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Joe Richards has spent a lot of time in clubs since he opened the upscale tattoo studio Indelible Ink eighteen months ago, staging body-art shows in clubs like Shotgun Willie's, Sutra, Funky Buddha and Purple Martini.
He finally decided to join the club, becoming co-owner of Pure Nightlife (2549 Welton Street), in the former home of the Roxy, which was once the town's black movie theater. Together with partner Olga Hernandez, who runs Stun! Hair Salon and had plenty of experience putting on hair and fashion shows in clubs, he redid the interior and the stage, installed new sound and lighting systems, and upgraded the electrical and plumbing. The new Pure opened its doors a couple of weeks ago.
There's been a Pure on this street before. About a decade ago, Club Pure occupied the space at 2637 Welton, a block north, that's now Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom. Richards named this club Pure Nightlife to differentiate the two.
And Pure Nightlife is definitely mixing it up with weekly events. On Wednesdays, the folks from FightWithFood.org, a non-profit initiative inspired by the Flobots to fight hunger, are center stage. Banda la Revuelta plays brass-based traditional Mexican music on Thursdays. Local promoter Candyman brings in the hip-hop and Top 40 DJs on Fridays. Sinful Saturdays is a gay/lesbian night with go-go dancers and DJ Tanastadi spinning dance, hip-hop, techno and more. From 9 to10 p.m. on Saturdays, well drinks are free; after 10, they're $3.
A couple more clubs have just opened downtown. Blues on Blake Supper Club has taken over the Dugout space at 1925 Blake Street. The restaurant, which will serve steaks, pasta and fish, is a throwback to the supper clubs of the '40s and '50s, except the music here is live blues Thursdays through Saturdays. Mojambus takes the stage on Thursday, December 18, and Michael Hornbuckle plays on Friday, December 19.
And Puff Hookah Lounge just opened in the basement of Alibi Dance Lounge, at 1523 Market Street. In addition to a variety of hookah tobacco flavors, the spot will serve Mediterranean food and feature DJs spinning international music and exotic dancers. It's 18 and up from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
Club scout: It might seem odd to celebrate the birthday of a Cleveland Cavalier in Denver, but basketball fans want to party with All-Star forward LeBron James wherever he goes. And on Thursday, December 18, he'll be at Thëorie (1920 Market Street) with teammate Mo Williams, throwing a birthday bash. The party continues at Sutra (1109 Lincoln Street) the following night, after the Nuggets take on the Cavs. General-admission tickets for the Thëorie event are $20/$35 per couple; VIP tickets are $25/$45 per couple. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Also on Thursday, December 18, DJ Klaw hosts his weekly Mommy's Little Monster nights at Bender's Tavern (314 East 13th Avenue); ladies drink free from 9 to 11 p.m. On Friday, December 19, promoter Jeremy Ostermiller holds his third annual Hideous Sweater Party, which starts off as a dinner party from 8 to 10 p.m. at The Corner Office (1401 Curtis Street), then moves to Martini Ranch (1317 14th Street), where there will be $4 Bacardi drinks all night. Anita Brzeski, Miss Poland International 2008, and DJ Theron will guest host the festivities.