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December 2010


Performing Arts: The Flying Karamazov Brothers


They’re not related; they don’t fly; and no one’s last name is Karamazov. But that’s why this group is so much fun. Their show is the epitome of quirkiness—and an entertaining break during your mountain ski-cation. Four guys take juggling to new heights in a seemingly effortless routine that mixes circus tricks with a humorous give-and-take repartee. At a show in New York, one member juggled—thanks to audience votes—a slice of pizza, a stick of butter, and a cupcake. The Brothers have been around for 27 years, and they’ll win you over with an unmatched juggling repertoire—and some unusual dance moves. December 30, Vilar Performing Arts Center, Avon


Art: archiTECHtonica

The University of Colorado at Boulder recently completed a shiny new venue for the CU Art Museum—8,000 square feet of space for five galleries. In celebration of its new home, one of the museum’s inaugural exhibits, archiTECHtonica, explores the relationship between architecture and art. Works from 10 contemporary artists (including CU faculty member Richard Saxton) are on display, from paintings to interactive installations. Don’t miss Germany-based painter Driss Oudahi’s images of modernist, European skyscrapers. Through December 18, CU Art Museum


Benefit: Colorado Gives Day

Philanthropy has never been so easy. Simply log on to during this 24-hour period (midnight to midnight) and donate to any of the hundreds of Colorado charities listed on the website. The goal is to increase charitable giving in Colorado—we rank a paltry 29th in the country for the size of donations, even though the state’s average gross income is near the top. Help the Community First Foundation and FirstBank reach their target of raising $1 million in one day for local causes. No need to worry if you don’t have a charity in mind; you can search the site by category (animal-related, education, youth development) and read descriptions of each nonprofit, so you can give to a cause that’s close to your heart. You can even log on early to schedule a donation for the event day—so no excuses. December 8


Sports: Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix

Copper’s 22-foot halfpipe is going to see a lot of action during this mountain extravaganza. For the first time, the Grand Prix—an annual competition that brings some of winter’s most notorious shredders to the slopes—is featuring both snowboarding and skiing. Head to the hills early to catch qualifying runs, or wait until Friday to watch the pros, such as David Wise, throw insane tricks. Stay for Saturday’s snowboarding finals (don’t miss Olympians Louie Vito and Kelly Clark) and the Paul Mitchell Progression Session, where snowboarders follow a slopestyle format (a competition setup that includes jumps and tricks) to see which daredevil can rip the most innovative combo of flips and twists. December 8-11, Copper Mountain