An opera-singing football jock, plus funny faces in Aspen
I had the most interesting Oscar-watching experience last weekend.In search of a good burger after a hard day of skiing, we made the trek to Claddaugh Pub in Carbondale. The Academy Awards were on all three TVs, although sound didn’t come until later (thank you, Ralph.)I was one of three women in the whole place, so there were plenty of “Brokeback Mountain” jokes and “Walk the Line” cheers from the menfolk.All these “Brokeback” jokes, but no jabs at Folsom Prison? C’mon. Personally there was a little too much testosterone in the room for my Oscar-watching preference. I was invited to an all-women Oscar party, but with the boyfriend in town I had to pass – the things we do for love. I did get a kick out of the manly commentary at the Claddaugh, though.The best part of the night was when Sandra Bullock came out on stage with Keanu Reeves to present Best Art/Set Direction.”Ooh, she’s not as cute as she used to be,” said one male patron.”Huh?,” questioned another man, sitting at the bar drinking a Bud.”She was a lot hotter when she was on Superman,” said the first guy.”That’s not Teri Hatcher,” said the other one, laughing. “That’s Sandra Bullock.”Fame, apparently, is in the eye of the beholder.TodayIt’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: Baritone Keith Miller will sing, accompanied by pianist Debra Ayers, at 7 p.m. today at the Colorado Mountain College’s Spring Valley New Space Theater. Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for students and are available by calling the CMC box office at 947-8367.This is why I’d kick it up here: Miller is a former Bronco who played ball at the University of Colorado in Boulder. I can’t imagine there are very many NFL players-turned-opera singers out there, so this is a show not to miss. Passing on a professional football career, Miller is now studying at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He has performed nationwide and in Italy, London and Canada. He’s coming to our little corner of the world today to belt one out with local pianist Ayers. Sounds like the making of an inspirational, made-for-TV movie …Today, Saturday and SundayIt’s happening in Aspen to boot: The U.S. Comedy Fest at various Aspen venues. For full festival program and ticket information visit hbocomedyfestival.com or call (866) 350-3369. (See page B11 for Comedy Fest schedule)This is why I’d kick it up here: The first year I moved to the valley, I was as broke as Nick and Jessica’s wedding vows. I didn’t have tickets to any of the Comedy Fest shows, but that didn’t stop me from heading to Aspen and hanging with the celebrities. Between dirty martinis and fancy appetizers at the St. Regis and Hotel Jerome, I rubbed elbows with the cast of Reno 911, Joe Rogan from “Fear Factor,” stand-up comedian Lewis Black, and Jeff Garlin from “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” I even have pictures to prove it. Oh yeah, and I saw the guy that played Shooter McGavin in “Happy Gilmore.” I bet he loves it when people refer to him that way. Tuesday: A free performance of the award-winning play “Until Someone Wakes Up” takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley New Space Theater. The play is designed to educate young people about sexual assault and harassment. “More than half of all forcible rapes happen to girls and women between the ages of 11 and 24,” said Scott Chaplin, former executive director of the play. “This play has been shown nationwide for more than 10 years and is considered a very powerful and effective tool for preventing sexual violence.” An interactive discussion with the cast will follow the performance. Information: Stepstone Center, 963-3483 Wednesday: The five-piece R&B ensemble Big Tree Fun Band will play Glenwood Music’s Wednesday Night Live from 8-10 p.m. A free show in an intimate setting performed by a band with a funky name I see big fun with the Big Tree Fun Band in my future. Information: 928-8628
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.