Culture abounds in this community. For a town with less than 3,000 people guests are constantly impressed by the scope of arts available in our region. You name it—theater, films, live music, poetry, sculpture, dance, visual art, etc—at one point or another Telluride will offer it. The arts are important no matter what form, especially in a small community like Telluride. The opportunity to create, sing, enjoy, dance, and be inspired is something to be thankful for. In Telluride, we are lucky enough to have a variety of venues to accommodate the breadth of shows that rotate through year round. The venues here support the culture of our region and are just as diverse as the exhibitions and performances you can catch inside of them. Telluride was recently named one of Colorado’s Creative Art Districts further proving we don’t simply exist, but we boldly embrace artistic freedom, thriving in a culture that’s far from the expected.
Without further ado, here are the best places to catch what…
Sheridan Opera House
At over a hundred years old, it’s impossible to imagine all the acts that have graced this historic stage. From vaudeville acts to most recently Trombone Shortly, the Sheridan Opera House has played host to a multitude of events and is a great place to catch anything. Whether it is live music, a Telluride Theatre production, film screening, stand up comedy, late night festival show, Young Peoples’ Theater, or even burlesque, the intimacy and décor of the Opera House alone is worth a visit. There is a special energy that resides in historic buildings, and this one has certainly had its fair share of legendary performances. The Sheridan Opera House itself is a SHOW.
Winter 2015 pick: Leftover Salmon on February 19 & 20, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. | More info
Many of the members at one point or another considered Telluride home. Plenty of dancing and always fun, this is a great performance to catch because it’s more like a homecoming for the band.
Located on the west end of town adjacent to the high school The Palm, much like the Opera House, plays host to a multitude of acts. Opened in 2004, the Palm is a state of the art facility built so people can experience live theatre in an intimate setting, although they offer much more than that. Sundays at the Palm is a series presented by Telluride Film Festival where they screen a movie one Sunday a Month. The Palm also broadcasts the Met Opera live in HD. This state of the art facility has supreme acoustics, a great line of sight from any seat in the house, and a wonderful summer dance program as well.
Winter 2015 Pick: Fantasia on Jan. 8, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Town Park Stage
Home to Telluride’s many summer music festivals, the number and quality of musicians that have graced this stage is innumerable. Few outdoor festivals rival the intimacy and setting of Telluride’s Town Park, and if you’re lucky enough to be able to attend one you can see why. With Bear Creek as its backdrop, Telluride’s soul-force, and the natural spectacular scenery of the box canyon, time spent at a festival in Town Park is worth all the effort to get there. This summertime venue also plays host the Telluride Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park.
2015 Pick: Telluride Theatre’s A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream July 18-25
No better way to enjoy this production than in the middle of summer at Telluride’s open air stage.
Fly Me to the Moon Saloon
The Moon, as locals call it, is a Telluride institution. For over 30 years it has been the go to music club in town playing host to just about everyone under the sun. The basement club has seen some improvements over the past couple of years including new sound and lighting systems. It’s also the best place to take in the local color where ski bums and trust funders dance side by side to all kinds of musical acts. If you’re looking to catch some live music while in town, fly yourself over to The Moon.
Winter 2015 Pick: Turkuaz, February 11, 2015
This hard-hitting Brooklyn Funk band keeps the horns loud and the crowds dancing. Buy your tix in advance for this show, because the locals love this band and it very well might sell out. www.flymetothemoonsaloon.com
This local gallery is owned and operated by Telluride Arts, a local non-profit that supports the creative minds of the region. Exhibits change monthly and it is the best place to catch art shows of local and regional creatives.
Telluride Conference Center + ClubRED
Operated by Telluride Ski and Golf with the goal of expanding the region’s musical reputation into the winter months, the Conference Center has become a hub for larger bands in the wintertime and can hold up to 900 people. In partnership with the Sheridan Arts Foundation (operators of the Sheridan Opera House), TSG has brought in Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood.
ClubRED is the only venue of its size and kind in Telluride. Located inside the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village, ClubRED transforms the space into an intimate and contemporary music lounge with ambient lighting, plush décor and VIP seating. ClubRED has featured nationally touring acts such as Blitzen Trapper, Matisyahu, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Justin Townes Earle.
Winter 2015 ClubRED Pick: Lettuce with opener Breakscience | Feb 13 & 14, 2015 | More info
Lettuce is a favorite of Telluride locals and returns to the region after playing the non-profit Telluride Jazz Celebration this past summer.
Ah Haa School for the Arts
Ah Haa is Telluride’s local art school and they have two gallery spaces which feature a variety of media, from paintings and photographs to fiber arts, ceramics and sculpture. Frequently showing the work of its students, the Ah Haa space is another great venue to see catch local and regional artists. The exhibitions rotate monthly and usually align with the First Thursday Art Walks.