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One of Colorado's most notorious celebrities made the Dlisted.com blog last week, with a picture taken from the cover of Westword. Yes, Storme Aerison was the Slut of the Day for May 17.
Only one problem: Storme's a guy. Or was, when she started out life as Charles Daugherty. That was before the Colorado Springs resident impersonated an Air Force Academy cadet to steal a car; or posed as Shannon Ireland Trump, a fictitious niece of The Donald; or went back to high school at 26 and joined the all-female cheerleading squad (he lasted eight days and was finally given away by his five o'clock shadow); or organized his own modeling agency; or — our favorite — presented himself as the nineteen-year-old half-sister of supermodel Kathy Ireland, posing for posters and calendars that showed off her 38-inch bust and encouraging men to see her charms up close and personal on special photo-shoot trips ("The Broad Was a Fraud," June 8, 2000).
After doing time both on Sally Jesse Raphael and in the Colorado Springs jail, Storme has landed in the custody of this state's mental-health system, while the El Paso County district attorney pursues assorted charges involving his/her financial shenanigans over the years.
This D-cup deserves to be Dlisted.
Life in the slow lane: Since Hunter Weeks and Josh Caldwell met while studying in Indonesia in 1998, the Denver natives have come a long way — much of it on a two-wheeled Segway scooter, traveling from Seattle to Boston for their first documentary film, 10 MPH ("Slow Ride," August 5, 2004). But they still have mad respect for their home town. "The amount of support that Denver has given — from friends and family and the community, all the way up to big companies — I think it's what's making things successful," Weeks says.
Their movie will be released on DVD on May 29, and Weeks and Caldwell have planned a celebratory bash for June 1 (that's First Friday) at Globeville Studios, 635 Santa Fe Drive. They have a lot to celebrate, including a laundry list of special features included on the DVD. "There's about thirteen deleted scenes," Weeks reveals. "My favorite is in Laramie, Wyoming; there's a point where Josh got lost on the Segway. We had a navigator with us, an intern from Arizona, and he led us down this private road in Laramie. And Josh got lost for two or three hours, and we couldn't find him, and we had no idea if the Segway was even working anymore. It was all dirt roads."
What's up next? The two are working on their second documentary film, a look at fantasy football, which they're doing in conjunction with collaborator j.fred— who's credited for coming up with the idea behind 10 MPH. Denver, represent!
Scene and herd:Denver was also name-checked in the Sunday New York Times, where a travel piece touted the Fabric Lab, Fancy Tiger, Composition, P Design Gallery, The 400, Potential Clothing, Hecklewood and Skye Clothing. Reporter Monica Khemsurov had parachuted into town a couple of months ago to research the piece, which turned into a whopping 202 words highlighting this cowtown's new status as a "style-conscious city with great shopping." Daniel Libeskind, the architect behind the Denver Art Museum's new Frederic C. Hamilton Building, was the reason for this transformation, she implied; before he came to town, we were "still driven by outdoor sports." Uh, no.
The DAM's addition looks fantastic, and we've loved all the international love (and hate) generated by its presence, but the building did not inspire Denver's new fashion consciousness. This city's been looking good for a while; all Libeskind's design did was focus attention on what was already happening here.