If there's a giant squid hurling gutter balls next to a harlot in pasties, hot pants and yucky brown rented shoes, then Beats & Bowling must be twinkling its toes again. The competition, which rolls its fifth installment tonight, assembles costumed and themed teams of music-industry enthusiasts who throw it down at Elitch Lanes, 3825 Tennyson Street, for a little scene notoriety and over a thousand dollars in prizes, trophies and titles. "The costumes are always great," says host MileHighHouse Productions' Eric Shimp, who's known among this crowd as Sexclown. "We reward people well for dressing up and looking good."Beats & Bowling is a hub where DJs, producers and fans of the electronic-music scene can convene over a simple concept: Knock down the most pins to secure bragging rights and -- more important -- control of the turntables for the evening. The more games a team wins, the more time the members can spin.
Electronic-music kingpin Barry Weaver is flying in from San Diego so MileHighHouse can add him to tonight's roster, but unless he's a ringer with a 300 average, not even Weaver is guaranteed table time.
Shimp says everyone from twenty-something club kids to people in their fifties join alley regulars to pack the lanes for the event. "Sexy, wealthy or influential people are always invited," he chortles, "but you still have to be able to bowl."
Pins start flying at 9 p.m. tonight; get your $10 advance tickets at Buffalo Exchange, 230 East 13th Avenue, or pay $15 at the door. Bowlers must be 21 or over to attend. Go to www.milehighhouse.com for details. -- Kity Ironton
CSO passes out hot Halloween goodies
Forget sedate and stuffy: Expect high-wattage entertainment at tonight's Colorado Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Performance. It features two popular crossover musicians: bluegrass fiddler turned contemporary composer and violinist Mark O'Connor and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg."Mark has been appealing to different types of people for a long time, and Nadja is a visually dynamic performer -- she's breathtakingly daring," says CSO spokesman Gene Sobczak. "It's going to be a hot concert."
Conducted by CSO maestra Marin Alsop, the program will consist of Samuel Barber's Symphony No. 1, Emily Wong's "Structures III" and two pieces composed by O'Connor, "Johnny Appleseed Suite" and "Double Violin Concerto," both of which are being recorded in Denver this weekend.
The concert will be performed tonight and tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Boettcher Concert Hall at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, 14th and Curtis streets. Ticket prices range from $17.50 to $75.
For information or to purchase tickets, call 303-893-4100 or visit www.coloradosymphony.org. "It's going to be a great night of classical music," promises Sobczak. -- Julie Dunn