Haute Dogs

Mutts & Models struts its puppy love

FRI, 1/16

Given enough time, I do believe that people eventually begin to look like their pets. I've seen it happen: English bulldogs marching their masters down the street, both of them with oddly sagging jowls; poodles with their hair and nails done, exactly matching their owners' style. Honestly, it's a bit creepy, and I'm afraid that in ten years I will look like my 114-pound Rottweiler, Nina. The real test of the theory, however, comes at the annual Mutts & Models gala fundraiser for Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital. For the third year, local celebrities and their pups will play I'm-too-sexy down the catwalk as they model the latest fashions. Tonight, Bronco wide receiver Ashley Lelie will be strutting the stage at the Gothic Theatre (3263 South Broadway), and Miss Colorado USA, Janel Haw, will be escorted by her bichon frise, Winston. It's worth the $115-$150 ticket price just to see how a beauty queen compares to her dog.

Sex and the City designer David Rodriguez, Auer's and Andrisen Morton are providing the fashions for tonight's theme, "Pets in the City." And don't feel bad if the hair and makeup has a don't-try-this-at-home vibe: The up-dos and smoky eyes are being created by Antoine du Chez. For the fashion-inhibited, there will be an auction with a Mercedes-Benz, a trip to Seattle and a fantasy dinner at the D&F Tower up for grabs.

Society moneymaker Holly Kylberg is expecting 600 of Denver's glitterati to turn up with checkbooks in hand to meet the fundraising goal of $100,000, which goes toward providing low-cost vet services. So show up at 7 p.m. in your most glamorous attire -- or send a donation to Harrison Memorial, which is in need of surgical lights and kennels.

For tickets or more information, call 303-722-2100, ext. 332, or visit www.blacktie-colorado.com. -- Amy Haimerl

Charitable Suds
The Pumphouse toasts Boulder's finest
SAT, 1/17

Chugalug at the Pumphouse Brewery and Restaurant today, and douse Boulder's Bravest with a little lager love. The Strong Ale Festival will mix food, fun and some strange brews from noon to 4 p.m. in a benefit for the Boulder County Wild Fire Fighters Cooperative. For ten bucks you receive six taster tickets that twelve Front Range breweries will accept for their ales -- and when they say "strong," they're talking about 7 to 12 percent pure muscle. "It's a connoisseur kind of event," says Pumphouse head brewer David Mentus. "This is some pretty hefty stuff." Mentus says that Pumphouse, at 540 Main Street in Longmont, will be taken over for a good cause. "This is just our way of doing a little something for the community and supporting the people who protect our open spaces, our homes and forests."

A raffle and live auction of donated goods and "beer gear" will add a few more pennies to the firefighters' boot, and everyone will leave with a souvenir Pumphouse pint. For more information (or directions for your designated driver), call 303-702-0881. -- Kity Ironton

 
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