Lollapalooza died a quick and quiet death this summer, a victim of sluggish ticket sales and growing apathy toward the whole idea of large-scale rockfests. But ironically, there's still a thriving market for weird Lollapalooza mutations, like Pepsi-palooza and Hallelujah-palooza, not to mention a personal favorite, Pancake-palooza.
Well, dust off your bifocals, put on your drinking cap and ready yourself for the literary hullabaloo that is Bookapalooza: First Fiction Tour 2004. The Wynkoop Brewery, in conjunction with the Tattered Cover, will stage the Denver stop of the tour tonight at 7 p.m. Bookapalooza was envisioned by Arizona bookseller Cindy Dach as a way to make literary readings rock -- by throwing a band of hot new authors on the road and having them narrate their work at watering holes instead of bookstores. Hey, everything sounds deep when you're drunk, right?
The lineup consists of Portland's Marc Acito; New York's Samantha Hunt; San Francisco's Jason Headley; Washington, D.C.'s Lorraine Adams; and Oakland, California's Joshua Braff, big brother of Zach Braff, of Scrubsand Garden Statefame. All are first-time novelists who will recite their work, hawk their books and stage-dive into the nearest stack of Kirkus Reviews.
The Wynkoop is at 1634 18th Street, and the event is free. Complimentary snacks will be offered, as well as drink specials -- including two-dollar pints of something called "First Fiction Ale," a concoction that's sure to turn your reading glasses into beer goggles. Call the Tattered Cover at 303-436-1070 or visit www.tatteredcover.com for details. -- Jason Heller
Riders and artists gather for a Funky benefit
"I've always loved skate and snowboard culture, and we're out here in snow country," explains artist/teacher/party-thrower Michelle Barnes. "And I hadn't seen anything that exhibited the art of the snowboard and the skateboard together."
What she had seen was people flocking to her weekly Art Exhibition Tuesdays at the Funky Buddha, 776 Lincoln Street. So she decided to devote all of this month's shows to Board Culture! The Art of the Skate and Snowboard. And since October coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she made the series a benefit for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Snowboard Outreach Society. "It's pretty much a male-dominated industry," she says. "It's dudes for boobs."
The debut event on October 5 brought out hundreds of supportive art and sports guys, and Barnes anticipates that the crowds can only grow for the final two exhibits. This evening's do features artists Sean Genevese and Evan Hecox, and next Tuesday's has Russ Pope and Jeremy Fish. The artists will be present for their shows, which begin at 7 p.m. at the Buddha, with free champagne until 8 p.m. and raffles for sponsor-donated snowboards, skateboards and more. "The art of the board has affected so much," Barnes points out. "Print and television ads, as well as fashion and culture."
Three kids from Portland's Microcosm Publishing are in town tonight, and they want to glue-stick it to Denver. Their do-it-yourself publishing seminar and workshop, Cocoon: The Road Trip Zine/Video Tour, will include Dave Roche telling substitute-teaching tales from his zine-turned-book titled On Subbing; Nicole Georges clicking a slide show from her book about low-paying jobs, bitter romance and coffee-shop chatter called Invincible Summer; and Joe Biel rolling his documentary One Hundred Dollars and a T-Shirt, which contains more than seventy interviews with scripters on the method and madness of zine production. Entrance is just five bucks for the 8 p.m. cut-and-paste colloquium at Breakdown Book Collective and Community Space, 1409 Ogden Street. Call 303-832-7952 or visit www.breakdowncollective.org for more information. -- Kity Ironton
There's no place like hell
Make no mistake, hell hath fury.
In the early '90s, a Halloween-time theological twist on the traditional haunted-house concept, known as "Hell House," arose from evangelical churches. Hell houses stage sinners' tours through gruesome and graphic rooms with scenes like a high school massacre, AIDS-related funerals, and botched and bloodied abortions. The devout claim they are ministered outreach events; the skeptical say the hallowed horror is possessed by a skewed moral message.
Decide for yourself tonight, when Denverevolution presents the ninety-minute 2003 documentary by George Ratliff titled Hell House, which follows a flock of hell-bent Texas holy rollers from first script reading to the last steps of the 10,000 people that crossed one Hades-like threshold. Admission to the screening, part of the group's ongoing PlexiFilm series, is free at the hi-dive, 7 South Broadway. Go to www.denverevolution.com or call 720-570-4500 for more information. -- Kity Ironton