Denver fashionistas no longer have to make a run for the coasts to deck themselves out in red-hot designer duds. Now they can simply strut down to Skye, a newly opened LoDo boutique. "I really think it's time to put Denver on the fashion map," says owner Skye Forrest. "The whole goal is to bring in [clothing] lines that aren't currently offered here. Hopefully, this will start a trend."
Forrest traveled to London, Paris and Milan to assemble the clothes, shoes, purses, hats and custom-made jewelry featured at Skye, including Luella Bartley handbags and Casadei heels for the ladies and Rage Leathers jackets and D Squared shirts for the gents.
"I collected things that I loved," says Forrest, who has been working on the shop for over a year. "I've had the most amazing time putting everything together."
Located on the ground floor of the Palace Lofts building, 1499 Blake Street, the stark, modern 2,000-square-foot Skye was designed by LoDo architecture firm Roth Sheppard.
"I wanted to it to be very futuristic," Forrest explains. "LoDo has so many great historical buildings, but I wanted to be the complete opposite -- to be edgy and aggressive."
And expensive: Don't expect to leave here without doing some major credit-card damage. "My prices are a little bit higher," acknowledges Forrest, "but that's because a lot of the merchandise is designer-label stuff that is really well put together.
Local groups raise fun at Elitch Gardens
Approximately 170 local community organizations will benefit from today's Spring Spin at Six Flags Elitch Gardens. Participating groups are selling tickets for a day of unlimited rides and a seasonal first look at the park, with five dollars from each sale going back to the organizations. Elitch spokeswoman Tara Tongco describes the annual event as grassroots "fun-raising." "It's a little more exciting than your typical banquet-type fundraiser," she adds. "It's a way for local nonprofits to raise some money in a manner that is exciting for everyone involved."
Ticket-holders will also reel in a reserved spot at one of five Colorado Rockies baseball games, adding extra bounce to the benefit. "This is not just a normal day at the park," notes Tongco. "It's a special day for some very special organizations."
Forget door-to-door sales of crummy chocolate. The parents and teachers at Congress Park's Teller Elementary School will trade tunes for legal tender tonight at the first Tellerpalooza fundraiser, taking place at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 East Colfax Avenue. Proceeds from the benefit will go toward boosting the school's instrumental and vocal programs. A solo-flying Chris Daniels headlines a bill that includes the Reals, Toast, Big Boy Blue and Horse Thief. The Bluebird's doors open at 6 p.m., and the music starts at 6:30. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and are available at 303-598-0061. For information, go to www.tellerpalooza.com. -- Kity Ironton
The women's art scene gets a bump in Boulder
Just as Boulder's art scene is sometimes overshadowed by its better-publicized cousin in Denver, so women artists in Boulder tend to get less of the spotlight than their male comrades. At least that's the contention of Everything Possible, a cadre of young artists that promotes cultural activities in the Boulder area. To help fill the gender gap, EP has collaborated with another collective, Girls Night Out, to forge two weekend events: G Spotand O:Zone. "I know there are a lot of women artists out there, but for some reason we have a difficult time contacting them," says Kate Schwerin, an EP member. "But we're not really going for the whole feminist angle. It's more about showcasing women artists."
More than thirty local female artists will represent a wide spectrum of styles and media, from painting, photography and installation to live music, deejaying and spoken word. G Spot hits the Trilogy Lounge, 2017 13th Street in Boulder, at 9 p.m. tonight; call 303-473-9463. O:Zone gets going at 9 p.m. tomorrow at Tectonic, 5660 Central Avenue in Boulder; call 303-641-3238. Admission to each is $5 -- and art lovers of all chromosome pairings are welcome to attend. -- Jason Heller