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Brush High School Drama Club Presents “The SpongeBob Musical” April 22-23 – The Fort Morgan Times

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The Brush High Drama Club will present “The SpongeBob Musical” at 7 pm on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. (Courtesy Graphic) The citizens of Bikini Bottom react to the terrifying news about Mt. Humongous. (Courtesy photo) Seniors Izzy Hernandez, Cesar Hinojos Tarin and Alejandro Maltos-Garcia (L to R) appear as Electric Skates, Bikini Bottom’s favorite boy band. Rock And Roll! (Courtesy photo) Back row: Emma Payne, Angelica Macias, Sara Prentice, Johnny Martinez, Katie Dobrinski, Trinity Carrette, Christian Francisco-Pablo, Lupita Tejeda. Standing: Aaliyah Johnson, Jenisis Topete, Alleisa Dykes, Ryan Strauch, Alyssa Perez, Jaycob Prentice, Trey Ford, Isael Cardenas, Maggie Goodner, Hailey Ditter, Maddie Bennett, Dale Wood, Lee Miller, Osmar Cardenas, Stephany Serrano Trevizo. Seated: Gracie Nestor, Rilee Wolf, Cornelia Schaffer, Noelle Ray, Faye Lyons, Alissa Abreo, Jynnaya Gleason, Diana Covington, Alix Reicks, Tarrin Flaherty. Front row: Director Rebecca Costanzo. No photo: Khrysell Barboza, Abi Reyes, Ava Castillo-Jones, Mixtli Piceno, Izzy Hernandez, Cesar Hinojos, Jando Maltos-Garcia. (Courtesy Photo) The Brush High School Drama Club will present “The SpongeBob Musical” on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. Both shows will begin at 7 pm in the Brush High Campus Auditorium. Under the direction of Beckie Costanzo, the BHS Drama Club has embarked on a truly ambitious production for its spring musical. The SpongeBob Musical (book by Kyle Jarrow; based on the series by Stephen Hillenburg; musical production conceived by Tina Landau; presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals) is a Tony-nominated musical based on the popular animated television series. The show features original songs by Yolanda Adams, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Edward Sharpe’s Alex Ebert and The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, TI and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional music is by Tom Kitt and additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton. The residents of Bikini Bottom face the biggest challenge of their lives when Mount Humongous threatens to erupt and destroy their world. Amid the chaos and fear, an unlikely hero emerges to save the city, along with his stalwart “team of three.” SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy must overcome obstacles, including self-doubt, prejudice against mammals, and Plankton’s evil plans, to stop the volcano from erupting and save Bikini Bottom. This family musical celebrates the power of optimism, friendship, and acceptance. “With a cast of 21 high school students, four high school students and one teacher, this is the largest production we’ve attempted to date,” said Costanzo. “Not to mention our team, made up of seven more high school students and six more high school students!” Managing such a large production has been both a challenge and a blessing for the club and its leaders. Vice Principal Julie Snoeck said, “We could never do this without the cooperation of so many students who are willing to step up, learn new skills and work together as a team.” In addition to the acting, singing, and dancing that take place on stage, this extravaganza will feature the talents of various art students and carpenters who helped paint and build sets. Senior Lupita Tejeda, who plays the character of Karen, will take her final bow at BHS, after participating in the Drama Club for all four years of high school. “I am proud of the returning club members for stepping up and leading the new members…I am happy that SpongeBob SquarePants, one of my childhood favorites, is my last show,” she said. “I’m glad I was able to see the growth of the club.” Junior Trey Ford, who plays the character of Patrick, agreed, noting that “the best part of doing this amazing show was seeing how many new faces we had.” General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children. A family pass is available for $35 and covers all family members living under one roof. With two adults, the family pass is the cheapest option from the third child. On Wednesday, April 20, local students at Thomson Elementary and Beaver Valley Elementary Schools will enjoy a preview performance and receive a coupon for $2 off the price of admission. The BHS Drama Club hopes this discount will make the show more accessible for families to attend. BMS and BHS students and faculty will enter for free with their ID. Commonsensemedia.org rates this title as suitable for ages six and up.

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PRCA Rodeo concludes qualifying events on Wednesday with First Responders Night

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The PRCA Rodeo concluded its qualifying events on Wednesday night with First Aid Night. Representatives from the Greeley Police and Fire Departments and the Banner Health Ambulance Program were greeted with cheers from audience members in the stands. Representing the Greeley Police Department was Sgt. Matthew Patella and Police Chief Adam Turk, who recently had the “interim” tag removed from his title. Battalion Chief Jason Oster and Fire Chief Brian Kuznik were on hand for the Greeley Fire Department, while EMT Jacob Kennedy and Paramedic Stacey Chase proudly represented Banner Health. The Weld County Sheriff’s Department arrived at the arena in their Search and Rescue MRAP with the leader, Sheriff Steve Reams, in the lead. Returning to her homeland, Miss Rodeo America Hailey Frederiksen brought the colors to the arena on horseback as Gerry McFarling sang the national anthem. The rodeo bareback had only three participants because most of the cowboys scratched themselves. The evening resulted in two trips: Shane O’Connell of Rapid City, SD, scoring an 85-point trip at Nutrena’s Rustler and Drake Amundson of Laramie, Wyo., scoring a 70-point trip at Nutrena’s Pebbles. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Garrett Buckley, of Craig, reacts after being challenged by bronc 017 Al Capone while riding saddle bronc on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on June 29, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Team Photographer) It was a tough night at the office for steer wrestlers. Broken barriers, bad jumps, and cunning maneuvers that caused challenges for the hazers were just some of the things that caused the event to see a lack of qualifying times. The fastest time of the night went to Ames, Okla., cowboy Tyrel Cline at 13.9 seconds, including the 10-second penalty for a broken gate. Mead’s Chism Docheff came in second with a time of 15.5 seconds. Docheff also had a 10-second penalty for a broken barrier. In the team ropes competition, Mississippi boys Marcus Theriot and Cole Curry cemented their spot in the final with a time of 6.3. The team of Hayes Smith of Central Point, Oregon, and Cullen Teller of Ault would have advanced to the final had it not been for a 5-second penalty for catching a leg during their run. The duo walked away with a total score of 10 seconds. Bronc jockey Houston Brown of Miles City, Mont., scored the night’s highest score of 83 at Ridge Walker. Jacob Kammerer from Phillip, SD came in second with a score of 81 on Nutrena’s Full Deck. Wade Brown from Norco, California had an amazing ride on Goodness Gracious. Despite the horse’s odd kicking pattern, Brown held on but was disqualified for not adhering to the scoring rule. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Wade Brown, of Norco, Calif., rides a saddle bronc but a penalty gives no score on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley June 29, 2022 (Alex McIntyre/Team Photographer) As the riggers prepared for their competition, the wind in Greeley was whipping and clouds were closing in fast. the grandstands to protect themselves from the pouring rain and stormy wind. While some people worked to get out of the wind and rain, the rough weather proved to be fruitful for barreler JW Winklepleck, who found two $20 bills flying from the stands onto the arena floor. The sudden change in weather proved to be a challenge for the ropers with La Junta’s Ryan Belew winning a time of 12.6 seconds. Wind and rain did not deter the ladies from escaping. Tiffany Schieck of Floresville, Texas was on fire with a time of 3.1 seconds, followed by Morgan Kessler of Callaway, Nebraska with a time of 3.8 seconds. Overturned barrels seemed to be the theme of the night for the ladies barrel racers with five contestants being penalized for overturning the metal drums. Cowgirl Reagan Laney of Granbury, Texas posted the best time of the night at 17.14 seconds. Wednesday’s bull riding event saw the highest scoring of the entire qualifying series from JR Stratford, Byers, Kan., riding Dale Yeah. The Kansas cowboy scored an impressive 88.50, besting Spencer Wright’s Sunday night performance of 85 points on Game Changer. Jace Troxclair from Chauvin, Louisiana scored 86 points on Black Panther. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Magic in Motion stunt rider Madison MacDonald performs in the pouring rain on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley on June 29 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer ) The event was paused for a moment when a bull, Mt. Everest, decided to give the collectors and cowboy protection gear their money by refusing to return to the pen area. The bull charged the horses, dodged the ropes and caused the cowboy protection team to throw themselves onto the rails despite the team’s best efforts to corral the great beast. Finally, after successfully tethering the bull, a collector towed the irregular animal to the holding pen behind the chute area. The PRCA Rodeo series is scheduled to conclude Thursday at 7 pm with the top 12 finishers from each event going head-to-head to win the 100th Greeley Stampede and secure bragging rights, prizes and money. The 100th Greeley Stampede will run through Monday, July 4 with live music, a carnival, fairground food, an art exhibit and more. For more information on daily events, tickets, parking and more, visit www.greeleystampede.org. GREELEY, CO – JUNE 29: Cowboy Darnell Johnson, of Fowler, ties up the steer with a tie-down time of 6.7 seconds on day five of the PRCA ProRodeo Series during the 100th Greeley Stampede at Island Regional Park Grove in Greeley on June 29, 2022. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

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Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia-Inspired Weed Now Available in Colorado

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Casey Jones may have driven that train high on cocaine, but soon Grateful Dead fans will have a different substance they can buy to celebrate the band. Garcia Hand Picked cannabis makes its Colorado debut this week with three flower strains suitable for pairing with live music. Good timing: The release coincides with the Jerry Garcia Symphony Celebration at Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 29, when the Colorado Symphony will perform hits from the iconic jam band in honor of what would be Garcia’s 80th birthday later this year. Starting on that date, fans can also sample Garcia Hand Picked flower, locally grown by Veritas Fine Cannabis. The company is releasing a sativa strain called Morning in Marin, an indica strain called After Midnight, and a hybrid called Love in the Afternoon. They will be available for sale in pre-packaged eighths and as pre-rolls at dispensaries throughout the Front Range. RELATED: 7 Famous Cannabis Brands You Can Find In Colorado Mike Leibowitz, founder and CEO of Veritas Fine Cannabis, said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to grow Garcia-inspired cannabis. “When I first found out about the potential opportunity, I nearly fell out of my chair,” Leibowitz said. “To be able to represent something of that legendary status is a hippie’s wet dream.” Veritas worked with Holistic Industries, owner of the brand and collaborator with Garcia’s daughters, Trixie Garcia, Annabelle Garcia and Sunshine Kesey. Colorado is the fifth state where the brand is launched, behind California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Oregon. “Jerry loved Colorado because of the people,” Trixie Garcia said in a statement. “Colorado has long been a mecca for high-minded, freedom-loving nature enthusiasts, and that’s our people.” Morning in Marin is a Cannabis Sativa strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. Love in the Afternoon is a hybrid cannabis strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. After Midnight is an indica cannabis strain, bred by Veritas Fine Cannabis from Colorado for Garcia Hand Picked. Colorado is the fourth state where the brand, named after Grateful Dead singer Jerry Garcia and created in collaboration with his daughters, is available. Local Deadheads can purchase it starting June 29. Although Veritas is starting with three strains, it plans to “build a war chest of a dozen or so” strains in the future, Leibowitz said. Garcia Hand Picked gummies will also be available soon in Colorado through a partnership with Veritas’ sister concentrate company, Olio, he added. A release date has not yet been determined. Bertha, an Airstream trailer, will be released at the Red Rocks Amphitheater pedaling Garcia’s handpicked merch and more during Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday Symphony Celebration on June 29. Dead people attending the June 29 concert can drop by the lower north parking lot in Red Rocks, where Garcia Hand Picked’s Airstream trailer named Bertha will be pedaling merch. Marijuana samples may also be available there, Leibowitz said with a wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Jerry Garcia is just the latest celebrity to immortalize his legacy in Colorado with a brand of marijuana. Last year, rapper Method Man launched the TICAL flower and recently followed up with concentrates and edibles. Country legend Willie Nelson has several products under his Willie’s Remedy brand. Check out other athletes and musicians who have gotten into the local cannabis scene here. UPDATE June 29 at 4:52 pm: Due to a reporting error, this story incorrectly stated that Colorado was the fourth state where Garcia’s Hand Picked is available. is the fifth Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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Meow Wolf’s Vortex Music Festival at a Sun Valley Junkyard This August

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Meow Wolf will hold its Vortex music festival on what is now an industrial lot in Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood, putting an end to speculation about where the signature public event would take place when it first arrives in town this year. It will be the first event to be held at The Junk Yard, which is a new downtown open-air venue run by music promoter Live Nation. The site, at 2323 Mulberry Place, is about a mile south of Meow Wolf’s permanent immersive installation, Convergence Station, in an industrial neighborhood just east of I-25. The event, from Aug. 5-7, will include three days of music for all ages, food trucks and other entertainment, Live Nation said in a statement last week. The Denver-based mega-developer described the property’s owners as “family friends from Live Nation.” Publicists for Meow Wolf and Live Nation did not immediately respond to questions about the capacity of the venue, or who the “family friends of Live Nation” are. “The new owners of The Junk Yard saw a tremendous opportunity to transform a junkyard into a multi-faceted music festival in the heart of the city,” the statement read. “The new venue will undergo a dramatic metamorphosis into another world for Vortex 2022, a transition that is common for many Meow Wolf events and activations, with two impressive stages (Viscera Stage and Atria Stage), art installations… and comfortable rest areas. .” Since the location is in a tangle of off-grid cul-de-sacs, Meow Wolf has included suggested routes on their experience planning page. That includes the closest bus stop (West 8th Avenue and Wyandot Street); the Light Trail station at 10th and Osage streets; and other RTD and bike share options. (Or, it’s a 45-minute walk to the center of town.) There is extremely limited parking in the area, authorities said. Meow Wolf announced in April that the festival would be coming to Denver for the first time this year, having previously been based in Taos, NM, but had not disclosed the location. Meow Wolf opened its convergence station in Denver in September 2021. Previously announced acts include Toro y Moi, 100 gecs, Bob Moses, Neil Frances, Duke Dumont and Maya Jane Coles. Local musicians scheduled to perform include Neon the Bishop, Mr. Frick, Send/Receive and Peer Review. A one-day general admission ticket for the festival is $69.50 per day, while three-day general admission is $198.75, via ticketmaster.com. Tickets are now on sale. Meow Wolf Denver last year opened its Convergence Station facility to praise and buzz, having first cornered the market on “immersive experiences” years ago from its Santa Fe home base. Meow Wolf said it ticked the customer location number one million on June 15. Sign up for our weekly newsletter, In The Know, to get entertainment news delivered straight to your inbox.

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