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A beer named for rapids, First Friday in Rifle, and Saturday night punk fever

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

Move over Snapchat, iPhone messaging is making life easier.

At least for people like me.

This week, Apple announced the updated iOS 8 mobile operating system that features self-destructing photo and video messages.

Most things on my phone should probably self-destruct.

With the new OS, the texts automatically disappear after a short delay, just as long as the settings are adjusted to do so accordingly. I know I have many photos and videos I should go back and delete to open up space on my phone. But then life and time get away from me and before I know it I find myself trying to capture a particularly important moment, and my lack of space fails me.

Meanwhile, I have about 20 videos of my friends’ goats I can’t let go.

Maybe I should be wary of the text messages I have never deleted. But I admittedly am too lazy to worry about them. What would really be ingenious is if Apple could figure out how to delete any text messages sent in the early hours of the morning. Because we all know, mostly from our mothers and the sheriff, that nothing good ever happens after midnight.

Especially on my phone.


Carbondale’s newest homegrown microbrews have been making a hoppy impression — before midnight — via the new Roaring Fork Beer Co.’s tasting room at 1941 Dolores Way. Welcome summer on this June First Friday as Roaring Fork Beer Co. releases its newest seasonal, Slaughterhouse Lager. Brewmasters are tapping the keg at 2 p.m. to commence a weekend of adult summer fun in the Roaring Fork Valley. Starting at 5 p.m. live music will play all night, and food will be provided by Two Dudes Grill Shack BBQ food truck. I hear this is one food truck not to be missed. I can’t think of many things better than beer and barbecue, except maybe that a percentage of Slaughterhouse Lager sales support the Roaring Fork Conservancy for river preservation in the valley. And like beer and barbecue, the river always makes me one happy camper.


Carbondale isn’t the only piece of the Western Slope paradise pie celebrating First Friday today. Rifle is in on the weekend-launching festivities, hosting First Friday Art in the Stacks at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave. An artist’s reception, free and open to the public, with veteran stained-glass artist Susan Sammons, starts at 6 p.m. Prior to Sammons’ reception, the Rifle Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its second business expo from noon to 7 p.m. There will be networking, prizes and more. Check out Rifle’s newest venue, the beautifully renovated New Ute Events Center, 132 E. Fourth St., for free concerts with Glenwood Springs’ Leonard Curry Trio from 5-6:30 p.m. and Acoustic Mayhem from 7-9 p.m. Viva la Rifle!


In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the play’s famous female protagonist asked, “What’s in a Name?” If names are any indication of what will go down at the Black Nugget Saturday night, the live punk show will be a party worth partaking in. Denver four-piece band Red Stinger makes its triumphant return to the Nugget, providing punk, metal, hip-hop and ska core for the always-welcoming Carbondale crowd. Grand Junction’s Barrel Proof also brings the punk to the old miner bar on the corner of Fourth and Main. The music starts at 9 p.m. and, most importantly, there’s no cover. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/TheBlackNugget.

April E. Clark would like to legally change her name to Red Stinger. She can be reached at arts@postindependent.com.

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