Now You See It
Everyday objects inspired the Aspen Art Museum's most important exhibit of the year, Now You See It. Nineteen acclaimed artists from around the world—many of whom have shown at New York City's MoMA or the Whitney Museum of American Art—transformed ordinary items by shaping them into sculptures, mobiles, and 2-D wall hangings. The resulting exhibit, which features pieces from the late Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (his work is pictured here) and the late Swiss-German Dieter Roth, pushes viewers to dwell in the power of transformation and reconceive their understanding of the objects that surround them every day. Through Feb. 1, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen.
The Color Purple
More than three years after it opened to rave reviews on Broadway, the musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Color Purple makes it to Denver. The story of Celie, a struggling African-American woman in the South during the early 20th century, has racked up both Tony and Grammy award nominations (not to mention Oprah's endorsement). Denver's performance features a cast of stars, including Jeannette Bayardelle as Celie, straight from the Broadway production. Jan. 7-18, The Buell Theatre.
Brit sensation Amy Winehouse garnered all the glory (and the Grammys) last year, but a new songstress from the U.K. has been stealing some of her spotlight—20-year-old bluesy songstress Adele stops at the Bluebird Theater late this month. Critics say her voice calls to mind those of singers Joni Mitchell and Carole King, and despite her youth she shows the technical skill of a studied musician. Adele's soulful style and melancholy lyrics create an innocent but solid sound that's climbed the Billboard 200. Jan. 22, Bluebird Theater.
Steamboat Family Snow Festival
No need to resign yourself to hiring a sitter or logging hard time on the kiddie slopes this month. In January, Steamboat hosts the Family Snow Festival, a three-day family-friendly party where children can hang out at the adventure zone (think rockin' music and a mechanical bull) or hit the snow park, where kid-friendly instructors give tips for skiing and riding. Once the slopes close, Mom and Dad can join in as the staff hosts a Western-style barbecue. The deal clincher, though, is the Sunday afternoon concert with rapper/actor Mitchel Musso of Disney's Hannah Montana. Jan. 16-18, Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Springs.