Valentine’s Day lights, outdoor movies, music, art and more – Loveland Reporter-Herald

The Loveland area will see a variety of events over the coming week, including the launch of the Valentine’s Day Lights at Chapungu Sculpture Park, the Mountainfilm Tour, a new Loveland Museum exhibit, a talk on nature by Kevin Cook and more.

Lights of the land of love

Loveland Lights at Chapungu Sculpture Park on Sky Pond Drive in Centerra will be on display February 1-14.

The park will be illuminated with red and pink lights, with a lovers-themed decor.

Similar to Loveland Winter Wonderlights, the light shows will be free and open to the public from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night.

For more details, go to

Loveland Orchestra

The Loveland Orchestra will perform works by Wolfgang Mozart at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 28 at Mountain View High School Auditorium, 3500 Mountain Lion Drive.

At 7 p.m., conductor Louie Silvestri begins the evening with a discussion of the music on the program.

The concert will feature the String Quintet No. 2 in C minor, K. 406/516b performed with a full string ensemble; Serenade in G major, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”, K. 525; and Serenade No. 10 in B flat major, K. 361/307a, often called “Gran Partita”.

Everyone in the concert hall must wear a face mask.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children 12 and under.

They are also available online for an additional $1 fee. Six-ticket packages cost $50 for adults and $25 for students.

From 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, the orchestra will team up with Noodles at 225 29th St. in Loveland for a fundraising event. The public is welcome.

The Loveland Orchestra comprises over 60 musicians, amateurs and professionals, from Loveland and surrounding areas.

To audition for the orchestra, tickets, information about the orchestra’s 2021-22 season, or ways to support the orchestra, visit

mountain film on tour

Mountainfilm on Tour arrives at the Rialto Theater Center, 228 E. Fourth St., Loveland, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, February 5.

The tour travels the world with a collection of culturally rich, adventurous and informative short documentaries selected from the most beloved films of the annual Telluride Festival.

Tickets cost between $17 and $20.

For details, call 970-962-2120 or visit

Tom Mazzullo exhibition

An exhibition by Tom Mazzullo will open Saturday, February 5 at the 12 Feet of Wall Gallery at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland.

An opening reception will be held during Night on the Town from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 11.

Mazzullo works in metalpoint, an ancient drawing medium that uses precious metal to make marks on specially prepared surfaces.

The exhibition lasts until May 1.

Mazzullo will present an artist talk and demonstration at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

The event is free, but people are asked to register. Go to or call 970-962-2410.

Let’s talk about nature

Wildlife Window columnist Kevin Cook will present a nature talk on Wednesday, February 2, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., online.

In 2022, Cook is focusing on 12 naturalist desiderata to complete a guide by which a person can engage in the wonder of “life on Earth”, with a program on the first Wednesday of every month.

“The Quest” is the theme for February. Cook says a quest represents the manifestation of time and energy to explore places and seasons, to discover diversity and connectedness.

For more details, visit

gardening lessons

A Lunch ‘n’ Learn gardening class will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9, online.
Alison O’Connor of the Larimer County Extension Office will debunk myths, such as whether putting a banana peel in the bottom of a plantation helps or whether bug zappers work.

Upcoming monthly classes in the Lunch ‘n’ Learn Gardening series will focus on:

•March 9: Development of the cut flower garden.
•April 13: Landscape irrigation.
•May 11: Management of Japanese beetles.
•June 8: Dry shade gardens.
• July 13: how to clean, preserve and prepare vegetables.
•August. 10: Pet friendly landscaping.
•Seven. 14: Fruit trees for the Front Range.
•Oct. 12: Great plants for fall color.
•Nov. 9: A year of gardening in review.
•Dec. 14: Evergreens for the Colorado landscape.

Courses presented by Northern Colorado Libraries and CSU Extension are free, but registration is required.

To register for the class on February 9, visit and after registering, you will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting.

cookbook club

LOVEland Cookbook Club will meet online with Zoom from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9.

The Loveland Public Library is hosting the event which will explore cookbooks, recipes and talks with local chefs.

The first meeting will focus on pastry. Ashlee Redger, recipe developer for Snooze Restaurants, will lead the discussion as the group dives into Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking with Dorie” cookbook.

The event is free.

For more details or to register, visit

Imbolc fire festival

The Imbolc Fire Festival and Metaphysical Fair will be held from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, February 5 and 6 at Panthers Gate, 357 Mountain Ave., Burgdorf.

The event includes vendors, fire throwers, circus acts, belly dancing, tarot readers, healers, workshops and speakers.

There will also be an altar for offerings as well as a space to honor the recent Colorado Fire and those it caused.

Admission is $10.

For more details, visit

“The Little Dog Laughed”

The Bas Bleu Theater, 401 Pine St., Fort Collins, will perform Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Little Dog Laughed” Feb. 4-20.

In what is being called a hilarious and naughty adventure through Hollywood, follow the adventures of Diane, a devilishly smart agent who struggles to keep her budding idol client, Mitchell, in the closet and away from the sexy young drifter who lured her Warning.

The show, intended for mature audiences, contains brief scenes of male nudity and adult themes.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, February 4-20.

A preview of pay-what-you-can is February 4, open first-come, first-served. The show opens February 5.

Tickets are $26, $20 for seniors 65 and older or $8 for students with ID. Masks are mandatory in the theater.

For more details, call 970-498-8949 or visit

Fort Collins Symphony

The Fort Collins Symphony, under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney, will present its signature Midwinter Concert 3: “Solemn, Joyful & Ecstatic” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at Lincoln Center, 417 Magnolia, Fort Collins.

The concert features guest cellist Anthony D. Elliott performing “Memorial to Martin Luther King” by composer Oskar Morawetz; “Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber, a response to the changes that occurred in 1936 in America and Europe; Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings”; “Wind Symphonies” by Igor Stravinsky and “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman” by Joan Tower.

Tickets are $38-$60 for the live show, or $35 for the livestream or a webcast at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, available at or 970-221-6730.

Visit for concert program notes; listen to an interview with Anthony Elliott at; tune into Kenney’s “World of Symphonic Music” at 7 p.m. Sundays on KRFC 88.9 FM; or attend the Dawn Grapes Composer Talk via Zoom at noon on Wednesday, February 2 – Zoom: 823 1447 7068 (meeting ID), 198923 (access code). To free.

The Friends of the Symphony Orchestra will host a virtual “Meet the Guest Artist” event on a Zoom platform at noon on Thursday, February 3, when the guest cellist will discuss their career, the piece they will be performing, and answer questions.

The event is free.

To register, visit The meeting ID is 892 3041 3691 and the access code is 192672.

“Your affection”

The Clara Hatton Gallery at Colorado State University, 551 W. Pitkin St., Fort Collins, will present “Affective Tone” by guest artist Adán De La Garza through February 25.

Based in Denver, De La Garza’s work integrates performance, sound, photography and video with a strong punk ethos.

Using an array of audio technologies from the military-industrial complex, “Affective Tone” explores the sonic terrain where noise music and military-influenced sonic warfare intersect.

The hope is to develop a broader understanding of the weaponization of sound.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For details, call 970-491-6774 or visit or

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