Mardi Gras mayhem, it’s spring at Glenwood Vaudeville, and a Lumineers founder this weekend
Call it what they will — an overcommercialized holiday or the most romantic day of the year — people including my single self are either agonizing or anticipating this next week leading up to Valentine’s Day.
It has to be better than my upcoming birthday.
I’m admittedly a hopeless romantic. So the 14th of February isn’t all that dreaded to me. There’s always the chance a bouquet of red roses could mysteriously end up in my possession. Or a handsome Prince Charming could appear on my doorstep. Maybe I could end up being invited to tell jokes about dating disasters on a comedy bill somewhere.
I do have a bit about being the Carrie Bradshaw of Glenwood in my arsenal of jokes.
Since we are a week out from the madness that is the annual lover’s holiday, I have some recommendations for those who don’t want to be scrambling for greeting cards and heart-shaped candies with little love messages on them at the last minute Friday.
Even I’ve been there.
If dinner out on Feb. 14 is in the pink-and-red-hued horizon, I say get a jump on reservations. That’s hoping the restaurant takes them, of course. With this year’s Hallmark holiday falling on a Friday, dining out may present itself as an additional challenge since people, including families, like to eat out on Friday nights after a long, hard week. Pick someplace romantic that has a plentiful wine list and oysters on the half-shell, since they are said to be an aphrodisiac. Maybe find a joint that has romantic live music to set the mood.
A strolling accordion player would be ideal.
I also recommend paying attention to hints that will be dropped starting now — if they haven’t already been — to really score big in the gift department. Think about the things your lover really loves, whether that’s flowers, jewelry, sweet treats or tickets to a sporting event, and scoop them up now because procrastination is a Valentine’s Day shopper’s worst downfall.
I’ve definitely been there.
First Fridays are always a ball of creative fun in Carbondale. Each first Friday of the month, the town goes all out with an art walk featuring exhibit openings, snacks, libations and live music into the evening. Today’s celebration takes it to a whole new level with a Mardi Gras party that could rival Bourbon Street’s. The mountain town hosts a festive Mardi Gras parade down Main Street featuring locally made floats, starting at 4:30 p.m. There will be candy, beads and revelry for the whole family. The evening’s itinerary includes the cowboy rock-blues band Let Them Roar, formerly known as All the Pretty Horses, at Carbondale Beer Works, The Roosters at the Black Nugget and dance music at Phat Thai after 10 p.m. Carbondale does Mardi Gras justice, trust me.
Friday and Saturday
This weekend, Steve’s Guitars offers up live music that could put us all in the mood for love. Start the lead up to Valentine’s Day with a lovely First Friday show featuring former Lumineer Maxwell Hughes at 8:30 p.m. The talented guitarist out of Boulder will exhibit his talents as one of the original members of the Grammy-nominated Colorado band The Lumineers. On Saturday night, Paonia pair Honey Don’t will say honey do come to our CD release party for a fun show featuring stories, dancing and all-around cheer, without a list of chores for your loved one to do. I hear there will be cookies, and who could go wrong with cookies?
Friday and Saturday
After a successful winter season in new digs at the Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave., the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue opens its spring season this weekend with dinner and drinks followed by live stage antics. Each season features brand-spanking new material, so look for John Goss and his funny bunch to entertain with clever family-friendly skits, jokes and song-and-dance numbers. The show is booked for a private show next Friday, so enjoy a night out on the town, pre-Valentine’s Day style, this weekend to avoid the rush of lovers. Shows are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday through April 26. Reserve tickets by calling 945-9699, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and http://www.gvrshow.com.
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