Welcome back readers. We here at The Spot Magazine would like to express our excitement for this issue, there is a lot more in this issue to read and enjoy. We also have a new creative office in the heart of Downtown Grand Junction. The new office will enable us to produce an even bigger and better magazine. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. We are located at 131 South 6th Street #4.
Attention ladies! Grand Junction’s Main Street now has a brand new super cute, super hip retail store that you will all adore! “Girl Flowers” is eclectic, funky and unique; with imports from around the world this store offers clothing, jewelry and fun accessories. What gives this shop its namesake are the lovely handmade flower hair accessories that you may have seen decorating young lady’s hair all around town. It was the inspiration of storeowner Clair Ridgley, world traveler, artist and jeweler, to bring her style and flair to our beloved Colorado mini city.
When I first entered this auspicious space I was thrilled to find the colorful, flirty, girly clothing and accessories that I love! Some might call it a modern hippie girl style that is so popular for young ladies of today. But after meeting and chatting with Clair I was even more excited to learn that she is all about promoting local handmade crafts. Clair plans on offering more local handcrafted merchandise as soon as she finds the peoples who have them. She invites you to stop by or drop her a line with inquiries. Check out her store downtown at 637 Main Street right next door to Orr’s beads and Avalon Movie Theatre. It is directly across from Sensations Body Bar and Coffee Muggers coffee shop. You can also visit Girl Flower online at www.girlflowers.com! At the moment the site only offers the flower hair accessories but her plan is to bring the whole store online soon. The flower’s are only a stepping stone for Clair, “I am a bit confused because I am so not a flower girl myself...I like skulls and motorcycles!” And she isn’t excluding the dude’s either, Clair plans on creating a “man’s corner” too! It is fun, unique and affordable! It’s local and supports local artist! We love Girl Flowers and so will you.
Trials and truibulatios of the Porn Store Clerk By Jessica Staley Based on Actual Events.... Ah, the challenges and atrocities of being a young person in the adult industry these days can be of somewhat interesting conversation. I’m not talking about the hot and heavy adult acting…I mean the bottom of the totem pole, porn to the people, porn store clerk. These are my stories.
The Acrobat One sunny afternoon a few summers ago, I was about to clock-in and begin my swing shift of ringing up smut magazines and gonzo videos, when I had heard a loud crashing noise come from one of the jerkit booths right near the front of the store. I wanted to go investigate right away, but a long line of horny men had kept me from satisfying my curiosity. A minute or two had gone by when I saw a little old man come from the booth in question. I was still stuck up at my counter ringing things up that looked like they could have been used to demolish an old building, when I noticed another small man come from the same booth. I thought to myself what anyone would think after having seen the same thing: Boyfriends! Once my line had dwindled to the last pervert, I went back to the booth to make sure they hadn’t caused any damage to our 5 star repository. Upon basic inspection, everything seemed to be in order. I had checked to make sure they hadn’t broken any of the viewing equipment. I turned to exit the cubicle just as I went in and that’s when I noticed an upside down bare foot print on the door about 6 and half feet off the ground. What the fuck?
I was puzzled, and thought to myself how in the fuck could this have happened? First of all, these rooms are hardly even big enough for the chairs we put in here, and then you add two old men doing fucking acrobatics! That’s when the sound of the walls crashing down came back to me! Haha, ouch! I bet which ever one of those old men had caused the clatter probably sustained some sort of injury, not to mention the fact that this isn’t the kind of place where we set a romantic ambiance, where one would feel comfortable enough to take the time to remove clothing and shoes. This is the kind of place where you go for a quick release; a fuck if you will! When it comes to sex and sex positions, I consider myself a pro-vert. That’s what working in a place like this for years will do to you; but when I sat down and thought about the scene I had just witnessed, I couldn’t come up with one logical answer to this mystery. Could it have been some crazy ape-like bang? Was either of those men strong enough to lift the other? I don’t know, but if any two people can contort into such a small place and still get their rocks off, they’re better off than I am! Well, until next month Grand Junkshun, good luck to you and all your sexy endeavors.
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout With “Crack the Skye” So here’s the experiment, what I aim to do with this column is to try and match a beer with an album. This month I lucked out and was able to find a beer that sat perfect with an album right down to the name. Anyone who has been paying attention to the current metal scene has already heard the newest album by Georgia’s own Mastodon entitled “Crack The Skye” and if they are a big enough fan have delved into the underlying storyline to the album. The concept is about a boy who is paralyzed and is confined to a wheelchair, the crazy part is he learns how to astral travel and can visit other times in history. Through our hero’s journey’s, he meets with Rasputin, the Russian mystic, who also has the ability to astral travel. The long and short of it is, (because there is far to much to explain in 500 words or less) Rasputin and our un-named hero go through an epic time, space, and dimension traveling adventure where they encounter ghosts, the Devil himself, and plenty of other obscure and fantastic entities. As usual with Mastodon, you are treated with A+ music, interesting and new techniques, and allaround bad-assery. The album is quite impressive, and is with out a doubt the album they have truly set the standard of the progressive metal genre with. The beer, which happens to be called “Old Rasputin” made by North Coast Brewing Company based in Fort Bragg, California, matches the complexity of the album. Upon the first taste, the beer produces a bold and strong, but still pleasant taste and has a nice mellow finish and an after taste that lingers right up to your next swig, much like the album starts slow at first, and then mutates into faster, and more heavy riffs and then tapirs off into a void of straight progressive ecstasy. The beer also has a lot of different distinguishable flavors in it, much like the album has a lot of sounds, and styles incorporated from different genres, as well as instruments not native to metal, such as the banjo featured on the intro to the song “Divinations”. Also, Ol’ Rasputin sports 9% alcohol.
If you haven’t had the chance to see Mastodon live, I highly suggest it just as much as I suggest trying Old Rasputin. When I saw them live last fall on their tour with High On Fire, Converge, and Dethklok, it was by far one of the most amazing spectacles I have witnessed in my concert going career. During Mastodon’s set, they played “Crack The Skye” from start to finish, and had a huge LCD screen behind them playing a video they made that syncs up with the music note to scene perfect. To sum it up, Old Rasputin and “Crack The Skye” is a match made in Valhalla. As I sit back and drink this concoction and play the album at full blast, I am taken aback at how well it all fits together. If you are a metal fan, or a stout beer fan, I urge you to put on this album and drink a few of these beers together. So, until next time my fellow music and brew fanatics, keep it heavy on both the volume, and the alcohol content.
I recently had the chance to sit down with Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon while on tour with Great American Taxi, after their show in Grand Junction. The Show was spectacular so I was super stoked when it was time for the Q&A.
Q: “What is it like playing with Vince Herman? A; (Laughter) Chad Staley (GAT) “It’s always an adventure, you know. Vince likes to make us jump of the cliff. Sometimes we fly, sometimes we crash and burn.” Q: “Is the music at a higher level when playing with Vince?” A: “ It’s defiantly High.” (More Laughter) Q: “What is it like for you to play with Great American Taxi?” A: Vince Herman “These guys are quite willing to jump off the cliff. And they follow faithfully. It’s a pretty cool pile of guys I get to hang out with. Doing that thing called making it on the road.” Q: “How many show are you playing together?” A: Brian Adams (GAT) “We played a hundred and thirty last year and we are looking at doing just the same this year.”
Sultan’s Pride Middle Eastern Dance Troupe is the oldest bellydance group in Grand Junction. Directed by Ellen Rehwoldt, Sultan’s Pride has been sharing Middle Eastern culture and dance with the Grand Valley since 1983. Sultan’s Pride strives to stay true to the various dance styles, music, and costuming of the many Middle Eastern regions and offers an array of dances inspired by the folkloric and cabaret forms. Sultan’s Pride teaches beginning level classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm. Intermediate classes are held every Thursday 6:30-7:30pm, and advanced classes are every Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm. The cost is $26 for four classes or $8 for one class. Drop-ins are welcome. Classes take place at the studio located at 305D Main St. Grand Junction.
Sultan’s Pride can be seen performing at many events around the area including: the Grand Junction Downtown Farmers’ Markets, Earth Day, Glade Park Movie Under the Stars, Just For Fun Palisade Car Show, and many more. Sultan’s Pride is also available for entertainment at your party or any other event. Every spring, Sultan’s Pride showcases their newest choreographies in a two hour event. This year, the event titled “Behind the Moon” will take place on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at 7pm, and will be located at The Masonic Center 2400 Consistory Court (Bookcliff off of First Street) in Grand Junction. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children, or $25 for families (two parents and their children). For more on booking, tickets for the spring show, or general info, contact Sultan’s Pride at 985-5324 and leave a message.
As a kid growing up in Cortez, CO, there really wasn’t much to do to entertain yourself. For awhile we had things that other cities had like arcades, roller rinks, and things like that, but they all seemed to lose business and inevitably shut down. But, one thing that my town has that other towns didn’t have is a little place called Mesa Verde. Mesa Verde, located just 9 miles east of Cortez, is one of the first national parks established my Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 and for the time was the first National Park of its nature. The interesting and most valuable part of Mesa Verde is that is has well preserved ancient Native American dwellings that you don’t find anywhere else in the state, as well as most of the country. Mesa Verde was home to the Anasazi, which is the Navajo word for “Ancient Ancestors” and by some translations also means “Ancient Enemies”. They have recently been renamed in the archeology world as the Ancient Puebloans. The park itself is quite a breathtaking experience. It’s less than an hour drive to make it to the different points of interest, but the drive up to the visitor’s center is well worth it. As you pull through the gates you are greeted with lush green pinyon pines, and junipers with over 400 kinds of other plants of assorted colors scattered about. You also rise quite a bit on your drive up. Once you reach the top you can see the entire San Juan basin, three different towns, and also plenty of other mountains in Colorado and Utah (well worth exploring on another outing). For those of you Grand Junction natives, imagine the CO National Monument, but with Native American ruins everywhere, some of which you can actually hike down into and explore.
Most of the structures in Mesa Verde are built into niches on the sides of canyon walls giving them the classification of “Cliff Dwellings”.The first major site on the drive is Spruce Tree House. You can park at the museum, go through and see exhibits on different ancient tools and techniques including basket weaving, pottery, arrowheads and other types of ancient weaponry. The museum also offers a large diorama on the evolution of the Anasazi’s dwellings, and techniques on food storage and hunting, farming, and tools. After you make a run through the museum, you can then go on an unguided tour down to the ruins. The hike is about a mile and a half round trip, and is one of the must do activities. Once you make it down to the ruins, there are plenty of park rangers willing to answer questions and share all the knowledge they have on the site. Also, this is one of the few ruins you are allowed to wander through freely and explore the many different rooms. The next few ruins you will come upon are guided only tours that run every hour and a half led by park rangers.
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These ruins are wide open and it is highly encouraged to take as many pictures as possible, the sites include; The Sun Temple, Long House, Cliff Palace, and Balcony House. There are also very many sites that aren’t open to the public yet. 10 years ago, there was a forest fire on Mesa Verde and the park was shut down for most of the summer. Once the fire was put out in late August, the fire crews and park rangers trying to assess the damage to the vegetation were amazed to find 1000’s of new artifacts, and over 50 new structures and sites of interest. After a few years living in GJ, I’m surprised that a lot of the people here have never been to or even heard of Mesa Verde. Since the summer season is just around the corner, and many of you will be planning where to go for a vacation, I highly suggest you take a trip down south of GJ to where I come from and give Mesa Verde or any of the various camp sites, rivers, lakes and hiking trails a chance, you wont regret it.
Ah, St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th: the one day out of the year dedicated to the donning of green clothing and kilts, pinching the non-believers, bagpipes, corned beef and cabbage, a nice cold Guinness, and, oh yeah, that St. Patrick guy. Who? It’s obvious that most people today use St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to party; rocking out to the Dropkick Murphy’s while slamming Irish Car Bombs in mass quantities. But let’s delve deeper and look into the true meaning of what this holiday is really all about. Then you, the reader, can go out and impress all your uninformed friends with your newfound knowledge! In an effort to skip the blarney and spare you of just a boring paragraph on the history of St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of presumably lesser-known facts about this rowdy holiday we all love to partake in, followed by an array of local celebrations and a few festive recipes for your enjoyment!
The first St. Patrick’s Day parade actually took place in the United States; more specifically New York City, on March 17th 1762 Until the 1970s, pubs in Ireland were, by law, closed on March 17th.
Although it’s customary in the U.S. to wear green, in Ireland the color is actually considered to be unlucky. The Chicago River is famously dyed green in honor of the holiday. 1.9 billion pints of Guinness are happily consumed around the world every year. Not all people with Irish backgrounds are violent drunks; though don’t be surprised if you encounter a few.
St. Patrick wasn’t even Irish. He was born in Britain and forced into slavery in Ireland as a teenager (poser...). Now that you’re well versed in the crucial facts of St. Patty’s Day, check out some of these local events and celebrate the holiday right Johny Wrong’s St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans at Tenacious Brothers Pub (7th and Main at the roundabout) featuring music from the Potato Pirates with Oatie Paste and the Cherry Tarts. The party starts at 7pm and the music blasts off at 9. Wear a kilt and you’re in for free! ($7 cover at the door otherwise). Don’t forget the Grand Opening of Naggy McGee’s located on the corner of 4th and Colorado on Saint Patricks Day and feel free to check out the bar early when it opens on march 4th.
Maybe you’re going to throw a raging house party and want to impress your guests with festive drinks and food? Not to fear! I’ve compiled a list of a few good ones to try out: · Irish Eyes: 1oz Irish whiskey of your choice, 1/4oz crème de menthe (green), 2oz cream. Shake well, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and drink up! · Irish Gold: 2 parts Irish whiskey, 2 parts ginger ale, ½ part peach schnapps, splash of orange juice. · Jameson and Ginger: Simple and perfect for the Irish in all of us! 1 ½ parts Jameson Irish Whiskey, ginger ale, squeeze of lime. Voila!
You can also make Irish stew, soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and many other delicious traditional Irish foods, just Google some recipes and you’re set! I expect to see all of you hooligans out and dressed in your Irish best on Wednesday, March 17th. Put on your tacky plastic green hat, headbands with bouncy shamrock antennas, kilts, green underwear, and whatever else you can come up with, and even if there’s not an ounce of Irish blood in you, at least there is one day out of the year you can pretend!
We would like to congratulate our good friend, the talented and accomplished Andy Martin on his featured Art Showing at Grand Junction’s Western Colorado Center for the Arts on 7th and Orchard. His opening night on February 5th was a highly attended and a huge success. The show runs through March 15th and is in the main front gallery along with the two-dimensional work of Dawn Sagar. The show contains 22 of Andy’s gorgeous hand blown and hand caved glass vessels.
With form, color, and carvings I hope that this work will combine feelings between natural forces of growth and erosion with purpose in the human world. I have used traditional techniques of working with glass, and invented my own processes to make this unique work. There is much more to this work than glassblowing alone. The color must first be fused together in kilns before it can be blown into a form, then after it has cooled, it will be carved for days to reveal the layers, and create the final patterns.”
Andy grew up here in town where he first learned to blow glass while attending Grand Junction High School. Inspired by western Colorado’s beauty, his creative roots are planted in the world of nature and his work reflects the organic characteristics found with in it. The designs on each piece are reminiscent of the abstract shapes seen in natural rock formations. The colors bring the work form natural to modern with the use of black and white and accents of bold and bright colors such as vibrant red or electric blue. This work is seriously impressive and extremely worth viewing in person. Most of the pots are functional with the exception of a few that are carved through with curvy tiny holes, and others that are closed forms becoming wonderful little sculptures. One can get lost looking at any of these works of art, the intricate patterns are memorizing and captivating.
Andy attended and Appalachian Center for Crafts located in Smithville Tennessee and graduated in 2008. He has exhibited at several Galleries including the Telluride Historical Museum in Telluride the winter 2007 and Monument Art Glass in Grand Junction the fall of 2006. Andy continues his glass artistry endeavors daily, as Andy states in his Biography at his website andymartinglass.com, he “believes strongly in being a member of the glass community and that we should all remain students throughout our whole lives. Constantly seeking new ways to grow.” Andy is continuing to find new workshops around the world in hopes that his work will never become stagnant.
Western Colorado Center for the Arts is proud to “exhibit two artists that observe their environments in very different media. Andy Martin looks to the layers of the earth for form, color and carving aesthetic in his three dimensional glassworks; while Andy describes this body of work as, “something I refer to Dawn Sagar hits the paper with glowing values of pastel for as Strata, as it resembles the many layers of the earth. her street scenes of urban and rural landscapes.“ More information on the show can be found at www.gjartcenter.org.
ENTERTAINMENT REVIEW BY KELLEY SEPHAR All in all, their stage presence and upbeat banjo-pickin’ gave me the feeling of being in an old-time country-western saloon, or at a hoedown out in the country. I’ve been listening to their CD for almost a week straight. If you’re into Local booking agent and music pro- this kind of music, I highly suggest moter Johny Wrong was the man re- checking this band out (myspace. sponsible for bringing a real musical com/dirtdaubers). I’m not going to lie, if you weren’t at the Dirt Daubers/Scott H. Biram show at Tenacious Brothers Pub on Sunday February 21st, you missed out on one hell of a live music experience. If you were there, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about.
treat here to Grand Junction when he saw that Biram would be passing through here on his way to a show in Denver, and I, for one, could not have been more excited. Scott H. Biram’s music was first introduced to me last summer by a friend who had seen Biram’s shows in Seattle. I instantly loved the CD he let me borrow and continued to listen to it every day throughout the rest of the year. So when I received word that Biram was headed our way, I knew I couldn’t miss what would be a spectacular show. Opening the show were the Dirt Daubers, hailing from western Kentucky; a band I had never heard of but was genuinely impressed with. The band is a trio consisting of J.D. Wilkes (of the Legendary Shack Shakers) on the banjo, his wife Jessica Wilkes on mandolin and tenor banjo, and “Slow” Layne Hendrickson on the washtub bass (my personal favorite part of the trio). The entire crowd and I were pleasantly surprised and tapping our feet to the Dirt Daubers’ eclectic blend of bluegrass/Americana, ragtime, and just plain good ol’ front-porch tunes. It was a foot-stompin’ good time hillbilly hootenanny that certainly did not disappoint me. Their set included mostly original songs written by the husband/ wife duo as well as an excellent Gene Autry cover (the name of the song they played escapes me at the moment, forgive me).
Not long after the Dirt Daubers finished their set, Scott H. Biram took the stage, and the mood and energy of the bar went from hillbilly hoedown straight to grunge and blues, whiskey and women; all the right ingredients for the self-proclaimed “Dirty Old One-Man Band.” Scott H. Biram is just that: a one-man band. He’s not some pansy-ass John Mayer-type playing half-assed blues licks on a shiny Fender Strat crooning out sweet melodies. This man is a whole new breed of the blues. Biram’s vocals match his distorted old Gibson’s sound with sporadic growls, raw feeling, and a low roar. He’s got a percussion pedal which he stomps vigorously with his left foot and a harmonica in his lips as he’s cranking out some of the hardest and grungiest blues licks you’ve ever heard. Think of it this way: if Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson all had one collective lovechild, Scott H. Biram is it. One of my personal favorite moments of the night was when Biram played my favorite song “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue.”
It felt as if the entire crowd was adapting to Biram’s emotion as he sang such tragic lyrics…”after all we’ve been through, and even after I lost you, I’m still drunk, still crazy, still blue…” If the room had one collective heartbeat at the end of that song, it would have felt like an earthquake. His set also included a remarkable cover of Muddy Waters’ “I Can’t Be Satisfied.” Being front and center on the floor just an arm’s length away from Biram felt like being in another world during that song. The man knows how to really make his crowd feel the blues. He’s one tough motherfucker. You have to give credit to a man who, several years ago, was hit head-on by a semi-truck at 75 miles-per-hour, and just one month later was on stage in a wheelchair with countless broken bones, doing what he does best (credit: ScottBiram.com). Mind you, I’ve seen a lot of shows. My main thrill in life is live music. I’m extremely passionate about it, some would say obsessed. And I will tell you that Sunday’s show is going in my top 5 BEST shows I can ever recall. I briefly talked to Scott H. as the bouncers were kicking everyone out of the bar and he seemed to have enjoyed himself, even telling me how “bitchin’” that crowd was. I certainly hope Biram can visit us again sometime in the near future, and maybe after reading this review, the readers will be inclined to experience his music. But in the meantime, I highly suggest checking out his music, especially if you’re a fan of Muddy Waters or Tom Waits. My two personal favorite albums are “Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever” and “Graveyard Shift”. Until next time, I urge each and every one of you to take a chance on bands you’ve never heard of. There’s a plethora of excellent shows to look forward to in GJ this year, so check them out. What have you got to lose? 27
Story by. Lehi Cano Photographs by. Matt Johnson