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Whip it good this weekend, when Rock Islandpresents "Ten Bedtime Stories," the tenth-anniversary installment of the annual Whip It fetish, fashion and lifestyle event. David Clamage, owner of LoDo's longest-running club (at 1614 15th Street), promises two levels of libido as art, with fashion, music, performance, food and prizes from Pinky 500, Ooh La La, Slave 1 and DJs Ix, MFR, One Skinny DJ and Modern R, all hosted by Little Miss Easy, star of Burning Man. The fetish fun starts at 9 p.m. Friday, August 5; for details, call 303-572-ROCK.
Tryst Lounge marks its one-year anniversary this weekend, August 5 and 6, with a compilation CD it's giving away to the first 200 people through its doors at 1512 Larimer Street. Tryst handed out a CD at its grand opening, too, and plans to continue the tradition in years to come. In the meantime, other highlights of this birthday party include ice sculptures pouring free drinks, bottle-service giveaways and a Saturday-night contest whose prize is a trip to Aruba. Next month, Tryst plans to launch a new line of infusions on its drink menu, and there are also small changes in the works for the club's lighting and decor.
On August 4, Public House celebrates its grand opening in the space at 1920 Blake Street, formerly the home of Rib Criband Hooters (whose first downtown location, believe it or not, was in the space now filled by The Palm). By day, Public House is designed as a place for easy lunches and meetings (lunch service will start mid-August); after the sun goes down, it's a spot to unwind and then get wound up all over again, with a DJ spinning mainstream pop favorites every night.
Two blocks away, at 2009 Larimer Street, the Marquis Theatre (formerly Brendan's Pub and, before that, a pawnshop) remains empty of everything but rumors. According to owner Sheila Geherty, the most recent tenant decided to leave a month before the lease expired because the club just wasn't getting enough traffic. She'd like to rent the space to another outfit that would keep live music in the building, she says, but so far, she's found no takers.