by Ted Holteen
I write this week with a newfound sense of
disenchantment. Like seemingly everyone else in Durango, I paid $7.50
to be told by Michael Moore that our country is being run by a vicious
cadre of ruthless billionaires who have been sending our tired, poor
and downtrodden (especially the downtrodden) to their deaths in a desert
8,000 miles away. I can jump on a bandwagon with the best of them. “Fahrenheit
9/11” was scheduled to only run through Thursday, July 8, but
when I saw it on Monday night there was talk of extending its run at
the Gaslight Theater. Money talks, you know. While one should not allow
a movie to shape his or her political worldview, it is worth seeing,
if for no other reason than to be hip and improve your talk show acumen.
GOP’ers beware – Moore has an agenda, and you’re
it. Scoff at your own risk – you will be in the moral minority
If we are, in fact, doomed, we might as well go out
with dignity and debauchery. It worked for Gomorrah.
On Friday night, the soon-to-be under new management
Abbey Theatre hosts Coconut Pete’s Pleasure
Party. Coconut Pete is an amalgamation of Free Will
Recovery and Aftergrass. Levels, a five-piece band
from Denver, will open the show around 9:30 p.m.
Dress in island attire and save at the door. (Iceland,
for our purposes, is not an island.) Here’s
the cool part – the band will be throwing miniature
parrots into the audience that can be cashed in at
the bar for shots. Please show restraint. Please.
From the conflict of interest department: On Saturday,
Durango Mountain Resort will host a fund-raiser for
KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, featuring Canada’s
Crash Test Dummies in an acoustic concert. Of course,
most will remember the Dummies’ biggest hit
from their platinum selling “God Shuffled His
Feet.” There is much more to this band than
that song, which we won’t talk about right
now. Frontman Brad Roberts’ songwriting incorporates
biting satire and humor, and from all reports they
put on a really fun show. The CTD’s are on
a national tour of fund-raising events for worthy
groups, and KSUT is as worthy as it gets. The band
will play outside on the plaza at DMR beginning at
6 p.m., so the cold of night should not be an issue.
Make an evening of it – dinner and a show and
all that. The Sow’s Ear, Hamilton’s Chop
House and Joey’s Italian Caf`E9 are all fine
choices to complete your evening after the show.
Last week, the Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band created
quite a stir at the Millwood Junction in Mancos and
at the Summit in Durango. The band held its CD release
party on Wednesday for its “Cabin in the Hills” disc.
The band will follow up that busy week with a show
at Storyville on Friday night. I haven’t seen
them myself yet, but my more bluegrass-attuned support
staff tells me that they’re the real deal.
The sound equipment at Storyville will receive a
stiffer test on Saturday when the punks from Amazing
Larry and Suitcase take the stage. They’re
a blast. While Broke Mountain will get under way
Friday at the standard 9-9:30 time, it’s a
bit trickier to predict showtime for Amazing Larry.
Sometime between dinner and 4 a.m. is my guess.
As a dedicated sports fan and occasional participant,
July traditionally marks the nadir of televised professional
sports. Of the “Big Four” TV sports,
only baseball season trudges on through the heat
and humidity. The Olympics are a month away, Wimbledon
is over, and Tiger Woods may never win again. But
sometime in the next two weeks, make a point to tune
into coverage of the Tour de France. It is a rare
opportunity to see history being made. I wheeze and
whine just riding up 9th Street to 2nd Avenue, but
to watch Lance Armstrong conquer the mountains of
France is absolutely stunning. Granted, it is difficult
to watch several hours of bike racing (how does NASCAR
survive?), but if you pick and choose your viewing
carefully, you may be able to say in years to come
that you saw Armstrong do the unthinkable and win
a sixth consecutive Tour. It’s as close to
a superhuman achievement as we may ever see.
For more traditional sports viewing, the MLB All-Star
Game airs Tuesday night. Once again, the league that
wins the All-Star Game gets home field advantage
for the World Series. As a lifelong baseball purist,
it sickens me to think that an otherwise meaningless
home run by an unknown Detroit Tiger could hand the
Yankees home field. Ugh.
Knowledge is power – teach me. email@example.com.
It’s July and the Phillies are in first. I
may need to re-think this atheism thing.