Feeling Irish and jammin’ until the Peace Jam is through
Green Day in Glenwood!No, silly, not the punk band. Today is St. Patrick’s Day and I can’t tell you how excited I am. It’s like a national holiday except the banks are all open and tellers are not only handing out the green, they’re wearing it, too.There’s enough corned beef and cabbage being served in the valley today to cause a greenhouse effect. And the Guinness pouring from local taps could fill the Hot Springs Pool. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but that sure would make for an interesting photo opp.And an intoxicating swim, no less.For those who think St. Paddy’s Day is overrated and will be off the drink this 17th day of March, there are plenty o’ activities to fill the weekend.For those who will be suckin’ diesel (having a good time in Irish slang) and puttin’ on a holy show (an embarrassing exhibition), get to it my friends. St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year.
It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: The Roaring Fork Peace Coalition’s Peace Jam IV, featuring music by Louie & The Brave New Lizards, Midlife Crisis, Jessa Young, K.C. Johnson and the Earthbeat Choir, and Fatinkhan, and an Aspen Shortsfest award-winning film by Terry Glasenapp, takes place at 7:30 p.m. today at Buffalo Valley, Glenwood Springs. Tickets are $15 at the door, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, and Through the Looking Glass and The Book Train in Glenwood. Information: 984-3161This is why I’d kick it up here: Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” I just finished reading Patricia Raybon’s 1996 book, “My First White Friend: Confessions on Race, Love and Forgiveness.” In the book, the University of Colorado associate professor touches on MLK’s and Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth, love and nonviolence to change the world. Peace Jam IV may not change the world, or stop the violence around the world, but it does allow music and the arts to be the means by which that goal is achieved. And with five music acts and a film screening all in one night, I see a peaceful, easy feeling coming to Buffalo Valley.
It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: Thunder River Theatre Company presents Bruce Graham’s “Desperate Affection” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the TRTC Theatre, 67 Promenade, downtown Carbondale. Tickets are $25 and $18 and are available at thunderrivertheatre.com or by calling 963-8200.This is why I’d kick it up here: “Desperate Affection” sounds more like a description of my defunct marriage than the name of a play. I wouldn’t mind checking out this production because it’s a comedy about relationships. What’s funnier than love sometimes? Seriously, Carbondale is all abuzz about the play, and I’m becoming more and more interested in theater the older I get. I think my life is slowly turning into a play …
Wednesday and Thursday: Carbondale Community School’s all-student production, “Between the Lines, Outside the Frame: An Art Exploration,” takes place at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger, and are available at Thursday: Grateful Dead tribute band Rocky Mountain Grateful Dead Review will take the Roxie stage (not the one with the poles) at 10 p.m. Thursday. Information: 384-2262
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