On the first Saturday of every month – this upcoming date is April 5th – a new group in Denver is featuring a fun, general-admission Saturday Night Swing Dance. Admission to the dance ($7) includes dance lessons for beginners at the beginning of the evening, and also includes a free cover charge to continue the night later on, at Denver’s main hub for all things vintage, the Skylark Lounge on 140 S. Broadway.
The MC is David Gasten, also active in the silent film world, who seeks to create a warm, friendly event open to newcomers and old-timers alike, with plenty of jump blues from the 1940s and early rock n’ roll from the 1950s – “Our venue is in a church loft space that has a “1950′s high school sock hop” feel that brightens the warm, sociable atmosphere of our dance even further!”
Yep, pink and black days indeed! Dance lessons begin at 6:45; the dance begins in earnest at 8:00 and runs until 10:30, with spillover at the Skylark Lounge.
The Saturday Night Swing Dance is located at the First Avenue Presbyterian Church, 120 West 1st Avenue in Denver, at the corner of Acoma, one block West of Broadway.
You can also call 303-377-4467 for more information or visit http://www.polanegri.com/swing_dance.htm.
It’s amazing that Rodney Dangerfield never guested on a soap, to my knowledge, during his long and colorful career. Like Rodney, some of the best storytelling of the past and present doesn’t get no respect. Yep, I’m talking suds, sirreee. Soap opera.
During the 1970s and 80s, soap opera was not only at the height of its popularity, but also a quiet innovator for social issues and troubles of the day. There were great performers of all ages — some of whom crossed over into the mainstream, like Alec Baldwin, Demi Moore, and Meg Ryan. Even today, you’ll find some of the best performers anywhere working on soaps. You have to be good to work on a soap – you can’t last if you can’t get through a half hour or hour of script every day.
The question is, are the scripts, and storylines as fresh and as solid as they could be? If you really love soaps, today, the hottest place to find and enjoy them is online – through podcasts and internet radio… and soon, through indie film and perhaps web “TV”. Continue reading