A turkey shoot and a bad trip on Jerusalem

This can’t really be the middle of November, can it? I find it incredibly hard to believe that I have only one week to prepare for Thanksgiving. It seems like last week I was wondering if the lilacs would ever bloom. A quick note to our younger readers (if you aren’t bored already): Time really does pass more quickly as you get older. I’m not sure what causes time to speed up with age, but enjoy feeling bored while you can. It ain’t gonna last.

Another holiday has crept up on me, and I’m left with two big goals to accomplish before football (I mean turkey) day. The first is to get a big ol’ turkey for my friends and family to slice up and eat, and the second is to go and shoot my guns a bunch of times. Thanks to the folks at the Durango Gun Club, I can do both at the same time!

This Sunday the 24th, we all are invited to head out to the outdoor shooting range on La Posta Road to either shoot for or at turkeys. (My information is a little vague but it is called a “turkey shoot” after all.) Prizes are awarded for rifle shots, pistol shots and something called “luck shots.” This is what I imagine: “Dang, he’s lucky he didn’t shoot Merle, give him a turkey.” The shootin’ starts at 10 a.m.

If you want some live theater in your life this weekend and you love children, then your perfect match is happening at the Durango Arts Center Nov. 21-23. Area children are presenting us with their dramatic performance of the C.S. Lewis classic, “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.”

I can think of two reasons to recommend this night out. Firstly, this was one of my favorite childhood books. I read it at least three times even though my parents had cable. Secondly, I recommend the play because several of the actors’ parents told me to. Actually, would it kill ya to give the children a little love? Much fun can be had by re-visiting the land of Narnia and supporting the Children’s Museum at the same time. Tickets are $7 to $10, but a bargain at twice the price. I’ll be there Friday chasing a small girl around the audience.

If you want to see a movie this weekend, then the Abbey Theatre is the only place to be. Michael Moore’s landmark movie “Bowling for Columbine” opens there on Saturday, Nov. 23. In this movie, Moore sets out to answer the daunting question “Are we a nation of gun nuts or are we just nuts?”

Moore also directed the spectacular movies “Roger and Me” and “Canadian Bacon” and was host of the short-lived but brilliant television show “TV Nation.” His new movie examines our country’s love affair with guns, its antiquated gun laws and their consequences. If you don’t already know this, an average of five children are shot and killed every day. If you ask me, that’s about six too many. In other so-called modern countries, kids never get shot. Go see “Bowling for Columbine” if you don’t believe me. You might be surprised or sickened.

Those wishing to see some live music this weekend will want go to Storyville on Saturday to see the Beautiful Losers, a local rock and roll band with not only the best name in the Four Corners, but they may also make the best posters. The show starts at 9:30 p.m. Get down there and support local live music. The Beautiful Losers are a cool band that you ought to see.

This Week’s Sign the End Is Near: The news ticker at the bottom of the 24-hour news channels came in the aftermath of 9-11 and was an important source of information for the news hungry, and that was great.

But now the ticker has gone too far. The E! Network, famous for its Anna Nicole Smith semi-reality show and oh, NOTHING ELSE, now runs a ticker at the bottom of its screen informing viewers of “celebrity” gossip and irrelevant Hollywood “news.”

This Week’s Album to Disregard: Over the years I’ve awaited each new release by Steve Earle with great anticipation and have never been let down. In fact, I held off writing about his latest, “Jerusalem,” until I could find something decent to say about it. Well here it is: On Steve Earle’s most recent release, half of the songs are under three minutes long. In truth, “Jerusalem” is an over-produced, politically far-reaching mess. A song about John Walker Lindh that has generated much controversy is, well, boring, as is much of the rest of the album. Earle’s main strength, telling compelling stories with music that fits the tone, seems lost here amid back-up singers, hand claps and tape loops. “Jerusalem” is not without its moments, though. “What’s a simple man to do?” and “Go Amanda” are great songs. Unfortunately, these moments are few and far between.

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