Margaret Hair: What do you want to see in 4 Points?

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Margaret Hair

Margaret Hair's column appears Fridays in the 4 Points arts and entertainment section in the Steamboat Today. Contact her at 871-4204 or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

After covering the arts in this town for four months, I'd like to think that the first sentence of the first column I wrote for this section - "I don't know anything about Steamboat Springs" - is no longer true.

And, as requested in that introduction, "Steamboat residents who care about the music, visual arts, theater, bars and restaurants that give the town character outside the mountain" have turned out in force to guide the way to getting all those things covered in this publication.

It's the last part of that introduction - where I made a promise somewhere along the lines of, "I plan to change, over the course of a few months or however long it takes, almost everything (well, about half of everything) about 4 Points" - that might by now seem like a blatant lie.

It was probably more along the lines of extreme idealism. The audacity of hope, you could say. Overhauls can tend to take longer than you'd like them to.

So, you, avid 4 Points reader, are cordially invited to let me know what you think could be done better in the section, what is missing, what is present but could go - anything, really, that has some relation to the content in these 20 pages.

A couple of suggestions, to get ideas brewing:

¤ As much as I enjoy writing all of the local arts content you read in the Steamboat Pilot & Today on a weekly basis, from time to time, all that reflecting and opining starts to feel like I'm publishing a diary. And that's bad style.

Getting voices into the section other than my own is a developing idea, and it's one we (at the paper) would like to get some feedback on. So, if you're interested in contributing reviews of new music or movies - or if you think publishing those reviews would be a catastrophic failure - let me know. Send writing samples to mhair@steamboatpilot.com.

¤ This one is more a question than a suggestion: How many of you read the CD reviews page? If you do, what kinds of music are you interested in reading about? For example, would you rather read a review of the Josh Groban Christmas compilation (remember, he was on "American Idol") or a live Daft Punk record? The winner of that particular match-up - which, as a matter of preserving my own sanity, wasn't much of a battle - is on page 6, but I'd like to know what kinds of genre preferences I'm looking at when writing these things.

¤ 4 Points is always looking to feature local artists and musicians who are doing their thing outside of the formal arts community. If you're in a band but don't play shows at set venues, or if you're an artist who isn't affiliated with an art gallery, let me know - those are the kinds of stories that are hard to find, even after four months.

- To reach Margaret Hair, call 871-4204

or e-mail mhair@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

dimwitiguess 6 years, 4 months ago

Margaret,

Sorry, but I hardly look at Four Points, just enough to get my fingers on it and toss it aside. Most of the stuff in that section looks unappealing though it's obvious the attempt is to appeal and to dress it up for someone. That someone is not me. It seems to fit the "stuffed-shirt" element in this town. Esoteric and, fankly, quite boring.

There are people "outside the formal arts community" doing their thing. That's where you need to focus - on the proletariat. Your paper is creating a rubbish section.

For me you'll need to find out what the other 70% of this town make-up enjoys. Just trying to help, but I'm only a dimwitiguess.

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id04sp 6 years, 4 months ago

Regular black and white text on newsprint recycles best. Since most of Four Points goes straight to the landfill or into the recycling bin, I'd suggest staying away from anything that has color in it because of the water-soluble tints and dyes that will eventually seep into the water table.

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blahblahblah 6 years, 3 months ago

Focus on the proletariat? Umm... okay.

But seriously Margaret, I rather enjoy your CD reviews and other reviews on the arts. One suggestion that I'd make is that there were weekly focuses on artists and/or bands from and/or coming to this area. Your paper does that whole meet-the-townie thing but it would be nice to see what some of the local artists are like. Maybe try to really dig up some of that local flavor.

Otherwise, I think that you're doing a fine job.

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Token 6 years, 3 months ago

Your doing great. Love to see anything hip, cool, different, progressive. There's already plenty of the boring "same-old, same-old" out there...

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 3 months ago

I've been reading the steamboat pilot almost daily and honestly I don't ever recall the section you are referring to. hmm

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Matthew Stoddard 6 years, 3 months ago

CoNative- That's because it's not daily; it's Fridaily.

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