Fall is upon us and that means it’s fund-raising time.
The not-for-profits and semi-for-profits are jumping from the
woodwork and asking for your hard-earned dollar at some kind
of benefit or another. This may seem hard to do after the summer
we’ve had, but here are two very worthy causes worth at
least your consideration.
The Needham Elementary fourth-graders
want to go to Crow Canyon and are hosting a spaghetti feed tonight
(Oct. 3) to fund the trip. All you have to do is show up at
Needham (2425 West Third Ave.) between 5:30 and 7 p.m. pay your
seven bucks and strap on the feed bag. Bring grandma and the
younguns, too, because they get to eat for cheap.
When I was a fourth-grader,
a field trip meant going to the cardboard box factory, and any
funds we may have raised went to “fertilizing the baseball
field” (or as I suspect, buying the principal a case of
gin). These kids spent a lot of time postering downtown, so
it’s only right that the whole town show up. I’ve
already rearranged my work schedule so I can go, but even if
you can’t stay, drop off a few bucks on your way home.
And really, can you imagine a day in Durango without any of
those pesky fourth-graders running around?
This week also brings us KDUR
Community Radio’s Fall Fund Drive. As a wee lad of only
18, I lived along the train tracks between Durango and Silverton,
and for an entire summer KDUR was one of the few things that
kept me sane. Now, many years later, I enjoy the pleasure of
being a KDUR volunteer. Folks, we are blessed with one of the
coolest (I don’t use that term loosely) community radio
stations in the West. Whatever music you like, you’ll
find it on KDUR, and you’ll find the best of it. If you
like your news and public affairs left of center then KDUR is
heaven. I’m not kidding when I say that the day-to-day
operations of KDUR rely on listener support. Tune in to KDUR
91.9 or 93.9 FM for further instructions.
you have a tattoo you’ve been dying to show off but haven’t
found the right time? (I know how shy you tattoo folks can be).
Now thanks to the second annual Badazz Bike Show hosted by Scoot
n’ Blues, you finally have your big chance. Saturday the
fifth, at 11 a.m., all comers are invited to pay a $5 entry
fee and join the tattoo contest! Mothers’ names and peace
signs beware, this contest should feature the most Badazz tats
around. Look for serpents wrapped around Harleys or Volkswagen-spitting
dragons to win.
I don’t think my “Africa
will be free” (right bicep) “by 1983” (left
bicep) tattoos have any hope. What in the world was I thinking?
My mother really was right.
The Badazz Bike Show has other
things to offer, too. There is a raffle, you can win a $100
bill (do they still make those?). Plus there’ll be bikes
galore for lookin’ at. That’s the real reason for
stopping by. A loaded Harley is the same as a stock ’57
T-Bird or a perfectly turned double play: It’s worth the
pause and marvel.
This Friday (the 4th) Storyville
offers a double shot of Durango’s hardest working bass
player, Mr. Dan Leek. Just two of the bands he anchors will
be taking the stage that night: Pop Shove It and perennial faves
the Lawn Chair Kings. Both bands play engaging music that you
will like. The real reason to go, though, is to watch Mr. Leek
sweat for hours on end. I realize you’ll still have a
massive spaghetti hangover Friday, but this is probably the
bar-music event of the week. Both bands are a lot of fun, and
the crowd they attract likes to buy shots!
This week’s sign that
the end is near: Danny Bonaduche (of Partridge Family fame)
and a kid from “Saved by the Bell” host a TV show
patterned after the popular women’s talk show “The
View.” It’s called “The Other Half”
and is by far the most vapid 60 minutes on TV, a distinction
previously held by “The View.” I won’t say
when it’s on, but if you come across it avert your eyes
lest ye be turned to stone.
week’s album you should buy: Firstly, I will always call
them albums. Even when the day comes that they just get added
to the chips in our temples, they’re still albums. Secondly,
buy “Slippage” by the band Slobberbone. Fans will
enjoy the hard-rocking anthems and thoughtful lyrics. Non-fans
will say “Slobber what?” I admit this group has
the most unfortunate name ever, but once you get past the name
you’ll find one of the best rock bands working today.
They give it to you simple and straight with no pretensions.
If you can’t find it in town go to newwestrecords.com.
You will grow to love this
band, name and all.
Is the Arby’s at 17th
and Main a drug front? mpsheahan@
NEXT WEEK: The awful truth behind
Durango’s most secretive band!