by Mike Sheahan
This is "The Goods," you shall
informed and excited about the myriad of entertainment options at
your fingertips. This week brings, of course, the Fourth of July.
Which means many of you will celebrate your love of country by
blowing up a small piece of it. Of course, not all of us will make
the trip to New Mexico to purchase fireworks, but every year we
hear and see them, so someone must be doing it. If you are one of
those people, check out Crazy Harry's just this side of Aztec.
Those of us interested
in safer, more legal fun for the Fourth, have several options. The
local Kiwanis club will be hosting a big Fourth of July wing ding at Rotary
Park , the park
behind the VFW hall. Small town Independence Day celebrations are
usually the best, and this one should be no exception. There will
be live music all day, including a rare in-town appearance by the
Bar-D-Wranglers, and tons of food and kid's games. Oh yeah,
there'll also be a beer garden run by the VFW. You've got to have
beer on the Fourth, they go together like pigs in a blanket, which
also may be available. Then, after the sun goes down, look up for
the massive fireworks display.
When the fireworks are
over, you should be just in time to scoot over to Storyville to
enjoy the musical stylings of local jammers Freewill Recovery . Whew, what a day you'll have. The
only way to cap that is to have a couple Alka Seltzers and sleep
Twirly dance fans will
have a corker of a time deciding whether to head north or south
this holiday weekend. In Santa Fe, twirl rock powerhouse
String Cheese Incident
will play two big nights,
July 4 & 5, at the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater. Sure it's a bit
of a haul but TWO nights? That's a lot of Cheese.
Maybe you got your fill
of Cheese a couple of weeks back at Telluride, but you still want
to skank with pride this weekend. Simply head to the Conference
Center in Telluride on Saturday, July 5, where Ziggy Marley will entertain the audience with his
brand of reggae-pop. I've heard that Marley's sound has morphed a
bit, but I'm sure he'll bring plenty of the old stuff you have
grown to love. Whether you go south or north this weekend, remember
the roads will be filled with gendarmes and roadblocks.
If all of this reggae
and jam-grass seems a little too wild for you, there is always the
Echo Basin Ranch where on July 5, folk crooner Dan Fogelberg will take the stage. Fogelberg has
been charming audiences (and putting me to sleep) for more than 30
years now and with countless huge hits under his belt, he has
plenty to keep the show going into the night. Starting at $40, the
ticket prices may seem a little steep, but that will undoubtedly
not stop people from turning out in droves.
If you didn't already
know, Durango's independent movie house is open and running again.
The remodeling at the Abbey Theater is not all finished, but enough is
done for you to enjoy a movie or a show. The highlight of the
recent work is a wraparound balcony filled with Italian leather
love seats. I definitely see myself spending many an evening in
those soft seats. On top of that, the new mahogany bar is worth the
price of admission alone, and the recent addition of cocktails to
the beverage menu completes the deal that adds the Abbey to the
very short local list of great places to see live music.
This week's sign: In an incredibly bizarre turn of
events, it seems this week that there are absolutely no signs of
our impending doom or glory. It's a little eerie, but enjoy it
while you can, for next week we will all surely resume our downward
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