Briefs for Friday, Oct. 24

Council plans party at Depot

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council is planning a Halloween party at the Depot. The Dead Man's Boogie is a resurrection of the Depot Art Center. Halloween parties of the past. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31. A DJ will be spinning tunes from 8 to 11 p.m. There will be a cash bar, $100 prize for best costume and tarot readings. Tickets are $15 at the door or in advance at the Depot. Proceeds benefit the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Drama club has auditions

Auditions will be held for the South Routt Community Drama Club's production of "The Ferndale Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society's Production of A Christmas Carol" at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Soroco Middle School Auditorium. If you are unable to attend the auditions but would like to participate, call Bea Cole at 736-1153.

Gallery wants local artworks

The Sleeping Giant Gallery, opening Saturday at 624 Lincoln Ave., is looking for work by local artists. All styles and media will be considered for exhibition, and shows will be scheduled monthly. Submit slides by calling Jill Bergman at 736-0621. Deadline for entries is Nov. 24.

Competition for graphics

Ride Snowboards and ArtLink are looking for artists to enter the second annual "Snowboard Art 2: A Graphics Competition" scheduled for exhibition in February.

The grand-prize design will be printed on five limited edition Ride snowboards. The grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and one of the limited-edition Ride snowboards decorated with the design. The remaining four boards will be used for fund-raising purposes for the Surfrider Foundation's Snowrider Project, a national outreach program that seeks to educate snow-sport enthusiasts and Alpine communities on the interrelationship between the mountain and coastal environments and promote watershed stewardship.

The competition is open to all artists working in any two-dimensional medium that is designed to fit the official snowboard template. The Intent to Enter deadline is Dec. 17. Details are available at www.artlinksteamboat.org, www.ridesnowboards.com and www.artdeadline.com. Entries from the first design competition can be viewed online at www.artlinksteamboat.org.

The design competition will be held and exhibited in Steamboat. An awards presentation will follow in February.

Gardner's great adventure

Steamboat resident Dave Gardner continues his adventures in Antarctica, where he is working for the winter. He wrote:

"It's 3:30 a.m., nine hours into my first 12-hour night shift, and I'm beginning to hallucinate. I have no idea what Chuck Taylor high tops and chocolate donuts have in common. All I know is that the caffeine wore off hours ago.

Like last year, I'm starting the season working night shifts -- five 12-hours shifts per week, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The sun still sets briefly each evening behind the TransAntarctic Range, although the pathetic illusion of night that we experience here won't last much longer. Nighttime during the summer reads like 4 hours of eerie alpenglow sandwiched between 20 hours of unrelenting brightness. Woe to the guy who breaks his only pair of sunglasses and has to don the neon green Wayfarers from the lost-and-found bin for the remainder of the season.

My present sleep deprivation (I'm going on 20 hours here) is causing my writing to wander like a drunken sailor, so I'll just go with it.

My job this season in Antarctica is to plan cargo loads. All flights out of McMurdo, whether heading to the South Pole or to Christchurch, carry cargo and/or passengers. In fact, one of the most extreme construction projects ever attempted is to build the new South Pole Station. The old "dome" is being buried by drifting snow -- a pretty obvious design flaw. The new station will be constructed on stilts and ratcheted higher every few years.

My job is indoors this year, as opposed to being outdoors last year. The view is not as good (I don't have any windows) but I stay warmer. I've got what is sarcastically known by many of the tradespeople here as a "tennis shoe" job.

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