Another year older, another year not break dancing – maybe |

Another year older, another year not break dancing – maybe

Birthdays come and go, but it’s the celebration that stays with a person.I just had another birthday and it seems like yesterday I was turning 21.OK, more like turning 30.My 21st birthday was spent like most college co-eds – shots of disturbing combinations of liquor, attempting mortifying dances like the Electric Slide, and going to work the next day with a hangover worse than catching the 24-hour flu on a cruise ship. My 30th was a little more tame, except I woke up the next day with a tattoo and a blistering sunburn.Ouch is right.This year’s birthday isn’t quite so rowdy, thank heavens. At 34, I can’t quite party like it’s 1999. But why would I?Growing up is hard to do and growing older is even harder. But a girl can still have fun on her birthday and dance, no matter how old she is. And maybe even try to breakdance to top it all off.

It’s happening in Rifle to boot: The Indigo Sky Theatre Company presents “Grandest Canyon,” a comedy play to benefit the Rifle Animal Shelter, at 7 p.m. at Rifle Middle School. The ticket price ($10 in advance, $12 at the door) includes coffee and dessert from Starbucks. Call 984-2579 for more information.This is why I’d kick it up here: This play is about two old ladies traipsing across the good ol’ USA with their dead triplet sister’s ashes. Sounds funny already. They’re on a mission to take her ashes to the Grand Canyon to scatter them. And they’re bringing an old bed pan for memory’s sake. You’ve got to see it to believe it, I guess. So I’m not sure which is the best part of the presentations today and Saturday – the plays, the free Starbucks coffee and dessert, or the fact that “Grandest Canyon” benefits the Rifle Animal Shelter. If you don’t do it for the laughs or the Starbucks fix, at least do it for the dogs and cats, man.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs: Hip-hop Aesthetics, Colorado Mountain College Center for Excellence in the Arts’ rap concert and breakdance contest, takes place Sunday at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. The breakdance contest is at 2 p.m. (registration 1-2 p.m.) and the concert is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Call 947-8367 or visit for more information.This is why I’d kick it up here: I once tried to breakdance at a party several years ago – unfortunately there are photos to prove it. I’m not sure whose hands those are in now, but I know in the back of my mind I’ll probably never be able to run for public office. Or win a breakdance contest. Sunday’s contest and rap concert should bring some exciting music and moves (usually I’m limited to bad attempts at The Robot and pole dancing at the Roxie) to Glenwood. To completely blow stereotypes out of the water, I’m a big fan of rap. It’s true. When I was in high school, my boyfriend and best friend and I went to the NWA/Easy-E concert. All I remember was Easy-E (rest in peace, brotha) was really short and that guy from Kid ‘n’ Play had one heck of a high-top fade. And that dance where they kicked their legs together was really cool – at the time.

Through Wednesday: Colorado Mountain College’s gallery exhibit, “Student self-portraits,” photography portraits from the “Portfolio Production and Career Exploration” class of CMC’s professional photography program. Information: 947-8367 Thursday: Bryan Savage, internationally known saxophone and flute player, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Fin’s Grille & Raw Bar, Glenwood Springs. No cover. Information: 945-4771

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