Music at the firehouse, fire on ‘42nd Street’ and a one-woman show |

Music at the firehouse, fire on ‘42nd Street’ and a one-woman show

Creativity grows in some of the most unexpected places.

For me, the television gives me that spark that can become dull without inspiration. Sure, people have given me advice like “Turn off my TV to turn on my mind” or “Kill your TV.”

Easy enough.

The trouble with that theory is, I’m a pop culture freak. My memories of growing up in the ’80s stay bright by remembering TV shows that made me what I am today. My favorites included “Saturday Night Live,” “Dance Fever” and “Dance Party USA.”

I learned some of my best dance moves, and big-hair styling tips, from Kelly Ripa on the latter.

Despite the ever-looming warnings, fall is my favorite time to watch TV. There are all the new shows and the returning programs that kick it into high gear to keep viewers watching.

Try “American Horror Story” without getting hooked.

This season, some of my new favorites are funny girl Rebel Wilson’s “Super Fun Night,” the nail-biting “Scandal” and my guilty musical drama pleasure, “Nashville.” I can’t help myself. The competitive Rayna-Juliette story line is just too good.

I’m a secret sucker for country music, too.

I will take the advice and not sit on the couch and watch TV all of the time. I’ll go ride a bike, or take a walk, and get outside. I’ll also keep watching TV, though.

I can’t stop you, “Saturday Night Live.”


I grew up in a fire family, so I love fire stations, fire trucks, firefighters, and pretty much anything that has to do with brave the men and women who keep us safe. I also love music. Imagine my excitement when I discovered on our online event calendar that the Burning Mountain Fire Station hosts a music jam every month for music lovers like me. I haven’t had the chance to check this out, but I hear there’s knee-slapping and hand-clapping acoustic, old country, bluegrass, and gospel music from 7-9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month at the safe haven that is the Burning Mountain firehouse. Bring an acoustic instrument, or an ear for good music, for a rocking Friday night.


I love a one-woman show. Especially if there’s a twist of humor and irony. I had one myself last year at PAC3. Carbondale welcomed me and “The April Clark Show” cast and all-female house band, The G-strings, to the live comedy theater stage with open arms. I hope to see the same warm reception at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Thunder River Theatre with Paonia writer Thea Deley’s solo comedy show, “Jesus Loves You! (but hates me): One Woman’s Journey from Believer to Blasphemer.” Any Paonia artist is a friend of mine. And any gal who can mock her childhood is a girl after my own heart. Break a leg and give them heck, Thea.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

The story of “42nd Street” is one my favorites. Hard work, heavy hitters and heartbreak. Story of many lives, I’m sure. Jayne Gottlieb Productions brings this story of love and life to the PAC3 Carbondale stage. The shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, after the Third Street State Fair and Chili Cook-off (There’s nothing better than chili! And the hotter, the better.); 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and a 5:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets are $13 in advance at and $17 at the door.

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