Rockin' Reverend, a king & a doll, and gastro heaven

Rockin' Reverend, a king & a doll, and gastro heaven

The Animas City Theatre hosts a psychobilly freakout Friday with the Reverend Horton Heat. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Chris Aaland - 04/18/2019

Dude, where’s Makar? He’s in a burgundy and blue jersey, of course! The day after skating in the NCAA men’s hockey championship game for UMass – and two days after winning the Hobey Baker Award as the most talented college hockey player in America – Cale Makar signed his entry-level contract for the Colorado Avalanche. An injury to young defenseman Sam Girard led to Makar making his debut Monday night in a 6-2 Avalanche win. He became just the eighth player ever (and first defenseman) to score a goal in his debut when his debut happened to be a Stanley Cup Playoffs game.

Drafted fourth overall by the Avalanche in 2017, Makar spent the last two years skating for the Minutemen, guiding them to their first-ever appearances in the Frozen Four and the national championship game. His 49 points were second-most in the NCAA, and far-and-away the most by any defenseman.

The energy in the Pepsi Center was off the charts Monday night when Makar took the ice for his first shift. A few minutes later, he took a pass from Nathan MacKinnon on the wing, skated through the slot, fended off a check, and shot the puck five-hole on Calgary goalie Mike Smith to extend the Avs’ lead to 3-0. Mum & Dad didn’t know whether to cheer, cry or simply have that excited look on their faces like they’d just been called as the next contestants on “The Price is Right.”

All that was missing was Jesse and Chester looking for the Continuum Transfunctioner while asking, “Dude, where’s my car?”

The Animas City Theatre hosts a psychobilly freakout Friday night when Reverend Horton Heat, Th’Legendary Shack Shakers and Hooten Hallers get rowdy. Jim Heath, a.k.a. Reverend Horton Heat, has been spreading the rockabilly gospel since 1985. His doghouse bassist Jimbo Wallace has been slapping time for the past 30 years, as the group released such influential releases as “Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em,” “Liquor in the Front,” “It’s Martini Time,” “Lucky 7” and 2009’s under-appreciated gem, “Laughin’ & Cryin.’” He sings unapologetically of the usual vices: drinking, gambling, womanizing and driving fast cars. Ye sinners can expect your sins to be washed away in beer, sweat and blood. Don’t sleep on the rest of the bill, either. Th’Legendary Shack Shakers play Southern gothic as well as William Faulkner wrote it. Fueled by energetic frontman J.D. Wilkes, the Shack Shakers’ catalog is full of twisted lyrics and blues-drenched hooks. Even the openers, the Hooten Hallers, have been cranking out punky blues rock since 2007. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Comedian Bill Engvall, of the Blue Collar Comedy Group, comes to the Sky Ute for two shows this Sat., April 20. A native of Texas, Engvall is a college dropout who got his break when he decided to try his hand at a comedy open mic. Later moving to L.A., he has appeared on “The Jeff Foxworthy Show,” “Late Night With David Letterman” and “Dancing with the Stars.” Shows take place at 6 and 9 p.m. and tickets are available at www.skyutecasino.com.

Two of my favorite local musicians appear at Mancos Brewery from 5-7 p.m. Sunday when Erik Nordstrom (Lawn Chair Kings, Farmington Hill) and Caitlin Cannon (formerly of the Cannondolls) swap songs in the latest installment of Erik & Friends. “Caitlin and I have talked about collaborating in some fashion over the last few years, and I’m thankful that we’re finally sharing the stage,” said Nordstrom, fresh off a performance with LCK at the Durango Bluegrass Meltdown. “Caitlin is an amazing songwriter with a wonderful voice. I appreciate her heartfelt songs, which often have a hard-edged wit.”

The Raven Narratives hosts its next round of live storytelling at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sunflower Theatre in Cortez and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Durango Arts Center. The latest theme is a particularly potent one: “Rites of Passage.” The eight storytellers include a Sudanese immigrant telling her story of walking more than a thousand miles between refugee camps by the time she was 8 years old; a creative and imaginative autistic man’s connection to steam engine trains and the power of the locomotive to change lives; and a woman on the hunt for her first elk.

The final concert in the 2018-19 Unitarian Universalist recital series takes

The Animas City Theatre hosts a psychobilly freakout Friday place at 7 p.m. Friday when with the Reverend Horton Heat. Doors open at 8 p.m. Marilyn Mangold Garst performs on harpsichord and piano. The first half of the concert features 18th century harpsichord, while the second half delves into 19th and 20th century piano.

El Moro Spirits & Tavern hosts its latest CRAFT food & beverage pairing from 6-8 p.m. tonight (Thurs., April 18). The event is a cocktail party-type atmosphere, with guests moving from one station to another to sample food and beverages from different regions. One represents Spain, pairing venison medallions, Serrano ham, roasted red peppers, mushrooms and wilted arugula with Finca Villacreces Pruno wine. Another is from Italy with housemade squid ink rotolo, asparagus be?chamel, cured egg yolk and parmesan alongside Gagliardo Fallegro wine. France mixes Le Chatelain Camembert cheese, savory pizzelle, mission fig chutney and rosemary with Lucien Albrecht wine. The Czech Republic is represented by a traditional Czech bread dumpling, herbed whipped cream, blueberry compote, braised rabbit, root vegetable cream sauce and a Czech pilsner. From Germany, we have mustard spatzle, hand-crafted gouda bratwurst, purple kraut and the excellent Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock. And Portugal pairs Porto Pudim flan and caramel tuile with a Sandeman Tawny Porto 10-year port. It sounds like it should set you back a couple of hundred bucks per plate, but all of the above is just $50 per person.

Wanna be a DJ? The next KDUR DJ application meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in FLC’s Noble Hall, Room 125. You, too, can impress your friends with your musical expertise by spinning vinyl, CDs and other tunes up on the hill. Yes, you can be as cool as Liggy and Lynch.

Wanna get a wine buzz and support public radio? All month long, KSUT will receive a buck per bottle from the purchase of Granite Hill Cellars wines at Star Liquors. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

More good stuff: Tonight’s Ska-B-Q features Rob Webster at 5 p.m. tonight; Robbie Overfield does a happy hour set at the Starlight from 6-9 p.m. Friday; the Lisa Blue Trio croons at Durango Craft Spirits at 7 p.m. Friday; and the Jeff Solon Jazz Duo entertains at Dalton Ranch Golf Club at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Dude? Email me at chrisa@gobrainstorm.net.

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