The Bluebirdís Cinema, Sips & Sounds film series takes flight.

Kalisher, who will continue as Soma's director of booking, says Next will maximize Vinyl's multi-level environment by filling the two rooms with different styles and sounds. "We'll do something like have big European, progressive DJs in one room," he says, "while in the other we might have some more eclectic DJs in the Kruder & Dorfmeister realm. It'll allow us to cover a broader spectrum of the dance music scene. And it will also allow us to promote local up-and-coming DJs, who will spin downstairs each night before the national DJ comes in." Kalisher also plans to host monthly showcases from local DJ collectives, including the Humble Souls and the Casa del Soul crews, though his primary focus will be on bringing the stars of the dance world (many of whom will be co-billed at Soma) to the Mile High City.

"A lot of clubs have opened up in Denver, and they provide a dance floor and some music and a place for singles to hook up, but they don't have a real commitment to the music," Kalisher says. "The secret of the success of any club is that the people behind it have got to have a real love for the music. You can't just book a DJ from London once every six months and represent yourself as a superclub on the international scene."

A superclub? That's exactly what Christau and Kalisher are going for. We're looking forward to seeing what's next at Next.

As everyone knows, punk rockers are dispirited, cynical beings interested only in smashing imperialism, beer bottles and the fragile skulls of little puppy dogs. But then, however shall we account for a new event that places these antisocial miscreants in the wholesome environs of a bowling alley? On Thursday, January 18, Suburban Home Records and the Cat will co-sponsor the Punk Rock Bowling Tournament at the Sonesta Bowling Lanes (8800 Grant Street, Thornton), in which teams from local bands and businesses will strut around in rented shoes. More confounding, the tourney will be followed by two hours of lane-side karaoke -- possibly the single most unpunk-rock thing imaginable (after PBS travel-show host Rick Steves).

So what's gotten into everyone? Time was when chain-smoking was the only sport these hardened anarchists would endorse. Maybe it's money lust: Participating bowlers will compete for monetary prizes ($200 for first, $125 for second, $75 for third). They'll also clamor for bragging rights the following night, when winners will be celebrated in a special awards show at the Cat (2334 Welton) and allowed to hold court over performances from Pinhead Circus, Fort Collins's Armchair Martian, Stereotyperider and the Gamits. Both the tournament and the awards show are open to anyone over eighteen; team registration is $50 and covers rentals as well as admission to the Cat on Friday.

If you fear bowling, as so many of us do, there are other ways to get into the music game this week. On Friday, January 19, the Quixote's crowd will jam to the Tony Furtado Band's jazzy, banjo-laden string thing (ask about the club's new shuttle to and from Sancho's Broken Arrow, its companion venue on Colfax; it's a nice, DUI- preventing service)...Also on Friday, January 19, Mere, Last Great Day and Hank & the Hankstirs take the stage at Herman's Hideaway; United Dope Front, the Open Air Ensemble (featuring members of the Motet and Fat Mama) and the All Mighty Senators will command the Gothic Theatre; and Willie & the Po Boys will serve up some soul at The Border restaurant, 2014 South University Boulevard. (The Boys' light show will be provided by Phil "The Fan" Hamon, subject of my November 30 "Shine On," who says he's been besieged by gig offers in recent months; when he's not busy lighting Willie and company, you can catch Phil at Herman's most weekend nights). And should you prefer to mix Slavic polka with your punk, check out DeVotchKa and Unsound at the 15th Street Tavern on Saturday, January 20. Sounds as if the weekend might shape up to be a super melodrama.

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