Vinyl night offers music-lovers connection

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The vinyl countdown:

Patrons Matt West and his daughter, Mariah West, pose with vinyl covers at Phoenix Books and Music.

Isaiah Colbert

Music lovers who long to share songs with others but have nowhere to go don’t need to look any further than the Knights of the Turntable at Phoenix Books and Music’s Vinyl Night.

During Vinyl Night, customers discuss why they like the music they share what they know about the artists or the group and their history and style of music. “It’s an educational thing as well as a lot of fun,” Don McKee, owner of Phoenix Books and Music, said.

Nights at the Turntable began nine years ago, during the resurgence of vinyl. Two huge vinyl collectors happened to be shopping in McKee’s store at the same time. McKee suggested that the customers get to know each other. When the three of them started to talk about music, they realized rather than having an accidental meeting with someone in a store, they needed to do so on a regular basis.

Knights of the Roundtable started out as a suggested name when McKee invited a few people over to listen and discuss music in his basement. Knights of the Turntable became the title of the group where everyone is invited to come and share music that they love.

Vinyl Night is an event that takes place the first Thursday of the month at Phoenix Books and Music. For two years, everyone who comes gets to bring their own music.

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Morality and Everyman

Spring play portrays values in uncommon ways

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Actions in life follow in one can escape judgement day.

Illistrations by Isaiah Colbert

This year’s spring play is “Everyman.” The original author of the play is unknown.

The play is set during the 14th century, and it was used by the Catholic Church to teach people about the right way to live. The main character, Everyman, represents all of the public and how they live their lives. The play revolves around Everyman and his journey to get help from fellowship, good deeds, forgiveness and others after Death has allowed him more time because he begged for some to get everything in order. In his life, Everyman hasn’t been paying attention to Good Deeds and the others, so they don’t want to help him.

All of them are found in different places; for example, Fellowship is in a bar, Good Deeds is in a nursing home, and Everyman needs to seek out Forgiveness. The play helps show how people tend to live their lives in compartmentalized ways. Director Jason Pasqua put his own spin on the play, adding a scene and allowing actors to contribute changes.

“The play offers many things to a 14th century audience, and an audience needs to know what was offered,” Pasqua said.

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Ride the lightning

Instructor bringing metal back

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Ed Novotny, adjunct guitar instructor, adds the dynamics of being a heavy metal musician and a former student at Laramie County Community College to the music program.

Novotny has been working at LCCC since 2011. “I can work with students within a band setting or I can work with students in a choir setting,” Novotny said.

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Theater partners with elementary school for
Christmas production

Christmas Thoughts

Laramie County Community College’s theater has partnered with the students of Afflerbach Elementary to perform the “I Wish…” stage reading to get into the holiday spirit.

“The students of Afflerbach Elementary have been asked to write a couple of paragraphs about what the holidays mean to them,” Jason Pasqua, theater instructor at LCCC, said. “We’ve left it completely open. We wanted to give Afflerbach teachers a chance to integrate writing in whatever way they see fit.”

Along with paragraphs of what the holidays mean to them, Afflerbach students plan to draw accompanying pictures for a stage reading.

“Theater students, Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, anybody who wants to be involved, we’re going to read these paragraphs,” Pasqua said. “We’re going to invite Afflerbach students and their parents and essentially do kids theater.”

“Over at Afflerbach Elementary there are many students for whom English is not their native language. It’s Spanish,” Pasqua said. “If they write and speak in Spanish, then it will be performed in Spanish as well.”

“What we’re going to do is minimal editing so that we can be very true to their writing. The bottom line is that it’s going to be cute, it’s going to be fun, and the kids will get such a kick out of it,” Pasqua said.

Unfortunately, not all the students’ paragraphs will be performed.

“I wish we could do all of them. We’re looking for each night to be somewhere in the 45-minute-to-an-hour range. What we hope to do is one night is one group and one night is another group. Each night is different. Parents can come on the night of their students’ paragraph is done,” Pasqua said.

“I think it’s going to be fun. It’s going to be a good time.”

The “I wish…” stage reading will at 7 p.m. Dec. 8-10 at the LCCC Playhouse.

College displays former student's art in gallery

Carol McDonald

A former Laramie County Community College student will return to the college to display her ceramic art with her exhibit titled “House Party.”

Carol McDonald first took ceramics classes at Central High School, but her attachment to art started even earlier.

“I’ve kind of always drawn. When I was a little kid I started with sculpting clay that you can cook in your oven,” McDonald said.

McDonald continued her education at LCCC, and McDonald credits her advancement in ceramics at LCCC to Matt West, LCCC art instructor. McDonald’s work has been in shows in California, Texas, Nebraska and Wyoming.

McDonald said she’s excited to have the opportunity to have her work in the Esther and John Clay Fine Art Gallery, where she herself has seen so many exhibits. “There are fantastic artists that have been to our gallery,” she said. “It’s awesome that I can be in the same spot that they can. I usually see people who are in the New York Times, and I’m in there.”

McDonald said her work is heavily influenced by mid-century modern architecture and design, “things from the late ’40s to the early ’60s: low swooping roof lines, large windows.

“I like the brick work that they had back then with long horizontal bricks. I’m interested in the furniture from that period. A clean simple aesthetic that’s kind of minimalist,” McDonald said.

McDonald said the exhibit will contain her most recent work and that she has reached the point that she has her own style. “It’s taken a long time, but I feel I have my own understanding of ceramics,” she said. “I feel like the work right now is strong. There’s enough of it with enough diversity that it works together, but it’s still interesting.”

The reception for “House Party” takes place at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1. The exhibit will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 1 to March 3, Monday through Friday in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery.




The Small Ensemble concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 at the LCCC Playhouse. This concert will feature the LCCC Celtic Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Vocal Cantorei.

The Large Ensemble’s holiday concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Dec. 11 at South High School. Performances will be given by the LCCC Wind Symphony, Collegiate Chorale, and String Ensemble.

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