by Mike Sheahan
J ust when our winter with its near zero
temperatures, icy streets and jerks who don't shovel their
sidewalks seemed it couldn't get any worse, Britney Spears hauls
off and gets married. Certainly the news is not worthy of the front
page treatment most media outlets gave it, but word of the young
tart's betrothal left men around the world with one less
far-fetched fantasy. Even though the marriage was squashed the next
day, the damage had already been done. Now millions of men, and
Madonna, can only hope that the next American Idol crop coughs up
Looking closer to home,
the coming week's entertainment roster seems as bleak as the future
of Britney's new ex-husband. If you were one of the suckers, I mean
lucky people, fortunate enough to get a second mortgage on your
house in order to purchase tickets for the Steve Earle show at the Abbey Theatre on Monday,
said bleakness doesn't include you. You are set for the week. Not
only is the show going to be spectacular, but your week's nighttime
fun budget will be blown on a one-night stand so you have no
choice. But, if like most Durangoans you missed the Steve Earle
boat, the alternative pickins are a bit slim, but a little digging
yields some fun to be had.
Barely old enough to
order a drink at the bar, blues guitarist Alex Maryol will bring his Stevie Ray Vaughn
informed style to the Scoot Blues stage on Friday. Never mind the
young player's age, Maryol can bust it out like a seasoned veteran.
The Santa Fe resident's visits are somewhat regular, but that
shouldn't stop you from dropping in. Maryol is sure to bring the
'n' Blues keeps the love flowing the next night, Saturday, Jan.
10, with a " Jimmy Buffett Island Party ." DJ Ol' Skool (for
real) will spin Buffett songs and island tracks while patrons
enjoy a bikini contest. Believe me, I am not just making stuff
up to fill space. I know it's suddenly 2004, but it seems bikini
contests have not yet been banned by the Supreme Court. I may
go in case, weeks later, I bump into a bikini contestant at
Wal-Mart buying a case of Ding Dongs and say, "Didn't I see
you ... ?" Hilarity shall ensue.
Jam music fans need not
despair this week, the Summit has you covered. Aftergrass , a group self-described as
"chameleonic" will handle the Summit stage on Saturday, Jan 10. I
assume the chameleon reference describes an ability to change sound
at will rather than the more chameleon-like ability to blend in
with the background, but either way one should expect a jammin'
There it is, your week
in quick print. Good luck and don't fret, I have it on solid
authority that next week begins a turn around that'll make your
wallet, or purse, spin.
Website of the Week: If you have ever wondered what ever happened
to Tina Louise who played Ginger on "Gilligan's Island" or if
Sandra Dee was actually a real person, then www.swinginchicks.com
is the web site for you. A veritable wealth of information,
swinginchicks provides bios of 176 singing, acting or otherwise
who came up in the '60s. It's all done in a tasteful manner,
the swingin' chicks covered are afforded much respect, but the
goofy decade called the '60s doesn't get such love. The site's
graphics are hyper groovy, and it's clear that fun is being
poked at the day-glo, saccharin pop culture of those years.
Oddly enough, and according to swinginchicks.com, this Friday,
Jan. 9, marks the 39th wedding anniversary of ex-mouseketeer
Annette Funicello. The news surely created a response similar
to last week's wedding of a certain ex-mouse club member named
Britney. Hmm, swingin chicks of the 2000's anyone?
Annette or Britney: Who's hotter? email@example.com