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My job is pretty cool, and I think it’s a shame that you only see a small part of it in Scene.

Sure, sometimes my interviews are conducted over the phone, but more often than not my super-fancy entertainment editor credentials get me behind the scenes of some great events.

This week, for example, I sat in on a “Legally Blonde” rehearsal at Glenwood Springs High School and a “Shrek the Musical” rehearsal at Rifle High School. It took me back to my own days in high school theater — mostly because, like back then, I spent the evening sitting in the audience watching the leads rehearse.

My portrayal of “Girl No. 3” was Oscar-worthy, I swear.

It’s really fun to watch things come together, though. I like seeing the director stop the show, rework something and start again. It makes seeing the end product more satisfying because I gain some idea of the work that went into getting it there.

Also, as a saxophone player in Symphony in the Valley, I was able to watch the Symphony Swing concerts come together just in time for the doors to open to ticket holders.

I’ve seen art exhibits in the early stages of installation, with pieces scattered around the floor, seemingly with no rhyme or reason. I’ve had a home-cooked meal with Carbondale band Let Them Roar during an interview.

It seems so unfair that I get to do all this cool stuff, and you only see a small fraction of it. So I’ve started an Instagram account (@jessicacabepi) and a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/jessicacabePI) for you to follow and like. I’ll take you behind the scenes with video, photos, audio snippets of interviews and text updates. You’ll get a tease of Friday’s articles and more content than I could offer solely with a full story package.

You don’t have to be a passive player in this game, though. If you’re behind the scenes of your own cool A&E happening, send me a photo or video, and I’ll share it. I want to be more than a print journalist; I want to be a culture curator for the valley.

#F4F

Friday

It’s time for another comedy night at Loyal Brothers Lounge. This time around, check out Dick Black, Byron Graham, Penny from Heaven and Patrick Scott. Black, a Denver Comedy Works regular, has been doing stand-up for 11 years, has been in two movies and has opened for Dave Chappelle, Eddie Griffin and Pauly Shore. Graham is a contributing writer for the Denver WestWord, a touring comedian and Comedy Works regular who has opened for Louis CK and Hannibal Burris. Penny from Heaven, another Comedy Works regular, runs a monthly show called Capitol Hilarities and Blush & Blu in Denver. And Scott is a self-proclaimed funny dude. What more do you need to know? There’s no cover charge, and doors open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show. A DJ will follow the comedians.

Saturday

Local band Painter’s Stage will perform at The Designer’s Vault Wine Room from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Colorado’s Cottonwood Cellars and The Olathe Winery wine will be available by glass. You must be 21 to attend, and IDs will be checked. Come enjoy wine and music in the basement of the historical Citizen’s Bank building.

Sunday

Spring and summer weddings are coming faster than you think. If you’re planning a wedding, head over to the Hotel Colorado for the 2015 HerWedding Expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo will feature wedding professionals from all around the Western Slope and pretty awesome giveaways. Tickets will be available to purchase at the door for $5.

Jessica Cabe promises not to post pictures of her food. She can be reached at jcabe@postindependent.com, @jessicacabepi on Instagram or at http://www.facebook.com/jessicacabePI.


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