Saying goodbye to a poet for the masses, vaudeville summer shows, and a weekend of music |

Saying goodbye to a poet for the masses, vaudeville summer shows, and a weekend of music

April E. Clark
Steppin’ Out with April

This week, the world lost one of my favorite poet laureates, American author Dr. Maya Angelou, at 86.

She was a voice for a generation who fought for equality and acceptance during the American Civil Rights movement. In her long and highly heralded writing career, she received worldwide acclaim for her work in several autobiographies including her first, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in 1969. At the age of 85, Angelou published her seventh autobiography, “Mom & Me & Mom” in 2013.

She’s an inspiration to anyone who has ever written prose or who has read her moving words.

Maya Angelou wasn’t just a poet. She was also a speaker, activist, essayist, historian, actor, producer, broadcaster, rape survivor, playwright, educator, director, historian and motivator. In her eight-plus decades, she was a member of the opera “Porgy and Bess,” a single mother, an international news journalist, and a lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

So much can be said about such a brave, artistic soul.

At 86, Angelou’s voice could still be heard just as loud as it had in 1969. She had a presence on the web and social networks with more nearly 450,000 Twitter followers. On May 23, she tweeted, “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

May her memory live on in all who heard her message loud and clear.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

As summer begins, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue has launched a new season of satirical skits, comedy routines, family-friendly jokes and witty song-and-dance numbers keeping audiences coming back year after year. This month marks the vaudeville troupe’s first summer performing in its new digs at The Springs Theatre, 915 Grand Ave. So far there have been rave reviews of this remodeled room, both from the audience and the performers’ perspective. The Glenwood Vaudeville Revue’s new summer show, now running through Oct. 16, features an updated rap, new excerpts from Gary’s Dramatic Readings, and the Babies act. Enjoy dinner from Glenwood restaurants and drinks after the shows taking place at 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1. Admission ranges from $16 to $24. Call 945-9699, e-mail and visit to plan a fun night.


Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park’s Music on the Mountain came in with a bang last weekend with a tribute to Ringo and the Fab Four as Beatles’ tribute band Doctor Robert returned to the valley from Crested Butte. This weekend, valley acoustic rockers Night Plane, featuring Haden Gregg, Jimmy Dykann and John Zajicek, play this free community event to help collect canned food for LIFT-UP food pantry. Music on the Mountain concertgoers are encouraged to bring canned food items after 4 p.m. for a free tram ride and show. Next weekend’s concert features Colorado dance band Poser playing classic to modern rock. Shows continue through Sept. 20 at the park atop Iron Mountain. Learn more at


Steve’s Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., is well-known in the valley for attracting talent from across America to come play for an always-receptive Carbondale music-loving crowd. On Sunday, recent Berklee College of Music alumna Liz Longley shares her award-winning songwriting talents on the laid-back Steve’s stage. Longley’s singles including, “This Is Not The End,” are available at iTunes. In March, she launched a new monthly series, “Live From the Living Room with Liz Longley & Friends,” on the website Concert Window, where she hosts a monthly online concert featuring a special guest. Longley is a winner of the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, International Acoustic Music Awards, Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition and was named New England’s 2011 Female Performer of the Year. Sunday’s show begins at 8 p.m. Find out more about Longley at and

April E. Clark will be reading “Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou this weekend. She can be reached at

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