Mr. Booker and his Swingtet: You couldn’t sit still if you tried |

Mr. Booker and his Swingtet: You couldn’t sit still if you tried

Do you remember that perfumed paper you could “scratch and sniff” to see if you liked whatever scent the manufacturer was hawking? I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice if there was “scratch and listen” paper, then I wouldn’t have to say ANYTHING about Swing King David Booker and his Swingtet. I’d just insert that paper right here, you could scratch it, and we’d see you at the Center for the Arts, tonight, at 7 p.m. where we’ll be up and dancin’ to the music of Mr. Booker and his Swingtet. This sound sells itself.You’d have to be duct-taped to your chair to not get up and move to this music. Mr. Booker is pure danceable fun, offering classic swing, jazz, and jump blues by greats the likes of Big Joe Turner, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Lester Young and Duke Ellington, as well as the band’s own original tunes.And since this music is to dance to, sport dance instructors from throughout the valley will be on hand to demonstrate swing dance steps, and to show us the right ‘tude, which, by the way, is way upbeat.Tickets are $18 for members and $24 for nonmembers. This is great entertainment in our delightfully intimate, acoustically correct Center for the Arts. We’ll also have beverages and snacks for sale.Booker comes to us from the “other side of the pond.” Born in Manchester, England, he has been playing the Denver area for the past 20 years. You may have seen him at the Denver Country Club, Beano’s Cabin on Beaver Creek, the Denver Hyatt Regency, or the Phipps Mansion. Mr. Booker gets around.The Swingtet features seasoned artists Ralph Dafermo on piano, Kyle Roberts on drums and John Scruggs on sax. To recount: We’ve got a great dance band, in a very cool space, with beverages and snacks, professional dance instructors to show us the moves, and all the magic a Friday night inherently brings to the universe! These forces are converging; you just gotta dance, tonight, at the Center for the Arts. We’re at 601 E. 6th St. between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. Call us at 945-2414 for directions and other info.Win a bike, meetan OlympianThe Center for the Arts is selling chances for you to win a big beautiful, blue, TREK 6500 Alpha Superlight Race mountain bike, custom butted and seamless drawn, with Bontrager crowbar handlebar and Manitou microlube fluid flow front shocks. This is a hot set of wheels. Buy a raffle ticket, or a whole bunch of tickets, for just one buck each. Many will enter, but YOU could win. Tickets are on sale at the Center, or call 945-2414. Tickets are also sold on weekends at the Glenwood Springs City Market.To help us give away our bike, Olympic cyclist Jeanne Golay will be on hand at the center’s Strawberry Days booth, June 21 and 22, signing Olympics cards. She’ll be on hand from 5-7 p.m. Friday, and from 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Come on down and meet one of our great American athletes.Working the bugs outfor Strawberry Days The Arts Center’s “Don’t Bug Me, Ma” Strawberry Days booth will be a dandy place for you to drop your kids off to make bugs from a diverse array of mediums, including egg cartons, toilet paper tubes, and river rock. The booth will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The booth will be manned by local artists who will help kids create their objects d’art.Take home your completed bug art project and buy a bag of beneficial bugs: We’ll also have real live lady bugs for sale. It’s a one-stop shopping booth for all your bug-related needs.Calendar of Events-CMC Photography & Graphic Arts Graduate Portfolio Exhibit – through April 26. Artists Reception 1 p.m., Friday, April 26.-Mr. Booker & the Swingtet – 7 p.m., Friday, April 19. A community dance with dance instructors from throughout the valley on hand to help YOU cut a rug!-GWS Art Guild Exhibit – May 6-31-Glenwood Springs Art Guild Member Exhibit. Opening Reception May 10 at 6 p.m.-Lionel Young – 7 p.m., Friday, May 10. Rhythm & Blues mixed with a little Motown!-Five Rivers Juried Exhibit, June 6-24. Artists from the Colorado, Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Crystal and Eagle River valleys will show their work. Juried by Dianne Vanderlip, curator of the Denver Art Museum. Opening and Artists Reception 6 p.m., Friday, June 8.-Surf & Turf exhibit, June 28 – July 31. A nonjuried show of land and seascapes.Surf & Turf Opening and Artists Reception 6 p.m., Friday, July 12.The Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts is located at 601 E. 6th St. between the Vapor Caves and Hot Springs Pool. We are open Monday through Friday, 9 to 5, and noon to 4 on Saturday and Sunday. Call (970) 945-2414, or e-mail us at for information on these and other events, classes and shows.

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