Try something new this weekend and … dressing like April Clark |

Try something new this weekend and … dressing like April Clark

There were many feats I hadn’t accomplished when I moved to Colorado more than 10 years ago.

The list is extensive, so I have to condense.

For starters, I had not soaked in a natural hot springs pool. I had never been rafting outside of a motorized whitewater ride at a theme park. Nor had I played rugby. Or even watched it for that matter.

I was never the same after my first Ruggerfest.

As a life-long flatlander, I had not seen competitive snowboarding and snowmobiling up close and personal, Aspen X Games-style. My early X Games memories mostly involve a blur of snowmobiles jumping overhead and bar-hopping in Aspen. I do have many fond memories of seeing The Roots outside in downtown Aspen.

So very, very cold.

Another challenge I had not yet met before coming to Colorado in my early 30s was stand-up comedy. I watched it from afar, always envious of the ability for someone to make a crowd laugh. I never thought I would do it, but once I tried it I was hooked. It’s like anything — paragliding, kayaking, brunching — that sparks a fire inside that only a particular passionate activity can ignite.

The same happens when I step down into a bumper car.

Thank goodness the Roaring Fork Valley has taken open mics to an elevated level by hosting events throughout the week. They might seem daunting at first, but open mic nights can help a first-time comic find her start, a musician calm his nerves about playing in front of people, or a poet share her unheard words. Tonight is the perfect night to give the open mic a chance, in Rifle.

What do you have to lose?


Bookcliffs Art Center’s Open Stage Night is setting the stage for actors, writers, singers, dancers, poets and musicians to share their talents in Rifle. Beginners, intermediates and veteran artists are asked to entertain the masses with content for general audiences starting at 7 p.m. Sign up starts at 6:30 and sets are limited to 10 minutes. What may seem like the longest 10 minutes of your life could be the start to something beautiful. A $5 suggested donation is welcome at the door. Plan ahead by reserving a spot by calling 625-3043 and e-mailing, or spontaneously sign up at the door.


I hear there’s a party going on at Carbondale Beer Works with live music by my buddies Josh Phillips and Ananda Banc on the mic and guitars. There’s sure to be wigs, black glasses, cheerful chanting and beat boxing. The music starts around 8:30 p.m. but come early to see the April Clark costumes. Because there will be several from different eras worn by both men and women. There also may be prizes.


With Phoenix and Matt and Kim playing in Aspen Saturday, there will no doubt be a fantastic display of music for the X Games fans in our area. Both bands are favorites on my Pandora. Now that I’m getting older, admittedly, I also enjoy a fantastically small celebration centered on the X Games like the one that will take place Saturday night at the Black Nugget after 9 p.m. One of my favorite literary muses, Corby Anderson, and his band of guitar-wielding brothers called The Natural Disasters will continue the X Games fervor into the night with Colorado-grown danger jam rock. Be ready to dance like a disaster.

April E. Clark is hoping for a photo opp with a famous UFC fighter or a snowboarder this weekend. She can be reached at

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