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Spellebrate good times and a night at the Oscars

“And the Oscar goes to …April E. Clark for the leading role in the film adaptation of her best-selling novel …”I never said I wasn’t a dreamer.Or that I don’t have a wild imagination. I still think it’s possible to win an Oscar with eighth-grade drama club experience.Maybe someday I’ll sit down with Barbara Walters before my Academy Awards debut and wear a $10,000 Prada original on the Red Carpet.For now, I’ll just watch the rich and famous on TV and mill over the possibility I might try out for Colorado Mountain College Theatre’s “Dancing at Lughnasa” spring play. My friends say I should go for it.My nerves tell me they might not be able to recover from a bout of stage fright and public embarrassment.I keep reminding myself that I was in a play once. Sure, it was like 20 years ago when I was a little bit more fearless. And I was a lot less worried about forgetting lines in front of a crowded theater.Did I mention I was more of an extra with a couple lines, as opposed to the lead?A minor detail, really.

It’s happening in Glenwood Springs to boot: The 13th annual Spellebration, an adult spelling bee fundraising event to benefit Literacy Outreach and Colorado Mountain College’s Learning Labs, 6:30 p.m. today, Hotel Colorado.This is why I’d kick it up here: As dorky as this may sound, I was in the Spell Bowl club in high school. Yes, I’m a spelling freak, so much so that I risked my reputation as one of the “popular” kids at my 700-student high school to join an academic extracurricular activity. At least I wasn’t in the Apple Pickers, our club for computer geeks. So it should come to no surprise I’m the captain for the Post Independent’s Spellebration team the Pink Ladies. The theme of this year’s fundraising event is a ’50s-inspired “Shake, Rattle and Read.” Teams will be in themed costumes and the competition will be rockin’ and rollin’. Come out and watch the fun as we spell until Elvis leaves the building.

It’s happening in Hollywood (and on my TV) to boot: The 78th Annual Academy Awards at 6 p.m. on ABC.This is why I’d kick it up here: I’m a sucker for awards shows, especially the Oscars. Love the Red Carpet and especially love seeing what fashion-forward celebrities wear on the Red Carpet. Did I mention how fun it is to wager on which winners voice their political agendas during their acceptance speeches? Good times. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart hosts this year’s Academy Awards, which features phenomenal nominees such as “Brokeback Mountain” (up for eight Golden statues), “Good Night and Good Luck,” and “Walk the Line.” Hopefully the Man in Black wins big.



Sunday and Wednesday: Colorado Mountain College Theatre auditions, Brian Friel’s “Dancing at Lughnasa,” 6:30 p.m., New Space Theatre, CMC Spring Valley. Information: Tom Cochran, 947-8252 Tuesday: Blackalicious with Lifesavas, Fatlip, Pigeonjohn (after HBO Comedy Fest), 11:30 p.m., Belly Up, Aspen. The Belly Up Web site says: “With precise, jazz-heated production, dexterous scratching and deftly executed lyrical acrobatics, Blackalicious take their place among the creme d la crme of the West Coast’s underground community.” Tickets: $20, call 544-9800.


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