Friday, December 18, 2009

Rejoice


By CHRIS MILLSPAUGH

Music washes away the dust of life from the soul this weekend as three wonderful icons of entertainment emerge to lift our moods for the holiday season. The town's beloved Whiskey Jacques reopens after its restoration from the ashes to, once again, provide music on Main Street. True to her word, Karin Martin rebuilt her musical emporium just in time for the Christmas season. Down the road, the nexStage Theatre will present the musical version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," employing the talents of our local thespians. And, over at the Boiler Room in Sun Valley, The Fabulous Vaurnettes will make their season debut in all their raucous glory with two special holiday performances on Saturday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 29. These three events alone will surely restore the souls of the people of the Wood River Valley.

At Whiskey's will be the valley's all-time favorite rock 'n' roll band, "The Bobos." Led by one of my favorite whacko pals, Barbeque Bob, this dynamic ensemble of music and mirth promises to kick down the doors and raise the roof for the gratification of their loyal fans. Bobos! Let's go!

At nexStage, the talents of our own community will be on display once more to shine in the production of "A Christmas Carol" led by Steve D'Smith, one of the valley's finest actors and, oddly enough, my roommate. Yes, for some time now, Ebenezer Scrooge has held court in our home rehearsing his lines to three cats—Pete, Marco and Jerry—and me. To aid him in his rehearsal process, I have dragged chains down the hall at 4 am directly over his room downstairs in an effort to add realism to his performance. I do what I can. This year's performance will be memorable. Gotta love the Scrooge!

At Sun Valley, the Vaurnettes are ready to display all that they have been working on all fall—new routines, new songs and new laughs. They have been an institution here in the valley since the late 1970s and have never failed to amuse and delight their audiences. These beautiful gals are funny! Love them!

So, make a point to see all of these great performances for the holidays. Music is back and just in time to revive us all.

Nice talking to you and God bless Tiny Tim.




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