The lull between the raging Halloween parties of late October and the time that Beaver Creek and Vail open is about as sleepy as things get here in the Vail Valley. That doesn’t mean that nothing is happening, but it does mean that there’s a lot less to do now than last week or in the weeks to come. Don’t despair, though. We’ve got art lovers and music fans covered, with interesting and fun events this week including a great free presentation by one of Colorado's top photographers. For those of you who aren’t into amazing landscape photography and prefer to experience those landscapes yourself, take a hike. But if you want to make your own music, you're on your own.
On Thursday (Nov. 3), Colorado Mountain College hosts a not-to-be-missed evening with John Fielder, one of the best nature and outdoors photographers to ever pick up a camera. Fielder’s images capture Colorado’s breathtaking beauty like few others have. For this evening, and to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Fielder is bringing an outstanding and original multimedia presentation that focuses on Colorado, including the state’s rivers, ruins and mountains which make up Colorado's four National Parks and nine National Monuments. Reception, 5:30 p.m.; presentation, 6 p.m. Free.
Also on Thursday, the duo of Schlep & Wolf take the stage at the Vail Ale House for 10:00 p.m. gig. Comprised of locals Johnny Schleper (brother of Olympic skier Sarah Schleper) and Jake Wolf (pro tem mayor of Avon), this dynamic duo's soulful covers and originals pair well with the more than 20 craft beers on tap, perfect for a chill evening with fellow friends praying for snow.
Finally, after a quiet weekend, Mandy Harvey rolls into Beaver Creek for a Monday, November 7th gig at the Vilar. Harvey’s story is as compelling as her jazzy compositions. A vocal music education major at Colorado State University, the artist lost her residual hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen due to a neurological disorder, and left the program. She made a triumphant return to music in 2008, quickly becoming a regular performer at Jay’s Bistro in Fort Collins and at seminal jazz club Dazzle Jazz Lounge in Denver. Her 7:30 p.m. show at the Vilar will be one of the highlights of the month, and you can preview her music here.