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Concert calendar

Paramount Theatre

1621 Glenarm Place, Denver Box office: 303-623-0106

Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. An evening with Queensryche TBA

No Fear Energy Music Tour, featuring Lamb of God TBD

Dan Deacon & Ensemble, w/ Future Islands $10 advance, $12 door

Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m. Korn TBD

The Gothic Theatre 3263 S. Broadway, Englewood Box office: 303-380-2333

Bluebird Theater

Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m. Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer, “Unwigged and Unplugged” $39.50 to $55

The Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Colfax St., Denver Box office: 303-837-1482 Ticketmaster: 303-830-TIXS

Friday, April 24, 7 p.m. The Gaslight Anthem, w/ Heartless Bastards $13.50 advance, $15 door

3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver Box office: 303-322-2308 Friday, April 24, 9 p.m. Yann Tiersen, w/ Asobi Seksu $23 advance, $25 door

Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m. The Blasters $15

Saturday, April 25, 9 p.m. HorrorPops $17.50 advance, $20 door

Friday, April 24, 8 p.m. My Bloody Valentine TBA

Sunday, April 26, 8 p.m. Mest $16.50 advance, $19 door

Tuesday, April 28, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 30, 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m. Static-X, w/ Born in the Flood $25

Fox Theatre 1135 13th St., Boulder Box office: 303-443-3399 Ticketmaster: 303-830-TIXS


Friday, April 24, 9 p.m. Vibesquad $12 advance, $18 door


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Saturday, April 25, 9 p.m. Head for the Hills $10 advance, $15 door Tuesday, April 28, 9 p.m. Immortal Technique $20 advance, $25 door Wednesday, April 29, 9 p.m. Rocco Deluca $15 advance, $18 door

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Boulder Theater


2032 14th St., Boulder Box office: 303-786-7030 Ticketmaster: 303-830-TIXS

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Margaret’s picks Friday, April 24, 8:30 p.m. Microbreweries for the Environment benefit concert $23

What Margaret Hair thinks you should do this week:


Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. McCoy Tyner Trio $29.50

➤ Figure drawing session When: 8:30 a.m. to noon Where: Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln Ave. Cost: $12 Call: 879-4744 Why you should go: The co-op art gallery hosts figure drawing sessions on the second and fourth Fridays of each month. Experienced artists can take advantage of the gallery’s large backroom studio, and newcomers can try their hand at drawing. See page 7 for a listing of other art events and exhibits in town, including several multi-week art workshops at the Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym.

Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m. John Scofield’s Piety Street Band $34

Ogden Theatre 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver Box office: 303-832-1874 Friday, April 24, 9 p.m. Chris Cornell $30 advance, $35 door

The Hi-Dive

➤ String Board Theory, jam rock When: 10 p.m. Where: Old Town Pub Cost: TBD Call: 879-2101 Why you should go: Support local music with a mud-season crowd of locals. This jam-rock group focuses on instrumental songs with draw on funk and spaced-out rock. Listen to the band at www.myspace. com/stringboardtheory.

7 South Broadway, Denver Box office: 720570-4500 Friday, April 24, 10 p.m. The Autumn Film $6 Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m. Maria Taylor $10 advance, $12 door


Sunday, April 26, 8 p.m. The Photo Atlas $8

➤ Natalie De Stefano book signing When: 10 a.m. to noon Where: The Mugshot Coffee Shop, 116 Main St. in Oak Creek Cost: Free Call: 736-8491 Why you should go: McCoy author and artist Natalie De Stefano will sign copies of her recently released book, “What to Know About Dogs.”

Aggie Theatre 204 South College Ave., Fort Collins Box office: 970-482-8300 Friday, April 24, 8 p.m. Mavrik $10

➤ Motorhome, rock and alternative country When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Cost: $5 Call: 879-3773 Why you should go: Motorhome guitarist and singer Matt Thornton isn’t sure what it is about the rough-touch country rock his Fort Collins band produces that makes it fit so well with the bar crowd, but there’s no doubt about the music’s results, as far as he can tell. Read excerpts from an interview with Thornton on page 6. Listen to the band at

Saturday, April 25, 8 p.m. The Casualties $10


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Wednesday ➤ Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Americana and rock When: 10 p.m. Where: Old Town Pub Cost: TBD Call: 879-2101 Why you should go: Originally conceived as a side project for musically inclined Minnesota brothers Ian and Teague Alexy, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank has become a well-followed folk band that draws on pop songwriters such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as folk acts from as far back as the 1920s. Read an interview with guitarist Ian Alexy on page 5. Listen to the band at hobonephewsofunclefrank.

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Steamboat Springs artist Dac Ques displays the skate deck he painted for a May 1 First Friday Artwalk group show at Urbane. Photo by Matt Stensland.



Happy hours 3 Saddles Lounge

Special: Get a glass of wine for half price with the purchase of an appetizer

Where: Sheraton Steamboat Resort When: 3 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $3 Coors and Bud drafts; $5 all well drinks and select house wines by the glass; $6 chicken quesadilla

Fiesta Jalisco Where: Sundance Plaza When: 3 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $1 off bottled beers and margaritas, special prices on food

Amante Coffee Where: Wildhorse Marketplace When: 4 to 7 p.m. daily Special: $1 off beer, wine and liquor

Glen Eden Family Restaurant & Tavern

Big House Burgers and Bottle Cap Bar

Where: 54737 Routt County Road 129, Clark When: 4 to 7 p.m. daily Special: $2 wine, well drinks and pints of beer; $1 off appetizers

Where: 2093 Curve Plaza When: 4:20 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $1 off bottled beers; half-price appetizers

L’Apogee/Harwigs Where: 911 Lincoln Ave. When: 5 p.m. to close Special: Wine bar menu is available daily; complimentary wine tasting from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays

bistro c.v. Where: 345 Lincoln Ave. When: 5 to 6:30 p.m. daily Special: Half-price wine by the glass, well drinks and beer; half-price small plates

Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill

The Boathouse Pub Where: 609 Yampa St. When: 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday Special: Buy one drink, get one free; $1 off appetizers (the bar runs specials nightly, including half-price appetizers on Mondays and $1 Bud drafts on Tuesdays)

Cantina Mexican Restaurant

Where: Fifth Street and Lincoln Avenue When: 4 to 6 p.m. daily Special: Half-price drinks and $1 tapas

Mambo Italiano Where: 521 Lincoln Ave. When: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; all night Friday in the bar Special: 99 cent Bud, Sierra Nevada, 90 Shilling and Fat Tire drafts, $1.99 Guinness drafts; half-price pizzas at the bar

Mazzola’s Italian Diner

Where: 818 Lincoln Ave. When: 4 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $4 margaritas and 50 cents off bottled and draft beers

Where: 917 Lincoln Ave. When: 5 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $1 off all drinks

Cugino’s Pizzeria Where: 41 Eighth St. When: 3 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $5 martini selection of the day, $4 wine selection of the day, $2 Budweiser drafts and $2.50 Jagermeister shots

Double Z Where: 1124 Yampa St. When: 2 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $1 off pitchers, 50 cents off drafts

The Epicurean Where: 825 Oak St. When: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Where: 68 Ninth St. When: Wednesdays Special: Half-price wine by the glass

Old Town Pub Where: 600 Lincoln Ave. When: 4 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $2 Budweiser and Bud Light drafts, 50 cents off other beers and well drinks

See Happy hours, page 12


Mud season diversions


t takes a split-second glance into a Steamboat Springs restaurant, shop or venue to see the change in seasons. Things have slowed down for the next few weeks, as locals bolt for Mexico or other warm locales, and visitors wait to return until the mud dries up and the river gets rolling. And although that means a shorter music calendar and reduced hours at a few regular hangouts, it doesn’t mean a dead halt to all things arts and entertainment. Here are a few suggestions to keep things interesting through mud season: ➤ Dance magic dance: One of these weekends, I will actually make it to one of the events included in the 10-part Mambo Italiano Mud Season Recession Relief Party Series. This week’s theme is mustaches and wigs (I’m guessing of the mullet variety). It might be harder to pull together without Celebrations to search for silly costume pieces, but an eyeliner mustache will work in most cases. Party organizer and DJ Jill Wernig said the bar’s first two events have been packed, with an April 18 “Dirty Dancing/ Swayze Crazy” party culminating in a full hour of music and dance moves from the classic 1980s Patrick Swayze movie. Future series highlights include a Spring Prom (wear an outfit from the decade of your choice) on May 9, a “lil’ black dress” costume party May 16, a “Risky Business/Underwear Party” on May 30 and a sidedeck barbecue June 13. For more information, call Mambo Italiano at 870-0500. ➤ Be crafty: For those who have a little money to spend, Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym is starting three weekly workshop series this week. Susan de Wardt leads a six-

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week journaling class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays for $205. Anne Holt leads a fiveweek oil painting class from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays for $200. Holt also leads a four-week pottery class from noon to 3 p.m. Mondays for $150. Call the Arts & Crafts Gym at 8700384 for more information or to register. ➤ Jog your mind: Fewer people in town generally means less competition and fewer teams at the two live trivia nights in Steamboat: 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the Rio and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The Tap House. ➤ Jog your legs: Northwest Ballet Studio at 326 Oak St.

hosts an intermediate jazz dance class from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting May 4. Classes are $15 each; for more information or to pre-register, call dance teacher Renee Fleisher at 970-390-1150 or go to Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus also offers local dance classes. A course in beginner’s African Dance is from 6 to 8:10 p.m. Tuesdays at the Depot Art Center, starting May 12 and running through Aug. 11. A course in Irish step dancing is from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at Northwest Ballet Studio, starting June 8 and running through July 17. Both CMC courses are $45 for the whole summer session. Register online at www. It’s only a few weeks before summer entertainment events get going and the river gets just low enough to jump into before you necessarily should — I plan to take it easy, and possi-

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He’s skied everywhere Guitarist Steve Jones lists all 165 Steamboat ski trails in song Margaret Hair 4 Points

Saturday ➤ Live music When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Steaming Bean Coffee Cost: Free Call: 879-3393 ➤ “Hair Party/Wigs & Stash Bash” dance party (costumes encouraged), Mambo’s Mud Season Recession Relief Party Series When: 9:30 p.m. Where: Mambo Italiano Cost: $2 Call: 870-0500 ➤ Motorhome, rock and alternative country When: 10 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Cost: $5 Call: 879-3773 ➤ DJ Also Starring, dance party When: 10 p.m. Where: The Tap House Cost: Free Call: 879-2431 ➤ Blue Rooster Band, acoustic blues and Southern rock When: 10 p.m. Where: Old Town Pub Cost: TBD Call: 879-2101

Sunday ➤ Live music When: 9 a.m. to noon Where: Steaming Bean Coffee Cost: Free Call: 879-3393 ➤ Live trivia When: 6:30 p.m. Where: The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Cost: Free Call: 871-6277

Monday ➤ Open mic night When: Sign-up at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m. Where: Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill Cost: Free Call: 879-3773

Wednesday ➤ Live trivia When: 6:30 p.m. Where: The Tap House Sports Grill Cost: Free Call: 879-2431 ➤ Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Americana and rock When: 10 p.m. Where: Old Town Pub Cost: TBD Call: 879-2101

Thursday ➤ Karaoke Night When: 10 p.m. Where: The Tap House Sports Grill Cost: Free Call: 879-2431

April 24, 2009

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Guitarist Steve Jones’ most recent CD is anchored by “Champagne Trails,” and includes six songs. Copies of the CD are on sale at All That Jazz.

A couple of years ago, guitarist and Yampa Valley Boys band member Steve Jones heard a song in the annual “Cabaret” variety show — it was a takeoff of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” that ticked off ski areas in Colorado and cleverly was named “I’ve Skied Everywhere.” That performance — paired with a song by Colorado musician Chuck Pyle that lists every town in the state that has a population of less than 3,000 people — planted a seed in Jones’s head that eventually grew into “Champagne Trails,” a four-verse tune that lists each of the 165 runs at Steamboat Ski Area. “It took a fair amount of memorization to get through them,” Jones said. He used a map of Steamboat Ski Area and got a look at a ski patrol checklist of all the runs. Then, he went about organizing the trails by where they are on the mountain — the first verse starts with Oops, Ted’s Ridge and Valley View. One o’clock, Two o’clock, Three o’clock and Tomahawk also fall in line. But even after he made sure every trail was included in the list, the work of listing 165 ski runs in song wasn’t done, Jones said. “Then to get them to rhyme, I had to do some slicing and dicing, so to speak, to do that. And that caused a few headaches in getting it done, but I did,” he said. There were a few minor shortcuts, such as listing all the lift line runs with an introduction: “Lift lines at BC, Sunshine” and so on. He also left upper and lower Valley View with one name. “It takes a while to get through them all, but that I do,” Jones said. The song got public exposure April 17 to 19 at the 26th annual edition of “Cabaret,” a variety-show fundraiser for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. “Champagne Trails” also is the anchor of Jones’s most recent CD, a six-song collection that includes a couple of recent compositions and a few songs Jones wrote years ago. Copies of the CD are available at All That Jazz and at performances by the Yampa Valley Boys and were for sale at “Cabaret” performances. Jones said he sold about 20 copies during the show’s three-night run; he donated part of the proceeds from those sales to the Arts Council.


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Minnesota folk band Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank plays Wednesday at Old Town Pub.

Sounds from the past Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank influenced by early folk music Margaret Hair 4 Points

When brothers Ian and Teague Alexy started writing and singing folk songs under the name The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, they didn’t mean for the trio to be their main musical focus. But something about the group’s style — which drew heavily from early folk musicians, relies on relatable lyrics and was supposed to be a side project to the Alexy brothers’ other bands — connected with audiences. Ian Alexy said he attributes the group’s popularity to “the purity aspect of it, the lack of conforming to commercial expectation. I think people can

Key points ➤ Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, Americana and rock ➤ 10 p.m. Wednesday ➤ Old Town Pub ➤ TBD ➤ 879-2101 ➤ Songs by the Minnesota folk band The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank are streaming at hobonephewsofunclefrank.

hear that.” With influences that reach past popular folk musicians such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, back to acts more along the lines of 1920s singer Leadbelly, The Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank is an old-timey group of three — drummer Paul Grill com-

pletes the trio — that allows itself modern touches. The band plays Wednesday at the Old Town Pub. Ian Alexy talked with 4 Points about how he and his brother came to roots music from respective rock and hiphop backgrounds, the appeal of folk songs and the ability to keep old music new. 4 POINTS: How would you describe the type of music your band plays? IAN ALEXY: I guess it’s roots music, like folk blues and bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. And the show is usually pretty high energy; we usually put out a lot See Q&A, page 12

Mixing it up: A local’s favorite tunes Lori Bourgeois Age: 39 Occupation: Owner, Geeks Garage

7. “I Feel Lucky,” by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Side B: 1. “Pick Yourself Up,” by Diana Krall Side A: 2. “God Is a DJ,” by 1. “Better Get to Livin,’” by Pink Dolly Parton 3. “All That We Let In,” by Bourgeois 2. “Seasons of Love,” from Indigo Girls the “Rent” soundtrack 4. “One Day In Your Life,” 3. “Stand,” by Rascal Flatts by Anastacia 4. “Tears Dry On Their Own,” by 5. “I Will Survive,” by Cake Amy Winehouse 6. “Settlin,’” by Sugarland 5. “For Now,” from the “Avenue Q” 7. “Love and Hope,” by Ozomatli soundtrack 6. “Unwritten,” by Natasha Bonus track: “Beautiful Life,” by Bedingfield Fisher


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On scene Notes from around town

Wowed at ‘Cabaret’ Steamboat Springs’ likes: musical numbers, costumes and skiing. Dislikes: abandoned gas stations, empty new buildings and tourists. Did anyone else get that message from “Cabaret Bails the ’Boat” last weekend? I walked away enlightened after the show Saturday night, which I watched with the third of Steamboat Springs’ population that didn’t attend Thursday or Friday. I missed “Cabaret” last year but made sure to go this year, mostly so I could spend the next 12 months talking to people who didn’t go about how hilarious it was. If you are one of those people, here are the things I will be telling you about. I will do this mostly while choking with laughter and looking at you reproachfully, even if you did get caught up watching “The Wire” on DVD that night. ➤ Andy Matronix. This sketch knocked my socks off, because that’s what happens when things are really funny. David Jolly played an animatronic greeter for Steamboat tourists. The theme: Locals hate you, and they want to/will/are trying to kill you. ➤ “Electric Raccoon.” This song — to the tune of “Electric Avenue” — wouldn’t have been as good without the gyrations of Kelly Anzalone in his puffy raccoon suit. The Yampa Valley Electric Association workers (Michael David and Kris Hammond, maybe?) were a nice touch. ➤ Steamboat, the Final Frontier. I’m all for throwaway sexual jokes, so this one was a double hit for me. You can’t go wrong with a play on “Star Trek” that pokes fun at developers. ➤ James Brown Bridge. Hammond sings soul. Five stars. ➤ You’re So Gay. Perhaps I’m showing my juvenile side here, but this sketch had me in stitches. Jolly, David, Andy Pratt and JT Thorup starred as four dudes watching football. A buzzer sounded whenever anyone did anything “kinda gay,” like drinking a martini or offering the etymology of the word “cleavage.” It ended with Jolly winning a game of “gay chicken.” You had to be there (I will say this often while telling you about “Cabaret”). ➤ You Betcha I’m Running. Thank God Sarah Palin’s back in the news, making this sketch possible. Patty Zimmer starred as a Palin with plans to run for the Routt County Board of Commissioners. And she’s not afraid of Commissioner Doug Monger — “no fearMongering.” Awesome. Well, those are just my highlights. Most of the sketches were good, some were great and I loved the songs. I’ll be back next year, and don’t worry — I’ll tell you all about it. — Blythe Terrell, 4 Points


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April 24, 2009

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Fort Collins rock band Motorhome plays Saturday at Mahogany Ridge. Guitarist and singer Matt Thornton lists Gram Parsons, Bruce Springsteen and Van Halen among the band’s top influences.

Motorin’ and rockin’ Fort Collins band Motorhome plays rock with a country kick Margaret Hair 4 Points

Matt Thornton’s band has been called a lot of things: country, Americana, alternative. Thornton can see why those labels might be attached to his Fort Collins band, Motorhome, but he also sees a much easier answer to the “how would you describe your music” question. “Most people call us altcountry, but to me it’s rock ’n’ roll. To me we’re just a rock ’n’ roll band, you know? But it does have a country and bluegrass tinge to it,” Thornton said. His band plays Saturday at Mahogany Ridge. Growing up in Wyoming, Thornton was surrounded by country music. He hated it. “There wasn’t a radio station in my hometown, and there weren’t many outlets to receive music from, so I got different music as much as I could,” he said. “I was listening to punk rock stuff, but as I got older, I realized, ‘Man, that country stuff is pretty good.’”

From that realization Thornton worked his way back through The Rolling Stones and Gram Parsons, got into Drive-By Truckers and gathered some likeminded musicians to form Motorhome. Those groups are rock bands, Thornton said. He doesn’t see much difference between alt-country music and the kind of rock ’n’ roll you might find in a bar — which is where the musicians of Motorhome prefer to be found. The genre labels come from a confusion of what rock music was in its early forms, Thornton said. “I think people have forgotten what rock ’n’ roll is. I mean, The Rolling Stones put out albums that were country, but they were still rock ’n’ roll. … It’s OK to put in some country stuff now and then,” he said. Thornton compiled a list of the musicians and experiences that have shaped Motorhome’s swilling, shouting country rock sound into its current form, touching on classic rock records

Musical influences ➤ Gram Parsons: If you don’t know I’m not going to tell you. It’s a long story. ➤ “Nebraska,” by Bruce Spingsteen: One of the best albums ever made. ➤ Beer: It has been influencing people for many years. ➤ The Stax Records house band: Best rhythm section ever. ➤ The Figs: Kick ass. ➤ The Clash: Kick more ass. ➤ Van Halen: Kicks ’80s ass. ➤ Led Zeppelin: The best band ever! ➤ The Rolling Stones: I hope when I’m that old I am still doing this. — Compiled by guitarist and singer Matt Thornton

Key points ➤ Motorhome, rock and alternative country ➤ 10 p.m. Saturday ➤ Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill ➤ $5 ➤ 879-3773 ➤ Songs by Fort Collins rock band Motorhome are streaming at www.

and bands, the legendary Memphis soul label Stax Records, and Gram Parsons, the man who gave country rock the sound it has today.

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➤ Leisure Mountain Studio hosts a reception for Megan Morgan from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Morgan’s graphic work, photos and art made from coffee bags have been on display at the Yampa coffee shop and gallery space since the beginning of April. For more information, call 638-4500. ➤ Jim Folley, owner of Hayden Mat and Frame, hosts an open house of the new Hayden Art Gallery from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to showcase the local and regional artists featured in the space. The gallery is at 117 Jefferson Ave., next door to Hayden Mat and Frame. For more information, call Jim Folley at 756-6288. ➤ Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat hosts a figure drawing session from 8:30 a.m. to noon today. Cost for the session is $12. Call 879-4744. ➤ Urbane clothing store is hosting a skatedeck-themed call-for-artists show in May. Blank decks are available at the store for $15, with a $15 deposit. Completed decks are due by Monday. Organizers also are accepting completed decks that were not purchased at Urbane for a $10 entry fee. The skate deck show opens for the May 1 First Friday Artwalk and will be up through the end of May. For more information, call Urbane at 879-9169, or stop by the store at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. ➤ Steamboat Arts & Crafts Gym starts a schedule of spring classes this week: Susan de Wardt leads a six-week “Beyond the Artists Way” workshop series starting with a class on customized journal-making from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Anne Holt leads a five-week beginner and intermediate oil painting class starting 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, with free studio time from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Holt also will lead a four-week hand-built pottery class at noon to 3 p.m. Monday. For class descriptions and pricing, call the Arts & Crafts Gym at 870-0384.

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Some of the 30 skate decks sold for $15 to local artists already have been returned to Urbane for the opening of the show May 1.

Bringing young artists on board Urbane reaches into fresh media with group skate deck show Margaret Hair 4 Points

Urbane clothing store’s owners had an interest in skate gear, 40 blank decks bought on discount and an idea. For about a month, Urbane has been selling the blank decks for $15 to local artists, with loose directions to decorate the wood ellipses any way they want, in any medium they want. Each deck also requires a $15 deposit, to be returned when the piece makes its way back to the shop. On Monday, Urbane coowners Mel LeBlanc and Trent Kolste will collect all the returned, hand-designed skate decks for the store’s May 1 First Friday Artwalk group show. The work will be on display through the end of May. “I just thought it was something fun to do, something different … to get people thinking outside of the box about what they can do with their artwork,” LeBlanc said. By early this week, the store had given out about 30 blank skateboards, she said. Urbane will add skate

Key points ➤ Urbane skate deck show ➤ Opening reception starts at 5 p.m. May 1, part of First Friday Artwalk ➤ Urbane clothing store, Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue ➤ Free ➤ 879-9169 ➤ Blank decks are available to all interested artists at Urbane for $15, with an additional $15 deposit. Completed decks, decorated in any medium, are due Monday. Organizers also are accepting completed decks that were not purchased at Urbane for a $10 entry fee.

apparel and gear to its merchandise this spring, and it already has a number of shelf and wall spaces that are about the same size as a standard skateboard. “We’ll have full setups, decks, the whole deal, so we wanted to go into that with the skate deck art show, and it seemed like a really interesting medium to do,” LeBlanc said. Mike Benninghoven does graphic design work for Urbane, helps organize instore art shows and is the fea-

tured artist there this month. He said he has completed one deck for the show. The piece features a Mexican wrestler design originally intended as an advertisement graphic. In addition to participating in First Friday Artwalk each month and rotating local art on its walls, Urbane also hopes to do an open, call-for-artists group show each quarter, Benninghoven said. “It’s part of Trent’s and my idea that we want to get new artists, and especially younger artists in town, involved in the arts scene,” Benninghoven said. All skate decks are due to the store by the time it closes Monday, so interested artists who have not picked up a blank deck at Urbane need to do that soon, LeBlanc said. The show also is open to artists who design their own decks; boards not purchased at Urbane can be entered in the show for $10 each. Artists have the option to price their work for sale; unsold decks can be picked up at the end of May.

➤ The Steamboat Springs Arts Council holds a reception for its annual Routt County Youth Show from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 1 at the Depot Art Center. The show features work made by students from public and private schools in Steamboat Springs, North Routt, South Routt and Hayden. Live music during the reception includes performances by student ensembles Knock on Wood, Baroque and Blue, and the Steamboat Springs High School Jazz Band. Tread of Pioneers Museum hosts a community square dance immediately after the reception; the event is in celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary. For more information, call the Arts Council at 879-9008. ➤ The Steamboat Art Museum gift shop invites all local artists and craftsmen to submit items to sell on a consignment basis. The museum is preparing for a new exhibit, set to open in late May, and the museum shop is adding new inventory at that time. For more information, call 870-1755 or e-mail

Exhibits ➤ Abracadabra Gallery features paintings by Zanobia. Call 871-8000. ➤ Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat presents an all-gallery show, featuring work by the coop’s 28 member artists in media including paintings, sculpture, fiber art, fused glass, ceramics and photography. The show will be up through the end of May. Call 879-4744. ➤ Blue Sky Pottery features handmade work by local ceramic artists including Sally Bowden, Patti Retz, Anita Pajon, Jody Elston, Diane Kelly and Deb Babcock. Call 846-9349.

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Urbane will display the completed boards throughout the Urbane clothing store at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue.

➤ The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts features paintings by Lance Whitner, landscapes by Glenna Olmsted, bird collages by Nadine Sage and work by the gallery’s more than 80 local member artists. The gallery also hosts an exhibit of work by art students and faculty from Colorado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus; the CMC show is up through Sunday. Call 846-5970.

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CD reviews

Easy Star All-Stars “Easy Star Lonely Hearts Dub Band”

“Sgt. Pepper” lends itself to dub much easier than Easy Star’s first two cover-heavy releases, “Radiodread” and “Dub Side of the Moon.” “With a Little Help From My Friends” already had an offbeat shuffle feel borrowed from reggae, and it gives a hint about why this combination of early rock ’n’ roll and modern dub music works so well: The Beatles already were borrowing from styles outside what was familiar to pop at the time. So it’s not that big a stretch for Easy Star, a band outside what’s familiar to pop now, to

borrow from them. Aside from the easy insertion of “dub” or other reggae-reminiscent words into the album title, “Sgt. Pepper” is the best Beatles album to give this treatment: most of the songs have a tripped-out, laidback quality to them, crafted during the height of The Beatles’ fascination with experimentation that expanded everything they did. “Lonely Hearts Dub Band” is an easy listen — call it the summertime version of The Beatles’ work, an update that doesn’t surpass the original in creativity, but is a clever reinvention. Rating: ★★★ — Margaret Hair, 4 Points

Asher Roth “Asleep In the Bread Aisle”

Most people immediately compare Asher Roth to rap vet Eminem, but the 23-year-old newcomer proves he’s more than just Marshall Mathers 2.0 on his debut CD. On “Asleep In the Bread Aisle,” Roth does sound like Eminem at times — not lyrically, but vocally. But after giving

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the CD a full run, listeners will quickly drop the comparisons. He addresses the issue on “As I Em,” rapping, “That’s all I got, there’s nothing else for me to say/If I don’t confront the problem it will never go away.” What Roth does best is storytell: He delivers his thoughts on partying, politics and growing up in suburban Pennsylvania. Tracks such as “His Dream,” the funk-soul “Be By Myself” featuring CeeLo and the Lupe Fiasco-sounding “Sour Patch Kids” serve as proof. He reminisces about discovering hip-hop on the enjoyable “Fallin’,” spitting lyrics like: “And even though I couldn’t relate/I kept listening and stuffing my face.” “Asleep In the Bread Aisle” is not perfect though. “Blunt Cruisin’” and the lead single, “I Love College,” are plain boring. The song channels Roth’s time at West Chester University, where he studied elementary education. Future teacher? Probably not. A future in rap? Probably so. Rating: ★★★ — Mesfin Fekadu, AP

Depeche Mode “Sounds of the Universe”

After pushing deep into rock territory with 2005’s “Playing the Angel,” Depeche Mode has returned to its roots — its electronic, bleepy-bloopy synthpop, dance-floor roots — for “Sounds of the Universe,” with impressive results. Using the simple vintage synthesizers they started out on provides a lot of familiar sounds, but, thanks to Dave Gahan’s growth as a singer and songwriter and Martin Gore’s evolving songwriting and layering of melodies and rhythms, Depeche Mode keeps moving forward. “In Sympathy” harks back to the “Music for the Masses” days in sound, especially when Gahan and Gore harmonize, but the streamlined lyrics and new restraint in Gahan’s voice make the combination even more potent than in their heyday. By pairing it with the meditative “Peace” and “Come Back,” which takes what is essentially a blues song with the guitar riffs replaced by electro-squibbles, they give their internal quests for serenity and

intergalactic spin. But there are potential pop hits, too. The stomping “Wrong,” which is also kind of electro-bluesy, is their strongest single since “I Feel You,” while “Hole to Feed” makes it clear Gahan can now hold his own with Gore in the songwriting department. Early on, few would have pegged the “Just Can’t Get Enough” boys to be one of new wave’s most successful standard bearers, trailing only U2 in scope and sales, but the arena-ready anthems and clever experiments of “Sounds of the Universe” show that Depeche Mode is not just still hanging around, but continuing to improve. Rating: ★★★★ — Glenn Gamboa, MCT

Pet Shop Boys “Yes”

Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant’s dry, droll delivery lets him get away with whatever he wants, and “Yes” is no exception. In the course of the sprawling “Yes,” Tennant spouts French (“Legacy”), reunites with guitarist Johnny Marr (for the very Electronic-sounding “Building a Wall”) and delivers fine one-liners like, “You don’t have to be beautiful, but it helps” from the single “Love Etc.,” while synth-wiz Chris Lowe builds elaborate backdrops that help them make sharp-elbowed points about culture and consumerism. Crafting such catchy critiques is no small feat, but the Pet Shop Boys make it sound effortless. Rating: ★★★★ — Glenn Gamboa, MCT Is there a CD you would like to review? E-mail Margaret Hair at and we’ll put it in 4 Points.

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‘The Soloist’ Drama, PG-13, 117 minutes

“The Soloist” has all the elements of an uplifting drama, except for the uplift. The story is compelling, the actors are in place, but I never was sure what the filmmakers wanted me to feel about it. Based on a true story, it stars Jamie Foxx as Nathaniel Ayers, a homeless man who once was a musical prodigy, and Robert Downey Jr. as Steve Lopez, the Los Angeles Times columnist who writes a column about him, bonds with him, makes him famous, becomes discouraged by the man’s mental illness and — what? Hears him play great music? “Explaining madness is the most limiting and generally least convincing thing a movie can do,” Pauline Kael Francois Duhamel/courtesy DreamWorks once wrote. “The Soloist” Newspaper columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) left, discovers former musical prodigy turned homeless man Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx) doesn’t even seem sure how on the streets of downtown Los Angeles in the DreamWorks Pictures and Universal Pictures drama “The Soloist.” to depict it. Unlike Russell paranoid and probably schizo- strings. The man can play. have arcs in most movies, Crowe’s mathematician in “A phrenic. We almost can smell Lopez tries to get to know but the trick is to convince Beautiful Mind,” whose madhis terror, through the carnival him, writes a first column us we’re watching them ness was understood through about him, learns he once really behave. Here Foxx is his own eyes, the musician here clown clothing and hats he studied cello at Juilliard. A let down, and the disappointseems more of a loose cannon, hides behind. As the film opens, Lopez reader sends Lopez a cello for ment is greater because of the unpredictable in random ways. is troubled. His marriage has him (this actually happened), track records of director Joe Yes, mental illness can be like and the columnist becomes his Wright (“Atonement”) and that, but can successful drama? problems, he feels burned out at work, he’s had a bike accibrother’s keeper. writer Susannah Grant (“Erin There comes a point when As a mentally ill man, Brockovich”). We see a conLopez has had enough, and so, dent. He encounters Ayers almost outside the Times Ayers is unpredictable and nection between the two men, in sympathy, have we. building, attracted by the explosive, yes, but almost as but not communication. That is no fault of Jamie beautiful sounds he’s producif responding to the arc of Rating: ★★★ Foxx’s performance creating ing on a violin with only two the screenplay. Characters — Roger Ebert a man who is tense, fearful,

Editor’s note: Reviews were not available for the following movies: “The Cross,” “Obsessed” and “Crank: High Voltage.”

‘17 Again’ Comedy, PG-13, 100 minutes

An unhappy man in his late 30s is transported back to his body at 17 and gets a chance to fix things with his alienated family. Zac Efron is a charmer as the teenager, and there is a completely unanticipated fanboy-fangirl romance that is comic genius. Pleasant, harmless. Rating: ★★★

‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ Family music, G, 106 minutes

“Hannah Montana: The Movie” just shouldn’t be analyzed from an adult perspective — which, frankly, is irrelevant.

The big-screen version of the Disney TV series is not made for us — it’s made for girls ages 6 to 14 and no one else — and so we must consider how they’re going to respond to it. Now, this will come as no surprise at all: They’re gonna love it. Rating: ★★★ — Christy Lemire, AP

‘Knowing’ Science fiction, PG-13, 122 minutes

Among the best science fiction films I’ve seen — frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome. Nicolas Cage plays an MIT astrophysicist whose son brings home a sheet of paper after a 50-year-old time capsule is opened at his grade school. The sheet is covered with numbers, which the scientist, despite all his training, becomes convinced mean

something. Pluck this movie, and it vibrates. Rating: ★★★★

‘State of Play’ Thriller, PG-13, 127 minutes

Russell Crowe is a seasoned newspaper reporter and Rachel McAdams is the paper’s plucky young blogger; together, they uncover an unholy political and corporate alliance. Smart, wellmade, good work by Crowe, McAdams, Robin Wright Penn and Helen Mirren as the editor. Mysteries are resolved a little too quickly at the end. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (“The Last King of Scotland”). Rating: ★★★

‘Fast & Furious’ Action, PG-13, 107 minutes

Exactly and precisely what you’d expect. Nothing

more, unfortunately. You get your cars that are fast and your characters that are furious. The fourth in the series, with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and the other major cast members from the original 2001 movie now back again. Who cares? Rating: ★★

‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ Animation, PG, 95 minutes

Monsters from the 1950s are released from a secret federal prison to join the 49-foot, 11-inch Ginormica (voiced by Reese Witherspoon) in saving Earth from hostile aliens. Probably fun for younger kids, but lacks the humor and personality of earlier DreamWorks films such as “Shrek.” The 3-D, not as bright as 2-D, is more a distraction than enhancement. Rating: ★★★ — Roger Ebert

Chief Plaza Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave. ➤ “Obsessed” (PG-13) 1:20, 4:05, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 1:20, 4:05 and 7 p.m. Sunday 4:05 and 7 p.m. weekdays ➤ “Hannah Montana: The Movie” (G) 1, 4, 7 and 9:20 p.m. Friday and Saturday 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays ➤ “Fast & Furious” (PG-13) 1, 4, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday 4 and 7 p.m. weekdays ➤ “The Cross” (PG) 1:15, 4:15, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday 1:15, 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. Sunday 4:15 and 7:15 p.m. weekdays

Wildhorse 6 Stadium Cinemas, 655 Marketplace Plaza ➤ “Crank: High Voltage” (R) 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. Friday 2:20, 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. weekdays ➤ “The Soloist” (PG-13) 4:40 and 7:30 p.m. Friday 1:50, 4:40 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 4:40 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays ➤ “Monsters vs Aliens” (PG) 5 and 7:20 p.m. Friday 2:10, 5 and 7:20 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 5 and 7:20 p.m. weekdays ➤ “17 Again” (PG-13) 4:30 and 7:10 p.m. Friday 1:30, 4:30 and 7:10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 4:30 and 7:10 p.m. weekdays ➤ “State of Play” (PG-13) 4:50 and 7:40 p.m. Friday 2, 4:50 and 7:40 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 4:50 and 7:40 p.m. weekdays ➤ “Knowing” (PG-13) 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday 1:40, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays

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5 Navy personnel 6 Chief evil spirit 7 Half of a comedy pair 8 Actor Alejandro 9 Issue a homeowner’s policy on 10 Ethnically 11 Sailor’s command 12 Sri Lankan tea 13 Current style 21 Throws 23 Actress Carter 25 Bird’s word for inexpensive? 26 Friend 27 Florence’s aloha 28 Poet who wrote “Letters from Pontus” 29 Tenement locales 32 Unfamiliar 34 Prefix for plane and gram 35 Central 36 Rifles

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12 • Friday, April 24, 2009

• Steamboat Today

4 Points | Music • Scene • Arts • Film

Arts calendar

Happy hours

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➤ Colorado Group Realty features “When the World is Mudlicious,” paintings by Susan Schiesser and Janice Lawrence, at its 509 Lincoln Ave. office. The show is up through Tuesday. Call 870-8800. ➤ Comb Goddess features photography by Debbi Funston. Call 871-0606. ➤ Creekside Café & Grill features abstract paintings on tile and canvas by Jan Maret Willman. Call 879-4925. ➤ Dovetail Designs features new paintings by Maggie Fleming Mitchell. The Colorado landscape images uses ashes and beeswax. The show includes a display of furniture made from beetle-killed pine. Call 736-8244. ➤ Gallery 11 features images by resident

photographer Ken Lee. Call 870-8887. ➤ The Hayden Marketplace, a co-op of local artists, features a variety of crafts, including pottery, jewelry, mosaics and paintings. Call 276-2019. ➤ K. Saari Gallery features new work by gallery artists. The all-gallery show will be on display through late May. Call 870-0188. ➤ Leisure Mountain Studio features graphic art, photos and art made from coffee bags by Megan Morgan. Call 638-4500. ➤ The Mugshot in Oak Creek features paintings, sculpture and mixed media work by Patsy Stewart. Call 736-8491. ➤ Off the Beaten Path Bookstore features

“Everybody Loves Raymond, CA,” a collection of black and white photography by Steamboat Springs High School art teacher Morgan Peterson. Call 879-6830. ➤ Portfolio Publications showcases landscape photography by Jim Steinberg. Call 879-3718. ➤ Sleeping Giant Gallery features “Capturing Steamboat,” photos by Don Tudor, as well as prints and oil paintings by Cully Kistler. Call 879-7143. ➤ Urbane clothing store features cut vinyl and painted works by Mike Benninghoven. Call 879-9169. ➤ Wild Horse Gallery features portrait, still life and landscape paintings by John Michael Carter. Call 879-5515.

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Old West Steakhouse Where: 1104 Lincoln Ave. When: 5 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $1 off all beers and well drinks, $1.50 off house wine by the glass, half-price appetizers

Panda Garden Where: Central Park Plaza When: 3 to 6 p.m. daily Special: Half-price appetizers, drink specials daily

Rex’s American Grill & Bar Where: 3190 S. Lincoln Ave., next to the Holiday Inn When: 4:20 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $1 off all drinks, half-price appetizers

Riggio’s Where: 1106 Lincoln Ave. When: 5 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $2 Stella and Newcastle drafts, half-price martinis and selected specialty drinks, half-price appetizers

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant Where: 628 Lincoln Ave. When: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday Special: $1 off margaritas and draft beers, half-price quesadillas

Saketumi Where: 1875 Ski Time Square Drive, in Torian Plum Plaza When: 5 to 6 p.m. daily Special: Reduced prices on selected drinks and appetizers

Slopeside Grill Where: Torian Plum Plaza

When: 10 p.m. to midnight Special: $3 draft beer pints and $7 pizzas

Snowbird Restaurant & Lounge Where: 2304 Apres Ski Way, at the Ptarmigan Inn When: 3 to 5 p.m. daily Special: $7 Steamboat Pale Ale pitchers, $2 Steamboat Pale Ale pints, $2.50 domestics, appetizers starting at $2.99

Steamboat Smokehouse Where: 912 Lincoln Ave. When: 4 to 6 p.m. daily Special: $2.50 Bud and Bud Light pints; $2 off well drinks, wine by the glass and margaritas,; $1 sliders, $3 chili nachos and 2-for-1 chopped brisket sandwiches

Steamboat Lake Outfitters Where: Routt County Road 129 near Clark When: 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday Special: Select drinks are cheaper

Steamboat Yacht Club Where: 811 Yampa St. When: 5 to 7 p.m. daily Special: Bar menu is available from 5 to 7 p.m., drink specials are offered from 5 to 7 p.m.; free hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays

The Tap House Sports Grill Where: 729 Lincoln Ave. When: 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday Special: $1 off all draft beer pints, $2 off all draft beer pitchers To update or add Happy Hour submissions, call Margaret Hair at 871-4204 or e-mail

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of music and work pretty hard up there. 4 POINTS: How did you get into roots music? Your bio mentions having an early interest in hard rock and grunge. IA: For myself, I started playing guitar when I was about 13, and I was at first just into pop music, rock and the stuff that was going on. … My mom was into Bob Dylan and Neil Young, and then I got really into that sort of ’60s and ’70s folk, and then I sort of traced back to Woody Guthrie and Robert Johnson.

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4 POINTS: What interested you in roots music? IA: I guess it always just kind of appealed to me on a sort of spiritual level, you might say, maybe a little more pure than the music I was used to hearing, growing up, radio music, pop music. I guess with folk music it doesn’t have the commercial excesses that make it not exciting. … It goes back before recorded music to an oral tradition, so it’s a connection to our roots in this country and our ances-

try not only in this country, but going back to Europe and Africa and everywhere else. … It’s just a very immediate form of expression. 4 POINTS: Would you say your band reaches outside of that folk rock tradition to be updated, more modern? IA: I wouldn’t say we were a folk rock band, but I think that our music is somewhat original, maybe because we’re digging back so deep. … We’re going so far back to people like Leadbelly (folk musician Huddie Ledbetter, popular in the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s), but our presentation — we’re living in this time, and we’re not exactly trying to come off like we’re out of the Dust Bowl or something, even though we’re putting those influences out front. … Like The White Stripes, they were getting their influences from old blues stuff, but in this era, they came out as original. So that’s what I hope for with the Hobo Nephews, that in digging back we come up with something more original than your everyday band.

4Points April 24, 2009  

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