It's like a dropkick to your chakra, the feeling of your skateboard snapping off the concrete, locking into a long grind down a metal handrail and then riding away smooth. Hear your friends cheering? That's what was buzzing through Glen Gillingham's solar plexus when he jumped up from his "boring corporate computer job" two years ago and launched Null Skateboards out of his Boulder home. At first it was just a few decks and T-shirts sold among friends and local shops -- barely the tip of a pinkie toenail in the bazillion-dollar skateboard industry. But the 32-year-old began earning attention along the Front Range last year with the introduction of the company's first team video, Blame the Filmer, which put the lens on some previously unknown skate talent, namely nineteen-year-old Tyler Price of Loveland. Since then, Gillingham and crew have been scouring spots as far away as California and Mexico to collect footage for their newest tasty concoction, titled Soup d'Jour, which premieres tonight at Boulder's Flatirons Theater. This isn't to say that the video won't feature a lot of Colorado spots; just don't expect any tricks in skateparks. "It's all street skating," Gillingham says. "There's no old-guy parts." That means lots of stairs, rails, gaps, ledges and other urban obstacles temporarily commandeered by the likes of Jeff Hulslander of Boulder and Eric Napolitano of Fort Collins. "This video portrays people who are normal, real skaters versus the high-paid pros making millions," Gillingham promises. "For the average person, they're going to see skateboarding for the love of it. It's just having fun." Doors to the all-ages show will open at 8 p.m. at Flatirons, 1089 13th Street in Boulder. Admission is $5; the film begins at 8:30. For more information, log on to www.nullskateboards.com/soup.html. -- Jared Jacang Maher
Red Hot Ice
The DU men's hockey team begins its title hunt.
Forget the droves of Stanley Cup-crazed Avalanche fans piling back into the Pepsi Center this month. True hockey buffs know there's another team in town, one that continued its winning ways through the National Hockey League's work stoppage. After putting together back-to-back NCAA title campaigns, the University of Denver men's ice hockey team is bidding to become the first collegiate team since Michigan (1951-'53) to win three straight national titles.
Let the quest begin.
The puck drops tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Magness Arena, 2240 East Buchtel Boulevard, where the Pioneers will launch their title march in a tangle with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Things look promising for the Pi's, with the bulk of coach George Gwozdecky's squad returning this year. Among the stars are senior forward Gabe Gauthier and junior defensemen Matt Carle, captains who've been tabbed pre-season All-Americans, and Avalanche draftee forward Paul Stastny, who's only a sophomore. For tickets and information, call 303-871-2336 or go to www.ticketmaster.com. -- Cub Buenning
Sure, having higher ground in New Orleans would have helped victims of Hurricane Katrina -- but Warren Miller's Higher Ground will do its bit at a benefit screening tonight at the Boulder Theater, 2042 13th Street. "We're going to put on an amazing show for a great cause," says Jamie Pentz, executive producer of the film, which follows skiers and snowboarders as they circle the globe in search of new thrills. "Front Range fans can check out Higher Grounda full two weeks before it hits theaters, backed up with a performance from Rose Hill Drive." The show starts at 7 p.m., tickets are $37, and the proceeds go to the American Red Cross's Katrina relief efforts. For more information, visit www.bouldertheater.com. -- Patricia Calhoun
Seo's National Karate school gets cracking.
Why not get up early today and head downtown to see a bunch of five-year-olds kick the snot out of each other in the name of character and self-discipline? Or, if kiddie mayhem isn't your thing, hang around and wait to see if competitors as old as sixty can actually do those crescent kicks they've been practicing under founder Joseph H. Seo, whose National Karate schools train students at five suburban Denver sites. Whatever you do, don't get your hopes up for a bunch of blood and broken bones, because at Seo's National Karate championship, all participants will be wearing safety gear while sparring; also, the style of Korean tae kwon do the athletes practice is all about respect and confidence -- not violence, you meathead. The competition runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street. Each $3 admission will benefit Children's Hospital. For more information, go to www.denverconvention.com or call 303-431-2200. -- Drew Bixby