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Fashion an opinion

by john stroud

Feeling a little on edge about next week’s election?Ready to jump in the face of the next person who has an opposing political view?About to toss your TV out of a third-floor window if you have to watch the same negative political ad for the 500th time when all you really care about is the Red Sox winning the pennant?What you really need is to sit back and just have a good laugh about it all, and Carbondale’s Stepstone Center has just the remedy.The local non-profit organization hosts its first-ever “Fashion of Politics” benefit at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Carbondale Community School.Billed as a “unique evening of thought-provoking art, fashion and fun,” the politically themed fashion show is as much show as it is audience participation, according to Stepstone Center board member and event organizer Amy Kimberly.”We’re breaking all the standard molds of what a fashion show should be,” said Kimberly, the former director of the Telluride AIDS Benefit which is also centered around a fashion show theme. “We expect a lot of booing, hissing, hooting and hollering. It’s just a way to let loose, and for people to get really creative.”Participants and audience members alike are encouraged to wear costumes around any political theme, such as wearable statements on the environment, lifestyles, candidates and local issues.”We’ll be having a corporate marriage, and there’s an incredible line of hemp wear,” Kimberly said. “There will also be an opportunity at the end of the show for anyone in the audience to walk the runway.”After the show, there will be a live band, Bad Man Jack.Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for student, either in advance at Sounds Easy in Carbondale, or at the door. Admission includes drinks. Doors open at 8 p.m.Proceeds from the benefit go to the Stepstone Center, a local nonprofit which organizes and promotes a variety of events and projects in the Roaring Fork Valley around the issues of peace, justice, democracy and economic and environmental sustainability.”Hopefully, this will be a yearly benefit and will only grow, but it may not always be about politics,” Kimberly said. “It’s a whole different way for adults to celebrate Halloween.””Hopefully, this will be a yearly benefit and will only grow, but it may not always be about politics,” Kimberly said. “It’s a whole different way for adults to celebrate Halloween.”


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