Weekend Arts Roundup: New Year’s celebrations, a husband and wife exhibition and more

Photo: Yonder Mountain String Band
Yonder Mountain String Band opens a four night stand in Boulder on New Year's Eve.

Yonder Mountain String Band
Dec. 31 - Jan. 3, 2015
Boulder Theatre, Boulder

This neo-bluegrass band from Nederland celebrates New Year’s Eve at the Boulder Theatre for the fourth year running. The ensemble will be joined on stage by such guests as harmonica virtuoso John Popper, keyboardist Joey Porter and drummer Dave Watts from The Motet, and trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick and trombonist Natalie Cressman from the Trey Anastasio Band.

Downtown Denver New Year’s Eve Fireworks
Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m.
16th Street Mall, Denver

An annual family-friendly celebration featuring fireworks displays at 9:00 p.m. and midnight. The light show includes 15,000 sky hits and a 40-second grand finale as well as DJs spinning music all night long on the 16th Street Mall.

West Side Live! Presents: New Year’s Eve Concert with Westbrook
Dec. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden

This ensemble of seasoned Colorado musicians ushers in 2015 with an evening of blues, funk and a variety of standards such as “Well You Needn't,” “Summertime” and “Girl From Ipanema.”

Torchlight Parade
Dec. 31, 6:00 p.m.
Purgatory Mountain Resort, Durango

This mountain resort sees in the new year with a glow as skiers wind down the mountain carrying torches while fireworks illuminate the sky overhead. The parade is followed by a dinner buffet and live music from rock band Black Velvet.

Photo: Lannie Garrett's AnySwing GoesNew Year's Eve with AnySwing Goes!
Dec. 31, 8:00 p.m.
Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret, Denver

Entertainer and cabaret impresario Lannie Garrett performs songs from the swing and jump eras with her 10-piece big band. Numbers include Big Joe Turner’s “Roll ‘Em Pete” and an updated version of Rosemary Clooney’s “Mambo Italiano.”

New Year’s Eve Bash
Dec. 31, 7:00 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Colorado Springs

Singer/songwriter Clayton Wyatt, alternative rock/electronica band No Stone Unturned and comedy troupe Improv Colorado join forces for this new year’s celebration in Colorado Springs. The event also includes dancing to a recording of bandmaster Guy Lombardo and his Orchestra’s 1957 New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square.

Bolder Acts “24 Hour Theatre”
Jan. 3, 7:00 p.m.
Nomad Theatre, Boulder

Four teams made up of directors, actors and playwrights randomly drawn from this Boulder theater company’s ensemble and guests each have 24 hours to write, rehearse and produce an original short play.

“Dual Dimensions”
Through Jan. 10, 2015
Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver

Husband and wife Ned and Rosanne Sterne present this dual exhibition of their work. Rosanne addresses the possibilities of rhythm, dynamics and language in her watercolor paintings, while in his clay and bronze sculptural pieces, Ned explores three-dimensional forms.

"Zero in Aspen"
Dec. 23 - Jan. 30, 2015
Gallery 1949, Aspen

This exhibition showcases the work of the experimental German artists’ group Zero – artists who aspired to define a forward-looking vision in the aftermath of World War II. The show features works by Zero artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, as well as others influenced by the group’s compositions.