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In past columns, I’ve written about some of my personal resolutions: get in better shape (I now have a gym membership — step one!), practice art rather than just write about it (I’m playing sax in Symphony in the Valley, and I’ve signed up for a pottery class with the Carbondale Clay Center), continue my education (I’ve enrolled in Intro to Law through Colorado Mountain College), and keep paying ahead on those pesky student loans (“pesky” might be the biggest understatement ever, but check).

So I’m off to a pretty good start, I think. But I also have some goals for making Scene better in 2015.

My publisher, Michael Bennett, wrote a great column on Wednesday urging readers to make their resolutions public. It allows your friends and family to encourage you — and keep you accountable if you start to slip.

So I’m going to share some of my goals for the Post Independent’s entertainment section in the hopes that it will hold me to my word. I, just like everyone else, am guilty of getting complacent. But this section means a lot to me, and I want to do the best job I can for you.

First, I want to create more multimedia components for articles. I have a nice camera at my disposal, and even cell phones can produce some high-quality stuff these days. There are certain circumstances when a video will really help a story, and since my job is to tell you stories, I should probably get on that.

Second, I want to work on filling up the Entertainment tab during the week. While Scene only comes out on Fridays, there’s a ton of stuff that goes on during the week that deserves more than just a mention in our calendar. I’ve been doing this a bit already, but I want to step it up.

And lastly, I want to get readers more involved. If you’re at a cool event, and you snap a great photo, I want you to send it to me so I can see about publishing it. If you have an idea for a story you think the community should hear about, I want you to send me an email about it or give me a call. I try my best to stay on top of the goings-on of this valley, but there’s no way I can know everything. I need your help. This newspaper is for you, after all. The stories you care about are the stories I need to be sharing.

So there. I’ve done it. Now my options are to follow through or fail publicly.

Here we go!

Friday

The Flaming Lips will perform at the Belly Up for an all ages show (attendees younger than 18 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian). These psychedelic rockers have been performing for more than 30 years, and the chance to see them in such an intimate space is not to be missed. The band will also perform on Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. both days. General admission tickets are $155, and reserved seats are $375. Put your Christmas bonus to good use.

Saturday

One of the best ways to take in the beauty of the Roaring Fork Valley is with an Aspen Mountain snowshoe tour. These two-hour guided tours happen daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and it’s a great weekend activity for the whole family. You’ll learn about wildlife in winter, tracking, mountain ecology, Aspen history, avalanches and winter habitats. The tour costs $65 for adults, $58 for 13- to 17-year-olds and seniors over 65 and $45 for children 7 to 12 years old. Prices will be discounted if you have your own gondola pass. Full-priced tickets include the gondola ride, a snack and warm drink, a guide, snowshoes and basic snowshoeing instruction.

Sunday

This is the last day to see K Rhynus Cesark’s “Floating Compression” exhibit at the CMC ArtShare Gallery in Glenwood Springs. Cesark created a brand new installation for the show, consisting of porcelain-dipped branches, birds, miniature houses and tumbleweeds. The show uses the architectural concept of tansegrity, or tensional integrity, to illustrate relationships and support, or lack thereof.

Jessica Cabe is ready for 2015. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com.


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