Ghost Riders in a dirt storm
Although I have issues with people using animals for entertainment, I was compelled to see the white-throated Capuchin monkeys ride border collies at the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo last weekend. So we took the dogs for a hike up Howelsen Hill and descended upon the rodeo with perfect seats in the bushes on the hill.
We were just out of range of the brown dirt storm and the nachos (But be careful if you take this route, because someone’s dog eventually will sniff out some nachos in the grass).
The monkeys really did ride the border collies while at the same time herding sheep into a pen and onto a gigantic truck!
I come away impressed every time I see a production at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. The school’s production of The Who’s “Tommy” was no exception.
Between the set design, the kickin’ rock band, 140 costumes, loads of young talent and British accents, the rock opera was marvelous. I was amazed at how the students embraced the choreography and seamlessly moved themselves and their props on and off stage countless times during each song.
The three Tommies were perfectly cast. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be to pretend to be deaf, dumb and blind.
Special props go out to the students who played Tommy’s uncle and cousin. They were very convincing and creepy. And thanks to a certain Perry-Mansfield cook who added a strobe light inside Tommy’s pinball machine for an extra special effect.
The Los Lobos free concert last week delivered what every local expected and hoped for. The consensus among the concertgoers was that there was about 25 percent less people at the Los Lobos show than were at the Michael Franti and Spearhead concert. And there definitely were less dancers. But for Karen Goedert, the Los Lobos concert was a typical, awesome Steamboat summer concert.
“For locals to come out and see everyone on a beautiful evening — wow — you can’t ask for more,” Goedert said. “We are very fortunate to have free shows. They’re super tight and super good.”
David Ramirez summed up the free concert in one word as he danced in a cluster of people near the stage: “Woooooooooo!”
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