"Last year, even Mayor Hickenlooper hung out at the Bluebird. He showed up with his scooter, flip-flops and even a Hawaiian shirt," says Phil Lombardo.
Unfortunately, Hizzoner is on vacation and won't be back for this year's Mile High Mayhem, but the rest of the city will rev its engines for the veneration of everything Vespa.
"Scooters are everywhere now," says Lombardo, one of the party's organizers. "Mile High Mayhem is a weekend of like-minded people who come together to celebrate the scooter culture."
The event, which draws roving scooterists from both coasts, will shift into high gear tonight as the Bluebird Theater is surrounded by a swarm of Mayhem machines. A $12 cover admits Motoretta fans to an 8 p.m., 21-and-over rockfest featuring the Foggy Mountain Fuckers, the Swingin' Neckbreakers and Total Sound Group Direct Action Committee. At 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, the two-strokers get it in gear at the Ink! Coffee at 1590 Little Raven Street, then zoom off to cruise Invesco Field at Mile High. "We're hoping to stretch people all the way around Mile High Stadium this year," Lombardo says. "If we have 400 scooters, I think we can make it. I hope someone remembers to take a picture."
After a rousing run around the stadium, the retro riders will head to Sportique Scooters, 3211 Pecos Street, at 1 p.m. for what's known as the Gymkhana. There, competitors will guide their sputtering steeds through an obstacle course of fire-ignited hoops and tricky loop-de-loops. And once the final prize ribbon has been awarded at Sportique, the stampeding scooters will take off for La Rumba, 99 West Ninth Avenue, for a 4 p.m. rally and Stella scooter giveaway .
"We do this in our spare time, because we want to have a fun and safe weekend," Lombardo says. "I really try to push the idea that two dollars will buy your gas for the whole week, and I hope we can make this a social movement. Scooters are absolutely simple, clean and green."
More Than Credits
Words find their way onto the screen
Generally speaking, the book is better than the movie. How could it not be? It's the author's original vision, untainted by the whims of studio executives or dulled to fit the restrictions of the screen.
But every once in a while, a visionary director allows the spirit of the original work to shine through in celluloid. The film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nestmay contain scenes that never appeared in the novel, but at the conclusion of both the book and the movie, you get a sense of the same sad reality of a sterile world devouring its heroes and the courage of those who fight against it.
There's a handful of such films out there, and the central Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Avenue, will roll them, beginning today, during Page to Screen, a celebration of great novels that became great films. Gregory Peck starts things off in To Kill a Mockingbird, an adaptation of Harper Lee's book. Other films include The Manchurian Candidate and The Grapes of Wrath, with Fahrenheit 451, François Truffaut's only English-language film, serving as the series finale.
Back to Nature
Colorado transplant Joellyn Duesberry started her artistic career in New York as an abstract painter, taking cues from Richard Diebenkorn. Later she about-faced and took up with the photo- and super-realist movements. She eventually settled somewhere between the two, and her nationally recognized trademark style became brushy plein-air landscapes in muted, natural colors, executed in paint and monoprint. It was her move west that forced her to re-evaluate her landscape technique. The expansive scale, dramatic light and atmosphere of the Western landscape challenged her to take bolder strokes over basic shapes and thus create something as real as bedrock yet more cerebral than the typical landscape hanging over the mantel.
Coloradans will get an overview of Duesberry's career beginning today, when Joellyn Duesberry: A Brief Survey of Place opens for viewing at the Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street. A reception will be held on August 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.; the comprehensive painting exhibition continues through August 28. For information, call 303-298-7788 or log on to www.robischongallery.com. -- Susan Froyd
Erotik-a Heats Up
Pick your favorite parts and perversions
Christiaan Howard has a particular taste for the perfect pedicure. He describes his desire as "your garden-variety foot fetish."
But tonight there will be more than just garden-variety body worship going on at the Walnut Foundry Event Center, 3002 Walnut Street. At 8 p.m., Howard will unleash Erotik-a Volume 6, featuring public play, sensitive spankings, flirtatious floggings, boy and girl edible buffets and a "most lickable" contest. "I like to call my events pervert parties rather than fetish parties, because the latter is so overused," Howard says. "To have a really successful event, you have to feel this in your gut and soul."
"Pinup vixen" Mimi Lemeaux from San Diego is hosting the party, while DJs Ty Tek, Ahwoo, Tower and Ivo whip up a few of their own treats. Tickets are $25 at the door, or $20 in advance at Fashionation, 613 East 13th Avenue.
"I just want the 700 people that we are expecting to have the time of their life and act like it's their last day on earth," Howard says. Don't forget to paint your piggies. -- Kity Ironton