Kids in the workplace, hot water and Lisa Marie

If you spend any time around water coolers or any other place where news travels fast then you must be aware that today is national “Take Your Child to Work Day.”

That’s great if, for example, you are one of the editors of this paper and your newborn goes practically everywhere you go anyway. But for me, a purveyor of mind-numbing intoxicants, it ain’t exactly the best idea. “C’mon kiddo, get ready for a night of foul language and second-hand smoke, it’s gonna be great!”

Crack dealers and people who step in front of moving vehicles and then sue should also leave their kids home. Employees of fast food restaurants may want to think about not talking the kids to work. There are probably more vocations than not where the kids would be better off at home.

However, if you insist on doing something with the kids, here is a good idea. Pack up a picnic and head to Trimble Hot Springs on Saturday, April 26. As a benefit for Habitat for Humanity, the folks at Trimble will be hosting an afternoon and evening of swimming, soaking and live music.

From 3 to 10 p.m., you and the kids can relax in the hot pools while enjoying the musical efforts of some of Durango’s local bands. The group that reportedly stole the show at last week’s Rolling Stones night, Freewill Recovery, will be performing, as will a handful of others.

As you may know, Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit group that, with mostly donated materials, builds houses for people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford them. In La Plata County, that is roughly 90 percent of us, so the cause is quite worthwhile. The $12 ticket is just a few bucks more than the normal charge to get into Trimble, which makes it all the more worth the trip.

It seems that I’ve gotten a bit ahead of myself here, as weekend fun in any self-respecting college town begins on Thursday. Readers of last week’s Goods will already be familiar with this show, so for you faithful, bear with me. Bonnie “Prince” Billy, of Palace Music fame, will be performing this evening, April 24, at Storyville. Also known as Will Oldham, Bonnie “Prince” Billy is often confusing and nebulous but never boring. His music is not something that can serve as a backdrop, rather it forces the listener to dig in and pay attention. One never knows what to expect from Billy Oldham except that the show will be great. With its meager cover, this show should not be missed.

This next one is for anybody who loves supporting public radio or tasting wildly cheap beer. From now until the middle of May, public radio station KSUT will be hosting its first annual Suds and Grub festival.

Reminiscent of the festival once run by the Adaptive Sports Association during the fall, participants begin by purchasing a tasting card from one of the many downtown eateries or pubs. This card then entitles the bearer to $1 beers! Or you could get food at a discounted price, but come on, beer for a dollar!

At each establishment card bearers are given scorecards on which they rate the wares they are sampling and the service, plus there are fabulous prizes to be won. Oh yeah, and there’s beer for a dollar!

If you are watching the television this week, be sure to look out for the return of Durango’s only locally produced game show on DCAT, Channel 22. The Know and Win Show, an adaptation of the wildly popular radio series, makes its return with local celebrity contestants and other surprises. Specific air times have not yet been set, but knowing Channel 22, show times will be twice a day for two weeks. Anybody who logs a respectable amount of time on the couch won’t be able to miss it.

This week’s sign the end is near: The daughter of the King, Elvis Presley, has unfortunately decided to enter the world of performing musicians. In interviews she claims a desire to distance herself from the legend of her father and to be seen as an individual. Yet when she takes the stage, she seems to cozy right up to the King, curling her lip and kicking her legs in a way that will surely embarrass the thousands in Las Vegas who have been doing the same thing for years.

This week’s albums you must own: Recently, the Columbia Legacy record label rereleased the first three albums recorded by country-punk pioneers Uncle Tupelo. “No Depression,” “Still Feel Gone,” and “March 16-20, 1992” are three records that are very musically diverse. Each features extensive liner notes and many previously unreleased tracks. Highlights include an acoustic bluegrass-like version of Iggy and the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be your Dog” (March 16-20)A0and the Soft Boys’ “I Wanna Destroy You” (Still Feel Gone).

These three join the fourth and final Uncle Tupelo album, “Anodyne,” which also was reissued a few months ago. Fans of the band will probably (as I did) buy all four, even though they already own the originals. For the uninitiated, this is a great time to check out one of the best bands of the ’90s as their entire catalog is readily available for the first time in years.

Come on, come on, touch me babe!





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