Artists ready to perform at GV arts fest

Local musician Destinee Reed will perform after the two performances of “Arts Revolution” during the Grand Junction Performing Arts Festival.

Activities for children and adults abound at this year’s Grand Valley Performing Arts Festival.

The event covers nearly every area of performance-based art during its four-day run at Colorado Mesa University’s Moss Performing Arts Center and adjacent outdoor quad.

Here is a rundown of this year’s events. Admission is free unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, July 12:

■ 5:30 p.m. — Creative Avenues presents a children’s musical theater production of “Robin Hood and the Time Travelers From Dimension X” in the Black Box Theater. The musical was written by local playwright Shawn Clingman. Children need to register to participate in this production. For information, go to or visit the studio at 835 N. 26th St.

■ 6:15 p.m. — Defy Gravity presents an aerial silk dance performance in the outdoor quad.

■ 7 p.m. — Centennial Band performs.

Friday, July 13:

■ 5 p.m. — “Poetry In EEE-motion” in the Black Box Theater. The presentation is a fusion of poetry reading, music and dance.

■ 7:30 p.m. — “Arts Revolution” Main Stage show in Robinson Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children age 17 and younger. “Arts Revolution” is a multimedia theatrical dance show featuring local and out-of-town dancers. The show was created by Aspen multimedia designer Loren Wilder and debuted in 2011 at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House. The show is set to the music of John Lennon and the Beatles. Afterward, local musicians Destinee Reed and the Mientka Trio will perform, as well as adult singers and actors from The Theater Project.

Tickets to the Main Stage show are available at Back Porch Music and Triple Play Records.

Saturday, July 14:

■ 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Kids Arts Carnival in the outdoor quad. The carnival has a number of activities for children such as arts and crafts “Imagination Station” booths, LEGO building, educational workshops and a Defy Gravity performance.

■ 1–6 p.m. — Multi-cultural performances in the Black Box Theater and in the Recital Hall. The performances include the Kubsurat Ruh Middle Eastern Dance Troupe and the Sweet Adelines Grand Mesa Chorus. There also will be performances from the Senior Theater and a 3 p.m. showing of the children’s musical “Did You Say Dinosaur” written by local playwright Rachel Fortner.

■ 7:30 p.m. — “Arts Revolution” Main Stage show (see description above) in Robinson Theatre. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 17 and younger. Local musicians Destinee Reed and the Mientka Trio as well as adult singers and actors from The Theater Project will perform after the show.

Sunday, July 15:

■ 2 p.m. — Showcase Dance Concert in the Recital Hall. Dancers from several area dance studios and companies will present a showcase of different dance forms and dance theater.

For information about the festival, go to or check out its Facebook page at Grand Valley Performing Arts Festival.


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