When the SuicideGirls come to town, the Denver Fire Department had better be standing by. The last time they were here, the fire marshal had to be called to the Larimer Lounge because the troupe had more than sold out the show, pushing the venue past capacity. The red-hot post-glamour grrls are ready to ignite some spontaneous combustion at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway, tonight at 9 p.m.
Founder Missy Suicide launched her indie pinup-girl website, www.suicidegirls.com, in 2001, and since then, it has become an international phenomenon as she and her pussycat posse have taken their alt-porn act, Suicide Girls Live Burlesque Tour, on the road.
In addition to the tour, new SG projects abound: an art book filled with erotically irreverent photos and journal entries; the release of SuicideGirls: The First Tour, a joyously drunken and decadent documentary DVD; and an "ultimate Halloween dance-party" Gothic-mix CD titled The SuicideGirls: Black Heart Retrospective, to which they've lent their Siouxsie-esque facades and bods.
Past tour performances have featured food fights, blood-bathing-beauty Black Widow and a gory enactment of a scene from Reservoir Dogs. Will there be any original showstoppers this year? It's top secret, says Missy, but she does have a warning for potential rubberneckers: "There are definitely some new, impressive numbers. I would still be a little cautious if I were in the front row. I wouldn't wear anything that I wouldn't mind getting messy."
Be sure to wear your adult undergarments.
Strength in Numbers
Females -- fictional and non -- tough it out.
"We don't have to be men with breasts to be strong," says Judith Ryan Hendricks, a baker-turned-novelist who is out to prove that women in fiction can mentally bench-press as much as any greased-up tough guy.
Tonight at 7 p.m., Hendricks and fellow female writers Masha Hamilton and Daniela Kuper will appear at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street in Boulder, for the panel discussion "Strong Women Characters: In Fiction. In Person." In poetry-slam fashion, each will read snippets from various women authors throughout history, including a few examples from their own works. Following will be an open forum on women in literature and the importance of tenacious female characters.
There won't be any muscle shirts present, but these three know a thing or two about being strong women. Before turning to fiction, Hamilton was a foreign correspondent with the Associated Press, and Kuper ran an advertising agency once featured in Forbes magazine.
The panel discussion travels to Denver on Saturday; talks begin at 4:30 p.m. at Cameron Church, 1600 Pearl Street.
The Big Cover-Up
When Fortunate Son, a biography critical of George W. Bush, was dropped by St. Martin's Press in 1999, a small-time publisher named Sander Hicks fought to bring it to light and to bookshelves. Now Hicks is frying even bigger fish: His new book, The Big Wedding: 9/11, the Whistle-Blowers and the Cover-Up, advances the theory that the U.S. government had prior knowledge of -- or even a hand in -- the World Trade Center attack. Paranoia? Decide for yourself: Hicks will sign books and speak tonight at 7 p.m. at Left Hand Books, 1200 Pearl Street in Boulder; his wife, feminist folksinger Holley Anderson, is also slated to perform. Call 303-443-8252 for info, or visit www.lefthandbooks.org. -- Jason Heller
A Stitch in Time
NeedleART! is about to unravel.
Today is the last day to catch NeedleART!, the fortieth-anniversary exhibit of the Colorado Chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, which is showing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on the seventh floor of the Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway. Get lost for an hour while you absorb the care and craft these ladies put into their work; there are certainly some gorgeous pieces to take a gander at -- especially those by Vicki Shigley, mother to Brandi Shigley, Denver's own crafts maven and founder of the city's seasonable fashion markets. Like mother, like daughter. Much of the work is traditional, but there's plenty to be inspired by -- including the amazing view from the gallery's balcony, which overlooks Civic Center Park and downtown. When you're finished, grab a skein of yarn or needle and thread and head over to the Monkey Bean, 2470 Broadway. There's no regularly established stitch-and-bitch at the coffee shop, but you can always find a gal or two there wanting to expand their circle of fiber artists. -- Amy Haimerl