Spring may be slow to arrive in Wyoming, but a vast number of art and entertainment options help pass the time between winter festivities and the outdoor festivals of summer. The Cowboy State offers big names in pop and rock music, symphony concerts and events at community colleges and the University of Wyoming. There's even a few St. Patrick's Day celebrations to ring in the season. 

The Star-Tribune's spring arts and entertainment guide lists a variety of Wyoming's cultural offerings for the season.

Check back for more upcoming events in our Arts & Culture section every Wednesday and online at trib.com. To let us know about an event, drop us a line at features@trib.com.

Rock, pop and country music

Three Dog Night achieved more top 10 hits and sold more records and concert tickets than any other group from 1969 through 1974 with hits like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One,” according to the Cheyenne Civic Center website. The band continues into the 21st century with continued tours and releases this decade selling more than a million copies. The band’s name refers to native Australian hunters in the outback whose dogs provided warmth on cold night -- the coldest being a “three dog night,” according to the website.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center, 510 W 20th St., Cheyenne

When: Thursday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets and info: $39-$99 plus service charges at cheyenneevents.org or the Civic Center box office, 307-637-6363

Classic rock legend Styx brings more than four decades of hits including “Come Sail Away,” “Mr. Roboto” and “Blue Collar Man” to Cheyenne. Styx is the first group to release four triple-platinum albums in a row, “The Grand Illusion,” “Pieces of Eight,” “Cornerstone” and “Paradise Theater” and has continued to draw audiences with tours and musical projects.

“We just want to keep on doing this,” guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw said in a press release. “We want to let life take its course and let this music continue to be the soundtrack to it. And this band will continue to evolve as long as we live and play this music.”

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center

When: 7 p.m. March 24

Tickets and info: $49.50-$145 with VIP options from $250-$399 at cheyenneevents.org or the Civic Center box office, 307-637-6363

Soul Singer Sugaray Rayford blends blues, jazz and gospel and brings music to Casper from his new album, “Somebody Save Me,” slated for a March 1 release, according to information from the organizer.

"At 6’5” and 300 pounds, this cigar chompin’ ex-Marine with a voice like a force of nature holds court in any room he enters,” according to his biography. “Possessing a magnetic personality, and an old school vocal style that echoes Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass, Rayford is also a stellar dancer with moves reminiscent of the Legendary James Brown.”

Where: Sky Terrace Restaurant and Lounge in the Casper/Natrona County International Airport, 8500 Airport Parkway, Casper

When: 7 p.m. March 23

Tickets and info: $20 cover

Postmodern Jukebox brings its global global tour, “Welcome to the Twenties 2.0” to Casper. The collective has topped iTunes and Billboard charts and gained more than 1.7 million Facebook fans as it’s toured across six continents and performed hundreds of shows to sold-out venues, according to the Casper Events Center website.

Where: Casper Events Center, 1 Events Drive, Casper

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4

Tickets and info: $29, $39 and $59 at sinclairtix.com, the SinclairTix Box Office at the venue or 800-442-2256

Rock band Breaking Benjamin stops in Casper along its national tour with guests Asking Alexandria, Underoath and Diamante. For more information, go to breakingbenjamin.com or Breaking Benjamin on Facebook.

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7

Tickets and info: $39.95, $49.95, & $59.95 at sinclairtix.com, the SinclairTix Box Office at the venue or 800-442-2256

Multi-platinum Country band Old Dominion’s "Make It Sweet" tour stops in Casper with support from Michael Ray and Carlton Anderson. Old Dominion is the current CMA and ACM vocal group of the year.

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 7 p.m. April 10

Tickets and info: $32.50, $42.50 and $62 with VIP packages available at sinclairtix.com, the SinclairTix Box Office at the venue or 800-442-2256

Broadway in Casper presents: Celtic Woman celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage with some of Ireland’s most talented singers and musicians, according to the Casper Evetns Center Website. The performing and recording collective is known for its music and stage production.

Where: Casper Events Center

When: 7:30 p.m. May 15, 2019 at sinclairtix.com, the SinclairTix Box Office at the venue or 800-442-2256

Folk icons The Kingston Trio celebrates 60 years with a national tour performing hits including “They Call the Wind Maria,” “500 Miles” and “Sloop John B.”

The three current members have been personally linked with the original group. Mike Marvin is the adopted son of founding member and his musical mentor Nick Reynolds. Tim Gorelangton is a close friend and one of the few outside the trio who’s recorded with Reynolds and Bob Haworth has performed with the original Trio when Reynolds couldn’t tour, according to the  Evanston’s The Arts Inc. website.

“Many of their personal memories recall the iconic trio's performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture and the top of the music charts,” according to the website.

Where: Davis Middle School, 837 No Name Street, Evanston

When: 7 p.m. April 24

Tickets and info: $15, $6 for students plus service fees and free for students kindergarten thorough 12th grade at theartsinc.com/concert-series-2019


Ballet Jörgen and the Billings Symphony present a contemporary retelling of comedic ballet "Coppélia," one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets, according to information from the Whitney Center for the Arts.

"It is a daring, bold and funny story that takes us into the mysterious mind of Dr. Coppélius, a lonely and disillusioned toy maker who wishes he could bring a perfect doll to life," according to the center.

Where: Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College, 1 Whitney Way, Sheridan

When: 8 p.m. March 8 and 3 p.m. March 9

Tickets and info: $45 at whitneyarts.org/tix, 307-675-0360 or at the Sheridan College cashier desk

Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra tells the story of “Romeo and Juliet” with the orchestra, two actors, two opera singers and two ballet dancers, according to the symphony’s website.

The program includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture,” a world premier of Roper’s "Borrow Cupid's Wings," selections from Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette,” Bernstein’s "One Hand, One Heart" from “West Side Story” and selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet Ballet Suites.”

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center

When: 7:30 p.m. March 9

Tickets and info: $15-$45 at cheyennesymphony.org or 307-778-8561

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra conductor candidate Ron Spigelman’s concert, “From Russia with Love,” closes the season. The concert includes Glinka’s “Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.”

Van Cliburn Piano Competition Prizewinner Di Wu will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.” His 30-minute pre-concert talk is 5 p.m. at The Lyric, 230 W. Yellowstone Highway. For a feedback survey on the candidate, text MAESTRO to 66866 for the WSO email newsletter.

Where: John F. Welsh Auditorium, Natrona County High School, 930 S. Elm St.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 30

Tickets and info: wyomingsymphony.org, 307-266-1478 or 225 S. David Street, Suite 1

John Roberts y Pan Blanco was born from years of experience in national and international tours and recording with west African, funk, soul, salsa, jazz and R&B music ensembles. The concert features vocals in Spanish, English and Portuguese as it melds “energetic funk, African and salsa dance grooves with blistering instrumental solos, all aimed at sharing musical diversity with the audience,” according to a Whitney press release.

Where: Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College

When: 7 p.m. April 27

Tickets and info: $25 at whitneyarts.org/tix, 307-675-0360 or at the Sheridan College cashier desk

The University of Wyoming features 2017 Cliburn bronze medalist Daniel Hsu, 20, in a solo recital May 3. He'll also perform with the University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra May 2.

He won the bronze medal and prizes for best performance of the commissioned work and chamber music Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as well as awards in other prestigious competitions, including first prize in the 2015 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. Philadelphia Inquirer described him as a “poet ... (with) an expressive edge to his playing that charms, questions, and coaxes,” according to the UW Presents website.

Where: Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts, 1000 East University Avenue, Laramie

When: 7:30 p.m. May 3

Tickets and info: $10, $12 and $15 by calling 307-766-6666 or at uwyo.edu/uwpresents

Wyoming Baroque features internationally known performers who specialize in “historically informed performances of 17th- and 18th-century repertoire as well contemporary compositions featuring instruments built to the same specifications”

Where: Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College

When: 7 p.m. May 4

Tickets and info: $25 at whitneyarts.org/tix, 307-675-0360 or at the Sheridan College cashier desk

Spring celebrations

Arts Week ’19 in Rock Springs features free and ticketed art programs and events, hands-on creative activities for all ages and several art exhibitions and performances coinciding with the celebration of arts in the community.

Highlights include an Antique Quilt Show, Irish quintet Goitse, top-rated dueling pianists Killer Keyz, a concert by “Imagine -- A Beatles Tribute,” a free open mic night, student exhibitions, a kids art-creation session, a “Bowls of Caring" painting party, a Chinese brush painting class and the Western Wyoming Community College Desert Dance Theater “Body of Work” performance.

Where: Rock Springs, various venues

When: March 1-10

Tickets and info: for a full schedule and tickets for events, go to broadwayrs.com, Rock Springs Main Street/URA office, 603 S. Main St. or the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce

For more details, call 307-352-1434

St. Patrick’s Day at David Street Station features an hour of entertainment at 1 p.m. provided by the Casper Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drum and the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance. Starting at noon, green beer will be available for purchase as well as corned beef, cabbage and potatoes from C85.

Where: David Street Station, downtown Casper

When: 12-2 p.m. March 17 

Tickets and info: Free and open to the public

This year’s Ceili at the Roundhouse Celtic Festival headliners include Réalta, Ímar and The High Kings. Regional bands playing throughout the daytime include Colorado bands The Good Hour, Avourneen, Boys Of The Town and Pennyland from Utah.

Where: Roundhouse Complex, 1500 Main St., Evanston

When: 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. March 22 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 23

Ticket and info: $40 for a full weekend pass, $20 for Friday only and $30 for Saturday only. Daytime only without evening headline concerts is $5 Friday and $8 Saturday at evanstoncelticfestival.com

Theater and dance

The Casper College Department of Theatre and Dance present “Rashomon,” a three-time Tony-nominated play by Fay and Michael Kanin. The production incorporates elements of Kabuki theater students learned from Kabuki master and director Shozo Sato, according to a Casper College press release.

The play “tells the stories of a murdered samurai, his victimized wife, and a roving bandit who all collide in court and present their version of the crime,” according to director Bill Conte in a Casper College press release. Suitable for ages 12 and older.

Where: Casper College Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex, Thomas H. Empey Studio Theatre

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23, 28 and March 1-2; 2 p.m. Feb. 24 and March 3

Tickets and info: $12 for adults and $10 for students 5-18 at caspercollegearts.cc, 307-268-2500 at the box office 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or one hour before each performance, for that performance only.

The WYO Theater and Civic Theatre Guild co-production of “9 to 5 The Musical” is based on the 1980 hit movie. The story of “friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic,” according to a WYO Theater press release. The show features a local cast and high-energy music from Dolly Parton.

Where: WYO Theater, 42 N. Main, Sheridan

When: 7:30 p.m. March 7-9, and 2 p.m. March 10

Tickets and info: $20, $17 for seniors, military and students at 307-672-9084 or wyotheater.com

Dancers’ Workshop brings Tel Aviv, Israel-based Batsheva Dance Company to Jackson with a new work, "Venezuela," by choreographer Ohad Naharin, who's considered "one of the great dance pioneers of his generation," according to a Dancers' Workshop press release. "Under Naharin’s direction for the past 28 years, Batsheva has become one of the world’s preeminent dance companies."

The senior company dancers are cast around the world and are trained by Naharin in his original movement language, "Gaga," according to the press release.

"A signature of Batsheva’s dancers is their visceral physicality combined with the depth and consistency of their training — a quality that is at once raw and virtuosic," according the release.

Where: The Center Theater, 240 S. Glenwood St., Jackson

When: 7:30 p.m. March 18

Tickets and info: $45-75, $25 for students

Tickets on sale through jhcenterforthearts.org, 307-733-4900, The Center box box office 12-5 p.m. weekdays

King Lear: Actors from the London Stage features Five British actors in Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” London Stage was founded in 1974 by Patrick Stewart and others, and its actors are known for “creativity, physical skill, and extraordinary command of language and for providing an extraordinary gateway into the richness of Shakespeare’s writing and dramatic structure,” according to a Whitney press release.

Where: Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College

When: 7 p.m. April 4-5 and 2 p.m. April 8

Tickets and info: $25 at at whitneyarts.org/tix, 307-675-0360 or at the Sheridan College cashier desk

Vitaly Beckman has entertained worldwide, stumped Penn & Teller on their TV show "Fool Us" and is known as "one of the most unique and innovative illusionists in the world," according to the Cam-Plex website.

His latest production "An Evening of Wonders" touch on topics such as love, loss and growing old as he blends art and illusion to tell the story of his transformation from a boy to a man with a vision "of a world where the rules of reality do not exist," according to the website.

Where: The Cam-Plex Heritage Center Theater, 1635 Reata Drive, Gillette

When: 7 p.m. April 26

Tickets and info: $12-15 at at cam-plex.com, 307-682-8802 or the box office.

Visual Art

“Response to Place: COLOR” Exhibition at Ucross Art Gallery, on display during open hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 15 to May 17, features abstract paintings and collages by past Ucross residents Phoebe Adams and Teresa Booth Brown. The pieces explore color and lighting of landscapes, according to a Ucross press release. The artists will lead a “Color in Landscape” workshop 12-2:30 p.m., followed a reception 3-5 p.m. April 28.

Where: Ucross Art Gallery and Raymond Plank Creative Center, 30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont

When: 12-5 p.m. April 28 

Tickets and info: Exhibit and events are free and open to the public, but limited workshop spots are available by reservation at 307-737-2291 or info@ucross.org. For more info, go to ucross.org

The "44th Annual Juried University of Wyoming Student Exhibition" presents selected art from UW students juried by Louise Martorano, the executive director of the RedLine Contemporary Art Center in Denver, according to the museum website. Cash and purchase awards will be announced during the opening reception. Works not selected will be displayed in the Student Art League's "Salon des Refusés" in the Visual Arts Building.

Where: University of Wyoming Art Museum, Centennial Complex, 2111 E. Willett Drive, Laramie

When: Exhibit on display Feb. 23-May 18, opening reception 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22

Info: 307-766-6622, visit the website at uwyo.edu/artmuseum, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram

"Deborah Willis: Reflections on Civil War" at the University of Wyoming Art Museum features a video presentation directed and conceived by NYU professor Deborah Willis and choreographed by dancer Djassi Johnson. The work includes lyrics to “Civil War,” a song performed by the folk singer Joan Baez expressed through dance with Johnson and Kevin Boseman dressed in 19th-century costume, according to the museum's website.

"Their bodies move in lyrical precision as historical and contemporary photographs are projected behind them," according to the museum's website. "Antique portraits of the Civil War’s black soldiers and domestic workers overlay the dancers’ play on tension and resolution, bringing the collective memory of conflict to the forefront of modern consciousness."

Where: University of Wyoming Art Museum

When: Feb. 16 to July 20

Info: 307-766-6622, visit the website at uwyo.edu/artmuseum, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram

The University of Wyoming Art Museum’s exhibition, “The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Wyoming,” displays for the first time the entire collection from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel national gift program “Fifty Works for Fifty States,” according to the museum website. The Vogel's program distributed 2,500 works from the Vogels’ collection throughout the nation, with 50 gifted to an institution in each state. The pieces at UW feature minimalist, conceptualist and post-1960s art.

Where: University of Wyoming Art Museum

When: Exhibit on display through March 21, 2020. The first of two documentary film screenings related to the exhibit features “Herb & Dorothy” 6-8 p.m. Feb. 28.

Info: 307-766-6622, visit the website at uwyo.edu/artmuseum, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram

“Connecting the Past to the Future” at The Brinton Museum features art by St. Labre Indian Catholic Academy students in Ashland, Montana. The show includes drawing, watercolor, oil, photography, beading, textiles and mixed media.

A performance by St. Labre American Indian Club Student Drummers, Dancers and Singers will take place during the opening reception.

“Connecting the Past to the Future" places an emphasis on relating Native American traditions to today, keeping the past alive through art and culture,'" according to a press release from the museum.

Where: The Brinton Museum, 239 Brinton Road, Big Horn

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays March 15 to May 5, with a program and reception 2-4 p.m. April 7

Admission: $10, $8 for students and seniors, and free for American Indians with tribal I.D., active military with military ID and their families, veterans with military I.D., and children 12 and under

The 14th Illustrator Show, "Lakota Emergence," at The Brinton Museum through the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies focuses on the short Lakota emergence narrative, “How the Lakota Came Upon the World,” written down by Pine Ridge physician James Walker sometime between 1896-1917.

The exhibit pairing artwork with the narrative divided into passages and features distinguished and emerging contemporary Lakota artists with pieces including a screen-printed collage, a ledger-style drawing, miniature and full-size clothing, a cut-glass mosaic, a bolo tie, a carved wood tableau and abstract, expressionistic and representational paintings, according to the press release.

"The 16 passages and artworks of Lakota Emergence recount the Lakota emergence narrative in written words and modern media, thereby illustrating that the emergence narrative continues to be a source of creativity, and that Lakota arts, artists and nations continue to be vibrant and diverse today," according to the press release.

Where: The Brinton Museum

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays March 20 to April 21 with a reception March 31 featuring Craig Howe, a Lakota historian/educator and founding director of CAIRNS. A gallery talk by Howe 7 p.m. April 2 costs $5 for non-members.

Admission: $10, $8 for students and seniors, and free for American Indians with tribal I.D., active military with military ID and their families, veterans with military I.D., and children 12 and under

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