake the world!

That snake was 48 feet long and weighed 2,500 pounds and you can learn more about Titanoboa cerrejonensis at Dinosaur Journey beginning Friday.

“Titanoboa: Monster Snake,” presented by the Smithsonian Institution, will be on display at the Fruita museum Friday through Aug. 5.

Friday also happens to be free admission day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dinosaur Journey, 550 Jurassic Court, in recognition of May as National Museums Month.

Sunday, May 21

Woof, wüff

Get your well-behaved dog on leash and head to Wüffstock for music and more.

This fundraiser for Roice-Hurst Humane Society will go from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

Flat Top Reed, Retrospectacle and No Outlet are set to play at the event, where you’ll also find plenty of information about animal education and adoptions, a beer garden and food.

Admission is $1, and children age 5 and younger get in free. For information, go to rhhumanesociety.org or call 434-7337.


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