Arts and Entertainment

  • Artist paints Red Rocks shows as they happen

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    There’s not much bare space on the wall of Keith “Scramble” Campbell’s Arvada home. Artwork, mostly his, covers it. Above the fireplace in his basement is one of his latest works; it’s a painting he did live during the 75th anniversary ceremony for Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison on June 15.

    Campbell and his wife, Shay, have called Colorado home since 2004. Red Rocks drew them here.


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    The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum celebrates yesterday’s quilt-making traditions. The museum is at 1213 Washington Ave., Golden. For information, call 303-277-0377 or visit www.rmqm.org.

  • Red Rocks celebrating 75 years as iconic venue in ‘thread of history’

    By Kevin M. Smith, For the Courier

    MORRISON — Maybe it’s cliche to say there’s nothing else like it, but it’s true.

    “We’re very fortunate to have Red Rocks inside of our own backyard,” said artist Keith “Scramble” Campbell. “The reason there is so much activity there is because it really, truly is the best place to see live music. It really changes your perspective on other venues, too.”

  • Young actors take on 'The Magical Land of Oz'

    Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Woman are walking through the forest when they suddenly come upon the Cowardly Lion. With a great roar, he frightens them out of their wits.

    Suddenly, overhead, an alarm sounds, and an automated voice tells everyone to leave the building or call the school district.

    “See,” Dorothy tells the Cowardly Lion, “you’re so scary, you set off the security alarm!”

  • Hitting the High Notes: Jimy Murphy

    Jimy Murphy — artist, cancer survivor, father of three and force of nature — offers one piece of advice: Do what you love.

    The ebullient Murphy has followed his own passions on a whirlwind music and film career that took him around the country before dropping him back in his hometown.

  • Magic Moments production features local performers

    More than 150 actors were polishing their performances at Waterstone Community Church last weekend as they prepared for the opening of “It’s All Greek to Me,” a musical produced by Magic Moments Inc.

    The show features an inclusive blend of people ages 5 to 75, some of whom are professional actors working with talented amateurs. Other performers include developmentally challenged people — a tradition of the Magic Moments theater group.

  • Music, hiking, scenic views: Red Rocks Park glows on winter days

    You can hear John Denver singing “Rocky Mountain High” at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre.

    The late musician is featured prominently in a Colorado Music Hall of Fame exhibit, which includes a video of his performances at Red Rocks in the 1970s. In a room dedicated to Denver, visitors can gaze at a guitar he once played and see stage outfits he wore and handwritten lyrics he composed.

  • Stepping up

    The future stars of the Foothills Park and Rec ballet programs will have a chance to shine this weekend in performances of “The Nutcracker” at Columbine High School.

    This year will be special for the younger students, who’ve been taking classes at Foothills for several years. With many of the older dancers now graduated from high school, it’s time for the next group to step up.

  • Bemis exhibit promotes women artists
  • Audience members sift clues to find bad actor

    Even with a room full of amateur detectives on the case, the culprit almost got away with murder.

    Littleton’s Bemis Library hosted “Murder in the Stacks” on Friday, an evening of mystery and comedy with the Thornton-based Creative Revolution Theatre Company. The audience of more than 50 analyzed clues, grilled the suspects and worked together to solve a murder mystery.