Friday, August 8, 2008

Early June, ought eight

d sassters,

How about a new weekend of wildly great music. And new art. And a poem. Okay? Okay!

Tonight, Thursday June 5, we have a super good show. First Dan Walker is playing, 8pm, his last Denver show before he heads off to Nashville. Incredible songwriter and performer, really, and we'll miss him. Second The Brothers Mor are playing. Check out their poster on our myspace page.Then check out their myspace page from our myspace page. These guys are super tight psychedelic pop. Think Flaming lips and Ween. $5. If you like this kind of music come check it out so we can get these guys back.

Friday night we have a benefit for Intercambio de Comunidades. Here's the flier. We've known this organization for a few years and they do terrific work in the community. There will be salsa lessons, salsa bands and djs. $20 door donation goes toward helping the nonprofit thrive. A silent auction will help raise more funds. We love having these kinds of nights, good for the soul. Inter Coctel is the special drink of the night, a raspberry/melon layered drink. See the idea is that the liquors start separately but then blend together in a delicious way when you drink them together, thus intercambio, or "interchange". Very clever. Drink up because we give a buck kick back from the drink to Intercambio.

Also, in a nice display of synchronicity, we have new art going up Friday night by Latino artist Stevon Lucero. We've been wanting to get this guy's art in for a few years. Think surreal aztec style. We sadly say goodbye to the night owls of the EHF collective which have been so mysteriously looking out from our walls for the last few months, and happily say hello to the world of Lucero.

Saturday night we have a mini New Orleans Jazz Fest, with Otone Brass Band at 7pm and The Zydematics at 9:30pm. There will be a Zydeco dance lesson between the bands. Otone Brass Band, one of our favoritest ever bands, is releasing their new CD Saturday night as well, so the energy should be off the hook. $7 before 9pm, $5 after. Hurricanes $6.

Next Tuesday we've got even more dancing (as if there could ever be enough). The Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra is hosting a Big Band Swing Dance Night starting at 8pm. We may be able to get an instructor for this if a few of you e-mail back and are interested. But even if you fake it on the dance floor, it should be a fun night. Dress in your best.

Intrepidly traveling through both space and time, willy nilly,

The D naughts

Extra Credit: At Matthew and Monica's house flipping through their "Treasury Of Great Poems. English/ American", published by Simon and Schuster in 1955 and edited by Louis Untermeyer. There are dozens of new poets to discover therein, poets otherwise pretty much lost to the historians. We like this cat, W.H. Davies (1870-1940). The book says Davies, a Welshman, came to the U.S. and rode the rails there for six years. He had his right foot cut off by a train in Canada. He wrote a book about it called "AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A SUPERTRAMP". We'd love to read that. Here is a short one which, in a Blakean manner, Davies inverts the language, while elucidating an uneasy truth.


I had Ambition, by which sin
The angels fell;
I climbed and, step by step, O Lord,
Ascended into Hell.

Returning now to peace and quiet,
And made more wise,
Let my descent and fall, O Lord,
Be into Paradise.

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