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February 2010

Music: The Pink Floyd Experience

You know a band has made it big when tribute groups start emulating its tunes. Pink Floyd is the ultimate example. Progressive, space-age beats and unique album-cover art skyrocketed the original British group to fame in the late 1960s, and more than 200 million album sales worldwide cemented its iconic status. Bringing the boys back to the stage is the Pink Floyd Experience, which mimics the over-the-top live shows with psychedelic lights and a dead-on vocal imitation. It's a spectacle befitting of this grand mountain venue, complete with a massive pink pig hovering above the stage. So grab a friend and head over to the dark side of the moon. Feb. 3, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Theater: The Graduate

Straight from Cougarville, Mrs. Robinson is back—live on stage in the Aurora Fox's take on the film classic The Graduate. The 1967 flick is a quirky comedy about recent graduate Benjamin Braddock, who, lacking direction in his life, finds himself in bed with his sultry older neighbor, Mrs. Robinson—the mother of his true love interest. The winner of an Oscar and five Golden Globes, the story is captivating in the intimate 245-seat theater. Sure, the plot's not as revolutionary as it once was, but it's still got the intrigue and delicious scandal to keep you engrossed. Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson! Feb. 12-March 14, Aurora Fox Arts Center



Friday: Western-themed family night. Saturday: unveiling of a massive snow fort. Every day: tubing, arts and crafts, and concerts. It's a kid-size paradise at the inaugural year of Keystone's KIDTOPIA festival, a series of weeklong winter carnivals, plus this month's signature weekend, dedicated to children of all ages. Hop on a chairlift to the top of Dercum Mountain and be awed by the colossal snow fort. Then, light up the darkened slopes as you fly down the hill during the Glow Stick Parade. Not a big skier? Try disco tubing: The music and lights will make you a snow fiend in no time. Plus, pro skiers and boarders will be signing autographs and ripping it up exhibition-style in a rail jam. Bonus: Most events are free. Feb. 18-21, Keystone


Art: Salotto di Luminoso

Italy and art go hand in hand. But the works of 19th-century Italian artists have often been overlooked—until now. The Madden Museum of Art's "Salon of Light" exhibit is a compilation of 80 pieces celebrating the whimsical but poised imaginings of these masters. From Francesco Iantorno's bronze sculpture of a couple frolicking in a barrel of grapes to Filadelfo Simi's "Jealousy," painted with a 3-D quality, these works vividly depict Italian life. Don't miss contemporary photographer Thomas Barbèy's prints, which combine several photos into one to create convincing yet dreamlike images: "O Duomo Mio" details the Bridge of Sighs in Venice and the river below as if it runs within the Milan Cathedral. The exhibit also has a homespun touch, featuring pieces from Italian-American artists living and working in Colorado. Through Feb. 25, Madden Museum of Art