The biggest entertainment happenin’ of the week is tonight
(the 17th) at the Summit. The Telegraph is hosting its launch
party at 9 p.m. That’s right, you can meet the faces behind
the scenes here at the Telegraph and maybe find out the truth
behind those questions to the Diver. The Lawn Chair Kings will
perform and there will be beer available for tasting. I’ll
be the surly looking guy in the corner not smoking.
Looking for some clean wholesome
family fun? You can get in your car and drive to the pumpkin
patch at Southerlin Farms outside Aztec. At the pumpkin patch
you go out into this field and pick your own out of thousands
of pumpkins, thereby insuring that you get just the right one.
I don’t know how, but when I went I still wound up with
two misshapen pumpkins, just like every year. There’s
more though, they’ve got a hayride, face painting and
even a corn-row maze. I think corn-row mazes are dumb because
if you get lost, you can just stamp your way out. Kids go crazy
for them, though, which is the real reason to head out there
– for the kids. Quit thinking of yourself for once and
do something for the children, Mr. Lazybones.
If clean and wholesome isn’t
exactly your bag, you can go over to the Wild Horse Saloon tonight
for more amateur boxing. I went to the fights last month, and
boy, was I surprised. I expected to see slightly intoxicated
college kids with gloves like couch cushions doing more laughing
than punching. Well, I was dead wrong! These people were serious
about trying to win first prize (a keg o’ beer) and were
hitting each other really hard. You could cut the testosterone
in the room with a knife, and that was just the stuff coming
from the ladies.
case you don’t feel like beating someone up (or, in my
case, getting beat up) you can opt for the big, padded Sumo
wrestler outfits and “wrestle” with a friend. The
fights start at 9 tonight.
Hank Williams III is coming
to Storyville on Nov. 9. I’m telling you about it now
because if you don’t get yourself a ticket soon, there
will be none left. Hank III, the grandson of Hank Williams and,
obviously, the son of Hank Jr., is proof that the talent gene
skips a generation. He performs both as a solo country artist
and with his band Assjack, a loud alternative country-punk-metal
band. We are apparently going to see both sides of Hank III
that night, so expect a little bit of everything.
Every now and then a band
or musician comes around that you absolutely must see. This
is one of those times. Tickets are $20 but worth it.
Why is it that everyone wants
to play bluegrass music these days? On Oct. 23, Leftover Salmon
frontman Drew Emmitt will be playing here in Durango. His solo
release, “Freedom Ride,” is a jam-informed, bluegrass-feeling
affair that Leftover Salmon fans will love. The show happens
at the Durango Arts Center and tickets are $11 to $14.
This Week’s Sign That
The End Is Near: The Anaheim Angels are in the World Series.
And not only that, but the San Francisco Giants are as well.
The Angels, a team best known for collapsing down the stretch,
playing against Barry Bonds, a guy famous for poor play in October?
I smell a rat the size of California.
This Week’s Album NOT
to Buy: There are some people who think out loud. That is, they
don’t edit their thoughts before sharing them with the
world around. The result is often an endless stream of mindless
jabber (not unlike this newspaper column). “Demolition,”
a new release by one-time Whiskytown frontman Ryan Adams feels
like it was made by such a person. It’s a collection of
songs deemed unworthy for any of Adams’ other three releases.
It was originally supposed to be a box set – thank goodness
that didn’t happen. The songs on “Demolition”
sound half finished or like they’re being made up on the
spot. That’s not prolific, it’s self indulgent and
lazy. Maybe Adams is too busy filming Gap commercials (the one
with Willie Nelson) to finish a song. Do yourself a favor and
buy Whiskeytown’s “Faithless Street” instead.
If, after all of this, you still want to see for yourself, Adams
is playing at the Paramount in Denver on Oct. 30. Have fun.
Is your Hall and Oates cover
band playing soon? Let me know.