An open writers’ workshop is held from 7-10 p.m., the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the Glenwood Springs Mennonite Church. Free and open to all levels of writers. Bring copies of work for others to critique. Facilitated by Karen Chamberlain and Carol Bell. Call 947-1236 for details.
Master to teach African dance, drum workshops
Guinean master dancer and drummer Abdoulaye Camara will present a West African drum and a dance workshop on Tuesday, May 7, at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. The drum workshop begins at 6 p.m., the dance workshop at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per workshop.
Workshops are open to all levels of drummers and dancers, although drummers should have their own floor drum (djembe, conga or ashiko) and preferably be able to produce the basic hand techniques of bass, tone and slap.
Camara trained in Les Ballets Africans, the national dance company of Guinea, and danced with companies in Senegal and Gambia before going to Paris and Sweden, where he currently lives. He is well-known for his outstanding teaching and brilliant artistry, and performs and teaches regularly throughout Europe, the United States and Canada.
Call Steve Perrault, 928-8973, for details.
Cajun Clay Night May 18
Tickets are on sale now for the fourth annual Cajun Clay Night, to benefit the Carbondale Clay Center. The event happens from 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the center, 135 Main Street.
Tickets sell out fast and are available only at the Clay Center.
A $38 ticket includes choice of a hand-crafted bowl filled with hearty gumbo, vegetarian red beans and rice, plus green salad, crusty bread, a silent and live auction of pottery from local artists and friends, dancing, and the famous Crocodillyicious cake.
Cash bar for beer and wine, and specialty coffee.
Volunteers are needed and can qualify for discount and free admission.
For more information, to volunteer, or to reserve tickets, call 963-CLAY (2529).
Teen writers unite
The Teenage Songwriters Group meets from 6-8:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month, at Steve’s Guitars, Carbondale. Open to songwriters, poets and writers from 12-18 years of age and of all ability levels, the group meets to share creativity in a circle of “positivity” and fun and to nurture their craft.
For details, call KC Johnson at 927-9690 or Annie Schwenner at 927-8877.
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