First Take

The Sam Sandos Christmas Dinner Basket Program  has been making memorable holidays for more than three decades.  The legendary West Denver city councilman began a legacy that endures today, and it's carried on by the current District 3 Councilman, Paul Lopez.

"Back in the 1970s, Councilman Sandos, Joe Lucero and a bunch of folks from the neighborhood delivered Christmas meals from the back of a pickup truck."

Goshawks, spiders, a storyteller and a girl named Alia populate the latest story around the bright red Christmas flower known as the poinsettia.  But  Colorado-based author Patricia Ann Reid mined her tale from ancient Mexican myth and history to write "The Magical Red Flower - An Aztec Legend" (2013, Witch's Corner, Golden, CO ).  Illustrator is Daniel Luna.  Reid visited KUVO to read from her book.

In our ongoing search for holiday food traditions, a co-worker told me about her Venezuelan favorite, Hallacas.  The hallaca is more than a tamale, WAY more, involving stew, making dough, wrapping in banana leaves, and lots of family members to do all the work.

The most insight I gained was from watching the three-part tutorial on YouTube, posted by Bay area chef and cultural anthropologist Adriana Lopez.

Here's the link to Part 1 of 3 on YouTube.  You will want to watch them all!

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Duke Ellington composed “I’ve Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good” in 1941 for the musical revue Jump for Joy shortly before production started. Lyrics were added by Paul Francis Webster. 

The revue “aimed at banishing forever the stereotypical eyerolling, dialect, and shuffling gait,"  according to Patricia Willard, Ellington’s publicist.

Disappointingly, this revue never made the journey from the West Coast to Broadway, although this song later did so.

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“You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” was written by Cole Porter in 1942 for the movie “Something to Shout About," where it was debuted by Don Ameche and Janet Blair.

Tune in to First Take with Lando and Chavis - weekdays from 6-9 am MT - for Stories of Standards to hear our favorite versions of this song all week long!

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