The last few weeks have found me at home several days a week
with my 17-month-old daughter, so speaking like an adult might
not come easy here. Hope you’ll excuse me if I revert
to nonsensical rhymes to make my point. Oh, you know what? Never
The circus is in town!!! Yea!!!
I went to Circus Chimera when it was in town last year, and
after I got over the fact that there would be no bears riding
motorcycles, I actually had a pretty good time.
You see, my daughter, Sara,
was 6 months old, and we thought it’d be fun for her to
see her first circus. As if you couldn’t guess, she slept
through the whole dang thing! I enjoyed myself though; they’ve
got the tightrope, trapeze, even motorcycles going in circles
in big ball-shaped cages. If they only could’ve put some
bears on those bikes....
Tonight is the last night
of the circus, but from here it goes to Aztec for Friday and
Saturday. Driving to Aztec for anything is a real thrill, but
for the circus? Oh boy, count me in! Sara could use a good nap,
Tickets for Circus Chimera
are a little steep so pick up some of those free kid’s
tickets that are all over town or call 247-2308.
I can’t think of a better
way to blow off some steam after a frustrating week (crummy
job, neighbor’s dog barking all night, realization that
Anna Nicole Smith has a hit TV show) and it beats the other
option, pummeling a complete stranger. Now, thanks to the folks
at the Wild Horse Saloon, you can do just that and not get arrested.
On the third Thursday (tonight!) of every month it’s Amateur
Boxing Night!! Both men and women are invited to show up at
6 p.m., get weighed, strap on the gloves and then pugilize one
another. (The actual brawling gets going around 7 p.m.) The
big winner gets a keg of beer, which makes a lot of sense. You
can bet I’ll be in the crowd, but I probably will not
don the gloves. Unless, of course, they let you choose whom
you punch. In that case, I’ve got a list a mile long starting
with my seventh-grade science teacher.
Somehow, I don’t think
it works that way. Call 375-2568 for more details.
Saturday the 21st, The Abbey Theater is hosting a “Peace
One-Day Concert” to commemorate a global cease-fire sponsored
by the United Nations. This means that, in theory, people at
war lay down their guns and enjoy a day of peace. (Hey, I wonder
if that applies to the screwball kid up the alley from me who
got a pellet gun for his birthday.) Performing are locals the
Lindells, a cool band that I catch when I get the chance, and
a Latin jazz band from Mexico called Mitote. Cover is $10, and
the show starts at 9 p.m. Celebrate the cease-fire if you can,
because on the 22nd, everybody will go back to killing each
If celebrating peace isn’t
your bag or you’re allergic to patchouli oil, you can
drive to the Sky Ute Casino to see “Richard Street’s
Salute to the Temptations” on the 21st. Street was the
lead singer of the Temptations from 1971 to the mid-’90s,
and will be performing all your favorites. “The Way You
Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl’,” “Ain’t
Too Proud to Beg” – you’ll hear them all.
Expect five guys in nice suits,
some choreographed dance moves and great Motown harmonies. Sounds
just fine by me. A band from Albuquerque called Reality Funk
will open the show at 7 p.m., and Street and gang take the stage
at 8 p.m. Call 563-3000 for ticket prices and other information.
On Sunday, the 22nd, slide
guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps will perform at the Durango Arts
Center. His new release, “Sky Like a Broken Clock,”
is something of a departure for him as it features Phelps focusing
on a finger-picking style of playing. But on Saturday night
I’d expect plenty of the lowdown, burning slide guitar
he’s become famous for. This will, I’m sure, be
a smoke-free event, and while I can’t really get behind
the blues without at least a little smoke in the air, I still
recommend going. Maybe they’ll burn some incense or something.
Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets
are $13 in advance or $15 the day of the show.
Do you have a friend who wears
short-shorts even though she’s got chunk in the trunk?
Write me at mpsheahan@
NEXT WEEK: Washed up rockers in Albuquerque!