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Preppin’ for prom night and gettin’ shorty with Aspen Filmfest

Steppin' Out with AprilApril E. Clark

I took a quick walk down memory lane the other day.I was sitting at my desk and our high school photography intern, Chelsea J. Cox, asked me if I wanted to see her newly purchased prom dress.Um, yeah.I have to say I love all-things girl: fancy dresses, wild violets, Chuck Taylor low-tops, dirty martinis, whoopee cushions and sparkly jewelry. I was totally in for seeing Chelsea’s dress.Watch out, because I’m going to age myself faster than a two-pack-a-day smoker in a stand-up tanning bed.

My prom dresses were nothing like this mint green corset-top with long black skirt and train. When it came to my prom attire, two words come to mind: ruffles and sequins.My junior prom dress was a purple-sequined strapless number with white-ruffled satin and violet Dyeables to match. My senior prom dress was a teal beauty with poofy sleeves and a big bow with a rhinestone accent. The shoes were silver and glittery and I’ve actually been able to pull them off in the summer with jeans.Then I click my heels together and say, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …”Next week, we’re planning a story on prom and hope to compare the teen scene with their moms’ and dads’ memories of the big dance. It will be sort of a then-and-now look at prom. The prom stories can be of the “Carrie”-horror variety and they can be funny, too.Or they can be down-right ornery.After all, everyone was a teenager once.

Send those old-school prom memories along with your son’s or daughter’s present-day prom experience to April Clark at aclark@postindependent.com or call her at 945-8515, ext. 518. If possible, send jpgs of your high school prom date via e-mail along with the story.

It’s happening in Carbondale to boot: During the first Fridays of each month, the Carbondale Council on Arts and Humanities hosts casual art exhibit openings along Main Street. From 4-9 p.m. view high-alpine landscapes by artist John Morris at the Swiss Gourmet, 335 Main St., with complimentary appetizers and desserts. Oil paintings by Linda Edwards and Julia Coffman are on display at the CCAH gallery, 648 Main St., with an artists’ reception from 6-8 p.m. An opening reception for “100 Max: artful clay under $100” show, curated by Peg Malloy, takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Carbondale Clay Center gallery, 135 Main St. Work by various valley potters will be on display. Information: CCAH, 963-1680This is why I’d kick it up here: There’s a new kid in town and luckily he has enough San Danielle prosciutto and Gruyere cheese to share with all the kids in class. Carbondale’s newest “culinary epicenter,” Swiss Gourmet, is one of several specialty shops and art galleries along Main Street in Carbondale hosting the oh-so-artsy First Fridays events. Turn those First Fridays into the Friday Afternoon Club (most commonly known as the FAC ’round these parts), for a little no-cost culture. So go ahead, take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy Carbondale’s ambiance, free snacks and great local art. Who said nothing good in life is ever free?

It’s happening in Carbondale and Aspen to boot: Aspen Filmfest hosts its annual Shortsfest international short film and video festival through the weekend. Information: 925-6882 and aspenfilm.orgThis is why I’d kick it up here: I have a short attention span and I’m not afraid to admit it. Sitting through a three-hour movie can be as painful as watching Indiana Pacers basketball this season. But alas! The short film – around 10 minutes, give or take a few – provides a remedy for the flick that just never seems to end. Several venues in Aspen and the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale are gettin’ shorty this weekend with American and international films worth not sleeping through. Browsing through the Shortsfest program, this short title caught my constantly wandering eye: “If There Were No Lutherans … Would There Still Be Green Jell-O?” Check it out – the 12-minute comedy is about an offbeat Lutheran pastor and his changing church signs. That one’s for you, Rolf.

Sunday and Monday: Roaring Fork High School’s two-act comedy “Our Lady of the Tortilla” by Luis Santeiro, 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, RFHS auditorium, Carbondale. Tickets: $5/students, seniors; $7/adults. Information: Carmen, 384-5773. Thursday: Glenwood Springs Library’s “One Book, One Community, Everyone Reads!” program with “Chipeta, Queen of the Utes” author presentation and group discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday, library’s basement reading room. Information: 945-5958 or 945-4448


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