Photography by Stewy, comedy by Kevin Craft, and a funky concert in Carbondale
Steppin’ Out with April
This week, the world was introduced to its tallest water slide, a slippery beast called Verrückt.
After one try, I might have a more colorful name for it.
The moniker for the gargantuan slide, which stands at 168 feet and 7 inches, means crazy in Germany. Verrückt is located in Kansas City at the Schlitterbahn Water Park, and the drop has been compared to taking a barrel ride down Niagara Falls. The brave souls who have tried Verrückt for the first time, including designer Jeff Henry and a whole bunch of media — we are often testers of the exotic — are strapped into the three-person raft that reaches speeds of 60 to 70 miles per hour.
Now that is crazy.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a fun roller coaster. And excitement. I even had a series in the paper called April Takes a Ride. I would ride every attraction at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park right now if I could — even the swing over the Colorado River. Convincing me to take a 168-foot plunge on a water slide would take some serious persuasion. Maybe even a bribe involving beer.
After the ride is over, of course.
If anyone has the gumption to try this gravity-defying monstrosity on their summer vacation, please write me at email@example.com and tell me how it went. I’m not sure if I’ll ever be brave enough to attempt Verrückt. I still have butterflies every time I ride the Caverns swing. I like the idea of living vicariously through those crazy enough to ride Verrückt instead.
My stomach is already thanking me.
Former Aspen Times arts editor Stewart Oksenhorn’s skills soared well beyond his writing. The late A&E journalist’s talents as a concert photographer showed the world a glimpse of the lively music scene Aspen offers. The Wyly Art Center’s newly opened Wyly Annex, 174 Midland Ave., Basalt, features its first exhibit, “Stewart Oksenhorn: photographer,” showcasing Stewy’s inspiring images on loan from The Aspen Times, the Wheeler Opera House, Candice Oksenhorn and Josh Behrman. An opening reception in his memory takes place from 5-7 p.m. today for the photography exhibit that runs through July 31, and is open to the public. Gallery hours at the new Wyly Annex are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Visit http://www.wylyarts.org for more information.
It’s no secret I live for stand-up comedy. I not only like to write and tell jokes, but I also love to be in the audience to watch a comic’s take on love, life and everything in between. I always appreciate a great joke, and I think laughter is the end that vanquishes the mean. Saturday night at the Black Dog Saloon, 219 W. Main St., New Castle, comic Kevin Craft shares his stand-up talents and witty take on life. Craft was a semifinalist on Last Comic Standing and has appeared on TMZ, The Tyra Banks Show and VH1’s Tool Academy 3. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling 984-0999. Learn more at http://www.craftkevin.com.
When I lived across from Sopris Park in Carbondale, my neighbors and I couldn’t wait for Sunday summer evenings enjoying live music and picnic baskets filled with smoked gouda, pickled okra and freshly caught rainbow trout on the lawn. The Sunday concerts provided a chance to catch up on the weekend and relax before Monday arrived. This weekend, live music returns as the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities (CCAH) hosts a free funk concert starting at 5 p.m. with Paa Kow, a former Mountain Fair player blending jazz and African pop. The Main Squeeze, out of Chicago, brings the funk starting at 7 p.m. Pack a picnic basket and bring a blanket and be ready to kick off your shoes, Carbondale-style, and dance the evening away with friends and family.
April E. Clark will stick to Slip ‘N Slides on the lawn. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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