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A little Rendezvous in Rifle and bowls of homemade gumbo

I made a little social faux pas last Friday.Feeling tired from a really bad week, I didnt attend KDNKs Female Arm Wrestling event at The Bayou last Friday. I didnt plan on arm wrestling because the Croatian Princess pretty much showed me how its done before our interview last week. Like Id do that again.Instead of being a bystander at the big show, I watched Gone With the Wind for the umpteenth time. And I ate fried chicken, corn on the cob and ice cream for dinner, all by my lonesome.Sounds depressing, I know. But sometimes a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Thats the last time I miss out on public arm wrestling among wild women in costume.I promise.So until the next arm rasslin event (cmon Amy Kimberly, I know youve got another one up your sleeve), Ill try and get myself out somewhere in public this weekend. Fried chicken dinners and sad movies about failed marriages and the fall of the Old South dont do much for a gals state-of-mind.OK, I take that back about the fried chicken.And the ice cream.

Its happening in Rifle to boot: Authentic buffalo barbecue dinner with cowboy poetry by Larry Glenn, Gary Knighting, Liz Masterson and Richard Baker and music by Boogie Down from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the 10th annual Rifle Rendezvous. Information: 625-0943This is why Id kick it up here: Buffalo sandwiches, cowboys reciting poetry and boogying music, all at the Garfield County Fairgrounds now thats Western Slope living at its finest, folks. You cant beat a barbecue dinner under $10 and all-you-can-handle carnival rides for $20, although I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes before getting on the Tilt-a-Whirl after eating the buffalo and baked beans. Or is that swimming? Same difference.

Its happening in Carbondale to boot: Carbondale Clay Center hosts its popular Eighth Annual Cajun Clay Night from 5-10 p.m. Tickets: $45/adults in advance, $50/day of; $20 and $25/teens 13-17; $10/children 6-12; and children five and younger, free. Call 963-CLAY for more information.This is why Id kick it up here: Ive eaten at both six89 and phat thai and I can pretty much ensure that chef Mark Fischers gumbo that will fill the handmade clay bowls will meet your liking. Therell be Cajun costumes which always makes for a fun party and the famous gatorlicious cake. Everybody knows everythings better with cake. And gumbo.



Sunday: Gabrielle Louise, Boston-based folk and country singer-songwriter. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show starts at 8:30. Steves Guitars, 19 N. Fourth St., Carbondale. Information: 963-3304 All week: New works in Sumi-e art by Caroline Metzler, The Artists Mercantile, 720 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. Information: 947-0947


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