Take Your Best Shot

Throwing a few back for Katrina relief.

On July 4, Jeff Robinson completed his 1,336-mile pedestrian journey from Galveston, Texas, to Denver, which was designed to raise money for homeless youth in the Mile High City. He celebrated with beer and pizza at Shakespeare's pool hall.

In June 2004, Jake Chambliss and Joe Giron, of Housing Justice, walked across Colorado to promote affordable housing. It's still in short supply in this state -- but the two reported that they enjoyed many potluck dinners.

Flights of fancy: The Alliance Center, at 1536 Wynkoop Street, is home to just about every hip organization in town, including Common Cause and the Colorado Environmental Coalition, so it was a fitting place for ProgressNow -- the political outfit founded by former Westword intern Michael Huttner that also offices in the building -- to celebrate its second birthday last Thursday. But ProgressNow was the one giving the present: www.ProgressNowAction.org, a new technological platform that "provides any progressive-minded individual in Colorado the opportunity to use the most powerful political tools on their issue for free," says Huttner. "Just contact the office to learn how."

Ethan Wenberg

And ProgressNow just keeps handing out the goodies, including a transcript of Senator Wayne Allard's glowing testimonial for Michael Brown, then up for the FEMA deputy-director post. After Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell endorsed Brown, Allard offered this: "Mr. Brown brings strong family values to this job. He lives in a community not far from where I live known as Longmont, Colorado. He is a Coloradan. He has lived there for eleven years. He has two children, Amy and Jared, and he travels back to Colorado almost every weekend, as I do. I can understand the difficulty of flying all the time as official duties permit."

So much for Colorado's disastrous contribution to disaster relief. Guess Brownie thought that all those New Orleans folks would just fly out of town.

Scene and herd: Another infamous export, Boulder boy-made-good (or -bad, depending on your point of view) Jello Biafra, founder of the Dead Kennedys, will host the eleven-hour Operation Ceasefire concert this Saturday, September 24, at the Washington Monument. The "Get US Out Now" rally on the State Capitol steps (it's amazing those things aren't worn out by now) at 12:30 p.m. that same day won't have the same star power, but former Senate candidate Mike Miles should be able to fire up the crowd. ... Last September, Denver hosted the premiere of Silver City, John Sayles's movie shot here in the fall of 2003 that made Denver look all golden and George W. Bush (played, sort of, by Chris Cooper) look like a bumbling idiot. Now the city's playing host to another movie crew, as local filmmaker (and Academy Award winner for her documentary A Story of Healing) Donna Dewey oversees the three-week shoot of Looking for Sunday, the first feature she's produced. The crew took over the Whiskey Bar and the 2200 block of Larimer for two days last week; this week it was shooting at a church in Capitol Hill. But one set in Highland really gave neighbors a start: They thought the old Olinger Mortuary had returned to its roots, but it turned out the Taft Mortuary sign on the (slowly) redeveloping building was just a leftover movie prop. ... Finally, an Off Limits operative reports that after sitting through Denver City Council's discussion of the new Main Street Zoning code last week, she went to celebrate its passage -- and the end of an endless council meeting -- at the Red Room. On her way, she saw a bum direct-fire a full beer can at the head of another bum. Our operative quickly pointed out that she was not the culprit. "I know," the man replied as he walked off. "He's just pissed because I wouldn't buy his dope." Ah, Colfax.

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