Now it’s time to do it again.
Ballots for the 3rd Annual Indy Music Awards will appear in next week’s issue and online at csindy.com. The 30 categories cover a broad spectrum of musical genres, including blues, folk, hip-hop, indie rock, Americana, jazz and soul.
This year’s voting period will run from July 3—19, with winners to be announced and profiled in our August 28th Local Music Issue.
You’ll then be able to hear the artists you’ve chosen performing live at the 2013 Indy Music Awards Festival. This year’s free event will take place September 5th at indoor and outdoor stages along Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.
Meanwhile, here are three clips from last year’s festival, featuring the ReMINDers, 99 Bottles, and Claymore Disco.
In addition to the intro (and dancing) by the duo's ultra-cute kids, the clip features cameos from a half dozen hip-hop artists.
Can you name them all? (Turn your screen upside down for the answers!)
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Charles Bronson and Will Sampson take on a monstrous and mythical white buffalo! The manliest man to ever hit the silver screen, Bronson is Wild Bill Hickok, on a quest to kill a rampaging albino buffalo that haunts his dreams to such a point that he wakes up shooting his pistols in the air. Meanwhile, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’s Will Sampson is the mighty Crazy Horse, ostracized from his tribe and sent on a mission by the tribal elders to kill the same buffalo that, coincidentally, rampaged through their settlement, killing many, including Crazy Horse’s newborn child. Together, these men must join forces to bring down the beast. Director J. Lee Thompson eschews the typical cowboys-and-Indians Hollywood hokum in favor of an honestly masculine tale of two men hell-bent of holy revenge. Both of these Old West heroes have their shortcomings and finally realize that the only way to truly defeat this Moby Dick-esque killer to come together and use all of their skills to stop this unstoppable beast.
Ben Johnson and Iron Eyes Cody take on the fearsome Cheyenne warrior Grayeagle! In this variation of the classic racist John Wayne western The Searchers, famed cult director Charles B. Pierce (The Town That Dreaded Sundown, The Legend of Boggy Creek) twists and turns that original story in such a way that, by the end of it, you’re cheering the Native American warriors and identifying with the emotional resonance of their story. Ben Johnson is a craggy old cowboy who lives on a piece of frontier land with his Native American pal Iron Eyes Cody (whom many of you may remember from those 1970s littering PSAs) and daughter Lana Wood. One day, a fearsome Cheyenne warrior named Grayeagle breaks into their cabin and kidnaps the daughter. Thanks to previous westerns, we’re led to believe this is for nefarious reasons, only to find out that it was done for only the noblest of them. But, as Ben and Cody try to track her, they run afoul of a rival tribe out for revenge. Full of suspense and derring-do, Grayeagle may not be as well-known as The Searchers, but, from my point of view — a Native American one — is a far better movie.
Jan-Michael Vincent and Chief Dan George take on the vengeful evil spirit of an ancient sorceress! Vincent (of TV’s Airwolf) is Mike, a successful businessman who, many years ago, turned his back on his Native American roots in order to achieve more worldly and material fame. Meanwhile, back on the tribal land, an evil spirit called Dsonoqua is wreaking havoc, poisoning the land and the people. Tribal shaman Old Man Hawk (George, who was Academy Award-nominated for his performance in Little Big Man), knowing his time is limited, goes to the city to reclaim his grandson and pass his power on to him in order to defeat the demon and send the spirits back to hell. While, above all, yes, this is a horror film of sorts, it’s also a pretty moving tale of remembering who you and what you are, honoring your ancestors, and reclaiming the past that is rightfully yours.
From the listings desk: Today, Colorado State University - Pueblo announced its 2013-2014 Distinguished Speaker Series line-up, which, as usual, includes fascinating figures from highly varied backgrounds. Past years have seen the likes of Temple Grandin, Ray Nagin, Sherman Alexie, and just as notably, Bruce Jenner.
As always, the series is open to the public; some speakers are free while others cost $8 to see. This year's speakers are:
• Aug. 28: David Garibaldi, a "performance painter" who paints to music of musicians. His skill brought him to fourth place on season seven of America's Got Talent, and has helped him raise over $1 million for charity. $8.
• Sept. 25: Daniel Hernandez, a former congressional intern for Gabrielle Gifford, who is credited with helping save the congresswoman's life as well as those of others when Jared Loughner opened fire in a mall parking lot. Hernandez is also notable for his struggle to succeed despite the prejudice he faces as a gay, Hispanic man born and raised in Tucson, Ariz. $8.
• Nov. 5: Asma Hasan, a noted author and "highly sought expert on the American Muslim community." Hasan has published two books, American Muslims: The New Generation and Why I am a Muslim, both of which "have been widely praised for offering a refreshing take on the often misguided stereotypes of Muslims." Free.
• Dec. 4: Roger Donlon, the first recipient of the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War and as a member of Special Forces. Donlon led a defense of a Special Forces camp at Nam Dong against a battalion of Viet Cong. Free.
• Jan. 22: W. Kamau Bell, a comedian, community activist and late-night TV host, who was called "the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years" by the New York Times. Bell co-hosts a podcast called The Field Negro Guide to Arts & Culture with Vernon Reid of Living Colour and debuted Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell to much critical acclaim. $8.
• Feb. 26: Tony Mendez, the CIA technical operations officer on whom the film Argo was based. Mendez is highly decorated and has written three memoirs about his time with the CIA, which included the 1979 exfiltration mission to rescue six American diplomats from Iran. $8.
For more information about the series, visit colostate-pueblo.edu/speakers or call 719/549-2687.
The Wild Fire Tees team hoped they wouldn't need to reconvene, but given the Black Forest Fire, they found themselves needing to mobilize again.
Formed by a collective of local designers, WFT emerged just days after the Waldo Canyon Fire as a way to show community support and raise money for the victims: 100 percent of all proceeds benefited help organizations like Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. This year the recipient is the Pikes Peak Community Foundation Emergency Relief Fund.
Co-founder Sara DeRose points out that WFT never really went away, it just lived on the back burner during the off-season.
“We kind of just kept things going in the background because we thought we might be needed again," she says. "We hoped we wouldn’t be. But we know that recovering from a fire is kind of a long journey and a lot of times there’s a lot of help right up front and then there’s nothing. There’s a couple months of people really wanting to help and then after that, we kind of all go back to normal.”
Which meant the system was already in place when smoke first emerged from Black Forest. The team had already planned on releasing a one-year-anniversary redux of the C-Fire shirt (pictured), but decided to release it early, tweaked to signal the dark trees of the new disaster.
In addition, they re-released certain designs from last year, redesigned a few others and are now offering a zip-up hoodie and children's sizes. When containment reaches 100 percent, they'll release another 2012 design, which you can vote for on their Facebook page. The C-Fire shirt continues to be the most popular. DeRose says over half of all the shirts sold are this design.
“The firefighters really responded to it, [and] people really responded to it as this kind of emblem.”
As before, they're also donating shirts to first responders. This time around first two went to Sheriff Terry Maketa and Incident Commander Rich Harvey. Right now, about 215 people have donated shirts (which WFT sets up so the $20 price of the shirt still goes to charity).
Though the numbers are growing every day, DeRose says that between the two fires, WFT has raised about $375,000, and tomorrow at 2 p.m., they'll present the first chunk of funds, $75,000, to the PPCF in a public ceremony.
“We like those big checks, you know?” DeRose laughs, referring to the physical size of the check. WFT will also be present at the Colorado Springs Together anniversary event June 26 in Mountain Shadows Park.
WFT was inspired by a similar effort following the Balstrop Fire in central Texas, and has since inspired another movement, Tornado Tees, which raises money for victims of the May 2013 twisters there. After Hurricane Sandy, WFT sent $3,000 to a Red Hook neighborhood initiative when one designer, moved by the devastation of the storm, pitched a shirt.
But WFT has no plans of going big, or moving anywhere. DeRose is happy to let other like-minded groups pick their collective brain, but here is where they're hearts are. That means they'll be standing by in the future too, ready to help if needed.
From its modest beginnings in 2006, Daytrotter has grown into a hyperactive American equivalent to the dearly departed Peel Sessions.
In the last two weeks alone, the site has posted exclusive performances by artists like Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Drivin' 'n' Cryin', Ron Sexsmith, Owen's Mike Kinsella, Suede, the Greyboy All-Stars and, oh yeah, Colorado Springs' own Mike Clark.
Posted earlier today, the session features the Sugar Sounds leader and Haunted Windchimes member accompanied only by his electric guitar.
You can go here to stream or, if you're a Daytrotter member, download all five songs.
From the listings desk: Sometimes a few hours away from the world is the best medicine. So here are a handful of events that are still scheduled to occur this weekend. They are subject to change, of course, so check back for updates.
• The Odd Couple, a staging of Neil Simon's screwball comedy masterpiece, about two 1960's buddies who find themselves unexpectedly sharing an apartment. SET will collect non-perishable food donations for Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado for fire victims. Through June 23, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Springs Ensemble Theatre, 1903 E. Cache La Poudre St., 357-3080, springsensembletheatre.org.
• Oliver!, a rendition of the classic Dickens musical from the students and faculty of the Colorado Springs Conservatory. June 13-15. $10-$20. CC's Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache la Poudre St., 389-6000, csconservatory.org.
• Summer Dance Festival Performance Showcase, a night of original dance from Ayo Jackson and Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo, former members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Colorado College Artist in Residence Patrizia Herminjard, and alumna Casey Avaunt. Fri., June 14, 8 p.m. $10-$15. CC's Cossitt Hall, 906 N. Cascade Ave., coloradocollege.edu.
• First Annual Red Nose Day, a day celebrating the MAT's new location, with family activities, free red noses, a photo booth and ice cream. Following that, the Big Bubble Circus will perform at 7 p.m. ($10.50), and the RiP improv troupe at 9 p.m. ($12). Sat., June 15, 2-5 p.m. Free. Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., 465-6321, themat.org.
• Springs Spree, a family-friendly event with three entertainment stages, 20 carnival rides, the Father's Day 8K run, a car show, human hamster ball rides, and whole lot more. June 15-16. Free. Memorial Park, 1605 E. Pikes Peak Ave., springsspree.org.
• Heuberger Subaru Starlight Spectacular, a fun nighttime bike ride suitable for all ages and abilities, with music, food and drink, and prizes for best illuminated bike and best costume. Proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Sat., June 15, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center, 1805 N. 30th St., 633-6884, starlightspectacular.org.
• Feast of Saint Arnold, a celebration of Colorado culture, featuring craft beer, wine and spirits tastings, a family fun fair and a volksmarch. Proceeds go to Ft. Carson soldiers and their families. Sat., June 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $15-$55. Chapel of Our Savior Episcopal Parish in The Broadmoor, 8 Fourth St., 633-2667, brownpapertickets.com/event/381840.
Afterward, you can stroll down to the Triple Nickel to catch a rare performance by the Jack Trades, who'll be sharing the bill with itinerant Californian Willy Tea Taylor and his band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit.
The decline of the record industry may or may not be real, but the death of the compact disc is definitely being exaggerated. How else to explain the avalanche of shiny plastic discs being released here in town?
At the Black Sheep tonight, instrumental band Autumn Creatures will share the stage with Knight in Colors and Mobdividual, all of whom are celebrating brand new CDs.
Also this evening, those who missed out on Changing Colors’ recent album release show will be able to catch an encore performance at the Triple Nickel Tavern.
Then on Friday, the Black Sheep will host a debut EP celebration with Why They Fight, a Colorado Springs “power-pop/pop-punk band just making music for a sad and lonely world.”
And now, for maximum enjoyment, watch the video below in order to understand how this CD technology can enhance YOUR life.
“There’s a couple of ‘Fuck, yeah!’ moments where everything just really worked on this record,” says Inelements’ Eric Madrid in the “sneak peek” video below. “When the guitar parts start crossing, it just comes in and it’ll make you cry.”
Colorado Springs most eclectic hard rock band will be unleashing its new EP next month, and celebrating with a CD release show at the Black Sheep on July 13.
In the meantime, you can check out the clip below, followed by a video for the title track with time-lapse footage of Jennifer Campbell creating the cover art.
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Ghosts. In this age of random terrorism, monthly mass murders and bath-salt massacres, are they even really all that terrifying anymore? When so much real-life horror surrounds us, why put our fear into something that we can’t see or hear or even fully believe in? It seems almost idiotic to do so these days. After five years off the air, the popular Destination America horror anthology A Haunting returns to DVD with its real-life tales of true terror, recounted by frightened eyewitnesses and reenacted by failed actors. As with any anthology, the stories are extremely hit-and-miss, but the ones that hit, however, really do remind you about that fear of specters and phantasms that, while we may push it down in favor of reality, will always be there when we turn out the lights and try not to stare into the dark, lest they get you. If A Haunting is any indication, they always will get you.
Bruce Lee is widely regarded as the ultimate martial arts actor of all-time, but even more than that, he is one of the biggest American icons to ever bust out of celluloid. Shout! Factory has released all four of his non-Enter the Dragon movies as double-feature DVDs. Volume 1 features Lee’s first two big flicks, The Big Boss, wherein Lee is an ice factory worker who takes on the Bangkok heroin trade, and Fist of Fury, with Lee playing a returning student who sets out to avenge the death of his kung-fu master. Both definite classics. The second volume presents The Way of the Dragon, where Lee fights Chuck Norris in the Roman Coliseum in a fight that needs to be seen and, finally, the much-maligned and much-misunderstood Game of Death, which was in the middle of being made when Lee died and was finished using comically obvious stunt-doubles. But, it’s also got that epic fight scene with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which totally makes up for it.
Have you ever watched a movie where, even 10 minutes into it, you’re completely lost, and as it goes on, you only get more and more confounded, but you’re compelled to finish it because you hope that there will be some form of a conclusion and won’t feel like your afternoon was wasted, only, as the credits roll, to be let down and actually kind of angry? Tomorrow You’re Gone is one such movie. It’s got a great cast, including the perpetually disheveled Stephen Dorff and the always reliable Willem Dafoe, but, as far as the plot I can put together goes, apparently Dorff is an ex-con and Dafoe protected him in prison, in exchange for a favor upon release. Dorff is let loose and steals some money and meets a mentally ill porn star named Florence (Michelle Monaghan), and they drive and drive with no real resolution. It’s nowhere near as interesting as that bland synopsis makes it out to be. Tomorrow You’re Gone, but tonight, I’m bored.
In case you haven’t figured it out for yourself, Sexcula is like Dracula, but with sex. At the same time, it’s nothing like Dracula. But there is sex. And there’s a gorilla. Apparently a lost cult classic made in Canada, it's being released for the first time in any format since its original 1974 run. And while it does have a certain campy innocence to it, it’s also a hilariously dated B-movie that attempted to be a real “now” sex-comedy along the lines of a dirtier Young Frankenstein. And there’s a gorilla. We’re introduced to Sexcula, an evil countess, but then a couple goes on a naked picnic for no reason. Meanwhile, a bride is tired of being a virgin, and a female pleasure-robot delivers tons of clunky laughs. It makes no sense. Oh, and did I mention there’s a gorilla? He gets it on with a chick, but don’t worry, PETA: it’s just a guy in a cheap monkey suit in an even cheaper monkey movie.
There's nothing quite so cool as to stumble upon an impromptu live music set along the sidewalk. That's one of the most unexpectedly fun experiences you can happen upon in a bigger city, especially if you're from here.
But come July, we'll have scheduled street performances in a new venture called Sidewalk Stage, thanks to the Downtown Partnership, which is now taking applications from artists to perform music, spoken word, dance, theater and anything else of that stripe for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays July 11 through Aug. 17.
Applications and guidelines are available here, and artists must submit their materials by June 10. Those accepted will be notified June 21.
Per the release:
A three-member jury of artists, arts professionals and community representatives will review artist applications, with artistic quality serving as the primary criteria. Secondary criteria will ensure that Sidewalk Stage features a diverse variety of content that is appropriate for all ages. More information about performance times, artist fees, and the selection process is available in the program guidelines.
This year’s festival will also, for the first time, include workshops and film components. Find more info on those in the latest Reverb column.
Now in its fifth year, the Memorial Day weekend event takes place on the grounds of La Foret Conference & Retreat Center in Black Forest. You can find full information on tickets, late-night indoor concerts and other activities at meadowgrassmusicfestival.org.
4:45 Sera Cahoone
6:30 The David Mayfield Parade
8:30 Blitzen Trapper
11:00 The Changing Colors
2:15 Chauncy Crandall & The Rocket Flies
1:30 Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
3:00 Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore
4:30 Kristen Hersh
6:15 Hot Club of Cowtown
10:15 The Hearafter
11:15 Adam & Stilwagen Gospel Hour
12:30 Charlie Milo Trio
1:45 Patrick Dethlefs
3:30 Jayme Stone's Room of Wonders
5:00 Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer
6:30 Joe Pug
8:30 Todd Snider & Great American Taxi
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Shout! Factory has entered the multiple-movie DVD market that outfits like Mill Creek and Echo Bridge have been dominated as of late, and boy, does it do so with a bang! Shout!'s Action-Packed Movie Marathon is a B-movie fan’s wet dream, featuring four long-sought-after titles on two discs, all to be watched in one marathon viewing, of course. On the first disc is a Fred Olen Ray double-feature of Cyclone, starring ’80s sex bomb Heather Thomas as the protector of a futuristic, highly classified motorcycle, and Alienator, starring 8’0s hunk Jan-Michael Vincent as a no-nonsense space general who sends a towering female bodybuilder to Earth to track down a deadly criminal. As fun as those are, the real treats are on the second disc, starting off with Gary Busey in the redneck revenge thriller Eye of the Tiger — and yes, it’s based on the song by Survivor. Finally, there’s the trashy exploitation flick Exterminator 2, with Robert Ginty returning as the flamethrowing ex-Vietnam vet who cleans the streets of Mario Van Peebles and his cult of dangerous punks. It’s eight hours of pure garbagey fun.
From the makers of The Last Exorcism comes the first found-footage Frankenstein movie, The Frankenstein Theory. And like The Last Exorcism, it’s exceedingly stupid, but quite a bit of fun. The idea of the movie is that the story of Frankenstein was actually based on the experiments of Venkenheim, a revolutionary scientist who was ostracized for his theories of reanimation (and whose premise was stolen by Mary Shelley). His descendant, Professor John Venkenheim, has rediscovered his theories and sets off with a documentary film crew to the Arctic, where he believes the real creature to be living. Tracking unexplained murders and caribou migratory patterns, the team does come face-to-face with the monster in a brutally tense game of cat-and-mouse. While the ending is a bit unsatisfying, the adventure there is a lot of fun, and I think that’s because the movie takes itself so seriously, even in the face of this idiotic premise. No Theory, it’s a fact: This Frankenstein is alive and well.
When I think of great names for fictional action heroes, I think of rugged dudes with names like Jet Tannenhauser or Brick Mantooth. But Lyle Swann? Nope, never. And that’s just the tip of the unlikely spear that is the crazy 1982 time-traveling-western-motorcycle-actioner Timerider, produced by former Monkee Mike Nesmith and financed with his Liquid Paper inheritance. The disheveled Fred Ward is the aforementioned Swann, the world’s greatest off-road racer who is accidentally zapped to 1877 when his motorcycle zooms across a secret government time-travel experiment. As soon as Swann hits Old Mexico, he gets into the bad graces of a gang of cutthroat outlaws, led by the criminally underrated Peter Coyote. Of course, this entire time, Swann has no idea he’s even in the past, even when people think he’s a demon on a mechanical horse. With more comical anachronisms and incestuous plot revelations than a 100 Back to the Futures, Timerider is a sci-fi trek that was, no pun intended, way ahead of its time.
I know that clowns are supposed to be this terrifying horror trope, but let’s face it: Most modern-day attempts to demonize the painted dopes are laughably bad. The last scary clown I can even remember was Pennywise in It, and that was a cheap made-for-TV movie from more than 20 years ago. Since then, it’s just a bargain-basement way to knock off teens quicker than backwoods hillbillies or shambling zombies. The latest culprit is Stitches, a thoroughly unlikeable Irish import that tries to be a ready-made cult film, but will be than likely be ready-made for the $5 bin at Wal-Mart. A dirty, degenerate clown is accidentally killed at a birthday party, and a cult of clowns resurrects him in a bid for big-shoed revenge. Desperately clinging to the thin line of horror and comedy, Stitches never really achieves either. It's the cinematic equivalent of the hobo clown that gets kicked in the face by an angry bull at a rodeo, and about half as fun to watch.
Is there really anyone among us who doesn’t enjoy the wise-cracking antics of the MST3K crew? In Shout! Factory’s 26th (!) volume of their four-disc collections of some of the beloved series’ most requested episodes; they prove that they haven’t been padding them the higher they get up in number. Featuring Mike, Joel and the bots’ classic snipes on such films as the Bert I. Gordon sword-and-sorcery cheapie The Magic Sword; supermodel Kathy Ireland as a beleaguered surfer girl in Alien from L.A.; the Italian 007 rip-off Danger!! Death Ray; and, of course, the John Agar underground adventure The Mole People, these titles are packed with more laughs per minute than any other comedy available on the market. It’s a true testament to the enduring popularity and legacy of this show, and how we need it back on the air more than ever. But, seeing as how that’ll never happen, just sign me up for Volume 27, please.
When a softball-sized fragment of dark matter rips a hole straight through the Earth and causes the planet to stop rotating, it could only mean one thing: You’re watching a made-for-SyFy movie! According to top scientists, when the Earth stops rotating, it will cause catastrophic solar flares that will slash cars in half and incinerate crooked government agents. It’s up to one of the good agents and a scientist to find another scientist who, many years back, built a machine that could jump-start the Earth in such a predicament as this. Along the way, the good agent’s computer hacker kid and his girlfriend help, especially when it comes to those shadowy government types that want to relocate only the desirables to the few remaining strips of land that will survive. It’s goofy, it’s dumb, it’s fun — it’s a SyFy movie. And that’s probably the best thing you could say about it.
I never watched The Sopranos, so the hubbub over James Gandolfini is completely lost on me. As a matter of fact, for a number of years I confused him with Michael Chiklis, from The Shield. Because of this, I pretty much had a completely fresh slate about the man going into the tepid drama Down the Shore. As a matter of fact, I actually found him the weakest part of the picture, with his characterization of the sheltered Jersey Shore amusement park operator kind of flat and blasé. He’s continually outshone by French actor Edoardo Costa, as his late sister’s husband who has come from France to help Gandolfini run the amusement park. Because the filmmakers were unsure that that was interesting enough, they added plenty of secrets and intrigue about shocking events that occurred many years ago to spice things up. It was an unnecessary plot point, wherein the relationship between these two men should’ve been the whole movie.
For this week’s zombie movie, we have the decidedly Canadian flick 13 Eerie. And, like most weeks' zombie movies, it’s truly offers nothing new or exciting to the genre. But, hey, at least it’s a watchable way to kill about 87 minutes. A group of forensic undergrads, doing fieldwork with real bodies on a remote stretch of land, find their corpses getting up and walking around and biting off their extremities. How did this happen? Well, the area also happens to an abandoned research facility where the government was testing illegal biological weapons on convicted criminals. The zombies are a nice change of pace — they’re obvious rubber-suited stuntmen — but at least they try to inject personality into them, which is more than I can say for the interchangeable CW-ready cast. They fall, they scream, they die. You rent, you watch, you try to stay awake, you smile and shrug. Entertainment that’s as disposable as the cast.
Tonight's the season finale of Season 16 of Dancing With the Stars, a season that pales in comparison to last year's most-awesome All-Star round, not to mention Season 13, in which J.R. Martinez, a soap star, motivational speaker and vet, took home the mirror ball trophy.
Another reason probably has something to do with the fact that Jacoby Jones is still in the running, and — hello! — we must not promote the Baltimore Ravens. Gross.
Martinez won a huge following just by being a nice guy who, despite his lack of past experience, could really dance. He also overcame huge physical and emotional hurdles after suffering terrible burns following an IED explosion while deployed in Iraq in 2003.
So, the guy knows a thing or two about serious shit, which is why it's fitting that he'll be the keynote speaker at this year's Heroes of Mental Health Luncheon, hosted annually by AspenPointe. Tickets aren't yet available for the Oct. 15 affair, as AspenPointe will next month begin to accept nominations for the this year's Hero of Mental Health. (Last year's recipient: Dr. Sara Qualls.)