As many of you know by now, J.D. Salinger left the planet last week. One of the greatest literary characters of all time is Salinger's poet Seymour Glass. The name can be heard as a directive, "See more glass." The directive is ambiguous. Is the glass a mirror? Or does the glass refer to a window? The world beyond the glass is implied, but it is the glass itself, the medium, we are being directed to notice more closely. The name is a koan, a riddle, a kind of miniature poem, and we invoke it by raising our glass in farewell to the great writer.
Then let us party. We can start with the progressive jazz of the John Lake Ensemble at 9pm tonight, Feb 4, after trivia. $5.
Friday night we start with an art opening for Robin Munro. The show is already up and it's a doozy. Come meet the man behind the art while DJ Sneakypants spins a set. At 8pm we have a night of indie rock with King For a Day, New Ben Franklins and Dave Boylan Band. $5.
Saturday starting early we have Arvada's ninth annual Chocolate Affair 11am-3p. This event, presented by the Arvada Festivals Commission and Historic Olde Town Arvada Association, features the Chocolate Therapist, Julie Pech, a Taste of Chocolate, the Chocolate Treasure Hunt, a Creative Chocolate Cookie Contest, and giant Lamp Post Hearts all over town. Calorie-craving chocolate lovers can sample chocolate-based food and drink presented by several invited chocolatiers, bakers, and restaurants. Get one ticket for $1.00 or six tickets for $5.00 and taste deliciously presented samples. Benefits the Arvada Ralston House. What's not to love?
At 3pm we have West Arvada Dog Park concert and benefit with the Jeffco Brass Band at 3:30p and Open Range at 4:30p. $2 cover or $5 per family. Silent auction with over 100 items.
At 6:30p we begin a benefit for Birambye International (Windpower for Rwandan Orphans) w/ Thriller Dance Lesson at 7:30p TAUGHT BY DANCER FROM ORIGINAL THRILLER VIDEO! Also performances by Willows, Earmark Saints, Sons of the Addicted. $10 suggested donation. This is a really cool, forward-thinking organization. Check out their website.
Sunday we have a Special Super Bowl Baby Boogie. Bring the kids to boogie and enjoy the game. $1 off drafts for parents and special Pigskin Pizza Pie for the kids.
Next Saturday at 10am we begin ZUMBA, a dance based work-out that is fun and addictive. $8.
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Extra Credit: Last week we had 4 translations of Mallarme's poem Petit Air along with the original French version. We put out a call for a new translation and Jax Delaguerre took up the challenge. This version may lose some of the evocative syntactic slipperiness of the original, but gains accessibility and more than a touch of the personal.
A lonely spot,
No swan, no dock,
As jaded as my own
Here the morning glory
Grows above my reach
Freckled by the heavens
With all the golds of sunset.
Langourous as linen falling
From my love's disrobing
The firebird soars warbling
To a perch just past my shoulder.
It all washes over me suddenly,
Your delight in your nakedness.