I am glad Snowdown has come and gone with little injury to myself and my friends except a dent in some checking accounts, a black eye, some random embarrassment and a handful of hangovers. Nice work, Durango - another rowdy weekend approached quickly, provided some laughs and went away even quicker. See you next year.Now, fortunately for our collective livers, things are slowing down through February but not by much.
Early tonight you can attend a fundraiser for the great organization known as Bear Smart Durango, then catch three local acts later in the evening.
Bear Smart is an organization founded in 2003 with the intent to educate the public about what it takes to safely coexist with local residents that have been here way longer than us, "us" being the readers of this paper.
At 7 p.m. at the Smiley Building, Bear Smart will host a chili tasting with beverages provided by Zuberfizz and Carver Brewing Co. Residents are asked to bring a bear photo, toy or teddy to be included in the Bear Gift Sale.
The main event of the fundraiser is the screening of the IMAX film "Bears." This documentary is a look at all species of bears (not just the kind that we see in our backyards, alleys and trash cans) from their history to their place in mythological stories to their role within an ever-expanding human population. Face it, we live with these creatures, let's figure out how to get along with them safely.
After the bear movie, move onto the Summit for a night of rock 'n' roll with In-a-Day, the Freeman Social and a newer band in town called Black Market Electric.
Black Market Electric is a trio: Andy Barber on guitar and vocals, Brian Bates on bass and Eric Way on drums. The band started performing together last fall, and this is its fourth public appearance. Its all-original music is described by Bates as "rockish and punkish," which is nothing short of vague, yet that vagueness is what takes the band from being pigeonholed into a sound that may be predictable.
Jon Lynch, KDUR music director, has described it as "the best new band Durango has to offer" and says its guitar sounds like something out of a "reverbed punk rock western."
Aside from this, I suggest nothing but rest. I saw how you behaved over Snowdown, and honestly you should be ashamed of yourself. Get to confession and ready yourself for spring and summer, because you know you'll have tons to do.
Liggettb@fortlewis.edu Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and program director of KDUR.