Randolph Sings ‘Two Pesos Pobres’ at New Orleans Fundraiser
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RIDGWAY – Ridgway resident John Randolph performed “Two Pesos Pobres” Dec. 8 at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs conference in New Orleans to a crowd of more than 400.

The performance can be viewed at

AFOP will benefit from sales of Randolph's CD, which can be purchased by emailing Randolph at or by calling 970/626-3105.

A studio version of the song can be heard at

Written in both Spanish and English, “Two Pesos Pobres” describes Randolph’s feelings about his years working as a U.S. Border Patrol agent. (Randolph’s guest commentary on the subject appears in this week’s edition of The Watch).

As Randolph sings in the introduction to “Two Pesos Pobres,” Mexican “undocumenteds” face a tough and often dangerous choice in seeking a better life.

Campesinos Mexicanos will you survive?

Pobreza, corupcion, y narco-violencia

It’s harder and harder, to cross the line

Will you get through, or will you die trying?

Y Los Americanos, ellos no comprenden…

Hopelessly poor in a desperate land

Houses of pallets, they do what they can

Campesinos Mexicanos – they farm to survive

Necesitan trabajo, without it they’ll die

Sin papeles legales – they run for their lives

Cosechas Americanas – al Norte they arrive

Los ninos se lloran, ‘apa – a donde vas?

Their families are starving – what is the cause?

They love this new country, they love USA

They start their new families aqui they will stay

Por favor, please forgive them for crossing your line

They seek a new future, aqui on your side

Of the New Orleans visit, Randolph reported: “AFOP people are wonderful and have such a great cause. We especially thank Meriel Shire of AFOP.”

Lustre Gallery Celebrates Fifth Anniversary TELLURIDE – Lustre Gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary Friday, Dec. 30, from 5-8 p.m. The gallery, at 171 South Pine St., asks customers to “please stop by so that we may personally thank you for your patronage and support!”

Coming Up at Around the Corner Art Gallery MONTROSE – Life Drawing sessions with a live model will take place Monday, Jan. 3 and Monday, Jan. 17, at Around the Corner Art Gallery, 447 E. Main St., in Montrose.

The January guest artist at Around the Corner Art Gallery is wildlife photographer Robert Hall. An opening reception will be held Friday, Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m. (wine and appetizers will be served).

The gallery will feature a four-week watercolor workshop with Loretta Casler beginning Wednesdays, Jan. 12, and continuing on subsequent Wednesdays (Jan. 19 and 26 and on Feb. 2) in early 2011.

Students should have some watercolor painting experience.

In March, nationally known artist and instructor Carl Purcell will teach a three-day drawing and painting workshop (March 24-26, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., each day) at the Cimarron Creek Clubhouse.

Purcell’s work can be viewed at; her workshop costs $225. For registration, contact Around the Corner at 970/249-4243.

Ah Haa School Hosts Second Annual New Year’s Eve Gala TELLURIDE – The Ah Haa School for the Arts hosts its Second Annual New Year’s Eve Gala, featuring artist Susan X. Billings, at its 300 South Townsend Ave. flagship Friday, Dec. 31, 6:30-10 p.m.

Tickets cost $250 per person, and can be purchased by calling or stopping by Ah Haa School for the Arts. The event will be catered by Aemono Fine Foods, with music provided by the Mike Pale Jazz Trio and entertainment from the Squidshow Theater Group. There will be a high-end wine auction, as well as a live auction of two original pieces by Billings. So if you’re looking for a New Year’s Eve to remember, come celebrate with the Ah Haa School.

Billings’ artwork will be on display in the Daniel Tucker Gallery through January, for fans who can’t wait to see her new work. Ah Haa student artwork will be on display through January as well, in the East Gallery. 
Proceeds from the New Year’s Eve event will go to the Ah Haa School’s general operating fund.

Ah Haa Artists’ Holiday Sale Extended TELLURIDE – Come support local your local Ah Haa artists at a holiday fundraising sale through this Friday, Dec. 24, beneath Sunshine Pharmacy, on Oak St., at the former Slopestyle store, and shop for unique holiday gifts.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the purchase of a much-needed new reduction kiln and other ceramic facility needs at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. Participating artists include Jacey Depriest (ceramics), Emily Wilbert (ceramics), Andy Ward (furniture), Adrienne Lent (ceramics), Danelle Norman (ceramics), Jody Borzilleri (sweet treats), Michelle Montague (ceramics), Kara Johnson (jewelry), and Anjali Sawant (paintings); shoppers will also find items from ReCAPS (repurposed fabric hats and repurposed fabric bags), Ah Haa gift certificates, merchandise and more. Call 728-3886 for more information.

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