Comedies of epic proportions and a genealogy jackpot in Silt
Steppin’ Out with April
Today is almost guaranteed to make me smile.
Sure, it’s Friday, and most everyone loves the last day of the work week and the first day of the weekend. There’s even a restaurant chain named for how thankful people are for this day.
I recommend the crispy green bean fries.
I’m especially happy and appreciative on this Friday because a new movie comes out in theaters taking me back to my childhood. I grew up in both the ’70s and ’80s, a special combination of decades, really. I spent countless hours watching “The Muppet Show,” trying to figure out how to be the perfect mix of Fozzie the Bear and Statler and Waldorf when I grew up.
I was also in awe of Miss Piggy’s fashion sense.
Today the “Muppets Most Wanted” movie premiers, starring all my favorite talking puppets, including Kermie, Animal and Fozzie. And Tina Fey, my comedy inspiration. I’m planning to see it in the theater with popcorn doused in movie theater butter. Like the show and movies, from my childhood, there will be the brilliant Muppets jokes and songs.
And more jokes and more songs.
I am in real need for a laugh. So I may even sit in the front row. I imagine I’ll still be trying to figure out how to be the perfect mix of Fozzie the Bear and Statler and Waldorf when I grow up.
I’ve had many laughs at Loyal Brothers, better known around town as the LB, over the years. Whether it’s been ’80s night, a masquerade party or a comedy show I’ve emceed, the downtown Glenwood dance club and martini bar is the town’s hotspot for kicks and giggles. Tonight, don’t miss a few of my favorite Denver comics as they head west to bring laughter to the LB room. The show includes emcee Tobias Livingston, who drives a pretty sweet van, feature comic Byron Graham, and headliner Elliot Woolsey, a Comedy Works regular and winner of the Denver club’s 2012 New Faces Contest who has opened for touring stand-up comics T.J Miller, Todd Glass and Josh Blue. The night also features a guest spot by Glenwood Springs native Cody Spyker, who has had stage time on the Front Range and is making her way in Colorado comedy. Show her some local love tonight. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the jokes get going at 8:30 p.m. at 813 Grand Ave.
I like genealogy — I even earned a Girl Scout badge for it — so this Saturday is a dream-come-true for family tree climbers like me. Genealogy fans can meet at the Silt Historical Park, 707 Orchard Ave., at 1 p.m. Saturday for a presentation by Diane Hitchcock-Owens. Like me, Hitchcock-Owens has roots in Indiana, the Hoosier state that brought us Florence Henderson, Kurt Vonnegut and the Jackson 5. She has been researching her family’s genealogy for 40 years. She set up a genealogy section in an Indiana museum to tell the story behind the artifacts and established a teaching model for genealogy. Hitchcock-Owens’ work can also be found at the Carbondale Library, which now has a repository of family histories of Garfield County’s early homesteaders. Check out her presentation and do a little family investigating of your own. Her talk is open to the public, and donations are encouraged to support Silt’s history-friendly efforts.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
I appreciate a man in tights, and a wig. It just so happens that the historic Cardiff Schoolhouse is housing three of them this weekend, and next, in the local production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).” Valley actors Adam Solomon, Brendan Cochran and Nick Garay present the best of Bill Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets in two fast-paced and funny acts at the school located in the Park West neighborhood at 4018 Sky Ranch Drive. My comic friend Gail Mason posted on her Facebook page that the show was a hoot, so it must be true. And not because I believe everything I read on the Internet. Enjoy an evening of Shakespeare at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday or an après brunch 2 p.m. Sunday matinee. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and free for children 12 years and younger, by cash or check at the door. I hear tickets are going fast, so call 618-8033 to reserve seats.
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